July is here and it’s still hot; but don’t let that stop you from checking out these awesome events! We have gathered our favorite family-friendly events in and around Baton Rouge this month and featured them here in the monthly guide.
***Don’t forget to check out our 2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun, Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps, and Vacation Bible Schools Around Baton Rouge.***
Red Stick Moms Need to Know :: Baton Rouge Activities in July 2018
July 1 :: Free admission all day on Free First Sunday, with fun activities geared for children of all ages in the LSU Museum of Art’s Pennington Family Foundation Education Gallery.
July 1 :: Free First Sunday at the USS Kidd offers free admission to the USS KIDD ship and museum. Children can enjoy specially made crafts and coloring.
July 1 :: Sometimes the best things in life are free. With free admission and unlimited planetarium shows for only $6, make your family and your budget happy with a trip to the Art & Science Museum on Free First Sunday.
July 2 :: It’s time to decorate for America’s Birthday this week! Come by the Zachary Branch Library to make some decorative 3-D STARS that you can hang up. No registration required. While supplies last. Ages 3-11.
July 3 :: Come and join us for a jubilating story/craft at the Central Branch Library! July 4th is full of fun and so is our library! After listening to Happy Birthday, America by Mary Pope Osborne, children will be able to paint a fireworks scene! Ages 3 and up. Registration required. All groups are required to register.
July 3 :: Kenilworth celebrates our nation’s freedom with our 46th Annual Independence Day Parade. “Home Sweet Home” is our 2018 parade theme. The parade rolls at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and is sponsored by the Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA). Thousands of spectators enjoy this event, showered with beads, trinkets, and candy by the many parade participants as all celebrate our nation’s birthday.
July 3 :: Don’t miss Summer KidsFlix at Manship Theatre with Curious George! Movie tickets include popcorn, juice or water, & a sweet treat! Plus people can have a picnic and cool off in the many great Green Spaces and Fountains located around us! Group rates are available for camps and daycares. Please contact Jason Langlois at 225-389-7264 or [email protected]
July 4 :: View WBRZ’s annual Fireworks on the Mississippi from atop the Shaw Center for the Arts’ Pennington Rooftop Terrace. Enjoy food from Capital City Grill and music from Premier Sound Services. We’ll be making art with the kids from 7–8:15 p.m. before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening with complimentary soft drinks and water. Tickets are $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members, $30 for children 6–12, free for children 5 and under. Two food tickets are included in the price; additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Ticket price increases on July 1. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable and all sales are final.
July 4 :: The USS KIDD has been hosting a 4th of July celebration in the downtown Baton Rouge area for over two decades. In that time, it has developed into an incredible family event that celebrates our nation’s freedom. The evening culminates with WBRZ’s Fireworks on the Mississippi River, sponsored by the USS KIDD!
July 4 :: Join us for Central Birthday Bash at the Central High Football Stadium for a fun night that is free to everyone featuring: games and activities for the kids; music; food; a huge, choreographed fireworks display; and more!
July 5, 12 & 19 :: Java Mama has added KIDS ZUMBA to the activity schedule! This fun class that will keep your little one moving and happy!
July 7 :: Celebrate America’s Birthday at the Big Chill in St. Francisville! Featuring Spectacular High fireworks, live music from Phat Hat and Boogie Long, real Snow & ICE LUGE, & more!
July 7 :: Join us for Mommy and Me at Painting and Pinot. This class is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. We will be painting “Hello Kitty.”
July 9, 16, 23 & 30 :: Come enjoy the new summer arts classes for teens and adults at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge! Explore the art of documentary film making with The Art of Documentary Filmmaking. Participants will create mini projects that will take them on a journey through 4 components of film: pre-production, production, post-production, and editing. Price: $100 – 4 session package. For ages 14 and up.
July 10 :: BYOB Wine Glass Etch Class Adult class for Sip in Style at Create Studios! Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Choose from a variety of designs such as fleur de lis’, Louisiana shapes, crawfish, pelicans, hearts, polka dots, paw prints and more! We have alphabet sets for personalizing your glasses too! You will learn the the process for etching glass, how to make your own stencils, and leave knowing how to create more! You can bring wine, beer or beverages. Food is not recommended because of the materials used in the class.
