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Enjoy Halloween fun at BREC parks

A couple of BREC parks celebrate Halloween early this week with BREC-A-Boo. The event will be held at the Cedar Ridge Avenue Park (13300 Cedar Ridge Ave.) and North Sherwood Forest Community Park (3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive) Friday 6 p.m.-8 p.m. There, families and children can enjoy carnival games, ghostly visitors, a costume contest and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. The event is free, but a haunted house hike will take place at both parks for $2. To get more information about this hauntingly good time, visit brec.org.

Have a 'Yappy Halloween' with YelpBR!

YelpBR! will get in on the holiday fun with a little help from four-legged friends. The local organization hosts its fifth annual Yappy Halloween Spook 5K and one-mile costume stroll at North Boulevard's Town Square Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event features a costume contest as well as adoptable dogs and local vendors. Registration costs vary. To register for the 5K or one-mile run, click here. Proceeds from the event will help YelpBR!'s vision of finding loving homes for dogs. Last year's event attracted 100 participants and raised $9,000. For more information, read Adrian Hirsch's latest blog post.

Sing along with 'Shrek the Musical'

Everyone's favorite ogre is back. The Christian Youth Theatre of Baton Rouge presents Shrek the Musical this weekend. Performances take place at Baton Rouge Community Center's Magnolia Theatre (201 Community College Drive) Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The play is based on the Oscar-winning animated film that tells the story of an ogre who rescues a feisty princess with the help of a loudmouth donkey and other fairy tale misfits. Tickets are $14 online and $18 at the door. Group and children discounts are available. For more information, click here.

Have family fun at Boo at the Zoo

Get in the Halloween spirit at the Baton Rouge Zoo’s spooky event. The Capital City attraction begins its "merry-not-scary" trick-or-treat event Boo at the Zoo Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Treat stations will be placed throughout the zoo, and participants can come dressed in their favorite costumes. The zoo will also have a hay maze and a Safari Snapshot photo booth. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $7.25 for seniors, $5.25 for children ages 2-12 and free for children 1 and younger. For more information, call 775-3877 or visit brzoo.org.

Performances of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ start Sunday

Eric Carle's classic story comes to life this weekend. A live-action puppetry performance of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar takes place at the Manship Theatre Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. The story focuses the caterpillar's metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly and is performed by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Manship Theatre will also host a Kids Club event before the show at 12:30 p.m. where children can meet the puppeteers and enjoy snacks. Tickets for the Kids Club event are $10 (free for members). For more information on Sunday's fun, click here.

Go on a haunting hike in the swamp

Halloween arrives early at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. The BREC park at 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway hosts a Swamp Haunted Hike Friday 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The event is appropriate for all ages, and participants can come dressed in their costumes. During the hike, they will learn about snakes, insects and other creepy critters along the trail. Admission is free for ages 2 and younger, $2 for ages 3-17, and $3 for ages 18-64. Additional haunted hikes will take place Oct. 17 and 24. For more information, call 757-8905 or visit brec.org/swamp.

Also this week

The LSU AgCenter's Botanic Gardens at Burden Center (4560 Essen Lane) hosts a Corn Maze Saturday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. For more information, click here.
Celebrate the new month by discovering downtown museums and more as a part of First Sunday. The event includes free admission to the LSU Museum of Art, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and the USS Kidd. Planetarium shows and exhibits at the LASM will feature a reduced admission. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

See ‘Mary Poppins’ before time runs out

Theatre Baton Rouge concludes its run of Mary Poppins this weekend. The musical is based on the stories of P.I. Travers and the Walt Disney film of the same name. The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks, two out-of-control children who are in need of a new nanny. When a young woman named Mary Poppins shows up to take the job, the family finds the answers to their prayers in the most peculiar way. Read 225's article on the play. Tickets are $28. For more information and show times, click here.

Head to Port Allen for the annual SugarFest

Enjoy food, music and more as part of the West Baton Rouge Museum's 19th annual festival. The free festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest and kicks off Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Named one of the top events by the Southeast Tourism Society, the fest features family-oriented activities, a sweets contest, mule-pulled wagon ride and music from Kenny Neal. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here. The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen.

Also this week

Theatre Baton Rouge continues its run of Mary Poppins this weekend. Tickets are $28. For more information and showtimes, click here.
The LSU AgCenter's Botanic Gardens at the Burden Center (4560 Essen Lane) hosts a Corn Maze Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The event includes pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and much more. Admission is $7 and free for children 5 and younger. Get more information.

