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?”
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.
Liv’s Recommended Summer Fun in NOLA
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
Palm Tree Playground (Metairie)
Open daily but hours vary. Check website: http://palmtreeplayground.com/
Free for adults and infants
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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+
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.
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., opens Sunday at 12 noon
National WWII Museum
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
There’s lots to do here, but this seems most appropriate for kids, The Boeing Center:
The Posh Paint Pub, Metairie
Hours vary, so check the website
Party Planet Extreme in Harahan
Movies at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, $5.75/person
Sculpture Garden at City Park
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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
Storyland at City Park
Open at 10 a.m., Closed Mondays
$4/person; children 36” and under are free of charge
City Putt at City Park
Opens at 10 a.m., Closed Mondays
$8/person 13+; $6/child 6-12
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
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
Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville
Great splash pad and picnic area!
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo
Global Wildlife Park in Folsom
7 days a week, but check tour times
$17 Adults; $11 children
Palmer Park has a shade cover over the playground.
There are lots of options. “Honey Island” gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.