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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend: April 28,29,30

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On this week's episode of Fortyish, I get all worked up about dogs....the unleashed kind.......tune in.

Start your weekend off with a cultural experience. Shakespeare in the Park is on tour and on Friday night, they will be at Highview Park for a 6pm performance. There is a rain plan so stay in touch on their Facebook page. If Friday night doesn't work for you, there are other dates so check their flyer.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review of Annie’s Café in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_1593_zpso95zbjnc.jpgOn a cold Friday night, my husband and I decided to try out Annie’s Café. We had heard a lot of positive feedback from friends and colleagues. It wasn’t super crowded but did keep up a steady stream of customers from take out to sit down while we were there.

 photo IMG_1591_zpsiecqthjm.jpgWe started with a shrimp summer roll served with a peanut dipping sauce that was super yummy, so yummy that I forgot to take a picture before it was all gone. My husband tried the B2 (Bun Thap Cam) which is grilled shrimp, fried pork spring rolls, and chicken with lemongrass and I had the P3 (Coconut Curry Chicken) which was served in a clay pot with a plate of white rice. This was curry chicken simmered in coconut milk with bamboo shoots, carrots, and mushrooms. We both enjoyed our choices and can’t wait to come back and try some of the other options (I’ve heard the Pho is fantastic).

I enjoyed my dinner with hot jasmine tea which was lovely since I was fighting cold/allergies. I loved that it came in a tea pot to keep it warm and let me enjoy it at my own pace. Our service was also fast and friendly and helpful when we had questions!

Annie’s Café is nestled in the Southend of Louisville at 308 W. Woodlawn Avenue next to Sunergos Coffee. Parking is on the street or in the back in a parking lot.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Family Attractions Offering Memberships, Annual Passes or Season Passes in or within 2 hours of Louisville, KY

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Louisville Area Attractions:

All About Kids: They offer a Member Pass for open gym that will save you money for your play!
$65/10 visits. That is almost a 50% off the admission price per visit for non-members!

Bats Kids Club:  Membership includes free admission to all Sunday home games, a replica jersey, lunch cooler and two attraction vouchers.

Blairwood Tennis, Swim & Fitness Club: A Summer Membership and entitles you to full member privileges all summer, including access to all our club amenities and activities and discounts on camps, lessons and more.

Climb Nulu: Monthly individual membership or family membership is offered at Climb Nulu! Unlimited Climbing, Unlimited Fitness Gym Time, and 10% Off Retail Store are some of the benefits included. Huge savings for frequent users!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week in Preview April 24th-27th

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It's Derby time and there is plenty of fun to be had!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Maker Monday is a weekly feature at Oldham County Public Library. It features hands-on activities and special engineering challenges for kids. Registration is required! Check it out here for more information.

Eat it: Pick up a Pegasus Pin and head down to the Chow Wagon on Thursday for lunch or dinner with the family!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

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On this week's episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk about Disney with someone that knows A LOT about it.  If you are planning such a trip .... tune in!

Zaniac Hurstbourne is hosting two event - a summer camp open house and parents' night out. You can find their events on their Facebook page. Learn about their summer camp fun learning options or drop your kids off and head out for a date night.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review of Tinkergarten Classes in Louisville, KY

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Tinkergarten is a new concept in Louisville that combines exploration of the outdoors and nature with learning and storytelling. My five-year-old son and I recently ventured into a free trial class that was held at McNeely Lake Park. We both really enjoyed it!

We arrived at the park at just about the time that class was beginning, and found the directions that Mariah, the Tinkergarten leader, gave me via email were just right. She had signs up leading to a grassy field at the park where the class was meeting. We introduced ourselves and then were given a bucket for collecting special things we found as we walked around the field together. Those items would be used later to make a special project together. The class time was condensed somewhat with it being a trial class, but after we had our one-on-one time together collecting our nature pieces, we gathered back as a whole group on a tarp under a tree and made some introductions with other children and parents and sang a few interactive songs together.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review of Trial Swim Lesson at Bear Paddle Swim School in Louisville, KY

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Recently, I took my son to check out a trial class at the Bear Paddle Swim School. He is 5 years old and we have tried swim lessons off and on over the past year or two, but nothing has really stuck with him. I was thoroughly impressed with Bear Paddle Swim School, which recently opened in Louisville off South Hurstbourne Parkway.

