Winter is here and it is hard to keep the kids entertained as the cold weather forces them to stay inside. If your kids are suffering from cabin fever there are still plenty of things you can do with them to keep them busy this winter without breaking the bank. Louisville, Kentucky offers plenty of free and inexpensive activities that you can enjoy with your family this winter.
The American Printing House for the Blind
Located in the Clifton Neighborhood of Louisville the American Printing House for the Blind was founded in 1858. They offer tours of both the American Printing House factory and The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. Admission to both is free, but donations are accepted.
During the tour of the factory visitors will be able to see the production of Braille publications, the recording of talking books, and a demonstration of the special educational aids that are used by visually impaired students. Factory tours take place Mondays through Thursdays from 10 AM until 2 PM each day. Groups of less than ten may drop by any time during the day. Groups of ten or more require advanced reservations.
In addition to the factory tour at the American Printing House visitors may also visit the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 10 AM until 3 PM.
The museum also has Saturday fun programs for adults and families. Among the upcoming programs they have scheduled those that seem most appealing to children is the Birthday Party for Mary Ingalls on January 12th and Crafting Tactile Valentines on February 9th.
You can find out more about visiting the American Printing House for the Blind and the museum by visiting their website.
Kentucky Gymnastics Academy Open Gym
The Kentucky Gymnastics Academy offers Open Gym for those ages one to five daily during the week, and has a Homeschool Open Gym on Monday and Wednesday afternoon for older kids. The Open Gym at Kentucky Gymnastics Academy is just $5 per visit, or you can purchase a five visit pass for $20.
You can learn more about Kentucky Gymnastics Academy Open Gym by visiting their website.
Louisville Science Center Friday and Saturday Nights
On Friday and Saturday nights the Louisville Science Center in downtown Louisville offers $5 admission after 5 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. The museum is open until 9 PM those nights, so that is four hours of museum fun each night.
You can visit the Louisville Science Center Museum for more information and to find out which exhibits it offers.
Village 8 Theaters
While the Dollar Movies in the Louisville area are all long gone Village 8 Theaters still offer movies at a reasonable price. All movies at Village 8 that show before 6 PM are just $3, with $2 tickets all day on Tuesdays, and $3 tickets all day on Thursdays. You can view the schedule of upcoming movies at Village 8 Theaters by visiting their website.
Iceland Sports Complex
Ice Skating at Iceland Sports Complex may not be exactly cheap or free but it can be rather inexpensive compared to other sporting activities in the Louisville area. Located in the East End off of UPS Drive Iceland Sports Complex offers public skating sessions on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of each week and can provide a fun way to get your kids out of the house while they work off a little bit of the extra energy that they have built up from being cooped up indoors. Public skating sessions at Iceland are $6 each person plus $2 for ice skate rental. So for $40 a family of five can enjoy a day of ice skating which isn’t incredibly expensive for a day of family fun, and if mom or dad doesn’t skate it can be even cheaper.
You can learn more about visiting Iceland Sports Complex by visiting their website.