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

It’s here! Your guide to enjoying April 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!

***Special Note :: Don’t forget about the Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps for your upcoming summer needs!***

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

April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 :: Wednesdays at the Square is back (held Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm)! YLC Wednesday at the Square is a FREE spring concert series with food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council.

Throughout April :: Registration has begun for Rob Noel Junior Champions Golf Academy Summer Junior Golf camps. These camps fill up fast. So now is a good time to register your child to learn a game of a lifetime. To register at a location near you please go here.

April 1 – 10 :: Hop into the Fun at Vamonos NOLA for Spring Break Camp! Kids ages 3-12 frolic the day away while being immersed in Spanish! Activities include arts and crafts, music and dancing, science and nature exploration, water play and international cooking! Monday – Friday {8:00am-3:00pm} with aftercare until 5:00pm. $300 a week or $70 a day; 6200 St. Charles Ave.

April 3 :: See Johnette Downing in concert at the French Market!

April 4 :: Celebrate the Easter holiday with Bourgeois the Bunny at this special family event on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen featuring fun activities and games, a delicious lunch buffet and sweet Easter treats. A real-live alligator Aprilsquarefrom the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour will be there to hold and take pictures with. Commemorate this unique Easter cruise with a photo with Bourgeois the Bunny. Enjoy all this and more while cruising the Mighty Mississippi! Boarding is from 1:30 – 2:00pm with cruising from 2:00 – 3:30pm.

April 4 :: 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 doing arts and crafts with recycled egg cartons! There will be plenty of arts and crafts supplies available for the children 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!

April 4 :: Liuzza Land is now open on weekends! Adults enter for $5 and children for $10 (comes with a strawberry picking container). Enjoy strawberry picking, pony rides, face painting and so much more family fun!

April 4 :: PLAYBUILD NOLA hosts monthly “Build by Ear: Bridging Music and Architecture” workshops once a month. All materials are provided by the Playbuild staff. Just come ready to listen and build {11:30am – 2:00pm}! Each workshop will be tied to a specific New Orleans musician and architectural style and is FREE.

April 5 :: The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is hosting their annual Easter Jazz Brunch with music by R&B Jazz singer Nayo Jones. Seatings are at 10:00am and 12:30pm in their beautiful and historic Orleans Ballroom. There will even be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! For reservations, please contact Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or judy {dot} leblanc {at} bourbonorleans {dot} com. To view the Easter brunch menu, please visit their website.

April 4 and 5 :: Join Juju the Good Voodoo for book signings at the Roosevelt Hotel at 123 Barrone (downtown New Orleans).

April 7 and 14 :: Toddler Topics for parents of 1-2 year olds meets two Tuesdays (6:30-8:30 pm), April 7 & 14 at The Parenting Center.

April 9 :: It’s the home opener for the New Orleans Zephyrs!

April 9-12 :: Get your food and drink on with the 4th Annual Taste of Covington.

April 9-12 :: Don’t miss the FREE family fun at French Quarter Festival!

April 9 and 10 :: April 4 and 5 :: Join Juju the Good Voodoo for book signings at the Roosevelt Hotel at Magnolia Candy Company – 301 Dectaur in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

April 10 :: Join The Parenting Center for Terrific Two’s (for parents of 24-36 month olds). This class meets five times on Fridays, beginning April 10 and ending May 8. Childcare is provided; class is held 10:00-11:30 am.

April 10-12 :: Check out the newest riverfront music stage at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza during the annual French Quarter Festival! This family-friendly and FREE festival has expanded its footprint past Canal St. and into the city’s exciting shopping district for the first time in festival history. Enjoy some of New Orleans’ favorite musicians, including Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Zion Trinity Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, or head inside to take advantage of climate-controlled facilities with kid-friendly activities throughout the Riverwalk. Along with the latest shopping, dining and entertainment offerings at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the festival provides another great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the downtown riverfront. For more information on Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza stage schedule, visit the website.

April 10-12 :: The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a FREE family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, entertainment and fun for people of all ages to enjoy.

April 10-12 :: The car fanatics in your life should race over to the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. This weekend festival will attract party-goers from all over the world to witness this first-time action packed event. The newly designed NOLA Motorsports Park facility will feature a 2.74-mile track with 13 turns that incorporate passing zones suitable for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy Series. This event promises to offer outstanding racing, local New Orleans flare and family-friendly activities.

April 10, 11, 17 and 24 :: Take the kids to Movies in the Park with NORDC. Different movies and parks are available throughout April.

