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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.

Get creative with LASM this weekend

If you're getting ready for Mardi Gras festivities, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has a perfect family event. LASM will host its monthly Viewing & Doing Art! program Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This weekend's edition allows participants to get in the spirit of the season by viewing Anthony Ryan Auld's exhibit and then designing a wearable feathery pink mask for the flamingo-themed Spanish Town parade. For more information, click here.

Enjoy science with Kids' Lab

Explore chemistry with Louisiana Art & Science Museum's bimonthly science program Kids' Lab. This weekend's edition features experiments breaking down complex chemistry concepts such as the role of emulsifiers. To put the knowledge to use, participants will create their own hand lotion to take home. Kids' Lab is open to children ages 6-12. Saturday labs start at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday labs start at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Celebrate with a trio of Mardi Gras parades downtown

Three of Baton Rouge's biggest krewes roll through the streets on Friday and Saturday.
Krewe of Artemis celebrates its 12th year with a parade Friday starting at 7 p.m. Artemis is the Red Stick's first and only parade featuring an exclusively female krewe and the theme this year is “Come Rock and Roll with Artemis.” The parade begins and ends at the River Center. For more information, click here.

Check out a performance from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Manship Theatre plays host to the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Sunday. The company will perform Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch at 2 p.m. The colorful and musical puppet show focuses on three stories, including one about a tiny fish named Swimmy, a poetic mouse named Frederick and a lovable inchworm who has to measure absolutely everything. Tickets for the show are $15 online. For more information, click here.

Engineer some fun at LASM

As the engineering field grows across the nation, so does involvement in youth programs, and Baton Rouge is no different. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum invites parents and children aged 6-12 to participate in Engineer It. The hands-on workshop teaches attendees engineering basics such as balance and force through a model bridge-building exercises. Kids learn reasoning skills and use problem-solving tactics in a fun environment with parents. Sign-up begins at 10 a.m. Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshop starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, click here.

Join BREC for the grand opening of Webb Park Playground

BREC hosts a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration for the new Webb Park Playground Saturday at 11 a.m. The playground is located at the Webb Park Golf Course, 1351 Country Club Dr. Food trucks will be serving lunch, and games, activities and fitness demonstrations will take place. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

See a furry krewe this weekend

Wagging tails, tiny floats and pups in costume are typical sights at CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts. The 2014 parade honors man's best friend and The Marines with the theme of Semper Fideaux. As well as being a day of family fun, the parade is also the biggest annual fundraiser for CAAWS. People and pooches are welcome to participate in various contests for best costume, best float and best group theme. The barking good time kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The parade is located downtown in North Boulevard Town Square. For more information, click here.

Have fun with watercolor

Teenagers who want to let their inner artists fly will have a chance with this class from The Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild. Young artists ages 14 and older are invited to take a class with Roberta Loflin on FUNdamentals in Watercolor. The class starts at 9:30 a.m. at Studio in the Park, 2490 Silverest Ave. Fees are $100 for guild members and $125 for nonmembers. For more information on the class and to register, click here or call 803-6785.

Show your love for the Baton Rouge Zoo

The Baton Rouge Zoo hosts I Love My Zoo Day Saturday. This Valentine extravaganza includes Safari Amphitheater programs with strange and amazing "birds and the bees" facts as they apply to the zoo's affectionate animals. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $7.25 for seniors, $5.25 for children ages 2-12 and free for one-year-olds and younger. The zoo's hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 775-3877.

View the moon at the Highland Road Park Observatory

See the moon as you've never seen it at the Highland Road Park Observatory this weekend. Weather permitting, the observatory will host a free viewing Friday at 8:30 p.m. The waxing gibbous moon is expected to be 63% illuminated. On Saturday, another viewing will be held at 7:30 p.m., and the moon is expected to be 72% illuminated. The observatory is at 13800 Highland Rd. For more information, click here or call 768-9948.

