Madison Family Fun in July

Welcome to our monthly roundup of Madison Family Fun! Each month Melissa will 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. Big thanks to @Homes Realty for their support of Madison Family Fun!

The days are long and hot, the popsicles are plentiful and my kids aren’t tired of the pool (yet). From Summer Reading activities to hikes, movies galore to concerts, you’re sure to find plenty happening in Madison in July to fill your calendar every day and evening.

Don’t Forget

Special Madison, AL Events in July

Free Fit4Mom Playgroups in July

Mondays at 9:30 AM
Cost: Free
Dublin Park | More Info

Join FIT4MOM Madison for their Village Playgroup. It’s FREE and all are welcome. These fun activities focuses on gross motor skills and kinetic learning. Meet at the top of the hill at Dublin Park, near Kid’s Kingdom.
Fun Run & Popsicle Party – July 1st
Chalk Obstacle Course – July 8th
Make Your Own Kazoo – July 15th
Nature Scavenger Hunt – July 29th

Nonfiction Connection — The Solar System

Monday, July 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, reservation required
Madison Public Library | More Info

Each month at our Nonfiction Connection meetings, 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

July 2, 3:00-4:30 pm
July 30, 3:30-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Learn the basics of 3D Printing, and how to use the library’s 3D printers. This course will cover where to find or make 3D models, the parts of the 3D Printer, and getting started 3D printing.

LEGO Mania Club

July 2, 4:00-5:00 pm
July 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
All things bricks with a variety of LEGO fun for kids in K-5. No reservation is necessary, but we’ll only have supplies while they last!

Just for Teens in Madison

Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
The library is hosting several events for teens this month – get details about each event below on their website.

  • Woodworking Workshop – July 3, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Trivia Hour – July 6 at 2:00 pm
  • Tween Time – July 7 & 21, 2:00-4:00 pm (ages 10-14)
  • Ukelele Club – July 9 & 23 at 2:00 pm
  • MPL Advisory Group – July 10 at 4:00 pm
  • Teen Takeover – July 11 18, & 25, from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Teen Zine Workshop – July 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Scavenger Hunt – July 18 at 6:00 pm
  • Teen Gaming- July 22 at 4:00 pm

Special Ops Laser Tag

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $12
Insanity Complex | More Info
Grab your friends and suit up for Special Ops Laser Tag every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm! $12 Unlimited Play

Play D&D at 2nd&C

July 3, 17, 31, 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!

Stars and Stripes Forever in Madison

Thursday, July 4, 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Dublin Park | More Info
Dublin Park is the place to be on July 4th. The Celebration will begin with inflatable activities lined up all around Soccer Field #1. Children and Adults of all ages can enjoy games, activities and even try to find their way through the 70 ft Obstacle Course. When you get too hot just take a splash down the 62 ft water slide or sit underneath the giant tent in the shade. Parking for the event will be at Bob Jones High School with Shuttle Services provided by the City of Madison. Shuttle services will began running at 1:45 pm with the last pick up at 8:45 pm. Following the event, the Shuttles will take you back to Bob Jones High School. Handicap parking ONLY will be allowed at Dublin Park.

  • Inflatables
  • Games and Activities provided by 104.3 WZYP, 94.1 WHRP and Nash Icon 93.3
  • Live Entertainment, Exhibits, Demonstrations
  • LipSync Battle
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament
  • Food Vendors all day
  • Shuttle Services
  • Entertainment – CRUZE and OBB (Oswald Brothers Band)
  • Fireworks Show at nightfall!

Preschool Bubbles Hour

Friday, July 5, 10:30-11:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join your preschool friends on the patio for some fun in the sun with bubbles!

Conductor’s Showcase: Made in America

July 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison United Methodist Church | More Info
A summer music concert where MCCO conductors choose their favorite patriotic pieces to share with our fans as we celebrate the birth of our country. Featuring the Madison City Youth Orchestra.

Kids Workshop: Putting Green

July 6, 9:00 am – Noon
Cost: Free, registration requested
Home Depot | More Info
Save the day with a tow truck in this hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a custom toy tow truck with an operational boom to rescue model vehicles from ditches and embankments, move disabled vehicles or simply put the model on display. Once your wrecker construction is complete, your child can customize it with paint and stickers.

Family Weekend Storytime

Saturday, July 6, 10:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
This all-ages, special monthly storytime for children and their caregiver(s) includes stories, music, a craft and more! Join Ms. Lisa every first Saturday.

American Girl Book Club

July 8 & 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Our American Girl for July is Luciana. Book club members should read Luciana, or have someone read the book to them, before our meeting so that they can participate in the discussion.

Music Explorers Club

Tuesday July 9, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join the Music Explorers Club, and get your passport to educational expeditions led by the musicians of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra! Pack your thinking cap and come along on fun-filled journeys to every corner of the orchestra. We’ll learn all about music and musical instruments, and we’ll get a feel for the local culture by making some music of our own. Become a seasoned traveler and fill your Music Explorer Passport with six musical instrument stamps to win a special PRIZE!