April 11-12 :: Bring the whole family to the Hermann-Grima Historic House to enjoy French Quarter Festival’s annual Children’s Fest in the courtyard. The Hermann-Grima Historic House celebrates the history and culture of New Orleans through education, preservation and interpretation. From noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Children’s Fest will be free of charge. Attendees can enjoy music, entertainment, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Children can also participate in educational museum programs, such as dressing up in period costume pieces and posing for photographs. Sunday afternoon will feature a live performance from Newman School Jazz Band. The Hermann-Grima Historic House Museum is located at 820 St. Louis Street. For more information, visit the website.

April 11 :: Every Saturday in the month of April, First Look will be hosting Sip & Shop. Stop by our boutique anytime from 10:00am-6:00pm to shop our adorable selection of infant gifts & apparel and enjoy a free sample of 9months non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Shopping & Faux bubbly – finally a sip & shop for our expectant mommas!!

April 11 :: Mommy and Me Classes start at Vamonos NOLA! Join us for some Spanish fun songs and games with your littlest learners ages 4-30 months old. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:15am. Cost is $145 for 8 sessions {$20 a class drop in} at 6200 St. Charles Ave. 

April 11 :: Join the WYES-TV and Delgado Community College for Celebration of the Young Child on Saturday, April 11 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Delgado Community College located at 615 City Park Avenue. Enter the campus on Marconi Ave. Celebrate the importance of play in the lives of young children! Enjoy bubbles, games, face painting, music and over 15 arts and craft activities. Sing and play all day! Plus, meet everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George! Free event and free parking!

April 11 or April 25 :: From 8:30am to 11:30am (held at JLNO Headquarters at 4319 Carondelet); registration is free for children ages 8 to 12 years.  Click here to download the form to register for Lemonade Day University. Lemonade Day University helps children prepare for Lemonade Day, which is on May 2, 2015. Rhe half-day course covers how to make healthy lemonade, how to organize a business and budget, marketing and registration for Lemonade Day itself.

April 12 :: If you aren’t paraded out yet, head to the Irish, Italian, Islenos parade! Celebrate all three of St. Bernard’s unique heritages with throws of cabbage, carrots, onions, lemons and potatoes alongside beads, cups, and more! The parade starts at 11:00am along the W. Judge Perez route (from Meraux Dr. down to Ventura and back)! For more information call (504) 655-7555.

April 12 :: MDP Photography is offering Mommy and Me 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.

April 15 :: Touro Infirmary offers their Postnatal Nutrition & Wellness Class (6:00pm – 7:00pm). If you’re like most busy new moms, time to focus on your own health may be in short supply, but the importance of living healthy doesn’t diminish after the baby arrives – especially if breastfeeding. Join Touro to learn how a healthy diet plays and important role post pregnancy with tips including healthy weight loss while breastfeeding, nutritional needs while breastfeeding (hydration, calories, dietary recommendations/restrictions, herbals/supplements and resuming or starting a fitness routine (with baby)! Click here to register online or call (504) 897-7319.

April 15, 22 and 29 :: Check out Positive Discipline for parents of 3-5 year olds at The Parenting Center. This class meets 3 Wednesdays (7:00-8:30pm): April 15, 22 and 29.

April 16 :: Prenatal Pics is sponsoring an NOMB expectant mom event, Women in Bloom. The event will be in Mandeville from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Purchase your tickets in advance before they are sold out! If you are expecting or soon to be expecting you will not want to miss this great night of food, fun, music, swag and giveaways!

April 16 :: Season 7 of Jazz in the Park kicks off! This is FREE and held 4:00-8:00pm.

April 18 :: At 11:00am, join ZukaBaby for the Great Cloth Diaper Change! Help set a new world record of the most babies changed into cloth diapers simultaneously around the world.  

April 18 :: Join söpö in supporting Dress for Success- New Orleans.  Spring closet cleaning!  Bring a bag of gently used professional accessories (purses, jewelry, belts, shoes, etc.) to söpö and receive a 15% discount on your purchase.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a front porch Blue Grass picking party, and giveaways!  Meltdown Food Truck will be parked out front selling delicious, locally made popsicles. 629 N. Carrollton Avenue- Mid City.

April 18 :: Enjoy the 6th Annual Giant Indoor Garage Sale from 8:00am-3:00pm at Elmwood Self Storage and Wine Cellar. FREE ADMISSION! Purchase household items, antiques, kitchen items, toys, holiday décor, jewelry, baby items, clothing, appliances, electronics, furniture, tools and more. You’ll have access to FREE face painting, door prizes, goodies and MUCH MORE! Atonement Lutheran School will sell food and drinks, and the Blood Center will be onsite hosting a blood drive.

