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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review of ClickList at Kroger in Prospect, KY

I've been hearing friends and family rave about curbside grocery pickup for months. When the Kroger near my home recently began offering ClickList, I knew I had to give it a try.

 photo 18a4bfe7-7eec-4e68-99a0-43b6b491aa47_zpspsshytxo.jpgCurbside grocery orders are placed online. The process was easier than I expected. I already had an online account with Kroger, which I use for uploading digital coupons to my Plus card. I went to the Kroger.com as usual and selected ClickList to begin my order. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of the online ordering process. The first screen I came to showed items I had recently purchased (as tracked by my Kroger Plus card). Each item included a photo with the description, which was helpful. The only thing to be careful of is size, since a 10 oz package looks the same a 30 oz package in a photo. I quickly scrolled through the list and clicked to add some often used grocery staples to my cart.

The next section showed my sale items. These are items that I've previously purchased that are currently on sale. I added extras of some of these items to my cart, if the deal was especially good, just as I would have if I had been walking through the store. I appreciated not missing out on these types of deals! If you're not careful, there are a few deals you might miss out on. For example, Kroger was running a 'mix and match 10 items' deal. If you buy 10 items with a special tag, you get each of those items at a reduced price. There are no special tags when ordering on ClickList. However, if you click the tab for Savings and then select Weekly Ad, you can learn about these sales and still take advantage of them. Also, it is important to note the prices you pay are the ones the item is being sold for on the day of pickup-- not the day of order. I would avoid ordering on a change over date if you're trying to take advantage of special sales.

For the rest of my grocery list, I used the search bar to find the item I needed. The search feature worked pretty well. For example, I typed in "baby spinach" and it brought up the leafy greens I was looking for in the various brands offered. However, it also showed me jars of spinach baby food. I didn't find that to be a problem, but one could avoid seeing the extra items, by narrowing down the search to "produce" by checking a box on the side. The first time I ordered on ClickList, I found all of the items I needed without any problems. The second time I ordered, I noticed a few items missing. One type of salad I like wasn't an available option, nor was the brand of frozen vegetable egg rolls I prefer. I also learned that, while "cosmetics" is a featured category, makeup items really aren't available through ClickList at this time. If I needed mascara, I'd have to go in the store or order it from Amazon. Overall, the product availability was quite extensive, so I don't find that to be a major deterrent.

For all items, the price (with Plus card) was clearly displayed. I appreciated the fact that I could see a running total as I added items to my cart. I could see that being very helpful for staying on budget. It was easy to scroll back through and remove products I changed my mind about. On the review screen at the end, I noticed the words "allow substitution" under each item with a check box beside it. The boxes were automatically checked, but I could uncheck them if desired. I decided to leave them all checked to see if any substitutions would be made. I had previously read that Kroger ClickList associates had been trained to make appropriate substitutions, so I was curious to see what would happen.

 photo FullSizeRender 25_zpsdyizjwbk.jpgAt the end of the online ordering process, I was able to select a pick up date and time. It's important to note that you cannot order and pick up groceries within the same day. Your pick up date will likely be the next day, but it could possibly be later. The first time, I ordered early on a Sunday and was able to pick up my groceries the next morning. The second time I ordered, I got a late start on Sunday evening. When I started my order, the available pick up time was 2 - 3 pm on Monday, but by the time I was finished and ready to select a time, it was up to 7 - 8 pm. Lesson learned. My advice is to get an early start on filling your cart. After a pick up time is selected, you can edit your cart up until midnight. 

 photo FullSizeRender 24_zps2fnkly1f.jpgThe online instructions say to go to the store at your pick up time and follow the signs to the ClickList area. I did not notice any signs outside of the Prospect Kroger when I arrived for pick up. After driving around the lot for a while, I realized that pick up was behind the store. There were several spaces clearly marked for ClickList. The sign in front of each space has a phone number on it to call when you arrive. Don't forget to bring your cell phone! Upon calling, the associate came out within 2 - 3 minutes.

When the ClickList associate came out, he was very friendly. I did not have to get out of the car for anything. The first thing he did was go over list of substitutions that were made on my order. There were multiple items that were required substitution, but I was pleased with all of their choices. The best part of substitutions is, you receive the lowest price. For example, the brand of bacon I ordered was on sale for $1.99 per package. It was unavailable, so they substituted a similar bacon that retailed for 3 times that price and I only paid $1.99. That was quite a nice surprise! Had I not been pleased with the substitutions, I could've rejected them. I noticed that the substituted items had been bagged in regular Kroger bags rather than the white, ClickList bags so that the associate could easily find them and remove them from my order if needed.

Paying for my groceries was easy. I used my credit card and signed the associate's tablet while still in my car. All of my online coupons were automatically applied. I did not try to use paper coupons, but I've heard that they can be used, though they slow down the check out process. While the associate was at my car, I inquired about the storage of ClickList orders after they were picked. He explained to me that they have large refrigeration and freezer rooms where they store the cold items until pick up. So for those who live far from the store, ClickList may be a better option than going inside the store, since your cold groceries remain refrigerated or frozen until they are taken out to you car.

Upon arrival at home, I found that all of my groceries were as expected with no missing items. When ordering the produce, you are able to make a note about what you like (for example, "green bananas") so that helped to insure that those items would be to my liking. The only trick is some of those items are by weight and some by quantity, which I didn't notice, so I only ended up with 2 bananas.

