Mom’s Guide to November {Baton Rouge Family-Friendly Events}

November is here! From painting and crafts to performances and storytimes, there are numerous fun things to do as the holiday season ramps up. We have gathered our favorite family-friendly events happening at some of our favorite places in and around Baton Rouge this month and featured them here in the monthly guide.

Red Stick Moms Blog maintains a full calendar of events here. If you have a great family-friendly Baton Rouge event to add, please do that here.

**Don’t forget to also check out our Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Event Guide 2017**

Mom’s Guide to November {Baton Rouge Family-Friendly Events}


This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BRECMake it a Movie Night: Home at Independence Park Theatre on November 10. This is a free, family-friendly indoor film series with concessions available for purchase. For more information visit theparktheatre.com.

A lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time…the journey HOME.

Click HERE for a list of all BREC events in November.


Mom’s Guide to November {Baton Rouge Family-Friendly Events}

November 3 :: Stories in Art at the LSU Museum of Art is a kid-sized program designed to support reading and art making for ages 0-6 with parent/caregivers. Enjoy a book and art project designed to make families comfortable exploring in a museum setting. 

November 4 :: Children’s Garden Activities allows you to enjoy hands-on activities with your children on Saturday mornings Ione Burden Conference Center. Activities are age appropriate for 6 to 12 year olds. Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and a neat garden take-home craft! Attendance is limited to 20 – 30 children for each session. Make your reservation by contacting Angie Wall at [email protected]

November 4 :: During Hands-On Happenings: Yarn Weaving at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, use simple craft items to create your one-of-a-kind artwork.

November 4 :: Join us for A-Maize-ing Indian Corn Wreath at the Main Library at Goodwood. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, children will hear various Native American stories, including those of how the Choctaw and Ojibwa tribes got corn, from The Girl Who Helped Thunder by James Bruchac and Tales from the First Americans by M. A. Jagendorf. After the stories, children will use bubble-wrap to paint a wreath of Indian corm to take home. Registration is required and limited to 8 children.

November 5 :: Free First Sunday offers free admission all day, with fun activities geared for children of all ages in the LSU Museum of Art’s Pennington Family Foundation Education Gallery.

November 5 :: First Sunday November will make your family and your budget happy with a trip to the Art & Science Museum for free admission, and unlimited planetarium shows for $6.

November 8 :: For Veteran’s Day Paper Soldier Story Craft at the Greenwell Springs Library, children will make a paper soldier following the story “My Big Brother” by Miriam Cohen. For children ages 6-9. Limited to 20 persons. registration is required. To register, call 225-274-4460.

November 9 :: Storytime at Lulu & Bean is a great way for parents and littles to enjoy an outing that is child-focused and interactive in a safe, tranquil environment. We will sit together as a group with the story teller for 20-30 minutes of interactive reading.The books we choose to read will be best suited for babies and toddlers, up to age 3. Snacks will be served for all as well as coffee for parents!

November 9 :: Rush out to the Red Rooster Bash at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Roosters are immersed throughout the decor, and the casualness of the evening fits in with the atmosphere of the museum. Everyone is encouraged to sport their country western attire. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. A live auction will follow. For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.

November 11-12 :: Can potatoes tell time? Can lemons light up? Find out how electricity can be generated using some popular produce during BASF Kids’ Lab: Energy Loves Produce at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Each child also receives a cool backpack with surprises inside!

November 11-12 :: Mistletoe Market has become one of the largest and most anticipated Christmas shows in the Greater Baton Rouge area. They are proud to showcase local Baton Rouge businesses as well as out-of-town merchants. The market is very unique in that they offer $6 admission, with a portion of the proceeds going towards children’s organization within the Baton Rouge area. For your convenience, premiere parking is available and strollers are allowed. Come shop ’til you drop at this fun, family oriented shopping experience! 

