Family Friendly businesses open in Acadiana

Providing activities for children while practicing social distance
Posted at 6:42 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 20:01:02-04

With the fate of many summer camps in Acadiana still unknown and parents searching for activities to keep children busy, there are still some options out there.

Some businesses are working overtime to provide some fun activities while practicing social distancing.

"Include a reduced capacity, the number of people allowed into the zoo. We have our social distance markers placed where people typically stand in a line, and we offer all groups a complimentary zoodle," said General Manager Zoosiana, Matt Oldenburg.

The tube that is typically meant for the water is a fun way for the staff at Zoosiana to remind families to practice social distancing while visiting the animals. A process that the management believes to be working thus far.

"We've been open for about a week and a half, and we've had steady visitation. The guests that have come to the zoo have been very happy to be here. They've have missed our animals, and the animals have missed our guests," said Oldenburg.

A few miles down the road, the family-owned Kart Ranch is reopened but says they're only offering miniature golf and outdoor dining.

"We have everything marked so all the groups can maintain social distancing. We are sanitizing between each group per CDC guidelines. The golf balls the clubs the pencils, anything anybody comes in contact with," said Owner Kristyn Roche.

For parents looking for long term activities for their children, Camp Calvary has begun their summer camp activities but is being very cautious.

"We've rented a facility, next door to double our space this summer, and we're taking fewer children than we normally take," said Owner Lori Guillory.

The campers are following their assigned teacher to different stations wearing their masks but still having fun.

"Our goal this year is to survive, with all the extra costs to keep our campers safe and to make it another year safely," said Guillory.

For parents looking to register their child for summer, they can head to