Head to the Rural Life Museum for Harvest Days

Ever wondered what life was like in 1800s Louisiana? The Rural Life Museum (4560 Essen Lane) has all the answers and some fun planned for its 19th annual Harvest Days celebration this weekend. The event features activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 19th century, including cooking, soap-making, woodworking and other activities in which the general public can participate. General admission will be charged. For more information, call 765-2437 or click here.

See the annual Hot Air Balloon Championship

Take a drive to Gonzales for the 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend. The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center (9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, LA, 70737) once again plays host to all the fun Friday and Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. This year's festivities include live music from Don Berry and Rock N Horse, Jonathan "Boogie" Long and the Blues Revolution, The Chris LeBlanc Band and many more, as well as fireworks, a children's village with activities and competitive hot air balloon flights. For more information, click here. Check out 225's video from the 2013 event below.

Party in your pajamas

The Strategic Learning Center/Joy of Deliverance Ministries (2835 Aubin Lane) hosts Kids' Night Out Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Parents can take the night off as the event will include games, crafts, pizza buffet dinner and a movie. The theme of the event is "Partying in our Pajamas," and those attending may wear appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes and bring a pillow. Concessions will also be available throughout the night. Registration is $15. For more information, click here or call 229-3396.

Have tea with the 'Mary Poppins' cast

Spend time with Mary Poppins, Burt, Jane and other beloved characters from the classic tale. Theatre Baton Rouge hosts “Tea with Mary Poppins” Saturday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. At the event, children can enjoy tea, punch, cake balls and other goodies while doing arts and crafts and meeting the characters from the theatre company's production of Mary Poppins. Every child will leave with their own self-crafted parasol or kite. Admission is $35, which includes a ticket to a performance. Seating is limited. For more information and to get your tickets, visit theatrebr.org.

Also this week

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts Kids' Lab Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is geared toward children ages 6-12. This month's experiment focuses on interesting and absorbent materials. For more information, click here.

View the CANstruction Competition before it ends

Head to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum this week to view participants’ work in the CANstruction Competition. The exhibit ends Friday and features architectural structures from area designers made entirely of cans of nonperishable food items. Once the exhibit ends, all food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older. For more information, click here.

See Theatre Baton Rouge's production of 'Mary Poppins'

A local theatre company will provide a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time starting this weekend. Theatre Baton Rouge's production of Mary Poppins kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on the stories of P.I. Travers and the Walt Disney film of the same name. The play tells the story of the Banks family. They live in a large house in London on Cherry Lane, but things aren't going so well because the children are out of control. The patriarch, Mr. Banks, hires a mysterious and magical young woman named Mary Poppins to help. Along the way, the family learns that anything can happen if you let it. Tickets are $28. For more information, click here, or read 225's story on the production.

Next week

Baton Rouge Zoo hosts Zoo & Me Morning Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Admission is $18 for a child with one parent or guardian or $30 for two children with one parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required. Call 775-3877 or click here for more information.
Theatre Baton Rouge's production of Mary Poppins kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28. For more information, click here. Read 225's story on the production.

Also this week

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts Viewing and Doing Art Saturday 10:30 a.m.-noon. The event is designed for boys and girls ages 6-12. Participants will visit the museum's Ancient Egypt gallery, and then design their own scarab amulet. For more information, click here.
Head to Mayfair Park (655 S. Sabine Drive) Friday for Movie in the Park. The event will feature a screening of the animated film Khumba. The free event is 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. and includes free popcorn.

Experience family fun at LSU Museum of Art

The LSU Museum of Art hosts free family events this weekend. Pre-schoolers can check out the museum's "Leroy Neiman: Action!" exhibit Friday at 10:30 a.m. as a part of Stories in Art. For more information, click here or call 389-7207. The museum will also host a new event, First Sunday Family Fun, at 1 p.m. Participants will explore the museum in a hands-on way. Children of all ages can pick up a free art box at the admission desk and will be able to create a wire sculpture. For more information, click here or call 389-7200.

Take a walk with the birds

Enjoy the view at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center this weekend. The park, at 10502 N. Oak Hills Parkway, hosts A Walk with the Birds Saturday 7 a.m.-9 a.m. During the event, participants can go on a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. A member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society will lead the walk and share bird-watching techniques and tips. Admission is $3. For more information, call 757-8905. Learn more about the Bluebonnet Swamp Bird Monitoring Project at braudubon.org.




Also this week

Manship Theatre will screen the Oscar-winning drama Life of Pi Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50.

