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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week in Preview October 31st - November 3rd

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Hope you have a spooky week full of candy!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Head over to the Main Library on Tuesday to make Cards for Soldiers. Spread holiday cheer to the brave men and women of our military who are stationed overseas this holiday season. Supplies will be provided in both the Main Children’s Department and Teen Underground. This is an all day event, learn more here!

Eat it: In Game 1 of the World Series, Francisco Lindor came through in the crunch with the stolen base heard ‘round the world. And at Taco Bell, they believe one great steal deserves another. So run into any participating Taco Bell location on Wednesday, November 2nd from 2pm to 6pm local time to score your free Doritos® Locos Taco! Find participating locations here!

Move it: Visit Club Nulu on Monday for their Halloween Spooktacular! They will have climbing competitions, costume competitions, and maybe some candy. Fun starts at 4pm, find out more here!

Learn it: Take a trip to the Speed Museum on Wednesday, November 2nd for their 'Nature All Around Me' Preschool Program. See how artists throughout history have drawn inspiration from nature and then design your own masterpiece using natural materials. Program starts at 11am and you can find out more about it here.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: October 28,29,30

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Click here for our FALL FESTIVALS list!!
Click here for our HALLOWEEN EVENTS list!!

FREE #LoveLouFamFun Scavenger Hunt! Submit by October 31 - awesome prizes!

Friday:  Head to Jefferson Commons from 5-8 p.m. for the Fall Festival hosted by Chick-fil-A Jefferson Commons. They have teams up with other businesses to create this free event. There will be food, trick-or-treating, activities for the kids and more!

Saturday: Check out Turnip the Beet - they are having a Halloween bash from 11 a.m. - 3p.m. It's $10 per family/pumpkin, what am I talking about?  See here. Pumpkin Carving, cupcake decorating, face-painting, flavored popcorn and enjoy fresh apple cider. Even candied apple-making, costumes encouraged. 

Sunday: Trick-or-treat at Churchill Downs and learn about community groups as the kids grab some candy!  It's from 2-6 p.m. and it's the normal cost of general admission to the track.

And, if you are not feeling any of the above - for real - look at our web calendar, the events are INSANE this weekend.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about horoscopes and catch up with our funny pal Robyn

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review of Molly Malone's Irish Pub and Restaurant Private Party Room Space in Louisville, KY

 photo 0424161951b_zpsm6mafu0b.jpgLast spring my family and I utilized the upper floor private party room space at Molly Malone's in St. Matthews for my daughter's 13th birthday party gathering. It was a very adequate space and met our needs superbly. I highly recommend using it for your next gathering!

 photo 0424161721_zpsfs3plcwc.jpgI began the process by filling out the online request for more information about the party space on the website, and was contacted immediately by the manager, Brendan. There is also a party space rental at the Highlands location. We set up a time to meet in person so I could see the space and get an idea on pricing of food. There is no charge to use the space as long as you purchase food from Molly Malone's. There is an extensive catering menu that can be used for much larger parties. Since our party originally was going to be around 35 people, we were able to order from both the catering menu and the regular menu. The manager worked with me to make sure I didn't overspend and didn't want me to outprice myself with both costs and extra food we wouldn't need. I really appreciated the attention he gave to me on a personal basis; he wasn't out to make an extra buck but wanted to be sure my party was what I envisioned it to be and I truly valued the extra time and care he spent pinning that down for me.

We opted to order a couple of brick oven pizzas and some appetizers of beer cheese and pretzels for folks to snack on as they arrived. We went ahead and let the individuals in our party order their own items off the regular menu because our group size went down considerably, but even then the staff and wait crew were super attentive and made sure everything went smoothly and treated everyone with the best customer service. We were able to decorate the space in our own way, and bring in a dessert and anything else we really wanted to bring in to make the space unique for our daughter. We ended up having about 20 people there to celebrate and we had a great time.

 photo 272e744b-6266-4eb3-bbb8-d87cd915bb63_zpsusiqg8fs.jpgI really loved the layout of the space. There are high top tables, a couple of regular tables with plenty of chairs, benches and stools and a few cushioned chairs, as well as bench seating around several round tables. It allowed us to really open the space up and use tables for the dessert, pizza station table, gift table, and a game table. The space also holds a bar, and you can use it if you want or not, it's up to your party choices. We had several young children coming so I brought crayons and coloring books and other games that would occupy the children. It was a great night celebrating my daughter and I can't say enough nice things about how well the staff at Molly Malone's treated our party. They were on top of everything and paid the utmost attention to details to make the whole night go well.

