Have you ever heard a friend complain that there just isn’t anything to do in this town? If so, smack that person upside the head and then send them a link to this page because each and every week we AGONIZE over what events to pick for our top 5 and which events to leave off. There are that many family-friendly, fun, free and cheap things to do each weekend. Once again we’ve done our best but we always encourage readers to check out our calendar which has a fuller representation of what’s going on all over the Tennessee Valley.
Without further ado… let’s round ’em up!
Rock the Library (Wizard Style)
Thursday from 6-9PM
Main Library (map)
Get ready to rock out to some of the best Wizard Rock you’ve ever heard and bring your appetite because there will be food trucks too! It’s a party at the library Hogwarts-style and Potter fans of all ages will have a blast. Get more details and keep up with the plans in case of bad weather via their Facebook event page.
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday – Saturday
Cost: Rides are 50¢ each
Downtown Athens (Map)
It’s Back!!!! It’s a true contest at our house to determine who is more excited about this event – kids or adults. The rides are reasonable and miniature-sized and fair food is in abundance. Plus you can feel good about helping out a great cause since all the proceeds go to the Athen’s Lion’s Club and all the great work they do. If you happen to hit the town on Friday evening, spend some time at the Athens Summer Arts Stroll while you’re close. Lots of great local artists will be displaying and selling their creations and it’s a great way to check out downtown Athens if you haven’t done so before.
AKA Arts Camp
Saturday at 8:30AM-1PM
3509 Blue Spring Road NW (map)
This free youth Arts camp is being sponsored by the Epsilon Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Although it’s for ages 6-14, the fun isn’t limited to kids. While camp participants are enjoying arts and crafts, cheerleading, cooking, Taekwondo and much more, adults can get in on the fun by learning some line dances! Sign-in and registration begins at 8:30AM. For more details including contact phone numbers and pre-registration information click here.
Herp Journey at Hays
Saturday from 9-11AM
Hays Nature Preserve (map)
If reptiles are your thing then pack up the lawn chairs (or blanket) and head on out to Hays Nature Preserve. Children from K-6th grade will have a blast learning about live reptiles species from across Alabama and beyond with the Coosa River Science Center. Explorers can get up close to an alligator, gopher tortoise, salamanders, snakes, lizards, toads, frogs, and box and aquatic turtles. Myths and truths about these amazing animals will be covered. This program is a part of the Play Days at Hays program coordinated by Operation Green Team and the City of Huntsville.
Concert in Providence Park
Saturday at 6-9PM
Village of Providence (map)
After your morning at Hays, leave the lawn chairs in the car and get them out again here (and maybe a hula hoop or two). Let the kids dance to local favorite Cousin Boogie while you chill out under the stars and enjoy some great free music on the greenspace. This new concert series sponsored by the Village of Providence offers you the chance to enjoy all that’s great about a summer evening on a Saturday night. What’s stopping you? Just in case, stay up to date on last minute changes for weather by following their Facebook page.
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Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".