Everything A Parent Needs To Know About Snapchat

snapchat-photo-2With all of the different apps on the market today, it can be hard for parents to keep up. However, one app that parents should definitely be aware of is Snapchat.

What is Snapchat?
Snapchat, a popular smartphone app among teens, is marketed as a way to send “disappearing” messages to friends. Users can snap a photo or video of themselves, add text or visual effects on top of the image or video, and then choose friends to send it to once complete. Whoever receives the message can only view it once before it vanishes, however it is very easy for the receiver to quickly take a screenshot of the message.

Are teens using Snapchat?
The short answer? Yes! In 2015, research showed that 78% of teens between the ages of 13-17 were using Snapchat. Since it has only grown in popularity since then, it is safe to assume that the numbers have probably risen even higher. Snapchat has even grown to be a more popular social media platform than Facebook for teens.

snapchat photo 1Why should parents be concerned about Snapchat?
The fact that Snapchat is marketed as a disappearing message app should be worrisome to parents. Teens mistakenly feel protected by the assumption that their messages will never be seen by anyone besides the receiver. Because of this, some teens feel free to send sexually explicit photos that they normally wouldn’t share through social media. If the receiver chooses to save the photo with a screenshot, it can easily be circulated to other people and used to bully or tease the original sender.

Who else is on Snapchat besides teens? Predators. Even the FBI has warned parents about the number of predators who are actively looking for teens on Snapchat. These predators take advantage of the teen’s assumption that the messages disappear and use it to obtain provocative photos.

Unfortunately, Snapchat is also used to cyberbully classmates and peers. As seen in the video below from Teensafe, bullies feel safe sending harassing or threatening messages through Snapchat, since the proof vanishes after the receiver views it. Some bullies choose to take photos of themselves hanging out with friends, and then send the message to others to make them feel left out.

How can you keep teens safe on Snapchat?
Are your kids already on Snapchat? If so, follow these tips to keep kids safe on this smartphone app:
· Make sure teens are aware that nothing is ever private on social media. No matter what privacy settings you have on your profile or what an app promises, there is no guaranteed way to keep your information private, so be careful what you write and send.
· Monitor your teens’ cell phone use to make sure they are using good judgment when active on social media.
· Have an open door policy with your teens to encourage them to come to you when they’re facing problems with peers related to cyberbullying.
· Set guidelines so teens don’t spend too much time on Snapchat and social media in general. Create strict policies such as no phones after dinner or no phones in the bedroom to limit their screen time.

The digital world is rapidly changing, so it’s the parents’ responsibility to stay up-to-date with the latest apps and websites that teens are frequenting. Remember, the only way to protect teens is to know what’s going on in the first place!

This article was written by nolaParent contributor Hilary Smith (hilary.loren.smith@gmail.com).  Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics. Some of her other articles include the following:

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Expand Your Families Perspectives by Hosting an International Student

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Sitting down to enjoy meals as a family more frequently. Exploring your city and learning about it’s history. Learning and making new memories together. Experiencing a new culture and seeing American culture through new eyes. These are just some of ways our host families have described hosting an international student.

The cultural benefits that come with hosting are very valuable for you and your family. In addition to just learning about other cultures at school or in a textbook, your children can learn first hand the differences and similarities of other cultures. Invite your family to open their minds to new perspectives and experiences. Whether it be tasting foreign food, hearing a different language or learning how teenagers in other countries live.

There’s a specific type of motivation that comes from seeing someone your own age challenging themselves on a personal level. Our students take themselves out of their comfort levels to travel from abroad and study in the U.S. Upon arrival, they are in a completely unfamiliar environment, living with a new family, and learning all their subjects in a foreign language.

Making the decision to open your home to a new family member and a new culture is an experience much like spending a period of time in another country. It’s also something you can do without even having to leave home. Something that sums up the experience for me is this quote, “it’s not about the places you go, it’s about the people you meet along the way.”

Why not create that type of experience for your family?

At gphomestay, we facilitate meaningful cross cultural relationships between international students and warm welcoming American host families. Our biggest concern is that our students be placed with families who will help guide them through their American experience and education. When our students truly become a part of your family than we consider our efforts successful.

To learn more about hosting an international student attending one of our partner schools near you, please contact me.

Amber Perry

aperry@gphomestay.com

410-829-8590

http://www.gphomestay.com

How to Do City Putt!

