The Louisiana Children's Museum has been a fixture in New Orleans for the last 20 years. Obliged to close temporarily after Katrina, it has re-opened with a flourish.
The Louisiana Children's Museum has been rated the top-rated children's museums of all surveyed by the U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004. Located at 420 Julia Street, it is now amusing and teaching a second generation of New Orleans children, as well as little visitors coming in for a cool afternoon of fun and games.
There is a miniature grocery store where the kids can shop, a studio where they can learn to be news anchors, a cafe where they can play waiter or guest, a towboat to pilot down the Mississippi, and many more hands-on activities. At Eye to Eye, they can learn to understand the concept of vision when they step into a giant eyeball. Then they can be the doctor or the patient at the eye clinic.
Learning for Later:
Interactive video games help kids to learn how to eat right, stay safe, and prevent substance abuse. New to the Museum is a casual counseling program to help children deal with the aftermath of Katrina. Summer camp had a mini first-responder ambulance with its mini firemen and EMT's. Also, there is an enclosed area specially designed for those under the age of three.
The Museum is currently open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays from noon to 4:40. p.m. Regular admission is $7.00 for adults and children, children under age 1 are free.