Birmingham Events Calendar: September 2nd – September 9th

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We hope you are enjoying a long Labor Day Weekend with your family! We have some fun things on the calendar for you to choose from on Monday. Meet Dora and Diego at the McWane Center, SpongeBob at Splash Adventure or, if you’re a fan of Moon Pies, check out the Labor Day celebration and Moon Pie eating contest at Tannehill State Park.

Storytimes start back up at many local libraries this week, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite programs over the nest couple of weeks, first up in our storytime spotlight is Hoover Public Library, make sure to check that out and see all of their programming.

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

Sunday September 2nd

Meet Dora and Diego at the McWane Science Center
Spend the day with Dora and Diego! Meet and greet the beloved Nickelodeon stars, then have a blast as you take on the many adventures of the Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit. This will be your last chance to see the exhibit at McWane so you won’t want to miss it. And don’t forget your camera—it is sure to be a day to remember.

Included in cost of admission to the museum, FREE for members
1:00 PM and 3 PM

Meet SpongeBob Squarepants – Splash Adventure Waterpark
Join us for a Meet & Greet with Spongebob at Splash Adventure!
11:30am-7pm

Admission Info:

Adult General Admission Ticket: $25.99 (42″ and above)
Junior General Admission Ticket: $19.99 (anyone under 42″).
Children 3 and under are FREE
Senior General Admission Ticket: $19.99

Alabama State Fair – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Come ride the rides, eat your favorite fair food, and see some fantastic shows. Vegas style thrill shows; Kids, bottle feed baby farm animals; Be part of the action with our interactive roaming circus; Exotic petting zoo; And monkeys riding dogs.
Admission Info:

Adult:                  $9.00
Kids ages 5-12:  $6.00
Kids 4 & Under   Free

Wristbands for Rides: $20.00 Ride all day. Cannot be purchased in advance or at the gates. Wristbands purchased at wristband booths on the grounds. Everyday is a Wristband Day at the Alabama State Fair.
Noon – Midnight

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by in September to create a diorama (3-D scene) inspired by the Intimate Interiors exhibit!

Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month will highlight a different gallery and feature a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
1pm

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Monday September 3rd:

Labor Day!

Good Luck to all of the Color Runners!

Meet SpongeBob Squarepants – Splash Adventure Waterpark
Join us for a Meet & Greet with Spongebob at Splash Adventure!
10:30am-7pm

Admission Info:

Adult General Admission Ticket: $25.99 (42″ and above)
Junior General Admission Ticket: $19.99 (anyone under 42″).
Children 3 and under are FREE
Senior General Admission Ticket: $19.99

Meet Dora and Diego at the McWane Science Center
Spend the day with Dora and Diego! Meet and greet the beloved Nickelodeon stars, then have a blast as you take on the many adventures of the Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit. This will be your last chance to see the exhibit at McWane so you won’t want to miss it. And don’t forget your camera—it is sure to be a day to remember.

Included in cost of admission to the museum, FREE for members
11:00am, 1:00 PM and 3 PM

Labor Day Celebration and Moon Pie Eating Contest – Tannehill State Park
Participate in Alabama’s largest moon pie eating contest and compete for prize money in both children and adult categories. Across the park, the United Mine Workers hold their annual Birmingham District Labor Day celebration. There’s also plenty of good BBQ and some “picking and singing” too.

Day-Use Admission: $3.00 Adults (12 years and older) $2.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and older) $1.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free
The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. Parking lots, restrooms and hiking trails are open every day.Hours for the Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama are from 9 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Say Good Bye to the Lion Cubs – Birmingham Zoo
We’re so sad to see them go but the Birmingham Zoo has been advised by the AZA to find new homes for our “baby” lions.

The Zoo invites you to come say goodbye to the five African lion cubs during Labor Day weekend. During the weekend, there will be special send-off Predator Zones at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm for the cubs.

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Tuesday September 4th:

LEGO Mini Build – Riverchase Galleria
LEGO Owl – Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only
5pm

Storytime is back at Homewood Public Library!
Join us for the best part of your week with stories that make you laugh and songs that make you dance! Join us for the fun of it! All ages welcome. For large groups, a call to 332-6619 is nice.
10:30am

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Wednesday September 5th:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read Grumpy Cat. Once there was a cat who lived alone, then he heard a meow. There will also be a craft and a treat from the Cafe.
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

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Thursday September 6th:

Brookwood Live, Rock Candy – Brookwood Mall
Join us on the street for great live music, family fun and dancing in the street. Feature musical talent is Rock Candy.
5pm – 9pm

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Friday September 7th:

Artwalk – Birmingham’s Loft District
Artwalk is an arts festival that transforms Birmingham’s loft neighborhood into an arts district, featuring the work of more than 100 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities.
5pm – 10pm

Alabama State Fair – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Come ride the rides, eat your favorite fair food, and see some fantastic shows. Vegas style thrill shows; Kids, bottle feed baby farm animals; Be part of the action with our interactive roaming circus; Exotic petting zoo; And monkeys riding dogs.
Admission Info:

