Birmingham Events Calendar: February 17th – February 24th

Alright Moms are you wondering what Birmingham has to offer this week? We’ve got some ideas for you!

Check out the new exhibit opening at the Birmingham Museum of Art, this week. Hip, Hippo, Hooray! The new family-friendly exhibition focusing on the stories of hippos.

There’s a storytime at the new Kids a Million at Brookwood Village, a movie at Emmet O Neal Library and a great program at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center!

Don’t forget to Nominate a Rockin’ Mom! Sunday is the last day to get your nominations in for our 2013 Moms Rock Event, sponsored by Brookwood Medical Center and the Shops of Grand River.

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

Sunday February 17th:

Hip Hippo Hooray – Birmingham Museum of Art
New Exhibit!
The Museum is delighted to share the unique, amusing, and beautiful porcelain table service from the collection of Richard Baron Cohen.  Combining two of his greatest collecting passions–ceramics and hippos–Mr. Cohen commissioned a large dinner service from the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in Denmark that captures the spirit and personality of his favorite animal.

The story of the service began in 2004, when Mr. Cohen sent photographer Sarah Louise Galbraith on a year-long journey around the world to photograph hippopotami in zoos and in their natural environment. Using these photos, master porcelain painter Jørgen Nielsen painted delightful “portraits” of the hippos on the various pieces of the service. Completed in four years, the service includes more than 150 pieces.

This family-friendly exhibition focuses on the stories of the hippos, who they are and where they live, and Galbraith’s travels around the world to photograph them.

Last Day to Visit the Clifford Exhibit at the McWane Science Center!!


Monday February 18th:

Toddler TalesNorth Shelby Library
A story program for children and a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts make up a lively program designed especially for short attention spans. Best suited for ages 19 months to 3 years. Must Register
9:30am and 10:30am


Tuesday February 19th:

Hippo Adventures – Birmingham Museum of Art
Join us for a new in-gallery family experience! Children aged 3 – 8 and their adult companions are invited to join Museum educators to explore Hip, Hippo, Hooray!, discover activities that make looking at art fun and exciting, and create new family memories about art and hippos.

No reservations required. Hippo Adventures are also available by appointment for groups of 10 or more children aged 3 – 8. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 205.254.2964.

Storytime – Homewood Public Library
Join us for the best part of your week with stories that make you laugh and songs that make you dance! Join us for the fun of it! All ages welcome. For large groups, a call to 332-6619 is nice.


Wednesday February 20th:

Storytime – Kids a Million – Brookwood Village
Eric Carle Storytime

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us as we read When Charlie McButton Lost Power by the author of The Hunger Games. Find out what happens when Charlies electronics lose power. Afterwards, we will make a craft and enjoy something sweet from our Cafe.

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.


Thursday February 21st:

SNAP Movie and Popcorn – Emmet O’ Neal Library
Can a boy bloom in the garden? Find out in this movie about a kid with a truly odd life. Thursday, February 21, at 3:30. Grades 3-6. No registration required.

Taste of Homewood – SOHO
The 12th annual Taste of Homewood, Rosewood Hall in City Hall at SoHo. The Mardi Gras theme event features over 30 Homewood restaurants, caterers, bakeries, coffee shops, and beverage merchants.

The Taste of Homewood has become a tradition in Homewood showcasing the city’s growing number of Homewood food purveyors and providing the public a chance to sample a taste of cuisine from their menus.
5:30pm – 8:30pm


Friday February 22nd:

Holy Inappropriateness! We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ‘Ham today. Make sure to check our list below for fun exhibits happening daily at our local attractions.


Saturday February 23rd:

KIIS (Keep It Simple Silly) Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Join Ruffner’s Animal Care Keeper, Chivon Morse, for this month’s KISS (Keep it Simple Silly) Program.  Learn how Chivon keeps our Animal Ambassadors engaged and mentally active through enrichment.  Come learn the importance of enrichment, as well as have the opportunity to make some enrichment treats for the Animal Ambassadors at Ruffner.  You’ll even get a chance to see one of the animals in action with their enrichment!  We tend to make lots of our enrichment activities with materials that would ordinarily be recycled.  Feel free to bring any toilet paper or paper towel tubes to donate for Ruffner’s enrichment program.   Perfect for families.   Program is approximately 45 minutes. Reservations required.   Reserve your spot at
1 pm – KISS (Keep it Simple Silly) Program, $2/$3

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different gallery and activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! Create a Face Jug that looks like you or a friend!

Amelia Bedelia Day – Kids a Million – Brookwood Village

Family Storytime – Emmet O’Neal Library

Bring the entire family and join Mr. Mac for stories and music each Saturday morning.
10:30 a.m.

