A special shout out to our fellow moms this weekend.We here at RCM know how hard your job is day to day because we are living it right there with you. We also know that it takes a village and as awesome as it is to have a day just to celebrate the mommyhood thing, we’d also like to recognize the helpers/caretakers (dads, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, etc.) who work with us to pull off the raising of the next generation. #ThankYou
If you’re looking for a few last minute ideas on what to get mom, we went straight to the source to help you out. We’ve also got some great ideas in today’s Weekend Roundup and most are completely free. #FavoriteWord
In addition to spending some time with your family this weekend, be sure to set aside a moment to plan out your summer using our annual Summer Camp Guide (now with VBS info) along with our newly published 2017 Summer Fun Guide. Finally, remember that if you don’t find something you like below there are even more on our full Event Calendar
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Concerts on the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, $5 parking
Lowe Mill | More Info
Grab your picnic dinners and the kids and head to Lowe Mill for our favorite Spring concerts that are also family-friendly! Our best advice: arrive a little early to claim your favorite spot. Get the full schedule here.
Lucky Duck Days
Saturday and Sunday
Cost: $1 for duck to participate in festivities and games
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
This weekend fundraiser for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society is sure to be a blast! Play duck-themed carnival games to win prizes, shop arts and crafts booths, and enjoy food and beverages from local food trucks.The Lucky Ducks are rubber duckies with personalities that can be purchased in advance for $1 at participating sponsors or at the festival grounds. No matter where you get it, a Lucky Duck is needed to participate in the festival games and activities!
Dragon Boat Race and Festival
Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Point Mallard Aquatic Center, Decatur | More Info
If you’ve never seen a dragon boat race before then you’re in for a treat and the best part is it’s all free! Races begin at 9AM with different teams competing throughout the day. Get there early for a good viewing spot.
Planetarium Show at VBAS
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5 Adults/ $3 Students/ 6 and under FREE
Von Braun Planetarium | More Info
Are you ready for August 21, 2017? Find out why this date is so important and how you can and your family can prepare for this astrological event. Be ready for a fun, interactive presentation and learn a few tips from knowlegeable star gazers.
Sunday at 5PM (Concert Starts at 7PM)
AM Booth’s Lumberyard | More Info
Bring your appetite and your instruments for these free weekly concerts in Downtown Huntsville’s back yard. The grill fires up at 5PM for a celebration of music, food and fun – and best of all, it’s all family-friendly! Hear some of the region’s best professionals and along with talented local musicians around The Lumberyard. Pick a tune yourself? Feel free to join in! Jam sessions both pre- and post-show are encouraged.
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Mother’s Day Train Ride
Saturday at 10AM and 1PM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
Rain or shine, hot or cold, the weather won’t affect this activity that is fun for the whole family. Train enthusiasts and mother enthusiasts will both love this leisurely ride through the countryside. Pro-Tip: Prepare for a 1 hour long journey by using the bathroom BEFORE the train takes off.
Dino Uproar Alive! at the HSVBG
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $5-$10 plus admission
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
There are some Dino-mazing things happening at the Garden for opening weekend of their Dinosaur Uproar Alive! exhibit (RCM review). Start off with some donuts, fresh fruit, and beverages in a souvenir cup at 8AM then head out to enjoy the view (look up!). There will also be two Dino Day Hikes offered, one at 10AM the other at 1PM, for those who would enjoy hands-on activities and a hike through the exhibit led by education department staff. Note: Both activities require pre-registration.
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