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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)  

Babies ‘R Us Great Trade in Event thru February 29

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!

You will be able to bring in your old baby equipment and trade it in for a discount on a new item anytime between February 1st and February 29th.  They are doing things a little differently this year, so if you’re a regular to this event, be sure to read everything through.

tradein2016If you have a RewardsRUs Card (not a credit card, just the store membership card) you can bring your trade ins starting on January 29th.

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% or 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.

We did this a couple years ago when Bug needed a car seat upgrade and was able to get a better, more expensive car seat for less than the lower priced option we would’ve had to have buy without the 25% off coupon!

A Day Out With Thomas 2016 Giveaway | Calera, AL on April 16th

readysetgo2016A Day Out With Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016
Coming to The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, AL – April 8-10 and 16-17, 2016

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.

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. 

For the 19th consecutive year, Thomas The Tank Engine returns to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, for two back-to-back weekends in April. 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?  Check out our video from two years ago of Thomas talking:

I love at the end when my little guy said (about Thomas talking) “Thomas not shy anymore!” So cute!

And here’s our video from last year:

Both of these were at Heart of Dixie RR Museum.  We really love their facility and always have a lot of fun when we visit!

If you would like to see Thomas too, I have four tickets for Saturday, April 16. These tickets are good only for The Day Out With Thomas at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, AL. Tickets are for the 3:45 train ride but I would arrive at least 2 hours early so you can participate in all the other activities! Last year there was a sandbox, bubble blowing station, story time and movies (in a train car!), live musicians playing children’s songs, putt-putt, and the Thomas toy tent – with dozens of Trackmaster, Mega Blocks and wooden Thomas train sets to play with and arts and crafts to do! Plus the attractions that are found year round at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.

Please note again that this giveaway is for four tickets to A Day Out With Thomas at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, AL on Saturday, April 16, 2016. These tickets cannot be changed. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway (end date is 11:59 PM cst on March 21st) by email used to enter and given 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Tickets will be left at Will Call at the event.

Ready for the giveaway?  Enter using the form below!  Want to go ahead and secure your tickets or find additional locations and dates?  They information can be found at the very end of the post…keep scrolling.

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Hit Entertainment and A Day Out with Thomas have again graciously provided our family the opportunity to attend this event. No other compensation has been or will be received for my review(s) past or present of the Day out with Thomas events. All opinions are my own.

 

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

 

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