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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program Gives FREE Book to Kids

Got kiddos that love to read?  They can get a new book because of it!

Kid’s can earn a FREE book this summer from Barnes and Noble for reading eight books from May 16 to September 5,  2017, with their Summer Reading Program!

Fill out the reading log and when it’s full (8 books read), take it to your local Barnes and Noble and pick a FREE book from the list of selected books.

Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

If they are participating in a library summer reading program, they can log 8 of those books into their Barnes & Noble reading log!

A Day Out With Thomas 2017 Calera, AL, May 12-14 & 20-21 | Tickets Still Available!


A Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour
Coming to The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, AL - May 12-14 & 20-21, 2017.

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Calera, Alabama on May 12-14 & 20-21, 2017. Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 is presented by Mattel.

Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities.  The tour, now in its 22nd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017.  For two back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun.

For the 21st consecutive year, Thomas The Tank Engine returns to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, for two back-to-back weekends in May. The day offers plenty of fun outside the ride aboard Thomas including putt-putt golf, a petting zoo, jumpstation, bubble station, maze, sandbox and more.

Did you know that Thomas the Train TALKS at these events?

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com/dowt or by calling toll-free 866.468.7630.  For more information and directions, contact The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum at 205-668-3435 or visit http://www.hodrrm.org/.

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com

Follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @ThomasFriends.  #DayOutWithThomas

 

FREE Weekend Activities 5/13-5/14 | St. Clair & Jefferson County

Here are some FREE things going on in and around St. Clair County & Jefferson Counties for the Kids this weekend!

Babies ‘R Us:

Saturday, May 13th, 11:00am-12:00am
Baby’s First Birthday Event Is your baby turning one soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with free activities, giveaways and great gift ideas for planning baby’s big day. Plus, meet local parents—and their babies, too! Our Baby’s First Birthday events are held the second Saturday of every month! Can’t make it to this one? Be sure to come to the next!

Barnes & Noble


Saturday, May 13th @ 11:00am
Storytime: How to Raise a Mom
This hilarious, heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom is filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas and lots of love! Activities to follow. 

Events and times can vary by store or region so be sure to look up what’s going on at your store here.

Don’t forget about Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Program!

Bass Pro Shops:

Mother’s Day FREE PHOTO Opportunity

Saturday  May 13   Noon to 5pm
Sunday May  14     Noon to 4pm

If you’re familiar with the Bass Pro Events, you know the drill.  You get one free 4×6 with the option to buy more prints.

Plus, Sunday, May 14th, first 100 to have their picture made get a FREE tote bag!  (One per family).

Birmingham Museum of Art:


Museum admission is always FREE.  They have a children’s play area with supplies for making crafts as well as Bart’s Art Cart under the stairs with blocks, books and more!  (All these things are available every day!)

Birmingham Zoo:

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Birmingham Zoo

On Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, families can enjoy a free child’s admission ticket to the Birmingham Zoo with the purchase of a full-price adult admission ticket (offer exclusive only on Mother’s Day Weekend).

Lowe’s: 

Lowe’s has canceled their Build and Grow program.

Michael’s:

Friday, May 12th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
MAKE Mom Handprint Art*

*up to $20 for supplies

Saturday, May 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm
**Kids Club: Mother’s Day Card

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2.00 per child.  Ages 3+

Saturday, May 13th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
MakeBreak: Mother’s Day Fujifilm Instax Frame – Buy the wood frame and the rest of the supplies are free.

Sloss Furnaces:

The grounds are open for self-guided tours on from 10am-4pm Tues-Sat and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.  If you’ve never been, it’s a super cool place to walk around!  And it’s FREE!

Saturday, May 13th, 10:30am-11:30am
Second Saturdays at Grandmother’s Garden at Sloss Quarters

Free

Please join us for our third WALK & TALK of the year. Take a stroll in the garden as we introduce the medicinal and historical uses of two of our signature plants at Grandmother’s Garden: Passionflower & Mulberry.

Passionflower works as a nervine and helps promote restful sleep; hence, considered an effective treatment for insomnia. As well it is the sole food source for the Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly!

Mulberry, considered a blood tonic, helps cleanse the blood, improving its circulation and supports the kidneys and liver.  We hope our trees will be full of berries for tasting, so make sure to wear something you don’t mind getting “dyed.”

Please enter through the gate under the First Avenue North viaduct.

Toys ‘R Us:

Saturday, May 13th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
POKEMON Trade and Collect Event

Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00pm-4:00pm
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event!
Birthday Club members get special surprises and coupons. Plus there will be storytimes and fun activities!
You read about why we love the Toys ‘R Us birthday club here!

