A little over a week ago our team got the chance to preview the new Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans City Park. If we could use one word to describe the new museum it would be: AMAZING. Y'all this is the children's museum of our dreams. We can't wait to get in there and play ourselves. We think you are going to fall in LOVE all of the new interactive exhibits at the new Louisiana Children's Museum as much as we have. At least we hope you will.
This post is sponsored by the Louisiana Children's Museum.
Old Favorites With A New Twist
From the big blue iconic doors like the ones on Julia Street that welcome you to making giant bubbles. The new Louisiana Children's Museum gives nods to our old favorites with new twists.
Follow That Food brings back the grocery store that children love, allowing them to shop as they have always done. They can now explore where there food comes from with a kitchen, a cafe, a port area and more.
The giant bubble makers everyone loves are also back. The new ones are better than ever. There is even a square bubble maker that can accommodate wheelchairs. I mean how awesome is that?
The new Louisiana Children's Museum has a nod to Mr. Okra. Kids can pretend they are driving his fruit and vegetable truck through the City of New Orleans. There are even recordings made of his singing through the city selling his wares.
Play With Me
Play with me is an area just for babies and toddles under the age of 4 years old. The area includes soft play areas and is full of sensory experiences that are perfect for small children. Some of the exhibits include:
- Sensory Lagoon
- Cypress Tree Book Nook
- Peek-A-Boo Puppet Theater
- • Early Literacy Sensory Wall and more
Created by a Japanese artist, this is one of two in the United States. This sculpture is amazing and is one of the exhibits you will find outside the children's museum. Words can't describe how great this sculpture is, you just have to see it yourself.
Mississippi River Exhibit
This is one of my favorite exhibits in the whole museum. I love that our kids get to learn about the Mississippi River and how important it is to New Orleans in such a fun, hands on interactive way. There's a water wall, an interactive map of the river and more that allow children to follow the river from the Lake Itasca, MN through the Port of New Orleans all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Sounds Of the City
In the Make Your Mark exhibit children can explore the art and culture that make New Orleans special, including this interactive map of the city that showcases different sounds from the each unique city neighborhood. I hear Lil Wayne is one of the sounds.
Jammin' House Music
Also in the Make Your Mark exhibit is Jammin' House Music which allows children to explore the musicians and music that call New Orleans home. Don't worry about it getting too loud moms, the door to this part of the exhibit closes to help keep the noise level down.
Outside the museum are a variety of fun and interactive features for kids and families. Many of these activities are open to the public and free of charge.
Outdoor Activities Include:
- The Fog Sculpture
- Uncle Bo's Sensory Garden
- A cistern and tunnel where kids can splash after a rainy day
- The Burrow Hummock where can kids can play hide and seek
- a Toddler Lawn full of places for little ones to crawl, balance and climb.
- The Music Hummock where kids can explore with music and sound
- A Lagoon to explore and observe wetland ecosystems and more.
Local Kid Artists Featured
Throughout the museum you'll find drawings that look like a child drew them. That's because a child did draw them. The Louisiana Children's Museum is featuring local kid artists all around the museum. On the signs, on the walls, on the bathroom doors and more.
At Acorn, A Dickie Brennan & Company Café , you'll find yummy kid-friendly comfort food. There are also boozy freezie pops for adults.
What You Need To Know About Visiting The Louisiana Children's Museum
The Louisiana Children's Museum is located on 8.5 acres in New Orleans City Park (across from Christian Brothers School).
The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm.
The cost of admission for LCM is $14 per person ages 12 months and up. The museum also offers annual family memberships, birthday parties, special events and more. You can visit the Louisiana Children's Museum website for more information.