Saturday, August 22, 2015

Field Trip: Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Did everybody have a great first week back at school? I sure hope you did! We had a great first week here at River Region Family. We ended our first week this year by taking a little field trip on Friday. (I'm hoping we do more of them this year than we did the last couple of years now that the dynamic duo are getting a little older.) This could become a regular blog series: giving you info you need to know about places to visit near the river region that are good for families.

I'm gonna try out a way to share the info and you let me know what you think about it, okay? 

Here we go!

This week's field trip:
Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Overview: 
"Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.
The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house."


"Are we there yet?" factor: It took us about an hour and half from Montgomery. Directions.
Get good directions, the BBG seems like it's off in a neighborhood and there are lots of turns to get to it. It was easy for us to find because I got turn by turn directions to get there from Children's of Alabama but when we left we were headed to the interstate and we got a little twisted around getting out of the area.

How much does it cost? FREE

When is it open? Dawn to Dusk every day of the year.

Educational value? Great for Nature Study! Flowers, trees and plants are almost all clearly labeled which makes it easy to talk about what you are looking at. 


Cacao!


Can we take a picnic? Yes! There is a big area to the right just beyond the entrance with tables and chairs and a goldfish pond and lily pads to look at while you dine. We also found another area behind the rose garden that was more enclosed that had two tables and chairs. (Better if you have little ones that you don't need to have to chase around while you are trying to eat your PB&J.) Of course, if you don't do picnics there is a cafe, but we like the cheap so I didn't investigate the cafe and don't really know if it's "kid-friendly" or not. Or you can hit the vending machines.

What if it rains? We saw a cute little glass gazebo by the lily pond. There is also a conservatory with jungle plants and desert plants that is indoors.  If you look at the map, you can also see rain shelters strategically placed around the gardens.  




Is it stroller friendly? Yes! There are probably parts that you can't access with a stroller but for the most part there are ramps and sidewalks (so much lovely sidewalk)  that are easy to navigate. 

What about diaper changes? I was pleased to find a changing station in the large stall of the ladies restroom near the entrance. (And also really good air conditioning. It was hot outside!) We never made it to the other bathroom on the other side of the park.

Our day started with a doctor's appointment at Children's of Alabama. By the time we got to the Gardens it was time for lunch. We ate our lunch and walked around for a little bit but left because it was getting hot and the children were getting tired. Looking at the map, I realize now that we only saw a tiny portion of the whole gardens. It was such a lovely place, I know we will go back. I will probably update this post with more info and pictures when we go back again.

Check out the Birmingham Botanical Garden's website for more info. Before we went, I asked a question in a message to their facebook page and got a quick reply.



What else would you want to know about our field trip? What info would you want to know about future field trips?




Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Roundup 8/22-8/23/15

Upcoming events this weekend. For more events happening in August check here.



Saturday 8/22/15
Lego America Roadshow

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 

9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm Free Guided Tours of the Capitol
334-242-3935

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Marvel Thor's Chariot Build FREE 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Pencil Topper $2



Sunday 8/23/15
Lego America Roadshow

5:35 pm Montgomery Biscuits Kids Day 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Local Grocery Store Deals 8/19-8/25/15


Is anybody else glad to see beef for under $2/lb?  Also, more cheap chicken leg quarters this week.  If only eggs would go down to a normal price.


AG Store 
Sugardale Ham $1.29/lb
Fresh Fryer Leg Quarters 10 lb bag $2.99
USDA Select Bottom Round Roast $3.59/lb
5lb bag Baking Potatoes $1.79
Red or White Seedless grapes $1.99/lb
Roma Tomatoes $0.99/lb
Green Bell Pepper $0.50
Libby's Canned Peas, Corn, & Beans $0.50

Food Outlet
10 lb bag chicken leg quarters $2.90
Tennessee Pride Sausage 2.5 lb box $5.00
Ball Park Franks $1.25
Bell Pepper $0.35 each
Shur Fine Milk $2.65
Domino Sugar 4lb bag $1.98
Bananas $0.46/lb
Double Luck canned veg $0.46
Sauer's Mayo $1.98
Shur Fine Sandwich Bread 20 oz $0.75

