Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun January 4th – 6th

Top picks for weekend fun on this first weekend of the New Year!

  • Ice Skating at Railroad Park

It’s the last weekend to ice skate at Railroad park!

Open through January 6, 2019, this year’s rink will bring a magical, wintry atmosphere to the Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza. Take a spin on the ice with the Birmingham cityscape as the backdrop.

The 50’ x 80’ rink will be open 7 days a week, only closing on Christmas Day. The Boxcar Cafe will be fully stocked with Red Diamond Coffee & Tea, homemade hot chocolate and warm, delicious meals.

Friday & Saturday: 10AM – 10PM
Sunday  11AM – 9PM

  • National Bird Day – Oak Mountain State Park

CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIRD DAY! Why are birds important? What birds are found in our area? How do you attract birds to your yard? Come to OMSP for a day filled with birds!!

-OMSP’s Naturalist will take you on a tour of the Treetop Nature Trail Birds of Prey followed with a birding hike up to the Alabama Wildlife Center.

– Once we reach the center, you will get a chance to be an ornithologist for the day! We will watch and count birds at the feeders and record our observations on eBird so scientist can keep track of birds in our area!

-Meet one of the Avian Rehabilitators at the AWC and learn how avian rehabilitation works. Get a chance to meet and learn about AWC’s Eurasian Eagle Owl and Bald Eagle! *You will have a chance to “Adopt a Bird” at the Alabama Wildlife Center to help support their care while in rehab!*

-We will conclude the day by making a take-home Pinecone Bird Feeder at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center!

Saturday, 12:30 – 4pm

  • Monster Jam Triple Threat Series – BJCC Legacy Arena

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Birmingham fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.

Saturday, January 5th
1:00pm & 7:00pm (pit party for 1pm show begins at 10:30am)

Sunday, January 6th
2:00pm (pit party 11:30am)

*Pit Party access only granted with valid Pit Party ticket and corresponding show
ticket. Saturday 10:30am Pit Party corresponds with Saturday 1:00pm show
Sunday 11:30am Pit Party corresponds with Sunday 2:00pm show

  • LEGO Play – North Shelby Library

The library provides the Legos, the kids provide the imagination and creativity! Families are welcome to drop in anytime  to build spectacular creations. Creations will then go on display on the first floor of the library.

Saturday, 10:30am

  • Wildlife Up Close – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands-on presentation focusing on the animals that roam through our forests. In this family-friendly program we will discuss the unique adaptations that allow these animals to survive. Also, we will experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner’s animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem.

Meet us at the Nature Center! No registration required.

Saturday, 2pm – 3pm

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