October is the month of chock-full weekends around here, and this one does not disappoint. The weather is cool, so bust out your favorite jeans and boots and grab the kids’ hoodies as you and your family enjoy the bounty of events available. Most of our roundup features free things to do, but there were a few this week that are so special and reasonably priced they had to be included.
Bargain-hunters should check out our weekly Yard Sale Map for all the best local sales. Keep in mind these are just a few things happening in our area – there’s even more to do listed in our complete Event Calendar.
Friday from 6:00 – 10:00PM: If you want your kids to beg you to have a Date Night and leave them to swimming, pizza, drinks, dancing, and prizes with their friends, then consider the southeast YMCA on Weatherly this weekend. For just $10 per child you could have a whole evening free to go to dinner, watch a movie, or just enjoy the peace & quiet. Kids ages 4-12; reservation required at 256-883-9622.
Friday at 7:00PM: It’s a Free Friday for the UAH Chargers at the Von Braun Center Arena. These guys are fast and furious, and your family will love to cheer on Huntsville’s college team!
Friday – Sunday: We’re very lucky to have great quality children’s theater groups in town and this is the perfect weekend to check out two wonderful shows for kids. Fantasy Playhouse is performing “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at the VBC Playhouse, a comedy about the epic hero’s never-ending quest to aid the needy. Or head under the sea with Ars Nova School of the Arts rendition of Disney’s musical, “The Little Mermaid” at Randolph’s Thurber Arts Center. Both shows are performed for kids, by kids. Tickets for these shows range from $10 – $14 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Saturday at 10:00AM & 1:00PM: The North Alabama Railroad Museum has a menu of seasonal train excursions throughout the year, but the Harvest Express is a great way to experience Fall in our area. Kids will love the 10 mile round-trip train ride, and the price won’t break the bank – $12 for adults and $8 for kids (12 and under).
Saturday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM: Celebrate this small southern town with a free old-fashioned Founder’s Day. Opening ceremony with musical entertainment & concessions, a street fair with refreshments and contests, a parade with antique cars, tractors, and horse-drawn vehicles, and the unveiling of the town’s historic marker are just a few features of this quaint little festival.
Saturday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM: If you want to spend some time outdoors, head to Decatur where Wheeler Wildlife Refuge is having their annual Open House. Activities include: a corn maze, fishing fun with Ranger Kevin, and archery instruction with Decatur Parks and Recreation. And it’s all free!
Sunday from 2:00 – 4:30PM: More than 200 years of history will come alive for the annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. Costumed volunteers will share the stories of over 65 notables, both famous and infamous, who shaped the future of Huntsville and Alabama. Included are five Alabama Governors; soldiers from past wars; artist, poet and writer Maria Howard Weeden; the notorius madam, Molly Teal; Lilly Flagg the Cow; and Tallulah Bankhead visiting her parent’s graves. Free & appropriate for families and young children (not scary!)
As always, click on the orange titles to visit the associated website for more information on a particular event. If you see an event we’ve missed, share your info in the comment section.
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