Bourbon Street on Feb. 12 isn't necessarily the most family-friendly destination, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Mardi Gras with your kiddos in the comfort of your own home. Get your little ones in the Mardi Gras spirit with these six crafty, yummy, and fun ways to celebrate. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Crank Up the Tunes
Introduce the family to New Orleans jazz and zydeco with a fun CD like Mardis Gras in New Orleans  ($10). Bonus points if you can start a parade around the house or apartment.
Start the Day With Beignets
Re-create the Cafe du Monde experience in your kitchen with Southern Living's recipe for the sweet breakfast treat . Cap it off with café au laits for mom and dad!
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Make Their Own Masks
Sure, it's easy enough to head to the local party store and pick up premade masks and beads. But if your lil ones would rather unleash their creative talents, check out this fun, easy-to-follow Mardi Gras mask tutorial .
Source: Twig and Toadstool 
A Sweet Mardi Gras Treat
We're seriously inspired by these amazing fleur-de-lis, crown, and mask-shaped cookies by Life's a Batch . Bake some up for your kids' classrooms, or for an after-dinner treat.
Pass the (Plastic) Baby
Create a new spin on the tradition of baking a plastic baby into a king cake and turn it into a game. Have your kids (and their friends) gather into a circle and pass around a plastic baby while music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding the baby leaves the circle (à la hot potato). The last remaining child is declared King or Queen of Mardi Gras.
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Make King Cake Cupcakes
If your kids aren't already on a sugar high, check out our easy recipe for king cake cupcakes . Make sure you have purple, gold, and green sprinkles or sugar in the pantry for authentic flair!