Nola Family Magazine’s Guide to

Weekend Family Fun!

Friday, March 24

Louisiana Crawfish Festival, Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, Chalmette. Families will enjoy local food, music, rides and arts and crafts at this annual celebration of the mudbug. $5 admission. Times vary by day. For more information, visit louisianacrawfishfestival.com. Continues through March 26. 

Saturday, March 25

Touch a Truck, Lakefront Airport. Take an up-close look at the “big trucks” and meet those who protect, serve and build our community. Benefits the Junior League of New Orleans’s community service programs. $8 per person or $30 for a family pack of 5 tickets through March 24; $10 per person or $40 for a family pack at the event. Free for children younger than 12 months. For more information, visit jlno.org/touch-a-truck or call 504.891.5845. 10 am-2 pm. 

19th Annual Children’s World’s Fair, Louisiana Children’s Museum. A unique, daylong journey that explores cultural diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Enjoy lively cultural performances and explore the games, music, literature, native attire, crafts and flavors of destinations including: Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Switzerland. Ticket prices start at $16. Free for children 1 year and younger. For more information, visit lcm.org or call 504.523.1357. 10 am-4:30 pm. 

Studio KIDS: Personal Pendant, New Orleans Museum of Art. Learn how cultures communicate through jewelry and then create your own pendant that reflects your personality. $25/members, $30/non-members. For more information or to register, call 504.658.4128 or email [email protected]. 10 am-noon. 

StoryQuest: Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art. Professional authors, actors and artists bring the world of children’s literature to NOMA in this family program. Family activities are offered after each StoryQuest to encourage museum exploration. Free with museum admission. Ages 2-7. For more information, call 504-658-4128 or email [email protected]. 11-11:30 am. 

Fête Française, Ecole Bilingue de le Nouvelle-Orléans. With the theme of “Vive Le Cirque,” this year’s festival brings together the best French restaurants in New Orleans, an incredible array of French arts and crafts booths, and a fabulous line up of French music by local and visiting artists. Free admission. For more information, call 504.896.4500 or visit ebnola.com. 11 am-5 pm. 

Kinder Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens. Kids can get up close and personal with nature through plantings, digging for worms, crafts and more in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. 18 months to 5 years, plus an accompanying adult. $8/members and $10/non-members. Siblings and additional adults discounted. For times and more information, call Lauren Rouatt at 504.293.4719. 

Sunday, March 26 

“Stella” Shouting Contest, French Quarter. At this highlight of the Tennessee Williams Festival, hopeful winners, usually attired in Stanley Kowalski-style sleeveless undershirts, will compete to shout the most plaintive and convincing appeal to the judges on the balcony of the Pontalba Apartments on Jackson Square. Free. 4 pm. 

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