Spring Break survival guide: get the kids off the couch for some fresh air! [Family and parenting]

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Is Spring Break turning your children into little couch potatoes? Well turn of the television and get moving to one of Louisville's many active (and fun!) outdoor attractions:

 Ride a bike at Waterfront Park...along the miles of trails along Louisville's Waterfront Park which sits along the Ohio River. If you don't own a bike, then don't despair- just rent one with Waterfront Bike Tours.  They offer hourly bike rentals (only $5 for kids!) and even rent out surreys and choppers (the non-motorized kind). If your the type who gets lost easily, the company also has guided bike tours each Saturday at 10 in the morning.     

Go splunking in a man-made cavern...at  Louisville's Mega Cavern. This massive man-made creation spans 17 miles of corridors underneath the Louisville Zoo. An SUV-pulled tram will guide you underneath the earth for a tour that is rich in geology and history (this cavern was the largest bomb shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis!). The tour has many highlights including my personal favorite "the worm tasting and recycling room". 

Explore a coral reef...while visiting the Falls of Ohio State Park. This state park is just 5 minutes away from downtown Louisville and boasts one of the largest exposed coral reefs in the world. Take a magnifying glass and watch your kids become amateur paleontologists while exploring the 350 million-year-old fossil beds. To preserve fossils for future generations, you can't take fossils home with you. But as a fun art project, I suggest taking inexpensive white paper and charcoal. Lay the paper on cool fossils, and lightly shade over it to get the imprint of a trilobite or whatever else catches your eye.

Photo: flickr: LightenUpBikes

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