‘The Elf on the Shelf’ visits Baton Rouge

Citiplace (2590 Citiplace Court) and Perkins Rowe (7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. #100) Barnes & Noble locations will host a special storytime event with The Elf on the Shelf this Saturday. The event includes a visit from the elf, stories, activities and more. Both locations will host the events at 11 a.m. and both are free and open to the public.

Get your art fix at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will help children get ready for the Mardi Gras season in the latest edition of Viewing & Doing Art. The Saturday event allows participants to view the current LASM exhibit, "The Art of Fashion: Anthony Ryan," then use inspiration from the exhibit to craft their very own Mardi Gras masks. Be prepared to get messy as participants’ creativity will be unleashed. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

LEGOs invade Barnes & Noble

Fans of LEGOs will be overwhelmed with all the fun that's planned this weekend. Citiplace Barnes & Noble hosts a fun-filled storytime Saturday at 2 p.m. The new book The LEGO Movie: Calling All Masters will be read. Afterward, there will be activities with LEGOs and more. In case you have plans, another LEGO-centric event will take place at the Perkins Rowe Barnes & Noble location at 3 p.m. For more information, click here or call 926-2600.

Enjoy ‘Stuart Little’ this weekend

E.B. White's noble mouse with a sense of adventure comes to Baton Rouge. The Dallas Children's Theatre Company performs Stuart Little at Manship Theatre Sunday at 2 p.m. This family-friendly performance is a musical take on the classic tale, which mixes puppets with live actors and more theatrical magic. Tickets are $15 online. For more information, click here.

Heads up: ERTH's Dinosaur Zoo Live next week

Experience large-scale dinosaur puppets brought to life with ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo Live performance at Manship Theatre next Tuesday. The event features life-like dinosaur recreations developed in consultation with paleontologists and audiences will get to meet all of the prehistoric creatures, from baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants. Next Tuesday’s performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 here.

Have fun with the Harlem Globetrotters this weekend

America’s favorite basketballers return to Baton Rouge Saturday. The Harlem Globetrotters bring their "Fans Rule" World Tour to the River Center with two games played at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open for each game one hour ahead of tip-off. The Globetrotters have been thrilling millions of fans for 88 years. Last year, the team decided to let fans vote on new rules to be used in games, including the Hot Hand Jersey, Make or Miss and Trick Shot Challenge. For more information and ticket prices for this weekend’s games, click here.

Discover color at LSU Museum of Art

The LSU Museum of Art hosts Saturday Arts for Families this weekend at 10:30 a.m. This month's edition of the program focuses on color in art. The free event will explore how contemporary artists featured in the museum use color. Afterwards, families are invited to work on their own colorful painting on wood. For more information, click here or call 389-7200.

Chaos & Order starts at Planetarium

The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum is now showing Chaos & Order. This new show takes audiences on a journey into a world of evolving colorful simulations and symphonic electronic music. Chaos & Order has multiple showings Tuesday-Sunday. Admission prices are $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12. To see the schedule and get more information, click here.

Explore chemistry at Kids' Lab

Louisiana Art & Science Museum's Kids' Lab returns this weekend with a hair-raising experiment. The family-friendly chemistry and science event explores properties of matter, such as viscosity. Afterwards, participants will be available to create and bottle their own hair gel. The event is free for LASM members and included in the price of general admission for non-members. Labs will be held Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here or call 344-5272.

Bring your young artist to LASM this weekend

Explore art with the family at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. LASM's monthly Viewing & Doing Art event kicks off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Patrons can enjoy visiting and discussing the museum's latest art exhibit, then create their own piece. Participation is offered on a first come, first served basis. Sign-in begins at 9:45 a.m., and space is limited. For more information, click here or call 342-5272.

Skate on the ice one last time this week

Get your ice skates ready and head to the River Center this week. The center's annual Skating on the River event will end its run Sunday. Multiple sessions will be held each day except for New Year's Day. Skating sessions are 75 minutes each. Group, birthday and special packages are available. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, click here.

