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Children’s Museum of Acadiana

This is more for the 7 and under crowd, but the Children’s Museum of Acadiana is a sweet place to let your babes roam and explore.


Timed Admission: Each admission starts at the scheduled time with 150 capacity limit for each session. 30 minute and 15 minute closing announcements will be made prior to the end of each session.

Tuesday – Saturday 

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

12:15 PM – 2:45 PM

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

3:45 PM – 6:15 PM


Children & Adults: $7
Children 12 months & Under: Free

Lafayette Science Museum

This is more for the older kiddos, but my preschoolers really like it too. The Lafayette Science Museum features rotating exhibits and a planetarium show. It’s a HUGE upgrade from the planetarium I remember growing up.


Monday – Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 1pm-6pm


Adult (18-61): $5 plus tax

Seniors (62+): $3 plus tax
Children (4-17): $2 plus tax
3 & Under: FREE

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Gold. Brick. Sundae. get you some. Don’t forget the drive thru!


Monday-Thursday: 11:00am  – 9:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Kart Ranch

A fan favorite since I was a kid. The indoor play area recently got a major upgrade, and the bumper boats and go karts are “so much fun, you gotta come back.”


March 1st – August 31st
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

September 1st – February 28th
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

*Outside rides open at 12:00 PM on school days (per LPPS calendar)
✓Hours subject to change
✓Kart Ranch may close on certain holidays; please call ahead

Cajun Fast Track

Indoor, air conditioned, go karts, arcade, laser tag, mini golf, tot spot, bumper cars, and an XD theater. All in Henderson, LA!


Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday : 4pm-9pm
Friday : 11am-10pm
Saturday : 9am-10pm
Sunday : 9am-8pm


Prices Range from $5-$7 per ride/experience

Summer Kids Flicks at the Grand 14 on Ambassador

The Grand theaters offer discounted tickets to morning features starring your kids’ favorite characters during the summer. Check their Facebook page for the most updated pricing and summer schedule.

Grand Theater Summer Kids' Flicks

Surge Entertainment Center


Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am 12:00am
Saturday: 09:00am 12:00am





3hr Jump                                      $27.9

2.5hr Jump                                   $24.95

2hr Jump                                      $21.95

1.5hr Jump                                   $17.95

1hr Jump                                      $13.95

Sports Simulators: Check HERE.


“Normal Times”   $28 / hour

“Peak Times”   $45 / 1st hour

Peak Times:
Friday after 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday all day and selected holidays.

Sky Zone

The first trampoline park in town underwent recent renovations and now features a Ninja-Warrior-esque obstacle course. They also feature Toddler Time where younger kiddos can jump without fear of being squashed by pre-teens, AND special 2-for-1 jump times.


Monday – Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-8pm


Prices range from $12.99 – $22.99 depending an age and the length of time

Elevation Station

A little drive to Broussard will score some fun inside this air conditioned trampoline park including a toddler area #nobigkidsallowed


Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 3pm -9pm
Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm


Tax not included.

Age:   Over 6 Years Old
1-Hour Jump: $13
2-Hour Jump: $20

Age:    3 – 6 Years Old
1 Hour Jump: $10
2 Hour Jump: $15

Age:    Under 3 Years Old
Free with an adult ticket purchase

Jump! Zone

An indoor inflatable park let’s your little one moon bounce to their hearts content while you sit in the A/C.

Rates and times may vary so see website for details

Premier Lanes and Premier Laser Tag

Indoor bowling, snacks, arcade games, and bumper cars and a new laser tag course


League Play Monday-Thursday with limited lanes 5:30pm-9pm

Sunday-Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday & Saturday: 11am-2am

Sunday: 11am-11pm

*No bowling lanes available due to bowling leagues*
Sundays 4pm-8:30pm
Mondays 2:30pm-9pm
Tuesdays 4pm-9pm
Wednesdays open-2:30pm
Wednesdays 4pm-9pm
Thursdays 4pm-9pm
Thursdays 9pm-close
Call ahead for lane availability at (337) 981-4034.

Bowling Rates

Rates vary by day, time, and hours. See updated pricing HERE.

Laser Tag Rates

Rates vary by day, time, and hours. See updated pricing HERE.

Rock ‘n’ Bowl de Lafayette

Come pass a good time whether you are bowling, dining, or listening to a live band!


Thursday – Sunday: 4pm – Til

Call for availability (337) 534-8880


Bowling is $25 an hour per lane
Maximum of 6 bowlers per lane
$1 shoe rental

Exposure: A Selfie Experience

Lafayette’s newest indoor selfie studio with 30 different installations that rotate every 90 days. The perfect way to get creative and have fun too!


Monday – Wednesday: Closed

Thursday & Friday: 3pm – 10pm

Saturday: 11am – 10pm

Sunday: 11am – 4pm


General Admission tickets start at:

$24.95 – ages 14 and up

$14.95 – ages 3-13

FREE – ages 2 and under

Lafayette Public Library

Each branch offers a variety of storytimes targeting different age groups as well as other special interest activities.

For hours of operation and to discover programming offered at your branch, check out the current calendar HERE.

The following are NOT indoor or air conditioned, but they do involve water, so that’s a win. 

Splash Pad at St. Julien

The supa deluxe splash pad in town  Broussard. snack stand INCLUDES SNOWCONES

Splash Pad at Parc Lafayette on Kaliste Saloom Road

Best thing about this splash pad is its location adjacent to INDULGE

Splash Pad at Parc Sans Souci

Located in Downtown Lafayette adjacent to Agave, it’s a fun spot to let the kiddos splash around while Mama sips on a margarita.

Splash Pad at Girard Park

Tiny little splash pad, but the kids can play on the playground and come cool off in the water as needed

Splash Park at Palmetto Island State Park

A short drive to Abbeville, La will afford you access to the fun splash park at Palmetto Island State Park. Pack a picnic lunch a make some memories!


Gate Opening Times
Sunday-Thursday: 7am-10pm
Friday, Saturday, and days preceding holidays: 7am-10pm
Entrance Station Hours
Sunday-Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday, Saturday, and days preceding holidays: 8am-8pm

Entrance Fees

$3 per person
FREE for seniors (62+)
FREE for children 3 & Under

So that’s everything I can come up with! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Drop any other tips on keeping the kids cool in the comments!

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.