Things to Do In New Orleans With Kids

Things to do in New Orleans with Kids

People ask us all the time, “is New Orleans kid friendly?” The answer is yes, and here’s our thoughts on why. There are so many things to do with kids in New Orleans year round! We strive to share ideas for every family’s budget and interests. Whether you are visiting New Orleans with kids (here’s a list of everything to do in the city and beyond while you’re here) or you live in New Orleans year-round, there are tons of kid-friendly outings to choose from. Below are local family friendly events happening each month in New Orleans. We are sure you will find at least one or two (or ten!) to add to your family’s calendar!

February 2023

Feb
9
Barq’s & Becky Fos Signing – Breaux Mart – Severn Ave
Breaux Mart
4:00 pm
Enjoy the Flavor of Mardi Gras with @BeckyFosArtistry and Barq’s Root Beer at Breaux Mart Supermarket on Thursday, February 9th from 4pm-5pm! Becky will be signing free prints of her
Feb
9
Feb
9
Barq’s & Becky Fos Signing – Rouses – Clearview Pkwy
Rouses Clearview
6:00 pm
Enjoy the Flavor of Mardi Gras with @BeckyFosArtistry and Barq’s Root Beer at Rouses Market on Thursday, February 9th from 6pm-7pm! Becky will be signing free prints of her Barq’s
Feb
9
Growing Up Part 2: The Talk (12-15 Years)
6:30 pm
Part 2: The Talk includes an anatomy review and accurate information on sex, conception, healthy relationships, consent, and gender & sexuality to support the ongoing communication between teens a...
Feb
9
Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler
Loyola University
7:30 pm
A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going
Feb
10
Family Gras
Family Gras is a FREE event that features the spectacle of Mardi Gras parades, cuisine, local art, a kids’ court, and outdoor concerts by national artists as well as Louisiana favorites!
Feb
10
Algiers Mardi Gras Festival
10:00 am
The free and family-friendly festival aims to bring Mardi Gras to the historic Algiers neighborhood just across the mighty Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans. First held in 2020, the
Feb
10
Krewe of Cork Parade
3:00 pm
Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork celebrates food, wine and fun with a spirited walking parade through the French Quarter eleven days before Mardi Gras. Krewe members wear costumes
Feb
10
Krewe of Oshun Parade
6:00 pm
Founded in 1996, the Krewe of Oshun is named for the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. Led by the captain aboard a peacock float, the parade includes 20 Barry
Feb
10
Krewe of Cleopatra Parade
6:00 pm
Founded in 1972, the first all-female krewe on the West Bank celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012 with a movie to the East Bank, becoming the first all-female organization on
Feb
10
Krewe of Eve – Mandeville
7:00 pm
The Krewe of Eve is located in Mandeville, Louisiana, and was founded in 1986. Our Mardi Gras Parade is the highlight of the Northshore parades.
Feb
10
Krewe of Alla Parade
7:00 pm
The Krewe of ALLA is one of the oldest and most storied krewes in Carnival. Established in 1932 during the depths of the Great Depression in Algiers, La., ALLA will
Feb
11
Mardi Gras Escape Room
West Bank Regional Library
It’s Mardi Gras time! Can you escape the library’s special escape room in time for the parade to roll? Join us for this interactive event offered throughout the day at
Feb
11
Mardi Gras 5K
9:00 am
Celebrate Carnival season at the 6th Annual Mardi Gras 5K & Kids’ Half Mile, produced by the New Orleans Track Club! Race day is Saturday, February 11, 2023 in Metairie,
Feb
11
Feb
11
Mardi Gras Market at Old Road
Old Road Coffee
9:00 am
It’s the Mardi Gras, Y’all! This month’s market features 20+ Vendors featuring Mardi Gras art, jewelry, costume pieces, decor, and more! And, because it’s Carnival Time, weR...
