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10 Things You Must Do Before School Starts

10 Things You Must Do Before School Starts

This is it. Your days are officially numbered. Some of you are lamenting the return to the school routine while others can’t count the days fast enough. Whatever your attitude, it’s a good time to cram in all the summer that you can, and we just made it easier with our list below. Here are our Top Ten Picks for things to do in and around Huntsville with your kids before school starts. So gas up the car, grab the kids, squeeze out those last drops of sunscreen, and make the last week (or two) count. In no particular order… click on the titles for more info about each event.

1. Watch a Huntsville Stars Baseball game

Hsv StarsThe Stars will play games four and five of a five-game series with the Mississippi Braves at Joe Davis Stadium on at 6:45 PM on Monday and Tuesday night.

2. Eat a homemade popsicle at the Greene Street Market

homemade popsicleThe Greene Street Market is open Thursdays at 4:00 PM.

3. Go on the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt

duck huntYou can hunt duckies in Huntsville year-round, but summertime is the best time, IMO.

4. Make a splash at the Everybody Can Play Splashpad

IMG_2151‘Nuff said.

5. Picnic at an Outdoor Concert

Photo by Jeff White
Photo by Jeff White

There are three concerts to choose from this week – one in Decatur, Huntsville, and Madison. Check our Event Calendar for details about all three.

6. Frolic in the Whimsical Woods

whimsical woodsGood news – this special installation at Burritt On the Mountain has been extended through September! Read our review before you go.

7. Discovery Days at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens

HBG butterfly Learn all about the butterflies, turtles, toads, and other creatures that live in the Garden through hands-on activities. Bring your swimsut & towel for splash play in the fountains around the Garden!

8. Listen to a Talking Tree at Earlyworks

16432_196430146940_1493536_n One of the best places in Huntsville to play, play, play! My kids could stay in Biscuit’s Backyard all day. Read our review for more details.

9. Visit with Huntsville Ghosts

Ghost TourThe Huntsville Ghost Walk and the new Huntsville Ghost Trolley are fun & slightly spooky things to do with your kids. The best thing? The whole family will learn A LOT about Huntsville history too!

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10. Work in a Water Park

The Kid Zone at Spring Valley Beach.
The Kid Zone at Spring Valley Beach.
OK, so I know this isn’t in Huntsville… but it’s totally worth the drive and a great way to end summer in style. Plus, RCM readers get a coupon when they read our review of Spring Valley Beach water park!

So what are you waiting for? Go forth and DO ALL THE THINGS!

While you still can.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!


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  • I love that you put these posts out to support local activities, but sometimes wonder why you are so selective. Why is “#2. Eat a homemade popsicle” only referencing Greene Street Market? Pop Culture popsicles (which is what you show in the picture) can be found at many area farmer’s markets, including Tuesday Farmers Market at Meridianville, Petals for the Princess Farmers Market, Madison City Farmers Market and Bailey Cove Farmers Market. It seems like you are preferable to Greene Street since you mention it in a lot of posts, but then the focus of #2 seems to actually be the Pop Culture popsicles that can be found at many farmer’s markets around here. Why not share the love? One of these other markets might be closer to many of your readers and you could be helping them discover a local farmer’s market that they were unaware of.


    • Hi Katy – Of course! We love all the Farmer’s Markets in Madison County so much we put together the first local comprehensive list & mapped them all out. We’ve promoted them all season, and you can see that here: We usually share updates from the other markets around town on our Facebook page as well. We might sometimes tend to favor Greene Street because of our existing relationship with them – they have a Children’s Corner and send us regular updates about what’s going on there. If you have friends at other markets please tell them to send us the details about what goes on there, especially if it’s activities for kids and families.

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