Kids…they cost a LOT! and even more to ENTERTAIN! So I put together a list of FREE or inexpensive activities for you and your Family this summer!
This post is sponsored by Woodlake Camp For Boys
New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents every Wednesday. Kids under 6 are FREE every day! The Sculpture Gardens are FREE every day and make for some nice photos too!
Ogden Museum (New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents every Thursday. Children under 5 are FREE every day!
Contemporary Arts Center ( New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents on Sundays – kids through Grade 12 are FREE everyday!
Historic New Orleans Collection (New Orleans): Exhibitions are free to the general public every day! HNOC charges $5 to take a guided tours (free for members)
DO IT YOURSELF
Home Depot FREE Kids Workshops: On the 1st Saturday of Every Month, get your kids (Ages 5-12) involved in building on a small scale – no skills required! Workshops at most Home Depot locations! You must pre-register as space is limited.
Lowe’s FREE Kids Workshops: at select Lowe’s locations every other Saturday at 10 am. You must pre-register as space is limited.
There are many local playgrounds in and around Jefferson Parish offering green space to let the kids run – and many have nice playground equipment too – so take a drive and try out a different one! The kids will have fun trying something new!
Lafreniere Park (Metairie) – The Spray Park (located near the Carousel) has 13 water features – 5 in-ground, 5 above ground and 3 water cannons. Open daily from May 25-August 9 (otherwise open on weekends only) Cost is $5 per person for 90-minutes of water play. Children 10 and under. There is a fun playground for little ones to burn off some energy before naptime too!
Duck Pond in Lafreniere Park – One of my kid’s favorite activities! Feed the ducks, turtles, nutria, and whatever else you may find swimming in the water that day! Bring a water as it gets hot out there – I also suggest a snack for the kids unless you want them to eat some stale bread too!
LaSalle Park: Located next to Zephyr’s Field, LaSalle has a wildlife trail, playground and jogging/walking path. Bonus, it’s very shady!
Veterans Memorial Park (Williams & W. Metairie in Kenner) – A perfect setting for many family photos on the old-time wagons and near the waterfall feature, they also have a playground for the kiddos to run around and burn off some energy.
Kenner City Park (Loyola & Vintage in Kenner) Lots of green space and a playground for the kiddos! A handicapped playground is on site as well.
Palm Tree Playground – So when it’s too hot outside, the only solution is an INDOOR playground! Call or check online first to see if walk in play is available – Cost is $8/child, $6 ages 6 months-3 years, Adults and infants are FREE!
Bookoo Bounce – Get those kids out of the house and bouncing out some of that extra energy! Indoor bounce house plus arcade games too! Price is $8.50 (+tax) per child for 90 minutes of bounce time. Check their walk-in play
Jean Lafitte Barataria National Park – FREE self-guided tours daily or Ranger guided Wetlands Walk at 10 am Wednesday-Sunday
Rivertown (Kenner) – FREE Live Music on Friday nights and Outdoor Movies on Saturday nights the entire month of May!
Grand Theatre (Kenner): The newest movie theater in Jefferson Parish is offering KIDS movies all summer long for the LOW price of $4 including popcorn and a drink! Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am only. A great way to try out the theater with little ones to see if they can last through a film – and also a way to see the movies you missed on the big screen!
New Orleans Zephyrs: Nothing says summer like a game of baseball! Tickets start at $6, with special deals and promotions running everyday the Zephyrs play. There is also Boudreaux’s Kids Crew – sign up FREE and get (1) free ticket to select games OR for $25 you get two tickets to all Sunday home games and much more!
AMF Bowling Summer Games- Kids Pass (ages 15 and under) for $26.95 or an Adult Pass (ages 16 and over) for just $31.95, and you and your children can enjoy bowling 3 games every weekday from open til 8 pm weekdays/4 pm weekends all summer long! Runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
East Jefferson YMCA – Where else in Jefferson Parish can your entire family go swimming, take fitness classes, workout and get FREE childcare for the summer rate of only $99/month? Many of you visited the YMCA during our Easter Egg Hunt and you got to see firsthand some of the great benefits of a membership!
Airline Skate Center – Kids Skate FREE all summer long! Must register in advance – select dates/times vary. Link:
ZOOvie Night at the Audubon Zoo – Come with your chairs and blankets, bring your own dinner or dine at the Zoo! Weekly June 10th-August 19th. All movies are $5 per person, (children under two years of age are free) and you’re welcome to bring chairs and blankets. No glass containers, open candles or pets, please. All movies will be shown at the Capital One Stage inside Audubon Zoo.
Family-Friendly French Quarter Activities
Tour the French Quarter (New Orleans): Yes, the French Quarter can be KID-FRIENDLY! I suggest leaving before dark and maybe staying off Bourbon Street though! Just stroll along Royal Street and listen to the bands playing in the streets – get a little shopping in too!
FREE French Quarter Tours – Tours are held on Monday at 10 am and Wednesday at 1:30 pm – pre registration is required and space is limited
Ride the Street Car (St. Charles – Canal St – or the Riverfront) Cost is $1.25 (25 cents per transfer) and children under 2 are FREE. Great way to cruise the streets of New Orleans with the windows down!
The French Market: Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Tour the Farmer’s Market/Flea Market area (starts near Ursuline and Decatur in New Orleans) – open every day for browsing, shopping, and eating! They have lots of events, including kid friendly activities so check their calendar before your next trip!
Algiers Ferry: ALL ABOARD! My kids love to watch the big steamboats on the water…but that costs a lot! So board the Algiers Ferry (docks near the Aquarium on Canal St) and for $2 a person you have very happy kids – and a very happy mom! It is also a nice break from walking around especially with a nice breeze! We simply ride across to Algiers – and then ride right back to New Orleans!
Summer Reading Programs
Jefferson Parish Library: Win prizes for reading books and see special events at your local library. More information on summer reading and summer activities visit the library’s website. Eastbank | Westbank
New Orleans Public Library – NOPL also has a summer reading program. Check their website for more info as non is available at this time.
So no matter what you choose to do, you are sure to find some good, quality family fun – and most of it is free! You can’t ask for anything better than that! Did we miss a free or cheap summer activity? Let us know on our Facebook Page. Also be sure to check out Kids Eat Free to see where you can treat yourself for dinner and our Calendar for more activities happening this summer.
About Woodlake Camp For Boys
Woodlake Camp For Boys is a new camp offering from the KidCam family of summer camps. Camp Woodlake offers boys ages 6-12 a summer of fun and adventure in a boy’s only environment. Each week, boys will get wet, get dirty, get creative, get active, make new friends, discover new interests, and have the time of his life. Without the distractions or pressures of co-eds, Woodlake is the place that captures and celebrates the simple joys of boyhood and brings out the best in every boy. Campers are free to be themselves while experiencing larger than life fun and creating lasting memories. Weekly sessions are $300 per week and includes tuition, lunch, snacks, transportation and one t-shirt for each week you attend. For more information visit the Woodlake Camp For Boys Website.
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