Ice skate at the River Center

It’s a winter wonderland at the River Center. The concert hall’s annual Skating on the River event is currently happening and will end its run Sunday, Jan. 5, with multiple sessions almost every day except Christmas and New Year’s. Skating sessions are 75 minutes each. Group, birthday and special packages are available. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, click here.

Treat the kids to a Winter Holiday Art Camp

Have a young artist looking for something to do during the winter break? Baton Rouge Gallery and BREC have got you covered. The gallery hosts a Winter Holiday Art Camp Dec. 26-27 and 30-31 at BREC's Womack Park (Map it!). The camp includes a sleigh-full of winter wonderland art projects, and all skill levels are invited to attend. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch for each day and can attend any combination of days. Individual day sessions cost $22 for East Baton Rouge Parish residents and $26 for non-parish residents. The entire session costs $88 for EBR parish residents and $105 for non-parish residents. For more information, call 383-1470 or click here.

A famous Elf stops by Manship

Will Ferrell as an elf? Count America in. Manship Theatre will screen the 2003 holiday classic and box office smash Elf Sunday. The event starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6. The movie is set around a man-sized elf with a heart of gold who is sent to the United States to find his true identity. Ferrell stars as the protagonist. James Caan and Bob Newhart co-star. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man films, is behind the camera here. Check out the trailer here. For more information, click here.

Ice skate at the River Center

It's a winter wonderland at the River Center this weekend. The center's annual Skating on the River event kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. and continues until Sunday, Jan. 5, with multiple sessions almost every day except Christmas and New Year's Eve. Skating sessions are 75 minutes each. Group, birthday and special packages are available. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, click here.

See The Nutcracker this weekend

Manship Theatre hosts a screening of the Mariinsky Theatre's production of The Nutcracker this Saturday. Mariinsky is based out of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the original Nutcracker was performed more than 120 years ago. The classic musical tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who wakes to find herself in the midst of the Nutcracker's battle against the Mouse King. Check out the official trailer here. Saturday's screening starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 online.

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Capitol Park Museum

Children and adults are invited to enjoy an afternoon at the Capitol Park Museum (Map it!) this Saturday for the Christmas at Capitol Park event. Visitors can enjoy making Christmas ornaments and reindeer food, chat with Santa and listen to area high school students perform seasonal music programs. The activities begin at noon and finish up at 2 p.m. For more information, call 342-5428.

See Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Disney gang tonight

Disney Junior Live On Tour is back in Baton Rouge for three shows. This time around, Mickey and Minnie are hosting never-before-seen live shows featuring characters from the hit shows Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The concert features amazing special effect, thrilling action and endless surprises. Baton Rouge fans will get three chances to see the show today—at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets start at $18 and are available here. For more information, click here.


Bring the family together with holiday art-making at LSU MOA

Holiday decorations come in all shapes and sizes, and this Friday the LSU Museum of Art wants to help you and your family make your own. Join the museum for an hour of free holiday art making for the whole family Friday, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Whether you use them to trim the tree, give them to friends and family or hold onto them as keepsakes, these handmade crafts give parents and kids a chance to make some holiday memories.

All aboard! LSU MOA hosts live train demonstration

Boy or girl, it’s a fact of life that almost every kid loves trains. Drawing inspiration from its “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” exhibit, the LSU Museum of Art will host “All Aboard,” a live train demonstration this Saturday. Admission is $5 for children and $10 for adults. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the museum, on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. For more information, visit LSU MOA’s website.

Learn about friendship with a city and country mouse

It doesn't take a Christmas trip to Disney World to be charmed by a few talkative mice. Birmingham Children's Theatre will treat audiences at the Manship Theatre to a performance of City Mouse/Country Mouse, the classic story of two mice learning how to brave new places and overcome their differences in the name of friendship. Kids can enjoy a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. or a special school show at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Tickets are $15. For more information, click here.

