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Summer Fun Series

SUMMER FUN

If you’re like us, you’re ready for summer, and we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for things to do. From young ones to adults, check out these options for enjoying the warm weather months while exploring and enjoying our community.


CAVE COUNTRY CANOES

812.365.2705

cavecountrycanoes.com

Forget the wifi. But you will find a better connection when enjoying Cave Country Canoes. Located 40 minutes west of Louisville, you’ll experience an amazing day on Blue River. Plan a trip – they offer excursions for individuals 3 years of age and up – and make it a point to enjoy this spring or summer.


FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

812.936.3418

vflwb.com

Ready to create memories with the ones you love? Visit French Lick West Baden. Whether you want to bathe an elephant at Wilstem Ranch, enjoy sunset cruises on Patoka Lake or get outdoors and explore, the opportunity to create memories awaits.


HISTORIC ROCKPORT

812.649.9147

lincolnpioneervillage.com

One of Southern Indiana’s true gems of living history, this quaint river town has so much to offer. Visit the Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, 928 Fairground Drive in Rockport, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through October.


JASPER INDIANA STRASSENFEST

jasperstrassenfest.org

Jasper Strassenfest has grown to become a premier festival in the region thanks to the foresight and dedication of the first committee who laid the groundwork of showcasing civic pride and German roots while providing a downtown venue to allow area not-for-profits to build fellowship and raise money for reinvestment in the community. Mark your calendar now for the 40th Annual Jasper Strassenfest, which will occur Aug. 2 through Aug. 5.


LOUISVILLE ZOO

502.459.2181

Louisvillezoo.org

There’s so much to enjoy at the Louisville Zoo, including a fabulous LEGO BRICKS exhibit created by Sean Kenney. This family-friendly venue is a jewel in Louisville that attracts people from around the region. Plan your visit today.


RED SKELTON MUSEUM

812.888.4184

redskeltonmuseum.org

Start your day with a laugh at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes. The museum honors the legacy of a man who touched numerous lives through his comedic talent, great works, compassion and commitment to public service and is a testament to the impact one man can have on the lives of others. Save the date: The Red Skelton Festival is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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BY JD DOTSON

Make Time To Play At Our Area Water Parks

WINTER HELD ON WAY TOO LONG IN OUR AREA. IT FELT LIKE SPRING WAS HERE FOR A DAY AND A HALF, BUT SUMMER HAS FINALLY MADE ITS WAY TO OUR AREA. THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HAS ME ACHING FOR BIKE RIDES, PICNICS AND COOLING OFF IN THE WATER, SO I COMPILED A LIST OF THE EXTOL TEAM’S FAVORITE SPLASH PARKS IN THE REGION. DIG OUT THAT SWIMSUIT AND MEET US THERE!


Silver Street Park

2043 Silver Street

New Albany

812.949.5448

www.cityofnewalbany.com

Silver Street Park is a hidden gem to most people but one of our absolute favorite parks to play in. It includes a splash park, playground, a graffiti wall, sports complex and field, hiking and picnic areas (and tons of friendly strangers every time we’ve gone there). Free and open to the public. Closes at 9 p.m.


River Run

224 W. Daisy Lane

New Albany

812.948.5380

www.nariverrun.com

New Albany’s Family Fun waterpark has water slides, lazy river, steamboat-themed splash park, toddler and activities pools, and a bowl slide. Hours are 11 to 7 p.m. daily and prices vary depending on residency: $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Hoosiers and $15 for out-of-state guests. Season passes available.


Breslin Park

1388 Lexington Road

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

Breslin Park sits just between downtown, Crescent Hill and the Highlands and has picnic tables, playground and sprayground. It’s free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Laporte Park in Portland

2529 Bank St.

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

This park features basketball courts, a playground and a sprayground. LaPorte Park is free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Charlestown Family Activities Park

1000 Park St.

Charlestown

812.256.3422

www.cityofcharlestown.com

The park includes a super cool pirate-themed spray pad and playground for a mere $3 admission fee. Additional activities include roller skating, mini golf and concessions and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday. The park is closed Sunday.


Adventure Playground/Waterplay

1201 River Road

Louisville

www.louisvillewaterfront.com

The riverfront waterpark has an impressive collection of water cannons, misters, steamboat themed playground equipment and colorful sculptures of fish spewing water from their mouths. The park is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and free to the public.


Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

937 Phillips Lane

Louisville KY 40209

502.813.8200

www.kentuckykingdom.com

The list of wet and wild water activities at Hurricane Bay is exhaustive – but in a good way. Conquistador Canyon, Deep Water Dive, Forbidden Passage, Waikiki Wipeout, Plummet Summit, Voodoo Express and (my favorite) Mega Wedgie all sound fear-inducing and awesome. Milder cool fun is aplenty at the park in a lazy river, family splash park and milder slides and activities for smaller ones. The park is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and depending on where you are coming from, the $44.95 general admission and $39.95 child admission will also get you into Kentucky Kingdom.


Can’t beat a summer trip to the creek.

WHEN WE THOUGHT WE WERE BUSY…

Can’t beat a summer trip to the creek.

Can’t beat a summer trip to the creek.

By Adam & Kristin Kleinert

Summertime is almost here. We Kleinerts are anxious to close out the semester, and everyone in the household is looking forward to a few mornings of sleeping past 6 a.m. Sitting at the dinner table together recently, one of the kids mentioned how quickly the break seems to go. The others all agreed and seemed concerned about getting in some fun and relaxation before they have to head back to school in August.

