October 2020

With Louisiana now in Phase 3 of reopening, we are working to bring you even more safe programming. Spooky season is here and we're ready to provide tricks & treats! Carve creepy faces with Jack Eaux Lanterns, bring the four-legged friends to show off their best in a costume contest, or explore a hooting good time at the swamp virtually and in-person. 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.

Programs & Events

Mountain Biking 101

Hooper Road Park

Ready to get some grit in your teeth? Then gear up for this introductory level mountain biking course as we put the tread to the trail. Let us give you some tips and tricks to get you comfortable on our mountain biking trails, so you can tear up the tracks. All equipment provided.
Oct. 1
5:45-6:45 p.m.

Spooky Sensation

Highland Road Park Observatory

There’s a chill in the air—that can only be explained by science. Come join us for a marshmallow roast with eerie true-life STEM stories, a scavenger hunt game to earn wicked prizes, physical science demos that will make you scream and more. Views of the Sun and all five outer planets: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Activities include the Twilight Deepening, Magnitude Stepdown, Scope-on-a-Rope, and a brief discussion of the mysterious X-37B spaceplane. Other celestial targets include the Pleiades Star Cluster, the double star Albireo, the Job’s Coffin asterism and the Andromeda Galaxy.
Oct. 3
4-10 p.m.

Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

Central Sports Park

Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division for Pitch, Hit, & Run. BREC maximum count for registration will be 20 children for this event. Patrons will also need to supply their own bat and glove for this event. Your child's age as of September 26 of this year will determine his or her age in this year's competition.
Oct 3.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Youth Tennis Smash

City-Brooks Community Park Tennis Center

Looking for a fun Saturday activity for your child? Then join BREC Tennis for a free tennis extravaganza at BREC’s Youth Tennis Smash on Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. At BREC’s Youth Tennis Smash, BREC will give your child a free tennis racquet, balls, a lunch, and lesson thanks to a partnership with the Greater Baton Rouge Tennis Association.
Oct. 3
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

BMX Dirt Track Clinic

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

Do you like playing in the dirt? Then our BMX Dirt Track clinic is for you. During this clinic, an experienced and well-trained instructor will guide riders on the essentials of track riding such as pedaling, pumping, and taking the turns. This clinic is open to riding at any skill level. Our instructors meet the rider where they’re at and will be there to guide riders with both general and specific issues they may be having. Due Covid-19 there will be a limit of 10 riders per session. Spots fill up quick so make sure to register soon. Pre- registration is required.
Oct. 3
9-10 a.m.

Mountain Bike Monday

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

This is a special event held on the first Monday of every month. This time is reserved exclusively for those riding mountain bikes. This pulls the mountain bike community together to ride something other than just trails. Riders must have a mask on when within 6 feet of another person. This event will be limited to 25 individuals on the track at a time.
Oct. 5
4-6 p.m.

Urban Nature Hike

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Interested in exploring the nature oasis next door or looking to take your neighborhood walks to the next level? Our Urban Hike series is a great start! Geared toward nature novices of all ages, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through a BREC park while learning some fun facts about the park’s natural areas and the fundamentals of adventuring in the great outdoors. Preregistration is required
Oct. 6
5:30-7 p.m.

Virtual Adventures in Art

BREC Art is excited to announce our first virtual art class for the community! Each week we will lead children 8-12 through an elemental, fun, FREE art project. Each project is designed to use basic supplies almost everyone has such as paper, pencil, markers, color pencils, scissors, glue and crayons. You guys bring your supplies and we will bring the art! It’s much more fun than homework!
Oct. 7 + 21
4-5 p.m.

Hooper Hoops Challenge

Hooper Road Park

All participants must register to participate. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and will close 15 minutes prior to the start of each age group competition. Each participant will have 2 chances to complete as many consecutive free throws as possible. The top 3 participants in each age bracket will walk away with bragging rights and a prize
Oct. 8
/ 6-8 p.m.

Saturday Morning Studios: el Dia de los Muertos

Milton J. Womack Park

These classes are the perfect combination of art and FUN! Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression through projects designed to enhance art skills guised under fun and games!
Oct. 10
10:30 a.m.-noon

HOWELL-O-WEEN Movie in the Park

Howell Community Park

Come dressed in your favorite costume and join us for a SPOOKTACULAR evening filled with excitement. This event includes character visits, refreshments, music, a trick-or-treat trail and more.
The Addams Family (PG) (2019) - Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood. *Please be prepared to observe social distancing regulations for the safety and security of all patrons.
Oct. 10
7-9 p.m.

