Childcare / Youth Activities

Youth Activities

Children’s Museum Sensory Friendly Nightsimage

The Children’s Museum offers Sensory Friendly Nights on Monday evenings (check schedule). more Sensory Friendly Family Night offers a comfortable and enjoyable LCM experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.Admission is free. less

Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO)image

GNOYO offers orchestral music opportunities through weekly rehearsals, one-on-one instruction with professional musicians and regularly scheduled concerts throughout the community. moreGNOYO accepts all eligible students, regardless of financial means by providing scholarships to those in need of assistance.All musicians with at least 1 year of experience are invited to audition for one of the orchestra’s five ensembles, which accommodate various levels of playing ability.Visit the website or contact GNOYO at 504.528.7720 or for more information. less

Grow Dat Youth Farm & Farmers Marketimage

Grow Dat Youth Farm works to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through farming in a section of City Park. more They also participate in several area farmer’s markets.The farm works to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities.Grow Dat works to support public health, the local economy and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana. less

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Summer Music Programimage

June 8 – July 2,  8:30AM – 1:00PM at Gentilly Terrace Charter School. moreThis summer camp provides music instruction by certified public school teachers and professional musicians, culminating in a summer recital. less

Garden on Maraisimage

Garden on Marais is an agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and access to nutrient-rich foods. moreWe are currently looking for volunteers to join our team of gardeners!We are also launching a 4-H club for youth ages 6-13 this summer, beginning June 6th.Those who spend time in the garden working will eat from the garden’s bounty.Contact Kayla Wilson if interested: Marais the Upper Ninth Ward less

NOJHF High School Brass Band Competitionimage

Does your band have the Brass? moreEvery school in our area works hard to get their band the instruments they need.Now the Jazz and Heritage Foundation is going to help three lucky schools get thousands of dollars of instruments through a contest to create a local school Brass Band like Rebirth or the Dirty Dozen. less

Audubon Zoo Junior Keepers Programimage

The Junior Keeper program encourages hands-on learning, creativity, teamwork, a sense of stewardship towards the environment and the development of work place and life skills through a wide variety of volunteer experiences.

The 2012 Jr. Keeper Program will be open to youth entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2012. moreApplications will be mailed in early January 2012.Applications will be due February 24th. less

Youth Run New Orleansimage

Youth Run New Orleans empowers youth across Greater New Orleans for a lifetime of wellness, character, and leadership through mentored training for and completion of local running events. moreWe use running as a medium to inspire and prepare students for success on the track, in the classroom, and in the community. less

Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundationimage

The Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation promotes the Whole Child Comprehensive Health Program in 5 Central City schools and 5 Day cares. moreThey assess all the children in the schools for vision, dental, hearing, BP, obesity and other indicators to identify children with physical, mental or social health factors that are obstacles to their learning.A professional health team then establishes a treatment plan that the school faculty and the health team monitor for completion.

Already, after 3 years, our program has assessed and provided services to over 4,000 children and have given critical help to over 150 children that has turned their school performance around, raised the schools’ LEAP scores and put them on track for a successful life. less

NOVAC Teen Documentary Filmmaking Campimage

The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) is offering a one-week digital documentary filmmaking camp for area teens, July 20-24, 2009. moreStudents will collaborate to produce a finished short documentary for Operation REACH, a Central City nonprofit that supports children, youth and families to succeed in school and life.

The camp will introduce students to the art and technique of documentary filmmaking through a hands-on, intensive training program that will take teens from start to finish through the documentary film production process.Each student will take on a key role in one of three filming units, have a major credit in the film and receive a DVD copy for his or her showreel.

The camp runs from July 20-24, 2009 from 9 am to 3 pm daily at the Studio at Colton School, 2300 St.Claude Avenue.No previous filmmaking experience is required.The course will also accommodate more experienced students.

The cost per student is $325 for the five day camp, which includes meals and snacks.Scholarships for low-income teens are available.For registration information, contact Daneeta Jackson at, or 504-940-5780. less

Free Writing Workshop for Middle School Studentsimage

Middle school students are invited to take part in the free New Orleans Bread Loaf Experience (NOBLE) Writing Workshop. moreThis writing and creative arts workshop is open to students in grades 6 to 8 and will take place Monday July 27 through Friday July 31 from 9 am to 2 pm (Lunch is included).The workshop will be held at the United Teachers of New Orleans headquarters at 4718 Paris Avenue.

This intensive writing and arts workshop will help students discover how enjoyable creating arts and writing can be.Students will become more competent and confident writers and artists and will improve their public speaking skills.NOBLE will offer students the unique experience of being part of a community of writers.

NOBLE students will be selected through an application process.The application is available at on the Parent Resource Page.Complete and mail application to: NOBLE, c/o UTNO, 4718 Paris Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

For more information, contact Shavon Magee at 504.339.9792 or or Julie Wedding at 217.652.5813 or less

Summer Youth Film and Production Campimage

2-cent entertainment and NORD are sponsoring a 7-week film and production camp for youth ages 10 to 18. moreParticipants will plan, write and film a television show and visit film and production sites.There is a one time fee of $20 for camp participation, and the camp will take place from June 8, 2009 to July 24, 2009.Registration is still open. Contact Kevin Griffin at 722-0498 or less

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Campimage

The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp is a three-week intensive program training 100 young people, ages 10-20, in music and dancemoreThe camp takes place July 6-24, 2009, 3:00p.m.Monday through Friday.For more information, visit the website or call 504-392-2002. less

