Wowza – there is no shortage of fun to be had in Huntsville this weekend! From Earth Day celebrations to beloved fairy tales to crazy things happening in the canal at the park, there’s bound to be something your family will enjoy. As always, we try to find the most fun, family-friendly, and free things to do in Huntsville in our weekly list.
While we’re at it – take a look at our 2017 Summer Camp Guide. It will help you plan out the kids’ summer camps and classes and keep them busy and happy in the months ahead. (Stay tuned – we’ll be releasing the full Summer Activity Guide soon!)
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Earth Day Storytime
Friday at 10:00 AM
SchoolCraft | More Info
This storytime will include reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and planting a truffula tree. Kids of all ages are welcome! Be sure to check out earlier storytimes in the week at the public library!
Concerts On the Dock Return!
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, $5 parking
Lowe Mill | More Info
Grab your picnic dinners and the kids and head to Lowe Mill for our favorite Spring concerts that are also family-friendly! Our best advice: arrive a little early to claim your favorite spot. Get the full schedule here.
Free Earth Day Celebrations in Huntsville
Saturday & Sunday
Various locations below
Huntsville is full of green spaces and places and knows how to celebrate Earth Day right! I just hate choosing which event to go to this weekend, so we’re aiming for all of them! Get even more Earth Day events here.
- Guided Hike at Harvest Square Preserve – Saturday at 10:00 AM
- Earth Day at Lowe Mill – Saturday from 10AM – 9PM
- Earth Day at Hays featuring Steve Trash – Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
- Birding Hike at Whitaker Preserve – Sunday at 7:30 AM ( that’s right, AM!)
- Monte Sano Earth Day Celebration with Microwave Dave – Sunday from 12-5 PM
Paddle the Canal Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE to watch
Big Spring Park | More Info
Spectators who want to watch the Paddle the Canal races will have plenty to do in Big Spring Park this weekend! Races will be throughout the day on Saturday from 7AM-4PM. There will be other things going on in the park too – food trucks, the library’s Bookmobile, boat safety demonstrations, and more! Want to paddle? You must be 18 or over and you can sign up here.
Guided Walk in Historic Madison
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Madison Gazebo | More Info
Every spring, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau shows off beautiful Huntsville and Madison through its free walking tours. Tours are guided by local experts and focus on the historic districts of both cities. Wear comfortable shoes; walks last approximately one hour and are rain or shine. Kid & stroller friendly!
Saturday from 10:15 – 11:00 AM
VBC Concert Hall | More Info
What sound does a French horn make? What is the difference between a viola and a violin? How many strings are on a harp? Children have fun discovering the answers to these musical questions and more during twenty-minute Opus Tadpole presentations, entertaining and interactive ways for our youngest listeners to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Grownups may also learn a thing or two!
Annual Car & Bike Family Fest
Saturday from Noon – 5PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Jaycee Fairgrounds| More Info
Bring your lawn chairs and kick back and enjoy DJ BB while enjoying live entertainment with Huntsville Drumline Stick Masters and Prima Dance Team. The favorite video game truck, inflatables, food trucks, resource activity booths, and of course cool cars, bikes, and trucks will also keep you entertained. Enjoy flying kites or bike riding? There will be plenty of room to enjoy the spring day! Proceeds benefit the community work of R Fathers Mad.
Suck on Some Mud Bugs
Saturday from 3-9 PM
VBC South Hall | More Info
The annual Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil is happening again! This is a family-friendly event with face painting, inflatables kid’s activities and live Zydeco music. Crawfish and other yummy food will be available for purchase. Parent Pro-tip: hit up Paddle the Canal, then head over to the VBC for some games and grub!
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Fantasy Playhouse Presents “Pinocchio”
Friday – Sunday
VBC Playhouse | More Info
It’s the first weekend of the final show of their season, and Fantasy invites families to come see their production of “Pinocchio”. Join the Blue Fairy and his friends as they lead the audience through the classic Italian tale of the boy whose “nose” grew… and grew… and grew!
March for Babies & Superhero Sprint
Saturday from 8AM – Noon CANCELLED due to weather
Cost: Little Runners are $20
UAH Charger Campus | More Info
We’ve shared why this event means so much to us, and today’s the day families can come out and demonstrate their support! Festivities at the March for Babies will be going on all day and kids can run in the Superhero Sprint. All proceeds go to research preventing premature birth, and birth defects for families in Alabama.
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