Upon entering the building, the pool manager greeted us and took us on a tour of the facility. We saw the large party room where they host pool parties for birthdays. We then saw the separate changing areas/locker/restrooms for boys and girls. The pool manager showed me the lockers for storing gear, changing areas and showers, and restrooms. From the changing area, you have direct access to the pool deck. The Bear Paddle facility was very clean, well managed and structured from what I could tell. I was impressed by the newness and cleanliness of it!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week in Preview April 17th-20th

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Volunteer this week and then check out what's free!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Sign up for Give a Day Mayor's Week Challenge! Whether you have an hour or a day, you can make a difference and be part of the Give A Day movement. Volunteer! Give blood! Donate food or help your neighbor!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

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Do you have Pokemon fans in your house?  Take them to Learning Express - they are having a Pokemon trading night from 6-7pm.  Learning Express is an educational toy shop in Middletown.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review of Altitude Trampoline Park in the South End of Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_1680_zps3vdxzfno.jpg My family and I were super excited to hear that Altitude Trampoline Park was opening up in Louisville's South End! As soon as we were able, we went to check it out!

Since we went straight after school and we were excited to discover that we had the place to ourselves. It picked up with kids as time went on and it was ‘jumping’ by the time we left. Altitude has computer kiosks in the entry for signing releases, as well as a video showing the rules and regulations that were to be followed. Check in was easy and my boys were ready to get moving! You can also sign waivers online to save some time.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Camps for Oaks and Derby Days 2017

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Oaks and Derby Day Camps:

Abigail Academy- 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Girls will play Derby/Oaks-style dress up, make breakfast, lunch, and dinner, work on artsy Derby themed projects and more!

All About Kids Louisville Location- Oaks day- all day camp from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Early drop off and late pick up available for an additional cost. Derby day- all day camp from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Preregistration required.

Camp HiHo- 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Lunch and dinner provided. Optional transportation. Fishing, archery, boating, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, zip line, rope swings, tree forts, horse-riding horse brushing, pet barn, plus fun horse racing-themed games and competitions.

Ohio Valley Volleyball Center- 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Partial day camp sessions also available. Activities include: Volleyball, Basketball, Whiffle Ball, Kick Ball, Soccer, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Relay Races, Corn Hole, Bean Bag Toss, Ladder Toss, Board Games, Movies, Smoothie Stations and more.

Main Event  - Both days, 10am-3pm or 3pm-8pm. ~$50. Includes food, games, and activities. 

Power and Grace Gymnastics Horsing Around Camp-  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Partial day camp also available.

YMCA Camp Piomingo Derby Camp- May 5 - 7. A weekend full of games, songs, horsey arts & crafts, traditional Derby foods and furlongs of fun. Watch the famous race & cheer for your Derby favorites. A one-way bus is provided for campers on Oaks Day for an additional fee. Ages 6 - 16.

Oaks Day Only Camps

Hwang's Martial Arts- All day camp. Watch their website and Facebook page  for details.

KaZoing- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Half day morning and afternoon options also available. Jumping, art and games. Tot Lot available for younger kids.

Kentucky Science Center- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. School's Out Maker Camp. Theme varies per age group.

STEAMPunk Parent's Night Out- 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Fun-filled movies, games, pizza, arts and crafts, and maker stations! Age 4 - 13. Activities tailored appropriately for each age.

Turnip the Beet- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oaks Day-Derby Foods. Includes lunch. Ages 7 and up.

Youth Performing Arts School- 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ages 5 - 14. Theatrical activities, games, skill training and dinner. The day will culminate in a sharing with parents. For more information and to pre-register, contact Katie Blackerby Weible at Katherine.Weible@jefferson.kyschools.us or call 485-8355, ext. 3220.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week in Preview April 10th - 13th

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Hiking and milkshakes can work well together!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join the Louisville Zoo on Monday for a Funday Monday! Enjoy $5.25 general admission. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: April 7,8,9

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Tune into this week on Fortyish: Dan asks me all sorts of questions and I have to answer and it was fun but a little stressful!.

Head to lunch or dinner at Love City in Portland. This is an awesome community center supporting local kids and families and they host a weekly fish fry to raise money for their mission. This Friday, they are donating ALL of the proceeds to Officer Nick Rodman's family.
Details here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How You Can Help Preserve Louisville’s Tree Canopy

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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and we here at Louisville Family Fun want to help you plant a tree. According to Trees Louisville, the city’s tree canopy is averaging 37%, and is even down to 26% in some places. Things like weather and age are natural enemies of trees, and unless we replace those trees now the canopy is projected to reach as low as 20% in just the next 30-40 years. Decreases in the tree canopy can lead to hotter temperatures in the summertime, faster evaporation, and higher air pollution levels. Fortunately there are several easy ways to help.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Summer Camps in Louisville, KY for your special needs child

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4 Kicks 4 Kids Soccer Camp: They believe every young player should have the opportunity to learn soccer in a fun, safe and positive environment. Camps begin June 5th and are offered throughout June, July, and August.

