Weekend Roundup April 11-14

April showers bring May flowers… right? After Thursday’s rain we’re back to looking bright and breezy again, and hopefully some of this dreadful pollen will have washed away.

Each week we look high and low for fun, free, and family-friendly events happening in Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley to share with you. If you’re spending time on the ball fields this weekend, don’t worry – after your games are done there’s still plenty to do!

Please keep in mind there are other events happening in our area that aren’t listed here – more are in the full Rocket City Mom Event Calendar. Remember to click on the ORANGE TEXT to get more information about any event below. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

1. Be a Mad Scientist!

Thursday at 4:00 PM
The Madison Library will have exciting, hands-on (and age-appropriate!) science experiments for kids ages 5-12. Families are invited to experiment with food and physics! This event is free, but reservations and ponchos are recommended – call Maggie at 256-461-0046.

2. Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival

Friday – Sunday
Did you know Alabama is the 3rd largest poultry producing state in the nation? Food, music, folk arts & crafts, and a chicken clucking contest is just the beginning of this annual celebration in Moulton, Alabama (only 23 miles southwest of Huntsville). There’s also a Tot Lot for the wee ones, and kids can meet Nugget and Scramble, the festival’s mascots. Where else can you get a deep-fried Moon Pie with one hand and create awesome egg art with the other? Admission to the festival is only $3 per person and free for those under 5 years old.

3. Seeds to Sprouts

Friday at 10:00 AM
Seeds to Sprouts at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens will have three very special guests today. While the topic is “Spring”, the authors of Maxnificent! The Polka Dot Pyrenees, Dianne Burch and Michael Frederick will be there along with the amazing Maxnificent himself. They will read their book and introduce us to Max. Children will be allowed to pet Max and take pictures. He sure does love it! The craft will tie together the amazing dogs in the story and the beauty of Spring. Meet other parents while nature comes alive for you and your little one, ages 2-5, at Seeds to Sprouts. Parents free with membership or Garden admission. $8 for first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family.

4. Superheroes Bike-A-Fun-Run

Saturday at 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
To help celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting this SUPER Fun Run and the “Flash” Timed and Certified 1 MILE RACE! This event is open to all ages and will begin at the NCAC Campus at 8:00 AM. Bring Your Own Wheels (scooter, tricycle, wagon, etc.) and Helmet for the FREE kids bike rodeo. There will also be a family fun Block Party including food, inflatables, crafts, games and so much more! On-site registration will be going on Saturday as early as 7:30 AM, so it’s not too late to enter your family to run and/or bike! The NCAC Family Block Party is free and open to the public.

5. Madison Farmer’s Market Spring Opening

Saturday at 8:00 AM – Noon
Come early for the best selection of local produce, home baked goods, goat cheese, milk, eggs, meats, fresh herbs, honey, relishes, jams and jellies. Come see creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, jewelry, candles, wood and iron works and other handmade items. The market will happen every Saturday from 8:00AM – Noon but the first day is a great time to see what the farmers have all been up to. (And those fresh eggs are delicious!)

5. Build a Planter Box

Saturday at 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Lowe’s locations across Madison County are participating in kid’s Build & Grow workshops each month. Today’s construction project is a Spring planter box in the fashion of the new Dreamwork’s movie, The Croods. Kids and their families get to work together to build a wooden project, get a free apron, goggles, and patch, and more! This event is free, but online registration is required to ensure enough materials are provided. Register HERE.

8. My Little Pony Ponypalooza!

Saturday from 1:00PM – 3:00PM
If you missed last weekend’s pony frenzy, don’t panic… there’s still two more events to get your fix! Andy Price, illustrator of the sensationally popular bestselling comic, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”, will be meeting his fans at the Huntsville-Main Library’s “Ponypalooza”. Costumes are encouraged! Join them for snacks, get your cutie mark painted, create your own custom pony tail, try your hand at comic writing and illustrating, and get your books signed! It’s going to be crowded, so get there early. Free and open to all pony fans!