Kid Friendly Mardi Gras Activities
When people think of New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras, they’re likely to think of the heavy partying and adult fun that defines Bourbon Street in many ways. But contrary to what you may believe, Mardi Gras isn’t just for adults – it’s very family friendly. Okay, so while you may not want to walk your kids down Bourbon Street after dark or bring them to a Mardi Gras ball, there’s a lot that you can do as a family in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. And thankfully, kid-friendly attractions aren’t that difficult to find in the Crescent City.
Here’s a look at all of the fun ways you can celebrate with your family during Mardi Gras:
Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Activities
Much of the Uptown parade route is packed with families and little ones during Mardi Gras. You'll see plenty of Mardi Gras ladders on display, which the smallest children sit atop in order to easily see the floats and catch more beads. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might even spot some local youngsters sporting our child-sized Mardi Gras polos.
In Metairie, Family Gras is an annual three-day festival featuring concerts by both local and national performers. This free event is held on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center and it also features a local art market and a kids' fun zone.
More Fun Activities for Kids in New Orleans
For any history buff – young or old – the National World War II Museum covers all aspects of the war. But perhaps the coolest part of this world-class museum is a special 4D documentary, Beyond All Boundaries.
What if you want the full Mardi Gras experience during another time of year? Take the family to Mardi Gras World, where you’ll have a chance to see all of the floats actually being constructed for the big annual parades. The venue is open year-round and attracts people of all ages. It’s a great way to make the little ones feel like a part of the Mardi Gras experience.
What’s cooler than gators, snakes, and other kinds of swamp wildlife? Actually seeing them up close and in-person! That’s what’s cool about New Orleans’ swamp tours – they’ll take visitors by boat right into the heart of the swamp. Most swamp tours will even arrange to pick you up at your hotel if you're visiting from out of town. You can also go on a free self-guided walking tour of Jean Lafitte's Barataria Preserve, part of the National Park Service. This is another activity that visitors of all ages will enjoy.
You can board an 1800s-style riverboat and take a trip down the Mississippi River for brunch, dinner or just a harbor cruise. Along the way, you’ll score great views of the New Orleans skyline and have the chance to listen to live jazz musicians.
You might not have known it, but New Orleans has one of the best zoos in the country. White alligators, white tigers and more exotic animals from all over the world are some of the featured exhibits, and there are also a variety of “hands-on” opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals. Another family favorite is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which, like the zoo, is widely regarded as one of the country’s best aquariums. Take a walk through the Amazon rainforest or view penguins, otters, and sharks.
Rainy day in the Big Easy? Pop on into the Entergy IMAX Theater, which is more than just a movie theater – it’s one of the most advanced motion picture systems in the world. Just be sure to check show times before you head over.
Mardi Gras Is Fun For The Whole Family
As you can see, even during Mardi Gras, New Orleans is much more than just a playground for adults – it’s a place that the whole family can enjoy together. So if you’re planning your next family vacation here, be sure to schedule some quality time together at one of the above attractions.
Be sure to look the part with the Perlis Mardi Gras clothing collection! With styles for women, men, and children, we’ve got everything you and your family need to look and feel like a part of the celebration.