Do your kids need something to do — something more than watching TV — while you’re basting the Thanksgiving turkey and baking pumpkin pie?

The Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks commission is hosting fall holiday camps this month to keep kids entertained during the Thanksgiving break from school.

They can spend time with zoo animals, learn about the state’s history, go on outdoor adventures and more.

Among the options are:

Zoo camp:

The fall zoo camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 23 to the 25 at the Baton Rouge Zoo. It’s for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $35 a day for city-parish residents and $42 a day for non-residents.

Autumn harvest camp at the swamp:

The Bluebonnet Swamp will feature an “autumn harvest camp” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24. The camp will include nature-based activities for children ages 7 to 12. It costs $46 a day for city-parish residents, and $55 a day for non-residents.

Fall rocket camp:

Kids who are interested in the stars and sky can attend Fall Rocket Camp on Nov. 23 and 24 at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Kids ages 9 to 13 will learn how to build and launch model rockets while learning about the American space program. The camp is $55 a day for city-parish residents and $66 a day for kids from other parishes.

Outdoor adventure camp:

Outdoor adventure camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 23 through the 25 Greenwood Community park. Kids ages 8 to 12 can hike, bike, paddle and learn survival skills at the camp. It will cost $66 a day.

Fall history camp:

Children who are interested in history can attend the Magnolia Mound camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24, where they will tour the historic house and grounds. Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn about Louisiana history during the camp. It costs $44 a day for city-parish residents and $52.80 a day for non-residents.

Tennis camp:

BREC will offer a variety of tennis camps at City-Brooks Community Park, Forest Community Park, Highland Road Community Park and Independence Community Park. The age ranges, costs and times vary depending on the camp, and people who are interested can find more information on BREC’s website.

Recreation camp:

BREC’s recreation department will also offer fall holiday camps at Lovett Road Park, Jackson Park, Antioch Park, Forest Community Park, Howell Community Park, Independence Community Park, North Sherwood Forest Community Park, Mayfair Park, Milton J. Womack Park, Church Street Park, Plank Road Park and Zachary Community Park.

How to register:

More information, including how to register for each camp, is available on BREC’s website.


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