There’s another action-packed weekend in store for families here in the Tennessee Valley! With so much going on, it can be hard to choose which activity for you to pick, but if your wallet has any say in the matter you’ll take a look at these free and fun events we’ve rounded up. If you’re able to splurge a bit, be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete list of all the family-friendly things to do in and around Huntsville.
Easter is around the corner, and we counted no less than three local egg hunts happening this Saturday! You can plan for even more Easter fun in the next few weeks using our Spring Activity Guide. It’s full of egg hunts, bunny sightings, and Spring performances and festivals, and is generously sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
So, without further ado, let’s get hoppin’!
Concerts On the Dock Is Back!
Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE ($2 parking)
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment (map)
It’s officially Spring when this popular concert series cranks back up again! Known for it’s laid-back, kid-friendly atmosphere and amazing live music, Concerts On the Dock is a MUST for every local family. The season traditionally opens with KUSH Reggae Band, and this year is no different. Pack a picnic supper or grab some food there – Happy Tummy or Chef Will always have tasty grub to offer. Lawn chairs and well-behaved pets are also welcome.
Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Village Green in Downtown Madison (map)
The Madison Arts Council hosts Art4Paws, a growing event that brings the love of art and pets together for a day of fun the entire family will enjoy, right down to Fido! There will be arts & crafts vendors, local artists, “Ask the Vet” sessions, a doggie red carpet, agility course, and several animal shelters will have dogs and cats in need of a good home. You can even sign your pooch up for the Amateur Dog Show!
Saturday from 10:15 – 11:15 AM
VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
What sounds does a cello make & how do you play such a big instrument? Children (and their parents and grandparents) 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. Grown-ups will also learn a thing or two! You can opt to stay for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Series final rehearsals before the evening’s concert for a mere $5 per family.
Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil
Saturday from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Von Braun Center, South Hall (map)
Mmmm… if you love Cajun food, this is the event for you this weekend! The annual Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil is a generous portion of live Zydeco music, delicious food, and lots for the kids to do. Gabrielle’s Facepainting, inflatables, and balloon animals are always a big hit. New to the event this year: local breweries on hand for you to sample their latest creations. Plates start at $10 and there’s a good variety of seafood to choose from.
Take a Hike
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Wade Mountain (map)
The Land Trust of North Alabama is known for their wonderful guided Spring hikes – Dr. Callie Schweitzer will lead a fun hike on Wade Mountain – you’ll never look at the forest the same way again! Suggested hiking equipment: long pants, comfortable shoes with good tread & bottled water. Hiking sticks, trail snacks, and a camera are also good ideas. Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads. In case of rain, hikes will be cancelled. BONUS
Ride the Spring Fling Special
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 12
North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
ALL ABOARD – the Spring Fling Special train is pulling out of the station for the first ride of the 2014 Season! What better way to see Spring blooming across the Alabama countryside? If you have a train lover at your house this should be on your Must List, but even kids with the most rudimentary interest in trains will have a great time. Read all about the details in our Parent Review of the North Alabama Railroad Museum.
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