New Orleans Moms Need to Know :: Your Guide to the Month of January 2016

Happy New Year, everyone!! Here is your guide to enjoying January 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 January 2016

January 2 :: Start the year off on the right foot with the ZukaBaby+KINDRED Studios Get Fit Challenge! Whether you’re feeling Hardcore, Dedicated or Inspired, they want to support you! Get started with Barre or Cycle class and get refreshed with complimentary healthy snacks. Plus special sales & promotions for participants! Get motivated at their Kickoff Party, Saturday January 2 from 9am- noon at our Uptown Studio, 5228 Magazine Street. Event is FREE to attend; drop in class rates and membership fees apply.

January 4 :: Be Strong. Be Balanced. Feel Good. Founder Sadie Lincoln and her team of experts will personally guide you through an effective, fun challenge. With weekly online workouts, live recorded classes, Q+A sessions and podcasts, we’ll give you the tools you need to get strong, balanced, and feeling good in 2016!   The Challenge runs January 4th-31st.  For more informations visit

January 5 ::  Spring Classes start at Vamonos NOLA ~ a play based Spanish Language Program! We offer Mommy & Me (4-24mos) and Toddlers (2-3y/o) in Uptown on Saturdays and at Play and Grow Studios on Tuesdays between 10:30-12:30pm. Our engaging dynamic after school classes are held on Tuesdays (4-6 y/o) and Wednesdays (7-10 y/o) from 4:30-5:30pm at Vamonos NOLA 6200 St. Charles Ave. All classes are $60 a month and held 3 times a month. Visit our website to find out more about our unique programs, peruse Facebook for fun pictures and videos or click here to register! Enter NOMB for a 10% discount off your first month of class!

January 6 :: The annual Joan of Arc Parade, a medieval themed family friendly walking krewe that celebrates Joan of Arc’s birthday every January 6th (also Twelfth Night) rolls on Wed Jan 6th at a new start time, 7 p.m. Swords, necklaces, wooden doubloons, candy, and more are given to parade goers, as well as many unique and historical handmade throws. For more information and French Quarter route (starts at Decatur and Toulouse, ends across from Jackson Square) visit

January 9 :: Join Uptown Jazzercise for our New Year NEW REAR Open House! Ready to get that New Rear in 2016? Come check out Jazzercise where we will dance, squat, lunge, and sweat our way to a New Rear!  Jazzercise Uptown New Orleans is located at 3974 Tchoupitoulas Street.
Open House Class Schedule:
8:15 Dance Mixx
9:15 Personal Touch Fab Abs
9:30 New Rear Interval Fusion
10:30 Interval Dance Mixx
11:30 Personal Touch Killer Legs
11:45 Stretch

January 10 :: Parades, Parades, Parades!! Slidell parades kickoff with the Krewe of Claude at 1:00pm; a full Parade schedule for both the north and southshore can be found at

January 7 :: FREE Weight Management, Diet Trends and Goal Setting Event at Touro Infirmary! Moms and Dads, join Touro for this free opportunity to jump start your health in the New Year! If weight loss or maintenance is a goal, then take advantage of this opportunity to meet with a Touro dietitian to learn about weight management, diet trends and goal setting. Receive a free weight, BMI and Body Fat screening and mini consultation with a Touro dietitian to help you implement some new weight management strategies. Screenings and consultations will be offered between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Touro’s Presidents Room on the 2nd Floor of the hospital. Registration is required. Click here to register online, or call 504-897-8500.

January 8-10 :: 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 family activities nola

January 11 :: Join Touro Nutritionist Julie Fortenberry and Guest Speaker Erin Reho Pelias, owner of ZukaBaby, for an interactive baby food making class. Introducing solids is a fun (and messy) milestone during your baby’s first year of life. But, it can be overwhelming for a new parent to decide what, when and how often. They’ll teach you the basics of baby food, including: when and how to introduce solids, the benefits of making homemade baby foods, how to make and store baby foods at home, adding new flavors and combinations as your baby ages, and more! Plus enjoy baby food tastings during the class and ask your nutrition questions. Click here to register online, or call (504) 897-7319.

