This week has been a doozie, and frankly we’re glad to put it behind us. Our thoughts are with all that were affected by the tornadoes and storms, and encourage our readers to help out with relief efforts, such as this one and this one. If you’re able to really dig in and get your hands dirty contact Keep Volunteering or the local Red Cross for volunteer direction.
Thankfully the weather is looking positively gorgeous this weekend, and it was hard to narrow our list of fun & free things for your family to do to just five. Lucky for you we have a shiny NEW and IMPROVED Event Calendar to peruse – pop over and let us know what you think! (Feeling lost? We’ve even put together a handy screencast to show you how to navigate the new calendar. Yep – we’re excited about it!)
Finally, there are several more Farmer’s Markets opening this week and into the weekend. The popular Greene Street Market, Madison City Market, and Bailey Cove Market are all open, as are others! Check out their details in our Farmer’s Market & U-Pick list with map & get your family some good home-grown stuff to eat.
So Much Live Music!
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
There’s a whirlwind variety of live music your family will enjoy, and you can even attend a different concert each day! Start with Friday’s Concert On the Dock at Lowe Mill from 6-9 PM with The Revelers, a combo of Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music straight from Southwest Louisiana. If Bach is more your style, head to Faith Presbyterian Church for the “Spring is Bach” concert by the Huntsville Master Chorale Friday night at 7PM, and an encore performance Sunday afternoon at 3PM. Also from 3-5PM on Sunday is the Huntsville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert at Trinity Methodist Church. This weekend is a great opportunity to share a love of music with your family!
A Butterfly Garden of Wonders
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Cost: Free to Members
Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
OK, technically this isn’t free unless you’re a member, but if there’s a good day to pick to go to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, this is an action-packed one. Celebrate the official seasonal Grand Opening of the Purdy Butterfly House with special activities for you and your families. Be entertained by turtles, stunning floral displays, and, of course, twelve native species of colorful butterflies! The Children’s Garden will host a beehive of activities from as they celebrate with a GRAND Garden Tea Party, complete with a hat-making craft, Steve the DJ’s lively music, and sumptuous treats. You’ll also be the first to see the new Alice’s Garden of Wonders – complete with a Door Maze, Giant Teapot, & Tweedledee & Tweedledum’s house. But beware of the Jabberwocky!
Free Comic Book Day
It’s the most wonderful day of the year… for comic fans! Free Comic Book Day is celebrated at local comic book stores like Haven Comics in Madison and The Deep in Huntsville are going all-out with costumes, raffle prizes, inflatables, and your favorite cosplay characters. Not to mention, FREE comics! Why not make a day of it and go have lunch at Supper Heroes while you’re at it?
SOS at Kids Kingdom
Saturday from 10AM – 1PM
Kid’s Kingdom in Dublin Park (map)
SOS stands for “Safety, Optimist-Style” and is hosted by the Optimist Club of Madison each year at Kid’s Kingdom. The newly renovated castle-style playground is fun enough, but add demonstrations, inflatables, entertainment, prizes, and refreshments to the mix and you’ve got a great afternoon!
Do Some Galaxy Gazing
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for Students, free for children under 6
VBAS Planetarium (map)
“What is beyond our Solar System?” “How big is our galaxy?” “What makes up a galaxy?” “Are there other galaxies?” These and other questions will be answered for you in a presentation titled “Way Out There!” offered the first, second, and fourth Saturday nights in May at the VBAS Planetarium. Your presenter will be Brenda Rogers and she always needs children to assist her! Children will even get to create a souvenir to take home from the show! You can read a full Parent Review of this event here.
Friday & Saturday
Cost: SINGLE DAY – Adult (ages 9+) $25, Youth (ages 3-8) $5
If you feel like splurging this weekend, consider heading down to the historic Huntsville Depot for the annual Whistlestop BBQ Festival. The best time for families to go is in the morning and afternoon, and there’s plenty for kids to do! Explore their Kid’s Zone, boogie to some live music, watch the Kid’s Q Competition, and play some CornHole. Of course, you’ll want to sample the barbeque and vote for your favorite in the Shade Tree Competition! Get the full Activity Schedule here.
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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 boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.