[/box]When it comes to Spring Break, I live in a household that is divided between two school districts. During Madison City School’s break, 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 that will help you (and your budget!) stay sane.
Open Swim at the Hogan Family YMCA (with water slide & fountains!)
If you haven’t visited the new Madison YMCA, this is the perfect time to do it! Even though it’s too early for outdoor pools to open, the kids can still have a blast here. No sunscreen needed!
(Members only, but first-time visitors are free & welcome.)
Tuesday – 11:00 AM – noon / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday – 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday – 11:00 AM – noon / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday – 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
130 Park Square Lane
Madison, AL 35758
Treehouses with a Splash at Huntsville Botanical Gardens
All Week, 9am – 6pm
Due to overwhelming demand, Treehouses will be back for 2011 . . . with an extra splash of fun! The Gardens is happy to be adding three brand new treehouses specially designed by local architects, as well as five brand new water features to the Garden to create 2011’s Treehouses with a Splash!
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35805
Huntsville Stars vs Carolina Mudcats- Home Season Opener!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:40 – 9:40pm
$8 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under
Joe Davis Stadium
3125 Leeman Ferry Road Southwest
Jump To It Clubhouse
Jump To It has recently expanded their rental business to become the newest of the indoor inflatable playgrounds.
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 12p.m. – 6 p.m.
Walk-in or open play = All Day
411 A Hughes Rd
Madison, AL 35758
Spring Break Ice Skating at Municipal Ice Complex
All Week, 11am – 4pm
$7 Admission $2.25 Skate Rental
3185 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville Alabama 35801
Concert on the Dock at Lowe Mill
Friday, April 15, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday night back dock concerts continue with folky, bluegrass duo, Mandolin Orange, performing from 6-9 pm. Free admission, donations happily accepted. Rain or shine! Bring a picnic supper or grab a bite at Happy Tummy. Well-behaved doggies welcome if they are leashed.
127 Holmes Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10am – 3pm, FREE
A great family-friendly event that at one of Madison County’s best venues to reconnect with the great outdoors! Be the first to see what the natural playground’s first phase has to offer. Enjoy an early morning birding hike. Earth-friendly organizations and businesses will have exhibits and products. There will be informative workshops and lots of free hands-on activities including wild native wildlife to hold and touch. Items for purchase will also be available in the sustainable Farmers Market.
Hays Nature Preserve
Hampton Cove, AL 35763
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 boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.