Weekly Events Calendar July 26th – August 1st

We don’t know about all of you but we will be looking for ways to stay cool this week. I’m thinking storytimes and indoor play places, how about you? Don’t forget to come out and see us this Thursday night at Gloss Denim Bar for Shopping and Champagne! The first 50 to arrive will receive swag that includes $50 off a regular priced pair of denim! There are still some summer movies going on, check out our Summer Flicks Guide to plan your movie outings this week. 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 July 26th

Summer Monday Movie – Homewood Library
Come and join us for a fun flick and a tasty treat.

Movie Matinee – North Shelby Library
Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Squeakuel
All Ages, Snacks Served

Juggling Program – Vestavia Hills Library
Brian Bruggeman w/Jugglewell
All Ages

Tuesday July 27th

Roger Day – Homewood Library
We are very excited to present Roger Day as our last event of Summer Reading. We hope you have had a wonderful summer with us. This event is just for Homewood Public Library’s registered summer readers.

McWane Starlab Constellations – North Shelby Library
Registration Required – Grades K- 3rd. Crawl into an inflatable planetarium and learn about the solar system and constellations

Barnes and Noble –  Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
Please join us as we feature author Mo Willems with stories like I Am Going and I Will Surprise My Friend. See what happens to best friends Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the piglet. Fun activity will follow our readings.


Wednesday July 28th

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 July 29th

Shopping and Champagne – Gloss Denim Bar
No more Mom Jeans allowed! Come find out what fits your fabulous mommy body! Bring a friend!
**First 50 people in the door get a $50 credit towards one regular pair of denim AND a swag bag!**
Food provided by Chuy’s, YUMMY.
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft: Hodgepodge – North Shelby Library
All Ages, Registration Required
Drop in anytime between 2:00 – 3:30.

PJ Storytime – North Shelby Library
All ages, no registration required


Friday July 30th

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 July 31st

Local in the ‘Ham: Local Vendor Day!Whole Foods Market
It’s growing season and it’s time to bring out our local producers! We’ll have food demonstrations going on through the season featuring some of our favorite local and regional growers, producers and vendors. Buy fresh! Buy local!
10:00am – 3:00pm

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
Please join us as we read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Our special story features Alexander who clearly is having a bad day and will it get better or will he have to move to Australia?


Sunday August 1st

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

Sound of Music – Virginia Samford Theater
One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music tells the story of a sweet young girl named Maria sent off to be the governess of Captain von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. Through their mutual love of music, the von Trapp family comes to admire Maria. But when the Nazis invade Austria, the whole family is forced to flee their homeland in hopes of finding freedom. With its unforgettable score that includes musical favorites like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” The Sound of Music is the perfect family treat!
For tickets visit their website


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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