 

My boys and I went to City Putt in New Orleans City Park and despite a few hiccups, which had to do with heat, humidity and sibling rivalry, we had a ball (pun intended). The facility is clean and attractive and it’s a fun outing plus you and your kids can work on hand-eye coordination and math skills. You can buy beer and wine, (along with water, soft drinks and tea) at the concession cart, which could help to calm your nerves when your kids have no more game and they start calling each other names. You can also host a birthday party or corporate event there. Go – and heed these recommendations:

Play one course. There are two 18-hole courses at City Putt. One is the Louisiana Course with holes named for cities and regions in the state and the other is the New Orleans Course with holes named for streets and neighborhoods in the city. We played both but sometime after the 27th hole and after we took this shot with Mr. Bingle everyone fell apart. It was hot and humid (a point driven home by the fact that this giant snowman was sizzling to the touch), so both courses may be more doable when it’s cooler or at night.

 

Play the Louisiana Course. Both courses are good and similar but Louisiana seemed a little less crowded (maybe because it’s starting hole is hidden away on the left), a little more varied and a little more spread out. Having said that if you’re looking for a little more kitsch (ie boiling seafood pots, Louis Armstrong and Mr. Bingle) then the New Orleans course is your gig. Neither have swirling windmills or castles with moats but both have clean, challenging but doable holes with new turf and a range of obstacles. Both are scenic with streams, greenery, trees and sculptures. And both have misters on every hole and festive New Orleans-themed music piped in.

Older kids will like it more. My 10-year-old loved it and wanted to keep score and play for real. My 8- year-old liked it but had had enough half way through the second course. He also accidentally hit me in the nose with his putter when he put a little too much back swing into his putt after he couldn’t get a ball up and over a hill. (Nothing broken or seriously injured but it hurt! I cried. He cried. Then we all kept going). I spied a 3 or 4 year old out there with his dad, who was chasing down balls, hunting down left behind putters, and picking his child out of the water. I’m not sure if they had fun but it didn’t look like good times to me. Then again, I got hit in the face with a putter and had fun so I guess there is something to be said for just being outside spending time with your kids.

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Go when it’s not crowded. Some outings are more fun when more people are around but I think this is probably a good one for an off-day. The day we went we didn’t have to wait for a hole and could take our time finishing out. If you felt rushed by the people behind you or if you were standing around waiting for your turn it might not be quite as much fun. Call the desk at (504) 483-9385 to get a reading on crowds.

Overall — A fun outing. Cost: $32 for 3 of us to play two courses plus $5 for water and ice tea.

Saints Junior Tee Retrievers, Saints Kids Club, Saints Camp in December and More News for Young Saints Fans!

JrTee Kickoff SMEASEL9-15_FEver wonder how the Saints Junior Tee Retrievers – the kids who run out to fetch the football tee at Saints games – get chosen?  Well, it turns out there is a whole event dedicated to picking these lucky Saints fans and it takes place this Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Copeland’s in Kenner (1319 West Esplanade Avenue)!

Parents can enter their child for a chance to be chosen as a Junior Tee Retriever – and if you win not only will you be watching your child run out on the field but you will also be watching the game from the sidelines!

On Saturday, kids can also participate in numerous drills and inflatable skill challenges like the Quarterback Challenge, Saints Obstacle Course, Touchdown Dive and the Wide Receiver Drill.

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Parents can also register their children for the Saints Kids Club and the Saints Kids Kit, which costs $25, and includes the following:

  • Saints Wall flag
  • Saints and Copeland’s Kids Club Drawstring Bag
  • Saints Arm sleeve
  • Saints Rally towel
  • Official Kids Club Lanyard
  • Official Kids Club Bracelet
  • Eyeblack
  • Saints Sticker
  • Saints Pencil
  • An Official Kids Club Membership card
  • Cameron Jordan Photo with Gold-Foiled Lithograph Signature!
  • Saints Waterbottle

If you’re not going to the Saints/Copelands event, you can still register for the Saints Kids Club online.

On Saturday kids meals are just $1.99 (dine-in only, kids 12 and under, Kenner location only).

And when your child get his/her Kids Club Card stamped five times by dining at any Copeland’s Restaurants he/she will be able to participate in a camp with Cameron Jordan at the Saints Practice Facility in Metairie in December.  (Info will be emailed to qualifying participants the middle of November).

