Birmingham Events Calendar: September 30th – October 7th

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Alright Moms! We’ve got another fun filled week of things to do in Birmingham!!

A FREE Lego Mini Build at the Riverchase Galleria, Vestavia Hills National Night Out, the Butterbean Festival and the one we are most looking forward to, Swing Night at the Southern Museum of Flight!! Get a sitter and make it a date night, you know you deserve!

Ready to decorate with pumpkins and get into the “Fall Spirit?” Don’t forget to check out our list of Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches!

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

Sunday September 30th

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by to create a headpiece inspired by the ruffles and feathers of the Rococo!

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 October 1st:

Character Kids – Gardendale Public Library
A fun interactive program for kids K5, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Ms. Molly uses character development through games, stories, science, and more.
3:30pm

Toddler TalesNorth Shelby Library
A story program for children and a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts make up a lively program designed especially for short attention spans. Best suited for ages 19 months to 3 years. Must Register
9:30am and 10:30am

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Tuesday October 2nd:

Lego Mini Build – Riverchase Galleria
Make a mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only.
This month will be a Black Cat!
5pm until supplies last.

Vestavia Hills Night Out – Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
Police & fire personnel, equipment and vehicles (including LifeSaver One Helicopter) will be on site. Local vendors will provide food, fun, live music, hot air balloon, children’s activities, product demos, and much, much more! We hope everyone will make plans to come out and take part in our community’s symbolic stance against crime.
6:30pm – 8pm

Storytime – 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 October 3rd:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read Olivia and the Fairy Princess. Find out what happens when Olivia decides she doesn’t want to be a princess anymore. We will have a treat from the Cafe and make something fun.
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 October 4th:

Southern Museum of Flight Swing Night!
Support the south’s future in flight at Flight Swing Night! The Southern Museum of Flight provides educational tours and programs to over 20 districts locally and serves numerous national tours and programs for people of all ages.

Enjoy a night of swing dancing and participate in our silent auction. A complimentary dance lesson will be led from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Door prize drawing and silent auction winners announced at 8:30 pm. Free snacks and beverages will be provided.
6:30pm – 9:30pm

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

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Friday October 5th:

Alabama Butterbean Festival – Pinson Public Library
Nestled in the heart of downtown Pinson, Alabama, The Alabama Butterbean Festival has activities to offer people of all age groups ranging from kids to grandparents! Starting at 6:00 on Friday night enjoy Gospel singing on our Chamber of Commerce Stage, and Rock and Roll at the City of Pinson Stage. Let the kids experience the old “State Fair” feeling of the rides with their bright, blinking lights. The whole family will enjoy the “Fair Food” while waiting for the 9:00 Fireworks Spectacular. The Family, Food, and Fun will continue on Saturday with a 7:00 start of our races and our new “WaterBall” attraction, camel rides and petting zoo all will open at 8:00. On Saturday the Car and Dog shows will entertain from the youngest to the oldest fan. All of this and more with… FREE PARKING AND FREE ADMISSION.

Storytime with NeNe – Whole Foods
NeNe is back and better than ever! Join Whole Foods most Fridays’ for storyday! There will be storyboards, songs and snacks!
10am

Friday Night PE – Railroad Park
Friday Night P.E. is a mix of your favorite childhood games such as kickball, dodge ball, ultimate frisbee, musical chairs, Simon says and 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10 Red-light to help you burn calories and improve your health. This class is perfect for groups. So if you want to socialize, have fun, get heart healthy and celebrate the the inner kid in you try Friday Night P.E., the reason people say, T.G. I. F. This class is FREE thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama!
6pm – 7pm

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Saturday October 6th:

Studio For Kids, Saturday Studio – Birmingham Museum of Art
What would Bart the Art Bat have looked like in Prehistoric times? During the Renaissance? At the dawn of the Modern Era? Create an original Bart masterpiece inspired by your favorite style of art at “Bart Through the Ages,” led by instructor Tym Davis.
AGES 7-11 // $20 ($15 BART’S ART CLUB MEMBERS)
10am

Bluff Park Art Show – Bluff Park Community Center
140 artists from across the country to exhibit and sell their fine art. This juried art show has garnered the reputation of being one of the finest one day art shows in the southeast, and is a favorite of both artists and patrons. Come experience the Show for yourself.
9am – 5pm

Alabama Butterbean Festival – Pinson Public Library
Nestled in the heart of downtown Pinson, Alabama, The Alabama Butterbean Festival has activities to offer people of all age groups ranging from kids to grandparents! Starting at 6:00 on Friday night enjoy Gospel singing on our Chamber of Commerce Stage, and Rock and Roll at the City of Pinson Stage. Let the kids experience the old “State Fair” feeling of the rides with their bright, blinking lights. The whole family will enjoy the “Fair Food” while waiting for the 9:00 Fireworks Spectacular. The Family, Food, and Fun will continue on Saturday with a 7:00 start of our races and our new “WaterBall” attraction, camel rides and petting zoo all will open at 8:00. On Saturday the Car and Dog shows will entertain from the youngest to the oldest fan. All of this and more with… FREE PARKING AND FREE ADMISSION.

Storytime on the Mountain – Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Nature inspires creativity in children by engaging a full range of the senses. Join Ms. Jerri in the Treehouse for a fall themed story and craft.  Each family will receive a copy of the book read thanks to Target.
10am

Bark in the Park – Veteran’s Park, Alabaster
The all-day affair will feature activities for both pets and people, including: the Mutt Strut, a mile-long walk in which participants have the option to seek sponsorships to benefit Shelby Humane Society, contests, music, children’s activities and a fashion show. Bark in the Park is a free event full of fun for the whole family, including family members with tails!

Bark in the Park is an annual event put on by the City of Alabaster to support the Shelby Humane Society. All proceeds will benefit animals of the shelter and the expenses needed to care for them until they find their forever home.
9am

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Fire Truck
FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12, between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

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.

Star Wars Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
It’s Star Wars Reads Day! Is the Force strong with you young one? Join us today for all things Jedi. Wear your favorite costume, be it Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, or even an Ewok! We’ll also make a special Star Wars themed craft.
11am

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Sunday October 7th:

Cahaba River Fry Down – Trussville Springs
The best amateur catfish fryers in Alabama will square off for the Annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down, a competitive catfish cooking contest and riverfront festival to celebrate the beauty and significance of the Cahaba River.  A fundraiser for the is Trussville Springs, along the banks of the Cahaba in Trussville, Ala.

The Fry-Down is like a BBQ or chili cook-off, but with catfish and hushpuppies. Local teams of enthusiastic chefs will prepare catfish and fixings for a panel of celebrity judges.  Fest-goers can sample their efforts and learn about the diversity of the Cahaba River and its role as a source of drinking water and recreation for Alabama.
11am

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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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