It’s a quieter weekend in Huntsville, and to be honest, we all need some time to relax and recover from the sugar rush. (Has the Halloween Switch Witch visited your house yet?) But there are still a few free and cheap things going on in Huntsville your kids will love if you want to get out of the house and have some fun!
It won’t be long before winter holiday activities amp up and it’s a great time to sit down with your day planners and start figuring out your November & December calendars! Lucky for you we can give you a head start – our annual Holiday Activity Guide is ready for you to pore through its pages!
It all goes back to our mission: making it easier for you to spend time with your kids this holiday season and beyond. It’s a labor of love, so be sure to send this guide to your friends & family!
Free & Cheap
National Planting Day
Friday & Saturday
Huntsville City Hall | More Info
Head to City Hall on Friday from 11AM – 1PM for the annual native plant giveaway. Grab a free Dogwood tree (while they last!) then enjoy free hotdogs, popcorn, and water! Then on Saturday go to John Hunt Park from 9-11 AM for the City’s annual Tree Planting Festival. There will be donuts, popcorn, hot chocolate, water, and coffee. And your family can help plant trees in the park!
Kid’s DIY Workshop
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Home Depot locations | More Info
A hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a custom wooden Humvee for Veteran’s Day. Once the Humvee is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Guided Fall Trail Hike
Saturday at 10:00 AM, Sunday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Land Trust of North AL | More Info
Land Trust guide, David Young, will take you on an exploration of fossils and smoke trees on the Monte Sano trail of his namesake! Hike is 2 miles/Moderate with some steep sections. These hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family – you don’t need fancy equipment. However, we do recommend long pants and comfortable shoes with good tread. Can’t make it Saturday? There’s another Hike on Rainbow Mountain on Sunday afternoon!
Native American Indians Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday from 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Madison Public Library | More Info
Each year Americans observe National American Indians Heritage Month from November 1 thru November 30, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives have enriched our nation throughout the world. The purpose of this family-friendly is to bring awareness and understanding of the Native American Indian Culture to our youth and the community.There will be speakers, art, drumming, dance, kids activities, and more!
Rocket City Championship Wrestling Match
Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cosmos Fitness in Hazel Green | More Info
Rocket City Championship Wrestling returns with a action packed card! Read the Rocket City Mom parent review right here, and settle in for some kid-friendly fun in the ring.
Rocket City Adventure Race
Sunday from 2-4 PM
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
Is your family adventurous? Partners team up to take on the 17 activity stations challenging not only physical pursuits but also mental puzzles. Best of all, this event is free and family-friendly! Stations will offer activities such as traditional field day exercises, climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, brain teasers and much more. Proceeds benefit the new award-winning afterschool program, Girls on the Run of North Alabama.
Worth the Cost
Under the Christmas Tree
Friday – Sunday
Cost: $8 Adults, children free
VBC South Hall | More Info
If marking early shopping off your list is a must, this popular local shopping event is definitely one to attend! Attendees can enjoy Christmas special events, children’s activities while shopping from more than 100 specialty merchants from 9 states. Special children’s events include Breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts opportunities, gingerbread decorating parties, Elf Academy, winter games and even photos with Santa.
Market Shopping Hours:
Friday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Parent’s Night Out
There are TWO opportunities this weekend to snag some quality time with your significant other (or just yourself!) while your kids are well cared for and having fun.
The Matrix Gym – Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Riverton Elementary School – Friday from 6-9 PM
Rocket City NerdCon
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE – $20
Huntsville Public Library | More Info
A celebration of all things nerdy – if your fanaticism for pop culture, comic books, movies, TV, books, games, collectibles, crafting, cosplay, LARPing, etc. borders on obsessively nerdy, this is the place for your family!
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