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Activities for Preschoolers in Louisville, Kentucky

by Carly Seifert

The city of Louisville, Kentucky has plenty to offer your preschooler. Whether it's a picnic at one of the city's expansive parks, a children's theater production or an art class, the city's vibrant and diverse culture ensures a variety of activities that are both educational and entertaining for little ones.

Classes

Sign up your budding Picasso for an art class at Young Rembrandts. Weekly classes provide guided drawing instruction to help your preschooler understand and draw basic shapes, gain fine motor and handwriting skills and develop his image vocabulary. Keep your preschooler moving by registering him up for a class at Louisville's All About Kids Sports Center, where he can train in gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, dance or Taekwondo. During the open gym times, kids age 10 and under can burn off some energy playing on the trampolines, pits, slides, trapeze and tree houses.

For a Rainy Day

For a little indoor fun, take your preschooler to see a production at Stage One, Louisville's local family theater. Shows in the children's series are often based on familiar children's stories and characters. Additional rainy day fun can include some time at Paint Spot where your preschooler can enjoy painting a pottery piece that the staff will glaze and fire for her, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Your preschooler might also enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Science Center where she can tour interactive exhibits like The World Around Us, which brings natural and earth sciences to life. You can also stop by the center's IMAX theater to view an educational film.

Outdoor Exploration

Take your preschooler for a walk through the grounds of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. This nationally recognized center of gardening and sustainable horticulture hosts many family friendly events. Pick up a Book N Blanket Basket at the visitor center, which contains a comfy blanket and a selection of garden-themed children's books that you can enjoy reading together on the garden grounds. Your preschooler can also get scavenger hunt cards at the visitor center, or attend the Children in the Dell program on Saturday mornings, where he can participate in a variety of nature-inspired activities. Visit the Louisville Zoo with your preschooler where you can view the 1,700 animals that reside on the zoo's 134 acres. In addition to the vast collection of animal exhibits, the zoo has additional attractions including a carousel, train and 4-D theater.

Parks

The 570-acre E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park offers plenty of activities to entertain your preschooler. With three sheltered picnic areas, scenic walking trails, an Olympic-sized outdoor pool and two large playgrounds, you'll likely have to visit more than once to enjoy all that the park has to offer. Louisville Waterfront Park contains a large expanse of grassy area where your preschooler can run around, a wharf, a river promenade and multiple walking paths. The park hosts many family-friendly festivals and events throughout the year.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

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