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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.

Kayla Tatgenhorst

River Run New Albany Family Waterpark Opens With A Splash

Kayla Tatgenhorst

Kayla Tatgenhorst

Summer events include activities for kids and adults

BY LISA HORNUNG | PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

THE PARK HAS THREE POOLS: an activity pool, a wading pool and a lazy river. The activity pool has a steamboat spray feature in it, and the wading pool is perfect for small children. There are four slides, including three tube slides and one bowl slide, which is “like you’re getting flushed down a toilet,” joked Kayla Tatgenhorst, events and promotions coordinator.

The park also offers swim lessons for ages 4 to 14. Though the target group for the classes are kids, adults are welcome to join if they want to learn,Tatgenhorst said. Cost is $30 for a two-week session of daily American Red Cross lessons.

While the kids learn to swim, adults can swim laps or walk against the current in the Lazy River. There are no water fitness classes this year, but for $3 per visit, you can still get a workout in the mornings.

This year, there will be several fun activities to keep families busy, Tatgenhorst said. This includes water volleyball twice a month in the activity pool and Deck Art days on Tuesdays. On Deck Art day, kids can bring their own chalk and draw all over the concrete. If they don’t have any chalk, there will be some available. On July 25, kids can Be a Lifeguard for a Day. They’ll get the chance to hang out with a lifeguard for an hour at a time and learn what it’s like to be responsible for the safety of swimmers. On June 27 and July 18, there will be Yard Games, including cornhole, Jenga and other fun backyard games.

At 5 p.m. Thursdays, there is a Big Splash contest, and 5 p.m. Fridays there are Duck Drop Races. Participants can buy a plastic duck for $1, and the owner of the duck that “wins the race” to the steps gets a concessions basket or voucher. There are about 100 ducks, and they nearly sell out every week, Tatgenhorst said. The money raised will be donated to a charity at the end of the season.

Adults can get in on the fun, too. At 5 p.m. Aug. 17 is Adult Swim Night. There will be beer and wine, along with other food provided. Participants must be 21 to attend.

Tatgenhorst said the waterpark is fun for all ages. “Come have a splashtastic day at River Run Water Park with your friends and family.”

Events information will be posted on the park’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RiverRunWaterPark


COST: $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Indiana residents and $15 for out-of-state residents.

SEASON PASS: Single, $65 for Floyd County residents, $100 for everyone else. Family (two adults and three children, $225 for Floyd County residents, $275 for everyone else. $45 for each additional child.

SUNSCREEN IS FREE

LAP SWIM AND WATER WALKING: $3 per person.

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. May 26-Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, the park will begin limited back-to-school hours.

LOCATION: 224 W. Daisy Lane

MORE INFORMATION: nariverrun.com, or 812-949-5448.

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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!”

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Worth The Wait: Clarksville Cove Makes Huge Splash

By the Extol Team | Courtesy Photos

After a full year of being closed for renovations, Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center has opened once again.

Talk about worth the wait: The Southern Indiana family fun destination now features three splash pads with interactive spray ’n‘ play equipment, a body slide, tube slide and swimming pool, all of which are heated. This will allow the center to stay open until October, said Ken Conklin, communications director for Clarksville Parks & Recreation.

Plus, there’s a full-service Toucan Café and the addition of a party zone that offers a semi-private area sectioned off and available for rent.

Party packages vary in price and amenities, but all offer admission for up to 20 people. For example, the Ripple Package ($175) includes use of the Special Birthday Party Zone for 90 minutes; a Clarksville Cove T-shirt for the birthday child; a Clarksville Cove “Free Fill” Cup for the birthday child that allows free refills of  any concession beverage for the day; 20 Clarksville Cove party invitations; a Happy Birthday announcement over Clarksville Cove’s public address system; plates, napkins and forks for birthday cake; and the ability to bring your own cake (so long as it isn’t an ice cream cake).

