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, our city 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.
First up are our city’s free indoor playgrounds. BREC’s North Sherwood Forest Community Park has an indoor playground, as do the Mall of Louisiana and the Cortana Mall. And then there’s always Chick-Fil-A! The College, Siegen, Airline, Millerville, Range and Burbank locations all have indoor playgrounds, not to mention a kid-friendly menu complete with free ice cream (if you trade in the toy) with the purchase of a kids meal.
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 Baton Rouge, there’s Java Mama, which even has childcare workers supervising children during some hours. Down in Gonzales, there’s Lil Bambinos, which has areas for babies, toddlers and waddlers and bigger kids.
Are you looking to really burn off some energy? Well there’s quite a few places in Baton Rouge for some bouncy fun! For inflatables, there’s Party Playground and Jump N Jive in Prairieville. If trampoline parks are more your thing, then check out Area 51.
Do you have older kids who love video games? If so, you may want to check out some of Baton Rouge’s arcades. Chuck E. Cheese has locations on Siegen Lane and Sherwood Forest. Celebration Station has a game room with a wide variety of video and redemption games. Quarters has a huge selection of games, as does Premier Lanes in Gonzales.
If you’re looking to go bowling, there’s no shortage of options in Baton Rouge. There’s All Star Lanes on Airline Highway and Circle Bowl on Florida Blvd., where kids 15 and under can bowl 2 games for free all summer long! Quarters in Baton Rouge also has a bowling alley, as does Premier Lanes in Gonzales.
Want to show off your skills on wheels or blades? Then head on over to a skating rink. Skate Galaxy has roller skating and even rock wall climbing.
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!”
What big kid doesn’t love to play a few rounds of laser tag? In Baton Rouge, there’s a few places where you can play. First, there’s Laser Tag of Baton Rouge, which has a multi-level arena. Quarters also has a laser tag arena, as does Skate Galaxy.
If you’re looking to add a little culture into your 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.
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.
There’s no better way to stay dry 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, 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, Celebrity Theatres, which shows a kid-friendly movie Monday – Friday at 10:00am throughout the summer, where you can get a movie ticket, popcorn and a drink for only $6. Finally there’s Malco Theaters in Gonzales, which is showing kids movies every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer at 10:00am for $2.
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.
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? Then head on over to Pinterest, my friend! There’s no shortage of ideas of crafts, science experiments and even educational printables on Pinterest. You could spend hours just searching for things to do!