If you're a parent who is wondering what to do with the kids this summer around Acadiana, then look no further.

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An Acadiana mom named Daijha Raquel has created a popular Facebook list amongst local parents that compiles a variety of fun things to do during the summer with kids.

Now that kids are out of school parents are constantly looking for ways to keep them entertained instead having them cooped up in the house all day watching TV. This list has everything from ways to keep cool outside at local splash pads to things to do indoors on rainy days. As people comment more ideas on Facebook she continues to update the list.

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The lengthy list includes splash pad locations, swimming pools, water parks, museums, trails for hiking, outdoor activities, zoos, aquariums, indoor activities, playgrounds, kid-friendly restaurants with arcades and activity rooms, tours, state parks, beaches, and so much more.

Family things to do in Acadiana List Provided by Daijha Raquel:

Splash Pads:
Broussard Sports Complex
Parc Lafayette
Downtown Lafayette
Palmetto State Park
Girard Park
Lake Charles Millennial Park
Chicot State Park
Moncus Park NEW

‍Water Parks:
Blue Bayou
Spar (Sulphur)
Liberty Lagoon Water Park

Zoo:
Broussard
Baton Rouge
New Orleans (Cool Zoo water park add'l $10)
Alexander (Go Wild Safari is near the Alexandria Zoo to do both in one day)
Monroe
Global Wild Life

Indoors:
Kart Ranch
Sky Zone (Look on Seize the deal half off buys $25 for $50)
Jump Zone
Elevation Station
Skate Nation
Ice Skating
Cajun Fast Track/Dinosaur Exhibit
Kids World
Bowling (Acadiana Lanes or Lafayette Lanes)
The Learning Train
Epic
Surge (Free Bowling)
Chuck E Cheese’s
Dave and Busters
Escape Room

Outdoors:
Top Golf
Kart Ranch

Tours/Educational:
Tour the capital
Tour USS Kid

Aquariums:
Aquarium in Baton Rouge mall
Aquarium and Insect in New Orleans

‍Children’s Museums:
Lafayette
Baton Rouge
New Orleans
Lake Charles
Hammond
Thibodeaux
Jackson, MS

Museums:
Science Museum (Lafayette)
Art Museum (New Orleans)

Hikes/Trails:
Acadiana Nature Trail
Lake Martin
Chicot State Park
Moncus Park

Others:
Isle of Iberia public swim days. ($10/person. Nice pool, lazy River and kid area.)
Lakeview Man made beach in Eunice
Riverside Swim Club
Gator Chateau in Jennings (free && you get to hold a baby gator)
City Park in Nola has tons of things to do, including the art museum, children's museum, putt putt, && storybook land.
Margaritaville

Additionally, the library has free passes to a few places with a library card. Like children’s museums, science museums, etc.

Another Lafayette mom, also has an ongoing list of activities for kids that you can refer to as well. Between these two lists, you should be able to keep your kids busy all summer long, even if you are on a budget.

 

 

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I highly suggest that you find a way to bookmark this, as Bernard reposts the list every year with new additions based on suggestions and new activities that pop up around Acadiana and throughout Louisiana.

Oh, and for a bonus treat, check out Hannah's running list of Snowball and Ice Cream stands to beat the summer heat while out doing all of these fun activities.

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