Birmingham Events Calendar: September 9th – September 16th

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Cooler temps are here BirminghamMommy’s, at least for now, and we plan on enjoying them!! Lots of fun happening around town!

Make sure to stop by the McWane Center, the Dora and Diego exhibit will leave for good on Tuesday. Friday storytime is back at Whole Foods, or you can check out Oktoberfest Saturday in Trussville.If you’re a food truck fan, then Railraod park is where you want to be on Sunday for Trucks by the Tracks!

Have a great week everyone!

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

Sunday September 9th

Happy Grandparents Day!

Celebrate Grandparents Day at Splash Adventure Waterpark
Children can always count on a little extra love from their grandparents. This weekend Splash Adventure Waterpark provides yet another golden opportunity to shower the grandkids with something extra special as they celebrate Grandparent’s Day. Grandparents get one free admission with the purchase of a $19.99 junior ticket.  Celebration Street has been bursting with fun all summer long.  Don’t miss one of your last chances to soak up the fun and make some long-lasting family memories.

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!

Mala Making and 108 Meditative Chants – Villager Yoga
Malas are beaded garlands that are used during meditation to help still the mind. Join us to make your very own mala with 108 beads, after which we will learn how to use them during a group meditation of 108 chants led by Shannon Andrews Skipper and Terri Heiman.  $20 per person; partial proceeds benefit Sweet Om Alabama and Alabama Possible
Register at or call 262-2012


Monday September 10th:

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


Tuesday September 11th:

Last Day to visit the Dora and Diego Exhibit at the McWane Science Center!

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.


Wednesday September 12th:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read It’s Time for Preschool. It’s time to have fun, meet new friends and learn something new. There will also be a craft and a treat from the Cafe.

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 September 13th:

Oragami for Kids – Bessemer Public Library
Kids ages 5 to 10yrs old can learn basic origami. Parents please SIGN UP in the Youth Department to ensure your child’s place at the program. Space is limited.

Cocktails in the Gardens – Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Tickets to Birmingham’s Most Beautiful Happy Hour are $5 for non-members and free to members. Admission includes entrance to the event and live entertainment from Birmingham’s own The UnKnamed Band, Jeff Otwell Duo and India Ramey. Drinks and food are available for purchase, but are not included with admission. All proceeds from Cocktails in The Gardens benefit The Gardens educational programs, including its flagship Discovery Field Trips.
4:30pm – 7:30pm

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


Friday September 14th:

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!

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 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


Saturday September 15th:

Oktoberfest Trussville – Holy Infant of Prague
Family fun for ALL ages! Traditional German food, Polka music, & desserts PLUS arts & crafts, cash raffle ($1750 cash plus a raffle for a FREE set of braces – up to $4500 – transferable to family member or charity) & door prizes. There is a hay ride to the pumpkin patch where you pick your pumpkin to take home, plus other fun activities including bingo, silent auctions and a white elephant auction. Lots of vendors, gift items, organic homemade jams, jellies and preserves, cookies, cakes and delicacies plus free orthodontic screenings, balloon animals, face painting, kid games, bingo, bargains, ponyrides, Swinging Bridge, Pepsi Toss, GIANT LEGO DISPLAY, and inflatables like the Bouncy House and others! This is a jam-packed day of fun and festivities for the whole family!
9am – 3pm

Red Panda Day – Birmingham Zoo
Come to the Zoo and participate in Red Panda Day! Join others all around the world in the Red Panda Games, where kids will have the chance to become a Red Panda Ranger. A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to those who become experts on these fascinating animals by completing three of the five Red Panda Games and share their knowledge with others. During the event, kids can have their faces painted, create their very own red panda masks, discover the threats these animals face, learn what red pandas eat and enjoy a special photo opportunity. Join the Zoo in raising awareness of red pandas and celebrating their uniqueness.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Face Painting
1:00 pm: Red Panda Enrichment and Keeper Chat
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Raffle Ticket Sales – Sponsored by the American Association of ZooKeepers (AAZK). (Tickets cost $1.00. All proceeds will benefit the Red Panda Network)
2:00 pm: Red Panda Training and Keeper Chat
3:00 pm: Raffle for red panda keepsakes

Read and Romp Birmingham – Railroad Park
A free family event for children 3-5 years of age. At Read and Romp-Birmingham, children will be engaged in fun, learning-based activities themed around favorite children’s books. Children will leave the event with goodies that they have created from an activity at each station, along with a stamped passport and books. For example, children will be playing Hopscotch at the Books-A-Million station and hearing the story of a familiar Dr. Seuss book, Hop On Pop.  Also this year one of the stations will be providing and fitting bicycle helmets for children.
9am – Noon

Bart’s Books _ Birmingham Museum of Art
Bart selects one book each month about art that he thinks 4–7 year olds will enjoy. This month’s selection is Clever Jack Takes The Cake by Candace Fleming.

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!

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
Biscuit is coming for a visit! Join us as we welcome this lovable character and read about his adventures. We’ll make our own paw prints today too!


Sunday September 16th:

Trucks By the Tracks – Railroad Park
The food truck phenomenon has taken Birmingham by storm! In an effort to support local food, music, and Railroad Park, the Junior Board of the Railroad Park Foundation is hosting the first annual Trucks by the Tracks event.  Join us for live music, entertainment, food trucks, and beverages.

Trucks by the Tracks is sponsored by Coca-Cola, B-Metro, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Vision Landscape, Alabama Furniture Market, State Farm and My Green Birmingham.
11am – 5pm


Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

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

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, 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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