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read Chick ‘n’ Pug. Chick lives for adventure and Pug lives for sleep. Who will be the hero? Afterwards, we will make a craft and have something delicious from the Cafe.


Sunday February 24th:

LJCC Camp Fair – Levite Jewish Community Center
The Levite Jewish Community Center offers Day Camps, Specialty Camps, and Sport Camps for children ages 18 months – 7th grade.

The LJCC Camp Fair will be held in the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School Gym on the campus of the Levite Jewish Community Center. The Camp Fair will include summer camp registration, specialty camp representatives and details about all camps being offered.

Members and Non-members are welcome at the Camp Fair. Registration for members of the LJCC will begin at the Camp Fair. Non-members may begin registering on April 1. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camp LJCC runs weekly from May 28 – August 16. Camps include traditional day camp (Yofi), specialty camps and sport camps.

Some of the specialty/sport camps being offered this summer are

  • FOAC (Fair Oaks Adventure Curriculum)
  • LEGO Robotics
  • Black Out Theatre Camp
  • Kid Fitness
  • Knight School Chess Camp
  • Learning With Animals
  • Magic Camp
  • Icky Sticky Camp
  • Science Extreme Up Close
  • Tennis Camp
  • Lacrosse Camp
  • Mike Getman Soccer Camp
  • Alabama Blue Chips Sports Foundation Basketball Camp
  • Splash Camp
  • Bike Clinic
  • Woodshop 101
  • Circus of the Kids (first time in Birmingham since 2009).

The LJCC has a “camp a la carte” system — register for one week or all twelve. Camps can be mixed and matched with Camp Yofi, Specialty, and Sport camps.


Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

McWane Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater puts you in the center of the action by projecting breathtaking quality images onto the 5-story-tall dome screen and delivering intense surround sound through almost 3 tons of speakers and subwoofers.
Now Showing: The Last Reef, Santa and the Snowman, Rocky Mountain Express

The Tornadoes of April 27th – Looking Back — Moving Forward, a new exhibit at McWane Science Center, reflects on the experiences of the April 27th, 2011 storms. The exhibit shares personal stories from those who experienced the devastation of the storms firsthand, while emphasizing the importance of tornado preparedness and explaining the science behind tornadoes.

Photos and stories from The Birmingham News help tell the story of the storms and the affect they had on survivors, volunteers, and the community as a whole. Students from Daniel Payne Middle School also help tell the story of their school and community through photos and artifacts from the storm for the exhibit. UAB students worked with the children from Daniel Payne Middle School to create short documentaries that can be seen in the exhibit as well.

In addition to sharing the personal stories from that day, the goal of this exhibit is to inform the community about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions, explaining the science of tornadoes and stressing awareness.

With vivid displays, the exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of tornadoes. Graphics within the exhibit illustrate tornado formation and anatomy, educating visitors on how such extreme weather conditions develop. Additionally, the exhibit displays statistics and disputes common myths concerning the destructive storms.

Guests can watch live video from the storms that rolled across our state on April 27th, 2011, including the
weather forecasts from that day and actual images of the tornado as it made its way through our area provided by FOX6 WBRC. The exhibit is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum this summer.

Be Ready Alabama Exhibit Presented by:
The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Animal Grossology
Experience a new exhibit that is oozing with science as you meet some of the slimiest and yuckiest creatures on Earth! You’ll never look at the animal kingdom the same way after you see “ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY!”

The Animal Grossology exhibition, based on a popular series of books by science teacher Sylvia Branzei, is an educational experience grounded in the theory that the best way to get kids interested in science is to present it in terms they find most appealing. Let’s face it, topics such as slime, vomit, dookies and other gross stuff are completely fascinating for your average six to 14-year-old.

By physically stepping into the Animal Grossology exhibition, these subjects have become an interactive, larger-than-life biology lesson that harnesses kid’s natural curiosity about themselves and teaches them about how animals function.

Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, the all-new “Animal Grossology” exhibit is sure to provide a unique perspective on the animal kingdom. Museum guests will experience some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth.

The exhibition contains solid science and introduces it in a way that makes kids giggle. It’s science disguised in interactive entertainment and kids are more apt to learn when they’re having fun doing it. You may think leeches are pretty gross but they’re used after some surgeries to assist in the healing process. Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on earth? Learn why the dung beetle is nature’s living pooper scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Animal Grossology is a temporary travelling exhibit created and produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division of Advanced Animations LLC, in collaboration with Sylvia Branzei, the author of the GROSSOLOGY series of books. The books are published through Price Stern Sloan, a member of Penguin (USA) Inc.

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!

** All information listed on our calendar is subject to change without notice to us or you… We do our best to keep the information accurate and will always update as soon as we learn that something has changed. It’s always best to double check with the event via their website or a quick call,  especially when weather can impact the event.

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