Happy Thursday, Huntsville!
If you’ve made it this far then take heart – the weekend is right around the corner! As always, we scout around town looking for all the free family-friendly fun to be had, and we list it right here to make your life easier.
We’ve got lots of other guides to consider too:
- Spring sports are around the corner – check out our Youth Sports Directory
- You’ll always be in the know with our seasonal Consignment Listings
- Bookmark our Kids Eat Free Guide on your smartphone to make dining out easy on your wallet!
And now… The Roundup!
Birds of Prey Show
Friday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE for members, or admission for non-members
Sci-Quest Hands On Science Center (map)
Who can fly silently over the tree tops and cough up a squirrel skull in a single bound? (UM, Ewww!) Find out at this very special presentation from Curt Cearly of the RISE Raptor Project! We will explore principles of predator/prey relationships, what classifies a bird as a bird of prey, how raptors help humans, and how we can be good stewards of our environment. Curt will be “assisted” by one or more of his live raptor ‘teachers’ during this program. More details here.
Free Valentine Box Workshop
Come learn how to build a heart box in time for Valentine’s Day! This free hands-on workshops is designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9AM. Register in advance online to reserve your craft kit.
Nature Explorers Club
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
The Nature Explorers’ Club is a fun literacy-based nature experience where families can spend time outdoors together in a gorgeous preserve. Today’s sessions are all about different kinds of Seeds & their sizes – popular children’s books are used to cover each topic. Geared for children in Preschool – 4th grade. Please dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free Family Concert
Saturday at 11:00 AM
VBC Concert Hall (map)
We’re so excited about this event we devoted a whole post to it here! Each year the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra hosts a free family concert to help parents expose their children to live classical music. This concert is appropriate for all ages – it lasts approximately one hour so it is a great way to introduce young people to the instruments and music of a symphony, while still allowing the seasoned symphony-goer to enjoy great music. This is on the RCM Must List for the weekend!
Black History Enrichment Festival
Saturday from 2-5 PM
Trinity Methodist Church (map)
Live music, Tuskegee airmen, free food, art and more will all be a part of this year’s festival. “Sharing our Culture, Art in Education and Mentor” is the theme and there will be plenty for families to do! Guest Speaker: Tuskegee Airmen President, Colonel R.J. Lewis, USAF (Ret), Saxophonist-Dr. Reginald Jackson, Oakwood Academy Choir, Boys and Girls Club Choir, African Drumming, NEEMA Performing Arts, Gospel choir, Arts, Capoeira and More. For more information call: 256-429-8039.
Print Your Own Letterpress Valentines
Saturday from Noon-4PM
Cost: $5 for 5 cards
Green Pea Press, Lowe Mill (map)
This is a drop-in workshop; come by anytime between noon and 4pm, and spend as much time as you like on your cards! The letterpress will be set up to print five individual cards at once and a bevy of rubber stamps, paper punches, scissors, glue sticks and more to embellish them as you like. Little ones will LOVE this! Green Pea Press provides all the materials, and an apron to protect your clothes from any mishaps! No preparation necessary. Registration not required. Drop in!
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy teens and two ridiculous dogs, spouse of one incredible guy, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Executive Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and conduct freelance marketing and SMM work.