Feb
11
Super Science Saturday at Cabrini
Cabrini High School
9:00 am
Girls in grades 4 – 6 are invited to investigate the states of matter through hands-on science activities, songs, and more! Create a chemical reaction to make “ink.” View crystal
Feb
11
Krewe De Paws of Olde Towne – Slidell
10:00 am
Founded in 2009, Olde Towne Slidell’s canine carnival krewe is based at Café Du Bone Dog Bakery and Boutique.
Feb
11
Arts Market at City Park
New Orleans City Park
10:00 am
All exhibited artwork is original and made by hand and created by a rotating roster of more than 300 juried regional artists. It ranges from paintings, photographs, prints. ceramics, glasswork,
Feb
11
Studio Kids at NOMA :: Meet Me at the Market
New Orleans Museum of Art
10:30 am
Join us for Studio KIDS! art-making workshops for youth ages 6–10. Meet at the museum on select Saturday mornings to take a look at artworks in the galleries and practice
Feb
11
Story Time: Black History Month at Live Oaks Library
Live Oak Library
11:00 am
This event includes stories and activities for children up to 7 years old. Large groups please call 504-736-8475 for an appointment. Book: Black Boy, Black Boy by Ali Kamanda Craft:
Feb
11
Mardi Gras Tea at the Windsor Court
The Windsor Court
11:00 am
The Windsor Court kicks off the year with its first themed tea around Mardi Gras this year. To complement the fun event Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 & 12, there
Feb
11
Mardi Gras Indian Presentation at LCM
Louisiana Children’s Museum
11:00 am
On Saturday, February 11th at 11:00 a.m., join us in our Talk and Play Center for a special presentation by Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief of the Mohawk Hunters Mr. Tyrone
Feb
11
Legion of Mars Parade
11:30 am
How does New Orleans salute active military, veterans, and first responders? With a red, white & blue patriotic procession, of course! The Legion of Mars parade is the first to
Feb
11
Fairytale Sweetheart ParTEA
La Petite Palace
11:30 am
Valentine’s Day is almost here and we are in LOVE with the idea that we get to celebrate with some of our favorite Royal Couples at the Fairytale Sweetheart ParTEA!
Feb
11
Krewe of Push Mow – Abita Springs
12:00 pm
The family-friendly Krewe of Push Mow was founded by a group of artists in Abita Springs on New Orleans’ North Shore (they got a kick out of the idea of
Feb
11
New Orleans/NOLA Krewe of West Africa Culture Festival
EEDO’S Restaurant and Bar
12:00 pm
Join us for African food “Fufu” Afrobeats music as we celebrate the heritage of many West Africa ancestors that help build New Orleans.   Join us as we educate, celebrate,
Feb
11
Adler’s presents Cristy Cali Trunk Show
Adler’s
12:00 pm
Adler’s is excited to present New Orleans native jewelry designer, Cristy Cali at Adler’s Metairie location. Come meet Cristy and explore her newest selection of Mardi Gras and Valentine&#...
Feb
11
Krewe of Tchefuncte -Madisonville
1:00 pm
The Krewe of Tchefuncte, organized in 1973, is a boat parade that cruises the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville on the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
Feb
11
Introduction to Film Photography with Dr. Leslie Parr
New Orleans Photo Alliance Resource Center
1:00 pm
New Orleans Photo Alliance Resource Center will be hosting a 4 week workshop on black and white film photography and darkroom printing. This workshop will be led by Dr. Leslie
Feb
11
Krewe of Pontchartrain Parade
1:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Guess What Day It Is?”