Overall, my impression of ClickList was extremely positive. I really liked the online process, and could see value in looking up items online to price check first even if I planned to go into the store to make my purchase. The fee for using ClickList in the Louisville area is $4.95 per order, however the fee is waived the first 3 times. I think it's a fair price, considering it saved me at least an hour of time and I saved money on substitutions I would've had to pay for if I substituted on my own. At first, I thought this service was only for the elderly, disabled or parents with young children. However, I can see it as beneficial for anyone. In addition to saving time, I didn't make impulse buys and made a more thorough list than usual. I wouldn't use it for a quick trip to get just a few items, but I'll definitely use ClickList again for my major weekly shopping trip!

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner with Santa in and around Louisville, 2016

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Start a new holiday tradition and enjoy a meal with Santa! This is one of my children's favorite things to do around Christmas. Just be sure to call ahead, as most require reservations in advance. 

Saturday, December 3

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40/child. $20/adult. No charge for 2 and under. *Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

Spirit of Jefferson - Brunch cruise with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $32/child. $42/adult.

Jefferson Mall Chic-fil-A- Breakfast with Santa in the food court. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Donuts With Santa - Donuts, crafts, raffle, face painting and photos with Santa at Harmony Elementary School in Goshen, KY. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Breakfast With Santa and Advent Workshop - Breakfast with Santa for all ages from 9 - 10 a.m. Advent workshop for children age 3 yrs - 5th grade from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church. RSVP 502-245-8839.

Pancakes with Santa - Pancakes, crafts, face painting, raffles and meet and greet with Santa, Elsa, Anna and Olaf. Sullivan University. $5 admission.

Breakfast with Santa - All-you-can-eat breakfast, fire truck, bounce house, games, Christmas movies and Santa! McMahan Fire Dept. $5 for children. $7 for adults. No charge for children 2 and under. Benefits Crusade for Children. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Pancakes with Santa - Santa, pancakes and craft stations. $3 for kids 12 and under. $5 for adults. No charge for children 2 and under. Southern High School. 9 - 11 a.m.

Sunday, December 4

Martini Italian Bistro - Breakfast buffet and Santa visit at your table. 9 and 9:30 a.m. $6.95/child 12 & under. $16.95/adult.

U of L Golf Club - Breakfast with Santa. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $7.50 for children 4 - 10 yrs old. $14.99 for adults. Call 852-8958 for reservations.

Friday, December 9

Dinner with Santa - Mexican food and free pictures with Santa at Gusavto's Mexican Grill Crestwood. 6 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 10

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40/child. $20/adult. Free for 2 and under. *Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

Spirit of Jefferson - Brunch cruise with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  $32/child. $42/adult.

St. Paul United Methodist Church - Breakfast with Santa. Pancakes, crafts games and photo ops.

Santa Breakfast - Pancakes, crafts and photos with Santa. Klothe-A-Kid and Dream Express will giveaway clothing and storybooks. This event is free. North Bullitt Christian Church. 9 - 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa - Breakfast, crafts, games, Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and more. Westport Rd. Church of Christ. 9 - 11 a.m.

LaGrange Mason 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bring a new unwrapped toy for the Not Forgotten Box and receive a free pancake breakfast.

Dinner with Santa - Mexican food and free pictures with Santa at Gusavto's Mexican Grill Prospect. 6 - 9 p.m.

Sunday, December 11

Martini Italian Bistro - Breakfast buffet and Santa visit at your table. 9 and 9:30 a.m. $6.95/child 12 & under. $16.95/adult.

Santa Lunch - Crestwood Christian Church. 12:15 - 2 p.m.

Santa at Captain's Quarters - 11 a.m. -2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Free photos and ornament making. Kids 12 and under eat free with adult entree purchase.

St. Aloysius Breakfast with Santa - The St. Aloysius Women's Club is sponsoring breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and includes a pancake breakfast, crafts and a visit with Santa!

Saturday, December 17

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40/child. $20/adult. Free for 2 and under. *Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

JDRF Breakfast with Santa - Breakfast with Santa at the Cheesecake Factory, Mall St. Matthews. 8 - 10 a.m. Tickets are $10. No charge for age 1 yr and under.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center - Pancake breakfast and photo with Santa. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Know of a Santa meal we missed? Email the information to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week in Preview November 28th - December 1st

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Make this week fantastic!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Enjoy some Christmas Lights at the World's ONLY Drive-Thru Underground Light Show!
Pick a day this week to head over to the Louisville Mega Cavern to get yourself into the Holiday Spirit! Find all the details here along with a coupon!

Eat it: Visit W.W. Cousin's on Monday or Tuesday after 4:00pm to enjoy kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Check out their Facebook page for more information!

Move it: Go ice skating this week downtown at the plaza at 4th and Jefferson Streets! The skating rink is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00am-10:00pm. For more information and all the hours open click here!

Learn it: Mayor's Music & Art Series will be held in the WFPK studio, 619 S. Fourth St. on Thursday, December 1st. Their monthly shows spotlight local musicians and artists in the intimate setting of the Mayor’s Gallery Listening Room at historic Louisville Metro Hall. Performances are the first Thursday of the month. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with music starting at 12:10 p.m. and lasting about 45 minutes. All shows are free and open to the public, first come/first served.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend: Thanksgiving

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We are enjoying family time, just like you. We have linked up some items below so you can find your fun.  As always, our trusty calendar is also ready for you to review and find events.

If you are reading on a mobile device, we recommend you download our app because that's the easiest way to see the calendar when you are out and about. 

