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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: July 28,29,30

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Tune into this episode of Fortyish - Dan and Stephanie talk about parenting other kids......in public.

There's a "Dive-in Movie" at Mary T. Meagher and they are showing "Moana." The movie is free and starts at dark. The splash park will be running but the pool is closed during the movie.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review of Paddleboarding with Endless Summer Paddle at Taylorsville Lake

Writers were granted free admission for purpose of review.

Recently, some LFF writers and their families were able to enjoy a couple hours on the water at Taylorsville Lake State Park. We went out with a company called Endless Summer Paddle. They supply the paddleboats, paddles, life vests, instruction, and guides. You can go out on the water with a guides like we did, or you can rent the equipment and go out on your own. When we enjoyed the 2 hour experience (summer 2017) it was $40 per board to go out on their 2 hour instructional tour. For rental, $20 for the 1st hour and $20 for each additional hour per board. Their rule of thumb is that kids 10 and up can have their own board, but an 8 year old in our group demonstrated good balance and control of the board, and they had no problem letting her have her own paddleboard. Please not that during periods of high debris in the paddleboard area, the company prefers to have children ride on their parents' boards.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Frugal Family Fun - 9 outings that cost under $10

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If you’re on a tight budget, you may think there’s not much out there for your family to do.  Luckily, LouFamFun has your back!  Here’s a list of 9 things you can do with your family of four for under $10!

1. Village 8 movie theater in DuPont has $2 Tuesdays. That’s right, $8 for your whole family to see a movie! 

2. Side By Side Studio has such an array of events and drop in opportunities for last-minute fun.  Just follow their Facebook page. Some are free but if there is a fee, it's typically very low.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week in Preview July 24th-27th

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Hop, skip, or JUMP for lots of fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Stay for extra innings at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory! Admission is just $7 after 6pm during their extended summer hours. This promotion runs until August 13th when hours are extended until 8pm on Thursdays (Fridays and Saturdays)!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

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Tune into this episode of Fortyish - Dan and Stephanie talk about parenting other kids......in public.

Our recommendations are for indoor fun or evening outdoor fun.
Stick to the AC during the day and wait until evening to head out to Westport Village for a summer concert. Kids can dance in the street, go crazy and dance with them. It's free! Grab some ice cream at The Comfy Cow and call it a FUN night. Details here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review of Malibu Jack's Indoor Entertainment Center in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_2124_zpsl4axsykl.jpg On a summer afternoon, I had the opportunity to enjoy some time alone with my 8 yr old daughter. I presented her with some options over lunch, and Malibu Jack's won her vote. Under the Deals tab on LouFamFun, I found a link to a Groupon deal; a $20 Malibu Jack's card for only $10. Score!!

Malibu Jack's is a Kentucky-based indoor entertainment center with two locations- one in Louisville and another in Lexington. We visited in the middle of a Monday afternoon and it was not crowded. I presented the Groupon deal on my phone and received our $20 card. Malibu
Jack's cards are the currency for all activities and games inside the center. My daughter was immediately drawn to the Malibu Golf, an 18 hole mini-golf course complete with a waterfall. We found the course to be in very nice condition. It was challenging, but not frustrating. My daughter even hit a lucky bonus shot on one hole, resulting in cheers from all who witnessed it!

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After golfing, we decided to check out the arcade. We had fun playing a few skill games; tossing balls into milk jugs, bouncing a ball into a cup and a water gun game with rubber ducks. My daughter also liked "gambling" for tickets on a couple of chance games. We both enjoyed playing air hockey and had a blast on the simulated roller coaster ride. The arcade area was bright and clean, and it was easy to play any game with a swipe of the card. All tickets earned were added to the card automatically, and there was a card reader near the front desk where we could check our dollar and ticket balances. The offerings in the prize area were tantalizing, of course, so my daughter checked our ticket balance often!  

