NOLA Moms Need to Know :: New Orleans Activities in April 2019

Whether your’e dodging April showers or soaking in the sunny days, this month offers all kinds of fun! Check out our monthly guide for all of our favorite family friendly activities taking place in and around New Orleans this month!

This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive event guide {we maintain a full calendar of events right here}. We’ve pulled out a select number of events for your family to enjoy throughout the month. If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

***Check out our 2019 Guide to Easter Events In and Around New Orleans***

NOLA Moms Need to Know :: New Orleans Activities in April 2019

April 2 :: Difficulty breastfeeding is very common. We have seen many mothers become distraught when they have difficulty breastfeeding, but this is nothing to be ashamed of. Every baby is different and not all of them will have an easy time figuring out how to latch. It is not a statement about you and your child; it’s just something you can both learn together. Sign up for our breastfeeding class, the ABC’s of Breastfeeding, for help from experienced lactation consultants at the West Jefferson Medical Center Family Birth Place.

April 5 :: Upturn Arts is holding their annual Studio 504: Disco for Dance at The New Orleans Jazz Market! Families are welcome to attend the fundraiser and compete in our first ever Dance a Thon! Tickets can be purchased on our website.

April 6 :: Girl Scouts Louisiana East is having a Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1–mile Daisy Dash Fun Run! Girl Scouts, friends and family of all ages are encouraged to attend. Registration is required.

April 6 :: Learn about dinosaurs and geology during SuperSaurus Saturday Spectacular with members of the New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS) at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Explore the NOGS fossil collection, see life-sized dinosaur footprints and skulls, go on a dino scavenger hunt, and much more! This year will be extra “spectacular” as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Supersaurus Saturday with dino story times, dinosaur yoga, and prehistoric STEM activities. Decorate hankies with stamps, dance to live music, and secondline at 2:45 p.m. with The Brontosaurus Brass Band! Sponsored by New Orleans Geological Society and the Southeastern Geophysical Society.

April 5-6 & 11-13 :: Mount Carmel Academy presents Annie, the heartwarming and timeless musical, in the Fitzmorris Performing Arts Center on April 5, 11, and 12 at 7:00pm and April 6 and 13 at 2:00pm An understudy performance will be April 6 at 7:00pm. Tickets: Adults $17, Students $12, Reserved seating $26. Purchase tickets here.

April 5-7 :: Bead & Jewelry show open to the public featuring beads, jewelry, pearls, findings, classes, and more. Admission is only $5 for the weekend and parking is free.

April 7 :: Longue Vue’s Sprouts program returns this weekend on a Sunday! Release your inner entomologist at our Insect Investigation themed session as we make crafts, read stories, and play games that will teach us all about the beauty of bugs. We’ll observe live ladybugs, identify different types of caterpillars, make an ants on a log snack, and see what teeny tiny bugs look like under the microscope. Ages 18mo-10 years, $5 per person, free for Longue Vue members. 9:30-10:30am.

April 7 :: Self care is so important but carving the time out for yourself isn’t always easy. Let Yoga and You Anywhere help you create a routine that will nourish your mind, body and soul! This event begins with a sugar scrub for the hands, leads into a mini facial that includes one of our lovely fiber facial masks. While your mask dries we will use our signature botanically infused coconut oil to learn to a self-Thai routine leaving your skin soft and muscles relaxed! Cost $40 Sign up in advance.

April 8 :: You can’t be everywhere, but you can reduce your child’s risk factors. Learn how to talk to kids at different ages – and the basics of addiction, risk, teen vulnerability, and what to do if you discover your child has engaged in drug use during Prevention at Home: How to talk to your kids about drugs. This free class is presented by Joyce Bracey, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Pre-registration is required.

April 9 :: The Childbirth Education Series at Touro is a four-class series recommended around 30 weeks or 6 ½ months gestation and can answer any looming questions. This class is free of charge, but registration is encouraged.

