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

Boo! October is here! Don’t be afraid to enjoy a variety of activities this month, from indoor crafts to outdoor trick or treating. 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 October {Baton Rouge Family-Friendly Events}

This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BREC, Boo at the Zoo, October 21-22 & 28-29. Our biggest event of the year! Boo at the Zoo is a trick-or-treating extravaganza within the Zoo. We have a wide variety of other activities for the entire family to enjoy! Come be a part of a Merry-Not-Scary Halloween tradition!

Enchanted Swamp
Formerly known as the Boo Den, the Enchanted Swamp is a new attraction to Boo at the Zoo. Located throughout our Otter Cabin and adjacent boardwalks, guests can let their imaginations run wild as they take in the magically decorated scenery.

Hay Maze
Wander through our merry, not scary hay maze! $1 per person, and proceeds benefit your Zoo! Presented by McDonald’s.

Spooky Train Ride
Our Cypress Bayou Railroad is a true Zoo favorite, especially during Boo at the Zoo. Hop the train and travel through Cypress Bayou while spotting some classic Halloween characters along the way. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled around Boudreaux’s Bait Shop!

EdZooCation Station
Our Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre is transformed for this event into a hands-on animal extravaganza! Don’t miss our shows! Between shows we’ll have our volunteers and Zoo Educators available for games and more.

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

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

October 1 :: Free First Sunday: Pirates and Princesses at the USS KIDD offers free admission and encourages visitors to come dressed as their favorite pirate or princess! Some of the festivities include arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a meet and greet with real princesses.

October 1 :: 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 (fifth floor).

October 1 :: October First Sunday – Make your family and your budget happy with a trip to the Art & Science Museum. Free admission to galleries, unlimited planetarium shows $6.

October 3 :: During Moon Lantern Story/Craft at the Central Library, celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with us as we listen to Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale by Brenda Williams and Benjamin Lacombe. After the story, kids can design and make their own paper lanterns that they can use to enjoy this beautiful festival at home. Ages 4 to 7. Please call to register.

October 4 :: What makes the perfect pet? How about a pet turtle! You can make a Paper Plate Pet Turtle Story and Craft at the Zachary Library to bring home after listening to the story Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo. This story is about a boy who discovers the best way to enjoy time with a real turtle. Ages 2-5. Registration required.

October 5 :: BREC Rocks: Zachary – Participants will paint rocks to hide in a BREC park of their choice and help us kick off our #BRECROCKS ongoing activity.
This nationwide trend of finding interesting painted rocks has hit Louisiana. It’s a scavenger hunt of rock-u-mental proportions!

October 5-6 :: The Author-Illustrator Program Presents Rosemary Wells at the Library, author and illustrator of the beloved Max & Ruby series. This program is suitable for families and anyone who is interested in Wells’ writings. Stick around after her talk program for a reception and an opportunity to have your book autographed by Wells. Only books that are purchased at each program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books. Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to come back to the Library at 8:30am Friday, October 6, for a special workshop presented by Wells. In this workshop, participants will enjoy a more in-depth look into Wells’ writing style and process. Registration and a fee of $25 for non-students and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. are required for this portion of the program. 

October 6 :: Join us for Brew at the Zoo! As summer temperatures wane and the leaves begin to change colors, guests are welcome to come to the Zoo for an evening of food, beer, music and more. Come and sample dozens of craft beers and munch on pub favorites. Show off your “safari chic” style while listening to the sounds of local musicians before meeting some of our animal ambassadors. Pre-purchased tickets are required for entry. Purchase your tickets at

October 6 :: Stories in Art is a kid-sized program at the LSU Museum of Art 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. This program continues the first Friday of each month with a different story and activity each time. 

October 7 :: Bring your collectibles, antiques and other treasures for expert review at the FREE 17th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event! Hundreds of people lined up with their treasures at last year’s event, and everyone in the community is welcome. This is the time to raid your attic, closets and garages for that interesting or antique art, old toys, pottery, jewelry, rifles, war artifacts, small furniture or other item of interest and see what the story is behind it and possibly more. There is a limit of three items per person at the event, and experts will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques. 

October 7 :: At Origami at Lulu & Bean, an origamist will be here to teach you and your little ones the art of paper folding! We know that this will be a blast and a great time to let your littles’ imaginations soar! The event is for 5-7 year olds (limited spots) and is $10 per child. Pre-registration is required. Please call 225.573.7111 or email us at [email protected] to register!

October 7 :: 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. School Time is located at 7745 Jefferson Hwy.

October 7 :: The Pinwheel Challenge – Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana invites you to join us at the first Pinwheel Challenge, our new fundraiser with family fun! Just $10 for a family team of up to five people. Family teams compete together to tackle mental and physical challenges in an attempt to win prizes, but more importantly to enjoy quality time together, have fun and focus on their children’s strengths. Prizes include packages from Area 51, Celebration Station, Marucci Sports and more. There will be a drawing for a Grand Prize, too!

October 7 :: Whether you’re young or young at heart, get creative the first Saturday of every month at Hands-On Happenings: Atomic Art Special Effects at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. In our October workshop, you will use simple additives, tools, and techniques to create artwork that looks bafflingly complex.

