Madison Family Fun in April

Welcome to our monthly roundup of Madison Family Fun! Each month Melissa be delivering fun and family-friendly events in Madison, AL to busy parents there. Of course, our specialty is free/cheap things to do in Madison but the ultimate goal is spending time together in your community. Enjoy!

My family is fresh off spring break and ready to enjoy the warmer weather as we take on some of the many events happening in Madison in April! Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, race through Madison, do some shopping for a good cause, or hit up a local festival, you’re sure to find lots of options for your family this month.

Don’t Forget!

  • Opening Day for the Madison City Farmer’s Market is April 13.
  • Dublin Park Summer Camp registration is currently open for returning campers. Registration for new campers will open April 13.
  • Online registration for swim lessons at Dublin Park opens April 15.
  • Summer swim lesson registration at Hogan YMCA also opens April 15.
  • April 19 is a collaborative day for Madison City Schools. Students have a half day.
  • Easter Sunday is April 21. All Madison City offices that are normally open, such as the library, will be closed.
  • April 22 is a scheduled Weather Day for Madison City Schools. Students will have the day off unless a makeup day is needed.
  • Madison City Schools Board of Education really wants to hear from you – what do you think about the details shared about potential new middle & elementary schools? Give your feedback here.

Weekly Events in Madison

Free GED Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Asbury Farmhouse | More Info

As part of Asbury’s Imagine Initiative, we are partnering with Drake State Community and Technical College which offers free GED classes at the Asbury Farmhouse. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30pm and include free childcare and a meal before each class. Click here to fill out the interest form and we will be in touch to connect you with Drake State.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Mondays at 10:30 & Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Hospital | More Info
Breastfeeding support impacts breastfeeding success. If you’re a new mom dedicated to breastfeeding, join us for a weekly support group meeting.
• Ongoing support from Certified Lactation Consultants
• Answers to questions and solutions to common problems
• Weight checks with infant scales
• Celebrate with other new moms who are also meeting their goals

Madison City Chess League Weekly Meeting

Mondays from 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Kids K-12th grade who know how to play chess are welcome.

Free ESL Classes

Tuesdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Hope Building Rooms J216, H213/215
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, Faith Building Room F021
Cost: Free
Asbury UMC | More Info

You can learn English for free! Call us at 256.837.0365 or email the class instructor, Jackie Norton at lnortonsnotes@aol.com.
Aprende Inglés gratis! Tel: 256.837.0365, o enviar por correo electrónico el instructor de la clase lnortonsnotes@aol.com.

Baby Sign Storytime

April 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 9:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Children and their caregivers interact in this lap sit story time with music, stories, signs, and more. Ages Birth-1.

Toddler Storytime

April 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 10:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Music, fingerplays, and stories are all part of this 15-20 minute program for tots and their caregivers. Music and coloring follow. Ages 1-3.

Preschool Storytime

April 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 10:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Preschoolers and their caregivers will sing, dance, listen, and learn in this 25-30 minute program which features a different theme each week. Ages 3-5.

Trivia Night

Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Rocket Republic Brewing Company | More Info

Rocket Republic Brewing Company, in conjunction with the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, hosts a weekly family friendly trivia night. Food and drinks are available to purchase, but it’s free to play trivia and all ages are welcome.

Madison City School Board Meetings

April 11 & 25, 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Central Office Board Room | More Info

Regular school board meeting – it’s always a good idea to pop in and see what’s happening at Madison City Schools.

Madison City Council Meetings

March 11 & 25, 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: Free
City Hall Council Chambers | More Info

The regular city council meeting times are a great way to learn what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Madison City Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Cost: Free admission, bring $ to shop!
Trinity Baptist Church | More Info

Every Saturday local farmers and artisan makers bring their fresh produce, meats, cheeses, coffee, flowers & herbs, breads, eggs, and hand-made items to sell. Sometimes there’s live music!

