10 Totally Free Things to Do in Huntsville with Kids This Summer
- There's lots of summer left - can your wallet handle it?
- Let this handy go-to list help you find totally free & fun things to do in Huntsville with kids.
Summer break can be hard on a parent’s wallet, especially when you’re trying to figure out a way to keep the kids entertained and off devices. Here are 10 totally free things to do in Huntsville that won’t break the bank! I suggest bookmarking it for easy access when you need it most. You can also get free event ideas every day of every week inside our Event Calendar as well as our 2023 Summer Activity Guide for Families!
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Totally Free Summer Fun in Huntsville
1.) Loiter at the Library
Seriously. The librarians love it! They 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, live music, and SO much more! Get a full schedule of events HERE or check out their Summer Storytime schedule.
2.) Splash in the Pop Jets
There are so many free pop-jet fountains to splash in now: Bridge Street, the Children’s Fountain downtown, Brahan Springs, and (our favorite!) at the Showers Center are just a few. Slather up the kids in sunscreen and have some fun in the sun! Get our list of area Splash Pads
3.) Play at Hays Nature Preserve
Our new favorite place to be each week in June & July! Operation Green Team’s programs are not only free, but a huge learning opportunity for your kids (and you!).
Read about their awesome Nature Playground
See Operation Green Team events
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: 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.) Go Hunting for Art
Huntsville is not only a place for rocket scientists and engineers, but a city full of creative artists with fun murals spread throughout for us to discover and enjoy. Whether you are brand new to the city or have never branched out, this tour of local murals can help you discover the unique and creative side of the city while having fun with your family. How many can you find together? Get started here!
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.) Go Creek-Stomping
Surely you know what creek stomping is – this is Alabama in the summertime, right? Where the trees are lush and green, the fireflies flash around 8:00 PM, and just about every kid has an old pair of tennis shoes they can throw on to stomp around in the nearest stream. Here are our favorite spots to stomp!
If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat and enjoy some indoor fun with the family, Stars and Strikes’ Kids Bowl Free program may be just what you’re looking for this summer. Read the details.
10.) Stay In the Know
ICYMI: our free smartphone app has even more free things to do listed every week, plus some awesome Deals! What are you waiting for? Go download it now and start Exploring Huntsville! Did we mention it was free?
Did we miss one of your favorite free things to do in Huntsville? Let other parents know in the comments!
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Stars and strikes is doing the free bowling program this year! Thanks RUN for the great ideas!!!!
Hi, do you know if there are other websites like this 1 for other counties/towns also? Specifically Limestone Co., which includes the towns of Athens, Ardmore & Elkmont. Athens city does have several pages for events, but wondered if there was an “all in one” for the whole county like your website? Have you or anyone else heard of one? Thank you!☺
Hi Kem – not that we know of, but we do try to cover those areas as we are able. Have you signed up for the newsletter for the area? Here’s a link: https://bit.ly/2JKFfrM