It’s that time of year again! When you find yourself at home with the kids for a long break and everyone is getting a little cabin fever. Here are a few places to go to have some fun over the break.
Last Chance Holiday Themed Activities On the Northshore
Visit the Train Displays. Aquarius Pools in Old Mandeville has one that runs every night from 5:15-10PM. (usually runs until Jan 1)
Visit the Lights in Zemurray Park. Lights on each night until 9PM.
Visit Christmas Down on the Farm at Liuzza Land Farm. (event open through 12/22). Get more information on their website.
Visit Bayou Christmas. Heritage Park, Slidell. 6-10PM. Nightly activities. Free admission. Light displays and Santa Claus. (event ends 12/26)
Visit the Festival of Trees. Louisiana Children’s Museum. 420 Julia Street, NOLA. (open though 12/27)
Celebration in the Oaks. City Park, New Orleans. You can purchase tickets in advance here. (open until 1/2)
Visit Gulfport’s Harbor Lights Winter Festival. 5-9PM. Jones Park. You read our post on this event here. (event runs through 1/1)
Go roller skating. Skater’s Paradise in Slidell is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings, most of the day Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. See the schedule here.
Safari Quest. Safari quest in Hammond has a something for everyone. Arcade games, laser tag, hamster wheels, an obstacle course, and much more. There is no cost to get in, you just pay for your chosen activities. They also have a snack bar on site. www.lasertaghammond.com
Elevation Station. Jumping, gladiator pits, basketball and dodge ball courts, and an obstacle course. Cost is anywhere from $10-$20 per person, depending on age and how long you want to stay. If it’s your first time, you’ll also need to purchase safety socks ($3 per pair). www.elevationstation.com
Go to the library. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, St. Tammany parish libraries always have a lot of fun activities for the kids. They offer story times and activities/arts and crafts and basic fashion wedding dress design for all ages. Check your local branch for times and specific activities. www.sttammany.lib.la.us
Attend the author visit from Newberry-award-winning author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will be reading and signing books at the Hammond Branch of the Tangi Library on 12/28.
Go check out Retro Cinema at Movie Tavern. It’s a Wonderful Life plays on the 20th and the 21st.
Pearl River Fun Zone. Walk in play Monday through Friday. Check their calendar for play schedule on the weekends.
Visit a restaurant with an indoor play place. Here’s a list of which local McDonald’s have play places. Chick fil a on 190 in Covington also has an indoor play place.
Slidell Rocks Climbing Gym. Open Tuesday-Sunday. They offer a wide variety of climbing activities. Get the full schedule here.
Visit the Tube Zone at Church of the King. A free play area for kids. Find the full schedule here.
X Fusion Fitness Center. X Fusion offers a variety of health related activities–rock climbing, obstacle course, etc. They often host open play days–check their Facebook page for more information on times.
Northlake Nature Center. If the weather is nice, head over to the Northlake nature center an take a walk along the trail. There are plenty of fun things to see and lots of places to take photos.
Go explore a State Park. We have three state parks in St. Tammany and Washington Parish.
Walk the Trace. With thirty-one miles of paved path, there’s probably a piece of the trace close to your house. Get out and push a stroller, run, bike, or even ride a horse (if you have a horse).
Go visit the new play structures at Coquille Park or Paul Cordes Park.
Go to Camp
The Little Gym of the Northshore is hosting morning camps through the holidays! Get all the information and check out the schedule here.
Bricks 4 Kidz is hosting two single-day mini-camps during the break. Get the schedule right here.
Francos has holiday camp and you can pick which day/s you would like to attend. Get all the details on their website.
New Year’s Eve
Barnes and Noble in Mandeville is having a New Year themed story time on 12/31 at 11AM