Owners Larry and Angie Doherty utilize their more than 20 years of combined education and supervision experience to make Outside In Family Fun Center a safe, entertaining destination for adults and demi-adults alike. Putt away cares with a loved one during a saunter through the center's 18-hole minigolf course (prices varies by age), or set a youngster (12 years or younger) loose in one of the cartoon-clad inflatable bounce houses to see how long it takes for him or her to get tired or befriend a migrating bullfrog. Outside In is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Strike & Spare offers shipshape facilities, interactive entertainment, and a breathable oxygen atmosphere for the whole family. Each location features 30+ state-of-the-art lanes for pin-hating combatants to enjoy. Individuals who are mathematically averse or absolutely terrified of baby pencils will rejoice over automatic scoring, while bumpers help kids and wayward balls find their way. Bowlers can also eschew traditional electromagnetic wavelengths with the neon glow of deep space ball-hurling, held each week during cosmic bowling nights, with availability and times varying based on location. Those looking to fuel their magic on a lane, can also enjoy a plethora of snacks or sojourns to the lounge area.
At Iceland Sports Complex, skaters carve their mark into the frosty canvases of two full-size rinks. Friday–Saturday, the partner rinks welcome the public for open skates and partygoers for birthday bashes in a private room, but they reserve remaining hours for Louisville Skating Academy and the Louisville Stallions Hockey Club. Instructors at the skating academy help pupils of all ages and abilities reach their goals, whether they be mastering the chops and disregard for traffic laws necessary to achieve stardom as a competitor, or simply forming a perfect figure eight on the ice. The hockey club also caters to athletes at different levels with free learn-to-skate lessons for the hockey novice and spirited leagues for more competitive players. With a pro shop, snack area, and video-game arcade onsite, the sports complex boasts all of the assets necessary to keep spectators' morale high.
In his 25 years working with horses, trainer Greg Reason has assisted both world and national champions and their riders. At Showtime Saddlebreds and Academy, he and his staff harness this knowledge of top-level equestrianship to foster a love of riding in new students and help experienced riders continue to fine-tune their skills. Lessons for all ages begin with private, one-on-one instruction to ease new riders into the essentials of the sport, before small-group lessons propel them forward alongside riders of the same skill level. Young children may begin their training in double-saddle riding, during which an instructor joins them on the horse, and experienced equestrians can grandstand by riding two horses at once.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, Louisville Nature Center offers a tranquil escape from urban sprawl. At its 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, more than 2 miles of hiking trails wind past a verdant forest populated by 180 species of tree, shrub, and wildflower. The latter blooms in a native pond and garden, and dragonflies and 30 butterfly species in other gardens pay homage to Lord of the Flies by trying to collectively lift a conch. More creatures soar skyward inside one of Louisville's only bird blinds, where visitors can watch 150 species of resident and migratory birds fluttering about.
After exploring on their own, guests can relax on one the picnic tables or beneath the covered gazebo before joining in on special events such as owl hikes. Youngsters, meanwhile, can discover more nature factoids at summer camps, educational programs, or birthday parties, which include guided hikes and live animal presentations.
Along 1,000 feet of an indoor raceway, up to eight Sodi competition karts snake around bends and blaze through straightaways at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Instead of creating a typical tiny, circular path, the designers of Bluegrass Indoor Karting are proud to present a track that celebrates speed and skill. Their karts protect drivers from bumps and rolls with a three-point safety harness, bumper system, and no diving policy. They also design karts specifically for kids, which share the same specs as the adult karts but only max out at a speed of 25 miles per hour. From the 2,000-square-foot viewing area, guests can watch their friends chase down checkered flags, and the facility's 5,000 square feet of conference rooms accommodate youth birthdays and corporate events.