Louisiana Children’s Museum reopens with popular exhibits, new outdoor activities

The Louisiana Children’s Museum reopens for play on Saturday, May 29, just time for summer break.

Families can once again enjoy all of those popular exhibits inside the Louisiana Children’s Museum, including the supermarket, as officials get ready to reopen this weekend.

Source: Louisiana Children’s Museum

After a rollercoaster of openings and closings during the pandemic, the museum says it’s finally ready for guests to return. And hopefully, this time around, it’s for good.

“I think we’ve had every reaction possible, every emotion possible over time, and now we are filled with joy and excitement,” the museum’s CEO Julia Bland said.

Bland says safety comes first. That means requiring masks for everyone over eight years old.

“We have CDC guidelines, we have guidelines from the state, we have guidelines from the city and we have facility-specific guidelines,” Bland said. “So we are following what we’re told we have to do.”

Kids between the ages of three and seven are also encouraged to mask up, and families must book tickets online to help control crowds.

“We are anticipating with timed ticketing that we’ll have a certain number of guests per hour throughout the eight-and-a-half acres of grounds,” Bland said.

And the museum plans to take full advantage of the grounds with fun new ways to explore outdoors.

“On a regular basis, we’ll be offering nature tours for our families to come and take a guided tour, guided experience around our acreage and our gardens and our landscapes to learn more about our healthy ecosystems and habitats,” Bland said.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum reopens for play on May 29. Photo credit: Crista Rock

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Bland says the new tours are just one way the museum hopes to expand its important role in childhood development.

“One of the things that we’ve all worried about is the losses of the normal experiences that children have had over the last 15 months: the separation from friends, the lack of social and emotional development,” Bland said.

Rebuilding those learning blocks for kids through playtime and supporting parents as a resource.

Admission to the LCM is $14 per person for adults and children 12 months and older. LCM Family Memberships are also available for purchase and include general admission for a full year of play and exploration.

Advance timed-entry tickets will be required for both the public and LCM members to effectively manage the number of guests in indoor exhibit galleries and outdoor landscapes and gardens in accordance with City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana guidelines.

Louisiana Children’s Museum and museum store will open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. throughout the summer months. Acorn Café is open for families and park-goers for dine-in, outdoor seating or orders to-go.

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