Please refer to our Winter Fun Page for lots of ideas!


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat with our adopt-a-mom-of-a-friend-when-yours-is-on-a-cruise Velma! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Five Favorites from Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, KY

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Christmas at the Galt House is back again and I attended for a media event to see what's new.  As always, it's very colorful and gets you in the mood for the holidays. Here are my favorite parts of our day.

1. Santa Claus - Santa is waiting for you to have your picture taken in one of the first rooms you encounter. You can buy a professional picture or just take one with your own camera.
2. The 12 Days of Christmas KaLightoscope! Starting with a partridge in a pear tree, past turtle doves and French hens, through golden rings, over a bridge of swans a swimming, with the last stop being 12 drummers drumming. Our favorite was 8 Maids a Milking!

3. The Naughty or Nice Mat- Step just right and either the naughty or nice lights will brighten up, letting Santa know which list to put you on. Santa’s elf will help, but make sure you are on the lookout or you may pass it up.

4. The interactive camera in the KaLightoscope near the 4 Calling Birds. Put your face in front of the camera and it will be projected onto 3 different luminaries.

5. Carolers – they are sure to put you into the Holiday Spirit and sound wonderful singing favorite Christmas Songs.

LouFamFun's Christmas Galt House album on Photobucket

Learn more about Christmas at the Galt House on their website.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Monday, November 21, 2016

Four Reasons to check out Heartland Music Together this winter

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Does your child love music? Heartland Music Together can foster that love of music!

You may have already noticed your child bopping to a beat, singing along in the car, or even just brightening and smiling when you sing a favorite song. We know that every child is musical – and the more you share musical fun with your child, the more you support your child’s budding music skills.

1) Fun for every temperament and learning style
We support your child's love of music, with activities to encourage musical play and exploration at your child's own developmental level. Each class is a 45-minute journey that includes high energy fun, quiet activities, instrument play, and finally a lullaby and snuggle at the end of class. We welcome children from infants through preschool. And we because we believe you deserve some fun in your day, we make our classes fun for adults too!

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We offer classes all around town to meet your needs, with morning, afternoon, evening and weekend options. Our NEW Prospect class meets at Power and Grace Gymnastics on Wednesday mornings, starting in December. Try a free single class, or…

3) Join us for a holiday mini-session
This 3-week holiday session is a favorite way to get a taste of Music Together without committing to a full semester. You can register in advance for the class you want – or just drop in to pay as you go. Perfect for your busy holiday season!

4) Holiday gift solution
Music classes make a great gift! No batteries, no clutter, and it’s a gift the whole family will enjoy. You can create a certificate for any amount. And years later they’ll still thank you for this amazing gift!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week in Preview November 21st-24th

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Games, Crepes, and Boom!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it:Enjoy some family time at home this week with a Family Game Night! Pick your favorite and have some fun! Some ideas could include Monopoly, Qwirkle, Life, or Sorry.

Eat it: It's Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, November 23rd at Four Sisters! From 11am-3pm, they will be offering FREE crepes and all donations will go to charity. Find out more on their Facebook page!

Move it: Get jumping at House of Boom this week!  Join them for Kid Jump (9am-10am) for children 6 and under. One accompanying adult jumps free per child paid. This is available Monday-Saturday, find out more here!

Learn it:This week of thankfulness would be a wonderful time to also spread kindness. Check out our post of opportunities for service and pick one for your family!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: November 18,19,20

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Friday:  Take advantage of the warmth and head to Kentucky Horse Park for Southern Lights. It's not too bad of a drive and a really nice place! They suggest you arrive as close as possible to 5:30 pm to avoid longer lines giving you more time to visit the Holiday Festival (non-driving) attraction. It's $25 per car on weekends. 

Saturday:  Christmas at the Galt House kicks off this weekend and will be having a fun event to get things started - The World's Largest Fairy Gathering.  Tutu/fairy wings/wands encouraged!  They are trying to set a Guinness World Record!  The doors open at 10am and they begin counting folks at 11:15am. See all of the details by clicking here.

Sunday: Get a jump ahead on holiday shopping at the JCC Snowflake Shoppe, supporting their early learning center. They have a long list of vendors all in one place. 


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about smiling and nodding. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review of "All the Whos in Whoville" at Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY

Click here to learn about all of the holiday happenings for 2016

I took my son to the last working dress rehearsal of "All the Whos in Whoville" to check out this holiday play and see what it might have in store for families looking for a seasonal event to attend this month.

 photo 1110162138a-2_zpspro41kzg.jpgWhen we arrived, several of the actors were going over lines on stage and were dressed in colorful outfits, looking very Who-ville and it set up the mood for us as far as getting in the Grinch and Who spirit. They were super receptive to my son and immediately drew him into their acting and humor by telling him to say "Merry Christmas" to a certain Who, and he would run off the stage and hide. It was very fun and interactive and of course my son loved it. He loves attention! He has really exhibited a love for theater, so I really enjoy taking him to these types of events. The actors then played along with him and asked him "Wanna play follow the leader?! You're the leader, go!" And he took off and they followed him, imitating his every move and making the small audience laugh hysterically. It was really fun and got us very pumped for the start of the play.