Williams-Sonoma:

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00am (Williams-Sonoma is located at the Summit)
FREE Jr. Chef Class: We Love Tacos!
  If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! Suitable for ages 8–13.

Groupon: Over Half Off Passes to Treetop Family Adventure

treetopNeed a family fun day out?  Grab this deal while it’s around again!  SAVE with this Groupon!  Typically the Combo Pass is $10 on Groupon but thru 2/20 you can save an extra $1 – getting the $19.50 pass for just $9!

Each pass includes a $5 credit for arcade games and gives its holder admission to two activities so they can take a few laps around the go-kart course, blast at their friends in laser tag, hone their putt in mini golf, or romp around the indoor playground. Only children aged 10 and younger may use the indoor playground or jumpies.

You can purchase TWO passes per Groupon account.  Voucher expires 120 days after purchase so have a plan to use it!  (I grabbed a pass so I can surprise my son with a trip to Treetop next month for his birthday!)

Already a Groupon user?  Click here to go straight to this Groupon to purchase it today!

To get this deal, you will have to sign up with Groupon if you haven’t already (don’t worry, it’s free to sign up with no obligations to purchase anything!) and subscribe to deals for Birmingham, AL.

Groupon is a daily deal site that sends you an email once a day with GREAT savings on things to do locally!  You purchase a “voucher” for a service, activity, or goods/merchandise at a reduced price and redeem it at the retailer for the item or service!

Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Birmingham!

Daily deal sites are a good way to get a great deal on just about anything!  But the deep discounts are only available for a limited amount of time.  You have to act fast if you want it!

Babies ‘R Us Great Trade in Event thru February 20th

Babies R Us’ Great Trade in Event is a great time to save on baby essentials.  Trade in your old high chair for a discount on a new one for Baby #2.  Upgrade that carseat that’s almost too small for your growing toddler or swap the crib for a discount on a toddler bed!

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It’s that time again for the Babies ‘R Us Great Trade-in Event!  The 2017 Trade In Event is happening January 20th through February 20th!

You will be able to bring in your old baby equipment and trade it in for a discount on a new item.  (If you have a RewardRUs CREDIT Card you get a 30% discount on your new item.  Non credit card holders get 25%.)

Your trade in savings pass is valid the day you trade in ONLY and on ONE item from the below categories.  (Don’t worry, if you don’t find what you’re looking for they’ll give you your old item back!)

Here are the items you can trade-in:

  • car seat
  • stroller
  • travel system
  • high chair
  • play yard
  • bassinet
  • infant swing
  • bouncer
  • entertainer
  • walker
  • cribs
  • toddler/twin beds

There is no limit and you can trade in as many items as you want.  Each item you trade in will get you 25%/30% off ONE item.

Purchased items can be from different categories. (For example, trade in stroller for new car seat or high chair for new stroller, etc.) And if you don’t find an item you want, they will give you your trade in back.

Be sure to price compare BabiesRUs.com with Amazon.com to make sure the item you want with 25% off from Babies R Us is the best deal.

 

FREE Weekend Activities 5/14 | St. Clair & Jefferson County

Here are some FREE things going on in and around St. Clair County & Jefferson Counties for the Kids this weekend!

Babies ‘R Us:

no events this weekend

Birmingham Museum of Art:

No scheduled events.

Museum admission is always FREE.  They have a children’s play area with supplies for making crafts as well as Bart’s Art Cart under the stairs with blocks, books and more!  (All these things are available every day!)

Saturday, May 14th @ 11:00am
Storytime: If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t.  
If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination and one very heavy upright piano she insists she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? Find out at Storytime. Activities to follow.  

Events and times can vary by store or region so be sure to look up what’s going on at your store here.

Don’t forget about Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Program!

Bass Pro Shops:

Saturday, May 14th, at 1:30
Fish Feeding & Aquarium Education  Come join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm for an educational experience on the fish in our 24,000 gallon tank. Test your knowledge to see if you can recognize the different types of fish in our aquarium. You will get to see the feeding habits, characteristics, and learn interesting facts about the fish native to our area!  (Days and Times may vary by location.  Find your location here to see what they offer)

Lowe’s: 

next workshop is in June

Michael’s: 

Saturday, May 14th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Dream  Catcher
**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Sloss Furnaces:

No specific events this weekend but the grounds are open for self-guided tours on from 10am-4pm Tues-Sat and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.  If you’ve never been, it’s a super cool place to walk around!  And it’s FREE!

