LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 1, 2013)- During National Tourism Week, May 4-12, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate Children's Day on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 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 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.

Groups with displays and activities include Club Tabby, the Girl Scouts of LA - Pines to the Gulf, City of Lake Charles Recreation, Calcasieu Parish Libraries, the Louisiana Choral Foundation, The Children's Theatre, Lake Charles Fire Department, Southwest Louisiana Arts & Humanities Council, Master Choi Tae Kwon Do Institute Inc., Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, Bayou Writers' Group, Habibi Shriners Clowns, Painting With a Twist, Hobo Hotel for Cats, Children's Museum, Sulphur Parks & Recreation, Mr. Slice (Papa John's Mascot), the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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 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