Who knew?!?!  Have you ever gone to Copeland’s Saints Kids Event?  Are you planning to go?  Will you spend $25 to be a part of the Saints Kids Club?  Give us your thoughts and insights!

This is NOT a sponsored story.  We just found it interesting.  Have any other interesting tips, leads, upcoming events to share?  Email us here.

How to consign at the Children’s Clothing Exchange

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This week is the first regular selling week of the Children’s Clothing Exchange – the enormous consignment sale that takes place in a hidden away, old community center (Valencia Club, 1900 Valence Street) in Uptown New Orleans two times a year (Fall and Spring).  For a decade I have heard about it but have never participated in it.  It is steeped in shopping and selling stories.  Some people talk about the riches they made by simply cleaning out closets and playrooms and dropping off their gently used and worn items for others to buy. And others speak of the piles of smocked onesies, blazers, ski outfits, toys, bikes, and other equipment they find for mere pennies.

Two weeks ago I cleaned out our play room and took my toys and other treasures for consignment and below are my notes.  Keep these in mind if you want to consign at the next Children’s Clothing Exchange – and please share your tips and experiences as you shop this week!

Consign early and often. I dropped off Thursday at 930am and Saturday at 3pm and I was able to find parking and a work space to tag my items but I have heard that weekend days and the weekday night time slots are a zoo.

Don’t take your kids with you (but they are welcome). The first time I dropped off I was solo. The second time I was with my kids. It was helpful to have them there to help me carry stuff in but they were not helpful when they realized what was going on and asked to walk back out with two items I was planning to sell.

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Come prepared. I bought giant ziplock bags so I could group large items with their accessories. I wrote down very simple content pages – ie Fisher Price Imaginext Batman Cave with cars, accessories, figures – and put them in the bags then zipped them and taped them shut. (The ladies running the show suggested this so that kids can’t get in and play with and/or lose pieces before they are out the door).  I did a little price searching on ebay and came with my own pen and tape even though there are some supplies on site. I used everything and it made it all a whole lot easier.

Use it as reason to clean up and clean out. There are a few options open to you when you consign – donate, pick-up at end, mark for half price days, etc. A friend of mine uses the white tags and doesn’t allow half price selling on her items so that at the end she can pick up her items, see what sold, and then use that info for the next sale. I used the yellow tags so that everything I took in would either be sold or donated at the end. My advice is to use this as an opportunity to clean out and maybe make a little shoe money.

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Don’t get overwhelmed. Easy for me to say. I looked at what I had to go through and nearly gave up before I even started. But the truth is that it is pretty manageable and goes quickly once you take the first step. I put everything that needed to go by the front door. My husband loaded it in my car. I easily found a parking place one block away. The first drop off took about 90 minutes but included an entire car full of toys, bikes, etc. The second drop took about 15 minutes because I had one load and knew what I was doing.

Shop Early and Often. The shopping part of the sale officially begins this week – and the half-price sale starts Saturday, September 26 – but what I didn’t realize is that you can unofficially start shopping for toys, equipment and I think some clothes like boys blazers during the drop-off segment.

Was it worth it?  I dropped off merchandise tagged at about $450 so I could make about $225 (they take half), but overall I can’t help but think that it was worth the effort.  After all, despite what I make (which I will report at the end of the month), I have a cleaned out playroom that can now be used as a study and hang out space for my older kids.  I would think it you were a mom with young kids it would definitely be worth your while to check out the sale this week!

Summer Camps

Greetings, NOLA Parents! Hopefully Spring is treating you well and that this post about summer camp comes just in time. It seems odd that we have to start figuring out summer camp plans so early in the year. Although after spending so much “quality time” with the kids over Mardi Gras, making sure they have somewhere to go and something to do besides bicker with each other and destroy my house for weeks on end seems very, very timely.

But let’s face it, figuring out summer plans months in advance isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a procrastinator like me. And trying to accommodate multiple ages, interests and schedules makes it even more complicated.

Fortunately, the programs that you see listed here are the best of the best and there is something for everyone, whether your camper is an aspiring artist, athlete, veterinarian, engineer or lives a little outside the box.

Personally, I like to put the little ones in the same program over many weeks and sign my 8yo up for different week-long camps so she can be adventurous and explore things she may not otherwise be able to do during the school year.

