Summer can be tough for parents looking to plan a day out for their active kids without sweltering in the sun or trying to outsmart the tricky summer weather. However, take note of these fun places for your children you can find around the greater New Orleans area.
Here are some indoor playgrounds around the area for that gets kids out of the house but keeps them in the air-conditioning.
Children's Museum of St. Tammany
The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany features exhibits primarily appealing to toddlers through early childhood-aged children and special programming for older children. Kids can dabble into exciting exhibits including a supermarket and a diner where kids can get some hands-on fun. At the supermarket, kids can pick up their own groceries and check them out at the cash register. Children can also test out a diner where they can select their meal from the menu and see how to prepare it. Other fun exhibits include a climbing wall, an 8-foot magnetic ball wall and even an exhibit where kids can experience what it’s like to build their own rollercoaster. Admission is $7 for any guest over 12 months of age. Photo courtesy: Children’s Museum of St. Tammany
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 $10. 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 one 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 vary. The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium opens Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photo courtesy: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
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 around $10 to $20 depending on kids age and the length of time. Visit the website for available hours and pricing. Photo courtesy: Sector 6
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 $10 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
Surge Trampoline Park
Jump, climb, fall and fly at Metairie’s hopping attraction, Surge Trampoline Park. The 33,000 square-foot space is filled with trampolines, padded log rolls, foam pits, rock walls, flying trapeze, a jousting battle beam and a spinning wipe out. The park also hosts overnight slumber parties, field trips, birthday parties and corporate team building events. Parents with young children can take advantage of toddler time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Single jumper prices start at $12.95. Photo courtesy: Surge Trampoline Park
Playmakers Indoor Sports Center
Skip the heat outside and play your favorite sport with the benefit of A/C. This indoor turf facility features youth and adult sports at all skill levels. Games include soccer, lacrosse and flag football. Guests can sign up for leagues, group events, drop-in play, field rental, kids parties, camps and clinics. Playmakers Indoor Sports Center offers locations on both the North Shore and South Shore. Photo courtesy: Pixabay
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 and to save a few bucks. The Audubon Aquarium opens Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.