18 Things to Do with Your Littles When ÇA FAIT CHAUD

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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.


[box]Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm[/box]


[box]Children & Adults: $7
Children 12 months & Under: Free[/box]

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. 


[box]Monday: Close
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm[/box]


[box]Adult (18-61): $5 plus tax
Seniors (62+): $3 plus tax
Children (4-17): $2 plus tax
3 & Under: FREE[/box]

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Gold. Brick. Sundae. get you some


[box]Monday-Friday: 7:30am-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-10pm[/box]

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.”


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

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!


[box]Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-10pm
Saturday: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-9pm[/box]

Summer Kids Flicks at the Grand 14 on Ambassador

The Grand theaters offer discounted tickets to morning features starring your kids’ favorite characters!

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. 


[box]Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-8pm[/box]

Elevation Station

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


[box]Sunday: 11am-7pm
Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm[/box]



[box]Tax Not Included
Over 6 Years Old:
1 Hour Jump: $13
2 Hour Jump: $20
3-6 Years Old
1 Hour Jump: $10
2 Hour Jump: $15
Under 3 Years Old
Free with Adult ticket purchase[/box]

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

Acadiana Lanes and Premier Laser Tag

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


[box]League Play Monday-Thursday with limited lanes 5:30pm-9pm
Monday-Thursday: 8am-11pm
Friday & Saturday: 8am-2am
Sunday: 11am-11pm[/box]


[box]Rates reflect Open Bowl pricing
Shoe rental: $3.50 per pair every day
8am-5pm: $20 per hour per lane
5pm-11pm: $25 per hour per lane
8am-5pm: $20 per hour per lane
5pm-2am: $30 per hour per lane
8am-11am: $20 per hour per lane
11am-6pm: $25 per hour per lane
6pm-2am: $30 per hour per lane
11am-11pm: $25 per hour per lane[/box]

Laser Tag Rates

[box]Wednesday – Thursday
1 Game Session: $5
3 Game Session: $10
1 Hour of Play: $16
Friday – Sunday
1 Game Session: $7
3 Game Session: $16[/box]

Lafayette Lanes

Good, old-fashioned bowling and snacks


[box]Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am-10pm
Tuesday: 10am-Midnight
Friday: 4pm-Midnight
Saturday: 10am-2am[/box]

See website for pricing

Lafayette Public Library

Each branch offers 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 June 2019 calendar here.

Storytime at Barnes and Noble

Sweet storytime and a craft for preschoolers and a new Baby and Me program for children ages 0-24 months.

See above link for the events calendar for our Lafayette location.

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!


[box]Site is OPEN DAILY
Gate Opening Times
Sunday-Thursday: 7am-9pm
Friday, Saturday, and days preceding holidays: 7am-10pm
Entrance Station Hours
Sunday-Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday, Saturday, and days preceding holidays: 8am-10pm[/box]

Entrance Fees

[box]$3 per person
FREE for seniors (62+)
FREE for children 3 & Under[/box]

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

Drop any other tips on keeping the kids cool this summer 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.