"Schoooool's out for summer!" Now, what to do with the kids? Jefferson Parish is full of indoor activity centers, attractions, events and parks to keep the kids busy all summer long! Check out some of our top kid-friendly activities below!
Indoor Activity Centers
It's hot outside! Cool off by playing in one of our kid-friendly indoor activity centers below!
This center features a 6,000 square foot multi-level laser tag arena set in Mayan ruins! They also offer cosmic golf, bumper cars, an escape room and a large variety of arcade games!
This 17,500 sqare foot arena features 20+ inflatable slides, bouncers and obstacle courses, two private party rooms and over 20 arcade games. Perfect for field trips, walk-in play, birthdays and special events.
Beyond laser tag, they also offer complete family entertainment, spinning bumper cars, rollerball bowling, and many arcade games!
Explore the exhilarating world of science through exhibits dedicated to weather, rivers, minerals, insects, optical illusions and more! Tour a full-sized, prototype of NASA's International Space Station and get a first-hand look at the daily living and working environment in space. Enjoy presentations on astronomy, laser light shows and more at the 50-foot megadome cinema! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Space Station Kenner and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with exhibits, a live action show. guest speakers and more on July 20th! Check out their July schedule here and don't miss the Late Night Laser show every Friday in July!
The GACC interprets the unique German immigrant contribution to Louisiana's history through exhibits, lectures, programs, and other educational activities. Exhibits depict the colonial experience, immigration, world of work, culture, religion.
Calling all stargazers! The observatory was built to promote a greater interest in astronomy and especially designed to be an educational benefit to schools by creating an awareness and interest in astronomy, science, and technology. It is open Monday and Wednesday nights when the sky is clear.
This is the largest karting track in the US. They offer family-friendly driving experiences, go kart rentals and more! Karting at is thrilling, competitive and action-packed! It is open to the general public for individuals and groups alike. Their 40-acre karting facility includes 30 acres of track area with 7 acres lighted. Three circuits provide 80+ configurations!
Take in a ball game with the New Orleans Baby Cakes! Come meet mascots Boudreaux & Clotile, catch a Friday firework show, or spend kids’ days on Sundays where kids run the bases! Grab some local cuisine and enjoy professional baseball New Orleans style!
Get Back to Nature
Jefferson Parish has two state parks and one national park! Perfect for an outdoor adventure! Camp, hike, fish, swim, paddleboard and more!
One of six sites comprising the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The 23,000 acre Louisiana Wetland Preserve interprets the culture of people, both past and present, who settled the delta and the unique ecosystem which sustained them. The Preserve features beautiful nature trails, birding trails, and a visitor center featuring a kids activity center, Junior Ranger program, bookstore, and more. Guided tours are offered. Great place for hiking, canoeing, enjoying nature!
Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. It offers a multitude of recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages -- camping, boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees and wildlife from both swamps and marshland. Bayou Segnette opened 16 new floating cabins in October of 2016. The floating cabins, situated on the canal adjacent to Bayou Segnette, include two bedrooms, a full kitchen, living/dining area, and a screened-in porch overlooking the canal. Aluminum walkways surrounding each cabin provide opportunity for casual fishing, complete with an attached cleaning station. Great place for a weekend getaway!
Features two miles of beaches, including the last wild beach in Louisiana, along with great local fishing. The pier is the only pier in Louisiana that extends into the Gulf - a 900-foot long public fishing pier with a nearby fish-cleaning station. State officials say that over 280 species of fish are known to live in the waters around this sandy spur. The camping area features 49 campsites with a nearby bathhouse with running water and an adjacent dump station. There are 3 miles of hiking trails with prime bird watching! Tent camping is also available on the beach!
Celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd at beautiful Lafreniere Park in Metairie at Uncle Sam Jam! Each year, fest goers look forward to live music, delicious food and great company! This FREE festival features top local acts. Stick around for the spectacular fireworks show at 9PM!
Bring your favorite chair or blanket, sit and relax, enjoy great music, food, drink, crafts, and great company! There is plenty of space for children to run and play.
While you're playing hard this summer, be sure and share your pics with us using #VisitJeffersonParish on Instagram!
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