Not everyone is able to head to the beach or take a roadtrip during Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean it has to be ho-hum! I live in a household that is divided between two school districts. The first week, we were able to plan a nice family trip out of town, but now I find myself struggling to entertain at least one student during Spring Break II. If you’re like me, or trying to stay local during this year’s break, here are some kid-friendly excursions in Huntsville & North Alabama that will help you (and your budget!) stay sane.
Spring Break Staycation Fun in Huntsville
We tried to pull together a list of fun things to do during each day of Spring Break. Even if you’re headed to one of the local Spring Break Camps, you’ll still need ideas for the weekends! The itinerary below is coordinated so that it’s possible to do everything on our Best Picks list, but there is a little wiggle room if you opt out of the special events.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Sunny skies. High 34° and windy
Kick off Spring Break with shamrocks at the 45th annual Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade – it starts at 11:00 AM but we advise bundling up and arriving early to snag a good spot along the parade route. Grab some lunch on the square downtown – we love the slices at Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria.
If you’re feeling very brave and not in need of nap time yet, skip over a block to Big Spring Park and see how fast your kids can finish the free Big Spring Scavenger Hunt. You can pick up a paper map on your way out at Earlyworks, or just play from your phone. Reward yourself with a cup of hot cocoa at the Cozy Cow Cafe.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
Mainly sunny. High 53°
Before you do anything…. STOP. Go change all your clocks to one hour ahead. Don’t forget the car clock!
It’s still going to be cold, so a day indoors is in order! Make a reservation at Earlyworks Children’s Museum and create a Seed Bomb at their TinkerLabs at 11:30 AM or 2:30 PM. Spend the rest of your time there playing at the awesome hands-on activities throughout the museum. That water table is a blast! (Admission applies for non-members.)
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Mostly sunny, high 60°
Since this is the prettiest weather day, it’s a great day to spend outside! Go adventuring on the kid-friendly Wildflower Trail. Details about that easy hike and more are on our Easy Huntsville Hikes for Kids list.
You can also swing by the Huntsville Botanical Garden for a picnic in the Children’s Garden. The daffodils are in bloom and you can check out Stickwork, swing in the hammocks, and enjoy the miniature train. (Admission applies for non-members.)
If you need a fun lunch idea, go try out the new Superhero Chefs over next to MidCity Huntsville. Is the Thor Burger better than the Loki Burger? What’s all the fuss about the Hulk Waffle sandwich? The kids will love the Shazam mocktail while you can sip from your choice of Infinity Stone cocktails.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Cloudy with occasional rain showers, high 61°, 60% chance of rain
Rainy days means finding a good book and a good movie. you can grab both at the Library while you’re there for Tuesday storytimes! There are also some great play areas inside and around the local public libraries, and we’ve detailed them here for you.
If it’s not raining, I advise heading to Hays Nature Preserve for their fantastic Spring Break activities hosted by Operation Green Team. Today there are animal encounters and a storytime with Alabama 4H Science School from 10AM – Noon.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain at 22%. High 68°
The fun at Hays Preserve continues Wednesday morning! Kids can make a bird feeder and go on a nature scavenger hunt from 10 AM – Noon. Afterwards you can make a day of it if you pack a picnic for lunch, and spend the rest of the time playing on their amazing nature playground, ride your bike on the greenway, and even fishing or creek stomping for a truly epic (and free!) day of fun.
Afternoon options include helping the aquarists feed the fish in the ocean tanks at Cook Museum of Natural Science. You can ask them questions about the fish, play on the kinetic sand table, and explore the cave & woodland exhibits while you’re there. (Admission applies for non-members.)
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Partly cloudy. High 71°, 15% chance of rain
Another option is to visit the Hogan YMCA in Madison or the South Huntsville YMCA for a few hours at their indoor splash pads and pools. (A visitor fee applies for nonmembers.)
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
High 71°; Rain showers early with isolated thunderstorms developing later in the day. Chance of rain 40%
Little ones ages 18 months to 5 years will love the Land Trust’s Forest Friends program today at 10 AM at the Bethel Spring Nature Preserve, just be sure to RSVP first.
Despite the rainy forecast, the Huntsville Botanical Garden is still planning on their Raptor Shows today – they have an indoor venue in case of inclement weather, and the shows are at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Stop by the new Stickwork installation between showers! (Admission ranges from $5-22.)
If the rain keeps coming down, a nice indoor option is the NEACA Spring Craft Show happening at the Von Braun Center downtown Friday through Sunday. There are lots of things to look at and shop, and they often have kid’s activities and food. No admission fee, but the VBC does charge for parking.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Showers in the morning with some clearing in the afternoon. High 62°
The NEACA Craft Show is still going strong at the VBC if you prefer to be indoors today.
Enjoy Cupcakes with Snow White compliments of the Alabama Youth Ballet at 10:15 AM. You must register in advance, but for just $5 your kiddo can get a treat and see a sneak peek of the ballet performance too!
If you don’t mind a little mud, grab some lunch and head east to New Market and Hubert Family Farms for the Grand Opening of Tulip Season from 9AM – 5PM. Pick a spring bouquet and take a ride on the tethered hot air balloon if it’s not too windy! You’ll get some great photos there, just be sure to bring extra clothes & rain boots. I also advise bringing an old towel or two for wiping down your kids if it’s especially squelchy outside. (Admission applies, read the RCM review before you go.)
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 66°, chance of rain 22%
Head up Monte Sano to Burritt On the Mountain and check out their new exhibit, Treasure Hunt on Gold Mountain. Kids can experience the Alabama Gold Rush of 1829, and pan for gold nuggets in the fresh spring mountain air! Pack a picnic lunch and pay a visit to the barnyard animals and the historic Schoolhouse while you’re there. Older kids will enjoy exploring the hiking trails on the museum grounds. If you already have other plans, keep in mind this outdoor exhibit is open through summer. (Admission applies for non-members.)
Spend the rest of the last day of the school break with family or friends. Be sure to make some time to get in bed early and prepare for school in the morning!
Spring Break Staycation Fun for Any Day
- Take a Kid-Friendly Day Trip from Huntsville
- Visit The Main Event Entertainment Center at Bridge Street for a day of arcade games, bowling, laser tag, and gravity ropes.
- Hang out at Dave & Busters, Stars & Strikes, or TopGolf Huntsville.
- Jump off some energy at The Matrix Gym’s Open Play sessions.
- Pop over for some walk-in play at Let’s Play Huntsville. (Best for kids ages 2-5)
- You can spend all day at Decatur’s GoFAR USA Park
- Take to the sky at Vision Zipline Tours
- The Huntsville Rage Room is a fun way to express yourself
- Let the kids literally climb the walls at High Point Climbing
More Spring Break Ideas…
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.