The GoKarts looked super fun, so we added some more money to our card so we go for a ride and play a few more games. Guests load a card with as money as they choose, but extra bonus dollars are given for adding certain amounts. For example, I added $20, so and received an extra $2 on our card. My daughter wasn't tall enough to drive a GoKart, so we rode together. We had an absolute blast on the GoKarts even though we were the only kart on the track! The track is twisty and we were allowed to go around it several times. The kart went fast enough to make our eyes water! I will definitely have to bring my husband and son with us next time so we can race! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review of Louisville Cream in Louisville, KY

 photo FullSizeRender209_zpshi5r4lha.jpgLouisville Cream is a locally owned ice cream shop that opened its doors this summer in the popular NuLu area Louisville. Until recently, this gourmet ice cream was primarily available at local fairs and events around town. Now their delightful treats are available Wednesday - Sunday at their brick and mortar location, 632 E Market St., conveniently located next door to another local favorite, Muth's Candies.

A group of LouFamFun moms and kids decided to meet for ice cream in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. Metered parking was easily obtained out front on Market Street. As we opened the door, we were immediately drawn in by the wonderful aroma of sweet ice cream and freshly baked waffle cones. The shop has only a handful of tables and all were in use by customers when we arrived, so we sat at the inviting window bar and began looking over the menu.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week in Preview July 17th-20th

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Summer is coming on strong, get out and enjoy it!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to the Louisville Water Tower Park, Waterworks Museum on Wednesday with your Cultural Pass! It is recommended for 2nd grade and up. 

Eat it:  FREE PIZZA JUST FOR YOU! On Thursday, July 20th All Day, MOD Pizza is FREE. One Free 11" MOD Pizza per customer. Must be present to receive this offer.*DINE-IN ONLY*

Move it: It's hot! Check out a sprayground or splash pad near you or explore somewhere new this week! Check out a list of them here

Learn it: Join the Kentucky Science Center as they host the Norton Children’s Hospital, free early-childhood PlayDate on Thursday, July 20th. 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. From 5-7pm.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

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A day trip to The Kentucky Horse Park sounds fun - that's what we will be doing. BreyerFest is a three-day event that celebrate horse. This year, the theme is "Gateway to India" and everything is themed. Read more about it here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Best Birthday Party Options in and around Louisville

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Party Options:

 Clarksville Cove
The BRAND NEW Clarksville Cove is your home for cool summer fun in Southern Indiana. With several birthday packages to choose from, we have something to fit everyone’s birthday budget. Clarksville Cove features 3 splash pad areas with spray features and slides, a tube slide, body slide, and a lap pool. We also offer free parking, sunscreen, and tube rental! Visit ClarksvilleCove.com to tour our semi-private birthday zone, and view our birthday packages! Are you looking for some fabuLOUs options for birthday parties in Louisville and Kentuckiana! Whether it's for toddlers or children in elementary or middle school, these are some great ones to choose from.

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Birthday Parties at Ten Pin Strike & Spare - It says it on the front of the building: “FUN IS BOWLING.” So why would you want to have your birthday party anywhere else? All of our birthday party packages include two hours of bowling, shoe rentals, unlimited soda, party favors, and a personal bowling pin for the birthday child! Our tiered package pricing ranges from $12.95 - $24.95 per child allowing you to fit any need or budget! You can also take advantage of our early bird Cosmic bowling and schedule between 12pm & 3pm! Private meeting rooms and additional lanes for adult bowlers are available for additional fees. Birthday parties require a minimum of 5 children attending and a $25 deposit at time of booking. Birthday party bookings available Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 4pm. For booking visit our website and for questions or concerns contact us at (502) 896-1727.

Lazer Blaze

For an entire generation Lazer Blaze has been providing a one of a kind birthday experience you won't find anywhere else. This kind of adrenaline fueled event is perfect to celebrate your child's special day: don't let them miss out!
Our parties run an hour and 40 minutes in length, or longer, depending on your package and setup. All packages include at least 2 exciting games of laser tag, party area, party setup and clean up as well as plates, napkins, cups and utensils. All laser tag participants must be at least 42” old and we strongly suggest a minimum of 7 years old.
We require a minimum of 8 participants for any party package, a five day advance notice (though we recommend 10 days) for an online booking, and a $75 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.

