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! If you are looking for things to do with kids in Baton Rouge, we have you covered, mama!
2021 Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Baton Rouge
Summer is coming! However you’re planning on spending the season, we have some great ideas for Baton Rouge family fun. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post for a printable summer bucket list!
Need camps? Don’t forget to check out the Ultimate Guide to Baton Rouge Summer Camps for an updated list of the best camps in and around Baton Rouge!
A Few Important Notes From Our Sponsors Who Made This Guide Possible ::
Rapid Urgent Care is open every single day of the year including holidays to meet your urgent care needs – this summer and throughout the year! All locations include X-Ray and Lab services on site. Rapid Urgent Care commonly treats 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.
Whether you plan to hang out at home or be out and about with your kids in Baton Rouge this summer, we’ve got tons of fun in store for you at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library!
We will have two reading challenges this summer: one for ages 0-5, and one for ages 5-11. Kids will have the opportunity to enter their name into summer incentive drawings by completing their reading goals. There also will be several chances to complete fun activities to earn virtual badges – collect them all!
- We will have the following virtual programs available this summer:
- Page Turner Animal Adventures: We will have a new craft activity, a virtual tour, or a virtual performance every weekday beginning June 7 through July 30!
- Checkers Library TV: Every Monday, beginning on June 7, Checkers will release a new video full of fun as well as printable activities. You may even see some of the Checkers Library TV videos at some of your local EBRP Library branches!
- We will have Johnette Downing’s fantastic Wild and Wooly Wiggle Songs video!
- Harvey Rabbit and Friends return with a video performance, available this summer!
- We have a new performer, Yasu Ishida, who will be doing both pre-recorded and LIVE programming with his Japanese storytelling and Magic!
- Another new virtual performer is the Animal Tales Southeast bringing both pre-recorded and LIVE programming with live animals and reptiles!
YES! There will be in-house programming designed for Baton Rouge families at select Library locations!
- Some in-house crafts will be available for children ages 8-11
- We will be offering Story & Geaux programming for ages 6-11 where they can listen to stories and be introduced to the craft they will be taking home to complete
- Our local juggler extraordinaire, Wink Danenberg, will return for juggling workshops at five Library locations
- Farmer Minor & Daisy the Reading Pig will make an appearance at eight Library locations
- Both the Baton Rouge Youth Ballet and the Tri-Parish ballet will perform at the Main Library at Goodwood and the River Center Branch.
- Mike Artell, a local author/illustrator, will visit several Library locations to lead a cartooning workshop
For our younger aged patrons
We will continue to offer our fabulously fun Grab & Geaux crafts each week for our youngest patrons!
Celebration Station :: Celebration Station in Baton Rouge offers both indoor and outdoor attractions. Outside attractions include go-karts, bumper cars, miniature golf, playland rides, and batting cages. Inside, enjoy our arcade with the latest and greatest games.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library :: The library is open to the public! Book stacks are open for browsing, but call ahead/pick up services are still operational.
Knock Knock Children’s Museum :: After more than a year, Knock Knock will reopen this coming June 2021, with the full Knock Knock experience of hands-on, imaginative play in our 18 Learning Zones. Updates on the exact reopening date will be make on the website and social media platforms soon.
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 Museum of Art :: The LSU Museum of Art is the only dedicated art museum in the City of Baton Rouge, and houses one of the largest university art collections in the American South. The collection consists of more than 6,500 objects, ranging from a world-class collection of Chinese jade to one of the most comprehensive public collections of Louisiana art.
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.
Top Golf :: A sports entertainment complex that features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy. Paired with an outstanding food and beverage menu, climate-controlled hitting bays and music.
Uptown Climbing :: Louisiana’s largest indoor rock climbing gym with 10,000+ square feet of climbing for all skills. Plus Fitness, Yoga, Parties, and more.
USS KIDD :: USS Kidd is recognized as one of the most authentically restored vessels in the world by the Historic Naval Ships Association, an organization whose fleet spans several nations scattered across five continents. The attached Veterans Museum displays a variety of artifacts that celebrate veteran and naval military history, with displays and interesting artifacts for all generations.
Watch a movie ::
- AMC 15
- AMC 16
- Celebrity Theater (reopening April 30)
- Cinemark Perkins Rowe
- Movie Tavern Citiplace (reopening May 7)
- Movie Tavern Juban Crossing
Barnhill Preserve :: Located in Ethel, Barnhill Preserve offers hands-on animal encounters and programs! Book an otter swim or encounter tour.
