A Spring Break Staycation Itinerary: Louisville / Kentuckiana areas

Not sure what to do with your kids on Spring Break? Have no fear; our Spring Break Staycation itinerary is here! This is how you make a staycation full of great memories. 

Monday, April 2: 

Outside: Head to the Louisville Zoo to see all the animals, take a ride on the train, or a spin on the carousel. The zoo hours are from 10am – 5pm (stay until 6pm) beginning March 17th. Tickets for Adults are $16.25. Admission for Seniors and Kids ages 3-11 is $11.75. Discounts available for Military. There is a $5 parking fee if you are not a member. 1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213

Inside: Awesome Outdoor Products– Come by and visit their pay and play showroom where they have 7 Rainbow Playsystem playsets, a pop-a-shot basketball goal, cars and trains set up in a heated showroom (no air conditioning). Pay and Play is $7.00 M-F and $10 on Saturday. Call them at 502-266-0058 before you go just to make sure they do not have any parties going on as the playroom is closed during parties. 13720 Aiken Road Suite B Louisville KY 40245


Tuesday, April 3: 

Outside: Take a ride on the Skystar Wheel at Waterfront Park’s Big Four® Lawn (open March 29 – May 6, 2018, 11am – 11pm). Tickets prices are as follows: Adults (12+) $14.15 + tax;  Seniors (65+) $12.74 + tax; Children (3 -11) $11.32 + tax; Children 2 & Under FREE. Members of the military & students (with valid ID) $12.74 + tax. You can get tickets in advance – click here. Just in time for a spring break staycation!

While you’re by the river, cross the Big Four® Bridge and for lunch or a snack in Jeffersonville. Choose from the Red Yeti Brewing Co., Big Four Burgers + BeerSchimpff’s Confectionery and more. Check here for more restaurant ideas and a map to find them.

Inside/Outside: Check out Renaissance Fun Park and enjoy some laser tag, go karts, or mini golf. For a detailed list of prices and hours visit their website. They typically will run unique specials for each break so be sure to check out their website or Facebook page often to see what is available. 201 Park Place Drive Louisville, Kentucky 40243


Wednesday, April 4: 

Outside/Inside: Visit Locust Grove for a historical tour. Open M-Sat 10am – 4:30pm and Sun 1pm – 4:30pm. Tours begin with the (optional) showing of an introductory video, each hour on the quarter hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15; 1:15, 2:15; 3:15). The tour of the house and grounds then follows at the half-hour, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Allow for 45 minutes before or after your tour to explore our new museum gallery. Admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12 years. Discounts for AAA members, please inquire. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Inside: Visit your neighborhood library for story times and other events that are scheduled. Some include: #LouisvilleRocks (Southwest), OMG Drongs (Middletown- pre-register), April Foolery Storytime (Portland), Spring Break Musical: The Wiz Live! (Shively), Terrarium Workshop (Fairdale), Extreme Wii Wednesday for teens (Main), and Humpday Tinkery- Bored? Games! (Highlands/Shelby Park). Additional programming available throughout the week. Check the website for times.


Thursday, April 5: 

Outside: Go explore a park you’ve never visited before. Some parks that may be fun include: Parklands at Floyds Fork, Iroquois Park, or Cherokee Park. Visit this link for a list of Parks in the Louisville Metro Area.

Inside: Find an adventure at Louisville Mega Caverns. You can go on a zip line tour, challenge yourself on an aerial ropes course, take a tour on the mega tram, or ride your bike on the underground bike park. Advance reservations are probably a good idea, although walk-ins are welcome on some of the attractions (but space is not guaranteed). Some of these attractions have height/weight restrictions so check those out before you go. Visit their website and make reservations, check hours, and see about pricing. 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213


Friday, April 6: 

Outside: Take a ride and visit Bernheim Arboretum for their Spring Break Adventure Week. They’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam.
-Daily Discovery Stations: 11am – 3pm; Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of plant, animal, and nature activities will be offered daily at the Visitor Center by Bernheim educators.
-Fire Tower Tours: 11am – 3pm; Join a Bernheim educator to discover the forest from a bird’s-eye-view atop the historic Fire Tower. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-Daily Nature Hike: 2 – 3pm; Visitor Center; Each afternoon, Bernheim educators will lead a guided hike beneath the budding forest canopy. Children of all ages are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Inside: Go “do science” at the Kentucky Science Center. Discover exhibits, play and/or watch a movie on their 4-Story Digital Theater. Hours are Su-Th 9:30am – 5pm and F – Sa 9:30am – 9 pm. Prices are located on their website and if you go after 5pm on Friday or Saturday, tickets only cost $5.00 per person. 727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202


Saturday, April 7: 

Outside: Go to the Louisville Nature Center and walk through the native wildflower gardens, seasonal butterflies and dragonflies in our gardens, view the indoor exhibits and mural, observe wildlife up-close in our bird blind, look at books and do activities in our library, or hike in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. 3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213

Inside: Visit the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium. Public shows run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times. Please check their website as show schedules can change. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first serve basis the day of the show (no advance ticket sales) and prices are listed on their website. You can also check out the new William G. Russell Meteorite Collection Exhibit during regularly scheduled public shows. It’s in the lobby so there is no fee! We reviewed it here. 106 W Brandeis Ave Louisville, KY, 40292


Sunday, April 8:

Outside: Take in a baseball game with the Louisville Bats. The game on April 8th starts at 2pm. Become a member of the Louisville Bats Kids Club and receive admission to EVERY Sunday Home Game* All kids 12 and under with a game ticket can get a free meal (hot dog, small soda and junior nachos) during the game. Kids can take part in the FREE Kids Inflatable FunZone and post-game Kids Run the Bases. 401 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202. This is always fun for a spring break staycation!
* Membership card must be presented to receive free admission.

Inside: Go Roller skating at Champs Rollerdrome. Public session run from 5-8pm and 7-11pm on Fri; 2-6pm, 5-8pm and 7-11pm on Sat; and 2-6pm on Sun. Admission ranges from $7.50 – $9.50 (depending on session) with skate rental of $2.50. 9851 Lagrange Rd. Louisville, KY 40223

By guest contributor: Brandy

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