Special Events

27th Annual New Year's Noon Carnival and Countdown

December 31, 2023, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
$16 admission per person; 12 months and under free
Half-off Admission for CMA Members
Tickets go on sale November 24, 2023

Step right up, young adventurers, to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana’s 27th Annual New Year’s Noon Carnival and Countdown – where the magic of a new year unfolds in a world designed just for KIDS! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

Imagine a place where time bends and the strike of midnight arrives early, with a burst of confetti that turns the sky into a kaleidoscope of colors! New Yea’rs Noon at the CMA is a spectacle crafted for the youngest among us, and it’s the place to be as we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new.

Get your tickets for $16 per person; children 12 months and under get in free. Members get 50% off.

What’s on the lineup, you ask? Prepare to be mesmerized by the rhythmic beats of the New Natives Brass Band, the infectious tunes of the TMM Project, and a dance party hosted by the one and only Legend the DJ. And keep your eyes peeled for the incredible Bacon Stilt Walker, a walking marvel that’ll have you giggling with every step!

But that’s not all – become a master of old-fashioned carnival games, claim victory, and collect the most fabulous prizes! Plus, delve into the wonders of our 12+ exhibit spaces, where learning is an adventure and fun knows no bounds.

Worried about looking the part for the grand countdown? Fear not! Your wristband grants you entry and comes with a New Year’s hat and a noisemaker to add flair to the celebration.

And when hunger strikes! Delicious delights await you, available for a separate cost. So, mark December 31, 2023, from 10 am – 2:00 pm on your calendars, secure your tickets, and get ready for the ultimate New Year’s bash at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana – where memories take center stage! 🌟🎊


Dates/ Times / Tickets
December 31, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$16 admission per person; 12 months and under free
Half-off Admission for CMA Members (Check email)
Purchase tickets here – https://cmalaf.doubleknot.com/event/new-years-noon-carnival-and-countdown/3021800
Carnival Games and Activities

Step right up to the nostalgia-filled world of old-school carnival games! Dive into a frenzy of fun with “Silly Birds” – a game of wit, boxes, and balls. Test your aim at “Can Toss” and experience the thrill of the “Dino Dig” as you unearth treasures in the dino pit filled with sand. Sharpen your shooting skills at “Hoop Shoot” with a classic basketball goal and ball.

Reel in the excitement at the “KOA Catch of the Day” fishing game or try your luck at the “Toilet Paper Toss” – a quirky challenge featuring a toilet and rolls of toilet paper. Aim high and aim true with “High Sticker” or make a splash with “Duck Match” at the pool of ducks.

Challenge your strategic mind at “Giant Tic-Tac-Toe” or bounce into joy at the “Carnival Fun Jump.” Channel your inner artist with “Spin Art” and celebrate in style with “Confetti poppers.”

For those seeking a bit of rhythm and movement, explore the “Holla Hoop and Jump Rope Zone.” And don’t miss out on the added flair of “Hairspray and Tattoos” – because every carnival adventure needs a touch of sparkle and color. Get ready for a whirlwind of amusement that takes you back to the timeless magic of carnival fun! πŸŽ‘πŸŽ‰


Timed Schedule is coming soon! 

Important FAQs

Q1: When and where is the event taking place?
A1: NYN will be held on December 31 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. Performances and games are held outside in the CMA parking lot; exhibits are available to play inside. 

Q2: How much are entry tickets, and what do they include?
A2: Entry Tickets are $16 per person, with free admission for children 12 months and under. Wristbands include access to the countdown celebration, performances by various artists, participation in carnival games, and entry into our exhibit spaces. Additionally, wristbands come with a New Year’s hat and noisemaker.

Q3: Are there discounts for museum members?
A3: Absolutely! Museum members enjoy a special half-off discount on their entry wristbands. It’s our way of saying thank you for your continued support!

Q4: What entertainment can we expect during the event?
A4: Get ready for a day filled with excitement! Enjoy performances by the New Natives Brass Band, the TMM Project, and a dance party hosted by DJ Legend. Keep an eye out for the amazing Bacon Stilt Walker, which will add a touch of whimsy to the festivities.

Q5: What activities are included with the tickets?
A5: Your tickets grant you access to a variety of old-fashioned carnival games with fabulous prizes up for grabs. Explore our 12+ exhibit spaces designed for interactive learning and fun.

Q6: Is there food available during the event?
A6: Yes, there will be delicious food options available for purchase at the event. Treat yourself to tasty delights while enjoying the festivities. Food vendors include Amis Grocery, Cotton Candies, and The Beignet Box of Acadiana.

