So the kids are thrilled to be out of school and you want to do some special things with them in Huntsville next week. But you don’t want to spend a ton of money and you’re on the hunt for a Spring Break deal or two. We’re here to help!
We’ve tracked down some great things to consider, and even some special deals exclusively for Rocket City Mom readers.
Spring Break LEVEL UP!
It’s the perfect time to go on a Guided Hike with The North Alabama Land Trust! Their beautiful Wildflower Trail is in Blossomwood and one of my personal favorites. It’s difficulty level is Beginner and kids of all ages will really enjoy a frolic in the woods, splashing in the creek, and looking for birds and critters from the safety of the trail. Hikes are free, but donations are very much needed and appreciated. More great kid’s hiking trails can be found here if you want to strike out on your own, but there are three excellent guided hikes to choose from March 18 & 19.
The Historic Huntsville Depot is now open Wednesday-Saturday, March-December from 10AM-3PM – admission is usually $10, but RCM Readers get in for $7 during Spring Break if you show them this post on your phone, or mention the Rocket City Mom deal. Little train lovers will have a great time exploring Depot Park, and learning all about Huntsville’s history inside the museum. Bring a picnic lunch or grab a bite from a nearby lunch spot. Want to make a day of it? While you’re there, hop next door to the Huntsville Madison County Convention & Visitor Bureau and go on a Lucky Duck Walk scavenger hunt around downtown Huntsville! Read our full review here.
Bridge Street Fun
Here’s a great option for a little fun in the sun. Head over to Bridgestreet Town Center and ride the train ($3) & the carousel – ($2) and when you finish head over to the kids section of Barnes and Noble which boasts a train table AND a LEGO table. Just don’t blame us if you end up doing a bit of shopping and spend more than $7!
Burritt & Botanical Gardens Pro-Tip
Both Burritt Museum and the Huntsville Botanical Garden are fantastic places to be outdoors, and there’s tons to do for kids! Regular admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids but we have a secret for Spring Break… Head to the Huntsville Madison County Visitor’s Center and pickup a Passport Coupon and you will save 20% on passes, making that kid’s admission $6.40! (Of course, if you’re a member at either place, admission is already free.)
Parks & Rec
Area parks are a great option for fun because they wear your little ones out, they are easy play dates when other children are present (and they will be during spring break), and they are completely FREE! Before you head out the door be sure to check out our Parks Guide filled with our favorite area parks. In the guide we dish on amenities including which parks have bathrooms, shade trees, benches, and the best play equipment for different ages.
Power Up at the Arcade
Rocket City Arcade will offer a deal for parents & kids next week at the arcade. Kids can get a half-price all-day pass to play in the arcade with the purchase of one all-day pass for an accompanying adult. An all-day pass is $10 for an adult & only $5 for a child. Offer good Monday, 3/13 through Friday, 3/17.
Earlyworks Children’s Museum Deal
Another perk of being a RCM Reader – show them this post on your phone or tell them you saw the deal on Rocket City Mom and the usual $10 admission becomes $7 for you the week of Spring Break! Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM-4PM. Read our review of Earlyworks before you go!
A Day Trip to Gadsden
The Hardin Center / Imagination Place in Gadsden will be happy to offer a spring break special exclusively for RCM families. They are offering a discount of admission down to $6 per person (regular admission is $8). Children under 24 months are always free. You MUST mention you saw the deal on Rocket City Mom to receive this special price! Why not make a day of it and hit up Noccalula Falls while you’re in the neighborhood?
Jump & Play
It’s called Restless Kids Syndrome and all mothers recognize the signs. First children get whiny, then items in your home begin to break for inexplicable reasons, slapping and hitting of siblings may occur. Avoid this serious dilemma with these hopping good options. All are great indoor play options and all are offering open play and discounts the next two weeks.
- Matrix Gym – Whiz Kids open gym is another “oldie but goodie” in our RCM arsenal but worth revisiting when looking for options for your littlest ones. Read our review here. Whiz Kids is offered six days a week at various times. Check our RCM calendar or their website for exact times. Exclusively for children ages 5 and under it’s only $3 if you’re a member and $5 if you’re not.
- Pump It Up – A great place to be in March! They’re hosting several Open Play sessions during Spring Break and knocking off $2 the price of admission for RCM Readers. Just be sure to show them this post or mention the RCM deal.
Head to the Rink
Roller Coasters in Owens Cross Roads is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12PM-4PM for Spring Break week, and kids can skate for $5. (Be sure to ask them about their awesome Eat, Skate, Play Combo that includes laser tag and pizza if you’re going with friends!)
Behold the Bookshelves!
Whether you visit virtually or in person (our favorite) the Huntsville Madison County Public Library is guaranteed to have something that will keep your kids of all ages occupied and entertained. In addition to their normal events, many branches are holding special spring break events like afternoon movies and crafts. Check this calendar to see what’s happening and get in on all the FREE fun.
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