Louisville, Kentucky, offers a plethora of activities for preschoolers and toddlers — and children of all ages and budgets of all sizes. Kids can get back to nature, learn about health science or experience the theater on a level that is engaging and entertaining. Your family day will be such a blast that the kids won’t even know that it is educational.
Louisville Nature Center
Located in the heart of the city is the Louisville Nature Center (louisvillenaturecenter.org), featuring hiking trails that meander through Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Kids can see wildflowers, do a little bird watching and chase butterflies in the garden. After getting out some energy, visitors can picnic in the gazebo. Finish your time at the nature center with a trip to the gift shop and library to learn more about the creatures you just saw. Birthday party packages are available that include a guided hike and an indoor party room.
Louisville Science Center
Visit the Louisville Science Center (kysciencecenter.org) to experience science in a whole new way. Three hands-on exhibits include The World Within Us, exploring the human body, The World We Create, exploring scientific advancements like transportation and architecture, and The Discovery Gallery, which displays natural history favorites, like mummies and polar bears. After discovering the main exhibits, kids and parents can romp and play together in the Kid Zone, racing boats and flying airplanes. The center shows films at its IMAX theater, and offers overnight adventures that discuss changing themes, such as the human body and butterflies.
Stage One Family Theater
Looking to introduce your child to the arts? Head over to Stage One Family Theater (stageone.org) in downtown Louisville. Their Children’s Series performances are kid-friendly, allowing even small children to experience classic stories in a new way. Your budding performer can audition for roles in upcoming shows, and Stage One Family Theater promises a professional and educational experience.
The Louisville Zoo
What child doesn’t love a day at the zoo? Discovering new animals and visiting old favorites, children will enjoy traveling through regional exhibits with names like Glacier Run, Lorikeet Landing and Gorilla Forest at the Louisville Zoo (louisvillezoo.org). The park rests on over 100 acres, giving ample space for animals to live and kids to run. Preschoolers can sign up for special zoo programs that include story time, an animal guest and a guided tour of a section of the zoo.