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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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

4th of July Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for 2017 in and around Louisville


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Celebrate our nation's independence with sports, concerts, festivals, fireworks and MORE!! 

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Beargrass Christian Church Fanfare for the 4th
Musical Visions of America with the Louisville Chorus on June 29 at 7:30pm. Admission fee.

Bullitt Blast & Shepherdsville City Fair
Live music, food, events, rides and fireworks at the Shepherdsville City Park on June 30 5pm-midnight and July 1 2pm - midnight. Admission is free!

Riverview Independence Festival
An array of entertainment and food at Riverview Park in Louisville on July 1- Typically festival opens at 3pm, Fireworks at 10pm.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week in Preview June 12th-15th

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Lots of indoor ideas for fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Use your Cultural Pass on Tuesday for a trip to The Kentucky Derby Museum (ages 4+). 
Or take a trip to the Kentucky Science Center on Thursday for their FREE play date this month starting at 5pm. Exclusively for visitors ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers.

Eat it: Have dinner at Denny's on Tuesday for Kid's Eat FREE, from 4-10pm!

Move it: Sign up for FREE skating at Champs Rollerdrome and receive 2 free skating passes per week for each child. Check it out here for more information! 

Or, House of Boom has a special this week: SCHOOL'S OUT OFFER - JUNE 12-JUNE 16 only. Get your tickets online and use promo code SUMMER2FOR1 and you'll get buy one get one free!

Learn it: Sign up for the various reading programs available over the summer including the Louisville Free Public Library! Check out our post for lot more great ideas!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: June 9,10,11

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On this episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk about five things to make life easier at #Fortyish.....we love lists.

Head to Iroquois Amphitheater to enjoy a new show from CirqueLouie at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 -$20. The story is a journey to the Arctic North as the Polar Bear Prince and his bride travel beyond the ice and snow, where only the North Wind blows. It features acrobats, jugglers, dancers, and aerialists. Sounds unique! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review of Cocoberry Pops in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_2129_zpsnfdozemi.jpgMy family has been patiently watching and waiting for Cocoberry Pops to open on the corner of Southern Parkway and Woodlawn Ave in the South end and we are excited to say it is now open and ready for business! Cocoberry Pops’ goal is simple: to make delicious and healthy pops like they were meant to be, from real ingredients and local, organic fruits. Because it was so good we went two days in a row and if I allowed it, we would be going every day!

 photo IMG_2128_zpszrayasu4.jpgCocoberry Pops has fruity and creamy pops and their flavors change regularly. My favorite was maple walnut and my youngest son would eat the chocolate pop all day every day if I let him! My oldest tried the orange and loved it! I also tried the strawberry lemonade which was sweet with just enough tart to make for a delightfully refreshing treat on a hot day! Behind a large window in the store is where the pops are made and you are welcome and encouraged to watch. Other flavors that have been offered include: coconut, coffee, lime, and vanilla bean. Pops are $3 each or 4 for $11 and can be taken to go as well (they will pack it up for you with an ice pack so it doesn’t melt).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Road Trip to the ShrinersFest Air Show in Evansville, IN

 photo IMG_7917_zpsxkoaucl2.jpgLast summer, my family and I headed on a road trip to Evansville, Indiana to see the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron perform at the Evansville ShrinersFest Air Show! It was amazing, and we really discovered there is a ton of stuff to do in Evansville.

We left Louisville in the early morning and quickly realized that Evansville was a bit further of a drive than we originally thought. It takes about 2 hours of to arrive there. Our main goal for that day was to watch the exhilarating air show, and we were not disappointed in the least! My husband loves fighter jets, and our four-year-old had become obsessed with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels that summer, so it was the perfect opportunity to check them out.

 photo IMG_7937_zps62jrvf7r.jpgIn addition to the airshow (organized by the Hadi Shriners), the summer festival also features a WWII reenactment, a water show, live music with a patriotic tribute to the country's veterans by a philharmonic, air dogs making a huge splash in a water show, nightly concerts, carnival rides and more. This huge summer festival spans two days and is located in the heart of downtown Evansville. It's completely family-friendly and affordable. Admission is $10 (at the gate) for adults and children 12 and under enter for FREE! You can buy admission buttons online in advance for $7. Once you buy a button for the show, you can enter for all five days to the festival. It makes a great combination for spending two or three days in Evansville and checking out some other things to do with your family.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week in Preview June 5th-8th

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Movies, pies, and painting equals fun for everyone!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to the Iroquois Amphitheater on Monday, June 5th to see The Wizard of Oz! Doors open at 7:30pm and movie begins at 8:30pm. It's FREE!
Or, go to the Little Loomhouse on Wednesday with your Cultural Pass and enjoy a tour with seek-and-find. 

Eat it: Have dinner at O'Charley's on Wednesday for their FREE pie Wednesday! Get a slice on the house with the purchase of an entree.

Move it: Take a walk at Turkey Run Park and climb to the top of the Silo!

Learn it: Join Side by Side Studio on June, 6th from 3-5pm for their Drop-In Painting. Come relax and paint for just $5!! Includes paint and 8x10 canvas board.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: June 2,3,4

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On this episode of Fortyish, Dan and I talk to Jessie Alexander of Your Yoga about......well, yoga. So many people tell me "You should take yoga!" Does that happen to you?

Head to Jeffersontown - Veterans Memorial Park starting at 6pm. The night will be full of FUN. Free dinner, kids activties, DJ for great tunes and dancing, a movie and wait.....there's more....Fireworks!!!  See information here.'

It'll also be a beautiful night for an outdoor movie in Clarksville - it's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Starting at dark at Gateway Park, they will play the movie. Get there in enough time to get all set up with your blankets and chairs.  They will have popcorn and snacks for sale.  It's FREE!