October 2022

Orange you excited for October? It's the most spook-tacular month of the year! If you're looking for some fun that will make you howl with laughter no matter your age, you don't want to miss out. We've also got opportunities for artists in mediums of all sorts to get their creative juices flowing. And don't forget your chance to snag the big fish or get your sk8 on. 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.

Movie in the Park: Rocky Horror

Independence Park Theatre Lawn

Join BREC for a special viewing of the campy, classic musical on the giant LED screen while joining in the decades-long tradition of crowd partici-"Say It!"-pation! All the fun will begin at 8 p.m. with special pre-show activities by Theatre Baton Rouge’s very own Rocky Horror cast! Don't forget your blankets and chairs! Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory!
Oct. 1
8-10 p.m.

SCIENCE ACADEMY

HIGHLAND ROAD PARK OBSERVATORY

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy! Topics will include Saturn, Neptune, deep-space objects, observing the Universe and more.
Saturday
Oct. 1 + 15 + 22 / 10 a.m.-noon / Ages 8-12

SOLAR VIEWING

HIGHLAND ROAD PARK OBSERVATORY

HRPO staff show the Sun via a variety of techniques including projection, filtered optical light and hydrogen-alpha. Patrons will see any sizable sunspots or flares. Sunscreen and protective clothing are advised.
Saturday
Oct. 1 / noon-2 p.m.

Reauxller Jam

Perkins Road Community Park

Celebrate Roller Skate month with us at the Skatepark. Come join us for music, fun, and some good old-fashioned roller skating. We will have skating demonstrations from various skaters as well as instructions on how to get involved in this ever-growing sport!
Oct. 1
2-5 p.m.

TEA TIME: PAINT + MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

BARINGER ART CENTER

Participants will join professional illustrator and art educator, Holly Stone-Barker, as they create a vibrant and unique teacup and teapot on canvas. By painting paper and using paints and different liquid mediums, this finished piece will impress more than just those who sip tea!
Monday
Oct. 3 / 10-11:30 a.m.

PAGE TURNERS: TECHNIQUES FOR ART JOURNALING + BEYOND

VIRTUAL BY ZOOM

In this FUN, virtual class, participants will learn a variety of techniques that can be used not only for art journals but also card making and mixed media canvas projects. Join professional artist and art educator, Holly Stone Barker, as she teaches adding texture, laying out ideas for art journals, creating patterns and layout ideas.
Tuesday
Oct. 4 / 6-7:30 p.m.

STUDIO 3, 4, 5

BARINGER ART CENTER

It’s never too early to begin art! This class will introduce children to the very basics of art through songs, games and sensory play including brushwork, watercolors, tempera, pastels and mixed media.
Tuesday
Oct. 4 + 18 / 9-10 a.m. / Ages 3-5

YOUTH PRODUCTION WORKSHOP: XANADU JR

INDEPENDENCE PARK THEATRE

Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
Monday-Thursday
Oct. 4-22 / 5-8 p.m. Ages: 9-17

LOOSE ENDS

BARINGER ART CENTER

Let BREC Art help with the mid-week slump! Twice a month, Baringer Art Center will open its doors to the creative world of art! Dance, music, artsy games, art films and discussions and visual art will be part of this ongoing series. Classes will vary from week to week and will not repeat. This is a drop-in class based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wednesday
Oct. 5 + 26 / 4-5 p.m. / Ages: 8-12

BREW at the Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

Baton Rouge Zoo Foundation is hosting its 8th annual Brew at the Zoo on Friday, October 7th! As summer temperatures wane and the leaves begin to change colors, guests (21 and older only) are invited to the Zoo for an evening of food tasting, beer tasting, live music and more. Come and sample dozens of craft beers and munch on pub favorites, or show off your “safari chic” style while listening to the sound of live music.
Oct. 7
7-10 p.m.

THE SPOOKY SPECTRUM

Highland Road Park Observatory

As darkness falls, the spookiness rises. Come visit, if you dare, as HRPO’s annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish takes place. We’ll delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. Be warned, we want to make you think spook-tacular!
Oct. 8
6-10 p.m.

Messy Masterpieces

Saia Park

Create your own special masterpiece of art using a variety of mediums including paints, chalk, and charcoal in your own style with your hands, fingers and brushes.
Oct. 8
10 a.m.-noon

Ride + Roll

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

Come on out and celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Extreme Sports Park with a little bit of friendly competition. We will be hosting a BMX Skate Park Jam and a Skateboarding Jam here in the park. This is a free event so bring your bikes and boards and get ready to roll!
Oct. 9
2-6 p.m.

