The Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun Oct 20th – Oct 22nd

Another weekend full of fun AND a Weekend Challenge for you! We’re launching the Friday Five Challenge this week, take a picture of yourself or your family enjoying one of our Friday Five Picks, post the photo to our social media using #BHAMFridayFive and you’ll be entered to win A BirminghamMommy tshirt and gift card to The Heavenly Donut Company!

Our picks for this weekend…

  • Owls in the Oaks at Oak Mountain State Park

Join us at Oak Mountain State Park on Friday, October 20th, to learn about our feathered fall favorites! Owls!

First, spend some time at the Alabama Wildlife Center learning about what makes owls so unique! Their amazing staff will help you learn to identify owl calls, potential owl habitats, and review some of the neat characteristics that owls have that make them some or our favorite feathered friends! Next, meet one of the AWC’s resident owls! Can you guess WWHHOOOO it will be? Then you will head off into the woods on a guided hike to see if you can locate and identify some of our feathered friends in their natural habitat! The hike will be after dark, so be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight!
As this event includes a hike, this event is NOT stroller frendly. No dogs will be allowed.

There is no charge for the event, but each participant will have to pay their park entry fee (Cash only at gate)! Donations to the Alabama Wildlife Center are not required, but are appreciated! Each donation goes directly toward their continued efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured Alabama birds, along with continuing their ability to provide educational programming like this! Please, consider making a donation. All donations are tax deductible!

It’s the first full weekend of Boo at the Zoo! Dress in your favorite family-friendly costume to ride the Spider Slide, jump on the Eerie Express Pirate Train, see a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, ride the ghost rollers, take a spin on the Scarousel, collect candy on Trick-or-Treat Lane and SO much more! Enjoy live music every night by Feel the Beat Entertainment as you boogie at the Monster Mash dance party under the Safari Peak. Boo at the Zoo presented by Wells Fargo is one spook-tacular event you won’t want to miss!

October 19th – 22nd 5pm – 9pm

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the Alabama Symphony at Samford Wright Center

Friday, October 20 at 7pm (limited availability)
Sunday, October 22 at 3pm

Relive the magic of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone™ in high definition on the big screen. Feel the delightful nostalgia as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs every note from John Williams’ unforgettable scores along with the film. Presented in partnership with Samford University Wright Center.

Find Tickets Here

  • Ruffner Turns 40

On October 21, Ruffner will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition. Yes, it really has been four decades! We can’t believe it either.

Ruffner was founded in 1977 when a small group of dedicated individuals decided to save a mountain threatened by deforestation and development. This was the start of the modern nature movement as we know it today in Birmingham.

Over the years, Ruffner has grown from a few acres to more than 1,000, making it one of the largest privately held, urban nature preserves in the country. Today, it is the urban forest of the Magic City.
Activities 8am – 3pm

  • Pumpkin People and Gourd Goblins at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Join Birmingham Botanical Gardens Discovery Field Trip docent and Master Gardener Carol Hagood for an afternoon class featuring a pumpkin storytime and Fall nature-crafting. Children can decorate a mini-pumpkin or colorful gourd to make their own special Hallowe’en friend to add to family holiday decorations.

Sunday, October 22 | 2-3 p.m.
Members* $10 | Non-Members $12

Our Sponsor:

The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama! Located just south of Birmingham in Calera, Alabama. The museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment. Our exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.


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