Call Molly Malone's St. Matthews at 502-882-2222 to inquire about using their party room space for your next gathering, whether it is small or large! The mezzanine can accommodate groups of 50 to 75, depending on whether you want a sit down dinner or more informal gathering.
Molly Malone's St. Matthews is located at 3900 Shelbyville Rd.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review of Guy Fieri's Smokehouse, Fourth Street Live in Louisville, KY

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Taking smoked meat to the extreme, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse doesn’t disappoint – in food, fun and atmosphere! We were fortunate enough to attend the media opening of Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, with Guy himself in attendance, educating us on the fine aspects of his passion for food, as well as his affection for Louisville!

Located directly in the center of Fourth Street Live, the restaurant has a large patio seating area and boosts a huge fire pit upon entrance. The inside is adored in typical Fieri décor – a chrome eagle on one wall, and a flame mural and flame patterns all over, symbolic maybe of his famous style of shirts he’s often seen wearing. There is plenty of seating, with room for large parties, and a very large bar adjacent to the outdoor patio.

The menu screams Fieri, with ample choices of smoked meats, and that will also provide you that at-home feeling with some bourbon-flared dishes. Like Guy himself said in his interview prior to our dining experience, "It's not what you'd expect to find in your everyday average BBQ joint.” To start off, I suggest either the Trash Can Nachos, which are literally served from a can, or the Pit Smoked Wings, smoked pork shank covered in a bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce!

For an entrée, you can’t go wrong with any of the signature sandwich choices, which range from the Motley Que (pit smoked pulled pork with a bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce and crispy onions on a pretzel bun) to a non-typical grilled cheese, the Triple Crown Grilled Cheese, which consists of pimento, smoked gouda, and cheddar cheese, along with six cheese mac n cheese, all stacked between buttered garlic toast! There are a variety of burgers to choose from, including The Smokehouse – a beef patty, pit smoked pulled pork, BBQ brisket, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, donkey sauce, smoked gouda, onions, pickles and garlic-buttered brioche. For larger plated entrees, there is a brisket meatloaf, bourbon pork chops, salmon, smoked brisket, ribs, fried chicken, rib eye, and the Big Bite BBQ Platter!!!

Although there is no actual kids' menu (*one is currently in the works), Guy himself told us that orders could easily be customized per a little one’s needs – such as a basic cheeseburger or a grilled cheese – just to ask your server upon ordering. Prices range from $11-$16 for the sandwich/fry options, and $17-$35 for the larger entrees with sides.

We expect Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will continue to be a smokin’ hot spot in Louisville!

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434 S. 4th Street – Fourth Street Live
Louisville, KY 40202

Restaurant Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 11pm

**Bar is open late**

Happy Hour Specials from 5-7pm

By Guest Contributors: Karen & Kelly

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week in Preview October 24th-27th

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It's fall y'all, enjoy the crisp air and have some family fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it:Enjoy a Halloween Party at the Iroquois Library with Mr. Moustache and his Magic Show on Thursday, October 27th! Show starts at 6:30pm. Find out more here!

Eat it: Wednesday, October 26th is National Pumpkin Day and Krispy Kreme is celebrating by making Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnuts! This is one day only so check here for participating locations!

Move it: The historic fire tower at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will be open 11-4 until November 6 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, (and Saturdays, & Sundays). See you at the top for a beautiful view of the fall colors!

