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

April is here, so bring on all the Spring and Easter festivities! Soak up the sun during one of the many outdoor activities or head into the cool indoors for other ways to have fun. We have gathered our favorite family-friendly events in the Baton Rouge area 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 check out our 2017 Guide to Easter Events in Baton Rouge!

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


This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BREC, Bioblitz 2017. Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we document the diversity of life, or “biodiversity”, at Frenchtown Rd. Conservation Area! This is a full 24 hours event starting on Friday and ending Saturday afternoon where experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible. You can participate by signing up to help document species with the help of scientists, by attending a scheduled hike or by visiting the Biodiversity Fair, were we will host special activities for kids and families to learn through hands on sampling, live animal encounters and more!

Day 1 – Friday, April 14, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm Set Up Base Station and Volunteer Check In
6:30pm – 7:30pm Night Hike: Mammals, Owls, Bats
7:30pm – 9:30pm Black Lighting: Insect

Day 2 – Saturday, April 15, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am Birds
8:00am – 8:30am iNaturalist Workshop
8:30am – 9:30am Fish and Aquatics
9:45am – 10:45am Reptiles and Amphibians
11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch
11:00am – 3:00pm BIODIVERSITY FAIR — with preliminary species count to be announced at the end
12:15pm – 1:15pm Plants and Fungi
1:30pm – 2:30pm Butterflies, Dragonflies and other insects
3:15pm – 4:00pm Species tallying
4:00pm SPECIES COUNT CEREMONY

All Ages are welcome; bring the whole family! Free and Open to the public

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


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

April 1-2 :: In true Louisiana fashion, the Ebb & Flow Festival at the Baton Rouge River Front will include a flavorful music lineup, representing local, national, and international talent. The event will also feature performances by flamenco dancers, singer songwriters, and slam poets. Activities and stations for interactive play will offer opportunities for visitors of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the history of the Mississippi River. 

April 1-2 :: Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for hands-on Shrinky Dink fun with Hands-On Happenings at Ebb & Flow.

April 1-2 :: Come celebrate 47 WILD years of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo at the Zoo’s annual spring festival and birthday celebration – Zoo Zippity Zoo Fest!

April 1-2 :: Bring your lawn chairs and come out to enjoy this one of a kind festival – Kite Fest Louisiane’ at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, where kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies. This free event includes kite making, kite design and many other family-friendly activities.

April 1 :: Join us for a special storytime and craft for children with autism at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.  Listen to colorful stories and rhymes, enjoy scarf activities and make a rainbow craft during What Color is Your Rainbow? For ages 4 to 7 and their parent or caregiver.  Registration is required.

April 2 :: First Free Sunday at the USS KIDD is a partnership program among several downtown Baton Rouge museums that gives families an opportunity to visit local museums free of charge. The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but the majority of our “Themed ” activities take place from noon until 4:00 p.m. in the museum lobby.  For more information, please call 225-342-1942.

April 2 :: The 5th Annual Block Party Hosted by Yelp! Baton Rouge will be held at City-Brooks Community Park on Sunday April 2nd from 11am-4pm. There will be adoptable dogs, Blessing of the animals, live music, food vendors, family photo opportunities and MORE!

April 2 :: Join us for The Louisiana Couture Bridal Show, featuring the latest in bridal fashions, music, transportation, food and pre-bridal supplies. Pick up tips, explore today’s most romantic wedding trends with expert suppliers and more. One lucky bride or groom will even win our GRAND PRIZE – an ALL INCLUSIVE Honeymoon in Jamaica!

April 2 :: Spend some time with your friends or family at the Art & Science Museum’s free April First Sunday. Free admission to the galleries, $6 reduced admission to planetarium shows, and a variety of art and science exhibitions and activities make this a fun and unique day out for all ages.

April 5 :: Children will enjoy the cute story The Golden Egg by Margaret Wise Brown then decorate their own “golden egg” with a construction paper chick inside that is ready “to hatch” during Hatching Chick Story and Craft at the Zachary Branch Library. Ages 2-5. Registration required.

April 6 :: Let’s build some robots! Come to River Center Branch Library to create robots out of LEGOS® after hearing Cool Robots by Sean Kenney during the LEGOS® Junior Maker Program.  Children ages 4-7.  Program is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, call 389-4959.

April 7 :: Join us for Sunset Paddle at the University Lakes for an evening paddle under the setting sun. Preregistration required. Registration deadline is 2 days before event. 