Renfroe's Foodland Or McGehee Road Superfoods
Boneless Skinless chicken Breast $2.48/lb
Boston Butt Pork Roast $1.28/lb
Ground Round $3.99/lb
8 lb bag russet potatoes $1.88
Iceberg lettuce $0.98
Mayfield Ice Cream Novelties BOGO (2.68)
Peru Sweet Onions $0.78/lb
California Lemons 1 lb bag $1.50
Peaches $1.18/lb
Green Onions bunch 2 for $0.98
Bell Peppers or Cucumbers $0.58
Natures Own Bread Whole Grain 20 oz $2.00
In Ad Coupon: Save $3 when you buy 5 Quaker Products (select products listed on coupon)
Milk Gallon $2.99
Ground Beef $1.99/lb
Ideal Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns $0.99
Ideal Bread 20 oz Loaf $0.99
Bananas $0.39/lb

 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Upcoming Events 8/15-8/21

Saturday 8/15/14
7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 


9 am-7 pm  Buckmasters Expo 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Craft- Perler Backpack Dangler $2 

10 am-3 pm Family Fun Day at Paul M Grist State Park

11 am Alabama Department of Archives & History Museum Themed Tour- Alabama & World War II

1-4 pm Michael's Fun Family Craft Time Activity Chart $7

Sunday 8/16/15
 10 am-5 pm Buckmasters Expo Free admission with canned food item.

Thursday 8/20/15
5:30-7:30 pm MMFA Military Open House  
All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Museum for an evening of family fun. Guests will enjoy art making activities, music and dinner catered by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy. This event is our way of saying thank you for your service and is free of charge for all military families. For more information call 240.4333
















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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fall 2015 River Region Consignment Sale Roundup

Consignment sales in the river region. For more info (including how to consign and specific times and locations)  follow the links below. Happy Shopping!



Kids Carousel 
Receiving Starts 8/15
Public Sale 8/29-9/5

My Kids Attic 
Receiving starts 8/29
Public Sale 9/12-9/19

Children's Clothing Exchange 
Receiving Starts 8/29
Public Sale 9/11-9/14

Doodlebugs Consignment Sale
Receiving starts 9/12
Public Sale 9/24-10/3

Mom's Marketplace
TBD

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LEGO Americana Roadshow Coming To Alabama

Mark your calendars and get ready for a little road trip! LEGO Americana Roadshow is coming to Riverchase Galleria in Hoover later this month!



 The LEGO® Americana Tour is a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger-than-life LEGO® models. Replicas of iconic buildings and architectural structures will be on exhibit at various locations throughout the shopping center. 

The LEGO® Americana Roadshow: Building Across America is a traveling display of large scale LEGO models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks.
Models include: US Capitol Building, The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Old North Church

In addition to these models there will be mini-figure scale “Brickscapes” as well as a fully staffed hands-on Play Area for guests.

Riverchase Galleria is the only venue in Alabama to host the LEGO American Tour.

Riverchase Galleria lists the dates August 22-September 7.

Check out #LEGOAmericana on Twitter for a preview of the display!  








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, August 7, 2015

Calendar: August 2015

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! Have fun  exploring Montgomery with your family! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!


Saturday 8/1/15
$5 Fun Day at Birmingham Zoo

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market

8 am-11 am Belk Kids Fest 
Join Belk Eastdale Mall in the Children's Department for KidsFest 2015! Enjoy fashion shows, refreshments, games and special savings. Save up to 50% off select kids' apparel. Stop in and see an associate for details on how your child can be the star of the show. 

9 am-Noon Home Depot Kids Workshop- Chalkboard door hanger  FREE

10 am-3 pm Back To School Giveaway  Village Green Park Millbrook 
Free school supplies, Free haircuts, Face painting, games, inflatables. 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Rain Stick $2

7- Noon Shoppes at Eastchase Farmers Market

9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm Free Guided Tours of Alabama State Capitol
Phone: 334-242-3935 More info on the Facebook Page  


11 am Free Tour Museum of Alabama
Tour departs from the main lobby.  


 
Sunday 8/2/15
$5 Fun Day at Birmingham Zoo

1-2 pm First Sundays at MMFA 
Free docent-led tours of exhibits. 

7:30 pm Alabama Dance Theatre Stars On The Riverfront
Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Gates open at 6, Free Admission


Monday 8/3/15
7:30 pm Alabama Dance Theatre Stars On The Riverfront
Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Gates open at 6, Free Admission

Tuesday 8/4/15
3-6 pm Prattville Farmers Market Tuesday Market 

6-8 pm National  Night Out Prattville FREE
Target parking lot in Prattville. There will be free refreshments, demonstrations, fun events and bounce houses for the kids. Invite a neighbor and bring a friend to this regional community awareness event.

Thursday 8/6/15
5-8 pm Chick-Fil-A Premier Place Back To School Bash 
Children are welcome to a free sundae bar, bus photo prop, activity sheets. Donations will be accepted of school supplies for Adullam House.


