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Southside Soccer Clinics, September 16, 23, 2-5pm, 7315 Southside Drive, Louisville KY 40214. FREE soccer clinics for children ages 5-12, we’ll provide training in soccer and then a short scrimmage over a 4-week period. Most of the coaches played college soccer or have been trained in providing soccer to kids. It’s a fun event for those who are new to soccer or for more advanced players as well.

Family Fun Day September 12 & September 20, 6:00 P.M. to 7 P.M., Southwest Regional Library & South Central Regional Library. Join us for a Family Fun Day designed exclusively for local families! Our event offers a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to come together and enjoy an hour of engaging play. Immerse yourselves in a world of educational toys and materials meticulously selected to aid your child’s growth through age-appropriate developmental activities. Our Family Fun Day promises a dynamic and enriching experience that not only entertains but also fosters crucial skills. Best of all, it’s entirely FREE!!


Lottie’s Birthday Bash – Everyone’s favorite World’s Fair dinosaur returned to Kentucky Science Center last year and on September 17th, we’re celebrating the 1st birthday of Lottie’s return. Break it down with costumed dinosaur characters, get your dig on with one of our dino-mite themed activities, and try your hand at paleontology-themed MakerPlace activities. You’ll also be able to watch Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D or Jurassic World 3D on the 4-story screen! Our Dino Days celebration will run from 10AM to 2PM and activities are included with admission. Movies are $5 per person. 

Apraxia Carnival and Walk – September 17, 12:00-2:00 pm, Jeffersontown Veterans Memorial Park. Please join us for the carnival and walk. We’ll have games, crafts, activities, snacks, and more.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party – September 23 and 24 at the KFC YUM! Center. Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party™ returns to Louisville! Don’t miss the only opportunity to watch your favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks – Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot®, and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™ – light up the floor in outrageous monster trucks competitions and battles. Event performances will also feature a dazzling dance party, spectacular laser light shows, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot TRANSAURUS, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross! Special kids pricing is available for all shows providing a great value for the whole family!

MCCL Church Yard Sale – September 30, 9am-1pm, 2608 Browns Lane, Louisville, KY 40220, Come and find new treasures! Items from the church, member’s home, and more!

ingénue: Presented by Motion Studio Dance Company and Guests – September 30, 2023, 7pm. IU Southeast Ogle Center. Motion Studio Dance Company is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated premiere of their inaugural spotlight performance, ingénue. The dance concert will present a repertoire of contemporary, classical, and innovative dance pieces performed by the gifted young dancers of the Motion Studio Dance Company and other local artists. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors.



Camp UncannyOctober 3-5, 8:45am-4pm, Frazier History Museum. This Fall we are offering three by-the-day camps. Join us for one day – or for all three – as we explore the supernatural, creepy, but not-too-scary stories from history. We’ll look at masks throughout history, and then make some ourselves. We’ll share weird tales of cryptid creatures, lost explorers, and pioneers of the candy industry. We’ll have tricks! We’ll have treats! The brave among us will face The Table of Fears! And we’ll fill out the week with spooky-themed games and art activities. Open to 1st-5th grade. $55 for members and $60 for non-members per day.


 Tree Week 2023 – October 7th – October 14th, Starts at 8am on the 7th and ends at 11pm on the 14th, all over Louisville and the surrounding area. For an entire week in October, organizations and community groups in Louisville will come together to celebrate and educate about the wonders of trees. With a diverse array of events, from tree plantings to educational talks, tree trivia, guided hikes, family-friendly crafts, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! We try to only include free events, but some events might require payment. If they do, the price will be dependent on the organization putting the event on.

Venardos Circus – October 5-15, Great Lawn at Waterfront Park. Back by popular demand the fabulous Venardos Circus (veh-NARR-dos), a Broadway-style animal-free circus, is returning to Louisville! The show will be held on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY with its all-new “Let’s Build a Dream” Tour from October 5 – 15, 2023. This season the wondrous Venardos Circus cast will take audiences on a journey under the big top as it unveils a fresh, magical, and all-new experience for fans. The show features an original score, amazing performers, stunning lighting, and dazzling costumes. The 2023 Venardos Circus is traveling with a new, custom-crafted, Italian-made red-and-white striped tent that offers expanded seating around a central stage for an immersive experience. “Our cast and crew is thrilled to be returning to Louisville with a brand-new show,” said ringmaster and producer, Kevin Venardos. “This story promises to amaze and inspire and may even tug at a few heartstrings. It takes heart, courage, and tenacity to build a dream, but the outcome can be beautiful. That’s the message we hope to convey and share with the people of Louisville and the surrounding area.” $16.95 & up.

