We know you’ve probably already lost track of what day it is, so this is your reminder – it’s the weekend! And despite our current situation, we have held true to our mission of finding fun things families can do together. But first – we hope you are well, and healthy, and finding small ways to practice kindness and gratitude. We hope your spirits and humor are strong and intact. If not, reach out… please. And if you find yourself with a small surplus of cheer, try to think of ways you can pass it on to someone who needs a bit.
Our criteria for activities in this edition of the Huntsville Weekend Roundup:
– Must align with CDC recommendations
– Must be free/cheap and FUN!
– Must feature Huntsville and North AL resources if possible
Isolated Weekend Fun From An Adequate Social Distance
RCM Virtual Book Club
Thursday at 8:30 PM
So you’ve read our book club’s latest pick, Little Fires Everywhere, or maybe you’ve binge-watched the TV show. Join us for the virtual discussion in your PJs and your favorite beverage!
Drive-Thru Comedy Show for Kids
Mondays – Thursdays from 6-8 PM, Rated G show
Saturday & Sunday – Rated R show
Cost: FREE – $20
Shenanigan’s Comedy Theatre | More Details
Flatten the curve AND shorten the joy gap with these two great drive-thru show options at Shenanigan’s Comedy Theatre in Huntsville! The kid-friendly one is free, while the grownup show is $20 per car.
Update: based on the governor’s latest mandate, we have had to cease offering our Drive Thru and Drive In Shows until either we can get clarification that we would be in compliance or until the date the mandate expires.
Craft the Curve
Cost: FREE | More Info
Crafting the Curve activities are printable downloads designed by a local Huntsville artist that uses supplies you may already have at home. There are six activities to choose from!
Spirited Art | More Info
Outsource AND occupy your kiddos with these take-away art kits! Another genius idea from a local small business that would love your support. Grab one of the Saturn V kits while you still can! Trust us, it’s worth it.
Go On a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Anytime the weather allows
We love to hike here on RCM – something about the fresh air and nature-y things just makes us and our kids happy. Our friend Yonder Girl has created this awesome scavenger hunt you can do together! Just practice social distancing, stick to clearly marked trails, and stay hydrated. Wide open spaces are encouraged.
Local Hikes for Beginners
Kid-Friendly Land Trust Trails
Walk a Local Greenway
Listen to a Story
Our friends at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library know it’s going to be a long break. That’s why they are adding storytimes to their youTube channel from all the local librarians you know and love.
Take Them Fishing
Cost: FREE – $13 for a license
Madison County has some GREAT places for kids to fish, and this is a great time of year for it. Bring your own equipment and stick to spots that aren’t crowded.
Play Some Disc Golf
During daylight hours
Bring your own equipment to play these kid-friendly local disc golf courses. It’s a fun chance to teach your kids a new game! Just stick to your own family when playing.
Do Some Home Activities
At a loss about what to do with your kids indoors? We worked hard to out together a whole list of options to choose from here. Check back often because we keep adding to it.
Fill Out Your Census
Anytime from home
I know, I know. This isn’t exactly fun, but it takes about 5 minutes and will help keep all the fun Huntsville amenities you enjoy going for years to come. Not to mention essential community services like fire & police, health care, education, and all that other important stuff we like.
Give Back to the Community
Cost: Some free, some not
The biggest community service your family can take part in right now is to practice social distancing. Stay home whenever possible. Don’t plan playdates. But if you want to go above and beyond, here are some other things you can do.
Donate Online to the Food Bank of North Alabama
Give Blood: Red Cross of Huntsville | LifeSouth
Donate to the Madison County Senior Center Meals On Wheels
Donate to Lunches of Love
Support a Small Business
Cost: Some FREE, some not
Leave a glowing review. Be a good tipper. Order from a local business online or via curbside pickup. We love this list of Downtown Huntsville Restaurants & Retail Stores offering delivery or pickup. Check back often because they update it every day!
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