Derby Party Ideas for Family Gatherings

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If you’re not planning on attending Oaks or Derby and are going to be staying home, you might be planning your own Derby festivities with some friends. Here are some party tips, mostly courtesy of that lovely thing we love called Pinterest.

Storytime Ideas

Kentucky Derby by Sue Hamilton, The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby the story of Jimmy Winkfield by Crystal Hubbard, Gaston Goes to the Kentucky Derby by James Rice, Bluegrass Breeze by Dan Rhema, Barbaro: America’s Horse by Shelley Fraser Mickle, Louisville from A to Z by Liz Dumbaugh Martine, Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby by Kathryn Cocquyt Parade by Donald Crews, Curious George Up Up and Away by Marcy Goldberg Sacks, Full of Hot Air: Launching, Floating High, and Landing by Gary Paulsen, Phoebe’s Parade by Claudia Mills, The Alphabet Parade by Charles Ghigna. Most of these book titles were searched via the Louisville Free Public Library online catalog. You could also search a local bookstore such as Carmichael’s or A Reader’s Corner to see what they have in stock for this Derby time of year.

Craft Ideas

Hats, hats, and more hats

DIY Stick horses

Paper flower garlands

Piecing together silk flowers

Snack Ideas

Child’s Junior Mint Juleps

Kid-friendly mint julep

Cookie ideas and more!

Game Ideas

Jockey suit coloring page

Mad Lib for Kentucky Derby

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Have some fun with history around the city

Derby time around Louisville is such a party time for folks. It’s also a great time to showcase the history that surrounds us with the Derby festivities and with the city of Louisville. Why not take your family out on some trips around town that foster learning about the Derby City.

You can watch the Garland of Roses being assembled at the Kroger in Middletown. This activity normally takes place on Derby Eve, which this year is May 2.

Explore many aspects of the city of Louisville and surrounding areas at one of these recently featured museums that are full of learning opportunities.

Head to the Kentucky Derby Museum for a trip down Derby memory lane. The current Horse Play exhibit here now is sure to engage the family.

Venture downtown to the PNC Discovery Day at the Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park, part of Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s on Monday, April 28 at 11am and is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Check out the floats and some history about the Pegasus Parade at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party on Tuesday, April 29 from 5pm-9pm. It’s held in the South Wing C at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest winners will also be announced and recognized at 7pm during the preview party. This contest is presented by the Kentucky School of Art.

Cover article photo courtesy of http://www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/traditions/roses; others by Erin Nevitt

About Erin Nevitt
Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!
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