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    It's Thunder Over Louisville weekend, and if you're a parent like myself, you probably aren't going to want to take your three-year-old to Thunder Over Louisville yet. If you are, great! If you're not, here are some ideas for things to do this weekend with your preschooler in tow!

    On Friday, if you can maneuver traffic and stay ahead of the road closings in downtown Louisville, you can take your child(ren) to see the planes and aircraft practice for the air show on Saturday. Here is a link to more information about that. Practices will begin around 11am according to 840 WHAS, Facebook. Last year I headed downtown with my then 2 year old and we sat in our car along the curb near 2nd street and the Main Library and saw some of the planes in action. It was fun! A relative of mine suggests heading to the Indiana side and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the riverside restaurants and watching from there while having lunch, which is another great idea if you can make it across the bridges without any hang-ups. Just remember the road closures going on throughout the day. It might also be fun to walk along the greenway and head to the Ashland Park there on the Indiana side to see some of it.

    Head to the Louisville Zoo this weekend to see the LEGO Brick Sculptures display. Chances are with it being Thunder weekend, the zoo will be a whole lot less crowded and you can really take in the sculptures and spend more down time there together with your family. The Nature Connects LEGO Brick Sculptures is on display at the zoo from April 10 through July 5. The zoo hours this weekend are 10am-5pm (exit by 6pm). The zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way.

    On Saturday, April 18, the Crescent Hill Library is hosting a Countdown to Derby Storytime at 11am. The website describes it this way: "Fireworks, horses and hot air balloons make this our favorite time of the year. We’ll share stories and create a Derby craft. Best for ages 4 and up." The Crescent Hill Library is located at 2762 Frankfort Avenue. While you're in the area, stick around the Crescent Hill and Clifton areas. You're bound to see sneak peeks of the air show from that part of town (an insider tells me!)

    Piece together some poetry as a family! Carmichael's Kids has been hosting a National Poetry Month Poetry Contest since April 1. It ends on April 30 and they invite all children under age 12 to participate. Details can be found here. Poems need to be dropped off in person at the store by April 30; the address is 1313 Bardstown Road.

    Let the preschoolers take you to Mama's Hip on Saturday, April 18. There is a Family Music Jam at 10:30am and a Crafternoon at 1pm. The cost is $10 per family. Mama's Hip is located at 1559 Bardstown Road. Call 502-384-8805 for more details.

    Photos by Erin Nevitt, 840 WHAS Facebook, and Louisville Zoo Facebook

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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