See asteroids and comets at Highland Road Park Observatory

Discover minor planets and visitors from the icy outer regions of the solar system in this week's edition of Science Academy. The program takes place at the Highland Road Park Observatory (13800 Highland Road) Saturday 10 a.m.-noon. At the event, participants can observe asteroids and comets while learning clues to Earth's beginnings. The cost to participate is $5-$6. To register, call 768-9948 or visit hrpo.lsu.edu.

Don't miss the CANstruction Competition

Teams of designers, builders and other groups are putting the final touches on their structures for the annual competition at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The structures are made entirely from cans of nonperishable food items. The exhibit kicks off its run Thursday with an award reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m. For tickets call 936-5215. The display will be open through Sept. 12. Once the display closes, all food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, click here.



Also this week

BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway) hosts Duck, Duck Goose Day Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The free event features a carving corner, live duck pen, face painting and more. For more information, call 757-8905 or click here.

Be a part of the action at the annual Zoo Zoom

Head to the Baton Rouge Zoo for the ninth annual Zoo Zoom 5K and Kids' Half-Mile Fun Run this weekend. The festivities kick off Saturday with the fun run at 7:45 a.m. The 5K follows at 8:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female and by age. A portion of registration fees will go towards supporting the zoo's conservation programs for threatened and endangered animals. Registration fees vary online. For more information, call 775-3877.

See 'Super Circus Heroes' at the River Center

"The Greatest Show on Earth" returns to Baton Rouge. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's latest circus creation, Super Circus Heroes, kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at the River Center. This year's theme celebrates inner bravery and courage and features motorcycle stunts, acrobatic stunts, animals and more. Additional performances run Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For more information, click here.




Heads up: See ‘Super Circus Heroes’ at the River Center

"The Greatest Show on Earth" returns to Baton Rouge as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Super Circus Heroes. The latest iteration of the circus kicks off next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the River Center. This year's theme celebrates inner bravery and courage and features motorcycle stunts, acrobatic stunts, animals and more. Additional performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For more information, click here.

See 'Alice in Wonderland Jr.'

Playmakers of Baton Rouge goes down the rabbit hole this weekend. The local children's theatre company will perform Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., starting Friday at 7 p.m. at the Reilly Theatre (105 Dalrymple Drive). Additional performances take place Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and the same times the following Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12. The play is based on Disney's 1951 animated classic, which is based on Lewis Carroll's tales Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. For more information, click here.

Also this week

Liberty Lagoon (111 Lobdell Ave.) will screen Despicable Me 2 as part of its Movie at the Lagoon event Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission varies. For more information, click here or call 923-3202.

Head to Kids’ Lab for chemistry fun

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts a "hair-raising experiment" this month as part of its Kids' Lab programming. In the August activity, participants will observe and compare properties of matter. For the grand finale, the young chemists and scientists will create their own bottle of scented hair gel. Each participant will also receive a cool backpack with surprises inside. This weekend's Kids' Labs take place Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is suitable to children ages 6-12. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children. For more information, click here or call 344-5272.

Have an animal-themed morning at the zoo

Go on a train ride and encounter animals as part of the Zoo & Me Morning at Baton Rouge Zoo. The event kicks off next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and incorporates exciting activities, art projects, snacks and hands-on projects that parents and children can enjoy together. The program is designed for children ages 3-5. Admission is $18 for one child with one parent or guardian and $30 for two children with one parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required. For more information, click here or call 775-3877.

Also this week

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information on both events, call 775-3877.

Introduce your child to the world of art

The LSU Museum of Art will give children in pre-school and younger a chance to learn about art with its Stories in Art program Friday at 10 a.m. Children will listen to a story, then view art to see colors, shapes, animals and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to create art in the LSU Museum of Art’s kid-friendly art studio. The program is free to visitors of the museum. Call 225-389-7207 or visit lsumoa.org for more information.

Let your kids learn culinary skills

The Renaissance Hotel hosts its third annual culinary class for kids. This year, children will have the opportunity to create their own pizzas and watch the Disney film Ratatouille. The program starts Saturday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. is open to kids ages 3-12. Registration is $50 per child, unless the child has previously participated in the program and already owns a Renaissance Kids chef jacket, in which case it will cost $25. All proceeds from the program will go to Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that gives children and their families the opportunity to experience a storybook vacation in Kissimee, Florida, at the Give Kids the World Village. For more information, click here or call 215-7000.

Next week

Manship Theatre will screen The Smurfs next Wednesday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 and includes popcorn, juice or water and a sweet snack. The Baton Rouge Zoo will also stop by to show off one of its creatures in person. Group rates are available.

