Happy June, RCM readers! Summer is finally here! I hope you will enjoy some much-needed time off with your children this summer. Take a vacation, go swimming, or just laze around the house. If you’re looking for things to do in Athens this summer, check out these great events and programs! Athens has an array of kids activities that are sure to keep everyone entertained this June.
Special Athens, AL Events in June
Athens Saturday Market
All Saturdays in June, 8 AM-noon
Green St. Pavilion, Athens | More Info
This weekly market features local farmers, artisans, and small businesses. Here you can find music, art, local produce, baked goods, and more!
1st Annual Car Show
Saturday, June 1st, 10 AM-6PM
Cost: $5.00/person; 2 and under free
Limestone County Sheriff’s Arena | More Info
Kick off the month with a day of inflatables and a car show by Fun In the Sun Inflatables! This all-day event will be fun for the whole family.
Dinner By the Blooms
Saturday, June 8, 7 PM
1818 Farms, Mooresville | More Info
This memorable, intimate evening among the blooms at 1818 Farms would make the perfect special date night. At the presentation of each course, Chef Jakob will discuss the details of what he has prepared — where it came from, how it was prepared and why it was chosen for the dinner. This is a unique opportunity to experience a sumptuous meal with local ingredients.
Art After Hours with Coffee Black
Friday, June 14th, 7-9 PM
High Cotton Arts, Downtown Athens | More Info
Enjoy live music, light refreshments, and art activities for children. Shop for locally-made art and wear your patriotic finery in honor of Flag Day!
Singin’ on the Square Concert Series
Friday, June 21st, 7-9 PM
Limestone County Courthouse, Marion Street Steps | More Info
The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association hosts this event monthly throughout the summer. Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and come enjoy some great music on the square! This month the featured group is local group One Voice. The rain location is the Vietnam Veterans Building on Elm Street.
Athens Lions’ Club Kiddie Carnival
Thurs-Sat, June 27 – August 3, 6:30-9:30 PM
Tickets 50 cents each; purchase at gate
309 E. Forrest St, Athens | More Info
The Kiddie Carnival is a true, classic Athens experience! Kids of all ages will enjoy the carnival rides and games at the Kiddie Carnival. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with the family. Tickets are 50 cents each, and rides cost 1 ticket. Tickets can also be used to purchase concessions including burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, Dippin’ Dots, and more. Read the RCM Parent Review before you go!
Vacation Bible Schools in Athens
Catholic Kidz Camp
Sunday, June 9th-Thurs, June 13th, 5:30-8:30 PM
Cost: $25/child; $30/family
St. Paul Catholic Church | More Info
The Queen of the Heaven Express travels the globe to faraway places visited by Our Blessed Mother. Children will discover how Mary brings us closer to Jesus. Each day’s theme is reflected in creative skits, exciting activities, fun games, cool crafts, and upbeat music. Children ages 4-12 (Pre-K to 6th grade) welcome. Registration available at the parish office.
Lindsay Lane Baptist In the Wild!
Monday-Friday, June 10th -14th , 8:30 – 11:30 AM
T-shirt purchase required on or before first day
Lindsay Lane Baptist Church | More Info
Children will go on a “wild adventure” to learn about Jesus through the Bible. This camp is for children ages 4 – 6th grade (just completed). Registration is free, but t-shirt purchase is required on or before the first day of VBS.
Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good
Monday-Friday, June 17th – 21st , 9:00 AM – noon
Athens First United Methodist Church | More Info
Make your VBS the mane event! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Preschool-6th grade students welcome!
First Baptist Church In the Wild!
Monday-Friday, June 17th – 21st , 8:30 AM – noon
First Baptist Church of Athens | More Info
If you can’t make the program at Lindsay Lane, but you still want to join in the adventure, FBC Athens is hosting the In the Wild VBS program the next week! Ages 4 – completed 6th grade.
Summer Reading at the Athens Library: A Universe of Stories
School is out, summer is here, and it’s time for the summer reading program at the library! The summer calendar at the library differs from the rest of the year, so be sure to check out the calendar at alcpl.org on the home page for changes to the regular story times and other programs.
All programs are free! The kick-off for the summer reading program is Monday, June 9th. Stop by the library to pick up your reading logs, enjoy story time from 10:15-11 AM, and watch the movie Space Jam from 1:00-3:30 PM!
Every week in June
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
This is a do-it-yourself program. The activities will be available at the front of the library all week long. Each week will bring new activities. Play Book Bingo, hunt for planets during the scavenger hunt, “Planet Passport,” make your own astronaut helmet, and so much more! These activities will be for all ages. Prizes will be awarded to patrons for the Book Bingo and Planet Passport. New activities will start on Mondays.
Mission Control for Teens
Every week in June
Teen Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
These activities will include a poetry wall, intergalactic coloring, and board games, available in the teen room all week long!
Tuesdays, 10:15-11:00 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
This is a program for students who have completed kindergarten through sixth grades. They will read stories, play games, do science projects, and make crafts! Get excited about science, space, and reading! Space Cadets will also get a Learning Extension where they can take home the learning and fun! For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.
Mini Moon Explorers
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
This program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (0 – 5 years old). During this storytime program, kids will read a book, sing songs, do finger plays, have interactive storytelling, and make a craft. Mini Moon Explorers will also receive a Learning Extension where families can continue the educational experience and fun at home. For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 PM
Teen Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
This program is for students who have completed 7th through 12th grades. Meet new friends as you paint, cosplay, karaoke, and craft. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Fridays, 10:15-10:45 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
Spectrum Storytime is a storytime program for children of all ages with special needs. It focuses on children on the autism spectrum. Join us as we read books, do finger plays, sing songs, enjoy puppets, have interactive storytelling, and more! For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.
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Rachel is a native of Athens, Alabama. She is a stay-at-home mom to 3 kids and wife to a guitar-playing engineer. When she’s not chasing 3 kids, she loves reading, singing, and watching reruns of The Office, Parks and Rec, and Downton Abbey. She spends as much time as she can at the gym with her CrossFit Athens family, kids in tow.