I’m so excited!
There is so much to do in Huntsville this weekend, the weather is going to be nice, and Friday is the first day of SPRING! Dust off your gardening gloves but be sure to leave lots of time for all the fun events going on. We’ve listed our favorite free/cheap Huntsville events for your family below, and there’s lots more to be found in our Event Calendar.
You’ll also want to bookmark our annual Spring Activity Guide because it’s, well… awesome. Imagine never having to search for egg hunts, local festivals, plays, or special Spring events ever again. We’ve already done that for you! #WeMakeParentingEasier
Let’s round ’em up, shall we?
Get Your Craft On
Friday – Sunday
VBC South Hall (map)
The North East Alabama Craftsmens Association (NEACA) is having their annual Spring craft show all weekend long. This is the perfect place to find some unique Easter basket goodies, as well as shop for aaallll those people you’ll need to gift to in the next few months: moms, dads, grandparents, grads, and teachers. My boys highly recommend the booths with the wooden toys, and it’s fun to walk the rows of vendors and see their wares.
Totally Gnarly 80’s Party
Friday from 6-8 PM
Bailey Cove Library (map)
Come back to the future with your whole family for a night of retro fun! Like, this totally tubular party will have crafts for all ages, refreshments, a special storytime with Chuck E. Cheese, Teen video games, a photo booth, meet and greets with 80’s characters including a Ghostbuster and Marty McFly, and more! For more info call 256-881-0257 or click here for more details! RAD to the max – don’t forget your scrunchie socks and jams.
Easter Bunny Arrives in Huntsville
That wascally wabbit Peter Cottontail hops on into Huntsville to the malls this Saturday! It’s a great time to fluff up the kids’ Easter frocks & pay him a free visit, plus each child gets a small free gift from the Bunny. If you can’t make it to the malls, check our list of Bunny Sightings & Egg Hunts for this Spring.
Happy Birthday to the VBC!
Saturday from 9AM – 2PM
Cost: FREE to attend
Von Braun Center (map)
Can you believe Huntsville’s VBC is turning 40? They’re celebrating in style and want your family to join in the fun! Things will be kicked off with a 5K and kid’s Fun Run at 9AM, followed by a party inside, complete with cake, inflatables, costume characters, balloon animals, and so much more. Your kids will have a blast, and you’ll enjoy getting sneak peeks of local theatre productions & sporting events. More info here.
Kid Safe Workshop
Saturday, 9AM in Madison, 11AM in Hampton Cove
Alexander’s Martial Arts (map)
This is some serious stuff, especially if you have a child being bullied. This program will help teach kids how to remain safe when they are in the care of adults they should trust. It focuses on giving them the power to stand up to disrespectful adults and teach them what is right and wrong. During the workshop, instructors will create a feeling of security while keeping them safe, alert, and just kids. Space limited – register online or call 256-837-8624 to reserve your spot.
Time Travel Adventure Opening Weekend
Saturday starting at 10AM
Cost: $10 adult | $8 kids 3-18
Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Hooray – it’s opening day! Once again Burritt on the Mountain brings you an exciting, original spring and summer event that is sure to delight the entire family. Journey back to the 1800s on an exciting scavenger hunt as you become an apprentice time traveler. Successfully complete the hunt as you visit each decade of the century. On your journey play with toys and games of the time, find your way through the Underground Railroad maze, race handcrafted boats and rafts down the kid sized Alabama River, build miniature cabins and villages, explore the steam engine playground, and much, much more. Along the way, learn facts about the United States, Alabama, Huntsville and the surrounding area. Find out what life was like for the families that actually lived in our Historic Park houses. The adventure begins on Saturday, March 21-September 21.
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 teens and two ridiculous dogs, spouse of one incredible guy, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Executive Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and conduct freelance marketing and SMM work.