April 9 :: Double Dare Live! with iconic original host Marc Summers is coming to The Saenger Theatre on April 9! All ages are welcome, kids aged 10 and up can register to participate.

April 11-13 :: Cabrini High School presents the Spring Arts Festival, which includes the spring musical of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the story of a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea. The festival will also include an Art Show of displays and artwork from students in AP Art, Art I & II, and Art Across the Curriculum. Reserved seating tickets are $15, and general admission tickets are $12.

April 12 :: As part of the Cabrini High School Spring Arts Festival, girls ages 4-8 are invited to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Ariel’s Birthday Bash – complete with dinner, fun activities, a raffle, and premier seating for the 7:00pm performance of the spring musical, The Little Mermaid. Tickets are $25 per person and include the bash, dinner, and VIP seating for the play.

April 13 :: Based on Dr. Harvey Karp’s breakthrough ideas, the parent educators at Children’s Hospital’s Parenting Center will teach pregnant couples, new parents and caregivers calming techniques proven to quickly calm crying and boost infant sleep during Kohl’s Happiest Baby on the Block. This class is free of charge, but registration is recommended.

April 13 :: The International Nanny Training Day (INNTD) is an annual event that offers an inclusive, educational day of training for nannies, sitters, and other childcare professionals and aims to raise the quality of care provided. Organization and motivation for INNTD is brought to you by Nannypalooza who works really hard all year round to ensure NNTD is held around the world!!! NNTD is also proudly sponsored by HomeWork Solutions! $10 Ticket Discount when using the promo code: NOMB. This year we are excited to announce topics including: Erin Stevens: The importance of play, Nilong Vyas: Sleepless in NOLA, Cassandra Becerra: Implementing Montessori At Home, Whitney Stewart keynote Mindfulness, and The Right Training For The Job: Special Needs Child Care. Lunch will be provided at the event, there will be free giveaways and there will be time for mingling and networking with each other.

April 13-14 :: The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical is at the Mahalia Jackson Theater!

April 15 :: Based on Dr. Harvey Karp’s breakthrough ideas, the parent educators at Children’s Hospital’s Parenting Center will teach pregnant couples, new parents and caregivers calming techniques proven to quickly calm crying and boost infant sleep during Kohl’s Happiest Baby on the Block. This class is free of charge, but registration is recommended.

April 16 :: Join us at the West Jefferson Medical Center for a class on Infant Safety and First Aid.

April 16 :: Earth Day in the New Orleans Botanical Garden promises to be a great event! Celebrate the earth and learn how we can build a healthier relationship with our natural spaces. The event will have exhibitors, activities for children, live music, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and of course delicious food. The event will take place in the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

April 17 :: Join Touro dietitian Julie Fortenberry for an informative class on nutrition and wellness for expectant and new mothers – Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Planning for a healthy pregnancy and beyond. The class will cover basics of healthy meal planning, eating for two, healthy weight gain, important nutrients, foods to avoid, fitness during pregnancy, breastfeeding nutrition, healthy weight loss post baby, body image, meal planning for a busy lifestyle, finding time for fitness after baby and more. You will also learn about entering pregnancy in optimal health if planning to become pregnant. This class is free, but registration is required.

April 18 :: Touro’s Prenatal Breastfeeding Class is designed to teach mothers the basics of breastfeeding. It’s designed for moms who already know they want to breastfeed and for moms who want to know more about breastfeeding and these topics: Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast, Care and Preparation of the Breast, Breastfeeding Techniques, Pumping and Storage of Breast Milk. This class is free, but registration is encouraged.

April 20 :: Join us as we celebrate our science-based exhibits during Spring STEAM Day at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Earn stamps for your passport by completing tasks in each of the five categories. Enjoy water cycle inspired dance performances by ELLEvate Dance Company. Experience the combination of science and art during a special cooking demonstration narrated by guest author Kat Pigott who will read _Green Dinosaur Pancakes_, and illustrator Mason Sibley who will create dinosaur pancake art! Program partners include the STEM NOLA, the Society of Louisiana CPAs, NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program, the STEM Library Lab and Tulane Center for K-12 STEM education.

