Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Roundup 10/25-10/26/14

Hope you've got your costumes ready, trick or treating at Eastchase is this Saturday and there are lots of Fall Festivals this Sunday afternoon!

Where is your favorite place to trick or treat or your favorite fall festival to go to?

Saturday 10/25/14  

Halloween ComicFest at Quality Comix in Prattville FREE
9 am-5 pm Spinners "Pumpkin Patch" Annual Arts and Crafts Show Spinners Park Prattville
Free admission. Free Parking. Antique car and motorcycle show. Door prizes, children's and youth activities, entertainment, vendors, and more. 
Trick or Pink will bring lots of activities for the kids to enjoy Saturday, October 25 *5 p.m.to 8 p.m., including a costume contest hosted by BAMA Country starting at 6 p.m., games, prizes, hayrides, a fall harvest market, inflatables, treats and a pumpkin patch where they can find their perfect pumpkin. Come out and be a part of a festive event benefitting the Joy to Life Foundation, who will unveil a great holiday gift idea at this year’s event.

Sunday 10/26/14
11 am-4 pm Spinners "Pumpkin Patch" Annual Arts and Crafts Show Spinners Park Prattville
Free admission. Free Parking. Antique car and motorcycle show. Door prizes, children's and youth activities, entertainment, vendors, and more.  
2-4 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams FREE
Bring the entire family to these free fun events and enjoy music, art activities in the studios, and wonderful artwork in the galleries! View a special exhibition of African art in the Museum galleries, see artists demonstrate wood carving, printmaking, and jewelry making, “jive” with the rhythm and sounds of jazz, make animal masks & stamped Adinkra designs in the studios, and enjoy the BTW Dance Theatre’s energizing performance to end an afternoon of fun.

3:30-5 pm Pumpkinfest at First UMC, Montgomery
2416 W. Cloverdale Park. Front lawn. Fun, games, horse-drawn hayride, moonwalk, refreshments and more! Ages toddler-3rd grade. Info call 834-8990

4-6 pm Family Fest at First Baptist Church Montgomery Free
Hot Dog dinner with chips and drink for $3 per person.
4-5:30 pm Eastmont Baptist Church Trunk or Treat
Eastmont Baptist Church, parking lot, 4505 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery
A free, fun, and safe alternative to trick-or-treating  for preschool-grade 6. Wear a fun costume. Invite a friend. Free hotdogs. Lots of treats.

4:30 First UMC Wetumpka Fall Festival 
306 W. Tuskeena Street www.fumcwetumpka.com 

5-6:30 pm Fall Festival at Ridgecrest Baptist Church
5260 Vaughn Road. Food, fun, and candy with a Trunk or Treat. Inside and outside activities.

5 pm Fall Festival at Saint James United Methodist Church Montgomery
Trunk or Treat, Prizes, Candy, Games, Free cotton candy, Hayrides, Facepainting, Pizza, no scary costumes

6-7:30 Dalraida UMC Fall Festival 3817 Atlanta Hwy Montgomery  

Halloween ComicFest 2014 10/25/14 FREE Comics!

Each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at your local comic shop the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, you can walk into any participating comic shop and get a FREE Halloween ComicFest comic!
Head To Your Local Participating Comic Shop To Get Free Comics!
 You can view the comics that will be available for free at the Halloween Comic Fest website. Just go there and click on Comics at the top of the page. There is a wide variety of comics available including some that are very kid-friendly such as My Little Pony, Angry Birds, Betty & Veronica and Scooby-Doo. 

Our local, participating comic book store is Quality Comix in Prattville.

After you pick up your free Halloween ComicFest comics you can enter a costume contest at the Halloween ComicFest website by following the directions here.  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Adam Drugs Pharmacy: FREE Year of Vitamins for Kids!

Today on the way home from church, we stopped by the newest grocery store in Montgomery- Renfroe's Foodland to check it out. The building still looked a lot like it did when it was Bruno's. (I remember all the deals I got when Bruno's was closing. Good memories!)


Inside the new Foodland is an Adam's Drugs location and I while I was there I stopped to check to see if they still offered this deal and they do! I'm thinking now (cold & flu season) is good time to get the kids back in the habit of taking a multivitamin. (Sadly that post was the first and last time I picked up our vitamins. Ooops!) It's super easy to receive free multivitamins for kids compliments of Adams Drugs. Just ask at the pharmacy counter, fill out a short form and you are on your way. Every month go back, get your card punched, and pick up a new bottle for a whole year! The program is for kids ages 3-12.

Adams Drugs has locations all over the river region, so call your closest store to see if they off this service.






Friday, October 17, 2014

16th Annual Farm-City Family Festival 10/20/14

Monday 10/20/14 from 4-6:30 pm at Bartlett Ranch in Pike Road, Al.

