A 2015 Bucket List for the New Orleans Family

How is it that we live in a city with an infinite number of things to do but I often find myself closing out a weekend having done none of them? It’s like when I say I have nothing to wear while standing in a closet full of clothes…

One of my resolutions in this new year is to make better use of the time I spend with my family. I always have good intentions of going on new adventures (big and small), but, more often than not, I let time get away from me. So this year, being someone who thrives on “to do” lists, I thought I would write down a few things I’d like to do each month. They range from date nights to large-scale citywide events to the very simplest of backyard activities. I’m hoping this checklist serves as a guide to New Orleans fun in 2015 for my family and for yours.


  • Make a homemade King Cake to celebrate the start of the 2015 carnival season
  • Pull our Mardi Gras ladder down and play parade in the backyard
  • Take the kids to the Lakeview Scout Parade at 1:00 pm on January 31st


  • Go to the Presbytere to check out their “It’s Carnival Time” exhibit in anticipation of the big day
  • Coordinate a family costume to wear on Mardi Gras day
  • Try out Yoga at the Cabildo on a Saturday to work off some king cake


  • Date night! Watch the St. Joseph’s Day Parade in the French Quarter followed by dinner at Adolfo’s on Frenchman
  • Pack a picnic and have lunch at the Lakefront
  • Walk through the French Quarter during the Tennessee Williams Festival and take the children to the Stella Shouting Contest


  • Tour Nola Brewing
  • Venture out on a rainy day and splash in mud puddles
  • Take the kids to Wednesday at the Square


  • Take the kids to “locals” day at Jazzfest (Thursday, May 1st)
  • Date night! Have an al fresco dinner date in one of New Orleans great restaurants (Lilette, Dante’s Kitchen, Santa Fe, Parkway Bakery)
  • Walk the track at City Park and then take a paddle boat ride through The Big Lake




  • See a movie at The Prytania during their kids movie series
  • Take the kids to a Saints pre-season game
  • Deliver school supplies and uniforms to our neighborhood school for children in need





  • Make a homemade advent calendar
  • Pack some hot chocolate and go to Caroling in Jackson Square
  • Date Night! Try a reveillon dinner from one of the 2015 participating restaurants
  • Pick the kids up early from school, skip naps and make a gingerbread house
  • Host a Noon Years Eve party for our kids and a few friends
  • Make a 2016 bucket list!!

What’s on your 2015 bucket list?

2 Responses to A 2015 Bucket List for the New Orleans Family

  1. Jen January 10, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Love this Jen! What an awesome list. We will have to join ya’ll for some of the fun when we come in town this year.

  2. Alicia January 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Love the idea of a localized bucket list! You’ve inspired me to make one of my own 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link to my noon year’s eve party post. It’s the perfect way to end the year.

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