8 FREE things to do in April 2016 in and around Louisville

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1. Saturday, April 2: Free Kids’ Building Workshop at Home Depot. 9am – 12pm. Build A Butterfly House: All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Online registration is suggested.
2. Monday, April 4: Crafting for Kindness at Side by Side Studio from 2 – 4pm. Paint stones with words or pictures to sprinkle through out the community in hopes of bringing a smile or sense of joy to anyone who should stumble upon them. Open to children, families, and adults of all ages who wish to spread kindness, joy, and compassion throughout our community! 

3. Monday, April 4 – Friday April 8: Tree-rific Spring Break at Bernheim Forest. Free Spring Break activities daily at the visitor’s center, from 11am – 3pm. Registration is not required for individuals or families, but groups of six or more should RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Whitney Wurzel at whitneyw@bernheim.org or (502) 955-8512.
4. Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26: Family Storytime at the Highlands/Shelby Park Library. Family Storytime is an opportunity for families to bond over shared stories and songs, as well as engaging in creative activities that reinforce a lifelong love of learning. Ages 3-8 and their families.
5. Saturday, April 16: The Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Saturday of the month. The Nature Center features four dioramas: wetlands, woodlands, Native American life/artifacts, and Kentucky fish. Additional learning areas include fossils and geology, animal tracks, an herbarium, wood identification, bird nests and birds, a one-way bird blind and an observation bee hive. Younger children will love playing the Magical Forest Imagination Station. Extend your day by packing a picnic lunch, hiking through the preserve and visiting the playground. 
6. Saturday, April 16: Open Game Day at Oldham County Library Main Branch from 1 – 5pm. Visit the Main Library to play one of 100+ table top games, or bring your own!
7. Saturday, April 16: Water Fest Family Day at Crane House. 11am – 1pm. Celebrate some of the different roles water plays within four major Asian cultures! Sample Chinese ink painting before experiencing a Japanese Kamishibai story that takes place under the sea. Learn about Ganges River in India while you work at the printing table. Finally, discover flora and fauna living alongside Korean shores while you create your own inspired design. Free parking is available behind AICH and there is also on street parking.
8. Sunday, April 17: Kentucky Shakespeare’s Shakespeare in the Park present Romeo and Juliet at Locust Grove from 6pm – 8pm. Guests should please bring their own seating of choice as it will be held in a side yard of the historic home. Entertainment is free, however, wine will be for sale by Old 502 Winery, as well as light hors d’oeuvres by Locust Grove. In the case of inclement weather, the performance will move indoors to the Locust Grove auditorium. Sponsored by Councilman Kelly Downard’s office.

BONUS: The Speed Art Museum recently reopened, and thanks to a grant from Brown-Forman, admission is FREE on Sundays through March 2021! (Charges will apply for Speed Cinema or special exhibits.) 

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 
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