Things To Do With Kids in Louisville

It might best be known for horse-race gambling and bourbon—two not-so-family-friendly topics—but that doesn’t means there aren’t fun things to do with kids in Louisville. Families here love to venture through the awe-inspiring Mega Caverns and dream of hitting home runs at the Louisville Slugger Factory. And that’s just the start.

Kids Activities in Louisville, By Sport

Louisville is one of America’s largest markets without a team in one of the four major-league sports. Yet between the Kentucky Derby, University of Louisville sports, and several minor-league teams, your kid will have plenty of inspiration to play sports themselves. Find their favorite sport below for our best suggestion of what to do:

  • Ice Skating: Practice your triple-axel (or just try to avoid sliding all over the place) at the rink inside Iceland Sports Complex.
  • Rock Climbing: Encourage a great workout by scaling the rock-studded walls at Rock Gem Climbing Center.
  • Horse Riding: Equine-loving kids can learn the ins and outs of horseback riding at Silver Lining Stables and its 27,000-square foot training barn.
  • Softball: Sharpen your kids’ batting, fielding, and pitching skills with a fastpitch softball lesson (or three) from Lessons With Holly.
  • Golfing: Our guess is what your kid really wants to do is mini-golf. Might we recommend the neon glow-in-the-dark playground at Glowgolf?

Spotlight On: Malibu Jack’s

Sometimes the best thing to do with kids is to unleash them at an arcade, in a laser-tag arena, or at a go-kart track. Good news: Malibu Jack’s in East Louisville has all three of these, plus mini-golf, a bounce “beach” area for kids 10 and under, and much more. It’s a family fun park with seemingly endless amount of things to do. Take a peek at what these real customers said about Malibu Jack’s:

“It was a rainy night and we were searching for something to do for our family vacation. We had a blast with the putt putt, laser tag and go-karts!” - Kristian S.

“I love Malibu Jack's! We always have fun whether it is just adults or we bring the grandkids. Lots be to do for everyone!” - Jenene M.

“We went with another family. All together we had two kids 3 and under and a 5 year old. The kids enjoyed the play area the most! We played putt-putt golf and the arcade games. It was worth it. The kids had a blast and so did we!” - Jordan C.


Best Restaurants for Kids in Louisville

Finding a kid-friendly restaurant can be a difficult task—where can you find a joint with food they like, and a kid-appropriate ambience? Take a few deep breaths and pick your favorite type of food below, and we’ll hook you up with a great Louisville restaurant for kids:

  • Pizza: Mellow Mushroom in the St. Matthews neighborhood whips up made-to-order pizza pies in a whimsical, psychedelic dining room. For the adults, there are more 40 craft beers to choose from.
  • Southern food: Lucretia’s Kitchen offers the same homestyle comfort food that you probably loved when you were a kid: fried chicken, pork chops, ribs, and more.
  • Burgers: Back Yard Burgers grills 1/3-pound 100% black-angus beef littler junior burgers for the kids.
  • Mexican: Mi Cocina in nearby Hurstbourne has a kids’ menu that introduce them to Mexican classics like enchiladas, fajitas, flautas, and more.
  • Indian: Feel comfortable with your kids at Taj Palace, voted Louisville's best Indian restaurant by CityVoter 2012, 2013, and 2014 Louisville A-List.


9 Louisville Educational Activities Your Kid Will Love

What if you could kill two birds with one stone: keep your kid busy for an entire afternoon and impart some knowledge? You’d feel like parent of the year, right? Make it happen with one of these nine educational things to do with kids in Louisville:

  1. Meet the Western lowland gorillas, red-necked wallabies, and Sumatran Tigers at the Louisville Zoo, considered Kentucky’s state zoo.
  2. Visit Louisville’s only Smithsonian affiliate, the Frazier History Museum, home to Teddy Roosevelt’s Big Stick, artifacts from General Custer, and a gorgeous rooftop garden.
  3. Roam freely amidst trees, plants, and butterflies at the Louisville Nature Center.
  4. Interact with a number of hands-on exhibits inside Kentucky Science Center’s special KidZone.
  5. Take your train-obsessed kid out to New Haven, home to the Kentucky Railway Museum, where they can see both new and restored trains from the railroad’s glory days.
  6. Delve into the area’s history and wildlife across the border at the kid-focused Harrison County Discovery Center in Indiana.
  7. Learn about the life of one of Louisville’s most-iconic figures at the Muhammad Ali Center.
  8. Pair exploring Louisville’s historic homes with a little paranormal fun on a Louisville Ghost Tour.
  9. Show your kid the perfect swing–and how their favorite baseball bat is made–with a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Spotlight On: Louisville Mega Cavern

See our deal on Louisville Mega Cavern.

Perhaps Louisville’s best attraction for kids isn’t exactly in Louisville, it’s below Louisville. The Louisville Mega Cavern has been wowing its guests for decades, in part for its mammoth size (at more than 4 million square feet) and in part for what it’s become: a playground for kids and adults.

Touring the cave system (via tram car or electric bike) is only one part. The cavern has also become Kentucky’s coolest setting for zip lines, an aerial ropes course, and an underground mountain-bike course. To try out the bike park, grab a deal. These real customers used the deal, and had this to say:

“If you're coming here for the mountain bike tracks you won't be disappointed! They have areas for all riding styles from beginners to experts. It's an absolute blast! And the fact that you're riding in a giant cavern makes it that much more awesome.” Jason B.

“WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!! This place is a boy's DREAM!!” - Caryl D.

“We took our 10-year-old, 12-year-old, 14-year-old. It was really really cool, especially if you love mountain biking, or BMX biking.” - Jennifer F.