Spring in New Orleans is like no other place. It may be hot, it may be cold, it may be humid, it will most likely be giving you an allergy flare up that makes your head feel like it’s being squeezed by a vice grip. I don’t know of kids from anywhere else that can pronounce pollen and ragweed by the time they’re two. However, even that won’t stop us from enjoying our city and everything else Spring has to offer. Try these 31 Things to do this May in New Orleans with Kids.
The number corresponds with the day of the month and * denotes the event is FREE.
31 FUN Things To Do In May In New Orleans With Kids
- It’s GiveNOLA Day! Get the kids to help choose one of 766 participating local non-profit organizations to donate to. Giving back aids in creating a thriving community. You will also be entered to WIN 2 round trip Southwest Airline tickets.
- Every Wednesday you can drop in for a Story & Craft at Lil’ Yats. You’ll gain access to Lil’ Yat’s creative Art & Play Studio from 10:30am-12:30pm for only $15.
- Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream is coming to the New Orleans Lakefront Arena. It’s Disney Princesses, and I’m sure tickets will go fast, so get yours now. Need I say more?
- Bring the whole family to The Sculpture Gardens at NOMA from 5pm-9pm and view the original version of Alice in Wonderland. Movies in the Garden: Alice in Wonderland, released in 1951. Before the movies you will enjoy a family activity, then music by Shawn Williams. This event is FREE for members and kids 6 & under.
- Join the fiesta for Cinco de Mayo Fest at Kenner’s Laketown from 4pm-10pm. Latin music, local cover bands, food, crafts and fun for the whole family will have you wanting to stay all night.*
- Take it to The Mighty Mississippi for the Riverfront Tricentennial Fireworks Show celebrating NOLA’s 300th year! The fireworks will also coincide with the closing of Jazz Fest 2018.*
- Have some fun on Game Day at The Martin Luther King Library with Wii games, board games and more. Bring the kids, ages 7&up at 3:30pm for some family friendly competition.*
- Enjoy connecting with your community, food truck vendors, music and family fun for the Eatmoor event from 5pm-8pm at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center.*
- From 7pm-8pm, Fit Nola Line Dancing takes place at the Rosenwald Recreation Center every Wednesday for FREE! Get up, get out and shake it for yourself and your health. All ages and stages are welcome!!!*
- At 6pm, LCM Cinema Outdoor Movies presents an event for parents to share with the older kids. Catch the showing of Daddy’s Home at Le Meridien Hotel, as they honor NOLA in it’s Tricentennial year by screening movies filmed in the area. RSVP, as these movies are first come, first serve!*
- Nunsense is the funniest play I have personally seen to date! Visit the National WWII Museum to watch a group of nuns figure out how to raise funds for the burial of their sisters who were poisoned by mistake. You can even dine in if you choose. Other dates and times vary.
- Meet at Brennan’s Restaurant for the Annual Krewe of Turtles Parade. Led by bagpipers and a police escort, watch the slowest second line ever as the turtles pass by in their wagons from 11am-1pm.*
- Moms of all ages receive FREE admission tickets at the Zoo entrance for Mother’s Day Celebration at the Audubon Zoo from 10am-6pm. Enjoy craft booths, activities and a lemonade toast & entertainment by Irma Thomas. This event is also free for members of the Audubon Nature Institute.
- The Chidren’s Resource Center Library is hosting a Bilingual Spanish & English Storytime & Craft at 4:30pm. Enjoy double the fun with 2 languages from children 5 & under.*
- The East Bank Regional Library is hosting Reading to Rover from 6:30pm-7:30pm, where hesitant readers can read to canine friends and help increase their reading skills.*
- Little Acorns will be having fun at City Park’s Botanical Gardens under the Enrique Alférez Oak from 10am-11am. Enter the park through the Tolmas Visitor Center. This hour is jam packed hour of fun with storytime, activities, and a snack for only $3. See you there!
- Free to be Kids Yoga gives kids the power to express themselves on a safe and constructive way. They’ll have fun, play and connect with others at Free to Be Power Yoga on Magazine St. from 10:15am-11:15am.
- The Alice in Wonderland Ballet is a must see for your little dance fans. Starting at 7:30pm at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, this ballet will breathe new life into a familiar classic.
- Studio Kids at NOMA presents Express Yourself, a creative art class that teaches fun art techniques for kids ages 5-10. Class is from 10am-12pm at The New Orleans Museum of Art.
- Suddenly Seymour has returned in Little Shop of Horors is showing at the Kenner Rivertown Theaters. This hilarious rendition of a classic will leave you starving for more. Other show dates and times vary.
- Families with children ages 3-5 are welcomed to eat pizza and enjoy Family Story Time at the Mid-City Branch Library in NOLA for 6pm.*
- If your toddler loves engaging storytime, visit the Eastbank Regional Library for the Read & Sing: Fun Stories at Read & Sing event from 10am-10:30am. This week they revisit an 80’s classic, still popular today, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.*
- Meet other kids between the ages of 8 &14 who share the love of legos at Algiers Regional Library’s Lego Club from 4pm-5pm.*
- Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it’s always fun to take a French Quarter Ghost Tour. These tours are great for ages 12 & up, and are quite an interesting way to get in a good New Orleans history lesson. Meet up for your tour at the American Sports Saloon for 7pm sharp and be sure to wear comfy walking shoes.
- Head on over to Heritage Park for Kenner’s Rivertown Music in the Park from 6:30pm-9:30pm. FREE family friendly entertainment featuring music from Weathered.*
- Celebrate the Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center’s 25th Anniversary with cake, balloons and family fun from 12pm-3pm! GNOTRC provides a engaging therapeutic fun experiences with horses for people with physical, mental, and learning disabilities. For 25 years they have asked a nominal fee of only $25 to ride. Donations would be greatly appreciated to continue to provide such a wonderful and influential service for so little cost!*
- On your mark, get set, go…it’s the 102nd Annual Indianapolis 500! This is one of the most prestigious wins for racers, and biggest races all year for fans. Sit back, cheer on your favorite driver. Engines start at 11:15am, Flag drops at 11:20am (viewing this event is free unless you actually go to Indianapolis to watch it, then, it’s not even close to free.)*
- Memorial Day is a time to Honor and Remember the fallen soldiers who fought for our country! Celebrate how you choose, just don’t forget why we celebrate!*
- On the 25th, volunteers of Chalmette National Cemetery will drape flags over headstones in memory of our fallen troops. Volunteers will also be needed for pick up, folding, and repackaging of the flags today starting at 7:30am.*
- Stop by the Martin Luther King Library from 3:30pm-5pm for Karaoke fun! *
- Close out the month by immersing yourself in culture at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, FREE for NOLA residents on Thursdays, courtesy of the Helis Foundation from 10am-5pm.*
HAPPY MAY! Looking for more fun you can have in New Orleans with kids? Check out our New Orleans Event Calendar!