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
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.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center – FREE
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – FREE
Aldridge Gardens – FREE
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 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 – 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
Pelham Ice Skating Rink
Alabama Splash Adventure
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
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
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 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
Lego Store- Riverchase Galleria
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.
Alys Stephens Center
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
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
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
Sky Zone Jump Park – Hoover
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
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
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)
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)