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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Festivals 2017 in and around Louisville, KY

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Summer festivals are coming and there are tons to choose from all throughout Kentuckiana!

SummerFest- Jeffersontown Veterans Park, 6:30pm-11:00pm, free. Fireworks,food, DJ and fun!

June 2-3
Portland Festival- fundraising for various community charities. 

Louisville Greek Festival-Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Friday 4pm-11pm-Saturday 11am-11pm.

GlobaLou: Americana's Celebration of Diversity & Community- Iroquois Amphitheater, 11am-8pm, free.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer in and around Louisville, KY

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Summer is officially here! If your family is like mine, you’ll soon be in search of a way to cool off. Check out these tips for beating the summer heat in Louisville.

10. Bowling alleys are generally open morning to late in the evening. And, in the summer, they stay nice and cool! Here are the kids bowl free locations around town.

9. Prefer air conditioning? Here is an awesome list of indoor fun.........and you can enjoy the A/C and get out of the sun.

8. Make sure you get a Cultural Pass for each of your kids.  There are many indoor places to explore and it's free for the kids and an accompanying adult. Information here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Picks for Things to Do this Memorial Day Weekend!

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Be sure to check out our SUMMER FUN page - Your GUIDE to Louisville area fun for May-August!

If you’re looking for something to do between barbecues and swimming, check out what’s going on in the Louisville area over Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer 2017 Reading Programs in and around Louisville, KY

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Help your kids prevent the dreaded "summer slide" by participating in a dozen+ free summer reading programs and other educational fun over the summer months! Remember, any parent or caregiver who reads to a child counts for those younger ones!

A Reader's Corner - Check in with this local bookstore this summer for storytimes and other reading information and incentives.

Barnes and Noble - Beginning May 16, when your child in grades 1 through 6 fills out the completed Summer Reading Triathlon journal, he/she is eligible for a free book! They are celebrating over 20 years of summer reading!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kids Bowl Free Locations in and around Louisville, KY

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Looking to get indoors to cool off this summer and go bowling with your kids? Check out this list to find participating bowling alleys where your kids can bowl for FREE all summer long! Some bowling alleys also offer a deeply discounted program for parents of Kids Bowl Free participants!

You must register to participate. Simply click on the link for the bowling alley of your choice. Then sign up online using the simple registration form. A 'kids bowl free coupon' will be sent to the parent's valid email address. Once registration is complete, your child will be allowed 2 free bowling games daily all summer. The site also lists the days and hours that kids bowl free applies. For example, free bowling may not be available on Saturdays at some alleys. From the website: "All participants must wear bowling shoes - rental shoes available. Not good for use with daycare outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebrations. Ages 15 and under. Standard shoe rental rates apply." See the website for more details.

Clarksville Strike and Spare            
900 Eastern Blvd.
Clarksville, IN 47129
(812) 945-6625                  

Dixie Bowl
10526 Dixie Hwy
Louisville, KY 40272
(502) 937-7900

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Movie Deals in and around Louisville, KY

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Throughout the summer, movie theaters and libraries offer special movie deals for families. Prices range from FREE to $1. It's a great way to enjoy some downtime on a hot summer day, and the price can't be beat! These deals are very popular, so be sure to arrive early!

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Ten fun films for kids! $5 for all 10 movies if purchased in advance or $1 per show purchased at the box office. Available ONLY at Rave Preston Crossing. Show dates listed below. Each week the same movie is shown on Tuesday and Wednesday. All movies begin at 10:00 am.

June 6  & 7
The Secret Life of Pets

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 FREE Louisville Cultural Pass

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The Cultural Pass is back!

Passes may be picked up at a Louisville Free Public Library or a Metro Parks Community Center starting on May 22nd.
 Passes are good June 3 - August 12, 2017. 

Children and families will be able to track their progress online via the LFPL Cultural Pass website.