Toys ‘R Us:

Coming up:
Saturday, June 18th from 3:00 to 4:00pm
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event!
Birthday Club members get special surprises and coupons.  Plus there will be storytimes and fun activities!
You read about why we love the Toys ‘R Us birthday club here!

Williams-Sonoma:

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00am (Williams-Sonoma is located at the Summit)
FREE Jr. Chef Class: We Love Tacos!
  If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! Suitable for ages 8–13.

FREE Weekend Activities 5/7 | St. Clair & Jefferson County

Here are some FREE things going on in and around St. Clair County & Jefferson Counties for the Kids this weekend!

Babies ‘R Us:

no events this weekend

Birmingham Museum of Art:

No scheduled events.

Museum admission is always FREE.  They have a children’s play area with supplies for making crafts as well as Bart’s Art Cart under the stairs with blocks, books and more!  (All these things are available every day!)

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, May 7th, 10:00am
Adult Coloring Club Be a part of the coloring club! Join us in the Cafe each month on the first Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00AM and try out the activity that is all the rage – adult coloring books! We will provide the materials, you bring a friend and enjoy a little stress therapy.

Saturday, May 7th @ 11:00am
Storytime: 
In celebration of Mother’s Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. In Mom School a little girl imagines where her mom picked up all her amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. Join us afterward to make a card for your mom or special caregiver. 

Events and times can vary by store or region so be sure to look up what’s going on at your store here.

Don’t forget about Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Program!

Bass Pro Shops:

Saturday, April 30th, at 1:30
Fish Feeding & Aquarium Education  Come join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm for an educational experience on the fish in our 24,000 gallon tank. Test your knowledge to see if you can recognize the different types of fish in our aquarium. You will get to see the feeding habits, characteristics, and learn interesting facts about the fish native to our area!  (Days and Times may vary by location.  Find your location here to see what they offer)

Friday, May 6th, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00am to 4:00pm

FREE Photo for Mom! What better gift could you give your MOM then a picture of yourself or the whole family!!!  We will be doing Mother’s Day Pictures this year on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of May. One Free 4×6 Photo.  An option to buy a photo package as well.

Saturday, May 7th, at 1:30
Fish Feeding & Aquarium Education  Come join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm for an educational experience on the fish in our 24,000 gallon tank. Test your knowledge to see if you can recognize the different types of fish in our aquarium. You will get to see the feeding habits, characteristics, and learn interesting facts about the fish native to our area!  (Days and Times may vary by location.  Find your location here to see what they offer)

Home Depot: 

Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Kid’s Workshop:  
Build an Angry Birds birdhouse

Michael’s:

Saturday, May 7th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Paper Flowers
**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Saturday, May 7th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fun Family Craft Time:  
Free Event: Supplies Included!  Have fun crafting a card and a bracelet for Mom

Monday, May 9th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Free Paper Crafting Class.
  Purchase of supplies (up to $9) required.

Tuesday, May 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Free Jewelry Class.
  Purchase of supplies (up to $21) required

Sloss Furnaces:

No specific events this weekend but the grounds are open for self-guided tours on from 10am-4pm Tues-Sat and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.  If you’ve never been, it’s a super cool place to walk around!  And it’s FREE!

Toys ‘R Us:

Saturday, May 7th, 12:00-2:00pm
FREE LEGO Mini-Build:
 Build a mini Star Wars Millennium Falcon!   Plus other in-store fun!  And you can shop 20% off all LEGO Star Wars sets!

Coming up:
Saturday, June 18th from 3:00 to 4:00pm

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event!
Birthday Club members get special surprises and coupons.  Plus there will be storytimes and fun activities!

You read about why we love the Toys ‘R Us birthday club here!

Williams-Sonoma:

next free Jr. Chef class is May 14th

FREE Weekend Activities 4/30 | St. Clair & Jefferson County

Here are some FREE things going on in and around St. Clair County & Jefferson Counties for the Kids this weekend!

Babies ‘R Us:

Saturday, April 30th, 11:00am-12:00pm
Baby’s 1st Birthday Event
If your baby is turning 1 soon, celebrate in store with fun activities, giveaways and inspiration for baby’s first birthday bash!  Plus, meet and mingle with local parents.

Birmingham Museum of Art:

No scheduled events.

Museum admission is always FREE.  They have a children’s play area with supplies for making crafts as well as Bart’s Art Cart under the stairs with blocks, books and more!  (All these things are available every day!)

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, April 30th, at 11:00 am
StorytimeNight at the Stadium
A  baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Join us for Storytime featuring Night at the Stadium.

