St. Charles Avenue: “Taking the Kids”

Louisiana Children's MuseumWith summer underway, parents all across the city are looking for ways to occupy the hours recently abandoned by the school day. While summer camps often help fill the void, there are still plenty of hours to be accounted for, and fortunately New Orleans is a city with endless opportunities for family fun. Whether you’re looking for an all-day affair to keep the young ones entertained or simply an afternoon or morning activity to add to the day’s agenda, options abound for parents whose kids are prone to asking, “What are we going to do today?”

One obvious choice for a fun place to take the kids is the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Located at 420 Julia St. in the Warehouse District, the Museum offers 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and educational programs promoting hands-on, participatory learning for children; the activities are educational and cultural without seeming too school-like.

Newly opened is an exhibit highlighting and exploring Vietnamese culture, specifically through the Tet celebration. Called “Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival,” the traveling exhibition showcases Vietnamese traditions, customs and values through interactive festival-related exhibits.

“Visitors can explore the Marketplace to select traditional flowers and pretend food items to prepare for the celebration. In the Home section of the exhibit, families can dress up in customary Ao Dai and pose for interactive family photos,” says CEO Julia Bland. Additionally, children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask, engage with the parades, games and music, and participate in a (perpetual) midnight celebration with visitor-created fireworks.

Family memberships allow parents and children the ability to enjoy the museum all year long at a variety of levels. Memberships include free admission and a number of discounts and savings on parties, programs and more. Thanks to support from the Helis Foundation, the Louisiana Children’s Museum will host a free admission day on Sun., June 26.

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