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.)
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!
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
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.
Friday 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.
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:
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.
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.
The Fun Fins Swim School at All About Kids (located in Louisville and Oldham County) makes learning to swim FUN!
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.
At 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.
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.
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!
One 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!
Pastry 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!
Our writer was given admission to STEAMPunks Parent’s Night Out for purpose of review. If 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.
We 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.
Live it: On Thursday have fun atPlayDate at Kentucky Science Center from 5 - 7 pm.
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. Theme: Nutrition &
Mindful Eating in recognition of National Nutrition Month and National
School Breakfast Week
Tune into this week's episode of Fortyish - Dan and I talk about something serious, heroin. Dan invited his friend Frank on for this episode, Frank recently lost his son to this horrible epidemic of addiction.
Head to the free Louisville City FC kick-off party Friday night from 6-8 p.m. at Baptist Health Eastpoint, 2400 Eastpoint Parkway. Meet players, take photos and get autographs.There will be a photo booth, a mobile gaming truck, foosball, prizes and you can grab a free bite provided by Raising Cane's and Salsarita’s.
Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass - April 11, from 11am to 2pm, near Center Court. Meet the Easter Bunny and snap a photo of the moment with your phone. Special goodie bags for the first 100 kiddos who meet the Easter Bunny! Five lucky winners will find a Golden Egg in their goodie bag, redeemable for an Outlet Shoppes $25 gift card!
I don't write a lot about distance travel but considering when we were in the airport, we saw so many folks in UK or UofL gear plus my kids saw two families from their school............I figure there are readers that are interested in going to the Bahamas. Let me just say, it was by far our favorite family vacation. And, we have done Disney, we have been to beaches, we have gone places. Atlantis is where it is AT!
Writers received free food and beverages for the purpose of review.
Three of our writers recently had the opportunity to check out The Sword & The Scone Tea Parlor and Boutique which opened a few months ago off Blankenbaker Parkway. We thought it would be fun to review the tea parlor from a couple of different perspectives, so Nicolle brought her kids for a mother/child date and Brandy and Christine visited together on a separate day.
Our combined first impressions were good. The tea parlor is bright, spacious, friendly and cheerful. Though there are fancy touches, such as the lovely handcrafted tea cup chandeliers and unique cups and saucers as at each table, there is also a relaxed, cafe-like feel to the atmosphere, which was a pleasant surprise. There is a cute photo area with hats to choose from and also a small boutique with unique items for sale. We all enjoyed the tea jar display in the front. The owner invites guests to sniff the jars to get an idea of which flavors they'd like to try. There were so many that smelled great!
Tune into this week's episode of Fortyish - Dan and I talk
with a social media know-it-all who helps us think through personal vs. professional online relationships.
OK gaming fans - the Louisville Arcade Expo is here and they offer two free child admissions per paying adult (kids age 10 and younger). It runs all weekend at Ramada Plaza Hotel and opens up at 2 p.m. on Friday so we think this would fun for after school - show kids the retro games that we used to love!
GymTyme Day Camp is designed for children of all interests. The day will be filled with fun activities such as games, crafts and watching movies in addition to playing in the gym!
Spring Break Dates:
April 3 – 7, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
20% Sibling Discount is Offered
• Daily: $40
• Weekly: $170
30% OFF Promo Code: SpringEB30 expires March 5, 2017 www.GymTymeAllStars.com
Spring Break Adventure Camps at The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Do you love to explore? Join us for our Spring Break adventure camps! Learn your way around The Parklands with our knowledgeable interpretive staff. Each day we will hike a different trail, learning where to look for salamanders, spring peepers, birds of prey and other wildlife.
Options for both beginners and hikers that are more experienced are available. Choose single days of camp or book the full week at a discounted rate. Parklands Members receive a reduced tuition rate.
Bring STEAM to life using LEGO® bricks, technology and other engaging tools! Snapology provides a fun and safe environment for children ages 4-14 to learn about robotics, programming, animation, engineering, video game design, science and more.
New for this spring break is our Summer Camp Sampler – try something different each day! Spring camps are held at the St. Matthews Community Center.
***Multiple registrations receive a discount.***
Please visit https://louisville-ne.snapology.com/camps/ to see what we have planned!
Spend your Spring Break creating and exploring at Side by Side Studio's art and nature inspired springbreak camp! Offering a 4 day camp for kiddo's ages 4-9. Activities will include nature weaving, life-size stick figure walking sticks, creating container gardens for urban spaces, build your own worm farm, and learning how to create dye and paint from plants.
To register visit us at sidebysidestudio.com or call 502-640-1813.
The J Spring Camp-Global Celebrations:
Come join us in the festivities! This year for The J Spring Camp we are going around the world in celebration with themes ranging from Chanukah to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each day campers K-6th grade will celebrate a different festival with crafts, games and daily swim.
Traveling is for everyone this week! With a Kentucky and Louisville theme, campers learn how to read maps, explore Kentucky, navigate in the airport, cook Kentucky foods (especially for the Derby season!), and so much more! Make memories on your trip to Abigail academy this spring break! 9am-2pm. More info on website.
Whet Your Palette, The Art House In Anchorage is offering SPRING BREAK CAMPS imitating
artists of many different media!
We will be sculptors and mobile makers like Alexander Calder and smush, mold, pinch, squeeze
and twist! We will be painters and mindbogglers like Salvador Dali and his dripping clocks and
stretch, drip, splatter, distort and fade. We will use paint, canvas, and our imaginations to create truly wonderful pieces of art!
Our very talented and fun staff will guide your young artist to discover a world of possibilities in
our seven art room house. Some of our learning fun (splatter paint anyone?) will venture
outdoors into our garden space as well.
AGES: 4 - 12 years.
WHEN: April 3-7. 3 Sessions offered 8-10:30, 11:00-2:00 & 2:30-5. (Full-day with late pick-up available.)
COST: $110 per camp
Listed in Alphabetical Order.
All dates are April 3-April 7 unless otherwise specified.