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Old 09-18-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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We will be in New Orleans Thanksgiving, but for the first time in many years our trip will include small children. Our three year old grandaughters will be with us this year and We want to plan some outing special for them. Any ideas or information will be looked on favorably.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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I know its cliche to take kids to the zoo, but the Audubon Zoo is one of the finest in the country. It's only getting bigger and better. You can make a full day out of it by taking the streetcar to the front of Tulane University on St. Charles, where the free shuttle picks you up in front of Audubon Park and takes you to the zoo. You might even be able to get a Zoo/Aquarium (both Audubon Institute) combo ticket.

There is also the Louisiana Children's Museum on Julia Street heading downtown. I'd say those would be the two best bets. Just don't take the little ones on Bourbon Street, there's nothing there for them. I was a doorman at a club and I used to hate seeing the trailer trash dragging their children through the French Quarter, that was so depressing!
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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Real good advise, all the way around
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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I know its cliche to take kids to the zoo, but the Audubon Zoo is one of the finest in the country. It's only getting bigger and better. You can make a full day out of it by taking the streetcar to the front of Tulane University on St. Charles, where the free shuttle picks you up in front of Audubon Park and takes you to the zoo. You might even be able to get a Zoo/Aquarium (both Audubon Institute) combo ticket.

There is also the Louisiana Children's Museum on Julia Street heading downtown. I'd say those would be the two best bets. Just don't take the little ones on Bourbon Street, there's nothing there for them. I was a doorman at a club and I used to hate seeing the trailer trash dragging their children through the French Quarter, that was so depressing!

I totally agree about keeping them away from Bourbon. We are long time travelers to New Orleans and lived there many moons ago. It always bothers me to see parents dragging their children along Bourbon Street when there are so many more appropriate areas of the Quarter they could take them.

I wasn't aware of the Children's Museum, so it will be a good idea. My only concern about the zoo is the weather. Last year, it was so very cold when we were there for Thanksgiving. We may take in the Aquarium or the Insectitorium, but I'm not sure at 3 years how much they would like this.

Can anyone suggest ice cream shops or maybe smaller dining options that might appeal to smaller children. We, of course, will be going to our old haunts and favorite places, but we want to do something special for them.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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Depending on the weather, it can be fun to go to City Park and feed the ducks in the lagoon. If the pavilion is open, they sell popcorn or bring some dried out bread. Storyland at the park is fabulous for kids but not sure if it is open. It has large figures from fairy tales to climb in, over, or on. My children and then my grandkids adored it!
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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Visit Monkey Room if its not too far for you to drive. Its off of Tchoupitoulas. monkeyroom.net... Nothing fancy, but my child loves it.. lots of climbing, sliding, zipline, suspended equipment... Great on a hot day...
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:39 PM
 
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Also in City Park (next to Storyland) is Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. There are several rides a 3 yo may enjoy, including an antique wooden carousel and a miniature train ride. Check the hours before going.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:37 AM
 
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I noticed the amusement park next to the City park but never went in there.
From what we could see it looked like it might be a lot of fun for a 3 year old.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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Thanks for all your great responses. I'm intrigued with "Monkey Room". What is this place? A gym, a cafe, can anyone provide more information. Thanks
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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I've been there twice for b'day parties. You can rent a space but all the kids share the indoor jungle gym thing. Lots of room to climb up/over/around, with safety netting. My grandkids loved it!
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