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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Louisville, KY

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My friends and I visited the recently opened Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Indian Springs. Martin's is a popular fast casual restaurant with roots in West Tennessee.

We visited on a Monday night and we were able to order right away. We were handed menus upon arrival and ordered our meals at the counter. The set up was similar to Joella's Hot Chicken. The menu offers pulled BBQ sandwiches, platters, chicken wings, ribs, meat combos, burgers and chicken. There are several side dish options such as baked beans, slaw, potato salad, hoecake, broccoli salad, baked potatoes and more. Martin's also has desserts and a kid's menu, which we didn't order on this visit. They have a kid's menu of meals that include a drink and a side - choices are hot dog, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, mini quesadilla, BBQ slider or chicken fingers. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

STEAMPunks is bringing educational fun to Louisville area kids

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Using technology to solve real world problems is an exciting part of modern living. From self driving cars to 3D printed organs clear down to innovations in animation and cinema, one thing is clear: STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math)-based education is more crucial than ever. Why? Because the youth of today will go on to solve tomorrow’s problems even the ones we can’t grasp yet! Plus, the United States Department of Education projects that today’s students will grow up to enter a workforce in which STEM/STEAM-based skills are substantially more in demand than they are now.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week in Preview January 30th - February 2nd

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Learn, live, love fabuLOUsly this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join the University of Louisville Women's Basketball team for their Superhero Night on Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm! Buy $3 tickets at gocards.com/superhero using promo code: HERO. 

Eat it: Let BoomBozz Taphouse-Westport Village make dinner on Wednesday for Kid's Eat Free night!

Move it: Head over to Climb Nulu on Tuesday for their Free Gear for everyone! Check out their website for more information.

Learn it: Take a trip to the Oldham County Historical Society on Thursday, February 2nd. History Hounds begins the 2017 sessions and is for ages birth to 5 years. Held every Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Rob Morris Educational Building. Spring sessions will focus on Culture. Free, no registration required. *History Hounds is sponsored by Project Guild of La Grange.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: January 27,28,29

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Thank you for supporting us last weekend and attending our event. We has a full house and raised $6,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, we love our readers!

It's the 80th anniversary of the Great Flood and the Louisville Water Tower is offering 80cent admission to their museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have guided tours and it's pretty fascinating to see inside the working mechanisms of the pumps. For 80cents, you can't beat it.  When over there, eat at River Road BBQ (it's is so delicious) and they are having a special for the month of January that can't be beat.

Ready for a date night? STEAMPunks is offering Parent's Night Out. Children age 4 - 13 will enjoy a night of fun movies, games, pizza, arts, crafts, and maker stations! Whether your child wants to join a STEAMCraft (Minecraft) gaming network, tinker at a maker station, program robots or just watch a movie, there is something for all ages! $35.00 for first child. Additional siblings $10.00. Register here.

Zaniac is having an open house. Don't know what Zaniac is?  Then.....go to the open house!  It's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes demonstrations and activities to show LEGO Robotics, 3D Printing, Minecraft, and more. You can have some light refreshments, check out their a fun environment and technology! Details here.

Yang Kee Noodle is having a Chinese New Year celebration. The Louisville Lion Dance Team will perform live at the Highlands Yang Kee Noodle (1004 Bardstown Rd.) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Yang Kee Noodle is also offering $2-$3 off meal specials.

For Mothers & Daughters - Yarn Wall Hangings at Side by Side Studio from 2:00pm-4:00pm (suggested for daughters ages 5-17). Cost: $5 per person. This small fee will help offset the cost of materials so we can continue to share our mother-daughter events in the South and West Louisville communities. Visit Side by Side Studio's website here for location details.


PS- Tune into this episode of Fortyish - Dan and I discuss being a sandwich generation, and we don't mean meat and cheese.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Youth Tee Ball, Baseball and Softball Leagues in and around Louisville, KY

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Beechmont Youth Sports: Our mission is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for youth ages 5 to 16 to participate in sporting activities. They offer baseball, tee ball, and softball.

Clarksville Little League: Organized leagues are offered for boys and girls between the ages of 3-15. 

East Louisville Sports: ELS has provided wholesome competitive recreational activities for all children in our community. We are a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose primary focus is on EVERY player experiencing the opportunity to play, have fun and to develop personal confidence that comes from individual and team competition. They offer baseball and fast pitch softball.

