What To Do In Baton Rouge When It Rains {Or It’s Just Too Hot}

If you live in Baton Rouge with kids, then you know that South Louisiana gets a lot of rain. Thankfully, there are dozens of things to do with kids in Baton Rouge that are indoors. Whether your family wants to get artsy or active, we hope you can make the most of a rainy day in Baton Rouge with these ideas.

What To Do In Baton Rouge When It Rains {Or It’s Just Too Hot}

things to do in Baton Rouge when it rains

The weather in Baton Rouge can be unpredictable. One minute it’s sunny, the next minute there’s a torrential rainstorm and you’re getting a flash flooding warning alert on your cell phone. Other days it’s so hot and humid outside that there’s no way you’re going to have outdoor play time. And then there’s the cabin fever. Oh, the cabin fever! Luckily for us, Baton Rouge has plenty of fun (and even free) indoor activities that are perfect for when it rains or when it’s just too hot and humid. We are often asked for things to do in Baton Rouge with kids when it rains, so here we go!

Indoor Playgrounds in Baton Rouge

First up are our city’s free indoor playgrounds. BREC’s North Sherwood Forest Community Park has an indoor playground, as does the Mall of Louisiana.

If you’re willing to spend a little money on an entrance fee, you won’t be disappointed with our area’s paid indoor playgrounds. In Central, there’s Java Mama, Lil Bambinos in Gonzales, and Operation Imagination in Baton Rouge. The Tumble Zone indoor playground is open 6 days/week at Tumbles of South Baton Rouge.

Bouncy Fun

Are you looking to really burn off some energy when it’s raining in Baton Rouge? Well there’s quite a few places in Baton Rouge for some bouncy fun! Check out Airborne Extreme Trampoline Park or Urban Air Adventure Park both in Denham Springs, Jump N Jive in Prairieville, or DEFY Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Arcades

Do you have older kids who love video games? If so, you may want to check out some of Baton Rouge’s arcades. Visit Chuck E. Cheese, Celebration Station, or Main Event. Celebrity Theatres has a huge selection of games, as does Premier Lanes in Gonzales.

Bowling, Skating and Climbing in Baton Rouge

If you’re looking to go bowling, there’s no shortage of options in the area! There’s All Star Lanes, Main Event, and Red Stick Social in Baton Rouge; and Premier Lanes in Gonzales. Want to show off your skills on wheels or blades? Then head on over to Skate Galaxy! Challenge yourself mentally and physically at Uptown Climbing, with walls to accommodate nearly all ages, all bodies, and all experience levels from novice to “No Way!”

Laser Tag

What big kid doesn’t love to play a few rounds of laser tag? Head over to Skate Galaxy! Thursday & Friday Nights offer Unlimited Laser Tag for only $17!


If you’re looking to add a little culture into your Baton Rouge rainy day, there’s plenty of museums in Baton Rouge to keep you entertained and educated. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has both permanent and traveling exhibits, and it even has two play rooms for kids. You can also check out a show in the Planetarium. Experience hands-on interactive exhibits at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum.

The LSU Museum of Natural Science is a great place to learn about animals. Visiting the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts is an awesome way to inspire you little one’s creativity.

Learn about our state’s history at the Louisiana State Museum. Get a blast from the past at the LSU Rural Life Museum and learn about 18th and 19th century Louisiana. Finally, visit the West Baton Rouge Museum to learn about Louisiana history from the Native Americans and European Exploration to contemporary times.

Movie Theaters

There’s no better way to enjoy a rainy day in Baton Rouge (or beat the heat) than to go see a movie and eat some of that delicious movie theater popcorn! And there are plenty of movie theaters to choose from in the Baton Rouge area. Check out Movie Tavern at Juban Crossing, where you can watch a movie and eat a meal. There’s also the CineMark Perkins Rowe, Mall of Louisiana AMC, AMC Baton Rouge over near O’Neal Drive and I-12, and Celebrity Theatres. Finally there’s Malco Theaters in Gonzales.


If you’re trying to beat the cabin fever, don’t forget the awesome libraries that we have in our area! Reading is so important for our kids’ development, and it’s also important for kids to see mom and dad reading, too. Check out your local library’s event calendar by visiting the website for the East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston libraries.

Staying Indoors (at Home)

Is the weather so bad that you don’t even want to venture out, but you’re running out of things to do at home? Check out 15 Indoor Activities to Bust Boredom and 10 Activities to Beat the Heat, or have a family game night!

What are your favorite things to do in Baton Rouge when it rains? Did we miss something that you’d like to add? Comment below to let us know!



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