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****This is not a sponsored article*** 🥇My Gym Louisville is the 2021 winner for Best Parents Night Out Award My Gym Louisville has open practice and play times for kids that are babies up to age 11. What does that look like with social distancing procedures ??? All mats and equipment are wiped down before and after each class and before and after Practice & Play times. Hand Sanitizer is available and recommended before and after play time Parents are required to wear a mask, however it is optional for children Ball pit is currently closed There are benches available for parents, however parents are free to play with their children if they choose The Practice & Play Times: Mondays- 11:15 am Tuesdays- 12:10pm & 3:50pm Wednesdays- 12:10pm & 5:00pm Thursdays- 12:10pm Fridays- 12:10pm Free for members Non members $7 for the 1st kid and $5 for every other kid (in the same family) Some of the featured fun: Zip line (with assistance from instructor) Monkey Bars Multiple Play Structures Climbing Structure on the wall Mini trampoline Balance Beam and more. . . For more information about the Award Winning Parents Night Out at My Gym Louisville visit this link.
2021 Winners Best of Louisville For Families Awards
Thank you to all of the families who voted for the Best of Louisville for Families awards!!! Here are the winners!! Best Family Attraction 🥇 Winner: Louisville Zoo 2nd Place: Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay 3rd Place: Malibu Jacks Best Rainy Day Outing 🥇 Winner: Kentucky Science Center 2nd Place: Malibu Jacks 3rd Place: Paint Spot Best Museum 🥇 Winner: Kentucky Science Center 2nd Place: Frazier History Museum 3rd Place: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Best Live Theater 🥇Winner: Kentucky Center for Performing Arts 2nd Place: Actors Theater 3rd Place: ***Tie*** Stage One & Derby Dinner Playhouse Best for Movies or Film 🥇Winner: Xscape Theaters on Blankenbaker 2nd Place: Sauerbeck Family Drive in 3rd Place: Cinemark Mall St. Matthews Best Birthday Party Entertainer 🥇Winner: Kona Ice Truck 2nd Place: Card My Yard 3rd Place: The Bubble Bus Best Birthday Party Venue 🥇Winner: Main Event 2nd Place: Malibu Jacks 3rd Place: Chuck E. Cheese Best Family Day Trip 🥇Winner: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 2nd Place: **Tie** Newport Aquarium & Indianapolis Children's Museum 3rd Place: Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnatti/ Mason, Oh Best Child Care Provider 🥇Winner: Primrose School 2nd Place: Saint Andrew Academy 3rd Place: The Jewish Community Center Best Elementary School 🥇Winner: Hite Elementary School 2nd Place: Lowe Elementary School 3rd Place: Jeffersontown Elementary School Best Middle School 🥇Winner: Crosby Middle School 2nd Place: TT Knight Middle School 3rd Place: Noe Middle School Best High School 🥇Winner: **Tie** Eastern High School & Dupont Manual High School 2nd Place: Central High School 3rd Place: Assumption Best Day Camp 🥇Winner: Kentucky Science Center 2nd Place: **Tie** Hwang's Martial Arts & My Gym Louisville 3rd Place: **Tie** YMCA & All About Kids Best Martial Arts Program 🥇Winner: Hwang's Martial Arts 2nd Place: Advantage Martial Arts 3rd Place: Kentucky Taekwondo Best Gymnastics Program 🥇Winner: All About Kids 2nd Place: Louisville Gymnastics 3rd Place: Kentucky Gymnastics Association Best Soccer Program 🥇Winner: Soccer Shots 2nd Place: Sawyer 3rd Place: Mockingbird Valley Best Music Program 🥇Winner: **Tie** Heartland & Highland Music Academy 2nd Place: School of Rock Louisville Best Baseball/ Softball Program 🥇Winner: Lyndon 2nd Place Valley Sports 3rd Place: St. Matthews Best Tutoring Program 🥇Winner: Best In Class Education Center Best Pediatrician: 🥇Winner: All Children Pediatrics 2nd Place: East Louisville Pediatric 3rd Place: Louisville Pediatric Specialists Best Pediatric Dentist 🥇Winner: Kids Dentistree 2nd Place: Modern Kids Dentistry 3rd Place: **Tie**Derby City Pediatric & Dupont Pediatric Dentistry Best Orthodontist 🥇Winner: Braces Braces Braces 2nd Place: White/ Greer/ Maggard Orthodontics 3rd Place: Dr. Eberle Best Place to have a Baby 🥇Winner: Baptist Hospital East 2nd Place: Norton Women & Children's Best Doula/ Midwife 🥇Winner: Doulas of Kentuckiana 2nd Place: U of L Midwives 3rd Place: Nicole Aldridge Best for Lactation & Breastfeeding Support 🥇Winner: La Leche League of Louisville 2nd Place: Ashley Benz Lactation Consultant 3rd Place: **Tie**Jena Booker Norton Women and Childrens and Babyology Best Family Fitness Center 🥇Winner: YMCA 2nd Place: Jewish Community Center Best Shopping Center or Mall 🥇Winner: Oxmoor Center 2nd Place: Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass 3rd