Fairdale Youth League: Their mission is to reach all children who want to learn or excel in these great summer sports. They offer baseball, softball, and tee ball.

Germantown Baseball Inc: Nestled on the St. Xavier High School campus, our 5 playing fields, top notch concessions, playground, pavilion, and a mature tree canopy constantly receive praise as one of the best parks by our guests. Germantown offers baseball, softball, and tee ball.

Jeffersontown Youth Baseball and Softball: J-town offers softball, tee ball, and baseball options!

Lyndon Recreation: The mission of Lyndon Recreation Association, Inc. is to promote and provide recreation programs for both children and adults. The object of these programs shall be to encourage, foster, promote, and advance the ideals of fellowship, sportsmanship, and citizenship, in order that all program participants and members of the Association may become better citizens of the community. Lyndon Recreation Association will do any and all things necessary and incidental to achieve and carry out these purposes and objectives. They offer tee ball, softball, and baseball.

Mt. Washington Youth Babe Ruth League: Check out their website for registration and offerings.

New Albany Little League: Check their website for information on location and registration.
North Oldham Little League: All players that attends or if they have a sibling that plays and attends Buckner, Centerfield, East Oldham Middle School, LaGrange, Locust Grove, OCMS and OCHS schools are eligible to play at North Oldham Little League. Some players that attend Harmony, NOMS, and NOHS that live in North Oldham Little League boundaries are eligible to play here. Baseball, softball, tee ball, and special needs ball is offered. 

Okolona Baseball: Okolona offers baseball and tee ball options as well as special needs team.

Prairie Village Baseball: Prairie Village offers options for tee ball, baseball, softball, and buddy ball!

St. Matthew’s Baseball and Softball: They offer softball, tee ball, baseball, and buddy ball options!

South Louisville Neighborhoods (SoLo): Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Major League Baseball and their RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. For the first time in more than 25 years, Metro Parks and Recreation will be operating youth t-ball, baseball and softball leagues at Wyandotte Park in south Louisville.

South Oldham Little League: Building Kids, Building Communities. Check their website for boundary map and registration information. 

Valley Sports Little League: They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, develop, and voluntarily assist in all possible ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, Valley Sports helps youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. 

YMCA: We know that the Y is the starting point for many kids and teens to learn about becoming and staying active while developing lifelong healthy habits. When they play sports at the Y, they build positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork. Check with your local YMCA to see about their baseball, softball, and tee ball options!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review of Turnip the Beet in Louisville, KY

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 photo IMG_20161116_154840454_zpssljbaf2g.jpgMy two young daughters and I were given the opportunity to attend a cooking class at Turnip the Beet recently. Upon arriving at the store, located at the Mellwood Arts Studio, the girls were given an apron and a chef hat which they were able to decorate until the other students arrived. There were 4 students total for this Thanksgiving Preschool Class. See other group class options here.

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Once everyone arrived, decorated their hats, and washed their hands, we were ready to begin. The first recipe the girls made were Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies. The dough was already made, but they were able to use rollers to roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut circles and place them in muffin tins. They were then given pumpkin mixture, to which they added eggs and other ingredients. The mixture was then placed in the muffin tins and placed in the oven. While the pies were baking, the girls started on their second recipe- Stuffin Muffins. Each student was given celery, onions, and apples to cut (using child safe knives) into small pieces. My girls felt so big doing this! They combined their cut pieces with chicken broth and bread crumbs and put them in muffin tins.
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While the pumpkin pies were cooling and the stuffing was cooking the girls were given a piece of paper where they could draw what they were thankful for this year. The final recipe was for a cranberry relish. This recipe was done more as a whole group and each girl was given an opportunity to add cranberries and mix while they were cooking on the stove. Once everything was done, the teacher boxed everything up in cute carry-out boxes and containers so that each student could take their yummy creations home. My girls were so proud of their creations and couldn’t wait to share them with daddy.

My daughters had so much fun cooking! It was a great learning experience as well. The students were able to use so many kitchen tools and techniques. The teacher was so patient, knowledgeable, and helpful. They are begging to go back for more classes.