Happy Accidents Paint-A-Long

Wednesday, July 10, 2:30-4:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Find your inner artist and join us for a fun paint-a-long! Supplies are limited. One reservation per canvas, please.

Kids-Only Tim Talk on Rainbow Mountain

Thursday, July 11, 9:00-11:00 am
Cost: Free, registration required
Rainbow Mountain Preserve | More Info
Rainbow Mountain offers a fascinating collection of limestone formations, varied wildlife, and interesting sights. Explore these features and more on a kids hike with Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels. Designed for children (ages 6+) with an accompanying adult. This event is free and open to the public – no membership required. Registration is required. Sign up at landtrustnal.org/hikes.

Time Out Book Club

July 11, 12:00-1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Love to read YA titles? Join us this month for discussion of “I Have Lost My Way” by Gayle Forman. Bring New York City diner food to share. Children are welcome to attend.

Inflatable Planetarium

Thursday, July 11, 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
View the stars from inside our very own homemade planetarium! Join us as we create new star patterns and learn about constellations in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing.

Extended Breastfeeding Support Meeting

Friday, July 12, 10:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Hospital | More Info
For moms who need help weaning, or who choose to breastfeed beyond child’s 1st birthday.

Tape Town

Friday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Bring your Matchbox and Hotwheels cars for our tiny tape town. Make sure to obey all the traffic laws and the speed limit!

Messy Science Hour

Friday, July 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join us on the patio before the movie for special fairy-tale themed messy science activities.

Family Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Hogan YMCA | More Info
Come join us at the Hogan Family YMCA for a sweet treat! Beat the heat of summer and enjoy an ice cream social with all of your favorite toppings! This event is free and open to members and non-members.

Kids Summer Art Fun: Sponge Painting

Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Cost: $6
Twisted Tree Vintage Market | More Info
Come out for a fun morning of sponge painting. Each child will get to create a masterpiece using acrylic paints. For an additional charge, your child can create two paintings. Project is suitable for kids of all ages; however, if your child is 5 and under, we do ask that a parent please stay and provide assistance. Please email: creationsbyashleyb@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

ABCs of Success Goal Setting Workshop

Saturday, July 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Alexander Martial Arts | More Info
We’re offering a special seminar to help kids in our community learn to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Track-able) Goals. Join us for a fun and educational event! This seminar is completely FREE and will last less than one hour. We will teach your children the essential tools required to set and achieve goals as well as introduce them to some of the personal development staples we provide at Alexander’s. Things like: discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence.

Skate Wars 2019 Roller Derby Bout

Saturday, July 13, doors open at 4:00 pm
Cost: Free-$15
Insanity Complex | More Info
SKATE WARS 2019: “The Skater Strikes Back” is back by popular demand! This roller derby bout is also a Costume Contest with Star Wars Prizes* Will you cheer for the Rebels or the Empire?
Rocket City Rebels vs TBD @4:30
Dixie Derby Girls Mixer Bout @7:00pm

Madison History with John Rankin

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join Madison’s resident historical expert John Rankin for a series of talks on Madison History at the library. Learn about Dr. George Richard Sullivan, namesake of Sullivan Street in this session.

Summer Sunday Night Movies on the Lawn

Sunday, July 14, 21, & 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Cost: Free
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church | More Info
Join us on Sunday evenings for family friendly movies on the lawn (or sanctuary if it is raining). Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks will be served before the movie starts. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and some bug spray. Movies start at dark!

Global Rocket Challenge

Tuesday, July 16, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join us on the Patio as we make rockets blast off in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. We will join space enthusiasts from around the globe as we all reach for the moon together.

Huntsville Ballet

Tuesday, July 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join us at the library for a demonstration by the Huntsville Ballet.

Preschool STEAM

Friday, July 19, 10:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More info
Come explore concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in this special space edition of Preschool STEAM celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing.

Family Painting Class

Saturday, July 20, 10:30 am
Cost: Free, reservation 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.

Dr. Osborn’s Magic and Balloons

Saturday, July 20, 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Dr. Osborn blends education, comedy, magic, juggling, and balloon animals into a totally unique, one-of-a-kind educational event children will never forget!

Kids Night Out

Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm
Cost: Members $10/child, Non-Members $15/child
Hogan 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!

Movies in the Park

Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Dublin Park Outdoor Pool | More Info
Join us at the outdoor pool for a showing of Jaws. Doors open at 6:00, movie starts at 6:30.

Slime Time

Monday, July 22, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Special edition Summer Slime Time! We will be on the patio, weather permitting, and making awesome slime. Messy clothes recommended.

Intro to CNC Carving

Wednesday, July 24, 6:00-7:30 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Learn the basics of CNC carving with Carvey and Easel by Inventables. Discuss designing your project, setting up your carve, and how to get the best results with Carvey.

Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Thursday, July 25, 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join Ms. Eileen for a special pajama storytime. Bring your stuffed animal. Stuffed animals can stay at the library for a fun sleepover!

Tween & Teen Escape Room: Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission

Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am -5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
It’s July 1969 and Apollo 11 is minutes away from making history; but something is terribly wrong! You and your team have 45 minutes to solve the puzzles and ensure a safe landing for this mission. The crew of Apollo 11 need your help! Mission control has somehow misplaced the landing coordinates for the Eagle and a successful touchdown is impossible without them. NASA needs your help finding the clues to decode the coordinates and ensure a safe lunar landing. Are you up for the task?

Summer Outreach Concert

Sunday, July 28, 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
CrossPointe Church | More Info
For many of us, summer means a break from school and heading to the beach, but at WAY-FM summer is a time of outreach and what better way to give back than with a free concert benefiting the North Alabama Foster Closet. Fostering Connections is the non-profit birthed out of the grassroots effort of foster and adoptive families caring for one another via what was initially known as the “clothing closet” and a foster/adopt support group. This year WAY-FM Artist Apollo LTD to put on a free concert for you! At the show we will be collecting these needs for Fostering Connections and the “Foster Closet”.

Little Bits Time

Monday, July 29, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Join us in the Madison Studio as we have fun and make amazing creations with Little Bits electronics blocks. School age children (K-5th Grade).

Back to School Bughouse Chess Tournament

Monday, July 29, 6:00 pm
Cost: Free for MCCL members
Madison Public Library | More Info
Our most popular event for MCCL members is back! Register now for the Back to School Bughouse for MCCL Members Only. This event will occur during our Monday Night MCCL meeting on Monday July 29th. We will be playing in the Library and will allow spectators to watch!

Crochet for Everyone

Tuesday, July 30, 10:00-11:00 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
A crochet group for teens and adults at all levels! Bring a current project, a pattern that’s giving you fits, or learn the basics of crochet! To learn the basics, bring a size 5 crochet hook and medium weight yarn.

Youth Sewing Club

Wednesday, July 31, 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Welcome to our first monthly youth sewing club! We will practice threading our needles, making basic stitches, and sewing our names. Ages 6-12 only please.

Make Cool Stuff: Light Up Magic Wands

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Madison Public Library | More Info
Yer a wizard! Celebrate everyone’s favorite wizarding school and learn how to make an LED magic wand that actually lights up in this family-friendly STEAM event.

Weekly & Recurring Events in Madison, Alabama

Kids Movie Summer Camp in July

Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Cost: $1
Cineplanet 15 | More Info
Starting in June, Cineplanet 15 in Madison will show a G or PG rated movie every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM for $1 per seat. A $3 kid-size popcorn and drink combo will also be offered.
July 2 & 3 – Emoji Movie
July 9 & 10 – The Lorax
July 16 & 17 – Minions
July 23 & 24 – Grinch
July 30 & 31 – How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World

Thursday Concerts on the Patio

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

Bring your picnic blanket or chairs and join us for live music on The Patio! There will be food vendors and lots of fun! Sponsored by the Madison Arts Council.
July 11: 3 Way Handshake
July 18: Calypso Vision
July 25: Good2Go

Summer Outdoor Movie Series

Fridays at 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Join us on the patio of the Madison Public Library for family movie nights this Summer. Movies start at sunset! Popcorn will be provided. Don’t forget your picnic blanket or chair.
July 12: Cinderella
July 19: Sweet Home Alabama
July 26: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

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.

Free Summer Movie Matinees

Wednesdays, 2:00-5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
Free family-friendly movies with provided popcorn and lemonade.
July 3: The Grinch
July 10: Mary Poppins Returns
July 17: Fly Me to the Moon
July 24: Muppets from Space

Toddler Storytime

Tues-Thurs (July 2-3, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31) at 9:30 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

Tues-Thurs (July 2-3, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25) at 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.

Baby Storytime

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 9:30 am
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Come sing, play, read and rhyme with your baby! Learn new signs with your baby each month. After 15-20 minute storytime, babies and their caregivers enjoy playtime. Ages 0-1 years.

Teen Takeover

Thursdays (June 6, 13, 20, 27) from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info

Takeover the teen room! Time to make this room the raucous space it was intended to be. Come make a button, play a game, record a video, or doodle with our 3D Pens. The sky is the limit.

Tap Room 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 Madison 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 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!

Public Maker Space Studio Orientation

July 5, 2:00-3:00 pm
July 9, 4:00-5:00 pm
July 14, 2:00-3:00 pm
July 22, 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Madison Public Library | More Info
There’s a lot to see and do at The Studio. Get started by attending orientation to the Madison Library Makerspace! Once you’re introduced, you can come back and get to know The Studio even better.

Madison City School Board Meetings

July 9 & 23, 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

July 8 & 22, 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.

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