Birmingham Events Calendar: July 7th – July 14th

National Ice Cream Day and a McWane Birthday Party are just a couple of things to look forward to this week!

It’s hard to believe that one of our Favorite Birmingham Attractions is turning 15! The Mcwane Science Center will have s day full of fin and specials this Saturday, make sure to check it out!

The Birmingham Barons kick off the week at home before being away until the 18th.

If you haven’t caught a Free or Discounted Movie, there’s still time. If you’re looking for some fun in the water, check out what we have to say about the Cullman Aquatic Center. It’s the best $10 you’ll spend this summer.

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

Sunday July 7th

Birmingham Barons – Regions Park
VS. Mississippi Braves

Fourth of July at the Birmingham Zoo
In honor of this holiday, all active and retired military and their dependents can take advantage of free admission to the Zoo with proof of military I.D. from Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th.

Independence Day at The Outlet Shops of Grand River
The Outlet Shops of Grand River is celebrating Independence Day with family fun all weekend! All ages can come enjoy Amazing Animals on The Plaza at Grand River, featuring a Petting Zoo, barbecue and incredible shopping deals at participating stores. HK Exotic Petting Zoo is free to the public, with the option to purchase feeding bags for $1.
Noon – 6pm


Monday July 8th:

Birmingham Barons – Regions Park
VS. Mississippi Braves

Tot Time with Ms Eve – Avondale Library
Storytime for 2-4-year-olds with a caregiver. Includes stories, songs, and craft. 24-hour advance registration required.


Tuesday July 9th:

Tuesday Afternoon Movie – Emmet O’ Neal Library
Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse are thrown into a feature film, with the twosome trying to help an orphan girl who is being berated and exploited by a greedy guardian. (Rated G)

Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip – Hoover Public Library
An eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled extravaganza in The Library Theatre! This unique program is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.
10:30, 1:30 and 6:30

Family Tours – Birmingham Museum of Art
Join us for an in-gallery family experience! Children aged 3 – 8 and their adult companions are invited to join Museum educators to explore our collection, discover activities that make looking at art fun and exciting, and create new family memories about art.

No reservations required. Family Tours 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.


Wednesday July 10th:

Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip – Hoover Public Library
An eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled extravaganza in The Library Theatre! This unique program is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.
10:30 and 1:30

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 – Barnes and Noble Summit
Pete the Cat goes to the beach with his mother and brother, Bob. What do you think Pete likes to do at the beach? Join us and find out!


Thursday July 11th:

Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip – Hoover Public Library
An eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled extravaganza in The Library Theatre! This unique program is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.
10:30 and 1:30

Thursday Morning Movie & Popcorn -Emmet O’ Neal Library
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (Rated PG)


Friday July 12th:

Puppet Power – Springville Road Library
We’re going to be designing and creating our own puppets and putting on a puppet show. Call 205-226-4085 to register.


Saturday July 13th:

McWane Rocks! Birthday Party – McWane Science Center
Join us for a ROCKin’ 15th birthday party that you won’t want to miss. Travis Taylor, star of Nat Geo’s hit show, Rocket City Rednecks, will be on hand bringing his unique style of southern charm and technology with live demonstrations on the plaza that are guaranteed to excite and engage. From “rock” climbing walls, “rock” ‘n’ roll music and “rock” candy this party will definitely “rock” your world.

On July 13th, in honor of McWane’s 15th birthday, we are offering:
$15 OFF ALL McWane Science Center memberships
$15 for 1 Adventure Hall/IMAX Combo Ticket
10am – 4pm

Jurassic Library – Hoover Public Library
Welcome to a world where dinosaurs roam the aisles and rule the shelves with crafts, games and food sure to please paleontologists of all ages.

This event takes place in the Kid Zone program room.

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! Celebrate with Pinwheels! // Get in the summer spirit and make your own pinwheel!

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.


Sunday July 14th:

National Ice Cream SunDay – Homewood Public Library
Summer Readers come celebrate National Ice Cream Day with us! It’s never too late to sign up and join the fun!
2pm – 5pm


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: Flight of the Butterflies, Titians of the Ice Age

Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age – through December 31st, 2013
McWane Science Center is home to Alabama’s second largest natural history collection. Made up of over 500,000 specimens and objects pertaining to the natural history of the state, this important collection focuses on the preservation, education, and research of Alabama’s rich biodiversity and paleobiodiversity. One of the more significant subsets of the collection is Alabama’s largest collection of Late Pleistocene faunal remains – or Ice Age fossils.

Made up of nearly 10,000 cataloged specimens, the McWSC Pleistocene collection contains a unique diversity of fauna that not only includes those native to North America, but migrants to the state from both South America and the Old World. This collection includes mammals, both extant and extinct, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes, and botanical remains collected from both cave and stream localities in the state. Extinct mammals represented in the McWSC collection include mammoths, mastodons, giant beavers, saber-toothed cats, giant armadillos, tapirs, peccaries, and giant ground sloths.

This spring, visitors will have an opportunity to view some of the fossils in the collection with a new exhibit titled — “Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age.” This exhibit will not only highlight many of the Ice Age animals from the McWane Science Center Collection, but will highlight and dispel many of the common misconceptions surrounding the Ice Age in the state. The goal is for visitors to have a better understanding and appreciation for this time in Alabama. For example, guests might learn that Alabama was on average only five degrees colder than today, glaciers did not reach farther south than southern Illinois or that all the Ice Age animals did not go extinct at the end of the Ice Age. While the largest animals, such as mastodons, giant ground sloths, and saber-tooth cats died out, nearly all the animals that are living in Alabama today were also around in the Ice Age.

The Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age Alabama display is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum. It is included in the cost of admission to the museum and free to members.

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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