Friday 8/7/15
6-10 pm Prattville Back To School Street Dance
Creekwalk behind City Hall. Live music, inflatables, food and more!

Saturday 8/8/15
$5 Fun Day at  Birmingham Zoo

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market

7 am-11 am AWF Youth Fishing Rodeo

Second Saturday at Riverfront Park 
8:30 am Wakeboard Competition, Live Entertainment by Trotline at 6 p.m., Interactive Activities for Kids
Various Food  and Drink Vendors, Fireworks at 9 p.m.  $1 Admission, 12 and Under Free * All Proceeds go to Brantwood Children's Home NO OUTSIDE FOOD, BEVERAGES OR COOLERS Call (334) 625-2100 for more information

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Marvel Hulk's Tank FREE

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Duck Tape Pencil Pouch $2
 

Sunday 8/9/15
$5 Fun Day at  Birmingham Zoo

10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Family Fun Day 
Empty Lot next to Montgomery First SDA Church, 4233 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery
A day filled with family, friends, fun and fellowship. Invite your neighbors, friends and family. Bring a picnic lunch, water bottles, water guns, water balloons, towels and a change of clothes. Fresh cool spring water to drink provided, and the following entertainment and concessions: cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn, a water tunnel, dunk tank, cake walk, pie throwing contest, water balloon toss, sidewalk art, bubble play, tug-o-war over water, and from 3-5 p.m. Kiddie Pool Kickball! Everyone is welcome. Free.


5:35 pm Montgomery Biscuits Kids Day 

Tuesday 8/11/15
6-8 pm Chick-fil-a Eastchase Kids Night 
Back To School Bash-personalize a pizza box 

7 pm Veg Out Montgomery Plant Based Pot Luck Dinner 

Wednesday 8/12/15
10:30-11 and 11-11:30 Tales For Tots FREE

Friday 8/14/15
10 am-Noon Elmore County Homeschool Organization Open House

3pm-9pm Buckmasters Expo Free admission with canned food item. 

Saturday 8/15/14
7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 


9 am-7 pm  Buckmasters Expo 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Craft- Perler Backpack Dangler $2 

10 am-3 pm Family Fun Day at Paul M Grist State Park

11 am Alabama Department of Archives & History Museum Themed Tour- Alabama & World War II

1-4 pm Michael's Fun Family Craft Time Activity Chart $7

Sunday 8/16/15
 10 am-5 pm Buckmasters Expo Free admission with canned food item.

Thursday 8/20/15
5:30-7:30 pm MMFA Military Open House  
All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Museum for an evening of family fun. Guests will enjoy art making activities, music and dinner catered by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy. This event is our way of saying thank you for your service and is free of charge for all military families. For more information call 240.4333


Saturday 8/22/15
Lego America Roadshow

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 

9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm Free Guided Tours of the Capitol
334-242-3935

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Marvel Thor's Chariot Build FREE 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Pencil Topper $2



Sunday 8/23/15
Lego America Roadshow

5:35 pm Montgomery Biscuits Kids Day 

Monday 8/24/15
Lego America Roadshow 

Tuesday 8/25/15
 Lego America Roadshow

9:30-11:30 MOPS First Baptist Kick Off 
Who: All moms of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through age 5

What: A casual meet and greet with other moms in the greater Montgomery area

When: Tuesday, August 25; Drop-in between 9:30-11:30 am

Where: First Baptist Church, Montgomery, 305 S. Perry Street; Room 112 (main building, follow the signs)

No obligation to join; Childcare is provided

For more information: montgomerymops.com or email montgomerymops@gmail.com


6-8 pm Chick-fil-a Eastchase Kids Night Icedream Party

Wednesday 8/26/15
Lego America Roadshow

Thursday 8/27/15
Lego America Roadshow

Friday 8/28/15
Lego America Roadshow 


Saturday 8/29/15
Lego America Roadshow
 
8 am-4 pm Montgomery Dragonboat Festival and Race 

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Bookmark $2

Sunday 8/30/15
Lego America Roadshow

Monday 8/31/15
Lego America Roadshow 



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.

Upcoming Events This Week 8/7-8/14/15

It's about that time! Time for Back To School! Here are a few things going on around here this week! If you know of anything else to add, please leave a comment or send me a email here or on the River Region Family Facebook page. Thanks!




Friday 8/7/15
6-10 pm Prattville Back To School Street Dance
Creekwalk behind City Hall. Live music, inflatables, food and more!

