Weekend Roundup February 13-17

It’s a a super-packed holiday weekend (Valentine’s and President’s Day!) and after an extra two three days off because of snow, I’m guessing many of you are looking to get out of the house. No? Just me? That’s what I thought. We’ve rounded up plenty of out of the house fun and four out of five are completely FREE. That’s right, everyone’s favorite “F” words. You did know I meant – free, fun, family-friendly, right?

GreatCrossCountryRaceBut before we get to that…while it is not free, RCM favorite, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre debuts The Great Cross Country Race this weekend with shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This entertaining show about a competition between a scatter-brained hare and a slow-moving tortoise is sure to bring the laughs! Cheer for your favorite competitor in this adaptation by Alan Broadhurst. At just $15 a ticket, it’s a great treat and a wonderful way to expose your children to live theater.

Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to celebrate this special weekend, we hope you have fun.

WERU_#1Show the Library some LOVE

Thursday thru Saturday
Cost: FREE
Varies (map)

With puppet show story times (likely to be rescheduled as of Wednesday night) at Bailey Cove, Spanish story time at Monrovia, and a special Saturday family story time (perfect for parents who work outside the home) at Eleanor Murphy, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library system is a great place to chill with the family this weekend.


WERU_#2The Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday thru Monday
Cost: FREE
Your Backyard 

pointingbutton_enLaunched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, this unique and fun project is perfect for families to do together. Kids of all ages can participate and it takes as little as 15 minutes! Simply print out a tally sheet and then count the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 14-17, 2014. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!

If you’re new to the count, first register online then enter your checklist. Before you go out to count, you might want to check out this Bird Guide to help you identify the various types of birds you might see. If your kids are super excited about bird watching, you might also try the Huntsville Botanical Garden and The Lewis Birding Trail. They’ll provide you with a birding trail map and a list of birds commonly seen in the Garden.

WERU_#3Birthday Celebration at Burritt

Saturday, 10AM-4PM
Cost: FREE

3101 Burritt Drive (map)

Burritt on the Mountain is celebrating the birthday of its founder Dr. William Burritt this Saturday with FREE admission. By all accounts, Dr. Burritt was a very colorful character known for his generosity and sense of humor. Upon his death in 1955 he willed his house and the surrounding woodlands to the City of Huntsville. He was concerned the growth Huntsville was starting to experience would result in rapid loss of the woodland habitats. His donation formed the city’s first museum and second largest public park.  Celebrate this unique man and his contribution to our beautiful city by checking out his legacy and what is arguably one of the most beautiful views in Huntsville.


WERU_#4Sci-Quest Grand Reopening

Saturday, 9AM-6PM
Cost: FREE to members, Regular Admission
1435 Paramount Drive (map)

They’re opening their doors and ready for public. While they raise the funds needed to secure their final location, Sci-Quest is parking themselves at  1435 Paramount Drive in Huntsville (off of University Drive). Come check out the new site and enjoy interactive science demos and hands-on activities throughout the day!

WERU_#5President’s Day Skate

Monday, Noon- 6PM
11319 Memorial Pkwy SW (map)

Skate Odyssey in South Huntsville is at it again. Kids and adults alike can skate away their cares this President’s Day for FREE. Skate rentals are $2. Make plans to head that way after school on Monday and if you really want to get in the spirit, why not whip out that Lincoln beard and hat combo or your GW wig? Be honest, were your previous President’s Day plans better? Roll it out.

NOTE: It’s important to call ahead and confirm an event if the weather is sketchy or if you’re unsure it’s happening. Also, sometimes events get changed or cancelled at the last minute for a variety of reasons unbeknownst to us. If we hear about a change we’ll certainly let you know, but sometimes, just sometimes… they won’t tell us about it. It’s the way of the world. Luckily, that doesn’t happen often.