Besides preschool classes, Turnip the Beet offers so many other classes. They have a 7 week cooking series for either culinary arts or pastry arts. They also have a cupcake camp, sushi class, macaroon class, and so many more! They also do private parties. If your child has any interest in cooking, or even if they’ve never cooked before, these classes are great hands-on learning experiences and so much fun! Check out the classes and prices here.  They also have a Groupon available

By Guest Contributor: Kimberly

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bear Paddle Swim School announces new location in Louisville, KY

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Specializing in swim lessons for children of all ages!

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Based on the high demand for quality swim lessons, Emily Everson and Spencer Rice, co-owners of Bear Paddle Swim School developed a fun new way to teach swim lessons. Bear Paddle’s swim program features 30-minute weekly lessons, small classes designed by age and abilities, and safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s skill patch reward system teaches young swimmers positive reinforcements in a fun and innovative way!
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"Even our youngest swimmers will master swim skills by improving their swimming ability and safety. It’s so much fun, swimmers do not realize they are in a middle of a learning process!” said co-owner Emily Everson.

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Bear Paddle – Louisville is located off of the intersection of Hurstbourne Pkwy. and Taylorsville Rd. The first 500 students to register will receive 8 lessons for $80 and a free swim bag! Use code 10SWIMLF17 for $10 swim lessons.

Bear Paddle Is The Best In Swim Lessons! from Bear Paddle on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week in Preview January 23rd-26th

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Ready for some sun and fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Through February 26th, the Newport Aquarium is having their Winter Family Days! One child gets in FREE with each adult paying full price!

Eat it: Mike Linnig's reopens this Thursday and sounds like a yummy idea for a family night dinner! Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Move it: Play indoors at Awesome Outdoor Products! They have 7 Rainbow Playsystem playsets set up in a heated showroom where you can come and play for as long as you'd like! We also have many other fun activities like a pop-a-shot basketball goal, Step-2 Toys, Trains and Cars, and much more! Pay and Play is $7.00 Monday - Friday.

Learn it: Visit the Southwest Library on Monday to hear some stories about the Chinese New Year and do some fun crafts. This starts at 5pm and is best for ages 5+. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: January 20,21,22

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Friday & Saturday - Please take a look at our web calendar for some fun events happening around town. There's a great Kids Eat Free deal for Friday at Malibu Jack's and a celebration (free) all day on Saturday at the Speed Art Museum.

JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm 
House of Boom
4 jump times to choose from* 
Additional activities and food included!

Click here to stay informed on Facebook

2:30 jump time SOLD OUT
Limited tickets for 4:30 jump time, buy now! 
Walk-ins available but best for the 3:30 and 5:30 times.


If you choose to pay at the door, for speed of registration- cash or a check prepared made out to BBBS is suggested.  Those using credit cards will be asked to register online at our registration table so the money can go directly to BBBS as promised. 

*Tickets should be purchased in advance. If it is not sold out, some tickets can be purchased at the door but cannot be guaranteed and registration will take longer.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fun Places and Events around Louisville and Events for Children with Special Needs

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Bambino Buddy Ball: Available at St. Matthew’s Baseball and Softball, Okolona Baseball, Prairie Village Baseball, and North Oldham Little League.

All About Kids offers FEAT swim lessons (swim lessons for children with autism) and movement and more gymnastics classes (gymnastics lessons for kids with special needs).

Camp Hi-Ho: Camp Hi-Ho and Kosair Children’s Hospital recognize the unique challenge that kids on the autism spectrum can have making & keeping friends. We’ve organized “Thunder Day” for these special children and their siblings, grades 3-8. To ensure that every child has loads of fun and meets lots of friends, space is limited, so please respect our request that only families who have children with Asperger’s or Autism (high functioning) register to participate. Saturday, April 22nd.

Challenger League: Clarksville's Special Needs Baseball League is devoted to special needs players of all ages and is a non-competitive program, with a goal to simply have fun playing the game of baseball. The league is open Southern Indiana residents.

House of Boom: They have special needs night the first Thursday of every month from 5-7pm for special needs children and their families only. $5/hour per person.

Kentucky Gymnastics Academy is offering Gymnastics through Early Movement. This class will help build the foundation to improve gross and fine motor skills as well as social skills as kids swing, jump, roll, and leap their way through developmental milestones! For ages 3-6.

Kentucky Science Center No Limits Family Camp: Camp offers interactive and hands-on exploration for families who have children with special needs. No matter what the special need, there are no limitations when you are doing science! Each No Limits Family Camp includes a take home element and a supplemental activity card for continued learning. Each program includes general admission and a t-shirt for each child. No Limits Family Camp is offered once per month.

