December 2019

The holiday season is upon us, and we're keeping you active. Come see lights of different kinds - displays at the zoo or meteors at the observatory. Enjoy a movie, paddling excursion, or even a Creole spin on Christmas. And we'll even throw in a bit of SNEAUX! All this and more - this month at BREC!

Programs & Events

Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.

Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair

Magnolia Mound

An annual event featuring seasonal decorations in the historic house, traditional songs in French and Spanish sung by local school children, period demonstrations, folk crafts, and the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel.
Dec. 1
1-6 p.m.

ZooLights

Baton Rouge Zoo

A mile-long trail through the Zoo. More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays. A festive family activity, adding to the quality of life for residents throughout the region
Dec. 1-30
5:30-8 p.m.

First Free Sundays

Magnolia Mound

Free guided tours will be offered on the first Sunday of each month. Special programs of traditional crafts, informative lectures, and family activities are planned for each “First Free Sunday.”
Dec. 1
1-4 p.m.

Open House Jr. Singles Round Robin Tennis Tournament

City-Brooks Community Park Tennis Center

This is a great opportunity for beginner youth players to experience playing in a tournament. Round robin format playing 10-point sets. Free pizza, snacks, and beverages for players.
Dec. 6
4-8 p.m.

Reindeer Ride

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Welcome the holiday season with a unique nighttime family bike ride. We will ride up the levee from Farr Park campground to downtown Baton Rouge for Baton Rouge’s Downtown Christmas Lighting Celebration. Participants will leave the levee trail head and join in a colorful bike parade through the downtown area, partake in the holiday festivities, then return to Farr Park together. What better way to start the holiday season than with this event!
Dec. 6
5:30-8 p.m.

Greenforce Volunteer Training

Independence Garden Event Center

Come join our volunteer force and help us make a greener, healthier East Baton Rouge Parish! We are looking for individuals who are interested in being trained in conservation management and educational outreach in order to help us achieve our goals. We need volunteers who are interested in working with us consistently throughout the year and benefit from the many perks of being a volunteer like getting to spend time outdoors, knowing you are creating healthier ecosystems and other perks like t-shirts, water bottles and tax breaks.
Dec. 7
9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

Meet a Pro: Youth Developmental Skills Clinic

Forest Community Park

Featured Professional Athlete: Steven Sensley, New York Yankees Organization This one-day event will teach participants the fundamentals of softball/baseball including fielding, throwing, running bases, and hitting. Children need to wear closed shoes that they can easily run in and/or cleats; no flip-flops, scandals, or clogs. Parents also need to provide a glove and bat for your child.
Dec. 7
9-11:30 a.m

Expedition Paddle

Bayou LaFourche

If you are ready to put your paddling skills to the test, then this adventure is the experience for you! Join the Outdoor Adventure team as we explore one of Louisiana’s beautiful waterways. This is for intermediate to advanced paddlers as it is a trip that features moving water and beautiful surroundings. Limited space is available, transportation and equipment are provided. Single and tandem kayaks available at first come first serve when registering.
Dec. 8
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Zoo & Me Morning

Baton Rouge Zoo

Happy Hibernators- Don’t like to get out in the cold? We’ll find out about animals that would rather sleep until spring. Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.
Dec. 10
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Geminid Meteor Shower

Highland Road Park Observatory

The Geminids are one of the major meteor showers of the year—the only one caused by an asteroid. Come join us and see if we can catch some “earthgrazers”! It is important that visitors enter the main building to sign in and receive instructions before setting up any chairs or blankets. HRPO is the only BREC property on which the public is allowed for viewing this event. This event may shift by one day
Dec. 13
9 p.m.-1 a.m.

BRECFlix Teen Movie Night

Independence Community Park

This will be a teen night out you will not forget! Before the movie, there will be fun, food, music, and games where you can win prizes for movie trivia. Please be advised that these movies have content appropriate for children ages 13 and older. Ages 13-17
Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13)
Peter Parker's relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth, air, water and fire -- emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent.
Dec. 14
6 p.m.

Movie in the Park

Forest Community Park

It's time bring out your ugly Christmas sweaters and get ready for holiday fun! Families come enjoy an evening full of holiday crafts, games, cookie decorating, hot cocoa and more!
The Grinch (PG) 2018
A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Dec. 18
6 p.m.

Adaptive Sunshine Social

Womack Park

Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization, and fun.
Dec. 20
6-9 p.m.

Dog Day at the Swamp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets once per season! All leashed pets are welcome, but vaccinations should be current.
Dec. 21
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Let it Sneaux

Perkins Road Community Park

Join BREC as we celebrate the holidays at Let It Sneaux. Activities will include inflatables, face painting, jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists, caricature artists, smores, snow inside the velodrome, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.
Dec. 21
4-8 p.m.

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