Saturday 8/8/15
$5 Fun Day at  Birmingham Zoo

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market

7 am-11 am AWF Youth Fishing Rodeo

Second Saturday at Riverfront Park 
8:30 am Wakeboard Competition, Live Entertainment by Trotline at 6 p.m., Interactive Activities for Kids
Various Food  and Drink Vendors, Fireworks at 9 p.m.  $1 Admission, 12 and Under Free * All Proceeds go to Brantwood Children's Home NO OUTSIDE FOOD, BEVERAGES OR COOLERS Call (334) 625-2100 for more information

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Marvel Hulk's Tank FREE

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Duck Tape Pencil Pouch $2
 

Sunday 8/9/15
$5 Fun Day at  Birmingham Zoo

10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Family Fun Day 
Empty Lot next to Montgomery First SDA Church, 4233 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery
A day filled with family, friends, fun and fellowship. Invite your neighbors, friends and family. Bring a picnic lunch, water bottles, water guns, water balloons, towels and a change of clothes. Fresh cool spring water to drink provided, and the following entertainment and concessions: cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn, a water tunnel, dunk tank, cake walk, pie throwing contest, water balloon toss, sidewalk art, bubble play, tug-o-war over water, and from 3-5 p.m. Kiddie Pool Kickball! Everyone is welcome. Free.


5:35 pm Montgomery Biscuits Kids Day 

Tuesday 8/11/15
6-8 pm Chick-fil-a Eastchase Kids Night 
Back To School Bash-personalize a pizza box 

7 pm Veg Out Montgomery Plant Based Pot Luck Dinner 

Wednesday 8/12/15
10:30-11 and 11-11:30 Tales For Tots FREE

Friday 8/14/15
10 am-Noon Elmore County Homeschool Organization Open House
 
3pm-9pm Buckmasters Expo Free admission with canned food item.  






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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Local Grocery Deals 8/5-8/11/15

Here are my favorite deals this week at local grocery stores in the river region. To see the entire ad or to find store locations, click the links below. 



AG Store
Fresh Fryer wings $1.99/lb
Loin End Pork Chops Family Pack $1.29/lb
5lb bag baking potatoes  $1.50
California Lettuce $0.99 each
Snap Beans $1.19/lb
Ground Beef family pack $2.39/lb


McGehee Rd Super Foods

Cooks shank portion ham $1.18/lb
Fresh split chicken breast $1.38/lb
Iceberg lettuce $0.88 each
Bottom round roast $3.48/lb
Seedless watermelon $3.98
Strawberries 1lb pkg $2.00
Kraft Cheese 5-12 oz varieties $2.50
Dixie Crystals Sugar $1.98
Smithfield Pork Tenderloin $4.79 each
Butterball ground turkey 1lb pkg $2.39
Green Cabbage 2 lb for $0.88
White Onions 2lb $1.68
Tomatoes $1.48
Seedless Cucumbers $0.88 each
Bell Peppers or cucumbers $0.58 each

Renfroe's Foodland
Cooks shank portion ham $1.28/lb
Fresh split chicken breast $1.38/lb
Iceberg lettuce $0.88 each
Bottom round roast $3.68/lb
Seedless watermelon $3.98
Strawberries 1lb pkg $2.00
Kraft Cheese 5-12 oz varieties $2.50
Dixie Crystals Sugar $1.98
Smithfield Pork Tenderloin $4.79 each
Butterball ground turkey 1lb pkg $2.50
Green Cabbage 2 lb for $0.88
White Onions 2lb $1.68
Tomatoes $1.48
Seedless Cucumbers $0.88 each
Bell Peppers or cucumbers $0.58 each

Vowell's Cash Saver
Fresh Family Pack Ground Beef $2.27/lb
Family Pack Pork Steaks $1.27/lb
Green Onions 2 bunch bag $0.96
Cello Carrotts 1lb $0.59
Kiwi Fruit $0.29 each
Green Cabbage $0.39/lb
California Red or Black Plums $1.29/lb
Cantaloupe $1.99
Bananas $0.43/lb
Red Potatoes 10lb bag $2.75


Food Outlet
Bananas $0.46/lb
Sauers Mayonnaise $1.98
Shur Fine Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns 8 ct $0.67
Iceberg Lettuce $0.93 head
Double Luck Veggies Cans $0.46


Piggly Wiggly/Mega Meats
10 lb bag chicken leg quarters $2.99
Ground beef family pack $2.49/lb
Fresh pork butts $1.19/lb
Russet potatoes 8 lb bag $2.69
Red or white seedless grapes $1.79/lb
10 lb tube hamburger $22.99
Tomatoes $0.99/lb