This is it – the last weekend of summer for all of you families that are starting school in the Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County City Schools. So you’ve got to make it count, right? And you’re probably already feeling some hurt on your wallet with all those school supplies, new shoes, and various accoutrements your students need.
Have no fear, Rocket City Mom is here with our Top 5 Fun & Free picks for the weekend! Just remember this is only a few items off our Calendar of Events that are going on the next four days.
And you’re in luck… our friends up at Burritt On the Mountain have generously given us a family four-pack of passes to SHIVERS, a new play from writer/director Wayne Miller. Shivers takes one of the lesser known (but seriously cool) tales from the Brothers Grimm and turns it on its head. A young woman named Roberta suffers from a serious handicap — or at least everyone else thinks so — in that she was born without the ability to feel afraid, so she sets out on a journey to discover the meaning of fear. On the way she encounters all kinds of zany, spooky characters! The show is running this weekend and next, and you can get more showtime details and purchase tickets on their website. In the meantime, enter to win four tickets to THIS SATURDAY’S show on our Giveaways page.
Get Thee Downtown!
The absolute best place to be this Thursday evening for free family-friendly fun is downtown Huntsville. There are THREE things happening: the last Sidewalk Arts Stroll of the summer in Constitution Village, Greene Street Market over at Church of the Nativity, and Art2, a new program brought to you by The Arts Council. Art2 brings performers of all genres to the Quigley Arts & Entertainment District on Thursdays and Fridays this summer, along with FREE block parties, art demonstrations, local/global celebrations, and more. I mean, just look at this lineup for tonight: Bourbon & Shamrocks, Russell Davis Magic, Bob Kircus, Dave Boling – Uillean Piper, Clementine…Anytime!, Scott Morgan, Megan Robinson, Rocket City Jugglers, Jr. Gaiter, Sean Kendrick, and Cristina Lynn on the square; Huntsville Community Drumline and music by Coronation in Big Spring Park East.
Saturday & Sunday – 12 & under FREE Saturday
Joe Davis Stadium (Map)
If catching a baseball game is on your summer bucket list, you’ve got three more weekends to do it in Huntsville. Every Saturday, kids 12 and under will receive free admission if they wear their youth sports jersey, or scout uniform. Dance & gymnastics shirts will also work! The Huntsville Stars will take on the Pensacola Bay Bears and have home games Thursday through Sunday this week, with all games starting at 6:45 PM except Sunday’s, which begins at 4:00 PM.
Annual CAFY Day
Saturday from 10AM-3PM – FREE
Jaycee’s Building and Fairgrounds, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville (Map)
If you have a teen at your house, this is a great annual event to attend. CAFY, which stands for Community Awareness For Youth, is a strategic initiative of the Huntsville Police Department, and will feature live music, door prizes, free food, activities, and exciting community guest speakers. Think of it as a pep rally just for teenagers before school starts. New to the event this year is “Madison County’s Got Talent”, a local talent show for & by teens. It’s too late to sign up to perform, but the show itself is going to be full of Huntsville & Madison County’s best – singers, dancers, comedy, and even some unusual talents will all be showcased. More details about this awesome & unique event can be found HERE.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM-3PM – FREE
Huntsville Museum of Art (Map)
Get the whole family’s creative juices flowing at this program offered by the Huntsville Museum of Art. Every third Saturday at HMA you can become immersed in art! Their Art Lab provides hands-on activities, which instruct on basic Art elements. “A Walk Through Time”, takes visitors on a journey through major events in art history and includes replicas of famous works. This particular Saturday will focus on Sunsational Collage – explore the art of Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh and produce a sunflower masterpiece of various colors of construction paper and glue. The program is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
Herp Journey @ Wheeler
Saturday from 11AM-1PM – FREE
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center (Map)
This live-animal program will allow your family to meet Alabama’s native reptiles and amphibians! Becky Collier from the Alabama 4-H Center will be bringing several species of snakes, turtles, frogs, and even an alligator for a hands-on exciting educational learning experience. If I learned what “herp” meant by writing up this event, just imagine what you’ll learn from Becky at Wheeler! You can call for more info: 256-350-6639.