Special Events in Madison, Alabama

Tinkergarten Trial Classes

April 1, 10:00-11:15 am
April 4, 10:00-11:15 am
April 6, 10:00-11:15 am
April 7, 2:00-3:15 pm
Cost: Free
Creekwood Park | More Info

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Designed for children ages 18 months-8 years.

Nonfiction Connection

April 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Each month school age children (K-5th grades) are invited to explore a different subject with books, activities & crafts. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Teresa (tallison@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046.

Intro to 3D Printing

April 2, 4:00-5:30 pm
April 24, 4:00-5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us in The Studio to learn the basics of 3D Printing, and how to use the library’s 3D printers. This course will cover where and how to find or make 3D models, the parts of the 3D Printer, and how to get started 3D printing.

Haven Comics Birthday Party

April 3rd from 6-8 PM
Haven Comics | More Info
Havenites! Haven is turning 18 years old on April 2nd this year and you are invited to celebrate this milestone!

Teen Advisory Group

April 3, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Teens can make the library a better place by sharing your ideas!


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Catch Me If You Can presented by BJHS Theatre

April 4—7:00 pm
April 5—7:00 pm
April 6—2:00 pm
April 6—7:00 pm
Cost: $10—$15
Bob Jones High School | More Info

Based on the hit film and incredible true story, this comedic Tony Award-winning “Best New Musical” is about chasing your dreams and not getting caught! Win tickets here!

2019 Madison City Chess Championship

April 5-6,
Cost: $20-$25, registration required
James Clemens High School | More Info

This grade-level championship for Madison residents is an open championship. We will crown a chess champion for each grade level K-12. There is no need to qualify.

Studio Orientation

April 5, 10:30-11:30 am
April 8, 4:00-5:00 pm
April 18, 1:00-2:00 pm
April 22, 1:00-2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

There’s a lot for teens and adults to see and do at The Studio, so get started by attending orientation to the Madison Library Makerspace! In this weekly program for we’ll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, CNC machining, creative design software, and other Studio equipment. We will also cover mandatory safety training and go over ideas for future projects. Once you’ve been introduced, you can come back and get to know The Studio even better.

Kids Workshop: Birdhouse
April 6, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Home Depot | More Info

Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like nest building and provide them a safe place to eat without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse 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. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Madison Market 2019

April 6, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Insanity Complex | More Info

Shop Madison Market for the wide array of goods and services offered right here in our community.There will be live music, karate and dance demonstrations. This event is FREE to ATTEND!!!

MOPS Marketplace

April 6, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
The Grove Baptist Church | More Info
Please join us for our annual MOPS Marketplace fundraiser. There will be games, crafts for the kids, raffles, giveaways, food, and fun! Chick-Fil-A will be there and we will have a bake sale as well. Come get some lunch and dessert, then walk it off while you check out some of our local vendors.

Countdown to Kindergarten

April 6, 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Bring your three-, four- or five-year-old to explore and practice the skills your child needs for a smooth transition into kindergarten. Families can come and go as fits their schedules.

Community Car Show & Spring Festival

April 6, 10:00 am—2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Asbury Church | More Info

Let’s kick off spring in Madison with a Community Car Show & Spring Festival! This year, we’re excited to combine two of our most anticipated events to create an incredibly fun experience for families, car enthusiasts, and families who love cars! Come on by for an awesome display of vintage cars, hot-rods, muscle cars, imports, and more, PLUS tons of fun inflatables and activities for preschool through elementary age kids. It’s all FREE including food.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 6, 2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Christian Church | More Info

Everyone is welcome! Please join us for our Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt.

Tween Time

April 7, 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Tweens (ages 10-14) unite! We’ll meet in the YA room each month to enjoy a movie, crafts, and snacks. Contact lblackmon@hmcpl.org for more info!

