Lafayette Moms Need to Know :: Your Guide for Things to Do in Lafayette in January 2018

With the holiday hustle and bustle behind us, we start the New Year with a plan to renew and reset. King cake season has already begun and Mardi Gras balls are in the mix. We hope you still find some time to enjoy the mild winter weather we have in south Louisiana with these fun, family friendly activities! Start planning your month in Lafayette, Louisiana with the help of our guide!

This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive event guide. We’ve pulled out a select number of events for your family to enjoy throughout the month. If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

January 2018 :: Things to Do in Lafayette

January 2 & 3 :: Holiday Break Play Days at the Music Garden – from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, children ages 4 and up are welcome to be dropped off to the Music Garden for a day of fun. Play Days are taught by Melissa Stevenson. Your child will sing, dance, play instruments, play games, make a special snack, and do an art project. There will e plenty of time for free play also. Call (337-781-8863) or email ([email protected]) the music garden  to reserve a spot.  

January 3  :: Toddler Time at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum – 10:00am – 11:00am – Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-on art project, and may explore the museum after the program. This event is free to attend thanks to the generous support of Quest Pediatrics Dentistry.

January 3-5 :: Ascension Episcopal School hosts Eric Mouton’s New Year Basketball Camp at the Sugar Mill Pond Campus: 1800 Chemin Metairie Parkway, 70592. Children from the Acadiana community are invited from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM each day to learn the fundamentals of basketball from Ascension’s varsity head coach through drills and friendly competition.

January 3-5 :: Mix it Up Lafayette Let it Snow Cooking Camp! Mix it Up Lafayette’s Winter Camp dishes include taco soup, homemade tortilla chips, 7 layer dip, chicken & cheese shells, garlic bread, homemade ranch dip with veggies, homemade bread, winter cake pops, melted snowman cookies, and more! This three day camp runs from 9:00am-1:00pm (you may drop off at 8:30-9 and pick up from 12:45-1:00).  We have many activities during the day to keep the kids active and learning. Campers experiences include learning about kitchen safety, cooking, and nutrition, creating food art, exercise, games, and crafts, while fostering creativity in the kitchen with hands-on cooking activities. Kids are grouped with their peers for age appropriate activities. 2-4 instructors at each camp depending on group size. Each camper gets to take home some of our recipes that we use during the week.

January 6 :: Tito’s and Tacos at the Tap Room Join will take place Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 2:00-5:00pm . Kick off the Mardi Gras season with Tito’s & Tacos! Tito’s Vodka & The Tap Room will donate the proceeds from each drink to Friends of the Lafayette Animal Shelter.

January 6 :: The Learning Train’s Open Play time schedules will allow for parents and children to simply play in a safe and caring environment. The equipment and activities are appropriate for children 6 months – 5 years old. Call or message to reserve a space. There is no membership required. 

January Need to Know GuideJanuary 11 – 17 :: Mid Winter Fair Rodeo at Blackham Coliseum –  The finest livestock in the world will be on hand to challenge all the world’s best rodeo athletes at 66th Annual Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo! Frontier Rodeo Company was just awarded their third consecutive Stock Contractor of the Year Award at the WNFR – and you’ll see why at the Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo on January 11-17 at Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum.

January 12 :: Dat Dog hosts Curly Taylor & Zydeco Trouble starting at 10:00 pm. Dat Dog proudly presents CURLEY TAYLOR & ZYDECO TROUBLE for a night of dancin’ and carryin’ on at the Platform. The band are gonna keep the party going over two sets starting at 10pm! $7 admission all night long, so come early and stay late!

January 13 :: January Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally – Rouses Markets will be hosting a cooking class at our Lafayette location from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. This month the kids will learn how to make Sloppy Joe Sliders and decorate their own Mini King Cake. Each child will have the option to enjoy their delicious creations or take them home to enjoy later. They will also be sent home with a recipe to make the Sloppy Joe Sliders. Space is limited. Sign up today! The class is appropriate for kids ages 5-14. 

January 13 :: Artwlk ft. WAYVZ, Concourse, Skies Speak – Come start off the new year with a first-of-its-kind party hosted at Rêve Coffee Roasters in downtown Lafayette featuring intimate sets by local electronic artists:WAYVZ, Concourse, and Skies Speak (ambient set). FREE to attend/party! All ages welcome!

January 15 :: Top Chef School’s Out Day Camp hosted by Asbury’s Children Ministry – It’s a day of camp when school is out from children grades K – 6! The Day camp runs from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ( an extended day option is available), with a full day of activities. Children are split into groups according to age and have a leader with them all day. A typical camp schedule could include structured play, art time, outdoor time, home work help, in-house movies, and snacks. You will need to bring your child’s lunch. Online registration is mandatory and all fees are due at time of registration. $30 is for 9am – 3pm per child includes all activities and 2 snacks. Please bring your child’s lunch. $40 is for extended day option, from 7:30am to 5:30pm per child and includes all activities and 2 snacks. Please bring your child’s lunch.

