Spring Break weekend has arrived in Huntsville, Madison, and the surrounding county school systems, and there’s plenty to do to kick it off! A few things to keep handy as you make your plans..
- Our Spring Activity Guide – chock full of activities!
- The Explore Huntsville app – perfect on the go, this handy free app keeps our Event Calendar and all of our guides literally in your pocket
- Spring Consignment Sales List – why not save some serious cash this weekend? There are SIX consignment sales!
Finally, don’t miss the chance to vote in our annual Family Favorite Awards! We heard your nominations and now it’s time to cast your ballots. #MajorAward
Free & Cheap
40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Huntsville
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
Come join the Irish Society of North Alabama for the 40th Annual Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Watching and marching in the parade are FREE and open to everyone. Come early so you can stake out your spectator spot early to get a good seat along the parade route and enjoy the various offerings happening before the parade begins. Get the route here.
Tea Party with Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Saturday from Noon – 2:00 PM
Ella Rae’s Children’s Boutique | More Info
This children’s boutique is hosting a meet & greet with photo opportunities. Bring your princesses & princes dressed in their favorite outfits. They will be giving away door gifts while supplies last. Bring your own cameras!
Prep for the Solar Eclipse
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
In August, there will be a solar eclipse visible across most of the continental United States. Schools in the past have kept students indoors to avoid the possibility of the them looking at the sun. VBAS wants to encourage the schools and the public to get out and experience this wonder. Topics include: How to safely view the eclipse? Why eclipses occur? Where will the shadow fall? What could the weather be like? What will the eclipse be like in Huntsville? This presentation will include audience participation in explaining many parts of the eclipse and share some fun ways to view it!
St. Paddy’s Pet Parade in Madison
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE, food donations requested
Discovery Middle School | More Info
Walk from Discovery to BJHS (aprox. 3 miles) and back with your family and your people-friendly dogs! All pets must be leashed. Costumes & Irish dress for both humans and canines are encouraged! Bring a charitable food donation for either pets or their humans to participate.
Backyard Jams Concert
Sunday from 5-9 PM
A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard | More Info
Bring your appetite and your instruments for these free weekly concerts in Downtown Huntsville’s back yard. The grill fires up at 5PM for a celebration of music, food and fun – and best of all, it’s all family-friendly! Hear some of the region’s best professionals and along with talented local musicians around The Lumberyard. Pick a tune yourself? Feel free to join in! Jam sessions both pre- and post-show are encouraged.
Worth the Money
Spring Showers at the Butterfly House
Opens Friday – April 30
Cost: $8-12 or free for members
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
This outdoor exhibit will most likely change the way you feel about those gloomy rainy days. Come experience the HBG Butterfly House in a brand new way! Hundreds of vibrant umbrellas will float above the greenery, trails, and turtles of the Purdy Butterfly House at Huntsville Botanical Garden. The installation uses colorful umbrellas to provide an amazing sight that evokes a careful, child-like energy. You’ll leave wanting to dance in puddles while “singing in the rain!” Don’t forget your rain boots!
Saturday Scientist Workshop
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: $16-24, or free for members
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
This educational series features activities recommended for ages 6-9, and emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space and chemistry. Today’s workshop is Planet Hunter: The Search for Planet 9: Ever wondered what makes a planet a planet? Put on your space suit and join us on a tour of the solar system, then design and build your own planet from the core to the crust.
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