Place: Mall St. Matthews Best Children's Clothing Store 🥇Winner: Once Upon A Child 2nd Place: Button Bows and Britches 3rd: Children's Place Best Parents Night Out 🥇Winner: My Gym Louisville 2nd Place: Saint Andrews Academy 3rd Place: Best in Class Education Center Best Mother's Day Out Program 🥇Winner: Saint Andrews Academy 2nd Place: Westport Rd Baptist Church 3rd Place: **Tie** Middletown Christian Church & St. Matthews Baptist Church Best Date Night Activity for Parents 🥇Winner: Flying Axes 2nd Place: Pottery 3rd Place: **4 way Tie** Diamonds, Main Event, Malibu Jacks & Uptown Art Best Date Night Restaurant 🥇Winner: Sake Blue 2nd Place: Steak & Bourbon 3rd Place: Le Moo Best Kids Eat Free or Cheap Restaurant 🥇Winner: McAlister's Deli 2nd Place: WW Cousins 3rd Place: Texas Roadhouse Best Family Brunch 🥇Winner: Wild Eggs 2nd Place: Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern 3rd Place: Bristol Best Frozen Treats 🥇Winner: Steel City Pops 2nd Place: **Tie** Orange Leaf & Cold Stone Creamery 3rd Place: Liege & Dairy Winners will be contacted regarding prize distribution. Please give time for this process.
**This is not a sponsored article** Malibu Jacks unveiled Bounce Beach at their new location just before COVID made Things different. My family and I got a chance to go check it out and it is awesome!!! With all the restrictions orom the governor, Malibu Jacks is playing things super safe! They have 45 minute play sessions and then they close for 30 minutes to clean before the next 45 minute play session For only $5!!! There are hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the facility and throughout the Bounce Beach attraction. There were many families who have not gotten a chance to check it out yet. There is a toddler area and a big kids area. Some bounce houses and several large play structures. There are benches and chairs set out for the parents as well as a place to put shoes while kids are playing.
Louisville Slugger Museum& Factory Free Admission for Kids
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is sharing the yuletide cheer with its 2nd Holidays at The Big Bat. From December 1st- January 3rd, the museum is offering free admission for kids 12 and under when parents use the promo code FROSTY2020 when purchasing tickets at sluggermuseum.com Advanced tickets are required. Th elves at the factory have crafted up a limited-edition holiday mini-bat that will be given away to guests every Sunday. The festive new bat features a snowy landscape and "Happy Holidays" message. The bats are also available for purchase in the museum store. "We're swinging for the North Pole this holiday season" said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. "With free admission for kids12 and under families can expect to have a jolly time at the museum!" All throughout the month the museum will be giving kids pre-packaged bat-nub ornament sets. The sets will include a pre-strung bat- nub, crayons and holiday stickers. Special Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve: Closed Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Day: 11am-4pm Since re-opening its doors on June 11th, the museum has implemented additional safety precautions including: *Social Distancing Floor Graphics *Reducing Tour Sizes *Stepped up Sanitation Protocols *Required Masks for all guests & team members (Guests without masks can purchase them upon entering the museum for $1.00)
Enter the Families of Louisville Gingerbread House contest! Does your family have what it takes to build the most awesome Gingerbread House?? Official Entry Rules No purchase necessary to win. One entry per family- you may submit multiple pictures to be displayed on our website, however if you choose to submit multiple pictures please select one picture or video as your main picture for the social media accounts to be voted on. Pictures will be submitted on the FamiliesofLouisvilleKy.com website, Families of Louisville Facebook page, Families of Louisville Instagram page and Families of Louisville Twitter account. The Gingerbread house with the most likes, reactions, comments or shares on all platforms will win! Submit your entry to Please include in your entry: *The Pictures of your Gingerbread House *Title of your Gingerbread House *Name of your family *Number of people in your family Entrants of the contest are encouraged to share the contest in order to get likes, comments or shares, but it is not required. Families who are rude or unpleasant toward another families entry will be disqualified. Prize: One $20 game card to Dave & Busters Louisville for each family member up to 10 family members. Winner will be announced Christmas Day 2020 at noon!! Stay tuned!!!