April 18 :: Hospice Foundation of the South is hosting its 12th Annual Crawfish Cookoff in Fritchie Park in Slidell. Enjoy all the crawfish you can get (on grounds).

April 18 :: Take the family to Movies in the Park in Kenner’s Heritage Park. On April 18, Iron Man 3 will be playing. This event is FREE, and concessions are for sale (no outside food or drink or pets are allowed). Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

April 18 :: 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.

April 19 :: The 6th Annual Pinch A Palooza! Enjoy FREE entertainment for all ages featuring music by six local bands, a performance by the 610 Stompers and Mardi Gras Indians “Big Chief Romeo Bougere and the Ninth Ward Hunters,” kids’ games and activities, and photos and hugs from Deanie’s mascot, Pincher the Crawfish. Boiled crawfish, as well as a variety of crawfish dishes, will be served!

April 20-26 :: Take the family to enjoy the Zurich Golf Classic!

April 22 :: Held at Touro from 6:00-7:00pm, Grandparenting 101 is FREE! A lot has changed in newborn care over the last few decades! From tummy time to safe sleeping (back only), and swaddling to car seat safety, we are here to teach you the basics. Learn how to best support your children as new parents and feel refreshed in newborn care skills that you will quickly put to use as doting grandparents. Topics include current trends in childbirth and updated standards on infant care, a tour of the Family Birthing Center at Touro to learn important information for families, important vaccination information for Grandparents and caregivers and advice for new grandparents (parenting trends and discipline styles). Click here to register or call (504) 897-7319.

April 24 :: New Orleans’ premier party for youngsters, Zoo To Do for Kids, is an annual fundraiser that helps underwrite new attractions at Audubon Zoo. This year’s targeted project is the new orangutan exhibit scheduled to open in the fall. The festive lineup includes food, music, games another fun-filled activities, including inflatables, face painters, magicians crafts and more. There will be 40 local restaurants and 90 entertainers on hand. Tickets can be purchased on the Audubon website. Tickets begin as low as $20 for members and $25 for non-members and go up from there. There is an early admission time of 5:30 p.m. for $40/person. Audubon Zoo will closed at 1:00pm on April 24 to prepare for the gala event.

April 25 :: The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Heart & Sole 5K Mile Fun Run/Walk has a shotgun start at 8:30 am at their new location, Audubon Park. Their kids ½ Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30 am, and all finishers 6th Grade and under will receive a FREE Kids Meal from Raising Cane’s. Kids 17 and under are $15 by April 22, and $20 the day of the race. They’ll also have post-race snacks and refreshments. So, are you faster than their girls? Prove it. Register at nolarunning.com

April 30 :: Got plans tomorrow night? Curious about how learning Spanish can be loads of FUN? Still looking for Summer Camp for your campers ages 3-12? Well don’t miss OPEN HOUSE at Vamonos NOLA {4:00pm-6:30pm} on Friday, May 1! Come by and see what all the FUN is about! Drop by and be entered in a drawing for prizes including a free week of SUMMER CAMP! 6200 St. Charles Avenue – Hasta Pronto!

April through September :: The new attraction in the Cool Zoo splash park, Gator Run, offers a new way to chill out at Audubon Zoo. It takes approximately seven minutes to make a round trip atop an inner tube in the lazy river, which measures about 750 linear feet in length. Three feet deep and 10 feet wide, the lazy river features two sand beaches and four water cannons that can shower visitors as they float by. The lazy river expansion includes showers, restrooms, outdoor seating and a concession area. Future plans include a pizza parlor. Just like Cool Zoo, the water flowing in the lazy river can be heated when necessary. The original phase of Cool Zoo returns with all its favorite features: the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and shady spots for parents. Admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo admission. Pay-One-price wristbands are $12 for Audubon members and $15 for non-members, offering admission to Cool Zoo and Gator Run and unlimited access to Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure, train rides and carousel rides on the day of the purchase. Rafts are included in the admission price for Gator Run. Anyone under 48 inches will need a life jacket supplied by Audubon Zoo. No outside food or beverage is allowed in Cool Zoo or Gator Run. Visitors can bring their own towels or purchase them at the Cool Shop. Admission to Audubon Zoo is $18.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 2-12, and $14.95 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge.  Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm through Labor Day.

***Special Note :: Don’t forget about the Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps for your upcoming summer needs!***

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