At the end of the day, though, it has to work for the family… and when I say “family” I mean “me”.

Good luck and if you have any questions or need to reach me, shoot me a note at ashley@nolaparent.com!

xo ashley

Visit a complete list of Summer Camps here.

{It Happened to Me} My Child is Gifted

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I have two beautiful daughters, one four and one nearly two. Both are fun, beautiful, smart, curious, determined, energetic girls. I could continue with the adjectives but I think it is clear how in love with and proud of my children I am. My older daughter, C, is smart. Very smart. I know this is something all parents say and my previous string of adjectives may dilute how true this statement is, but early on I realized that she was different than her peers. She started memorizing books around two years old and will correct me if I add or remove a word. She argues with my husband and me and can come up with compelling reasoning why she is right (we still win, we are her parents). When she turned four and began preparing “big girl school.” we took her to get tested for giftedness. Sure enough, she scored in the 99th percentile of children her age and is officially gifted.

Just because a child is gifted, however, that doesn’t mean that they don’t still need their parents. One of the harder things to remember about gifted children, in school and in everyday life, is they need attention like every other child. C is usually a fantastic child, eager to help out and listen, but some days, in daycare (and at home), she starts to act out. This usually happens when she gets bored. It can be difficult for her to sit still and listen to an explanation she has already heard. Also, her teachers know she understands right away so they focus on helping other children learn. This sounds simple and is very understandable, but for C, she gets upset because she wants one-on-one attention too. At home I ask both girls questions: about their days or what they want to eat or who they played with. Anything really. C answers every time. I have to remind C that her sister Q needs a chance to respond. She does not particularly care for this because she KNOWS the answers and loves sharing her knowledge–she wants to talk and interact.  But I want to give Q a chance to speak too and inevitably I spend more time trying to get an answer out of Q then it took for C to respond.

Physically C is exactly where she should be for her age. She started walking early, she loves to dance and sing and play. She has no fear of heights or slides or fireworks. She does, however, get really frustrated when she knows how something should be done but her body cannot complete the task. Potty training was an experience. Starting around 18 months, she would tell her Daddy or me that she had just gone, in complete sentences, but was unable to realize what was happening before she was actually going. It was confusing for us to reconcile how she always knew what happened afterwards but not before. It led to frustration for her because she wanted to use the potty. Physically, the nerves to let her know she had to potty were not developed enough at 18 months.

These small things are examples of the larger, more complex part of raising a gifted child. Although C is very advanced for her age as measured by intelligence, she is right where she should be emotionally. She has her fits and temper-tantrums like any small child and does not yet know how to control all of the emotions she feels. C wants to be independent and do everything on her own but also want me there with her. As her mother, I constantly have to remind myself that this child who speaks so eloquently still has not learned how to control herself.

A dear friend of mine (who has a threenager going on ferocious four-year-old herself) commented on why children like Frozen so much: they relate to Elsa–much like Elsa they are constantly told to act properly, hide what they are feeling, conceal their emotions, etc. This really struck me as true for C. Because she is so intelligent my instinct is that she should understand situations more advanced than she is emotionally ready to deal with. Don’t get me wrong, I know she is still young, but sometimes I think I can explain to her why she needs to do something, like wear long sleeves in the winter, and that she will be ok with it. Just because she understands what I am saying does not mean she emotionally is able to handle the disappointment of not getting to wear a pink sparkly dress. She gets upset, cries, pouts, and generally helps me remember she is four and just wants her way.

Luckily for me, my fun, beautiful, smart, curious, determined, energetic daughter helps me learn every day how to be the best Mom I can be; how to love unconditionally, how to be more understanding, patient, and compassionate, how to relax and enjoy the moment. Because above all else, I want my children to be happy; I want them to know how much I love them, their amazing stories and intense emotions, their warm cuddles and their growing independence.

Books to help you “Choose Kindness” inspired by the book WONDER, by R. J. PALACIO,

Envision a world where all people are accepted for who they are and not how they look.

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April, one of my girlfriends from college whom I have always looked up to as a sweet blessing to our world, is mother to a super hero with Crainiofacial syndrome. Together they are working very hard to raise awareness of Craniofacial Acceptance Month.

Inspired by the book Wonder by R. J. PALACIO, a #1 New York Times Bestseller and listed on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, Random House launched an anti-bullying initiative called the Choose Kind Campaign.

