100+ Activities That Make The Perfect Summer Bucket List for New Orleans Kids

Summer vacation is officially here!  It is time to keep the kids busy and active while making memories at the same time.  We came up with 100 ideas to make the perfect summer bucket list for New Orleans Kids– including day trips, water activities, free and cheap activities and much more!  Sponsored by Academy of the Sacred Heart Summer Camp. 

  1. Pick Blueberries at Ridemore Berry Farm in Covington.
  2. Take a tour of Abita Brewery (yes, kids are allowed) and have lunch at the Abita Brew Pub afterwards.
  3. See how Tabasco is made with a tour of Avery Island.
  4. Check out the mysteries at Abita Mystery House.
  5. Stroll through Jackson Square and check out the local artist and performers.
  6. Tour and learn some history at the St. Louis Cathedral.
  7. Let imaginations run wild at the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
  8. Ride the Lady Bug and other rides at the Amusement Park in City Park.
  9. Get a hole in one at City Putt in City Park.
  10. Take a streetcar down St. Charles followed by lunch on the patio at Superior Grill.
  11. Rent the bikes or canoes at City Park and explore the park in a different way.
  12. Visit the French Market and check out the local artists and farmers.
  13. Pack a picnic and have lunch at the playground in City Park. 
  14. Check out all the fish at the Aquarium.
  15. Bowl strikes at at a local bowling alley – Rock N BowlColonial Lanes, AMF Kenner, Westside Lanes or Fulton Alley just to name a few. 
  16. Have some water fun at Blue Bayou or  Gulf Island Water Park .
  17. Catch a baseball game and cheer on the BabyCakes.
  18. Play Disc Golf at Lafreniere Park.
  19. Watch a movie at the IMAX.
  20. Speed around at NOLA Motorsports.
  21. Explore the Sculpture Garden in City ParkThere are 2 of them now.
  22. Cool off at the Lafreniere Park Splash Pad.
  23. Create a scavenger hunt around the city and incorporate some history.
  24. Check out the art at NOMA in City Park.
  25. Go for a boat ride in the Mississippi River on the Natchez.
  26. Create some wall art at The Shard Shop in Nola.
  27. Take a tour of Mardi Gras World while learning the history of Mardi Gras.
  28. See how it is to be in the LSU locker room with a tour of Tiger Stadium.
  29. Read and act out Nursery Rhymes at StoryLand in City Park.
  30. See all the creepy crawly insects at the Insectarium.
  31. Take in what nature has to offer on the nature walk in LaSalle Park.
  32. Get hands on at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport or at the Louisiana Discovery Center in Hammond
  33. Monkey around at the Monkey Room.
  34. Learn about all the different plants and take a tour of Long Vue House and Gardens.
  35. Visit all the libraries in the city. Many have activities daily.
  36. Take a hike and explore the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. 
  37. Play some laser tag at Laser Tag and Games of Metairie, Adventure Quest or Area 51.
  38. Visit all the animals at the Audubon Zooincluding the new Lion exhibit.
  39. Take a tour of the swamps on a Swamp Tour.  They have many to choose from.
  40. Learn some history at the WW2 Museum.
  41. Chose a different snoball stand every week and try a different flavor each time you go.
  42. Be a chef and make your own pizza at the Pizza Shoppe.
  43. Take a bike ride and see all the beautiful oak trees in  Audubon Park.
  44. Watch all the boats in the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.
  45. Play some sports and check out the new playground while having a view of the Mississippi River at The Fly.
  46. Learn some history at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.
  47. Cool down and relax in the lazy river at the Cool Zoo in the Audubon Zoo.  
  48. Discover all the birds and other animals at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
  49. Play some games and have some lunch at Dave and Busters.
  50. Explore the famous NOLA landmark and visit the museum at The New Canal Lighthouse.
  51. Think outside of the box while trying to escape at one of the local Escape Rooms.
  52. Get creative at Posh Paint Pub.
  53. Learn about stars, planets and much more at the Infinity Science Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
  54. Ride some horses at the Cascade Stables.
  55. Rent a paddleboard and explore Bayou St. John at Bayou Paddleboards.
  56. Celebrate the history of jazz at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
  57. Participate in Mardi Gras by visiting the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture.
  58. Explore nature and play in the gardens at The Botanical Gardens in City Park.
  59. Get out the heat and play around at Palm Tree Playground.
  60. Play around on the indoor playground at Luv 2 Play Metairie.
  61. Jump around at BooKoo Bounce.
  62. Make some arts and crafts at Lil’ Yats Art and Play.
  63. Get rid of some energy and play some sports at Big Easy Sportsplex.
  64. Jump high and do fun activities at Sector 6.
  65. Paint your own pottery at Chez Clay.
  66. Make some crafts and listen to story time at the Children’s Resource Center-New Orleans Public Library.
  67. Visit and tour Whitney Plantation Museum in Edgard, LA.  Or one of the many plantations that line River Road such as Destrehan Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. 
  68. Be a tourist and take a tour of the city on the double decker bus at City Sightseeing New Orleans.
  69. Roll around the city while learning history at the same time at New Orleans Segway Tour.
  70. Feel Brave by taking a Cemetery or Ghost Tours around the city.  They have many to choose from.
  71. Play around and watch the street cars go by at Palmer Park.
  72. Shop and let the kids play at the The Riverwalk Play Area.
  73. Take a kayak and go on a tour at Canoe and Trail Adventures.
  74. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some ice cream at Creole Creamery.
  75. Stroll around the French Quarter and check out all the famous architecture around the city.
  76. Eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde.
  77. Walk around the Garden District and explore all of the homes and gardens that are National Historic Landmarks.
  78. See a live jazz performance at Preservation Hall.
  79. Experience great views of the city on a Ferry Ride.
  80. Watch a movie at the Orpheum Theatre.
  81. Go skating at Airline Skate Center.
  82. Get wet at the splash pad at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville.
  83. Experience the culinary side of the city at National Food and Beverage Museum.
  84. Explore all the exhibits at the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux.
  85. Be a bookworm and visit Faulkner House Books right off of Jackson Square.
  86. Check out all the art at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  87. Make a wish in the fountain while looking at all of the ships in the Mississippi River at Spanish Plaza.
  88. Window Shop and grab some lunch on Magazine Street.
  89. Watch the Sunset and all of the sailboats in Lake Pontchartrain at the Lakefront Park.
  90. Take a carriage ride through the French Quarter.
  91. See a zoovie at the Audubon Zoo.
  92. Pretend to be an astronaut at the Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex.
  93. Take a boat ride to Ship Island in Biloxi.
  94. Visit the site of the Battle of New Orleans at the Chalmette Battlefield.
  95. Go the Farmers Markets in Old Metairie, Gretna and New Orleans.
  96. Make some art at Painting with a Twist.  Check out the calendar to see when they offer kids walk in classes.
  97. Watch a play at Rivertown Theatre.
  98. Catch some fish in Lake Pontchartrain.
  99. Go on a hike at Couturie Forest in City Park.
  100. Learn Louisiana history at the Rural Life Museum.
  101. Take a road trip to Pensacola to watch the Blue Angels Practice. 
  102. Spend the day at White Sands Day Lake Beach.
  103. Summer Road Trips are fun! Plan one to one of these 20 awesome locations.
  104. Go camping and make s’mores over a campfire at one of these great campgrounds in Southeast Louisiana. 
  105. Have brunch with the family at a different New Orleans Brunch spot each week.
  106. Watch all the movies at during the Regal Summer Movie Camp and the Prytania Kids Summer Movie Series!
  107. Learn about animals, growing your own vegtables and farming at Sugar Roots Farm and Grow Dat Farm. 
  108. Spend some time helping others by volunteering this summer.
READ:   Eleven Adventures To Take This Summer In New Orleans With Kids

