Parents, if you're on a mission to combat a rainy weekend, take note of these fun, kid-friendly activities. Here are six places for indoor fun that gets kids out of the house, while keeping them out of the rain.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Explore while learning about the underwater world at Audubon Aquarium. Your little curious ones can get up close with some of the ocean’s most interesting creatures. One tip for parents: Purchase your tickets online and print them at home to avoid long lines. Ticket prices range from around $19 to $25 plus sales tax per person. Admission is free for Audubon members — an option to explore if your family frequents the zoo, aquarium or insectarium. Also, parking validations are available for patrons at select parking lots near the location. Visit the link above, and see the section titled “discounted parking.” The Audubon Aquarium opens Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Louisiana Children's Museum
This interactive museum puts a fun spin on learning while keeping kids active. With more than 100 hands-on exhibits, the Louisiana Children’s Museum has plenty to keep restless minds occupied. In addition to regular exhibits, the museum offers a calendar of events loaded with special programs. Admission is $8.50 plus tax per person. One tip for parents: Admission is valid for the entire day. So, hang on to your receipt for re-entry if you plan to return later that day. The museum’s summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
Take a walk on the wild side at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Learn about bugs and critters of all kinds while enjoying plenty of cool exhibits. Explore what it feels like to be the size of an ant at the “Richard C. Colton, Jr. Underground Gallery” exhibit. Kids can try edible bugs at “Bug Appétit,” where chefs incorporate bugs into their exotic culinary creations. One tip for parents: Plan ahead by checking exhibit schedules for closing times. Some exhibits, like Bon Bug Appétit, close early. Ticket prices range from around $15 to $20 plus sales tax per person. Admission is free for Audubon members — an option to explore if your family frequents the zoo, aquarium or insectarium. Also, parking validations are available for patrons at select parking lots near the location. Visit the link above, and see the section titled “discounted parking.” The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium opens Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
The Monkey Room Indoor Playground
Let kids monkey around at this indoor playground designed with fun obstacles. The Monkey Room is split into one area for kids of all ages and a second toddlers-only play area. One tip for parents: Bring socks to avoid the extra charge upon entry. Socks are required in the play area. Admission is $9 for full access or $7 for the toddler-only area. The Monkey Room opens Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s closed on Tuesdays. Check the calendar for special hours. Photo courtesy: The Monkey Room Indoor Playground
Kids can burn their built-up energy by bouncing around this indoor inflatable playground. The inflatable oasis features a 20-foot Batman along with giant slides and a pirate ship. One tip for parents: BooKoo Bounce says they broadcast major sporting networking events at their facility. The walk-in play rate is $8.50 plus tax per child for 90 minutes of bounce time. Visit the website for walk-in play availability times. Photo courtesy: BooKoo Bounce
Your little adrenaline junkie can defy gravity at Sector 6. Sometimes parents have just as much fun as kids at the extreme air sports facility. Sector 6 features activities such as “Extreme Dodgeball” and the “Ninja Obstacle Course.” One tip for parents: Check the calendar for themed activities such as “Family Night” that may offer discounts during the event. Pricing ranges from $10 – $20 depending on kids age and the length of time. Visit the website for available hours and pricing. Photo courtesy: Sector 6