Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Calendar: December 2016

Here are some great free or cheap events for families in December in the river region. If you know of anything else to add to the list, leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page. Thanks for reading and sharing and Merry Christmas! 





Thursday 12/1/16

6 pm Millbrook Christmas Tree Lighting Village Green
Music and Christmas Caroling for everyone. 


Friday 12/2/16
Adults $2.00 daily or $3.00 for a weekend pass. 18 and under free with student ID and one paid adult ticket. Free parking. Free door prize ticket only with each paid adult admission. Follow the link for a $1 off admission coupon.


5:30 pm Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting- State Capitol


Bring the family and come on out for a live nativity with animals, horse-drawn carriage rides, a polar express kiddie train, pictures and meet n greet time with all your kids’ favorite characters (including Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Anna, Star Wars characters like Han Solo and Princess Leia, and more!), inflatables, crafts, ornament making, live music, hot cocoa, cider, Christmas cookies, and tons more!


Saturday 12/3/16
Admission one canned food item or school supply item donation. Breakfast with characters, pony rides, inflatables, crafts, manger museum, and more.


Adults $2.00 daily or $3.00 for a weekend pass. 18 and under free with student ID and one paid adult ticket. Free parking. Free door prize ticket only with each paid adult admission. Follow the link for a $1 off admission coupon.



Activities include performances by local choral groups, festive studio activities, and carriage
rides. The galleries will be open, as will ARTWORKS. Be on the lookout for a
certain red-suited guest who will listen to all holiday wishes. There is no charge for Holiday Open House, but we encourage you to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or canned goods for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

2 pm Millbrook Christmas Parade
Parade will begin at the Sports Complex behind Smokehouse Bar-B-Q and end at City Hall. Activities from 1:30-4pm. 

Sunday 12/4/16
Adults $2.00 daily or $3.00 for a weekend pass. 18 and under free with student ID and one paid adult ticket. Free parking. Free door prize ticket only with each paid adult admission. Follow the link for a $1 off admission coupon.


1 pm First Sundays at MMFA
Free docent-led tours every first sunday at 1 pm.

Monday 12/5/16
5:30-7:30 pm Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tour/Open House
1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery 834-3022

Thursday 12/8/16
5 pm Wetumpka Pictures with Santa Gold Star Park

6 pm Wetumpka Christmas Tree Lighting Gold Star Park


Friday 12/9/16
6 pm Candlelight Harpsichord Chamber Concert at Christchurch

6 pm Wetumpka Nativity/Luminary Night & Downtown Open House

7 pm Living Christmas Tree www.montgomeryfbc.org $5 per ticket

Saturday 12/10/16
Christmas on The Coosa

4 pm & 7 pm Living Christmas Tree www.montgomeryfbc.org $5 per ticket


Sunday 12/11/16
3pm and 6pm A Celtic Christmas Celebration at Frazer

4 pm & 7 pm Living Christmas Tree www.montgomeryfbc.org $5 per ticket

Monday 12/12/16
5:30-7:30 pm Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tour/Open House
1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery 834-3022

Tuesday 12/13/16
live music, children’s pioneer-style crafts, storytelling, candlelight house tours, history of the holidays, and cookies & cider!  

Wednesday 12/14/16
10:30-11 am and 11-11:30 am Tales for Tots at MMFA FREE
Each month Tales for Tots focuses on a different work of art in the Museum’s galleries. This FREE monthly program engages preschoolers through storybooks and simple craft activities related to the artwork in focus.

Friday 12/16/16



Monday 12/19/16
5:30-7:30 pm Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tour/Open House 1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery 834-3022

5-8 pm Baptist Health Live Nativity











Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.



 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Calendar: November 2016



Here are a few events going on in the remainder of November. 

If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!


Saturday 11/12/16
Prattville Home Depot Customer Appreciation Event
Kids activities and DiY Clinics. More info: 285-1693

Build and Take home a Nexo Knights monster.  
Food, arts, games, fun for all ages. More info.


Sunday 11/13/16
Field Trip to Cypress Nature Park.  Meet at Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St.

Wednesday 11/16/16
10:30-11 am and 11-11:30 am Tales for Tots at MMFA
Each month Tales for Tots focuses on a different work of art in the Museum’s galleries. This FREE monthly program engages preschoolers through storybooks and simple craft activities related to the artwork in focus.

Saturday 11/19/16
Schedule: 4pm: Holiday Music by the Upbeats Combo
Carriage Rides Free Hot Chocolate & Donuts Community Partner Treats & Activites 4:30pm: Dance performance by ASU Honey Bee'z 4:45pm: Carol Sing by Montgomery Chorale 5pm: Tree Lighting with Santa, Visits with Santa
Spectrum Media will sponsor an outdoor showing (in the Shakespeare Garden) of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as part of the event. 

7-8 pm Lights Up! Shoppes at Eastchase
The Shoppes at EastChase will kick off the 2016 holiday season with events for the entire family including Santa's grand entrance with the holiday parade, fireworks, and tree lighting.

Sunday 11/20/16

Monday 11/28/16
The event will be full of music, dancers, children’s activities, fun characters, and, of course, a visit from Santa. Join in as the Prattville Pops and Community Chorus perform Christmas carols and enjoy the local dance troupes as they present dances of the season.
Just after the Tree lights up at 7:00 p.m., Santa will arrive to visit with the children and to hear their Christmas wishes. Be sure and bring your camera to get a picture with Santa and to capture other special moments throughout the evening.