In an effort to help children understand the wonder of our differences and importance of choosing kindness over bullying and ugliness, April and her friends have put together a Choose Kind Wish List for their school library. Families are invited to donate any of the books listed to help build the library. Each donated book has a nameplate for dedications and the books are even marked as “Choose Kind” books! This is such a brilliant idea.

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Here is a list of children and young adult books that celebrate differences and encourage understanding, compassion, acceptance, empathy and inclusion.

The CHOOSE KIND Library Book List

  1. Monday is One Day Levine, Arthur: (p-k) Working Parents; Family Differences
  2. Mama Zooms Cowen-Fletcher, Jane: (p-1st) Wheelchairs
  3. Moon Rabbit Russell, Natalie: (p-1st) Self-Acceptance; Unlikely Friendship
  4. Just a Little Different Mayer, Mercer: (p-1st) Differences; Interracial Families
  5. What’s Wrong with Timmy? Shriver, Maria: (p-1st) Down Syndrome
  6. Skin Again Bell Books: (p-2nd) Race; Identity
  7. Howie Helps Himself Fassler, Joan: (p-2nd) Cerebral Palsy
  8. Clifford Vista el Hospital Bridwell, Norman: (p-2nd) Hospitalization
  9. The Name Jar Choi, Yangsook: (p-2nd) Cultural Diversity; Self-Acceptance
  10. Night Shift Daddy Spinelli, Eileen: (p-2nd) Socioeconomic Difference
  11. How Kind! Murphy, Mary: (p-2nd) Good Deeds
  12. What Can You Do?: Inspiring Kids to Play Haring, Kevin Arnold: 9p-2nd) Spina Bifida
  13. I Accept You as You Are! Parker, David: (k-2nd) Acceptance of Difference
  14. Dotty the Dalmatian has Epilepsy Peters, Tim and Epilepsy Foundation of America: (k-2nd) Epilepsy
  15. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Pearson, Emily: (p-3rd) Kindness;Social Responsibility
  16. Lost & Found Jeffers, Oliver: (p-3rd) Friendship
  17. Alex & Lulu: Two of a Kind Siminovach,Lorena: (p-3rd) Friendship Despite Difference
  18. Frog & Toad are Friends Label, Arnold: (p-3rd) Unlikely Friendship
  19. How Full is Your Bucket? Rath, Tom: (p-3rd) Behavior, Emotions, Self-Esteem
  20. Will You Fill My Bucket? McCloud, Carol: (p-3rd) Behavior, Emotions, Self-Esteem, Cultural Differences
  21. My Mouth is a Volcano Cook, Julia: (p-3rd)Behavior, Emotions, Self-Esteem, Respecting Others, Manners
  22. Diana Estubo en el Hospital Givaudan, Diana C.: (p-3rd) Hospitalization
  23. Let’s Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends Rogers,Fred: (p-3rd) Disabilities
  24. My Princess Boy Kilodavis, Cheryl: (p-3rd) Unconditional Love; Gender Roles; Acceptance
  25. Zoom! Munsch, Robert: (p-3rd) Wheelchairs
  26. I’m Just Small,That’s All Braithwaite, Karalee: (p-3rd) Dwarfism
  27. Lee, The Rabbit with Epilepsy Moss, Deborah M.: (p-3rd) Epilepsy
  28. No Fair to Tigers Hoffman, Eric: (p-3rd) Courage; Standing up to Injustice
  29. Mixed Blessings Cosman, Marsha: (p-3rd) Interracial Identity; Multicultural Differences
  30. The Lemonade Club Polacco, Patricia: (p-3rd) Cancer; Friendship and Support
  31. My Brother Charlie Robinson, Holly and Ryan Elizabeth Pete: (k-3rd) Siblings of Difference; Autism
  32. Ballerina Dreams Ferrara, Joann: (k-3rd) Overcoming Obstacles; Determination; Hope;Courage
  33. My Brain Won’t Float Away Perez, Annette: (1st-3rd) Hydrocephalus
  34. Stand in My Shoes Sornson Bob: (p-5th) Behavior, Emotions, Self-Esteem
  35. Rosa Giovanni, Nikki: (p-5th) Differences; Race; Civil Rights; Courage
  36. Imagine Me on a Sit-Ski! Moran, George: (1st-4th) Cerebral Palsy
  37. What is Dyslexia? Hultquist, Alan M.: (1st-4th) Dyslexia
  38. Nice Wheels Hooks, Gwendolyn: (1st-4th) Wheelchairs
  39. Make Way for Dymonde Daniel Grimes, Nikki: (1st-4th) Self-Acceptance; Race
  40. Children, Just Like Me Kindersley, Anabel & Barnabas: (k-6th) Cultural Diversity
  41. Stretching Ourselves: Kids with Cerebral Palsy Carter, Alden R.: (k-6th) Cerebral Palsy
  42. Can I Tell You about Dyspraxia? Boon, Maureen: (1st-6th) Dyspraxia
  43. The Goodenoughs Get in Sync Kranowitz, Carol Stock: (1st-8th) Sensory Processing Disorder
  44. The Barn at Gun Lake Tuitel, Johnny and Sharon Lamson: (3rd-6th) Cerebral Palsy
  45. The Great Gilly Hopkins Paterson, Katherine: (3rd-6th) Fostercare
  46. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Lord, Bette: (3rd-6th) Race; Immigration; Cultural Diversity
  47. The Lemonade War Davies, Jacqueline: (3rd-7th) Sibling Rivalry; Pride; Values
  48. Hey World, Here I Am Little, Jean: (3rd-7th) Self-Awareness; Emotions
  49. The Thing About Georgie Graff, Lisa: (3rd-7th) Dwarfism; Self-Confidence
  50. Rules Lord, Cynthia: (3rd-7th) Autism; Siblings of Difference
  51. Liesl & Po Oliver, Lauren: (3rd-7th) Depression; Friendship
  52. The Great Unexpected Creech, Sharon: (3rd-7th) Friendship; Forgiveness
  53. Bridge to Terabitha Paterson, Katherine: (3rd-7th) Friendship; Loss
  54. Wringer Spinelli, Jerry: (3rd-7th) Peer Pressure; Character; Gender Roles; Bullying
  55. Jacob Have I Loved Paterson, Katherine: (5th-9th) Self-Knowledge; Sibling Rivalry
  56. Eleanor and Park Rowell, Rainbow: (7th-12th) First Love; Self-Acceptance; Individuality
  57. Stargirl Spinelli, Jerry: (7th-12th) Individuality; Popularity
  58. Maniac Magee Spinelli, Jerry: (7th-12th) Race; Orphan Identity; Defining Family
  59. King and King de Haan, Linda and Stern Nijland: (3rd-5th) Diversity
  60. The Sissy Duckling Fierstein, Harvey: (K-3rd) Diversity