Also this week

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information on both events, call 775-3877.

See local children perform in ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Take a trip to Never Land as participants in the Disney's Peter Pan Jr. musical production camp perform this weekend. The production, based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film, will be performed entirely by the young participants (ages 8-13) of the 2014 Manship Theatre Musical Production camp. The fantasy adventure tells the story of a family taken to Never Land by Tinker Bell to help Peter Pan defeat the crooked Captain Hook. Since Disney adapted Barrie's tale, the story has been repurposed time and time again, most notably in 1991 by Steven Spielberg with the film Hook. Show times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 online.

Experiment with electricity at Kids' Lab

Have fun with the kids at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum this weekend. Kids' Lab will take place Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is open to children ages 6-12 and features a hands-on event that is a great way for kids to learn more about the world of science. This time around, Kids' Lab will focus on generating electricity via produce. Each child will also receive an exciting prize at the end of the day. For more information, click here. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12.


Also this week

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information on both events, call 775-3877.
Liberty Lagoon (111 Lobdell Ave.) hosts Movie at the Lagoon Saturday, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The event includes a screening of Despicable Me 2 as well as prizes and aquatic-themed activities. Admission is $5. For more information, call 923-3202.

Hear the talented musicians of Girls Rock Camp

The girls are ready to rock. For the past week, girls ages 10-16 have had the opportunity to improve their musical skills at Girls Rock Camp. During their time at camp, participants of all skill levels learned guitar, drums, keyboards, bass or vocals, using their talents to form a band and create a song. On Sunday at Red Dragon Listening Room, the bands will perform. Doors open at 2 p.m. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information on the camp, click here.

Cool off at the zoo

Escape the sweltering Louisiana heat at Baton Rouge Zoo's Frozen Safari this Saturday. During the zoo's regular hours, of 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., zoo workers will show visitors how animals are kept in shape and taken care of during the summer. The first 100 visitors to the zoo will be rewarded with a coupon for a free frozen treat at the Cool Critter Café inside the zoo. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $7.25 for seniors, $5.25 for children ages 2-12 and free for children 1 year old and younger. For more information, call 225-775-3877.

Also this week

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information on both events, call 775-3877.

See a family-friendly take on ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Swine Palace kicks off its Summer Fest productions with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet this week. The family-friendly performance tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love the moment they meet. However, their families are bitter enemies, locked in a longstanding feud that has erupted in violence in the streets. George Judy directs. Performances of the classic tale run tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.

Experience Kids’ Lab at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s kid-friendly event returns this weekend. Kids ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to explore the world of science at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. This month's activity is about discovering how electricity can be generated using produce such as potatoes and lemons. At the lab, participants will receive a cool backpack with surprises inside. Participants can sign up on a first come, first served basis and may also pre-register by emailing [email protected] through noon Thursday the week prior to the event. Kids’ Lab is free for members of LASM and included in the price of general admission, which is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children. For more information, click here.

Also this week

Manship Theatre will screen the animated film An American Tail Wednesday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 and includes popcorn, juice or water, and a sweet snack. Rated G. Group rates are available. For more information, call 389-7264.

Get creative at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts another edition of its monthly program Viewing and Doing Art! Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is perfect for children 6-12. In this month's program, participants will discover how paper is made. Be prepared to get a little messy as your children will have fun creating and learning about paper. The workshop is included in admission, which is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children 2-12. This Sunday is also the monthly First Sunday, where patrons can view and look at exhibits and more at LASM for a reduced admission and at the USS Kidd and LSU Museum of Art for free 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Get more information here.

Celebrate the holiday and more at the zoo

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts "Red, White and Zoo" Saturday. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m., and patrons can visit the zoo's red, white and blue animal friends. The event also includes amphitheatre programs, games and crafts featuring the furry animals. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $5.25 for children 2-12, and it is free for children 1 year old and younger. Group rates are also available. The zoo also hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information on both events, call 775-3877.

Next week

Manship Theatre will screen the animated film An American Tail Wednesday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 and includes popcorn, juice or water, and a sweet snack. Rated G. Group rates are available. For more information, call 389-7264.

Also this week

Baton Rouge Zoo hosts a Twilight Tour Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children 2-12. For more information, call 775-3877.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ comes to the Capital City

Experience a rendition of the classic musical at the Manship Theatre this weekend. The show, presented by Central Community Theatre, opens tonight at 7 p.m. The fairytale revolves around a young maid who dreams of a better life. With the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella transforms into a princess. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the musical in the late ’50s for television. Since then, it has been adapted countless times on television and for the stage. Additional performances will run Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. At the 10 a.m. show Friday, children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Cinderella. Those who dress up for the performance will receive a special gift. Tickets start at $20.

