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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

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Tune into this episode of Fortyish - Dan and Stephanie talk about parenting other kids......in public.

Our recommendations are for indoor fun or evening outdoor fun.
Stick to the AC during the day and wait until evening to head out to Westport Village for a summer concert. Kids can dance in the street, go crazy and dance with them. It's free! Grab some ice cream at The Comfy Cow and call it a FUN night. Details here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review of Malibu Jack's Indoor Entertainment Center in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_2124_zpsl4axsykl.jpg On a summer afternoon, I had the opportunity to enjoy some time alone with my 8 yr old daughter. I presented her with some options over lunch, and Malibu Jack's won her vote. Under the Deals tab on LouFamFun, I found a link to a Groupon deal; a $20 Malibu Jack's card for only $10. Score!!

Malibu Jack's is a Kentucky-based indoor entertainment center with two locations- one in Louisville and another in Lexington. We visited in the middle of a Monday afternoon and it was not crowded. I presented the Groupon deal on my phone and received our $20 card. Malibu
Jack's cards are the currency for all activities and games inside the center. My daughter was immediately drawn to the Malibu Golf, an 18 hole mini-golf course complete with a waterfall. We found the course to be in very nice condition. It was challenging, but not frustrating. My daughter even hit a lucky bonus shot on one hole, resulting in cheers from all who witnessed it!

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After golfing, we decided to check out the arcade. We had fun playing a few skill games; tossing balls into milk jugs, bouncing a ball into a cup and a water gun game with rubber ducks. My daughter also liked "gambling" for tickets on a couple of chance games. We both enjoyed playing air hockey and had a blast on the simulated roller coaster ride. The arcade area was bright and clean, and it was easy to play any game with a swipe of the card. All tickets earned were added to the card automatically, and there was a card reader near the front desk where we could check our dollar and ticket balances. The offerings in the prize area were tantalizing, of course, so my daughter checked our ticket balance often!  

The GoKarts looked super fun, so we added some more money to our card so we go for a ride and play a few more games. Guests load a card with as money as they choose, but extra bonus dollars are given for adding certain amounts. For example, I added $20, so and received an extra $2 on our card. My daughter wasn't tall enough to drive a GoKart, so we rode together. We had an absolute blast on the GoKarts even though we were the only kart on the track! The track is twisty and we were allowed to go around it several times. The kart went fast enough to make our eyes water! I will definitely have to bring my husband and son with us next time so we can race! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review of Louisville Cream in Louisville, KY

 photo FullSizeRender209_zpshi5r4lha.jpgLouisville Cream is a locally owned ice cream shop that opened its doors this summer in the popular NuLu area Louisville. Until recently, this gourmet ice cream was primarily available at local fairs and events around town. Now their delightful treats are available Wednesday - Sunday at their brick and mortar location, 632 E Market St., conveniently located next door to another local favorite, Muth's Candies.

A group of LouFamFun moms and kids decided to meet for ice cream in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. Metered parking was easily obtained out front on Market Street. As we opened the door, we were immediately drawn in by the wonderful aroma of sweet ice cream and freshly baked waffle cones. The shop has only a handful of tables and all were in use by customers when we arrived, so we sat at the inviting window bar and began looking over the menu.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week in Preview July 17th-20th

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Summer is coming on strong, get out and enjoy it!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to the Louisville Water Tower Park, Waterworks Museum on Wednesday with your Cultural Pass! It is recommended for 2nd grade and up. 

Eat it:  FREE PIZZA JUST FOR YOU! On Thursday, July 20th All Day, MOD Pizza is FREE. One Free 11" MOD Pizza per customer. Must be present to receive this offer.*DINE-IN ONLY*

Move it: It's hot! Check out a sprayground or splash pad near you or explore somewhere new this week! Check out a list of them here

Learn it: Join the Kentucky Science Center as they host the Norton Children’s Hospital, free early-childhood PlayDate on Thursday, July 20th. 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. From 5-7pm.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: July 14,15,16

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A day trip to The Kentucky Horse Park sounds fun - that's what we will be doing. BreyerFest is a three-day event that celebrate horse. This year, the theme is "Gateway to India" and everything is themed. Read more about it here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Best Birthday Party Options in and around Louisville

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Party Options:

 Clarksville Cove
The BRAND NEW Clarksville Cove is your home for cool summer fun in Southern Indiana. With several birthday packages to choose from, we have something to fit everyone’s birthday budget. Clarksville Cove features 3 splash pad areas with spray features and slides, a tube slide, body slide, and a lap pool. We also offer free parking, sunscreen, and tube rental! Visit ClarksvilleCove.com to tour our semi-private birthday zone, and view our birthday packages! Are you looking for some fabuLOUs options for birthday parties in Louisville and Kentuckiana! Whether it's for toddlers or children in elementary or middle school, these are some great ones to choose from.

