OK, we’re not trying to make anyone panic, but there are approximately five weekends left before school starts back. What will you do to stuff as much fun in as possible between now & then? Lucky for you, you have us! We’re all about fun, free and/or cheap things to do with kids here in Huntsville and North Alabama. Check these lists out:
- MASTER 2017 Summer Fun Guide
- Our Summer Bucket List of 50 Things To Do
- Free Kid’s Movies
- Favorite Road Trips from Huntsville
- Water Parks, Pop Jets, & Pools
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to level up your Summer!
Free & Cheap
Free Live Music
Thursday – Sunday
One of the best ways to enjoy the summer without breaking your wallet! These family-friendly concerts are happening all weekend, all over North Alabama.
- Biergarten at USSRC – Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM
- Under the Lights Downtown – Thursday from 5-8 PM
- Madison Gazebo Concert – Thursday at 6:30 PM
- Bridge Street’s Sounds of Summer – Friday from 6-8 PM
- Drive Thru Concerts Downtown – Friday at 6:00 PM
- Concerts in Big Spring Park – Monday at 6:30 PM
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 6:30-9:00 PM
Cost: 50¢ per ride
Athens Lions Club Park | More Info
This carnival just for kids only runs through August 5th and is just for little kiddos. Seriously, read our review and you’ll be lining up. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities. A North Alabama tradition that needs to become your family’s summer tradition. Just for kids under under 42″.
Madison Farmer’s Market
Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Hughes Road, Madison | More Info
Madison City Farmers Market is the area’s original local, producer-only farmers market, founded in 2007. Everything sold at the market is grown or crafted by local farmers and craftspeople. Vendors provide a wide selection of the freshest local veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, meats, milk, herbs, honey, jams, relishes, home-baked goods, plants and flowers. Get the complete list of local Farmer’s Markets on RCM here or on the free Explore Huntsville app.
Parks & Rec Family Fun Fest
Saturday from 9AM – 1PM
Jaycee Building and Festival Grounds | More Info
Huntsville’s Parks & Rec department is kicking off July right with their #GoPlayHsv initiative! This awesome festival will be full of all the things kids love: field day games, live music, food trucks, demonstrations, a bounce house & water slide, and misting tents to help everyone stay cool.
Huntsville STEAM Works Open House
Saturday from Noon – 3PM
Lowe Mill | More Info
Kids who love all things STEAM should not miss this event! Huntsville’s new destination for makers, artists, geeks, and creatives will have lots to offer for kids: MindGear Labs will be demonstrating their family-friendly projects, and Makers Local 256 will have kid-friendly tech like 3D printers to create small action figures! Arts Huntsville and the Library will also be on hand with some fun stuff for the kids.
Saturday at 7:30 PM (arrive early for a seat!)
Cost: $3-5, kids under 6 are FREE
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Learn all about how to prepare for the much-anticipated solar eclipse in August. This presentation will not be a dry lecture format but will include audience participation in explaining many parts of the eclipse. Plus the presenter will share some fun ways to view the eclipse. Read our Rocket City Mom parent pro-tips about visiting the planetarium right here!
Worth the Money
Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike
Saturday from 10-11 AM, again from 1-2 PM
Cost: Members $10, Non-member $12, RSVP online
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with a hands-on activity and something to take home! A different activity will be offered each date.
A Sweet Saturday Scientist
Saturday at 11:30 Am
Cost: Free for members, $16-24 for nonmembers
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Kids ages 6-9 will love this monthly hands-on activity that emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space and chemistry. Today’s topic: the Science of ICE CREAM!