June 3rd at the Main Library from 10am-1pm is the "Calling All Super-Readers!" kick-off event for summer reading and for kids to pick up their Cultural Passes.

Kids who visit five or more venues are eligible to get a free t-shirt. Kids must have their Cultural Pass stamped by each venue when they visit. There will be an event (TBD) that will serve as a closing party and that's where kids get the shirts. Also, there's the potential to win prizes if kids visit a LOT of the venues.

Here's a list of all of the venues participating.  WOW!
Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Nature Center, Louisville Zoo and more!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week in Preview May 22nd-25th

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We are eager for fun to begin!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Enjoy some Hometown Tourism this week (and until May 31st)! The month-long extravaganza runs through May 31, 2017 and celebrates the city’s eclectic, friendly, hip and historic neighborhoods, where more than 90 of the area’s top attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops are offering deep discounts to anyone with a Kentucky or Indiana ID, local college ID or military ID. Find out all the information you need here!

Eat it: Enjoy dinner at Citizen 7 in Prospect on Monday or Tuesday for kid's eat free (with the purchase on an adult meal)! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: May 19,20,21

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On this week's episode of Fortyish, Dan and I chat with my friend of over 30 years, Lisa. She was in town visiting from NY and we get her 40ish perspective.

Take advantage of the Hometown Tourist deals and enjoy BOGO tickets for Belle of Louisville. They have a sightseeing tour in the evening on Friday night.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vacation Bible School: Summer VBS Programs in and around Louisville

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The following churches have published Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for summer of 2017. Please contact the church directly for registration, fees and to confirm the information listed below. Click on church name to link to the church/program website.

Looking for VBS in Crestwood, Prospect, Goshen, Pewee Valley, Buckner or LaGrange? Click over to Oldham Family Fun for a list of programs available in your area!

June 5 - 9
Fern Creek Baptist Church- 5920 Bardstown Rd., 40291
Submerged. 9 am - 12 pm. Age 3 - 8th grade completed AND 6 pm - 9 pm. 9th - completed 12th.

Saint Aloysius- 212 Mt. Mercy Rd., PeWee Valley, KY 40056
Maker Fun Factory. 9 am - 12 pm. Age 4 (by Oct. 1) - entering 5th.
(502) 425-2210

June 11 - 14
Deer Park Baptist Church1733 Bardstown Rd., 40205
Galactic Starveyors. 6:15 - 8:30 pm. Call for more details.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spraygrounds and Splash Areas in and around Louisville

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If you don't have access to a pool, there are many FREE options to cool down and get wet during the hot months in and around Louisville.  Many of the metro parks have spray areas and splash pads for lots of fun on really hot summer days as do other locations.  They are free and most are surrounded by all of the other amenities like playgrounds and picnic areas.

Here's a list of the free ones!

Mary T. Meagher has an outdoor sprayground. Here is our review. (Crescent Hill)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Fun Takes Flight at the Louisville Zoo - May 20

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The Reign of the Monarch has Begun
Experience hundreds of graceful native butterflies including the amazing monarchs sipping nectar from colorful flowers, basking in the sunlight and flying freely as you wander through our brand new 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house. Improve your Butterfly I.Q. and have a magical experience. Visit Louisvillezoo.org/butterflies to learn more. Free with the Zoo admission May 20 through September 24, weather permitting.

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The thrilling “Wings of the World” Bird Show returns for the summer starting May 20. This “free flight” presentation weaves conservation messages with behaviors and personal stories about the animals. Shows may include the impressive bateleur eagle, black vulture, Andean condor, sarus crane, kookaburra or rose-breasted cockatoo. The show is created by Joe Krathwohl, aka The Birdman® and produced by Birds n Beasts, Inc. Multiple shows are held daily free with Zoo admission.