Fun activities include pony rides, farm animals, wildlife skins and skulls exhibit, hay may, children's activities, agriculture exhibits, t-shirt painting, Cowboy Bruce's Wild West Show, petting zoo and much more!

Hot dogs and refreshments provided!

This is a FREE event however they are requesting donations of a non-perishable item for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

We went to this 2 years ago and had a great time! Missed it last year but we will probably go this year again. I suggest doing the t-shirt painting early so they have time to dry while you walk around and see the other activities. The flyer says bring a blanket and that is a good idea because you will have somewhere to sit and eat your hot dog. Look out for ants- there were lots the last time we went.

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Weekend Roundup 10/18/14

Here are some things happening around the area this weekend. It's another FREE LEGO build at Toys R Us on Saturday-my son is stoked!

Saturday 10/18/14
10 am- (?) Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge 
Really interesting to watch the competition and there is a kids area they get to put on gear and race each other. 
Event Location: Parking lot of Embassy Suites Intersection of Tallapoosa St. and Commerce St. Montgomery, AL 36104
Kids can build and take home their very own Bat Signal
Event intended for children, ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks.
Sunday 10/19/14
1-4 pm HALO Make a Memory Day FREE
 at Union Station Train Shed. Live Music, Characters, Bounce Houses, Pumpkin Patch, Face Painting, Raffle, T-shirts available for donation to HALO. No costumes. No pets.

2 pm  Prattville Pops Annual Fall Concert  FREE 
Doster Center

Next week the Halloween festivities start!  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In Which The Family Goes To Toys R Us For A Free LEGO Build

Some days I think I can hear circus music following our family around. Like I'm the ringmaster of some crazy, insane circus. 

Today we went to the free LEGO Star Wars build at Toys R Us. We always enjoy these builds and it kind of makes up for the fact that we don’t have a LEGO store here (plus: FREE LEGO!) Although... we have been to a build at the LEGO store in Birmingham and you have to line up at least an hour early outside the LEGO store and wait. Like hundreds of people sitting on the floor outside the store kind of line up. So these at our Toys R Us are much better, actually. Just barely a line and the Toys R Us employees that head-up the build are so friendly.

At Toys R Us, you walk down the table picking up your pieces out of boxes that tell you how many of each kind to pick up. So we got our pieces and instructions, and my son found a spot at the table to work on his while I tried to get out of the way with our giant stroller full of twins. The babies didn’t like staying in one place for so long (and it was lunch time) so I was pulling items out of the stroller pockets, the diaper bag, and my purse for them to play with. At some point I handed Hannah my keys and thought it would be fine because surely the buttons wouldn’t be able to actually control the mini-van from way in the store...

We were waiting for Daniel to finish and I was strolling the babies up and down the aisle nearby, when I vaguely heard a store announcement over Hannah’s screeching. Something about an alarm going off in the parking lot. Oops. I grabbed the keys and pushed the panic button hoping that it would turn off the alarm.

When Daniel finished with his LEGO build (mere minutes later), we headed for the front door where store employees were standing around looking worried and asking everyone about “the van.” All I could say was “yep, that’s me.”

Turned out Hannah had pushed the panic button AND opened both sliding doors. The irony in this is that I can stand in my driveway and push the buttons to unlock the van and get NOTHING. The upside is that the alarm wasn’t still going off so apparently it had worked when I pushed the button from in the store and also, it wasn’t raining.

I closed the doors, hit the lock button and we walked down to the grocery store. Then I started thinking about how funny it would have been to see the van with the doors opening and closing and opening again and people in the parking lot watching it with puzzled looks on their faces.  

Lesson for me: Use anything but the van keys for a distraction item or park farther away.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Calendar: October 2014


You guys! There are two free LEGO builds at Toys R Us this month!

I really want to do the Oakwood Cemetery Tour Saturday morning. Plus so many Trunk or Treats and Halloween events. It's hard to decide what to do this month. Our favorite "non-halloween- halloween" event is Taylor Road Treats the Town. We always have a good time there.

 I will be adding more events as I find them. If you know of any, leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page.  I know there are many more Fall Festivals that I will have to add as it gets closer to the end of the month.

Saturday 10/11/14
10 am Oakwood Cemetery Tour
With Montgomery historian Mary Ann Neely
Cost: $5.00 per person /free to members of Landmarks and youth ages 12 and younger
Contact: 334-240-4500 Location: Oakwood Cemetery 829 Columbus Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104
10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Haunted House FREE
Must register ahead of time online. Kids can build a wooden project and get a free patch, apron, goggles and much more!

12-2 pm Star Wars Rebels Event Toys R Us FREE
Kids build and take home a LEGO mini ghost ship! Fine print:
Event intended for children, ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. 

