If you’re staying in town for Fall Break and you’ve forgone the myriad camps, you *might* at some point during the week be looking for some fun outside of your homestead. Likewise, you’re probably wanting to find activities that won’t bust the bank. Just in case, we’ve put together several great options that are all $6 or less!
Art in the Preserve
Operation Green Team will be hosting “Art in the Preserve” at Hays Nature Preserve. From 10AM-1PM, parents and grandparents can bring their little ones by to enjoy some outdoor time and then create some art. It’s totally FREE and since they’ll be using paint, markers, crayons and glue we recommend wearing “play clothes” that can get messy.
- Tuesday, October 3 – Acorn Picture Frame
- Wednesday, October 4 – Paper Weight or Rock Garden Marker
- Thursday, October 5 – Flower & Leaf Suncatcher or Bookmark
Looking for some retail therapy? Make mom/dad and the kiddos happy with a trip to Bridgestreet Town Center. Ride the train ($3) & Carousel – ($2) and when you finish head over to the kids section of Barnes and Noble which boasts a train table AND a LEGO table.
Parks & Recreation
Area parks are a great option for fun because they wear your little ones out, they are easy play dates when other children are present (and they will be during fall break), and they are completely FREE! Before you head out the door be sure to check out our Parks Guide or better yet download our FREE Explore Huntsville smartphone app (available via the iTunes or Google Play stores). The app will tell you which parks are near you, what amenities they have, and if your GPS is turned on you can get a map with turn by turn directions!
Hunt for Ducks Downtown
Take the kids to explore downtown Huntsville in the gorgeous Fall weather! First, stop by the Huntsville Visitor Center and pick up a Lucy Duck Scavenger Hunt card. Track down all the cute little brass ducks hidden downtown and you could win a prize! You’ll walk A LOT, so be sure to have plenty of time. You can also download the scavenger hunt card here, but be sure to stop into the CVB when you’re done.
Behold the Bookshelves!
Whether you visit virtually or in person (our favorite) the Huntsville Madison County Public Library is guaranteed to have something that will keep your kids of all ages occupied and entertained. In addition to their normal events, many branches are holding special fall break events like afternoon movies and crafts. Check this calendar to see what’s happening and get in on all the FREE fun. And since you’ll be at the library anyway, why not…
Hear a Ghost Story
Does Huntsville have ghosts? Of course! Huntsville has a rich history, so it is no surprise it is also rich in ghost stories and haunted places. On October 4th at 1:00 PM, Robert Reeves, who has lived here since 1950 and knows the Tennessee Valley well, will share some tales about haunted Huntsville as we prepare for Halloween. Gothic Cookies and Witch’s Brew will be served by masked creatures of the underworld.
Roll it Out
Roller Time, and Carousel Skate Center are local indoor roller rinks that offer lots of options for families to have fun all year round and this fall break they are offering plenty of specials to entice you to come try them out.
- Roller Time is offering their matinee skate times with $5 admission – details here.
- Carousel Skate Center will also be open during Fall Break and offering several $6 skate sessions here.
Run ’em (or Jump ’em) Ragged
It’s called Restless Kids Syndrome and all mothers recognize the signs. First children get whiny, then items in your home begin to break for inexplicable reasons, slapping and hitting of siblings may occur. Avoid this serious dilemma with great indoor play options many of whom are offering open play and discounts this week.
- Matrix Gym – Whiz Kids open gym is another favorite in our RCM arsenal and worth visiting when looking for options for your littlest ones. Read our review here. Whiz Kids is offered six days a week. Check our RCM calendar or their website for exact times. Exclusively for children ages 6 and under it’s only $3 if you’re a member and $5 if you’re not. They also have 6 and up options this week!
- Pump It Up! is another fun option and they know their audience and are hosting “open jumps” all week long. Check our RCM calendar or their website for the complete schedule.
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