Storybook Character Day
Fire up your imaginations when you meet some of your favorite storybook characters on May 20. Pete the Cat, Llama Llama, Curious George, Rainbow Fish, Mama and Papa Berenstain Bear and Mouse (from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”) as well as McDonaldland® characters Birdie®, Grimace® and Hamburglar® will be on hand on a rotating basis to meet you from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Catch up with one-year old gorilla Kindi and all her rambunctious activity; don’t miss the maned wolf pups born on Valentine’s Day , the warthog twins, Rigger and Digger, a new Bongo, Heran, the new Sumatran tiger and the Sea Eagle chick. Have you taken a ride on a camel or pony? Fed a giraffe? There’s so much to see and do this season.

May at the Zoo is presented by McDonald’s® Restaurants of Kentuckiana. The entire 2017 season is presented by Ford Motor Company.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Camp-A-Bunga at All About Kids this Summer

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 photo Happy Kids 2016_zpskc2dfps7.jpgCamp-A-Bunga at All About Kids is high-energy fun all day long that’s far from ordinary. Don’t worry about your kids sitting around and watching TV all summer – here they’ll interact with other children, play games, learn skills, enjoy different camp themes each week and have an experience like no other. Our caring and nurturing staff will make sure your camper has fun every day of the week at camp! Each day features swimming (ages 6 and up), Open Gym, instructed classes with our awesome staff, arts and crafts and lots more! We provide lunch and snack for each camper, however, if your child has allergies or special dietary requirements, please bring a sack lunch. Camp-A-Bunga is great for all ages 4 and up. Camper ratio is 10:1 so we can maximize the fun and safety for everyone.
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Back by popular demand, we will offer Lil Campers again this summer – half day camp for three year olds.  Each week features Open Gym, manipulatives, lunch, water play, and more. Your child will gain strength and endurance while climbing through our gymnastics facility. We will foster their creativity while they sculpt a block structure or collaborate with friends to assemble puzzles or dress up like their favorite character. It's Camp-A-Bunga designed with your pre-schooler in mind.

Our pre-school campers start their day with songs and circle time, during which we discuss the day’s activities, the weather, and get to know one-another. Your child will progress on to manipulative play, water play, and open gym. We provide lunch for each camper, however, if your child has allergies or special dietary requirements, please bring a sack lunch.
Lil Camper to counselor ratio is 6:1 with a maximum of 12 Lil Campers per day.

Lil campers must be at least 3 years of age and fully potty trained. Although numerous restroom breaks are offered, we strongly encourage that your child bring a complete change of clothing.

Is your child interested in something a little more specific? All About Kids also offers specialty camps such as Dance Camp, Martial Arts Camp and Trampoline and Tumbling Camp, working on sport specific skills!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: May 12,13,14

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On this week's episode of Fortyish, Dan and I chat about getting better with age and our strengths. Hear about how you can assess your strengths as well.

Use your Kentucky or Indiana IDs to take advantage of a special hometown tourist discount. Since the forecast doesn't look fantastic, how about the Kentucky Derby Museum?!

Or, head to Goshen for the Creasey Country Fair for a night out. This is an off-site fundraising event for adults only featuring tons of fair-style games, an awesome country band and food trucks.  There's even going to a kissing booth (smooch stickers) with a Dolly Parton look-alike. It's all to fund the next stage of their new playground. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LEGO® Camps for Educational Fun this Summer

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Are your kids crazy about the latest fidget toys? LEGO® bricks are the ultimate tool for fidgety fun! 
Check out these summer camps while space is still available
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Whether you have a fidgeter, tinkerer, maker or master builder, combing LEGO® bricks and technology creates an amazing environment for kids to develop academically and socially, and all while having FUN!
At Snapology of Louisville, we like to say that kids have so much fun in our programs, they don’t even realize they’re learning.

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Here are five reasons why parents love Snapology:
1. Each program is designed to achieve specific academic enrichment and social development objectives, while emphasizing playful, hands-on learning.

2. We offer professionally developed, inclusive and kid-tested programs for children ages 1-14 – including the latest in robotics and coding, animation and STEM / STEAM.
3. Our teachers are experienced in the local community; all have undergone full background checks; and all love working with kids!