July 10 :: Parent Munch-N-Learn at The Emerge Center. Using Visuals: Learn how to incorporate pictures and visuals into you and your child’s every day routine to increase social interaction, promote language acquisition and development, and facilitate your child’s understanding of the world around them. This session will be led by two of our Speech-Language Therapists. RSVP to [email protected]!
July 10, 17, 24 & 31 :: Melody and Structure in Community Drumming at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, for all experience levels, will focus on widely used rhythmic structures found in the popular and folkloric music of South and North America. We’ll use those structures to create melodic rhythms that can be played alone, in a band, or with a large ensemble or drum circle. This class is designed for: people who enjoy group drumming, people who want to incorporate percussion into a band, people who want to play drums for their friends to dance to, and people who want to try new instruments and learn about Caribbean and Latin percussion traditions. Congas, surdos, djembe, bells, shakers, you name it. Instruments will be provided or you may bring your own. Price: $20 per class or $75 for all 4 sessions.
July 11 :: Want to get your hands dirty with art! Try one of our Clay Hand Building classes at Brushfire Art Studio. Create any design you want. We provide all supplies needed.
July 11 :: Pigs Rock at the Jones Creek Regional Library! And so do Toddlers! Children will listen to Pigs Rock! by Melanie Jones, and then we’ll go rock n’ bowling while listening to rock music. We’ll use “disco” bowling balls to knock down soda bottle pins. Toddlers-4 years old. Registration is required and limited to 20 children.
July 11, 18 & 25 :: Join us for Contemporary Modern Dance at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Often my class will begin with a yoga-influenced floor warm up, and gradually take the whole body on a tour of the joints, muscles, and bones to prepare it for a physical/intellectual (and, possibly spiritual) experience rooted in weight, momentum, flow, and detail. We will revel in big, dynamic, sincere movement. We will find nuance and clarity. We will dabble in inversion. We will refine our kinetic selves. We will dance like everyone is watching … Price: $20 per class or $75 for all 4 sessions
July 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!
July 12, 19 & 26 :: Come enjoy the new summer arts classes for teens and adults at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge! In a 4-week session of Improv 101, we will focus on listening, studying body language, and understanding and embodying the point-of-view of someone unlike ourselves through written and improvised exercises. We’ll learn how to initiate 2 person scenes and collaborate with our improv partners. The class will culminate in a recital for friends and family! For ages 18 and up.
July 14 :: Come shop our local Makers at Mid City Makers Market, hang out under our misters, and listen to the sounds of “Nathan Plumbar and Steady Steppin’.” A wonderful Zydeco Band from Lafayette! Beausoleil will be serving drinks and water. Pops and Rockets and City Gelato will also be there serving their COLD tasty treats! Hope to see you there!!
July 14 :: Join us for a Movie at the Lagoon: Coco! The movie will start at dusk. Participants are asked to please bring beach towels or blankets for the movie, which will be shown on the grassy “island area” of the park. Limited concessions will be sold for the event.
July 14-15 :: Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for BASF Kids’ Lab: A Hair-Raising Experience! Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best. Together, we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel that is yours to keep! BASF Kids’ Lab workshops are available to children ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults.
July 14, 21 & 28 :: Come enjoy the new summer arts classes for teens and adults at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge! “What is Printmaking? – an intro to a centuries-old art form” introduces students to the methods, materials, history, and theories involved in printmaking. We will be discussing the 4 basic types of printmaking processes: Lithography, Serigraphy, Intaglio, and Relief. We will be making prints using the relief and serigraph methods. This course focuses on the forms of print that can be done in the home, without the use of printmaking machinery or facilities. Students will create 2 to 3 compositions using serigraphy and relief printing and engage in a group critique to gain insight on how their work is being understood by others. Price: $125 – 3-session package which includes supplies. For ages 18 and up.
July 19 :: Beat the heat and enjoy some winter games at this Christmas in July event at BREC’s Baker Recreation Center! Participants will enjoy holiday themed games, a water slide and snowballs as well as popcorn, hot dogs and punch during the movie.
July 20 :: See our campers from Session 3 of Play Production For Kids Camp show off their skills in Alice in Wonderland at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre.