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Birthday Parties at Ten Pin Strike & Spare - It says it on the front of the building: “FUN IS BOWLING.” So why would you want to have your birthday party anywhere else? All of our birthday party packages include two hours of bowling, shoe rentals, unlimited soda, party favors, and a personal bowling pin for the birthday child! Our tiered package pricing ranges from $12.95 - $24.95 per child allowing you to fit any need or budget! You can also take advantage of our early bird Cosmic bowling and schedule between 12pm & 3pm! Private meeting rooms and additional lanes for adult bowlers are available for additional fees. Birthday parties require a minimum of 5 children attending and a $25 deposit at time of booking. Birthday party bookings available Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 4pm. For booking visit our website and for questions or concerns contact us at (502) 896-1727.

Lazer Blaze

For an entire generation Lazer Blaze has been providing a one of a kind birthday experience you won't find anywhere else. This kind of adrenaline fueled event is perfect to celebrate your child's special day: don't let them miss out!
Our parties run an hour and 40 minutes in length, or longer, depending on your package and setup. All packages include at least 2 exciting games of laser tag, party area, party setup and clean up as well as plates, napkins, cups and utensils. All laser tag participants must be at least 42” old and we strongly suggest a minimum of 7 years old.
We require a minimum of 8 participants for any party package, a five day advance notice (though we recommend 10 days) for an online booking, and a $75 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.

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Birthday Parties are a blast at Whet Your Palette! You provide the cake and we provide the fun! All parents have to do is pick out what painting they want to do, invite the friends, bring the cake and we do the rest...even the clean up!!! Call today to reserve the space! (Ages 4-15, 8 person party minimum. Deposit due for reservation.) Check out our web page for more details!!  Call us with any questions: 502.438.8865

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Renaissance Fun Park is Louisville’s FAVORITE Party Center! From Go Karts and Mini Golf, to the fog and black lights of our multi-level Laser Tag arena, we have it all! We also have the newest arcade games in Louisville and five private party rooms. Each party package comes with your own party host, drinks, attractions, game cards, plates, napkins and much more! We are so confident you will have a good time that if you are not 100% satisfied, we will give you a FULL refund! Be sure to check out our ULTIMATE Party Package which gives you access to all attractions all day long! For more info and to book online, visit, www.funatthepark.com, or call 502-253-9700.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review of Archery Class at Jefferson Memorial Forest

 photo 4d5c2f93-8bba-4bae-ae8b-f948fe7a8d70_zpsnr0sndpb.jpgIn August, my son and I decided to check out the Archery Class held at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  This class helps participants learn how to safely use a bow and arrow. This program teaches "familiarization with equipment as well as the form and skills needed to hit your marks. This program is for all physical ability levels and all equipment is provided."

I didn’t realize that adults could participate along with kids 8 and older, so I only signed up my 8 year old son. We had a little difficulty finding our location at the Horine Reservation and at first visited the welcome center who then directed us to the correct location. We still struggled with the exact location but finally found it with a few minutes to spare.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BreyerFest 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park

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In its 28th year, BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India will be at the Kentucky Horse Park from July 14-July 16, 2017. With more than 10,000 guests annually, BreyerFest is the can’t miss weekend for the whole family. The three-day family festival brings the real horse and model horse world to life all in one place.

 photo SM Painting_ed_zpsstvw841p.jpgDo you have horse experience? If yes, BreyerFest has plenty of activities for you to enjoy. New to horses and model horses? BreyerFest is a great way to learn from the experts of the real horse world and the model horse world.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week in Preview July 10th-13th

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July is bursting with fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Head to Riverside The Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Wednesday, July 12th for their FREE Outdoor Mobile Playground/Music/Movie Night featuring Goldfinger, a Spy flick filmed in and around Fort Knox. Sponsored by Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket! 5:30pm

Eat it: Visit Zeggz Amazing Eggs this week for Kid's Eat FREE! Weekdays from 7am-9am with an adult purchase.

Move it: Take a trip across the Ohio to swim at the Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center! Check out our review here for some additional information.

Learn it: Use your Cultural Pass this week to check out the Historic Locust Grove. Every Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Last tour starts @ 3 p.m. Ages 6+

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Clarksville Cove Birthday Parties - a review

We were granted admission for purpose of review. 

 photo IMG_7802_zpsslgk7z63.jpgClarksville Cove offers birthday parties in the summer months for fun swim parties. There are a variety of time slots (parties are 1.5 hours) and packages ranging from $175 to $300.  The price differential basically considers whether or not you want food at your party. I found that with a 1.5 hour party, the basic party was perfect and if we had a bunch of food, we would have had less time for swimming! And, that runs you $8.75 per attendee, that's not bad at all.

 photo IMG_7803_zps8l0yqvna.jpg photo IMG_7849_zpsozkr9rzz.jpgYou do get a party pack in advance of your party so you can hand out all of the invitations and you get wristbands upon arrival. The parties include supplies and admission for 20 people and you can bring in your own cake. They supply the plates and utensils. With the party, you get a reserved, covered area for your guests. And, the birthday gal/guy gets shirt and a special cup for free refills that day!