4. Our events are held at convenient locations in/around Louisville, and we offer early drop-off, lunch stay and late pick-up at no additional cost.

5. Their kids love Snapology! It’s incredibly rewarding to witness how engaged kids are during our programs and how excited they are while discussing their accomplishments with their parent(s).

If you are a parent and/or an educator, Snapology has a program to meet your need(s). Here are some areas we are currently involved in:

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• Scouting events
• After school enrichment
• Field trips
• PTA support
• Birthday parties
• Date nights / play dates
• Anti-bullying programs
• Libraries – Build a Better World
• Custom events

Check out our upcoming summer activities here while space is still available

If you’re still not sure, sign up for 1 day, and we’ll gladly apply your cost toward the full program if your child just has to come back!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Church Picnics in and around Louisville - Spring and Summer 2017

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Summer is coming soon and that means Church Picnics! Full of rides, games, food, and fun, these festivals can be a great time out with the family!


St. Bernard:  May 18-20; 57500 Tangelo Dr., Louisville, KY. 40228

St. Christopher: May 21; 1225 S. Wilson Rd., Radcliff, KY. 40160


St. Peter the Apostle: June 1-3. June 1st will be ride night. 5431 Johnsontown Road Louisville, KY 40272

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hometown Tourist Celebration and Discounts in Louisville

May 8-31st

90+ area attractions, restaurants and hotels participating

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Head to the Hometown Tourist Celebration on Tuesday May 9 starting at 11am at Fourth Street Live!

Looking for something fun to do? May is the ideal time to take in the city's top places to play, stay and eat. The best part? You can do it at a reduced rate.

Louisville's Hometown Tourist Celebration, under way May 8-31, encourages local residents to be a tourist in their own hometown.  This year, 90+ area attractions, hotels and restaurants are offering deep discounts for anyone with a valid Kentucky or Indiana ID, local college ID or military ID.

Monday, May 8, 2017

A School for the Whole Family

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 photo Archdiocese Louisville Family Fun Blog_zpswfqwq06q.jpgAs parents, there are countless decisions you make on behalf of your children. Some decisions are easier than others, like signing up for soccer or scheduling that dreaded dentist appointment. Other more complex choices can determine your children’s path for the rest of their lives and choosing a school may be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. So many factors feed into this decision including your values surrounding a faith-based education, curriculum, cost, location, services and programs offered.

At the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville, we believe you’re not only choosing a school for your children, you’re choosing a community for your family. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, we offer an inclusive community of dedicated educators, parents and advocates. In Catholic schools, students are taught through the Catholic faith that all they do in life is greater with love, and they receive a strong spiritual foundation and an education that guides them for the rest of their lives. Parents are active partners in their children’s education and have the opportunity to develop supportive relationships with other parents who also want their children to grow in knowledge, faith and compassion.

We want your children to know that their greatest potential is not reflected simply by high test scores, but at the intersection of their God given gifts, the desire to learn and their willingness to serve others.

This important decision is for your children and also for your entire family. Don’t just choose a school; join a community where you can develop a supportive social network.

Together with you, we will help your children embark on a sacred journey. Your children will learn how to wield their intelligence, compassion and spiritual conviction throughout the rest of their lives to make their home, community and world a better place.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week in Preview May 8th - 11th

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Lots of choices for family fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Pick up "The Main Ticket" this week. It admits you to six great attractions for one year from the date of purchase. It can be used for one admission, one time only, at each of the six attractions. Visit all six and save almost 50% off regular admission prices. (Attractions include the Frazier History Musuem, Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Evan Williams Bourbon Center, and KY Center for Performing Arts).

Eat it: Have dinner at Big Four Burgers and Beer New Albany on Monday. Kids eat FREE! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: May 5,6,7

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On this week's episode of Fortyish, Dan and I chat about drinking in front of kids.  Hear our thoughts and share yours here.

