Weekly Events Calendar – August 23rd – 29th

We’re getting close to local storytimes starting back, meanwhile check out the special events we have going on this week. Lots of events benefiting local charities. This Saturday will be packed with so many things to do it’s going to be hard to choose!

We update the calendar as we learn of new events so stop back by throughout the week to see what’s new!

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Monday August 23rd

Holy Inappropriateness!!  We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ham’ today. See below for what’s going on daily at the Birmingham Zoo or McWane Science Center.


Tuesday August 24th

Barnes and Noble –  Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
Return to Honalee with us in Peter Yarrow’s Puff, the Magic Dragon. One of the most beloved songs ever written tells the childhood tale of Jackie Paper and Puff and the journey they take together.


Wednesday August 25th

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.


Thursday August 26th

Taste of Birmingham – The Club
Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the Birmingham Boys Choir, under the banner “Children Helping Children,” will present a joint fundraiser called “The Taste of Birmingham.”  This tasting event will feature 20–25 of the outstanding restaurants in the Birmingham area.

Swept Away – Virginia Samford Theater
From the Crescent City to the Magic City. The misadventures and relocation of a Katrina evacuee.
For Showtimes and Tickets visit their site


Friday August 27th

Swept Away – Virginia Samford Theater
From the Crescent City to the Magic City. The misadventures and relocation of a Katrina evacuee.
For Showtimes and Tickets visit their site

Wild about Books Story Time – Birmingham Zoo
Come join us for story and craft time with Books-A-Million at the Birmingham Zoo! Every Friday through summer on Grandma’s Front Porch in the Children’s Zoo area


Saturday August 28th

The Bell Center Tailgate Challenge – Sloss Furnaces
Kicking off football season with a tailgating event sure to cause Fandemonium! Visit tents for Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas and many of your other favorite teams. Then drop by The Bell Center tent for Jim N’ Nicks bar-b-q while you enjoy live music and other family friendly entertainment. Proceeds will benefit The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs.
Adult Tickets $15, Children 10 and under are free.
4pm – 7pm

Family Day – Birmingham Museum of Art
Tanabata is a Japanese star festival that celebrates the meeting of two mythological figures. Legend says that the Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. Celebrate this important festival with art activities, dance, music, scavenger hunts, Japanese treats and more. Free fun for families.
11am – 3pm

Fairytale Ball benefiting Childcare Resources – Birmingham Sheraton Ballroom
Dust off your glass slippers and get ready for the 4th Annual Fairy Tale Ball
We invite you to mix and mingle with a dazzling array of fairy tale characters, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers and more for this one of a kind, black tie gala. A family friendly event, bring the children or come on your own!
$150 for a family of four – Adult Tickets $70 each

Fresh Market on the Green – Ross Bridge
Fresh Alabama grown fruits & vegetables, locally harvested honey, goat, cheese, fresh baked goods, coffee café, live music,arts and crafts, kids activity and more!
8am – Noon

Zoo Olympics – Birmingham Zoo
Come out to the zoo for the Zoo Olympics and see how your athletic abilities measure up to those of our animal friends. We will provide a map with a scavenger hunt theme that participants can use to find all the Zoo Olympic events throughout the zoo.
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Swept Away – Virginia Samford Theater
From the Crescent City to the Magic City. The misadventures and relocation of a Katrina evacuee.
For Showtimes and Tickets visit their site

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic
Going back to school can be fun! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this school bus! Includes stickers, a secret compartment, chalk and a chalkboard on top!

Helena Market Days/Farmers Market Helena Amphitheater
8:00am – 12:00pm

Urban Cookhouse Farmers Market – Downtown Homewood
7am – Noon

Pepper Place Saturday Market
We spread out of the parking lot to include 29th Street as we accommodate local farmers, artisans, music, art and food!
7:00am – Noon

Valleydale Farmers Market –
Valleydale Farmers Market is dedicated to bringing fresh, local produce to communities around Alabama and the Southeast.
Music, cooking demos and storytimes along with fresh produce a great way to spend a day!

Saturday Storytime at Barnes and Noble Summit
Three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems does it again with Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. A morale fable about being yourself and wearing it well. Plus, you get to hear three very important things about naked mole rats.


Sunday August 29th

Swept Away – Virginia Samford Theater
From the Crescent City to the Magic City. The misadventures and relocation of a Katrina evacuee.
For Showtimes and Tickets visit their site

Scholastic Chess Club at Books-A-Million Brookwood Village
In our upstairs Kids Nook.  Beginners are welcome, lessons
available, K-12, other mind sport activities are available such as
checkers and GO.  Free to attend!
2PM – 5PM


Open Daily

McWane Science Center

Mr Potato Head Exhibit – Families won’t want to miss The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD, a new interactive traveling exhibit that features the much-loved MR. POTATO HEAD character will lead young visitors and parents on a number of fun and educational adventures. From trips to outer space to jungle safaris and archeological digs, each activity will provide children with engaging learning experiences. Through Sept. 26

The Itty Bitty Magic City will be on display this summer in addition to The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head exhibit. The Itty Bitty City is a little bit smaller than usual, but favorite areas including the grocery store, Tot Spot area, crane, and factory are still in the city. The Itty Bitty Golf Course and a few other items were removed temporarily to make room for the new exhibit “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” that is also designed for an early childhood audience and they will return in the Fall.

NatureScope –  Explore the great outdoors from inside the museum. McWane Science Center and the Birmingham Audubon Society are partnering to create a new exhibit called NatureScope. Explore the science of the birds and the bugs in this new area! Get up close and personal with some resident creepy crawlies! Learn what role insects play in our ecosystem with the decomposition chamber. Meet large bugs including emperor scorpions, a tarantula, and even a giant African millipede!

Animalopolis at the IMAX – ANIMALOPOLIS will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit “Seussian” perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents.

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

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!

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