Gleaux Run set for Saturday in Zachary

Zachary will host its first-ever Gleaux Run Saturday at the Americana Development, located near the Zachary Youth Park and Americana YMCA (Map it!). Rather than focusing on speed, this nighttime, family-friendly 5K asks that patrons have fun and wear colorful gear. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and is also available online. The run kicks off at 6 p.m. An after-party with a DJ, food, drinks and giveaways will also take place. For more information, click here.

The Grinch visits Baton Rouge

Perkins Rowe Barnes & Noble (Map it!) celebrates a holiday classic this weekend. The bookstore hosts Grinch Day Sunday at 2 p.m. The event will feature a reading of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas as well as many other Grinch-themed activities, treats and more. For more information, call 766-1337.

See the zoo all lit up

Larger-than-life light displays of your favorite animals take over the Baton Rouge Zoo during Zoolights. This event is a mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays during the nighttime. Visitors can also warm up with hot cocoa and other treats available to purchase throughout the zoo grounds. Zoolights kicks off Friday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $3 to $5 depending on age. For more information, click here.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra hosts Young Composers Camp

In partnership with Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is offering musically inclined kids from second to sixth grade a chance to get a head start on their musical career over Thanksgiving break. Young Composers Camp welcomes young prodigies to read, write and compose their own music through daily sessions including games, lessons, instrument samplings and visits from the symphony's own musicians. The camp will come to its spectacular conclusion on Wednesday with a BRSO performance of the children's compositions. Choose from beginner or advanced levels. Admission is $175 per student. Click here for more information, or call 389-7222 to register.

Kids' Lab calling all miniature mad scientists

Children ages 6-12 can get their hands dirty with Kids' Lab science workshops at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The workshops explore chemistry and give children their first introduction to the laboratory and performing their own experiments. The lab is free, but each junior scientist must be accompanied by an adult. The 45-minute sessions take place the second and fourth weekends of each month—Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Watch Seussical Jr. bring the classic rhymes to life

If you liked it on the page, you might love it on the stage. This weekend, Central Community Theatre presents Seussical Jr., a musical tribute to the most beloved characters of Dr. Seuss’ classic books. Bring the kids out for a whimsical romp through many of the books they love and know from their bookshelf at home. Shows will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23.50. For more information, click here.

Get your copy of Elvis the Penguin signed this weekend

Is there anything cuter than a music-loving penguin named Elvis? Nope. Local author Kara Casanova’s new children’s book Elvis the Penguin follows the adorable Antarctic bird through his adventures in music. Head to Barnes & Noble in Perkins Rowe on Sunday to meet Casanova and treat the kids to a reading of her book, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Calling all miniature mad scientists for Kids' Lab

Kids ages 6-12 can get their hands dirty with Kids’ Lab science workshops at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, which explore chemistry and give kids their first introduction to the laboratory as well as performing their own experiments. The lab is free, but each junior scientist must be accompanied by an adult. The 45-minute sessions take place the second and fourth weekends of each month—Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Try on opera for size with Opera Louisiane's Cinderella

Opera Louisiane presents Cinderella, a production of its Young People's Opera Program, this Sunday. All ages can enjoy this musical rendition of the classic fairytale, with show-stopping performances by local talent. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show at First Baptist Church are $15 for adults, but children under the age of 18 can get in free. For more information, click here.


Kids' Bike Race offers a day of fun on wheels

McMains Children's Developmental Center, co-founder of the Wheels to Succeed program that adapts bikes for kids with disabilities, will put on the 5th Annual Kids' Bike Race at LSU Saturday. Kids and teens of all abilities are welcome to join the fun with bike demos, races, a bike wash station, snacks and safety info. The free day will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. in the lot outside Maddox Field House. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the LSU Museum of Art

Saturday Arts for Families at the LSU Museum of Art gets a little post-mortem this weekend with the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Honoring the traditional holiday of Mexican and South American cultures, the day will begin with tours of art with Hispanic roots and ends with an arts lab for children to create puppets and masks inspired by what they’ve observed. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free to museum members, while non-members pay $3 per person. For more information, click here.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair ends its run this weekend

The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is back with rides, games, illusionists, petting zoos, live music and all the fair food you can stomach. The fair closes out the season Sunday, opening at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. Tickets range from $5 for general admission to $10-20 for admission and ride wristbands. Click here for more information, or purchase tickets here.

