Friday, May 30, 2014

Eastdale Mall Family Fun Nights Starts Saturday

Eastdale Mall Family Fun Nights start this weekend! Saturday my friend is taking me and the kiddies on our very first geocaching adventure. Have you ever been? What do you think about it?

I can't even believe that May is pretty much over. I am hoping to have the June calendar up this weekend. If you know of anything fun coming up this weekend or in June post on my Facebook page or send me a message! Have a great weekend!



Saturday 5/31/14

5-7 pm Eastdale Mall Family Fun Night Kickoff FREE
Fun Night is back at Eastdale Mall! To kick-off the summer, we're having a live remote with Rex from y102, DJ spinning your favorite family-friendly tunes, magician, Ice Skating contests, face painting with the Eastdale Mall Teen Team and more! The best part? It's all free! Make sure to check in at the Customer Service Centre to recieve your wrist band to participate in all of the activities. *Ages 14 and under skate for free from 6 - 7 p.m.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekend Roundup 5/23-5/26/14 Memorial Day

 
 
Some consider Memorial Day to be the official start of summer and it sure does feel like it around here! It's hot, hot, hot! Have a great weekend and drink lots of water if you're outside!

Friday 5/23/14
Beginning 5/23/14 and running through 7/6/14 The Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street exhibit The Way We Worked will be at the Elmore County Museum Mondays-Saturday 10 am-2pm
For specific lecture and exhibit info check here.

7 pm Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Jubilee Pops Concert FREE
A Montgomery tradition! Join us May 23, 2014 on the Alabama Archives and History Building Lawn when the Montgomery Symphony will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a free outdoor concert. Come early and bring your friends and family. Picnic baskets, coolers, lawn chairs, and blankets are all welcome at this free concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held on Saturday night, May 24th, at 7:00 pm in the same location.

Saturday 5/24/14

Sunday 5/25/14
Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Monday 5/26/14 Memorial Day

10 am -5 pm Pratt Pool Retro Pool Party
For this fun, family event, admission to the pool is $1 and includes a hot dog and drink. Pratt Pool's normal hours this season will be Friday Noon-5pm and Saturdays 10 am-5 pm.


 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

FREE Train Rides! Rail Safety Day at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

If you have a train lover in your house, you definitely want to make plans to go to this FREE family event!
Free Train Rides & fun family activities!

Alabama Operation LifeSaver, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum co-sponsor Rail Safety Day at the museum! Come see exhibits, safety activities, as well as train rides! 9AM - 3PM Great for the whole family!

Date: June 5
Train times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm.
Train ride last around 1/2 hour to CR 301 and return.

To be eligible for the free ride, you must attend Safety talk by Operation Lifesaver before hand so come early!

It's gonna be hot, so dress cool and don't forget the hats and sunblock!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tips For Your Visit to Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Museum



If you've been around my blog or Facebook very long, you may have noticed the we love the zoo! Every year that we can afford to, we purchase a family membership for The Montgomery Zoo and the Mann Wildlife Museum (adjacent to the zoo.) The membership is good for a year and includes unlimited free admission to the zoo (and the museum if you add that to your membership) all year long plus free and discounted admission to other reciprocating zoos and aquariums in North America. There are also member only events, discounts on food, gifts, catering and shelter rentals and an annual subscription to the zoo's bimonthly magazine-Jungle Drums.

I think it's worth the money. My kids love the playground at the zoo and with a membership there is no pressure to see everything-to "get our money's worth" on a day's admission. If we only have a couple of free hours we can still go see a few animals, hang out at the playground, have a picnic lunch and go home for a nap. :)  We add the Mann Wildlife Museum to our membership because on hot summer days at the zoo, we can cool off inside and then head back out again. Plus, my kids are fascinated by the huge killer whale on display there. We always add the train rides to our membership, too! Because everyone loves to ride the train-sometimes more than once on the same trip.

This year I added a guest pass to our membership, because my husband is often working when we want to go to the zoo and that way we can take any friend or family member with us to help with the twins to enjoy the zoo! Totally worth it!

You can go to the zoo's website to see all the animals that are on display. Recently, I was pretty excited to see that they have added a petting zoo area by the playground. It doesn't cost extra to go in but food for the animals is available to buy in a vending machine outside the entrance. Parakeet Cove is the same way. Be warned: No strollers are allowed in Parakeet Cove or the Petting Zoo. I will just be staying outside with the twins until they are walking or unless I have someone with me to carry one. (See "guest pass" above.)

Now, My Tips For Your Visit to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Museum:

Grab a map at the entrance. Unless you go there often like we do, it's nice to know where the restrooms are and also how to find a certain animal. You could also pull up the map on your smart phone from the zoo's website. If you forget, there are lots of signs everywhere in the zoo that are extremely easy to follow.

Save money by bringing your own snacks or packing a picnic lunch and eating at one of the zoo's several covered shelters or on the grass (bring a blanket) or on a park bench or by the playground. Outside food is allowed in all areas except the Overlook Cafe. Just don't bring straws or cup lids. (It's for the animals' safety!)

