November 2021

Lower temps are settling in & we aren't going to miss out on the fun. Enjoy a movie under the stars with a blanket, sharpen your carnival skills, or let all your stress go through a morning hike.Get registered and don't miss a thing. 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.


Independence Park Theatre

Can you dance, juggle, perform a magic trick, sing, tell a joke – what is the talent that you are ready to show off? We are looking for all the talents at BREC! Limited registration of 20 performers will be allowed. So, pre-register and grab your performing spot on stage today!
Nov. 4
6-8 p.m.



Join us for a few hours of crafting and creating as we make wreaths to celebrate the holidays. Participants will receive guided instruction and all art supplies to complete your masterpiece.
Nov. 4 / 6-8 p.m.
Nov. 7 / 2-4 p.m.


T.D. Bickham Park

Grab your chairs, blankets and a picnic to join BREC for a movie under the stars. Seating will start at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin after sunset.
Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it's up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.
Nov. 5
5:30-9 p.m.

Revive Your Mind Nature Hike

Frenchtown Road Conservation Area

Forest bathing, Nature Rx, Ecotherapy…it’s been called many things but the message is the same, nature is good for you! If life has you spinning and you feel out of balance this is the hike for you. We will be using time in nature to slow down and take a breakthrough mindful, purposeful observation. We will be hiking off the beaten path at one of BREC's Conservation Areas using the outdoors as a window to relaxation and free the mind. Join us to get a well-deserved dose of nature at its finest. This program is geared towards adults, but those age 13 and older may attend.
Nov. 6
9:30-11:30 a.m.



Join us as we recognize and honor both those actively serving and those who have served in the armed forces, as well as a special Bald Eagle chat.
Nov. 6
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. / Grounds close at 5 p.m.

E-Sports Tournament – Mario Kart 8

Red Oaks Park

Do you have the skills, coordination and training to beat other gamers? Participants ages 10 and older are invited to join BREC for a 4-game series of eSports tournaments beginning at noon on Sept. 25 at our new eSports Lounge located at Red Oaks Park.
Nov. 6

Homage to a Hero: Ruby Bridges

Milton J. Womack Park

In 1960, at the age of 6, Ruby Bridges was the first African American girl to desegregate an elementary school in New Orleans. A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education. BREC Art celebrates this brave young girl who grew to be a passionate maker of change. Students will paint an impressionistic portrait of the young Ruby Bridges using acrylic on canvas.
Nov. 6
10:30 a.m.-noon

Hooper Hustle

Hooper Road Park

Get ready to test your mountain bike skills at the Hooper Hustle! This classic mountain bike race has two categories for Novice and Advanced riders. Registration is $30 and prizes will be awarded!
Nov. 7
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Swamp Flashlight Night

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

We welcome you to enjoy the Swamp at night by visiting us during our Swamp Flashlight Night! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters througout the event. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night – so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellant are recommended. Please note that admission to the trails ends at 8:15 p.m
Nov. 12
5-9 p.m.


Flannery Road Park

Grab your chairs, blankets and a picnic to join BREC for a movie under the stars. Seating will start at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin after sunset.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG)
Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI's digitized champions of the court -- a powered-up roster called the Goon Squad.
Nov. 12
5:30-9 p.m.

10 and Under Tennis Tournament

Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center

This tournament features a singles round robin format with boys and girls divisions: ages 8 and younger on a 36-ft. court with a red ball; ages 10 and younger on a 60-ft. court with an orange ball; ages 10 and younger on a 78-ft. court with an orange or green dot ball. Free snacks and awards for players. A 20% surcharge will be applied on out-of-parish registrations. Registration Deadline: Wednesday prior to the tournament
Nov. 13
8:30 a.m. – Noon

Saturday Morning Studio: Rainy Day in London Town

Milton J. Womack Park

Saturday Morning Studio is TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD! Each month BREC Art will “travel” to a different country to experience history, art, (and snacks!) of a culture different from ours. Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression as we pack our art bags and see the world! Students will see beautiful London architecture and create a mixed media rainy day city landscape. Cheerio!
Nov. 13
10:30 a.m.-noon


City-Brooks Community Park

Some of the bests part of a carnival are the games and the food. Our mini carnival will feature the games seen at most carnivals for the low price of FREE. Bring the kids; play some games. Popcorn, cotton candy, and other prizes will all have to be earned from winning a ticket at a game. Buy traditional carnival food from our vendors. When the carnival ends a movie can begin. At dusk will be showing Dumbo on our large walk-up screen.
Dumbo (2019) (PG)
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
Nov. 13
1-4 p.m.

Teen Pop Up & Unplug

Highland Road Community Park

Every second Saturday of the month from Sept.-Dec., teens will have the opportunity to unwind from the week and engage in active activities with BREC on The Geaux, Our Lady of the Lake Health Centers in Schools and ICARE. Activities will include Fitness Bingo, Ninja Course, musical activities, health and wellness information and more!
Nov. 13
11 a.m.-1 p.m.



Run like a cheetah to our 16th annual Zoo Run Run 2-Mile Race and ½ Mile Kids' Fun Run presented by Ochsner! At the run, enjoy the scenery as you scamper, trot or gallop your way through BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. All proceeds from the race support your Baton Rouge Zoo and international cheetah conservation efforts. Again this year, all participants earn a medal! After the race, participants are invited to join us for food, refreshments, and an award ceremony.
Nov. 13
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

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 Contest, BMX Dirt Jump Contest, and a Skateboarding Contest here in the park. This is a free event so bring your bikes and boards and get ready to roll!
Nov. 13
2-6 p.m.

Swamp Art Show Field Days

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Those interested in working on entry pieces for upcoming Swamp Art Show Series shows can visit the swamp on this day for inspiration completely free! Whether your gear includes canvases or cameras, come out and enjoy this paint-out and field-shoot day. Bring your own supplies – we’ll provide workspace indoors and out for you to create your masterpieces!
Nov. 13 + 14
Operating Hours

Sunshine Social - Fall Fest


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 to invite their friends and family. There will be a dancing, disc jockey, door prizes, fun, refreshments and of course, socialization! Please pre-register by the Wednesday before each dance. Please include the total number of people attending in your party. (Donation supports this program, including supplies and door prizes each month.)
Nov. 19
6-9 p.m.

Fall Break Holiday Camps

Various Locations/Times

BREC offers holiday camps, which are perfect for school vacations, filled with friends and fun activities. There will be two holiday camps, including Fall Break and Winter Break, to follow school schedules (School Schedules to be followed are City of Baker, City of Central, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools and City of Zachary). These camps offer a fun-filled variety of holiday themed recreational curriculum to include arts and crafts, guest speakers, passive and active games, socialization with peers and much more.
Nov. 22-26


Independence Community Park

Grab your chairs, blankets and a picnic to join BREC for a movie under the stars. Seating will start at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin after sunset.
Tom & Jerry (2021) (PG)
A legendary rivalry reemerges when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. As mayhem ensues, the escalating cat-and-mouse battle soon threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.
Nov. 23
5:30-9 p.m.



Join us for a mile-long trail through the Zoo and check out more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays
Nov. 26-Dec. 30 (Closed Christmas Eve + Christmas Day)
5:30-8 p.m. / Grounds close at 9 p.m.

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.
Nov. 28
1-6 p.m.

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