First Look: The New Louisiana Children’s Museum

If you’ve ever experienced the Louisiana Children’s Museum at the Julia St. location then you know that it is easily one of the most magical spaces where imagination is not only encouraged, but actively cultivated. I remember pretending to be a grocery store owner in the interactive Winn-Dixie exhibit and discovering static electricity, shadow play, and the excitement of standing inside of a real bubble. 

 

Those memories were taken to the next level when I became a mom and was able to share them with my children. That’s why when we heard that the Louisiana Children’s Museum was getting a state-of-the-art facelift and moving into City Park, we were beyond excited and ready for new adventures.

We had a blast at the New Orleans Blogger Early Preview

A week ago, I got to experience an exclusive preview of the new museum with hubby in tow and let me tell you, it is the entire bomb!

 

The environmentally friendly facility is thoughtfully nestled amongst 700 year old oak trees, and boasts an expansive array of new exhibits that include intentional odes to New Orleans culture and well-planned touches that highlight how deeply invested the creative team is in making sure that all children and families are included and able to fully experience the new museum.

Details like the new square shape of the “bubble play” area, to be sure that wheelchairs can fit into the area are truly heart warming. Not to mention the inclusion of our late, great New Orleans icons like Chef Leah Chase, a longtime museum committee member and advocate for children, and a reprise of Mr. Okra’s famous fruit truck.

The new Louisiana Children’s Museum is filled to the brim with edutainment and resources to connect locals and tourists alike with the rich culture of our region.

All throughout the museum you see a recurring Mississippi River theme, and it comes to an exciting sensory peak on the top level of the museum in the Move With The River exhibit. A sensory dream, the expansive water-play exhibit gives kids and parents the opportunity to appreciate the value of what it truly means to live with the water that surrounds us. 

 

One of my absolute favorite spaces was the Play With Me exhibit where the tiniest tots can enjoy the Sensory Lagoon (I had a load of fun rolling on the lily pad! Check out my IG feed for the recap), or a quiet corner with a good read in the Cypress Tree Book Nook.

After spending the evening exploring I can say for sure what each of my children will love about this space.

Here’s what my kids can’t wait to do at the New Louisiana Children’s Museum

Zae, our 7-year-old foodie, is 100% prepared to spend his afternoons in the Creole Kitchen inside of the Follow That Food exhibit. Our 9-year-old son, Aamir, the chess champion is a perfect fit for the super sized floor checkers/chess game that employs next-level tech to incorporate the sounds of New Orleans as you move the pieces across the game board in the Make Your Mark corner of the museum. Mr. Nugget, my funny 4-year-old, and avid outdoorsman has his garden gloves ready to dig into the outdoor sensory garden and the Dig Into Nature exhibit. And you know I’m ready to roll across the Sensory Lagoon again, this time with my little lady, Grace.

 

To top it all off, the Dickie Brennan restaurant family has expanded to include the Acorn Cafe – a super family-friendly cafe with food options that are just posh enough for a grown-up palate, but simple enough to please tiny tastebuds too!

 

The Louisiana Children’s Museum got it right, y’all. The new museum hits all the right notes for full-bodied fun for your whole family, and ending the day over artisan pizza and hand-cut charcuterie – on the breezy outdoor dining deck surrounded by City Park – is such a delicious cherry on top.

Let’s talk in the comments!

What were your favorites at the old Louisiana Children’s Museum?

Check out all the details of the new location at the Louisiana Children’s Museum website.

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