The avid paddlers at River City Canoe & Kayak draw upon years of experience navigating Kentucky’s waterways to empower budding aquaphiles to do the same. They stock their vast showroom with boats, accessories, and apparel, and happily help paddlers hone in on an ideal vessel for whitewater or sturdy paddle for impromptu jousting. Their expertise extends beyond the showroom: American Canoe Association–certified instructors lead classes in water safety, and rent out a fleet of kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards from their Harrods Creek launch site.
The saga of the world-famous Putt-Putt chain dates back to 1954, when founder Don Clayton opened his first course in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After the hole-in-one, Don started selling franchises the next year, and now his miniature empire counts the Louisville Putt-Putt Fun Center among its ranks. Three 18-hole indoor courses test mini golfers' mettle with distinct challenges and themes. On one course, a waterfall scintillates soothingly, and on another, animals stand watch and try to store errant golf balls for winter's semipermanent nap. An arcade tests hand-eye-screen coordination, and an outdoor party pavilion hosts birthday parties and events.
The Louisville Sports Academy places top-notch instructors at the helm of both of its professional-level facilities, where programs, camps, and classes help players of all ages develop their skills. Opened in 1998, the multifaceted Springhurst location combines 10 indoor tennis courts with areas for golf, field hockey, volleyball, and basketball to form a one-stop training haven. The academy?s other location, Top Gun Academy, has grown to include 13 outdoor tennis courts and a 18,000-square-foot indoor turf field. Dually dedicated to excellence in sports, both facilities offer programs that have helped produce college-level players and championship teams.
During the Republic Bank Big Hit 1/4 Marathon, runners and walkers loop through Louisville, chugging past Main Street landmarks before sliding headfirst into the finish line at Louisville Slugger Field’s home plate. Spectators, musicians, and specialty groups line the 6.55-mile route, cheering on participants and shoveling coal directly into their mouths. At the post-race festivities, every participant dons a finisher’s medal, the speediest runners also receiving an engraved Louisville Slugger bat. A portion of the proceeds from the race—and its sister half-marathon, taking place simultaneously—go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
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.