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The Audubon Nature Institute has a zoo, aquarium, insectarium and a theater and organizes educational and enjoyable events for children. All museums are available for hire for personal events. A great place not only for children, but also for adults to learn about nature, the Audubon Nature Institute is fun for the whole family.
Aquarium of the Americas is a world-class aquarium with state-of-the-art exhibits, allowing visitors young and old to experience underwater nature first hand. Visitors immerse themselves in the major marine and submarine habitats of North and South America, including the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon Rainforest. The aquarium also features thousands of fish, reptiles and birds native to these habitats.
The Entergy Giant Screen Theater features unique and interesting nature or science movies on a gigantic screen. These movies are often shown in 3D and complement the nature themes introduced by the Audubon Nature Institute. This movie theater is an entertaining and educational window into the natural world.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park, a green oasis of 20 acres (8.1 hectares) stretches along the old Governor Nicholls Street wharf to the Aquarium of the Americas at Canal Street. This promenade is located in the heart of the city and is scattered with numerous works by local artists. It boasts hundreds of beautiful trees such as oaks, magnolias, willows and crepe myrtle. Sit on one of the many benches and view the city's busy port, second only to Amsterdam in tonnage.
Louisiana Children's Museum offers a toddler area and children's drama, dance, and puppet shows. There are also art and science exhibits, as well as hands-on math and physics exhibits, and a reproduction of a television studio. Many of the exhibits are geared toward learning through doing. This style of learning makes it fun for both parents and kids alike. This is a great rainy day field trip and a good place for anyone trying to get away from the "adult" aspects of the city.
Mardi Gras World is where Mardi Gras is created. Here, you can catch the artists and builders of the world famous floats hard at work. There is a gift shop where you can buy Carnival memorabilia, so you can say you have seen Mardi Gras and have something to show for it. Mardi Gras World is a fun trip for children, as a chest full of costumes affords them the chance to dress in true Carnival style.
Featuring custom made children's clothing, Mignon & Co can outfit your infant or small child in luxurious dresses and beautifully sequined swimwear. If your looking for something extravagant to pamper your child a bit, you've found the right place. Mignon also features toys and children's room furnishings.
Pippen Lane is a children's emporium offering timeless designs in clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and linens. Since girls are 'sugar and spice and everything nice', you will not hesitate to pick and choose from such fine apparel as Tinkerbell by Posies, Helena and Harry Dress or Layette by Petit Elephant, just to name a few. For older girls, there are the more sophisticated Kenzo and Nicole Miller. Pippenlane also offers a great selection of toys imported from around the world. Many of these toys are imported from Germany's Steiff. The shop's furniture and linens are also of the highest quality and sure to please even the most discerning shopper.
City Putt Miniature Golf Course is situated at the southern end of City Park. It consists of two 18-hole mini golf courses with fun attractions for kids. Obstacles include artificial waterfalls, charming windmills and themed obstructions built to resemble famous attractions in New Orleans and top world cities. A soft toy in the form of a tall teddy bear standing with a golf club in hand forms its mascot. This course overlooks Carousel Garden, Botanical Garden and Storyland within City Park. Therefore, you can see carousel horses and sculptures of pelicans dotting the landscape. The entire mini golf course can be rented for hosting birthday parties and corporate events.
This New Orleans institution features rock 'n' roll while you bowl. Bowlers have a fantastically fun time as they dance to the sounds of zydeco and swing. The authentically gaudy bowling alley features swing on Tuesdays, zydeco on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and a mixed bag of performers on the weekends. Typical bar food and surprisingly good entrees are featured, as well as beverages both alcoholic and non. This fun spot also caters weddings and conventions.
It's just impossible to get bored of New Orleans' plush City Park. Sprawled over 1,500 acres, this welcoming oasis attracts hordes of people every day. You'll find lovebirds sharing some time together, children playing around, joggers doing their daily rounds and people absorbing the park's beauty. Camps, field trips and an amusement park are the facilities for children. Sports lovers can choose from golf, football, tennis and lots more. The park also provides the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, birthdays or other special functions. If you're a nature lover, you can volunteer to help protect this beautiful park.