20 Cheap Family Friendly Things To Do In Baton Rouge (11-15)

This article is Part 3 of 4, which details activities 11-15.

ACTIVITY # 11:

FLY A KITE AT LSU, VISIT MIKE THE TIGER AND MORE

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Cost: $5-$10 Parking + Lunch On Campus If You Eat There

Go to the Dollar Store and grab a few kites and some other little toys and then head out to LSU for a day of fun on the campus grounds. You can go see Mike the LSU Tiger, fly a kite, have a picnic and so much more. If you get hungry while you are there, there are fast food restaurants and available bathrooms in the LSU Student Union  and if you want to take a break from the heat. If you want to grab lunch and a book, then there is a Barnes and Nobles on the campus. Pack up the car, some snacks and head out to LSU for an inexpensive day of fun.

These are the hours for the Barnes and Nobles on campus: M-Saturday: 8AM- 8 PM, Sunday 11 AM-6 PM. The LSU Cafe is in that building, so you may grab a snack in there too. The Barnes and Noble/LSU cafe are located at 2 Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. If you click that address, I have created a link that will allow you to find point to point directions from wherever you are on the campus. Just click that link and then tap ‘Your Location’ as the starting address, flip you GPS to walking instead of driving and then head on over. Here is the phone number in case you need to call while you are on campus for directions (225) 578-5137.

 

To Get To The Visitor’s Center:

As many of the buildings on campus don’t have an actual physical address, here is the best that I can do for you. If coming from the Prairieville area, take 10 west to Dalyrimple exit. Go through the main gate and continue straight onto Dalyrimple until you come to the intersection of Dalyrymple and Highland. You will see the Visitor Center there. There is metered parking there, which you may purchase by the hour. Here is a link that I created to help you get there, just click here to have your phone direct you to this location.

 

To Get To The Public Safety Building For A Parking Pass If The Visitor Center Is Full:

If there are no parking spaces left in the Visitor Center, go back towards the traffic circle at the main gate. You are basically going to act as if you just came through the main gate again, which means that you will pass the main gate on your left, and then take the first right after the main gate. This road will become a dead end. Make a right onto South Stadium at the dead end. You will be looking for the Public Safety Building, which will be on your left side approximately ¼ mile down after you make the right at the dead end. They will issue you a visitors pass for $10 per day and instruct you where to park. Here is a link that I created to help you get there, just click here to have your phone direct you to this location.

**These parking rules only apply Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday the campus is open to the public and no parking permits are required.

 

People are pretty friendly on the campus, so just stop someone and ask for directions, but here are some LSU attractions worth visiting. If you click on the name of the attraction that you are trying to visit, I have created links to directions to get you there.

Mike The Tiger Habitat 

Depending on what time of the day you go, you may or may not be able to actually see Mike the Tiger, but you can always see his habitat. If you go around 6:30-7 PM on most nights, he comes out for his feeding and you can see him walking around in his habitat.

LSU Tiger Stadium

The Indian Mounds

LSU Dairy Store

They make their own ice cream….grab a Tiger Bites ice cream..yum! Ice cream here is roughly $2 per scoop for the little kids and it is unbelievably delicious.

Parade Grounds

This is a great place to fly a kite, run remote control cars around, throw a ball, or just let them run around and get out their wiggles. If you want to grab a coffee before you go over there, just look for the Barnes and Nobles on the corner near the parade grounds and grab a cool drink before heading over to the Parade Grounds. There are huge trees that provide massive amounts of shade for parents to cool off and get a break while the littles play. Take a blanket and chill while the kids run around.

 

 

Here is a picture to give you a general idea:

 

To learn more about each of the locations above, visit: http://www.thelouisianaweekend.com/top-5-places-to-visit-at-lsu

 

 

ACTIVITY # 12:

SERVE TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AND VOLUNTEER TO SERVE THE HOMELESS

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Cost: $0-$10 For The Entire Family Depending On What Supplies You Purchase To Donate

Yes, it’s fun to take the kids out and show them a great time, but summer is also a great time to teach them about giving back and community service. This is one of their favorite activities. They absolutely love giving back. It makes them feel grown up and responsible.

Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge

Call 225 387-0061 To Drop Off At 3949 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Bake a Treat for the Homeless: Bake homemade muffins, cookies, or other goodies at home and drop off at our main office Monday through Thursday for people served through our homeless programs. Great for scout troops, students needing service hours or families with young children. Contact development@voagbr.org

Make Detergent Bags for our Laundry Center at the Drop-in Center: Great project for young volunteers or students! Portion out single scoops of powdered detergent into zip-top baggies so that the homeless, low-income seniors and veterans can wash their clothes. Dropoffs are accepted Monday through Friday. Contact development@voagbr.org.

