The hands-on, participatory Children’s Museum of Acadiana entertains children aged 2 to 12 while boosting their understanding of art, human development, and cultural awareness. The Bubble Factory exhibit engulfs children in a life-sized bubble while they concoct massive bubbles of their own. Stuffee teaches future surgeons the proper placement and usage of internal organs without the use of tiny tweezers and an electric buzzer. Children stage their own TV newscast at the Le TV des Enfants exhibit, where they learn the ins and outs of being a camera operator, meteorologist, or a newscaster.
Shadows-on-the-Teche's curators share the legacy of the iconic structures and inhabitants of an antebellum 19th-century sugar cane plantation that helped shape the surrounding region. Trained guides draw upon more than 17,000 documents, photographs, and talking parrots to paint fascinating pictures of the enduring structure. A brilliantly recreated picket fence stands as a small-scale preview to the towering columns that brace a structure packed with a variety of artifacts, many of which are original to the home. The plantation is a National Trust Historic Site, and the tour contains extensive information on the Weeks family, the home's influential original owners.
As the star of CMT's Gator 911, Gary Suarage knows a thing or two about handling gators?the show documents Gary and his team's efforts to rescue gators from strange places and transport them to refuge. But to admire Gary's work, you don't have to watch it on TV or read an gator's grateful memoir. Instead, you can visit Gator Country, Gary's 15-acre reservation in Beaumont populated by crocodiles, snakes, and?of course?gators. Here, visitors get up-close and personal with some of the world's most intimidating reptiles while feeding them, snapping pictures, and learning about them during educational shows. For the bravest guests, Gator Country even offers a swimming-with-gators experience, during which the gator's mouth is taped shut, making it safe to divulge your secrets in its ear.