Let’s go to the Zoovies!

In case you haven’t heard, Audubon Zoo is hosting a series of family-friendly outdoor moving screenings of the summer’s most obsessed-over movies. They kicked off their Dinner and a Zoovie Nights series with Frozen, which is why the oak trees in Audubon Park were gently swaying in synchronicity that day to the sound of hundreds of tiny voices singing “Let it Go.”

This Saturday, July 13, 2014, is the The Lego Movie, which my entire family has only seen six times. But those don’t really count because they were all indoors. We have yet to see this hilariously entertaining movie outdoors on the big screen surrounded by lots of friends, neighbors… and zoo animals (but they’ll be sleeping because that’s what sleepy animals do at the Audubon Zoo).

And if you’re one of those people who obsesses over where your favorite food trucks will be at all times, please note that FRENCHEEZE and TACEAUX LOCEAUX will be at the Zoovies on Saturday, July 13, 2014, for your gastronomical pleasure.

Bring a blanket, bring the kids, maybe some environmentally friendly-biodegradable-sustainable-all natural bug spray, and let’s go to the Zoovies!

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance so dad doesn’t have to stand in the long lines cursing the heat.

All shows are $5 per person (children under two years of age are free). Chairs and blankets are welcome. No glass containers, open candles or pets. And yes, a wine bottle is considered a “container.”

Shows will be outside at the Capital One Stage and Field inside Audubon Zoo.

See you there!

25 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids in New Orleans

As somewhat of a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kinda gal/mom, I often come up with summer fun activities at the last minute. Here in the mommy-sphere, “summer fun” generally refers to blocks of time spent with children in the heat herding, buckling, unbuckling, counting heads and applying sunscreen. This isn’t exactly my version of fun, which is probably why I don’t plan ahead our summer days. I think I’m in denial. Not sure about what, but I’m pretty sure it’s denial. There may also be a little part of me that hopes the kids will wake up and say: “Mom, can we please just stay home all day and chill out on the couch while you sip on mommy juice and read your favorite magazines that have been piling up in the corner because we demand so much of your time and you never get to read anymore?”

