Established in 2009, the Professional Arena Soccer League's Louisville Lightning provide kinetic family entertainment through its fast-paced action and energetic, fan-friendly atmosphere. The Lightning's 27-man roster features homegrown eloquence that harmonizes with soccer's global swagger. In addition to the pair of general admission tickets, fans score two soft drinks and two hot dogs to quench their hunger for snack-accompanying hoorays.
Founded by author and naturalist Joseph Yurt, Children's Nature Guide forges connections between youngsters and nature by emphasizing study, play, cultural diversity, and environmental stewardship. Groupon buyers may choose from a wealth of reading material stocked in the Nature Guide Bookshop, with each tome representing another step on the grassy path towards eco-enlightenment. Sweeten dreams with a bedtime rendition of Good Night, Little Bear by Richard Scarry ($3.99), intended for ages prekindergarten and up, or encourage fidgety young fingers and nimble toes to dig into Return to Fairyopolis by Cicely Mary Barker ($19.99), a suggested read for ages 7–9. Flora fanatics will go bananas for North American Wildlife: Trees and Nonflowering Plants ($16.95), suggested for ages 10 and up, and fully formed persons may wish to roll their eyes around the pages of A Year On the Wing: Four Seasons In a Life With Birds ($24), which chronicles author Tim Dee's 40 years of ornithological observation.
A reading specialist with decades of experience, Candace Meyer couldn't stop wondering why some kids have trouble in the classroom, while others excel. She noticed, however, that many of her struggling students shared the same difficulties: poor balance, lack of rhythm, and difficulty with visual tracking. To her, these symptoms all pointed to one root—the inner ear.
Meyer's research led her to establish connections between inner-ear functionality and learning ability in children. It also inspired her to found Minds-in-Motion, an organization that combines brain training with movement more safely than hosting lectures in the middle of a football field. The company's specialists create customized programs for each student based on assessments that measure sensory and motor skills. By helping children to develop both types of skills at the same time, Minds-in-Motion encourages them to succeed in school and life.
For this 5K race, a normally tame park or other venue is transformed into Mean Streets, an urban-themed obstacle course. In the Construction Zone, participants navigate over and under traffic barriers of different heights followed by a dive into a trash-filled dumpster. After bypassing the dumpster zone, runners test their stamina as cat burglars, scrambling through first-floor windows and trespassing through backyards. They barely touch ground before scaling upward once again on the Time-to-Climb portion of the course, which features a Jason Bourne-esque run across the rooftops. Finally, contestants climb out a window and onto the fire escape, swinging across an 8-foot ladder to reach the finish.
At Farnsley Golf Course, you can sharpen your long and short game at a nine-hole, par-3 course or on multiple practice fields. In 2011, five of the course’s greens got a makeover and all caddies were required to dispose of their shoulder pads and acid-wash jeans. Off the course, golfers can perfect their swing at a driving range lined with 300 yards of bermuda grass, or focus on chipping in a short-game practice area. If you’re looking for more in-depth tweaks to your technique, feel free to enlist the help of a teaching professional with personalized lessons.
Every year, the comic industry’s icons, publishers, and fans converge on the Kentucky International Convention Center for a day of celebrating the graphic arts. Panel tables are all that stand between attendees and such notables as Tony Moore, illustrator for the first issues of The Walking Dead, and Mark Kidwell, co-creator of the Vietnam-zombie crossover, ’68. Throughout the day, convention spaces swell with fans turned out for contests and showcases and tables strain under the weight of merchandise.