Happy Father’s Day weekend!
If you haven’t already secured your tokens of appreciation for all the Rocket City Dads out there, consider our list of awesome gifts you can mostly get your hands on before this Sunday. We’ve also included a variety of activities below for fun things to do with Dad on his special day.
We hope you enjoy the weekend by getting out there and spending some time with your family. We’ve listed our favorite free &/or cheap events happening in North Alabama here in the Weekend Roundup to make it easier for you!
Friday 5:00 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Big Spring Park & Northside Square (map)
Street Food Season in Huntsville kicks off tonight and your whole family will enjoy all that comes with it. The Flannel Umbros play from 6-9 PM and will provide the perfect background music to over 40 food trucks & carts. You can also play free putt putt thanks to the return of the Downtown Open around the Square through June 27. Church Street will be blocked off between Clinton and Williams avenues, allowing people to roam freely between the two sides of Big Spring International Park. Parent Pro-Tip: arrive early to avoid the longest lines.
Concert In Athens
Friday from 6-8 PM
Big Spring Park in Athens (map)
Experience small town USA in Athens! Bring your lawnchairs and blankets and enjoy an old-fashioned evening of singing in Big Spring Memorial Park at the corner of Beaty and Market Street. Rain Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church @ 1917 US Hwy 72 across from Athens Intermediate School. The featured band is Trippin’ Dixie.
NASA Day On the Square
Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Northside Square (map)
NASA Day on the Square will be a celebration of the amazing past, present, and future programs and missions that NASA has, is, and will conduct in Huntsville. Live music, themed food, free activities (for all ages), chats with astronauts, and even some unique “surprises” (how about a 30ft. inflatable NASA’s Space Launch System rocket?). This is a uniquely Huntsville event!
Play Days at Hays
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Some days are best spent playing games made for the outdoors. Relax and have a great morning playing outside at one of Madison County’s prettiest spots. Challenging hand-eye coordination games of corn hole and bubble games are on the agenda! Participants will also be making bubbles using different ingredients to change the results. Space is limited. Call 256-532-5326 to reserve your spot and to get more information.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
Explore the Celebrating Our Own: Huntsville Women Artists exhibition and create a marvelous masterpiece using art papers, colored pencils and other materials for embellishment. Families and children are invited to participate in this program designed with younger visitors in mind. The Drop-In & CREATE Saturdays offer fun, interactive art making activities for families with children ages 3 and up that will sure to spark one’s creativity! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday from 9AM – 7PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Yoga HōM (map)
Yoga HōM is offering a day full of classes in honor of International Yoga Day! All classes are donation-only with 100% of the proceeds going to local charity First Stop an organization that works to empower the homeless of Huntsville. Join in for this great day and great cause! To celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S., please feel free to make a donation in your father’s name.
Rocket City Pride Fest
Sunday from Noon – 5PM
Historic Roundhouse Depot (map)
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 4th 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.
After Hours Sensory Night
Sunday from 3:30 – 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 – $16
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)
U.S. Space & Rocket Center in partnership with Making Connections is offering special sensory-friendly family activities for those affected by autism. Enjoy Disney’s “Tangled” at 3:30 for just $5, followed by after-hours museum activities from 5-7 PM ($11 – $16).
Father’s Day in Huntsville
Saturday & Sunday at various locations
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
- Father’s Day Special Train Ride: Ride the rails with Dad!
- 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!
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