LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Labor Day weekend is the last weekend of summer, but for families looking to continue fun activities into fall Kentuckiana is packed with possibilities.
September kicks off 'ZooTember' at the Louisville Zoo. In the Oasis field a huge 20 by 15 inflatable screen hosts two blockbuster size movies. Plus the weekends are packed with Storybook character days.
"We've got on the 7th, Kung Fu Panda 2 and the 21st we've got the Lorax" Kyle Shepherd said, adding in visits with "Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Llama Llama, Larry and Bob from Veggies Tales."
Members always get in free. For non members a great deal on movie nights is a $5 admission at 5 p.m.
When the weather's not cooperating, many of the city's great museums and theaters are rolling out some red carpet events.
At the Frazier History Museum, "We are getting ramped up for probably what will be our biggest exhibition ever," Krista Snider explained, opening September 15, "It's called Diana: A Celebration."
It will be housed in the museum's 7500 square feet of special exhibit space and will include 150 items from Diana's life. Her royal wedding gown will be a focal of the exhibit.
"It's not just guns, it's not just stuff for boys anymore," said Snider.
Little girls will love the Princess Tea Party's at the museum the last Sunday of each month the exhibit runs. For it and admission to the exhibit it's an extra cost, but families can save everywhere else.
For kids 5 to 14 years old a Kids Club offers free admissions on second Saturdays. And through September 30 a special offer with the Samurai exhibit continues which gives free admission to kids 14 and under everyday.
Across the street at Slugger Museum it's batter up for the 'Baseball Hotties, Studs We Love' exhibit.
"We thought, how can we entice some of those gals to our place and we thought, it's time to roll out the big guns," Ann Jewel said. Jewel is the Executive Director of the Museum and says with this one, "We are looking to lure the ladies."
Baseball greats like Ted Williams and Derek Jeter make every girls hottie list, but guests to the museum will also be able to vote on their favorites.
Jewel also let us in a great way to save. There's a coupon to print off and get free admission at Slugger Museum and many more across the country.
Also, at the Slugger Museum website, look for a 10% off coupon for store merchandise.
One more way to save, "We actually have started calling ourselves museum row on Main and when you show a ticket from one of those attractions at another one, you'll get a discount,"explained Jewel.
Kentucky Center is on main and when you show a ticket from another venue you'll get buy one get one free admission to the always in season 'Kentucky Show'.
While there also make plans to see all the new season has to offer. "Our Broadway is here with Beauty and the Beast, we've got our StageOne Family Theater," Rob Thomas said. Thomas is Marketing Director at the Center and said this season is a great one for kids of all sizes. To save on StageOne tickets all you have to do is purchase more than one show. "We feel like starting young, getting kids exposed to arts is not only great for kids, but great for society," Thomas said.
The season at StageOne starts in October with Wiley and the Hairy Man.
At Derby Dinner Playhouse the Children's Musical Theatre Season begins with a Halloween adventure. Captain Louie will take children on an imaginary journey full of tricks and treats.
"I'm building memories, my job is to build experiences," Bekki Jo Schneider said. She believes in keeping theater a family experience and one that families can afford.
Season tickets for the Children's Theatre start at $28. That's for breakfast and all four of the season's shows.
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