The Best Day in Birmingham – Membership Day 2010

This Saturday, membership has its privileges. Your membership to any one of several attractions in Birmingham gets you access to all eighteen of the participating organizations as well as some special entertainment programs.

Member Day is one of the best days to enjoy the city. You can make it a marathon and head from one venue to the next or take your time fully exploring the one spot you haven’t seen yet.

There is a wonderful series of  performances and presentations highlighting organizations like the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (children’s films), Red Mountain Theatre and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.   The collaboration among organizations is so refreshing and perfect for multi-tasking moms. Don’t you love the idea of watching a performance by Birmingham Children’s Theatre at the Birmingham Museum of Art or watching innovative children’s films at the Botanical Gardens? (note that Mountain Brook’s Village Market Day is also Saturday, so you might work in a few bargains if you head to the Gardens).

Below, we have listed the participating organizations and the schedule.    Grab that McWane, Zoo or Museum membership card and discover all that Birmingham’s cultural groups have to offer your family. Not a member already? Member Day is a great day to join and full advantage of the fun.

Birmingham’s 2010 Member Day Participants Include:

  • McWane Science Center
  • Red Mountain Theatre
  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  • Alabama Ballet
  • Alabama Symphony
  • Birmingham Children’s Theatre
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
  • UMDABU Dance Company
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Embellishments Handbell Ensemble
  • Birmingham Public Library
  • Sloss Furnaces
  • Southern Museum of Flight
  • Vulcan Park.

Special events on Member Day 2010:

10am – 5pm        “Birmingham Baseball Stories and Legends”   Led by the Alabama Negro League Association @ Vulcan Park and Museum

10am – noon      Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Film Presentation (10 minute film) @ The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

11am – 11:45am Red Mountain Theatre performs selections from The Sound of Music @ McWane Science Center

11:30am – 12 noon  Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra Ensemble performance @ The Birmingham Museum of Art

1pm – 1:30pm  Alabama Ballet Performance @ the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

1:30pm – 2:30pm  McWane Science Center’s Glider Design Challenge @ the Southern Museum of Flight

2pm – 2:30pm  Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Performance @ the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

2:30pm – 3:30pm Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival’s Children’s Short Film Festival @ the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

3pm-3:30pm  Birmingham Children’s Theatre Performance @ the Birmingham Museum of Art

3:30pm – 4:15pm  Embellishments Handbell Ensemble Performance @ the Birmingham Public Library

4pm-4:30pm  Umbadu Dance Company Performance @ the Birmingham Zoo

Visit the Cultural Alliance website for more information.

Note to the Powers That Be: Member Day is a wonderful program that introduces us to all sorts of  new venues via our favorite familiar organizations.  But Member Day leaves us with that post-Christmas feeling, though – as in, why can’t it be Christmas all year long? Please consider developing a City Pass  similar to that offered by some of our sister cities like Atlanta and Chattanooga. At the very least, create partnerships so that a ticket from say, Vulcan, would offer a small discount to the Zoo.  That’s how you get a tourist to stay longer and spend more money. We BirminghamMoms would be great ambassadors for you!