I can always tell when spring has really and truly arrived in the Rocket City because writing the Weekend Roundup suddenly becomes a Sophie’s Choice event. While we do our best to spread the love around when it comes to free events and our picks each week, when there is this much going on all we can really do is encourage you to CHECK OUR CALENDAR.
Along with our picks below, some area farmers’ markets are opening this weekend, a local MOPS group is hosting a bazaar, there is an Autism Walk in Hampton Cove, a fundraising event is happening at Village of Providence for Juvenile Diabetes Research, a Baby Fair is taking place at Bridgestreet, and we haven’t yet mentioned an RCM favorite – Concerts on the Dock! Whew. I’m tired just writing that. As always, whatever you choose to do this weekend we hope you do it as a family and that you have fun!
Earth Day Festival
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Earth Day might not be until April 22nd but many families will be celebrating early thanks to Operation Green Team. Read our post for the full list of activities. Although the actual festival doesn’t start until 10AM if anyone in your family is interested in birding, consider joining local legend John Ehinger at 8AM for a guided birding hike.
Lowe Mill (map)
You may come for the robotic paintball gun, but we’re guessing you’ll stay for every other amazing creation that the engineers and artists of Huntsville have put together. This inaugural event is a celebration of the intersection of STEM and art in a way only a town like ours could do. Check out our post here to see all the nitty-gritty details but know that if you have a child (or an adult) in your family that is at all interested in seeing how art and hi-tech gadgetry come together then you need to GIT ON DOWN TO LOWE MILL.
NCAC Family Block Party
210 Pratt Avenue (map)
April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the National Children’s Advocacy Center is once again hosting a Superheroes 5K/1M and Fun Run to raise awareness and funds. This event is open to all ages and will begin at the NCAC Campus on Pratt Avenue. While the run itself is not free, throughout the day there will also be a Block Party which includes food, inflatables, crafts, games and more. The NCAC Family Block Party is free and open to the public. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for both the run and the party.
Drop In & Create at HMA
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
I love art museums. Ask me about any town I’ve lived in or visited and chances are I’ll start with how good (or bad) the art museum is. As far as I am concerned, a great art museum is the mark of a great community. So obviously I love the Drop In & Create Saturdays program which encourage families to visit and explore current art exhibits through interactive art making activities. Recommended for children ages 3 and up, this month’s event will celebrate the artwork of Adrián Villeta and the Art in Bloom program. Children will be able to make their very own artful hat using art papers, tissue, pipe cleaners, color foam and glue.
Celebrate Easter Early
Saturday & Sunday
The Easter bunny has arrived! Easter might not be until next weekend but there are plenty of egg hunts to enjoy and easter bunnies to meet this weekend. So many that rather than list them here we’re just going to send you over to our Egg Hunts and Bunny Sightings page. All hunts listed are open to the public and most are free. If your church or organization is hosting an event that is open to the public, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.[box style=”lavender rounded” ]DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted here, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. [/box]
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".