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Birthday Parties are a blast at Whet Your Palette! You provide the cake and we provide the fun! All parents have to do is pick out what painting they want to do, invite the friends, bring the cake and we do the rest...even the clean up!!! Call today to reserve the space! (Ages 4-15, 8 person party minimum. Deposit due for reservation.) Check out our web page for more details!!  Call us with any questions: 502.438.8865

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Renaissance Fun Park is Louisville’s FAVORITE Party Center! From Go Karts and Mini Golf, to the fog and black lights of our multi-level Laser Tag arena, we have it all! We also have the newest arcade games in Louisville and five private party rooms. Each party package comes with your own party host, drinks, attractions, game cards, plates, napkins and much more! We are so confident you will have a good time that if you are not 100% satisfied, we will give you a FULL refund! Be sure to check out our ULTIMATE Party Package which gives you access to all attractions all day long! For more info and to book online, visit, www.funatthepark.com, or call 502-253-9700.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review of Archery Class at Jefferson Memorial Forest

 photo 4d5c2f93-8bba-4bae-ae8b-f948fe7a8d70_zpsnr0sndpb.jpgIn August, my son and I decided to check out the Archery Class held at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  This class helps participants learn how to safely use a bow and arrow. This program teaches "familiarization with equipment as well as the form and skills needed to hit your marks. This program is for all physical ability levels and all equipment is provided."

I didn’t realize that adults could participate along with kids 8 and older, so I only signed up my 8 year old son. We had a little difficulty finding our location at the Horine Reservation and at first visited the welcome center who then directed us to the correct location. We still struggled with the exact location but finally found it with a few minutes to spare.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BreyerFest 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park

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In its 28th year, BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India will be at the Kentucky Horse Park from July 14-July 16, 2017. With more than 10,000 guests annually, BreyerFest is the can’t miss weekend for the whole family. The three-day family festival brings the real horse and model horse world to life all in one place.

 photo SM Painting_ed_zpsstvw841p.jpgDo you have horse experience? If yes, BreyerFest has plenty of activities for you to enjoy. New to horses and model horses? BreyerFest is a great way to learn from the experts of the real horse world and the model horse world.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week in Preview July 10th-13th

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July is bursting with fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Head to Riverside The Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Wednesday, July 12th for their FREE Outdoor Mobile Playground/Music/Movie Night featuring Goldfinger, a Spy flick filmed in and around Fort Knox. Sponsored by Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket! 5:30pm

Eat it: Visit Zeggz Amazing Eggs this week for Kid's Eat FREE! Weekdays from 7am-9am with an adult purchase.

Move it: Take a trip across the Ohio to swim at the Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center! Check out our review here for some additional information.

Learn it: Use your Cultural Pass this week to check out the Historic Locust Grove. Every Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Last tour starts @ 3 p.m. Ages 6+

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Clarksville Cove Birthday Parties - a review

We were granted admission for purpose of review. 

 photo IMG_7802_zpsslgk7z63.jpgClarksville Cove offers birthday parties in the summer months for fun swim parties. There are a variety of time slots (parties are 1.5 hours) and packages ranging from $175 to $300.  The price differential basically considers whether or not you want food at your party. I found that with a 1.5 hour party, the basic party was perfect and if we had a bunch of food, we would have had less time for swimming! And, that runs you $8.75 per attendee, that's not bad at all.

 photo IMG_7803_zps8l0yqvna.jpg photo IMG_7849_zpsozkr9rzz.jpgYou do get a party pack in advance of your party so you can hand out all of the invitations and you get wristbands upon arrival. The parties include supplies and admission for 20 people and you can bring in your own cake. They supply the plates and utensils. With the party, you get a reserved, covered area for your guests. And, the birthday gal/guy gets shirt and a special cup for free refills that day!

When we arrived, our party host greeted us and made sure we had what we needed. He checked in to make sure we were all doing well and when the party was wrapping up to help.  Guests can stay and swim after the party, everyone just has to move to the general seating area and out of the party area.

Some of the LouFamFun writers joined the party with their kids, here's what they had to say:

 photo IMG_7827_zpsajswkqqc.jpgNicolle: The aquatic center is perfect for children of different ages. My five year old had a blast on the smaller slides, while my 9 year old enjoyed the tube slides and large lap pool. The party tent has a great location allowing for some privacy and easy access to the pool and splash pad. I appreciated the warm water and plenty of places to sit around each area.

 photo IMG_7836_zpsht4kydo0.jpgLauren: The party was fun and it was an easy drive across the bridge from Louisville. I loved how the lap pool was warm. As far as the party area is concerned, it was very nice to know we had a private area to keep our things without them possibly being bothered.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017