School’s been out for a few weeks now. (How are you doing by the way?) If you’re not careful, you will definitely find your wallet significantly lighter as summer progresses. Kids are SPENSIVE!
Here are 10 things that are totally free for kids & families to do in Huntsville that won’t break the bank. I suggest bookmarking it for easy access when you need it most!
1.) 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.
2.) Play in the Pop Jets
Bridgestreet is a great place to have some free fun this summer. Slather up the kids in sunscreen and have some fun in the Pop Jet Fountains located near the south end of the shopping center.
3.) 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: Grotto Lights, 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.
4.) Loiter at the Library
Seriously. The librarians love it! The 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, super heroes, and SO much more! Get a full schedule of events HERE.
5.) The Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt
Totally free, this fun activity will keep your whole family on their toes and make you work together as a team! The Huntsville/Madison County CVB has put together the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt, a quest that uses clues to help you find 12 brass ducks carefully tucked around Downtown Huntsville. Use the Clue Card to help you track down the duckies, and when you’ve found all of them claim your prize at the Visitor Center on Church Street!
6.) Get Creative
Each month the Huntsville Museum of Art hosts their “Drop In & Create” program just for families with young children. Kids ages 3 and up can make fun, interactive art and learn a thing or two about the featured artists exhibiting at HMA.
7.) Everybody Can Play Splashpad
This splashpad is adjacent to Brahan Springs Park & Playground and you could probably spend a big chunk of your day here before the kids collapse in a giant puddle of exhaustion. The Everybody Can Play Splashpad is literally for every kind of body – it’s wheelchair accessible and is fenced in for extra security. Read our full review with more tips HERE.
8.) Play Days at Hays
Want a fun place to play where your kids will learn a lot about the local flora & fauna? Take them to Hayes Nature Preserve! It’s a great place to go fishing, hiking, or just exploring nature with the kids. But on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the summer, add free fun and activities to the list of reasons to visit.
AMF Bowling Centers are offering three free games of bowling every weekday this summer for kids under 16. Click HERE to sign up! Plamore Lanes is offering a similar program for children ages 15 and under. Bowling is another great free option to combat those super hot days.
10.) Spend a Tuesday On the Trail
Our new favorite place to be each Tuesday! The North Alabama Land Trust’s award-winning Tuesdays On the Trail program is not only free, but a huge learning opportunity for your kids (and you!). We personally reviewed the event with kids and they couldn’t get enough. Get the full schedule of events HERE.
What did we miss? Share your favorite free things to do this summer in Huntsville with other local parents in the comments!
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