Scouted-Out Spots for Fun and Frugal Summer Activities
Pick Figs at Daniel + Anna’s Orchard
Daniel + Anna’s Orchard offers a pick-your-own lay of land where you can take kids to pick fruits like blueberries, peaches, kumquats, satsumas, persimmons, berries and figs. During the summertime, figs are the only fruit available, but oh what a sweet fruit to pick! Located at 5116 North Freetown Rd. in New Iberia, all they ask is that you call before you go to ensure fruits are available to pick. They provide bags for you. All you bring is a little cash (a couple of bucks per pound of fruit) and energy for picking! You can stay up to date with announcements on their Daniel + Anna’s Orchard Facebook page.
Programs at the Planetarium
The Lafayette Science Museum is a great place to go if you’re downtown in Lafayette and looking for things to do with kids.
Most Planetarium programs are $2 for kids ages 4-17, ages 3 and younger are free (also factor in $2 plus tax for museum admission, which is a fun tour in itself.) All programs can be found in the online calendar where you can read a description of the showing, along with an appropriate age level suggestion.
Some programs include shows about space, planets and the sun. Others are fun stories like Larry Cat in Space where kids can watch a silly cat’s space adventures and Accidental Astronauts where you follow characters and their dog exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon and bounce along with them on the lunar surface. Discover space mission stories and the popular Sky Tonight showings of live presentations of the evening’s constellations, stars, and planets. Visit LafayetteScienceMuseum.org for all of the schedule info and get connected with science and space this summer!
Classes and Crafting at Local Libraries
Lafayette Public Library System With nine branches and a bookmobile, you have many options to beat the summer heat with a trip to the library. Though fun on its own, you should check out the vast array of classes, workshops, and performances offered at multiple library branches this summer for all ages!
I’m talking Lego Club, amazing performances for kids, needle arts, 3D printing space, craft classes, gamer get-togethers, coding workshops, cooking programs, painting courses, Kiddie Fly-In Movies, movie nights, storytimes, Family Fort Nights, reading to trained therapy dogs, bath bomb making, suncatcher making…the list goes on and on!
Visit LafayettePublicLibrary.org for schedules, branch locations, and registration info. There’s even a back-to-school “Countdown to Kindergarten” program! If you haven’t been to a library lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Summer Movies for Kids
The Grand 14 Movie Theatre on Ambassador in Lafayette continues its Summer Kids’ Flicks series with selected movies, a free box of popcorn and kid’s soda for $4. There’s a new chosen movie each week and showings are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. The program runs through August 14. Visit www.thegrandtheatre.com/skf for the summer movie schedule.
Broussard’s Celebrity Theatres off of US 90 is currently running its 2019 Summer Film Festival. The selected movies run through July 26 and have showings weekly Monday-Friday at 10 am. A movie ticket, drink, and popcorn is included for $6. Visit www.celebritytheatres.com for the summer movie schedule.