When the play began, there was a narrator telling the back story of The Grinch and how he had grown to love the Whos in Whoville and loved Christmas and giving to everyone. Then, the story turns into the Grinch becoming basically "mean" again because he looks into a superficial little globe of light that "shocks" his system back to "Grinchood." In the story, there is a lot of sci-fi, fantasy, lights, music, time travel, mystery, and problem solving as the story goes on. We are introduced to Cindy Lou Who as she is a grown up now and has a daughter of her own, Suzy Q. We are also introduced to Cindy's mother and her sister, Betty Boo and Mary Sue. While the lines are lyrical and rhyming for the most part, much of the dialogue in my opinion will only be understood by adults and older children and teens. The Grinch stole the show though, and he was fabulous. My son really only enjoyed the scenes where the Grinch was center stage. Who wouldn't be drawn to him?! He was dressed spectacularly to the part!

 photo 1110162034_zpsc6asdbau.jpgI would recommend this show for an older audience. If you have a family of younger children, I really think it's scripted well and has a lot of humor that adults will catch, but it is not very much like the movie or anything, so if your kids are expecting something like that, they may not enjoy it as much. As a parent with children who span 8 years between them, I value finding entertainment that we can all enjoy though, and isn't so entirely centered on the preschool age range. Older kids, teens, and adults who enjoy mystery and sci-fi and theatrical effects will most likely appreciate this show. The ending is heartfelt and brings joy to the scenes.

It is a totally locally sourced cast and is in its second run at the Iroquois Amphitheater. "All the Whos in Whoville" is a ZTK Entertainment production written by Todd Zeigler and directed by Kathryn Zeigler.

"All the Whos in Whoville" can be seen Thursday-Saturday November 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and at a family matinee on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22; matinee special pricing is $20 for adult admission and $10 for children admission.

See the show at Parkside Studio indoors at the Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Road

By Guest Contributor: Erin

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Indoor/Winter Service Opportunities for Families in and around Louisville, KY

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 photo IMG_1483_zpsowrkg2pf.jpgRonald McDonald House – The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana is to provide a “home away from home” for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities while also lending support to other organizations who aid children. They have several different opportunities for ages 6+. See our review of one such opportunity here.

Fed With Faith Fed with Faith is a Louisville-based homeless outreach aimed at providing food, shelter, and essential resources to the indigent population with particular focus on 18 to 24 year olds. They work with families, street youth, runaways and general homeless to gain resources that may help them. The folks at Fed With Faith are incredible to work with! When my family and I volunteered, even my 4 year old was able to help.

ApertOWL – While ApertOWL usually does service projects with groups - Girl Scouts, beta club, church groups, etc., founder Taryn Skees has opportunities for families or a group of families as well. Her mission is to raise awareness and help families with a child diagnosed with Apert Syndrome. She discusses her own son’s journey with Apert syndrome and how to handle talking to your children about noticing differences in others. The group then decorates the boxes for “Whooo’s Brave Kits,” a care package sent families of children with Apert syndrome. This is another opportunity where even little hands can help!

Humble Pie - Humble Pie is a Louisville-based children's volunteer group offering charity opportunities for children ages 12 & under. Check their calendar for different service opportunities each month ranging from making care packages to volunteering at Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve.

Cozy Cuddlebugs - Sponsored by the families of Withrow Price Real Estate Group, Cozy Cuddlebugs makes no-sew blanket comforters for the children at St. Joseph's Childrens' Home. Upon leaving St. Joe's, each child gets to keep his/her blanket. Families can help by making a monetary donation to sponsor a blanket, attending a blanket party or both!

Snacks in Snacks - Snacks in Sacks meets at Fern Creek United Methodist Church, typically on a Friday evening, every 6-8 weeks. They fill gallon sized bags with food for the homeless in our community. Organizer, Trisha Drake, has a list of snack ideas to purchase for the bags. This is a great way to serve with the entire family!

Dare to Care - Dare to Care partners with over 300 local social service agencies, such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to distribute food to our community. Dare to Care also fights hunger through programs targeting the most vulnerable in our community. These programs include Kids Cafe, Backpack Buddy, Mobile Pantry, Cooking Matters, and a variety of targeted initiatives to reach senior citizens.

Bread of Life Food Pantry - Grace and Glory Lutheran Church, partners with Dare to Care, Kentucky Harvest, and local farmers, to eliminate hunger in our community. Each month they serve 1,000 or more people. Kids can help by raising money or collecting non-perishable food and personal care products for the pantry. Older children, teens and adults can assist with stocking and distribution.

Kentucky Humane Society - The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), located in Louisville, KY, is a private, nonprofit organization that is Kentucky's largest pet adoption agency and largest no-kill animal shelter. KHS has opportunities for children 10+. All new adult, student, and junior volunteers must attend an orientation and training session at either our Main or East Campus before they begin.

Cabbage Patch House - The Cabbage Patch Settlement House serves 1,000 to 1,200 at-risk children and their families each year, creating an endless need for donated goods and services. These donations allow the Cabbage Patch to maximize every dollar raised and put it to use providing critical programs and services to at-risk children and families.

 photo 1798b484-43dc-43aa-a001-5cc686a81858_zpsf9bjvofy.jpgPurses With a Purpose - Started by a young lady in Louisville, Purses With A Purpose collects gently used purses for underprivileged women and teens and fills each purse with essential items and a Bible!

Operation Christmas Child - The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Collection week is November 14-21. If you miss this one, have a Christmas in July packing party for next year!

Little Free Library – Collect books through Metro United Way for the Little Free Library initiatives.

A Million Thanks – Have a letter writing party! Write letters and make cards of appreciation for our military, past and present. Active and reserve service men and women, as well as veterans will receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are injured in hospitals.

