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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.

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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.


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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.

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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 kidslab@lasm.org 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.

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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.

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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 kidslab@lasm.org 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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

Next week

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.

Next week

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 kidslab@lasm.org. 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.

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.