Saturday, April 30th, at 4:00pm
Tabletop Gaming Meetup
Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last). 

Events and times can vary by store or region so be sure to look up what’s going on at your store here.

Bass Pro Shops:

Saturday, April 30th, at 1:30
Fish Feeding & Aquarium Education  Come join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm for an educational experience on the fish in our 24,000 gallon tank. Test your knowledge to see if you can recognize the different types of fish in our aquarium. You will get to see the feeding habits, characteristics, and learn interesting facts about the fish native to our area!  (Days and Times may vary by location.  Find your location here to see what they offer)

Home Depot:  

next workshop is in May

Lowe’s: 

next workshop is in May

Michael’s: 

Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Tie Dye Banner
**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Sloss Furnaces:

No specific events this weekend but the grounds are open for self-guided tours on from 10am-4pm Tues-Sat and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.  If you’ve never been, it’s a super cool place to walk around!  And it’s FREE!

Toys ‘R Us:

Sunday, May 1st from 3:00 to 4:00pm
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event!
Birthday Club members get special surprises and coupons.  Plus there will be storytimes and fun activities!

You read about why we love the Toys ‘R Us birthday club here!

Williams-Sonoma:

no Junior Chef classes scheduled 

FREE Weekend Activities 4/16 | St. Clair & Jefferson County

Here are some FREE things going on in and around St. Clair County & Jefferson Counties for the Kids this weekend!

Babies ‘R Us:

Saturday, April 16th 1:00-2:00pm
Ready, Set, Registry Party
Create or update your registry with personalized help.  Learn about the newest must-haves.  Meet and mingle with other parents-to-be.  Enjoy games, giveaways and raffles!

 

Birmingham Museum of Art:

Saturday, April 16th 11:00am -12:00pm
Bart’s Books
Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy.  This month, Bart has selected Mary Lynn Ray’s Mud.

 

Museum admission is always FREE.  They have a children’s play area with supplies for making crafts as well as Bart’s Art Cart under the stairs with blocks, books and more!

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 am
StorytimeDon’t Touch this Book
 Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure! I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But … DON’T TOUCH THIS BOOK! (Don’t even try it.) Join us for Storytime featuring Don’t Touch This Book! Coloring and activities to follow. 

Bass Pro Shops:

Saturday, April 9th, at 1:30
Fish Feeding & Aquarium Education  Come join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm for an educational experience on the fish in our 24,000 gallon tank. Test your knowledge to see if you can recognize the different types of fish in our aquarium. You will get to see the feeding habits, characteristics, and learn interesting facts about the fish native to our area!  (Days and Times may vary by location.  Find your location here to see what they offer)

Home Depot:  

next workshop is in May

Lowe’s: 

no events scheduled

Michael’s: 

Saturday, April 16th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Paper Windsock

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Saturday, April 16th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Creative Classes Open House
Explore classes and events, meet instructors and get a special deal on classes.
Early sign up special for Camp Creativity: 3 sessions for $10 when you register in store. The first 50 per store to sign up get a drawstring bag

Sloss Furnaces:

No specific events this weekend but the grounds are open for self-guided tours on from 10am-4pm Tues-Sat and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.  If you’ve never been, it’s a super cool place to walk around!  And it’s FREE!

Toys ‘R Us:

no events this weekend

Williams-Sonoma:

no events scheduled 

A Day Out With Thomas 2016 Calera, AL Review | One more Weekend Left!

readysetgo2016A Day Out With Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016

Just one more weekend left.  You can still see Thomas at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera on Saturday, April 16 or Sunday, April 17th!  Train rides depart every 45 minutes!

Start your engines!  Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to team up with him for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016.  Children everywhere can join Team Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in April 2016!  Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016 is presented by Fisher-Price.

Here’s my little #1 Thomas fan waiting to board the train!

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Did you know that Thomas the Train TALKS at these events?

That’s our video from this year.  Even though this is the third year Thomas has talked at the events, my son is still amazed!  We also love the facilities at Heart of Dixie Railroad!  There are other train engines and things to see.  You can even listen to a Thomas story and watch Thomas movies inside a train car!

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities.  The day offers plenty of fun outside the ride aboard Thomas including putt-putt golf, jumpstation, bubble station, sandbox and more.

Check out some of our pictures from ALL the extra activities at A Day Out with Thomas:

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Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  Ticket prices are $22 (includes tax) for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).   For more information and directions, contact the 205.668.3435 or www.hodrrm.org.For information on Thomas & Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com Follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @ThomasFriends.  #DayOutWithThomas