Olmsted Parks Hayride on the Hill – 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway. Hayride on the Hill is Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s signature fall event! This year, we bring the fun to all three original flagship Olmsted Parks: Shawnee (Oct. 15,) Cherokee (Oct. 29,) and Iroquois (November 5.) Hayrides are free; food and drink are available for purchase.

Shelby Park Beer GardenOctober 20, 5-8 p.m., Shelby Park, 600 E Oak St. Join Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Kentucky Select Properties for food trucks, beer from West Sixth Brewing, lawn games and fun!

34th Hwang’s Martial Arts World Taekwondo ChampionshipOctober 21st,2023, 10am-4:30pm, Kentucky International Convention Center Hall B (221 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202). Get ready for an incredible experience  Join us to witness jaw-dropping martial arts demonstrations from teams across the US and South Korea. 

Secure your spot now! Tickets are available at the door or via our website. 

From kids as young as 4 to experienced adults, this event offers inspiration and fun for martial arts enthusiasts and the curious alike.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience! Mark your calendars and bring your friends and family along for an exhilarating day of martial arts excellence.

Olmsted Parks Hayride on the HillOctober 29, Cherokee Park – 2:30 – 5:30 pm. Cherokee Park – Baringer Hill. Hayride on the Hill is Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s signature fall event! This year, we bring the fun to all three original flagship Olmsted Parks: Shawnee (Oct. 15,) Cherokee (Oct. 29,) and Iroquois (November 5.) Hayrides are free; food and drink are available for purchase.


Olmsted Parks Hayride on the Hill – November 5, Iroquois Park, 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Hayride on the Hill is Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s signature fall event! This year, we bring the fun to all three original flagship Olmsted Parks: Shawnee (Oct. 15,) Cherokee (Oct. 29,) and Iroquois (November 5.) Hayrides are free; food and drink are available for purchase.

Grant’s Giving 5K and 3K Run/Walk – November 5, 2:00 pm, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen, Ky. The Grant’s Giving 5K timed run and 3K Walk/Run will be held at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, KY. The conclusion of the event will feature food trucks, music, and fun! Grant Tucker was a vibrant little boy, beloved in his community of Goshen, KY. Grant passed away Nov. 21, 2020, just days after his 12th birthday. This community event is multipurpose as it was created in remembrance of his passing and celebration of his birth. This event will serve as the largest fundraiser for the charity that was created in his honor, Grant’s Giving Foundation. Learn more about the foundation at Cost to participate is $15-$25.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland – November 28, 7:00pm, Louisville Palace (625 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202). Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder, “Wonderland” will transport audiences to a magical land faraway for a fun filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience. The audience will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. Ticket price:



Made Market: Louisville – December 2nd, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Mellwood Art Center. Hey there, Holiday Shoppers! Get ready for a festive extravaganza as we return to Mellwood’s largest event space, showcasing an incredible lineup of makers that will leave you in awe! Indulge in a day of shopping, treat yourself to scrumptious bites and sips, and bask in the wonderful community vibes of this vibrant city. Step into the world of Made Market, where the finest curated handmade treasures await your discovery. With over 85 top-notch makers hailing from Louisville and beyond, this is the ultimate destination to find unique and remarkable creations. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 AM to 5 PM, at Mellwood Art Center (1860 Mellwood Ave). It’s a shopping experience you won’t want to miss! We love our city, and we’re thrilled to share this shopping extravaganza with you all. Bring along your friends and let’s show our unwavering support for these dedicated makers. Entry is free for kiddos 15 and younger, and $5 for the rest of us. Parking is FREE. Admission $5.00 a ticket. Kids 15 and under are free!

Christmas Gift and Decor Show 2023 -December 8-10, 2023, Dec 8, 11am-7pm, Dec 9, 10am-7pm, Dec 10, 11am-5pm, Kentucky Expo Center. The Christmas Gift and Decor is the largest free admission gift and decor show in the nation. With dealers from across the country, shop over 750 booths of gifts, decor, jewelry, clothes, bath & body, toys, crafts, candles and more. Friday Dec 8, 11-7, Saturday Dec 9, 10-7, Sunday Dec 10, 11-5. Free admission. Free photos with Santa.


A Wizards Christmas: Dinner & Marketplace – 12/15 – 12/17, 2023 (Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3, 2023) 11am-2pm / 5pm-8pm (each day) Immersive magical Christmas Dinner & Show performance featuring a 3-course dinner and interactive classes from our very own wizardry staff in the iconic Louisville Palace. Tickets are $139.99. 

