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Things to do with Kids in Birmingham

Birmingham (and surrounding areas) has a lot to offer when it comes to kids and family activities, some you may be familiar with, and some you might not. We decided to compile as much of it as we could and put it together for you in one place! From day long activities, to just quick trips or last minute ideas, we’ve got you covered!

McWane Science Center
McWane Science Center

Changing lives through science and wonder. McWane Science Center combines unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love.

A mix of permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits that change throughout the year. McWane also features an IMAX Dome and their newest addition, Itty Bitty Magic City, catering to their youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children’s love of learning through the four major types of play: Physical, Exploratory, Constructive and Imaginative  Play.

Birmingham Zoo

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center – FREE

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – FREE

Aldridge Gardens – FREE

Vulcan
Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. But Vulcan is more than just a statue—Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story. Make sure to ask for the Scavenger Hunt – the kids will love exploring the grounds to complete the list.

Sloss Furnaces – FREE

Railroad Park – FREE

Regions Park
Regions Field/Birmingham Barons

A state-of-the-art 8,500 seat facility in the heart of downtown replaced Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the Barons since 1988. The crown jewel of Birmingham’s newly developed Parkside District, features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and offering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children’s Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain.

Oak Mountain State Park

Tannehill State Park

Rotary Trail
Rotary Trail – FREE
The Rotary Trail is considered to be an extension of Railroad Park, and runs along First Avenue South from 20th Street to 24th Street. The trail follows a “railroad cut” through downtown Birmingham and includes walking paths, benches, landscaping, lighting, boardwalks, an amphitheater and more!

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Red Mountain Park – Free
Beautiful hiking and biking trails- a Zip Tour and Dog Park!

Homewood Public Library – FREE

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Coyote Drive In
Located at the Outlet Shops of Grand River – head out there to see a drive in movie, play mini golf and grab some dinner at the Canteen while watching the kiddos play on the playground while you wait for your movie time.

Southern Museum of Flight
The Southern Museum of flight presents civilian, military, and experimental aircraft and memorabilia from the earliest history of powered flight. The museum houses over 90 aircraft, as well as engines, models, artifacts, and paintings. The Little Pilots playroom is perfect for keeping your aviation loving kiddos busy

Funtime Skate Center Fultondale

Gardendale Splash Pad – Free

Steel City Jump Park

Treetop Adventure

Pelham Ice Skating Rink

Alabama Splash Adventure

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

Alabama Theatre
The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years, with the exception of the annual Miss Alabama pageant and the weekly Mickey Mouse Club. The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films, a Childrens Summer Film Series and the annual showing of Polar Express

Birmingham Museum of Art – FREE
The museum is free to the general public and includes incredible exhibits, including an outdoor sculpture garden. Check their calendar for special childrens events.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Rent Zyp Bikes

Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Do it Yourself Crafts

Birmingham Hammers Soccer

Airwalk

Leeds Memorial Park – Free

Ultra Blast Laser Combat Center
Huge Indoor 9,000 sq. ft. laser tag combat arena

Bud’s Best Cookie Tour – FREE

First Avenue Rocks

 

First Avenue Rocks
First Avenue Rocks is Birmingham’s premier rock climbing facility located in the heart of downtown.

 

 

Hoover Public Library – FREE

Float the Cahaba

Build A Bear Workshop – Riverchase Galleria

Barber Motor Sports
Barber Motorsports hosts dozens of races a year and also happens to be a beautiful course. Make sure to stop by the museum and check out some vintage motorcycles.

Bass Pro Shop

Skates 280

Lego Store- Riverchase Galleria

Steel City Pops

 

Steel City Pops
Gourmet popsicle store. With various locations throughout the city, it’s the best place to indulge on a handmade, all-natural popsicle.

 

Vestavia Bowl

Alys Stephens Center

Art Play

UAB Blazers
UAB Sports

The men’s basketball program has a long history of success spanning several decades. In addition to basketball, UAB also has programs in men’s sports for baseball, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s sports programs include softball, basketball, golf, soccer, bowling, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), cross country, volleyball and sand volleyball.

Let’s Play Birmingham (2 locations, 280 and Hoover off 150)

Break Out Birmingham

Irondale Furnace Ruins Trail

Riverchase Galleria Carousel

Trussville Playstation

Birmingham Bulls Hockey
Back in Birmingham! You can find them playing at the Pelham Civic Complex!

Oak Mountain Lanes Bowling

Highpoint Climbing and Fitness

Homewood Park – FREE

The Market at Pepper Place
The Market at Pepper Place brings the best Alabama Growers and Food Producers and Artisans to Birmingham, every Saturday April – December. Rain or Shine.

Lakeshore/Jemison Trail – FREE

Whistle Stop Cafe

Emmet O’Neal Library – FREE

Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Saturn Birmingham


Cereal Brunch at Saturn

Sundays 10-2 (check before you go!)
Over 30 classic cereal choices, waxing nostalgic with  70s / 80s Saturday morning cartoons

 

Moody Splash Pad

Insomnia Cookies

Sky Zone Jump Park – Hoover

Peanut Depot

Moss Rock Preserve – FREE

Goldenflake Factory Tour – FREE
A fun, learning experience for school kids and adults alike!

Game Zone Laser Tag Center

Fort Red Rock Paintball Park

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Overton Park – FREE

Sparetime Bowling – Trussville

Color Tunnel

 

The Color Tunnel – FREE
located on 14th street under the railroad tracks. It is a huge network of LEDs installed in the tunnel.

 

 

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – FREE

Statue of Liberty – Liberty Park – FREE

Birmingham Public Library – FREE

Rickwood Field

Wald Park – Vestavia

Anniston Museum of Natural History (Anniston)

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera)

Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington (Columbiana)  FREE

Desoto Caverns (Childersburg)

American Village (Montevallo)

Children’s Hands on Museum (Tuscaloosa)

Tuscaloosa Barn Yard
The Barnyard
(Tuscaloosa)
All will enjoy a hands on experience with friendly farm animals. Activities include feeding and holding farm animals. Taking a boat, pony and hay ride. Lots of playtime with 2 playgrounds and jumping pillow.

International Motorsports Hall of Fame (Talledega)

 

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