A fun & unique Mother’s Day gift: Painting with a Twist!

Painting with a Twist | The Pelican Girls

If you’re looking for a fun and unique gift for your mom this Mother’s Day, we have a great suggestion: Painting with a Twist! How can you turn down a painting lesson where you just show up, bring some drinks and snacks (alcohol is allowed!), and paint!? The great staff sets everything up for you! You’ll have the canvas, paints, and brushes just waiting for you and your mom. Then they walk you through the steps to paint a beautiful work of art.

A few years ago I (Lexi) took my mom, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law to Painting with a Twist as their Mother’s Day presents, and it was a huge hit! I love giving experiences as gifts, and this one is so much fun to share with them. However, if this doesn’t sound like your thing, you can give them a gift card!

We have a full blog post about PWAT, so check that out HERE if you want more information.

Also, go to their site HERE to order a gift card or reserve you and your mom’s spots for an upcoming painting!

Top 3 Museums for Indoor (& air conditioned) Fun in Lake Charles!

Even though we are all enjoying this beautiful Spring weather, it’s hard to forget about those high temps just waiting for us this summer – especially when it was in the mid-90’s already today! Here are three museums in Lake Charles to help you beat the heat while having fun! They’re inexpensive and have flexible hours perfect for a spontaneous day out of the house!

1. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum3 Cool (literally) Museums in Lake Charles | The Pelican Girls

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 to 5 & Saturday, 10-3

Prices: Adults: $5; 60+, 17 & under $2

Location: 204 W. Sallier St. Lake Charles, LA 70601


Whether you’re a hardcore history buff or just want something interesting to look at while you soak up that A.C., the Imperial Calcasieu Museum has you covered. Some of my favorite exhibits include their exhibit on the 1910 Lake Charles fire and the John James Audubon’s beautiful Birds of America collection and Quadruped collection. Also, with several complete scenes set up with as they would have looked back in the day, you can see a barber shop, post office, and cabin. It’s like stepping back in time! You will also find the Gibson-Barham Gallery in the museum which displays revolving fine art, cultural exhibits, and even live plays.


For more information on what the museum has to offer check out our post about it here and go to their website here.



2. The Mardi Gras Museum

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5

Prices: Adults: $10; Seniors & Children $5

Location: 809 Kirby Lake Charles, LA 70601 (In the Central School Arts & Humanities Center)


If you need a bit more party in your museum, head over to the Mardi Gras Museum housed in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center. There you can see the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the South spanning many years. From learning about the humble beginnings of Mardi Gras to climbing aboard an actual float, you are sure to let the good times roll all year round!


To learn more and even find out about group rates, check out the Visit Lake Charles website here.


3. The U.S.S. Orleck

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-3 & Saturday 10-4

Prices: Adults (13-59): $10; 6-12 $5; 5 & under: FREE; 60+: $8

Location: 604 N Enterprise Blvd Lake Charles, La 70601


Looking for something a little more rugged? Then step aboard one of the most decorated U.S. Navy ships since World War II, the U.S.S. Orleck. Take a tour and learn all about the workings of a Gearing Class Destroyer while learning about the ships travels and battles. There is an extensive scale model gallery featuring hundreds of planes, ships, and other models – perfect for the kids! They even offer laser tag on board! Check out their website,, for more information.


For general information about the ship and museum, including tours and group rates, go to their website


So get out of the house but still stay cool in one of these museums! Leave us a comment below and start a conversation with us about your experiences at these museums or other favorite indoor activities around Southwest Louisiana!

Southern Snapshot: The Grape Guy Mural

Southern Snapshot: Grape Guy Mural

When going to eat some cheeseburgers at Cotten’s Downtown for a blog post, we stumbled up this amazing mural on the side of the restaurant. It’s a piece done by Jeremy Price of Bluejay Arts. Have  you seen this mural or others like it around town? Have any pics? Please comment below or e-mail us at! We would love to see and share them!


Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Gator Incognito

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Gator Incognito |

We first found this Gator on the Geaux when leaving from 35 Years of Victor Monsour. I spotted her in the window of a business and added it to our long list of Gators on the Geaux!

Gator Incognito is inside Lake Charles Office Supply at 320 7th Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s decorated with Mardi Gras masks and even has a wig on! It was originally located at US Unwired, and the artist is Betty T. Breaux.

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Gator Incognito |

Have a Gator on the Geaux in mind that we are missing? Or have a picture of you and a Gator on the Geaux?! Please contact us by leaving a comment below or e-mailing us at!



Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator |

This Gator on the Geaux can be found at the Lake Charles Racquet Club at 870 West Bayou Pines in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He’s hidden under some stairs by the pool, and rumor has it he used to hold a tennis racquet! We don’t know the name of the Gator or the artist.

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator |

If you know of a few Gators on the Geaux around town please drop us a hint in the comments below or e-mail us at!

Keep smiling!Lexi