Birmingham Events Calendar: July 10th – 17th

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Looks like another hot week here in Birmingham! Keep the kiddos busy this week with some of these great activities going on around town!

The libraries still have plenty of summer activities going on and you’ll want to make sure to check out the Potter Party going on at the Hoover Library on Friday, right on time with the release of the last film!

Saturday brings farmers markets and Fresh Market on the Green will be back at Ross bridge, lot so fruits, veggies and fun!

If you’re a zoo member and you like baseball, check out the Barons game on Wednesday night! Zoo members get it free!

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

Sunday July 10th:

Pirate Weekend – McWane Science Center
Set sail for an educational voyage during Pirate Weekend at McWane Science Center. Join our crew as we explore the museum and aquarium on a treasure hunt with fun activities including making pirate hats, eye patches, a compass and even a nautical knot station. As you navigate your way through the aquarium discover an octopus, touch a shark and even see a horseshoe crab up close during exciting programs throughout the weekend.

Dress like a pirate and get $5 admission to the museum. All activities are included in cost of admission to the museum. Free for members. Discount not valid with any other promotions or discounts
12pm – 4pm

Barts Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
American Flags

Show your patriotism by creating a colorful flag with Bart! The Museum offers a fun and free drop-in art program for kids and families! Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some art of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month highlights a different gallery and features a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
1pm

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

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Monday July 11th:

Monday Movie – Homewood Library
Join us for a fun flick and a tasty treat!
3pm

Movie Matinee – North Shelby Library
Go see Tangled!
All Ages. Snacks Served. No
Registration Required.

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Tuesday July 12th:

Safari Greg– Homewood Public Library
Experience for yourself the wild and wacky world of Safari Greg! Combining magic, comedy and a wide array of animal friends he creates a fun–filled program that can only be described as a must see experience for all ages
6:30pm

World of Magic: Arthur Atsma – Emmet O’Neal LIbrary
AtsMagic is back with a hilarious magic show by Arthur Atsma!
10:30 am and 3:30 pm. All ages. No registration required.

Madcap Puppets Hoover Public Library
Madcap Puppets presents Giants! in the Library Theatre.  Jack is back in this sequel to the famous fairy tale!  In this surprise-packed audience favorite, you will enter a world of towering tales where each giant is bigger than the last!
10:30am, 1:30pm and 6:30pm

Free or Discounted Movies
Amstar Alabaster – Muppets Take Manhattan
Rave, Lee Branch & Patton Creek – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Regal Trussville – Kitt Kittridge and Despicable Me
Edge 12 – Charlotte’s Web, Despicable Me

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Wednesday July 13th:

Zoo Night with the Birmingham Barons
As a benefit to being a member of the Birmingham Zoo. Zoo members will receive a free night of Baron’s baseball and entertainment. Everyone listed on the membership is included, simply present your membership card at the gate and enjoy nine innings of America’s favorite pastime!
7:05pm

Madcap Puppets Hoover Public Library
Madcap Puppets presents Giants! in the Library Theatre.  Jack is back in this sequel to the famous fairy tale!  In this surprise-packed audience favorite, you will enter a world of towering tales where each giant is bigger than the last!
10:30am and 1:30pm

Storytime Science – McWane
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for your early learner to experience science through literature. Enjoy an enriching story coupled with an intriguing science concept that is sure to spark the curiosity of your child.
COST: Included in cost of admission to the museum, FREE for members
10:30am

Wild Wednesdays – McWane Science Center
Included in the cost of admission to the museum, FREE for members
Bring your little animals for Wild Wednesdays every week this summer. On these special days, your family can take a walk on the wild side and learn about animals from around the world during different programs throughout the day. Join us for the daily line up of educational programs and then roam through the museum in between programs.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

10:30 AM: WILD ABOUT ART
(Recommended for ages Kindergarten and younger)
11:30 AM: Science on the WILD side
1:30 PM: Gulf Tank Feeding in the Aquarium
3:30 PM: WILD About Animals

Wonderful Wednesday Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Aloha! It’s a reading luau with Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler. When two brothers head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun, the waves send to shore a very special gift.
11am

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.
10:45am

Free or Discounted Movies
Amstar Alabaster – Muppets Take Manhattan
Rave, Lee Branch & Patton Creek – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Regal Trussville – Kitt Kittridge and Despicable Me
Edge 12 – Charlotte’s Web, Despicable Me

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Thursday July 14th:

Maynard, Magic and Music– Homewood Public Library
Steve Burgess will be here with his very good friend Maynard. It’s a little bit of magic, a little bit of music, and a whole lot of fun. Don’t miss out!
10:30am