November 11 :: Join us as we recognize and honor both those actively serving and those who have served in the armed forces, as well as a special bald eagle chat, during Veteran’s Day at the Zoo! Military veterans and active military: Complimentary admission for you and up to five guests when presenting a valid military ID on 11/11. Non-military: Regular zoo admission applies.

November 11 :: Storytime in the Garden at LSU Burden Museum & Gardens is a program supported in part by the Junior League of Baton Rouge, is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imaginative, hands-on craft activities for children. Parents and children ages 3-8 are invited. 

November 11 :: Fall Festival at School Time Baton Rouge will feature a petting zoo for kids of all ages, face painting, free jambalaya and popcorn, plus games and prizes! School Time offers a great selection of school uniforms, accessories, backpacks, and educational toys and games.

November 11 :: Painting and Pinot’s Mommy and Me: Peter Parker is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. Please make sure to register for each child in attendance. Parents do not pay since they will be sharing a canvas with their child.

November 12 :: Want to get your kid in an activity for fall? Come and see what we are all about! Fall Enrollment Open House at the Little Gym in Zachary is free for everyone! We will have activities for all ages! Ages 0-3 should come between 1:00 and 2:00, ages 3-12 should come between 2:00 and 3:00.

November 12 :: Doktor Kaboom! Look Out Science is Coming show in which the good Doktor takes his audience on an educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences is happening at the Manship Theatre. Aimed at grades 4-8. Topics covered include: safety; pressure and force; simple machines; velocity; application of science to everyday life; the scientific method (hypothesis and experimentation); multiple experimentation; constant discovery of new information and data; definitions: chemical reactions, exothermic, external and chemical formula; mass; air pressure and demonstration vs. experimentation.

November 14 :: Join us for our La Leche League Daytime Meeting! This is a mother to mother breastfeeding support group. We come together to discuss breastfeeding, address any challenges we may be having, and support each other on our nursing journey. Free to the public, Snacks provided, kids welcome!

November 14 :: Zoo & Me Morning is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, “Zooper” snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together. $18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian, $12 for each additional person (adult or child). Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

November 15 :: Join us at the Zachary Branch Library for Cornucopia Story and Craft, as we read Sharing the Bread: an old fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and then your children can color, decorate and paste together their own paper cornucopia. Ages 2-5. Registration required.

November 15 :: Enjoy a Family Game Night at BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and learn a new game or play an old favorite! All you need to bring is your family (or friends), and we will provide a variety of games for all ages. We’ll throw on some tunes, break out the boards and have some fun! 

November 17 :: Come out for Flashlight Night at the Swamp! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters and running special nature films. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended. General admission applies; free for pass holders.

November 17 :: White Light Night is an annual Mid-City art hop. Circa 1857 will boast over 20 artists/craftsmen who will be selling their one-of-a-kind things. We’ll also have live music featuring Jonathon “Boogie” Long and more. Come enjoy the best night in Baton Rouge at Circa 1857! Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Food and so much fun!

November 17 :: Mid City Makers Market – White Light Night Edition – Come enjoy a night filled with local art, food and live music! You can even get a head start on your holiday shopping with great, local handmade gifts from some of your favorite makers. See you at Government & S Eugene!

November 18-19 :: Paw Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” is an all-new action-packed, music-filled production based on the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol produced by Spin Master Entertainment. The new live stage show, which follows the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure, will visit the Raising Cane’s River City Performing Arts Theater on November 18 and November 19, 2017. Tickets for all five performances are on sale now and can be purchased at www.pawpatrollive.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

November 18 :: During Engineer It: Dream Big at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, discover how today’s engineers are inspiring the world at our monthly Engineer It workshop for all ages, featuring participatory activities with the American Society of Civil Engineers and special showing of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

November 20-21 :: At BREC’s Fall Holiday History Camp, campers will explore early 19th century history and make Fall themed crafts. From touring the historic house to playing old fashioned games, campers will love learning about the past. Campers will also enjoy making fall/winter themed crafts such as scarecrow magnets, painting clear ornaments, and making edible cornucopias. The two days will end with the campers cooking in the open hearth kitchen and visiting the museum store. From 8:30am-4:30pm, for ages 7-12, $44 EBR Parish resident, $52.80 out-of-parish resident. Registration deadline: Nov. 15, call 225-343-4955 for more information.

