2020 Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Baton Rouge – Virtually Anywhere!

Disclosure :: Special thanks to our sponsors, Rapid Urgent Care and East Baton Rouge Parish Library, for making this Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in (and around) Baton Rouge possible! 

2020 Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Baton Rouge – Virtually Anywhere!



Summer may look a little different this year, but we still have all the ideas to fill your days with fun!

While we know some camps have been cancelled, there are other summer camp options that are still open.  Check out the The Ultimate Guide to Baton Rouge Summer Camps for an updated list! Please note, we recognize that this is a fluid situation and we are updating the guide as often as we possibly can!

A Few Important Notes From Our Sponsors Who Made This Guide Possible ::

Rapid Urgent Care

Rapid Urgent Care is now open in Albany! Rapid Urgent Care Albany is located at 19115 Florida Blvd next to Anytime Fitness. Rapid Urgent Care Albany is now open every single day of the year including holidays to meet your urgent care needs – this summer and throughout the year! This location includes X-Ray and Lab services on site. Rapid Urgent Care Albany commonly treat aliments such as the flu and flu-like illnesses. These include colds, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, and strep throat. They will also treat sprains, minor trauma, and fractures. Their on site X-Ray facility helps to determine if you have a broken bone or perhaps just a sprained muscle and their lab can provide many tests with immediate results.

Rapid Urgent Care Albany is in network with most major insurance carriers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, CIgna, United Healthcare, Humana, Gilsbar and People’s Health. We will also accept Medicare,Tricare, Medicaid, and most Managed Care Plans at this location.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library ::: The EBRP Library Summer Reading Program is going digital this summer! This year’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Your Story!, begins on June 1 and runs through August 15. But it’s Summer Reading, Re-Imagined as we transition to a new online program. Our traditional summer reading program, which relied on paper logs, regular visits to the library, and attendance at library programs, was impacted by the ongoing disruption due to COVID-19, and we needed to offer something that could work from a distance. Powered by Beanstack, our new program hosting software, there are seven Summer Reading Challenges for all ages. It’s easy! Just read and complete activities to earn badges. Each challenge (except Red Stick @Home) has both a reading/logging component and an activity component. The rules, requirements, badges, and incentives vary based on the age group.

There are three fun-filled programs for children based on their ages and reading levels: Dragon Cubs, for ages 0-5; Heroes in Training, for ages 5-8; and Storybook Adventurers, for ages 8-11. For Dragon Cubs, children can log up to 30 books to earn reading badges and complete up to 24 activity badges. Both Heroes in Training and Storybook Adventurers can earn up to 75 reading badges by completing timed reading sessions and collect up to 60 activity badges! All three Children’s Challenges can earn up to five entries into our weekly drawings. Completion packets will include a choice of two free book bags, a free book, and coupons from area vendors, while supplies last.

Our Teen Challenge, designed for ages 11-18, allows readers to earn up to 105 reading badges by completing timed reading sessions and complete seven quests (combined activities) to earn activity badges! Challenge yourself to collect all 112 badges this summer! Earn up to 22 entries into the weekly drawings for each of the milestone badges! Teen completion packets will include a free backpack with a surprise inside. Adults, we would never leave you out! Our Adult Challenge, for ages 18 and up, still requires reading a minimum of three books to earn completion, but you can also keep reading and logging as in the past “paper” years. There are 24 activity badges designed to have you explore our website, databases, and your own personal account online. Adults will receive a canvas tote for their completion incentive.

If you’re looking for something more simplistic, you’ll enjoy our All Abilities Challenge for all ages and all skill levels. These can be completed as an individual or with a helper. Each participant can read and log up to 20 books at whichever level of reading they desire and earn up to 16 activity badges, with assistance or without. Once you’ve read all your books, stop by the Children’s Room at your local branch for a completion certificate! And last but not least … our Red Stick at Home Challenge, for ages 5 and up, includes 33 activity badges designed to have patrons explore our community and support local organizations.