Learn about the brain with Beakman's World character

Paul Zaloom, a.k.a. Beakman of the Emmy-winning Beakman's World, will visit the Manship Theatre for a wacky educational session. Described as "everything you every wanted to know about the brain but were thinking too much to ask," three performances of Beakman on the Brain will take place Sunday and Monday, with tickets at $15. Click here for more information.


Kids’ Lab at LASM calling all miniature mad scientists

Kids ages 6-12 can get their hands dirty with Kids’ Lab science workshops, which explore chemistry and give kids their first introduction to the laboratory and performing their own experiments. The lab is free with admission to the museum, but each junior scientist must be accompanied by an adult. The 45-minute sessions take place the second and fourth weekends of each month—Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Annual Castle Creepfest takes kids on a dungeon tour of the Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol will open its doors to families of all ages for the Annual Castle Creepfest Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kid-friendly games, face painting, magic shows, candy stations throughout the museum and a behind the scenes look at one of the state’s most historic—and perhaps most haunted—landmarks will keep kids entertained all evening. Come hungry, because the Happy Hot Dog Cart and the Jambalaya Shoppe will provide food. Admission is $5 for children at the door. For more information, click here.

Howl-o-ween Trick or Treat gives dogs their day

The Halloween season can be a fun time for your dog to get in on the festivities. BREC’s annual Howl-o-ween Trick and Treat event at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park lets owners and pets celebrate the spooky season with treats and a costume contest for the best-dressed pup. The event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday For more information, click here. Read more about the event's curators on Adrian Hirsch's blog.

Get spooked at Highland Road Park Observatory

For some seasonal fun with educational value, BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory is offering a glimpse of space at its creepiest. Spooky Spectrum’s activities include science demonstrations, unsettling tales of space and a look at some celestial creeps that color the sky. Peer into the unknown and get your science thrills 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Trick or treat with the wildlife at Boo at the Zoo

One of Baton Rouge's most beloved Halloween activities for kids has returned once again this October: Boo at the Zoo. BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo invites children to dress their best and explore the zoo Friday to find treat stations, tackle the hay maze and snap a safari photo, all while visiting their animal friends. Zoo tickets are $8.25 for adults and $5.25 for kids 2-12, and hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

Tradition rolls on with the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is back with rides, games, illusionists, petting zoos, live music and all the fair food you can stomach, starting this Thursday and lasting through Nov. 3. The fair opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends, and tickets range from $5 for general admission to $10-20 for admission and ride wristbands. Click here for more information, or purchase tickets here.

Beat the corn maze at LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens

Put on your walking shoes and come out to the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens at the Burden Museum & Gardens for an evening full of fall fun. Bring the kids out to get some fresh autumn air and find their way through the corn maze Saturday at 4 p.m. Admission is $5, with proceeds helping to support community gardens and agricultural research at the LSU AgCenter. For more information, click here.

Rock your best costume for the Halloween Parade Saturday

It wouldn’t be Louisiana if we didn’t find a way to celebrate every holiday with a parade, including Halloween. This year’s Halloween Parade, hosted by the 10/31 Consortium, will follow the theme of "fairy tale nightmares" and feature Nick Gomez of The Walking Dead presiding as grand marshal. The parade route will also include drop-off locations for donations to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Set up those lawn chairs early—the parade starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the River Center. For more information, click here.

Visit Wonderland with this stage performance

Instead of sitting the kids in front of a Disney DVD this weekend, why not take them out to see one of their favorite stories live on stage? Plan a trip to the Manship Theatre for a Sunday matinee of Alice in Wonderland. The live show will pull viewers into all the adventures of the classic Lewis Carroll book for $20 per ticket. Since the 2 p.m. show is sold out, a second show at 5 p.m. has been added for Sunday. For more information, click here.

