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

January is here and with it, a new year for Baton Rouge families! Start some new family traditions and experiences with one or more of the many events going on around town. 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.

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

This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BREC, The Fiber Art Show – Bluebonnet Swamp 20 happening January 17-30, 2016 at BREC’s Bluebonnet thismonthbrec_1200x1200Swamp Nature Center. In 2017, Bluebonnet Swamp celebrates 20 years of connecting people to nature. The anniversary celebration kicks off with their first art show and will continue throughout the year with other shows in the series as well as special events. Each art show features a different theme and rewards cash prizes to winners of Best in Theme and Visitors’ Choice awards in both Adult and Youth categories. If you are interested in contributing artwork to any of our three shows, please send an email to [email protected]

You are also welcome to go visit with the creators of these fiber art pieces at the Artists’ Reception on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Children are welcome! Regular admission applies. Light refreshments will be available at the reception, and they will be announcing winners of the Best in Theme and Visitors Choice categories.

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

January 4 :: Enjoy painting a masterpiece at Painting and Pinot with Mommy and Me Painting Class – Pop Art, for the younger painters ages 2-9.  

January 6 :: Visit the Louisiana Art and Science Museum for Far-Out First Friday: New Year Spectacular, a special evening of planetarium shows – Waiting Far Away, Journey to the Milky Way, Synesthesia: Champagne Sky, and Pink Floyd eXperience: The Best of january-rsmb-pintrestPink Floyd. Ages 3+.

January 7 :: Get creative at this monthly hands-on art workshop with Hands-On Happenings: Robots at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and make robots that race, spin, and light up.

January 7 & 15 :: FrogWatch USATM Training – RIBBIT RIBBIT! is a citizen science program that’s great for families, students, and scout groups ages 12 and up! This training is FREE and participants will receive information packets and frog call audio CDs.

January 8 :: Enjoy painting a masterpiece at Painting and Pinot with Mommy and Me Painting Class – Pop Art, for the younger painters ages 2-9.

January 10 :: Zoo & Me Mornings: Cool Cats at the Baton Rouge Zoo features 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. Ages 3-5.

January 12 :: Experience the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Raising Cane’s River Center.

January 13 :: Make it a Move Night: Ghostbusters II at the Independence Park Theatre. Concessions will be available for purchase.

January 14 :: Walk through one of BREC’s conservation areas with a BREC naturalist during the January Woods Walk, for ages 6 and up.

January 14 :: Meet the author and illustrator of the children’s book, Run! Boudin, Run! at Java Mama!

January 14 :: Create a Warm Mitten Make & Take at the Main Library at Goodwood, for ages 3-11. 

January 14-15 :: With BASF Kids’ Lab: Rainbow Connection at the Louisiana Art and Science Museu m, fun meets learning in hands-on chemistry workshops for kids 6-12 and their accompanying adults. New activities every month.

January 15 :: Come out to the River Center Library for the Movie of the Month: Frozen!

January 16 :: Drop your kiddos off for some creative fun with Martin Luther King Day Art Camp at Painting and Pinot. We will paint two separate paintings -“Birch Trees” and “Tiger Eye.” Admission for camp includes all art supplies, a light snack, and lemonade. This camp is for children ages 5-12. 

January 17 :: Find answers about your fertility at our free event at Woman’s Hospital- Infertility 101: The Myths and Truths About Your Fertility, presented by Dr. Susan Conway, reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Answers.

January 20 :: Enjoy a Movie in the Park: Secret Life of Pets at BREC’s Kathy Drive Park. Enjoy popcorn, as well as other concessions for purchase.

January 21 :: Celebrate Arbor Day at Burden with the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens to learn more about trees and their uses. Activities also include tree planting, a scavenger hunt, Story Time, tree climbing, a visit with Smokey Bear, hayrides and more!

January 21 :: Swamp Volunteer Day – Plant Invaders Pushback invites you to get out and give back! Hundreds of invasive plant species grow uncontrolled in Louisiana’s natural habitats. Join staff to help improve Bluebonnet Swamp’s habitat as we tackle some of our most troublesome plant invaders.

January 25 :: Baton Rouge Zoo’s ZOOMOBILE at the Zachary Library will include live animals and is designated to educate the public while reinforcing a message of wildlife conservation. Ages 4 and up.

January 28 :: Visit the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens for the Children’s Gardening Series where children will learn about song birds that live in our area and will walk away with the tools to attract them to their back yard. Children will paint their own birdhouse to take home and plant seeds that will grow into the native plants that will bring these lovely creatures to your garden.

January 28-29 :: With BASF Kids’ Lab: Rainbow Connection at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, fun meets learning in hands-on chemistry workshops for kids 6-12 and their accompanying adults. New activities every month.

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

January 31 :: Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure which includes singing, dancing, laughter and surprises!

January 31 :: Celebrate !yaD sdrawkcaB [Backwards Day!] at the River Center Library with a reading of “Backward Bill” from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein and a drawing activity. 

Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

Tuesdays :: Art Imagination: Baringer at BREC’s Baringer Park will allow participants 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.

Thursdays & Fridays :: 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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