Free Weekend Events - Holiday Edition


Friday December 16th

Highland Road Park Observatory's FREE events

Barnes and Noble Citiplace - 5:30pm Welcome's Chef John Folse

Barnes & Noble - 7pm, Holiday Story time featuring The Cajun Night Before Christmas. (Perkins Rowe)

Saturday December 17th

Red Stick Farmers' Market - Downtown Baton Rouge

Barnes and Noble Citiplace - Storytime 2pm

Holiday Calligraphy - 2:30AM
Teens will create cards in italic calligraphy at the Main Library at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (225) 231-3770.

Scrapbook Your Special Occasion - 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Workshop at Eden Park Library from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will also create a Christmas card using scrapbook techniques which will be sent to the troops. Registration is required. For more information, call (225) 231-3240.

Christmas Reindeer Storytime and Craft - 10:30AM
Children can hear The Wild Reindeer, by Jan Brett, and other reindeer and Christmas stories at the River Center Library at 10:30 a.m. and then make a reindeer decoration. For more information, call (225) 389-4959.

LIGO Science Saturday - 1:00PM - 5:00PM
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, Livingston, is open to the public for free from 1-5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The theme for the month is Surprise Science-Investigating the Unexpected. For more information, call (225) 686-3173 or visit

Lowes Build and Grow – 10am-Noon, FREE: Kids build a Train Engine for their Build and Grow train! This is the final part of the 2011 Lowe’s Train. Be sure to sign up for this event here.

Michael's - Check HERE for your store's event calendar.

Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.

Sunday, December 18th

Barnes & Noble - 11am-3pm, Angry Birds Day: scavenger hunt to find the Mighty Eagle and enter a raffle to win a special Angry Birds prize.

These next events are NOT Free (except Bass Pro Shops) but I wanted to let you know all that is available. 

Santa is Coming to Pigtails and Crewcuts

Wednesday December 14th: 1-5
Thursday December 15th: 1-5
Friday December 16th: 1-5
Saturday December 17th 11-4

They will have juice, cookies, and kids can make their own picture frame to put their new Santa photo in! Pictures are FREE with a haircut!

Gingerbread House Workshop
The Viking Cooking School Outdoors

Parent and child have the opportunity to bond while decorating adorable pre-constructed gingerbread houses. Have fun creating royal icing snowmen and majestic holiday trees adorned with premium sprinkles, sparkly decoratifs, and colorful sanding sugars. Your gingerbread house will come alive with candies, gumdrops, peppermints, sprinkles, cookies and more. Start a family tradition that will carry on for generations. Ages 7 and up.

All pricing is PER PERSON with NO EXCEPTIONS. Every child must be accompanied by at least one adult in this FAMILY class. Children are not allowed to attend without an adult. (Limit two children per adult.) Every adult and every child attending class are required to pay class tuition. Price PER PERSON includes a pre-constructed gingerbread house, royal icing, premium decorating materials, snacks, and a delicious holiday beverage.

Check HERE for times and to reserve your spot.

Skating on the River
Baton Rouge River Center

December 16th - January 2nd

Skating Ticket: Includes Skate Rental, 90 Minute Skating Session, Small Drink and Small Candy $12

Skating Group Rates: (Minimum 10 Skating Patrons) Includes Skate Rental, 90 Minute Skating Session, Small Drink and Small Candy $10

Discover Downtown: Includes Skating Session at the River Center, AND Admission to the USS Kidd Veteran's Museum AND LASM* $18.00 (LASM - Does Not Include Admission to Planetarium)

Birthday Packages Available: No Outside Food or Drink Is Permitted Into the Building.

Go HERE to see skate times and purchase tickets.

The Nutcraker
River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts

Saturday, December 17, 2011 & Sunday, December 18, 2011
2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Go HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

November 5th - December 24th

Bass Pro Shops – Santa's Wonderland from 11/5-12/24. Be sure to select your store in the drop down menu for complete details and schedule.

Saturday 11/5 from 5-8pm it's the special preview event! Local children’s groups and choirs will be singing Christmas carols in front of the store and customers will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Santa arrives at 5pm in a Tracker boat pulled by a Toyota Tundra truck. Kids will be invited to help Santa, through a little magic, light up the outside of the store and a big Christmas tree in the main entrance. Then they can follow Santa into the store for the unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland. Santa will also be giving away $25 Bass Pro Shops gift cards to one lucky winner every half hour. Kids can kick off the season by coloring stockings and the first 150 kids to visit Santa’s Wonderland will receive a Santa Bandz bracelet! Kids can also get their free photo with Santa that night from 6-8pm

11/6-12/24 Every weekday, Monday-Friday, from 5 to 7 pm and every weekend, Saturday & Sunday, from noon to 5pm, kids can take part in making crafts and holiday ornaments, like a snowman door hanger or animal sun catcher and construct great ornaments out of fishing bobbers, Popsicle sticks, jingle bells and more—even decorate Christmas cookies December 19th-24th! Be sure to select your store in the drop down menu for complete details and schedule.

Free fun Santa Bandz bracelet offered every weekday to the first 150 kids who visit Santa’s Wonderland Monday through Friday from 5-7pm (a different style will be offered each week).

Free 4x6 studio-quality photo with Santa from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday, Saturday’s 10am to 8pm and Sunday’s noon to 5 pm.

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