On the road: Celebrate Louisiana at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Louisiana has one of the richest, most distinctive cultures in America, and this weekend you can immerse your family in it. Friday through Sunday, make the trek to Girard Park in Lafayette for Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, three days of live zydeco music, authentically delicious Cajun food and a celebration of the history and traditions of our bayou home. Admission to the festival is free, and parking is available for $10 at the nearby UL-Lafayette campus. For more information, click here.

Get your mini-masterminds started with Kids’ Lab at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s latest activity for kids is truly experimental. Kids ages 6-12 can get their hands dirty with Kids’ Lab science workshops, which will explore chemistry and give kids their first introduction to the laboratory. The lab is free, but each junior scientist must be accompanied by an adult. The 45-minute sessions take place the second and fourth weekends of each month—Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Learn about drawing and printmaking at LSU Museum of Art

If your child has an eye for art, LSU Museum of Art's Art Explorations studio series might be right up their alley. This Saturday marks the first installment of the two-part series that will give ages six to 12 a hands-on lesson in drawing and printmaking, focusing first on capturing still life with charcoal and pencils. The second session on Oct. 12 will explore creating linocuts and monoprints based on animals and fairytales depicted in the museum's Walter Anderson exhibition. Admission is $32 for museum members and $40 for non-members. For more information, click here.

Take the kids to a full day of activities at LASM

This Saturday at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum is packed with activities for kids and families. At 10:30 a.m., Viewing & Doing Art! will allow young visitors to create their own mixed-media collages inspired by exploring the gallery, and LASM's roving explainer Doctor Spark will be roaming the galleries to interact with kids from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Even with the possibility of gloomy weather this weekend, LASM has plenty of ways for kids to have fun inside.

Laugh it up with "The Queen of Clean"

If you're looking for some entertainment a little less intense than WWE Smackdown, Chonda Pierce has you covered. Next Tuesday, the Christian comedienne known as "The Queen of Clean" will be taking the stage at the River Center for a night of laughs. Hailing from South Carolina by way of Kentucky with a name made in the hallowed halls of Nashville's Grande Ole Opry, Pierce's act has a Southern flair that should be right at home in Louisiana. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show start at $20. For more information and tickets, click here.

Celebrate Harvest Days at the Rural Life Museum

We may still be waiting for the first real cold snap, but the LSU Rural Life Museum is already welcoming autumn. This weekend's Harvest Days will offer interactive activities, face painting and old-fashioned games for kids as well as a corn maze and pumpkin patch. Historic reenactments will immerse visitors in the past throughout the weekend, so bring the family for some fall fun and a little bit of learning. The event kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. and will roll through Sunday. Hours for the event are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, click here.

Visit the farthest corners of the world at the zoo

Get up close and personal to animals at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo's Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre Shows. No passport is needed for these live shows, which allow visitors to travel across the globe, witnessing animals in their natural habitats such as owls, alligators, millipedes and pythons. During the tour, a zoo educator will tell you about each of the furry creatures and answer questions after the show. Shows take place every Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 775-3877.

Let the kids monkey around at Curiosity Day with Curious George

With rainstorms reportedly coming through Baton Rouge this weekend, the kids may be itching to get out of the house on Saturday. Fortunately Barnes & Noble at Perkins Rowe has a solution: Curiosity Day with Curious George. Bring the little ones for treats, games, monkey mask-making and, of course, a reading of one of the timeless Curious George books. The free special event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. For more information, click here.

Sunday Funday at Quarters

Looking for an evening full of games and fun this weekend? Enjoy unlimited bowling and pool with admission this Sunday at Quarters (Map it!). For an additional $5, you can also enjoy unlimited laser tag. The special starts at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. The party destination also features a video gaming floor and full-service restaurant. For more information, click here or call 930-4912.

