Have you experienced SWDS yet? Summer Wallet Drain Syndrome is easy to contract, especially if you have kids that are always looking for something to do and somewhere to go. Kids are SPENSIVE!
Here are 10 things that are totally free for kids & families to do in Huntsville that won’t break the bank. I suggest bookmarking it for easy access when you need it most!
1.) Loiter at the Library
Seriously. The librarians love it! The WANT you to come hang out in the air-conditioning, reading books and participating in all the great free Summer Reading Programs they host. There are storytimes, animal shows, puppets, super heroes, and SO much more! Get a full schedule of events HERE.
2.) Play in the Pop Jets
There are four free pop-jet fountains to splash in now: Bridge Street, the Children’s Fountain downtown, Brahan Springs, and the brand new fountain at the Showers Center. Slather up the kids in sunscreen and have some fun in the sun!
3.) Spend a Tuesday On the Trail
Our new favorite place to be each Tuesday! The North Alabama Land Trust’s award-winning Tuesdays On the Trail program is not only free, but a huge learning opportunity for your kids (and you!). We personally reviewed the event with kids and they couldn’t get enough. Get the full schedule of events HERE.
4.) See a Free Flick
A nice cool movie theater is an ideal place to be, and this summer there will be 50 movies shown for absolutely free at local movie theaters and outdoor premiers. Find out which movie is playing next at a location near you with our list of Free & Cheap Summer Movies.
5.) Get your Jam On
Music lovers of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy the variety of free local concerts offered in Huntsville. They come in all sorts & sizes: Grotto Lights, Concerts In the Park, Gazebo Concerts, Concerts By the River, Jam Sessions on the Square – even Library Concerts! We’ve got a whole list HERE.
6.) Get Creative
Each month the Huntsville Museum of Art hosts their “Drop In & Create” program just for families with young children. Kids ages 3 and up can make fun, interactive art and learn a thing or two about the featured artists exhibiting at HMA.
7.) Play Some Disc Golf
One of Huntsville’s favorite past times is fun, played outside, great light exercise, and provides the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with older kids, one-on-one or with a group. It’s easy to learn and there are some great kid-friendly courses around.
8.) Head to Hays
Want a fun place to play where your kids will learn a lot about the local flora & fauna? Take them to Hayes Nature Preserve! It’s a great place to go fishing, hiking, or just exploring nature with the kids. But on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the summer, add free fun and activities to the list of reasons to visit.
Plamore Lanes is offering free games of bowling every weekday this summer for kids under 16. It’s super fun, air conditioned, and another great free option to combat those super hot days.
10.) Stay In the Know
ICYMI: our free smartphone app has even more free things to do listed every week. What are you waiting for? Go download it now and start Exploring Huntsville! Did we mention it was free?
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy teens and two ridiculous dogs, spouse of one incredible guy, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Executive Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and conduct freelance marketing and SMM work.