When we arrived, our party host greeted us and made sure we had what we needed. He checked in to make sure we were all doing well and when the party was wrapping up to help.  Guests can stay and swim after the party, everyone just has to move to the general seating area and out of the party area.

Some of the LouFamFun writers joined the party with their kids, here's what they had to say:

 photo IMG_7827_zpsajswkqqc.jpgNicolle: The aquatic center is perfect for children of different ages. My five year old had a blast on the smaller slides, while my 9 year old enjoyed the tube slides and large lap pool. The party tent has a great location allowing for some privacy and easy access to the pool and splash pad. I appreciated the warm water and plenty of places to sit around each area.

 photo IMG_7836_zpsht4kydo0.jpgLauren: The party was fun and it was an easy drive across the bridge from Louisville. I loved how the lap pool was warm. As far as the party area is concerned, it was very nice to know we had a private area to keep our things without them possibly being bothered.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: June 30-July 4

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On this episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk about 5 things that surprise us about being an adult.

OK, let's be real. There's basically one theme for this weekend and into Tuesday and that's Independence Day. I have heard a lot of families talking about a long weekend - taking Monday off.  There are so many events for 4th of July celebrating around Kentuckiana.  Take your pick of one or many!  Have fun!

Plan your 4th of July Fun - here's the events list

There's also the Buy Local Fair put on by Louisville Independence Business Alliance, we are proud members. It's a great event to go support and learn about local businesses!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review of Mathnasium: A Gym For Your Child’s Brain

 photo 20170422_115309_zpshzeva5id.jpgMy youngest son had a tough year in school. This kid has always excelled at everything he does, but for whatever reason this year he got off track. It’s scary as a parent seeing that first failing grade on a report card, especially if you are doing the best you can. We had meeting after meeting with teachers, counselors, and the principal, and while he would turn things around for a little while it just wasn’t enough. We finally decided we would have to hire a math tutor.

If you’ve ever tried to find a math tutor for an elementary schooler you know how difficult that process can be. Then a friend who works as an elementary school teacher mentioned something I’d heard of several times but was skeptical of: Mathnasium. We decided to give it a try.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review of Bellarmine Basketball Camp

 photo IMG_7950_zps0iwngp24.jpgThis is the first #LouFamFun kid review!  I am going to give you an introduction and then my son is going to tell you about his camp experience.  Camp was $225 and we registered several months ago by mailing in our registration form and a deposit of $50.  I spoke to the coaches and they said there are still spots available this summer. You can find more information about their camp here. They have general and skill-specific camps through the end of July.  The camp fee included a full lunch, shirt and basketball to take home. From the parent perspective, I thought the camp was extremely well-run, organized and the kids really did look like they were having fun.  Also, it's an 8am drop off and 4pm pick-up, it's great to have a full-day sports camp option.

Here's James' kid review............the first time since starting this website in 2009 when he was only two years old. Now, he's 10 and can give you his opinion first hand.

Take it from here James!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week in Preview June 26th-29th

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Family time is the best time!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Visit the Speed Art Museum on Wednesday this week using your Cultural Pass

Eat it: Noosh Nosh has breakfast for kids for FREE from 8am-10am, Monday-Friday. This is for children under 11.
For dinner, check out Topp't Handcrafted Pizzas + Chopped Salads in New Albany on Wednesday since Kids Eat Free!

Move it: Play all day for just $20 at Renaissance Fun Park! They have laser tag, go karts, and mini golf! 

Learn it: Visit the Iroquois Library on Wednesday for The Louisville Pipe Band! Hear traditional piping and drumming tunes along with information about the Great Highland Pipes and their uniform. Learn about competitive bagpipe and drumming competitions and sign up for free lessons!. All ages are welcome and begins at 2pm.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: June 23,24,25

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On this episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk about our favorite summer vacations growing up.

Friday is looking like you might need some indoor fun. KaZoing has open play and flex camps if you want to drop your kids off for indoor fun and run some errands or take some time for yourself. Mention Louisville Family Fun and save $10.