Get creative with chemistry at Kids' Lab

Explore the chemistry world with new experiments this weekend. September's edition of Kids' Lab at Louisiana Art & Science Museum offers participants a new, exciting experiment this Saturday and Sunday. Children ages 6-12 will understand the key role emulsifiers play in popular body products, then create their own hand lotions. Sessions start at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The lab is free for members and included in the price of general admission for non-members. For more information, click here.

Viewing & Doing Art! at LASM

If your children want to explore their artistic sides, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has just the event this weekend. LASM will host a Viewing and Doing Art! class at 10:30 a.m., where children ages 6-12 can create their own paper. Participation is offered on a first come, first served basis. The program is included with general admission. For more information, click here.

Get your game on at Sunday Funday

Quarters, the bowling alley, laser tag and game center on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard (Map it!), will host a special this Sunday. Patrons can enjoy unlimited bowling and pool with admission. For an additional $5, you can hone your aim and take down some baddies in unlimited laser tag. Sunday Fundays run through September. For more information, click here or call 930-4912.

Visit with Mike the Tiger at this book signing

Author Sherri Graves Smith and LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot will be on hand at the LSU Museum of Art to celebrate the release of Smith's new book, Mike's Game Day Rules. In the book, Mike takes children on a game day adventure to teach them about the dos and don'ts around Tiger Stadium as well as lessons on manners and good sportsmanship. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 389-7200.

Last chance to visit the world of Dr. Seuss

Travel into the mind of Dr. Seuss with this Playmakers of Baton Rouge production. In Seussical Jr., The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant and his discovery of the Whos. The musical combines a few of Seuss' classic stories and features the local company's young professional actors. This weekend will be the final performances at LSU's Reilly Theatre. Saturday's show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday's show time is 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. For more information, call 578-6996.

Celebrate Bikes and Blues this weekend

G.N. Gonzales motorcycle and bicycle dealership will host its first-ever Bikes and Blues event this weekend. The free festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. at the store on Chippewa Street (Map it!). The weekend's musical performers include the Elvin Killerbee Band at 7 p.m. Friday, Larry Garner at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Tyree Neal at 4 p.m. Sunday. Bikes and Blues will also include cycle stunt shows, children's ATV safety classes, food trucks and a silent auction of more than 200 motorcycles. For more information, click here.

See the unique CANstructions at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will show off the results of the Baton Rouge CANstruction competition, in which teams built fanciful structures entirely of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. Once the display has closed, all food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. An award reception will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 15. For tickets, call 936-5215. For more information, click here.

Kids' Lab at LASM

Kids can become amateur chemists at Louisiana Art & Science Museum's Kids' Lab. During 45-minute hands-on sessions the second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month, kids 6 to 12 can explore the world of chemistry and learn about some interestingly absorbent materials. Kids will experiment with common household products before exploring the properties of an amazing chemical. Saturday camps are 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday camps are 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kids' Lab is free for LASM members and the price is included in the general admission fee for non-members. For more information, click here.

Zoom through the zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo hosts its eighth annual ZooZoom 5K and half-mile fun run this Saturday. Portions of registration fees not only support the zoo but also cheetah conservation efforts internationally. Read more about the zoo's efforts in Adrian Hirsch's latest blog post. Online registration is available here. Race-day registration will be at the front entrance of the zoo. Pre-registration for adult Club South members is $19, $22 for adult non-members, and $12 for children. Race day registration is $27 for adults and $17 for children. For more information, call 775-3877.

Welcome to the world of Dr. Seuss

Travel into the mind of Dr. Seuss with this Playmakers of Baton Rouge production. In Seussical Jr., The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant and his discovery of the Whos. The musical combines a few of Seuss' classic stories and features the local company's young professional actors. Performances of the musical start Thursday at 7 p.m. with a pay-what-you-can performance. Friday's show is at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday's show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Shows run through Aug. 31 at LSU's Reilly Theatre. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. For more information, call 578-6996.


