Nola Family’s Best Bets for the Weekend

Wow! Talk about a weekend FULL of activities for families and kids! Celebrate Earth Day, catch an outdoor movie and eat some crawfish, all in the same day!  


Movies in the Park: Jurassic World, Norman Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey St. 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. 

Guys and Dolls, Jr., Jefferson Performing Arts Center. The JPAS Theater Kids! program presents two musicals per season performed by an all-kid cast. Tickets are $25-35. Times vary by day. For more information, visit jpas.org/theatre-kids. Continues through April 23. 

Studio 504: Disco for  Dance, Upturn Arts at  People’s Health Jazz Market. Break out your bell bottoms and platform shoes and get ready to groove  and DANCE the night away. Energetic  dance demonstrations and  performances  from dance krewes  including  the Disco Amigos,  New Orleans Creole  Belle Baby Dolls and the students of  Upturn Arts. Proceeds  will benefit Upturn Arts’ mission to provide #ArtsForAll to children in the New Orleans  community to attend  summer camp   2017.  NOLA FAMILY IS A PROUD SPONSOR .


Domini-Science Saturday, St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Girls in grades 4-7 will participate in science experiments and interaction with Dominican students and teachers. $15/person, includes lunch and a Domini-Science T-shirt. Registration is required. For more information, visit stmarysdomincan.com. 9 am-noon.  

Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis, Audubon Park. Enjoy music, food, kids’ activities, local entertainment and the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. For more information, contact Betty Mujica at 504.408.2119  or bmujica@ccfa.org. 9 am.

13th Annual Autism Awareness Festival, First Baptist Church, 5290 Canal Blvd. The festival, hosted by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans, is an opportunity to meet new friends, network, learn about the resources available in the New Orleans area! For more information, visit asgno.org. 10 am-1 pm. Registration opens at 9:30 am. 

Earth Day Celebration, Louisiana Children’s Museum. Celebrate our amazing Planet Earth! Learn about the water that surrounds us, explore how we can go green in our homes and find out how to protect the rainforest. Free with admission. 10 am-3 pm. 

Lake PontchARTrain CRAFT Fair, New Canal Lighthouse Museum & Education Center, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will host over 60 vendors selling a wide variety of food, drinks, arts, and crafts during an Earth Day celebration that will also feature activities for children of all ages. Free. For more information, visit saveourlake.org/events-calendar/lake-pontchartrain-craft-fair. 10 am- 4 pm.

New Orleans Mini Maker Faire, Delgado Community College. Benefitting Bricolage Academy, Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. Tickets are $10/adults. Children younger than 18 and students with ID are free. For more information, visit nolamakerfaire.com. 10 am-5 pm. 

Studio KIDS: Louisiana Clay, New Orleans Museum of Art. Craft clay pots inspired by the Newcomb Pottery that is adorned with Louisiana flora and fauna. $25/members, $30/non-members. For more information or to register, call 504.658.4128 or email education@noma.org. 10 am-noon.  

AMC Sensory Friendly Films: Smurfs, The Lost Village, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16. See April 8 listing for details. 10 am.

14th Annual Crawfish Cookoff, Fritchie Park, Slidell. All-you-can-eat crawfish from teams competing to be the best, plus live music! Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free. Kids’ Zone tickets are $20. For more information, visit crawfishtickets.com. 11 am-6 pm. 

Old Metairie Crawfish Festival & Cookoff, St. Catherine of Siena School, Metairie. The 5th annual festival is a great time for family and friends to enjoy some crawfish and music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate and $10 for kids. For more information, email oldmetairiecookoff@gmail.com. Noon-8 pm. 

Tails but No Black Tie, Equest Farm, City Park. This fundraiser features beautiful horses, world class riders and fabulous food in Equest Farm’s Covered Ring. $15/adults, $10/children (must be 4 years old to attend), $175/grandstand ticket, per person. For more information, neworleanscitypark.com/tails-but-no-black-tie. Gates open at 4 pm.

Safari After Dark: Amazing Animal Adapters, Audubon Zoo. Pack a picnic, pitch your tent and enjoy a family overnight unlike any other. Registration is required. $45/members, $55/non-members, per person. For more information, email bwalken@auduboninstitute.org. 5:30 pm-9:30 am. 

Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters (2016), Joe W. Brown Playground, 5601 Read Blvd. Rain site: Joe W. Brown 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. 

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