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Summertime in Olmsted Parks: Free Activities for Grown-ups and Kids!

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Movies at Iroquois Park: Grab the kids or plan a date night and head to Iroquois Amphitheater for a free movie! Movies include classics, sci-fi, comedies and more. Doors open at 7:30 pm and shows start at 8:30 pm.

  • 7/11/16, “San Andreas”
  • 7/16/16, “Minions”
  • 7/18/16, “Shaun the Sheep”
  • 7/25/16, “Star Wars-The Force Awakens”
  • 8/13/16, “Spectre”

Shakespeare in Central Park: This is 56th season of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park! There are 11 weeks, 7 productions, and 64 performances from June 1-August 14, 2016. The plays are performed in one of Louisville’s most beautiful parks in a historic neighborhood, you can count on great food trucks, and you’ll leave more cultured than when you arrived! Details here.

Hiking, Bike Riding, Tennis, and more: There are plenty of trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and safe places to ride bikes in the Olmsted Parks, and all of them are free.

Spraygrounds: Heat and humidity slowing you down? Kids’ complaining it’s too hot to play outside? Visit one of the 14 spraygrounds in the Olmsted Parks.

Modern Spraygrounds

  • Algonquin Park
  • Baxter Square
  • Iroquois Park
  • Shawnee Park
  • Shelby Park

Traditional Spraypads

  • Bingham Park
  • Boone Square Park
  • Central Park
  • Cherokee Park
  • Chickasaw Park
  • Elliott Square Park
  • Tyler Park
  • Victory Park
  • William Stansbury Park

Summer Day Camp: Located in historic Chickasaw Park, the free Park-It Nature Camps offered by Olmsted Parks Conservancy in partnership with The Nature Center are a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about the great outdoors, while being in the great outdoors! Register here.

  • July 18-22 Camp Earth Stuff for ages 10-12
  • July 25-29 Camp Earth Stuff for ages 6-9

Walk with a Doc: Offered by KentuckyOne Health: A great opportunity to improve your health while enjoying a beautiful park! Offered in Iroquois Park the third Saturday of every month and Shawnee Park. Details here.


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