Winter break is upon us people! Two weeks of kids at home, whining because they are BORED and want to do something. Forget the fact that you have a million things to do to get ready for Christmas or they have a zillion new toys to play with! You can hit up a few of the local indoor places but that gets expensive. Or you can have some FREE fun. Here is a great list FREE winter break activities in New Orleans so you can have some fun without breaking the bank.
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Free Winter Break Activities in Jefferson Parish:
Christmas In the Park: Normally this cost $5 per vehicle but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it’s FREE! Drive through the lights and then do the walking tour! Lafreniere Park from Dusk to 9:45pm both days.
Barataria Preserve: This wonderful federal park is FREE! Take one of the trail tours and learn about Louisiana’s wildlife and wetlands. Address: 6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero.
Hike and Play: Jefferson Parish has wonderful playgrounds to both hike and play in! Lafreniere and Lasalle have wildlife areas where you can take a mini hike and feed the ducks. A few of our favorite playgrounds include Bonnabel Boat Launch, Kenner City Park on Loyola and Vintage, and Delta Playground.
Winter Movies: Live Oak Library will be showing the following movies from 2-4:30pm:
- Pete’s Dragon on December 22nd
- The BFG on December 27th
- The Secret Live of Pets on December 29th
- Rudolph’s Shiny New Year on December 31st
Benny Grunch and the Bunch: On December 24th at the Walgreens (Bonnabel at Veterans Blvd. in Metairie) from 12-2 pm.
Clue Murder Mystery Game: Fun scavenger hunt for children ages 9-12 on December 28th at the West Bank Regional Library from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Free Story and Craft Times
Christmas Reindeer Storytime: Listen to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and make reindeer antlers on December 20th from 10:30-11:30 am at the Old Metairie Library.
Teen Crafternoon: Tweens and teens can make felt mistletoe on December 20th from 3-4 at the Westbank Regional Library Teen Center.
Reading to Rover: Beginning and reluctant readers, can read to therapy dogs on December 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm at the East Bank Regional Library.
Storytime with Craft: Grand Isle Library on December 21st and 28th from 11 am – 12 pm
The Letter Y Storytime with Craft: Children can listen to Yak and Gnu and make a Y Yak craft on December 21st at the Lafitte Library from 11-11:30
Storytime with Ms. Margaret: Live Oak Library on December 21st and 28th from 12-1pm.
Storytime with Craft: Belle Terre Library on December 22nd and December 29th from 10:30-11am.
A Christmas Poem Storytime: Children can listen to The Night Before Christmas on December 22nd from 4-4:30 at Gretna Library.
Read and Sing: Special Musical Read and Sing by Music Together (geared to infants and toddlers) on December 27th from 10-10:45 at the East Bank Regional Library.
The Letter Z Storytime: Children can listen to Z is for Moose and make a paper plate zebra on December 28th from 11-11:30 pm at the Lafitte Library.
Storytime: Children can listen to Russell the Sheep on December 29th from 4-4:30 pm at the Gretna Library.
Saturday Morning Storytime: Children can listen to Hap-Pea All Year and do activities on December 31st at 11 am at Barnes and Noble Metairie and Westbank.
Saturday Children’s Craft: December 31st.
- Gretna Library from 10:30 am – 12 pm
- Belle Terre Library from 10:30 – 12 pm
- Grand Isle Library from 11 am – 1pm
Free Winter Break Activities in New Orleans
NOMA: The New Orleans Museum of art is free to all Louisiana residents with a valid Louisiana ID on Wednesdays.
Roosevelt Hotel: The lobby of the Roosevelt is decorated for the season. This is a must see if your in the downtown area! So pretty!
Miracle on Fulton Street: Hosted by Harrah’s you walk down Fulton St. which is all decked out for the season! Benny Grunch and the Bunch will be performing a special concert on December 23th and 24th from 8-10:30pm. More information
Ritz-Carlton: Stop by and see the Life Sized Gingerbread House in their lobby!
Odgen Museum of Southern Art: The museum is free for Louisiana residents with a valid Louisiana ID on Thursdays from 10am-5pm.
City Park Botanical Gardens: The gardens are free to Louisiana residents with a valid Louisiana ID on Wednesdays.
Old U.S. Mint: Learn history in an interactive way at the Old U.S Mint (400 Esplanade St.). Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-4:30pm.
City Park Couturie Forest: Take a hike in the middle of the city in the Couturie Forest!
Holiday Concert: Listen to the New Aurora Saxophone Ensemble on December 19th at 6:30 pm at the Algiers Regional Library.
Free Winter Break Activities that are Worth the Drive
Christmas Eve Bonfires: Go see this Louisiana tradition that lights the way for Papa Noel in St. James Parish on Christmas Eve.
Chalmette Battlefield: Take a step back in time and visit the place where the Battle of New Orleans happened. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-4pm. 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette
Slidell’s Bayou Christmas Festival: Holiday magic alive with light displays, activities for children, live entertainment, handcrafted gifts, photos with Santa, and much more! From 6-10 pm through December 25th at Heritage Park in Slidell.
One Night in Bethlehem: 5:30-8:30 PM on December 20th and 21st. Please arrive early for this outdoor nativity production. 47094 Randall Road, Hammond, Louisiana
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