This is the time of year everyone wants to see the Holiday lights! Here is the full list of Holiday light displays in and around Louisville: On Going Light Up Events Light Up Louisville Holiday lights and a brightly lit Christmas Tree will adorn Metro Hall and its lawn. The festive light display will include a rainbow of colors to celebrate Christmas, along with holiday-themed gobo lights celebrating Kwanza, Hanukah and all of the seasons special days that seek to reflect the diversity of our community. Mayor Fischer is also encouraging residents and businesses to put up their own rainbow of colors at their homes and workplaces to Light Up Louisville’s neighborhoods. In partnership with LG&E, 106.9 Play FM, AT&T and Neil Huffman Subaru, a mobile Santa Claus Convoy will visit more than 20 Kentuckiana neighborhoods, selected through nominations from our citizens on Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Louisville Mega Caverns Lights Under Louisville LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE IS TRULY A HOLIDAY WONDERLAND! Drive your own vehicle through the MEGA Cavern to experience the ONLY underground holiday light show in the world! MAKE IT A FAMILY TRADITION! Each year the LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of our 17 miles of underground passageways. Featuring over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light. It's the only underground light show of its kind on the planet! LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE at the Louisville Mega Cavern allows the public to drive their own vehicle through the cavern during the Christmas season. Experience this one of a kind holiday attraction and begin a new family tradition! Load up the kids and enjoy the sights and sounds of LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE. Buy your tickets here Blue's Light Show FREE CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW STARTS NOVEMBER 27th FRIDAY!! Show days & times are as followed: Fridays & Saturdays=6pm-10pm. Wednesday’s & Sunday’s=6pm-9pm. The last week of December until January 2nd runs everyday from 6pm-10pm. Make sure to tune your radio to 91.3FM to hear the music. Everyone please dim your headlights and stay out of the display. You can get out and take pictures. Located at 4602 Glenna Way, Louisville, Ky 40219 Garden's Aglimmer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens Join us for the second-annual Gardens Aglimmer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a self-guided walking experience among our illuminated outdoor gardens. Enjoy a sparkling winter wonderland of swans, snowflakes, deer, Moravian stars, oversized flowers, light bursts, candles, and a multicolor tunnel of lights. Wander the new Beargrass Creek Pathway under icicle arches and a waterfall stream aglow. For improved safety and parking, we offer four timed ticket entry slots nightly: 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8pm Once you arrive, you are welcome to stay as long as you like, however, 30 minutes is ample time for a thorough visit. There will be no refreshments served at this event. Please no pets, no outside food or drink, and no smoking on the grounds. ** LIGHTS TURN OFF AT 9PM Buy you tickets here Light Up Events Light Up Anchorage Join your Anchorage neighbors in a safe, socially distanced celebration of the lighting of our town Christmas tree at Anchorage City Hall. See Santa from a safe distance as he greets you from the Gazebo! A professional photographer will be on hand, compliments of Anchorage Living, to take family portraits for a donation to Hope's Closet - so come early! Lights turn on at 5:45 p.m. We will not be making or selling ornaments this year due to the pandemic, but feel free to bring an ornament from home to hang on the tree! (Please, no glass ornaments). 4-6 pm Local Parks with Holiday Lights: Light Up St. Matthews at Brown Park City of Jeffersontown Light Show at Veterans Park Wetherby Park in Middletown Winter Woods Spectacular at Iroquois Park Winter Woods Spectacular presented by the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular team is back for 2020! Get out and enjoy this SAFE drive-through-only Holiday experience at Iroquois Park 11/27- 1/2 benefiting the Louisville Parks Foundation. Buy your tickets here Winter Illuminations at the Parklands Winter Illuminations is an illuminated trail walk. Designed to be Louisville’s premiere winter tradition, the one-mile trail features more than 10 light installations harmonizing light, music and nature. We invite you to bring your family and friends to experience the magic of this one of a kind illuminated trail. Buy your tickets here Cruisin’ for Christmas Lights at Sellersburg Parks Let's get into the spirit of the holidays, Sellersburg! With many restrictions in place, let's showcase some of our most festive homes and businesses. This will give everyone a fun, safe way to get out and get in the holiday spirit. If you think your business, neighborhood, or home should be on the map and is in Sellersburg, send an email with your address to and a star will be added at your location. Copy the link to locate the starred locations: Neighborhoods with Holiday Lights: Crescent Hill Douglas Hills Lake Forest Mile of Sunshine Light Up Lagrange As with many things in 2020, Light Up LaGrange will be different this year. Due to the high increase in Covid cases and after deliberation with Oldham County Health Department, City of LaGrange Officials and The LaGrange Main Street Program it has been determined that the official Light Up ceremony and large community gathering will not take place this year. Instead, we will Light Up LaGrange all season with lights, shopping, visits with Santa (socially distanced, of course), Shop small Saturdays, contests and more. From Shop Small Saturday on November 28th through the Holiday season we invite you to enjoy the lights, the atmosphere and all that LaGrange has to offer. The health and safety of our community is our number 1 priority and our goal is to ALWAYS BE KIND to our family, friends and neighbors. That's what the City of LaGrange is all about. Bonnycastle Homestead Association Just out of town Christmas at the Park-Elizabethtown, KY Christmas Time at The Ark- Williamstown, KY
