New Orleans Moms Need to Know :: Your Guide to the Month of January 2015

To kick off 2015, we are launching a brand new monthly resource here on New Orleans Moms Blog! This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive event guide {we maintain a full calendar of events right here}. Rather, we’ve pulled out a select number of events for your family to enjoy throughout the month. Living in New Orleans can be overwhelming, but our hope is that consolidating events into a resource such as this will make your job as entertainment director a tad easier! If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

New Orleans Moms Need to Know :: Your Guide to the Month of January 2015

January 1 :: Reginelli’s Pizzeria in the Garden District (3244 Magazine Street) is reopening by January 1st!  This location has been shut down since November 26th for renovations. The new Reginelli’s will feature a whole new dining room and will be the only Reginelli’s Pizzeria in New Orleans to have a full bar … so moms can really enjoy themselves! This location is the perfect place to stop for a bite and a pint during a casual afternoon stroll, sightseeing with the family, or to refuel during an all day Magazine Street shopping excursion. Their pet-friendly (and stroller-friendly!) outdoor seating area allows for some of the best people watching in the city.

January 6 :: Who doesn’t love a good parade? The Krewe de Jeanne d’arc puts on an annual walking parade (see route map) celebrating the January 6 birthday of Saint Joan of Arc, the patron saint of France and the unofficial patron saint of New Orleans. Joan was the military hero of our namesake city Orléans, France, and her golden statue in the French Market, a copy of one in Paris, was a gift to the city of New Orleans from the French people.

January 6 :: One of our favorite donut shops, Bakers Dozen, is kicking off Carnival with their famous King Cake donuts. They also offer themed donuts nearly every weekend, which kids absolutely love.

January 7 :: Princess Training Camp starts at Lakeview Creative Arts! This 6 week class, which meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:15-6:45pm, is designed for students aged 3-4. There is no sign-up fee, the total cost is $100, and students are encouraged to wear their princess costumes to class.

January 8 :: Prêt à Porter Designs is partnering up with Junior League of New Orleans and ALG Style for their very first Sip and Style Event! Head to Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop on January 8th from 5:30-8:00. with your purchase of $10 or more, you will receive a complimentary clothing item from local fashion design house, Prêt à Porter. The lovely ladies of ALG Style will be there to make sure your outfit is styled to perfection!

January 8 – January 10 :: Enjoy the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen’s Battle of New Orleans bicentennial cruises to the Chalmette Battlefield. These cruises will be both fun and educational and would be a great event for parents and children groups. These cruises will go to the official Chalmette Battlefield events, which are designed for field trips and will include reenactments, ceremonies, self-guided tours and more.

January 8 – January 10 :: For the history buffs among us, check out the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial celebrations at Chalmette Battlefield.

January 9 – January 11 :: New Orleans Comic Con is in town! Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at New Orleans Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture.

January 10 :: Ursuline is hosting a Play Date on Saturday, January 10 from 9:00 to 10:30am, open to girls five and under. They will have a bunch of fun, interactive learning stations set up throughout their Early Childhood Learning Center, which is a really cool and creative space all by itself. Stations will include music, cooking, art, math, science, and language arts stations. They’ll also have breakfast items and snacks. It’s free and will be a ton of fun! Anyone interested can register on the website.

January 10 :: Banner Ford + Chevrolet has made a resolution to ensure child safety in cars. To kick-off their 2015 resolution, Banner Ford + Chevrolet is partnering with New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOLA EMS) to host a Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, January 10 from 10:00am – 1:00pm at both dealerships. During the event, people are invited to come to either dealership to get their car seat installed or checked for safety by certified technicians from NOLA EMS. The event is free and no appointment is necessary. Any make and model of both car and car seat is welcome!

January 10 :: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Parades begin on the Northshore! Get a full calendar of Northshore parades HERE.

January 11 ::  Enjoy the Jazz Champagne Breakfast Cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, featuring Morgan Malthrop, New Orleans historian and author of “Jackson’s Playbook.” Take advantage of a breakfast buffet, jazz music and bottomless mimosas.

