Weekend Roundup February 6-10

Happy Thursday! You know what that means… we list our top picks for your family to have fun in the next four days in Huntsville and Madison County. As usual, we try to find events that are free or really inexpensive so everybody is happy – the kids, you, AND your wallet.

Keep in mind there’s even more fun to be found in our complete Event Calendar. Remember to click on the links to get more information about any event below. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

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Learning Expo

Featured Event

Get Smarter & Visit the USSRC for FREE!

Saturday from 10AM – 3PM: FREE
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)

Undeniably our favorite pick of the weekend! Join your friends from Rocket City Mom as we partner with the US Space & Rocket Center to present the 2014 Learning Expo. This free event will be unlike anything else in the Tennessee Valley. Highlighting local Independent Schools, Magnet Programs, Homeschooling Resources, Education-Related Business and more, this is an opportunity for parents to find ALL the information they need about their educational options in one place in one afternoon. Performances by eco-magician, Steve Trash, face art by Gabrielle’s Facepainting, advice sessions from education experts of all sorts, and booths from these great schools will all be under the Saturn V Rocket. Come say hello! See the whole entertainment lineup and more details on the Learning Expo website.

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Tiny Tots Skate Session

Friday from 10AM – Noon: $5
Skate Odyssey (map

The weather outside is chilly, so come indoor and let your preschooler burn off some energy! You can bring your child’s indoor riding toys, walkers, scooters, etc. and let your bundle of energy roll around on our big skate floor! There will be also be free face painting for the kids and, yes, the snack bar will be open. The best part? A long nap is practically guaranteed.


South Huntsville Teen Writers Group

Saturday from 11AM – Noon: FREE
Bailey Cove Library (map)

Are you a teen looking for a way to improve your creative writing skills? Want feedback on the work you have been working on? Then the South Huntsville Teen Writers Group might be for you! Writers will meet twice a month on the first Tuesday night at 6:00pm and the second Saturday at 11:00am from January through April. Attendance for this program is mandatory, since sign-ups are limited. Contact Julia for more info at jhendon@hmcpl.org.

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Valentine Art at HMA

Saturday from 11AM – 1PM: FREE
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)

Enjoy learning about art together! Families and children are invited to participate in a range of programs especially designed with younger visitors in mind. The HMA Family Programs offer fun, interactive art making activities for families with children ages 3 and up that will sure to spark one’s creativity. Today you can make Valentines from the HeART and learn about shapes by looking at the artwork of the Pop artist Robert Indiana, LOVE series using construction paper, glue, markers, and stamps. No registration is required – drop-in, make and take a fantastic work of art home with you.


Burritt Historic Park Tours

Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 PM: Guided tours free with membership or admission
Burritt On the Mountain (map)

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One of Huntsville’s most interesting places to explore is now offering free weekend guided tours with the price of admission! Whether you’re a long-time resident, new to town, or have visiting friends, the whole family will love to hear the stories about Dr. Burritt and his mansion on the mountain. Not to mention meeting all the animals and striking out on the awesome hiking trails on the grounds. Pack a picnic and make a day of it – if the weather isn’t cooperation note that these tours are now happening every weekend!


Do Some Star Gazing

Saturday at 7:30 PM – $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6
VBAS Planetarium (map)

Clear, cold nights are the best for Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium Shows! Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe through telescopes with the help of experienced and knowledgeable observing crew. A very small admission is charged, and if you got a new telescope over the holidays you can bring it with you and you’ll get some tips on how to use it from the experts at VBAS. Tonight’s presentation is “Astronomy Southern-Style” – many cultures from around the world tell different stories about the constellations. Because of the South’s unique culture and storytelling heritage, it deserves to be represented in the night sky. This show transforms the winter sky into characters with a southern flair. Come have a fun night under our stars and meet Buford and his friends!


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, and occasionally we have to just roll with it. Luckily, that doesn’t happen often.