Everyone in Huntsville is crawling out of their winter caves and raring to go, go, GO! There’s so much to do in Huntsville & Madison County this weekend we had to put together a special MEGA edition of our Weekend Roundup just for you.
So load up the kids. Start your engines, and get ready for the best list of family-friendly fun in North Alabama! We tried to keep most of what you’ll find below free and/or cheap, but there are a few “Treat Yo’ Self” events to consider as well. Even if you don’t find something your family will like on this page, be sure to look through our entire Event Calendar for more fun.
And if you haven’t started checking off things from the Spring Must List… what are you waiting for?
Superhero Block Party
Saturday 8-11 AM
NCAC Campus (map)
Your entire family is invited to one of the most heroic parties of the year! Party dress is capes & spandex – wear your favorite superhero costume and enjoy the food, inflatables, games, and kid’s activities. Get more details here.
Farmer’s Market Season Begins
Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Madison City Farmer’s market (map)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Alabama produce time! We love farmer’s market season – so much that we devote an entire Page to it. The Madison City Farmer’s Market is kicking off the spring harvest this weekend; early markets usually have lettuces, turnip greens, collard greens, green onions, asparagus, and other Spring crops. Local farmer’s markets are a great opportunity to talk to your kids about supporting farmers & eating healthy foods, plus many of them have music and other fun activities throughout the year.
Help Build a Playground
Saturday from 9AM – 10PM
Billy Hunter Park (map)
Who knew a day of fun could help build a playground that families can enjoy for years to come? Come on out and help support Billy Hunter Park and the playground. There will be bounce houses, a car show, live band, bake sale, face painting, activities for kids, raffles, a Movie in the Park (The Sandlot – what else?) and the night will end with fireworks! The cherry on top is your presence there & support will help fund a kid’s playground in Hazel Green – something LONG overdue to that community. GO TROJANS!
Saturday at 10:30 AM
Arab First United Methodist Church (map)
New parents unite! Come hear speakers on several parenting topics and get valuable information about being a new mom – our very own Jennifer Breuer will be speaking at Noon, as well as local experts on child safety, health, and wellness. There will be a cloth diaper demonstration & FAQ session.
Fun on the Farm
Spring is in the air and all the new baby animals are ready to meet your family! You have two opportunities to do that today…
- Burritt On the Mountain is hosting Spring Farm Days: County Fair Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, April 12, 2015 from noon – 4:00 pm. It’s an exciting time to visit the barnyard animals, experience the historic skills and chores of our ancestors, and learn about life on the farm. Wash and card wool, churn butter, stuff mattresses and watch the Burritt Sheep receive their annual cut as the shearer demonstrates his skill at sheep shearing.
- 4D Family Farm is bursting with babies – Animal Babies! You can meet and cuddle them all, as well as stroll the farm grounds and bounce on the giant Johnny Jumper. Your kiddo will be humming “Old McDonald” for days! Admission is 11AM-4PM.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
If you haven’t stopped by the Huntsville Museum of Art in a while, this is your chance! You and your kids can discover the John James Audubon: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America exhibition and create an art journal using stamps and other materials for embellishment. Little ones love the animal art, and be sure to stop by HMA’s Art Lab – an area just for kids to explore light, color, and other artistic elements to their heart’s content. *Please note: If Drop-IN & CREATE attendees wish to see the exhibition Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe, you must pay admission.
Ray of Hope
Saturday from Noon-6PM
Trinity United Methodist Church (map)
Work in a little culture into your weekend with this free cultural event hosted by Asha Kiran. Ray of Hope will be full of live music, dancing, local performances, henna art, and cultural demonstrations. Learn the proper way to wear an Indian sari. Pick up a few traditional dance steps. Sample delicious international dishes! This is always a fun event and supports the important work Asha Kiran does in North Alabama.
Family Friendly Crawfish Boil
Saturday 3 – 10 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Von Braun Center South Hall (map)
There aren’t many events where Mom & Dad has as much fun as the kids (if not more!), but this is one of them. Your whole family can enjoy great food, craft beer, zydeco music and entertainment with friends and family at the annual Heads & Tails Crawfish Boil. An array of seafood will be available for purchase along with your favorite beverages! Gabrielle’s Face Painting will be on hand to paint faces and there will be plenty of fun for the kids – Jingles the Clown & Friends will be twisting balloons of every shape and size for the kids! Get a full list of Kid’s Activities HERE.
Treat Yourself to a Show
Cost: $10 – $26
- Huntsville Ballet Company’s Sleeping Beauty is a magical story told across the globe and a ballet admired by many. The ballet is full of enchanted characters and passionate dancing, all you could ask for in a classical ballet and traditional fairy tale.
- Once Upon a Mattress is a hilarious production of Huntsville High Theatre department. Was it a pea that caused the princess’s sleepless night? Or something else? This musical will delight & surprise those familiar with the story & chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales the same way ever again.
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Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy teens and two ridiculous dogs, spouse of one incredible guy, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Executive Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and conduct freelance marketing and SMM work.