Review: Alabama Ballet’s The Nutcracker (with a 5-year-old!!)

After telling friends I was taking my five-year-old daughter to see Alabama Ballet’s The Nutcracker this season, I got some strange looks. “Isn’t she going to be bored?” “Will she be quiet/still enough?” I was a little nervous to find out, TBH. She was used to children’s theatre productions where there is narration and dialogue, ... Read More

Tips on Avoiding Holiday Hazards from Children’s of Alabama

The holidays are one of the most wonderful times of the year but they can create some dangers that we don’t usually encounter on the daily basis the rest of the year. Keep you and your family safe this season with these tips from Children’s of Alabama. Fire Hazards The National Child Protection Association and ... Read More

Christmas Ornament Making Party at Steel City Pops

It’s time to deck the halls and get your tree ready for the holidays! Join Steel City Pops in Homewood for an ornament-making party on Sunday, December 16th between 2pm and 5pm. Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity while the kids are out of school or you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon yourself, ... Read More

Don’t Forget the Stocking Stuffers!

Stocking stuffers can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful – trust me, I know. This happens to me more than I would like to admit. I think it runs in my family, actually. I remember one year when mine and my sisters stocking was full of fruit and a walnut. Seriously? MY Santa ... Read More

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

Zoolight Safari Kickoff Weekend at the Birmingham Zoo Join us for another magical holiday season as twinkling lights illuminate the Zoo for a dazzling 19 nights! Watch as the Zoo comes alive for a jubilant holiday celebration. Be amazed by enchanting illuminations and sparkling lights. Enjoy the sounds of seasonal songs and holiday classics as ... Read More

Vulcan Lights Up the Holidays

Vulcan Park and Museum will host a holiday sound-to-light show at the top of every hour from 5:00pm til 9:00pm from December 12 -23. This 15 minute show will illuminate Vulcan and fill the park with familiar sounds of classic Christmas music such as “Frosty the Snowman”. The museum and The Anvil will have extended ... Read More

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage ... Read More

How to Prevent Home Fires During Christmas

It seems as if every year the holiday season begins earlier.  Along-side Halloween costumes in the stores are dancing Santa’s and reindeer. But in our mad dash to get our home decorated for the holidays and organize the gatherings, it’s easy to forget about the additional fire hazards that come with this time of year.  ... Read More

Sensory Santa Photo Day

Book your Sensory Santa appointment here.← Families with children or adults with sensory sensitives can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment. Sensory-friendly Santa is free to visit with Santa and take your own photos. Professional Photography (flash-less) will be available on this day where photo packages ... Read More

Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd

Top picks for weekend fun around the ‘Ham this first weekend of DECEMBER!! How did we get here?? Shelby Ironworks Christmas in the Park at Shelby Iron Works Kids can enjoy free crafts, or have their picture taken with Santa Claus ($5). There will also be an outdoor holiday movie (weather permitting), a reading of ... Read More