2022 Mardi Gras Camps on Both Shores

Laissez les bon temps rouler, y’all! Mardi Gras is back up and running this year, so after you’ve decorated the house, dusted off the costumes, and sampled plenty of king cake… don’t forget to register for Mardi Gras camp.

Below is a list of some old standards and new options on both shores. Be sure to check with each facility for Covid guidelines, information on before and after care, and if they’re already filled to capacity, ask about their waitlists. We’ve also included dates from many spring break camps that are being offered.

Audubon Zoo (Uptown)

March 2-4; 9am-3pm. Campers ages 4-10 years old will get close-up encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors, tour behind the scenes, and spend time outdoors in free play. Each day is full of animal exploration, scientific investigation, arts and crafts, and more. 

Culinary Kids (Mandeville)

March 2-4; 9am-3pm. Kids, ages 5-12, participating in this camp will get to make meals, snacks and desserts, plus enjoy gardening, special guests, crafts, science experiments, and indoor/outdoor games. Spring break camp is April 11-15 & 18.

Elmwood Kidsports (Harahan)

March 2; 9am-4pm. This camp allows kids ages 5-12 to enjoy fun and games, an obstacle course, Spacewalk, arts and crafts, an outdoor pirate ship playground, the Adventure Challenge maze, and more. 

Franco’s Athletic Club (Mandeville)

February 28-March 4; 8am-5:30pm. Kids ages 5-13 can enjoy games, inflatable obstacle course, Mardi Gras arts & crafts, movies, fitness classes, and tennis. Spring break camp is April 15, 18-22. 

Jewish Community Center (New Orleans)

March 3 – 4; 8:30am – 4pm. Kids in grades K – 5 are provided with an active day at the JCC, filled with group activities, creative arts, athletic games, and more. Spring break camp is April 11 – 15.

Louisiana Children’s Museum (City Park) 

March 2-4; 9:am-3pm. Children ages 4-8 will learn about New Orleans architecture, music, artists, and more as they explore Creole cottages, musical instruments, and masterpieces in this one-of-a-kind hands-on camp experience. There’s one session for 4-5-year-old children and one for 6-8-year-old children. Spring Break Camp April 14, 15, 18 & 19.

Madisonville Equestrian 

February 28, March 2-4; 9am-3:30pm. Horse loving kids will spend the week playing games on horseback, and experiencing hands on involvement and instruction on proper use of tack, grooming techniques, and proper care for horses. 

Mandeville Sports Complex 

February 28, March 2-4; 9am-3pm. This Mardi Gras camp for ages 4-12 will offer group games, free play on the gymnastics floor, bounce house, outside activities, game room, and more. Their spring break camp is April 11, 12, 13, 14, 18

MOVE! & Dance (New Orleans)

February 18, 25, 28, March 2-5; 7:30am-6pm. This camp offers a wide array of activities, such as: Karate, Parkour, Dance, Tumbling, and Kickboxing. It is recommended that kids are dressed in comfortable clothes. 

Pony Tales (St. Rose – St. Charles Parish)

February 28 and March 2-4; 9am-3pm. Kids will enjoy hands-on activity and learning with the ponies and horses, get a riding lesson (no experience needed),  and have other active fun. Days can be bought singly or multiple days as needed. Spring Break camp is April 14, 15, 18-22. 

Posh Paint Pub (Metairie) 

March 3-5; 9am-3pm

Ideal fo rages 5-8 and 9-12, these camps are split into two age groups, and morning and afternoon sessions. AM is 9am-12pm where they paint pottery and canvases, build with clay, and play with other fine arts mediums. PM is 1pm-3pm where they make a variety of wacky crafts and they make their own jewelry.

YMCA – East Jefferson (Metairie) 

February 28 & March 2; 9am-3:30pm. The Y offers special holiday camps for ages 5-12 during school breaks. Activities include themed stories, songs, and crafts. Lunch provided.