July 21 :: Visit the Zoo as we keep it cool this summer for Frozen Safari. This special day will focus on animal enrichment and teach visitors what the Zoo does to promote animal wellness on a daily basis. Frozen treats will be available for visitors, as well as the animals! The first 100 people to enter the Zoo will receive a coupon for a free frozen treat at the Zoo’s Cool Critter Café. Regular Zoo admission applies.
July 21 :: Don’t miss Mommy and Me at Painting and Pinot. This class is made especially for our younger painters (ages 2-9). Parents will help children paint their masterpiece. A light snack will be provided. We will be painting “Lego Superman.”
July 21 :: Discover how today’s engineers are inspiring the world at this interactive workshop for all ages – Engineer It: Dream Big at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Join us as volunteers from the American Society of Civil Engineers lead hands-on activities and demonstrations featuring a hurricane simulator and stream table.
July 22 :: Rocketkidz Zachary is back at the Americana YMCA! This race is for kids ages 6-14 who can swim without flotation assistance, ride their bikes without training wheels and LOVE having a blast in a fun and supportive environment.
July 23-31 :: Celebrate the end of summer at a library near you! Check the EBRL calendar for End of Summer Reading Party dates.
July 26 :: Join us at the Baton Rouge Clinic for a FREE prenatal class with our pediatricians to discuss things to do before the baby comes, what you can expect while in the hospital, what to expect for your baby in the first days to weeks after birth, and more.
July 27 :: Join us at Java Mama to learn all things pelvic floor health with Dr. Amber Anderson, Physical Therapist and Board Certified Women’s and Pelvic Health Specialist. If you suffer from any bladder/bowel issues or mastitis, or are interested in birth preparation or post-partum recovery, this semiar is for you! Come on over for a play date, lunch and learning!
July 27 :: Have some ice cream, hear a story, and watch your favorite monkey on the big screen at the Private LPB Kids Club Ice Cream Social with Curious George on Friday, July 27 at 10:00am. All LPB Kids Club members are invited. Please RSVP at [email protected] or (225-767-4214. If you want your children to become LPB Kids Club members, go to lpb.org/kids or call (225) 767-4214.
July 28-29 :: Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for BASF Kids’ Lab: A Hair-Raising Experience! Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best. Together, we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel that is yours to keep! BASF Kids’ Lab workshops are available to children ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults.
Weekly Activities for Baton Rouge Families
Mondays :: Children can bring their own bag lunch and a drink for Movie Mondays at the Greenwell Springs Branch Library. For ages 6 and up. Limited to 50 persons. Registration is required. Please call 225-274-4760 to register.
Monday-Friday :: Week days during July, Crawfish Swim School Bayou Oaks 73 Splash & Plays offered for children under 12yrs to come and have an hour of indoor swimming fun!
Tuesdays & Thursdays :: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites you to visit this summer for Twilight Tours every Tuesday and Thursday evening this June and July. Take a twilight tram ride through the Zoo in the cool of the evening. Enjoy a narrated ride through the Zoo, an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and an evening snack. Register here.
Tuesdays & Thursdays :: You won’t want to miss Movie Tavern’s Summer Kids’ Flicks Series! Fun films will be playing on select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. This series is a great opportunity for parents to take their kids to see their favorite movies for only $4! This ticket includes the movie and $4 off of food and beverage orders. Tickets are available at the box office at 9:30am on the day of each show! You will be able to select your seat at the box office once you arrive. See you there!
Wednesdays (excluding the 4th) :: Junior Tennis Open House Series at BREC’s Greenwood Park Tennis Center is designed for 6-17 year olds to come out and learn to play tennis.
Fridays :: We’re excited because it’s finally time for the FREE Movies on the Plaza Series to return! Everyone can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7:00pm every Friday in June. We’ll play a fun movie on the Outdoor Plaza that the whole family will enjoy. Feel free to bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit comfortably while you watch. We also will simulcast the film in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer an air conditioned option. Local vendors and food trucks will be on site for the purchase of refreshments. Check the EBRL calendar for full schedule.
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.
All Summer, May-August :: KidsBowl Free ALL SUMMER at Premier Lanes 1:00pm-4:00pm daily. Register at WWW.KIDSBOWLFREE.COM/PREMIERLA