100+ Things to Do with Kids in Birmingham

There is no shortage of things to do with kids in Birmingham, whether your looking for a fun park, a place to hike, shop or want to take in some history, we’re breaking it down with this list of more than 100 options to choose from! Some you probably know, some you might not!

100+ Things to Do with Kids in Birmingham

Where to See Animals

Birmingham Zoo
Oak Mountain Petting Zoo

Arts and Crafts

Art Play
Do it Yourself Crafts
Painting with a Twist

Birmingham Landmarks

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

Murals – Birmingham has become a hot spot for some really cool murals, spend a day tracking them down and see how many you can see. Follow Murals of Birmingham on Facebook for a list

Rickwood Field – America’s oldest baseball park

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 National Historic Landmark – the only industrial museum in the country that gives visitors the chance to walk around and explore a 20th century blast furnace site.

Kid Friendly Breweries

Back Forty
Monday Night Brewing
Ferus Artisan Ales
Brocks Gap Brewing
Ghost Train Brewing
Avondale Brewing
Oversoul Brewing

Hiking and Exploring (and camping)

Irondale Furnace Ruins Trail
Lakeshore/Jemison Trail
Moss Rock Preserve
Oak Mountain State Park (camping)
Red Mountain Park – Beautiful hiking and biking trails- a Zip Tour and Dog Park!
Rotary Trail
Ruffner Mountain
Tannehill State Park (Camping)
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve  (Check out our 5 things to know before you go!)

Indoor Activities/Play Places

Altitude Trampoline Park
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Break Out Birmingham
Build A Bear Workshop – Riverchase Galleria
Carousel – Riverchase Galleria
Chuck E Cheese
Dave and Busters
Hooligans Family Fun Center
Lego Store- Riverchase Galleria
Let’s Play Birmingham – 2 locations, 280 and Hoover off 150
Oak Mountain Lanes Bowling
Pelham Ice Skating Rink
Skates 280
Sparetime Bowling – Trussville
Trussville Playstation
Urban Air, Homewood or Trussville
Vestavia Bowl


Birmingham Public Library
Emmet O’Neal Library
Gardendale Public Library
Homewood Public Library
Hoover Public Library
North Shelby Library
Springville Road Library
Trussville Library
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest


AMC – Vestavia, Hoover, Summit, Patton Creek, Lorna Road (AMC Classic)
AmStar Cinemas in Alabaster
Grand River 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 while watching the kiddos play on the playground while you wait for your movie time.
McWane Science Center Imax
Regal Cinemas – Trussville

Museums and Science Centers

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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

Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University

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.

Southern Museum of Flight

Outdoor Activities

Alabama Adventure/Alabama Splash Adventure
Aldridge Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Color Tunnel – Located on 14th street under the railroad tracks. Large network of LEDs
Float the Cahaba
Fort Red Rock Paintball Park
Gardendale Splash Pad
Jones Valley Teaching Farm
The Market at Pepper Place –  every Saturday April – December. Rain or Shine.
Statue of Liberty – Liberty Park
Turkey Creek


Avondale Park
Buck creek Park
Byrd Park
Cahaba Lily Park
Crestwood Park
Explore Park and Splash pad in Hoover
Homewood Park (West Homewood and Central)
Heardmont Park
Joe Tucker Park
Leeds Memorial Park
Linn Park
Overton Park
Railroad Park
Tot Lot in Mountain Brook
Veterans Parks in Hoover
Veterans Park in Alabaster
Wald Park – Vestavia


Colonial Promenade in Alabaster
Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farm in Trussville
Riverchase Galleria
Outlet Shops of Grand River
Summit Shopping Center
Bass Pro Shop


Birmingham Barons
Birmingham Bulls Hockey
Birmingham Legion Soccer
Birmingham Squadron
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
USFL – New to Birmingham in 2022, a professional American football minor league that began play on April 16, 2022. The inaugural 2022 season was played in its entirety in Birmingham, Alabama at Protective stadium and Legion Field.

Sweet Treats

Bruster’s Ice Cream
Cookie Dough Magic
Cookie Fix
Big Spoon Creamery
Steel City Pops- Gourmet popsicle store.  Multiple locations


Alys Stephens Center
Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Red Mountain Theatre
Virginia Samford Theatre


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