Athens Family Fun in February

Our little site is growing… Welcome to the first monthly roundup of Athens Family Fun! Each month Rachel will be delivering fun and family-friendly events in Athens to busy parents there.  Of course, our specialty is free/cheap things to do in Athens but the ultimate goal is spending time together in your community. Enjoy!

Happy February, RCM readers! Do you have the winter-time blues? Want to get out of the house but aren’t sure what to do or where to go? Look no further! Here are some great ideas to get your kids out of the house, exploring the outdoors, and learning more about our great little town.

Special Athens, AL Events in February

African-American Heritage Trail

Cost: Free
City-wide, Anytime | More Info

February is Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a self-guided tour of sites important to African-American history in Limestone county. The African-American Heritage Trail brochure allows you to explore these areas in Limestone county and learn more about the people who have influenced our community. This is a great educational outing for kids!

Play Outside Day

Saturday, February 2nd
Cost: Free | More Info
Families are encouraged to get outside and enjoy the various trails, parks, and outdoor areas in their hometown. Athens has more than 20 trails to explore, as well as several parks with great playgrounds for kids of all ages!

Hands and Feet of Love Painting

February 2nd or 9th at 12:00 PM or 3:00 PM
Cost: $35
The Broken Brush | More Info

This activity is well worth the money! Bring your kids out for an afternoon of painting fun. This painting makes a great gift for Valentine’s day! Visit the website for more info and to purchase tickets.

Black History Program

Saturday, February 2nd, 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Beasley Center | More Info
The Athens-Limestone Community Association will present a program for Black History Month. The presentation will begin with the Emancipation Proclamation and travel through history to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Board Game Day

February 2nd and 16th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info

Come join the library staff for a day of board game fun! Bring your own board games or try out some of theirs. This event is recommended for ages 12+, but anyone can attend! Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

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Harry Potter Book Night at the Library

Thursday, February 7th at 6:00 PM
Cost: $5
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info

Come on out for the best Harry Potter night of the month! Kids and teens alike will enjoy crafts and games including miniature Quidditch! Come for your love of Harry Potter and bring a friend who may not have read it to introduce them to a world of friendship, magic, and adventure.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Movie Screening

Friday, February 8 at 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Athens State, McCandless Hall | More Info

The family-friendly documentary looks back on the legacy of Fred Rodgers, played by Morgan Neville. The film focuses on Rodgers’ radically kind ideas and his ability to stand firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood even though the nation was quickly changing around him.

Cookie Decorating for Beginners

Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 AM
Cost: $49
Center for Lifelong Learning | More Info

Cookie Decorating for Beginners at the Center for Lifelong Learning (121 South Marion Street in Athens) from 10:00AM-12:00PM for decorating techniques with royal icing. Space is limited. Register by calling 256-233-8260.

Date Night With Your Kids!

February 14th from 5 – 8 PM
Zaxby’s, Athens | More Info

Head out to Zaxby’s on Valentine’s Day for a date with your kids! Kids’ meals will be free with the purchase of an adult meal from 5-8 on Valentine’s Day. Zaxby’s will also have coloring pages for the kids to enjoy.

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Parent’s Night Out

Friday, February 15 from 5-10 PM
Cost: Free
Cultivate Free Will Baptist Church | More Info

Free child care service, pizza, movies, and games so everyone can have a great Valentine’s date night. RSVP: 256-777-8729

Little Lambs Spring Consignment Sale

February 28th – March 2nd
Lindsay Lane Baptist Church | More Info

Little Lambs is a seasonal consignment sale. Items include clothing, shoes, toys, strollers, accessories (bows, headbands, etc.), and more! Saturday is half price day for select items. Visit the website for more time details and to consign or volunteer.

Weekly Programs at Athens Library in February

Page Turner Program – Tuesdays at 4:00 PM
The Page Turner Program is for 6th – 9th graders who love writing and have stories to tell. There is a 10 person limit in this program due to the number of curriculum books they have. Call 256-232-1233 to register.

Baby Storytime – Wednesdays at 10:15 AM
For babies age 0-18 months. Ms. Amanda and Ms. Ambry lead stories, songs, bounces, tickles, rhymes, and fingerplays!

Toddler and Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays at 11:15 AM
For kids ages 18 mo.-5 years. It is a program focusing on developing a child’s social skills through stories, rhymes, music, felt board activities, and interactive storytelling.

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Spectrum Storytime – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 4:00 PM
This is a program for children of all ages with special needs. The class has a focus on the autism spectrum. There are sensory toys for students to use during storytime. A picture schedule is used so that the children know what to expect. Each child gets a bean bag to sit on so that they have their own special place during the class & lights are dimmed.

Teen Time – 4th Thursday of every month at 4:00- PM
With different themes and topics every month, Teen Time is a place for teens in 7th – 12th grades. Enjoy crafts, science experiments, snacks, book talk, and hanging out!

Story Lab – 1st Friday of the month at 10:15 AM
Registration required; cost is $10 per semester
Story Lab is a program for homeschooled children in kindergarten-6th grades. Students learn facts, listen to a story, and do an activity based on a chosen subject. They will also get a take-home activity so that the learning can continue after they leave the library! Call the Library to register.


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