Learn it: Head over to the Kentucky Science Center on Tuesday, October 25th at 8:30am for their play date! Exclusively for visitors ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers, Playdates take the big kids out of the equation, letting little ones freely investigate, build, experience, and share. Learn more here!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: October 21,22,23

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Friday:  Chick-fil-A in Middletown is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. No, you don't actually sleep over but the stuffed animal does.  You and your child go for dinner on Friday night....wear PJs, there's activities and storytime..... and breakfast on Saturday to pick up the stuffed animal.  Event details here.

Saturday: Head to Goshen to the gorgeous Hermitage Farm for their fall festival from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Any donation to Fund for the Arts gets you in!  It's a lovely setting and they will have a petting zoo, face painting and more.  And, you can watch the equestrian competitions. 

Sunday: Have you been to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois park? The artists mix it up every year to make an amazing display of carved pumpkins. It's fun to go when it's getting dark so you can really see them glow and, it's slightly cheaper to go on Sunday -Thursday so if the weekend is best for you, Sunday it is! Proceeds benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about the dumbest thing we have ever done.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review of 1st Saturday Show with Squallis Puppeteers in Louisville, KY

 photo 0903161333_zpsraynf683.jpgLast month, I took my five-year-old son to the 1st Saturday Show with Squallis Puppeteers. It was our first time going and we were so impressed and had such a fabulous time. He really loves theater arts and puppetry, so it was a perfect mother/son outing for us!

 photo 0903161251_zpspfsbrd2m.jpgThe show only lasts about 30 minutes, so it is a perfect amount of time for younger ones. They design their 1st Saturday shows with younger children in mind and they are suitable for ages 3 to 7 . The show we attended was called "Moose Gets Ready." My son and I both liked the message behind the puppet show, which was about incorporating getting ready for kindergarten into learning new skills and teaching each other the ABCs and 123s. Teamwork and enhancing your social skills were also highlighted. Before the show, the ladies at the ticket table asked my son to come back and tell them what his favorite character was from the show, and he couldn't wait to go back and tell them afterwards that it was the Wise Old Tree. He loved how the tree came to life and talked and was really mesmerized by it!

The people who work with Squallis Puppeteers make their puppets and sets all by hand, so they are very creative and elaborately detailed. We especially enjoyed the stage set up and the puppets that appeared throughout the story, including Moose, Beaver, Caterpillar, Owl, and Butterfly. My son said his favorite was the Wise Old Tree. The shows are musical performances and include a lot of audience participation as well.

The shows are $5 per person, and you can also sign up to attend a puppet-making workshop that happens immediately following the show. The workshop is also about 30 minutes in length and costs $5 as well. 1st Saturday Shows withSquallis Puppeteers are located in the Highlands Community Center at 1228 E. Breckinridge Street. It’s a great venue!

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"First Saturdays- Puppet Show and Workshop Series
The Series is hosted at the Highlands Community Campus (HCC) located at the corner of Barrett Ave and E. Breckinridge St. We invite the public in to our gym-atorium to participate with our unique puppet performances and workshops for families. This is an opportunity to share live performance with the kids you love, watch their imaginations grow, and collaborate with them on their own puppet projects. Stick around after the show to see what you can make together with “make it and take it” puppet workshops. Shows and workshops each run approximately 30 minutes. Come check it all out!"

"Mission Statement: Squallis Puppeteers uses the art of puppetry to free imaginations, create fantastic characters, and tell the stories that are important to our communities."

The remaining shows for this year are: http://squallispuppeteers.com/saturday-show-2-organic/

November 5, 10am and 1pm, "Food Fight: Rematch!"
December 3, 10am, "Tricky Fox"
December 3, 1pm, "Bigfoot's Big Holiday"

Find Squallis Puppetters on Facebook or contact them via phone or email

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review of 502 Café in Louisville, KY

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Long before the 502 Café had a brick and mortar location at University of Louisville’s campus it was my family’s favorite food truck. “The Barbecue Man” as we affectionately referred to him had a food truck of the same name that would frequent The Flea Off Market. The first time we stopped by he was parked out in front of the Clifton Food Mart. The smell of the smoke coming off the smoker was too much to pass up.

 photo 20160603_184532_zpsaewy7dta.jpgWe got pulled pork sandwiches and truffle oil mac and cheese for the kids and brisket sandwiches with bourbon bacon jam for the adults. We were hooked. I mean come on, bourbon bacon jam. Over the years we tried ribs, A.B.T.s, smoked corn on the cob, and just about anything else you can think of on a smoker.