Head to the Middletown Library at 2pm, there's a puppet show that's sure to be fun.  They ask that everyone register. See details here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free Outdoor Spring/Summer Movies Around Louisville

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There are tons of options for outdoor movies in the Greater Louisville area. Grab a blanket and enjoy the show!

Be sure to visit the original website or call to verify details, in case there are any changes Call them or check their social media pages for weather-related changes.  * denotes there is a small fee

Clarksville Outdoor Movie Series Schedule: All movies begin at dusk at Gateway Park, and admission is FREE. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but alcohol is not allowed. If you don’t want to worry about packing snacks, the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department has you covered. They will be selling fresh popcorn, candy, and sodas during each movie night.
May 5- Finding Dory
June 2- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 7- Secret Life of Pets
August 4- Moana
September 1- Beauty and the Beast
October 6- Sing

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Outdoor Spring/Summer Concerts in and around Louisville, KY

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Louisville is known for having a great music scene! Every spring and summer, several outdoor venues across Louisville and Southern Indiana host a variety of concerts. Here is a list:

WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays on the Big Four Lawn Last Wednesday of every month at 5PM April-September FREE

Music on the Terrace at the Paddock Shops Thursdays 6:30-8PM June - mid-August. Check their Facebook page for updated band lineup information. FREE. See the lineup here.

Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series New Albany (Spring & Pearl Streets), Fridays 6:30pm. Late May until the end of July. Check their website and Facebook page for updated event information. FREE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Free Things to Do in Louisville, KY - May 2017

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Every Sunday (Until March 2021)
Speed Museum admission is Free from 12pm-5pm.

Every Saturday
Farm Animal Feeding at Blackacre Conservancy at 9:30am.

Various May Date
Shakespeare in the Parks at different parks in Louisville. The 2017 performance is Julius Caesar. 5/7 Locust Grove at 1:00pm, 5/7 Hounz Lane park 6:00pm, 5/12 New Albany Amphitheater 6:30pm, 5/13 Story Avenue Park 6:00pm, 5/19 Big Four Station Park 7:00pm.

Various May Dates
University of Louisville Baseball Games at Jim Patterson Stadium. Home games on 5/2 at 6:00pm, 5/9 at 6:00pm, 5/18 6:00pm, 5/19 at 6:00pm, 5/20 at 7:30pm.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer Camps at My Gym Louisville

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Summer Camps at My Gym Louisville are back this year and better than ever! We have eight exciting theme weeks planned for children ages 3-7 years. Each day, children will get to play in our children's gym area which includes slides, a trampoline, monkey bars, balance beam, uneven bars, ballpit, basketball hoops, zipline, and more. We'll incorporate different art projects, games, and activities that tie into our camp theme for the week.

Our camps run Monday – Thursday, from 1-4pm. This summer we are offering:
  • Superhero Camp, June 5-8
  • Frozen Camp, June 12-15
  • Ninja Turtle Camp, June 19-22
  • Wild West Camp, July 10-13
  • Music Camp, July 17-20
  • Sports Camp, July 24-27
  • Pirates & Princesses Camp, July 31 – August 3
  • Jungle Camp, August 7-10
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Camps cost $100/week or $30/day, additional siblings are $80/week or $20/day. To register, give us a call at (502) 614-6001, or visit https://www.mygym.com/louisville/articles/2753

In addition to our Summer Camps, My Gym offers our award-winning Gym classes for children 0-10 years, Rockin' Rhythms Music classes for children 0-6 years, and Zumba Kids classes for children 4-10 years. Preview any class once for free, before you sign up! We also offer fantastic Birthday Parties, Parent's Night Out, and Free Play times (Practice & Play.

MyGym Louisville is located at 11770 Shelbyville Road, at Village Square Plaza in Middletown. Visit our website or give us a call for more information about any of our programs!

Website: mygym.com/louisville

Facebook: facebook.com/mygymlouisville