It's officially FALL! Ok the seasons have changed but the weather hasn't. If we're lucky, things will cool off before Christmas. But even though it still feels like summer, it's still time for pumpkins and Halloween and football and giving thanks.
It's also the time of year where New Orleans is full of fun family friendly events. Here are some awesome activities that will make the perfect fall bucket list for New Orleans Kids.
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Touch A Truck
Do you kids like all things that go? Then Touch a truck is the perfect event for them. Touch a Truck will happen on November 1 and 2, 2019 at the Pontchartrain Center. The eighth annual Touch a Truck will provide children the opportunity to interact with the wide variety of businesses and vehicles that protect, serve, and build South Louisiana.
In addition to public ticket sales, JLNO’s Field Trip Friday program grants free entrance to students at under-served area schools.
There will also be a “Quiet Time” on Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm. The vehicles will not be permitted to run their sirens, lights, or horns during that period. If your child would prefer this environment to explore the event, please plan to arrive during this time.
Online tickets before the event are $10 each or a family pack of 5 tickets will is $40 or you can purchase your tickets at the door for $15 each or $60 for a family pack of 5 tickets. We're also giving away a family pack of tickets, you can enter on our Facebook Page.
Pick a Pumpkin
Make Your Own Halloween Costume
What's more fun than DIYing your Halloween Costume? Hope has some great New Orleans themed family costume ideas you can make. Best part is you can use them again for Mardi Gras.
Cheer on the Saints
Nothing says fall like football! Even though Drew is out for the next six or so weeks, it doesn't mean we don't have anything to cheer about. So go scream WHODAT until you're hoarse and cheer on our boys in black and gold.
Take A Spooky French Quarter Tour
Big kids will love a spooky haunted ghost tour through the French Quarter. Looking for something a little more kid friendly? Try a Spooky Tour from French Quartour Kids or this Spooky Family Walking Ghost Tour by Unique NOLA.
Krewe of Boo
Missing Mardi Gras Parades? Than head downtown for the Krewe of Boo Parade on Saturday, October 19 from 6:30 to 9 pm the parade begins at Elysian Fields and ends in the Warehouse District.
Visit the New Storyland
Storyland in New Orleans City Park reopens on Saturday, September 28. Go explore the new exhibits and have fun being a New Orleans kid again.
Take a Trip To Mrs Heather's
Venture across the lake to Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch. Pick a pumpkin, see the petting zoo, and play all day for just $7 a child.
Head over to the Jefferson Parish Library for spooky storytimes and crafts through out the month of October.
Visit the New Louisiana Children's Museum
Have you been to the new Louisiana Children's Museum? It's amazing, I can't wait to play in the Mississippi River exhibit and the fog sculpture – LOVE! If you haven't been fall is the perfect time to go visit this amazing museum.
Hit the Mall
Disneyfy your Pumpkin
You know that perfect pumpkin you picked? Why not show your Disney side and decorate it like your favorite Disney characters.
Visit the new baby Orangutan
Did you hear there is a new baby at the Audubon Zoo? Head over there and visit momma and baby and see all the other animals while you're there.
Get lost in a Corn Maze
There are a few corn mazes around Southeast Louisiana. Take a day trip and go get lost!
Trunk or Treat
All around the area local churches and community groups will be setting up trunk or treats and fall festivals. Go get that candy and have fun!
Watch the Sunset at the Fly
The Fly, the park located on the Mississippi River behind the Audubon Zoo, is a great place to spend the afternoon playing, picnicking and enjoying a autumn sunset.
Go Have Brunch
Play in New Orleans City Park
There is so much to see and do in New Orleans City Park. From playing Storyland to the exploring botanical gardens, to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, to City Putt to NOMA to… so much to do that it would take multiple days to do. Perfect way to spend a fall weekend if you ask me.
Boo at the Zoo
Late fall once the weather cools down a little is the perfect time to check out one of these Southeast Louisiana campgrounds. Don't forget to bring marshmallows for roasting!
Scout Island Scream Park
This new Halloween attraction in New Orleans City Park has something for the whole family. Big kids and adults will love the scary side of the scream park while little kids will have a blast in the Kid Zone. Open September 27th through October 27th and Halloween Night – Friday 6pm-midnight | Saturday 11am – midnight | Sunday 11am-11pm | Halloween Night 6pm – 11pm. The cost is $20 per person.
Play with Creepy Crawlies at Crawloween
Have some buggy fun for Halloween at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Halloween bug cookies, trick or treating, and more fun during regular hours on October 29 and 30. Dress up in your Halloween costume and get a discounted admission – $3 off for adults, $2 off for children under 12 years!
Go Batty at the Bat Festival
Celebrate Bat Appreciation Day at the Louisiana Nature Center. There will be a bat mascot, bat crafts and more batty fun on October 26 from 10am-4pm.
Baby Shark Do Do Do Do
If you aren't sick of this song yet check out Baby Shark Live at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts on October 13.
Go Back in Time
At the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, La on select days in November and December. One day tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
At the Beignet Fest on October 6 at the City Park Fair Grounds. Come back and tell us who has the best beignets in New Orleans! Cost is $5 per person and 12 and under is free.
Make Some Gumbo
Teach the next generation of New Orleanians how to make gumbo on National Gumbo Day – October 12.
Take A Swamp Tour
Now that the weather is a tad cooler (ok not really) it's a great time to take a swamp tour and see some alligators up close and personal.
You can go the traditional route down St. Charles through the Garden District or you can go down Canal Street and the riverfront. Either way a streetcar is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in New Orleans with Kids.
Go See Wicked
Older kids and musical theater lovers will love this musical twist of the Wizard of Oz story. Playing at the Saenger Theatre, October 2-20.
St. Tammany Parish Fair
I've been told this is one of the must do events of the fall! The fair runs October 2-6 at the St. Tammany Parish Fair Grounds in Covington.
Eat all the Chocolate
October 28 is National Chocolate Day so eat all the chocolate or make something with chocolate. Whatever, just celebrate because chocolate is life.
At the Mac and Cheese fest of course! October 12 from 11am-6pm at Armstrong Park.
Have Fun With Apples
Even though we can't really go apple picking around here we can still celebrate the fruit of the season with making apple pie or apple crafts or these great apple themed preschool activities!
Watch the Zombie Run
Or you can run it but I'm more of a watch it kind of girl myself. The run will happen on October 19 at 9am through the Warehouse District and features the Big Easy Roller Girls as Zombie Killers!
Give Back To New Orleans
Fall is the time of giving so give back to our awesome community with one of these great service project ideas.
Washington Parish Fair
Another one of those things I'm told is worth the drive. The Washington Parish Fair happens on October 16-19 at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton.
Make a Spooky Snack
Watch a Halloween Movie
We have a great list of kid friendly Halloween movies the whole family will love.
Starting November 1 through Thanksgiving Day, make a list of all the things you are thankful for then read them before Thanksgiving dinner.
What's on your Fall Bucket list?