Children in Northeast Louisiana enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year thanks to the region’s many educational and recreational facilities and organizations.
Youth sports leagues provide children with a means of staying active through sports such as cheer, football and soccer. Area museums offer a balance between fun and education, allowing children to learn in environments outside the classroom. Artistic learning programs provide children with comprehensive instruction in theater, dance and music.
Monroe kids can sit at an old-fashioned soda counter and sip an ice-cold beverage after exploring The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, where an elaborate collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia includes the first Coca-Cola delivery truck. They can also enjoy a close encounter with the birds and beasts of Australia in an exhibit at the city’s 80-acre Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo.
Other family-friendly activities include bustling downtown farmers’ markets with music and fun for young ones and the annual Peach Festival in nearby Ruston, where residents hear live music or ride in a hot air balloon. Wide-open space for sports, music, mountain biking and motocross give Monroe families plenty to do.