The Big Red Barn is the brainchild of Melissa
Durel-Porter: artist, teacher, dreamer, and
dabbler. Melissa has taught thousands of
children in a variety of settings, including The
Creative Dance Center, St. Tammany Parish
Public Schools, Tots-N-Tunes Preschool
Music Program, STPH Parenting Center,
Miller Memorial Library, and 20+ area
The Big Red Barn is located in Ponchatoula,
LA, right across the tracks from Berry Town
Produce. Our address is 234 SE Railroad Ave.
The Center
For as long as she can remember, Melissa has always pictured herself at the helm of  her
own child-centered creative arts center that would allow children to freely explore their
innate creative abilities. Her many years of teaching experience, training in
discipline-based arts education, and desire to provide memorable and meaningful (don't
forget fun!) learning experiences for children, guarantee that
The Big Red Barn will be a
special place for all who enter its doors.

You can learn more about Melissa by reading her blog,
Living in a Playhouse. Enjoy!
Call/Text: 985-373-0468   email:    Mail: 234 SE Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Ms. Missy
The Red Barn That Inspired Our Name:
The Big Red Barn is housed in an adorable cottage in downtown Ponchatoula. It's not
red, it's not big, and it's not a barn- but it is a lot of fun! Open the front door, and enter
our cheerful play room, filled with toys. The play room is used for songs, stories, rug
time, and free play. Through a pair of French doors is our art room. The room is filled
with light and color and is perfect for the myriad of creative art activities that The Big
Red Barn has to offer. We also have another play area, Lily's Pad, which is used for
select weekend activities and birthday parties.

What is it called The Big Red Barn? It takes its name from our original location on
Weinberger Road. The name was inspired by the barn in the photo below. Although we
no longer have a barn on the property, we continue to carry it with us in spirit. You can
read more about the history of The Big Red Barn by clicking

Tour The Big Red Barn and meet Ms. Missy on YouTube- Click Here!