First, who doesn't love spending the day at the Audubon Zoo? Come out to visit the lions in their fancy new enclosure. They all ask for you, including the flamingos and elephants. Plus, Louisiana residents receive a 50% discount on all admission to the zoo through this weekend! 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537, audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo.
Next, experience the Louisiana Children's Museum at its new location in City Park. The kids will have a blast at the many different exhibits, such as the "Sedimentation Table." And when your little ones get peckish, bring them to the museum's Acorn Café for delicious bites. 15 Henry Thomas Dr., 504-523-1357, lcm.org.
Your kids would like to see what makes Louisiana unique: its swamps! The Honey Island Swamp Tour in Slidell is one of the best ways to do so. Not only will your kids experience some of the state's unique nature, they may also be able to see alligators, raccoons, and more. 41490 Crawford Landing Rd., Slidell, 985-641-1769 or 504-242-5877, honeyislandswamp.com.
For kids who want to do something a bit more active, enjoy the Gretna BMX Raceway. The raceway offers the perfect track and conditions for adults and kids to try their hands at BMX biking. Check their website to register and for more info. 800 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, usabmx.com.
Next, experience the magic and wonder of Storyland. Perfect for those young at heart as well, Storyland has been revitalized with many different enhancements and new exhibits. Your family can also visit the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park next door. 5 Victory Ave., 504-483-9402, neworleanscitypark.com.
Finally, bring your kids across the river to Skate Country Westbank. Located in Terrytown, Skate Country allows your kids to lace on some skates and glide while listening to the latest hits. Arcade games, food, and drinks are also available! 1100 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, 504-392-2227, skatecountrywb.com.