Hello again and happy weekend, Huntsville! Thursdays are the days we gather our favorite weekend picks together to share with you, with a focus on free family fun in Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley. That way parents are happy, kids are happy, and your wallet is happy!
Not included in this list but equally important are the weekend Farmer’s Markets and our Summer Fun Guide – you’ll want to bookmark those and refer back to them week after week! Planning a birthday party in Huntsville? We’ve got you covered there too with our Birthday Party Planner, a directory of every venue and entertainer, and an excellent resource for parents in a hurry.
Without further ado… let’s round ’em up!
Safe Summer Fun Festival
Thursday from 10AM – 2PM
WEUP Radio Station (map)
This annual event hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama is expected to have more than 1,000 children and tons of free fun! There will be great food, games, and arts & crafts for all the guests. Local police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders will be on hand to interact with the children and talk about summer safety. For more information, call 256-534-6060.
Start the Weekend Early!
Thursday, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM
Downtown Huntsville (map)
So really this is FOUR events all rolled into one great night in downtown Huntsville. Your family can start at Constitution Village for the Sidewalk Arts Stroll at 4:30 PM, head to the historic Weeden House & Museum for their free open house & kid’s activities, pick up a yummy homemade popsicle at the Greene Street Market and end the night playing Putt-Putt on the Square (RCM recommends this activity as best for older kids). The best part? The weekend hasn’t even officially started yet!
Movie In Providence Park
Friday around 8:30 PM
Village of Providence (map)
The youngest members of your family will probably love the next movie pick for this popular outdoor film series. Everything will be AWESOME in Providence Park as they show “The LEGO Movie” at sundown on the Village green. You can bring a picnic supper, blankets, & lawn chairs to get nice & comfortable. Providence shops will be open if you’d rather grab a bite from there!
Saturday & Sunday
Huntsville Public Library (map)
Speaking of LEGOS, the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club is having their annual summer exhibit this weekend at the library on Monroe Street. You can expect the club’s biggest local display to date – they’ve added more LEGOscapes to an already-impressive exhibit! This should be on every LEGO lover’s Must List. More details about the event here.
NASA Day & Family Fun Festival Downtown
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. The celebration includes live music, themed food, free activities, chats with astronauts, and even some unique “surprises” (how about a 30ft. inflatable NASA’s Space Launch System rocket?). The Historic Square will transform into an all-day, all-ages celebration of NASA, MSFC, and Huntsville from 11AM – 4PM. After that, take the short walk over to the VBC South Hall for the Family Fun Festival & Expo – fun is the focus of this festival, and it includes demonstrations, performances, and exhibits by local businesses & organizations. Face painting, kid’s activities, and health screenings will also take place throughout the day from 11AM – 8PM.
Rocket City Pride Festival & Parade
Sunday from Noon-8PM
Historic Depot Roundhouse (map)
This is the third year for this family-friendly event hosted by the GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services Center, and is North Alabama’s premier community celebration of equality & diversity. Rainbow gear is encouraged and be sure to bring your appetite for the NINE different food trucks! 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.
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.
Parent’s Survival Night
Saturday from 6:30 -9:30 PM
Cost: $25 per kid
Little Gym of Huntsville (map)
Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation to us. The Little Gym of Huntsville Parentsʼ Survival Nights let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal without — ahem — your pint-sized food critics in tow. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through games and music-filled activities. Spots fill quickly, so call (256) 883-9484 or visit the website to book your win-win parents’ night out. Ages 3-12 years old.
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.