April 23 :: Join us at the Parenting Center for Growing Up for Boys (10 – 13 Years), practical information for boys and their fathers including male and female anatomy, physical and emotional changes during puberty, and hygiene issues. Boys attend with their father or care giver. $20 per child. Registration is required.

April 25 :: Family and Friends CPR teaches the basic technique of CPR and relief of choking for a child or infant. It is perfect for new parents, grandparents, sitters or anyone involved in the care of an infant. Each participant will receive a handbook. The course uses guidelines created by the American Heart Association. This class is for Touro Patients only. Attendees must also be a Touro patient. Registration is required.

April 26 :: Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital is New Orleans’s premier benefit event for children of all ages where Audubon Zoo is transformed into a magical play land. Come and enjoy the many activities we have in store!

April 27 :: Join us at the West Jefferson Medical Center for Mother-Daughter Rap, a breakfast discussion for mothers and pre-teen girls. $25 per couple; registration is required.

April 27 :: The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts (LAAPA) is having their annual Faculty & Honors Concert! This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. No pre-registration is required. Admission is free.

April 27 :: Celebrate the week of Earth Day at Longue Vue Saturday morning program Sprouts as we honor the plants and animals of our home state Lousiana. We’ll make an alligator & crawfish crafts and explore the textures of native plants like bald cypress and southern magnolia trees. At the end, we’ll wrap it all together with a story about our lovely Lousiana. Happy Earth Day! 9:30-10:30am, free for Longue Vue Members, $5 per person for non-members.

April 30 :: Join Family and Friends CPR for a class designed to teach the basics of CPR, AED use and relief of choking in adults, children and infants. This course is great if you would like to learn CPR, but do not need a certification card. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Registration is required.

Recurring Events

Mondays :: Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes strolling around the park, resistance band workouts, and lots of fun for our stroller babes. Meet us in Audubon Park every Monday. Your first class is free!

Tuesdays :: Join us at the East Bank Regional Library for Read & Sing Story Time! It  includes stories, songs, and finger plays for infants and toddlers.

Wednesdays :: “Wiggles & Giggles” Storytime with Craft at the North Kenner Library includes stories and activities for children ages 2-5 years old.

Wednesdays :: Wednesday at the Square is a FREE family friendly concert series that takes place in Lafayette Square (S Maestri Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130).

Wednesdays :: Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes strolling around the park, resistance band workouts, and lots of fun for our stroller babes. Meet us in Audubon Park every Wednesday.

Thursdays :: Read and Sing Story Time at the River Ridge Library includes stories, songs, and finger plays for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old.

Thursdays :: Be a part of the Bilingual Birdies pilot class at Kindermusik with Madeline! Learn Spanish with your child (ages 0-5) through music, movement, and puppetry. Ages 0-3: Thursdays at 3:30pm, Ages 3-5: Thursdays at 4:30pm.

Thursdays :: On Thursdays, join NOPSI Hotel’s Above The Grid for hand-crafted cocktails, healthy fare, and music by New Orlean’s infamous DJ Otto.

Thursdays & Fridays :: Tinkergarten classes help babies and kids develop through outdoor play-based learning activities. It’s based on the belief that independent exploration, well-designed play scenarios and just the right guidance are the keys to kids developing a host of important capabilities, including self reliance, creativity, teamwork and problem solving. To the kids, it’s a chance to get messy, solve mysteries, move their bodies, make friends and have fun. For parents, it’s a chance to get together with other parents and learn creative and effective ways to play and learn with our kids. Parents and children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Now offering free trials! Registration is required.

Fridays :: Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes strolling around the park, resistance band workouts, and lots of fun for our stroller babes. Meet us in Lawrence Square every Friday. Your first class is free!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to join our Neighborhood Community Groups as we’re always planning events in areas across New Orleans!

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!

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