Then “The Barbecue Man,” otherwise known as Chris Williams, partnered with Anthony Happel to open a physical location, which opened June 6. It’s located on 4th Street next to Gray’s Bookstore in the same space as the pizza place where I used to hang out in college. Le sigh.

The menu has many of the staples we came to love from the food truck such as the A.B.T.s and the brisket sandwich with bourbon bacon jam. But there are new menu items like Totchos- nachos made with tater tots- The Louisville Lip – a massive sandwich piled high with smoked meats named for Muhammad Ali- and the barbecue Hot Brown.

 photo 20160603_184943_zps10em8zfz.jpgI tried the barbecue Hot Brown and it was phenomenal. On top of a base of Texas Toast resides smoked turkey, fried green tomatoes, smoked pork belly, house-made beer cheese, and house-made barbecue sauce. There’s nothing about this barbecue version of a Louisville standard to complain about. The combination was perfectly executed.

My husband had a plate of all the smoked meats so he could try it all, and he loved all of it. My youngest got a pulled pork sandwich and my oldest got chicken tenders, which were hand breaded. We shared a basket of Totchoes, which lasted less than 90 seconds. The kids happily ate their food without complaining, which is a ringing endorsement for most kids.

Though this location for the 502 Café is mostly geared toward the college crowd, it would be a great place to stop by for dinner after a game or after a visit to The Speed Art Museum.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Monday, October 17, 2016

Get Psyched for a free family event!

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Have you ever wondered why you remember some things really well but completely forget others? Or why it’s hard to do more than one thing at the same time? Here’s your chance to find out!

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Children will receive prizes, including a t-shirt and snacks will be provided.

Get Psyched is on Saturday November 12th, 2016. There are two session times available: 10AM-12PM or 1 PM-3 PM. It is a completely free event, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, go to http://getpsychedlouisville.org

This event is being sponsored by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Delphi Center at the University of Louisville.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week in Preview October 17th-20th

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Painting, apples, and Legos make for a great time!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Why wait for the weekend? Visit on Wednesdays at Whet Your Palette and receive
any 12x24 for 1/2 off! (Does not apply on smaller canvas sizes.)

Eat it: Head to Gustavo's Mexican Grill on Monday for $2.99 kid's meals!

Move it: Check out a local farm and go apple picking. When you get home make some homemade applesauce with those that you picked. Click here for some ideas of where to go!

Learn it:At the Middletown Library on Thursday it is time for Learning with Legos! Starting at 6:30pm, Legos and art combine as we make a Lego drawbot. Check out the website for more information!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: October 13,14,15

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Click here for our FALL FESTIVALS list!!
Click here for our HALLOWEEN EVENTS list!!

Click here to learn more about our FREE #LoveLouFamFun Scavenger Hunt! Now through October 31!

Friday:  Check out "Creep Things" at Idlewild.  From 6-10 p.m. they have fun with the Halloween theme featuring a spider house, creepy bugs and more.  Our writers have really enjoyed Idlewild events!  See details and pricing here.

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Sunday: Join us back at the KFC Yum! Center to cheer on the UofL Volleyball team as they take on UNC at 1pm.  You can get in free as part of our #LoveLouFamFun promotion- see how here.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about horoscopes and catch up with our funny pal Robyn

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review of Lovewell Coffeehouse in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_0794_zps37ln6ti6.jpgWe visited Lovewell Coffehouse after a morning of Sunday flag football and had some nice, quiet family time while we were there. Lovewell is located at 5219 Mt. Washington Road, off of Preston Highway and not far from Preston Crossings 16 Movie Theater. This coffee house is different than most as it is only open from Friday-Sunday from 9am-5pm.

