There’s something about Spring Break–it seems to last forever. I suspect it’s that extra Friday. Whatever the reason, I always find myself looking for things to fill the time. I figured I’d help all the parents out there by compiling this cheat sheet. Here are a ton of ideas of things to do this upcoming holiday.
Spring Break Camps
Culinary Kids Easter Camp. 9AM-3PM. (after care available 8-5). Ages 5-13. Day rates or weekly.
Francos Athletic Club Easter Camp. April 19th-26th. 8AM-5:30PM. Daily and weekly rates available. Games, inflatable obstacle course, Easter arts & crafts, movies, fitness classes, tennis, lunch & snacks provided all for as low as $50/member if registered in advance. Call Childcare at 985.792.0210 for more information or to register. For ages 4-13.
X Fusion Family Fitness Center Camp. 7AM-4PM.
Need to Squeeze in Some Last Minute Easter?
The Easter Bunny is still available for photos at North Shore Square Mall on Saturday and Sunday and at Hammond Square on Saturday, April 20th. See their Facebook pages for times and details.
There are FIVE Easter events happening tomorrow, April 20th. See our Easter events list for all the details on those.
Go to the park! We’ve got splashpads all over. You could also visit one of our State Parks like Fontainebleau or Fairview-Riverside.
Go feed the ducks at the lakes next to Lakeview Hospital.
Drive across the lake and visit City Park. You can go to Storyland or ride on their historic carousel.
Take a walk in Neighborwoods–the Urban Natural area in the back of Beau Rivage subdivision.
Grab a Snowball at your favorite stand.
Head out to Splendor Farms in Bush and take a trail ride on one of their beautiful horses.
Grab a pole and head to the St. Tammany Fishing pier to see what you can catch.
Have a Picnic in the Park. Or even your backyard if you don’t feel like driving.
Spend a day or two at Land O Pines Family Campground. There’s always something fun to do at this family-oriented attraction. You can read more about Land O Pines in this post written a few year ago.
If you have older kids, head to Bayou Adventure and rent a kayak.
Take a long hike at Northlake Nature Center. They have beautiful covered paths for kids to explore.
Visit Global Wildlife and take a covered wagon tour. Giraffes and other exotics up close!
Visit the Insta-Gator Ranch in Covington (feels like Abita) and meet the people that raise alligators and maybe even pet one yourself!
Check out Rockin’ the Rails on Thursday, April 25th at 5PM at the Covington Trailhead.
Visit the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival in downtown Covington on April 27th and 28th. A variety of fun items are available as well as vintage collectibles, architectural salvage, live auction, an appraisal fair, food, live music and more.
Head to the country for Tickfaw’s Italian Festival. There are Carnival rides for the kids and plenty of good eats! For more information on this festival happening April 26th, 27th, and 28th, visit their website.
Participate in the Storywalk at either the Northlake Nature Center on April 26th or the Pearl River Library on April 25th from noon to 3PM. Storywalks combine reading with various activities and are designed to get the whole family moving. Get all the details on the library’s website.
Listen to Sugar Bomb and Baby and the Brasshearts play at the Mandeville Trailhead on Friday April 26th at 6:30PM.
Jump it out at Elevation Station or the new trampoline park, Altitude in Slidell.
Head to Safari Quest in Hammond and pick a fun activity–laser tag, arcade games, and more!
Visit the recently-opened Children’s Museum on Koop Drive in Mandeville.
Visit Children’s Discovery Center which offers fun activities every day and weekly themes.
Try an escape game at Escapology in Covington. Kids as young as seven can participate in this locked room activity.
Cross the state line and visit the Infinity Science Center. This is the perfect day if you’ve got a kiddo that’s obsessed with space. Read this great post on MS Gulf Coast Parent to learn more about the activities offered there.
While you’re in Mississippi you can also visit Lynn Meadows Discovery Center—a fun learning space for kids! If you’d like to know more about the center, you can read this post we wrote on it a few years ago.
Visit The English Tea Room in Covington and have a proper tea–their Lil Brits menu is perfect for kids 12 and under.
Go bouncing at the Pearl River Fun Zone.
Head to Church of the King and visit their tube zone. To see the schedule for the tube zone, check their website and scroll down a little.
Paint a masterpiece at Painting with a Twist.