It’s been a long week, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for the weekend and an opportunity to celebrate Rocket City DADS!
There is so much going on in Huntsville and North Alabama the next few days that we had to make this another mega-edition of our Weekend Roundup. And we didn’t stop there – there are even more awesome family-friendly things to do in our full Event Calendar.
Summer veggies are in their prime at all the local Farmer’s Markets – be sure to swing by the closest one near you this week and pick up something fresh & yummy for your family!
Free & Cheap Events
Now – June 26th
Northside Square | More Info
This temporary putt putt course is custom made for Huntsville and has 29 holes your family will love to play. Play the course any time between June 16th-26th for FREE. You can pick up scorecards and golf balls at Harrison Brothers Hardware, Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria, and UG White. Bring your own putter or borrow one from the locations above and play the course.
3rd Friday in Decatur
Friday from 5:30 – 9PM
Downtown Decatur | More Info
The mother of all block parties is back and better than ever! Classic cars, artists and artisans, musicians and entertainers will pack 2nd Avenue for a street soiree that can’t be missed. Look for special children’s activities at every turn, and check out even more River City events here!
Concerts for the Whole Family
Friday & Saturday
There are lots of opportunities to hear some summer concerts this weekend…
- Singing In the Park in Athens – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an old-fashioned evening of live music.
- Sounds of Summer Concerts: Enjoy music while you shop, eat outside at nearby restaurants, or just bring lawn chairs and enjoy!
- Graves Grocery at Lacey Springs – This free concert in Lacey Springs also has the option of a lawn supper.
Movie in the Park
Friday at 7:30 PM
Village of Providence | More Info
Grab your lightsabers and head to Providence Park for their showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Friendly pets are welcome, but leave the picnic suppers at home and opt for grabbing a bite at the nearby restaurants instead.
Free Kids Row
Saturday from 8AM – 10AM
Ditto Landing | More Info
Open to all youth ages 12-18 from our community and current Row Huntsville experienced youth athletes. This is the opportunity to bring friends and introduce them to a fun sport!
NASA in the Park
Saturday from 10AM – 3PM
Big Spring Park | More Info
NASA on the Square is moving to the park! In its 3rd year, NASA in the Park returns to Downtown Huntsville – NASA Solar System Exploration and Marshall Space Flight Center will have exhibits, speakers, activities, and NASA merchandise, as well as live music and food trucks. It’s a unique day full of Huntsville history!
Rocket City Pride Parade
Saturday from 11AM – 5PM
Begins at Historic Huntsville Depot | More Info
Now, more than ever, it’s time for families to join together and show your support during Pride Week in Huntsville. Join thousands of individuals and families from diverse communities and dozens of organizations as Huntsville celebrates diversity and equality! There will be Food Trucks, live entertainment, community vendors, kid’s activities, and the 5th annual parade! Rainbow gear is encouraged – expect lots of live music, entertainment, and local speakers, along with a children’s section complete with a moon bounce, face painting, and balloon animals. Wondering what to expect? We love this post about attending with your family.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Here at Rocket City Mom our mission is to make parenting in Huntsville easier. That’s it. We share information about events, activities, resources, whatever. If it’s something that local parents will find interesting, we share it here. To be clear – if your family is not accepting or tolerant of people who are gay, then you SHOULD NOT attend this parade or event. But there are MANY families in the Tennessee Valley who have someone in their lives (parent, child, relative, friend) who is gay and they want to show their support and PRIDE for those people by attending such events. I hope all of our readers can appreciate this, but if by including this event Rocket City Mom has lost your readership then I’ll save you the hassle of emailing me and just take this opportunity to say adieu.
Drop In & Create… a Rocket!
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Your kids can create a rockin’ rocket, a perfect craft for NASA Day in the Park! Bring your children to the interactive galleries between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to craft your own star-spangled rocket. For this activity, the museum will provide folded paper, ribbon and stickers for your children to use to make a hanging Independence Day sculpture.
Dads Get in Free
Sunday, various times & locations
Cost: Free for Dads!
Celebrate Dad Huntsville-style! There is no shortage of fun things to do in town on Father’s Day.
- Fathers of Rocketry: Fathers get in FREE with one paid admission
- Earlyworks Family of Museums with Dad: Come to the museum to make a gift for the special man in your life! All Dad/Grandpas get in for FREE on Saturday!
- Burritt On the Mountain: Father’s Day Special is Dads get in free!
Worth the Money
Mary Poppins Floats Into Huntsville
Friday – Sunday
Lee Theater | More Info
The ever popular, most-loved, practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins flies to the Independent Musical Productions’ stage this summer for what will surely be a magical musical event!
Parent’s Night Out
Friday & Saturday
As we’ve said before, Date Nights with your significant other are super important to keeping the home fires burning. You’ve got two opportunities to do that this weekend thanks to these two events:
- Alexander’s Martial Arts – three locations hosting Friday from 6-9 PM
- Hogan YMCA – Saturday from 6-10 PM
Get Lost… and Found!
Saturday 10AM – 3PM
Cost: General admission, or free for members
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
How did explorers find their way before we had GPS? Come learn to navigate the old fashioned way by learning how to use a compass, then use your new found skill to navigate through the orienteering course in the Historic Park.
Father’s Day Special Train Ride
Saturday at 10AM and 1PM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
Grab a Dad and ride the rails on this special train ride through the countryside on the Mercury & Chase Railroad. Don’t forget your camera, and read our review before you go.