Wednesday 11/30/16  



For info about local library storytimes and events: 
Wetumpka Library:

Autauga County Library:

Montgomery County Library:  http://mccplblog.wordpress.com/




Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Weekend Events

Wow! There are a lot of fun things to do this weekend! 
Besides the Alabama National Fair, there are TONS of free Fall Festivals and Halloween events in Montgomery , Prattville, Wetumpka, and the river region. 

Saturday 10/29/16
Halloween Comic Fest
Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Find participating shops here.


9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more. 

10 am-Noon BooFest Village Green Millbrook

12-2 pm Lego Bricktober Make and Take Frankenstein- FREE

Noon-5 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE

2-5 pm River City Church Trunk or Treat FREE

4-5:30 Harvest Family Church Trunk or Treat FREE

5pm Eastdale Mall Malloween FREE  
Spooky movie and trick or treating at the mall stores. 


5-7 pm Trick or Pink at Shoppes at Eastchase 

Sunday 10/30/16 
Noon-5 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE 

3-4:30 pm Capitol Sounds Concert Band Fall Concert FREE
at Montgomery City Hall. 

4-6 pm  LBC Fall Festival FREE
Free hot dogs, hayride, games, inflatables, and more!

4-6 pm FBC Prattville Fall Festival 
Inflatables, pony rides, prizes, candy, games. 

4-6 pm FBC Montgomery Familyfest
Free games, fellowship, prizes, hot dog dinner $3  

4-8 pm Taylor Road Treats the Town FREE 

Monday 10/31/16 Halloween
4-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE 
Face painting, hot chocolate samples, decorate a treat bag, costume parade, trick or treating, free photo with the Peanuts gang.  

4:30-6:30 Prattville Fire Department Trunk or Treat Free   






Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Giveaway & Book Review: Flash The Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge





Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is a story of an adventurous donkey who finds himself in a little trouble at the beginning of his story. In his time of need, he is taken in and cared for by three barnyard animal friends-a hen, a pig, and a goat. The story emphasizes how helping others can lead to friendships and fun. This book is inspired by an actual stray donkey that the author, Rachel Anne Ridge, adopted. The author’s page can be found here.

The book is beautifully illustrated by the author herself and includes a fun little extra: a hidden daisy on each page spread that my children love finding. My children, aged 3-8,  love the humorous situations and dialogue between the characters. I find myself identifying with Ruby the “mother hen” of the group (I wonder why) and appreciate how she is drawn with a kind, caring look about her face.

At the end of the book, the author provides some questions that can be the start of some good conversations with your children. We have recently had friends move away and have other friends who are currently planning a move so moving is on my mind. I can’t help but think that this book would be great for a family that is facing a move or has recently moved. Making new friends in their new place can be difficult for children and adults, alike. The discussion section provides several great examples of ways to help others that can lead to new friendships such as: Help someone who is having a hard time with a chore or task. 

The author even offers a free download of a Mommy & Me Journal with activities, more discussion questions and coloring pages on her website here

I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale House for review purposes. I want to share this book with you so I will be giving away our review copy to one River Region Family reader who has a U.S. mailing address. The contest will end on 10/30/16 and I will pick a winner the next day. To be entered to win, comment on this blog post with an answer to this question. What is a practical way to help others and make new friends? 

(If your comment profile doesn't have your email address accessible, you will need to leave your email in the comment, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) 

Disclaimer: This giveaway isn't sponsored by Tyndale, they just gave me the book to review. I am choosing to share it by giving it away myself.

Weekend Roundup

Here are a few events coming up this weekend in the river region! 

If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!



Thursday 10/20/16
6 pm ANC  Program- Exploring Alabama's Caves. 
$5 admission.  Exploring Alabama's Caves - Ray Knott, Executive Director of The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc, will tell us all about the secret world below our feet. The SCCI is the largest land conservancy solely dedicated to the conservation of caves and karst environments. Watch an exclusive screening of Southern Exposure's Sharing the Secrets, a film that takes viewers underground into the vast subterranean geology of a few of Alabama's more than 4,000 caves! We will also have some live bats on-hand as part of this cool presentation!

Friday 10/21/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. All ages.

Saturday 10/22/16
9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol FREE
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more. 

9 am-4 pm Alabama Nature Center Saturday Program- Creek Trek
Admission charged. 

10 am-4pm Lifeway Christian Stores Fall Family Fun Day FREE
Decorate a superhero mask, enjoy snacks, enter for giveaways and save money on one-day specials. We’re also hosting a canned food drive to raise awareness about global hunger. 

11am-3 pm Whole Foods Pop Up Pumpkin Patch FREE
Stop by between 11AM to 3PM in the Whole Foods Market parking lot to pick out your pumpkin and meet some of our team members! We're excited to get to know our community as we prepare for our grand opening in November. Pumpkins are first come first serve and one per household. 
  

Sunday 10/23/16
2-4 pm Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams FREE
Participants will be invited to explore the exhibition Federico Uribe: Transformart and create inventive 3-dimensional artwork with jazz performances ongoing. The afternoon will end with a dance interpretation of Uribe’s work by the Booker T. Washington Magnet High Dance Theater starting at 4 P.M.

4-5:30 pm FUMC Pumpkinfest
Trunk or treat, hayride, music, inflatable, face painting and more.  






Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.