Nelda Carnley manages a vibrant riverside bazaar of eye-grabbing wares at Nelda’s Place, ranging from women’s clothing and accessories to ornamental knickknacks. Glue a finger to fashion’s pulse with stylish dresses, jackets, and tops ($19.95–$69.95), harmonizing ensembles with pitch-perfect handbags ($24.95–$64.95) that blend fetching hues with chihuahua- or miniature-elephant-toting functionality. A trove of jewelry pieces ($6.95–$39.95), ripe for legal plunder, brims with bracelets, earrings, and necklaces itching to adorn unembellished limbs. Patrons wishing to broadcast their allegiance to the lily can peruse a bevy of fleur-de-lis-themed items, from wrist cuffs to dinnerware, or cultivate their own botanical coat of arms in a stalwart garden pot ($19.95–$189.94). Located on the banks of the misleadingly real False River, Nelda’s also stocks gift-worthy sundries such as candles, sunglasses, and quilts.
The most viewed and attended water-ski tournament in the United States, LA Night Jam rivets show-goers from far and wide with a nighttime spectacle of world-class hydrodynamic dynamos hurtling toward top honors at more than 40 mph, performing watery glissades and midair acrobatics. Gates open at 5 p.m., kicking the night off with the Krewshal wakeboard kicker contest. Ski-jumping participants—including Freddy Krueger, the three-time defending men’s night-jumping champion and non-horror-flick-character—put the whammy on watchers during the Dolphin Wetsuit’s professional freestyle jump competition. Eagle’s freestyle barefoot exhibition amplifies the extremeness of extremities, and freestyle trick skiers perform step-overs, jumps, and flips before waterskiing in cursive. The night culminates in its ultimate event, the LA Night Jam extreme-distance-jump ski finals, winging fast-moving skiers at a ramp and sending them rocketing through the air farther than 200 feet.
Clouds of fog roll through darkened halls, concealing mercenaries tracking their target’s movement. Before their trap can be sprung, the unthinkable happens: their vests begin to vibrate as a giggling child yells, "Got you!"Laser Tag of Baton Rouge's family-friendly laser-tag sessions thrust players aged 7 and older into similar faux combat, peppered with flashing lights and thumping music. Players race through a 7,500-square-foot multilevel arena brandishing Gen 6 laser-tag weapons that dole out precise shots and automated score updates. Special scenarios challenge players to work cooperatively toward a shared goal; for instance, in the Fugitive mission, one or two targets must escape a group intent on their capture.
Between bouts inside the arena, players can test their gaming skills at the center's arcade, which is filled with contemporary and classic machines. Each game is outfitted with the Power Play system, a swipe-card-and-sensor combo that tracks remaining game credits, relieving players from the hassle of endlessly fishing for quarters. The arcade also leads to an observation deck that looks onto the laser-tag arena, giving spectators a giant's-eye view of the combat below.
Harb's Oasis allows green-thumbed customers to fortify their homes’ outdoor carpets with an array of eye-catching flora. Specializing in ponds and fountains ($300+), the shop gives landscaping consultations to personalize and beautify backyards and gardens. Invite koi and goldfish ($3.99+) to frolic in your front yard, or spruce up an aquatic garden with vibrant water lilies ($38.99). A small water bowl with a lily, a water pump, and fish ($130+) equips customers with the building blocks of an aquatic landscape while providing them with a place to dispose of their stale cereal. Harb's Oasis also houses a selection of tropical flora and plant-ready pottery.
Amid shelves lined with curiosity-inspiring playthings, and plenty of areas for concentrated toy testing, owners Aimee and Craig Gremillion can be spotted chatting with customers about their toy needs. The cheerful duo stocks their neighborhood shop, located within Citiplace, with puzzles, workbooks, arts-and-crafts kits, and games that, like scratch 'n' sniff vocabulary tests, encourage children to equate learning and creativity with fun. They rely on trusted toy brands such as Lego, Toysmith, and Fisher-Price and boast complimentary gift-wrapping services as well as complimentary personalization for select products.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.