Dive into the world of science at Kids' Lab

If your children are interested in chemistry, you won't want to miss the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's Kids' Lab this weekend. This month's activities are dubbed "The pHun Factor" and will explore the pH scale. The program is Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children ages 6-12 and their parent or caregiver must sign in at least 20 minutes prior to the workshop. Kids' Lab is free for members and included in the general admission for non-members. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children. Pre-registration is also available by emailing [email protected] through noon the Thursday before the program. For more information, click here or call 344-5272.

Next week

Manship Theatre will screen the animated comedy Shrek Wednesday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 and includes popcorn, juice or water, and a sweet snack. Rated G. Group rates are available. For more information, call 389-7264.

Also this week

Performances of Theatre Baton Rouge's Annie conclude this week. Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie and opened on Broadway in 1977. The play features classic songs such as "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Tomorrow" and many more. Tickets are $28.

Take a Twilight Tour at the zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is offering families the opportunity to experience the zoo in a new and exciting way this summer. Visitors take a guided tram ride through the exhibits Thursday at 6 p.m. The tour also includes an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and a snack. Space is limited. Pre-registration for this event is required. Twilight tours are $16 for adults and teenagers and $13 for children ages 2-12. For more information, call 775-3877 or visit brzoo.org.

See a local take on 'Winnie the Pooh'

The lovable bear returns with a special Red Stick performance. Treat the family to Winnie the Pooh KIDS, a musical spin on the Disney favorite, this weekend. The show kicks off at the Manship Theatre Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5. The production is based on the stories of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film, and will be performed by children participating in the 2014 Manship Theatre Mini Musical Camp. This story of adventure and friendship is perfect for families looking for a fun way to spend a summer day. Get more information at manshiptheatre.org.

Next week

Manship Theatre will screen the live-action family film Babe Wednesday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 and includes popcorn, juice or water, and a sweet snack. Rated G. Group rates are available. For more information, call 389-7264.

Also this week

Performances of Theatre Baton Rouge's Annie continue this week. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The play features classic songs such as "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Tomorrow" and many more. Tickets are $28.

Celebrate Father's Day at the zoo

Enjoy time with the family and a bunch of wild animals to celebrate the holiday. The Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting a Father's Day event Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dads and their families will enjoy games, arts and crafts, and family-themed amphitheatre programs. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $5.25 for children ages 2-12, and free for children 1 and younger. For more information, call 775-3877 or visit brzoo.org.

Get some exercise on Father’s Day

Think you can beat your dad in a race? Test your skills this weekend as the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation hosts a Father’s Day-themed relay race. Fathers, daughters and sons will have the opportunity to compete in a relay at BREC’s Perkins Road Community Park (7112 Perkins Rd.) Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The event includes two-, three- and four-person relays as well as a single or double stroller and individual runner options. Awards will be given according to age groups, which will be determined by adding each team’s ages together. Registration includes a T-shirt, refreshments after the race and a finisher’s prize for each participating father. For more information, call 766-9039.

Next week

Manship Theatre will screen the animated comedy Madagascar Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 and include popcorn, juice or water and a sweet snack. Group rates are available for camps and daycares. Call 389-7264 for more information.

Also this week

Playmakers of Baton Rouge's production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. continues Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17.50.
Take a Twilight Tour of the Baton Rouge Zoo Thursday at 6 p.m.
Admission is $16 for adults and teens and $13 for children 2-12. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts Viewing and Doing Art! Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The event is perfect for ages 6-12. This month, participants will create a unique zig-zag book for sketching and journaling in during the summer. Admission is $7.25 for adults, $6.25 for children 2-12.

Get creative at the LSU Museum of Art

The LSU Museum of Art hosts Stories in Art Friday at 10:30 a.m. In the free program, pre-schoolers can experience and create art. Attendees will meet on the 5th floor of the museum for story time, then take a look at several examples of art and have a chance to create their own art in the museum’s kid-friendly studio. Call 389-7207 for more information about this creative and educational event.

See ‘Annie’ at Theatre Baton Rouge

The local company gives new life to a timeless story this weekend. Theatre Baton Rouge puts its own spin on Annie, with performances starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Watch as orphan Annie charms her way into Daddy Warbucks’ heart and foils Miss Hannigan's evil plans. The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie and opened on Broadway in 1977. The play features classic songs such as "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Tomorrow" and many more. Additional performances run Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28. Former Theatre Baton Rouge executive director Keith Dixon will take his final bow at Friday's show. Read 225's...