Feb
11
Krewe of Choctaw Parade
2:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Life is a Fairy Tale”
Feb
11
Krewe of Freret Parade
3:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Let the Band Play On”
Feb
11
Shorty Gras 2023
Mardi Gras World
5:00 pm
Shorty Gras is back like we never left! Saturday, February 11, it’s going down after Krewe of Freret rolls at Mardi Gras World! 2023’s event will be hosted by Troy
Feb
11
Knights of Sparta Parade
5:30 pm
2023 Theme: “Carnival’s Songful Celebrations”
Feb
11
Mystic Krewe of Olympia -Covington
6:00 pm
The Mystic Krewe of Olympia was formed in 1965 by a group of businessmen who wanted to bring a New Orleans-style parade to the Northshore. The Krewe parades through Covington
Feb
11
Krewe of Pygmalion Parade
6:00 pm
2023 Theme: “The Wonderful World of Thomas Randolph”
Feb
11
Pygmalion Fest 2023
The Sugar Mill
8:00 pm
Feb
12
Crescent City Farmers Market – City Park Market
New Orleans City Park
8:00 am
Head out to the Tad Gormley parking lot for fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, baked goods and a variety of ready-to-eat foods.
Feb
12
Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Parade
11:00 am
2023 Theme: “The Gems of Femmenation”
Feb
12
Krewe of Carrollton Parade
12:00 pm
2023 Theme: “All Things Golden”
Feb
12
Krewe of Dionysus – Slidell
1:00 pm
The 350+ member krewe parades with around 18 floats, including 11 double-deckers. The king and queen are chosen at the Coronation Ball from the krewe’s maids and members of the
Feb
12
Krewe of King Arthur Parade
1:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Are You Smarter Than a Knight Grader?”
Feb
12
Krewe of Barkus Parade
2:00 pm
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus isn’t like other Mardi Gras parades: this one has gone to the dogs. Man’s best friend is the center of this parade through the streets
Feb
12
Mardi Gras Masquerade at LCM
Louisiana Children’s Museum
2:00 pm
Join us for our Mardi Gras dance party on Sunday, February 12th at 2:00 p.m. on our Courtyard. We will wiggle, shake, rattle, and roll with a variety of instruments to some
Feb
13
Nama Chocolate Making at Eastbank Library
East Bank Library
3:30 pm
Come learn how to make Nama Chocolates just in time for Valentine’s Day. Come make some of these smooth chocolate truffles for yourself or for someone special. All supplies are
Feb
14
Happy Heart Day Brunch at Maison Lafitte
Maison Lafitte
11:30 am
Grab your gals, grab your office pals, bring anyone who makes your heart happy & come enjoy a festive time!
Feb
14
Yoga at the Popps Bandstand, City Park
New Orleans City Park
5:30 pm
Returning back to where it all began. Outdoor community donation-based yoga class. Open to any level of practitioner. Please practice safely. Come for the yoga and stay for the community.
Feb
14
Culinary Queens of New Orleans Parade
6:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Taste the Love”
Feb
15
Krewe of Druids Parade
6:00 pm
Led by the king, the Archdruid, the group is limited to 250 members who belong to other Carnival organizations. Their identities are never revealed. As a parade-only krewe, the Ancient
Feb
15
Krewe of Nyx Parade
6:30 pm
Founded in 2012, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx prides itself on embracing women of diverse backgrounds. Their motto is “Friends come and go, but a sister is forever.”
Feb
16
Knights of Babylon Parade
5:30 pm
The Knights of Babylon was founded in 1939 by a group of professional men who wanted to stage a first class parade for the public and a first class tableau
Feb
16
Knights of Chaos Parade
6:00 pm
The 225 member all-male krewe parades on the Thursday before Fat Tuesday (traditionally known as “Momus Thursday.”) Like Momus, Chaos presents a satirical parade. They never reveal the king’...
