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Activities for Kids and Families that Entertain and Educate

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The National WWII Museum offers a wide variety of family activities in New Orleans that inform, educate, and entertain. If you're looking for kids’ activities that you will enjoy as well, you can't beat what the Museum has to offer. Our facility is ranked #4 in the US and #11 in the world by TripAdvisor as a top museum, and we are also ranked #1 among family attractions in the city. Here are just a few of our offerings.


Family Overnight at The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans cordially invites all families with children aged 7–12 to join us for an exciting pajama party at the Museum. Enjoy sleeping under our B-17 and have a special experience you will talk about all year. This great Museum adventure is packed full with hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, teamwork challenges, and even the opportunity to climb inside the Museum’s Sherman Tank. The annual Family Overnight at The National WWII Museum is your family’s opportunity to experience the Museum in an intimate, fun and immersive way.

One adult per three children required. Participants register as families and spend the evening together—from activities to making camp. Advanced ticket purchase is required.

View the schedule of events for the 2016 Family Overnight.

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Family Workshops

If you're looking for a sure-fire recipe for family fun, consider taking part in one of our workshops. These are held throughout the year to encourage children and their families to explore various aspects of the war. All of these workshops are structured and centered on a certain theme. Popular recent offerings included a STEM workshop for girls, where participants were taught all about the science of World War II to design their own inventions. Our Aviation and Airborne School provides exciting presentations on how aircraft and parachutes work.

•  Upcoming Workshop:

The Butterfly Project Family Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Arizona/Missouri Meeting room and Classroom

Children ages 8–12 are invited to join The National WWII Museum for an afternoon workshop designing ceramic butterflies with Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger. Ela will share stories from her childhood spent at Theresienstadt concentration camp, as well as her participation in the original Brundibar children’s opera performed there. She will then join attendees in glazing a ceramic butterfly through The Butterfly Project, whose mission it is to create 1.5 million butterflies to memorialize the children lost during the Holocaust. Each child’s completed butterfly will then be incorporated in a temporary public display at the Museum. This workshop provides children with a rare opportunity to display their artwork. Space is very limited, so register your family today!

This workshop is designed for children ages 8–12. Advanced registration is required. One adult per three children must attend.

Cost: Free for children and accompanying adults. Regular Museum admission applies for families who wish to spend the day at the Museum.

For questions, contact shelbie.johnson@nationalww2museum.org.

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Girl Scout, Boy Scout, and Cub Scout Days

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts all have their own days where they can enter the Museum at a reduced cost and have access to a variety of exciting activities. These activities are typically centered on what it was like to be a child on the Home Front during wartime.

Cub/Boy Scout Day
Saturday, February 27, 2016


Victory Garden

We provide family activities throughout the year in our onsite victory garden. Field trips and family programming provide learning opportunities for young and old alike. While the Museum garden is similar to the original victory gardens planted in the 1940s, it strengthens the bond between yesterday and today by featuring current sustainable growing techniques. Museum volunteers as well as The Master Gardeners of Louisiana work tirelessly to maintain the garden year round.


These are just a few of the exciting family activities in New Orleans offered by The National WWII Museum all year long.



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