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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   

FREE Weekend Activities 4/9 | St. Clair/Jefferson Counties

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

Birmingham Museum of Art:

Saturday, April 9th
While there are no specific kid events going on at BMA this weekend, 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 9th at 11:00 am
Storytime: Let’s Play
It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

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: 

Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am
Build & Grow Workshop: Birdfeeder

Michael’s: 

Saturday, April 9th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Butterfly Clip Canvas

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Saturday, April 9th, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
FREE Kids Event: Shopkins Swap
Kids can make new friends and have fun when they bring their collections to trade.

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 

2 FREE Large Pizzas when you purchase $25 Papa John’s Gift Card

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Who doesn’t love pizza?  A good pizza night every once and while (that you don’t have to cook) is nice!  And it’s even nicer if you can SAVE some money!

Purchase this Groupon Voucher for $25 and you can get a $25 Papa John’s Gift Card AND 2 FREE Large One Topping Pizzas!!  That’s a $55 value for $25!

Customers will receive three separate emails, one containing the eGift Card and two containing one promo code for a free, large one-topping pizza. The eGift Card can be used as a payment type at any Papa John’s restaurant and online at papajohns.com in the U.S. only. Free pizza promo codes do not have to be redeemed in the same order.

But hurry!  Because it ENDS on 3/14/16!

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!

Dino Discovery at The Birmingham Zoo (March-July 2016)

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We wore out the road to the zoo a few years back when this exhibit was there.  We went probably 6 or 7 times in the few months it was there!

We are SO excited that it’s coming back!

Don’t miss the Zoo’s newest exhibit, back from extinction, Dino Discovery – They’re Back! This limited-time exhibit features 12 life-sized, North America-native animatronic dinosaurs at heights of nearly 20 feet, weighing almost 7 tons and measuring 85 feet in length! Take an expedition down a trail filled with magnificent creatures that once roamed the earth.

Here’s what you need to know about Dino Discovery at the Birmingham Zoo:

Opening Date: March 19, 2016 (running through July)

Member’s Only Preview Days: Thursday and Friday, March 17 & 18.
Members are invited to enjoy this exhibit on March 17 (9am-5pm), March 18 (9am-5pm) and March 19 (9am-12pm) before it opens to the public. This is one of the many benefits of being a Birmingham Zoo member!

Cost is $6 per person (non member) or $4 per person (member) – in addition to regular zoo admission cost.

Don’t forget to print this scavenger hunt for the Birmingham Zoo to take on your trip!

FREE Weekend Activities 3/5 | St. Clair/Jefferson Counties

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

Birmingham Museum of Art:

Saturday, March 5th at 10:30
Family Tour: Art Safari
Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Art Safari: Hunt for animals, real and imaginary, as they appear in artworks from a variety of cultures and time periods! Discover how people use images of animals symbolically and as decoration for everyday objects.

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, March 5th at 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, March 5th at 11:00 am
Storytime: What a Wonderful World 
First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World” is a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. With bright, beautiful art, this book is perfect for sharing! This is the special value title of the month, only $7.99, regular price $17.99 (limited time only February 16 through March 28 or while supplies last).

Bass Pro Shops:

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th
Dog Days take your dog to Bass Pro Shops for treats, photos, giveaways and more!  Check out grooming demos, free seminars and enter to win some great prizes!  Dogs need to be vaccinated, child-friendly and on a short leash.  (Certain locations will be holding their events outside due to city ordinances restricting dogs in the buildings.)  Canada and Anchorage will have alternate dates.  Get more details here. 

Saturday, March 5th, 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, March 5th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Kid’s Workshop:
 Build a Toy Wagon

Lakeshore Learning:

Saturday, March 5th,  from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
Kid’s Craft:  Bug Eyes Headband
 Some Lakeshore locations do their craft events on Sunday.   Find a location near you here.
Looking Ahead: Crafts every Saturday in March!

Lowe’s: 

next Build and Grow Workshop is March 12th

Michael’s: 

Saturday, March 5th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Potted Cactus Craft

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Toys ‘R Us:

no events scheduled

Williams-Sonoma:

Saturday, March 5th, 10:00 am
Junior Chef Class: Easter Cookies
Easter is just around the corner, so let’s bake some festive cookies. We’ll cut the dough into fun shapes and you can decorate them as you please. The Easter Bunny will love your amazing creations!

Birmingham Zoo: Half Price Admission on Tuesdays

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Tuesday’s are half price admission days at the Zoo! Guests are invited to feed the lorikeets in the newly renovated Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, glide through the treetops on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure*, take a ride on the new Wild Slide*, cool off in the splash fountains, take a ride on the train* and carousel*, enjoy a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show and experience all the Zoo has to offer.
(*Additional cost)
Cost (on half price Tuesdays only): Adults $17.50; Children 2-12 & Senior Citizens (65+): $5 \
Ride tickets: $3.50 (train, carousel or slide) or Unlimited attraction wristband: $10*

Check out the Birmingham Zoo’s website for more details.

Don’t forget to print this scavenger hunt for the Birmingham Zoo to take on your trip!

FREE Weekend Activities 2/27 | St. Clair/Jefferson Counties

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

Birmingham Museum of Art: 

Nothing listed for this weekend

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 am
Storytime: Dr. Seuss Storytime
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join us in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00AM. At this fun celebration you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own Cat in the Hat hat and more. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled Storytime! 

Home Depot:  

Next Workshop is March 5th

Lowe’s: 

Saturday, February 27th,  10:00 am
Build and Grow Workshop: Monster Jam monster truck

Michael’s: 

Saturday, February 27th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Name Bead Necklace

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Saturday, February 27th,  from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Embellished Monogram Workshop*
*supply purchase required

Toys ‘R Us:

Saturday, February 27th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
FREE Pokemon Event: Come in for TWO FREE Pokemon Cards, an activity book and a poster.

FREE Weekend Activities 2/20 – 2/21 | St. Clair/Jefferson Counties

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

Birmingham Museum of Art: 

Saturday, February 20th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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 Ferida Wolff’s The Story Blanket.

Barnes and Noble:

Saturday, February 20th at 11:00 am
Storytime: Peter Rabbit Storytime
Celebrate author Beatrix Potter’s beloved and mischievous bunny with The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit: And Other Cherished Stories. These adventure-filled stories are brought to life with vivid original illustrations from illustrator Charles Santore. Activities will round out the fun. 

Home Depot:  

Next Workshop is March 5th

Lowe’s: 

Next workshop is February 27th

Michael’s: 

Saturday, February 20th, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm
Kid’s Club:  Monogram Clothespin Frame

**Kid’s Club Crafts cost $2 per child

Sunday, February 21st,  from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Coloring time for adults
FREE

Toys ‘R Us:

Saturday, February 20th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
FREE Lego Mini-Build: Nexo Nights Shield Dock

Williams-Sonoma:

American Girl Class on 2/20:  Join us for another exciting class with American GirlTM! We’ll make madeleines, the classic French sponge cakes that are shaped like scallop shells. They’re delicious served warm from the oven, dusted with powdered sugar. Suitable for ages 8–13.  Price: $40 (includes a madeleine pan)