Feb
16
Krewe of Muses Parade
6:30 pm
2023 Theme: “Muses Hersday”
Feb
17
37th Annual Mardi Gras Mask Market
Dutch Alley
9:00 am
Join us for the 37th annual Mardi Gras Mask and Costume Market. 9AM to 4PM Feb. 17th – 20th Mask makers from all over converge on Dutch Alley to display
Feb
17
Krewe of Bosom Buddies Parade
11:30 am
The Krewe of Bosom Buddies & Breast Friends is a walking krewe that parades in the French Quarter on the Friday before Mardi Gras. Founded in 2013, they set out
Feb
17
Krewe of Selene – Slidell
6:30 pm
The Krewe of Selene parades in Slidell on the Friday night before Mardi Gras. It was founded in 1998 by a group of local professional women. They’ve grown over the
Feb
17
Krewe d’Etat Parade
6:30 pm
In the tradition of Carnival, secrecy is very important to Le Krewe d’Etat. The identity of the ruler – the Dictator – is never revealed to the public, and the
Feb
17
Krewe of Morpheus Parade
7:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Morpheus Dreams of a Tune”
Feb
17
90s Mardi Gras Bash at Loft 18
Loft18
9:00 pm
Join Big in the 90s at Loft 18 Metairie for a 90s throwback Mardi Gras bash! No cover, and we’ll be playing all your favorite 90s jams all night, everything
Feb
18
Krewe of Bush – Bush
9:00 am
This fun family parade, held every year on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, features trucks, boats, floats, horses and ATV’s. It’s free for your krewe to ride, roll or walk.
Feb
18
Sprouts at Longue Vue
Longue Vue House & Gardens
10:00 am
Feb
18
Krewe of NOMTOC
10:30 am
2023 Theme: “NOMTOC’s Fantasy Library”
Feb
18
Krewe of Iris Parade
11:00 am
Organized in 1917, the Krewe of Iris is the oldest and one of the largest female Carnival organization for women. Holding strong to the honored Mardi Gras traditions in its
Feb
18
Krewe of Tucks Parade
12:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Tucks Can’t Drive 55”
Feb
18
Vue Crew Kids Garden Club
Longue Vue House & Gardens
1:30 pm
Feb
18
Lakeshore Matinee: THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
Lakeshore Library
2:30 pm
A prince is transformed into a frog and accidentally curses a beautiful princess with an amphibian form as well when he kisses her in an attempt to break the spell.
Feb
18
Krewe of Endymion Parade
4:00 pm
2023 Theme: “Endymion Salutes The Poets”
Feb
19
MARDI GRAS CHILDREN’S DAY – Lake Charles
Lake Charles Civic Center
11:00 am
The 2023 Mardi Gras Children’s Day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 19, prior to the Children’s Day Parade at the Lake Charles Civic Center in the Exhibition Hall!  Mardi Gras
Feb
19
Bacchus Bash
The Metro NOLA
12:00 pm
BAG OF DONUTS, MANNIE FRESH, BUCKTOWN ALLSTARS, THE TOPCATS AND CATEGORY 6 ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR BIGGEST EVER BACCHUS BASH – NEW ORLEANS’ LARGEST MARDI GRAS BLOCK PARTY Thousands of
Feb
20
Kenner’s Lundi Gras Celebration
Kenner Rivertown
11:00 am
The Topcats return Rivertown in Kenner, LA to play for Kenner’s Lundi Gras Celebration on Monday, February 20th from 11:00AM to 2:30PM. This is a great celebration where you can
Feb
20
CMST Kids Krewe Parade
Children’s Museum of St. Tammany
12:00 pm
Feb
20
Riverwalk’s 37th Annual Lundi Gras (2023)
spanish plaza
12:00 pm
Riverwalk Outlets and WWL-TV Present the 37th Annual Riverwalk Lundi Gras on Spanish Plaza. A New Orleans tradition, taking place the day before Fat Tuesday. Join us on Monday, February
Feb
20
Riverwalk’s 37th Annual Lundi Gras
The Riverwalk Outlets
12:00 pm
Riverwalk Outlets and WWL-TV Present the 37th Annual Riverwalk Lundi Gras on Spanish Plaza. A New Orleans tradition, taking place the day before Fat Tuesday. Join us on Monday, February
Feb
20
Lundi Gras Bash
Southport Hall
9:00 pm
Feb
21
Carnival in Covington – Covington
10:00 am
Mardi Gras Day on the Northshore begins at 10 a.m. with the 24-float Carnival in Covington. More than 450 riders will celebrate with the theme, “This and Dat.” Float titles
Feb
21
Mardi Gras on the Huey
Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant
11:00 am
Feb
21
Krewe of Folsom – Folsom
2:00 pm
This eclectic krewe invites the public to participate in its parade of decorative floats, vintage vehicles, four wheelers, cars, trucks, horses, horse drawn wagons, vintage tractors, and RVs.
