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

It’s here! Your guide to enjoying March in New Orleans.

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 March 2015

March 6 :: See Johnette Downing in concert at the French Market!

March 6-7 :: Families and children of all ages are invited to take part in the art of movies this weekend as part of the 7th Annual New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, a two-day event offering non-stop film screenings, workshops, and children’s activities – all FREE and open to the public – presented by the New Orleans Film Society and the New Orleans Public Library. Held at the Library’s Main Branch (219 Loyola Avenue) on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, the festival will spotlight some of the best in youth-appropriate contemporary cinema: films like “The Numberlys,” the new animated short film from the Louisiana-based filmmakers responsible for the Oscar-winning film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” as well as the feature animated film Pim and Pom, which was made for toddlers about two cats who strike out on an action-packed adventure. You’ll especially want to bring your little ones to Friday’s “Night at the Library,” when they can check out the family-friendly LEGO Movie on the big screen while enjoying a free pizza party and LEGO-themed children’s activities. All films are packaged for specific ages, including programs for teens. Older kids might be interested in the stop-motion animation workshop on Saturday afternoon, where participants will learn about stop-motion and will get to actively help create their own group video. Activities are from 10:30am to 5:00pm on Friday and 10:15am to 5:00pm on Saturday, in addition to the special “Night at the Library” event happening Friday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. All screenings and events are free. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.neworleansfilmsociety.org or www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

March 6-8 :: Visit the New Orleans Boat Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome! Free admission for children 12 and under.

March 7 :: Join the Crescent City Farmers Market for their monthly Marketeer kids activity from 8am-12pm at the corner of Magazine and Girod. This month they’ll be making food inspired art with chalk on their blacktop canvas! There will plenty of chalk for kids to express themselves with, and volunteers supervising so parents can shop with the local farmers, fishers, bakers, and other local food producers. Feel free to come hungry because there will be plenty of fresh baked pastries and other breakfast items available for purchase. Free parking available in the parking garage next to market. Come on out and make some local groceries with the whole family!

March 7 :: Head out to the ISL 5k Spring Shuffle hosted by the International School of Louisiana. The event features a 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run. A post race party will include food, refreshments, music and fun for the whole family! The event includes activities, food and refreshments, music and more from 7:30am – 10:30am. Online registration closes February 28. Registration/package pick up :: 7:30am | 1 Mile :: 8:00am | 5k :: 8:30am | Activities and Fun :: 9:00am-10:30am.

March 7-8 :: The Frisco Fest Spring Garden Show with over 100 booths and plenty of activities for children, including pony rides, spacewalks and a petting zoo!

March 7 :: The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the maker community in New Orleans and the surrounding region. Their mission is to continue to seek out and showcase the culture of art, design, and do-it-yourself that has made New Orleans one of America’s unique cities.

March 7- 29 :: There is no shortage of Easter events this month. Click here for our guide to Easter in New Orleans.MarchSquare

March 7 and 21 :: Growing Gardeners at City Park’s Botanical Garden. Children ages 6-9 welcome. Growing Gardeners class fee is $15 per class; $12 per class if you register for 6 classes at once! For more information and to register, call 483-9470 or e-mail nobgeducation {at} nocp {dot} org.

March 10 :: Head over to Longue Vue for Little Diggers. Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their accompanying adult are invited to dig and discover in Longue Vue’s Discovery Garden for kids! Sunshine only; advance registration not required. Program fee covers one child and one adult. 

March 13, 20 and 27 :: Enjoy FREE Friday concerts at the Mandeville Trailhead!

March 14 :: Enjoy the FREE Kids Swing and Sing at French Market.

March 14 :: If your children (aged 5-10) are into furry friends, this is a not miss event for you! Critter Cinema at the Louisiana SPCA is great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating movie-watching kids! What better way to end the school week than getting cozy with kitties and canines, enjoying great G-rated critter movies, making friends with other young animal lover and snacking on pizza and popcorn at the Louisiana SPCA. This is a purrrrrfect, fun-filled night for children and an opportunity for parents to enjoy an evening out by themselves. The cost is $35, and advance registration is required by 12:00pm on the Thursday prior.

March 15 ::  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls in Old Metairie. Time to get out your best green gear and get ready to catch some cabbage! The parade begins at 12:00pm, and you can find the route here.

March 19 :: In the All That Glitters workshop, you will learn all those final touches that make your projects extra special! For $155, you will gold, silver or copper leaf (your choice) and stencil. You will learn how to use Artisan Enhancement’s pearl plaster, which is a beautiful metallic sheen topcoat for Annie Sloan chalk paint. In addition, you will use modern master’s reactive metals, which is a fun way to transform walls, planters, light fixtures and much more!

