Is everyone settled into their new school routine? Our home has slowly but surely gotten back into the groove but we sure do enjoy our lazy weekends. In fact, writing up these Weekend Roundups often causes me to feel guilty if we do just lay around the house since after writing up all the awesome fun happening in our fair city, I feel COMPELLED to enjoy it.
This weekend is no exception. In addition to the our top 5 picks below, the 9th Annual Swim for Melissa is happening this Saturday at Hampton Cove and Sci-Quest is having their annual Member’s Picnic from 9AM-1PM (not a member, become one before Saturday and join in the fun!).
Don’t worry if you, like me, prefer to enjoy a quiet weekend every once in a while. But when you are ready to get out and about, look no further than RCM because we always bring the free and cheap family fun, even if we don’t always enjoy it for ourselves. Without further ado – our picks for getting out of the house this weekend.
Thursday from 4-8PM
Location varies (see description)
There is a whole lot happening this Thursday evening in downtown Huntsville. In addition to the weekly Greene Street Farmer’s Market, there is the last Sidewalk Arts Stroll of the season happening from 4:30-8PM, plus the Weeden House Museum is offering complimentary tours from 5-7PM (there will be facepainting, a cooking demo, poetry readings, and yoga in addition to the tours), PLUS there is the Jam Session on the Square taking place from 5-7PM as well. So plan to stroll around the downtown area and enjoy free music, great food, and a whole lot of unique arts and crafts from local vendors. What a great way to roll into the weekend!
Mayor’s Bike Ride
Saturday at 9:30AM
Behind Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
Speaking of rolling…Mayor Tommy Battle will lead the brigade of adults and kids willing to test their biking skills (helmets are required) for the 5th Annual Mayor’s Bicycle Ride. This will be a four mile ride through downtown Huntsville but there will be a two-mile bailout option. Not that any of our parents would need that! Registration begins at 9:30AM and the ride is set to start at 10:30AM. Riders should meet behind the Huntsville Museum of Art on Williams Avenue in Big Spring Park.
Back 2 School Skateboard Contest
Saturday from 1:30-4:30PM
Insanity Skate Complex (map)
While not a free event if you want to be a part of this Back 2 School Street Skateboard Contest, it is totally free to observe. This should be right up the alley of younger kids who are interested but maybe don’t have the skills to compete just yet. If you have some that are interested in competing, there are beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of competition and registration starts at Noon. Prizes will be given out to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
Music Together Open House
I’ve sung Ms. Amie’s praises for a long time and I’m not the only Rocket City Mom that thinks she’s the bomb. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Why not stop by one of her open houses (Madison or Huntsville) this weekend and meet her and the other instructors that make this such a local treasure for parents of young kids. There will be a sing-a-long storytime, a craft and instrumental exploration. If you like what you see, you can register for fall classes too.
Concert in Providence Park
Village of Providence (map)
Once again, The Village of Providence is serving up some free family fun with an outdoor concert in their greenspace right next to Mellow Mushroom. Concerts start at 6PM and thanks to the fact that this is an arts and entertainment district, you can order your food at one of the many area restaurants and enjoy al fresco (including “adult” beverages)! Saturday’s entertainment will be the O’Dell Johnson Duo. Check the VOP Facebook page for any weather related details.
Ride the Rails
This time of year, the weather can be tricky when it comes to weekend plans. Will it be ridiculously hot or will it be raining cats and dogs or maybe we’ll get both all in one day? Lucky for you, there is a fun activity that is perfect for this kind of weather and that’s taking a ride on the Dog Days Express at the North Alabama Railroad Museum. The train cars are air-conditioned and run rain or shine so no matter what the weather does, your plans are perfect. If you’ve never been before, we suggest reading this parent review to get a feel for what to expect (e.g. use the restroom BEFORE the ride) and then buy your ticket to ride. Trust us, you’ll have a blast.