American Girl Book Club

April 8, 4:00-5:00 pm
April 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Attention all elementary school-aged girls who like the American Girl © books or dolls! At each monthly American Girl Book Club meeting, we will gather to discuss a different American Girl book. We’ll make crafts or play games that tie into the book, character, or era. During our April meetings, we’ll travel to 1974 and meet Julie Albright. Book club members should read Meet Julie , or have someone read the book to them, before our meeting so that they can participate in the discussion.
Girls may bring a doll to our meeting, but a doll isn’t mandatory. Registration is required to ensure that we have enough materials. You may register here on our website, or call 256-461-0046. For more information or questions, email Teresa at tallison@hmcpl.org.

Fake News 101

April 8, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Between the 24 hour news cycle, social media feeds, and the proliferation of blogs and websites, it’s difficult to sort through all of the information we see and determine what you can trust. Learn how to vet your sources and spot fakes on the internet in this hour long program for teens and adults.

Intro to Circuit & Design Space

April 9, 6:00-7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Learn the basics of designing and completing projects using the Cricut Maker and Design Space. Discover the ins and outs of the software and learn how to make amazing creations out of paper, vinyl, fabric, and so much more. Bring your own laptop or device. A very limited number will be available for checkout with a library card.

Taste the Spirit of Madison—Bites & Brews

April 9, 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: Free—$25
Insanity Complex | More Info

Madison’s Premier Food and Beer tasting Event!! Enjoy music provided by Groove, taste great food from area restaurants and brews from local breweries, and bid on items in the silent auction.

Play D&D at 2nd&C

April 10 & 24, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
2nd and Charles | More Info
Come join us for our bi-weekly D&D night! The event runs every other Wednesday night from 6 – 9 p.m.! We normally start playing around 7 with the hour before for character generation for new players! Right now we are about to enter the TOMB OF ANNIHILATION! New and old players of all ages are always welcome!


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Time Out Book Club

April 11, 12:00-2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Take a “time out” each month to meet other adult fans of YA, enjoy a great discussion, and get exciting new recommendations. This month we are reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and bringing food that you can make with rations. Children are welcome and entertainment will be provided! Contact edrummond@hmcpl.org for more information.

200 Years of the Library

April 11, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Established a year before Alabama achieved statehood, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is the oldest continually operating library in the state. Over the past 200 years the Huntsville Public Library has been moved, burned, branched out, and brought together over a varied and fascinating history. Join archivist, Shalis Worthy, for a presentation for adults and teens on the history of your library system.

Homeschool Skate

April 12, 12:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $4
Insanity Skate Park | More Info

Attention All Homeschool Groups! The second Friday of each month we invite all Homeschool Groups to come to Insanity Complex for $4 Roller Skate (includes rental) and $4 Concession Combo. For more information please call 256-319-0000/ext.1026.

Art 4 Paws 2019

April 13, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

We can’t wait to provide you a Saturday afternoon of fun! This year, Madison Arts Council, in conjunction with The Madison Public Library and A New Leash on Life, brings you family activities and adoption events! Some of the fun we have planned – food trucks, WAGS presented by Therapy Partners, Bouncy House, & Children’s activities. Proceeds from the event goes to the Madison Public Library, A New Leash on Life, and the Madison Arts Council.

Kid Safe Seminar

April 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Alexander Martial Arts | More Info

The Kid Safe Seminar is a FREE Community Event that is designed to help kids learn to make safe choices. We address topics including: the red-yellow-green light of safety, appropriate stranger interaction, and more. Join us to learn more about empowering kids to make safe choices.

Madison City Farmer’s Market Grand Opening

Saturday, April 13th from 8AM – Noon
Cost: Free admission, bring $ to shop!
Trinity Baptist Church | More Info

It’s the first farmer’s market of the season! Every Saturday local farmers and artisan makers bring their fresh produce, meats, cheeses, coffee, flowers & herbs, breads, eggs, and hand-made items to sell. Sometimes there’s live music!