April 7-8 :: Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is thrilled to present this brand new original ballet, “Rapunzel: A Storybook Ballet,” directed by Rebecca Acosta and Jonna Cox at the River Center Theatre. Experience the classic fairytale, Rapunzel, come to life in this enchanting storybook ballet.

April 7-9 :: Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ at the Raising Cane’s River Center is a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

April 8-9 :: Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best with the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s BASF Kids’ Lab: A Hair Raising Experiment. Together we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel. Each child also receives a cool backpack with surprises inside! Participants may preregister Monday through noon Thursday prior to the program by e-mailing [email protected] Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates.

April 8 :: Kids get to compete in popular rodeo events such as bronco riding, barrel racing, pole bending flag race, bull riding and more, while riding their stick horse during the Stick Horse Rodeo & Student Horse Show at BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center. 

April 8 :: Gather up the family for BREC’s Community Egg Hunt: Highland packed with fun and exciting activities for everyone. This will include themed recreational games, arts and crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny and much more.

April 8 :: Painting and Pinot’s Mommy and Me: Paw Prints is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. Registration is required for each child in attendance. Parents do not pay since they will be sharing a canvas with their child.

April 8 :: Please join BREC for a Ribbon Cutting at BREC’s Kathy Drive Park, celebrating new amenities including sand volleyball courts, sand soccer, walking trails and a new playground.Activities include sand volleyball and soccer, BREC field day, playground fun, face painting, food truck and more.

April 11 :: Zoo & Me Morning: Egg-Stravaganza at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo 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. Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

April 13 :: Storytime at Lulu & Bean will include 20-30 minutes of interactive reading of books best suited for babies and toddlers, up to age 3. Snacks will be served for all as well as coffee for parents!

April 17 ::  Celebrate Earth Day with Earth Friendly Make & Take Craft! Stop by River Center Branch Library during Spring Break to make a robot from boxes and recycled materials. Take your new robot friend home to play with or to display. Ages 5 and up. Groups must register.  For more information and to register, please call 389-4959.

April 17 :: During this hands-on workshop, Learning How to Organize WITH Your Children at the Bluebonnet Branch Library, children and parents will learn basic organizational skills, including the importance of organization, purging, and setting up and maintaining an organizational system. Call 763-2250 to register. 

April 21 :: Catch Make it a Movie Night: FernGully: The Last Rainforest, a free film series at Independence Park Theatre. Concessions available for purchase.

April 22-23 :: Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best with the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s BASF Kids’ Lab: A Hair Raising Experiment. Together we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel. Each child also receives a cool backpack with surprises inside! Participants may preregister Monday through noon Thursday prior to the program by e-mailing [email protected] Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates.

April 22 :: Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge presents the 8th Annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fest at Louisiana State Police Headquarters. People of all ages and backgrounds come out to show their support for a loved one with autism and enjoy entertainment, vendor booths, and fun activities for the kids!

April 22 :: Get your team together or register yourself and plan to join us for the 13th Annual Seize the Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on the largest epilepsy advocacy day in the state.

April 22 :: What better way to celebrate our Earth than honoring the magnificent creatures that inhabit our planet? More than 120 zoos and aquariums across North America are celebrating Earth Day with the 10th annual Party for the Planet. The Baton Rouge Zoo’s festivities include earth-friendly activities including Safari amphitheatre programs, animal chats and educational family fun!

April 26 :: Painting and Pinot’s Mommy and Me: Paw Prints is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. Registration is required for each child in attendance. Parents do not pay since they will be sharing a canvas with their child.

April 29 :: International Astronomy Day at the Highland Road Park Observatory will feature games, rides, exhibitors, physical science demonstrations, solar and lunar viewing, Jupiter viewing and a raffle. 

April 29 :: The Bedtime Bliss Infant + Toddler Sleep Seminar at Java Mama is a complimentary seminar designed for parents to learn healthy sleep habits for your children and top strategies to help you get the rest your family needs!

Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

Wednesdays :: Art Imagination: Baringer at BREC’s Baringer Park will allow participants, ages 5-12, to create arts and crafts projects after receiving inspiration from reading and/or hearing an illustrated story from a book, movie, poster or other medium.

Fridays :: Relax with a feature length film, popcorn and punch at TGIF Movie Matinee @ the Library, the Jones Creek Branch. 

Fridays & Saturdays :: During Evening Sky Viewing at BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), a professional-grade telescope at HRPO is unlocked to showcase the Baton Rouge sky in all its glory (weather permitting). This season, visitors should expect to see Uranus and Neptune!

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.

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

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