Summer is here, school is out and the kids are at home. To help you make this the most memorable summer yet, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do with kids.
Don’t let the Louisiana heat and humidity put a damper your summer plans. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of indoor activities to keep your kids occupied.
DEFY Baton Rouge Trampoline Park
DEFY Baton Rouge is every kids’ dream come true. Kids can jump on the trampolines, rock climb, dive into a foam pit and much more. It’s an easy and exciting way for kids to burn energy without over-heating outdoors. Parents can either sit comfortably in the AC or join their kids on the trampolines! You’re never too old to jump.
Location: 10111 The Grove Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70836
Prices: Tickets are available for 1, 1.5 and 2 hours sessions. One hour session rates are $13.64 for 7 & older, $10 for 6 & younger and FREE for 2 & younger.
Lil Bambinos Indoor Playground
Lil Bambinos is the perfect place for you to take your young kids when it’s too hot for an outdoor park. They have a variety of different play structures and other assorted activities, such as crafts, story-time, and puppet shows. You can throw a fabulous birthday party here or visit for open unlimited playtime. Visit the calendar for open playtimes.
Location: 39319 Tommy Moore Rd. Gonzales, Louisiana 70737
Price: Open play is $10 (+ tax)/day
Highland Park Observatory
Kids of all ages are welcome to come view the sky, look through telescopes and learn something new! Also, they roast marshmallows and do a variety of fun and educational demonstrations. Skim through the June calendar to see what events are coming up. Check back in with the calendar each month for new schedules!
Location: 13800 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Knock Knock Children’s Museum
Knock Knock Children’s Museum is a large children’s museum that features various areas for playtime with your little ones open. Many activities are interactive and educational. You can visit Knock Knock on Tuesday-Sunday.
Location: 1900 Dalrymple Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Price: Visitors- $14. Ages 23 months & under get in for FREE.
Java Mama is an indoor playground specifically designed for ages 5 and under. They have a trained staff of caregivers, so you can take some time off and relax for a few hours in the Java Mama cafe. Read a book, drink some coffee, and catch up on your emails while your kids have fun. This place is the ideal indoor playground for when you just need a break!
Location: 8645 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Prices: Monday – $6 open play ALL DAY! Tuesday – Saturday – $8.75 for children 12 months and older, $6/each additional child, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 months.
Ages 5 months and under always get in for FREE. Finally, Happy Hour- $5 open play, during the last hour of business and $1 off Javachinos (Tuesday through Saturday)
Laser Tag of Baton Rouge
Playing Laser Tag is an exciting way to spend a hot afternoon. Laser Tag of Baton Rouge boasts the largest laser tag facility in the region, with multiple levels and several different game styles. This is fun for kids that are 46” or taller, as well as parents. Or, if you aren’t up for playing with your kids, you can always watch the action from the observation deck. When your kids get tired of laser tag, there’s also an arcade and virtual realm that your kids can have fun in!
Location: 5871 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Prices: $5.25/1 laser game, $14.75/3 laser games
The sound of a bowling ball crashing against the pins is a staple of the summer. To get your bowling fix, Circle Bowl is a great family spot. This family spot offers a variety of play games and sessions for a better bowling experience.
Location: 8878 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Prices: Prices vary per Open Play session.
Safari Quest Ropes Course – Hammond
A ropes course is the perfect activity for brave and fearless kids. Participants are safely harnessed and go through a series of obstacles suspended high off the ground. This is a memorable adventure for kids that are thrill-seekers! Safari Quest also offers laser tag with no age or height restrictions. Plus, you’ll find an arcade.
Location: 200 Hewitt Road Suite A Hammond, LA 70403
Price: $9 per person
If the weather is manageable, slap on some sunscreen and hit the outdoors! These activities will wear your kiddos out for a good night’s sleep.
Baton Rouge Zoo
The Baton Rouge Zoo is always a fun option for an all-day activity. With over 1,800 animals, there’s always something fun to see. Your kids will also learn more about the endangered species and conservation efforts all over the globe. This trip is fun and educational!
Location: 3601 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Price: Adults – $8.75, Kids 2-12 – $5.75, Kids 1 & under – FREE
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Bluebonnet is a beautiful park with several hiking trails and boardwalks. They also have an exhibit building which houses Louisiana wildlife, as well as exhibits that kids can interact with. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the beauty of the Louisiana swamps.
Location: 10503 N Oak Hills Pkwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Price: Adults – $3, Kids 3-17 – $2, Kids 2 & under – FREE
Frisbee Golf is a fun game for the whole family. There are several different parks throughout the Baton Rouge area that have courses, so if your kids love it, you can do it again. Courses range from 18-holes to 21-holes. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
Location: Full list of locations can be found here
Berry Sweet Orchards
At Berry Sweet Orchards, you can pick your own blueberries! And since everything is organic, you can eat as you go. You can stay and pick as many as you want, and at the end, you can just pay for your blueberries by the pound. I recommend calling the farm ahead of time to make sure there are plenty of blueberry bushes left to pick from.
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Location: 5110 Brown Rd, Ethel, Louisiana 70730
Location: 111 Lobdell Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Price: Over 48” – $12. Under 48” – $10. Kids 1 & under – FREE
Location: 18142 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Price: Over 48” – $40.75. Under 48” – $34.75. Under 35” – FREE
If you want to cool off, but don’t love water parks, tubing might be for you. At Tiki Tubing, you can spend the day floating down the river with your family. Along the way, you can stop at several sand bars and spend some time on the “beach.” Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen! Snacks and drinks might be a good idea too, but no pets, glass or styrofoam are welcome.
Location: 32625 LA-1019, Denham Springs, LA 70706
Price: Tube Rental – $25