Egg-stravaganza Egg hunt

April 13
Cost: Free
Madison UMC | More Info

This egg hunt for ages birth – 5th grade will include snacks, the Easter Bunny, nd age-appropriate hunts.

Roller Derby Double Header

April 13, 4:00 pm
Cost: Free—$15
Insanity Complex | More Info
It’s the second home bout of the 2019 season! Doors open at 4:00 pm. Rocket City Rebels vs. Rockin’ Rollers Jr Derby League Bout @ 4:30 pm, Dixie Derby Girls vs Hard Knox Roller Girls @ 7:00 pm. This month’s charity partner is Neighborhood Cupboard. Get tickets online in advance & skip the line!
Adults $12 in Advance, $15 at the door
Kids 7-12, $3
Kids under 7, FREE
Season Passes $80

Easter Eggstravaganza

April 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church | More Info

Please join us for our annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Games, crafts, ice cream and sweets. And, of course, our age-appropriate Easter Egg Hunt! It is free and everyone is welcome!

Machine Sewing 101

April 16, 2:30-4:30 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us in The Studio for this complete beginner sewing class. Bring your own sewing machine from home, or learn on one of the library’s machines. We will learn the parts of the sewing machine and how to thread and set it up, as well as cover the basics of pattern reading and complete a 15 minute sewing project. All ages welcome, but children 15 and under are required to have an adult present at all times.

Tell Me a Story

April 16, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
The TMAS event is planned for parents and their children from ages 4 to 12. Registration is required and the first 50 families to register will receive a FREE hardcover book to take home with them. The book being featured for the April 16 event is Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin. This story, with Farmer Brown’s cows obtaining a typewriter to address their ideas about changes needing to be made at the farm, uses humor to show problem solving and what can happen when different groups cooperate and compromise. The guest reader will be Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker. Following the reading of the story, those attending will break into small discussion groups, led by facilitators, to explore ways stories can open discussion of potentially difficult topics. Topics raised in Click, Clack, Moo include fairness, equity, citizenship, kindness, and gratitude.

Chick-Fil-A Trivia Night

April 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Chick-Fil-A Madison | More Info

Join us the 3rd Tuesday of the month for Tuesday Trivia!

LEGO Club

April 16, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us for monthly building time in this K-5 program. No reservation is necessary, but we’ll only have supplies while they last!

X-Factor Book Club

April 18, 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

If you love to talk about books, come join Ms Eileen and other 3rd – 5th graders in the children’s programming room on the third Thursday of each month!

Movie in the Park

April 19, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Dublin Park | More Info

Join us for a showing of the movie Peter Rabbit. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 6:30 pm. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Concessions will be available.

Rocket City Hot Wheeler’s 2019 Spring Diecast Show

April 20, 9:00 am—2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison United Methodist Church | More Info
Huge Diecast Show – FREE ADMISSION – Bring the whole family. There will be lots of fun, food and prizes as well as lots of vendors to get your diecast fix at a really great deal. There will be Downhill Hot Wheels Racing with prizes for the kids on our large 50-foot track. Raffles throughout the day. A great family event.


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Free Walking Tour of Downtown Madison

April 20, 10:00 am
April 27, 10:00 am
Cost: Free
Downtown Madison Gazebo | More Info

Every spring and fall, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau shows off Madison through its free walking tours. Tours are guided by local experts and focus on the historic district of the city. Popular for both visitors and locals, you can enjoy a 1-2 hour stroll by some of Alabama’s most beautiful antebellum mansions. Your guide will share stories about the homes’ owners as well as recognizing each site’s distinctive style. No tickets or reservations are needed for walking tours. Just bring yourself (and your thirst for historical knowledge!) If the rain is light, bring your umbrellas! If the weather is severe or there is heavy rain, the CVB will announce cancellations prior to the tour’s departure via social media.

