WOW – if you’re in the Rocket City this weekend, there is TONS going on!
Luckily, we’re here for you to round up our favorite free and/or cheap events that kids and families will love. But if you don’t see something on this list that tickles your fancy, be sure to check out our complete Event Calendar for even more options.
One thing to be sure not to miss is the great consignment shopping happening – we even have a whole Page devoted to the sales!
And in case you’ve been living under a rock, Slide the City is this weekend in Big Spring Park!
Finally, before you head into the weekend and our picks for family-fun, considering stopping in at Babies ‘R Us at Bridgestreet today, Thursday, September 10th between 10AM-6PM where we’ll be set up with some special guests to take donations for babies in need. Can’t stop in? Drive up and leave your donation with the crew from WHNT19 who will be set up outside all day, or donate online to Manna House and/or Crisis Services of North Alabama.
Now…are you ready for the Weekend Roundup?
Concerts on the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower – tonight’s act is Danika & Jeb, a Nashville based duo combining complex acoustic rhythms with vocals full of heart and soul. Concerts on the Dock are always free but we ask a $2 suggested parking donation. Please Carpool!
Arab Community Fair
Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Arab Community Park (map)
This fun annual fair is worth the drive from Huntsville! Your family can find plenty to enjoy – live music, wagon rides, food, and demonstrations of historic blacksmithing, quilling, corn grinding, and candy making, Bring your lawn chairs and make a day of it!
Meet a Superhero
Saturday from 9AM-3PM
Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (map)
Superhero Day in Athens is a childhood cancer awareness event. Hosted by Team Victory4 All, a non-profit childhood cancer organization, the free event features realistic superheroes, a one-mile fun run, a motorcycle show, kids activity booths, food and music. Get more details here.
Social Media Safety Workshop
Saturday at 10AM & 2PM
Cost: FREE, RSVP required
The Harbour UMC (map)
This Community Workshop is for parents and teens 6th through 12th grades. It will cover Basic Internet Safety Do’s and Don’ts, Dealing with Online Bullies and Abuse, Spotting Signs of Depression, and more. Learn to Manage: Privacy Settings, Accepting Friends and Followers, and the Amount of Information to Post. Seating is limited please call 256-828-7530 to register, or RSVP online.
Character Breakfasts with a Cause
Saturday from 7-11AM
There are two opportunities to grab a short stack and meet some of your favorite characters this morning!
Sci-Quest: Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny will make an appearance for photos, and Home Depot will be hosting a kid’s workshop on-site. Get tickets or more info.
Fantasy Playhouse: Show your support for Fantasy Playhoue Children’s Theater by eating pancakes! For only $6, you can have a pancake & sausage breakfast as well as a beverage. Doctor Osborn will be there as well as costumed characters. Call (256) 539-6829 to reserve your tickets. More info.
Go for a Train Ride
Saturday 10AM and 1PM
Cost: $10 per ticket
North AL Railroad Museum (map)
We have two air-conditioned coaches ready for you to ride in comfort. Our newly renovated dining car is comfortable & ready for you. You can stroll through the coaches, enjoy the view from the baggage car, visit our on-board souvenir shop, or just relax in your seat as your listen to the clickety-clack of the wheels on the track. Order your tickets today to ensure your space on our train! Purchase tickets by visiting our website (www.NorthAlabamaRailroadMuseum.com), from our Facebook page, or by calling 256-851-NARM.[box style=”lavender rounded” ]DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted here, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather. [/box]
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.