In addition to all these great opportunities for families, you can also host a collection party! There are several ministries and causes that are in desperate need for donations. Check with local food pantries, schools, churches and charities for “wish list” items and hold a collection party with your family and friends.

If you know of any other great indoor/winter family service opportunities that should be included on our list, please email brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net.

By Guest Contributor: Dana

Monday, November 14, 2016

Six reasons why All About Kids open gym is indoor fun for everyone

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Let's see why All About Kids offers the best open gym in Louisville:

1) During the cold winter months or on rainy days, open gym is an excellent option for indoor fun and exercise.

2) For those enrolled at All About Kids in classes, open gym provides a way to stay after class and keep working on the skills kids learn in class. At the Oldham locations, there's even indoor soccer and basketball.

3) Their warm-water pool is perfect year-round but especially during the winter. It is an excellent way to keep up with being a strong swimmer or just splashing with friends.

4) The All About Kids instructors are always present to lend a helping hand and keep things safe and enjoyable. That's peace of mind for parents.

5) Discount passes for those in classes because they are members.
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6)It's open often!  The hours are:
Monday – Friday 12-1pm (Ages 5 & under)
Includes Fun Zone 10am-2pm
$8 per child, $45 for 10 visit pass (members only)

Friday & Saturday 7-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm
Open Gym & Swim (Ages 5 & under must have an adult in the water)
$9 for members, $12 for non-members
$65 for 10 visit pass (members only)

Note: Membership is only $50 per year per family or $25 for one child

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week in Preview November 14th-17th

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Learn, love, and celebrate a little magic this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Starting on Monday, November 14th, the Magic Returns at Bass Pro Shops!The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts, and activities that celebrate the season. Learn more here!

Eat it: Kids eat FREE on Monday from 4pm-close at Christi's Cafe (with the purchase of an adult meal for each child)! Find all the information here!

Move it: Spend time at The Diaper Fairy Cottage on Monday or Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm for their playgroup just for crawlers/walkers. This is an open playgroup for little ones from 6 months-24 months! Check it out here for more information.

Learn it: Children of all ages and their families are invited to a special Nutcracker Family Storytime with the Louisville Ballet on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30pm at the Southwest Library. The event features a Louisville Ballet dancer reading the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, followed by Nutcracker-inspired crafts and activities. Plus, one lucky family will receive 4 tickets to see the Louisville Ballet’s production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Pick for things to do this weekend around Louisville: November 11,12,13

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Festival of Trees and Lights is this weekend 

Friday:  Today is the Louisville Veterans Day Parade. Honor those who have served our country by attending this wonderful parade.  The details about the route are on their website. The parade starts at 11am.

Saturday:  Get a free tree and plant it with your family!  Head to the parking lot at Jefferson Community & Technical College, West Broadway (Enter lot from 2nd street). All trees native to KY. First come first served while supplies last and it's a limit of 3 trees per residence. You must be Jefferson County resident with proof of residency. Questions: Erin Thompson 502-574-3927 or Erin.Thompson@louisvilleky.gov 

Sunday: Last chance to see You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at IU SE, check out the details here.

Or, make driftwood art at the Falls of the Ohio.  They will have materials and this is a way to make something so unique.  The Family Nature Club event is at 2pm for an hour. Then, follow it up with a hike!


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat with Megan again, we love therapy.  Let's talk about holiday stress.............

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in Louisville 2016

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Check out the Holiday in the City website for info about all of the downtown festivities.

Thursday, November 10th from 6-9pm is the Holiday Open House in Jeffersonville.

Friday, November 11th is the tree lighting at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, 7pm

Starts November 11th "All The Whos In Whoville" by Todd Zeigler will be playing at the Iroquois Amphitheater. Check the website for dates and times!

Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th is the Beechmont Women’s Club Annual Luncheon and Bazaar! From 9am-6pm on Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday. Located at 4516 S. 6th St.

 photo kosair festival of trees 2016 ad_zpsjjyefuob.pngNovember 11th and 13th is the Festival of Trees and Lights at Louisville Slugger Field. Hosted by the Children's Hospital Foundation, hundreds of volunteers design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths and hand crafted holiday items - all of which are for sale to raise funds for Norton Children's Hospital. Festival Family Night is 11/11.

Saturday, November 12th is the NuLu Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holidays NuLu style! Extended hours, store and restaurant specials, an appearance from Santa and more. From 10am-6pm.

Saturday, November 12th visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: See calendar here. 10am - noon for a holiday craft. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, November 12th is Fern Creek Baptist Church Holiday Art and Craft Show from 9am-3pm. Located at 5920 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291.

Saturday, November 12th is the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville! 4-8pm

Monday, November 14th -December 24th it's Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. A bunch of free activities and great opportunities to get photo with Santa.

November 15-17th is the Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted. No entry fees, open to the public. Located at 3701 Frankfort Rd.

November 17th – December 24th is Christmas at the Galt House. Winter Wonderland, Snow Fairy Princesses, Peppermint Express Kiddie Train, and more.

