Parenting: A Walk in the Park

For our readers that don’t live in Louisiana, you have to understand that Fall, the season, is a rare thing.  We get a few days that are in the 50s and 60s.  When we get to the low 50s and 40s, it starts to get too cold for us because we still have high humidity and the cold is sometimes miserable.

So, when we do get those high 50s and 60 degree days, we try to take advantage of it. The New Orleans area has some great parks.  City Park and Audobon Park are some of our favorites in the city proper.  We also love Lafreniere Park in Metairie.

We have been spending quite a few weekends in Lafreniere, lately.  It’s a quiet park and has some great views. We love bringing the Nola Nerd Baby there because there are a lot of different places to walk and it has plenty of shade.

During our Fall Break, we even went on a picnic, and the Baby sure did enjoy it.

 

 

On one of our trips, we came across their pumpkin patch. The Nola Nerd Baby loved hamming it up during the picture taking part.

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We can’t wait to be able to spend more days outdoors with our little one. The summer in Louisiana is too oppressively hot to do this kind of activities.  We are thankful for those sporadic days of Fall.

Nola-ing: Bad Wolf Con

On Saturday, October 20, Bad Wolf Bar and Grill will be hosting their 4th annual Bar Con! This convention is a one day con of fun for adults and kids. There will be vendors, panels/demonstrations, and contests. General admission is $5, VIP is $10, and children under four are admitted for free. Bad Wolf Bar and Grill is on 2010 O’Connor Street in Gretna.

They will have shows including Klingon Self-Defense, LarPWorks, Sensuous Sisters of Zeltros, and a Lightsaber demo. There will also be cosplay contests – one for kids 17 and under and one for adults.

For gamers, there will be a Magic: The Gathering tournament, a Warhammer tournament, and make sure you bring your Pokemon deck.

There is an after party as well that will begin at 8:30 pm.

Here are more specifics about the events including times:

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We do plan on attending and even have a babysitter lined up so we can enjoy an adult beverage or two (and that Weeping Angel Burger). Our camera is charged and our Zoom microphone is ready to go. However, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s recent surgery has not resulted in a change in her symptoms. We were hoping it was an answer, and there was every reason to take out the gallbladder, but all the symptoms she was exhibiting are still there. We are having more tests run today. If she feels up for it, we will go even if it is for a small amount of time. If she can’t, we will have to miss out.

However, if you go, let us know how it was, and we will see you there next year!!!!

NOLAing: Upcoming Things to Do in New Orleans

Irish Fest New Orleans 2018

The Irish Fest is a celebration of Irish culture. The event will be held at Kingsley House on Constance St in New Orleans. Of course, there will be great food and, probably, Guinness. There will be muic including headliners Lost Bayou Ramblers. Plus, there will be dance lessons and competitions, cooking contest, lectures from local experts (this is the big draw for us), bagpipers, and a kilt runway show.

History on the Lake

If you want to head to Slidell, you can tour PT-305. 

The PT-305 was built in New Orleans by Higgins Industries and was vital to the success in the European theater in WWII. For $12 for adults and $10 for kids 8-17, you can tour this fully, and faithfully, restored patrol-torpedo boat.

Restaurant New Orleans

This weekend is the tail end of the New Orleans Restaurant Week. Check out the restaurant week website and treat yo’ self!

NOLA-ing: Things to Do This Weekend in New Orleans

Come Check out the Cellar at the Avenue Pub: Sunday from 2 to 5, the Avenue Pub will be showing off their newly refurbished bottle cellar. You can take a look at their new area and sample some free beer!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch:  This runs this weekend and the next two weekends at Cafe Istanbul.  This is a limited run so go!

Star Wars Live in Concert: Experience the Force: Friday and Saturday, the Saenger Theatre will be screening A New Hope with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra providing the score live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOLA-ing: August is Museum Month

August in New Orleans means it is New Orleans Museum Month! If you are a member of any of the participating museums, then you have the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership throughout the month of August. How awesome is that?! We happen to be members of the Audubon Nature Institute, so we plan on partaking in as many museum experiences as possible. As of this writing, participating museums for 2018 include…

The New Orleans Museum of Art is in City Park, which has plenty of wonderful things to do and see. The Longue Vue House and Gardens is right off Metairie Road (which offers plenty of dining and shopping ), close to the parish line. Newcomb Art Museum is located on Tulane’s campus, close to Audubon Park. The New Canal Lighthouse is right on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Dr.

Several of the museums are close to one another, so you could visit several in one day to make the most out of your day. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum are right down the street from each other on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, and The National WWII Museum are nestled together on Camp St. (technically the WWII Museum is on Magazine St.) and Andrew Higgins Blvd. right off of Lee Circle. If you don’t mind a little walking, the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium is on the edge of the French Quarter on Canal St., while the Beauregard-Keyes House is on the other end of the French Quarter, close to the French Market and the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

We definitely suggest joining one of our local museums and enjoying the benefits not just during the month of August, but all year round at your favorite museum. Don’t forget to share your experiences throughout Museum Month by tagging yourself using #NolaMuseumMonth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you at the museums!

ComicCon-ing: Mechacon New Orleans

Every nerd has their blind spot.  A subject matter that they are weak on.  For us, it is anime. It’s not that we don’t like it.  We just never have really delved into the area.

That’s the main reason why we don’t go to MechaCon.  Also, it is the one con that a lot of our students attend.  They would love to see us there, but it almost feels like we are intruding.

Yet, I’ve never heard of any of them having a bad time at the con.  In fact, a few parents have told us they accompany their children to the hotel where it is held and wait in the lobby and just enjoy the creativity by the people that attend Mechacon.

This year the con is held at the Hyatt Regency Dowtown New Orleans near the Superdome. There are some great restaurants in the area and its a great venue.

Some guests include:

  • Anjali Bhimani: Ms. Bhimani has done voice work in Overwatch and Fallout 4 as well as appearing on Modern Family.
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Ms. McGlynn is best known is this house for voicing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels.  She has done extensive voice work in anime and in games as well as voice directed quite a few gaming titles.
  • Beau Billingslea: Mr. Billingslea has appeared in Star Trek: Into the Darkness as well as doing voice work on Naruto and many other projects. He has also done quite a bit of narration for the History Channel.

There are tons more guests at MechaCon from the acting, cosplay, and music worlds.

They also have some great programming including many how to panels. If we were to go, this would be a con where I would just probably be in the creative panels all day long.  That, and, of course, the K-Pop dance offs. Plus, there are gaming and video rooms.

MechaCon is a great con for the city. The anime community is strong in this area and judging from the feedback from current and former students, MechaCon does right by the community.

 

NOLA-ing: The Sound of Music Sing-Along

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Guess what is coming back to the National WWII Museum? The Sound of Music Sing-Along! On Saturday, Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, hosts Becky Allen, Sean Patterson, and Mandy Zirkenbach will preside over a night of singing, fun, and audience participation when The Sound of Music is presented on a big screen. Participants are encouraged to dress up, boo the Nazis, and sing along with everyone’s favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from the Austrian countryside.

Tickets are $10 and you can purchase them by clicking here (advanced purchase is required). They sell out extremely fast, and the museum notes that since The Sound of Music Sing-Along will feature unpredictable interactive elements in a live setting—costumes, Twitter posts, and the larger-than-life hosts—that may not be appropriate for all ages.

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