Spring is in the air! We’re so excited for warmer weather, snoballs, and lots of fun Springtime festivities. Here’s a list of our top picks for Family Friendly Spring Events in and around the Baton Rouge area. Be sure to mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing! Also, check out our Calendar of Events for even more Springtime Fun! Events are listed in order of appearance:
Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Farm (Hammond) – March 15th – May 11th:: 9AM – 5PM; One of our favorite things about Spring is the abundance of fresh, local strawberries! Visit Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Patch for a one-of-a-kind experience your kids will love. Kids learn how a strawberry grows and can pick their own strawberries to take home with them. Activities include face painting, zip line, picnic area, tractor races, and the ever popular giant jumping pillow! The cost is $7 per child and includes all activities, as well as pick-your-own basket of strawberries up to 2 pints. Additional strawberries can be purchased by the pint.
ZFest (Zachary) – March 19th – 23rd; The 8th annual Zachary Arts & Music Festival will be a weekend full of activities for all art and music lovers. There will be various genres of music filling the BREC Park. Food and fun will be in abundance. Artisans will be set up all over the park displaying and selling their work and thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s event. Festival admission is Free! Click here for more information on carnival ride hours/pricing/etc.
The Bunny Hop Brunch – March 23rd :: 11AM – 1PM; Don’t miss the 13th Annual Bunny Hop Brunch located at The Crowne Plaza Hotel to benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Louisiana Chapter. The Easter Bunny will arrive early this year for youngsters and their families. While enjoying a delicious brunch, guests are treated to a style show featuring the latest in children’s Easter fashions presented by local merchants. A child’s auction, Easter egg hunt, and games keep the kids entertained while parents bid on fabulous Easter baskets filled with treasures donated by local merchants & interior designers.
Oak Alley Plantation Spring 2014 Arts & Crafts Festival – March 29th – March 30th :: 9AM – 5PM; What better way to spend a Spring day than at one of the most spectacular settings in the South? Visit more than 170 booths of artisans & crafters from throughout the United States. Talented artists will showcase handmade creations such as jewelry, furniture, clothing, home accessories, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden crafts and toys, as well. The children’s area with pony rides and a petting zoo is always a family favorite. Sample local Cajun/Creole foods from a variety of food vendors. Oak Alley prides itself on providing a quality show with unique, handmade items. Admission is $5, children under 10 are free.
Zippity Zoo Fest – Saturday, April 5th – Sunday, April 6th; Visit BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo for a weekend of fun-filled activities including a photo contest, children’s village with inflatables, face painting, photo booth, animal education, zoo keeper chats, games, prizes & more! Regular zoo admission applies.
Fest For All – Saturday, April 5th – Sunday, April 6th; The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will present Baton Rouge’s premier art & music festival! Join in for a full weekend of art and entertainment along North Boulevard in downtown’s Town Square and on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center for the Arts. In addition to great music, there will be a children’s village with face painting, hands-on art activities, cartoon caricatures, music lessons, mini-art lessons, carnival Games, & more! FestForAll is a free event and open to everyone.
Kite Fest Louisiane (West Baton Rouge) – Saturday, April 5th & Sunday, April 6th :: 11AM – 6PM; Bring your lawn chairs and come out to enjoy this one-of-a-kind festival. Kites of all shapes and sizes fill the skies at the only Kite Festival in the state of Louisiana. This unique festival combines professional kite flyers from all over the country who come to showcase exotic kites and perform kite ballets in the skies over West Baton Rouge. 10,000 people annually attend this festival held in April of each year. This family friendly event includes kite making, kite design and many fun events for the children. This event is free to the public.
Egg Hunt at Forest Community Park – Saturday, April 12th :: 10AM – 12PM; Join BREC for a community egg hunt packed with fun and egg-citing activities for the entire family including giant inflatables, playground and field games, a visit from the Easter Bunny, candy treats and more! The event is free to attend while concessions will be available for purchase.
Old Fashioned Easter Celebration at LSU’s Rural Life Museum – April 13th :: 2PM – 5PM; Children ages 2 to 8 years will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana. Join in activities such as egg dyeing, egg hunting, the ancient tradition of egg paquing, as well as old-fashioned spoon races and leg races. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, too! Admission is $5.00 per person.
Easter Brunch at Renaissance Hotel – Sunday, April 20th :: 10AM – 2PM; Enjoy a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch at Renaissance Hotel’s Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar. Kids’ activities include egg hunt and egg decorating. $42/adult, $22/kids ages 5 – 12, Free for kids 5 and under. For reservations, call 225.215.7000.
Spring Festival (Denham Springs) – Saturday, April 26th :: 9AM – 5PM; Located in the Antique & Arts Village of Denham Springs, this one-day festival is bursting at the seams with unique and interesting arts, crafts, music, entertainment, demonstrations, a 5K run and delicious foods, as well as a pet costume and talent show and children’s activities. Produced by the Antique Merchants Association and the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, the festival is one of the area’s premier events. Range Ave., Railroad Ave. and Mattie St. are closed to traffic in the area as the streets are lined with booths. The Jazz portion of the festival is held at Train Station Park at Range and Railroad Avenues. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or use provided seating.
Harb’s Oasis Butterfly Event – Saturday, April 26th (NEW DATE):: 10AM – 1PM; Watch live butterflies come out of their cocoons and learn all about their life cycles and the plants they love! Butterfly expert Sarah Rayner will be leading this educational and interactive experience for children and adults of all ages. Activities will also include arts & crafts and a learn-to-plant a flower station. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free to the public.
Angola Prison Spring Rodeo – Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th; Since 1964, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been the site of the “Wildest Show in the South.” This unique event was started by inmates and employees of the state’s only maximum-security prison, once known as “The Bloodiest Prison in the World.” Today, rain or shine, the event draws thousands annually to enjoy a professionally-run, nail-biting, gut-wrenching rodeo. Inmate hobbycraft items including jewelry, leather craft, paintings, woodworking and souvenirs are available for purchase with various concession stands spread all along the grounds. Several inmate bands perform throughout the event. You will not find another event quite like this!
AgMagic – Saturday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 4th:: 10AM – 3PM; Visit the LSU Ag Center for an interactive, visually stimulating, educational journey through Louisiana agriculture. Your kids will love exploring and learning about agriculture and the environment, as well as the important role each plays in our daily lives. This event is free and open to the public.