They didn’t have any kid’s choices listed but when we asked about what they could make we were offered strawberry and cream, vanilla bean or cotton candy frappes and hot chocolate. One of my kids picked a vanilla bean and the other chose cotton candy which they both said were ok. I had a pumpkin spice latte and my husband was boring with just a plain coffee. We also tried out a chocolate chip cookie and a strawberry yogurt parfait. The cookie was really yummy but I didn’t get to try the yogurt because my husband ate it too fast!

We stayed in the first room we came to and enjoyed it very much since it was stocked with lots of board games for us to play and with a television so my husband could keep track of the football games. After watching others come and go we discovered that there was another part of the shop we didn’t even know about that had 3 more rooms to explore. All the rooms have fun art on the walls and there are also some items for sale including jewelry and coffee mugs.

 photo IMG_0798_zpsmfx5ymun.jpgThis is a great little shop and would make for a nice stop before or after a movie. It would also make for a nice place to study or get caught up on some work. Find out more on their Facebook page!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Family Getaway Vacation to Chicago, IL

 photo 20160410_140459_zpstywgfeut.jpgMy family and I took the 5 hour drive through windmill farms and toll booths to Chicago over spring break . It was cold (there was some snow), but still enjoyable!

We researched and bought the CityPass prior to arriving. With the CityPass you can visit 5 attractions at a discount. You can buy alternative discounts like the Go Card (you buy the day, and fit in as many activities as you want), but basically the more attractions to buy upfront, the better the deal. I think the CityPass is a great deal for a week trip to Chicago, but too much for a long weekend.

 photo 20160408_143458_zpsvcsjfdqc.jpgStreet parking is almost non-existent in downtown Chicago, and it is not uncommon to cost well over $20 for parking under 3 hours! Some places have early bird pricing (go to www.Parkingpanda.com to check parking options and prices). It's helpful to use Google maps for directions, and it will show you your walk, car, bus, and train alternatives.

My recommendation is the bus. At the time this was written, a one way bus ride costs $2.25 for adults, $1.10 for kids (young kids were free), but the bus does NOT give change. Have exact change or go to the local drug store for a metra card (you can buy one way, 10 rides, weekend passes, etc). There are lots of bike sharing/rental sites, Ubers, and taxi services as well. Traffic can be terrible, so walking is easiest - be careful in choosing your hotel location!

Our hotel had an indoor pool ("free" activity for the kids), but no complimentary breakfast, so we brought our breakfast foods with us to save money and time. Chicago is expensive. It was tough to find a bottle of water under $3, and meals were pricey.

Here are my tips and experiences for the sites:

Shedd Aquarium
 photo 20160408_124106_zpsywneq3jv.jpgGet there before it's open - the line builds up fast! Don't bring any big bags with you - they do bag searches and don't allow large bags in. There is a lot to see - it could be full day depending on how many shows you see (the $2 Beluga whale show was worth $2, but all of the shows can sell out by lunch time!) They have bulaga whales, dolphins, amphibians, ocean animals of all kinds, and more. You can bring in your lunch to cut costs. The sting ray touch is only in warmer months. You can buy a cheap $8 ticket for just the main floor of the aquarium which I thought was a good deal and could take 2+ hours alone.

Alder Planetarium
You schedule 2 shows, then go back and schedule more. The shows are included in the ticket price. There is a cafe inside. More of a half day attraction for us, but it depends how many shows you see.

Field Museum
 photo 20160407_145548_zps3rsez2pd.jpgNo big lines, so it was a good second half of the day attraction. Cool, life-sized T-rex skeleton on the main floor. Different floors with different themes. Our movie was included in the CityPass cost. You could pay extra for the main, temporary exhibit. My kids were good with a half day there, but if your kid was interested in everything it could be a full day.

Museum of Science and Industry
I thought it looked awesome online with lots of different areas and themes, but my kids weren't as into it. They enjoyed the planes, trains, and robots, but they weren't wowed. It's a big building, but after 5+ hours, my kids were over it.