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Manship Theatre will screen Kung Fu Panda next Wednesday at 10 a.m. The animated film features the voice of Jack Black as Po the Panda, a novice martial artist who is the chosen Dragon Warrior. Tickets are $6 and include popcorn, juice or water and a sweet snack. The film is rated PG.

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NOTE: The Baton Rouge Zoo's Kenya Safari 2014 has sold out.

Zoo Camp begins this week

Hang out with animals this summer at the Baton Rouge Zoo. Zoo Camp activities start this week. Ages and themes vary by week. The program costs $110 per child per week ($132 for out-of-parish residents), and will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by calling 775-3877, option 2.

See 'Beauty and the Beast' like never before

Playmakers of Baton Rouge presents a classic Disney tale. The local theater company's production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. starts Friday at 7 p.m. Additional performances will run Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show also runs next Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and next Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 online. Beauty and the Beast is set in a French town where a lost man, Maurice, seeks shelter in an old castle. But the castle's master is a horrible beast who takes Maurice captive. Belle, Maurice's daughter, must try to save his life and tame the beast who was once a handsome price. The play has captured Broadway audiences for more than 13 years. Based on the Disney animated film of the same name, the performance features songs such as "Be Our Guest" and many more.

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The Baton Rouge Zoo starts Zoo Camp next week. Ages and themes vary by week. The program costs $110 per child per week ($132 for those out-of-parish), and will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by calling 775-3877, option 2.

Have fun in the Kids’ Lab

Children interested in chemistry won't want to miss the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's Kids' Lab this weekend. Participants will explore polymers Saturday and Sunday and create slippery, ooey-gooey slime substances to keep. The lab is included in price of general admission for non-members and free for members. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children. Sign up is offered on a first come first served basis. Those interested can pre-register by e-mailing [email protected]. Kids' Lab is Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Head to Gonzales for the annual Jambalaya Festival

Two things Louisiana does right are jambalaya and festivals. Both will be on display at the 47th annual Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales this weekend. The event kicks off Friday with a cooking contest, arts and crafts show and live music around the Gonzales Civic Center (219 S. Irma Ave.). A 5K and one-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and a car show will follow at 10 a.m. Children and teens can also show off their cooking skills Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The cook-off finals will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. You must register for the cooking contests. Bands such as Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, Blue Eyed Soul Revue, Bag of Donuts, the Eddie...

Discover the ‘Places You’ll Go’

Barnes & Noble’s CitiPlace location (2590 CitiPlace Ct.) hosts a special story time event this weekend. On Saturday, the bookstore will host two readings of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The book is great for all ages and discusses "the great balancing act" while encouraging children to find their own path to success. Released in 1990, the book is written in the style of Green Eggs and Ham, but has many unique characters and is perhaps best known for the lines: "Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)." For more information on the event, call 926-2600.

Build and become an engineer-in-training at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is calling on families to 'Engineer It' this weekend. The monthly event kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m. and is great for families with children ages 6-12. At Engineer It, youngsters will become novice engineers in a hands-on workshop, learning how to build bridges and about concepts such as force, balance, stability and creative problem solving strategies. Admission to the museum is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children. For more information on the event, visit the museum's events page.

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Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts National Astronomy Day Saturday at 1 p.m. The event is included in general admission and will feature a variety of activities and events in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12.
The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts Mother's Day at the Zoo Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The first 100 moms who enter the zoo will receive a flower. The day includes a “Mom and me”-themed safari and craft-making programs. Admission is $8.25 for adults and $5.25 for children ages 2-12.

Enjoy a night of song and dance at the Manship Theatre

The Center Stage Performing Arts Academy presents its 2014 variety show Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Manship Theatre. The night will be filled with song and dance for the entire family. At the event, Center Stage's award-winning STARS Company will perform popular numbers from Broadway hits such as Mary Poppins, Newsies and more. Tickets are $20.

See 'Disney on Ice'

Your favorite Disney characters will all be on hand, skating and singing in the Capital City this weekend. The River Center hosts Disney on Ice Thursday-Sunday. Tickets start at $9. The performance features Disney characters such as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Ariel, Lilo & Stitch, Woody and Buzz Lightyear and many more having a party on ice. Thursday's performance starts at 7 p.m. Friday's performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday will have three performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be one performance Sunday at 3 p.m.