Silence is Violence Youth Music Clinicsimage

Silence is Violence holds free music clinics for youth ages 5 to 15 who are interested in instrumental and/or vocal performance. moreNo musical experience or prior registration necessary.Clinics are free, with dinner and instruments provided.Drop-ins welcome.The clinics are held every Tuesday evening, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Sound Café, 2700 Chartres Street in the Bywater. less

Catholic Charities Child and Family Servicesimage

Catholic Charities offers a variety of after-school and summer activities for children including After School Assembly, Head Start, and Summer Witness camp. moreVisit the website for more information or call Catholic Charities at (504) 523-3755. less

Specialty Summer Camp Listings for the New Orleans Areaimage

This list compiled by the Times Picayune features specialty summer day camps – such as arts and drama workshops, theme camps, sports camps and preschooler camps – for children in the New Orleans area, including the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St&#46 Tammany, St&#46 Bernard, Plaquemines, St&#46 Charles and St&#46 John the Baptist&#46 All are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis&#46

Kingsley House 2008 Youth Summer Programs

Summer programs for both children and teens run June 16 – August 8. more

Children ages 5-12
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Before Care- 7:30 a.m.- 8 a.m.(FREE)
After Care- 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.($5/week per child)
  • Activities include math, language arts, computer, creative arts, drama, dance, substance abuse and violence prevention education groups, and field trips.
  • $50 Non-refundable registration fee
  • Weekly sliding scale fee
  • Registration packets available between 8 am and 5 pm beginning Monday, March 24th at the receptionist desk
  • Mandatory registration session on Saturday, April 5th @ 10 a.m.All paperwork and the registration fee will be collected on this day.No registration packets will be accepted prior to April 5th.

Teens age 13-17
Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Activities include creative arts, tutoring, substance abuse and violence prevention education groups, recreational activities, and field trips.
  • To register your teen, please stop by during program hours (Annunciation Street entrance) to obtain a registration packet and to speak with Teen Program staff.
For additional information or questions, please call 523-6221 x 187. less

Summer Camp Listings for the New Orleans Areaimage

This list compiled by the Times Picayune features summer day camps for children in the New Orleans area, including the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St&#46 Tammany, St&#46 Bernard, Plaquemines, St&#46 Charles and St&#46 John the Baptist&#46 All are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis&#46

Project Prodigy Music Campimage

Project Prodigy is a four-week long summer music camp for kids age 10-14 put together by the Young Leadership Council. moreThe camp will be June 16th through July 11th, 8:30am – 1:30pm at Medard Nelson Charter School, 3121 St.Bernard Avenue.Cost is $35.Call Joe Saulsbury at 504-621-8936 for more information. less

Greater New Orleans Afterschool Partnership Summer Program Directoryimage

This directory provides a listing of programs made possible through funding by the GNOAP’s Unified Summer Grant project.

Afterschool Program for Teensimage

YOUTHanasia Foundation, Inc&#46 is currently accepting applications for its after school program for students grades eight through 12. moreThe program provides homework assistance and tutoring, as well as state-approved curricula designed to supplement the lessons students are learning in the classroom.The purpose of the program, which is being funded by the Louisiana Department of Education, is to prepare students for LEAP testing, as well as improve the overall LEAP scores within the state.Students participating in the after school program can also sign up for one of four programs that will allow them to express themselves creatively through song, dance, spoken word, drama and community service.Visit the website for more information and an application. less

New Jazz School: Tuition Free Jazz Campimage

New Jazz School will be for students from any school in the city in grades 7 – 12 who will be selected through an application and an audition. moreThe two-week program will be tuition-free.

Donald Harrison will direct and teach the program with assistance by experienced and well-recognized musicians.New Jazz School students will learn traditional jazz, swing, bebop, modal jazz, jazz rock and hip hop from these contemporary masters.There will also be classes in harmony, technique, reading, ear training, listening and ensemble.

Fifty students in the seventh through 12th grade who know major scales and are able to play at least pieces of three songs will be selected for the program.Owning an instrument is preferred but not mandatory.The New Jazz School runs from June 9-20 from 9 3:30 p.m.Mondays through Fridays.

Applications will be available at several schools, including Isidore Newman School.Applications also are available online at information, call (504) 896-6255 or send an e-mail to less

Youth Track and Field Program

The Association of Amateur Athletic Union has a track and field program for boys and girls ages 6-17 at the Johnny Jacobs Playground in Marrero – 5851 5th Ave. moreThe program runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm and will be extended to Mondays through Thursdays starting May 5th.Youth participating in the program will be eligible to attend and participate in the Junior Olympics July 28 thru August 8th in Knoxville, TN.Contact Keith Fulton at 504-256-6790 or email for more information. less

NORD Programsimage

The New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) offers several programs for young people including sports, dance, GED programs, drama, and visual arts. moreCall the main office at 504-658-3000 or search the website with your zip code or parish find a NORD center and programs in your area. less

Activities for Kidsimage

See what family activities are available on the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

New Orleans Ballet Association Youth Programsimage

NOBA offers programs for youth in Orleans and St&#46 Bernard Parish. moreFor more information on youth dance classes contact Suzanne Hirsch at 504-522-0996 ext.21. less

New Orleans Kid Camera Projectimage

The New Orleans Kid Camera Project was created to address the psychological and emotional impacts of Hurricane Katrina on children returning home to New Orleans. moreThrough the use of photography, creative writing and mixed media, children from flooded neighborhoods explore their environment and express themselves, their stories and feelings with their friends. less