Weekend Roundup March 28-31

Happy Spring Break Thursday! It certainly doesn’t feel like it outside, but I hope those of you who were out of school this week got some down time and have been able to enjoy some of the local activities. For many of us, this is also Easter Weekend, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the rain holds out until after the egg hunts!

Now, before we begin the Weekend Roundup…

A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THING TO DO TODAY:
Some of you might have heard that Huntsville is in the running for the location of the 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium, and would be another great and gorgeous feather in our fair city’s cap (not to mention the awesome economy dollars it would bring in!). But did you know voting is TODAY from 9AM – 9PM and we’re up against Cleveland? Rocket City Mom was so excited about it we even made a video to share with you. It didn’t go exactly as planned though…

So, stop what you’re doing, and go vote for Huntsville. Don’t worry, we’ll wait right here for you. Go ahead. Click here to vote!

You back?

OK. Back to the Roundup!

Please keep in mind all the other events that are happening in our area that might not be listed below – more are listed 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. Color a Cookie

Thursday at 4:00 – 8:00PM
Get your sweet tooth on! Kids get to decorate their own Easter cookies during Family Dinner Night at EarthFare on University Drive. This one’s a double freebie, because, as always, kids eat FREE with an adult meal purchase of just $5.00 on Thursdays.

2. Pat the Bunnies!

Friday from 10:00 – 11:00AM
Children ages 2-5 and their parents will be delighted to know that today’s Seeds to Sprouts program at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens will feature live bunnies! Special guests from the Huntsville Friends of Rabbits will have a few bunnies for the children to touch and talk about how to properly treat them. Admission is $8 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family. Adults free with membership or Garden admission. If you’re not a member, Garden admission applies.

3. Free Movie Friday

Friday at 2:00PM
The Madison Library will be showing free movies on Friday afternoon with free popcorn and lemonade provided. Call (256)461-0046 for the show lineup.

4. Family Farm & Fleece Day

Saturday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM
You’re invited to celebrate the abundance of agriculture in the Tennessee Valley at the Alabama A&M Agribition Center! Come see sheep shearing, alpaca petting, fiber artists, a farmers market, baking contests/sale, crafters and painters, classes and workshops, cotton spinning, rappelling demonstrations, auctions, vendors, door prizes, seed swap, and live music! Children’s activities include: meeting a life-size My Little Pony, Peanut the pot-bellied pig, Manny the alpaca. There will be a puppet theater, coloring competition with prizes, and face painting. Kids can make a bird feeder or a bracelet from alpaca fiber. WOW! This event is free and open to the public.

5. Hunt an Egg or Two

Saturday
So the weekend of Easter is bound to be full of egg hunts, and with rain likely on Sunday, today might be the best day to work in yours. Lucky for you there are several opportunities to just that, but these are the free ones:

  • Egg Hunt at the Library – Friday at 9AM; Preschoolers and parents can enjoy bunny stories and a toddler-friendly egg hunt in the Children’s Garden.
  • Pet Depot Eggstravaganza – It’s an Easter Egg Hunt with dogs! All you have to do is bring your leashed dog or puppy to the Athens location at 2:00PM Saturday to join the fun.
  • Dublin Park Egg Hunt – This annual Madison tradition is for children ages 0–5 years of age. Gates will open Saturday at 9:30AM with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:00 AM. Children will need to bring something to collect and keep the eggs. The Easter Bunny will be available for Pictures following the Hunt.
  • World’s Largest Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt – the Master’s Way UMC will be hosting this hunt on Saturday from 9:45-11:30AM. Activities including an egg hunt, crafts, movie, story and snack are for children ages toddler through 6th grade. Contact trees_eb@bellsouth.net for more information.
  • The Great Egg Hunt – this giant hunt in Big Spring Park is for ages 2-12 and will include 12,500 eggs & prize eggs! Saturday noon – 1:00PM

If you want to enjoy a nice Easter activity with your family but not keen on the public egg hunts, you might want to try Humpty Dumpty’s “Eggstra” Special Celebration at Burritt On the Mountain. You can meet all of Humpty Dumpty’s friends and play the new life-size Whimsical Woods game on the grounds. Bring your basket and collect eggs and treats from friendly, strolling characters as you wind your way through mounds of merriment. This event isn’t free, but Burritt is giving away tickets over on their Facebook page.