Get ready to explore Louisville! Kids aged 5 to 17 will have three days of tour adventures and activities in the Youth Center of the Convention Center, featuring arcade games, inflatables, computers, kids’ movies, and arts and crafts activities.
The Youth Activity Center will be in the Lower Level of the KICC (Convention Center), room L15.
- Sunday, July 25, 1-5 p.m.
- Monday-Wednesday, July 26-28, 7:30-5:30 p.m.
Registration opens Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at the Convention Center, Hall 1A, Main Level.
The $119 Youth and Teen program registration fee includes:
- Beginning Sunday at 1 p.m., daily participation in the Youth and Teen Activity Center (L15 Convention Center)
- Beginning Monday, breakfast each morning and lunch each day
- Concert, Culture, Cuisine: Welcome Reception
- 2011 Texas Kick Off Event - Exhibit Hall Lunch on Tuesday
- Admission and transportation to all venues listed in the Kids’ Tours
- Finale Night at Churchill Downs
- Available emergency medical and security personnel on site and on tours
- Supervision and child care by staff with a ratio of 1:8 or less
Pictures Courtesy of Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Underground Adventure and the Zoo Too
Monday, July 26 | 10 am—4:40 pm
You’ll go way underground to explore one of the largest caverns in the United States below the zoo. The Louisville Mega Cavern takes up 4 million square feet (over100 acres) with more than 17 miles of underground roadways. Today it is a weatherproof, earthquake-proof storage facility, housing everything from road salt to boats, cars and priceless original movie prints from Hollywood. You’ll hop on a tram to explore the cavern for about an hour. It’s kind of cold down there, so you might want to bring a sweater. We’ll have lunch at the outdoor pavilion, then it’s wallabees and wallaroos, the gorilla forest, tiger tundra and lorikeet landing at the Zoo on top of the Cavern.
Tuesday, July 27 | 11 am--3:30 pm You’ll have an exhilarating ride on the world’s longest go-cart track at Kart Kountry. There’s a cart for every age and size (but if you want to drive Thunderbolt—the biggest and badest—you have to be 16 with a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit). Finished with your ride? Head over for a round at the 18-hole miniature golf course, or test your skills at the batting cage against a baseball hurtling toward you at 70 miles per hour. More interested in slow-pitch softball? They have both. Or maybe you would prefer the bumper boats, a jump shot game or trying your hand at the arcade games (bring some money for the arcades). Whatever you choose, it will be a fun time! We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch while we’re there.
Batter Up and Science Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum/Factory, Old Spaghetti Factory, and Louisville Science Center
Wednesday, July 28 | 9:45 am--4:30 pm
The “crack of the bat” is one of the sports world’s most thrilling moments, and you’ll get to see where the world famous Louisville Slugger—the official bat of Major League Baseball—is made during your tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. See the Louisville Slugger bat Babe Ruth hit with during his 60-home run season of 1927, and the one Joe DiMaggio used during his 56-game hitting streak of 1941. You’ll hold the bats from superstars—past and present. The museum will show you how the game has changed, and in the factory you’ll see how MLB bats are made today.
You’ll have worked up an appetite after this tour, so it’s off to the Old Spaghetti Factory with its historic and eclectic atmosphere, including a full- size trolley car in which some will dine. After lunch we'll visit the Louisville Science Center, the largest hands-on science center in Kentucky, with about 150 interactive exhibits and activity stations. The tour will include the visiting exhibit “Sesame Street presents The Body” and an IMAX presentation.