Take dollars for the food for the parakeets in Parakeet Cove. It's so fun to have them land on the treat stick you are holding and eat the treats. Ditto the petting zoo.



Sometimes we save space and weight in our bags by bringing reusable plastic cups and just getting water from the water fountains instead of bringing bottles of water.

Go early in the morning or later in the afternoon. (The zoo opens at 9am.)  Most animals are most active at those times. (Those big cats like to sleep during the heat of the day, especially during the summer.)

Don't forget hats and suncreen.

Check out the elephant training encounter at 2:30 pm daily.

Follow the zoo on Facebook for up-to-date info.

Don't forget the camera.

Fun to do: Look for the two elusive Pygmy Hippo near the Giraffe feeding station. Hint: follow the bubbles in the water.

Go during the week when there aren't as many visitors.

Father's Day is coming up and the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum offers free admission to fathers on Father's Day. They do the same thing for Mother's Day.

Military Appreciation Day is June 19, 2014. All military personnel and their families receive FREE admission to the Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. (With valid military identification.) Lunch, drinks and refreshments will also be provided. A special presentation with special military guests and Mayor Todd Strange will be given under the big tent.










Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Montgomery and Prattville Alabama Rabies Clinics

I am late finding these out. If the Elmore clinics haven't passed already and you know when they are, please leave a comment here or on the facebook post. Thanks!

2014 Montgomery county rabies clinics:

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Wares Ferry Elementary 9 am-11 am
Chilsolm Elementary 12 pm-2 pm
Pike Road Town Hall 3 pm- 5pm

Satur,day May 24, 2014
Head Elementary 9-11 am
Dunbar-Ramer Elementary 12 pm-2 pm
Jeff Davis 3pm-5pm

$10 per vaccination

Upcoming Prattville/Autauga rabies clinics:
Saturday, May 17th
8:00-9:00 AM Billingsley Junction
9:15-10:30 AM Vida
11:00-12:00 Booth Fire Department
8:00-9:00 AM Marbury Fire Department
9:30-10:30 AM White City
11:00-12:30 Posey's Crossroads


Alabama Free Fishing Day 6/7/14

 

Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a "Free Fishing Day" for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license. Saturday, June 7, 2014, had been designated as Free Fishing Day.
 
There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on that day. Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owner’s permission is required to fish private ponds.
 
Besides Free Fishing Day, fishing licenses are required for residents age 16 years through age 64 who fish with rod and reel or artificial bait. Residents 65 years of age and over are exempt from buying fishing licenses providing that said resident has on his person while fishing an Alabama Driver License, an Alabama non-driver identification card, or other proof of permanent Alabama residence and age. (Info found here.)
 
An ALABAMA RESIDENT can fish from the bank in their county of residence with hook and line (live bait only) without purchasing a license. Resident must be able to provide reasonable proof of residency while fishing.  (Found here.)
 
You can use this handy map to find a public fishing spot near you in Alabama.
 
Do you like to fish? Where is your favorite "fishing hole"?
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weekend Roundup 5/16-5/18/14

This weekend's list of fun things to do around the area is here! Let me know if I need to add anything!  If you find these lists helpful, please share on Facebook. Thanks! Have a great weekend!





Friday 5/16/14

6 pm River Jam Music Festival Montgomery at the trainshed FREE

 
Saturday 5/17/14
Alabama Antique Tractor Show & Pull and BBQ Cookoff
Food-Vendors-Petting zoo-Tractor Show-Kiddie section and more! Gates open at 7 am.

7 am-Noon The Shoppes at Eastchase Farmers Market Preview Day

8 am-5 pm GO! Reptile Rendevous at Alabama Nature Center
General admission $4 per person/day for adults, $2 ages 4-12 and 3 and under free.

9 am-4 pm Living History Weekend at Ft. Toulouse (admission charged)

10 am-2 pm National Kids To Parks Day-Touch A Truck Event Prattville FREE
Touch A Truck will be located in Pratt Park by Stanley Jensen Stadium. Fire trucks, dump trucks, storm trackers, racecars and many other kinds of vehicles will be available for kids to climb on and in and explore. Something for everyone to enjoy!

Noon-4 pm Cornerstone Christian Church Spring Fling

6 pm River Jam Music Festival at riverfront amphitheater FREE

Sunday 5/18/14

9 am-3 pm Living History Weekend at Ft. Toulouse (admission charged) 2pm-4pm Jazz Jams at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts FREE
Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.


Lowe's Build and Grow 6/14/14 Sign Up Now!

Now is the time to register for the next Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic!

On June 14, 2014 at 10 am kids can build Toothless the dragon from Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon 2. But you need to register now. After I registered, there were only 15 spots available at the Montgomery Lowe's and 47 each at the Wetumpka and Prattville locations.

The Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic is free! Kids get a free apron, goggles, patch and get to build and keep the project.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kids Bowl FREE All Summer Long!

Here's a great way to get out and get your kids active this summer, even on the HOTTEST days!

Participating bowling centers are offering
free bowling for kids all summer long! Each child gets 2 free games per day all summer!

Go to www.kidsbowlfree.com, click on your state and fill out the form to register your kids.  In our area both Bama Lanes of Montgomery and Prattville are participating. Each bowling center has different available times/days and age restrictions.

