5 Kid-Friendly Activities to do in Lafayette LA

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5 Kid-Friendly Activities to do in Lafayette LA


Hope you and your family enjoy Ted's 5 Kid-Friendly Activities to do in Lafayette LA, these are some of our kids favorite places to visit in Lafayette, LA! 


The Kart Ranch in Lafayette LA has been the place for kids of all ages for many many years! They have recently added several new attractions which makes this one of our favorite places to take the kids!

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Kart Ranch offers something fun for all ages. From go-karts to water wars to miniature golf to a huge arcade, our adventures are like no other! Everybody Loves Kart Ranch - the place for FUN - rain or shine!


2. Painting With A Twist for Kids in Lafayette LA

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Twist At Home Paint Kits

website https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/lafayette

Kids Camp with a Twist


Kids out of school and looking for something fun to occupy their time? take the kids to Painting With A Twist for Kids in Lafayette LA Our kids camps offer painting fun for kids of all ages! Campers, guided by our artist entertainers, will create different art every day of camp. We’ll provide all the supplies so your kiddos can unleash their creative sides!

Kids Camps at Painting with a Twist

If you’re a parent, you know the struggle of finding child care during those not-so-convenient school breaks. Sure, you could send them to the same old camp they always go-to for Spring Break or Summer Camp. Or you can win bonus points with your kids and send them to kids camp at Painting with a Twist!

Why Painting with a Twist Lafayette is Great for Kids

Kids have imaginations and we put their creativity to great use! Our kid's painting events let them explore art in a whole new way. It’s fun and with our patient and energetic artist guiding them step-by-step, they’ll be super impressed with what they can accomplish.

Our kid's campers can jam out to their favorite kid tunes while they paint their masterpiece. We even pause for games and snacks to let loose and keep them energized! You can find a kids camp near you by clicking on an event below or contacting your local studio.

What to Bring to a Painting with a Twist Kids Camp in Lafayette LA

That’s the beauty of our kid's camps… you really only have to remember to bring your kid! We’ll supply the surfaces to paint on and all the painting supplies they need for the whole week. We’ll give them an apron to wear every day but it’s a good idea to put them in clothes you don’t mind messing up. Acrylic paint will wash off of skin (and hair) but not so many clothes! Better to be safe than sorry!

Sign Up for Painting With A Twist Kids Camp in Lafayette LA

Whether it’s winter break, spring break, or summer camp, our kid's camps fill up FAST! Once you see our kids camps posted, you might want to snag a seat for your little before it’s too late. We have limited seating to make sure your kiddos have all the attention they need to complete their daily masterpieces! Contact your local studio to sign up for an upcoming kids camp

Acadiana Park Nature Station

Acadiana Park Nature Station

"We did not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrowed it from our children."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Misson

Our sole mission is to reacclimate humans to nature and encourage personal responsibility in conserving our native plants, animals, and habitats.

Environmental Education Program

Since 1974, our "flagship" educational activity has been the Fourth Grade Environmental Education Program. With supplemental funding from the Lafayette Parish School Board, this program attempts to reach every child living in Lafayette parish. Each year, we schedule every fourth-grade class in Lafayette parish for a day of structured activity at the Nature Station. Prior to their scheduled day, a staff member makes an in-school visit to the class to prepare them for their visit. On their scheduled day, our bus driver picks them up from school and brings them to the Acadiana Park Nature Station. Once here, students view a video on biodiversity, which is followed by a discussion. Students then go on a nature hike, have lunch, and then watch a second video on Louisiana snakes. They are then introduced to our discovery boxes and get to meet Lola our prairie kingsnake. The bus then picks them up and takes them back to school. The program lasts from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In the past 22 years of this program, we have served approximately 70,000 fourth-grade students! We also schedule non-fourth grade classes (from pre-K to college level) for shorter visits and/or programs, reaching an additional 3,500 students per year.

Public Tours

The Nature Trails are open for exploration every day of the year during daylight hours.

Night Hikes

Join us on the last Saturday of each month for an evening hike through the Acadiana Park Nature Trail. We begin with a slide show about nocturnal life at the Acadiana Park Nature Station, then we take the nature trails in search of night creatures. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and consider wearing long pants and mud-tolerant footwear. Guests can make reservations in advance by calling the Nature Station at 337-291-8448. We usually are usually booked the day of or before the hike.
Dates: Last Saturday of every month
Guide: Staff Naturalist
Ages: All ages are welcome. Parents must accompany children.
Meet: Nature Station trailhead
Time: Changes depending on the sunset
Fee: $2.17 per person. We accept exact cash and/or checks make all checks payable to the Acadiana Park Nature Station.

Weekend Nature Talks

On the first Saturday of each month, we offer a nature talk from 1-2 pm.  There will be a different topic each month about all the awesome plants and animals that we find on the Nature Station trails and in Louisiana. Some of the topics we will cover LA black bear, birds and migration, flying wildlife, insects, spiders, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees and vines, wildflowers, pollination, and more.

Weekend Trail Tour

On the second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month, we offer a trail tour, reservations are required. One of our naturalists will guide you on a hike through our trail system, pointing out plants and animals along the way. Each hike is a bit different because of the changing seasons. Remember to make reservations for this one!

