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Santa’s Wonderland 2017 at Bass Pro Shops Leeds, AL

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Wait!  He’s already here at Bass Pro Shops, Leeds, AL!

 

Check out the schedule and full details here.

 

This has become a tradition for us!  We check out “Santa’s Wonderland”— a 3,500-square foot Christmas village chocked full of fun games, activities  and crafts for the whole family – at Bass Pro Shops every year!

This year they’ve added building and activity tables with Lincoln Logs and blocks to play with! Grab your Bass Pass so you don’t have to stand in line to see Santa and then enjoy all the fun activities until it’s your time!

Always a family tradition, customers can get a free 4×6  studio-quality photo with Santa. Photo and gift packages will  also be available.  Grab a Bass Pass when the line is long and do your shopping instead of waiting in line – the Bass Pass gives you an appointment with Santa!

Regal Cinemas (Trussville) $1 Summer Movies (3 weeks left!)

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Climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Regal Cinemas in Trussville is a participating theater!

They will show two different movies each week for 9 weeks (each week’s movies will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am both days).

Regal Cinemas in Trussville movie list:

  • Week 7 – July 18 & 19
    The Spongebob Square Pants Movie:  Sponge Out of Water
    The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8 – July 25 & 26
    Happy Feet 2
    Cats & Dogs 2:  The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Week 9 – Aug 1 & 2
    Storks
    The LEGO Batman Movie




 

Library Summer Reading Programs (St. Clair County & surroundings)

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Don’t miss out on the Summer Reading Programs at the local libraries!  You have plenty to choose from!

Ashville Public Library -Summer reading starts June 13th and runs through July 18th.  Details here.

Clay Public Library - Kickoff party for summer reading is June 3rd.  Details here.

Leeds Public Library - Summer reading kickoff event is June 3rd at the park from 10am to 2pm.  Attend the kickoff or visit the library for details on the program.  (I couldn’t find much online)

Moody Public Library – Program starts June 7th with shows on Wednesdays at the new Civic Center.  Details here.

Odenville Public LibraryTheir event calendar says summer reading started May 30th.  I can find zero information online so I would just check at the library.

Pell City Public LibrarySummer reading started May 24th.  Drop by the library to get signed up!

Springville Public Library - Summer reading starts June 1st and runs through July 13th.  Shows every Thursday at 11:00am.  Details here.

 

Trussville Public Library  - will not be having a summer reading program due to building construction and potential closure dates this summer.

 

And don’t forget to print a reading log from Barnes & Noble so the kids can record 8 of the books they read!  Turn it in to B&N and they’ll get a FREE book!

If I missed a library please let me know!

Kids Bowl FREE all Summer at Spare Time in Trussville | Coupon Code for 10% off Family Pass

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Sign the kids up for the Kids Bowl Free summer program! 

Spare Time in Trussville is participating in the Kids Bowl Free program so after you sign up the kids will get TWO FREE GAMES EVERY DAY all summer!

Shoe rental not included.

You can also sign up teens and adults for a summer pass for $29.95.  Up to 4 people get two games every day during the summer with the bowling pass.  Shoe rental also not included.

Try code IPHONE10 to save 10% ($3) off the Family Pass!  I just ordered mine tonight and the code worked!

 

Regal Cinemas (Trussville) $1 Summer Movie List 2017 (starts June 6th)

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Climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Go here to find a location near you!  Regal Cinemas in Trussville is a participating theater!

They will show two different movies each week for 9 weeks (each week’s movies will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am both days).

Regal Cinemas in Trussville starts their $1 movies on June 6, 2017.

  • Week 1 – June 6
    Kung Fu Panda 3
    Ice Age:  Collision Course
  • Week 2 – June 13
    Trolls
    Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 3 – June 20
    Monster Trucks
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 4 – June 27
    Rio 2
    The Boxtrolls
  • Week 5 – July 4
    The Secret Life of Pets
    Sing
  • Week 6 – July 11
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Ratchet and Clank
  • Week 7 – July 18
    The Spongebob Square Pants Movie:  Sponge Out of Water
    The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8 – July 25
    Happy Feet 2
    Cats & Dogs 2:  The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Week 9 – Aug 1
    Storks
    The LEGO Batman Movie




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!

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