Tick, tick, tick… if you listen closely you can hear those precious minutes of summer slipping away before the start of a new school year. So make the most of it and get out and enjoy some time with your family! Every Thursday we corral all the fun, FREE, family-friendly events for you in one place so you can maximize your weekend without busting your wallet.
Brace yourselves – there is so much to do this weekend, we had to deliver a MEGA edition!
Play Days at Hays
Thursday from 9 AM – 11 AM
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Nature is bursting with colors, and this popular children’s program by Operation Green Team is ready to explore them all! Today’s theme is “Colors of the World” – the group will start with storytime at the natural playground, then you get to play an outdoor game of “I Spy” to spot your child’s favorite colors! Explore & learn about the great outdoors with your kids at this beautiful green space.
Cut a Rug with RCM!
Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Downtown Madison, AL (map)
If this concert isn’t rained out it’s THE place to be Thursday night. The Madison Arts Council’s Gazebo Concert series is always a good time, and your friendly Rocket City Moms will be there to provide a few activities for the kids! The musical lineup is pretty awesome too – Shane Adkins, guitarist extraordinaire will be followed by the Maple Hill Celtic Band. Pack a picnic, grab the kids, and join us!
Smoke On the Mountain
Thursday – Saturday from 7-9 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Point Mallard Park, Decatur (map)
The Bank Street Players are back with more family-friendly performances of “Smoke On the Mountain” at the Spirit of America Stage in Point Mallard Park. This bluegrass gospel musical is hosted by the hilariously imperfect Sanders Family, and is sure to be fun for all ages.
Party at the Library
The public library’s annual Summer Reading Program is coming to a close and they always celebrate with an awesome party! You have two choices this afternoon: head to downtown Huntsville for a live animal show with Animal Tales & learn about science, world cultures, and conservation. Or you could join the Backyard Bash at the Madison library – there will be life-sized board games in the Children’s Garden, crafts, and music. Party in the stacks!
Kid’s Day at the Hogan YMCA
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Hogan Family YMCA (map)
A fun & free way to finish up the summer, this Madison Kid’s Day and Business Expo is held at the YMCA and features inflatables, yummy food, police & ambulance trucks, face painting, balloons, and more! Mayor Troy Trulock will even have an “Ask the Mayor” Booth! Be sure to look for the lovely ladies from Rocket City Mom – we’ll be there and we’d love to meet you!
Kid’s Martial Arts Seminar
Saturday at 1:00 PM
Alexander’s Martial Arts (map)
Does your child need more focus? Kids will learn The ABCs of Success for goal-setting, PLUS they’ll get to break a real board as part of this cool event at all three Alexander’s locations – Madison, Hampton Cove, and Riverton areas. This is a FREE event for all kids in the community, but online registration is required.
Music & a Movie in Providence
Saturday starting at 5PM
Village of Providence (map)
Thanks to the rain last week, the Village of Providence is hosting both a live music concert and an outdoor movie tonight! Mitch Mann and The Mojo Mixers kick things off at 5PM, followed by the family classic “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” starting at around 8 PM. Lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray are a MUST. Leave the picnics at home but grab a bite from one of the restaurants around the park!
Teen Dance Party
Saturday from 8PM – 2AM
The Vibe Downtown (map)
This new all-ages dance party spins the hottest Christian music with live DJ Sam Smite. Teens are invited to “The Alternative” to dance their cares away in a safe environment with a club atmosphere.
LoveFest at Lowe Mill
Sunday from 4-9 PM
Cost: Backpack or $5 Donation, Kids under 13 Free! $2 Suggested Parking Donation
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
The 6th Annual LoveFest is a fundraiser for “Got Your Back” Pack, a year-round program that meets the basic needs of food, clothing, hair care/cuts, and school supplies for those who demonstrate a financial need. These donations will start being distributed at the 11th Annual Love, Food and Cuts. This venue is set up for wonderful people like yourself, inviting you back to our communities to lead and inspire our children before their first day of school. Come help spread the love!
Baseball & Fireworks Show
Monday at 6:30 PM
Cost: $4 per ticket
Joe Davis Stadium (map)
The Huntsville Stars play Chattanooga Saturday-Thursday, but Monday night’s game is followed by a spectacular summer fireworks show! With the RCM discount you can get $4 tickets at the ticket office – check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
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.