Young Naturalist Clubs

We have two Young Naturalist Clubs, the Junior Young Naturalist Club for 7-9-year-olds and the Young Naturalist Club for 10-13-year-olds.

Space is limited in these clubs, so early registration is encouraged. We begin accepting registration in early spring. These clubs are geared towards young folks that are interested in our natural world. Call us at 337-291-8448 for more information and to sign up.

YNC — We begin a new program in July of each year for 10-13-year-olds. We meet for 3 hours on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting in July and ending in June of the following year. The 3-hour meeting is filled with fun and information about our diverse ecosystems. At each meeting, we will discuss a different nature topic in detail, take a hike through our protected forest to observe and identify native species, and record our experiences in nature journals. We encourage graduates of this program to continue as a helper for our JrYNC, presenting material and helping Nature Station Naturalists with activities.

JrYNC — We begin a new program in August of each year for 7-9-year-olds. We meet for 2 hours on the 3rd Saturday of 4 months, starting in August and ending in November. The 2-hour meeting will concentrate on 4 different ecosystems and those plants and animals within those ecosystems. We will also spend time outdoors identifying plants and animals and record our experiences in nature journals. We encourage graduates of the JrYNC to continue into the YNC to extend their wonder and understanding of nature.

Outreach Programs

We offer school presentations for students at math and science fairs, wildlife education, environmental education, other school fairs, and festivals; presentations for teachers on the Louisiana Black Bear and the Louisiana Black Bear game, as well as nature lessons and journaling activities to use with students. We offer wildlife and environmental education for scouts and other groups at their camps. We offer venomous animals and poisonous plant education to any group and much more. Groups interested in any nature-related presentation or activity, feel free to call 337-291-8448 and inquire. Outreach programs and events depend on Nature Station staff availability

Kayak Launch

Our canoe/kayak launch is located on Francois Coulee on the north side of the Acadiana Park Nature Station building. To access the launch, you will have to get the gate code to enter the campground by calling 337-291-8448 or 337-291-8388. Drop your boat off at the launch then drive your vehicle out of the campground to park at the nature station trailhead. Sorry for the inconvenience of walking back to your boat but our parking is extremely limited, with only two spots for employees and camper pads for campers.

Click here to go to Bayou Vermilion District Paddle App

Click here to check out a list of Vermilion River canoe/kayak launches.

Hiking Trails

We have approximately 6 miles of hiking trails at the Acadiana Park Nature Station.  On our main property, there are about 2½ miles of hiking trails that are surrounded by the Dan Deballion Canal and Francois Coulee.  Here you will find a boardwalk that will keep you off of the ground and is wheelchair accessible. You will also find many dirt trails that run through our forest and along the Dan Deballion Canal. Across the canal, we have our North Property hiking trails that are about 3½ miles.  Because we do not yet have a bridge that crosses the canal, we recommend that you drive to the parking area located on Shadow Bluff, which is next to the Dan Deballion Canal bridge.  These trails are dirt trails in a bottomland hardwood forest, please be aware there may be standing water after heavy rainfall.

Click here for printable map of Nature Station South Trails.

Click here for printable map of Nature Station North Trails.

Click here for printable map of ALL Nature Station Trails.

Click here for an online overview of all Nature Station Trails.

Acadiana Park Campground

Lafayette Consolidated Government also offers camping near the Acadiana Park Nature Station.  The Acadiana Park Nature Station does not manage the campground.  For camping information please call 337-291-8388.  Leave a message, and someone will return your call.

4. Clayfish Bisque Inc. A Pottery Painting Place

Clayfish bisque

Website http://www.clayfishbisque.com/

Clayfish Bisque is a locally owned, unique, and inspiring pottery painting studio. Creative spirits of all ages are welcome to let their imagination run free while painting anything from a piggy bank or dog bowl to a spoon rest or picture frame. Our friendly staff is here to encourage you and help out with techniques and advice! If you have a design in mind, share it with us! We will be happy to help you achieve the look you want! When you are satisfied with your pottery, it's time to have it fired! Leave it with us and in one week you can pick up your beautiful, shiny, food-safe pottery! 

Clayfish Bisque Inc. A Pottery Painting Place has been providing painting fun to Acadiana since 1998. Proudly owned and operated by Lindy and Beau Andrepont and supported by our wonderful team, we welcome you to drop by and create some art! Customer service is our number one priority. You can always count on a helping hand and a smile from any one of our helpful staff who we lovingly call "the Bisquettes"!


The Children’s Museum of Acadiana (CMA) is a hands-on participatory museum serving children and their families, schools, and community organizations by providing interactive exhibits, special services, performances, and workshops.


Located in the Children's Museum of Acadiana's Courtyard, Harmony Park features a commercial-grade play structure offering families an outside “hands-on” experience that inspires physical activity, interactivity, and creative play. Open at no cost during normal operating hours and after hours for special events. cmalaf/calendar.

Museum’s Courtyard, Harmony Park

Hope you and your family enjoy Ted's Kid-Friendly Things to do in Lafayette LA, these are some of our kids favorite places to visit in Lafayette, LA! 

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