Mardi Gras Activities for Kids
Kids love to join in the Mardi Gras activities also each year!! Here are a few fun activities you can do to make Mardi Gras fun for the whole family!
Get a Mardi Gras Look
First you must look the part. You can look here for a free coloring sheet of a Mardi Gras Mask to create your own. Then of course, what is Mardi Gras without a necklace!? Have the kids make a Macaroni Mardi Gras Necklace. Wear purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
Have a Parade
Now that you look the part. Have your kids friends come over for a parade. Ask if they have any left over throws from Christmas Parades they may have gone to. Buy a few bags of cheap candy, or perhaps you may have grabbed a few on clearance after the holidays. Have everyone dress in the traditional colors of Mardia Gras. You can decorate one truck pulling a trailer then other’s could pull wagons or ride scooters. Then, have a parade through your neighborhood. Make sure you have adult supervision to keep the kids together and safe.
Watch over the years this tradition grow in your neighborhood!
Kid Friendly Party
Buy balloons, streamers, and tableware in the traditional colors of purple, green, and gold. Play Cajun music and have Mardi Gras treats. If you really want to be daring, paint the kids’ faces purple, green, and gold.
During the party crown two people king and queen of the parade. This can be based on best dressed, vote, or random drawing. Put purple beads and one gold bead into a bag for the girls to draw from, whoever picks gold is the queen. Have green beads and one gold bead for the boys, again whoever picks gold is the king.
Musical Chairs ~ Play Mardi Gras music during a traditional game of musical chairs.
Don’t say ‘Mardi Gras’ ~ Mum’s the word when it comes to saying ‘Mardi Gras’. As you greet each guest, give each two beads around their neck. Once all of your guests have arrived, tell everyone that they can’t say ‘Mardi Gras’ for the duration of the party. If anyone hears someone else saying the forbidden word, he or she can steal a bead. At the end of the party whoever has the most beads wins.
Pass the Baby ~ Just like ‘Hot Potato’ instead of passing a potato, the kids can pass a baby doll while Cajun music plays. When the music stops, the kid holding the baby is out. The game continues until only one child is remaining.
Really it does not take a lot to impress a kid to have a little fun. Just pick one or two activities this year and work yourself up to having a kid friendly Mardi Gras every year!
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Sandra Watts says
That sounds like fun. I would love to go to Mardi Gras some day.
Mare W says
These are great ideas! It’s fun to see someone’s reaction when the ‘forbidden’ word is said!
Darlene Wright says
Would love to go to Mardi Gras! Thanks
Sue M. says
These are all really fun ideas, if you can’t actually go to the Mardi Gras, you can at least have your own Mardi Gras near home! 🙂
Those are good ideas. I like the parade. Very cute!
Sherry Martindale says
Great ideas!!! I never thought about ways to include children in Mardi Gras celebration, but this is so fun!!! I think it would be great as a theme for a birthday party as well 😉
Ellora Bybee says
What great ideas to get this tradition going for kids and families! Will definitely keep these in mind.
Tania B says
Aw, the kids would love to have a parade! That is a super bunch of ideas. Thanks so much, I have something to work on for Mardi Gras now!
Debra Osborne says
This is a great site.
Dana Stargazer Truitt says
Mardi Gras is on my to do or should I say Bucket list. It’s always been something I have wanted to do!!
Kim Moore says
I never considered celebrating Mardi Gras with kids, some fun treats and colorful masks and this could be a hit! Thanks for posting!
april williams says
thanks for the wonderful ideas, my children love the masks but Mardi Gras has always seemed to be to adult oriented imo, this makes it kid friendly.
angela smith says
sounds like a fun idea to have a mardi gras for kids.and a good idea on how to choose the king and queen in a fair way
Sarah L says
Have to dig up my beads that a friend brought me last year from Mardi Gras
Rachael Roberts says
I can’t wait to make the Mardi Gras masks & make necklaces with the kids!! Plus I can use this as a homeschooling craft project & teach the meaning of Mardi Gras. Thank you for the ideas
terese dudek says
this looks like so much fun!
Heather in VA says
My local Dollar Tree has a ton of adorable Mardi Gras things including crowns and beads. I was surprised because I don’t remember seeing such a big section before.
