Mayor reminds families of safe spring break options
Mayor Greg Fischer reminded parents today that even while the community continues preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, there are many free or low-cost options for keeping students active and engaged during this year’s spring break, which runs March 29 – April 2 for Jefferson County Public Schools.
“From trails in our parks to special curbside offerings from the Louisville Free Public Library, there’s no reason for families to be idle,” the Mayor said. “There are lots of options for the kind of experiences that stimulate their brains, get their bodies moving and keep them occupied and engaged.”
Louisville Free Public Library
The Louisville Free Public Library wants to make this spring break a “screen break,” by encouraging kids and caregivers to get outside, away from their TVs and computer screens.
Starting March 22, families can pick up a free spring break backpack from any LFPL location (while supplies last). Each backpack will include activities families can do together in their backyard, at the park, or wherever their adventures take them.
From March 29 – April 3, the included Field Guide will feature a different topic and set of activities to do that day—from nature exploration to messy art to suggested reading lists. Special nature-inspired Book Bundles are also available by request and can be customized based on a child’s age, interest, and reading level. Simply visit LFPL.org/BookBundles to order in advance.
For more information, visit www.LFPL.org, or call (502) 574-1611.
Louisville Parks and Recreation
Families are encouraged to visit any of the city’s 120 parks, where most amenities, including basketball goals, tennis nets and playgrounds, have been re-opened after having been closed because of COVID-19. Hiking opportunities abound at Jefferson Memorial Forest, where more than 35 miles of trails await those looking to get away and enjoy a scenic outdoor opportunity just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. For a listing of the city’s hiking trails, visit memorialforest.com. Please be aware that because of recent heavy rains, trails may be muddy. Residents are reminded to please be safe while hiking and bring a change of dry clothes.
Louisville Parks and Recreation has produced a series of interpretive guides to aid adventurers on their journey across the city’s green spaces, including an animal and bird tracking guide, a tree identification guide, and a guide to the city’s parks. For more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/parks-and-recreation-publicat…
The city’s two historic properties, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and Historic Locust Grove, are open for some limited tours with advance reservations, and the well-maintained grounds make for a beautiful springtime walk as well. The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is also hosting an animal habitat scavenger hunt. The non-profit is encouraging kids to do this project either in their backyard or one of the city’s 17 Olmsted-designed parks. https://www.olmstedparks.org/activities/animal-habitat-scavenger-hunt/
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Students in grades K – 6 can explore the wonders of The Parklands through Spring Break Hiking Camp. Each day of Hiking Camp offers participants an opportunity to explore a new trail in Beckley Creek Park while investigating the flora and fauna that call the park home. Spring Break Hiking Camps run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from March 29 – April 2. Families can select individual days of camp or book the full week at a discounted rate. Register at http://www.theparklands.org/camps. For more information on education programs at The Parklands, please visit http://www.theparklands.org/learning.
The Louisville Zoo
While the Louisville Zoo’s Wild Lights Spring Break Camp is full, families should keep in mind that the Zoo is a living classroom and a perfect place to keep young minds active, while parents get in a little exercise. Summer camps will be available, but will also fill up quickly with limited capacity. The best way to visit for families is a membership, and the Zoo has many different packages, including a dual membership with the Kentucky Science Center.
Learn more at https://louisvillezoo.org/member-benefits/.
Kentucky Science Center
The Kentucky Science Center is offering several spring break camps for various age groups and an opportunity to sign up now even further into April and May. During spring break, the Kentucky Science Center will extend operating hours, staying open until 7 p.m. each day.
For more information or to register for upcoming programs and events, visit https://kysciencecenter.org/
Jefferson County Public Schools
Jefferson County Public Schools is offering free virtual spring break programming for JCPS students in grades three, four, and five. Parents and guardians can register their child to receive links for five days of activities in each of the following: karate, hip-hop, yoga and soccer. Students will listen as a JCPS teacher conducts a read-aloud.
There will also be engaging literacy activities that accompany the text that students can participate in from home. Literacy activities will be followed by guided lessons in a new skill from a community partner. Registration is open at https://forms.gle/9xRJVoJ26tZtjH2y6
BLOCS Network of Youth Programs:
BLOCS Network providers offer academic and enrichment supports to children K – 12 grades. Many are providing Non-Traditional Instruction supports along with a diverse array of enrichment activities from arts and music to sports and recreation.
To connect with a BLOCS program, go to the BLOCS Louisville website to find out what they are offering for spring break and beyond: https://www.louisvilleblocs.org/blocs-for-parents/#Programs.