Blue Bayou :: Blue Bayou Water Park will open on May 22, 2021 for the 2021 Season and plans to be at 100% capacity. Follow them on social media for more updates on hours and open attractions. All previously purchased tickets and Season Passes from the 2020 Season will be honored in 2021. Due to a staffing shortage, Dixie Landin’ will remain closed in 2021.
- BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo :: Due to daylight savings time and the extra hours of sunshine, the Zoo is open later during summer weekends! During April through August, the admission gate is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Zoo grounds close at 6 p.m.
- BREC Pools
Pool hours are subject to change based on operations and/or inclement weather. There is no cost for entry to these facilities.
2021 Season: May 24 – August 1, daily from 2:00-5:00pm
- Anna T. Jordan
- Howell Community Park Pool will be closed for the 2021 season
- BREC Splash Pads
Cool off from the heat at one of BREC’s splash pads. The BREC splash pads are interactive water play areas with no standing water. Anyone can activate the water spray features by simply pushing the activator button located within the splash pad. This will engage the water system and which will run for approximately 12 minutes and turn off. Pushing the button will activate the system again.
2021 Operating Season: April 1 – October 17, daily from 8:00am-8:00pm
- City-Brooks Community Park
- Greenwood Community Park
- Highland Road Community Park
- North Sherwood Forest Community Park
- Zachary Community Park
*BREC’s Forest Community Park splash pad is temporarily closed for repairs.
*BREC’s Jackson Community Park splash pad remains closed due to park construction.
We’re now open for the summer! And even better, you can now purchase your tickets ahead of time! Secure your spot in your selected session by purchasing your tickets online! Tickets can be purchased at LibertyLagoon.com. Make sure to check out our new hours and park rules before getting to the park!
- Magnolia Mound
- Farr Park Equestrian Center
- Highland Road Observatory
- Oak Villa and Central Sports Park
Fishing :: Nothing like the simple pleasure of fishing! Here’s a listing of local lakes and ponds in and around Baton Rouge.
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens :: The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is an expansive collection of specialty gardens, woodlands, wetlands, arboreta and university research facility. The Botanic Gardens features Trees and Trails, five miles of serene walking paths through the Burden Woods, the Rose Garden, Children’s Garden, All-America Selections Garden, Stone Camellia Collection, Crowder Camellia Collection, Herb Garden, Tropical Garden, Memory Garden, Barton Arboretum, Oak Grove, StoryWalk loop, and Windrush Gardens showcase the beauty of plants and flowers and provide educational experiences for gardeners of all ages.
LSU Hilltop Arboretum :: 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.
Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park :: Located just north of Baton Rouge in Ethel, this is South Louisiana’s largest zipline park, with featuring 32 acres of beautiful creekfront property.
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!
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas :: Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is consistently top ranked, voted as one of the top five in the country in the USA Today “10Best” reader poll and ranked as one of the top things to do in New Orleans. The Aquarium transports visitors to an underwater world from the Caribbean, to the Amazon Rainforest, to the waters that give New Orleans its lifeblood: the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 3,600 animals from more than 250 species, including endangered species, such as African penguins, and rare animals, such as white alligators, the Aquarium offers you an experience you’ll never forget.
Audubon Zoo :: Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo cares for animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, and hands-on animal encounters. Unique natural habitats such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle showcase the relationship between people and nature.
Global Wildlife Center :: The Global Wildlife Center is one of the largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind in the country! It is located in Folsom, Louisiana and home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world.
Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond :: The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center located in Hammond, Louisiana’s downtown Historic District is a unique hands-on play and learn experience for toddlers, children up to age 10, and their families. Our exhibits include a shrimp boat, a vet clinic, Middendorf’s restaurant, a rock climbing wall, a hot air balloon, a theater, a music factory, an art station, a bubble station, a dino dig, an excavation pit, and more!
Louisiana Children’s Museum :: LCM is reopening for play, Saturday, May 29. Advanced timed-entry tickets are required for LCM members and the public. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 17 at 9:00am.
Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Patch :: Walk through the patch and pick your own strawberries to take home through Mother’s Day 2021!
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- Arrange a scavenger hunt
- Bake something new
- Build a fort
- Camp out in the backyard
- Craft Your Way Through Covid-19
- Create chalk art
- Enjoy a fancy “high tea”
- Have a family game night
- Have a nerf war
- Have a water balloon fight
- Make DIY Game Boards :: Boredom Buster
- Make Kool-Aid Playdough
- Make your house more like the beach
- Plan a movie-themed dinner night (watch Lady and the Tramp and have Italian food)
- Plant a garden
- Read outside and cloud gaze
- Set up a living room zoo with stuffed animals and take family on a tour
- Share a classic movie with your kids
- Take a bike ride