November 20-21 :: BREC’s Fall Rocket Camp is a two-day program offered during the fall, winter and spring. “Rocketeers” aged nine to thirteen construct chemical engine rockets (usually two single-stage rockets, but some sessions feature a sole two-stage rocket). HRPO personnel will also including a theme connected to a NASA mission, and a special STEM activity related to spaceflight.Children should bring a lunch each day which does not require refrigeration as well as a hat and sunscreen. From 8:00am-5:00pm daily, for ages: 9-13. Registration begins Oct. 7, $55 EBR Parish resident, $66 out-of-parish resident. Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up is until 5:30 p.m. at no additional charge.

November 20-21 :: At BREC’s Autumn Harvest Camp, campers will be treated to nature-based activities such as arts and crafts, live animal encounters, hikes, games, and a themed afternoon snack. Each day will be comprised of different activities, and campers will need to bring a bag lunch and drink each day. In our Autumn Harvest camp, we will learn about the changing colors, nature explorers, and living off the land. From 9:00am-4:00pm, for ages: 7-12, $48 EBR Parish residents, $57.60 out-of-parish residents. Early drop-off begins at 7 a.m. and late pick-up is until 6 p.m. and available for $10.

November 20-21 :: Painting and Punch Thanksgiving Art Camp is for children in K-3rd grade. Each day the campers will be introduced to different artists and create one of a kind art based on the style and period of the artist discussed that day. Mediums used will include pastels, watercolor, acrylic, color pencils, and more. The kids will have a chance to explore their creativity and create original pieces of art every day! Camp fee includes instruction, all supplies, and snacks for each day! Campers should wear clothes that can get messy! Drop off should be before between 8:30 and 8:45am and pickup no later than 11:35am. Price is $65 for our 2 day camp held Monday and Tuesday.

November 21 :: Come by the Jones Creek Regional Library for Standing Turkey Make & Take to create a cute stand-up turkey to decorate for the season.  Ages 3 & up.   No registration necessary.

November 25-26 :: Can potatoes tell time? Can lemons light up? Find out how electricity can be generated using some popular produce during BASF Kids’ Lab: Energy Loves Produce at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Each child also receives a cool backpack with surprises inside!

November 25 :: Painting and Pinot’s Mommy and Me: Unicorn is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. Please make sure to register for each child in attendance. Parents do not pay since they will be sharing a canvas with their child.

November 26 :: BRBT The Nutcracker Land of the Sweets Tea gives children the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters from Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou” while enjoying tasty treats, fun crafts, dancing and more amid the beautiful holiday decorations at Boudreaux’s! Now with 2 seatings at 11 am & 2pm!

November 28 :: After Listening to Nothing at All by Denys Cazet, children will do Scarecrow Bowling by knocking down scarecrow decorated “pins” with an inflatable ball at the Jones Creek Regional Library. For Toddlers-4 years old. Registration required.


Opportunities To Give Back

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Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

Fridays :: Thank Goodness It’s Friday, or TGIF Movies @ the Library! Relax from a busy work week with a feature length movie at the Jones Creek Regional Library!  Refreshments will be provided.

Saturdays :: Singing, dancing, sharing stories, and puppets – Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum gets young children on their toes for a celebration of the art and science of the seasons.

Saturdays :: Red Stick Farmer’s Market, located in Downtown Baton Rouge, is an open-air, producer-only market, which ensures that all produce sold at the market is grown locally by each farmer. They have over 50 member farmers with a variety of locally grown products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, honey, milk and cheese, native plants, herbs, and specialty food items.

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