January 14 ::  Looking for a fun and educational Mom’s Night Out? Join Vamonos NOLA Thursdaysfor Spanish Over Cocktails: Adult Classes.  The exuberant Sra. Alejandra (Newman teacher by day and holds her PhD in language), will be leading a fun and low pressure class alternating between a traditional classroom setting and a field trip experience where you can take your new skills on the road! Classes meet at Vamonos NOLA 6200 St. Charles Ave.  Three Thursdays a month from 5:30-7:00pm. $150 a month. Childcare available. Register here on line! Enter NOMB for a 10% discount off your first month of class! Questions: Call 504-495-2345

January 15 :: Sleeping Beauty (An American Panto) at La Petite Theater. In this world premiere adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, comedy meets Carnival in a vivid re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. Sure to be a fantastical feast for the senses, Sleeping Beauty will draw its inspiration from the timeless and adored British holiday tradition of Panto, to create a brand new tradition for the young and young at heart of New Orleans. The program runs through February 14th. Recommended for children of all ages. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

January 16 :: The Algiers Point Association presents the third annual Krewe of Confetti Kids Mardi Gras Parade at 3 p.m. This is a walking parade where everyone is welcome to join in the marching fun! There will be floats, musicians, and other joyous spectacles. Decorate a bike, wagon, cart or stroller, wear a costume, dress your dog in costume and march along or watch the parade from your porch!  *Lineup begins at 2 p.m. in Confetti Park (corner of Pelican and Verret) stretching up the 300 and 400 block of Verret St.

January 16 and 18 :: Celebrate Martin Luther King’s spirit of service on Saturday, January 16th and Monday, January 18th from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Louisiana Children’s Museum! Start the day off with service by making tissue paper flowers to help brighten people’s day at a retirement home. Watch the movie “Young Martin” sponsored by Scholastic in the Times-Picayune Theater and partake in a science experiment that explores what’s beneath the skin: “Are we really different or the same underneath?” Guests will also make their own silhouette to add to the “Our Dream” portrait in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The cost is $8.50 and free for members!

January 23 :: VCB Photography is hosting a themed Mardi Gras Mini Session! These will be held in studio on the morning of January 23rd in Metairie, LA. They are 15 minutes long and come with 5 digital images. The cost is $95 (+tax). Please email [email protected] to schedule your session today. Mention you found them on the New Orleans Moms Blog for a free set of wallet prints to share with the family!

January 23 and 24 :: Kidding Around Yoga Teacher Certification Workshop! Two energetic, dynamic days of classroom instruction. You do not need prior Yoga teacher trainings to attend KAY or OKAY trainings. Kidding Around Yoga is designed for anyone who loves to work with kids. With it, you can start your own kid-centered Yoga business, enrich your adult classes, bring something special to your academic classroom, or even introduce your own family to the benefits and joys of Yoga. January 23 & 24, 9:30-5 in the Warehouse District. More information online or by calling 504.909.8881.

January 24 :: The Little Rascals Parade rolls through Metairie! This all child krewe will surely get your family into the Mardi Gras spirit!

January 27 :: The New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will be giving a detail program information session on our First Time Homebuyers Program. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) believes that all hard-working individuals and families should have access to the benefits and stability of homeownership. In this belief, we are committed to partnering with families to build simple, decent, and affordable housing. Our First Time Homebuyers program offers low income residents an opportunity to own a home for about the same monthly payment as renting. Participants can choose a Habitat for Humanity owned lot in the 7th, 8th, Upper 9th wards, New Orleans East or Central City on which we will build a brand-new, single family home. Habitat will then sell them the property with no financial down payment and a 0% interest loan. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments include homeowner’s insurance, flood insurance property taxes, a termite contract and their principal loan which is recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. The information session is FREE. Learn more and register here.

January 29 :: Come celebrate your success with a Get Fit Dance Party from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 29! Share your stories, collect your prizes and watch the Cleopatra parade from the comfort of our gorgeous Uptown studio, located at 5228 Magazine Street. Event is FREE to attend; drop in and membership rates apply.

January 29 – 31 :: Family Gras 2016; This FREE celebration of carnival and family takes place on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana.

January 31 :: King Cake Festival; Spend the day strolling Champions Square and sampling New Orleans’ finest King Cakes from the city’s greatest bakers. The event is free and open to the public.

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