It’s February and Carnival season is here! However you plan to celebrate, there are so many fun events for you happening around town. 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 Need to Know :: Baton Rouge Activities in February 2018
February 1 :: Well, Groundhog Day is actually February 2, but we are making sure you can celebrate it with us a little early at the Central Library with It’s Groundhog Day Story/Craft! Children ages 3-7 are invited to join us in making a paper bag groundhog puppet! After listening to “Groundhog’s Day Off” by Robb Pearlman, of course! Registration is required.
February 3 :: The Krewe of Mystique rolls in downtown Baton Rouge at 2:00pm.
February 3 :: The Krewe of Denham Springs rolls at 3:00pm.
February 3 :: The Krewe of Orion rolls in downtown Baton Rouge at 6:30pm.
February 3 :: During Mardi Gras Tambourine Storycraft at the Greenwell Springs Library, children will make a paper and bead tambourine following the story, on Mardi Gras Day by Fatima Shaik. Limited to 20 persons. Registration is required. Please call 225-274-4460 to register. For ages 9-11.
February 3 :: With Hands-On Happenings: Handprint Mardi Gras Mask at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, celebrate the carnival season by creating an original handprint Mardi Gras mask that’s yours to keep!
February 3 :: Let the good times roll with Alaina’s Playland Mardi Gras Cookie Decorating Event! From 12:00-2:00pm, bring the kids by to customize their very own Mardi Gras sugar cookie for FREE! Free-Play passes to the Playland are only $6.99/hr for entry. Let them enjoy, inflatables, trampolines, kiddies spas, and other fun activities during your visit. We hope to see you there!
February 4 :: The Mid City Gras Parade rolls from North Boulevard to Baton Rouge Community Collage at 1:00pm
February 4 :: Stop by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum the first Sunday of every month for free museum admission, or take in unlimited planetarium shows for only $6.
February 6 :: It’s Carnival season and Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Drop by the Zachary Library and make your own Mardi Gras mask to wear. We will have various supplies available at the children’s desks to decorate a half paper plate Mardi Gras mask complete with a craft stick handle. Ages 5-11. No registration required. While supplies last.
February 9 :: The Krewe of Southdowns rolls at 7:00pm beginning near Glasgow Middle School.
February 9 :: Peter Rabbit is a fictional animal character in various children’s stories by Beatrix Potter. To celebrate the upcoming movie Peter Rabbit, the kids will craft a bunny out of brown construction paper during Peter Rabbit Make & Take at the Main Library. Children can be creative and decorate the overalls. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups.
February 10 :: Let the good times roll with Alaina’s Playland Mardi Gras Cookie Decorating Event! From 12:00-2:00pm, bring the kids by to customize their very own Mardi Gras sugar cookie for FREE! Free-Play passes to the Playland are only $6.99/hr for entry. Let them enjoy, inflatables, trampolines, kiddies spas, and other fun activities during your visit. We hope to see you there!
February 10 :: Mommy and Me Painting Class 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.
February 10 :: Join us at the Baton Rouge Zoo for I Heart My Zoo Day! This action-packed day includes Safari Amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes strange and amazing “birds and bees” facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Make a valentine for your favorite person or animal! Regular zoo admission applies.
February 10 :: After hearing The Hippopotamus Song: A Muddy Love Story by Michael Flanders at the Jones Creek Library, children will make a cute hippo valentine card holder box during Hippo Valentine’s Day. Ages 5-11. Registration is required.
February 10-11 :: What do you have in common with a banana? Put on your gloves and goggles in order to discover the answer to this question at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum during BASF Kids’ Lab: Chemistry is Bananas! You will be rewarded with a firsthand look at an amazing material that makes all life possible. Each participant will also receive a cool backpack with surprises inside!
February 12 :: Join us in the Baker Children’s Room to read Mardi Gras by Ann Heinrichs and create your own colorful headpiece to take home during Mardi Gras Headpiece Story/Craft. Ages 7-11. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, please register.
February 12 :: Knock Knock Children’s Museum hosts Mardi Gras at the Museum on Lundi Gras for two scheduled event time options: 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm. Children will meet and dance with the Tremé Mardi Gras Indians and learn to sew authentic Mardi Gras Indian costumes. They will also create a specialized medallion Mardi Gras bead, design an upcycled Mardi Gras mask and much more. Each child guest will receive a Mardi Gras at the Museum t-shirt as well as a miniature child size king cake to decorate and taste.
February 13 :: Zoo & Me Morning – Monkey Mardi Gras, is a program 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 that you and your child can enjoy together. Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.
February 14 :: Mommy and Me Painting Class 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. This painting is VERY messy – please do NOT wear your best clothes! Yes…we do use your child’s handprint and footprints … yes, you help … a lot!
February 16 :: Join BREC for Flashlight Night at the Swamp! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters and running special nature films. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night – so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellant are recommended.
February 17 :: Mardi Gras Mambo 15K, 10K, and One Mile Fun Run is a great way to kick off your family’s Mardi Gras Season. Running is a great way to get kids interested in health, especially if they have family members running beside them. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in the following age groups: 5 and under, 6-9, 10-12, and 13-14. Everyone gets a medal after they cross the finish line!
February 23 :: West Pediatrics and Java Mama Baton Rouge are super excited to introduce our “Lunch and Learn” Series. “Lunch and Learn” is a complimentary, child-friendly seminar series that will be held on the last Friday of the month. Each seminar will feature different topics hosted by medical or health professionals that will lead a discussion on mental, physical, or dietary health for adults and/or children. This Lunch and Learn will be hosted by Speech Therapist Simone Laroussini of Speech and Feeding Specialists of LA. She will be discussing all the ins and outs of combating picky eating in your children.
February 24-25 :: What do you have in common with a banana? Put on your gloves and goggles in order to discover the answer to this question at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum during BASF Kids’ Lab: Chemistry is Bananas! You will be rewarded with a firsthand look at an amazing material that makes all life possible. Each participant will also receive a cool backpack with surprises inside!
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 :: 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.