The Splash Package ($250) includes everything in the Ripple Package along with hot dogs, chips and juice pouches for 20. The Wave Package ($300) includes everything in the Ripple Package plus cheeseburgers, chips and juice pouches.

The Hurricane Package includes everything in the Ripple Package plus five large pizzas and 20 juice pouches. Clarksville Cove is also available for rent to host a private event. Prices ranges from $500 to $700.

The renovations and improvements include extended hours – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday – as well as improvement on energy costs, Conklin said.

Swim lessons for adults and children three and older are also offered at the aquatic center. Classes occur in the evenings during the week or on Saturday mornings.

Low-impact water aerobics and Aqua Zumba are also offered. Drop-ins are welcome at $6 per class.

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Clarksville Cove 

800 S. Clark Blvd Clarksville
812.280.2095
www.ClarksvilleCove.com

Hours of Operation
May 27-July 30
Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 31-Sept. 4
Weekdays 4-7 p.m.
Weekends & Labor Day 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9-Oct. 1
Weekends only 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Daily Admission Prices
General Admission $7

After 4 p.m. $5

2 years old & under Free

Group rate (20 or more) $6

*Group reservations must be made at least one week in advance. Day care, summer camps and other child care groups may only schedule visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SoIN Summer Fun

Clarksville Cove isn’t the only

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RIVER RUN FAMILY WATER PARK

224 W. Daisy Lane
New Albany
812.948.5380
www.nariverrun.com

New Albany’s River Run Waterpark is a state-of-the art aquatic center for the whole family. Enjoy w3getting wet and wild on the waterslides, relax on innertubes around the lazy river or get soaked on the steamboat water feature. There’s even a poll for the littlest ones. You also can get your workout on with water walking and lap swimming before River Run opens and from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $3 per visit. Swim lessons are $30 per swimmer per session. Admission to the waterpark is $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Indiana residents and $15 for people who live out of state.

ATLANTIS WATER PARK

515 Marriott Drive
Clarksville
812.285.0863
www.atlantiswaterpark.net

Atlantis Water Park in Clarksville is located next to the Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North. Highlights include Tsunami Sea, a wave pool; Mount Olympus, a towering 43-foot maze of water slides; and King’s Neptune Cove, the perfect place for little kids. Admission is $8 Monday through Friday, $10 on weekends and holidays and kiddos under 1 year old are free. Season passes are $70 per person.

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JEFFERSONVILLE AQUATIC CENTER

2107 Middle Road
Jeffersonville
812.282.7946
www.jeffparks.org/aquatic-center

The Jeffersonville Aquatic Center features a six-lane, 50-meter competition pool, zero depth entry family play pool, sprayground, two water slides, full-service concessions and a skate park. There’s also a development swim team for ages 5 to 18 and swim lessons, too. Admission is $6 for Jeffersonville residents, $7 for Indiana residents and $12 for out of state residents.

CHARLESTOWN FAMILY ACTIVITIES PARK

1000 Park St.
Charlestown
812.256.3422
www.cityofcharlestown.com/parks/family-activities-park

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Charlestown Family Activities Park has a variety of options for young and old. Admission to the pirate-themed splash pad and playground is $3 for ages 2 and up. Miniature golf is $5 per person per game. Rollerskating is $5; skate rental is $2. There is ample seating and a variety of treats at the concessions. Party room and park rentals are also available. Tuesdays are family nights in June and July. Admission is $3 per person from 5-8 p.m. and includes mini golf, roller skating, splash pad and playground. Magic shows by Perry Warren the Magical Entertainer occur at 7 p.m. June 13, June 27 and July 11. The shows are free with paid admission. Boy Scout Troop 80 hosts its annual BBQ Dinner Fundraiser 5 to 9 p.m. July 8. Admission is $3 for unlimited skating, mini golf and splash pad use. The Paul Boggs Band will take the stage 8 to 10 p.m.