Birmingham Events Calendar: February 24th – March 3rd

Spring is so close and you can tell by how the activities around Birmingham are starting to pick up!

If you can only pick one thing to do this week, load your family up and take them to the Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off!! It’s one of our most favorite events every year. Even if the kids don’t like chili, most booths have snacks for them and the best thing is, it benefits the Exceptional Foundation.

Dr Suess has a Birthday and there is no shortage of celebrations going on. If you haven’t signed up for a Spring Break Camp, you might want to do that soon, they’re starting to fill up! You can see a list of camps here.

Have a great week!!

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

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.


Monday February 25th:

Monday Movie – Homewood Public Library
All ages welcome. Delicious freshly popped popcorn along with juice will be served to all children in attendance.

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 26th:

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 27th:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us as we read Mousetronaut. Meteor is a tiny, hardworking mouse. Will he ever get chosen to go to outer space? 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 28th:

SNAP: Paper Making – Emmet O’ Neal Library
A hands-on how-to – learn to make your own paper. February 28 from 3:30 – 4:30. Grades 3-6. No registration required.


Friday March 1st:

Storytime Yoga – Villager Yoga
Community Yoga Story Time for ages 0 – 3 years

Watch the pages of your favorite story books come alive as yoga poses! Parents asked to participate in engaging children in creative yoga poses with sound and expression!

First and Last Fridays of each month, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

This class is donation based. Suggested $5 minimum

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Read Across America events in March. Featuring Cat in the Hat Storytime, fun cat-tivities and treats!


Saturday March 2nd:

Exceptional Foundation Chili Cookoff – Brookwood Village Parking Lot
The 9th annual Chili Cook Off benefitting the Exceptional Foundation will be held in the Brookwood Village parking lot from 10:30 to 3:00. This is a fun, quirky, outdoor party offering good food and drink and friends at a “come as you are” event. This event has developed a loyal following across a diverse audience base. There seems to be an engaging atmosphere that you can’t quite put your finger on — a unique camaraderie exists amid the tongue in cheek, yet somehow serious, competition between teams who vie for the judges’ and public’s approval in hopes of taking home a trophy for their particular chili recipe. While the sponsors and their teams focus on winning the chili contest, Homewood residents and merchants enjoy a sense of community and pride as more than 7,000 individuals from across the Birmingham area wander to taste chili at one of the year’s first outdoor events listening to live music and enjoying chili.
$10.00 in advance. $15.00 at the gate.

Dr Seuss’s Birthday – McWane Science Center
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with special story times and science activities in the museum designed
for early learners.
10am – 4pm
Price included in the cost of admission, free to members

Dr Seuss Storytime – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child?  Story Times falls on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and we’re commemorating the big day!  Ruffner  Mountain is participating in the National Education Association’s “Read Across  America” event.   Ms. Jerri will read Dr. Seuss’s book, “My Many Colored Days” – a vibrantly illustrated book about moods and feelings.   We’ll make a Seuss craft and celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a special treat!  First fifteen families receive a free copy of the book, thanks to Target.

A Suesstastical Birthday – Hoover Library
The Cat in the Hat and some of his friends are throwing a 109th birthday bonanza for Dr. Seuss.  Registration going on now.

Bart’s Art Cart, Hip, Hippo, Hooray – Birmingham Museum of Art
This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different gallery activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! Decorate your own animal cup and saucer with a hippo or your favorite animal!

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.

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 Gobble Gobble Crash! It’s so much fun to count chickens and cows. We will make a craft and have a treat from the Cafe.


Sunday March 3rd:

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.


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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