Willis Tower
The previously known Sears Tower has long lines on good weather days. Try to be there when it opens, and don't go after sunset. After going through security (don't put your phone in your pocket!), you wind through lines with information on the wall, a short movie on the Tower's history, and then take an elevator up 103 stories in 60 seconds (there is a lot of ear popping). At the top you can go out on one of 4 glass ledges. Two are for paying costumers to have a professional picture taken floating over the city of Chicago, two are for you to take your own picture, and hope the strangers next to you don't photo bomb. Then you go back down the elevator and through two gift shops to get out.

 photo 20160409_082052_zpspa0b5t1g.jpgMillenium Park and the Cloud Gate
"The bean" as the locals call it, is awesome and free! Great place for family pictures. The park is over 24 acres right in the city, and hosts free events regularly.

Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain is in Grant Park, and is one of the largest fountains in the world. It operates from April to October with water shows and light shows. It's right by the Art Institute of Chicago which can also be included in your CityPass deal.

Oz Park
 photo 20160409_085050_zps4irhvmha.jpgOz Park is a cute, little park with typical park stuff including a wooden playground and Oz character statues. Since my daughter's class is reading Wizard of Oz, she HAD to see it. The statues were neat. It wasn't too far of a drive from the free Lincoln Park Zoo and Millenium park. On-street parking nearby.

Places to eat:

Flagship McDonald's - not super special. It has two floors. My kids thought the elevator, escalators, and meal trays rocked. The second floor had museum type windows with McDonald's through the decades with a matching table and chairs to sit at. The upstairs bakery was closed when we were there. Only drive-through, no parking.

Rainforest Cafe
Typical Rainforest. Moving, life-size animals, overpriced food and drinks, large gift shop. The food was delicious and the wait staff was really nice. No parking.

Wildberry (breakfast/lunch)
Best breakfast food in Chicago! Huge portions, delicious tasting, clean restaurant, friendly staff. Go early, the wait can get long! Right across the street from Millenium Park.

Firecakes Donuts - take out only. Delicious and fresh donuts and hot chocolate. These donuts were so good they are worth the trip to Chicago! (Right near Flagship McDonald's and Rainforest Cafe).

 photo 20160409_193835_zpsfc4bp8tc.jpg Other sites for our next trip:
 photo 20160409_192754_zpseijuobfa.jpgNavy Pier (ferris wheel and rides)
Children's Museum
Lake Michigan beach areas
Museum of History
Art Institute of Chicago
Legoland Discovery Center
River Cruises
360 Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo
Ann Sather Restaurant
Level 257
Hard Rock Cafe
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
and many more...

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week in Preview October 10th-13th

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It's getting spooky around here!
Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular opens this Thursday, October 13th at Iroquois Park. It is a great family event and full of ooohs and aaahhs. Check out their website for more information!

Eat it:It's back again! Kids eat FREE at O'Charley's all day every day! One free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Kid beverage not included. 

Move it: Go for a hike this week at Cherokee Park and enjoy the fall colors. Discover more about their trails here!

Learn it: America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood Tour is offered daily starting at 7:30pm and lasts around 90 minutes. Join a guide for this nightly tour that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hot spots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Find out more here!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: October 7,8,9

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Click here for our FALL FESTIVALS list!!
Click here for our HALLOWEEN EVENTS list!!

Click here to learn more about our FREE #LoveLouFamFun Scavenger Hunt! Now through October 31!

Friday:  Enjoy Harvest Homecoming in New Albany.  Friday is a full day of booth fun - see the schedule of event and map - food and booth galore! Live entertainment on the main stage and rides.  Such a fun time in Southern Indiana.

Saturday: Enjoy LEGO fun at the Main Library downtown at 10am and then go find some of the #LoveLouFamFun places and finish up your FREE scavenger hunt!

Cheer on Louisville City FC as they take on the Charleston Battery at 7:30pm at Slugger Field.  Use code BBBS2016 and they'll make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana from the purchase of your tickets. It's a semifinal game, so it'll bring some excitement.  Veteran tip: Have $5 ready for the Kizito Cookie lady - three delicious huge cookies for $5, best deal of the night! 