Feb
23
Louisiana Early Education Month: Parent Advocacy Lunch & Learn
Virtual
12:00 pm
The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice will co-host an hour-long training that will teach parents how to communicate and engage with their
Feb
23
Parent Advocacy Lunch & Learn
12:00 pm
The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice will co-host an hour-long training that will teach parents how to communicate and engage with their ele...
Feb
23
Video Game Night at Lakeshore Library
Lakeshore Library
6:00 pm
Come play video games and compete against others! No registration required. For more information, please call 504-838-4375.
Feb
23
Infant & Child CPR (newborn-8 years)
Children’s Hospital
6:30 pm
Note – If you are registering for more than one person please put the additional name(s) in the notes section.  American Heart Association’s “Family and Friends” non-certification class i...
Feb
24
Y’Allstars Roller Derby Tournament
WARREN J. HARANG JR. MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM
The Y’Allstars Southern Skate Showdown is rolling into Thibodaux, Louisiana this coming February! Coordinated by Team Louisiana Roller Derby and Red Stick Roller Derby Juniors, this inaugural ro...
Feb
25
Sensory Friendly Mornings
The National WWII Museum
8:00 am
This program is for individuals of all ages with special needs and their families to enjoy early access to the Museum with modifications to make the experience more sensory friendly.
Feb
25
Goodnight Pothole :: Garden District Book Shop
Garden District Bookshop
11:00 am
Mark your calendars! Local author and friend of the shop, Shannon Kelley Atwater, will be at The Garden District Book Shop Saturday, February 25 for an amusing storytime for her
Feb
25
Krewe du Pooch- Mandeville
12:00 pm
Krewe Du Pooch, founded in 2020 by the Old Mandeville Business Association and the City of Mandeville, is a great way to support local businesses and animal rescue organizations on

March 2023

Mar
4
University of Holy Cross Hosting Free Scholarship Workshop
University of Holy Cross
9:00 am
The University of Holy Cross (UHC) invites high school students and their families to a free scholarship workshop on the school’s Algiers campus on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m.
Mar
4
17th Annual GNOCCS Charter Schools Teacher Job Fair
Hynes
9:00 am
This is the largest, single-site teacher job fair in Louisiana, and there is a teacher shortage across the state but especially in the greater New Orleans area. Certified teachers, degreed
Mar
4
Debs Technique Clinic
Dominican High School
9:00 am
Girls in grades 5 – 7, incoming Dominican students for the 2023 – 2024 school year, and any present Dominican student who may be interested in trying out for the
Mar
4
12th Annual AMAZING RACE SERIES NOLA
Fontainebleau State Park
10:00 am
This skills competition is all about FUN, WELLNESS and testing your 2 persons TEAMWORK skills against other similar age teams. Since 2011, racers ages 5 to 85 have been pairing
Mar
10
Destination Dominican
Dominican High School
6:00 pm
Join us for the first-ever Destination Dominican! This new, exciting event is open to girls in 6th grade. Journey with us to your next Destination – Dominican!
Mar
10
Lark in the Park
New Orleans Botanical Garden
8:00 pm
Lark in the Park presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust is City Park Conservancy’s signature fundraiser, where guests enjoy a glamorous springtime gala experience. Since 1982, Lark has suppor...