Wednesday 10/15/14
6-8 pm World Dyslexia Day Tower Lighting and Block Party Celebration
Raising awareness of Dyslexia-Block party celebration at the RSA Tower Park (across the street from the tower at 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, 36104). Special guests, Entertainment, A flash mob, Balloon animals, Silver Linings, Roundtable Solutions Tower Lighting, Delicious treats, Decoding Dyslexia's Proclamation Presentation and more.
Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs.. and your dancing shoes, too! Enjoy the view while celebrating the 1 in 5 who have dyslexia. 


Saturday 10/18/14
Event Location: Parking lot of Embassy Suites Intersection of Tallapoosa St. and Commerce St. Montgomery, AL 36104
Kids can build and take home their very own Bat Signal
Event intended for children, ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks.
Sunday 10/19/14
1-4 pm HALO Make a Memory Day FREE
 at Union Station Train Shed. Live Music, Characters, Bounce Houses, Pumpkin Patch, Face Painting, Raffle, T-shirts available for donation to HALO. No costumes. No pets.

2 pm  Prattville Pops Annual Fall Concert  FREE 
Doster Center
Saturday 10/25/14  

Halloween ComicFest at Quality Comix in Prattville FREE
9 am-5 pm Spinners "Pumpkin Patch" Annual Arts and Crafts Show Spinners Park Prattville
Free admission. Free Parking. Antique car and motorcycle show. Door prizes, children's and youth activities, entertainment, vendors, and more. 
Trick or Pink will bring lots of activities for the kids to enjoy Saturday, October 25 *5 p.m.to 8 p.m., including a costume contest hosted by BAMA Country starting at 6 p.m., games, prizes, hayrides, a fall harvest market, inflatables, treats and a pumpkin patch where they can find their perfect pumpkin. Come out and be a part of a festive event benefitting the Joy to Life Foundation, who will unveil a great holiday gift idea at this year’s event.

Sunday 10/26/14
11 am-4 pm Spinners "Pumpkin Patch" Annual Arts and Crafts Show Spinners Park Prattville
Free admission. Free Parking. Antique car and motorcycle show. Door prizes, children's and youth activities, entertainment, vendors, and more.  
2-4 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams FREE
Bring the entire family to these free fun events and enjoy music, art activities in the studios, and wonderful artwork in the galleries! View a special exhibition of African art in the Museum galleries, see artists demonstrate wood carving, printmaking, and jewelry making, “jive” with the rhythm and sounds of jazz, make animal masks & stamped Adinkra designs in the studios, and enjoy the BTW Dance Theatre’s energizing performance to end an afternoon of fun.

3:30-5 pm Pumpkinfest at First UMC, Montgomery
2416 W. Cloverdale Park. Front lawn. Fun, games, horse-drawn hayride, moonwalk, refreshments and more! Ages toddler-3rd grade. Info call 834-8990

4-6 pm Family Fest at First Baptist Church Montgomery Free
Hot Dog dinner with chips and drink for $3 per person.
4-5:30 pm Eastmont Baptist Church Trunk or Treat
Eastmont Baptist Church, parking lot, 4505 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery
A free, fun, and safe alternative to trick-or-treating  for preschool-grade 6. Wear a fun costume. Invite a friend. Free hotdogs. Lots of treats.

4:30 First UMC Wetumpka Fall Festival 
306 W. Tuskeena Street www.fumcwetumpka.com 

5-6:30 pm Fall Festival at Ridgecrest Baptist Church
5260 Vaughn Road. Food, fun, and candy with a Trunk or Treat. Inside and outside activities.

5 pm Fall Festival at Saint James United Methodist Church Montgomery
Trunk or Treat, Prizes, Candy, Games, Free cotton candy, Hayrides, Facepainting, Pizza, no scary costumes

6-7:30 Dalraida UMC Fall Festival 3817 Atlanta Hwy Montgomery  
 
Tuesday 10/28/14
5 pm-6:30 pm Wetumpka Candy Walk
Toddlers-4th grade. Behind the City Admin Building. More info call 567-5147

6-8 pm Chick-Fil-A at Eastchase Kids Night  with Home Depot



Wednesday 10/29/14
6-8 pm Forest Festival at Vaughn Forest Church, 8660 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery
An evening of free fun including candy (with a “trunk-n-treat”), kid-friendly games, inflatables, a hay ride, hot dogs, drinks and popcorn. Dress up in their favorite costumes, just nothing scary.

Thursday 10/30/14
Downtown Main Street. For children through second grade. Free to participate but donations for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center Food Bank are encouraged. 

5-7 pm First Baptist Church Prattville Fall Festival 
Games, Rides, Prizes, Free popcorn and Cotton Candy, No scary Costumes, Free admission, Rain cancels 
Friday 10/31/14

4-6 pm Malloween Eastdale Mall Centre Court
Trick or Treat from store to store, music, prizes, facepainting and fun galore! 

6-8 pm Taylor Road Treats the Town Taylor Road Baptist Church, 1685 Taylor Rd, Montgomery
Food, games, inflatables, Treat Street, lots of candy. Free and fun for the whole family. No scary costumes.