Top Things to Do with Kids!

It’s summer, and the kids need an outlet to play! So, where to begin? Here’s a list of some fun ideas to do with your kids in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana from swimming to biking, paddle boarding to jet skiing – there is something in store for your family. There are some new businesses that have recently popped up for gamers, and let’s not forget dessert and everyone’s favorite summertime treats ... sno-cones and ice cream!

Granola Kids – Explore the Great Outdoors!

Gulf Beach

Experience Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point
Adventure Point is the perfect launch pad to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road where you can learn about the marsh, wildlife and wildflowers, wildlife refuges, music, food and culture with hands-on exhibits!

Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point

Discover the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
Hit the trail, which is a 180 mile loop through some of the most lush and beautiful marshland and Gulf beaches. Check out the Wetland Walkway on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge or the Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge’s Pintail Wildlife Drive - found along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road!

Pelican at Pintail Wildlife Drive

Day at the Beach
The 26 miles of natural Gulf beaches along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road providing an excellent opportunity for a wide range of water activities, and one of the the most popular is shelling! Check out our shelling brochure or birding brochure!

Kids on the Gulf of Mexico Beaches


Gamer Kids– E-Sports, Paintball, Laser Tag, and More!



GameZone E-Sport Café
Kids can enjoy playing games in a social atmosphere: Gaming computers, X-boxes, Play Stations, Fluorescent Foosball, Virtual Reality - and a huge TV! GameZone also has all kinds of drinks and snacks. The idea of GameZone is to provide gamers of all ages a safe and fun environment to meet and socialize with other people who share the same interest!

Game 2 Life Combat

iCOMBAT laser tag offers the best of the best in tactical laser combat! Players will be able to complete intense missions straight out video games and movies while fighting at their incredibly realistic Hollywood set of a modern military base. Learn more about this immersive experience and what else Game2Life has to offer. *Kids must be 11 to play laser tag.

Bayou Games

Bayou Games Paintball Complex
Bayou Games outdoor facility was designed to provide hours of fun and endless theme options and Paintball and Laser Tag game scenarios: Versus Play (team vs. team), Capture The Flag, and the famous “REAL ZOMBIE HUNT” (held every October). Bayou Games Paintball Complex provides a safe, family-friendly environment! 


Active Kids – Swimming, Kayaking, Biking and More!


SPAR Waterpark

SPAR Waterpark
A remarkable, watery adventure for the entire family is Sulphur Parks & Recreation’s (SPAR) Waterpark, and it might even be a best kept secret for visitors. It's a refreshing escape for so many families who want to cool off from the hot Southwest Louisiana’s sunshine. Little tikes can splash in the spray park, and more adventurous kids can slide down the tube slides with everyone enjoying meandering along in the lazy river – perfect for relaxation!

SPAR Waterpark

Lake Area Adventures
From kayaks to boat rentals and more, Lake Area Adventures provides guided tours or can set people up with the necessary equipment and maps for self-guided excursions. Whether you want to go fishing or just paddle around to enjoy the sights and sounds of SWLA, you’ll have everything you need for your whole family to have a great time in the outdoors!

Kayaking in Lake Charles

River Rat Rentals
This summer, River Rat Rentals is thriving with jet ski adventures for the whole family. Finally, there is a thrilling way to get out on to Lake Charles and feel the wind in your hair! Follow them on Facebook to learn more about their schedule and offerings.

Jet Ski in Lake Charles

Paddle Up
Paddle Boarding is back! Give Paddle Up a call and be on your way to paddle boarding on Lake Charles and nearby waterways. They provide all the equipment and instructions and tips that you need.

Paddle Boarding in Lake Charles

Lake City Cruisers
Pick your time for evening rides around Lake Charles with the lighted bikes of Lake City Cruisers. Pricing and availability are located on their website. *All riders must be 13 years or older.

Lake City Cruisers

Putt-Putt Fun Center
Putt-Putt is always such a blast with the family. Try and see if you can sink a hole in one!

Putt Putt


Summertime Treats for Kids!

Snow cones at Lulu's Specialty Snocones and More in Lake Charles

Lulu's Specialty Snowcones

PT’s in Sulphur

Snow Cone

Boombox Frozen Pops and Ice Cream



Rockstar Kids!

If you have a budding musician in your family, you can check out family-friendly restaurants in the Lake Area that also have live music! Click here for a full list of restaurants with live music. 

Zydecane - Rikenjaks

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