Cardio at the Pavilion

Independence Park Theatre Lawn

Join BREC on the Geaux for active, physical movement in cardio exercise at the pavilion on Mondays. The program promotes health, wellness, and physical activity. Exercise genres will vary from week to week.
Oct. 10 + 17 + 24
5:30-7 p.m.

Zoo and Me Mornings

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

This program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Every Zoo & Me Morning incorporates exciting activities including animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.
Oct. 11
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Swamp Haunted Hikes

Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed especially for younger children. This program is an alternative to the commercial haunted houses, which are geared more for teenagers and adults. Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats, and other “creepy critters” as they stop at educational stations along the trail. Track down costumed characters to receive “treasures” then trek through the Swamp Graveyard to our Education Building for Carnival Games and Spooky Storytime. No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome to come in costume if they choose. All participants should bring a flashlight, because this program runs at night. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Join us at Haunted Hikes this year for tons of fun!
Oct. 14 + 21 + 28
6 p.m.

Geaux Fish Catfish Rodeo

Burbank Soccer Complex Pond

Grab your fishing pole and head out with the family to GEAUX Fish! Our Geaux Fish Rodeos are a great opportunity to introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing or for the old veteran to test their skills. We will be stocking the pond with adult channel catfish to ensure you have plenty to catch and prizes galore. Don’t miss this chance to bring home channel catfish for dinner and spend the day outside with the family. This event is weather dependent. Please register early to guarantee a spot!
Oct. 15
7:30–11:30 a.m.

INSIDE OUT ARTS -- Paint like a French Impressionist

Zachary Community Park

This new program will feature three different sessions of Family Fun Art! What a great way to spend a Saturday morning - outside, creating art and making family memories! Snacks provided. Who says you can’t enjoy art AND the great outdoors?!
Oct. 15
10-11:30 a.m.

Magnolia Mound Creole Mourning Customs

Magnolia Mound

Special tours will highlight the rituals and customs associated with death in early 19th-Century Louisiana. The historic house will be decorated as it was customary for funerals. This will be a non-scary educational experience that focuses on the difficulties of life in the 19th Century.
Oct. 17-Nov. 7
Operating hours

Family Game Night

Independence Community Park

Want to enjoy family fun bonding time? Join us for family game night, every third Friday of the month to choose from a variety of activities, board games and teambuilding games. Grab your family members and friends to join us for a night of family fun.
Oct. 21
6:30-7:30 p.m.

TRICK + TREAT: ART UNLEASHED

City-Brooks Community Park

Join BREC Art and BREC Dog Parks for trick and treat dog costume contest and art unleashed! Bring your four-legged friends and families to a Friday night for some fang-tastic fun, free for all ages and breeds. Come enjoy live music, local art and makers, dog adoptions, local pet vendors, food, art, kids’ activities and more! BREC Art in conjunction with BREC Dog Parks will raise awareness for local dog shelters and adoption agencies as well as an appreciation for local art and BREC community parks.
Oct. 21
5-8 p.m.

Sunshine Social: It's the Great Pumpkin

Jefferson Highway Park

Dance the night away with BREC Adaptive and Families Helping Families as we host our monthly Sunshine Socials for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. Be creative and dress to match each month's theme. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and door prizes
Oct. 21
6-9 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

On October 22, 23, 29 & 30 ,the Zoo invites participants to Boo at the Zoo, Presented by Hancock Whitney! Participants should wear their best costumes and enjoy a fun & festive day a the Zoo! Regular Zoo admission applies. Free for Members. Admission gates open 9:30am - 4:00pm. Grounds close at 5pm.
Oct. 22 +23 +29 +30
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Full Moon Fete: Trunk or Treat

Forest Community Park

Creep on over and join us for an evening of family fun entertainment. Come out dressed in your favorite costume and stroll from trunk to trunk collecting treats followed by live entertainment, vendors, character visits, and activities the entire family will enjoy! This event is sponsored by Ochsner Health and the Ochsner Andrews Sports Medicine Institute, Discover Schools and the BREC Foundation. Event is free of charge and donations will benefit recreation programs supported by the foundation.
Oct. 29
noon-3 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES

HIGHLAND ROAD PARK OBSERVATORY

For twenty-five years this free program has given observatory patrons celestial histories and possible futures. Skygazing tips, physics phenomena, space programs and famous events are covered in unique themed lectures.
Friday
7:30-8:30 p.m. / Ages: 14+

STEM EXPANSION

HIGHLAND ROAD PARK OBSERVATORY

Tweens and teens can experience advanced STEM demonstrations and topic extensions for an older crowd. Participants will also get to discover archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years! All participants will receive a certificate.
Saturday
Oct. 29 / 3:30-7:30 p.m. / Ages: 12-16

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