The weekend is upon us, and the weather looks beautiful! Get outside and have some fun with your family! And don't forget -- Easter is right around the corner, and it's a big weekend for egg hunts and more! It's 5 o'clock somewhere, so let's get started! 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Memorial Park, Ponchatoula. A free, family-friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, entertainment and fun. For more information, visit lastrawberryfestival.com. Continues through April 9. 

 

French Quarter Festival, throughout the French Quarter. A four-day local music showcase in New Orleans -- the largest free music event in the United States. Features 1,700 musicians playing 400 hours of local music from a variety of musical genres on 23 stages. Times vary by day. For more information, visit fqfi.org/frenchquarter. Continues through April 9.

Movies in the Park: Zootopia, Comiskey Playground, 600 S. Jeff Davis Parkway. Rain site: Rosenwald Rec Center. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission offers family-friendly, outdoor movie screenings at NORDC parks and playgrounds across the city.  Free. For more information, visit nordc.org/highlights. Sunset. 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Egg Scramble, New Orleans City Park, from 9 am to noon, with more than 36,000 eggs scattered throughout Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland! Expect music, face painters, the Easter Bunny and a balloon artist. Tickets are $5/Friends of City Park and $10/nm. Kids younger than 1 are free. Buy tickets in advance, as the event is expected to sell out! For more information, call 504.483.9402. 

 

Easter Egg Hunt, at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Hop on over for fun, face-painting, lawn games, plant sales, egg hunting and more! The morning egg hunt is from 9:30 to 10:30 am, and the afternoon hunt is from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Tickets cost $8/members and $10/nm. Kids 2 and younger are free. Advance registration is required, as space is limited. For more information, call 504.293.4724  or email [email protected]

Studio KIDS: Classy Glass, New Orleans Museum of Art. Inspired by Venetian glass, add your own decorative designs to a glass vase. $25/members, $30/non-members. For more information or to register, call 504.658.4128 or email [email protected]. 10 am-noon. 

Kids Yoga, Cita Dennis Hubbell Library. The Kidding Around Yoga system uses the yoga poses or asanas creatively tucked into: partner yoga, games and activities, original music, stories, and more. For more information, contact  Bella  at 504.909.8881 or  [email protected]

AMC Sensory Friendly Films: The Boss Baby, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16. AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to bring unique movie showings. Visit amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films to confirm theater, date and time. 10 am. 

 

Spring Garden Show, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Enjoy more than 50 horticultural exhibits, family-friendly activities, educational lectures and more! Tickets are $8/adults, $4/children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 and Friends of City Park are free. 9 am-5 pm. Continues through April 9, 10 am-4 pm.  

Black and White Movie Night, Robert E. Smith Library, Lakeview. Join us for a black and white classic. Movie TBA. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a guardian. 5:30 pm.  

Movies in the Park: Spiderman, Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave. Rain site: Treme Rec Center. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission offers family-friendly, outdoor movie screenings at NORDC parks and playgrounds across the city. Free. For more information, visit nordc.org/highlights. Sunset. 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

PIPE Family Fun Eat & Run 5K, New Orleans City Park. Participants in this 5K run and walk, benefitting the Louisiana Children’s Museum, will enjoy a post-race party featuring food, drink, a DJ, karaoke, a bounce house and much more! Admission cost varies. For more information, visit lcm.org. 8:30 am. 

Easter Egg Hunt, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd., at 12:15 pm. This FREE event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg prizes, activities and treats. 

Opera Guild Egg Hunt, Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., from 2 to 4 pm. Enjoy an interactive MetroPelican opera performance, then follow the Easter Bunny outside to hunt for jelly bean-filled eggs! Tickets are $15/person, with advance purchase required. Kids 2 and younger are free. The proceeds benefit the New Orleans Opera. For more information, call 504.529.2278, ext. 227. 

 

Music Under the Oaks: New Orleans Concert Band, Audubon Park. Bring your lawn chairs for a special spring and fall concert series at the Newman Bandstand. Free. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 5-6:30 pm.