Weekly Events Calendar! August 9th – 15th

So school is starting for many this week – how will you spend your days now with just the little ones in tow? Wipe those tears away and see what we have found to keep your mind off of your “baby” starting school.

It’s hot hot hot so take it easy and take advantage of anything indoors! Will this heat ever break?

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

It’s Not Our Fault if Your Kids are Bored!

Monday August 9th

Belly Buster Monday – Birmingham Barons
VS. Mis


Tuesday August 10th

Barnes and Noble –  Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
For over 40 years, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle has delighted parents and children. The singsong story of endearing animals is unforgettable.


Wednesday August 11th

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 12th

Cocktails in the Gardens – Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Cocktails in The Gardens, Birmingham’s favorite garden party, returns for its fourth season. In the Hill Garden. Hundreds of young professionals, garden enthusiasts and local music fans will enjoy food and drinks from Occasions by Wynfrey, live music from local bands, giveaways from Mia Moda and more. Tickets are $15 to each event, but members get in free–join today! Proceeds benefit The Gardens’ mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens, and the environment.
5:30-8:30 p.m.


Friday August 13th

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 14th

Dora’s Birthday Adventure – Participating Wal Mart Stores
Free Party Favors and Cupcakes
Toy Dept at Fairfield, Homewood and Hoover
11am – 4pm

Kids Fest – Alabama Adventure
Appearances by SpongeBob Squarepants

Music and Fireworks – Morgan Creek Vineyard
Music & Fireworks in the Vineyards returns! Winery tours, tastings, live music and a spectacular fireworks show await. Music by Big Tasties. Pack your own picnic or buy some BBQ. Wine for sale by the glass and bottle. $10/person to enter.

Build and Grow Clinic – Lowe’s
Your child will love building the awesome beetle shaped bug box! Sign them up today!

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
Don Freeman’s classic character is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene over 30 years ago. Come and join us as we ready another generation of children to love Corduroy.


Sunday August 15th

Kids Fest – Alabama Adventure
Appearances by SpongeBob Squarepants

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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