November 18th - December 31st is the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights Stroll. 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights

November 18th – December 31st, Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern will be open. Load up the kids and enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways, which features over 850 lit characters with over 2,000,000 points of light.

 photo ddp holiday ad 2016_zpsaj5sjivl.pngNovember 19th – December 19th, Derby Dinner Playhouse is performing Once Upon a Snowflake! Price includes food , book early - these typically sell out. 
Keep tabs on the Louisville Free Public Library events - they have multiple locations where you have the opportunity to make holiday cards for soldiers and other crafts.
See the Nutcracker Ballet performances at the Louisville Free Pubic Library starting November 15th. See all locations, times and dates here

Saturday, November 19th is Scrooge's Christmas Journey at Actor's Theatre at 10:30am, sensory friendly.

Saturday, November 19th visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: See calendar here. 10am - noon for a holiday craft. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, November 19th is Holiday Brite Nite at Paddock Shops. 5-8pm. Nov. 20th-Dec. 18th, FREE Carriage Rides with Santa every weekend from noon-4pm at The Paddock Shops

Saturday, November 19th is Light Up Simpsonville at 6:15pm.  See all Shelby County events here.

Sunday, November 20th from 10am-2pm is the Snowflake Shoppe at the JCC. 

November 22nd-December 23rd A Christmas Carol is being presented by Actor’s Theatre.

Wednesday, November 23rd is Light Up Lyndon from 5:00-8:00pm.

November 25th– December 24th is Christmas Tree Lane at Waterfront Park.

November 25 & 26, Schimpff’s Christmas Candy Making, 10 am-5 m, free. 

Friday, November 25th is Light Up Louisville including a Skating Rink, the Run, Run, Rudolph 5K, Santa’s Workshop, and Santa’s Arrival. Click here for the full calendar of events.

Starting November 25th is Christmas in Charlestown. Largest animated light show in So. Indiana. on the City Square nightly, Winter Wonderland of Lights, Carriage Rides and more. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Louisville.

November 25th – January 29th Jeffersonville’s Skating Rink will be open! Located at the corner of Market and Spring Streets.

Starting November 25th visit Yuletide at Yew Dell on select days. Snow village, model trains, crafts, workshops and Santa.  See more Oldham County holiday events here.

Saturday, November 26th is Home for the Holidays at the Kentucky Center. Louisville Orchestra performs holiday classics and invites you to sing-along with favorite holiday tunes. Pre-concert activities at 10am including craft station and Instrument Playground. Show 11. $15.

Saturday, November 26th is the  Jingle Walk and Holiday Fest in New Albany.


December is a time for Holiday Interim Sessions at Heartland Music Together!

Thursday, December 1 from 3-5 p.m. Santa will be at Derby City Pediatric Dentistry from 3-5pm. Photos with Santa and crafts....FREE

First two weekends in December: Visit the Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY.  Scenes from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

Friday, December 2nd - all  day - you can participate in the Buy Local shopping tour.

Friday, December 2nd from 4-9pm is Light Up Middletown

December 2nd & 3rd is WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church located at 4936 Brownsboro Road.

December 2/3, 9/10 is the Historic Tunnel Mill Christmas Candlelight tours rom 5:30-8:30pm, donation of at least $5 encouraged.

December 2nd & 3rd U of L Dance Theatre presents "Clara's Dream" at the School of Music's Comstock Hall. Details via their Facebook page.

Saturday, December 3rd - Williams-Sonoma Louisville is hosting a Jr. Chef class to make ginerbread houses- call store at 502-896-5740 for details/time

Saturday, December 3rd from 1-5pm is Christmas Open House at Culbertson Mansion.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is December 3rd - 17th at the Kentucky Center (sensory-sensitive performance is Dec 10th).

Saturday, December 3rd visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: See calendar here. 10am - noon for a holiday craft. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.
Starting December 3rd, the Kentucky Railroad Museum will have the Santa Express and North Pole Express Running. Check out their website for dates and times!

Saturday, December 3rd is the Shelby County Christmas Parade starting at 10am.

December 3rd is Christmastide at Locust Grove from 12-7pm. Interpreters will give you an 1816 holiday experience. Free for children ages 6 and under, see other prices on their website.

Saturday, December 3rd is the Christmas Cookie Stroll in Downtown Jeffersonville. From 11am-4pmpm.

Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am-7:00pm at Norton Commons, it's their Open House. Santa will be visiting from 4-7 pm & carriage rides will be offered from 5-7 pm. You must bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots in order to get a photo with Santa or a carriage ride.

Saturday, December 3rd is the Nature of Christmas in Goshen from 12-3pm. Free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats (quantities limited). Free, donations encouraged.

Saturday, December 3rd is a Holiday Party at Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium from 1pm-4pm.

Saturday, December 3rd at 1pm, Squallis Puppeteers is having a holiday puppet show "Bigfoot's Big Holiday." Workshop to follow.

Saturday, December 3rd is Pancakes with Santa at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy from 9am-noon.  It's just $5 and Santa will be there along with characters from Frozen.

Saturday, December 3rd is Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Bring the kids out for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Riverside from 2pm-6pm! Free activities include: Photo opportunity with Santa Holiday crafts for kids Horse-drawn wagon rides Musical entertainment Tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House decorated for the season! (House closes at 5 PM.) ~ Refreshments for Sale

Saturday, December 3rd is Light Up Jeffersontown from 6-8pm. Start the holiday season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Mayor as they flip the switch to Light Up Jeffersontown! Immediately following, festivities continue outside with live performances by area choral groups, ice carving, free refreshments and free carriage rides. Inside the Community Center enjoy arts and crafts, holiday movies and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Saturday, December 3rd is Light Up LaGrange from 4pm-9pm with the Lighting Ceremony to take place at 6pm.

Check out  Louisville Chorus for listings of all of the holiday performances.