Get inspired and make art

Celebrate 50 years of ancient Egypt at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum with this Saturday's edition of Viewing & Doing Art! The event allows children ages 6-12 to design their own scarab amulet, which represented rebirth and regeneration and is one of the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt. Attendees will visit LASM's Ancient Egypt Gallery to see examples then make their own scarab from clay. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children.

Experience AgMagic

The LSU AgCenter is inviting families to get in on the fun with the interactive event AgMagic. The event is free and will be open to the public for self-guided tours Saturday and Sunday at LSU's Park Coliseum 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At the event, visitors can see the importance of agriculture in everyday life. The Louisiana Body Walk, a massive walkthrough exhibit representing the human body, will also be on display Saturday. Guided tours for school groups and organizations are available until Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


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Enjoy food, music, horseback riding and more at the Louisiana Turkish Fest Saturday. The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at 7712 Goodwood Blvd.
Redemptorist High School (4000 St. Gerard Ave.) hosts the inaugural Emerald Festival Saturday with live music starting at 10 a.m., a 5K, joke contest, bingo, crawfish dinner and more.

‘Fancy Nancy’ comes to the Capital City

A musical based on the popular children's books Fancy Nancy hits the Manship Theatre stage Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. The play revolves around Nancy and her friend Bree, who are both positive that they will be picked to play mermaids in a fictional performance of "Deep Sea Dances." However, Nancy is stuck playing a tree and must find a way to bring flair to her role. Vital Theatre Company of New York City will bring the show to life.

Celebrate Earth Day in Baton Rouge

Head downtown Sunday for the 2014 Louisiana Earth Day festivities. The event kicks off at noon with educational and children's activities along North Boulevard. This year's theme is "We Protect What We Love" and encourages individual and corporate environmental awareness and conservation and includes musical performances across two stages. Among the musical performers is Grammy-winner Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience at 7 p.m. at Galvez Plaza. Get the full schedule and more information here.

BREC hosts Spring Art Camp at Baton Rouge Gallery

Celebrate the season with the arts at Baton Rouge Gallery‘s Spring Art Camp. The activity-filled week begins next Monday and runs through Friday, April 25. Participants will create art using everything from watercolor to acrylics and even do some sculpting. The camp’s hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and it is designed for children ages 7-12. Admission is $110 for the week for East Baton Rouge Parish residents, and $132 for the week for out-of-parish residents. More information is available here or call 383-1470.

Engineer it at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts a hands-on engineering workshop this weekend. The museum's Engineer It program kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday and features activities that are fun for the entire family. The event includes bridge building and more engineering concepts such as force, balance and stability, and teaching participants creative problem solving strategies. Engineer It is designed for children ages 6-12. Space is limited, and participation is offered on a first come, first served basis. Sign-in is at 10 a.m. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children.

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LSU Museum of Art hosts Saturday Arts for Families at 10:30 a.m. The free event allows families to view the museum's "Visual Blues" exhibit and create their own colorful monoprints. Also on Saturday, the museum's Neighborhood Arts Program will head to Gardere, the new site for summer's project at, for an afternoon of free art making and community fun from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Have breakfast with the animals

Baton Rouge Zoo invites members to the annual Breakfast with the Animals event Saturday. A continental breakfast will be served at the zoo's Capital One Pavilion before heading out with the keepers to give animals their morning meal. This weekend's event kicks off at 8 a.m. Director's Circle and Safari Club members receive four complimentary tickets as a part of membership benefits. Additional tickets are $20 per person. To register, call 775-3877, ext. 212. Zoo memberships are available here.

Celebrate Easter with the family

LSU Rural Life Center's Burden Museum and Gardens hosts the Old Fashioned Easter Celebration Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The event is open for children ages 2 to 8 and offers Louisiana Easter customs and fun and games. Egg hunts will also be held and the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Admission is $5. Call 765-2437 for more information.

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The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts Viewing and Doing Art! Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This month's workshop focuses on making creative gifts from discarded paper products.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kite Fest Louisiané

Get your kites ready for the 10th anniversary celebration of Kite Fest Louisiané in West Baton Rouge this weekend. The free event kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex (3383 Rosedale Rd.) and includes kite flying, kite design competitions, children's workshops, demonstrations, food, fireworks and more. The Big River Express Band will perform 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Regular festival hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., resume Sunday.

