Happy Thursday, Huntsville! If you’re reading this then you’ve almost made it to the weekend – WHY do short weeks after a holiday just feel longer? – and you’re probably looking for some fun to get into in the next few days. You can count on us to bring your our favorite picks for free family-friendly fun here in Huntsville & Madison County.
Be sure to check out our complete Event Calendar if you don’t see something that tickles your fancy below. Our handy local guides are also good to know about if you’re planning a birthday party, looking for a free place for your kid to eat, in search of other local parents’ recommendations, or contemplating trying out a new sport for your little one.
Ditto Landing Concert
Thursday from 6:30-8:30
Ditto Landing (map)
If you find yourself longing for the days of small crowds at local live concerts, this new series might be for you. Ditto Landing’s Concert Series will feature the oldie sounds of The Zooks tonight on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River – lawn chairs & picnics are welcome. In the event of rain the concert will be moved under the Kingston Pavilion.
Concerts On the Dock Are Back!
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
HOORAY – they’re back! Our favorite eclectic concert series cranks up again for the Fall season. Family and pet friendly, you can bring your dog leashes, lawn chairs, dancing shoes, picnics, and hula hoops. Tonight’s featured band, The Banditos, are a honky tonk, rock ‘n’ rolling band from Birmingham, that bring some southern soul. This six piece band blends banjo, tambourine, upright bass and lap steel with percussion and electric guitar to create a unique, energetic sound all their own. Carpooling is appreciated.
We’re Off to Build a Birdhouse
Saturday from 9-Noon
Local Home Depot stores (map)
This monthly kid’s workshop at Home Depot features a different project every time. Today’s is building a Wizard of Oz birdhouse – all kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate, an apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. No cost, but online registration is required.
Look To the Moon!
Saturday from 5:30-8:30 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)
Look to our closest neighbor in the sky – it’s International Observe the Moon Night! The USSRC is hosting in their Educational Building an inflatable planetarium, astronomy van, hands-on activities, and speakers from the Von Braun Astronomical Society throughout the event.
The Great Diaper Drive
Sunday from Noon-6 PM
Cost: one package of diapers per child
Join us at KidVenture for the 2nd Annual Great Diaper Shower. Once again Rocket City Mom and WHNT News 19 are collecting diapers for Manna House and Crisis Services of North Alabama to distribute to needy families in Madison, Morgan and Limestone County. The Great Diaper Shower is a party to “kick-off” the drive (September 1-11) and say thanks to all of those who are helping to get this drive going and make it a huge success.
We’ll have refreshments, live entertainment, face painting, lots of door prizes and a whole lot of fun! Admission is one package of diapers per child. Come join the party!
Scarecrow Trail & Owl Show
Cost: HBG admission FREE for members
Owl Show Cost: Members $7, Non-members $10
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a great place for families to be this weekend! Celebrate the beginning of fall by visiting the annual Scarecrow Trail throughout the Garden, and follow it up with “A Hoot in the Night” owl show at 6:00 PM. The scarecrow theme this year is “Once Upon a Time” – on display are your favorite fun storybook or nursery rhyme characters. And hay bales for ‘crows on a large scale!
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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.