ACE It for Autism Tennis Camp: FEAT of Louisville and UofL Bass-Rudd Tennis Center has teamed up to provide tennis lessons for children with ASD in Louisville. Tuesdays June 13 – July 18 from 12:30PM -2:00PM.

Achieving Dreams Summer Camp: For teens, ages 13-21, with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Camp begins June 5 through July 28 (8 weeks)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week in Preview April 3rd-6th

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Spring Break is here, time for fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to check out their Big Leagues Little Bricks! An original exhibition featuring amazing sculptures, portraits, and stadium replicas built entirely with LEGO bricks will be on display until January of 2018!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 31, April 1, 2

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Tune into this week on Fortyish: Dan and I talk about baggage we carry at 40-something, I share my story.

Spend the afternoon or evening at Renaissance Fun Park, they have a spring break deal!

Or, do something FREE. See our list.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free Things to Do in and around Louisville - April 2017

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Easter Events HERE!

Sundays: April SUNdays in the Parklands. Join the Louisville Astronomical Society on SUNdays in April as they demonstrate how to view the sun safely in anticipation of the August 21, 2017, Partial Solar Eclipse! Meet at Beckley Creek or Broad Run Park. 1-3pm

April 1: Celebration of Beauty & the Beast at Barnes & Noble Plainview. Join us as we celebrate the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. In addition to a special storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. 11am

April 3-7: Spring Break Adventure Week at Bernheim Forest. Daily drop-in activities and guided programs to celebrate the nature and wonder of Bernheim. Discovery stations, fire tower tours and guided nature hikes. 11am-3pm (Hikes are 2-3pm.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Festivals & Special Events this Spring around Louisville

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Spring is coming and it'll be festival time!  Great music, exploring, shopping and food.
Bring. It. On.
Here's our annual list of great festival options around Kentuckiana.  We've even thrown in some day trip festival options for special ones!

Throughout April
Earth Day Festival at Louisville Zoo
Party for the Planet - multiple events throughout the month.
The special $8.25 admission day is April 30, free parking too

Saturday, April 1, 10-12
Hellebore Day @Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Free with regular admission

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

50+ FUN Things to do around Louisville for FREE

It's hard to compare another city to our wonderful Louisville.  So may options, a lifetime to enjoy them for FREE!

Explore Waterfront Park
Bike at Thurman Hutchins Park
Sprayground at Creekside/Parklands
Hike at Iroquois Park
Family kickball game at Crosby Park
Picnic at Riverview Park
Play & jog at Seneca Park
Climb to the top of the silo at Turkey Run 
Free fishing weekend in June (first weekend)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week in Preview March 27th-30th

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Baseball and pizza go hand in hand this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: On Tuesday, March 28th, take in some baseball with the Louisville Cardinals! Game starts at 6:00pm and is FREE!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 24,25,26

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Tune into this week on Fortyish: Dan and I talk about internet safety for our kids with the big digital cheese at U of L.

My Gym has "Practice and Play" on Fridays from 12:15-1:05 p.m. Take your child to play at their Children's Fitness Center that has a jungle gym, slides, trampoline, monkey bars, balance beam, ballpit, basketball hoops, and more. It's free if you are already a member, or $5/per child per visit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Five Local Candy Shops For Easter Candy - Louisville, KY

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It’s always nice to support local businesses, most especially the ones that make sweet treats by hand with love. Several of the candy shops in the Louisville area have been around for decades, while others are fairly new but already well-established. But they all share one thing in common- these are businesses run by local families, and their businesses serve the community’s collective sweet tooth in a very special way. Here are five local candy shops with all the sweet treats you need for your Easter Baskets:

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Bourbon truffles are what put this shop on the map, but now you can get all kinds of different chocolate goodies from chocolate mustaches to chocolate horseshoes. The great thing about this shop is it is a nut-free shop, so if you are having trouble finding chocolate candy that is safe for people with allergies this is the place to go. Open daily.

631 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-0210

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Six Great Things about the Indianapolis Children's Museum - Day Trip from Louisville

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The Indianapolis Children's Museum is an easy drive up I-65, approximately 2 hours from Louisville. Here are some of the perks and features that make it worth the trip:

1. Free parking! The museum has a parking garage and surface parking that is free! Parking has never been a problem for us when visiting the museum.

