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

It’s here! Your guide to enjoying February in New Orleans. And on top of all of this we also have Mardi Gras!

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 Feruary 2015

January 31 – February 1 :: Your kids will get a kick out of the 2nd Annual New Orleans Kitten Bowl and Tailgate Party! It’s a free event that occurs 11:00am – 3:00pm both days with fun for everyone.

February 2 :: Kick off Mardi Gras with the Krewe of Little Rascals in Metairie.

February 3 – 8 :: Catch Annie, the unforgettable and timeless musical, at The Saenger Theatre!

February 4 :: Get a sitter and head out to Chalk Paint 101 (10:00am – 2:00pm) at Creative Finishes. In this class you will learn 6 different techniques with Annie Sloan chalk paint and both soft waxes. You will go over a blended layers technique, a wash technique, a distressed look, a smooth finish, a rustic look and a way to tone down gold frames.

February 5 :: Please join ALG Style at Clover Boutique (2240 Magazine Street) to sample their favorite kingcakes and sip some bubbly. It will be a few hours of fabulous clothes, king cakes and fun!

February 5 :: Enjoy the 3rd Annual King Cake Walk (from 6:00 – 8:00pm) where guests get to sample king cakes from dozens of local bakeries and vote on their favorites during the Ogden After Hours program.

February 6 :: See Johnette Downing in concert (at 11:00am) at The French Market!

February 7 :: Head off the beaten path a bit for the Kid Krewe du Market parade at the German Coast Farmer’s Market! It’s a pint-sized parade with a “float” contest and all.

February 7 :: Join the Crescent City Farmers Market for their monthly Marketeer kids activity from 8:00am-12:00pm at the corner of Magazine and Girod. This month they’ll be getting in the Carnival spirit and decorating Mardi Gras masks with the kids. There will plenty of craft supplies for kids to express themselves with and volunteers helping out so that parents can shop with the local farmers, fishers, bakers and other local food producers. Feel free to go 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!

February 7 :: Get your grocery shopping done and support kids while you’re at it! Check out the Farm Stand at Grow Dat Saturdays to purchase youth-grown produce in the City Park area’s only Saturday produce market. Get your weekly supply of fresh sustainably grown veggies, herbs and cut flowers direct from the farm in City Park! Also in the park that day, 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

February 7 :: Northshore mamas, head over to Barnes & Noble in Mandeville where author Rhonda Johnson Valladares will be signing copies of her Lil’ Yat children’s series beginning at 11:30am.

February 8 :: MDP Photography is offering Mardi Gras 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 or follow her on Facebook.

February 13 :: Grab your Valentine for a date night unlike any other! The night before Valentine’s Day, we’re hosting a romantic night at City Putt. On  February 13, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at City Putt in City Park come teach your Valentine to putt-putt. Admission is only $8/person and $4/person for the second round in same visit. There are 2 themed courses at City Putt: A New Orleans Course and a Louisiana Course. There will of course be wine and beer for sale at Parker’s Porch on site. The first 25 couples will get FUN treats and velvet roses. Need-to-Know-February-PINTRESTThey’ll also have a photo booth, and you’ll get free photos of you and your Valentine.And they’ll be playing romantic music to put you in a good mood. Book the sitter now and save the date!

February 13 – 16 :: The 32nd Annual Mardi Gras Mask Market will be in swing at The French Market! Find handmade masks by artisans from around the country who converge at the French Market for this annual event.  It’s the perfect place to GET YOUR MARDI GRAS ON!  Live music, food, and masquerading 10:00am – 6:00pm daily during the Mask Market. Held at the French Market in Dutch Alley at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine.

February 14 :: If you’re not at parades, check out Kids Swing and Sing at The French Market. Kids of all ages are invited (behind A Tisket A Tasket Bookstore) for this interactive concert featuring Jayna Morgan! Guaranteed to have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and have you dancing in the aisles while singing children’s tunes with a jazz beat!

February 16 :: Join The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk as they host the 29th annual Lundi Gras on the Mississippi event from 3:00pm–8:00pm in Spanish Plaza. The event is FREE and open to the public, featuring live music, fireworks and the official arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, to the Mardi Gras festivities! Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza is a free music event for attendees of all ages. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from vendors on the Plaza, so make it a family affair and join us for this historic celebration!

February 20 :: Looking for a fun family activity this Spring? Join Riptide and the Tulane Green Wave Baseball team this upcoming season at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Opening night is February 20! Family 4 pack season tickets are only $300! Every Sunday at Turchin Stadium is Kid’s Day. Inflatables and giveaway items for all kids 8th grade and younger. Also, for just $10 your children can join Riptide’s Kids Club and receive an official club t-shirt and other perks such as FREE admission to all Sunday games and they can run the bases postgame. For more information please visit the website or call (504) 861-9283. Roll Wave!

February 21 :: Spend your Saturday morning with girlfriends at Creative Finishes’ Chalk Paint Basics (10:00 until 12:30pm) class. This is a quick start class where you’ll learn 3 finishes using Annie Sloan chalk paint and both waxes.

February 22 :: Mardi Paws is a fundraiser for non-profits trying to enrich the lives of children and animals in our area!

February 22 :: The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to New Orleans! Get tickets to the 3:00pm show at the Smoothie King Center.

February 23 :: Join the The Parenting Center for “What Kids Need to Succeed,” a two-part class based on the strategies and skills featured “Mind in the Making.” The class meets Mondays, February 23 and March 2 from 7:00-8:30 pm. The cost is $25 for Parenting Center members and $35 for nonmembers. Call (504) 896-9591 to sign up or register online.

February 25 :: Check out Postnatal Wellness and Nutrition from 6:00 – 7:00pm at Touro Infirmary. The class is FREE and will address things like healthy weight loss while breastfeeding, nutritional needs while breastfeeding (hydration, calories, dietary recommendations/restrictions, herbals/supplements), body image and feeling confident with your changing body, healthy meal planning for a busy lifestyle and resuming or starting a fitness routine (with baby)! Learn more and/or register online.

February 27 :: Thibodeaux School of Music, located in uptown New Orleans, offers a Kindermusik Playdate every month with a different theme each time. Their February Kindermusik Playdate will be on Friday, February 27 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!

February 27 – March 1 :: If you or your little ones love things that go, you have to check out World of Wheels at the Superdome. From the website :: World of Wheels features a wide variety of custom cars, custom trucks and custom motorcycles as well as restored and antique vehicles, exhibitors, vendors and thousands of spectators that makes this annual show informative, exciting and fun!

February 27 :: Perfect for those expecting their little ones in the summer and early fall, Birth Boot Camp is a comprehensive class that is fun for both partners, honestly! You’ll learn how to care for your pregnancy, prepare for your birth, gain confidence, learn what to expect postpartum and receive a full breastfeeding course!  Email [email protected] to register

February 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.

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