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 through Christmas. Last train ride is December 23rd.

Drive thru the Christmas lights on Liuzza Farm in Amite. Open the 23rd and the 29th of December.

Visit Bayou Christmas. Heritage Park, Slidell. 6-10PM. Nightly activities. Free admission. Light displays and Santa Claus. (event ends 12/23)

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 1/1). Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Attend NOLA ChristmasFest. Ernest Morial Convention Center. You can read out post about ChristmasFest here. Tickets available for purchase here. (open until 12/31)

Visit Gulfport’s Harbor Lights Winter Festival. 5-9PM. Jones Park. You read our post on this event here. (event runs through 12/31)

Visit the Shadrack Christmas Wonderland in Gonzales. This is the first year for the drive thru Christmas light display, so we haven’t seen it yet, but it’s getting great reviews! (runs through 1/7)

Indoor Activities

Go Bowling. There are alleys in MandevilleHammond, and Slidell.

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. There’s also a new skating rink in Ponchatoula that I hear is definitely worth checking out!

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.

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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).

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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.

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.

Outdoor Activities

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).

New Year’s Celebrations

Get a sneak peek at the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany at the Noon Year’s Eve Bash! There will also be food from Sticks-n-Bones BBQ, a live DJ, and a balloon drop at Noon. Get your tickets here.

Visit the Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond where they’ll be ringing in the New Year every hour.

Ring in the New Year at noon at the Children’s Museum in New Orleans. Children will make party hats and noise makers, will celebrate with a balloon drop at noon. Event pricing applies–get your tickets here.

Go to Camp

The Little Gym of the Northshore will be hosting winter camps beginning December 26th. Don’t worry about the weather and let you little ones get some energy out at these fun camps that run 9AM-noon. Call The Little Gym now to get your child enrolled 985-971-8989.

About The Little Gym

The Little Gym is the world’s premier enrichment and physical development center for children ages 4 months through 12 years. Programs offer children a Springboard to Life’s Adventures by using movement-based learning and imaginative play to help build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood. You can visit their website, their facebook page, or call them at 985-971-8989.

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I am a stay at home mom to two little girls who keep me running. I also care for my elderly grandmother full time. I'm a fan of fitness, mainly because I'm an even bigger fan of cooking and eating. When I'm not busy juggling other people's busy schedules, I can usually be found with my nose in a book or conducting bold experiments in my kitchen, some of which are quite tasty.

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