30 things to do in New Orleans In April

April is full of family events, festivals and spring activities. New Orleans is definitely living up to its culture this month. Take some time and enjoy the city with 30 things to do New Orleans with Kids and Family in April.

The number corresponds with the day of the month and * denotes the event is FREE.  

    1. HAPPY EASTER!
    2. The Teen Center in the East Bank Regional Library will get your creative juices flowing with DIY Art Attack: Beaded Rings between 3pm and 8:30pm.*
    3. Take a Paint & Play Class at Lil’ Yat’s Art & Play Studio from 10am-12pm. Experience creative fun with numerous different mediums and art styles!
    4. Calling all muggles, get your tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Trivia @ The Flagstick from 7:30pm-9:30pm. 
    5. Start your morning at with sensory play fusing purposeful activities into development to create meaningful connections for children. Register for Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby ArtsPlay!* from 9:30am-10am at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.*
    6. Experience the magic all over again as Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents Mary Poppins Jr. at 7pm.
    7. Find ye buried treasure in Old Algiers Point at Family Pyrate Day. In partnership with Confetti Kids, there aargh going to be lot’s of stories, entertainers, and good times to be had. Ye won’t want to miss out!*
    8. Bring your lawn chairs to listen to Music Under the Oaks at the Newman bandstand in Audubon Park. Loyola University School of Music will play from 5pm-6:30pm in Celebration of the Audubon Park Conservancy.*
    9. Take an adventure that’s larger-than-life! Storyland at City Park never ceases to amaze as kids become part of their favorite stories and fairytales. Storyland is open from 10am-5pm 7 days a week and you can also access the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park when you visit.
    10. The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium was not only voted “a top museum for you and your kids” by CNN.com, but it’s  beautiful Butterfly Garden combined with engaging bugtastic journey of the lives of bugs will leave you wanting more. Don’t worry, the bug chef’s will create a culinary bug dishes to satisfy your cravings. Bug Appétit!
    11. Take the Museum Highlights Tour at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 1pm-2pm. Get an inside look at permanent collections or featured exhibits. FREE with your Louisiana I.D.. Don’t forget to walk through the beautiful Sculpture Gardens while on your visit.
    12. All are welcome to participate in Ogden After Hours Activity Table. The Education Department presents Museum Exhibit inspired works of art for kids from 6pm-8pm.*
    13. Join NORD for Movies in the Park: The Jungle Book at Evans Playground from 6:15pm-9pm for a FREE movie screening. Arrive early and get in on some fun activities with Fit NOLA.*
    14. April 12th starts the 35th Anniversary Celebration of French Quarter Fest, when we aid in growing the culture and heritage, and economic well-being in our community. There are over 20 stages, but the Kid’s Stage starts rockin’ Saturday at 11am,so get some grub, get ya spot and enjoy New Orleans Y’all!*
    15. Pay homage to the Louisiana shrimping and fishing industry at The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival and Ceremony at 5pm with rides, games, food, music, and of course, the Blessing of the Fleet! The Crowning of the Admiral and Queen is 4/13 at 5pm and activities continue during open hours until 6pm on 4/15.*
    16. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is open from 10am-5pm, and home to many species from both sea and land, near and far. Learn about them throughout your exciting self-guided tour with touch pools, feedings, interactive exhibits and underwater viewing tanks. Just keep swimming!
    17. Reading to Rover is an awesome program providing hesitant readers with furry friends to read to from 6:70pm-7:30 pm at the East Bank Regional Library.*
    18. Kayak your way around Bayou St. John on one of 3 fun tour options with Kayak-iti-yak!
    19. Take a trip into outer space! Just kidding, take a 10-15 minute drive from NOLA to discover the Planetarium at the St. Charles Parish Library in Luling to see the Children’s Matinee every Saturday at 10am and showings Saturdays at 2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm.*
    20. It’s NolaNavyWeek beginning on the 19th, but starting on the 20th at 8:30am visitors can begin to tour and ride the Tall ships and Navy ships until 5pm.*
    21. Join CASA for the 1st Annual I am for the Child Music Concert in Lafreniere Park. Filled with family friendly fun from 11am-7pm, you will enjoy food, music, community, friends and more supporting children in difficult situations.*
    22. 5,000 pounds of crawfish, say what? Head to Bucktown from 11am-8pm for Deanie’s 8th Annual Pinch-A-Palooza. Entertainment from Cowboy Mouth, The Top Cats and others is only the beginning. No Crawfish Festival is complete without a Crawfish Eating Contest for Adults and kids.* 
    23. Batter Up! Cheer on the New Orleans Baby Cakes as they take on Oklahoma City for 11am at the Shrine on Airline.
    24. At the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park celebrate Earth Day from 4pm-7pm with entertainment, activities and dining for all ages learn to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.*
    25. Experience plantation life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries during Heritage Day at Destrehan Plantation. Students can participate in activities, exhibits and demonstrations from the Civil War Era.
    26. Celebrate International Jazz Day early at the Treme Recreation Community Center at the Jazz Day Celebration from 7pm-9pm. NORDC invites you to enjoy some Jazz and raise a better understanding of our culture.*
    27. Zoo-To-Do for Kids Presented by Tulane Pediatrics is one of the most anticipated events of the year. From 6pm-9pm enjoy magicians, crafts, entertainment, kid friendly culinary delights from over 40 local restaurants and the list continues to grow. 
    28. Celebrate 49 years of music, memories and tradition at the New Orleans Jazz and Heratige Festival. There is music from every genre for every age. Dance, sing, do your thing starting at 11am! Throughout the 2 weekend festival you can look forward to seeing Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Khalid, Beck, Sting, Bonerama and so many more.
    29. Play 24 holes of Disc Golf at Lafreniere Park. Fun for both experienced and novice players.
    30. Kick off NOLA Crawfish Festival from 3pm-10pm at Central City BBQ with live music, good friends, family fun and of course crawfish!

HAPPY APRIL!

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