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A kid’s perfect day in Derby City

From breakfast to dinner — we’ve rounded up a day full of kid-friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy.


The annual Flutter Fest runs through Saturday, Sept. 16

Photo by Louisville Zoo

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Sorry, but — NO ADULTS ALLOWED — this one is for the kids. Grown-up, please hand this over to your little one. Got it, kiddo? Let’s plan a family day together. Here’s a fun schedule of kid-friendly activities for you to try.


Be a chef and cook breakfast for the adults at home. The night before, ask your family to choose from one of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if any of the instructions seem confusing.

While you eat, talk about your plan for the day. Ask your family to help you prepare a backpack with things you’ll need. We suggest bringing:

🍫 Plenty of snacks like granola bars
💧 A water bottle
🧢 A hat

If you have time before heading to lunch, play at a playground like Adventure Playground at Waterfront Park.


For lunch, head to Doc Crow’s for the kid’s menu. After you’ve filled your belly, spend the afternoon exploring the Frazier Kentucky History Museum. What are you looking forward to most? Seeing the world’s largest collection of toy soldiers? Or pretending to explore America as Lewis and Clark?

Children listen to a person dressed in 1800s clothing at the Lewis and Clark exhibit at Frazier History Museum

Try your hand at animal tracking in the Lewis and Clark exhibit.

Photo by Frazier History Museum

Or go wild at Louisville Zoo. Check out the butterflies at the Flutter Fest this weekend — and maybe even get your face painted.


Wrap up the day with a family dinner. Head to one of our local farmers markets to pick out foods you can make together. Over dinner, talk about everything you did today. Ask questions like:

  • 🧠 What was something new you learned?
  • 🤡 What was something funny that happened?
  • 👀 What would we do differently if we did that again?
  • 👍 What do you definitely want to do again? (And again and again…)

Grown-ups — send us more family-friendly recommendations and we may just feature them in an upcoming newsletter.

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