You might not think kids and New Orleans if you haven't been here before - or if your experience is limited to the adult scene rife with strip clubs and drunks on Bourbon Street. But New Orleans is a city of families who just avoid the Bourbon Street scene with the kiddos. There is so much else to do around town, from more organized attractions to just soaking in the city's rich and vibrant culture.
Exposing the kids to live music is a must. Remember that bars don’t let in the under-21 set, and since most live music happens in bars, that’s an issue. Not to worry though. Kids are welcome at Preservation Hall, the hallowed jazz venue that attracts fans from all over the world. The sets are relatively short, so even the younger ones will have a great time. Street music abounds on Royal Street during the day, and street performers of all ilks busk for bucks around Jackson Square. A stroll down Frenchmen Street anytime after 5 pm or so will deliver street corner brass bands, as well as plenty of open doorways to catch some wafting tunes. Depending on the time of year, there are free concerts on Wednesdays and Thursday in Lafayette Square and Armstrong Park, all suitable for young ears.