Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Shake off those winter hibernation blues and celebrate the arrival of spring with family and friends at Movies in the Park! Our spring season of family-friendly outdoor movies at NORDC playgrounds starts Friday and continues through May 30.

The movies start at sunset, but come early to play field games and get moving with fun fitness activities like hula hooping and Zumba, led by Fit NOLA Parks instructors.

Or bring a lawn chair or blanket to kick back and enjoy the park. Picnics are welcome, and there will be concessions available for purchase.

Most of the movies are hosted by the playground booster clubs or community organizations.

The line-up of family-friendly favorites includes the Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature “Big Hero 6” and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” a story and princess inspired by New Orleans Chef Leah Chase.

And then there’s “Dolphin Tale 2,” which can be watched while floating in the Stallings Gentilly Pool.

So join in this event for fun under the stars, and don’t forget to bring your BFF — Blanket, Family and Friends.

And as a reminder, the daylight savings time change is March 8. The movie March 6 starts at sunset, 6:15-6:45 p.m., then March 13 through May 30, it will begin at sunset, 7:15-7:45 p.m.

Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For information, visit


  • MARCH 6: “Cantinflas” (in Spanish with English subtitles) at Easton Playground, 3141 Toulouse St., hosted by Puentes New Orleans
  • MARCH 13: “Annie,” 2014, at Norwood Thompson Playground, 7200 Forshey St., hosted by Norwood Thompson Booster Club
  • MARCH 20: “Muppets Most Wanted” at Joe. W. Brown Playground, 5601 Read Blvd., hosted by Joe W. Brown Booster Club
  • MARCH 27: “Big Hero 6” at Burke Playground, 2524 Annunciation St., hosted Lyons-Burke Booster Club
  • APRIL 10: “Million Dollar Arm” at St. Roch Playground, 1800 St. Roch Ave., hosted by St. Roch Booster Club
  • APRIL 11: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” at Annunciation Playground, 800 Race St., hosted by NORDC Teen Council
  • APRIL 17: “The Lego Movie” at A.L. Davis Playground, 2600 LaSalle St., hosted by PlayBuild NOLA
  • APRIL 24: “The Princess and the Frog” at Hardin Playground, 2501 New Orleans St.
  • MAY 8: “Divergent” at Stallings Gentilly Playground, 2700 Laperyouse St., hosted by Stallings Gentilly Booster Club
  • MAY 15: “The Hunger Games” at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave.
  • MAY 16: “He’s Just Not That Into You” will show at Couples Night at Joe. W. Brown Playground, 5601 Read Blvd., hosted by Joe W. Brown Booster Club
  • MAY 22: “The Boxtrolls” at Taylor Playground, 2600 S. Roman St., hosted by Taylor Booster Club
  • MAY 30: “Dolphin Tale 2” at Stallings Gentilly Pool, 2700 Laperyouse St., hosted by Stallings Gentilly Booster Club.