A 2015 Bucket List for the New Orleans Family


How is it that we live in a city with an infinite number of things to do but I often find myself closing out a weekend having done none of them? It’s like when I say I have nothing to wear while standing in a closet full of clothes…

One of my resolutions in this new year is to make better use of the time I spend with my family. I always have good intentions of going on new adventures (big and small), but, more often than not, I let time get away from me. So this year, being someone who thrives on “to do” lists, I thought I would write down a few things I’d like to do each month. They range from date nights to large-scale citywide events to the very simplest of backyard activities. I’m hoping this checklist serves as a guide to New Orleans fun in 2015 for my family and for yours.


  • Make a homemade King Cake to celebrate the start of the 2015 carnival season
  • Pull our Mardi Gras ladder down and play parade in the backyard
  • Take the kids to the Lakeview Scout Parade at 1:00 pm on January 31st


  • Go to the Presbytere to check out their “It’s Carnival Time” exhibit in anticipation of the big day
  • Coordinate a family costume to wear on Mardi Gras day
  • Try out Yoga at the Cabildo on a Saturday to work off some king cake


  • Date night! Watch the St. Joseph’s Day Parade in the French Quarter followed by dinner at Adolfo’s on Frenchman
  • Pack a picnic and have lunch at the Lakefront
  • Walk through the French Quarter during the Tennessee Williams Festival and take the children to the Stella Shouting Contest


  • Tour Nola Brewing
  • Venture out on a rainy day and splash in mud puddles
  • Take the kids to Wednesday at the Square


  • Take the kids to “locals” day at Jazzfest (Thursday, May 1st)
  • Date night! Have an al fresco dinner date in one of New Orleans great restaurants (Lilette, Dante’s Kitchen, Santa Fe, Parkway Bakery)
  • Walk the track at City Park and then take a paddle boat ride through The Big Lake




  • See a movie at The Prytania during their kids movie series
  • Take the kids to a Saints pre-season game
  • Deliver school supplies and uniforms to our neighborhood school for children in need





  • Make a homemade advent calendar
  • Pack some hot chocolate and go to Caroling in Jackson Square
  • Date Night! Try a reveillon dinner from one of the 2015 participating restaurants
  • Pick the kids up early from school, skip naps and make a gingerbread house
  • Host a Noon Years Eve party for our kids and a few friends
  • Make a 2016 bucket list!!

What’s on your 2015 bucket list?


  1. Love the idea of a localized bucket list! You’ve inspired me to make one of my own 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link to my noon year’s eve party post. It’s the perfect way to end the year.


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