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Whether its visiting with family for the holidays, making reservations at a nice place or its hosting Thanksgiving yourself; navigating the holidays with kids can throw a wrench in any plan. Here are some great ways to help make Thanksgiving go smooth with kids: Naptime Nap time is essential for little ones, so make sure that dinner time is after the normal wake up time. Be prepared for baby or toddler to change their sleep pattern that day, either earlier, later, too long or not long enough. It happens almost every holiday for almost every kid. Also make sure you establish boundaries with your family about letting them sleep. We know that family means well and is excited to see your bundle of joy, but disrupting nap time will not help Thanksgiving run smoothly or even well. Snacks We want our kids to be able to eat the Thanksgiving dinner at meal time, but we also want to prevent whining and crabby behavior. Light snacks in the morning or before dinner is okay. Have a veggie tray available, yogurt, fruit or fruit cups, applesauce, puff cereal, anything that will help curb kiddos appetite for a short time. Meal Prep If you are hosting Thanksgiving and the kids are old enough to help, let them help. Even if its not a big task, something minor can give the kids a sense of pride and helpfulness. Another great tip if you are hosting is to have your family bring side items and make Thanksgiving potluck style. This puts less pressure on the host, because when it comes to little kids and holidays no one needs more pressure. If you are going to a potluck style Thanksgiving and have kids at home try not to do elaborate dishes, make it quick, make it simple and if all else fails pick something up from one or our fabulous local restaurants and dump it in your own dish. Entertainment No matter how many kids will be attending your Thanksgiving, having some form of entertainment or engagement is important. Activities, coloring sheets or books and games are great ways to entertain kids. Please do not bring your childs favorite toy, stuffed animal or blanket. It never fails that it will either get lost, left behind or something on it. Also please make sure you discuss with other parents bringing kids about whether or not their kid(s) feel comfortable bringing electronics. A simple conversation ahead of time can prevent a child from feeling left out or upset by not having an electronic. Meal Time * Whether you have a kids table or have the kids sit at the same table as the adults, its always important to have a discussion with your partner or someone who could help about what happens when there is a fit, tantrum or just upset kid. Take turns, no one wants to eat Thanksgiving alone and the kid needs to be taken care of. *If you have a baby make sure you have easy access to your child or bring a highchair with you. *Have realistic expectations about what kind of foods your kid will eat and how much. I absolutely recommend telling your kid they can have a roll after they finish their vegetables or whatever. If your kids are like mine they want to eat bread and nothing but bread so this rule helps make sure they get the good stuff in first. *If your kids are old enough to understand, make sure you have the conversation with them ahead of time about trying things even if they may not like it and not to complain with picky eaters because we don't want to upset a family member. I know some families with picky eaters where the kid only eats a couple of things at Thanksgiving and when they go home they make chicken nuggets. You do whatever works for your family. *It does not matter how old your kids are, always have a lid on the cups!!! This prevents spills and a lot less mess to clean up. *Some hosts are not familiar with kids and that's okay, but make sure that you bring a kids plate and kids silverware just in case. It's not that they don't care, it's that they don't know and we don't want their nice plates to get broken or ruined. *Make sure that you and your partner have an exit strategy, some times the Holidays are a little bit of an overload for a baby or toddler. The daily routine has changed, there's lots of people around and sometimes the tantrum lasts a little longer than you thought it would and that is okay. It's what happens with life with toddlers or kids. (For most kids that get overwhelmed, it happens during meal time) What To Bring With You *Bring extra diapers and wipes!!! *Bring a back up outfit or 2. Spills happen, messes happen, blow outs happen, just be prepared. (It may be a good idea to bring a couple of back up shirts for you too) *If your Thanksgiving is later in the evening, bring pajamas to change your kid into just before you leave. If your kid ate really well they may just fall asleep in the car and you may be able to carry them to their bed or crib. *Have a small first aid kit on hand, just the basics and essentials, nothing major. What happens if you accidentally leave the Baby Bag At Home It's happened time and time again, where the routine changes and you spent time packing the baby bag and then you accidentally leave it at home. On a normal day that would be fine, but on Thanksgiving most stores are closed. So where do you go and what do you do??? Don't sweat it!! There are a few stores open on Thanksgiving Day for those emergencies: *Meijer *Walgreens *CVS *Dollar General
