Weekend Roundup April 18-21

It’s official. There is absolutely NO excuse for kids that live in Huntsville and Madison County to not be exposed to culture, music, and art early in their lives. None.

And there’s absolutely no way families can be bored on the weekends. No wonder Forbes named the Rocket City as the 9th Smartest City in the World!

We like to make it really easy to be smart. Each week Rocket City Mom looks high and low for fun, free, and family-friendly events happening in Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley to share with you. This weekend, due to the increasing chance of rain, be sure to call ahead to any outdoor events to make sure they’re still taking place.

Also, if you’re hunting for a bargain, remember to check out our Yard Sale Directory. You can submit your sale or find one near you to shop for early bird deals each week.

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. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

1. Concerts On the Dock

Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Usually in the event of rain the good folks over at Lowe Mill bring everyone inside to enjoy the music and atmosphere of Huntsville’s historic textile mill. It doesn’t matter if they’re inside or in the open air, The Pinehill Haints are one of my favorite live performances to see in Huntsville. Banjo, washtub bass, washboard, guitar, accordion, drums – this band has a bluesy earthiness that the whole family can appreciate. Concerts on the Dock are always free.

2. Serious Student Rocket Launch

Saturday from 7:30 AM – Noon
Head to Bragg Farms to watch the annual NASA Student Rocket Program Launch. These are BIG rockets that will launch up to a mile into the atmosphere, and teams compete to win $5,000. Buffalo Rock will provide food & drink. Bring your kids, lawn chairs, and blanket and watch the launch! Rain date is Sunday, April 21.

3. Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

Saturday from 9:00 – Noon
The Southeast YMCA is hosting this free community event that encourages kids in the Huntsville area to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. There will be a 5K race at 10am and a 1 mile fun run at 9am. Featuring fun, active play, and educational activities, such as the 1 mile fun run, petting zoo, firetruck, flower planting, obstacle course, and kids ZUMBA. You can also learn some martial arts moves and get schooled on skateboard safety. The SARTEC rescue dogs will be there to demonstrate their amazing abilities. Come join the fun!

4. Earth Day Celebrations Across Madison County

Saturday & Sunday
With all the gorgeous green spaces in Huntsville and surrounding areas, Earth Day is a pretty big deal. There are several celebrations happening around town, one bound to be near you.

  • Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve: Saturday from 10AM – 2PM. Tomato plants will be given to the first 1,000 people (2 per family). Bird hiking begins at 8am – don’t forget your binoculars! More than 70 exhibitors/vendors. Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy foods available during the festival. Please bring reuseable water bottles to refill at water stations.
  • Athens Outdoor Expo & Earth Day Celebration: Saturday from 10AM – 3PM. Rain or shine, Earth Day will get celebrated in Athens! Go to Big Spring Park if it’s sunny or the Limestone County Event Center if it’s rainy for vendor booths, a Bird of Prey wildlife show, a performance by Rosie the horse, crafts & games, and concessions – all free!
  • Earth Day at Monte Sano: Sunday from 1PM – 5PM. Monte Sano State Park hosts their 43 annual Earth Day celebration with a farmer’s market, planetarium shows throughout the afternoon, forestry demonstrations, live bluegrass music, EarthCaching activities, guided hikes, kid’s crafts, Water Wheels Outdoor Water Conservation Lab and Rain Barrel Workshop, and animal show. $5 donation per vehicle suggested at the park entrance.

5. A Joyful Opus Tadpole

Saturday at 10:00 AM
Children and their families have fun discovering the answers to classical musical questions during twenty-minute Opus Tadpole presentations at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the VBC. Opus Tadpole is free & open to the public and features entertaining and interactive ways for our youngest listeners to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Grown-ups will also learn a thing or two! The best part of today’s session is afterward families can listen to the final rehearsal of HSO’s sold-out concert, “Ode to Joy” in a relaxed atmosphere – adults are $5 (what a bargain!) and kids under 12 are free.

6. Drop In & Make Art

Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Now that you’re full of joy from the HSO rehearsal, cross Big Spring Park and head to the Huntsville Museum of Art for their “Drop In & Create” family art sessions. This free program encourages families to tap into their inner Picasso! This month, visitors can create their own Paleolithic masterpiece and explore the Lascaux Cave, the site in France famous for its cave art, in the museum’s “A Walk Through Time” exhibit. Recommended for children ages 3 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

7. Spoiled Rockin’ Birthday

Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Huntsville’s only kid’s salon is turning 4 and inviting everyone to their party! Enjoy complimentary glitter and powder tattoos as well as delicious cupcakes and refreshments. There will be Fantastic Elastic Co. giveaways, complimentary spray-in hair color, story time with Tinkerbelle at 2PM, and a balloon twister onsite. Free & open to the public – you don’t even have to bring a gift!