Mardi Gras World
See where the parade floats come to life
Visitors are given a behind the scenes look into Mardi Gras traditions while touring the 30,000 square foot working warehouse where floats are made every year for the Mardi Gras parades. Tours start every half an hour and last about an hour so you never have to wait to long. After you are done the tour, be sure to have the kids try on some of the costumes for great pictures. If it is the middle of summer and your little ones don't handle heat too well, keep in mind that the warehouse where most of the tour takes place is not air conditioned and can get a little warm.
Mardi Gras World
French Quartour Kids
History and culture for the whole family
Innovative hot dogs and colorful, fun atmosphere
This colorful little counter-serve spot serves over 10 types of hot dogs (including vegan and veggie ones) with over 30 topping options. Their fries & shakes round out the menu, as does a full bar. If you order the chef’s choice, a server will choose your dog and a great combination of toppings for you. They also have locations on Magazine Street and Frenchmen Street.
St. Charles Streetcar
Fun and historic public transportation
In operation since 1865, the St. Charles Streetcar is the oldest operational streetcar line in the world. And while kids seem to treat all public transportation like an amusement park ride, this beautiful open air ride is fun for all ages. Keep in mind that the RTA system is cash only and they return your change from your $1.25 ride on a change card that you can use for future rides. You can also get a day pass for $3 so that you can hop on and off as many times as you would like. If you don't want to deal with exact change or want to see when the next streetcar is coming, download the RTA GoMobile app. The arrival times they provide don't tend to be accurate, but if you look at the tracker map, you can see how far away the next car is.
Canal at Carondelet
Urban South Brewery
Beer for you, yard games for them
This massive warehouse is filled with picnic tables, lawn games, and arcade games to complete the laid back vibe. In addition to their year round, seasonal and taproom only beers, this kid friendly spot has lemonade on tap and occasionally has a bouncy house set up. While they don't have a kitchen of their own, they often host food trucks.
Plum Street Snoballs
Quality sno-balls tucked into a quiet neighborhood
This adorable, neighborhood sno-ball stand serves over 50 flavors in Chinese-takeout pails. And while they might not be as famous as Hansen's, they still pack a mean sno-ball with only a fraction of the wait time. Pick your flavor then plop down on the curb to enjoy. Open March through October, cash only.