Mayor Greg Fischer and other local leaders today reminded families of the many free and low-cost activities to keep students active and engaged during winter break.
Camps, movies, parties and sports clinics are among the dozens of activities available during the Jefferson County Public Schools winter break, Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and throughout the month of December.
“Parents who are looking for affordable, fun and festive ways to celebrate the holidays and keep their kids active during their winter break won’t have far to turn once again this year,” Mayor Fischer said. “We want students to enjoy their time off but also keep their minds sharp and bodies healthy.”
The Mayor spoke alongside Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill and representatives of Louisville Parks and Recreation, JCPS, the Louisville Free Public Library and the Kentucky Science Center gathered at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center in the Camp Taylor neighborhood.
Louisville Parks and Recreation has published a Holiday Event guide that contains more than 30 events taking place during the month of December at community centers, the city’s two historic homes and more. The season is capped with a free winter break sports camp offered by University of Louisville basketball legend Robbie Valentine at Cyril Allgeier on Jan. 3-4. To register for Valentine’s camp, click here.
Also, The Louisville Free Public Library will offer more than 100 free programs for kids, teens, and families while school is out, including storytimes, crafts, film screenings, games, and more. As always, the library also offers a wide selection of books and DVDs to keep kids reading and entertained during the break—all for free. A complete list of library programs is available at http://www.lfpl.org/events.
The Southwest Regional Library will host the Winter Wonderland Train Show — presented by K & I Model Rail Road Club —Dec. 22-Jan 6. The show is free and open during regular library hours, for more information, click here.
In addition, the Kentucky Science Center is offering day camps for children ages Pre-K through grade 5. Children can attend as many days as they like or just do it a day at a time and learn about coding, robotics, engineering and more. For more information, click here.
The Louisville Regional Science & Engineering fair will be held at the Kentucky Science Center (727 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202) tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm. This year marks the 50th iteration of the LRSEF.
The annual event features more than 230 students from over 20 regional schools as they present their independent research projects in categories that include various engineering fields, computer science, biology, environmental science, chemistry, and more. Projects are judged by area volunteers who are each qualified professionals in the field they are judging. Project creators and their schools can receive prizes, trophies, and cash awards, but incentives do not stop there. Winning projects will move forward to state and international events, affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public.
Check in & move in for all LRSEF projects will be from 7:30 – 9 am Saturday with a snow date of set for Sunday (don’t forget that we spring forward that night for Daylight Saving Time). Judging will take place from 9 am to 12 pm for the morning session and from 1 to 3 pm for the afternoon session. Award Ceremonies will begin at 3:45 pm and end at 5:15 pm.
Louisville Slugger/ H&B will provide free parking at their employee lot for parents, volunteers, and judges involved with LRSEF on March 7. Entrance to the lot is at 10th & Main Street. Immediate family of registered LRSEF students will be welcomed to the Science Center’s exhibits on Saturday.