December 3rd & 4th is Holiday Pops Spectacular at Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, Indiana University Southeast.

December 3rd & 4th is Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

December 3rd & 4th stop by the Ballard Holiday Halls Arts & Craft Show from 10am - 5pm on Sat. or 12pm - 4pm on Sun.

Wednesday, December 7th is a holiday party at Kazoing form 5-8 pm  Admission is one unopened, gift per child that will be donated to foster children. Santa will also be there.

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December 8-10th is the Festival of the Nativities in Crestwood. Read all about this free event on their website. Over 500 nativities to view!

December 8-10 head to The Diaper Fairy Cottage for a Winter Footprint Craft

Decemeber 3rd and 10th: Breakfast with Santa on Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson.

December 9-11th is the Christmas Gift and D├ęcor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Saturday, December 10th is Sunny Acres Farm Winter Festival (time TBD as of 11/9)

Saturday, December 10th visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: See calendar here. 10am - noon for a holiday craft. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

O Come, Emmanuel: An Advent Celebration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Details not updated on their website for 2016.

Saturday, December 10th is the Old Fashioned Christmas in New Albany from 10am-7p

Saturday, December 10th is Christmas in Anchorage.

Saturday, December 10th from 1-2pm Learning Express is hosting Santa for photos! Free.

Saturday, December 10th is Polar Express Family party at the Kentucky Science Center. 5-9pm

Saturday, December 20th is Dinner with Santa from 6-9pm at Gustavo's in Prospect.

December 10,11 and 17,18 is the Louisville Zoo’s Santa Safari. 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm each day.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker ballet runs December 10th -22nd

Sunday, December 11th from 11am-2pm, Santa will be a Captain's Quarters

Sunday, December 11th from 3-4:30 pm, the Jewish Community Center of Louisville is hosting a free interfaith Chanukah party.  Registration is encouraged.

Sunday, December 11th is Dickens Dinner at RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge. Doors open at 7pm, night ends with a horse & carriage ride. Call for reservations.

Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm there is a fresh wreath making workshop at Forage

Thursday, December 15th at 7pm, enjoy Elf jr, the musical and the Oldham County Arts Center

Friday, December 16th from 7-9pm, The Nerdy Planet is hosting Fandom Fest Christmas

December 16 & 17th, North Oldham High School is putting on "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Saturday, December 17th from 8-10am, have breakfast with Santa at Chick-fil-A Middletown.

Saturday, December 17th 12-4pm, it's Christmas in the Park at Shelby Park

Saturday, December 17th from 1-4pm, Forestpark Community Church is hosting a Parent's Day Out and Christmas party for the kids. 

Saturday, December 17th is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the musical at the Brown Theatre, 2pm and 7pm

Saturday, December 17th is the ECO Kids Hot Chocolate Hike at Berheim Forest from 9am-5pm (check their website for a calendar of events for that day), admission is free but they charge a $5 environmental impact fee per car. 

December 17th is Storytime with Santa at Joe Huber’s Farm from 4-7pm, story time at 5pm

December 17th and 18th is the Nutcracker on Ice at the Louisville Skating Academy.

Sunday, December 18th from 1-4pm, Bake My Day is hosting A Merry Mermaid Christmas.

Sunday, December 18th is the Ascension Live Nativity from 6-8pm.

Thursday, December 21st, Love City Inc. is hosting a holiday party for kids ages 6-12

Thursday, December 21st from 1-4pm, it's the Holiday Open House at Jefferson Memorial Forest. It's free! Scavenger hunt, cookies, ornament craft and hot chocolate!

Sunday, December 25th from 1-2:30pm there is a Chanukah Bake event at Jewish Community Center of Louisville.

Sunday, December 25th from 5-7pm, Jewish Learning Center is hosting a Chanukah on Ice party at Alpine Ice Arena. 

Monday, December 26th from 4-6pm, Chabad of Kentucky will have a Chanukah Live celebration at 4th Street Live.  

Monday, December 26th at 6:45pm, Bethesda Baptist Church is having a Kwanzaa Celebration.

December 29-30th, St Paul United Methodist Church has a Yule Tide Festival.

Saturday, December 30th at Noon, there is a Kwanzaa events at Shawnee Community Center.

Photos with Santa are available at the Malls and Bass Pro Shops throughout the Holiday Season.

We try our best to provide accurate information, however, we suggest verifying exact details by checking the venue's website or contacting them by phone.  Know of a Holiday or Christmas event that was not included in this list? Email the event information to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top 10 Locally Owned Stores In Louisville, KY- Perfect for Holiday Shopping

 photo 20151219_110555_zpsx990bmaj.jpgI usually start my Holiday shopping at the Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar. It’s a great place to find unique locally-made gifts from hand-blown glass to jewelry to Yes, Louisville t-shirts. This year the Fleur De Flea will also have a Holiday popup sale. These are great places to get one-of-a-kind items from local vendors while injecting a hearty dose of cash into the local economy. If you aren’t able to make these events, don’t worry- there are plenty of other places in Louisville to find unique gifts while keeping your money in the local economy.

1. Playthings Toy Shoppe is a great place to buy gifts, and they also offer free gift wrapping! There are two locations and they carry things you won’t find in the big box stores.

 photo 20151215_201458_zpswnnvy2an.jpg2. Schimpff’s Confectionary is a great place to pick up treats for Holiday parties and stockings, and while you’re there you can visit their candy museum. (If you need nut-free candy, head over to Art Eatables.) There are numerous other adorable shops on Spring Street from Dress and Dwell to Riverside Cigars.

