Louisiana Children's Museum

Photo Credit: Jeff Strout

Family Fest

With the goal of building stronger school communities in Louisiana, LCM offers Family Fest as an afterhours private party to various school populations – students, parents, teachers and administrators. These festivals offer information on jobs, healthcare, literacy and reading programs and other resources – all integrated into appropriate LCM exhibits (for example, the jobs/workforce information was at the Little New Orleans Port exhibit, the Healthcare information was in the Body Works exhibit) to make the information more relevant and offer children an experience in the role playing of the exhibits. Recent Family Fests have seen parents asking for inspirational speakers to better assist the parents’ needs.

Keith Leiderman, Director of Kingsley House, proclaimed Family Fest to be the highlight of the school year.

A Fatherhood Consortium reported that 3/4 of the fathers from one of the groups signed up for GED classes the month following their Family Fest. Bussing, dinner and family resources are provided for families (which have numbered as high as 500 in total attendance).

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