Right.

As such, I like to turn to my Type A moms who don’t have to put their kids in camp because they’ve mapped out the entire summer with wonderful, refreshing, educational, fun-filled activities.

My friend Liv is one such mom. She is actually the one who inspired me not to “over-camp” my kids this summer because of there really are some fantastic things to do in New Orleans. It just takes few minutes to figure it out.

You don’t have to plan every day in advance. Just spend a few minutes before you go to bed and pick one or two things from this list of Summer Fun Activities To Do with Kids in New Orleans that Liv so generously shared with me.

Enjoy.

Liv’s Recommended Summer Fun in NOLA

Indoor:

New Orleans Public Library – There are tons of free children, teen and adult programs and events all over town through the New Orleans Public Library. Pretty impressive stuff: http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org/~nopl/programming/srp2014/kids_events.pdf

Monkey Room (Uptown)
Closed Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Check calendar b/c MR closes for parties: http://www.monkeyroom.net/index_files/Calendar.htm
Approximately $10/child

Palm Tree Playground (Metairie)
Open daily but hours vary. Check website: http://palmtreeplayground.com/
$8/child 4+
$6/child 6mos-3yrs
Free for adults and infants

Aquarium
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/aquarium
$22.50/adult; $16/child

Insectarium
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/insectarium
$16.50/adult; $12/child

Entergy IMAX Theatre
There are some magnificent films scheduled for June. These films are in 3D so the little ones may not love it.
$5 for members (kids and adults included)
$8 for non-members 2-12
$10:50 for non members 13+
http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/imax/now-showing

Kenya 3D: Animal Kingdom
Great White Shark 3D
Madagascar Island of Lemurs 3D

New Orleans Museum of Art
Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
$10/adult; $6/child; Wednesdays are free for LA residents
Storyquest: Saturday’s bi-monthly at 11:30 a.m.
http://noma.org/

Children’s Museum
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., opens Sunday at 12 noon
$8.50/person
http://lcm.org/

National WWII Museum
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$22/adult; $13/student
There’s lots to do here, but this seems most appropriate for kids, The Boeing Center:
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/us-freedom-pavilion-the-boeing-center/

Paint Pottery
The Posh Paint Pub, Metairie
Hours vary, so check the website
http://www.poshpaintpub.com/

Game Rooms
Party Planet Extreme in Harahan
http://www.partyplanetxtreme.com/

Roller Skating
Kenner:
Airline Skate Center: http://www.airlineskatecenternola.com/
Westbank:
Skate Country: http://www.skatecountrywb.com/

Movies
Prytania Theater
Movies at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, $5.75/person
http://prytaniatheatreneworleans.com/Kids.html

Outdoor:

City Park
Sculpture Garden at City Park
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
http://noma.org/pages/detail/35/Background

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park at City Park
Tuesday-Thursday at 10 a.m.
$4/person; children 36” & under are free of charge
$17 unlimited rides or $3/ride
http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/carousel-gardens

Storyland at City Park
Open at 10 a.m., Closed Mondays
$4/person; children 36” and under are free of charge
http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/storyland

City Putt at City Park
Opens at 10 a.m., Closed Mondays
$8/person 13+; $6/child 6-12
http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/city-putt

Botanical Garden at City Park
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Closed Mondays
$6/adult; $3. /child 5-12; free for children under 5
http://neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden

Lafreniere Park Splash Pad, Pond, Playground in Kenner
Open daily, 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
$5/person cash only, change is not available
http://www.lafrenierepark.org/general/facilities.asp

Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville
Great splash pad and picnic area!
http://www.fontainebleaustatepark.com

Zoo
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/zoo#ref=topnav
$17.50/adult; $12/child

Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo
$8/non-member; $6/member

Global Wildlife Park in Folsom
http://www.globalwildlife.com/safari-tour
7 days a week, but check tour times
$17 Adults; $11 children

Parks!
Palmer Park has a shade cover over the playground.

Swamp Tour
There are lots of options. “Honey Island” gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.
http://www.neworleanskids.com/swamp.html

 

 

 

 

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