Are you looking for things to do with kids in Lafayette? If you need kid-friendly things to do in Lafayette, Louisiana this Fall, we have you covered. There is everything from indoor Lafayette family fun to weekend day trips, all pre-approved by our team here at Lafayette Mom! Whether you live in Lafayette or are traveling to Lafayette with kids, there is plenty to do in this friendly Louisiana city with the family.
Fall into Family Fun In and Around Lafayette, Louisiana
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Football is Back :: The lights go up at Cajun Field again September 3rd and every week after that as the Ragin Cajun Football season is always a good time.
Volleyball :: Looking for indoor fun with kids in Lafayette? As a UL Volleyball Alumni I might be a little biased, but Earl K. Long Gym (on campus) is where you need to be. Air conditioning, check. Fast paced fun for the entire family, check. FREE for the entire family, check. Opening tournament September 2nd.
Soccer :: A fun night with kids in Lafayette should always include a Ragin Cajuns Soccer game! The next game is Thursday, August 18th.
The Theater :: Need an activity for your older kids in Lafayette? The School of Music and Performing Arts puts on a number of productions each semester and would be a great place to introduce the family to the arts & culture.
Fall Family Fun In & Around Lafayette
The Science Museum :: The Science Museum is a perfect place for kids of all ages to explore. We recently visited with my three year old and nine month old, both kids had a blast! Only open from Thursday-Sunday this activity with kids in Lafayette takes a smidge of planning ahead.
The Children’s Museum :: Always a tried and true activity with kids in downtown Lafayette. You can reserve a spot online.
Lafayette Public Library :: The different branches all host events for babies-elderly, so there is something for everyone. We have loved story time at a few locations. Peep the calendar here to see what is happening at a library near you.
Borden’s :: Who wants ice cream? This classic spot is a must do for any family outing. Double scoop of mint chocolate chip please!
Downtown Alive! :: Fridays at 5:30pm at Parc San Souci you can enjoy local and legendary talents with the entire family.
ArtWalk :: The second Saturday of every month rain or shine! Support local businesses, art, and culture!
Big Pete’s Classic 8k :: Ready to get your family running? Plan to run the Big Pete at the new location in Downtown Lafayette. This is the first in a series of races called the Triple Crown, and I highly recommend it.
Cajun Cup :: Another great race and always on a beautiful day! This 10k is a bump up from Big Pete’s but with training you can do it! Same start and end location with a post-race party to boot.
Rock’n’Bowl :: Bowling gets everyone in our family moving and having fun. Rock’n’Bowl is a great place downtown to do that!
Moncus Park :: As the weather cools the park is the place to be. Think kid’s painting classes and outdoor yoga.
The Big Easel :: Looking for a way to support local artists as a family? A morning at the Big Easel is peaceful + playful.
Buddy Walk :: Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana puts on a great family-friendly event for everyone to support and celebrate those individuals with Down Syndrome.
Festival Acadiens :: My family celebrates three special birthdays on this weekend each year, and we all meet here to “pass a good time”.
Day Trips to Take From Lafayette, Louisiana
Knock Knock Museum :: Just a short drive to Baton Rouge, but you’ll need a full day to play!
Palmetto Island State Park :: The splash pad is hard to beat here! We all know the hot days don’t end just because the season technically changes, so head out to a state park!
Tabasco Factory :: Avery Island always makes our day trip lists, but going in the Fall keeps you cool and coming back for more.
Houston Zoo :: Personally, I have done the behind the scenes tour of the Houston Zoo and highly recommend it! I don’t know in what capacity they do the tours now but either way the Zoo is always a good time.
Shreveport Aquarium :: On our road trips to Dallas we make our pitstop at the aquarium. This is one of the most interactive visits especially for kids age 10 and under. Feed the stingrays and then let the shrimp clean your hands.
Bay St. Louis, MS :: Walk the farmer’s market, stroll main street, take in the quiet beaches, and enjoy a brew. This is our go-to weekend get away thanks to the short drive and great stay!
