10 Reasons You’ll Love the Louisiana Children’s Museum

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The Louisiana Children's Museum moved to its new location in 2019 and is the children’s museum of our dreams. The new home inside New Orleans City Park is filled with tons of hands-on exhibits for early learning. We think you are going to fall in LOVE all of the interactive exhibits in the immersive experience of the  Louisiana Children’s Museum as much as we have.

Louisiana Children's Museum at New Orleans City Park

Old Favorites With A New Twist

From the big blue iconic doors like the ones on Julia Street in downtown New Orleans that welcome you to making giant bubbles. The Louisiana Children’s Museum gives nods to our old favorites with new twists.

Everyone loves the giant bubble makers from the Julie Street museum. The ones in City Park are better than ever. There is even a square bubble maker that can accommodate wheelchairs. I mean how awesome is that?

Iconic Blue Doors at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Mr. Okra

The Louisiana Children’s Museum has a nod to Mr. Okra. Kids can pretend they are driving his fruit and vegetable truck through the City of New Orleans. There are even recordings made of his singing through the city selling his wares.

Follow that Food and Mr. Okra at Louisiana Children's Museum

Play With Me

Play with me is an area just for babies and toddlers under the age of 4 years old. The area includes soft play areas and is full of sensory experiences that are perfect for small children. Some of the exhibits include:

  • Sensory Lagoon
  • Cypress Tree Book Nook
  • Peek-A-Boo Puppet Theater
  • Early Literacy Sensory Wall and more
Play With Me Toddler Area the Louisiana Children's Museum

Fog Sculpture

Fog Sculpture

Created by a Japanese artist, this is one of two in the United States. This sculpture is amazing and is one of the outdoor spaces you will find at  the children’s museum. Words can’t describe how great this sculpture is, you just have to see it yourself.

Mississippi River Exhibit

This is one of my favorite exhibits in the whole museum. I love that our kids get to learn about the Mississippi River and how important it is to New Orleans in such a fun, hands on interactive way. There’s a water wall, an interactive map of the river, a water table and more that allow children to follow the river from the Lake Itasca, MN through the Port of New Orleans all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi River Exhibit at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Sounds Of the City

In the Make Your Mark exhibit children can explore the art and culture that make New Orleans special. Kids can explore the sounds of the French Quarter, Jackson Square and more with an interactive map of the city of places that showcases different sounds from the each unique city neighborhood. I hear Lil Wayne is one of the sounds.

Sounds of the City at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Jammin’ House Music

Also in the Make Your Mark exhibit is Jammin’ House Music which allows children to explore the musicians and music that call New Orleans home. Don’t worry about it getting too loud moms, the door to this part of the exhibit closes to help keep the noise level down.

Jammin' House at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Outdoor Activities

Outside the museum are a variety of fun and interactive features for kids and families under City Park's live oaks. Many of these activities are open to the public and free of charge.

Outdoor Activities Include:

  • The Fog Sculpture
  • Uncle Bo’s Sensory Gardens
  • A cistern and tunnel where kids can splash after a rainy day
  • The Burrow Hummock where can kids can play hide and seek
  • a Toddler Lawn full of places for little ones to crawl, balance and climb.
  • The Music Hummock where kids can explore with music and sound
  • A Lagoon to explore and observe wetland ecosystems and more.
Outside Activities at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Local Kid Artists Featured

Throughout the museum you’ll find drawings that look like a child drew them. That’s because a child did draw them. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is featuring local kid artists all around the museum. On the signs, on the walls, on the bathroom doors and more.

Art by New Orleans Children at the Louisiana Children's Museum

Acorn Cafe

At Acorn, A Dickie Brennan & Company Café , you’ll find yummy kid-friendly comfort food and boozy freezie pops for adults. Acorn also offers hands on cooking classes for kids throughout the year.

Food at the Acorn Cafe at the Louisiana Children's Museum

What You Need To Know About Visiting The Louisiana Children’s Museum

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located on 8.5 acres in New Orleans City Park (across from Christian Brothers School).

The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The cost of admission for LCM is $18 per person ages 12 months and up and $15 for Seniors and Active Military. You can also enjoy free admission on the second Sunday, every other month. 

The museum also offers annual family memberships with unlimited access, birthday parties, special events like Noon Year's Eve, educational programing and more. You can visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum website for more information.

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