Happy birthday week to the US of A! You know that Huntsville is planning to celebrate in style and we’ve included all of those opportunities below in our list of fun & free things to do with your family.
Stock up on fresh & local blueberries, peaches, corn, tomatoes, and other yummy produce for your BBQ at area Farmer’s Markets – our handy list and map makes it easy to pay them a visit! And there’s only 4 weeks left of summer fun before school starts, so be sure to use every bit of our 2014 Summer Fun Guide while you still can!
Playground Bucket List Day
Thursday from 9-11 AM
Cost: FREE, RSVP required
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Everyone loves a playground! This day fulfills every child’s dream – a morning on the super-cool Hays Preserve playground. K – 6th grades can take time to find the dinosaur, enjoy the music area, perform your own puppet show and experience the best swing in Alabama. Hays is even offering a few special treats to keep everyone refreshed and cool during the morning! Space is limited so call 256-532-5326 to reserve your spot and to get more information. NOTE: For all these events, children should wear old comfortable shoes and play clothes that can get a bit dirty. Don’t forget a bottle of water. Your preferred insect repellant, especially on the lower legs, will help fend off unwanted insect bites. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the sessions.
Outdoor Orchestra Concert in Madison
Thursday from 6:30-8:30
Downtown Madison (map)
The past couple of Madison Gazebo Concerts have been cancelled due to rain, but it looks as if the weather will be perfect for this week’s visit by the Madison City Youth Orchestra and Winslow Davis’s fusion violin performance. Lily Pond Art Studio is providing a free craft for the kids and you can grab a bite at the nearby eateries: Bandito, Sady’s, Main Street, & treats from Whistlestop Treat Shop. Don’t forget the lawn chairs, dear Fido, and your bug spray/sun screen! Read our review of this event here.
Celebrate the USA!
Friday, various locations
There are SO MANY great places to celebrate the 4th here in Huntsville & Madison County! Some are free, come are not, but ALL are sure to be super-fun ways to party with your family on Independence Day. Head to a Stars game at Joe Davis Stadium or the US Space & Rocket Center for their amazing day full of activities and a fireworks show. Or enjoy any of these FREE fireworks shows at the Village of Providence, Dublin Park in Madison, Point Mallard in Decatur, or Athen High School. Get the complete list of activities here.
Build a Bug House
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, RSVP required
Home Depot locations
These free hands-on workshops at Home Depot are designed for children ages 5 – 12. Your budding naturalist can make a bug habitat to observe all the creepy-crawly things they find outside! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. You must register online before Saturday.
Movie at Sherwood Park
Saturday at 8:00 PM
Sherwood Park, Huntsville (map)
Everything is awesome! Chances are your kiddo can’t get enough of The LEGO Movie – here’s your chance to see it again on the big screen (for free!) under the stars. All the usual accoutrements are welcome: blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, pillows, bug spray. Popcorn and snacks will be available to purchase at Sherwood Park.
Family Fun & Games Day
Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: $10 per adult; $8 per child; Members & Kids 2 and under free
Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Play an old fashioned game of croquet on the green, toss horseshoes at the blacksmith shop, compete at lawn darts or race your friends in the sack race. Can you be the fastest in the watermelon eating contest? This day is full of fun as you play games that families have enjoyed for centuries – and maybe some more modern games too. All this, plus searching for gold at Treasure Hunt at Gold Mountain. More details here.
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