Long Running Events


Storytime in the Storybook Forest – Every Thursday from April 13 – October 26, 2:30pm-3:30pm, the Osage Orange Trail, Beckley Creek Park. Get lost in a story with us every Thursday from April 13th to October 26th in the enchanting Storybook Forest! In this family-style program, children and their parent or guardian will join us for a short 5-minute hike on the Osage Orange trail to the Storybook Forest where they will settle in for a book read by one of our Interpretive Rangers. Each week will feature a different book chosen by a local librarian while the sounds and smells of the forest will bring the stories to life! Meet at the Marshall Playground in Beckley Creek Park each Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and we will walk as a group to the Storybook Forest! Please note that Storytime may not always take place in the Storybook Forest due to weather or trail conditions. Look for one of our Interpretive Rangers stationed around the Marshall Playground, for further instructions on where Storytime will take place that day. Storytime occurs every Thursday in 2023 beginning April 13 and ending October 26 with the exception of the following dates: July 6 and September 14.

Recurring Events:

Louisville Free Public Library has story time events all around the city. You could go to different ones each week. Sometimes they have crafts and other activities to go along with the story time. It’s one of the best free family fun activities in the city!

Speed Art Museum has drop in family programs on Sundays. Sunday admission is free. The family tour is every Sunday at 2pm and recommended for families with kids ages 5-10 years old. 

Photo credit: Speed Art Museum

Early childhood programming (ages 0-5) is back at Speed Art Museum. Baby Playdate is 1st Wednesday of each month, 10 AM – 12 PM. Toddler Takeover is 1st Wednesday of each month, 10 AM – 12 PM. Each month we baby-ify a gallery with floor mats, board books, toys, and soft music. Babies (and their adults) engage with the artworks and each other at their own speed. All the programming is included in your ticket to the Museum for that day. Check their website for upcoming dates and themes. 

Tiny Art Tales – KMAC Museum, 10:30-11:15am, Join us  Friday every month from 10:30-11:15 am for movement, music, and art making. It’s free. 

All About Kids has open gym and swim at both their Oldham and Louisville locations. Times and days of the week vary based on location or activity. You can get a punch card if you plan to go often and want to save some money. 


Monday – Friday: 10am-2pm (Includes Preschool Open Gym Mon-Fri) (Ages 5 & under)
Monday – Thursday: 5pm-8pm (10 & under)
Saturday: 9am-12pm (10 & under)

indoor fun in Louisville open gym

SIGS in New Albany has several open gym style options that recur. From tot-spot to bounce time. You can go once or get a pass that will basically get you one free visit when you purchase more visits all at once. 

Kentuckiana Parkour in Clarksville, IN has parents night out every Saturday night and you do not have to be a member to send your child. It’s for children ages 5 and up from 6-8pm. Kids can get active in the ninja and parkour courses. $20

Defy has Kid Jump every Monday- Friday from the time they open until noon. It is for kids ages 6 and under and their adult. It is $15 and parents jump free. You select a 90 minute jump spot. Those kiddos will be tired for their naps and you got your exercise in for the day!

Kids can make bath bombs for free at Buff City Soaps. Pick a location near you and just pop in during normal business hours, you don’t need to sign up. Click here to read more about it. 

Drop in and paint at Whet Your Palette. Leave the mess at home and let your kids get creative. The best deal is Tuesdays, all day canvases are half off. 

Saturday Farm Animal Feeding – Blackacre State Nature Preserve And Historic Homestead. The volunteer animal feeders discuss feeding and caring for farm animals, will take place May through September on Saturdays at 9:00am. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate shoes or bring spare shoes for the ride home, as we may get dirty, especially if it has been raining recently.  Feed will be provided, but Visitors are always welcome to bring their own treats to feed the animals. Apples, carrots, and bread are farm animal favorites. Meet in the barn for this fun opportunity!


There are some drop-in opportunities at The Little Loomhouse. Isn’t it so great things are opening up for family fun? Get creative with weaving and learn some unique history. 
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Wednesday Wonders at The Parklands of Floyds Fork -Every Wednesday from Feb. 8 – Dec. 20, 10:30am-11:30am, Ben Stout House, Turkey Run Park.

Wednesday Wonders are interactive programs designed to spark the curiosity of young children. This session is for elementary aged (recommended ages 5-9) learners. Offering a different natural history wonder each week, we will cultivate critical thinking, scientific literacy, and stewardship of our natural surroundings. This hour long program emphasizes learning through exploration and discovery outdoors combined with science experiments, activities, play, and art. Come prepared for the weather as we go outside for hikes, creekwalks, and activities during all seasons. For a full list of topics go to our website.

*There will be no Wednesday Wonders on March 8, April 5, July 5, September 20, November 22, and December 27

Free for members / $5 for non-members


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