Adult Leisure Chair Dance Exercise

Baker Park

Join us as we come back together for a variety of activities, classes and events in a safe way. We will practice physical distancing, safe equipment usage and proper cleaning guidelines.
Oct. 12
8-9 a.m. & 10-11 a.m.

Trick & Treat: Art Unleashed Revamped

Forest Community Park

A return of our fur-tastic community event celebrating the Arts & our four-legged friends, but this time reVAMPed. We are combining the annual Trick and Treat Dog Costume Contest with Art Unleashed to have one fang-tastic event! Enjoy live music, games, dog organizations and arts & crafts vendors, kids’ and canine activities and much more at Trick and Treat: Art Unleashed Revamped!
Oct. 16
5-9 p.m.

Kids! Two Week Workshop – Theatre Games, Improv, and Scene Study for Actors

Independence Park Theatre

In this two-week workshop, we will be exploring fun and energetic Theatre Games, Improv, and Working on a Scene with a Partner! Each class we will be learning fun actors’ warm-ups, improv games, and scene study skills techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn about new plays when assigned their scenes. Students will learn through teacher guidance and interaction with classmates.
Oct. 14-22 (4 classes)
Monday + Wednesday / 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Virtual Sunshine Social: A Night at Hogwarts

We are excited to host a virtual prom for teens (age 16+) and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Get dressed up or come as you are! Join us for music and dancing from your home.
Oct. 16
6-8 p.m.
Ages: 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities

RecTime

Baker Park

Bring your kids out and join us for some quality RecTime! BREC staff will be on-site to play games, create crafts, watch a movie and eat snacks (provided by BREC). Masks are required and all activities will follow social distancing procedures.
Oct. 16
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Haunted Hootenannies

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Join us at the swamp in-person or online for two exciting weekends of Haunted Hootenannies! Visit us on Saturdays for some wicked daytime fun like exploring our Animal Morgue and the wonderful Wall of Weird display or during the extended evening hours for a walk through the trail when all the nocturnal creatures are just coming out to play. On Fridays, join us via Zoom for exciting animal presentations led by nature experts like Dr. Nathan Lord from the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum talking about creepy crawlies and Leslie Lattimore from Wings of Hope Wildlife Rehabilitation with owls and other birds of prey! We'll also be giving away treat bags throughout the entire month of October! Although things might look a little differently than our usual Halloween events, we hope to see you all for some spooky but safe fun this Halloween!
Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24

Free Throw & 3-Point Competition

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

Participants compete in a round of Free Throws and 3 pointer competition at their local park. BREC maximum count for registration will be 20 children for this event. Patrons will also need to supply their own basketball for this event. Divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U
Oct. 17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

The Zoo invites participants to Boo at the Zoo! Participants should wear their best costumes and enjoy a fun & festive day a the Zoo! Regular Zoo admission applies. Admission gates open 9:30am - 4:00pm. Grounds close at 5pm. THIS YEAR AT BOO AT THE ZOO: Due to COVID-19 Safeguards, we will be pre-packaging treat bags for all children ages 12 and under to collect upon exiting their adventure at the Zoo. We encourage costumes, as always and protective face masks for guests. While, this year's event will be a little bit different, we promise to keep this family tradition special. There will be traditional photo opps throughout the Zoo with Fall and Halloween themed structures. As well, we will be providing fun and festive enrichments to our animal friends throughout the day.
Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Grounds close at 5 p.m.

Trail Time for Toddlers Translated-Spanish

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Trail Time for Toddlers brinda la oportunidad a familias de habla hispana con niños pequeños, de participar en uno de nuestros programas de más larga trayectoria. Niños de entre 2 y 5 años están invitados, junto a sus padres o tutores, a divertirse aprendiendo sobre la naturaleza a través de actividades temáticas en interiores y exteriores, que serán conducidas o traducidas por un intérprete. Venga a disfrutar de las vistas y sonidos del pantano, artes y manualidades, narración de cuentos, encuentros con animales y refrigerios saludables. Para cumplir con las políticas y procedimientos actuales, la mayoría de la clase se llevará a cabo en exteriores mientras se observa distanciamiento físico. Para las actividades en interiores se requiere el uso de máscara. ¡Inscripciones abiertas!
Oct. 20
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Bon Painting!

Flanacher Road Park

Join us for this beginners painting class that will walk participants through the steps to paint a Louisiana themed picture or landscape.
Oct. 20
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Archery Rental Day

Milton J. Womack Park

Come enjoy archery! We will have bows and arrows available for rent. No instruction provided.
Oct. 21
3-6 p.m.

