TGIT – thank goodness it’s Thursday!
That means it’s time for our Weekend Roundup where we list our favorite free and/or cheap activities for families to enjoy around Huntsville and Madison County in the next four days. This week includes authors, ice princesses, nature trails, and more! If you don’t see something here you like, you can also check our full Event Calendar for even more options.
Thursday from 3:30-4:30 PM
Main Huntsville Public Library (map)
Do you want to build a snowman? Well first you have to make some snow! This fun after-school Frozen party at the library will feature crafts, a sing-a-long, and a tutorial on how to make snow. It’s rumored that Elsa herself will make an appearance and lead your little Frozen fans in song. Our advice would be to arrive a bit early to make sure you have a good spot. Call 256-532-5982 for more details; no reservation needed.
Hikes for Tykes
Saturday from 10AM-Noon
Cost: $5 with membership or admission
Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Take a magical, little-ones’ adventure through the Garden looking for fairies, tadpoles, and soft-as-velvet lamb’s ears leaves – so welcoming to the touch of tiny hands. Fresh Air Family and the Huntsville Botanical Garden have partnered to bring you Hikes for Tykes, an outdoor environmental education program designed specifically for kids 5 and under. Preschool age children along with their parents and siblings are invited. Guided walks will be offered the last Saturday of every month, January through October, 2015.
2015 Learning Expo
Saturday from 10AM-4PM
Davidson Center of the USSRC (map)
This is THE place for families to be this weekend. (Of course, we’re totally biased.) Great speakers, an award-winning children’s book author/illustrator, Elsa & Anna, facetime with local educators & experts, and RCM red carpet treatment… all for FREE! Get the full schedule of events here, and get thee to the Learning Expo on Saturday! Not sure if your kid will enjoy it? Read this breakdown of age-related activities.
Step Back In Time at Burritt
Saturday at 1:30 PM
Cost: Free for members, or admission
Burritt On the Mountain (map)
It looks like it will be a pretty day for a hike! Why not spend it on the trails of a historic Huntsville mountaintop? A hands-on rope making demonstration will take place at 1:30PM, followed by a free guided tour of the park grounds. Pack a picnic & explore the many nature trails to make a full day of it with your family. For more information call 256-536-2882.
Seeds of Freedom Debuts
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Huntsville Public Library, Main (map)
Kick off Black History Month by hearing more about the Civil Rights Movement that took place right here in Huntsville. Hester Bass, author of the new picture book, Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama, will talk about the people and events that inspired the book as well as read excerpts. It’s a great chance for kids to talk to the author and learn some important history about their hometown.
Half Price Day at the Nashville Zoo
Sunday from 9AM-4PM
Cost: $7.50 / $5
Nashville Zoo (map)
Head to the Nashville Zoo before the Super Bowl and enjoy half-price admission during the annual Zooperbowl promotion. On this special day set for Sunday, Feb. 1, admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for kids ages 2-12, and $6.50 for seniors ages 65 or older. As always, Zoo members and children under two will be admitted free.
With less crowds and active animals, winter is a wonderful time to explore the Zoo. Many of the Zoo’s animal collection have acclimated to Nashville’s climate, and some species are often more active during cooler months. During Zooperbowl, animals normally seen during this time of year will be on exhibit as well as animals in the indoor Unseen New World. Weather permitting, visitors can enjoy rides on the Wild Animal Carousel and Wilderness Express Train. The Zoo’s gift shop, café and Jungle Gym playground will also be open.
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 boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.