Rain, rain, go away – we want to celebrate Mardi Gras in Huntsville on Saturday! The annual Mardi Gras Parade is just one fun event happening this weekend. We’ve listed more of our free/cheap picks below, plus a few that are definitely worth the moolah!
Did you tune in to our new show earlier this week? Catch it again next Tuesday at 8PM. You could win some cool swag and get a sneak peek at what’s going on in Huntsville for kids!
PLUS – Nominate your favorite places to hang out with kids for the annual RCM Family Favorite Awards!
Free & Cheap Fun
25 Cent Book Sale
Saturday from 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info
Find your next great read at the Friends of the Library’s big sale. Browse thousands of titles in fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks and hardbacks – kid’s books too!
Nature Explore Series for Kids
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info
Learn how to attract bluebirds and other songbirds to your backyard and explore the Bluebird Trail, making sure the birdhouses are ready for nesting season.
Saturday from Noon – 11:30 PM
UA of Huntsville | More Info
A free gaming and technology expo, ChargerCon features video game and tabletop tournaments, cosplay contest, workshops, demos, a retro arcade, food trucks, and free play areas for PC, console, tabletop, and handheld games.
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade
Saturday at 12:30, arrive early for a good spot!
Downtown Decatur | More Info
Decorate a truck or car, ride a bike, pull your kiddos in a wagon or pull your Shoebox Float at the annual Carnegie Carnival Children’s Parade. The main event parade begins at 6:00 PM.
Celebrate Black History Month!
Saturday from 1-4 PM
Madison Public Library | More Info
This 3rd annual festival for families will have live drumming, music, storytelling, and arts & crafts. It’s all about diversity, bringing people of all races together and sharing the African American Culture.
Huntsville Mardi Gras Parade Saturday at 4:30, arrive early for a good spot!CANCELLED
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
Colorful Krewes will march the streets of downtown Huntsville, one of our city’s best parades! Family-friendly too – be sure to stay for the dog parade at the end! See the parade route here. Keep an eye on the weather for parade updates!
Sunday Stroll on the Mountain
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Cost: $5 per adult
Monte Sano State Park | More Info
Join naturalist, Kate Gribbin, on an easy to moderate hike atop the Monte Sano plateau. The multi-trail route meanders about 1 mile allowing hikers to enjoy park history, the Japanese Garden, and winter wildlife. Dogs on leashes welcome!
Worth the Money
Valentine’s Day Parents Survival Night
Friday from 6-9PM
Cost: $20/25 per child
The Little Gym of Madison | More Info
Parents Need a Recess, Too! Let the good people at The Little Gym of Madison watch your potty-trained 3-12 year old(s) and give you time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal while your kids get some quality time with their instructors in a safe, fun, familiar place. CALL NOW to save a spot! 256-382-3123
Storyland Opens in Gadsden
Cost: $8 admission
Hardin Center for Cultural Arts | More Info
This immersive hands-on exhibit opens today! Your children will step into the world of their favorite storybooks — building a snowperson and making snow angels in The Snowy Day, tucking in Peter Rabbit, and finding Spot.
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: FREE for members, $25 general admission
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Learn to love the icky and sticky world of bacteria and germs. Kids will discover the microbiology worlds under a microscope and how bacteria and germs live and help shape the world around us. #flushot
Will You Be My Galentine?
Sunday from 10 AM – Noon
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
This ones for moms ONLY! It’s only the best day of the year! Design By Hart Studio wants you to grab your girlfriends for a waffle bar and pottery painting sesh. BYOB so ages 21+.
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