A Mom’s Guide to Moving To New Orleans With Kids

Here at New Orleans Mom, the most frequent question we receive is, “we have to know; is New Orleans kid friendly?” The good news is that the answer is YES! Yes, New Orleans is very kid friendly. We are here to help make your move to New Orleans as easy and seamless as possible. While you’re here, we strongly recommend subscribing to our newsletter so that you can stay up to date on things to do in New Orleans with kids. We also manage a group of robust Facebook communities for every neighborhood in the city – pop in and ask local moms for feedback and advice about living in New Orleans with your family!

We understand that moving with kids to New Orleans can be stressful, overwhelming and exhausting! We hope that this guide eases your fears, helps you with the transition and introduces you to life in New Orleans with kids!

Moving To New Orleans With Kids

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods in and Around New Orleans

There is no “one size fits all” neighborhood in New Orleans. Some moms swear by the laid back suburban life of the Northshore (which is about 45 minutes north of New Orleans), while others love the “walkability” of Uptown New Orleans and prefer not to leave the area. Here are some tips for your consideration in exploring the various neighborhoods of New Orleans with kids.

  • New Orleans is pretty much set up based on directional descriptions to explain the different neighborhoods. Familiarize yourself quickly with what it means to be Uptown, Downtown, Northshore, West Bank, in Old Metairie and in St. Charles Parish and you will spend your days way less confused.
  • Ask REAL moms that live in the parts of the city you are considering. Feel free to join any of our New Orleans Neighborhood Groups that you are considering moving to and ask your questions. Don’t be shy; we promise we are friendly!
  • Note that there really are nowhere near as many apartment buildings/dwellings here in New Orleans as there are in other big cities. Your best bet may be an apartment, but it might also be a house or even a double (a duplex). We would encourage you to explore a variety of options and ask around also! Great dwellings tend to rent fast, especially since New Orleans is such a transient city, so try to ask around. If applicable, try asking co-workers or other students in your program. Some hospital programs even have hospital based housing and/or send out a mailing list of available housing options.
  • Ten things you should know before you move to New Orleans

Healthcare in New Orleans {especially for moms and kids}

Healthcare is another very personal choice and often one that you need to have lined up right away when you move. We have polled our readers and compiled their suggestions for both pediatricians and OB/GYN’s around the New Orleans area:

Education, Childcare and Finding Schools in New Orleans

We should be honest; education in the post-Katrina world is a bit of beast in New Orleans. There is no sugar coating that fact. Quality daycare should be considered months in advance and there is often necessary testing, lotteries, applications, interviews and tours for desired schools in the New Orleans area. There is no getting around the fact that you may need to research your options and there may be a learning curve… but we are here to help!

Things to Do With Kids in New Orleans

The fun, food and festivals in New Orleans are ENDLESS! Get excited. You will never be bored with kids in New Orleans and are about to make a lifetime of memories.

For Adults in New Orleans

  • Go on a FREE (or almost free) date night!
  • Work on your fitness! With boutique fitness options booming right now in New Orleans there are options for every schedule, fitness level and preference. We also included ideas for those that need childcare or want prenatal fitness options!
  • Check out our events page for both adult AND family-friendly fun!!

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is SUCH a big deal in New Orleans that we thought it deserved its own section.

Day Trips From New Orleans

New Orleans is AWESOME but where do you go when you need a break and a change of scenery?

We hope you found this guide helpful, and know that wherever you are from, as soon as you get here, you can call New Orleans home. And if you have other questions or need additional tips or advice, you can always find us on Facebook or drop us a line at {info @ neworleansmomsblog.com}.

“We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.” – Chris Rose


  1. It’s been a dream of ours to move our small family to NOLA after falling in love while traveling there. Times are funny right now with covid but it’s still on the to-do list. So thankful to have come across your blog.


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