Northeast YMCA: All kids deserve the opportunity to participate in sports. YMCA Adaptive Sports programs are designed so that youth with special needs can experience building skills, confidence and friendships through sports. Offered at locally at the Northeast branch.

River City Turners: They host a special needs open gym once a month.

Sky Zone: They offer a special needs jump once a month. Contact them for more information.

Special Needs Valentine’s Dance
 will be on February 4th at 5pm at the Hillview Government Center. The Hillview Community Center also offers a Special Olympics Team.

Special Olympics Kentucky: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Stage One Family Theatre: They offer sensory friendly performances at times. Check their website and/or contact them for more information.

Altitude Trampoline Park of Louisville: Special Sunday at Altitude from 11am til Noon, special needs jumpers jump for FREE (socks included). Accompanying participants jump for $7.95.

Know of another great activity or venue for special needs kids? Email the details to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A look inside of the new Aloft Louisville East hotel

 photo 20170106_173902_zpsevw1gdt3.jpg At Aloft's media opening, I was able to get a sneak peak into a new hotel in our area!

Aloft would make a great staycation or parents' getaway night. It features an indoor pool, indoor bar/lounge area with pool table, outdoor lounge area with tv and fire heaters, 24/7 fitness room with state of the art equipment, meeting room and comfy looking guest rooms.

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The hotel has 5 stories and 126 rooms. While there's not a full restaurant in Aloft, it is surrounded by lots of adult and child-friendly restaurants. The hotel offers fast, free WiFi, free parking and 12 p.m. check out. It is also pet-friendly. It's a great location in the East end off Westport Road and the Gene Snyder, making easy access to travel around the 'Ville, or over the new east end bridge to Indiana.

Aloft is part of the Starwood Hotels family and Starwood Preferred Guest members receive a special rate, so be sure to check in to the program. AAA memberships are also honored. Online, the rates seem to range from between $100 and $200 per night.

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Aloft officially opened to guests on 1/13/17.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Preview January 16th-19th

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JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm
Get moving this week into a lot of fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join Side by Side on Monday, January 16th from 1pm-3pm as we make friendship bracelets for the youth of Americana Community Center. At Side by Side we believe there can never be enough kindness, joy, and compassion in the world! Our monthly event series "Crafting for Kindness" will use the power of art and craft to help spread the love! Find out more here!

Bonus Fun: Visit Holiday in the City on Monday for their last day of the season!Buy one ticket, Get one free for ice skating. Hours will be 11am - 7pm

Eat it: Breakfast at Chick-fil-A Jefferson Commons is the place to be on Thursdays until February 23rd. All you have to do is show up between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to get a free breakfast entree of the day. Find out more on their Facebook page!

Move it: Mondays at Lazer Blaze are they place to be! All lasertag is $6.00 per game per person!

Learn it: Head over to the Iroquois Library on Thursday for their 'Ready for Kindergarten' time.
Join us for fun stories and activities that will improve preschoolers’ kindergarten readiness skills including tips and ideas for parents.

Don't forget that this winter, the Library is participating in the Drop Your Drawers Campaign, a statewide effort to collect new, clean underwear for the Family Resources Centers at JCPS. For thousands of young Kentuckians, the absence of clean underwear—and even underwear that fits correctly—provides a barrier to education. All library locations are drop-off sites for people to donate NEW pairs of children’s underwear (sizes 4–16) through the end of February.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: January 13,14,15

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JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm

Ugh. More rain.  Make the most of it and tap into our rainy day indoor fun post.  Enough of avoiding heading out because of the yucky weather!

Power & Grace Gymnastics/Dance is having an open house. This is a new(ish) recreational gymnastics location in Prospect.  The owners want to give back to charity through their business, it's a pretty neat concept.  Check out their open house event from 1-3pm, details here and Facebook event here.

The Carnegie Center in New Albany is having one of their family fun workshops. It's free and they encourage you to pre-register. It's from 10am-Noon and it's paper plate puppets. See details on Facebook.  See a review we wrote by clicking here.

Sunday....in January....not many options. Unless it's the 22nd, see above :)  I digress.
Malibu Jack's has a Groupon running - there's some indoor fun and savings for you.  Go for it.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Bucket List of Best Things to Do in and around Louisville

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After a 1 year hiatus, the bucket list of fun events and activities in and around Louisville has returned! You'll find one suggestion for each month. For more ideas, be sure to check our calendar, follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and read our monthly "free event" articles and seasonal lists.

