J.R. Tolkien

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Friday, November 14, 2014

10 things to do for $10 or less in Louisville

So what’s there to do locally for cheap that doesn't involve a heavy dose of drinking or money spending?  Here’s my list of 10 things to do in Louisville for $10 or under that will keep you entertained, active and might even make you some money.  You might find some of these suggestions quirky, but life is all about new experiences!

Midnight Bingo | 3441 Breckenridge Ln | $5-$7. It’s intense fun for cheap!  For $5 at midnight (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), you’ll get a package of 7 sheets, 18 bingo games on each sheet.  The game can last up to 2 hours with the potential to win prizes of $100-$1,000. You can get bingo in a lot of ways, so pay attention to the board and grab a program sheet to keep on track.  Bingo City at Breckenridge is a great place to hang out with friends, eat cheap food from the concession stand, and support a local charity since the proceeds go to benefit them.  $1 for the bingo dabber.  Regular bingo's at 7:30 p.m. 7 days a week for $7.

Moth Story Slam | 1386 Lexington Rd | $7.  Old fashion story telling that is often funny, heart wrenching, soul searching and always entertaining.  For $7 every first Tuesday of the month at Headliners you get a front row seat into the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary experiences or ordinary experiences with extraordinary lessons.  Whoever wants to share their story put their name in a hat, the facilitator draws out 10 people who will come on stage to tell their story, unscripted, uncensored for 5 minutes based on the theme of the night. Two panels of judges will pick the winner to go to the Grand Story Slam and a chance to broadcast the story on NPR.  Come early to grab a seat and a drink.  I got picked my first time (theme: Detours) and told the story of how I once “creatively” crossed the border of Viet Nam and Cambodia on motorbike.

Whett Your Pallete | 1415 Evergreen Rd. | $10. WYP offers a drop in and paint every day for only $10 (8in x 10in).  The most satisfying part is, stick-drawing-people-with-non-whatsoever-artistic-talent like me, can create beautiful art work. The instructions are simple and easy to understand. Painting can be so relaxing and a great stress reliever.  Great girls night out activity, date night or a family day out. (Disclaimer: I haven't been to this particular location).

The Science Center | 727 W. Main St.  | $5.  Let your inner kid or inner geek out to play at the Louisville Science Center for only $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  They close at 9 p.m. on these two days so you'll have plenty of time to explore, do some fun activities and learn a few cool things.  It's always a fun experience for me, no matter which end of the age spectrum I'm at.

A Movie Date | $3-$5.  Okay, so movie tickets are usually $10 or less anyway, but what if there's a way you can see it 1/2 off every day?  Almost everyone knows that movies on Tuesdays are only $5 but did you know you can also get it for only $5 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. seven days a week at Stonybrook 20 Cinemas? An added bonus, on Tuesdays at the concession stands, you can get combos for $5 off.  At Village 8 Theatres, you can see movies for $2 all day on Tuesdays and $3 all day on Thursdays (on selected movies).


Derby City Magic | 1250 Bardstown Rd. | $10.  For a show that's both funny and magical, come to Derby City Magic. Every last Saturday of the month, funny magicians will make you laugh and wonder. Door opens at 2:30 p.m., show starts at 3:00 p..m. and runs for 90 minutes.  It's located at the Laughing Derby Comedy Club (at Comedy Caravan) by Mid-City Mall. 


Square Dancing | 1567 S. Shelby St. | $5.  Come square dance with your neighbors, friends or strangers to live Appalachian fiddle music every third Thursday at AmVets Post #9 in Germantown (Danny Mac's Pizza)! I haven't been but so excited upon hearing about this from a friend and want to share this right away (as the next session is next Thursday 11/20/2014).  I haven't done this since that one rainy recess afternoon in elementary school, but I fondly remember how fun it was.  Don't know how to dance? That's okay!  There's a short lesson at 7:30 p.m. and the dancing starts at 8:00 p.m. I heard the crowd is young and the atmosphere lively (you can dance with any gender). 


Atlantis Water Park (515 Newman Ave, Clarksville, IN) | $8-$10 and Mary T's Aquatic Center (201 Reservoir Ave) | $3-$5.50.  Something for the summer months or the months you're missing summer.  Atlantis is a small water park right across the river in Clarksville, IN and a great way to spend the day with the kids in the summer months.  It's not fancy, but it's cheap and will entertain the kids.  If it's the winter months and you're missing the beach and the water, Mary T's Aquatic Center is a good fix.  There are  eleven 50 meter lanes for the advance swimmers and a swimming area (with slides) for the kids.  You can even rent it for a pool party.  It could get crowded in the kid's pool, but that means your little ones will have someone to play with. Photo Source: ColonelCat on Google.


Kingpin Bowling Lanes | 9525 Taylorsville Rd | $2.  On Tuesdays and Sundays, from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m., you can bowl for only $2/a game, shoes rental is also for $2.  This is also one of the nicer bowling places, large, clean and even has a bar area and a game room.  For a semi-cheap meal, go to the concession stand.  The fries there are delicious and husband-approved.



Project Improv | 1801 Bardstown Rd | $10.  A live and local version of Whose Line Is It Anyway that will have you laughing all night.  Just like the show, the members of the group will come up with skits and games right on the spot based on the audience's suggestions.  Their theatrics and creativity takes place at the Bard's Town (1801 Bardstown Road) on most Saturdays but check their Facebook page for dates and times.  BONUS: It's your lucky weekend, they have a free show tomorrow at 10 p.m. 11/15/2014! Photo source: Project Improve's Facebook.

If you have suggestions of your own, let me know! I'm always looking for cheap (and appropriate) fun things to do.