On the road:Dukes of Hazzard family reunion

The boys are back in town! Livingston will be transformed into Hazzard County Saturday at the second Dukes of Hazzard Family Reunion and Car Show. Meet some of the hit show's original cast, a few Saints players and the cast of Sons of Guns all while checking out the amazing car show. There will also be live music and a fair with rides for the kids. Tickets are $5 at the gate and include free parking. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the event will take place at Henderson Auctions (Map it!) For more information, click here.

KidFest

St. Elizabeth Physicians, along with its Diabetes Education program, will host KidFest: A Day of Health & Wellness Just for Kids at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s gym (Map it!) Saturday. Families and children of all ages can participate in a 1K fun run, 25 interactive exhibits, free children’s health screenings, live demonstrations and presentations and a “get moving” activity area. This free public event starts at 9 a.m. and includes plenty of food and fun. Complimentary tickets are available at St. Elizabeth Physicians’ clinics, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Ascension Parish primary and middle schools and local businesses. For more information, call 743-2751.

Duck Duck Goose day at Bluebonnet Swamp

Enjoy Sportman's Paradise with the entire family with BREC. The state's rich history of duck hunting and decoy carving will be on display Saturday at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (Map it!) for Duck Duck Goose Day. This event will show off some of the South's oldest and most rare decoys from carvers and collectors alike, along with vintage boats and paddles. There will also be a “Duck Pond” and “Duck Nest” with toy giveaways for the kids, along with crafts, carving demonstrations, live ducks, door prizes and more. The event kicks off at 9 a.m., with adult tickets at $5 and children's tickets at $4. Click here for more information.

Zoo & Me Mornings: Swamp Things

Next Tuesday, keep the kids entertained at BREC’s Zoo & Me Mornings. This program, designed for 3-to-5-year-olds accompanied by an adult, includes exciting activities such as a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, snacks and other hands-on projects for parents and children to enjoy together. Zoo & Me Mornings take place the second Tuesday of each month and start at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $18 for one parent and one child or $30 for one parent with two children. To pre-register, call 775-3877.

Kids' Lab at LASM

Kids can become amateur chemists at Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Kids’ Lab. During 45-minute hands-on sessions the second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month, kids 6 to 12 can explore the world of chemistry and learn about some interestingly absorbent materials. Kids will experiment with common household products before exploring the properties of an amazing chemical. Saturday camps are 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday camps are 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kids’ Lab is free for LASM members and the price is included in the general admission fee for non-members.

Check out the meteor shower

Head to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum Sunday to learn about shooting stars, comets, meteorites and asteroids. At 7 p.m., the museum will host a live presentation in the Pennington Planetarium exploring the year’s major meteor shower, the Perseid Meteor Shower. Take a tour of the visible night sky while identifying constellations and planets. Attendees must pay the cost of general admission to the museum. For more information, click here.

Viewing and Doing Art!

If your children want to explore their inner artists, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has just the event this Saturday. LASM will host a Viewing and Doing Art! class at 10:30 a.m., where children ages 6-12 can create their own art projects. Participation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The program is included with general admission. For more information, visit lasm.org.

Brandon Bass hosts basketball camps

Boston Celtics power forward and former LSU all-star Brandon Bass returns to Baton Rouge to give back to the community that made him a well-known name in the NBA. Bass' Reach Back Foundation will host a camp at Capital High School (Map it!) Saturday at 9 a.m. Kids will learn skills to be better players and will also receive a T-shirt. Following Saturday’s camp in Baton Rouge, the foundation will host a Back to School Giveaway, where participants can expect a full day of fun including inflatables, music, food and snowballs. Participants will also receive backpacks full of school supplies. For more details or to register, call 330-4924.

Kids Lab at LASM

Kids can become amateur chemists at Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Kids’ Lab. During each 45-minute hands-on session held at various times the second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month, children ages 6-12 can explore the world of chemistry and learn about properties of matter and viscosity. Saturday camps will be held at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and Sunday camps are 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kids’ Lab is free for LASM members and the price is included in the general admission fee for non-members.