Check out Zippity Zoo Fest 2014

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts plenty of games, music and more for its annual spring festival. The Zippity Zoo Fest opens Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with loads of fun stuff planned, including a photo contest winners gallery, children's village, face painting and more. On Saturday, there will be music from Dorothy and the Shaky Egg Band at 11 a.m., Rae and the Line Band at 2 p.m. and Rockin' Rouge Band at 3 p.m. On Sunday, festivities continue with more music, including the Baton Rouge Kids' Orchestra at 12:30 p.m. and the Greater Baton Rouge Children's Choir at 2 p.m. The zoo grounds will close at 6 p.m. The festival is included in admission.

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The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center (2720 St. Landry Rd. in Gonzales) will host the 41st annual Cat Show Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 cats will be present and competing at the show, which is hosted by the Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children. Children ages 12 and younger get in free.

LASM hosts Engineering Day

Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts a new fun-filled festival Saturday. The LASM Engineering Day will feature multiple interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities where visitors can learn about engineering specialties. Among the exhibits are robot demonstrations by Red Stick Robotics and a replica of the Mars Rover machine. Festivities start at 10 a.m. Engineering Day activities are included with general admission to museum, which is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children/seniors. Read a full list of activities.

Enjoy a car and garden show and chili cook-off at LSU

Three family-friendly events will take place in and around LSU's Parker Coliseum this weekend. The festivities kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. with the 12th annual Spring Garden Show. The event is hosted inside the coliseum where the floor will be transformed into a world of plants and garden-related merchandise. Also on Saturday, the eighth annual regional chili cook-off starts in front of Parker Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Tasting tickets will be available for $5 for six bowls of chili. The state chili cook-off is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Also on Sunday, the fifth annual Spring Car Show will be hosted outside the LSU building. Registration is $25 and the event will take place 9 a.m.-noon. Judging starts at noon, and awards will be given at 2 p.m. All models and years are...

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Z Fest, Zachary's Art and Music Festival, kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. at 20101 Old Scenic Hwy. 964, and will run through Sunday. The event includes a 5K and one-mile fun run, ATV show and musical performances, including Rockin' Dopsie Jr. Friday at 7 p.m.

Sing along with the ‘Fiddler’

See the classic musical take the stage at First Presbyterian Church Baton Rouge. The church presents three free performances of Fiddler on the Roof—Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, whose three daughters are about to be married off. Based on tales by Sholem Aleichem, the story has been adapted many times and earned critical acclaim. This weekend's performances will have seating on a first come, first served basis. The church is at 763 North Blvd. RSVP here.

Enjoy science experiments at Kids' Lab

Oil and water do mix in the latest edition of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's program. Children ages 6-12 can explore the dynamic world of chemistry in this weekend's Kids' Lab. Participants will learn the role emulsifiers play in hand lotion, then make their own. Saturday's labs kick off at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Additional labs take place Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On the road: Have fun at the 2014 Frisco Fest

Get the family and hop in the car to Garyville for the 2014 Frisco Fest Spring Garden Show. The event features more than 100 arts and crafts booths, an open car show, a 25- and 40-mile bike tour, fun run 5K, cracklin cook-off and much more. Frisco Fest will also have pony rides, a petting zoo, space walks and much more for the kids. The free event kicks off Saturday at the San Francisco Plantation, 2646 Highway 44. The event's hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Experience 'Pepito's Story'

Emmy award-winner Debbie Allen and her dance academy return to the Capital City. Allen's academy will perform Pepito's Story, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. The musical play follows Pepito, a young boy who loves to dance and will follow his dream even though other kids laugh at him. The Kennedy Center commissioned the performance, which includes choreography by Allen. Jazz superstar Arturo Sandoval wrote the score. Performances continue Friday at 7 p.m. There will be 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20.


See reptiles and more at Repticon

An exotic animal and reptile convention heads to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales (9039 S. St. Landry Ave.) this weekend. This exhibit includes a large display of snakes, bearded dragons, tarantulas and more wild animals from around the globe. The event kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Repticon will also be open Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. For more information, click here.

Rev up your engines for Monster Jam

Your favorite monster trucks are heading to Baton Rouge. The River Center hosts Monster Jam Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature Spider-Man, El Toro Loco, Xtermigator, Ice Cream Man and Fullboar trucks competing in a huge derby, performing stunts and more. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 online. For more information on Monster Jam, click here.

Enjoy a nature walk at Bluebonnet Swamp

Take in nature while hiking with the Baton Rouge Audubon Society. "A Walk with the Birds" kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. A member of the Audubon Society will lead participants on a forest hike and give bird-watching tips while identifying various bird species. Admission is $3. For more information, click here or call 757-8905.