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

March is here, along with hopes for less rain and more comfortable weather as we begin to slowly welcome in Spring. From craft activities, outdoor adventures, performances to indoor discovery experiences – there is something here for everyone! 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 March {Baton Rouge Family-Friendly Events}

This month, we’re highlighting a great event from our sponsors at BREC, their seventh annual Rockin’ at the Swamp happening Saturday, March 11.

This rockin’ event provides visitors the opportunity to explore the vast world of geology, and includes activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals, and fossils. In addition to hobbyists featuring hands-on exhibits, vendors in the Rockhound Market will be selling gemstone jewelry, rough and polished mineral specimens, fossils and more.

Other thematic elements include “Gold” Mine, Treasure Trail, stone crafts, rock-climbing wall, fossil quarry, a rock tumbler jump house and event souvenir buckets. At the “Gold” Mine, people can hunt the perfect pyrite specimens for their collection. At the day’s end, children ages 12 and younger will enjoy the Kids’ Gold Rush, which will allow younger children to go for the gold and clean out the mine.

Along the Treasure Trail, experienced fossil hunters and beginner rock hounds alike will take to the trails to hunt for stations where they will collect specimens for their own gemstone identification cards.

Children and adults can use their creative talents to produce one-of-a-kind pet rocks at the stone craft corner. These colorful stone snakes and turtles come to life with vivid shades and patterns created by visitors. Everyone can climb to new heights by taking a turn on our giant rock-climbing wall and rock-hounds of all ages can dig right in and get their hands dirty in the fossil quarry while hunting for fossil crinoids, shells and shark teeth!

Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for children, ages 3-17; $2 for BSNC pass holders; and free for children ages 2 and under.

This event is sponsored by ExxonMobil, 96.1 The River (iHeartRadio), La Capitol Federal Credit Union, Parrot Head Club of Baton Rouge and the BREC Foundation.

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

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

March 2 :: Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Corey Webster, former LSU football standout and New York Giants Super Bowl champion, with story time, a photo and autograph opportunity, and a special treat! Registration is required and limited to 75 children, ages 3 to 11. Please call 231-3760 to register.

March 3 :: BREC’s Berenstain Bears Live! at the Independence Park Theatre brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. For ages 2-10.

March 4 :: Read Across Louisiana 2017 is an annual reading initiative that calls for every child in every Louisiana community to celebrate reading. Join us as at the Mall of Louisiana as we celebrate reading alongside local teachers, teenagers, and celebrity guests with activities and giveaways – books, stuffed animals, and other prizes. The event is FREE and open to the public.

March 4 :: Feeling robotic? Think outside of the box and get creative while building your own robot that can race, spin, and light up during Hands-On Happenings: Robots at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

March 4 :: Angling Against Autism benefiting the Emerge Center features a fishing tournament with weigh-in & day-long festivities at Cabela’s including live music, kid’s zone, cook-off raffle of $2,000 Cabela’s shopping spree, and more!

March 4 :: Donate, volunteer, or register to run at the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure at LSU Old Front Nine.

March 4 :: Check out this complimentary West Pediatrics Seminar led by its very own Dr. Kortney West at Java Mama Cafe. Come learn about potty training, pediatric concierge medicine, house calls and more!

March 5 :: Warrior Run & Yoga at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum is designed for young adults and families to enjoy physical activity together. There will be a light run, relaxing yoga, and smoothies and socializing at The Big Squeezy. Free and open to the public!

March 5 :: Free First Sunday at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum is designed for families to enjoy art, crafts, and history. Free admission to the ship and museum!

March 5 :: LASM First Sunday: Sometimes the best things in life are free. Make you family and your budget happy with with a trip to the Art & Science Museum. Free admission, unlimited planetarium shows $6.

March 6 :: Organizing Basics at the Bluebonnet Library Branch is the 1st of a 6-part presentation series where you will learn a 7-step process on how to get organized and how to overcome organizing challenges.

March 7 :: Don’t miss the Watoto Children’s Choir Event, hosted by University United Methodist Church, as they present their new program, Signs & Wonders. The choir is comprised of orphaned children, ages 8-12: rescued, raised, and educated by the Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda.

March 9 :: 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!

March 10 :: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Cultivating a balance between nutrition, movement, and mindset during pregnancy and beyond. Join Anna Bernard of BALANCE at Green Living Holistic Health in Baton Rouge for pregnancy approved “mocktails” and all things holistic {prenatal} health!

