Top Ten Indoor Things to do in Winter or on a Rainy Day in Louisville with Kids
Is it cold, rainy, or snowing? Indoor fun is here. There are nice family fun options in the great indoors.
You need indoor fun! Check out one of these great family-friendly activities the next time there’s a chill in the air.
Please be aware that for 2020-2021 and forward, many of these places have made major adjustments to their schedules and protocols. Please check ahead before you go regarding these indoor fun options in Louisville.
Check out our other indoor fun post that we created especially for 2020-2022 to highlight places we found with great safety protocols.
10. Glow Worm Cafe opened in late 2021 and it’s perfect for meeting up with other parents and letting the preschoolers climb, explore, play and have a treat. There’s a spot to pick up a latte and baked goodies. Read all about it on our recent post. Click HERE.
9. Champ’s Rollerdrome – For 2021, also available for private rentals for $200 for 20 people. Not a bad deal! Roller skating is a great way to burn some extra calories with your kids. Skate rentals are $2.50. They also have $3 skating on Thursdays (5-8pm). See their website for details. Champ’s is located at 9851 La Grange Road in Louisville. See our review.
8. Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center – Sometimes you just need to go swimming, and the Metro Parks system has this great indoor pool for just such an occasion. Admission is $3 for kids 12 and under and $5.50 for 13 and over. Recreational swim hours are Monday-Thursday noon-3pm, Friday 7-8pm, and Saturday noon-6pm, Sunday 1-4pm. It is located at 201 Reservoir Avenue. Click here for more info.
7. Jump start your day at at trampoline park. There are three in our area Defy. Altitude Trampoline Park. Each of them have different features so you can tour all three and have different experiences. Most of these places have special toddler times that parents love and/or special discount nights that recur weekly. And, they like to use their Facebook pages to pump out deals so be sure to follow all of them on Facebook.
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6. Speed Art Museum- General Admission is FREE on Sundays. With admission free on Sundays now until March 2024, you can’t beat a day inside of the Speed Art Museum. (The Art Sparks area is temporarily closed due to the pandemic). The building itself is marvelous. Start your visit with a tour of one level, then take the kids to basement floor where there are many kid-friendly hands-on activities. I like to do that in the middle of taking them to the “no touch” floors. There’s also a lovely café for snacks. See their website for more info.
5. Story Time at the Louisville Free Public Library – Story times vary by day, location, and age group. Click here for a current calendar. There is a kid-friendly event going on every day at the Louisville Free Public Library! Keep tabs on their social media for changes to in-person programming due to the pandemic.
4. Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium – (Temporarily closed due to the pandemic). Check out a Planetarium show or attend a special event. See their website for a current schedule. Admission is $8 for 13 and over and $6 for kids 12 and under. The Planetarium is located on UofL’s Belknap Campus.
3. All About Kids Funzone and Open Gym – This is a really neat facility that has everything from inflatables to gymnastics to a pool (also in Oldham County!). And, at the Oldham County location, they have a basketball court. See their website for more details as schedules/prices subject may change.
2. Bowling! There are so many fun options for bowling around town. Here are a few:
• Ten Pin Lanes 200 Ten Pin Lane
• King Pin 9525 Taylorsville Rd
• Executive Strike and Spare 911 Phillips Lane
• Fern Valley Strike and Spare 6220 Shepherdsville Rd
• Clarksville Strike and Spare 511 Little League Blvd Ste 100, New Albany, IN
• Ken Bowl/Dixie Bowl 10526 Dixie Highway & 7021 Southside Drive
Most of these businesses are open from 10 am until 10 pm or later daily. Bowling costs anywhere from $2-5 per player per game and shoe rentals are usually $2-5 per bowler. See websites for specific info. Each alley has league nights, so it is best to call ahead for lane availability. All of these alleys offer bumper bowling and many have discount days set on their schedules.
1. The Kentucky Science Center! – This is one of my kids’ favorite ways to kill an afternoon when the weather is frightful. The Science In Play exhibit is always the kids’ favorite and it doesn’t get old, even as the kids get older. And, they have a 4-Story theatre! We recommend a membership combined with a Louisville Zoo membership so you can visit often without the pressure of staying the entire day.
Enjoy our calendar and all of the indoor events we have posted!
St. Matthews Indoor Playground– check out our review here.
Minnie’s Pizza and Paint Shop – Food and fun all in one place.
Purrfect Day Cat Café – Cuddles are fun!
Northeast Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library – With all the cozy places to read your favorite book this is a must check out place. It has a small slide from one level to the next and a reading area with cushions that can be placed on the floor or on the steps. With the floor to ceiling window, even on a cold day you can see the beauty of nature and feel like you are surrounded by it.
Be sure to check out our calendar and sort by indoor options!
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Need more ideas? Click here to see Kentucky Family Fun’s Top 10 for indoor fun in Louisville!