Virtual Art UnWINEd: Little Happy Trees

Tired of the same ol’ paint and drink? Check out BREC’s new adult-only art classes designed to encourage and inspire creativity while painting the town rose’. Using the Zoom platform, join professional artist and instructor, Anita Lejeune, as she walks you through a step by step painting with others in a classroom atmosphere, all in the safety of your own home.
LITTLE HAPPY TREES - We are celebrating Bob Ross’ birthday and you’re invited! Put on your blue button-down and brown wig and join us as we paint little happy trees and cool mountains. Students will be lead through the painting process in Bob Ross style and the result will be a Bob Ross landscape that can be displayed with pride and quiet delight. Oh, the joy of painting!
Oct. 23
6-8:30p.m.
Ages: 21+

Jack-Eaux-Lanterns

Zachary Community Park

Bring the whole family and join us for a special pumpkin carving and painting event. Registration Fee includes pumpkin
Oct. 28
5-7 p.m.

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Get into the Halloween spirit with our Pumpkin Paddle Parade, an exciting competition of “float” decorating! You design and decorate a canoe, kayak or paddleboard in Halloween décor, and then parade in front of our judges for the chance to win fabulous prizes!
Oct. 29
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Craft Corner at the Swamp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Come and get your crafting on at Bluebonnet Swamp! Join us for a variety of nature-themed crafts you can make & take – from slithery snakes to chomping alligators, our craft selection changes from season to season. Tables, chairs, and reusable craft supplies will be sanitized between visitors; tables will be spaced to promote physical distancing requirements.
Oct. 30 + 31
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Full Moon Fete: Movie in the Park

Airline Highway park

Get your costumes ready! Come out and enjoy a day filled with family friendly entertainment as BREC hosts Full Moon Fete – Movie in the Park. This all-day event will feature 5 popular Halloween themed movies the entire family will enjoy. This event includes a DRIVE THRU TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL (one hour prior to the start of movie), CHARACTER VISITS, FOOD VENDORS, MUSIC, GIVE-A-WAYS, a COSTUME CONTEST and MORE! Drive-in slots (limited) or walk up. This event is free and open to all ages.
MOVIES & SHOWTIMES
- Hotel Transylvania (PG) (2012) / 10 a.m.
- The Addams Family (PG) (2019) / 1 p.m.
- Goosebumps (PG) (2015) / 3:15 p.m.
- Ghostbusters (PG) (1984) / 5:30 p.m.
- Dracula (NR) (1931) / 7:45 p.m.
Trick or Treat Trail
9-9:45 a.m.
noon-12:45 p.m.
Please be prepared to observe social distancing regulations for the safety and security of all patrons.
Oct. 31
10 a.m.-9 p.m.

10 & Under Tennis Tournament

Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center

This tournament features a singles round-robin format with divisions for boys and girls: ages 8 and younger on a 36-ft. court with a maximum 23-in. racquet; ages 10 and younger on a 60-ft. court with a maximum 25-in. racquet; ages 10 and younger on a 78-ft. court with a maximum 29-in. racquet. Free snacks and awards for players.
Oct. 31
8:30 a.m.-Noon

Virtual Sunshine Family Cooking Nights

Join us as we prepare different recipes and enjoy a meal together. We will provide a list of ingredients to you before the program starts.
Every Thursday in October
6-7 p.m.
All ages and abilities are welcome.

Nature Explorers Virtual Club

Do you have a budding biologist, seasoned scientist, or an avid mud-pie enthusiast at home? Nature Explorers Virtual Club is the adventure for you! After the success of our virtual camp we want to keep the fun going and are happy to present the nature explorers virtual club! This once a week club will dive into month long themes and explore concepts related to the world around us with virtual nature hikes through BREC Conservation areas, live animal encounters, active outdoor explorations, games, challenges, and much more! Join our enthusiastic naturalists for a themed month of adventure, engagement, and socialization
Thursdays
5-6:30 p.m.

Archery Academy 2.0

Louisiana Park

Archery Academy will provide you with basic archery instruction, educate participants on common archery equipment, and safe archery practices. We spend lots of time shooting with plenty of opportunity to practice your new found archery skills. We meet once a week for four weeks to review and practice skills, ending in an explosive conclusion! Both youth and adults are welcome. All equipment is provided.
Tuesdays
5:30-6:45 p.m.

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