2. They offer free admission days several times a year.

3. There is a wonderful theater, Lilly Theater, that offers family-friendly shows for free with museum admission. The tickets are given on a first come, first serve basis on the lower level starting at 10am.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Swim lessons for Louisville-area kids

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Fun Fins Swim School has become the premier instructional swimming facility in the state of Kentucky. They offer a warm, safe, and FUN environment. Their skillfully trained instructors will safely teach your child to swim with confidence. Their pools are heated to a comfortable 88 degrees; making your child’s experience even more comfortable.

 photo AAK_Swimming_11_zpsx1vaqlqp.jpgAt Fun Fins Swim School, instructors work at each child’s individual pace and put his or her mental and physical well-being first. All About Kids is dedicated to addressing the needs and readiness of your child therefore they never teach through fear, domination or force. Their emphasis is teaching through joy, kindness, understanding, and patience. All About Kids believes the journey is as important as the destination.

Fun Fins is also known in the community for their commitment to children’s safety. They accommodate children with special needs through our “Get Your FEAT Wet” program for children with autism. They also provide free classes for children 4 months- 1yr.

Not only do they teach kids how to swim, they teach them how to swim using correct techniques and proper progressions. In each level, children will learn exciting new skills. Whatever your child’s needs may be, they have the right class!

They offer a free trial class and a 100% money back guarantee in the first month.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week in Preview March 20th-23rd

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Run, Jump, or Skip to fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join the Louisville Orchestra on Thursday at 7:30pm at Valley Traditional High School. This concert features the different families of instruments as they separate from the full body of the orchestra. Teddy Abrams and the LO offer music by each section of the orchestra. There are amazing works for wind orchestras and glorious pieces for string bands. A piece for the brass section is sure to show-off the heroics of the trumpets and trombones. The Orchestra comes together to perform the “Classical Symphony” by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $20, $10 students with I.D.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 17,18,19

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Tune into this week's episode of Fortyish - LouFamFun Dana came by - she writes for us, teaches preschool, volunteers at church and with all sorts of kid-related stuff so.....she's kids kids kids 24/7.  We chat about that crazy life!

Attention girls!  Have you heard of Abigail Academy? It's for girls only and focuses on fun and learning in a creative/supportive environment.  They have workshops on the weekends and there's one on Friday. It's a cooking class with different themes (workshops for younger girls take place on Saturdays) and runs from 5:00-7:30pm. Sign your daughter up in advance, it would be fun to go with a friend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review of Pastry Plus in Louisville, KY

 photo 65c38603-b184-47a3-b8c6-775f38686e2c_zpsjze8f0g5.jpgOne of my most recent missions is to compile a Donut--or is it Doughnut---Shop round up for readers. That means I must check out every doughnut shop in Kentuckiana, right?! That may be a little too difficult, both on my time and my waistline, but I did recently stop into a doughnut shop my family has not been to before. You want to go there. Soon!

 photo 0205171005_zpshinygr7d.jpgPastry Plus is a tiny little hole in the wall shop over in Highview near Okolona. The sign on the door says "Fresh Daily Since 1998." After I told my family we were going to check this place out, my husband told me he remembers this donut shop from when he was in high school at the then named Highview Baptist School right around the corner from the shop. Trips down memory lane are the best! We visited the shop recently on a Saturday morning. The shop opens at 5 a.m. every day except Mondays. We arrived around 7 a.m., while the dusk of night was fading and the sun was starting to rise. The lights were still on outside, and the parking lot had about 10 cars in it. If you want to be sure to get a good sampling of their goodies, I suggest arriving very early. The donut cases were already showing signs of being wiped clean!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review of STEAMPunks Parent's Night Out in Louisville, KY

Our writer was given admission to STEAMPunks Parent’s Night Out for purpose of review.

 photo iHUB_zpslfe2muis.jpgIf you were to visit the iHub Tech Space in Downtown Louisville on the 3rd Friday of the month, you would encounter a space filled with young children problem-solving, exploring, investigating, creating and having fun!

STEAMPunks offers several programs for children and our family recently participated in the Parent’s Night Out in February. Registration was easily completed online and a reminder email was sent to me the Thursday before the night out. The email contained the evening’s itinerary, an explanation of the activities and drop-off and pick-up procedures.

I appreciated the details so I could tell my kids what to expect. iHub Tech Space is located in Downtown Louisville at 204 S. Floyd Street. The building is near Market Street and is easy to find. The front door to the space is near a parking lot and street parking and is kept locked at all times.

 photo Stop Motion Animation_zpsvdm8xmbr.jpgWe were greeted at the door, signed in and the night’s schedule was explained to my two kids. They couldn’t wait to get started. There were Maker Stations set up around the room. While the children were waiting for everyone to arrive, they were free to choose where they wanted to play. After a few minutes of free play, the children were divided into groups and assigned stations. The stations included Minecraft Gaming Challenges, Dash & Dot & Sphero Robots and Stop Motion Animation. Children rotated between each station and were later given more time at their choice of stations.