It’s summer in New Orleans and time for the dreaded “I’m BORED” chants to start daily. However, entertaining kids gets expensive. This is why we put together this list of FREE & CHEAP in New Orleans, sponsored by Rapid Urgent Care. Entertain the kids and save money – it’s a WIN WIN in our books.

FREE Museums In New Orleans

New Orleans Museum of Art

(New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents every Wednesday. Kids under 6 are FREE every day! The Sculpture Gardens are FREE every day and make for some nice photos too!

Ogden Museum

(New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents every Thursday. Children under 5 are FREE every day!

Contemporary Arts Center

( New Orleans): Free admission for Louisiana residents on Sundays – kids through Grade 12 are FREE everyday!

Historic New Orleans Collection

(New Orleans): Exhibitions are free to the general public every day! HNOC charges $5 to take a guided tours (free for members)

Audubon Nature Center 

The newest edition to the Audubon family of attractions, located in New Orleans east. The Nature Center brings us back to our childhood. Walking trails and nature exhibits in the museum area teach children all about the wildlife that calls our area home.

DIY Summer Fun in New Orleans

Home Depot FREE Kids Workshops:

On the 1st Saturday of Every Month, get your kids (Ages 5-12) involved in building on a small scale – no skills required! Workshops at most Home Depot locations! You must pre-register as space is limited.

Kenner Recreation Department:

The City of Kenner’s Recreation Department has a variety of craft and DIY classes for children and parents, all for a inexpensive price. Best part is you don’t have to be a Kenner resident to take the classes.

New Orleans Parks and Playgrounds

There are many local playgrounds in and around New Orleans offering green space to let the kids run – and many have nice playground equipment too – so take a drive and try out a different one! The kids will have fun trying something new!

Lafreniere Park

(Metairie) – The Spray Park (located near the Carousel) has 13 water features – 5 in-ground, 5 above ground and 3 water cannons. Open daily all summer from noon to 7 pm –  Cost is $5 per person (exact cash required) for 90-minutes of water play. Children 10 and under. There is a fun playground for little ones to burn off some energy before naptime too!

Duck Pond in Lafreniere Park 

One of my kid’s favorite activities! Feed the ducks, turtles, nutria, and whatever else you may find swimming in the water that day! Bring a water as it gets hot out there – I also suggest a snack for the kids unless you want them to eat some stale bread too!

LaSalle Park

Located next to Zephyr’s Field, LaSalle has a wildlife trail, playground and jogging/walking path. Bonus, it’s very shady!

Veterans Memorial Park

(Williams & W. Metairie in Kenner) – A perfect setting for many family photos on the old-time wagons and near the waterfall feature, they also have a playground for the kids to run around and burn off some energy.

Kenner City Park

(Loyola & Vintage in Kenner) Lots of green space and a playground for the kids! A handicapped playground is on site as well.

Jean Lafitte Barataria National Park  

FREE self-guided tours daily or Ranger guided Wetlands Walk at 10 am Wednesday-Sunday

City Park  

Not only is the park full of playgrounds and a hiking trail to explore, the City Park Botanical Garden is free to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays. You also can’t beat the price for a Season Pass to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland, it’s only $165 for a four-person family pass and includes admission to Storyland and unlimited amusement park rides every day!

City Park Sculpture Garden

Learn about art and get some sunshine while you’re at it. Toddlers can learn shapes and colors while older children can learn about the styles and techniques used to create some of the most breathtaking pieces.

FREE and Cheap Family Activities in New Orleans

Grand Theatre (Kenner)

The newest movie theater in Jefferson Parish is offering KIDS movies all summer long for the LOW price of $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am only with a DOUBLE FEATURE option each week! A great way to try out the theater with little ones to see if they can last through a film – and also a way to see the movies you missed on the big screen!

New Orleans Baby Cakes

Nothing says summer like a game of baseball! Tickets start at $5. Special deals and promotions running all the time such as the 4 for $44 promotion on Sundays that includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 small sodas, one souvenir program and a $5 coupon for the ‘Cakes Shop.

AMF Bowling Summer Games

Kids Pass (ages 15  and under) for $29.95 or an Adult Pass (ages 16 and over) for just $45.95, and you and your children can enjoy bowling 3 games every weekday from open til 8 pm weekdays/4 pm weekends all summer long! Runs from May 21,2018 – September 3,2018 at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.

Airline Skate Center

Kids Skate FREE all summer long (ages 13 and under)! Must register in advance – select dates/times vary.

ZOOvie Night at the Audubon Zoo

Come with your chairs and blankets, bring your own dinner or dine at the Zoo on select Friday nights in June and July.  All movies are $6 per person, (children under two years of age are free) and you’re welcome to bring chairs and blankets. No glass containers, open candles or pets, please. All movies will be shown at the Capital One Stage inside Audubon Zoo. You can also play in Cool Zoo/Gator Run before the movie for an additional $6 per person.

Chick Fil A Kenner Kids Nights

Different themed nights for family fun throughout the months of May and June at Chick Fil A Kenner. Also check out the Chick Fil A Harvey Facebook Page for family fun on the Westbank.

Family Friendly Activities In The New Orleans French Quarter

Tour the French Quarter

(New Orleans): Yes, the French Quarter can be KID-FRIENDLY! I suggest leaving before dark and maybe staying off Bourbon Street though! Just stroll along Royal Street and listen to the bands playing in the streets – get a little shopping in too!

Ride the Street Car

(St. Charles – Canal St – or the Riverfront) Cost is $1.25 (have exact change) and children under 2 are FREE. Great way to cruise the streets of New Orleans with the windows down!

The French Market:

Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Tour the Farmer’s Market/Flea Market area (starts near Ursuline and Decatur in New Orleans) – open every day for browsing, shopping, and eating! They have lots of events, including kid friendly activities so check their calendar before your next trip!

Algiers Ferry  

ALL ABOARD! My kids love to watch the big steamboats on the water…but that costs a lot! So board the Algiers Ferry (docks near the Aquarium on Canal St) and for $2 a person you have very happy kids – and a very happy mom! It is also a nice break from walking around especially with a nice breeze! We simply ride across to Algiers – and then ride right back to New Orleans! Note: You do have to pay $2 each way!

Woldenberg Rivefront Park Splash Pad:

Located in front of the Aquarium of the Americas this is a great place for children to have fun and cool off on a hot summer day.

Summer Classes In New Orleans

Kenner and Jefferson Parish Recreation Departments offer summer classes for all ages for a reduce fee. Classes include dance, acting, tumbling, art and more. New Orleans Recreation Department also has lots of activities to keep the kids entertained all summer!

Summer Reading Programs In New Orleans

Jefferson Parish Library:  

Win prizes for reading books and see special events at your local library. More information on summer reading and summer activities visit the library’s website. Eastbank | Westbank

Barnes and Noble:

Kids can earn a free book for completing the Reading Triathlon.  Barnes and Noble also has different story time and events throughout the week – Eastbank | Westbank

New Orleans Public Library

NOPL also has a summer reading program as well as summer activities too.

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20+ Free and Cheap Things to do in New Orleans This Summer