Children living in Central Louisiana learn and grow through team sports, fishing, camping and arts camps. Children benefit from the cultural and heritage education programs at Southern Forest Heritage Museum in Longleaf, peruse the Lois Loftin Doll Museum in DeRidder, or enjoy wildlife at the Alexandria Zoo. Alexandria’s downtown arts district features special attractions tailored to children, such as the T.R.E.E. House Museum. Downtown Alexandria also offers a number of ways to have fun at museums and performing arts venues, including:
- Interactive learning centers
- Week-long summer art camps
In addition to the varied cultural programs, community events like Chinese dragon-boat racing on the Red River — an easy-to-learn and very safe racing activity — encourage participation from all age groups. Alexandria’s DownTown Rocks festival on the steps of City Hall draws out music lovers of every age for dancing and fun in warm weather months. Other local favorites for kids and grown-ups alike include Alexandria’s 12 Nights of Christmas and Alexandria Family Fall Festival.
In nearby Forest Hill, young nature lovers can explore the state’s largest fish hatchery featuring tanks of tiny bass and other freshwater species. Athletic opportunities include Dixie Baseball and Crossroads Soccer — with camps, lessons and league play — and more. The City of Alexandria provides programs for every season for a wide selection of leagues from basketball and boxing to rugby and lacrosse.