I love living in Birmingham. It’s got a “big city” feel without being “too big city” if you get what I’m saying. Yes, I know, I technically live in the suburbs, but even so. I don’t live waaaaayyy out from downtown. It doesn’t take me long to get around town to find out what’s going on. A lot of the communities nearby have great events going on too. Tons of things to choose from whether you need a date night, a family friendly event, or just something to do, you’ll be able to find it in Birmingham.
We’ve been here before and ridden the “Santa Express,” so I know this event will be top notch also (and probably a lot less cold than December). Children under age 2 are free, and there is a lot more to do than just ride the train. Storytelling, arts and crafts, a bouncy house, and more all await little engineers for their “Day Out with Thomas.” Tickets are on sale now and the event runs April 10-12 as well as April 18-19.
The 2015 lineup for this music festival features great artists like Modest Mouse, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Band of Horses, and a few headliners still yet-to-be-named. The event occurs over two days (July 18-19) and tickets are on sale now. The setting for this festival will be amazing in and of itself, but you’ll also get to experience local artists and food vendors too.
If you just haven’t had enough “Frozen” in your life, there is still the opportunity to take your kids to see a one of a kind production only Disney can provide. Featuring favorite characters and music from the hit animated movie, Disney On Ice Presents: Frozen should please the young and old alike.
There are a ton of fun activities going on at the Birmingham Zoo over the next few months. This Saturday, April 11, they’re hosting a Farm Day at the Zoo with lots of interactive opportunities, games, and zoo keeper chats. On Sunday, April 26, the zoo will host a special story time, sponsored by Book-A-Million. Both of these events are included in the price of admission.
For the adults, Tails in the Trails is an “evening full of entertainment [to] help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo! Adults 21 and up are invited to enjoy live music by Gentleman Zero, bar-b-que, a cash bar, silent auction and animal encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fifth annual event.” Get your tickets here by April 23 to save a little $$!
Finally, for all the runners out there, the 10th annual Zoo Run is happening Saturday, May 16. The proceeds from this event will help support the Marine Mammal Center. Runners get free admission to the zoo, a race t-shirt, and the opportunity to get family members into the zoo at a discounted price. Sign up here to get racin’!
A family favorite of ours is the McWane Science Center, and we cannot wait for their newest attraction to open it’s doors. Itty Bitty Magic City will open to the public on May 16, 2015!
From the McWane Science Center website:
“Itty Bitty Magic City will become a vital resource for parents, grandparents and teachers as they try to equip children to become both ready for school and to become life-long learners. The new Birmingham Children’s Museum, Itty Bitty Magic City, will target children from newborn to kindergarten, their families within Birmingham, Alabama, and throughout the Southeastern Region. The Birmingham Children’s Museum Itty Bitty Magic City at McWane Science Center will be 9,300 square feet. This is more than triple the size of our current early childhood exhibit space. The Children’s Museum is currently being built on the second floor. The exhibit space will include multiple areas developed around core early childhood development concepts.”
Doesn’t this concept art look phenomenal? We’ve peeked through the window the last few times we’ve been to McWane, and the progress we’ve been seeing is exciting!
Which of these events are you most excited about? What’s going on in your community this summer?