It’s been a long summer for the local Libraries, they’ll be taking a few weeks off to let everyone get ready for school and re-group before starting back with regularly scheduled storytimes. Make sure to check their websites before heading out, most are suspended until the end of August.
There are still many fun things to do with the kids so try to squeeze in a few of these between your school shopping and their school starting.. This is also the last week for Summer movies in the theaters so take advantage of those free or discounted flicks if you can! Check the schedule on our Summer Flicks Guide. 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 2nd
Storytime – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Is your child a budding naturalist? Bring them to Storytime to encourage their excitement about the outdoors. We will read a story with a nature theme. Following the story, there will be a short activity. Suited for children 3 – 5. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the program. We encourage all participants to donate $2 per person for Visitor Center admission and program.
Tuesday August 3rd
10 Cent Cookie Tuesday – Whole Foods
Barring any cookie monster attacks we’ll have our silver dollar-size chocolate chip cookies, baked fresh in the Bakery, for just 10 cents each. Buy a whole bushel and freeze them for later!
While Supplies Last
Lego Mini Build – Riverchase Galleria
LEGO Seagull: Ages 6-14
begins at 5:00pm until supplies last
Barnes and Noble – Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman. See how much fun this story can be to read aloud!
Wednesday August 4th
Storytime – Barnes an Noble Patton Creek
Fall is here! Come celebrate the new season with stories about the changing leaves, the cooler weather and all the fun that autumn brings.
Family Story Time with Mr Mac – North Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.
Thursday August 5th
See our list below for what’s going on at McWane Science Center or the Birmingham Zoo
Friday August 6th
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 7th
Kids Workshop – Home Depot
The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.
In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. Ages 5 – 12
9am and Noon
Scales Shells and Tails – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
The Alabama Reptile Rescue Sanctuary (www.supportarrs.org) and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center present “Scales, Shells & Tails: The Reptiles & Amphibians of Alabama.” Bring the whole family and see a large collection of Alabama’s snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. Discover the life cycle of a frog up close. Learn about the protected and endangered reptiles and amphibians of Alabama and what is being done to save them. Understand what makes snakes so important to our ecosystem. Come face to face with some of the state’s venomous snakes and learn how to identify some of the most common reptiles and amphibians seen in the wild.
10:00am – 2:00pm
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
Mom and Dad, bring your cameras! Olivia will personally be here during storytime. Ian Falconer’s Olivia will delight you with her amazing activities and abundant energy.
Sunday August 8th
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
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
Itty Bitty Magic City – NOTE: ITTY BITTY IS AN ITTY BIT SMALLER THIS SUMMER!
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.
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 email@example.com, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!