It *finally* felt a teensy bit like Fall in Huntsville this week, but sunscreen is still in order if you plan on getting out and enjoying some free and/or cheap family fun with the kiddos this weekend! Thankfully, you have some AWESOME chances to do that!
We’ve got Fall Fever here at RCM, so we put together something special just for you… behold, the 2016 Fall Activity Guide to Huntsville and North Alabama:
- Pumpkin Patches? Check.
- Fall fests? Check.
- Concerts, plays, & performances? Check.
- Fall Break Camps & Classes? Check.
We also have an entire Must List prepared to make it easier for you to spend some quality time with your family without missing a moment of the Fall season.
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Great Diaper Drive
Thursday from 5AM – 6PM
Cost: Diaper donations
Wal-Mart, Madison | More Info
We’ve got a brand-new National Diaper Bank to fill and we’re going to need YOUR help today! Stop by with your donations of diapers and wipes and you will be helping out local babies who are in desperate need of fresh, clean diapers. The first 200 people that come by between 2-6 PM will get free ice cream!
Concerts On the Dock
Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters are performing on the back dock tonight – pack your picnic, and grab the kids! The weather should be absolutely perfect. Get our Parent Pro-Tips before you go.
Build a Firetruck
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Home Depot | More Info
These kid-friendly workshops are designed especially for kids ages 5-12 and includes a free apron and certificate. Just be sure your RSVP online before you go as space is limited.
Madison Street Festival
Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE admission
Downtown Madison | More Info
This annual fall fest celebrates the people, art, food, and music of Madison, Alabama, and is chock full of things to do and eat. Their “Big Tent” children’s area is a reason to go all on it’s own, but be sure you go early for the parade, games, car show, and live entertainment.
Historic Walking Tour
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Maple Hill Cemetery | More Info
Did you know that Huntsville is home to the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes? Every October, you can take a family-friendly, guided stroll through these famed historic districts. It’s going to be a gorgeous day for it!
Cruise In & Car Show
Saturday 2-8 PM
Downtown Athens | More Info
Cruise in with a classic car or bike and show off your wheels around the Square in Athens. Antique automobiles will be parked around the square, and there will be live family-friendly entertainment to enjoy.
Star Wars LEGO Build
Saturday at 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, both locations | More Info
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join us for our LEGO® Star Wars Rogue One Build Event. In this open and fun-filled activity, participants and Star Wars fans alike will get to build designs from the exciting new film coming out this year.
Junglebook Sneak Peek
Saturday at 5:30 PM
Bridgestreet | More Info
Enjoy puppetry and dance selections from the show that will be performed onstage at the Academy for Arts and Academics theatre in Huntsville, October 14-29.
Enjoy a Bountiful Harvest
Cost: FREE to shop
One of the biggest perks of living in Alabama is the gorgeous amount of local produce available this time of year. Feed your family locally grown, clean food that can be found at any one of these Farmer’s Markets around town. Our favorite is the Village of Providence Artisans & Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!
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Head to the Pumpkin Patch
Lyon Family Farm and 4D Family Farm
Whether you head north or south, both of these farms are an absolutely beautiful drive from Huntsville, both are adorable family farms, and both are RCM favorites! If you want to get lost in a corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, bounce on a giant pillow, or cheer at some pig races, you’re going to get your wish at these area farms. #FallMustList
Haunted Trolley Tour & Ghost Walk
Saturday at 6PM and 8:30PM
Harrison Brothers Hardware | More Info
Take a stroll with a hauntingly good tour guide through Huntsville historic neighborhoods – you’ll learn lots of local stories as you go! Choose from walking tours or trolley tours, but we recommend the 8:30 PM walk this particular evening, mainly because our favorite Ghost Host, Van Brown, is an awesome guide for families who love to get spooky, but not too spooky!
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