Campout at Railroad Park

Publix presents Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park on Saturday, June 22-23. At this ticketed event, a limited number of families will pitch tents inside the park and enjoy a scavenger hunt, camping demos, a show & tell with nocturnal zoo animals, arts & crafts and a read-a-long just before lights out. On Birmingham’s front lawn, family members will bond while enjoying giant lawn games and other activities at the fourth annual campout. Publix Super Markets Inc. will cater the campers’ dinner, snacks and breakfast. Back by popular demand is the make-your-own-trail-mix bar, sponsored by Birmingham-based babysitter app Wyndy.

As the sun rises Sunday morning, families will enjoy a yoga class before breaking down tents and heading home. Railroad Park has invited local experts to enrich the campout with interactive sessions focused on the great outdoors. The Birmingham Zoo will bring nocturnal animals from their menagerie to the park that evening. Zoo keepers will explain the unique abilities and behaviors of animals that are active in the nighttime. Experts from McWane Science Center will lead a class on creek ecology, making Railroad Park’s water features come alive in a new way for attendees. Alabama Outdoors will lead a plant identification session. And just before lights out, Birmingham Public Library will lead a campground read-along.

A sensory tent will be available for children with autism or other special needs, should they need a calming, therapeutic space within the campout. Families need to register and purchase tickets in advance. Families must bring their own tents. Visit for complete information including the registration form and a recommended packing list.

Early Bird Registration: May 13 – June 2: $29 per camper.
Regular Registration: June 3 – June 17: $39 per camper.

Publix presents Family Camp-Out Night, hosted by Railroad Park Foundation. Additional support comes from Cadence Bank, Wyndy and Alabama Outdoors. Alabama Outdoors, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham Zoo, Boy Scouts of America, and McWane Science Center will lead the evening’s interactive sessions. Because of the activities and nature of this event, Family Camp-out Night is only open to families. The event’s rain-out date is July 13-14.

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