As part of the "I am Ali" Festival - there will be a Health and Fitness Festival from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. This event will feature fitness demonstrations, free health screenings, and healthy eating tips. And, the museum is really great.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public Swimming Pool Directory for Louisville, KY and Surrounding Areas

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*It's always a good idea to call ahead and make sure they are open and not closed due to maintenance or for a private event*

All About Kids: 2 locations (indoor)
Louisville: 2531 Blankenbaker Pkwy. Louisville, KY 40299
Oldham County: 6400 Crestwood Station Crestwood, KY 40014

Admission: $9 for member, $12 for guests or buy pass for $65 for 10 visits
Summer Pass: $50/person unlimited open swim and gym

Swim Times: Monday-Friday: 2 - 4 p.m., Friday: 7 - 9 p.m., Saturday: 7 - 9 p.m. (Louisville only), Sunday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Clarksville Family Aquatic Center: 800 S. Clark Boulevard, Clarksville, IN 47129
Admission: $7 (or $5 after 4 p.m.), 2 years and under are free.
Punch pass for 20 visits for $100
Season Pass: $35 for residents, $70 for non-residents

Splash Pads and Water Slides Open: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Pool Open: 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. (pool closes at 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

* 3 splash pads, body slide, tube slide, pool

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review of the Sprayground at Robsion Park in Louisville, KY

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I was so excited when I found out that there was a new sprayground opening in Louisville. Where we live, we are about halfway between the one at Mary T. Meagher and the one at the Marshall playground in the Parklands, both of which are great, but not the most convenient for us. We couldn’t wait to try out the one in Lyndon at Robsion Park!

Overall, we really like the sprayground. There are a variety of areas for little to big kids. There are even movable pieces for children to manipulate and make it ever more fun! My son loved the small areas that allowed him to not be intimidated and my daughter loved the large frog at the other end. There are restrooms pretty close to the sprayground. They are the typical park restrooms and are in good condition and were clean when we were there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of Big Mike's Shaved Ice in the Highlands of Louisville, KY

 photo 20170515_152517_zpsikpfdhe6.jpgThe temperature on the afternoon of the 15th was almost 90-degrees, and the kids and I were in hot pursuit of some instant cooling, after-school treat relief. Thankfully, right in the heart of the Highlands sits a very small, yellow “shed” of sorts – Big Mike’s Shaved Ice.

We pulled into the adjacent parking lot of the hair salon in front of which Big Mike’s is located. We were quickly intrigued by the cute little shaved ice stand and the few tables and chairs, which sit on the lawn just to the side. At the “window” to place our order, Big Mike himself was there, as the only employee, to serve us. Big Mike is a college student who only opens his Shaved Ice stand from May through to early August, when he then has to return back to school for the fall.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week in Preview June 19th-22nd

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Family time is the best time!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Check out the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse this week and see Trolls on Tuesday or Wednesday for $1! Available at Rave Preston Crossing only. 

Eat it: Have dinner at Chick-fil-a at Jefferson Commons on Thursday this week from 5-8pm for Kid's Night. Receive a free Chick-fil-A Kids Meal with every Adult Meal purchased and hang out with the Chick-fil-a Cow!

Move it: Use your Cultural Pass this week and take a trip to Bernheim Forest

Learn it: Take a trip to the St. Matthew's Library on Monday for their Superhero Plants & Insects: What's In Your Garden? Program! This starts at 2pm and is for ages 5-12.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: June 16,17,18

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On this episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk about adulting and 23 truths about being an adult. 

Head to New Albany for a summer concert, starts up at 6:30pm at Bicentennial Park. Thomas Wynn & The Believers will take the stage....sqqqqqqueeeeeeeeeeee!  OK, I have no idea who they are but I am sure it'll be fun and you know, it's free.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Day with Dad in Clarksville, IN

 photo e6d8ace8-8296-4530-9231-df3cc9c9ee20_zpsrbgjjvgf.jpgAs a father of two children (7 &5), there is nothing more enjoyable for me than a weekend with no plans. If your family is anything like mine, weekends usually fill up fast due to work, family gatherings, or other obligations that always seem to come up. That’s why a free weekend with no plans can sometimes feel like winning the lottery.

The next time you find yourself lucky enough to have a free day, try something new and pay visit to Clarksville, Indiana. You can start the day with breakfast at William's Bakery located at 1051 N. Clark Blvd. They have donuts, turnovers, danishes and more. Several booths are available if you want to eat inside, or you can take it to go.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top Ten things for families to do when they are new to Louisville

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Moving to a new city is exciting and daunting! We both did it with small kids and found the best way to make friends and learn about our new home was to go out and explore. Here is our list of 10 places to go see/visit/spend time as when you move to Louisville....there's many more, but we picked some favorites.

PhotobucketLouisville Zoo- Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lots of animals to see at the local zoo. A nice place to bring a picnic and see some wild animals.....and two playgrounds. Plus, they keep adding exhibits and experiences.

Libraries- Your local library is a great place for FREE events and to meet others with kids the same age as yours. They host countless events for adults and kids, how-to workshops and have an awesome summer reading program.