The Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun July 7th – July 9th

Check out the weekend fun happening around Birmingham!

  • Half Price Days at the Birmingham Zoo

Visit the Zoo during Half-Price Summer Fun Days to take advantage of discounted half-price admission, half-price rides, and $1 hot dogs in the cafes! Guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with the elephants in Trails of Africa, experience Predator Zone, enjoy a Red Diamond Sea Lion Show and be surrounded by and feed* beautiful lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary. Come learn how the Zoo uses enrichment activities to help keep the animals mentally and physically fit. Guests can also see live animal demonstrations, feedings, chat with the keepers and more! *Additional cost.
Saturday, July 7th
Sunday, July 8th

Adults – $8*
Children 2 – 12 years old – $5.50*
Senior Citizens 65 years+ – $7*
Military (Active duty only- must show military ID)- $7*
*Plus tax

  • Design Dayz: LEGO Day at McWane Science Center

Explore amazing LEGO displays by the Magic City LEGO User’s Group. Drop into the LEGO Lab to explore robot programming and stop-motion animation. And visit the Jr. Builders Gallery to see the original creations of young LEGO builders. There will be LEGO Challenges and building activities all throughout the Adventure Halls. Plus LEGO Caricatures by Kevin!

Saturday, July 8th
9am – 6pm

  • Storytime on the Mountain at Ruffner Mountain

Nature inspires creativity. Come join us as we will listen to nature-themed stories read by longtime Ruffner volunteer, Ms. Jerri.

Then make a fun craft fox mask to take home! Program is recommended to families with children ages 4 – 8 years old.

Saturday, July 8th
10am – 11am

  • Jazz in the Park, Helena Amphitheatre

Each summer, MCSJ presents JAZZ IN THE PARK, a series of free performances in various local parks. Local Alabama jazz musicians open for headlining acts, thereby providing a platform for them to showcase their talent and artistry. These concerts are made possible by the generous support of community sponsors. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz in the great outdoors! *check Facebook page for inclement weather updates.
Admission is Free

Sunday, July 9: Joe Carnaggio Trio / Phil Denny
6pm – 9pm

  • Movies at Crestwood Park: Hook

Get hooked at Movies at Avondale Park presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, July 9 with a showing of Hook in Crestwood Park. Lay out a blanket or plop down a lawn chair with family and friends and get lost in the riveting world of Neverland. Furthermore, the Birmingham Zoo, one of the event’s sponsors, will be giving away several day admission passes and family memberships to guests. This is the final movie showing for Movies at Avondale Park. More information about Movies at Avondale Park’s showing of Hook can be found at

Admission is Free
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will end at approximately 10:00 p.m.


Thank you to our Friday Five Sponsor, Ultra Blast Laser Combat Center! Check out the newest, most advanced, and largest Laser Tag venue in Birmingham. A 9,000 square ft. arena and 4 party rooms. Located at:

157 Resource Center Pkwy, Ste 107
Birmingham, Alabama


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