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Cafe Du Monde Grand Opening

New Orleans City Park is proud to announce the opening of the newest Café Du Monde in the Park’s Casino Building. We invite the public to join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting.

Café Du Monde serves their beignets three to an order and café au lait among other treats including other coffee drinks like frozen mocha au lait, milk, and soft drinks. Café Du Monde will host birthday parties, small events, and is available for catering.

Also inside the Casino Building, the City Park gift shop additionally received a makeover and will sell souvenir items and healthy bird and turtle food for guests to feed to the animals in nearby Bayou Metairie. Newly restored public restrooms inside the Casino Building will be open during the hours of operation of Café Du Monde.

Since early 2019, the Park has been home to the Café Du Monde food truck next to the building while the building was under renovation. The interior of the Casino Building was completely refurbished including the studs being rebuilt and the exterior painted. The kitchen floor was removed and replaced along with the underground plumbing. City Park and Café Du Monde could tell, by the many happy faces covered in powdered sugar from the food truck, the people visiting City Park were happy and excited for the restaurant to eventually open.

WHEN:       Grand opening and ribbon cutting: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10:30am

WHERE:    56 Dreyfous Drive (Casino Building)

WHAT CITY PARK IS SAYING: “Café du Monde beignet restaurant will open its doors providing both locals and tourists alike a sugar experience that’s a true part of the New Orleans experience. We’re proud to be the home to the latest Café Du Monde. The Café Du Monde company, founded in 1862, is nearly as old as the Park. We’re thrilled to invite such an historic company to join the 169 year old City Park family,” says Bob Becker, New Orleans City Park CEO.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday - Thursday 6am to midnight and Friday & Saturday 6am to 1am

Storyland Revitalization Begins July 8th

 A jewel of New Orleans City Park, 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 its last major renovation and after 60 years of play, the revitalization will include four new exhibits and upgrades to the existing site, creating an environment that will allow participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through outdoor play, education, and entertainment by using educational methods such as STEM and Inclusive Play. In addition, ADA accessibility will be ensured for more exhibits.

Not only will all of Storyland be revitalized – including the beloved 18 exhibits such as: Pinocchio and the Whale, Hey Diddle Diddle, the Storyland Castle, and the Puff the Magic Dragon slide, but the renovation will breathe new life into the popular spot for children’s birthday parties.

New exhibits include Jack and the Beanstalk, Humpty Dumpty, Tortoise and the Hare, and Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator.

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 and the grand reopening date will be announced at a later date.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open with normal summer hours. 

“Storyland is a treasured part of New Orleans. Generations of children have memories of the dragon slide and three little pigs. This true gem in City Park will be revitalized this year, restoring the existing site and adding new additions creating an environment that will bring deeper interaction with the fairytales through fun, play, and education,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park.