Top 10 Family Fun Holiday Destinations
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
When it comes to all things wild, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is the place to be. Now through December 30, the Zoo has its evening spectacular, ZooLights. Bring your family to check out the incredible displays of holiday favorites as you stroll through the beautiful grounds of the Zoo. Pick up a delicious seasonal snack at the Flamingo Café, snag a unique item from the Safari Post Gift Shop, and visit with Safari Santa on special nights in December. This year, the Zoo is partnering with The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Every guest presenting non-perishable food items during ZooLights will receive a 50 percent discount from the regular admission price. ■ brzoo.org
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Hop in the car with your kiddos and get ready to be amazed. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center features over two miles of custom-made displays that dance to the music played over the radio in your car in perfect synchronization. It’s a pretty festive experience, if you want our opinion. Also, see the all new Santa’s Beach Party theme full of Santa and his pals while they are on vacation. Whether you’re young or old, these lights are sure to impress the entire family. Open now through January 6. ■ shadrackchristmas.com/gonzales-la
Having the perfect spot for your kiddos to attend during the holiday break is important, especially if you have to be at work. Kidcam Camps offer your little ones the chance to experience the excitement of summer camp in the winter time! From science experiments and indoor and outdoor games to arts and crafts and fun pizza parties, Kidcam Camps provide an exciting holiday experience for the kiddos, and some piece of mind for you when you know that your little ones are being looked after with the most excellent care. ■ kidcamcamp.com
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
For some wonderful winter-themed fun, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum is your go-to stop for holiday happenings. Throughout the month, there will be a variety of holiday activities, including showings of The Polar Express on Saturdays, an ornament workshop, and showings of the holiday musical journey of Let it Snow in the planetarium. Along with the holiday fun, you and your kiddos can also tour the exhibits, watch a variety of planetarium shows, and get hands-on in the galleries. ■ lasm.org
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
East Baton Rouge Parish Library has tons of holiday fun for little elves of all ages. Visit the library for a free presentation of Let It Snow! by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This 30-minute show features festive classics by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, and Brenda Lee, with a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This soundtrack is visually enhanced with full-dome animation, laser imagery and special effects in the audio/visual setting of the Discovery Dome. Also, children ages three to nine and their families are invited to enjoy a visit from Hugo Kringle (Santa’s younger brother), played by Mike Anderson the Dulcimer Guy. He’ll be touring the libraries to serenade audiences with holiday songs and stories of growing up with the boy who would become Santa. Registration required. ■ ebrpl.com
An evening at Perkins Rowe is hard to pass up! Whether you’re browsing store to store, listening to live music, indulging in all of the delicious restaurants, or watching a movie at the theater, you and your loved ones will be sure to have a great time. This holiday season, spend some time with your family in Perkins Rowe. Pick up a few last minute gifts, sing along with the carolers in front of the movie theater, or rock out with Santa during Santa Rocks the Rowe on Saturday, December 15. There will be carriage rides, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, and children's activities. ■ perkinsrowe.com
Fleur de ME Designs
Let your kiddos get creative this Christmas by taking part in a camp at Fleur de ME Designs. While you are at work, your little ones will be drawing in pencil and charcoal, painting in oil pastels and acrylics, and learning about painting with texture and other mixed media projects. And, this incredible location is more than just full of awesome camps. You can plan fun family day trips to experience all they have to offer, or plan a night out with the girls that all of you will surely enjoy. ■ fleurdemedesigns.com
New Orleans City Park
Experience the magical winter spectacle that is Celebration in the Oaks in City Park this month. Celebration in the Oaks is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country. From now through January 1, City Park’s famous oaks will be swathed in thousands of twinkling lights, and breathtaking light displays will also be scattered throughout the Park, the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. This year, you and your little ones can also participate in storytime, yoga, and the Merry Marshmallow roasting. Hop aboard the train for a thrilling train ride, and don’t forget to check out the Snow Show.
Knock Knock Children's Museum
Knock Knock Children’s Museum is a must visit this holiday season. With 18 interactive Learning Zones and the Festival of Lights holiday-inspired programming throughout the month, Knock Knock has something for every child in your family. Knock Knock offers a variety of membership options that make perfect holiday gifts. Memberships include unlimited admission for one full year and discounts on birthday parties, special events, and designated programs. Spend your holidays at Knock Knock!
QUARTERS Endless Entertainment
Experience a day of play at Quarters Endless Entertainment. Challenge your family to a couple of rounds of bowling, take them on in laser tag, or see who can score the most tickets in the arcade to win some awesome prizes. This family-friendly atmosphere is your one-stop shop for endless entertainment. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the kiddos while they are out of school or wanting to plan a party for your little one, Quarters Endless Entertainment is the place you will want to be.