Can we all agree that it’s time for this cold weather to shoo? Luckily, it looks like it will by the weekend and just in time for all the great family fun there is to enjoy all around the Tennessee Valley. In addition to our top picks below, keep in mind that our Event Calendar is brimming with outings including the myriad consignment sales happening this weekend. Be sure to stop by our friends at Kids’ Kloset (who have been stalwart supporters of our site for two years) and find some great deals!
Planning ahead just a bit? Our Spring Activity Guide is one-stop-shopping for all of the local Spring Break Camps, egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits, Spring plays & concerts, parades, festivals, and special events happening in Huntsville and Madison County. Get your clicky finger ready – you’ll want to bookmark this guide!
A Weekend of Free Family Concerts
Thanks to some generous funding from Damson Automotive Group and The Painted Violin Society, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Space and Rocket Center (Sat at 11AM) as well as Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison (Sat at 5PM) and First United Methodist Church in Athens (Sun at 2PM) to bring Peter and the Wolf to area children and families FREE! You can get all the details here but know that for both Saturday concerts you’ll want to get there early because there will also be fun children’s activities including some playacting by Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater at the first show!
Go for the Hat Trick!
Do you have a little guy or girl (4-12 years of age) who is feeling Hockey Fever after watching the Olympics? Well let those budding Oshies and Chus slap on some skates and try it out. Both the Huntsville Ice Complex and the Point Mallard Ice Complex are participating in Try Hockey For Free Day and offering lessons this Satuday. Organizers ask that you plan to arrive about an hour before the start time to allow for registration but no need to bring equipment, it will be provided for you. Call 256-883-3689 for more information.
Nature Explorer’s Club
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Clouds are the subject this months and specifically, “What Can You See in a Cloud”. If you’re not already familiar with Nature Explorer’s Families Club then check out Andy’s parent review to see what you can expect and then, if it sounds like your cup of tea head on out to Hays Nature Preserve and give it a go. It’s free and super fun and everyone in your family will enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Brought to you by Operation Green Team.
Family Fun Day at Humble Heart Farms
25235 Mooresville Road, Elkmont (map)
As lovely as the weather is likely to be this Sunday, if your kids are at all interested in farms or animals then I recommend you make this drive. Humble Heart Farms is a small family run farm that we’ve had the privilege of visiting twice before and it’s really a lot of fun. Throughout the day there will be an overview of the dairy process, tours, free cheese tastings, and ice cream! Did I mention the goat cheese is AMAZBALLS? Yeah, buy some. You’ll thank me.
Maslenitsa Spring Festival
Saturday from 10AM-4PM
Cost: $5, FREE for Y members and under 5 yrs
Hogan YMCA (map)
While this event is only “kinda” free (if your under 5 years old or a YMCA member) but it is all sorts of delicious, international, educational, and fun. So $5 seems like a pretty reasonable price. Now in it’s third year here in the Tennessee Valley, Maslenitsa is a merry celebration of spring and butter or rather, all good food made from butter. Expect lots of blini (crepes) and other traditional Eastern European food ($ 5 per plate), and a Slavic cultural program, art classes/games, and entertainment for families. The spotlight country for this year’s celebration is Ukraine.
Huntsville Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday at 5PM
Downtown Huntsville (map)
The first ever Huntsville Mardi Gras parade promises “We don’t hide the crazy. We parade it down the street.” But don’t expect a scene like you’d get in NOLA, this is family friendly (no nudity allowed) so let the good times roll! The parade will start and stop across the street from the Depot’s Roundhouse – view parade route here – and begins at 5PM.