Red Stick Moms Need to Know :: Baton Rouge Activities in April 2018

Happy April! Whether or not we get many showers, there are plenty of things to do this month. We have gathered our favorite family-friendly events 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.

Red Stick Moms Need to Know :: Baton Rouge Activities in April 2018

April 3 :: Support Emerge during Autism Awareness Month simply by dining at Chipotle! 50% of the night’s proceeds will benefit Emerge!

April 3 :: At the Bluebonnet Regional Library, Atmosphere Aerial will demonstrate and fly drones used to film movies and TV shows, as well as catastrophic events like the 2016 Flood. Come check out all the ways drone technology can be used today!  This presentation is part of our One Book, One Community program. 

April 5 :: To celebrate Kite Month, come by the Zachary Library this week and make your very own miniature kite! Then give your kite a test flight! Craft materials will be available at the children’s desk. For ages 6-11. No registration required. While Supplies last.

April 6 :: Stories in Art at the LSU Museum of Art is a kid-sized program 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. Topics will be announced via Facebook the week of the event. Free.

April 6-8 :: The most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world races into Raising Cane’s River Center. Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Baton Rouge fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks.

April 7 :: The Great Family Campout at Highland Road Community Park encourages families to grab a tent and enjoy an evening being active with other families, make a s’more, sleep under the stars and wake up refreshed in a beautiful BREC park!

April 7 :: Healthy Families Day, an extra special StoryTime in the Garden will be held on April 7, 2018 from 9am to 1pm! Fun activities for children and families, including storybook readings, family yoga, tour of the new children’s pollinator garden, a nature trail hike featuring pollinator trees, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, activities by Junior League Community Projects, Capital Area Beekeepers Association demonstration on honey-making and bee hives.

April 7 :: Mindful Movers Kids Yoga Series uses adventure stories to guide children through the benefits of yoga in a fun, often silly, way- designed to promote the holistic development of children. Our classes in schools have proven so popular, (with the parents and teachers as well as the kids!) so we are excited to offer our first series of community classes at Gymboree Play & Music of Baton Rouge!

April 7 :: Whether you’re young or young at heart, come get creative with us the first Saturday of every month at this hands-on workshop at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This month, make your own artwork in the style of the Inuit artists on display in our exhibition: Tradition in Transition: Inuit Art & Culture.

April 7 :: Stop by the Greenwell Springs Library to make a paper rainbow door hanger following the stories, Frog’s Lucky Day by Eve Bunding, and Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea by Marcus Pfister. For ages 4-6. Limited to 10 persons. Registration is required. Please call 225-274-4460 to register.

April 7-8 :: Great family fun is always on tap at the annual Kite Fest Louisiane’, where the skies are filled with kites of all sizes and shapes. Inflatables, face painting, a kite-making workshop and kite designing are just some of the activities for children. Bring the entire family, some lawn chairs and enjoy a day of kite flying, Louisiana food booths and indoor flying performed by indoor flying champions. Admission is Free. NO PETS OR ICE CHESTS PLEASE!

April 7-8 :: Zippity Zoo Fest at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is the Zoo’s annual spring festival and birthday celebration! Come celebrate 48 wild years with us!

April 7-8 :: The Ebb & Flow Festival‘s purpose is to celebrate Baton Rouge and Brazilian culture and to increase cutlural awareness of Baton Rouge across major domestic and international markets. Stop by the Belle of Baton Rouge for our “Toddler through the Amazon” play area, see the Cox Children’s Corner located in front of the LASM where children 4 and up can loom, paint, create, get their face painted, play soccer in Repentance Park, or go into the LASM and enjoy the Junior League Theater where we will have Calliope puppets, performances, dance, and most exciting a PARADE/Second Line to the Main Stage! 

April 10 :: Zoo & Me Morning 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. $18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian $12 for each additional person (adult or child). Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

April 10 :: Painting and Pinot specializes in providing art enrichment for both children and adults. In our classes designed for children, we will create a project that students will take home that day. Students will learn and experience different types of art. Students will also learn about famous painters and art history. This Home School Art Class series is designed for students ages 5 and up. Parents can either drop children off or stay to accompany them during class. You will need to sign up for each class that you want to attend. This session will focus on using acrylic paint.

April 11 :: Stop by the Bluebonnet Regional Library to listen to My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis and build during Lego Junior Maker Program.  Vehicles will be displayed in the library.  Ages 4 to 7.  Registration is required; space is limited.

April 12 :: We are excited to now offer Storytime at Lulu & Bean! This 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!

April 13-14 :: The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre concludes its 2017-2018 season with the return of “Cinderella” to the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday. With lavish costumes, a beautiful score and exciting special effects, Cinderella is sure to thrill children and adults alike.

