Storyland Revitalization

Storyland is an enchanted playground that has been in New Orleanians’ backyards since the 1950s. In Storyland, children can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, adventure into the mouth of Pinocchio’s whale or scamper up Jack & Jill’s hill. This outdoor, fairy-tale playground is a child’s dream come true filled with 18 larger-than-life storybook sculptures, featuring classic characters from Grimm and Mother Goose nursery rhymes and Trickster character induced folk-tales from around the world. Children can have fun, play, and learn, all while running under the shade of City Park’s majestic oak tree canopies.

But wait…Storyland is getting even better! Nearly 35 years after the last major renovation, the revitalization will take place starting July 8, 2019 through the fall of 2019.

The revitalization will:
-Add four new exhibits:

1. Jack and the Beanstalk
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. The Tortoise and the Hare
4. Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator

-Enhance 18 well-loved exhibits:
• Alice in Wonderland
• Hey Diddle Diddle
• Little Mermaid
• Show White and the Seven Dwarfs
• The Storyland Castle
• Peter Pan’s Pirate Adventure
• Gingerbread Man
• Pinocchio and the Whale
• Cinderella’s Pumpkin
• Little Red Riding Hood
• The Three Little Pigs
• Jack and Jill
• Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe
• Puff the Magic Dragon Slide
• Old King Cole
• The School House

-Focus on the latest educational methods. including STEM and interactive-play for the whole family
-Increase ADA accessibility for more exhibits
-Breathe new life into the most popular spots in Storyland to host a child’s birthday party. Parties are being booked now. Click here for details.
-Use 90% local artists on this renovation

This announcement comes on the heels of Storyland being named this month by Forbes ‘among best family-travel activities in New Orleans’.

Storyland will close starting July 8, 2019 through the fall of 2019. 

Friends of City Park’s member perk of free admission to Storyland will be re-activated upon opening. Members should reach out to the Friends of City Park office for any questions by clicking here.

You can still support the effort. Contact Casie Duplechain, Chief Development Officer, at cduplechain@nocp.org for support opportunities, like sponsoring a bench in Storyland ito honor of your grandchild or child. Donate today by clicking here and and selecting Storyland in the drop down.


Thank you to the generosity of our current donors:

Storyland Castle:
Boysie Bollinger Fund

Alice in Wonderland:
Dots Diner - JoAnn and Larry Katz

Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator:
Kiwanis Club of New Orleans

Peter Pan’s Pirate Adventure:
Hahn Enterprises, Inc.

Pinocchio and the Whale:
Andrèe, Jay, Bailey and Kelly Batt

Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe:
Robert Zetzmann Family Foundation

Cinderella’s Pumpkin:
Richard “Dickie” Brennan, Jr.
Steve and Yvette Pettus
George and Lauren Brennan Brower

Gingerbread Man:
Bryan and Lauren Fitzpatrick Family Foundation

Humpty Dumpty:
Laura and Philip Claverie
in honor of their grandchildren

Little Mermaid:
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

Little Red Riding Hood:
Lakeview Veterinary Hospital

Old King Cole:
Children of Gerry Bordelon

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
Liz and Poco Sloss
Karen and Peter DeBlieux
Mary and Keith Johnson

The Tortoise and the Hare:
The Azby Fund

Jack and Jill:
Jason Bourgeois and Camille Bourgeois, and their parents Warren Bourgeois and Usha Ramadhyani

Brick House, Practical Pig, and Benches:
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

Sally and Walter Cockerham

Mother Goose:
Andrèe, Jay, Bailey and Kelly Batt

The Three Little Pigs Wood House:
Susan and Bill Hess
in honor of their grandchildren

The Three Little Pigs Brick House:
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

Anansi Spider:
Chaney Lawrence Phillips, R. Grayson Phillips, Lindsey Noelle Phillips, Kathryn Leigh Thomas, Luke Bennet Thomas - In honor of Dr. Aimee Kathryn Thomas

Bench Sponsor:
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy (Kathleen) Morgan

Julie and Jacque Kuchta

Fifer Pig:
Hancock Whitney

Practical Pig:
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

Fidler Pig:
Kathy and Edmund Schrenk

Dr. Kenya and Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Peter Rabbit:
Renee and Paul Masinter
in honor of their daughter Eleanor Grace Masinter - who loves Storyland

Donna and Will Tregre

Mushroom Sponsors:
Bev and John Church

Lori and Bobby Savoie

Jackie and Bruce Shreves AKA "Pops and JJ"
in honor of Teddy and Fritzy Newman



The antique wooden carousel in Carousel Gardens was created by famed carvers Looff and Carmel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A post-Katrina renovation garnered national attention and praise from the National Historic Preservation Society.