Have you been to the World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo yet?  Sunday nights are great for it!  Click here for details and tickets.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about horoscopes and catch up with our funny pal Robyn

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review of RecBar in Louisville, KY

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My family and I decided to check out RecBar recently after hearing good things about it from some friends. RecBar is located at 10301 Taylorsville Rd, near the heart of Jeffersontown. While we went to eat, my husband and kids really only agreed to go with me so that they could check out all of the old school arcade games! I made a deal that if we could eat first, games would be a fun ending to our night out. 

 photo WP_20160513_18_05_30_Pro_zpse0li5wam.jpgThe kid’s menu included chicken tenders and tots, mini burgers and tots, pb&j with tots, and of course, some macaroni and cheese. The adult menu was more typical pub fare and I enjoyed a “My Old Kentucky BLT” while my husband tried the Breakfast Burger. We both enjoyed our sandwiches with tots. While we didn’t have room for the Saturday Morning Ice Cream Sandwich (Fruity Pebble crusted ice cream served between warm waffles and drizzled with strawberry sauce) we were intrigued and may try one on our next visit.

 photo WP_20160513_17_57_54_Pro_zpsljw4d2yp.jpgOnce our food was gone and the bill was paid we were all ready for some arcade games. Some of the games included were Space Invaders, Kung Fu Masters, Mrs. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat, and Donkey Kong. They also had pin ball machines as well as skee ball. They had a room in the back that had air hockey and ping pong but it was blocked off for a party that was arriving soon. The best part was that games only cost $0.25-$0.50 each. You do need tokens so make sure to find the change machine before you start. 

RecBar offers seating inside and out on a covered deck area and also has a room for parties. It is a fun place to go with your family but also would make for a fun guys or girls night out! Find out more about RecBar on their website or Facebook page!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review of Craft Group at Dee's Crafts in Louisville, KY

 photo 22f64d72-c5c8-42a2-a533-33b7d4cbfb30_zpslymppdpv.jpgRecently a friend of mine organized a craft group at Dee's across from Mall St Matthews. (If you've never been to Dee's, then you are not from around here. Dee's is an awesome store full of crafts, fixings for Derby hats, decor, gifts, and more. It's amazing!)

 photo 20160522_162008_zps5dhummt1.jpgOn the left side of the store are most of the crafts, and in the back corner there are some large tables. You and your friends can call up and reserve the space, bring food and drinks, and have staff handy if you get in trouble for a great craft party! All they ask is that you buy your materials there, don't bring alcohol, and leave by closing (we struggled with #3).

Our group chose to make burlap or mesh wreaths for our front doors. The attentive and knowledgeable staff helped us pick out our basics and accessories. Then we realized we had no idea what we were doing. Luckily the Dee's staff was there to help. They walked us through the basics, then came back and walked us through the rest. I cannot thank them enough for all their help!

 photo FB_IMG_1463955703331_zpsuwn5owgf.jpg I highly recommend this option for girls nights, family activities, church groups, and friends get togethers. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 5 and 7pm you can go to Dee's to learn a new skill or get help with a previous project. There are no class fees and no reservations needed - you only pay for supplies used. Check their calendar for specifics.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week in Preview October 3rd-6th

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It's Fall and it's FabuLOUs!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: The World's Largest Halloween Party has started. Check it out this week on Thursday for some cheery, not eerie fun! Find out more here along with other Halloween events!

Eat it: Head over to New Albany on Thursday for the Harvest Homecoming! Lots of yummy food is available including donuts and dumplings!

Move it: Check out FIT4MOM this week to get you moving! Bring your little one with you to get some exercise and your first class is FREE! Learn more on their website

Learn it: The Stewart Toy Soldier Gallery is Now Open at the Frazier Museum! For the first time, the Stewart Toy Soldier Gallery will bring the toy soldier experience out from behind the glass, beyond collectors and aficionados, and into the hands of children (both young and at heart) who simply want to play. Check it out here for more information!

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