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Progressive’s Weekend: Family Friendly Fun

Another week has come an gone, which means it’s time again for Big Easy Magazine’s Progressive Weekend events! Mardi Gras may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the party stops. This weekend we’re looking at family-friendly things to do in New Orleans.

Friday, March 15

Movies in the Park: Rampage – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bring your blanket and a picnic to Lakeview Playground (or Gernon Brown Rec Center if it’s raining) for some serious family fun. This month’s Movie in the Park is Rampage (2018), based on the popular video game series of the same name. Before the movie, there will be field games and other fun.


NORD Family Game Night – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Come out to the Treme Rec Center for an evening full of fun activities for the whole family, including music and dance, board games, food, and more. There’s even an opportunity to win prizes. This event is special-needs friendly and safe for the whole family.

Pelicans vs Trailblazers – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Come out and support the New Orleans Pelicans as they face off against the Portland Trailblazers! Tickets currently start as low as $20, so it’s a great time to come out, see an NBA game, and provide some support for the home team.

Saturday, March 16

Build Your Own Bat House – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Green Project presents a fun and interactive way to learn about these natural nocturnal pest controllers by building a home for them! This event is free to children ages 8 and up (one child per adult admission). Materials are provided, and everyone is welcome.

2019 Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade – begins 1:00 p.m.

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true New Orleans style – with a parade, of course. Throws will include cabbage, kisses, flowers, beads, and more, so come on out and catch what you can!

Drag Queen Story Hour – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Bring the kids out to hear the lovely Vanessa and friends read engaging stories. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn some lessons in diversity, as well. This month’s story hour will be held at the Alvar Library located at 913 Alvar St. in New Orleans.

Sunday, March 17

Super Sunday – begins at 12:00 p.m. 

It’s Super Sunday, and there will be neighborhood events all over the city, including parades and gatherings. You won’t want to miss seeing the Mardi Gras Indians in their full regalia. The main celebration begins at noon in A.L. Davis Park at Washington Ave.

Disability Dungeon and Dragons – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

If you’re a family of beginners who has been looking to get into Dungeons & Dragons, this is an excellent opportunity to start! This is a no experience necessary campaign, so come on out to CC’s on Esplanade and join the fun.

Downtown Irish Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade – begins  at 6 p.m.

The Downtown Irish Club parade marches from Bywater, through the Marginy and the French Quarter. Find the perfect spot and enjoy the fun!


No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember – every weekend can be a progressive weekend! We hope that these family-friendly suggestions help you enjoy yours.

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