January 19 :: Downtown Gumbo Crawl – Clandestine Collective and Social Entertainment Productions have collaborated to proudly present Downtown Lafayette’s first official Gumbo Crawl, sponsored by Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors LLC.!
Enjoy Acadiana’s favorite hot dish in this “Gumbo Weather” from select downtown Lafayette restaurants and bars! Participating restaurants and bars will feature 8 ounce samples of specialty gumbo at each crawl stop! Registration will be held at Dat Dog from 5:30-7pm. Upon registration, you will receive a badge and wristband. It is imperative you register on time to participate!

January 20 :: Postpartum Support Group at Lafayette Moms and Babies from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. FREE postpartum support group for mothers. Need to talk about the stresses of motherhood or just be around other women that are also raising little ones? Come join us!

January 20 :: NDCO Kids Glow Party – New Day Community Outreach will be hosting its first Kids Glow Party! This event will be held at The Northgate Mall and will allow kids 6-13 to have fun while learning. Admission is $5/child. We will provide self-esteem building/anti-bully games and activities sponsored by Positive Choices Counseling Services. There will be music, FREE FOOD, games, prizes, and more!Parents are allowed in at NO COST but will be expected to assist as a chaperone.

January 20 :: Krewe de Mardi Gras 5k – The Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association Presents Krewe de Mardi Gras 5K on Saturday, January 20th from 8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. The race will take place at Cajundome Blvd. Sign ups end January 17th. 

January 21 :: The Heymann Performing Arts Center presents Dirty Dancing at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets through the Ticketmaster link today!

January 25 ::  The Dailey Advertiser’s Acadiana Roots series presents Jaryd Lane. Country music singer and songwriter Jaryd Lane is the featured artist at the next Acadiana Roots at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Daily Advertiser, 1100 Bertrand Dr., in Lafayette. Acadiana Roots is the newspaper’s monthly music and conversation series with local artists. Seats are limited so purchase tickets in advance. The $10 admission includes light snacks and beverage, along with songs and stories from a Vermilion Parish native who has shared the stage with Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt and other stars.

January 26 :: Family Fest and Kid Fest at Lafayette Lanes – Family Fest – 1 hour of bowling and Large Pizza – $27.00
Kid Fest – 2 games of bowling and Hot Dog for $7.25! 

January 27 :: Join Women’s & Children’s Hospital at The Event, set for 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, January 27th at Lafayette Event Center, 4607 Johnston St. Get helpful hints for moms-to-be and other healthcare information exclusively from Women’s & Children’s Hospital in addition to skincare, home repair, fitness and other tips from local experts and businesses. Find out more by calling Sandra at 337-591-0626.

January 27 :: Lafayette Children’s Carnival at Dat Dog – Join Dat Dog for their first Lafayette Children’s Carnival show! They will be joined by the fantastic instructors at Nutty Scientists of Acadiana who are bringing some mind blowing science experiments! VIP lunch starts at 11:30. Tickets are $15 and include early admission into the show, photos with the performers, a stilt walker, free face painting, and a complimentary raffle ticket for chance to win amazing prizes! Tickets can be purchased on our website at

January 28 :: Mix it Up Lafayette Signature King Cakes: Parent & Child Class from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Make your own signature king cake with all supplies included. This class is best suited for ages 4 and up. 

Recurring in January 2018 ::

Second and Fourth Saturday Monthly :: Catholic High Stop Motion Animation Camp – Stop motion animation is the animation of objects such as clay, toys, or legos with sounds and music.  Mr. David Wattigny is offering a Stop Motion Animation Camp for any interested students on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9AM until 11AM.  While hosted at Catholic High, all area school-age students aged 9 and up are welcome to attend. Each month will focus on a new skill aimed at students’ understanding of stop-motion animation and the video editing and production processes.For more information, contact Mr. Wattigny at [email protected]

Every Tuesday :: Vermilionville Living Museum & Folklife Park Every Tuesday $5 YOGA EN FRANÇAIS – Vermilionville’s Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA – Wind down after work with 75 minutes of Hatha Yoga en Français with RYT-200 Erin Segura. You don’t need to speak French to attend, but you’ll surely learn a little while here

Every Saturday :: Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at Moncus Park 8:00am – 12:00pm – rain or shine!

Second Saturday of every month :: Art Walk Downtown Lafayette – During 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Downtown comes alive as each independent gallery, studio and art house opens their doors for this free event. Art aficionados and casual patrons alike will leave inspired as they explore the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District. 

Second Saturday of Every Month :: Join the Kitchenary for their Saturday Brunch from 10:00am – 2:30pm on November 11th! A perfect family outing or a mom and dad day-date. You can also check out their amazing lunch counter five days a week; it’s like having your own personal chef. For a mom’s night out or date night, stay tuned for their regularly scheduled cooking classes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays :: South Regional Library – Baby Time and Bibliobop – Check out the calendar here including other child friendly events!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and  Thursdays :: Main Library Downtown Lafayette – Baby time, Story Castle, Toddler Time and Bibliobop. Check out the calendar, including other child friendly events.

Saturdays :: Barnes and Noble – Story Time Saturdays at 11:00am. See the Barnes and Noble Calendar for more details.

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