3. Heine Brothers Coffee gift certificates are my go-to teacher gift. I also wouldn’t mind finding Heine Brothers coffee beans in my stocking!

 photo IMGP4430_zpssanfkrpl.jpg4. 5-0-Lou is a great new shop on Frankfort Avenue full of locally-made wares and art. There’s a huge selection of t-shirts, local foods, and beauty products from Louisville Beer Syrup (non-alcoholic and great on Christmas morning pancakes!) to the Reuse 502 collection of home and baby products.

5. Revelry Boutique Gallery features jewelry and art made by local artists. You will also find apparel and household goods. Don’t forget to say hi to Major, the store’s dog-in-residence.

 photo IMGP2798_zpsta6jqbvh.jpg6. Louisville Stoneware is the perfect place to take your kids to make a special cookie plate for Santa that you will cherish for years to come. You can also pick up gifts for everyone on your list, from julep and coffee cups to serving platters and ornaments.

7. Quest Outdoors has finished remodeling and consolidating into one huge location in Shelbyville Road Plaza, full of all kinds of gear and clothing for every outdoor enthusiast on your list. If your outdoor enthusiast is more into grilling, check out Brownsboro Hardware for an extensive grill and accessory collection which includes The Big Green Egg.

8. Carmichael’s Book Store is Louisville’s largest independent book retailer. Not only can you find books from local writers there, but they also have a dedicated children’s book store in the Highlands.

9. Heimerdinger Cutlery is a great place to take your knives to get sharpened before your Holiday feast or buy new ones if you haven’t yet invested in a quality set. They carry everything from pocket knives for your Boy Scout to Shun and Wusthoff for your kitchen to shaving products for dad.

10. Mama’s Hip and The Diaper Fairy Cottage are great places to find unique baby items for the expectant parents on your list.

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By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Monday, November 7, 2016

Raising Cane's is opening in Middletown

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The grand opening ceremony will be Wednesday, November 9 at 12009 Shelbyville Road at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Doors open following the ceremony. The first 20 customers will receive free Cane’s for a year and they expect that people will be camping out overnight to win this coveted prize. Also, the next 100 people will receive vouchers for free meals with the purchase of a regular combo meal that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit. Throughout the day, staff will hand out prizes totaling over $1,000. All customers during the first week of business can enter to win free Cane’s for a year.

Fun for after school, head there and meet Louisville City FC soccer players from 2 to 4 p.m. as they serve meals at the drive thru and sign autographs.
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On Wednesday, 100 percent of net proceeds from the day’s sales will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to support one-to-one mentoring for local youth.

Also, from 4-6 p.m., 98.9 Radio Now will be broadcasting LIVE!

Hours of operation at the Middletown Raising Cane’s are Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

More information is available at the Raising Cane's Louisville facebook page. The Raising Cane's locations around Louisville are locally owned and operated.

See you there!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week in Preview November 7th-10th

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Thankful November has us thankful for family fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: This week is part of the Mayor's Week of Valor and there are a lot of options for you to join. On Monday, head over the Kentucky Science Center for the Kentucky Veterans of Vietnam War Film, Wednesday is a Veteran's Appreciation Event at the Southwest Library, and Thursday at the Main Library will be The Man on TV/Shakespeare with Veteran's. Learn more about times and locations here!

Eat it:Celebrate with Raising Cane's at their new Middletown location on Wednesday, November 9th. The celebration starts at 10:30am and goes until 11:00pm. 100% of Net Proceeds opening day will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Find out more here!

Move it: School is out Monday and Tuesday this week and you can get your move on at All About Kids both days! Join them for Open Gym, Swim, Basketball, Soccer, and Cheer from 2pm-4pm! Get all the information here

Learn it: It's a family art night at the Iroquois Library on Thursday, November 10th starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy an evening of art with your family. Learn more here!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: November 4,5,6

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Friday:  The fall harvest hayride is Friday night in Clarksville. This event is wonderful!  It's at Lapping park and they have a campfire, s'mores, music and of course a hayride. This year, they even have a magician performing at 7 p.m. And, the fee is just one canned good (not expired please).  Arrive between 6 & 8 p.m. to enjoy all of the fun.

Saturday:  LOVE LOVE LOVE the Ceramics Studio One Day Workshops at the Oldham County Arts Center. It's not too far off of the Gene Snyder in Crestwood. This weekend it's their Thanksgiving workshop. It's perfect for kids age 5 and up and adults love it too.  It's from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and just $15. You get a slab of clay and they help your get creative. You paint them, they first them and in about two weeks, you pick them up. You can make one or many things with your slab and it's still just $15! 


The U of L women's basketball team is pretty darn good and they have free admission this Sunday for an exhibition game. They are playing Lindsey Wilson College in the KFC Yum! Center at 2 p.m., and no tickets will be distributed for the event - it's open seating.

Also, it's K.I.T.E. Family Fun Day at the Anshei Sfard front lawn next to the JCC.  It's FREE, even lunch so be sure to visit their website to make a selection.  They are inviting the entire community to come enjoy a wonderful day together. Enjoy the pony rides, petting zoo, BBQ, and more. Kentucky Institute for Torah Education is a non-profit non-congregational organization that strengthens the Jewish community of Louisville through Torah study.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat with Megan again, we love therapy.  Let's talk about holiday stress.............