October 8 :: Mommy and Me Painting Class – Emoji at Painting and Pinot 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.

October 9 :: At Columbus Day Art Camp at Painting and Pinot, you can drop your kiddos off for some creative fun. We will be working with acrylic paint to create Cubism works of art. We will be talk about one of the most well know Cubism arts – Pablo Picasso. Admission for camp includes all art supplies, a light snack, and lemonade. This camp is for children ages 5-12. Campers should be dropped off between 9:45-9:55am and picked up no later than 12:00pm.

October 10 :: Zoo & Me Morning at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30-11:30am 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.

October 10 :: At Play Lab Open House at Gymboree Play & Music, Get Ready For Some S.T.E.A.M.-powered Learning! Grab your young inventor 2-5 yo and join us. This hands-on event will feature activity stations where kids can SPIN, BUILD, STRETCH, SPLASH and more!

October 12 :: 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! Each storytime session will be held at Lulu & Bean at 9:30 in the morning on the second Thursday of each month. Please share the news of this fun event with your friends!

October 12 :: First Time Mommy Meet-Up at Gymboree Play & Music offers you a safe space to ask questions, get real answers, and meet new friends. Expecting moms and children under 5 welcome!

October 13 :: Hocus Pocus, on Friday the 13th, will be showing Hocus Pocus for FREE in the plaza at the Main Library!

October 14 :: During Guess Who! Fall Owl Storycraft at the Main Library, join us as we read The Barn Owl by Sally Tagholm and then create a cute fall owl. All children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and limited to 8 children.

October 18 :: Community Open Gym at Gymboree Play & Music offers one hour of free play for Babies Only (0-12m), open to all babies in town. Encourage development through play in our play floor specially designed to support your child’s growth.

October 18 :: La Leche League Daytime Meeting – LLL 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!

October 20 :: Baby Lab Open House at Gymboree Play & Music is a mulit-sensory playground and learning lab that’s all about building brain power, stimulating reflexes and sharing giggles — right along side mom and dad, designed for 0-10mo.

October 20 :: Get your costumes ready for Trick and Treat Howl-o-ween Costum Pawty at Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Forest Community Park! Local pet organizations, rescue groups and businesses will be out to provide information and treats to all the costumed patrons, 2 legged and 4 legged. 

October 21 :: Dress up your little ones for a spooktacular Halloween bash and costume party, Gymbo-Ween Party at Gymboree Play & Music! We have planned lot of fun activities and will also have some sweet treats for your little pirates, pumpkins and princesses. Age: 0-5yo Price: $15 admission.

October 21 :: 4th Annual Code Red Chili Cook-Off at the Pointe at Americana is an annual fundraiser for the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation. As a nonprofit, the Foundation relies upon events such as this to raise funds to support Lane Regional Medical Center in providing the very best healthcare to everyone that enters its doors. This community event offers companies, organizations and individuals from across the REGION the opportunity to compete in the cook-off or simply enjoy the fun—all for a worthy cause. Team entry packets are available at

October 21 :: At Science Saturday – Tricky Science happening at LIGO Livingston Observatory, come tour the world’s first successful gravitational wave observatory and learn more about the tricky science – in honor of October’s trick & treats holiday! Tours from 1:00-4:00PM, exhibit hall and lobby activities from 1:00-5:00PM. Free!

October 24 :: Ghosts Go Scaring Story and Craft – BOO!!! Come to River Center Branch Library to hear (or sing) the Ghosts Go Scaring by Chrissy Bozik. Then, create a ghost puppet to take home! Children ages 3-6. Limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 389-4959.

October 26 :: During Pumpkin Paddle Parade at Milford Wampold Memorial Park, participants can bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Dress in a costume and add some lighting to your watercraft! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Bring your own vessel or rent one from the LSU URec or Outdoor Adventure (with advanced notice). Assistance provided by Paddle Baton Rouge. Cosponsored by SUBARU of Baton Rouge, Varsity Sports, Muddy Water Paddle Company and The Backpacker. Ages 11 & younger must be accompanied by an adult in boat.

October 26-29 :: Fifolet Halloween Festival at 1031 Consortium activities include a 5k, live entertainment, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, zombie pub crawl and Halloween Parade!

October 27 :: Lexlee’s Kids will host its inaugural Safety Supporter Soiree at The Renaissance Baton Rouge. The evening will be chockfull of food, refreshments, music, dancing, 20s memorabilia, auction items, 20s themed entertainment and activities, 1920s celebs, murder mystery dinner theater, and all the Gatsby, glitz, and glam your heart can handle! This event will surely be the bee’s knees, and one hootenanny you won’t want to miss!

October 28 :: The Louisiana Book Festival, featuring more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, includes the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award winning young adult authors; live musical performances; cooking demos; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors. 

October 28 :: Mid City Makers Market – The Halloween Edition will be booth to booth trick or treating for the kids, Halloween costume contest, live music, fresh food. No LSU game to stop you from coming out! See you at Govt & S Eugene for some great fall fun!

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Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

Fridays :: Thank Goodness It’s Friday, or TGIF Movie Matinee @ 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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