Five Must-Do May Events for NOLA Kids.


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May 2 2019 | Family Travel Tips

Avoid the “I’m boreds” this May with these only-in-New Orleans events. Pack up those little backpacks and head out for a month of fun.

Jazz Fest Second Weekend, May 2-5

At the Jazz Fest Kids Tent, you'll find programs for kids every day, such as youth choirs, dance groups, puppet shows, plays, and acts like The Swing Setters, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Erik McAllister, Miss Pussycat, OperaCreole and Clovis Crawfish and the All-Star Bayou Band. Your kids will be fascinated by Grayhawk presents Native American Lore & Tales and Culu Children Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt Walker. You’ll find our post on Jazz Fest Tips here. Learn more about Jazz Fest and view entertainment lineup here.

Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo, May 12

Mom’s get in free on Mother’s Day for a free concert starring Grammy winner Irma Thomas and the Professionals at 2:30 p.m. There will also be special activities put on by Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary, including giveaways, a drumming circle, facepainting and souvenir arts and crafts projects for mom.  Learn more.

Little Acorns, May 15th (third Wednesday of every month)

Bring kids 18 months to 4 years old (and a blanket to sit on) to the Enrique Alférez Oak in the Botanical Garden for storytime, fun activities and a healthy snack. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is $3 for kids and free for the required adult chaperone. Register at There's also a Rubber Duck Race at City Park on May 25th at 9 a.m. Learn more

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, May 17-19

According to the Bayou Boogaloo website, at least 25% of festival goers bring at least one child to this fun festival on Bayou St. John. This year's lineup includes Tab Benoit, Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw and many more of your favorite local groups, along with more than 30 food vendors and an art market. See complete music lineup.

Greek Fest, May 23-26

For 45 years, families have been flocking to Greek Fest for Greek music, dancing, food, canoeing on Bayou St. John, and fun in the Athenian Playground. This special kids area includes the 24-foot-high Mount Olympus Climbing Wall and the Hercules Hammer where you can test your strength. You can also bounce in the inflatables, get your face painted, and get “crafty.” Kids don’t like gyros? No problem. They have hot dogs for picky eaters. Learn more.

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