Northshore Cheap Summer Fun

This year’s free summer fun list is brought to you by Rapid Urgent Care, open 365 days a year–even holidays.


Abita Mystery House. 22275 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs. $3/person. Open 10AM-5PM seven days a week. An outrageous collection of “things” for your family to explore.

Abita Springs Trailhead Museum. Abita Trailhead–next to the Brew Pub. Documents the history of Abita Springs. Fri-Sat. 10AM-5PM. Sunday Noon-5PM. Other times by appointment for schools, groups, etc. Free.

Camp Moore Museum and Cemetery. 70640 Camp Moore Rd.
Kentwood, LA 70444. Located 25 miles north of Hammond, this is the largest Confederate Training Camp in Louisiana and the only one still open to the public in the U.S. Its museum displays personal artifacts of the common soldier. It’s open Wed-Sat from 10AM-3PM.

Collinswood School Museum. 100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, LA 70454. Antique quilts and furnishings, early household products, and Native American artifacts. FREE.

Covington Brewhouse Tours. 226 East Lockwood Street, Covington. Tours every Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30. Family friendly and Free. Anyone who drinks must be 21 and have proof of age.

Covington Trailhead Museum. Covington Trailhead. Take a stroll through Covington’s past. The museum includes a short film, photos and interactive kiosks. The museum is open Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Free.

H.J. Smith and Son’s General Store. 308 N Columbia St. Free. Part store, part collection of local memorabilia, this Covington institution has been in operation since 1876. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30AM-5PM. Wednesdays from 8:30AM-Noon. Saturdays 8:30AM-1PM. Free.

Independence Italian Cultural Museum. 524 Pine St., Independence, LA 70433. Open Saturdays from 10:30AM-2:30PM. Documents the Italian culture in Tangipahoa parish. FREE.

Kentwood Historical and Cultural Arts Museum. 204 Ave. E., Kentwood, LA 70444. This museum dedicates part of its space to pop star Britney Spears who was born and raised in Kentwood. There is also a section dedicated to WWII Veterans.

Louisiana Treasures Museum. 10290 Highway 22, Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Open Saturdays 10AM-4PM and Sundays Noon-4PM. A variety of items from Louisiana’s past including everything from arrow heads to early dry cleaning equipment. Admission is $3/person.

Lake Ponchartrain Basin Museum. 133 Mabel Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447. Open Tue-Sat 10AM-4PM. Open Sun. 12-4PM. Closed Mondays. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children. Kids under age 5 are free. Men and women in uniform are free. 

Otis House. Fairview Riverside Park. Tue-Sat. 9AM-5PM. 1880s-era home available for tours. Admission $4 per adult. Seniors and children 12 & under free.

Slidell Museum. 2020 First Street Slidell, LA 70458. Free. Find out more about the history of Slidell including a large exhibit dedicated to the War Between the States. They’ve now added a Mardi Gras exhibit featuring over 800 pieces of carnival memorabilia. Wed-Fri 10AM-4PM. Saturday 10AM-2PM.

Do It Yourself

Home Depot. Free workshops for kids on a regular basis. See their website for more information. 

Michael’s Kids Club. Kids classes for ages 6-14. Most session are $3.00/child. They also have family classes which are often free. Check out the schedule here–just pick out your local store.

In addition to Kids Club, Michael’s is also hosting Camp Creativity this summer in June and July. These crafting sessions are for ages 3 & up and usually cost $3. I’m seeing it offered at the Slidell location online but not at Covington. Learn more here.

Local Parks/Playgrounds

Abita Splash Pad. Free and always fun!

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Lacombe. Boy Scout boardwalk available so you can walk and look at wildlife. More information and educational materials can be found here. Or you can check out a picture of my crew taking the boardwalk this past fall.

East Lakefront Children’s Park. Splashpad, swings, two sliding/climbing structures, and a beach! (beware of wildlife). I took one of my all-time favorite pictures there last summer.

Fontainebleau State Park. 62883 Hwy. 1089 Mandeville, LA 70448. Open Sunday-Thursday 6AM-9PM and Friday/Saturday 6AM-10PM. Beach and boardwalk. Admission $3/person. Seniors and children under 3 get in free.

Neighborwoods. End of Garden Avenue in Beau Rivage subdivision. Open Mon-Sun Sunrise to Sunset. Trails are open to all ages, pets, and bicycles.

Mandeville Trailhead Splash Pad. 

Chappapeela Park. Located in Tangipahoa parish, this splash pad is COVERED! My kids had a blast here. There’s also a small playground.


Kid Flicks. Grand Theater in Slidell. $4 buys a movie ticket, a box of popcorn, and a small kid’s drink. Box office opens at 9:30 and you should arrive early. The schedule for this summer hasn’t been released yet, but I promise to share it as soon as it is!

Kids Bowl Free–Tangi Lanes in Hammond participates in Kids Bowl Free–an event that allows kids two free games each week day. Sign up on the Kids Bowl Free website to get your tickets sent via email.

Summer Movie Express. Regal Covington 14. $1 movie admission. Movies start at 10AM. See full schedule here.

The Tube Zone at Church of the King is open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Summer Reading

Barnes and Noble. Reads books to earn a free book! Find all the details here.

St. Tammany Parish Library. Summer reading kickoff is happening on May 24th in Slidell and May 25th in Madisonville. They will have activities all through June and the first week of July.

Tangipahoa Parish Library. Tangi Libraries participate in the summer reading challenge too. You can sign up for that here.

WANT TO HANG OUT WITH OTHER PARENTS THIS SUMMER? Join our 75 Days of Summer Group on Facebook.

Special Events

The City of Mandeville will be having a free movie night on May 31st at the Mandeville Trailhead. The movie will be Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will be hosting Chalk Fest on June 1st from 10AM-4PM. See artists as they create and have the opportunity to purchase food and drink.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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