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

February is here and love is in the air in Baton Rouge! Whether you adore date nights, prefer outdoor family activities, or enjoy Mardi Gras parades, our awesome city of Baton Rouge offers all that and more for you to enjoy as a family. 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.

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The New Orleans Moms Blog Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras features a ton of ways you can celebrate and enjoy Mardi Gras with your family in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and even at home!

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


This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BREC, Flashlight Night at the Swamp. We welcome you to enjoy the swamp at night by visiting us during our Swamp Flashlight Nights! 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.

 

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


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

February 1 :: Share the love with Valentine’s for Veterans and Friends Make & Take at the Zachary Library Branch where cards you make will be delivered to the Louisiana War Veteran’s Home in Jackson, LA. For ages 3-11.

February 2-4 :: Join Cher Bebe Bumps & Babies on February 2-4 for special edition Mommy & Me sessions! These sessions are only offered a few times each year. Sessions take place in our Denham Springs studio must be booked in advance. Ages: 3 mo – 2 years; Price: $175

February 3 :: Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for Far Out First Friday: Lovestruck – Love is in the air – and this month’s evening planetarium shows. Get ready to fall hard for Far-Out First Friday with Sunstruck, Laser Beatles, and Pink Floyd eXperience: The Best of Pink Floyd. 

February 4 :: Get creative with Hands-On Happenings: Building, a monthly hands-on art workshop for the young and young at heart at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. At this month’s event, create your own imaginative designs with planks, pulleys, wheels, nuts, and bolts.

February 4 :: Join staff to help improve BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s habitat as we tackle some of our most troublesome plant invaders on Swamp Volunteer Day – Plant Invaders Pushback.  Please register in advance so we can plan accordingly.

February 4 :: Walk with the Birds at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, allows visitors to enjoy a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching techniques and identification tips are also discussed. 

February 5 :: BREC’s Baton Rouge Bicentennial Sundays celebrates Baton Rouge’s 200th anniversary with free guided tours that will be offered on the first Sunday of each month in 2017. Special programs of traditional crafts, informative lectures, and family activities are planned for each “First Free Sunday.” 

February 5 :: Don’t miss First Sunday at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Sometimes the best things in life are free – make your family and your budget happy. Free admission, unlimited planetarium shows $6. 

February 6-7 :: Shop Posh Petite’s Spring Warehouse Sale for a huge selection of Boutique brand name children’s clothing at wholesale prices. Held at the Embassy Suites Baton Rouge and free to the public.

February 9 :: Alexander’s Highland Market hosts Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner, a lovely date night or Girls’ Night Out featuring a five-course steak and lobster meal with samplings of Justin and Landmark wines.

February 11 :: Visit the River Center Library Branch for African-American Sports Firsts Story & Craft to read 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. and create a craft. For ages 5 and up.

February 11 :: Join us for a Valentine extravaganza – I Heart My Zoo Day! This action-packed day includes Safari Amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes strange and amazing “birds and bees” facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Make a valentine for your favorite person or animal! Regular zoo admission applies. 

February 11 :: Bring your special someone to the Gymboree Sweetheart Party and enjoy lovable activities, adorable craft projects, heartfelt music, snacks, dancing and more hugs than ever! For ages 0-5.

February 11 :: BREC’s conservation and Outdoor Adventure teams are partnering up again to offer Nature Hike, a trek through nature with a naturalist. Get outside and enjoy BREC’s largest conservation area while learning something new!

February 11 :: The Krewe of Orion’s 17th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll in downtown Baton Rouge at 6:30pm. The parade theme for 2017 is “It’s Good to be the King.”

February 11 :: Whether you are running the One Mile Fun Run, 10k or 15k the whole family can celebrate Carnival Season with the Mardi Gras Mambo in downtown Baton Rouge!

February 11 :: Presented at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, StoryTime at Burden features storybook readings and theme-related crafts for families and children in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.

February 11-12 :: BASF Kids’ Lab is where fun meets learning in this hands-on chemistry workshop for kids ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. In this month’s activity, explore the pH scale with some common household items. 

February 12 :: Enjoy painting a masterpiece at Painting and Pinot with a Mommy and Me Painting Class – Part of your World, for the younger painters ages 2-9.

February 14 :: Zoo & Me Mornings at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian, incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects and “zooper” snacks that adults and children can enjoy together. 

February 16 :: BREC’s Black History Event at Independence Park Theatre reflects on the contributions that African Americans have made in East Baton Rouge Parish and around the world with a host of featured performances from area schools and local choral groups.

February 16 :: Third Thursday: Jim & James Linden Hogg will perform a selection of 19th century music in the fifth floor galleries at the LSU Museum of Art.

February 17 :: The 15th annual Krewe of Artemis parade will begin in downtown Baton Rouge at 7:00pm. 

February 17 :: Make it a Movie Night: Enchanted, at the Independence Park Theatre. Concessions will be available for purchase.

February 18 :: Krewe of Denham Springs begins at 3:00pm. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Cajun Navy.”

February 18 :: Krewe Mystique rides at 2:00pm in downtown Baton Rouge.

February 18 :: Visit Magnolia Mound for the 12th Annual Black History Month Program, which features special dramatic readings and music to commemorate Black History Month sponsored by the Friends of Magnolia Mound and BREC’s Magnolia Mound. 

February 18 :: The Pointer Sisters perform live at L’Auberge Baton Rouge on February 18! Tickets are starting at $35 and the concert is reserved seating.

February 19 :: Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila’s clever signature style.

February 19 :: Join the Mystic Krewe of Mutts at Bark in the Park along North Boulevard at Town Square for a full day of fun activities from 10:00am-4:00pm that will showcase vendors with food, information, shopping, contests, activities and demonstrations. The parade rolls at 2:00pm.

February 24 :: Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Central Library Branch for Mardi Gras Mask Make & Take Craft, for ages 3 and up.

February 24 :: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join BREC for a family movie under the stars – Movie in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets.  Enjoy popcorn, as well as other concessions for purchase. The movie will be moved inside the gym in the event of inclement weather. Movie begins at dusk.

February 24 :: Krewe of Southdowns rolls at 7:00pm in the Baton Rouge Southdowns neighborhood.

February 25 :: Krewe of Spanish Town rolls at 12:00pm beginning on Spanish Town Road. 

February 25 :: The Chee-Weez perform live at L’Auberge Baton Rouge on February 25! Tickets are $10 or free with a mychoice® card at door. The concert is standing room only and general admission.

February 25 :: Have you ever walked through a BREC park and wondered what type of trees you were looking at or what kind of animals live there? If so, now you can pick the brain of a BREC naturalist while enjoying a hike in one of BREC’s Conservation Areas during Woods Walk Hiking Series. Attend this once a month program at alternating parks to learn something new while enjoying nature. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program locations will rotate at BREC Conservation Parks and each hike will cover a different topic in ecology. 

February 25 :: Enjoy painting a masterpiece at Painting and Pinot with a Mommy and Me Painting Class – Paw Patrol, for the younger painters ages 2-9.

February 25-26 :: BASF Kids’ Lab is where fun meets learning in this hands-on chemistry workshop for kids ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. In this month’s activity, explore the pH scale with some common household items. 

February 26 :: Krewe of Comogo rolls in Plaquemine at 7:00pm.

February 26 :: Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks rolls in Port Allen at 1:00pm.

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 and Science Museum.

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