Summer is the best time to get the kids out of the house and really explore the outdoors. Here is a list of ten fun adventures you can take this summer in New Orleans with kids. These are sure to keep your explorers entertained! Be sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray.
Camp in a tent! Kids love to sleep outdoors. Being out of your comfort zone is exciting. If being away from the comforts of home isn’t your jam, pop up the tent in the backyard.
CREATE AN OBSTACLE COURSE
Grab chairs, boxes, sprinklers, balls, hula hoops, bubbles, and anything else you can grab. Show the kids how to do it by going through it yourself. They will love watching you dip and dive through the course. Once they get tired of running through, let them take turns designing a new course!
VISIT A LOCAL FARM
One of our favorites is Sugar Roots Farm. There are lots of animals for the kids to view and some to pet. We also enjoyed going to Grow Dat. This is a produce garden. They both have self-directed tours that are open to the public on Saturdays. Plan about 30 minutes for Grow Dat and at least an hour for Sugar Roots.
PAINT A SUMMER SCENE
Watch a sunrise or sunset and paint! Pick up a canvas and paint and let them paint the scenery. After it dries, hang it up at home. The canvas makes an easy display!
GO ON A HIKE
PICNIC UNDER THE WIND CHIME TREE
This tree is located in New Orleans City Park. It is located near the museum, close to Wisner Blvd. On a windy day, there is nothing more perfect than a picnic beneath this tree. Grab a blanket and enjoy a beautiful day!
SLIDE DOWN THE LEVEE ON CARDBOARD
This is a New Orleans tradition that every child should experience. Head over to the Lakefront or the nearest levee near you. Bring a large piece of cardboard and slide away!
CREATE A KID’S CARWASH!
Use PVC pipe, pool noodles, sprinklers, sponges, and mop heads to create a car wash for your kids to drive through with their bikes and toy cars. It’s a great way to stay cool and have fun on a hot day!
BACKYARD MOVIE NIGHT!
This is so much fun and can be done in different ways. One option is to set up blankets and pillows and kick back to watch the movie. For a drive-in twist, decorate a cardboard box to look like a car. For snacks, make a popcorn bar complete with freshly popped popcorn and a variety of toppings. The screen can be as simple as using your TV and DVD player. Another option is to hang a twin bed sheet and project the movie. Now, all that is left is to pick a family favorite and enjoy!
GO ON A WETLANDS WALK IN JEAN LAFITTE NATIONAL PARK!
Jean Lafitte is located in Marrero. They offer a free Wetlands Walk at 10 am every Wednesday through Sunday. A ranger will take you on a boardwalk trail through the swamp and marsh. The tour explores different trails throughout the week. There are also self-guided trails and cell phone tours.
Go to Camp U at Ursuline Academy
Ursuline Academy’s Camp U is truly a camp for every girl.
Girls from rising Toddler 3 through rising 7th grade have the opportunity to enjoy activities in both STEM and the arts while building friendships and making memories of a lifetime.
Ursuline’s innovative environment inspires girls to explore hands-on projects with their interests in mind and keeps them engaged with challenging concepts.
Ursuline believes in every girl— always has and always will, giving girls the opportunities to discover who they want to be. The Academy promises to provide a safe, fun environment while following all COVID-related guidelines. Through fun teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving, campers will explore innovative STEM projects as well as art, singing, cooking, decorating, baking, sewing, creative writing, music, water play, and much more.
What adventures are you taking this summer?
Tammy grew up in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with her Master’s in Special Education. She taught in elementary schools in the Greater New Orleans area for ten years. She is currently a Reading Instructor at Delgado Community College. She is also the Executive Director of the Reading Success Center, a local nonprofit that provides reading and writing intervention so that every child has equal access to exceptional educational services. In her free time, Tammy loves to explore the city with her three wonderful children.