March 10 :: Join us for an evening paddle under the setting sun during Sunset Paddle at BREC’s Wampold Park. Participants should reserve a kayak or paddle board in advance as space is limited.

March 11 :: Engineering Day: From robots and solar-powered cars to nanoscience and medical physics, it’s time for some hands-on fun exploring all things engineering at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Included with general admission.

March 11-12 :: Can potatoes tell time? Can lemons light up? Find our how electricity can be generated using some popular produce in this hands-on chemistry workshop for kids ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults during BASF Kid’s Lab: Energy Loves Produce at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

March 13 :: Visit the Zachary Branch Library for St. Patrick’s Day Paper Plate Snakes Make & Take, ages 5-11 while supplies last.

March 14 :: Zoo & Me Morning at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, “Zooper” snacks and many other hands-on projects. Pre-registration required: 225-775-3877, option 2.

March 15 :: Mommy and Me: Cotton Tail at Painting and Pinot is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9) and a light snack will be provided. Please register for each child in attendance; parents do not pay since they will be sharing a canvas with their child.

March 16 :: Hop-a-thon at Lil Bambinos Playtorium includes “hopping” games and activities for kids ages 8 and under. All proceeds will be used to donate Easter baskets to kids at OLOL.

March 17 :: Come and test your luck in a night of fun, while enjoying activities designed to bring out the little leprechaun in you during Leprechaun Game Night at BREC’s Perkins Road Community Park.

March 17 :: Visit BREC’s Independence Park Theatre for Make it a Movie Night: The Secret of the Kells. Admission is free!

March 17-19 :: DNOW Weekend at Istrouma Baptist Church kicks off Wednesday, March 15th and the weekend starts Friday, March 17th at 7pm! For grades 6-12. A weekend retreat in the city with tons of food, worship rallies, Bible study, & service projects. The $65 includes a t-shirt and all meals for the weekend.

March 18 :: For Dog Days at the Swamp, BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets! All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current. All ages are welcome.

March 18 :: At Painting and Pinot’s Painting and a Princess, we will be painting with Beauty! This class is for children ages 2 and up. Each child will leave with a themed painting on an 11×14 canvas. Children will each have the chance to take a picture with Beauty as well as participate in a sing along. Because of limited space, only registered children may attend. 

March 18 :: Celebrate “Being Green” at Spring Green at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and learn how you can help wild animals and wild places at special amphitheater programs. Games and crafts will also be included for the kids. 

March 18 :: Baton Rouge’s 32nd Annual Wearin’ of the Green Parade rolls at 10:00am at Hundred Oaks and South Acadian.

March 25 :: Visit BREC’s City-Brooks Park for Art in the Park, a true sensory experience with an art bazaar, live art demonstrations, theatrical, musical and dance performances, art discourse, sidewalk chalk drawing contest, and kids art activities.

March 25 :: Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre Youth Ballet Auditions for “Ballet Soiree” at Dancers’ Workshop is open to dancers entering 5th-8th grade.

March 25 :: The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre hosts Dancin’ in the Streets at Perkins Rowe, a block party fundraiser featuring live music by Phat Hat, food and drinks by local vendors, incredible raffle prizes and more!

March 25-26 :: Can potatoes tell time? Can lemons light up? Find our how electricity can be generated using some popular produce in this hands-on chemistry workshop for kids ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults during BASF Kid’s Lab: Energy Loves Produce at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

March 25-26 :: BREC’s Great Family Camp Out at Highland Road Community Park gets families outside for a night under the stars, complete with adventure activities, hiking, inflatables, s’mores and more!

March 30 :: What is art made of? Journey through the science of art as part of our exhibition “Polymers in Art” with LSU professor of chemistry John Pojman during Art After Hours: The Substance of Art at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

March 31 :: Join LSU Kappa Alpha Theta for its CASA Carnival, featuring Louisiana cuisine, carnival games, a dunk booth, face painting and live music. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For ticketing, contact Madison Vidal, Theta’s philanthropy director at [email protected]  

Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

Tuesdays :: Sign up for Personal Protection: 101, a four week introduction to self defense and personal protection designed to make you more aware, prepared and ready in the case that you or a family member’s safety is threatened. Wear comfortable clothes and join us for this investment in your own personal safety.

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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