You also have an option to purchase a family pass for the adults or older children in your family for a one-time fee of $24.95.

Your coupons should be mailed to your email address every week!

Keep in mind that you do have to pay taxes as well as the shoe rental fee, which will vary by location. Be sure to call your local participating bowling alley to find out the shoe rental cost before you make a special trip.

P.S. Did you know that you can sign your kids up for the Birthday Club at Bama Lanes by going to www.bamalanes.com? Kids 14 and under get a free game of bowling. (Of course you wouldn't really need it this summer. But it's still good to get on the list.)


Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekend Roundup 5/9/14

Here are a few events that are coming up this weekend! Tales for Tots is also this week on Wednesday at the museum. Have a great weekend!



Saturday 5/10/14
8 am-3 pm Herb Day Old Alabama Town FREE
Herb Day is a fun-filled public educational event for the entire family. It will feature children’s activities, programs by experts on growing herbs, a cooking demonstration using herbs, and a session that explores the medicinal properties of herbs. An open-air market will feature vendors selling crafts, books, food, herbal teas, garden wares and a huge selection of herbal plants.

9 am-2 pm Cops and Kids Day Millbrook Village Green FREE

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Worshop Flower Delivery Truck FREE
Register online.


5pm Second Saturday Event Riverfront Park
$1 admission, 12 and under free

Sunday 5/11/14



Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.
Wednesday 5/14/14
10:30-11 am Tales for Tots MMFA FREE

Friday, May 2, 2014

Calendar: May 2014


 


Here are some fun things that I saw going on in May. If you know of anything else that I can add, please let me know. You can send me an email, post it on the facebook page or send a facebook message. Have a great May!

Friday 5/2/14
7 p.m. Prattville CityFest Opening Ceremonies and Street Dance with Tip Tops FREE admission

Saturday 5/3/14
7 am- 1pm Frazer Flea Market

9 am-Noon Home Depot Kids Workshops Build A Flower Planter FREE
Register online in advance.

9 a.m. -5 p.m. Prattville City Fest
Admission $2 per person, Military ID $1, Children 5 and under FREE
Entertainment; Kids Area featuring Bungee jumping, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, and games; Food and product vendors

10 am-2 pm Flimp Festival MMFA
$5 adults, $3 children, Free to museum members and active duty military and their families.

12-2 pm LEGO Star Wars Build Event at Toys R US FREE

Sunday 5/4/14
1pm First Sundays
Free docent-led tours of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts





Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.


Saturday 5/10/14
8 am-3 pm Herb Day Old Alabama Town FREE
Open-air market with plants and gardening items, children's activities, special programs and speakers

9 am-2 pm Cops and Kids Day Millbrook Village Green FREE

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Worshop Flower Delivery Truck FREE
Register online.


5pm Second Saturday Event Riverfront Park
$1 admission, 12 and under free

Sunday 5/11/14




Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.
 
Wednesday 5/14/14
10:30-11 am Tales for Tots MMFA FREE
 
 
Friday 5/16/14
6 pm River Jam Music Festival Montgomery at the trainshed FREE


 
Saturday 5/17/14
Alabama Antique Tractor Show & Pull and BBQ Cookoff
Food-Vendors-Petting zoo-Tractor Show-Kiddie section and more! Gates open at 7 am.

8 am-5 pm GO! Reptile Rendevous at Alabama Nature Center
General admission $4 per person/day for adults, $2 ages 4-12 and 3 and under free.

10 am-2 pm National Kids To Parks Day-Touch A Truck Event Prattville FREE
Touch A Truck will be located in Pratt Park by Stanley Jensen Stadium. Fire trucks, dump trucks, storm trackers, racecars and many other kinds of vehicles will be available for kids to climb on and in and explore. Something for everyone to enjoy!

6 pm River Jam Music Festival at riverfront amphitheater FREE

Sunday 5/18/14


Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.



Friday 5/23/14
Beginning 5/23/14 and running through 7/6/14 The Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street exhibit The Way We Worked will be at the Elmore County Museum Mondays-Saturday 10 am-2pm
For specific lecture and exhibit info check here.

7 pm Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Jubilee Pops Concert FREE
A Montgomery tradition! Join us May 23, 2014 on the Alabama Archives and History Building Lawn when the Montgomery Symphony will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a free outdoor concert. Come early and bring your friends and family. Picnic baskets, coolers, lawn chairs, and blankets are all welcome at this free concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held on Saturday night, May 24th, at 7:00 pm in the same location.

Saturday 5/24/14

Sunday 5/25/14
Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks. Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Saturday 5/31/14

5-7 pm Eastdale Mall Family Fun Night Kickoff FREE
Fun Night is back at Eastdale Mall! To kick-off the summer, we're having a live remote with Rex from y102, DJ spinning your favorite family-friendly tunes, magician, Ice Skating contests, face painting with the Eastdale Mall Teen Team and more! The best part? It's all free! Make sure to check in at the Customer Service Centre to recieve your wrist band to participate in all of the activities. *Ages 14 and under skate for free from 6 - 7 p.m.