Family Painting Class

April 20, 10:30 am
Cost: Free, RSVP required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us for Family Painting Class the third Saturday of each month! Space is limited, so reserve your spot online early.

Holy Saturday Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 10:00-11:00 am
Cost: Free
Harvest Pointe Methodist Church | More Info

Come join us for a fun, teachable moment, with the kids of Harvest Pointe! We want our little ones to know why we celebrate Easter. One way is through our Easter Egg Hunt!

Madison Easter “Egg”stravaganza & Kite Festival

April 20, 10:00am-3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Dublin Park | More Info

Inflatables, local vendors, children’s activities, and kite flying on Dublin Soccer #1. At 1:30 pm on Dublin Soccer #1, the first 500 children ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult will receive a free kite! Egg hunts on Dublin Soccer #2. 10:00 am—ages 0-3, 11:30 am—ages 4-6, 1:00 pm—ages 7-10. Handicap parking ONLY at Dublin Park. All other parking will be at Bob Jones High School South Parking Area. Free shuttle provided beginning at 9:00 am. For more information or if you have specific questions, contact Gayle Milam at 256-772-2557.

Special Needs Easter “Egg”stravaganza

April 20, 1:30-4:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Dublin Park Main Building | More Info
1:30—check in/registration
2:00—3 egg hunts, ages 0-10, 11-15, and 16+
2:30-4:00—Easter Bunny photos, games, activities, and refreshments.
The event will be held rain or shine. You MUST pre-register by emailing mc@autism-alabama.org. Please include names and ages of children participating.

Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic

April 20, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Movement Church | More Info

Come join us for a FREE Egg Hunt and picnic on Saturday, April 20th and Movement Church! We will have 2 Egg Hunts, one for Preschool and one for Elementary! Hotdogs, drinks, snow cones, and bounce houses!!

Kids Night Out

April 20, 6-10 pm
Cost: Members $10/child, Non-Members $15/child
Hogan Family YMCA | More Info

Kids ages 4- 12 years old can enjoy four hours of food, fun and games while parents are away! There will be pizza dinner, games, swimming and friends. KNO is the third Saturday of every month at the Hogan Family YMCA!

Cuddle Buddies Sewing Day

April 22, 9:00am—12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Columbia Elementary School | More Info

Cuddle Buddies is a project that was started to make weighted blankets and other weighted tools for Special Needs classes in Madison City Schools. We will be meeting to assemble and sew these weighted tools. Please bring, if you have them, sewing machines, fabric scissors, tape measures, sewing pins, extension cords, and invisible ink pens.

Teen Gaming

April 22, 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Smash Bros or Battleship? Just Dance or Jenga? We’ve got digital, board and card games. Feel free to bring your own! Snacks provided.

Breakfast Bingo

April 24, 8:00-9:00 am
Cost: Free
Chick-Fil-A Madison | More Info

Join us for family bingo and win prizes!

Jr. Mad Scientists

April 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join other science loving kids Grades K-2 for science themed activities!

Preschool Crafts

April 26, 10:30-11:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us in the program room for this new monthly program with a variety of crafts that expand on our storytime themes. You might get messy! Ages 3-5.

Conquer the Hill 5K/10K Race

April 27, 7:30 am
Cost: varies
Dublin Park | More Info

Madison Conquer the Hill 10K and 5 routes are USATF certified. These races are perfect for any level runner. The courses are fun and challenging!! All runners receive a T-shirt with registration. Awards will be given in many categories. Awards Ceremony will be at 9:30 am. Proceeds from the Race will support the City of Madison Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Program.

Intro to CNC Carving

April 30, 10:00-11:30 am
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Learn the basics of CNC carving with Carvey and Easel by Inventables. Class content will cover designing your project in Easel software, how to set up your carve in Carvey, and techniques for getting the best results. We will also complete a brief custom tile project. Bring your own laptop or device or your library card to check out a library laptop. All ages welcome, but children 15 and under are required to have an adult present at all times.

 

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