Mar
11
The Smurfs Great Escape
Looking for an exciting adventure with your family and friends? Save the Smurfs from the evil wizard Gargamel at this immersive new escape-room-style experience. On Saturday, March the 11th, 2023,
Mar
11
2nd Annual Crawfish Boil Cook-off at the University of Holy Cross
University of Holy Cross
11:00 am
SAVE the DATE for our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil Cook-off benefitting Student Scholarships on March 11th from 11 am to 3 pm. Presenting Sponsor: Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.
Mar
11
Blow Your Own Pint Glass Class at Faubourg Brewery
Faubourg Brewing Company
11:00 am
Join Faubourg and Muffinjaw Designs during the first Blow Your Own Pint Glass experience in New Orleans! During your session, you’ll become a member of the Muffinjaw glassblowing team in the creat...
Mar
11
Cook Off for the Coast
Docville Farm
11:00 am
Join us for the annual Cook Off for the Coast in St. Bernard! Delicious free food samples from local chefs, live music from Michot’s Melody Makers and more will be
Mar
11
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Downtown Covington
12:00 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 12PM Block Party at Parade End (Jewel’s Cigar) until 5PM Begins at the Columbia Street Tap Room and Ends at Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Shop.
Mar
11
Wiener Dog Races
Fair Grounds
1:00 pm
Wiener Dog Races Saturday, March 11 Post Time: 1:15PM BIG thrills come in cute little packages, watch these turbo-charged canines race for all the glory!
Mar
11
Henry’s Heart Gala
Alexander Room
7:00 pm
Annual gala to benefit pediatric heart patients.
Mar
16
Love It When You Lie Book Signing
Blue Cypress Books
6:00 pm
Love It When You Lie book signing at Blue Cypress Books.
Mar
16
Dominican Admissions Information Session
Dominican High School
6:00 pm
The Admissions Information Session is designed for parents of students who are planning to apply to high school in the Fall of 2023. The session will provide parents with an
Mar
17
The Amite Oyster Festival
5:00 pm
We are excited to announce the dates for next year’s Amite Oyster Festival will be March 17, 18 and 19, 2023! Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us
Mar
18
Sugarplum Ball
Mardi Gras World
We’d like to invite you to join us in our mission by sponsoring our 2023 Sugarplum Ball, themed Somewhere Beyond the Sea. The 41st annual Sugarplum Ball, Co-Chaired by Jeanne de
Mar
18
Easter Egg Hunt by Little Fins Swim Academy
Riverside Country Club
3:00 pm
Mar
18
Brew for Molly Moo
Miel Brewery
7:00 pm
Save the Date because Brew for Molly Moo is COMING BACK!!! March 18, 2023 7-10pm at Miel Brewery! We got shut down in 2020 thanks to Covid, but the world
Mar
20
Art in Bloom Presented by First Horizon
New Orleans Museum of Art
One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans returns to NOMA in support of the museum and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. This year’s theme, Paradise
Mar
20
St. Ann CYO Family Laser Tag Fundraiser
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy Suite 1106 Harahan, LA 70123
4:00 pm
Join us on Tuesday, March 20th from 4pm-9pm, to support St. Ann CYO. Receive UNLIMITED Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, & Cosmic Golf for only $20.00 (plus tax) per player. *Non-Refundable
Mar
25
SFX Old Metairie Fest 2023
St. Francis Xavier
1:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier’s Old Metairie Fest 2023 is going to be “Out of this world”! Join us on March 25th for food, festivities, and fun! Live music featuring KARMA!
Mar
25
Spring Fest at Longue Vue Gardens
Longue Vue House & Gardens
1:00 pm
Celebrate Spring with the Longue Vue Gardens team! Featuring outdoor games, crafts, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.
Mar
26
The Warehouse Sale by ALG Style
The Cannery
10:00 am
All of your favorite stores. All on sale. Up to 90% Off!
Mar
30
Rockin’ the Rails with Kermit Ruffins
Covington Trailhead
5:30 pm

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