Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What To Do This Weekend: Get Outside!

Memorial Day Weekend is here! If you are looking for things to do in between the barbecues and pool parties, here's what's happening around Louisville this weekend:
  • For all Beatles fans, WAVE3's Abbey Road on the River is happening May 21-25 at Belvedere Festival Park and the Muhammad Ali Center. Enjoy covers of your favorite Beatles songs, great food and a great atmosphere. Be sure to bring ear plugs for the little ones.
  • This Saturday it's a WNBA Doubleheader: Fever vs. Sun and Dream vs. Mystic at the KFC Yum! Center. This is event also includes a coaches clinic and a pre-game party with community appearances by all four teams.
  • It's an exciting weekend down at Slugger Field! On Friday, after the Louisville Bats take on the Pawtucket Red Sox, enjoy the fireworks to follow. Then on Saturday, it's Superhero Night! Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and meet Captain America, Spiderman and other superheroes on the main concourse during the game. Tickets for both nights start at $8 for bleacher and lawn seating.
Keep reading for more Memorial Day Weekend fun!

Win a family prize pack at Champs Rollerdrome!

Take Family Fun Night to the next level with this super giveaway from Champ’s Rollerdrome! Two lucky winners will each receive a family four-pack of tickets that include admission for four, skate rental, a pitcher of soda and pizza. This will be a night of fun to remember!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

What To Do This Weekend: Family Fun At Churchill Downs

As the weather heats up, so does the fun in Kentuckiana! 
Check out this weekend's family-friendly events:
  • Derby may be over, but the fun continues on at Churchill Downs! This Sunday, spend a day at the track at Churchill's Family Adventure Day. Activities include horse meet-and-greets, face painting, stick horse races and more. $1 of each purchased ticket will be donated to Kosair Children's Hospital.
  • This Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., get to know the St. Matthews community at the 4th Annual St. Matthews Street Festival. This event stretches from Frankfort Avenue to Bauer Avenue and includes music, food and shopping for adults, as well as a free Kids Zone for the little ones. 
  • The circus is in town! May 14-17, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "LEGENDS" at the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets start at $13 with an All-Access Pre-show allowing ticket holders to learn the art of juggling, meet the performers and take photos.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We’ve got more Holiday World tickets!

We’ve got another family four-pack of tickets to Holiday World for one lucky winner! Even better news: Splashin’ Safari opens this week!

See Official Rules for details.

The lucky winner is Sarah Bowen-Lewis!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The New Issue Is Out!

It's here!
Check out the Summer issue online and on stands now.

What 7-year-old boy couldn't wait to jump in the water and swim with his clothes on, or at least imagine himself doing it? Parents, in this issue we can learn to follow our child's lead this summer and let our imaginations meld with our children's minds. You might just have more fun!

Also, find out more about:
• Handling a defiant child
• Navigating the social media scene with your child
• Keeping your cool with your child's first crush
• How to take the perfect family photo

AND, the Beautiful Baby Contest winner is . . .

The winner of the Today's Family Beautiful Baby Contest graces the cover of our Oh, Baby! supplement, featured inside the summer issue. Congratulations to our winner and runner-up, and thank you to all the readers who nominated their babies, to all who voted, and special thanks to our sponsor, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry.

Friday, May 8, 2015

What To Do This Weekend: Make It About Mom

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday, but why stop there? Why not make the whole weekend about Mom? Check out this weekend's events for things to do with Mom and the whole family!
  • Spend an afternoon at Locust Grove surrounded by flowers and fresh herbs at the 20th Annual Gardeners' Fair and Silent Auction.
  • Run wild this Saturday at the Louisville Zoo’s “Throo the Zoo” 5K Run/Walk.
  • "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" presented by StageOne Family Theatre at the Kentucky Center is a great way to entertain the kiddos for an afternoon.

Keep reading for more Mother's Day weekend activities!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: 'The End of Your Life Book Club'

The End of Your Life Book Club By Will Schwalbe (published 2013)

As blogger Aimee Levitt so brilliantly summarized: "The End of Your Life Book Club has one of the ickiest premises for a book I've seen in a long time. Will Schwalbe's mother, Mary Anne, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given just a few months to live. In order to pass the time at her chemo treatments, Will and Mary Anne start a two-person book club, choosing a new title to discuss every month.”

What hooked me: Schwalbe and his mother are book people. They are my people. However, I figured out early that we don’t have the same taste in books. More than once I thought, “well, I can skip that one!” The ones he and his mother read interested me not in the least, but I enjoyed their impressions and discussions anyway. Then about halfway through he wrote about a book I had loved, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. And later, two more: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteredge and Muriel Barbery’s Elegance of the Hedgehog. But what he liked about them was different from what I liked about them, and his descriptions wouldn’t have tempted me to read them. Curious. Perhaps his book reviews were less about the books than about him?

Fair enough. I liked him, and I loved his mother. She had lived a fascinating life and was an endearing, delightful character. What more could a reader ask for?

Quote(s) from the book:
“Mom had always taught all of us to examine decisions by reversibility – that is, to hedge our bets. . . . Not the road less traveled, but the road with the exit ramp.”

“One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence.  . . . I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me . . . [Electronic books] can get in your head, but they can’t whack you upside it.”

Other books I recommend:
• Age of Miracles (Walker) – What if the Earth’s rotation slowed, goofing up gravity and stretching out days and nights? While the author gets a little tripped up answering that question — character development takes a backseat to setting and situation — she kept me interested. I rather like premises that turn normal on its ear. But be warned that this book is sci-fi. The young narrator is engaging and charming – although you don’t find out until the end from when and where she is telling you about “the early days of The Slowing” – and Walker writes some very lovely sentences. While I didn’t love the ending, it wasn’t a deal-breaker and it didn’t leave me sputtering.  
• The Penelopiad (Atwood) – If you read The Odyssey and wondered about Penelope’s side of the story, this is your book. Or just pick it up for Atwood’s wonderful Penelope, who said of Helen of Troy: “I repressed a desire to say that Helen should have been kept in a locked trunk in a dark cellar because she was poison on legs.” Tell me more, Penelope.

Books I flung in the first chapter:
• Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (Sobel) – The author kept telling me how important and fascinating John Harrison’s story was, but I remained un-fascinated.

• The Sense of an Ending (Barnes) – What I took to be an opening quote from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past turned out to be the actual novel. I persevered for about a chapter before kicking that disc out in favor of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” (However, if you like Proust, or Henry James, try it!)

Elaine Rooker Jack is assistant editor of Today's Family magazine.
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