Birmingham Events Calendar: April 10th – April 17th

Spring Festivals are always fun family events and they are starting to heat up around town, many happening along side annual Easter Egg Hunts!

Enjoy a Movie on the Lawn, or check out Tannehill Trade Days, the Magnolia Festival, or Paint the Town Red this Weekend!

Whatever you decide to do, get out and enjoy the weather! Make sure to check out our complete list of Birmingham Area Egg Hunts – Have a GREAT Week!

It’s Not Our Fault if Your Kids are Bored!

Sunday April 10th:

Fairytale Festival – Samford University|
Games, sing-a-longs, cupcakes, lemonade and Easter Egg Hunt. Characters from Disney movies. Bolding Rose Garden on the campus. Tickets $10 and $15

The Great Pumpkin Patch Spring Fling
Live music, great food, inflatable park, craft fair, car show and more

Little Naturalists Series – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Do you have fond memories of playing in the woods and want to share that wonder with your children? Or, if you missed out on nature experiences when you were young, now is your chance to experience the joy. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center provides a safe haven for youthful exploration for kids and adults alike. Each month, we will focus on a different topic, sparking interest and inspiring curiosity. Bring your budding naturalist to the mountain and let’s explore!

•$3/ $2 (member) •All children must be accompanied by an adult. •Suited for K – 2nd grade. •Drop-ins welcome.

Scholastic Chess Club at Books-A-Million Brookwood Village
In our upstairs Kids Nook.  Beginners are welcome, lessons
available, K-12, other mind sport activities are available such as
checkers and GO.  Free to attend!
2PM – 5PM


Monday April 11th:

Holy Inappropriateness! We couldn’t find any special events happening in the Ham’ Today! Check our list of local attractions that are open daily!


Tuesday April 12th:

MOPS Meeting – Riverchase Community Church
“Finances and going back to Work” topic at the Mothers Of Preschoolers
(MOPS) for Expecting Mothers thru to Mothers with preschoolers at 6:30-8:30 pm at
Riverchase Community Church.  RSVP child care with Lynn 664-4531.

Storytime – Homewood Library
Join us for the fun of it!  All ages welcome.

Together Time– Emmet O’Neal Library
The Letter “Z”
All Ages Welcome
9:30 or 10:30


Wednesday April 13th:

Storytime Science – McWane
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for your early learner to experience science through literature. Enjoy an enriching story coupled with an intriguing science concept that is sure to spark the curiosity of your child.
COST: Included in cost of admission to the museum, FREE for members

Wonderful Wednesday Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
We’ll read Interrupting Chicken by David Stein and see how many times chicken will interrupt her papa. Create something artistic while enjoying a sweet treat from our Cafe. Then we’ll tour our new Educational Toys & Games Department.
11:oo am

Family Story Time with Mr MacNorth Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.

Storytime – Homewood Library
Join us for the fun of it!  All ages welcome.


Thursday April 14th:

Storytime Live – Hoover Public Library
Heads Up

PJ Storytime – Hoover Public Library
Dance Off


Friday April 15th:

Magnolia Festival – Gardendale
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Gardendale Magnolia Festival! New and exciting activities, large carnival, food, and live entertainment.
5pm – 9pm

Movie on the Lawn – Emmet O’Neal
Come get tangled in a new version of a classic fairy tale. Brink a blanket and some supper for a picnic on the lawn while you watch.

Storyday with Ms NeNe – Whole Foods
Come meet Mrs. Renee Schmidt “NeNe” as we bring you our beloved storytime. Enjoy storyboards, songs and snacks!


Saturday April 16th:

Paint the Town the Red
the blank brick walls and window fronts of 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham’s Loft District will be transformed into canvases for stunning digitally created art: graphic art, digital photography and digital animated shorts… all projected. In it’s third year, Paint the Town Red is an innovative fundraiser for the Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross. It combines stunning visuals, eclectic live music and great street food. Vote for your favorite entries, introduce kids to the future of creativity and indulge your eyes in a visual feast.
6pm to 11pm.

ArtPlay ArtDay – ArtPlay Alys Stephens Center
UAB’s Alys Stephens Center invites the entire community to join in celebration of the Grand Opening of ArtPlay, Birmingham’s new arts education & outreach center. Bring the whole family to for fun festivities for every age. Then, stay for the dedication of the a new outdoor sculpture made by local students, prize giveaways, & more! You’ll get to see what happens in each classroom and take part in hands-on activities, plus see the beautiful renovation of one of Birmingham’s most important Victorian homes. Free and open to everyone. Event runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Festivities Include

Magnolia Festival – Gardendale
Full day with carnival, live entertainment, over 150 arts and crafts and business vendors, pooch parade, antique car show-100 cars, free children’s art classes, and the best variety and quality of food around.
10am – 5pm

