Charlein Gracia/Unsplash

Five Things to Do With Kids This Week

18:39 July 20, 2020
By: Caroline Hebert and John Glover

Quarantining with your kids can be stressful, to say the least. The pressure to entertain so that you can gain your sanity back is on. Luckily, New Orleans is filled with plenty of fun things to do to around town, with the little ones in tow. Now that the lockdown is beginning to ease, you can get out of the house at last. There are online events as well for anyone who prefers it that way.

Visit the National World War II Museum

Take the kids down to the museum to learn about the history of America's involvement in this major global war, with tours and interactive displays. After your visit, a lunch near the museum would be a perfect way to wrap up the fun-filled day. 945 Magazine Street, (504) 528-1944,

Pajama Day

This wacky idea might seem (ahem) tailor-made for staying at home and kicking up your feet, but it's actually offline, in-person. Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Daycare is hosting an all-day slumber party at their facility. In case you've been cooped up for too long and have been angling to get outside, they've got you covered. Make sure to bring tennis shoes to change into from your house slippers, because there will be outdoor play time. Friday, July 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 215 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-6357,

Playful Superpowers to Blast Away Anxiety: Using Play Therapy

There is a growing body of psychiatric evidence suggestingthat the coronavirus has negatively affected our mental as well as physical health. And whatever issues shelter-in-place may present for adults, those problems go double for children. LSU Health is putting on a webinar to help kids learn how to overcome such anxiety-induced diseases as Social Anxiety and Separation Anxiety. They can learn to do so through the specific technique of play therapy, a dynamic form of coping that stresses the growth potential of children's creativity and adaptability. It costs $20. Wednesday, July 22, at 12:00 p.m. Zoom link:

Miss Independence of Covington Beauty Pageant

It's summer in America, and you know what that means. That's right: It's beauty pageant season. The Miss Independence folks are gearing up to crown their next slate of queens. If you want your daughter in on the action, now's your chance. The competition is open to all girls 17 and younger. The girls will compete within their age categories to be the belle of the ball, so to speak, not to mention that there are side contests, such as prettiest smile and photo. Winners will receive a crown, of course, in addition to a sash, among other goodies. Door admission costs $10. Sunday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m., (504) 430-0821,

Black Girls with Mics

This one isn't so much of a single event but a course, which happens twice a week for four weeks. Girls workshop with one another and work with counselors individually. They pursue such personal development goals as developing interpersonal skills, conducting mock business interviews, and learning how to podcast. Reaching the end of the month-long camp session, girls will receive a certificate of completion. If interested, though, you'd better jump on it, because the first day is tomorrow! A ticket costs $215. 2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 260, (504) 940-1130, Tuesday, July 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sign Up!