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Kinder Garden:…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Cafe Istanbul

Oct 2 - 2, 2014
Come and enjoy live performances by Amanda Shaw, Charmaine Neville, and other… more

Gretna Heritage…

Oct 3 - 5, 2014
Celebrating 20 years the Gretna Heritage Festival, encompassing 25 city blocks,… more

Kinder Garden: Creepy…

Oct 7 - 7, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

44th Annual New…

Oct 10 - 12, 2014
Precious Gemstones, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, & Jewelry! Demonstrations of… more

Gentilly Fest

Oct 10 - 12, 2014
Free to the public, Gentilly Fest celebrates all things … more

Girl Scout Brownies…

Oct 11 - 11, 2014
Visit the Discovery Garden for a day of exploration, investigation, learning,… more

Celabracion Latina at…

Oct 12 - 12, 2014
Celebracion Latina, the local festival of Latin American culture, returns to… more

Celebracion Latina

Oct 12 - 12, 2014
Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer… more

Kinder Garden: Creepy…

Oct 14 - 14, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Boo at the Zoo…

Oct 17 - 25, 2014
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

Boo CarrĂ© Halloween &…

Oct 18 - 18, 2014
Join us for this children's event! Trick-or-Treating, Petting Zoo, Kids… more

Boo Carre Halloween…

Oct 18 - 18, 2014
The full day, full District event includes daytime trick or treating for kids … more

Family Workshop:…

Oct 18 - 18, 2014
Geronimooooooo! Bail out into a morning of fun in the Airborne School Family… more

International Fest

Oct 18 - 18, 2014
International Fest, a FREE all-ages music and food festival, returns for a… more

Kinder Garden: Creepy…

Oct 21 - 21, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Greater Baton Rouge…

Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2014
Carnival rides, food, music, kids' activities, animal shows, games, exhibits. more

Henry Turner Jr. &…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
The hometown favorites are well known for their style of music that encompasses… more

Fore! Kids Foundation…

Oct 24 - 24, 2014
The Fore! Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children's service… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Family-Friendly New Orleans

Boy on Ride in New OrleansWhen it comes to kid-friendly fun, a trip to New Orleans is a lot like a choose-your-own-adventure story. Kids and families have plenty of options for experiencing the city, so whether you have a house full of aspiring artists, action-loving daredevils or curious future scientists, just choose an interest and get ready for a day of exploration and discovery.

Engineers in Training

From bellowing, steam-powered whistles to clanging trolley bells, you’ll know you’re set for an adventure once you step aboard one of New Orleans’ historic methods of transportation. The Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans’ only steamboat, and its elegant furnishings and antique accents transport passengers to a bygone era. Visit the steam engine room to see the riverboat’s inner-workings, and listen to melodic tunes from the authentic steam-powered calliope, which even can be heard from the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. For a ride through the city, hop aboard one of New Orleans' vintage streetcars, outfitted with brass accents and mahogany wooden seats. The St. Charles line is the world’s oldest continuously operating street railway and passes by notable areas such as Audubon Park and the Garden District.

Budding Scientist

The world is a fascinating place, and for inquisitive kids with an eye for science, there’s plenty to see and do in New Orleans. For one stop to satisfy them all, the Audubon Nature Institute has everything a curious kid could want—from insects to dinosaurs to underwater creatures. Visit the Audubon Zoo to see exotic animals, play in a water park, go on a dinosaur adventure and ride a colorful carousel. At the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, you can walk through an underwater reef tunnel, feel the fear at the tropical shark exhibit, watch penguins play and get a hands-on experience with hundreds of exotic birds. And don’t forget the Audubon Insectarium for an up-close glimpse of creepy crawlers, butterflies and edible insects.

Aspiring Artist

Little artists can turn to the greats for inspiration when they visit the New Orleans Museum of Art. From Degas to Picasso, this cultural institution showcases more than 40,000 pieces, as well as a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden for little ones to frolic in. Check the education schedule for upcoming workshops and age-appropriate art classes offered at the museum. 

Nature Lover

If gardens, flowers and the great outdoors sound exciting, take your kids to visit New Orleans City Park. This 1,300-acre green space has sprawling moss covered oak trees, lagoons, walking trails through Couturie Forest and plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. City Park also is home to the New Orleans Botanical Garden, a lush urban sanctuary filled with blooming flowers and exotic plants. 

The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open with extended hours for the summer. Located in New Orleans City Park on Victory Drive, City Park invites your entire family out to enjoy the fun! With one of the oldest antique, wooden Carousels in the country, a Ferris Wheel, miniature Train, Musik Express and Bumper Cars, there is so much for the family to enjoy!

Spend some time in Storyland, a Mother Goose themed playground for children inside beautiful New Orleans City Park. Visit the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella's Pumpkin, the Cheshire Cat and Snow White. Or try boating at Big Lake! City Park offers paddleboat and canoe rentals on beautiful Big Lake near the New Orleans Museum of Art on Lelong Drive. Or try hourly or day long bike rentals to enjoy the beautiful, scenic park with the largest collection of historic, live oaks in the United States.

Prospective Chef

For the aspiring chef, or anyone with a sweet tooth, Aunt Sally's Praline Tasting tour is not to be missed. This unique tour gives insight into the history and creation of the original praline as well as how it is made today. As part of the tour, everyone in the family can taste all of the flavors that Aunt Sally's has to offer and select their own six-pack to take home at the end! This sweet treat is fun for the whole family.

Adventurer

For kids who like to stay active, New Orleans has a number of activities to keep the excitement level high. Take a tour specifically designed for kids with French Quartour Kids. This tour through the historic French Quarter is for kids ages 6-13 years old to teach them what life was like in the New Orleans in 1830s. Or how about a thrilling game of laser tag at Adventure Quest Laser Tag? This massive facility features a 6,000-square-foot laser tag arena with a Mayan ruins theme, as well as arcade games, bumper cars and black-light miniature golf. 

Photo by Flickr/princedd/Edd Prince.

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