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Today's Hours 9:30am - 4:30pm

City Park New Orleans

15 Henry Thomas Drive

New Orleans, LA 70124

504-523-1357

Today's Hours 9:30am - 4:30pm

City Park New Orleans

15 Henry Thomas Drive

New Orleans, LA 70124

504-523-1357

Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Collection of  learning resources, environments and enrichment programs.

Weekly Programming

Special Monthly Programming 

 

All programming is complimentary for LCM Members and included in general admission unless otherwise noted. Advance timed-entry tickets are required for all guests, LCM Members and non members. Please reserve your advance timed-entry tickets on our tickets page.

 

October

Latin Dance Performance (Saturday, October 1 at 11:30 am & 12:30 pm)

We will continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance by Nola Fleaux on Saturday, October 1st. Performer Bianca San Martin will guide our guests through the rhythms of an Afro-Latin Medley with dance and history lessons on the salsa, the bachata, and the merengue. Bianca is very proud of her Hispanic Latin culture: her father is from Puerto Rico and her mother is from Honduras. It is Bianca’s purpose and passion to promote her Hispanic heritage through Latin dance. You can join these interactive performances at 11:30AM-12:00PM and 12:30PM- 1:00PM on Saturday, October 1st.

Sensory Friendly Playtime (Thursday, October 6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm)

At LCM, we are committed to building stronger, connected communities through active engagement. We welcome all families and children, of all backgrounds and circumstances. We offer a playtime for families that provides a low-sensory experience where children with sensory-specific needs can explore the Museum without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of typical open hours. We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment such as noise-reducing headphones and weighted vests. When available, specialists will be on hand to help facilitate activities and provide resources. Our first event is Thursday, October 6th 4:30-6:30. If you would like to participate in this event, please register now on our programs page.

Family Folklife Day (Saturday, October 8)

Come celebrate Family Folklife Day with us. We know that a child’s folk culture starts with the family. What are some traditions, songs, foods, games you have in your family? On Saturday, October 8th, share them with us and learn about other local traditions. Recognizing and sharing our cultures allows us to feel belonging within our group and helps us to connect to others. When we connect and learn about each other, we can celebrate our differences and strengthen the identity and connection in our own families and communities. The day will be filled with demonstrations, performances, games, stories, and more!

Community Kindness Project (Saturday, October 8 at 11 am)

The LCM Community Kindness Project is an effort to promote literacy and reading by highlighting children’s books that can prompt meaningful conversations between caregivers and children about important topics of inclusivity, empathy, and diversity. In honor of our Family Folklife Day, Big Chief Juan Pardo will perform and read his book When the Morning Comes: A Mardi Gras Indian Story. Join us in our Talk and Play Center at 11:00 for this special event.

Little Stompers Performance (Saturday, October 8 at 2 pm)

We have partnered with Second Line Arts Collective, a music education program that inspires a love of music and moves musicians to the center of the economic power structure by establishing a tight-knit community of artists and industry professionals. With their understanding that love and appreciation for music begins early, they have launched Little Stompers, a program for PreK-5th graders that teaches music and the importance of cultural and historical influences on music. Little Stompers will perform for LCM on our Family Folklife Day October 8th! This performance will teach us about Congo Square and how the French, Spanish, and African traditions influenced New Orleans culture and music. They will also perform the music of Louis Armstrong and a few other notable New Orleans musicians!

Hispanic Heritage Month Performance (Saturday, October 15 at 11 am)

We will wrap up Hispanic Heritage month with an engaging interactive performance presented by our partners at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Join us to sing and play while learning and sharing the Spanish names of animals. Esperamos verlos para jugar y divertirnos juntos!

Día de los Muertos Altar Presentation by Cynthia Ramirez (Saturday, October 15 at 12:30 pm)

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st through November 2nd. Because of its Indigenous and European roots, it is celebrated in various ways all over the world. Here in New Orleans, you may observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This is a special time to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. Families make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their loved ones, and the altars are decorated with flowers, candles, and maybe their loved one’s favorite food. Starting Saturday, October 15th, we will host a Day of the Dead altar and design paper marigolds in honor of those we miss. Many cultures associate the marigold flower with remembrance. We will have a special presentation by altar artist Cynthia Ramirez at 12:30 Saturday, October 15th. The altar will remain until November 4th and so will our marigold-making and our papel picado art demonstration. Papel picado, which means “punched” or “perforated” paper are folk art flags created for different celebrations in Mexico. Día de los Muertos is as much a time to celebrate life as it is a special time to remember.

First 1000 Days Launch (Sunday, October 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am)

We are excited to announce the launch of our highly-anticipated First 1,000 Days Program with cohort one! In collaboration with researchers, scientists, health professionals, artists, and educators, we have designed a support system to help parents navigate the first three years with their babies. For more information, visit our First 1000 Days page.

Fall Fest (Saturday, October 22)

We are excited to invite you to our Fall Fest at the Louisiana Children’s Museum—a celebration of all things autumn and some things spooky, creepy and magical! Join us October 22nd for:

  • Spooky stories by the campfire
  • Magic potion brewing
  • Pumpkin painting and other gourd-geous games
  • Meeting our scarecrow and some creepy crawlers in our Edible Garden

Costumes are encouraged for all guests this weekend and again on the weekend before Halloween Day! It’s going to be two boo-tiful weekends!