Thunder Over Louisville Activities for Kids

Thunder Over Louisville activities for families

Thunder on the ground can be a lot to take in. What are the things to do for families for Thunder Over Louisville 2023? 

Thunder Over Louisville Activities for Kids will be plentiful at this year’s event. For 2023, whether it’s games or food, there’s something for your kids to enjoy and keep them entertained during what can be a long day. 

During the day, the air show provides entertainment in the sky but for the whole day, we know kids, they don’t want to just sit and watch for hours. What other activities can you do while you’re there to keep them occupied?

Thunder Over Louisville Activities for Kids

ENTERTAINMENT:

Meijer Family Fun Zone at the Big Four Bridge – You need a 2023 Pegasus Pin for  admission. This area opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 11p.m., featuring kids’ activities, including inflatables, face painting, Big Red Chair, Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, Touch-a-Truck, pizza, photo opportunities, giveaways, a top view of the show, Silent Disco (2 – 8 PM).

  • Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, face painting, craft area and photo opportunity.
  • Putting Challenge and Plinko
  • Meijer’s Food Truck sampling popsicles
  • Special Meijer Promotions throughout the day
  • The Bubble Bug

AKIMA Military Zone Interactive Display Area on the South Great Lawn opens at 9 a.m. Attractions include: U.S. Army Golden Knights Landing Zone, Kentucky Air National Guard Obstacle Course, U.S. Air Force Simulation Trailer, U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopter, U.S. Coast Guard Boat and U.S. Marines Pull-up Challenge.

Kids’ Activities & Rides on the South Great Lawn: Enjoy the rides like Ali Baba, Chopper, Cliff Hanger, Hampton, Hurricane, Lil’ Wheel, Merry Go Round, Music Express, Ships Ahoy, Slide and Zumur. 

Merchant Row, along Witherspoon at the Great Lawn, vendors selling a wide variety of merchandise, including sunglasses, hand-drawn caricatures and more!

Thunder Over Louisville Activities for Kids

FOOD:

Thunder Waterfront Chow Wagon – You need a 2023 Pegasus Pin for  admission. Opens at 11 a.m., featuring food, beer garden, live music, and Thunder Sound. (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS). There are some really fun food options for the kids to pick out a unique treat. Performances to note: Katie Mac Trio 2:30-5:30 PM, Soul Circus 6-9 PM.

The Thunder FoodFest will offer a wide variety of tasty treats from more than 100 food vendors from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Chow Wagon, Great Lawn, West Belvedere, and along Witherspoon Street and East River Road.

Need a Pegasus Pin? Buy one before you go (Kroger is a good option) or at Thunder Over Louisville at these locations: Gate A: Thunder Chow Wagon; Gate B: Great Lawn; Gate C: Preston and River Road (under the I-64 viaduct). Street sales are available at the following locations: 2nd & Main streets, Brook & Witherspoon, Preston & Witherspoon and Big Four Lawn.

Thunder Over Louisville Activities for Kids

FIREWORKS! The 2023 Thunder Over Louisville – themed “Through the Decades”

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