At the end of the summer, grand prize winners will receive prizes donated by area merchants and the Patrons of the Public Library. Start by registering yourself or a member(s) of your family. You’ll be able to sign up either through the link on our website, the FREE mobile app, or by speaking with a staff member. Stay tuned for more updates as we prepare to go digital this summer!

Local Virtual Adventures

BREC Refresh :: Refresh your mind online and outdoors with our Play & Grow Pros Refresh. Check out virtual versions of some of your favorite BREC activities and adventures. See which of parks still open and safe to visit as well as some ideas for you and your family to do that will revive and refresh your mind in a positive and safe way. Play, discover and grow safely with BREC today!

East Baton Rouge Digital Library :: The Digital Library is always open! We’ve got you covered with online resources. See the staff picks for you and your kids and all of our online resources in The Digital Library.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library Kids :: Check out their Facebook page for fun activities, read aloud storytime videos and more!

Kids Orchestra (KO) :: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kids’ Orchestra (KO) has joined community collaborations to help students across East Baton Rouge Parish gain access to summertime music education and enrichment opportunities. To keep music alive this summer, KO is providing music resources to the community through two summer camp initiatives – LA Summer Experience 2020 and The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Artsplosion Summer Camp. LA Summer Experience is a coalition of youth-serving organizations providing virtual summertime programming for students from June 1 through July 10 and is free to attend, but registration is required. In addition to LA Summer Experience 2020, KO is serving the community through music by joining the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Artsplosion Summer Camp, which runs with a limited in-person capacity from July 6 – July 31. KO will provide music enrichment programming during the first week, from July 6 – July 10. The cost to attend is $275 per week.

Louisiana 4-H’s Virtual Recess:: Daily activities and challenges to keep kids’ minds and body active.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Education at Home :: Do you know someone eager to learn about nature? Are you looking for some free resources to teach children about Louisiana’s fish and wildlife? Look no further. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has curated several great resources.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens At Home Resources :: The perfect resource for parents, educators, and plant enthusiasts to learn about different ways to engage with nature at home.

LSU Museum of Art 360-degree tour :: See a permanent collection at the LSU Museum of Art.

Mike the Tiger Cam :: See LSU’s Mascot live from home!

Red Stick Spice Company :: Learn to cook a new dish during their Facebook Live videos!

Virtual USS KIDD Ship Tour :: USS KIDD is a warrior and a survivor. Launched in 1943, she carries the blood, sweat, and tears, the hopes and aspirations, of the men and women who built her, sailed her, and saved her. She has persevered and, in these trying times, we can all glean lessons from her history.

Now Re-Opened Indoor/Outdoor Fun

All Star Lanes :: Reopening as of June 5 at 50%! We have social distancing and sanitation procedures in place to keep everyone safe.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo :: We are thrilled to announce that we are re-opening for Friends of the Zoo Members May 18th – May 20th and for the public on May 21st. Additional safety modifications will be in place at every turn. Please familiarize yourself with the ways we’re prepping for your happy & healthy return. See you soon!

BREC Facilities ::

BREC Splash Pads are officially opening June 22! They will open at noon and hours of operation will be split into sessions to allow for sanitizing. Capacity will be a max of 40 children for all splash pads and all guests must continue to follow the CDC guidelines for physical distancing. Session info:
Session 1 – 12:00-2:30pm
Session 2 – 4:00-6:30pm

Facilities opening in Phase 2 on Monday, June 8:

In stage one, the following facilities and amenities will reopen with safety restrictions and modifications in place:

  • Baton Rouge Zoo (Members-only opening 18-20 and Public opening May 21)
  • Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center trails (May 18)
  • Dog parks (May 18)
  • Magnolia Mound grounds (May 18)
  • Public restrooms in community parks (May 18)
  • Recreation centers in community parks (May 18)
  • Tennis centers (May 18)
  • Neighborhood practice fields for individual or same household activities with groups under ten people (Continuous)
  • Trails and green spaces will remain open as they have throughout the pandemic; golf courses will also remain open (Continuous)

Cheeky Monkey :: Cheeky Monkey’s is a safe indoor environment that encourages children to see just how far their imagination can go. Climb around in the indoor playground, build a castle with huge blocks, ride around on the mini track, or create beautiful artwork. We’re finally open for Parties and Play Dates (by Appointment only). Hurry! Limited spots available and they are going fast! Open play will not begin until further notice due to social distancing guidelines.

