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Here are some events in Louisville we have found for family fun.  

 

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July
Twilight Market – July 11, 5-8pm, Christ Church United Methodist, 4216 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville 40207. These four summer Twilight Markets are sure to entertain everyone in the family! Live music, food trucks, free games and activities for all ages, and of course 30+ farm and artist vendors to buy from! Farm fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, flowers, candles, soaps, jewelry, woodworking, artwork for your home and so much more! Come make some sweet summer memories with your neighbors and loved ones!


LIBA South Points Buy Local Fair – July 13, 12 pm – 4 pm, Iroquois Amphitheater. Find diversity and adventure in South Louisville! The South Points Buy Local Fair will take place at Iroquois Park, between the Amphitheater and Playground. Free entry! Free parking in the Amphitheater parking lot!

Art in the Park – July 17, 6 pm – 8 pm, Central Park. Louisville Parks and Recreation’s Art in the Park event is returning for its fifth year at Central Park on July 17 in celebration of Park and Recreation Month – an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to promote strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. This year’s Park and Recreation Month theme is ‘Where You Belong,’ which is very fitting for our Art in the Park celebration. From the recent capital investments, to the theater and all of our other artistic demonstrations, our goal is to provide an engaging and immersive experience for all people in historic Central Park,” Louisville Parks and Recreation Director Jason Canuel said. This year, Louisville Parks and Recreation will again partner with Kentucky Shakespeare to help bring focus to all mediums of art. Starting at 6 p.m., Kids’ Globe, Will’s Tavern and Will’s Gift Shop will open along with food trucks 502 Café and It’s Tea Time.
 

 
 
Water Lantern Festival – July 20,

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, The Great Lawn 231 E Witherspoon St Louisville, KY 40202. The Louisville, KY Water Lantern Festival is bringing people together for a celebration of light and community! This unforgettable evening will be filled with tasty food trucks, fun music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night with love, hope, and happiness. The event is taking place on Saturday, July 20 at The Great Lawn! Tickets are selling fast! Make sure to claim yours now on our website (www.waterlanternfestival.com) and follow us on social media @waterlanternfestival. Use coupon code “TWINKLE5” for a $5 discount at checkout! Visit www.WaterLanternFestival.com for more details.
$28.33 – $55.99 for adult tickets. $13.70 for Youth Ticket. Kids 0-7 enter the event for free and various ticket packages are available!

Twilight Market – July 25, 5-8pm, Christ Church United Methodist, 4216 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville 40207. These four summer Twilight Markets are sure to entertain everyone in the family! Live music, food trucks, free games and activities for all ages, and of course 30+ farm and artist vendors to buy from! Farm fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, flowers, candles, soaps, jewelry, woodworking, artwork for your home and so much more! Come make some sweet summer memories with your neighbors and loved ones!


 
MAKER PLACE WORKSHOPS UV RESIN – July 27th, 10AM-12PM, Learn the art of turning layers of 2d paint into a 3d work of art as you create a one-of-a-kind resin pendant. $20 members/$35 non-member. MakerPlace Workshops include general admission to the Kentucky Science Center. Open to ages 8+. Please note that one adult is required to attend the workshop for every two children.

 August
 

4th Annual Shelbyville Fall Art & Craft Show Benefitting Shelby County Animal Shelters

August 31st – September 1, 2024, 10 am -4 pm both days, Shelby County Fairgrounds 1513 Midland Trail Shelbyville, KY 40065. We are so excited to announce The 4th Annual Shelbyville Fall Art & Craft Festival! A two-day event featuring artists from around the region. We will have a petting zoo and, a face painter. A fun and dog-friendly event located at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. We welcome artists, crafters, and authors to offer their wares ranging from metal, jewelry, glass, candle, soap, wood, paper, decorative fiber, oil paint, watercolors, ceramics, basketry, jams, honey, breads, bakery items and much, much more!

 
 
September
 
Touch-A-Truck – September 14, 10am-2pm, Kentucky Science Center. Touch-A-Truck puts your family in the driver’s seat! Visit Kentucky Science Center on Saturday, September 14th from 10AM-2PM to get hands on with a variety of trucks and equipment, from bucket trucks to city buses. Adults and kids alike will have the chance to dream big as they discover their favorite vehicles and meet the community helpers who make them go. Join us in the parking lot behind Kentucky Science Center, located at the corner of 8th and W. Washington Streets. Entry to Touch-A-Truck is free and open to the public.

Long Running Events

Spirit Run – March 29 – May 3, 12 PM-6 PM. Spirit Run is a puzzle hunt game that explores different areas of town that make Louisville special. This game will have less driving and more puzzle solving as you explore the culture and spirit of Louisville, Kentucky. It’s the Most Fun You’ve EVER Had…SOLVING PUZZLES!

KY Science Center MakerPlace Family Workshops – March 9th, March 23rd, March 30th, April 27th, May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 29th, 1 pm – 3 pm, KY Science Center. Tinker, hack, design, and build – the Maker movement empowers the next generation of inventors and MakerPlace gives them the tools to explore their creative ideas. MakerPlace blends together science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a space centered around creativity and endless possibilities. The basis of all scientific endeavors is the cycle of curiosity, tinkering, discovery, mistakes, and problem-solving. These skills are vital to our 21st-century workforce as we collaborate to solve real-world problems. Workshops are designed for ages 8 and older. $20 members/$30 non-member


Sonic Sensation: Visiting Mini Exhibit Sponsored by ENT Care Centers – February 29- Now through May 21st, 9:30am-5pm, Kentucky Science Center. Sonic Sensation is a 1,500+ square feet hands-on interactive museum exhibition that will introduce children and their families to the science of sound and hearing.  Through the use of open-ended exhibits, visitors will better understand the physical and mathematical principles governing sound and gain a better understanding on how we interpret sounds.  The exhibition will serve to inspire and educate visitors through their interaction with the exhibits and each other.


STEAMboat Kids Cruise

5/29/24, 6/1/24, 6/5/24, 6/8/24, 6/12/24, 6/13/24, 6/19/24, 6/21/24, 6/26/24, 6/27/24, 6/28/24, 7/3/24, 7/10/24, 7/11/24, 7/17/24, 7/19/24, 7/24/24, 7/25/24, 7/31/24, 8/2/24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Belle of Louisville. Our 2024 Kids Cruises will be packed with so many activities that your children won’t even realize they are learning. Onboard learning experiences throughout the boat draw from science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). And just for fun – and because it’s a tradition (we are a 109-year-old national landmark, after all) – every excursion will end with an optional dance party.
$14.99/person

Wild Lights at the Louisville Zoo – March 23- May 19, 2024, 7 to 10 p.m. The Louisville Zoo is excited to announce the return of its popular lantern festival. Back for the fifth year with a lineup of new lanterns, Wild Lights runs select nights from March 23 through May 19. Tickets are on sale now, $16-$23.
 

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. 

LOUISVILLE LOCATION

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!

FARM FEEDING


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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