Ready to frolic? There are so many spring events in Huntsville and North Alabama that we guarantee your family is going to be busy. Just click on a tab and see all the events happening that month! Don’t see what you’re looking for on this list, be sure to check out our full 2021 Spring Activities Guide sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
Land Trust Spring Hike & Adventure Series
The Land Trust’s Guided Hike & Outdoor Adventure Series is offered each Spring and Fall, and these FREE hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! Space is limited to ensure quality and safety, so reservations are required. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leads.
Dare to Explore: Milestones to Mars
Dare to Explore: Milestones to Mars takes visitors on a six-decade journey of space exploration and the innovations and discoveries that have prepared humans to land on the moon and go beyond. Dare to Explore highlights historic artifacts and new technologies, including Lockheed Martin’s proposed lunar ascent stage for the Artemis mission to return to the moon. Designed especially for young visitors with school groups and families, Dare to Explore includes displays and activities to examine the past and demonstrate how we will live and work in space as we continue our exploration beyond earth’s orbit.
Book Bites – A Healthy Habits Virtual Storytime Series
When: Thursdays through April 8 from 3:30-4PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
More Info: Website
Alabama Extension’s Urban SNAP-Ed team presents Book Bites, a 30-minute weekly series that incorporates healthy habits for children into storytime. This online series is best suited for kids in kindergarten through 4th grade. During these Thursday afternoon sessions, youth and parent participants will interact with a nutrition educator for storytime and a follow-up discussion to explore the concepts of the book. Participants will receive follow-up tools to help them practice the key concepts of the book at home.
When: Select Tuesdays & Thursdays through April, 10am & 12pm
Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Cost: Members $15 per class ($40 season pass), Nonmembers $20 per class ($55 season pass)
More Info: Website
Nature Academy provides hands-on science classes at the Garden to enrich STEM learning for students in grades K-8. Classes are new and improved for the 2020-2021 school year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area. Nature Academy offers three seasons of three classes each. Every month, a new class will be offered covering a different nature science topic. Classes are a two-hour adventure into science at the Garden led by our certified educators. Most experiences will be outdoors with very limited time inside. Plus, every class is offered on multiple dates throughout the month, so you can pick the date and time that work best with your schedule.
Our beautiful outdoor spaces take center stage during March and April. Spring-blooming trees, shrubs, and perennials are highlighted by colorful bulbs and special flowering displays. The Bush Azalea Trail, with over 3,000 varieties of azaleas, is a must-see. We hope you’ll join us for favorite spring events, such as Night of 1000 Flowers, the region’s largest plant sale, and Bunny Bonanza. Plant walks, classes for adults and children, and homeschool programs add to the fun.
The Market at MidCity
Don’t miss the return of The Market at MidCity! The Market at MidCity, located at The Camp on the former site of Madison Square Mall, is one of the area’s newest markets for farmers, artisans, makers, growers, musicians and more.
Come play on the mountain! Choose one of our four GeoQuest! adventures to enjoy with your family – Nature Quest, History Quest, Critter Quest, or Letterboxing Quest. Using clues and GPS technology, hunt on our trails and museum grounds to collect sets of Quest Cards. Kids will love hunting and finding the Quest Cards that share fun facts and cool trivia about each theme. Collect a complete set of Quest Cards for all four adventures and you can enter your name in a monthly (April- September) drawing for a free family membership.
Some More Great Spring Things…
Fire on the Mountain
Always a favorite with our visitors, you won’t want to miss Burritt’s Fire on the Mountain on Saturday, March 6. Our historic cooks will transport you back to the 1800s as you see, hear, and smell their work as they prepare historic recipes over our open fires and cast-iron cook stove. In addition, our blacksmiths will be firing up the forges throughout the historic park to demonstrate this fascinating skill. Please join us for this memorable day in the historic park!
Hubert Family Tulips Grand Opening
Come and enjoy grand opening day with our beautiful scenery of over 212,000 tulips and pick a bouquet to take home with you! We will have Piper & Leaf Tea and Level Up Food Truck on site. Picnic tables will be available as well, so feel free to bring your own food & drinks.
Community Kite Festival
When: March 6 from 11AM-3PM
Where: Virtual event
More Info: Facebook
Join AshaKiran Foundation for their 9th Annual Community Kite Festival! Due to COVID-19, the 2021 event will be held virtually. Stay tuned for ways we will engaged the community with videos on March 6!
NEACA Spring Craft Show
Don’t miss the Annual Spring NEACA Craft Show at the Von Braun Center in the South Hall. There will be be over 100 crafters at this event with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, home decor, outdoor decor, dolls, clothing, kitchen accessories, children’s items, food and much more.
Madison Chamber Color Run + Health Fair 2021
Join us for our first ever Chamber Color Run on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:00AM! This is a certified 5K starting at 8:00AM and a 1 mile fun run starting at 9:00AM. Starting at the Madison City Schools Stadium, you will run through the streets of downtown Madison and finish back at the Madison City Schools Stadium. Following the Chamber Color Run, the Health Fair begins in the parking lot of the Madison City Schools Stadium. There will be food trucks, vendors, activities and more!
