Happy weekend, Huntsville families! There is no shortage of fun things to do in the next few days – the hard part will be choosing between all the awesome free/cheap events below. Of course, you can always find even more things to do inside our full Event Calendar, so if you don’t see something below go check that out!
Be sure to nominate your favorite places to hang out with kids for the annual RCM Family Favorite Awards! It would be a shame if your favorite isn’t nominated… so go take care of that, will ya?
Free & Cheap Events
Black History Writing Contest for Kids
Cost: FREE to enter
Bessie K. Russell Library | More Info
Celebration Black History Month with a writing contest! It’s a great way to learn more about lesser-known Black Americans and flex your writing muscles.
Princess Bride Film Night
Friday at 6:00 PM
Footlights Community Theatre | More Info
Not watching this film before Valentine’s Day would be inconceivable! Come out to enjoy this cult classic in a gorgeous theater and quote all the lines. Cosplayers welcome.
Make a Valentine
Friday from 6:30 PM
Hogan Family YMCA | More Info
Decorate cookies and create a card that your Valentine is sure to love! Kids will also have the opportunity to create a special Valentine that will be delivered to a local nursing home.
Library 25¢ Book Sale
Saturday from 9AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: A quarter each
Downtown Huntsville Public Library | More Info
All books are just a quarter at this semi-annual book sale!
Kids DIY Workshop
Open Gym Bounce Time
Saturday from 8:30 – 11:00 AM
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 – 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
Culture & Language Storytime
Saturday at 10:30 AM
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info
This new storytime series provides opportunities to explore different languages and cultures. This week we’ll explore Spanish cultures through activities, including classic fairytales, language exercises, and crafts.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Kids ages 3 and up can create some a symmetrical heart with radiating lines using watercolor crayons in complimentary colors. Then go explore the Telling Tales exhibition!
Black History Festival
Saturday from 1-5 PM
Trinity UMC | More Info
This 18th annual festival for families will have live drumming, music, storytelling, and arts & crafts.
Worth the Money in Huntsville
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: $25, RSVP required
Rocket City Arcade | More Info
Fortnight fans can compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in the E-Sports Arena.
Underground Railroad Planetarium Show
Friday at 7:00 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
This special Alabama Winter Skies show is about how the Underground Railroad used star patterns to succeed in their escape missions to the north. Come learn how to navigate the same night sky that slaves used to gain their freedom and work toward the abolitionist movement 200 years ago.
Be a Saturday Scientist
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: FREE for members, $25 general admission
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Kids that love chemistry can play with things that bubble, fizz and pop – chemical reactions are today’s main attraction! Read our review before you go.
Tricks, Hoops, and Alley Oops!
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Sparkman High School Gym | More Info
Watch the Harlem Wizards take on… teachers? This is a basketball game you will not soon forget, and it’s all for a great cause.
More Huntsville Area Resources for Families…
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