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Huntsville Weekend Roundup January 17-19

Huntsville Weekend Roundup January 17-19

Happy MLK Weekend, Huntsville! January weekends are usually pretty quiet in North Alabama, but this weekend still has some awesome things going on in the Huntsville area for kids & their families.

Each week we like to compile a list of free and fun Huntsville events to do with your family – there are even more in our full Event Calendar. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.


This year’s 2020 Huntsville Learning Expo will be Saturday, February 1st at Earlyworks Children’s Museum, and we can’t wait for you to join us! FREE museum admission, kid’s activities, and valuable educational resources for local families are all on the schedule.


Start off 2020 ahead of the game with our list of the Top 20 things to do in Huntsville with kids in 2020. This list doesn’t cover every awesome thing happening in the Rocket City (how could any one list do that?) but it’s a great look at what we consider to be family-friendly highlights you can’t miss.

Free & Cheap Events

Beaks & Barks

Jan. 18 – Feb. 29
Cost: $2 per dog for members
Huntsville Botanical Garden |
More Info
Dogs are welcome to visit HBG to enjoy a stroll along the dedicated pet-friendly paths or a game of fetch in the no-leash zone. HBG is also a birding hotspot this time of year!

Whiz Kids Open Gym Time for Kids

Friday & Saturday
Cost: $3-5
The Matrix Gym |
 More Info
What makes this particular Open Gym time for kids so dadgum awesome? We detail it all in our Parent Review. Bonus for keeping the Bigs and Littles separate in two jump sessions! #SafetyFirst
– Ages 6 and under Open Gym – Friday at 9:15 AM and Saturday at 8:30 – 9:30 AM
– Kids 6-11 Open Gym time – Saturday from 9:30 – 11:00 AM
– Ages 12-18 Open Gym Time – Saturday at 11:00 AM

EdCamp Rocket City

Saturday from 7:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Cost: FREE
Randolph School |
More Info
This day of education & collaboration is open to anyone with a passion for kids and learning! Local educators can network and share their ideas and experiences through conversations instead of presentations.

Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday from 10AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, RSVP required
Michael’s Arts & Crafts |
More Info
Families can make a snowman photo frame together. Be sure to register in advance to snag a spot!

Firetrucks & Forklifts

Rescheduled due to weather: Saturday from Noon – 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE
The Camp |
More Info
Come explore fire trucks, police cruisers, forklifts, dump trucks, excavators, and so much more while meeting the folks that operate those vehicles.

Teacher Appreciation Weekend

Saturday – Monday
Cost: FREE for teachers & their +1
U.S. Space & Rocket Center |
More Info
Educators will get the VIP treatment at the USSRC over the holiday weekend! There’s a whole slate of fun activities planned while you’re there.

MLK Day Parade

Saturday at Noon
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

Bring the whole family to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.and his life & legacy. Read some books with the kids before you go.

Teen Murder Mystery

Saturday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Madison Library |
More Info
Find out who done it in this wild west themed murder mystery. RSVP at 256-461-0046 to be assigned a character in “Who Shot the Sheriff?”

See Also

National Day of Service

Monday, January 21st
We made a whole list of great places & project you can volunteer with kids in Huntsville for the #MLKday National Day of Service. Check it out!

Worth the Money

Seeds to Sprouts

Friday at 10:00 AM
Cost: $8, RSVP required
Huntsville Botanical Garden |
More Info
Enjoy exciting stories for the season, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the Garden with your little Sprout!

Planetarium Show – Astronomy for All

Friday at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15
Cost: $15
USSRC’s INTUITIVE Theater | More Info
Attention, beginner astronomers and amateur stargazers! If you aspire to study complex concepts and theories but need some groundwork in the nuts and bolts first, this is the show for you. All ages welcome!

Family Painting Session

Saturday from 2-4 PM
Cost: $25
Spirited Art, Campus 805 | More Info

Kids ages 5 and up and their families can come paint a masterpiece together on an 11×14 canvas and take it home. All materials included.Now you just have to decide which design to paint!


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DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.


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