Reptile Library – Adamsville Library (Blackwell Park)
Join us with “The Bittles” at Blackwell Park as they Present a live reptile show. Many nonvenomous and people friendly reptiles that you can pet at the park.
10:30am

My World Storytime  – Hoover Public Library
My Books- Summer storytime for children under four.  In the programming room with Miss Traci and Miss Polly.
10:30am

Free and Discounted Movies
Carmike Summit – MegaMind

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Friday July 15th:

Party with Potter – Hoover Library
Join us as we say farewell to Harry and his friends with one last party in the Wizarding World of the Hoover Public Library.  Open to Potter fans of all ages.
7:00-9:00 pm

Wild About Books Storytime – Birmingham Zoo
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. We’ll talk about sheep, turtles, elephants, parrots; and we might even get a visit with a few of our furry friends!
10am

Free or Discounted Movies
Homewood Park – Over the Hedge
Helena Amphitheater – Racing Stripes
Veterans Park Valleydale Road, Hoover – Yogi Bear

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Saturday July 16th:

Storytime on the Mountain – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Nature inspires creativity in children by engaging a full range of the senses. During Story Time we will stimulate the imagination by reading themed books about nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors. After the story, we make a craft that reflects the theme of the day. This program encourages a child’s limitless imagination. We will gather in the Tree Top Visitor Center’s Activity Hall for this Story Time adventure.

•$3/ $2 (member) •All children must be accompanied by an adult. •Suited for pre-school age. •Drop-ins welcome.
10am

Matinee – Alabama Theatre
Aquamarine
$7 adults$6 sr. citizens and children under 12.Available at the boxoffice 1 hour before show time.

Saturday Market – Pepper Place
7am – Noon

Fresh Market On the Green – Ross Bridge
Fresh Alabama grown fruits, vegetables, honey, fresh baked goods, coffee café, local artists, kids activity and more!
8am – Noon

Barts Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
American Flags

Show your patriotism by creating a colorful flag with Bart! The Museum offers a fun and free drop-in art program for kids and families! Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some art of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month highlights a different gallery and features a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
11am

Saturday Storytime– Barnes and Noble Summit
Quick, before it gets too hot, learn how to plant in My Garden by Kevin Henkes.This little girl is growing much more than just flowers… come find out. Then afterwards, dig through our new Educational Toys & Games Department.
11am

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Sunday July 17th:

Barts Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
American Flags

Show your patriotism by creating a colorful flag with Bart! The Museum offers a fun and free drop-in art program for kids and families! Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some art of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month highlights a different gallery and features a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
1pm

Barts Books – Birmingham Museum of Art
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
Fritz is not beautiful like the other ponies and proves that there are things more important than looks to the citizens of his town.
Bart the Art Bat selects one book each month about art that he think 4-7 year olds will enjoy. The storytellers are often our favorite teachers from local schools. “Bart’s Books’ takes place at 11 AM

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

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Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

Imagination Lab – This summer, McWane Science Center invites you to discover the power of your imagination in a collection of new exhibits called The Imagination Lab.

Dive right into the Bubble Room where you can discover the science of suds when you step inside a giant bubble. Try your hand at making all kinds of bubbles in this unique area including square and triangular bubbles.

The Imagination Lab’s zip line offers an exciting experience for adventure seekers of any age. Parents and children alike can fly through the air on the new zip line and have a safe landing at the end of the line! Learning lurks around every turn inside a giant maze in the exhibit as you find your way around dead ends and wrong turns. With a few lessons learned, you will find your way to the end in no time.

The new Imagination Lab also features a Messy Art Studio. Splatter paint, mix colors and experiment with a variety of materials to create masterpieces of your imagination.

Inside the lab you can use giant foam building blocks to construct forts, tall towers, and more.

Eat Well, Play Well – What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Visitors will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in this summer’s traveling exhibit called Eat Well, Play Well. This highly-interactive exhibit encourage healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy-food choices and helping children and adults discover that there are many fun and interesting ways to stay active. Visitors will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, see first hand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize that they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices that are within their reach!

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

Vulcan Park and Museum:

Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. But, Vulcan is more than a statue. Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, and a beautiful public park for visitors and locals to enjoy. With an official information center that is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vulcan Park and Museum serves as the first stop for visitors to the Birmingham area!

Railroad Park:

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham’s downtown area with Southside and UAB’s campus.

Southern Museum of Flight:

Earn Your Wings – Bring your little pilot and soar above the clouds in our little pilots room. Kids enjoy building aircrafts, flying kites, and more.
Museum Open Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at contact@birminghammommy.com, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

** All information listed on our calendar is subject to change without notice to us or you… We do our best to keep the information accurate and will always update as soon as we learn that something has changed. It’s always best to double check with the event via their website or a quick call,  especially when weather can impact the event.

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