“We should plan for this summer to be more like when we thought we were busy.”

You see, when the kids were little, our summers seemed packed. We remember going to bed exhausted every night after chock-full days of activity. Yet, until now, we haven’t really examined how we used to spend the time back then as compared to how we’ve done it during more recent breaks. And after reflecting a bit, we’ve learned our game plan for the next few months needs to take a lesson from our younger selves. This year, we plan to enjoy our summer together by slowing it down…at least a little bit.

When it comes to managing family schedules, busy creeps up on you. One moment you agree to allow your kiddo to play a couple of all-star baseball games at the end of his or her regular season. Next you find yourself shuttling that kid to practice four nights a week through the entire month of June and then playing in several tournaments in July, often traveling out of town and engulfing multiple, full weekends. Add in academic enrichment classes, open gyms and league practices and suddenly, the family calendar begins to look very similar to the regular school year. It’s a slippery slope because the opportunities offered are positive experiences for the kids. The vast majority are things the kids want to do and some are even obligations. The point is, positive experiences or not, it all adds up and before you know it, summertime has disappeared. This description is nearly identical to the format of our most recent summers and, in the interest of making a change, we’ve decided to aim a little lower this year.

It’s kind of a perfect year to make the shift. By some fortuitous twist of fate, there are no required varsity sports practices this time, no significant league play we have to attend, and we’ve chosen to forgo all-star baseball participation this season. Already it’s looking promising.

Now, we aren’t entertaining fantasies of long hours spent laying in the hammock drinking iced tea and lemonade. Not only are those delusions unrealistic when it comes to our high-energy crew, they’re not at all what the kids were referring to when they mentioned the summers we used to enjoy. Those months of yesterday were as busy as ever. The difference lays in the activities in which we occupied the largest chunks of our time in summers past and, even more significantly, the sense of obligation we lacked in those years.

We won’t be lounging by any means; rather, we’ll fill our days to the brim. But we’ll fill them with very few scheduled activities and lots of flexible fun. Creek visits, dips in the lake, evening fishing sessions and trips to friends’ pools will top our to-do lists. We’ll enjoy easy summer meals together and eat them outside any chance we get. We’ll attend vacation Bible school, wash the cars in the driveway, stain the front porch as a group and stay outside way past dark while the kids run around with their friends in the yard.

Reality will take over now and then, of course, and we’ll have to go to dentist appointments and fit in well-child visits at the pediatrician. There’ll still be work for Dad and Mom and chores for all. Eli will want to go to open gym some nights, and Syd will need to hit the driving range when she can. But for the most part, we feel like this summer is an opportunity to make strides toward being the kind of “busy we used to be” and we’re looking forward to the adjustment.


WHAT’S ON OUR AGENDA THIS SUMMER?

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-59-01-pmBRAHM, 8: “I’M GONNA DIG SOME WORMS AND GO FISHING AND I’M GONNA PLAY IN THE CREEK. I’M GONNA PLAY TRUCKS IN THE DIRT AND THEN GO SWIMMING IN THE LAKE AND I’M GONNA SLEEP IN MY TENT. WE SHOULD GO CAMPING, TOO.”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-59-14-pmMOLLY, 10: “I WANT TO SWIM! AND I WANT TO MAKE CRAFTS, VISIT MAMAW AND PAPAW, AND HAVE MOVIE NIGHTS WITH POPCORN AND ROOT BEER FLOATS. OH, AND GO OUT FOR ICE CREAM! AND I’M GOING TO SLEEP IN, LIKE, A LOT.”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-59-22-pmELI, 13: “I WANT TO SWIM IN THE LAKE, DO FLIPS OFF OF THE HIGH DIVE AND GO TUBING. I WANT TO HAVE FRIENDS OVER FOR COOKOUTS AND PLAY BASKETBALL OUTSIDE UNTIL IT’S REALLY, REALLY LATE. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY PARTY!”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-59-30-pmSYDNEY, 15: “I’VE GOT SOME BABYSITTING JOBS LINED UP, AND I’M EXCITED TO MAKE A LITTLE MONEY DOING THAT. I WANT TO SLEEP IN SOME MORNINGS, WORK ON MY GOLF GAME, AND SPEND TIME AT THE LAKE AND THE POOL.”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-59-53-pmKRISTIN (MOM): “I’D LOVE TO TAKE THE KIDS SWIMMING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND FINISH A FEW SMALL PROJECTS AT THE HOUSE AS WELL. I PLAN TO EXERCISE WITH ADAM AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK AND DO SOMETHING ACTIVE WITH THE KIDS ON DAYS I DON’T. A WEEKEND OF CAMPING WOULDN’T HURT MY FEELINGS EITHER. OH, AND MAYBE WE CAN GET OUT THE OLD CROQUET SET AND HAVE SOME HEALTHY COMPETITION IN THE FRONT YARD!”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-1-00-00-pmADAM (DAD): “I DON’T KNOW WHAT EXACTLY WE’LL DO THIS SUMMER AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. TO GO INTO EACH DAY WITHOUT ANY AGENDA OR SCHEDULE (BESIDES WORK) SOUNDS AMAZING. RAIN OR SHINE, AS LONG AS WE ARE TOGETHER, IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT SUMMER!”