Learn more at https://www.voagbr.org.

 

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank:

Volunteer to sort and pack food donations or volunteer with your family to serve at one of their Family Nights. All volunteers must be at least 7 years old. Check their website calendar for availability and sign up on their website.

The kids absolutely love doing this. It is so fun for them to help organize the massive bins of food that they get to work with on Family Nights. They take all of the donations that are on about 15 pallets and they help to pull them out of the boxes and then find the correct bin to place the items in. At the end of the night, the kids get to choose a drink and a bag of candy as a reward for their help. The kids all work together and it is just a great night of community service. Make sure to wear closed toe shoes to protect your feet from pallets and heavy objects moving around.

Call (225) 359-9940 with questions.

10600 South Choctaw, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Learn more at https://brfoodbank.org/home/volunteer.

 

ACTIVITY # 13:

PLAY TENNIS AND LET THE LITTLE ONES PRACTICE ON THE BACKBOARD

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Cost: $2-12 For The Entire Family Depending On Whether You Use Backboard Or Rent A Court

Whether you are a seasoned pro, or you simply want to take the kids and let them hit against the backboard (BREC calls it a hitting wall), this can be hours of fun. My kids love and I mean love trying to see how many times that they can hit and return the ball against the wall. It’s great for hand eye coordination and the kids always have a great time doing this.

Just rent the court or backboard for one hour and then go back if they are loving it, which they will. They have snacks, rackets, and more for rent and purchase in the little tennis shop on site here.

$12/Indoor Court Rental Per Hour

$2/Per Hour Hitting Wall/Backboard Use

7505 Independence Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

225-923-2792

Monday-Thursday from 8 AM- 10 PM

Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn more at http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/IndependenceTennisCenter.

 

ACTIVITY # 14:

LEMONADE STAND FOR A CAUSE

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Cost: $10-$20 For The Entire Family For Supplies (Cups, Lemonade, Etc)

Find a local charitable cause by simply Googling ‘local causes (add your city name). I found this for the Baton Rouge Area: http://www.wafb.com/category/100829/volunteer-or-donate-to-our-non-profits-links

Call a local business and explain that you would like to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the cause and pick a date together. It’s good business for them and more traffic for you.

Just grab a folding table, some cups and lemonade and you’re ready to go. Don’t forget to take change (quarters, dimes, dollars, etc) and make a sign with the logo of the cause that you are selling lemonade for by using free sites like www.canva.com and then printing them out at places like Walgreens in full color for just a few dollars. If you want to keep it old school, just grab a Sharpie and hand write your sign. No one will care. It’s all for the cause.

Don’t forget to create an online event and promote it on Facebook so that people know to come out and support the cause. It’s also a great idea to set up a Facebook Fundraiser page for people that may want to donate who are not local to you, but may still want to help.

 

ACTIVITY # 15: 

TAKE THE KIDS ON A SCAVENGER HUNT AROUND TRADER JOES, OR ANYWHERE

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Cost: $0 For The Entire Family + Groceries If You Purchase Any

Almost all, but check with your local store, Trader Joes hide a stuffed animal on their shelves every day. When your kids find him, they go to the counter and they get a free lollipop. While you are there, enjoy the free samples and pick up some food for a healthy outdoor barbeque with the family. My kids love trying to hunt this little guy down in the store. It’s a good way to distract them while you are trying to shop so that they stay focused and quiet. You’re welcome. 🙂

The local Trader Joes here is at (yes, they do participate in this activity):

Baton Rouge Trader Joes

3535 Perkins Rd

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225-382-0588

Hours

8AM – 9PM (Mon-Sun)

Find your local Trader Joes and see if they participate: https://www.traderjoes.com.

You can also print out scavenger hunt forms for so many other places and just make a day out of it. They are all over Pinterest. Here is a good place to find some to print out.

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunts:

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=grocery%20store%20scavenger%20hunt&rs=typed&term_meta[]=grocery%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=store%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=scavenger%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hunt%7Ctyped

Mall Scavenger Hunts:

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mall%20scavenger%20hunt&rs=typed&term_meta[]=mall%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=scavenger%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hunt%7Ctyped

Wal Mart Scavenger Hunts:

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=wal%20mart%20scavenger%20hunt&rs=typed&term_meta[]=wal%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=mart%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=scavenger%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hunt%7Ctyped

 

You just finished reading part 3 of 4. Click here to read Part 4 of 4, which details activities 16-20.

To read the other parts of this post, just click on the links below:

Part 1 (Activities 1-5)

Part 2 (Activities 6-10)

Part 3 (Activities 11-15)

Part 4 (Activities 16-20)

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