MEGA Weekend Roundup April 4-7

Great weather? Check.
Spring’s arrived? Check.
Giveaways? Check.
Free stuff to do with the family? MEGA-CHECK!

Lucky you – it’s another giant version of Rocket City Mom’s Weekend Roundup! Each week we track down all the free & fun stuff going on in Huntsville and the surrounding areas for kids and families and put it one place for your planning pleasure. And this weekend there is no shortage of things to keep you busy AND your wallet happy.

Giveaway Alert!

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom – you won’t be sorry! The Huntsville Stars are getting ready to kick off their season, and RCM readers can win a family four-pack of tickets to the first Saturday game. Read our review about how to maximize your enjoyment of a Stars game with your family crew. Batter up! We’re also giving away tickets to go see Randolph School’s theatre presentation of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – you can enter to win both giveaways HERE.

Please keep in mind there are other events happening in our area that aren’t listed here – more are in our full Event Calendar. Remember to click on the ORANGE TEXT to get more information about any event below. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

1. Concerts On the Dock Return!

Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Lowe Mill concerts are my absolute favorite thing to do with the whole family, and now this weekly event is back through May! You can pack a picnic supper or grab a bite at Happy Tummy or Chef Will the Palate and enjoy the free concerts performed on the back dock of this historic mill. The reggae sounds of KUSH will headline tonight’s show. Things to bring: lawn chairs & picnic blankets, the leashed family pooch, adult beverages (they’re allowed), and a few bucks to toss into the donation basket. My advice – especially if your have very little ones – would be to get there early to grab a good spot on the lawn. Opening night is always popular and can get crowded!

2. Art4Paws Art Festival

Saturday from 9:00AM – 3:00 PM
The Madison Arts Council is hosting this event on the Village Green in Historic Downtown Madison. Local shelters and rescue groups will have the opportunity to showcase animals in need of a ‘furever’ home. Also, professional crafters, photographers, and painters will be on hand to capture your pet’s personality and showcase their wares. If you’ve wanted to try out some of the local food trucks, now’s a good time – Food Fighter’s Bustaurant and The Sugar Belle cupcake truck will be there, as well as other yummy food vendors. Free & open to the public – bring your well-mannered pooch!

3. Build a Bird Feeder

Saturday from 9:00AM – Noon
Local Home Depot locations will host their monthly Kid’s Clinic today, where kids and parents can build projects together, teaching children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their bird feeder craft! This event is free, but pre-registration is required to ensure there are enough materials.

4. Family Fun Day at the Village of Providence

Saturday from 9:30AM – 5:00PM
Inflatable bouncers and slides, Face painting and carnival type games, Shaved Ice, Popcorn, Food and drinks, Entertainment and novelty items will be for sale on the green – all to benefit the Huntsville Sparks Fast Pitch 10U Softball Team. A $5.00 armband is needed to participate in the carnival games and bounce houses – general admission is free.

5. Rocket City Inventor’s Club

Saturday from 10:00AM – 11:30AM
MindGear Labs is hosting a meeting of their monthly Inventor’s Club today. A fun new place open to anyone who has a great idea and wants to build it, MindGear Labs wants inventors of all ages and experience levels to participate in this free gathering of the minds. If you like to tinker, no matter if you’re an engineer, artist, inventor, or just want to hang out with other inventing-minded kids, you should come check it out. Meets the first Saturday of each month, free & open to the public.

6. Mr. McGregor’s Spring Farm Days

Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday, Noon – 4:00PM

Head to Burritt on the Mountain this weekend for Spring Farm Days as they greet spring the way it used to be done in the Cumberland Plateau…and your favorite fairy tales! Meet Little Bo Peep and her sheep, then watch how her sheep get sheared and even try your hand at it! Churn butter with little Miss Muffet, stuff mattresses with the hay from Little Boy Blue’s haystack, and beat rugs like Cinderella did when cleaning. Presenters will be scattered throughout the Historic Park demonstrating life skills that were used by our ancestors and were featured in so many of our favorite folktales, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Cost is free with admission to the Burritt Museum, and free to Burritt members!

7. MOPS Shopping Bazaar

Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will host a shopping bazaar fundraiser at the Grove Baptist Church on County Line Road in Madison. The bazaar will have over 30 vendors to shop from, and raffle tickets for baskets worth $150 – $500. Prizes include tickets to Disney World (!!!) and tons of other vacations and local attractions. Proceeds will benefit local Mothers of Preschoolers groups, admission is free and open to all.

8. My Little Pony Ponypalooza!

Saturday from 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Did you know that the artist for the popular bestselling comic, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” lives right here? Andy Price will be meeting his fans at the Madison Library’s “Ponypalooza” – costumes are encouraged! Join them for snacks, get your cutie mark painted, create your own custom pony tail, try your hand at comic writing and illustrating, and meet Andy Price! It’s going to be crowded, so get there early! Free and open to all pony fans!

9. Heads-n-Tails Crawfish Boil

Saturday from 3:00PM – 10:00PM
Enjoy great food, zydeco music, and entertainment with friends and family at Huntsville’s annual crawfish boil! An array of seafood will be available for purchase along with your favorite beverages. The lovely Gabrielle, of Gabrielle’s Face Painting, will be on hand to paint faces, and there will be plenty of fun for the kids in the Jump to It, Inc. Inflatables area. Balloon art and live music from Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe will ensure your whole family has a blast. VBC South Hall, free & open to the public.

10. Fun on the Farm

Sunday from 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Humble Heart Farms is having another Family Farm Day! Everyone will be tasting fresh Goat Cheese and homemade all-natural goat milk ice cream. You will also be petting lambs and baby goats. Take a tour of the farm and milking barn – see how it is done! A nice drive and fun thing to do with the whole family on a Sunday. FREE and open to the public.

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