January - Go ice skating! The Holiday Square pop-up outdoor ice rink on the Plaza at Fourth and Jefferson Streets remains open daily through 1/15.  The outdoor Jeffersonville Skating Rink will be open through 1/13. Hop across the new Lewis and Clark Bridge in the East End and visit Charlestown, IN for outdoor ice skating through 1/28. Louisville also boasts two indoor ice rinks, open year round, Alpine Ice Arena and Iceland Sports Complex.

February - Have a basketball fan in the family? Watch the Louisville Cardinals Women's Basketball team play in one of four home games this month. Tickets are inexpensive and the team is impressive! The Cardinal Women play at home on 2/2, 2/12, 2/19 and 2/23.

March - Drive down to Bernheim Forest for a self-led or themed, guided hike. Check out their awesome children's programming offered on the first and third Saturday of the month. Weekend admission is just a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle.

April - One of the biggest events of the year is Thunder Over Louisville. I'm always surprised at how many people travel to Louisville to see it, while so many locals have never attended in person. To simplify your first visit (especially with children) consider a ticketed venue, such as Slugger Field or Kentucky Science Center which offer perks such as indoor restrooms, seating, special views and additional entertainment during the day.

May -  Forest Fest is a fun family event that takes place every May at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The 6,500 acre forest, located about 15 miles south of downtown Louisville, is a great place to visit any time of year! The Forest Fest event typically includes children's activities, food trucks, vendors, silent auction and more! Stay turned for the exact date, which will be listed on their website as well as on our Spring Festival list (typically published in March).

June - For the past few years, the city of Louisville has offered a FREE Cultural Pass to all 0 - 21 year olds who are eligible for a Louisville Free Public Library Card. This includes Jefferson County residents, as well as non-county residents who work or own property in Jefferson County. The pass is typically valid for the length of summer break and includes free entry to many local attractions and events! The Louisville Free Public Library will publish details on their website as summer nears.

July -  Kentucky Kingdom is open every day throughout the month. The theme park offers rides for the whole family. King Louie's Playland area includes 12 rides for the park's smallest visitors. There are thrilling coasters, water rides in Hurricane Bay and even a sea lion show in the park's Aqua Theater. Kentucky Kingdom has new additions each year, so if you haven't been in a while, you may be surprised!

August - The 168th annual St. Joe's Picnic takes place August 11th and 12th. The picnic includes musical entertainment, games and, of course, food! It's a tradition older than the Kentucky Derby! Proceeds go to provide a home safe to abused and neglected children.

September - WorldFest is an annual event that is both entertaining and educational. There are three stages featuring various entertainers from different cultures. There is a Global Village, Parade of Cultures and even a Naturalization Ceremony. Of course, one of the crowd favorites is the food! There is no admission charge for WorldFest. The event takes place September 1 - 4 on the Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets.

October - Want to be wowed? Check out the Jack-O-Lantern Spectactular at Iroquois Park! The event takes place October 12 - November 5 and features 5,000 carved, lighted pumpkins along a quarter mile trail. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation.

November - The 28th annual Festival of Trees and Lights takes place at Louisville Slugger Field. The dates aren't posted yet, but it's typically the second weekend of November. Friday night is Family Night with entertainment for kids and opportunities for guests to shop for holiday decor. In previous years, Santa has been present and there has even been a fireworks show. Saturday and Sunday, enjoy hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and hand crafted holiday items. The Norton Children's Hospital website will be updated with details later in the year.

December - If you're looking for great holiday events, Louisville and Southern Indiana have plenty to offer! We publish a giant list of events shortly after Halloween, so be sure to check it out. For a little something different, we recommend the Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival at Riverside - The Farnsley-Moreman Landing. Adults will enjoy touring the historic home fully decorated for the holidays. Kids will enjoy crafts and photo opps with Santa. There will be craft vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides and more! Details will be posted later in the year on their website. The event usually takes place the first Saturday of the month.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review of LVL1 Hackerspace in Louisville, KY

 photo 20161230_202408_zpsmrnmlzdc.jpgMy 9 year old asked for a typewriter for Christmas. It was all he could talk about. So after buying two broken typewriters, one on eBay and one at Goodwill, I decided I was going to have to get them fixed instead of trying to buy another one. I put out a call for typewriter repair on Facebook and found out a friend of mine started a program called “Fix It Friday” at LVL1 Hackerspace. I had been waiting for a reason to take my kids there and this was just what I needed.

