Family Activities in Birmingham – March 2010

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I’m always amazed at how the daffodils never fail us, emerging when it seems premature but proving themselves perfectly on cue for warmer weather. I have learned that you can never take these daffodil days for granted, as this span of time between the Alabama seasons of “cold” and “hot as farr” (to borrow the name of Jack’s latest hamburger) is mighty slim. Spring is a wonderful time in Birmingham – you must get out and enjoy it.  Here are some ideas:

Rediscover your State Parks ( and your local library (cheap! close! fun!).  There were too many activities to list them all, but here are a few in addition to events at our favorite spots like McWane and the Alys Stephens Center.

Oak Mountain State Park

March 16 at 7pm – “Going Batty:  Bats of Alabama

March 17th at 10am – The Legend of St. Patrick (this presentation will also include some crafts for kids)

March 20th at 10am – The Weather

Tannehill State Park

March 20th-21st – Trade Days at Tannehill State Park.  Shoppers and swappers from far and near come to Tannehill in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, furniture and treasures.

McWane Science Center

March13th – The IMAX film Bugs and the NatureScope Exhibit open.  This is sure to be an exhilarating, creepy crawly experience for your budding scientist.

March 14th from 2pm – 4pm – Forecast: Science. This is a presentation for children ages 7-15 on the Weather.

March 15th – 18thMeet Dora the Explorer.  Picture times are at 10, 12, 2 & 4.

Southern Museum of Flight

March 13th – March 19th (except March 15th) from 10am to noon – Young Flyer Activities include a tour of the Wright Brothers plane, face painting, bounce house and crafts.  The day also includes the opportunity to pilot a simulated flight of the Wright Brothers aircraft.

Aldridge Botanical Gardens

March 15th – 19th from 9am to 4pm – “Hooks in the Gardens”.  Bring your kids and a rod/reel and enjoy a day of fishing for only $5.  If you don’t have a rod and reel, just rent  one from the Gardens.  On Wednesday, March 17th fisherman will be on-hand to answer questions.  Free Bait on the 17th also.

Alys Stephens Center

Saturday, March 27th at 10am, 1pm and 3pm – “Down the Yellow Brick Road and Original ASC Theatrical Production

Sunday, March 28th at 3pm – Peking Acrobats.  Kids tickets are just $10 for this awesome performance.

Emmet O’Neal Library

March 13th (and every Saturday morning) at 10:30am – Storytime with Mr. Mac

March 15th from 6 to 7:30 pm – Chess Club (ages 7 & Up) Get tips from the coach

March 16th at 10:30am – Activated Storytellers present “American Legends”

March 16th at 3:00pm – Activated Storytellers present “World Tales”

March 17th at 3pm – St. Patrick’s Day Movie with a special appearance by a leprechaun.

March 18th at 7pm – Movie on the Lawn.  Bring a blanket and the family to watch everyone’s favorite Mark Twain rascal.

March 19th at 10:30 – Kids and Komputers for grades 3-6. Call to register at 879-0497

Hoover Public Library

March 16th –  Teen Game Tournament at 4pm – Super Smash Brothers. Register in advance

March 17th at 10am – Wear Pig Out Pink as you fill your tummy with tasty treats from your favorite books

March 185th at 10am – Book Arts – Wear Well-Read Red as your favorite books inspire you to create a masterpiece

March 18th at 4pm – Teen Game Tournament – Mario Kart. Register in advance

March 19th at 10am – UAB Bookends present The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

April 10th at 10:30am – Go Green at the Kid Zone.  Start your summer by planting your very own seeds. Decorate flower pots, plant seed and keep them growing all summer. Register in advance.