Q7: Can I purchase tickets at the door?
A7: Yes, you may purchase tickets at the gate. Although we recommend pre-purchasing tickets for a faster check-in process

Q8: What time does the countdown to noon take place?
A8: The grand countdown to noon, accompanied by a burst of confetti, will take place right on time. Join us as we usher in the new year a little earlier than the rest of the world!

Q9: Can I bring my own noisemakers and hats?
A9: No need! Your entry wristbands come with a New Year’s hat and noisemaker, ensuring you’re fully equipped to join in the festive spirit.

Q10: Is there parking available at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana?
A10: Yes, there is ample parking available near the museum. We recommend arriving a bit early to secure a convenient spot, We highly suggest parking at the Vermillion parking tower right across from the CMA. 

Q11: Are strollers allowed?
A10: Yes and No, strollers are allowed for outside festivities. However, we ask that you park your stroller at the front desk upon entering the museum. 

Q12: Is there an age limit for participating in the carnival games and activities?                                                                                   A12: Not at all! The carnival games and activities are designed for children of all ages, ensuring that everyone, from the littlest tots to the young-at-heart, can join in the festivities.

Q13: What happens if it rains on the day of the event?                                                                                                                             A13: Rain or shine, the carnival goes on! In the event of inclement weather, we have contingency plans and covered areas to ensure the celebration continues smoothly.

Q14: Is there a lost and found area at the event?                                                                                                                                       A14: Yes, we have a designated lost and found area at the Front Desk inside the Museum. If you misplace something during the festivities, head there, and our staff will be happy to assist you in locating your items.

Q15: How can I stay updated on any last-minute changes or announcements about the event?                                                         A15: Stay connected with us on social media and regularly check our website for any updates, announcements, or changes related to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana’s 27th Annual New Year’s Noon Carnival and Countdown. We’ll keep you in the loop to ensure you have the most current information for a seamless and enjoyable experience!

For further questions, please email us at frontdesk@cmalaf.org



Spooktacular Halloween Parties 2023

Get ready for a spine-tinglingly good time at our annual Spooktacular Halloween Party event. But don’t worry, this party is all about fun, not frights! πŸ‘»

🎢 The evening starts with a bewitching performance from the incredibly talented TMM Project, promising to send shivers down your spine in the most delightful way possible. 🐍 And what’s Halloween without a touch of the mysterious and wild? School House Safari is bringing a reptile show that will have you hissing with excitement! 🐒🍬 But wait, there’s more! We’ve got goodie bags that will make your taste buds scream with delight, a spine-tingling costume parade where you can flaunt your Halloween finery, face-painting fun with Dip and Dabble, and even more surprises lurking in the shadows. 🍭

πŸŽ‰ Our Spooktacular event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, including Sam’s Club, Darnall Sikes and Frederick, Acadian Ambulance, Walmart, McLaff, Raising Cane’s, Lafayette Pediatric Dentistry, and LOFT. Without their ghostly generosity, this celebration wouldn’t be possible! 🎊

So grab your broomsticks, dust off your capes, and put on your most enchanting masks, because this Halloween party will be a boo-tiful night to remember. Mark your calendars, gather your ghoulish gang, and join us for a frightfully fantastic time! πŸ•·οΈπŸ¦‡πŸŽƒ

Dates / Times / Tickets

Due to anticipated high demand, the advance purchase of admission tickets for Spooktacular is strongly encouraged.  Limited capacity ensures a great time for everyone, so please note that admission on the same day at the door is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 1, at 12:00 Noon – Tickets are non-refundable. 

$12 per person, 12 months, and Under Free

Half-off admission for museum members; Attn: CMA Members, please check your email for the discount code or call the Museum at 337-232-8500 

October 27, 2023 – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – TICKETS 

October 28, 2023 – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – TICKETS


Spring Fling

Hop on over to the CMA for a Spring Fling Day of fun. Our spring celebration is filled with eggstra-special experiences and activities. Meet and greet selfies with the Easter Bunny, keepsake egg decorating, crafts, fluffy slime, and MORE! From bunny tails to carrot tops, spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm


Admission: $8.00 per person; Members $4.00; 12 months and under are free.


MEMBERS: Please check your email for the discount code, or call the CMA at 337-232-8500


1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Buy Tickets


3:45 pm – 6:15 pm – Buy Tickets

CMA Day of Play with with ACM and Nickelodeon!

Join the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, in partnership with the Association of Children’s Museums and Nickelodeon, for Our World: Worldwide Day of Play on September 30, 2023! From 10 am to 2 pm, you can explore exciting indoor and outdoor activities such as an obstacle course from Cajun Slides, 2KB petting zoo, slime and STEAM stations, and many more activities from Parish Proud, Lafayette Ready Start, and Macaroni Kid Lafayette. Cold treats will be available for purchase from 7 Kids Ice Cream Truck, and Dip and Dabble will offer face painting.