 photo 20161230_202045_zpsftwbfmft.jpgWe went at about 8pm on a Friday night in January. It’s a volunteer-run program and space, so you need to contact them ahead of time if you are planning a visit. Ben Hibben, the former Vice President and current member of LVL1, met us after work and got going on fixing our typewriters. My kids alternated between watching him work and walking around with his kids checking out all the equipment. Within about half an hour he had the first typewriter operational, and a few minutes after that he pronounced the other one dead on arrival. Because it is run on a volunteer basis, payment is donation based. I gave him $20- the best 20 bucks I’ve ever spent.

While we were there we talked to other folks who were working on other projects. One man was hooking up a Raspberry Pi system to LED lights, a project he was doing for his fish tank at home. My husband found someone who can fix the Ethernet port on his Playstation, which was recently fried. Another man was in the wood shop making chairs. The possibilities for finding cool stuff to do at LVL1 are endless.

The immediate next thing on our list is to learn how to solder. Hibben is the cofounder of a company called Mr. Blinky Bling, a Louisville company that makes custom LED wearables as well as LED soldering kits for teaching kids (and grownups) how to solder. There are soldering stations at the Hackerspace, so we are going to buy a couple of kits and have “Mr. Ben,” as my kids call him, teach them how to solder. It is all my kids can talk about.

There are a number of classes coming up at LVL1 Hackerspace:

January 11 - Vinyl Cutter: Customizing products like a cup/tumbler $12 per person including materials (parents must be present)

January 14 - Raspberry Pi: Getting Started Workshop $20 per person, suggested you bring Raspberry Pi Cana kit but not totally necessary (parents must be present)

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 photo 20161230_195132_zpsntvuizmq.jpgIt’s worth noting here this is an adult-oriented space. Adults need to be present with their kids, and if you plan something like a scouting class they would like close to a 1:1 ratio of adults to kids. There is a lot of delicate equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters. It is also not a “language sanitized” place, either visually or audibly. There was nothing going on that I felt was unsafe or unsavory for my kids, but if your kids are sensitive to adult language or topics, you might want to wait a few years. That said, Hibben says the youngest kid he’s taught to solder was 4. If your kids are into anything technologically related, this is a great place to get hands-on experience. You can also talk to Hibben about bringing Mr. Blinky Bling kits to your school’s STEM lab or your scouting troop- kits run around $15 each. Adults over 18 can become members for $50 per month, and membership would allow you to bring your kids in to use the space.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week in Preview January 9th-12th

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Now that you are back into the swing of things, it's time for fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: For almost twenty years, the Kentucky Science Center's Be-In-A-Bubble has been a favorite of every child and adult to pass through their doors. Now they have reopened this classic experience, this time bigger, better, and more fun than ever. Their new Be-In-A-Bubble is large enough for a family and built for accessibility!

Eat it: Kids eat free at Zeggz Amazing Eggs on Mondays and Wednesdays at all locations! Dine in only with an adult purchase. 

Move it: Go for a swim at Mary T. Meagher Aquatics Center! Check out their website for hours and location.

Learn it: The Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve has it's Nature Center open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-1pm. The Nature Center is a wonderland of exhibits and discoveries for adults and kids! Take a close-up look at woodland creatures, fossils and rocks, Kentucky fish, a wetland display, a Native American setting, and hawks and owls (stuffed). There’s even an observation bee hive where you can view the bees hard at work helping the plants get pollinated.

By Guest Contributor:


Friday, January 6, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: January 6,7,8

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JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm

Friday: Did you know you can visit the Kentucky Science Center for $5 after 5pm on Fridays (and Saturdays)? Head downtown for a special evening of learning and fun. 

Saturday: Head to the American Printing House for the Blind for a party to celebrate the birthday of Mary Ingalls. This is a free event but they ask that you register. Read more about it and find the details on our Free January Events post

Visit the KY Expo Center for SportsFest Lou. It's a two-day event where kids (and parents) can engage in a variety of sports activities and learn about all sorts of fun around Louisville.  15 interactive sports zones - tickets are just $10 (free for kids age 5 and under) or you can purchase tickets online for a discount if you get 4 tickets, it's $25.