March 19 :: If you recently learned that you are expecting or are thinking about starting a family, join this FREE event at Touro :: Understanding Birth Options. Held at 6:00pm, a panel of experts will speak about birth options and help you determine what is right for your unique birthing experience.

March 20 :: Thibodeaux School of Music, located in uptown New Orleans, offers a Kindermusik Playdate every month with a different theme each time. March’s theme is bunnies to celebrate the first day of spring! Their March Kindermusik Playdate will be on Friday, March 20 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. Your family can just show up if interested!

March 21 :: Want to know more about babywearing?  What carrier is right for you and your baby and how to use it?  Join Nola Nesting for a class to learn just that.  You’ll have an opportunity to try on various carriers and learn more about their uses.  Be comfortable and confident while wearing your baby! 1-2:30pm, $20/couple. RSVP to [email protected]

March 21 :: Don’t miss Touch a Truck, sponsored by Junior League of New Orleans at Children’s Hospital. This is a unique, one day experience that gives families an up close look at their favorite “big trucks” and the opportunity to meet the people that protect, serve and build Metropolitan New Orleans.

March 21 :: Proper use of car seats and other child restraints can drop the risk of a fatal injury during a car crash by 71 percent for babies and by 54 percent for toddlers, according to State Police. But three out of four car seats are installed improperly. Touro Infirmary, in partnership with certified Child Passenger Safety technicians from Interim LSU Hospital, will conduct FREE car seat checks at Touro. The drive-up car seat inspections will take place in a blocked off area at Touro’s Medical Office Building located at 3715 Prytania Street (inspections held in the u-drive at Amelia St. side of the building) between 9:00am and 12:00pm.

March 21 and 22 :: The River Region Ballet is putting on the classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty. First performed over 100 years ago, this fairy tale with beautiful music by P. I. Tchaikovsky has it all. A king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and a dream prince all come together with courtly splendor to create a magical event.

March 22 :: MDP Photography is offering Spring mini sessions! They will occur 10:00am-12:00pm and cost $60 for 5 images on CD (with a print release) or $20 for 1 digital image and print release by email. The sessions will be located in Marrero. For more information or to make an appointment, email Mindy at fotomakr {at} yahoo {dot} com.

March 22 :: The parading isn’t over yet! The 33rd annual Irish-Italian parade rolls in Metairie at 12:00pm.

March 23 :: Join Ms. Madeline, TSM’s head Kindermusik teacher, for a Musical Storytime on Monday, March 23rd at 9:30am. There will be stories, sing-a-longs, instruments and dancing. The cost is $10/kid (or $5 if the child is enrolled in one of TSM’s Kindermusik classes). The Musical Storytime is designed for ages 0-4, with a parent or caregiver present. No registration required – just show up and have fun!

March 24 :: Offered via The Parenting Center, consider this class :: Couple Communication: Learn ways to work together and create a family culture of mutual respect and cooperation. One Session, held uptown, Tuesday, March 24, 6:00-8:00pm. The cost is $15 members/$25 non-members.

March 26-29 :: If you’re looking to expand your family library, you will be able to choose from over 65,000 books, audio books and videos at the annual Friends of Jefferson Public Library’s Big Book Sale benefiting the Jefferson Parish Libraries System. The sale will be held at the Pontchatrain Center in Kenner, and will run 10am-8pm Thursday to Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

March 27 :: Benefitting Children’s Hospital, the Sugarplum Ball is the ideal night out for parents! dress up, enjoy great food and music … all for a good cause!

March 27-28 :: Head out to Hogs for the Cause with your family! The purpose of Hogs For The Cause is to provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Kids under 12 are FREE, and over 80 teams will compete to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are invited to vote for help choose the winners by donating to their favorite team by sampling their food. While teams battle it out on the grill, music will be playing throughout the day and into the night. Event happens rain or shine!

March 28: Mark your calendars for the New Orleans Museum of Art Egg Hunt in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Bring your family for a fun-filled day featuring egg hunts, a petting zoo, spacewalks, face painting, crafts activities and more! The cost is $10 for NOMA members and $12 for non-members (all tickets will be available at will call the day of the event) and $15 per person at the door on the day of. Kids 2 and under are free.

March 28 :: Enjoy a jumpstart class on milk paint. For $95, you will learn 3 techniques using miss mustard seed’s milk paint and waxes. Class runs from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

March 28 :: 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.

March 28 :: Jazz’n the Vines kicks off!

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