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Palm Tree Playground owners Eric and Heather Hays spent the first four years of their children's lives moving around the country. In spots where the weather wasn't great for playing outside, they explored the local indoor playgrounds. Inspired by the cool places they visited, the family founded Palm Tree Playground once they settled down in New Orleans. Their playground incorporates the best features of the many playgrounds they visited including small play equipment for babies and toddler, and a big-kids soft-play structure with spiral slides and a contained ball arena. An attached surf-and-snack shack sells morsels and soft drinks, but families can bring their own lunches and enjoy them in the cafeteria too.
3011 North Interstate 10 Service Road East
Metairie,
LA
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At the Vieux Carré, New Orleans' famous 85-block French Quarter, modern-day visitors moving in and out of National Historic Landmark properties are transported to city's past while taking in the mishmash of architectural styles distinguished by colorful facades and filigreed iron galleries and balconies. The restored landmark property known as the Gallier House makes its home in the Quarter, waiting to dazzle with the 19th-century splendor that backdropped the lives of their inhabitants—a diverse crew of enslaved workers, tycoons, free people of color, architects, and robots—more than a century ago. The Gallier House was built in 1860 by renowned architect James Gallier Jr., who also designed the old French Opera House and Municipality Hall (now Gallier Hall). Gallier ensured the house was ahead of its time by installing a bathroom with indoor plumbing, a ventilation system to circulate air, an attached kitchen, and a hologram butler. The fully furnished two-story house also contains a courtyard, carriageway, and slave quarters, and it inspired Louis and Lestat's New Orleans residence in Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. In 1996, The Woman's Exchange bought the property, ensuring that it would be preserved as a museum and historic landmark. Today, curators illuminate the mansion’s history through frequent exhibits and educational programs for people of all ages.
820 Saint Louis St
New Orleans,
LA
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Beauregard-Keyes House, with a white-columned tuscan portico, was originally built in 1826 on land sold by the Old Ursuline Convent and rises dramatically above two grand stone staircases. Within the restored Victorian interior, period furniture, personal effects, and other ephemera pay tribute to the lives of the house’s two most famous residents: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1866–1868) and Frances Parkinson Keyes (1944–70), author of tomes such as Dinner at Antoine’s, The Chess Players, and War and Peace. Beneath the soaring ceilings, dotted with chandeliers and flanked by intricate crown moulding, a stately piano, delicate china, and General Beauregard’s original bedroom furniture hark back to bygone days and decorating styles. Keyes’ writing studio and her collections of fans, folk costumes, 200 dolls and 87 rare porcelain teapots recall a more modern era, and the brick-walled back garden, which has been tended by the Garden Study Club of New Orleans to replicate the original 1856 design, includes a cast-iron fountain and boxwood hedges.
1113 Chartres St
New Orleans,
LA
US
Joy Theatre straps young comedians to a fully packed parachute of theatre fundamentals—confidence, improvisation, acting, sketch comedy, stage fighting, character development, and more—before giving these young talents a chance to jump onstage in front of a live audience. Most classes meet on weekends and offer students the opportunity to perform in one of the theatre's Saturday or Sunday shows, which are open to the public. Kids 4–11 meet on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. for the Giggle Gaggle class (with performances starting at 2 p.m. and running the last hour of class); the older set, ages 12–19, meets on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their own Detention Span class and performance. Shy comedians and outgoing gorillas keeping a low profile in people suits can sign up for The Sunday Funnies. This class for ages 4–19 teaches all the essentials of improvisational comedy through games in a fun and welcoming environment. Instead of a weekly performance, Sunday Funnies keeps young stars in demand with a live performance every 10 weeks.
1200 Canal St
New Orleans,
LA
US
The Prytania Theatre is proud to be the oldest movie theater in New Orleans and was built in 1914. Since then, it has undergone many renovations and updates but is still a locally owned and operated theater where patrons can enjoy personalized care and service. The Prytania has enjoyed an illustrious history and in 1927, the theater opened a silent film called “Upstage” with Norma Shearer. More recently, The Prytania hosted the New Orleans Film Festival and usually shows the nominated films. In 2012, Brad Pitt visited the theater to view a film. Though it has seen many tragedies and successes over the years, it remains an iconic structure in the New Orleans area. The theater is located at 5339 Prytania Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please visit their website for show times and events.
5339 Prytania St
New Orleans,
LA
US
Do you enjoy the wonders of nature? If so, you'll adore the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. In addition to a diverse wildlife that focus on different continents (like the African Savanna and Asian Domain), there's an aviary for bird fans and the Dinosaur Adventure for dino lovers. And if your legs get tired, you can always jump aboard the Swamp Train for a picturesque trip of the Zoo. You’ll never go hungry here either since there are more than ten concession stands or cafés. Plus, during the warmer months, kids can hang out at the 'Cool Zoo' splash park as a fun way to escape the heat. Whether you come for a day or get a membership with yearlong park privilege (and special discounts), the Audubon Zoo is the perfect place for family fun.
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans,
LA
US
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