Free Things to Do in and around Louisville January 2017

Grandmother Power at Ali Center
Family Adventure Day
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1. Free Admission Sundays at the Speed Art Museum
Thanks to a generous contribution from Brown-Forman, anyone can visit the Speed Art Museum for free on Sundays through March 2021. This includes the recently redesigned Art Sparks interactive gallery, which is a hit with kids of all ages! The Speed is open 12 – 5 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Every Monday & Wednesday, check out the Nature Center at CMNP, just a few minutes over the line in Oldham County. Open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Take a close-up look at woodland creatures, fossils and rocks, Kentucky fish, a wetland display, a Native American setting, and hawks and owls (stuffed). There’s even an observation bee hive where you can view the bees hard at work helping the plants get pollinated. While you’re there, bundle up for and take a walk on one of the nature trails or explore the Woodland Garden.

3. A Birthday Party for Mary Ingalls
Saturday, January 7, 1 – 3 p.m. Visit the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind to find out about Mary’s richly rewarding life and the challenges she faced as a blind woman a hundred years ago. Sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet, and have some birthday cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email to register. For all ages.

4. Family Movie Night Out: Pete’s Dragon at Shawnee Library
Monday, January 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

5. The Other Side of Archaeology Free Public Archaeology Lab Program at Riverside – The Farnsley-Moreman Landing.
Wednesday, January 11 & 18
Saturday, January 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get an up-close look at artifacts that have been found during recent digs at Riverside. Work with archaeologists to wash, identify, sort and study artifacts.

6. Family Fun Workshop at The Carnegie Center in New Albany, IN

Saturday, January 14. This month’s theme is “Muppety Paper Plate Puppets.” Each child will learn how to make their own colorful puppet. The program is free and all supplies are provided, but registration is greatly appreciated. Email or call (812) 944-7336 to register. Arrive no later than 11:30 AM to have enough time to complete the project.

7. Movie: Zootopia at Western Library
Saturday, January 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
8. “I Have a Dream”, Too at Newburg Library
Saturday, January 14, 3 – 4 p.m. View the original speech and share your own poem or original piece in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. PJ Library and Shalom Baby Music Class
Sunday, January 15, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. This class at The J is designed for the youngest music lovers, from newborns to toddlers. Dance, sing and move along with local musician John Gage.

10. MLK Day of Service 2017
Monday, January 16. Join other members of the community for a day of service at Beckley Creek Park, to include mulching, invasive species removal and light trail maintenance. Tools and instruction will be provided on-site as well as gloves, hot coffee, and snacks. Email Program Coordinator Ali Greenwell at with any questions, or to register.

11. Chinese New Year Program at Southwest Library
Monday, January 23, 5 – 6 p.m. Hear stories about the Chinese New Year and do some fun crafts Ages 5+.

12. Winter Hike: “Let’s Notice Trees” at Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, January 28, 1 – 2 p.m.

13. Tanagram Fun in the Louisville Nature Center lobby
Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Can you create a tanagram animal?

14. Pirate vs. Princess Story Time at the Main Library in La Grange, KY
Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Choose your own adventure at this interactive story time featuring guests from the Princesses & Superheros of Louisville. Please register online in advance.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

P.S. Not a free event but it’s all for charity and it’s our event!

House of Boom in Louisville
All ages.
$10 for food, fun & jumping.  All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  Tickets on sale here.
Louisville Zoo Halloween
KCD Open House
Papa Johns Pizza

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