You can buy tickets ahead of time for $5 per person or pay $10 at the gates. CMA members and children under twelve months get in for free. Discounts are not applicable for special events.
Our World: Worldwide Day of Play is part of Nickelodeon’s Our World global initiative to inspire kids and provide them with tools to activate their individual and collective agency. As part of a network of more than 300 ACM member children’s museums who reach millions of families in North America and the more than 1,000 museums participating in Museums for All, a national access initiative that ACM manages, the Children’s Museum of Acadiana is a vital collaborator in the Our World: Worldwide Day of Play.



When: September 30, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tickets: $5 advanced or $10 day of the event at the gates – CMA members and children under twelve months get in for free.

Discounts are not applicable for special events

Advance ticket sales end Friday, August 29, 2023, at 12 Noon!


Partners in Play!

What is the Nickelodeon Day of Play?

This is a special event where families and children can come together to enjoy a day of adventure and exploration!

What time does the event start and end?

The event starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM, so feel free to come anytime within those hours.

Are there additional costs?

Ice cream truck: 7 Kids ice cream will have different treats available for an additional cost between $2 – $10. 

Face painting: Dip and Dabble face painting and body art by Qui will have face painting available for an additional cost between $5 – $10.

Where is the event located?

The event is held at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana – 201 E. Congress St. (Check-in entrance on Taylor St.)

Is parking available, and is there a cost?

The CMA parking lot is closed for activities on the day of play. Parking is available off-street at metered parking spaces located throughout Downtown or at the LCG Vermilion Street Parking garage. (Located across the street from Parc Sans Souci at 121 E Vermilion Street).

Where are Check-in and wristbanding?

Gates open at 10:00 am – Only one entry point is available – the Taylor Street parking lot entrance. CMA staff will confirm your reservation by your first and last name.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Yes, tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event for $10 each. Cash or Card

Is this event suitable for toddlers/young children/older kids?

Yes, the event is designed to cater to a wide range of age groups, with activities suitable for toddlers, young children, and older kids.

Are food and beverages available for purchase?

7 Kids Ice Cream Truck will be available for ice cream and coffee purchases. Water and Powerade will be sold at the CMA gift shop. We suggest exploring the many restaurants in the downtown area for food.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the museum, except for those with dietary needs or infants. Please use Harmony Park for eating.

Is the event accessible for individuals with disabilities?

Yes, we strive to make our events accessible to everyone. Please let our staff know if you require any specific accommodations.

Are there restroom facilities available?

Yes, our restrooms are located inside the museum behind the Bubble Factory Exhibit.. 

What should I bring to the event?

We recommend bringing sunscreen, hats, comfortable clothing, and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. Indoor and outdoor activities will be available to enjoy. 

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, strollers are allowed, but please be mindful of crowded areas and consider using designated stroller parking when necessary.

Twinkle Light Night 2023

Come and join us for the annual Twinkle Light Night event at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana! On December 1, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, we’ll be transforming the museum into a dazzling wonderland that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss.

You’ll be mesmerized by the incredibly talented Elizabeth “Lady Chops” Vidos and her musical skills. There will be arts and crafts stations where you can unleash your inner artist and create your holiday magic. You can also indulge in the delightful cookie decorating world and turn ordinary cookies into edible masterpieces.

And that’s not all! Santa Claus himself will be making a special stop at Twinkle Light Night! Bring your kids, wish lists, and holiday spirit because Santa is here for a magical meet and greet to warm your hearts and create lifelong memories.

Twinkle Light Night is sponsored by Acadiana Security Plus and also by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This evening promises to light up your holiday season with joy, laughter, and cherished moments. Remember to wear those holiday PJs. Tickets are only $12 per person; 12 months and under are free. Members receive half-off admission. As the number of tickets is limited, secure your spot in this beloved event. Tickets go on sale on November 1, 2023, at noon.


Dates/ Times / Tickets

December 1, 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Ticket sales begin Nov. 1 at Noon. 

Tickets are $12 per person; 12 months and under are free. Members receive half-off admission (Check email) – Purchase Tickets. 
Tickets are non-refundable. Due to anticipated high demand, the advance purchase of admission tickets for TLN is strongly encouraged. Limited capacity ensures a great time for everyone, so please note that admission on the same day at the door is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.
About Lady Chops
Here Come the Bells, So Many Bells!
Lady Chops will be here to celebrate the season with her exciting holiday program, β€œHere Come the Bells, So Many Bells!” You’ll be rockin’ the holiday hits during her high energy, interactive one-woman drumming show for all ages. Lady Chops performed with the Off-Broadway show STOMP and in the 2023 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Join us as we ring in the season with festive, fun for the whole family!