Finding things to do that appeal to the whole family can be tough. Someone might like sports, another might be seeking adventure, and a third might want to learn something new. No matter how big your family is, you’ll always find something to do in the biggest city in Kentucky. Kid-friendly things to do in Louisville range from exploring the history of sports to exploring the world underground.
For Sports Fans
From boxing to baseball, the city is home to many sports icons. The Louisville Slugger baseball bat dates back to the late 1800s. The slugger was created by amateur baseball player Bud Hillerich, who worked in his father’s woodshop and soon began turning out bats for himself and for pro players. Today, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory gives visitors a look inside the history of the iconic bat, as well as a tour of the still active factory. The museum is open seven days a week, and tours of the factory either include seeing the factory in active production or seeing demonstrations of the bat making process.
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali called the city home as well, and a museum in his honor is in the heart of downtown. The Muhammad Ali Center features a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions that focus on Ali and his core priniciples. The museum isn’t just about the boxer, though. Certain exhibitions shine a light on the fight for civil rights and on the people who fought for those rights. With a mix of interactive and multimedia exhibitions, the Muhammad Ali Center is both educational and engaging.
Make Science Fun
Kids can get jazzed about science at the Kentucky Science Center, which is the largest hands-on science museum in the state. The museum has plenty of exhibitions and activities designed to appeal to kids, including Science in Play, which features a world that is shrunk down to kid-size. It’s designed for those under age seven. There’s also a choose your own science club, which lets kids pick a topic that interests them and run with it. The club meets every month and is designed for middle school students.
The Science Center is open every day. Usually operating until 5pm, it stays open late, until 9pm, on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission can include a ticket to a film and the exhibitions, or to one or the other on their own.
A Visit Underground
The largest building in the state of Kentucky is actually underground. It’s the Mega Cavern, which began life as a limestone quarry for Kentucky Crushed Stone. Today, the massive cavern is a great family-friendly attraction. In total, the cavern contains more than 17 miles of underground corridors, all located 100 feet below the surface. Depending on your family’s age and appetite for adventure, you can explore
the caverns on a tram, by flying around it on a zipline, or by driving through its holiday light display. The Mega Cavern also features the only underground bike park and ropes course in the country.
Enjoying a day out with the family doesn’t have to be limited to movie theaters. Hands-on exhibits and unique experiences allow everyone, young and old, to have a great time in the state’s largest city.