It's the Holiday Season and that means Santa Claus is coming to town. This year will look a little different with all the socially distanced protocols. Here is what you can expect when you visit Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall this Christmas Season. Though things will look a bit different this year, we are looking forward to welcoming our community to both Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center to partake in one of the most beloved traditions of the year - visits with Santa. He will arrive at Mall St. Matthews on November 20th and at Oxmoor Center on November 27th. Santa will be available to meet with guests in a touch-free, socially distanced manner. Daily health and temperature checks will be done for all staff, Santa included, and hand sanitizing stations will be made available throughout the experience. This year more than ever, we are also strongly encouraging guests to make a reservation prior to their visit. Reservations can be made on each of the malls’ websites. For those that are not yet comfortable visiting Santa in person, we have partnered with Jingle Ring to provide a live, virtual visit with Santa. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Santa from the comfort of their homes while still partaking in one of the most cherished traditions of the season. The visit can be joined from multiple devices, bringing grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and other loved ones together for the experience. Reservations can be made at www.ExperienceJingleRing.com. Directions to Mall St. Matthews Directions to Oxmoor Mall
The Toy Association, Inc. has announced the winning Toys of the Year!!! Click here for a link to the original post on ToyAwardsorg (As an Amazon Affiliate and Lego Brand Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you) Action Figure of the Year Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Figures by Mattel, Inc. Described as: Toys that include action figures Collectible of the Year L.O.L. Surprise! Winder Disco Series by MGA Entertainment Described as toys that compose a set and can b collected in multiples; can include novelty playthings , miniatures versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc. Construction Toy of the Year LEGO CITY Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control by Lego Described as toys that include building and engineering sets. Creative Toy of the Year Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Droid Depot Custom Astromech Units Described as the best arts and crafts, construction or other indoor toy that inspires creative play through various forms of activity. Doll of the Year L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Fashion Dolls by MGA Entertainment Described as Toys that include baby, toddler and fashion dolls. Game of the Year Pictionary Air by Mattel, Inc. Described as Children's board, card, electronic or other physical game formats and puzzles. Infant/ Toddler Toy of the Year Fisher-Price Linkimals by Mattel, Inc. Described as toys that are developed for ages 0-3. Innovative Toy of the Year Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak by Wow! Stuff Described as toys that utilize innovative design, technology or manufacturing procces to enhance play value. License of the Year Baby Shark by Pinkfong Described as character or property that has had success spreading its brand throughout the industry Outdoor Toy of the Year Create A Castle Described as toys that are designed for outdoor play including ride-ons. Playset of the Year Mars Space Station by Playmobil Described as toys that are designed to work together to enact some action or event. Plush Toy of the Year Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets with Tempo Control by WowWee Described as toys that are made of fabric and stuffed with cotton or similar filling. Preschool Toy of the Year Coding Critters by Learning Resources Described as toys that are developed for ages 3-5. Specialty Toy of the Year Lego Stranger Things The Upside Down Described as toys that are distributed through specialty retailers and are not sold in mass. Stem/ Steam Toy of the Year Lego BOOST Star Wars Droid Commander by Lego Described as physical toys that are electronic or interact with a smartphone, tablet or gaming device. Vehicle of the Year Hot Wheels Mario Kart De-Cast Vehicle Assortment by Mattel, Inc Described as toys that are powered or non-powered vehicles and their playsets and accessories. People's Choice Awards Rainbocorns Ultimate Sequin Surprise Series 2 by Zuru Described as the best toy of the year, decided solely by consumers who vote on ToyAwards.org Toy of the Year L.O.L. Surprise! by MGA Entertainment Described as the best toy of the year