We’ve also got a ton of great things to do with your family this weekend, most of them free and/or cheap, plus a few more that are noteworthy. And we didn’t stop there – there are even more awesome family-friendly things to do in our full Event Calendar.
Word on the street is that blackberries and peaches are showing up 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!
And now… the Weekend Roundup!
Free & Cheap Events
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday-Saturday from 6:30-9:30 PM
Cost: 50¢ per ride
Athens Lion’s Club Kiddie Carnival | More Info
A carnival just for kids? Yes, you heard us right and it is NOT TO BE MISSED. Seriously, read our review and you’ll be lining up. It’s a North Alabama tradition that needs to become your family’s summer tradition.
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $5, kids 3 and under FREE
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info
This family-friendly event showcases models built by the Tennessee Valley Lego club, local First Lego League robotics teams, and features Lego and Minecraft activities, games, crafts, and challenges.
Downtown Open Putt Putt
Now – June 26th
Northside Square | More Info
It’s the last weekend to enjoy this temporary putt putt course; it’s custom-made for Huntsville and has 29 holes your family will love to play. It’s fun to grab a bite downtown then work the course with your kiddos!
Free Rowing Class for Kids
Saturday from 8:30-10:30 AM
Huntsville Rowing & Watersports | More Info
This complimentary session is for kids ages 12-18 that are interested in learning more about Olympic style rowing. Register in advance online here.
Play Days at Hays Herp Journey
Saturday from 9-11 AM
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info
An engaging and super exciting time learning about live reptiles species from across Alabama and beyond will be held with the Coosa River Science Center for kids in grades K-6th. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 256-532-5326 to RSVP!
Star Gaze at the Planetarium
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: Adults $5, students $3, children under 6 and VBAS members free
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Find out about the red planet Mars, which can now positioned relatively close to Earth, so that you can glimpse major features like the polar ice caps with a telescope. Read our Parent Review before you go!
Worth the Money
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!
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $10-50, kids under 6 free
Embassy Suites Downtown | More Info
If you love the sci-fi genre, horror, geeky and nerdy things, come join the fun at North Alabama’s Doctor Who Convention. Costumes are encouraged, and all cosplay is welcome! Get the full schedule of events here.
Clifford at Dog Days of Summer
Now through Saturday
Earlyworks Museum | More Info
Clifford the Big Red Dog will be the special guest during the Dog Days of Summer series! Make your own dog collar and Clifford ears, hear a Clifford story, or watch it on the big screen.
Microwave Dave Day
Sunday from 3-9
Cost: $10 donation
A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard | More Info
This family-friendly event will feature performances from some of our finest local musicians including a repeat performance by Microwave Dave and the Nukes. Proceeds benefit the Microwave Dave Foundation and there will be a Kid’s Zone and plenty of food.
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