Bart’s Books Water Dance – Birmingham Museum of Art
April showers bring May flowers! Wonder what else water can do? Bart the Art Bat selects one book each month about art that he thinks 4-7 year olds will enjoy. The storytellers are often our favorite teacher volunteers from local schools

Tannehill Trade Days
Shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Simple fun for all ages. Please Note: No Pets are allowed in the Trade Days Area.
7am – 5pm

Belk Spring Charity Sale – All Belk Stores
Benefiting local charities, schools and nonprofit organization. A four-hour, in-store shopping event In exchange for a $5
donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Spring  Charity Sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their  first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders triple Rewards points) for card purchases.
5am – 10am

Super Saturday Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Parents will remember and kids will learn about the inspiring and timeless lyrics of Forever Young by Bob Dylan read as a story. While reminiscing, enjoy a treat from our Cafe and create some crafts. Then we’ll tour our new Educational Toys & Games Department


Sunday April 17th:

Building Fairy Houses – Aldridge Gardens
All ages welcome.  Children younger than 3rd grade must be accompanied by an adult. Members $5 per family/Non-members $6.50 per family. Hear a story, learn what kind of houses the tree and flower fairies prefer, then, try your hand at building a fairy house with natural materials.  You may bring cones, nuts, shells, leaves, feathers, anything found outdoors.  Natural materials purchased in a store will not be used.  This class is outdoors so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Picnic Area 2pm

Tannehill Trade Days
Shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Simple fun for all ages. Please Note: No Pets are allowed in the Trade Days Area.
7am – 5pm

Earthbounds Earthfest – Bessie Estelle Park
Local musicians Earthbound will play their highly-anticipated annual free outdoor concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, to increase awareness for Earth Day and raise funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. Free for all ages, Earthbound’s Earthfest will feature a bounce castle, dunk tank, hula hoops, frisbees, and plenty of other fun for children. Local artists and environmental organizations will bring displays. Optional donations from the crowd will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect local waterways and Birmingham-area drinking water, which is threatened by the Shepherd Bend Mine proposal.
2pm – sundown

Scholastic Chess Club at Books-A-Million Brookwood Village
In our upstairs Kids Nook.  Beginners are welcome, lessons
available, K-12, other mind sport activities are available such as
checkers and GO.  Free to attend!
2PM – 5PM


Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

Itty Bitty Magic City
The mini-sized Magic City – complete with buildings and factories – encourages young learners to explore new skills as they join the cities’ workforce. By dressing up in a favorite career costume and becoming a steel worker, doctor, pilot scientist or train conductor, preschoolers take one small step into the world around them. While operating cranes, turning gears, pulling pulleys, and building structures – to name just a few of the hands-on activities – children expand their understanding of themselves as they experience how objects behave and how their own actions affect the objects around them. Little explorers are free to navigate this active learning area at their own pace, allowing creativity, fun and discovery to flourish in the Itty Bitty Magic City!

NatureScope –  Explore the great outdoors from inside the museum. McWane Science Center and the Birmingham Audubon Society are partnering to create a new exhibit called NatureScope. Explore the science of the birds and the bugs in this new area! Get up close and personal with some resident creepy crawlies! Learn what role insects play in our ecosystem with the decomposition chamber. Meet large bugs including emperor scorpions, a tarantula, and even a giant African millipede!

Animalopolis at the IMAX – ANIMALOPOLIS will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit “Seussian” perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents.

Birmingham Zoo:

Lorikeet Aviary – Our Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Zoo guests can feed these exotic birds every day. You and your family will see these birds’ behavior as they eat nectar out of your hand.
Weekends 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PELICAN FEEDING – A great way to see our pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the pelican boardwalk.

RHINO ENCOUNTER – Embark on an African adventure and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary animals, the Southern White Rhino. Watch from only feet away as our zookeepers engage in hands-on interaction with the animals inside their African-themed exhibit. Don’t miss this exciting encounter with one of the largest mammals on the planet!
Weekdays: 3pm – 3:30pm
Weekends: 11:30am – Noon & 3pm – 3:30 pm

GIRAFFE FEEDING – This up close and personal animal encounter is a memory you and your family will have for a lifetime.
Weekday: 11am – Noon
Weekends: 10am – 11am  & 2pm – 3pm

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 a statue. Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, and a beautiful public park for visitors and locals to enjoy. With an official information center that is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vulcan Park and Museum serves as the first stop for visitors to the Birmingham area!

Railroad Park:

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham’s downtown area with Southside and UAB’s campus.

Southern Museum of Flight:

Earn Your Wings – Bring your little pilot and soar above the clouds in our little pilots room. Kids enjoy building aircrafts, flying kites, and more.
Museum Open Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

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