Sunday:  Find indoor fun and learning at the Speed Art Museum.  Remember, it's free on Sundays. Visit the downstairs area that is geared toward kids but do explore all of the levels to find such variety of art, it's wonderful.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

LouFamFun's 7th Birthday Party!

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It's the Louisville Family Fun 7th Annual Birthday Party benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters

Party goers will be able to jump, eat and play at House of Boom.
100 Urton Lane, Louisville, KY 40223

January 22nd
   2-7 p.m.  

One hour jump times available, buy tickets below in advance. Sold out last year. 

 photo IMG_6469_zps19e6q7xd.jpgFor just a $10 per jumper, come out and jump, play games, jam to great music, enjoy yummy Raising Cane's chicken, bottled water courtesy of Pepsi and ice cream from Valley Dairy Freeze!

Activities in the party rooms and throughout the venue with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hwang's Martial Arts and Derby City Pediatric Dentistry and Whet Your Palette.

Meet -n-greet and get autographs from Louisville City FC soccer players. Photo opp time! (They will be there 4:30-6:30pm)

Giveaways throughout the event and favors for the kids!

All of the proceeds will go directly to 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
 Don’t miss this chance to hang out with the family and do good at the same time!

All paid jumpers will get Raising Cane's chicken/sauce/Texas Toast, bottled water thanks to Pepsi and ice cream thanks to Valley Dairy Freeze. These items will be available for non-jumpers in attendance for a small donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Parents/guests who are not jumping do not have to pay to simply attend.

For ease of check-in, fill out this online waiver before arriving!

Follow Louisville Family Fun on Facebook for updates! 

Thank you to these amazing sponsors
  Hazen Insurance

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review of Joella's Hot Chicken in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_0042_zpsa3ziu46s.jpgNashville hot chicken is a fun food trend that is sweeping the nation. Word on the street is that Joella's Hot Chicken is the place to sample this delicacy, so I had to check it out!

Over the past couple of months, I have visited both Louisville locations, but my first experience was at the original location in St. Matthews at 3400 Frankfort Avenue. It was a Sunday night in the summer, and there was a bit of a line. This location has a great atmosphere, but very limited seating and parking. We parked on a residential street and sat on the patio, which was nice, but a hot since it was August.

 photo IMG_0040_zpsp95ayjkx.jpgJoella's menu features multiple chicken options, including tenders, wings, quarter white, quarter dark, and sandwiches. Chicken can be added to salads as well, and there is even an vegan tender option. Each chicken order can be prepared at one of 6 heat levels- ranging from Southern (no heat) to Fire-in-da-Hole (inferno).

My husband, children and I all decided to try the chicken tenders. The adult meal comes with 3 tenders, served on a slice of bread, and 2 sides. The kid's meal (10 and under) comes with 1 tender, 1 side and a drink. The tenders are quite large and also come with a choice of dipping sauce. We all enjoyed the chicken and found it to be quite flavorful. There is definitely something for everyone- whether your prefer mild or wild!

One thing that cannot go without mention is the side dishes. They are unique and delicious! Some examples include kale salad, black eyed pea salad, garlic parmesan fries, red skin potato salad and creamy mac and cheese. There are also some fun dessert options and craft beer available. Instead of offering the typical Coke or Pepsi selections, Joella's offers fountain drinks from Boylan Hand-Crafted Sodas.

 photo IMG_0044_zps1yivnc64.jpgWe had out-of-town guests with us on our visit to the Frankfort Avenue location, so I did not take photos. The photos featured here are from the new Middletown location at 13401 Shelbyville Road. This location is much more spacious than the Frankfort Avenue location, with ample seating. We visited early on a weeknight, and noticed several families with young children. There are TVs tuned to sports all around, so it'd be a fun place to catch a game as well. Carryout and catering are also available. Both locations have Facebook pages; Middletown, St. Matthews.

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By Guest Contributor: Brandy 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Free Things to Do in and around Louisville January 2017

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1. Free Admission Sundays at the Speed Art Museum
Thanks to a generous contribution from Brown-Forman, anyone can visit the Speed Art Museum for free on Sundays through March 2021. This includes the recently redesigned Art Sparks interactive gallery, which is a hit with kids of all ages! The Speed is open 12 - 5 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Every Monday & Wednesday, check out the Nature Center at CMNP, just a few minutes over the line in Oldham County. Open 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Take a close-up look at woodland creatures, fossils and rocks, Kentucky fish, a wetland display, a Native American setting, and hawks and owls (stuffed). There’s even an observation bee hive where you can view the bees hard at work helping the plants get pollinated. While you're there, bundle up for and take a walk on one of the nature trails or explore the Woodland Garden.

