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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week in Preview May 1st-4th

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April Showers bring May flowers so take some time to smell the Derby roses!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: On Monday, May 1st, gather with friends to cheer on the Great Bed Races! This event is held at Broadbent Arena at 6pm and admission is FREE with a Pegasus Pin!

Bonus: The Pegasus Parade is Thursday, May 4th starting at 4pm!

Eat it: Use Promo Code LFFKIDS to get a medium 1 topping pizza for FREE with the purchase of a large specialty pizza or up to a 5-topping pizza at regular menu price at Papa Johns!

A Day Out with Thomas comes to the Kentucky Railway Museum - Coupon Code

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Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives! Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine® is adored by little engineers everywhere. Now, Thomas is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®, visiting the Kentucky Railway Museum on June 3-4 and 10-11.

Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. For two back to back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a train ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas& Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.
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For tickets, click here. Use code LouFamFun17 to save $2 per ticket!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends

Twitter: www.twitter.com/trueblueengine

YouTube: www.youtube.com/thomasandfriends

SURPRISE! We are adding a contest - CONTEST HAS ENDED

THE WINNER is Kellyn Campbell Bailey 

We are giving away a set of four (4) tickets to this year's Day Out with Thomas at Kentucky Railway Museum. Winner's tickets will be for Sunday, June 4 afternoon - either the 3:40 or 4:30 departures - to be assigned by railroad once winner’s name is provided.  You do not pick your date/time.

To enter: Just email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and put WE LOVE THOMAS in the subject and you will be entered to win. One email per email address please. Contest closes at 8pm on Wednesday 5/10/17. The winner will be selected using random.org and notified via email to arrange tickets! 

In entering, you agree to these terms.
If the winner does not respond to the notification email within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. 

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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Do some spring cleaning this weekend and bring your gently-used books to:
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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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Do some spring cleaning this weekend and bring your gently-used books to:
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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!