Herpetologist for a Day
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a herpetologist or to work at the Cook Museum of Natural Science? What would you have to know? What would you get to do? Experience live animal feedings, behind the scenes tours, herpetology classes, independent workstations, and even a frog dissection! Lunch and a t-shirt included.
Spring Break Activities at Burritt
Join us for a week full of Fun and enjoy Spring Break Week at Burritt! Explore the outdoors and the nature that Burritt has to offer. Hike the newly completed hiking trails, participate in a fun-filled scavenger hunt in Burritt’s historic park, visit the animals in our barnyard. craft a nature souvenir, and learn about the Victorian scavenger hunt called letterboxing and the high-tech scavenger hunt using GPS technology called Geocaching. See detailed schedule and register for individual events online here.
Spring Break Fun at Hays Nature Preserve
Spend some of your Spring Break in Huntsville enjoying nature at Hays Nature Preserve! Drop in to the natural playground to do a nature activity with us, such as making a hummingbird feeder, a Spring Nature Signs Scavenger Hunt and planting a flower, and rock painting. This event is FREE for children of all ages with their favorite available adult.
Aquarist for a Day
What it would be like to be an aquarist at the Cook Museum of Natural Science… What would you have to know? What would you get to do? Experience live animal feedings, behind the scenes tours, ocean classes, independent workstations, and even a shark dissection! Lunch and a t-shirt included. The same activities will be offered on both days.
Scottsboro’s Market on the Square
Market has been one of Scottsboro’s best events over the last 6 years, and we are ready for the 7th annual to be the best yet! By once again combining the established events of Main Street Scottsboro with our First Monday Trade Day tradition, we hope to bring you the best in craft, art, clothing and food vendors, along with a little entertainment, all in one place (the beautiful courthouse square in Scottsboro, or course).
Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo
Spring Fling Special Train Ride
Spring is in the air and it’s time to ride the rails! Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we celebrate the end of winter with a train ride through the beautiful North Alabama scenery. Enjoy the budding trees & blooming flowers! Be sure to bring your camera and capture those special moments.
Castin’ ‘N Catchin’
Captain D’s 6th annual Castin’ ‘N Catchin’ is a fishing tournament event that benefits the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama, which offers patient and family care for cardiovascular services. Fishing for all teams will begin at safe light with boats launching from Goose Pond Bait, Tackle & Grill. There will be some family friendly fun for the sidelines and of course, a payout for biggest catches.
Environmental Education Week Virtual Events
April 20-24 is National Environmental Education Week and we at the Huntsville Botanical Garden are excited to celebrate with you! Plus, Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 24 – that’s even more reason to celebrate. We’ll roll out a new activity daily so be sure to follow along on Facebook. Each day will include an environmentally-themed story (with a link for online reading if you don’t have the featured book in your library), fun facts you can share with your family, and activities that can be completed at home.
Melodies on the Mountain: Good Vibrations
Burritt on the Mountain, in partnership with The Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation (MDMEF), is offering another education lesson in our “Melodies on the Mountain” series: “Good Vibrations – The Relationship Between Science and Music” The MDMEF will provide a talented local musician to conduct and perform an engaging lesson about the science of fashioning sound and harmony. Burritt on the Mountain educators will lead students in creating a musical themed craft after the performance. Come ready to participate as you learn from professional musicians while outside on the mountain enjoying Burritt’s amazing view of the valley.
A Taste of Panoply
Panoply is the Southeast’s premier arts weekend where Huntsville’s innovative spark shines through a festival of art, music and more! The three day festival has been held annually since 1982 in beautiful Big Spring Park in historic Downtown Huntsville and features an art marketplace consisting of fine artists from across the United States, three performance stages, hands-on art and STEAM activities, demonstrating artists, award-winning food trucks and traditional festival food.
Family Fun Day and Classic Car and Truck Show
When: May 1 from 8AM-3PM
Where: Sharon Johnston Park (map)
More Info: Facebook
Visit Sharon Johnston for a fun day of activities at the park! The Madison County Youth Fishing Rodeo will start at 8AM, with a Classic Car & Truck Show taking place from 9AM-2PM. Attendees will enjoy live music, food trucks, a car show swap meet, and outdoor activities as well as the opportunity to shop craft vendors.
4th Annual Garden Gathering
When: May 1 from 8AM-2PM
Where: Madison County Farmers Market (map)
More Info: Facebook
Come and swap plants, seeds, bulbs, herbs, flowers, and all things green for your garden and yard! There will be casual presentations from 11-1 on gardening, compost and worms, music exploration etc., activities for kids like seed bombs and make-and-take pizza gardens. And since our new event location is the farmers market you can check out the regular market and green-related vendors we have just for this event too!
Mother & Son Special Train Ride
In tribute to moms we present our Mother’s Day Special train trips. Who can say no to those great moms? Make her proud by treating her to a wonderful train ride (and a special flower). Have her picture made beside the “Mother’s Day Special” sign on the front of the locomotive. Make mom feel special and make some great memories at the same time!
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