Take the Kids to Broussard!
Zoosiana :: Want to keep it close to home but still go on a wild adventure? Take a tour and train ride at our local zoo in Broussard.
Rage Room :: Need to let the kids burn some energy? Head over to the Rage Room for axe throwing, crashing construction, and splatter paint activities.
Cajun Food Tours :: Don’t want to cook dinner? Book a food tour and keep everyone happy!
Elevation Station :: Jump around with the entire family for the day or afternoon! Easy fun and everyone approved.
Board & Brush :: This would be a great date to get some one-on-one time with 1-2 kids.
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Epic Family Entertainment :: Monthly specials can help you plan a great weekend playdate here!
Candyland Cottage and Ice Cream Shoppe :: The name says it all, proceed with sugary caution for a family fun time at Candyland Cottage.
The Coffee Depot :: Don’t miss out on breakfast with your babies. This is one of our favorite activities together to get in good quality time + meal.
Youngsville, Where Life is Sweeter and Great for Family Fun!
Patch at the Pond :: shop patch at the pond and enjoy a fun pumpkin time with the family.
Kart Ranch :: Race your kids around the track or challenge them to any of the other fun activities.
Sugar Jam :: The Good Dudes kick it off on August 27, 2022. Don’t miss a fun night with live music!
Patch at the Pond :: Sugar Mill Pond fills with pumpkins all day for your family fun!
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church :: running almost the entire month of October this is fun for the entire family.
LCP Pumpkin Patch :: Family fun pumpkin patch in Loreauville.
Anderson Farms :: Leesville is a short two hour drive away and full of fancy pumpkins ripe for picking. Check their Facebook page as October draws near for times, dates, and pricing.
Jefferson United Methodist Church :: If you’ve found yourself in Baton Rouge this is your pumpkin spot.
Paw Paw’s Pumpkin Patch :: Join the Grand Opening October 1, 2022 in Krotz Springs! This is much more than just pumpkins, this is fall at it’s finest each weekend in October. Check here for prices, times, and events.
Pumpkin Spice Latte round up! If we missed one, read more here.
CC’s Coffee House :: This is our household favorite brand of coffee. They went Fall by way of s’mores and I am here for it. Many locations are owned by locals, win-win.
Starbucks :: The classic, the beloved, the Pumpkin Spice Latte drops Aug 31, 2022.
Jet Coffee :: Local and on subscription this coffee shop does more than deliver fall flavors, they’ll deliver a bag of beans to brew to your door!
Johnston St Java :: My personal favorite place to stop after school drop off line (re: the only moment of peace all day). They already have fall menu items like a hazelnut iced latte available.
Huya Craft Coffee :: The coffee (and toast) of Youngsville. Drink the coffee, order off the toast bar, live happily ever after.
Weekend trips to take from Lafayette, La
DeGray Lake State Park, AR :: Take it from me, don’t bring a 14 month old tent camping. Do go stay in a cabin here with kids of any age and have a blast!
Memphis, TN :: Home of the annual St Jude Marathon (5k and half marathon options also available). Take in the National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, and eat some soul food while you’re there.
San Antonio, TX :: Culture, history, food, the river walk, just at the other end of I-10 is a beautiful city worth the drive and filled with fun for all interests.
Broken Bow, OK :: Want a quick cabin get away? Hop in the car for a quick drive to Broken Bow, OK. Full of outdoor fun and lots of VRBO or AirBnB options you don’t need a tent unless you want one.
Dallas, TX :: We visit Dallas a few times a year to see family and always make the Arboretum a priority. This is a Fall pumpkin lover’s dream with over 60,000 gourds on display. Here’s how to make it your best family vacation in four easy steps! Many more activities here to do around town too.
What are your family plans this fall? Drop a comment below if you get to try a tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte of choice or cheer on the Cajuns at an athletic event. We love to hear what families are doing around town!