Weekend Roundup March 12-15
Slap a red-headed wig on me and call me Annie – I’m SO ready for the sun to come out… but not tomorrow. Sunday is more like it, and with it comes warmer weather!
There’s still lots of free/cheap family fun to be found in Huntsville, and Rocket City Mom always shares our top picks for the weekend with you every Thursday. Just be sure to look at our complete Event Calendar for even more events, shows, classes, and opportunities to spend some quality time with your kiddos.
PRO-TIP: Spring consignment season is still in full swing! Our list of local Consignment Sales is sure to come in handy. Also, if you’re taking the kids to grab a bite, don’t leave home before checking our Kids Eat Free Guide – it will make your wallet happy! Finally, our Spring Activity Guide is HOPPIN’ full of fun events – from festivals, plays, and camps to egg hunts!
Now… it’s time for the Weekend Roundup!
Retro Game Day
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
Madison Library (map)
They’re turning the library into an arcade! Patrons of all ages are invited to come play retro arcade games provided by Hale Gaming. This is part of the Madison County Reads series of programming celebrating the book, Ready Player One. Find out more about the awesome events coming up this month in the series here.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Saturday from 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Downtown Huntsville (map) | Parade Route
Sláinte! The events happening today will make you cheer with happiness! First head downtown to pick out the best spot for parade viewing. We recommend arriving early and standing around the courthouse square, where the Maple Hill Celtic Band will be performing before the parade kicks off at 11:30 AM. Enjoy the parade then head to the Depot Roundhouse for the Irish Festival – there will be tons of kid’s activities like a bounce house, corn hole, live music, and Irish dancing. The best part? It’s free & RAIN or SHINE!
Saturday at 10:15 AM
VBC Concert Hall (map)
One of our favorite programs for children ages 2-10 only has two more sessions before they break for summer. The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra holds this event right before the Classical Series final rehearsals, and families are invited to stay after and watch. Children (and their parents and grandparents) have fun discovering the answers to these musical questions and more during twenty-minute Opus Tadpole presentations, entertaining and interactive ways for our youngest listeners to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Grownups may also learn a thing or two! Read our review.
Walk the Dog
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Discovery Middle School (map) | Bankhead Parkway (map)
There are TWO fun ways to hang out with man’s best friend today! The Goin’ to the Dogs Hike at Monte Sano is perfect for new hikers or the whole family – dogs on leads are especially welcome! Join Land Trust Executive Director Marie Bostick on the Old Railroad Bed Trail that follows the same path as the steam locomotive that traveled from the Huntsville Depot to the Monte Sano Hotel from 1888 until 1896. Hikes are free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The St. Patrick’s Day Family Parade & Pet Walk is also Sunday at 2PM, and is sponsored by the Boy Scout Venture Crew. Families are invited to walk from Discovery Middle School to Bob Jones High School, approximately three miles. Pets, costumes and Irish dress are encouraged! A donation of pet and/or human food is requested to benefit The Ark and St Vincent de Paul food bank. Sounds like FUN!
Kick Off Youth Art Month
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
Youth Art Month kicks off at the Huntsville Museum of Art with a special awards ceremony! Admission is free to most areas of the museum* and several local dignitaries will be presenting art awards to area students. There will also be artist demonstrations throughout the museum and light refreshments at the student art reception. Families are invited for a free day at the museum to enjoy student art. YAM is an annual gathering of exuberant artwork from North Alabama K-12 students, organized in observance of March’s Youth Art Month. NOTE: This event and the museum are FREE except for the current Rembrandt exhibit; admission or membership is required to see that wing.
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