January 12 :: In exciting news, French classes are now available for children 18 months – 5 years via Alliance Francais. Bébé Alliance (18-36 months) is a program designed to enhance children’s natural ability to learn language through interactive and dynamic structured routine and will be offered Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30am {January 12 – March 24}. Petite Alliance (3-5 years) is a fun and entertaining program designed to expose your child to the French language through a variety of activities occuring on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00pm {January 17 – March 28}. Email afno {at} af-neworleans {dot} org or call (504) 568-0770 with any questions. Registration is available here.

January 13 :: Birthmark Doulas offers a 6 week childbirth education series called Belly Talks. It’s for expecting parents and goes over everything from pregnancy, to labor and delivery, to natural comfort measures during labor and delivery, to immediate postpartum care for mom and baby and breastfeeding. Classes are Tuesday night form 7:00 – 9:00pm and begin on January 13th.

January 15 – January 18 :: With more than 25 super heroes and villains, see Marvel Universe LIVE! in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center. Ages 2 and older must have tickets.

January 16 :: Thibodeaux School of Music, located in uptown New Orleans, offers a Kindermusik Playdate every month with a different theme each time. Their January Kindermusik Playdate will be on Friday, January 16 at 5:30pm. The cost is $10/kid (or $5 if the child is enrolled in one of TSM’s Kindermusik classes). These playdates are designed for ages 0-6, with a parent or caregiver present. The theme in January will be ABC’s, and your family can just show up if interested!

January 17 and 18 :: Expectant mothers should check out From Belly to Baby, A Weekend Childbirth Class at Destination Maternity. Love your pregnancy, be empowered by your birth and and connect with local pregnancy, birth and early parenthood resources. The class will cover everything from pregnancy woes and wonders to gentle birthing and washing ten tiny toes. Expecting mothers and partners leave the class feeling confident and excited about their upcoming birth! Email Amanda {at} NOLANesting {dot} com

January 17 and 31 (both at 10:00am) :: Check out Growing Gardeners with the New Orleans Botanical Garden Education Classes. Introduce your little green thumbs to the world of gardening! The Botanical Garden Growing Gardeners program introduces children to the fun of gardening while learning about (and playing with!) plants, food and ecosystems. Meet at the front entrance of the Botanical Garden. Children ages 6-9 welcome. The fee is $15 per class. But it’s $12 per class if you register for 6 classes at once! {When paying in advance classes do not need to be used consecutively.} For more information and to register, call 483-9470 or e-mail nobgeducation {at} nocp {dot} org

January 24 :: ZukaBaby is hosting the Grand Opening of their Metairie Location. Visit ZukaBaby, located in the Vieux Carre shopping center on Severn from 10:00am to 3:0opm for refreshments, entertainment, activities and good cheer! The Nola Nesting Mothering Lounge and Breastfeeding Center is also opening inside of ZukaBaby. You can learn more about it and support mothers in your community by donating.

January 24 :: Head over to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Family day from 10:00am – 3:00pm where performing and visual arts collide! Bring the whole family and help NOMA celebrate Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. Enjoy music and dance performances by students from across Greater New Orleans, and join in a host of activities including music, Art on the Spot, StoryQuest, kid-friendly gallery talks, and Family Art Workshops. All activities are included with museum admission. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and university students with ID, $6 for children (7-17 years old) and kids 6 and under are free.

January 31 :: Kinder Garden for children ages 18 months to 5 years has moved to the last Saturday of the month at Longue Vue! Families can now join Longue Vue on the weekends for a hands-on introduction to the world of gardens. Guided by education staff, kids can get up close and personal with nature through plantings digging for worms, crafts and more! It begins at 9:30am sharp! The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members (which covers one adult and one child). Siblings are discounted, and additional adults are $5 each. For more info, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722.

January 31 :: Monster Jam is coming to New Orleans! Enjoy a pit party from 2:00-5:00pm or just attend the show at 7:00pm. Tickets for children 2-12 are only $10!

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