April 14-15 :: Join us at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for BASF Kids’ Lab: Playful Polymers. Slippery, ooey, and gooey — oh my!  Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep. 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]; on-site registration is available the day of each program on a first come, first served basis. Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates. Ages 6-12 with accompanying adults.

April 14-15 :: The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation proudly brings the 24th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival to downtown Baton Rouge, located in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza. This free-to-the-public, family-friendly festival will feature performances from  12:00-10:00pm both days.

April 16 :: Support Emerge during Autism Awareness Month simply by eating at Rotolo’s Craft & Crust! 15% of the night’s proceeds will benefit Emerge!

April 20 :: Join us at the Baker Library as we celebrate Earth Day by decorating heart shaped representations of the planet to take home during Earth Day Make & Take.  Ages 3-11.  Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required. 

April 20-21 :: BioBlitz at Greenwood Community Park joins local scientists with families to document the diversity of life, or “biodiversity” through interactive hikes, sampling and hands-on discovery! 

April 20 :: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join BREC for a family movie (Rated PG and below) under the stars at Movie in the Park: Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy free popcorn and punch. The movie will be moved inside the gym in the event of inclement weather. All movies begin at dusk Movie titles subject to change.

April 21 :: Join us at Java Mama for a Book Reading by children’s author, Jeanne Webre Lamy!

April 21 :: Join us in celebrating the fascinating science of astronomy during National Astronomy Day 2018 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum! Experience a variety of astronomy-related activities for all ages, including hands-on stations, displays, and a special lineup of planetarium shows. Included with general admission.

April 21 :: The YMCA of the Capital Area is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations and arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. 

April 21-22 :: The LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic is an interactive, visually stimulating educational journey through Louisiana agriculture for young children and their families. Come see, explore and learn about agriculture and the environment as well as the important role each plays in our daily lives. AgMagic also is open to registered school groups April 16-20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Presented by the LSU AgCenter, Southern University Ag Center and Louisiana 4-H. Visit our website for more about AgMagic and school group schedules.

April 23-27 :: In honor of DIA, Diversity in Action Day, children are welcomed to stop by the Children’s Room at the Jones Creek Regional Library each day to make and take a diversity puzzle, while supplies last.  All ages.

April 24 :: Come and join us for an Earth Day inspired meet and greet with our favorite island princess and demigod – Save Motunui. Tickets are $20 plus tax per child and include the entry of one adult. Admission includes meet and greet, a craft, Earth Day inspired games and activities and themed snacks.

April 24 :: Painting and Pinot specializes in providing art enrichment for both children and adults. In our classes designed for children, we will create a project that students will take home that day. Students will learn and experience different types of art. Students will also learn about famous painters and art history. This Home School Art Class series is designed for students ages 5 and up. Parents can either drop children off or stay to accompany them during class. You will need to sign up for each class that you want to attend. This session will focus on Cubism.

April 25 :: Guardian & Me Archery at Plank Road Park serves as a one-day introduction to archery for child and parent or guardian to learn a fun new skill together!

April 25 :: Support Emerge during Autism Awareness Month simply by eating at Flambēe Cafē! 20%* of the night’s proceeds will benefit Emerge.

April 27 :: Join us at Java Mama for our monthly “Lunch and Learn”, a complimentary, child-friendly seminar series hosted by Java Mama and West Pediatrics. This Lunch and Learn will feature Behavior Analyst Anna Kathryn Sturgeon from Behavioral Intervention Group who will be discussing tips and tricks on how to improve your child’s behavior!

April 28 :: Join us at Java Mama for a PJ Mask Paint Party with a special visit from CatBoy!

April 28-29 :: Join us at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for BASF Kids’ Lab: Playful Polymers. Slippery, ooey, and gooey — oh my!  Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep. 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]; on-site registration is available the day of each program on a first come, first served basis. Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates. Ages 6-12 with accompanying adults.

April 30 :: Support Emerge during Autism Awareness Month simply by eating at Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar! 10% of the night’s proceeds will benefit Emerge!

Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families

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 :: Bring your little ones to gather around our “camp fire” and learn about stars and constellation in the local nighttime sky during Planetarium Family Hour & Stargazing at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. After this educator-led interactive sky presentation, sit back and enjoy a featured planetarium show.

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.

Every Day until Mother’s Day :: Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Farm has been a great attraction and place for kids as well as adults for more than decades in the Hammond & Albany area. When you come to the farm, you’ll get to enjoy fresh & delicious strawberries and all the fun activities that Mrs. Heather has set up for you!

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