Carol Nine says
Those games sound like so much fun! Great for adapting to any type of party or celebration too!
Megan Swinney says
My kids are going to love doing these things! Cool!
denise smith says
the kids would love to do these activities great ideas
Sandy Klocinski says
Sounds like fun. Thanks. Very Cute!
wendy browne says
Cute ideas and ways to use all those left over beads!
Aimee Trader says
Sounds and looks really fun! Heck even for the parents!
denise low says
This looks and sounds like fun. My grandkids would have a ball. Thanks for the information.
RANDY FULGHAM says
this looks like a lot of fun –never been or had a madi-gra
Christine A says
Mardi Gras wasn’t a big celebration day where I grew up. The parade idea is really cute and it would be really sweet if a neighborhood made it a tradition.
These are some fun ideas! I love dressing up the grill work of your car…a good activity for the teen 🙂
Dorothy Hubbard says
What fun ideas to get the kids involved too.
laura rubenstein says
These are really cool ideas 🙂 I’ve never seen these before
Linda Manns Linneman says
My grandkids will truly love this. These are some great suggestions. Thank you for sharing
Sarah L says
Oops. Missed it for this year. Will try to remember next year.
Rita Corey says
These are some great ideas. My daughter always loved dressing up and face painting. Wish I had thought of this when she was little.
Joy McFalls says
great ideas. I will have to remember these for next year. my daughter loves dressing up and getting her face painted
That sounds like a lot of fun for the kids. It’s always fun to celebrate, especially the face painting.
Pam V H says
A Mardi Gras party is perfect for a February day. I like the pic of the car all decorated for Mardi Gras.
Deb E says
Oh I like the parade idea. I often think of the naughty Mardi gras (flashing) which is not kid friendly but this is a nice alternative.
Jerry Marquardt says
This sounds so great, I would like to go down and see this in action. Thanks for enlightening me on the great activities in store for the kids.
Sue M. says
These are great ideas and look like a lot of fun. I would love to go to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans if I ever had the chance! Thanks for posting.
fawn wright says
this sound like a very fun idea for kids, thanks for sharing
michelle combs says
this is a great idea thanks
violet taylor says
i would love to do this stuff with my kids!
KATE SARSFIELD says
We don’t have Mardi Gras in soggy old Ireland but I might pinch some of these ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!
diane sabatini says
Great ideas! My son is 8 and has ASD so beads are right up his alley for crafts. He loves to color too.
Cute ideas. The kids here usually do something in school but these are neat ideas for home. There is no parade here for March Gras but it would be nice to have one.
What fun party idea for many occasions in addition to Mardi Gras.
Sue Mullaney says
I love all these terrific ideas. Thank you so much for sharing!
Renee Rousseau says
Great Mardi Gras ideas! If I have the kids string their own beads it could occupy them for awhile! Thanks for the suggestions.
Amber Ludwig says
So fun!! Its such an adult theme that I would’ve never thought to make it kid friendly!! I love the game ideas!!
Sarah L says
When is Mardi Gras this year? It moves around.
Jeanna Massman says
My grandson would love to participate in these activities. I’m going to suggest some of these ideas to his pre-school.
Jennifer Boehme says
These look like good ideas, but it’s hard to teach what it means when there is no celebrations but an hour away. I am glad the parade is on tv or they would not know why they are even celebrating.
if my kids were younger, this would be fun
Debbie Welchert says
Sounds like fun. It’s a little cold and snowy here to have a parade. I love the passing the baby game. That would be a great game to play on family night.
Tiffany S says
Great suggestions!! We live in Mardi Gras country and are always doing Mardi Gras activities during Carnival season. These suggestions will come in handy!
Jerry Marquardt says
These are some nice things for the kids to do. Thanks for the nice review on getting it in gear.
samir hmdme says
great ideas! looks really fun
Valarie Lee Gentry says
These are great activities that my daughter and I can do together! Great mother-daughter bonding time activities!! Thanks!!
Cute ideas, but I’ve never heard of kids involved in Mardi Gras.
Ronald Gagnon says
I live in Edmonton, Alberta, so we do not have a Mardi Gras, the closest we have is Klondyke Parade, and i can see where we are missing out on a huge amount of fun… I would love to go to Mardi Gras some day.