The Spring Issue of Today's Family Is Out!

You can find the latest issue of Today's Family magazine — inside the March issue of Today's Woman ! That's two magazin...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!



We've got a great line-up of events for you for this beautiful Father's Day weekend... enjoy!

Ugly Tie Day at Graeter’s-  Sunday, June 17; all area Louisville and Southern Indiana Graeter’s locations; FREE scoop of ice cream for all dads that come in wearing an ugly tie!

Tales at Twilight- Friday, June 15, at 7pm; Barnes and Noble in The Shoppes at Plainview; FREE children’s storytime

Jeffersonville Main Street’s Concerts in the Park- Friday, June 15, at 7:30pm; Warder Park in Jeffersonville, IN; Holy Name Band- they play show tunes, marches, and standards

Birth in the Bluegrass- Saturday, June 16, 10am-2pm at U of L’s ShelbyHurst Campus in the Founder’s Union Building; Louisville’s premiere baby fair; the first 100 families receive a goody bag filled with samples, products, and discounts!

Thorntons-“Saturdays in June mean FREE Fizz Freez and Fountain for kid’s 12 and under so make sure you and the kids stop in today from noon-4 pm to pick one up!”



Cherokee Triangle Summer Concerts- Willow Park- Sunday, June 17, 7-9pm; Blair Carmen & the Bellevue Boys
Just in case you didn’t know and you’re a military family {or you know one!}, through a partnership with Blue Star Museums, several Museum Row attractions and other venues are offering FREE admission to military families now through Labor Day, September 3, 2012.  Below are the ones that are participating in our area:
The Frazier Museum
The Louisville Science Center
The Muhammad Ali Center
KentuckyShow! at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Historic Locust Grove
Speed Art Museum
The free admission offer is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fun at the Louisville Zoo


Today we have the inside scoop on the fun entertainment going on at the Louisville Zoo from Maureen Horrigan, director of marketing and public relations.

What makes people want to come to the Louisville Zoo?
We’ve always been a major point of destination. We’re the main non-profit attraction in the area. The dinosaurs and movies might draw parents who may have not wanted to just see the animals. We also do a lot of personal events such as visits from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gaylord Opryland’s Summer Fun with Shrek & Friends Giveaway


Give your family an epic vacation when you take them to meet their favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation films like Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda at Gaylord Opryland’s Summer Fun with Shrek & Friends!
This exciting experience runs on select weekends now through September 2, 2012 (excludes June 1-30).
Of course, we are super excited to be able to giveaway to 2 lucky winners this awesome package for their family.  It includes:
  • a two-night stay at Gaylord Opryland for a family of four (one room)
  • a DreamWorks Welcome Amenity
  • ShrekFeast interactive character meal one morning
  • Splash ‘N’ Screen Movie
  • DreamWorks Parade
  • DreamWorks Character Meet and Greets
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • as well as taxes, resort fees and daily self-parking for one vehicle.
This prize package is valid Saturdays and Sundays, now through September 2, 2012, based on availability (excluding June 1-30).

Enter below for your chance. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vacation Planning Made Easy


My family alternates big vacations (to the beach or Walt Disney World) and small vacations (Holiday World) every other year. Regardless of where we go or what we do, the first place I turn is...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Trails


Are you a go-to-the-same-place-every-year vacationer or try-something-new-every-year vacationer?

My family is try-something-new-almost-every-year vacationers. We aren't heavy adventurers, but we do like to explore and immerse ourselves into different areas. It seems that the vacations we enjoy the most are the ones where we are a little more physically active and less touristy. Here are some ideas from things we have learned:

* We have outgrown this bike now, but our Tandem Family Traveler bike allowed our youngest to bike along with the rest of the family when we hit riding trails. With this bike we have hit local areas in Louisville, great riding trails in Ohio, and we even drove to Cape Cod several years ago, touting bikes and bicycled along the Atlantic coastline. For riding trails that are very family friendly and also not steep -- check out www.railstotrails.org.
  • Consider renting a home instead of staying in a hotel. We often rent homes from people who live in the area we are visiting, and it adds to the experience by allowing you to be more immersed in the area versus a tourist location. www.vrbo.com or www.vacationrentals.com 
  • State parks are a great resource, and signing up for educational free events at the local parks where you are staying helps you and your children learn about the area and have a great time. From catching creatures in a swampy area of Florida to a boat ride guided by a marine biologist — this has brought great fun to our family travels.
  • If you are driving a long distance, consider having a rest stop at a library. We have gone off the beaten interstate trek for a stop at a local library and a local park. For small children, I think it allows legs to stretch, keeps everyone unstimulated, and is a refreshing break instead of a fast-food local.
  • Stay open to the possibilities. It seems that most of you all plan way in advance for vacations. I think that is great, but in our family, we may get the dates scheduled but have no actual plans made. There has been at least one vacation where we have packed and left our house, stopped at the end of the road and said — North – South – East or West? And we took it from there. It turned out that we had just as much fun discovering our journey as we went.
  • Consider shutting off the videos and game controllers for some recorded books. Your whole family can listen together and can discuss it instead of everyone being in their own little world. If your trip is long, you can combine "alone entertainment" and "together entertainment" to change things up as you go along. The library has free rentals for many family friendly books.
Anita Oldham
Editor of Today's Family magazine

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