Have a great summer! Tell us what’s first on your New Orleans Summer Bucket List?

About the ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART SUMMER CAMP

PH. 504-269-1230

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK |TWITTER | INSTAGRAM Calling all girls & boys, ages 1–13! ASH is excited to offer a wide variety of festive and fun summer camps and enrichment opportunities. Arts, sports, water fun, math, cheerleading, Jump Start and so much more. This year’s theater camp is “Sacred Heart Showstoppers: A Musical Journey.” Middle Schoolers don’t miss the return of Creative Choice for Middle School. This program features dance, baking, arts, yoga, sports, fitness, and more. Academy of the Sacred Heart’s mission is to inspire girls and boys to develop their gifts, talents and skills through active, creative and engaging activities that foster growth in an atmosphere of faith, wise freedom and fun. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch is included and before/after- care are available for all camps from June 10 through July 26. Camp begins at 9am with before-care starting at 7:45am.

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About the Author

Katie
Katie is a native New Orleanian and currently lives in Metairie with her two boys, Vince 11 and Dominic 9. She works full time as a Community Educator in the medical field. Katie spends most of her time at the baseball and football field cheering on her boys who are both very active. On free weekends, which come few and far between, you can find Katie working out, trying new restaurants and having cocktails with friends. She loves fashion, wine, and anything and everything NOLA.

3 Comments on "100+ Activities That Make The Perfect Summer Bucket List for New Orleans Kids"

  1. Cheryl Stuard | May 29, 2018 at 10:03 am | Reply

    They all sound like fun! A lot of choices to choice from!

  2. Absolutely love these ideas for the summer! Perfect for the whole family!

  3. Randie Elggio | May 29, 2018 at 10:30 am | Reply

    Fantastic Article. Love the name “pint sized NOLA”

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