DEFY Baton Rouge :: Enjoy Trampolines, Dodgeball, Foam Pits, Dunk Hoops, a Ninja Obstacle Course, EuroTramp, Jousting Beams, Slacklines, and more! We at Defy Baton Rouge are making sure we keep our park and all of our attractions clean! Stay up to date on our cleaning procedures by visiting our website!

Fishing :: Nothing like the simple pleasure of fishing! Here’s a listing of local lakes and ponds.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum :: We are thrilled to announce that LASM is opening for its pilot reopening program on Saturday, May 30, in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. The program will include Stargazing, which is a live, presenter-led exploration of the local nighttime sky, Magic Tree House: Space Mission, and America’s Musical Journey. Tickets (only 42 available to meet 25% capacity requirements in the planetarium) are $15 and include free parking in LASM’s employee lot.

LSU Hilltop Arboretum :: Their fourteen extraordinarily beautiful acres in Baton Rouge showcase an extensive collection of Louisiana native trees and shrubs. Cross the old footbridge overlooking a twenty foot deep ravine and wander into the tranquil “cathedral”, where tree canopies form a green protective room or discover the bamboo grove where you can sit and listen to the wind in the trees.

LSU Rural Life Museum :: We are open – outdoors only! Come to the country and staycation in your own back yard! Dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of materials from the cultures of 18th and 19th century rural Louisianians, this is a gem in the heart of our city that you don’t want to miss. Get lost in exploration with the whole family in a time gone by.

Main Event :: Join us for over 49,000 square feet of FUN, games, food, and excitement – it’s all here at Main Event! Our commitment to safety doesn’t stop at cleaning and sanitizing, it also includes a promise to communicate. For more information about our Play Smart, Play Safe plan, visit at www.maineventsafety.com.

Mike the Tiger :: Visit the famed Tiger and LSU Mascot in his 15,000-square foot habitat. Geaux Tigers!

Red Stick Farmers Market :: Shop local farmers while teaching your kids where their food comes from and the importance of buying locally every Saturday morning.

State Parks :: parks are open for fishing, hiking, and biking from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily. State Historic Sites are open for grounds-only visits from 9:00am to 5:00pm; please visit the Fees & Facilities page for daily schedules. Overnight facilities at our parks are open to Louisiana residents, and tours at historic sites will be available for groups of 9 or fewer (allowing for one tour guide, to keep the group to 10 or fewer), effective Friday May 15.

Tunica Hills :: a beautiful piece of heaven that is located right over the state line in Woodville, MS. If you have never been before, go ahead and plan a trip with your family. Here are a few things you need to know before going!

USS KIDD :: The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will reopen for touring Monday, May 18, 2020, with new hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm DAILY. For continued safety, we ask that our guests practice stringent social distancing (6 ft. for civilians = 1 fathom for sailors). Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations. Our staff will be wearing masks and we recommend that you do too (no Mardi Gras, hockey, or super hero masks, please … they’re just not effective). We’ve even adapted our tour route to help preclude too many people in close proximity to each other. And we’ll be cleaning hand rails and other touch points regularly. We hope you’ll join us. We’ve missed you!

At Home Fun

Happy Summer!

Jenny
Jenny is originally from Kenner, LA, and considers herself a New Orleans girl at heart. She moved to Pineville in 2004 to attend college where she met her funny and always entertaining husband Brandon. Together they relocated to Baton Rouge almost 10 years ago and married in 2008. They added their joyful daughter Salem to the crew in April 2014, blue-eyed son Declan in July 2015, and baby Liesel in 2019 and now live in Zachary. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU and has previously done some freelance writing. She now works full-time for the State of Louisiana. She and her family enjoy spending time together, making each other laugh and being a part of their church community. She loves wandering around Target, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, having people over and making any kind of craft.

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