National Tourism Week Celebrates
Children's Day, May 7

During National Tourism Week, May 7-15, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate Children's Day on Saturday, May 7, at the welcome center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive.

Children's Day is a showcase of fun things for families to see and do in Southwest Louisiana. Children and their parents are invited to the welcome center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a variety of games, activities, exhibits and more. Gumbeaux Gator, Southwest Louisiana's Goodwill Ambassador, will be on site along with refreshments, including pizza from Papa John's and Dominos.

Groups with displays and activities include the Girl Scouts of LA Pines to the Gulf, Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, the Habibi Shriner's Clowns, Camp Fire USA-SWLA Council, Skate City/Jump City, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Libraries, Club Tabby, the Children's Museum, The Children's Theatre Company, City of DeQuincy/LA Railroad Days Festival, the Louisiana Choral Foundation, the Lake Charles Symphony, F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, Heckhaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, Hobo Hotel for Cats and Kittens, the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Be sure to bring your camera to take snap shots of your kids in a stationary carriage provided by J & R Carriage Rides and a fire truck from the Lake Charles Fire Department.

Along with our participating attractions, Children's Day goes hand in hand with celebrating the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, saluting the wonderful scenic drive and unusual flora and fauna found along the trail. Representatives from the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, Cameron Prairie and Sabine National Wildlife Refuges will be at the bureau to answer all of your questions.

Children's Day is a free event, and the public is encouraged to attend and celebrate National Tourism Week. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit For details on National Tourism Week, visit