Ahhhh… MOMS. Without them where would we be? (No, really. This site wouldn’t even exist!) It’s a very special weekend and we hope All Of The Mamas out there get to sleep in and enjoy their day. It’s also an action-packed weekend, and we’ve rounded up our top picks for free family fun in Huntsville and Madison County!
Before we get to our list, a few reminders…
- Spring means yummy local produce, and our list of Farmer’s Markets and U-Picks is in full swing. It’s strawberry picking time, too!
- Spring also = Yard Sale season. Peruse our map for some great bargains!
- Summer is practically here – have you reserved your summer camps & activities yet? Let us help with our handy Summer Camp Guide.
National Public Gardens Day
Friday from 9AM – 5PM
Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
If you hadn’t noticed, we’re HUGE fans of the HBG here on Rocket City Mom. It’s one of our favorite places to take the kids, and if you’ve never been there this is the perfect opportunity to visit! Get a certificate for free entry by visiting this website and clicking “Get This Offer”, then simply provide your email address and zip code. You will be presented with a certificate for free admission that you can print or download for use on May 9. It’s that easy!
Family Field Day & Resource Fair
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Alabama A&M Student Health & Wellness Center (map)
Looking for volunteer opportunities for your teen this summer? The mission of this Field Day & Resource Fair is to provide families an opportunity to become aware of the area’s summer youth activities such as day camps, youth volunteer opportunities, and youth service learning activities. There will also be guidance for youth to learn job employment skills. Among other activities, there will be: mock job interviews, proper dress, and proper behavior assistance. Your little ones will enjoy the kid’s activities and demonstrations while you put the teens to work!
Drop In & Create!
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
You can create a Luminous ARTlife with your family, especially after you see the artwork in the exhibition Janet Fish: Master of Light and Shadow. Create a colorful masterpiece using drawing paper, vellum (parchment paper) and colored pencils. These Family Programs offer fun, interactive art making activities for families with children ages 3 and up that will sure to spark one’s creativity! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required – drop-in, make and take a fantastic work of art home with you.
Get Groovy at Good Day Kid’s Fest
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted for Lowe Mill Playground Fund
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
Hands down, our favorite pick of the weekend! Good Day Kids Fest is in its 7th year and the ONLY festival just for kids in the region. This year’s theme: KIDSTOCK 2014, so get your groove on and put on your best hippie duds to flaunt your stuff in the kid’s hippie fashion show with Karma Rags. There will be live music from Tangerine Tambourine, fun with mud, facepainting, tie-dye demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, reading with dogs & Beloved Books, juggling, hooping, martial arts, roller skating, & drumline demos and even more amazing awesomeness. The rockin’ eco-magician Steve Trash is emceeing it all with his massive aura of green peace & love. CAN YOU DIG IT? More info here. Rain or shine – we’ll move it all inside the Mill if it rains!
Sunday, various locations
Cost: FREE for Moms
Hopefully by now you already have something lovely and thoughtful prepared for your Mom. If not, or if you suspect that your Significant Other *might* have dropped the ball, just send them this link: Rocket City Mom’s Guide to Mother’s Day (complete with last-minute ideas!). Several local attractions are letting moms in free, including Burritt On the Mountain, Sci-Quest, and the Space & Rocket Center. Go and enjoy the day with your family, or just send the kids and enjoy the You Time instead. We won’t tell!
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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.