3. A Birthday Party for Mary Ingalls
Saturday, January 7, 1 - 3 p.m. Visit the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind to find out about Mary’s richly rewarding life and the challenges she faced as a blind woman a hundred years ago. Sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet, and have some birthday cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For all ages.

4. Family Movie Night Out: Pete's Dragon at Shawnee Library
Monday, January 9, 6 - 8 p.m.

5. The Other Side of Archaeology Free Public Archaeology Lab Program at Riverside - The Farnsley-Moreman Landing.
Wednesday, January 11 & 18
Saturday, January 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Get an up-close look at artifacts that have been found during recent digs at Riverside. Work with archaeologists to wash, identify, sort and study artifacts.

6. Family Fun Workshop at The Carnegie Center in New Albany, IN
Saturday, January 14. This month's theme is "Muppety Paper Plate Puppets." Each child will learn how to make their own colorful puppet. The program is free and all supplies are provided, but registration is greatly appreciated. Email dthomas@carnegiecenter.org or call (812) 944-7336 to register. Arrive no later than 11:30 AM to have enough time to complete the project.

7. Movie: Zootopia at Western Library
Saturday, January 14, 2 - 4 p.m.

8. "I Have a Dream", Too at Newburg Library
Saturday, January 14, 3 - 4 p.m. View the original speech and share your own poem or original piece in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. PJ Library and Shalom Baby Music Class
Sunday, January 15, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. This class at The J is designed for the youngest music lovers, from newborns to toddlers. Dance, sing and move along with local musician John Gage.

10. MLK Day of Service 2017
Monday, January 16. Join other members of the community for a day of service at Beckley Creek Park, to include mulching, invasive species removal and light trail maintenance. Tools and instruction will be provided on-site as well as gloves, hot coffee, and snacks. Email Program Coordinator Ali Greenwell at agreenwell@21cparks.org with any questions, or to register.

11. Chinese New Year Program at Southwest Library
Monday, January 23, 5 - 6 p.m. Hear stories about the Chinese New Year and do some fun crafts Ages 5+.

12. Winter Hike: "Let's Notice Trees" at Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, January 28, 1 - 2 p.m.

13. Tanagram Fun in the Louisville Nature Center lobby
Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Can you create a tanagram animal?

14. Pirate vs. Princess Story Time at the Main Library in La Grange, KY
Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Choose your own adventure at this interactive story time featuring guests from the Princesses & Superheros of Louisville. Please register online in advance.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

P.S. Not a free event but it's all for charity and it's our event!
House of Boom in Louisville
All ages.
$10 for food, fun & jumping.  All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  Tickets on sale here.

Monday, January 2, 2017

SportsFest Louisville is this weekend!

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If you are a family that loves sports this is the can’t 
miss event of the year!   
 photo sportfest map_zpszpb7k2hl.pngSportsFest is the ultimate family friendly sports experience coming to The Kentucky Expo Center on January 7-8! The Show Floor features 15 interactive sports zones where kids of all ages can participate in challenges ranging from a sports combine (similar to what the pros experience) to cheer - while earning a wristband for each zone. Wristbands are earned simply by participating! Clinics will also be offered throughout the weekend for various sports on a first come first served basis. Clinic spaces are limited, but all of the sports zone challenges will be continuous so every child can participate.

SportsFest will also be filled with giveaways, showcases, and exhibitors, plus, your admission ticket gives each participant access to ALL experience areas. Come ready to play! 

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The Sports Fest interactive sports zones are sponsored by an incredible lineup of local organizations such as Louisville City FC, Louisville Bats, Bellarmine University Bass Fishing, KY Fish and Wildlife, Golf House KY (with local PGA pros on hand to give pointers on your swing), USTA Tennis, and Metro Parks to name just a few. There will also be additional interactive areas featuring the Indianapolis Colts In Motion Fan Trailer, a Future Sportscaster experience, and many more.

More information and advance tickets can be found at www.sportsfestlou.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sportsfestlou/