Adult:                  $9.00
Kids ages 5-12:  $6.00
Kids 4 & Under   Free

Wristbands for Rides: $20.00 Ride all day. Cannot be purchased in advance or at the gates. Wristbands purchased at wristband booths on the grounds. Everyday is a Wristband Day at the Alabama State Fair.
4pm – Midnight

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Saturday September 8th:

Free Family Day – Birmingham Museum of Art
Zoom in to the BMA for a day of fun with a focus on cars. Bart is celebrating the bright, bold, pop art of Andy Warhol and his love for cars. Cruise through the Museum on a scavenger hunt. Drive in to see the film Cars 2. Create your own cool car with a POP, enjoy POPcorn refreshments, and much more! Visit www.artsbma.org for more information and a full schedule.
11am – 3pm

Family Mala Making and Meditation – Villager Yoga
Family mala making and meditation (for ages 4+)
Malas are beaded garlands that are used during meditation to help still the mind. Each family member will make a wrist
mala for themselves and one to be sold at Global Mala on September 22 to benefit Sweet Om Alabama and Alabama Possible.
After we craft our malas, we will use them during a group meditation on peace and happiness.
$20 per family (up to 4 people), $5 additional family member; partial proceeds benefit Sweet Om Alabama and Alabama Possible
9:30 – 10:15am

Register at villageryoga.com or call 262-2012

Alabama State Fair – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Come ride the rides, eat your favorite fair food, and see some fantastic shows. Vegas style thrill shows; Kids, bottle feed baby farm animals; Be part of the action with our interactive roaming circus; Exotic petting zoo; And monkeys riding dogs.
Admission Info:

Adult:                  $9.00
Kids ages 5-12:  $6.00
Kids 4 & Under   Free

Wristbands for Rides: $20.00 Ride all day. Cannot be purchased in advance or at the gates. Wristbands purchased at wristband booths on the grounds. Everyday is a Wristband Day at the Alabama State Fair.
Noon- Midnight

Artwalk – Birmingham’s Loft District
Artwalk is an arts festival that transforms Birmingham’s loft neighborhood into an arts district, featuring the work of more than 100 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities.
noon – 6pm

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by in September to create a diorama (3-D scene) inspired by the Intimate Interiors exhibit!

Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month will highlight a different gallery and feature a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
11am

Saturday Market – Pepper Place
Re-open again for the season! Pepper Place Saturday Market brings the best local growers, food producers and artisans to you each Saturday morning. Rain or shine!
7am – Noon

Family Storytime – Emmet O’Neal Library
Bring the entire family and join Mr. Mac for stories and music each Saturday morning.
10:30 a.m.

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read Under the Ocean. We will make a craft and have a treat from the Cafe.
11am

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Sunday September 9th:

Alabama State Fair – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Come ride the rides, eat your favorite fair food, and see some fantastic shows. Vegas style thrill shows; Kids, bottle feed baby farm animals; Be part of the action with our interactive roaming circus; Exotic petting zoo; And monkeys riding dogs.
Admission Info:

Adult:                  $9.00
Kids ages 5-12:  $6.00
Kids 4 & Under   Free

Wristbands for Rides: $20.00 Ride all day. Cannot be purchased in advance or at the gates. Wristbands purchased at wristband booths on the grounds. Everyday is a Wristband Day at the Alabama State Fair.
Noon – Midnight

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by in September to create a diorama (3-D scene) inspired by the Intimate Interiors exhibit!

Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month will highlight a different gallery and feature a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
1pm

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Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

IMAX
McWane Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater puts you in the center of the action by projecting breathtaking quality images onto the 5-story-tall dome screen and delivering intense surround sound through almost 3 tons of speakers and subwoofers.
Now Showing: Rescue and The Last Reef

The Tornadoes of April 27th – Looking Back — Moving Forward, a new exhibit at McWane Science Center, reflects on the experiences of the April 27th, 2011 storms. The exhibit shares personal stories from those who experienced the devastation of the storms firsthand, while emphasizing the importance of tornado preparedness and explaining the science behind tornadoes.

Photos and stories from The Birmingham News help tell the story of the storms and the affect they had on survivors, volunteers, and the community as a whole. Students from Daniel Payne Middle School also help tell the story of their school and community through photos and artifacts from the storm for the exhibit. UAB students worked with the children from Daniel Payne Middle School to create short documentaries that can be seen in the exhibit as well.

In addition to sharing the personal stories from that day, the goal of this exhibit is to inform the community about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions, explaining the science of tornadoes and stressing awareness.

With vivid displays, the exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of tornadoes. Graphics within the exhibit illustrate tornado formation and anatomy, educating visitors on how such extreme weather conditions develop. Additionally, the exhibit displays statistics and disputes common myths concerning the destructive storms.

Guests can watch live video from the storms that rolled across our state on April 27th, 2011, including the
weather forecasts from that day and actual images of the tornado as it made its way through our area provided by FOX6 WBRC. The exhibit is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum this summer.

Be Ready Alabama Exhibit Presented by:
The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
www.readyalabama.org

Dora and Diego, Let’s Explore Exhibit
Get ready for adventure with Dora and Diego at McWane Science Center in the new exhibit Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for children to explore as they learn and play along.

This new, interactive traveling exhibit, was created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, and presented by the WellPoint Foundation.

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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