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Free Activities to Do With Children in Huntsville, Alabama

Updated on August 9, 2014

These days, we are all on a tight budget, but you don't have to keep the kids confined to home to have fun. Huntsville, Alabama abounds with activities for children that won't cost the parents a dime. You just have to know where to look.

Kids' Space in Huntsville, AL
Kids' Space in Huntsville, AL | Source

Kids' Space

Kids' Space is a large playground for children. Your child will find swings, slides, tires, a sandbox, and so much more. We you first look at the equipment you think of a giant tree house, except it is all on the ground. Parents can bring their kids to play for hours. Parents can also meet up with other parents to have adult conversations while their kids play safely. You can even bring a picnic because this playground comes with a pavilion and other picnic tables. For safety, Kids' Space is completely fenced in. There is one way in and one way out. You will also find a soda pop machine next to the restrooms, so if you don't bring your own drinks you don't have to leave if you or your child is thirsty. Kids' Space is located at 2010 Airport Road.

Monte Sano State Park

Monte Sano State Park has wonderfully updated playground. Your children can play for hours. There are several picnic tables as well as a large pavilion with fireplaces and a smaller one by the lookout. You can bring an already prepared picnic or even consider bringing food to grill since there are several grills available for use. Monte Sano isn't just for picnics and playgrounds. There are several different trails your family can walk. So clear the day for family because it is so beautiful atop Monte Sano that you will get lost in good times at Monte Sano State Park. Monte Sano State Park is located at 5105 Nolen Ave SE and is a part of Alabama State Parks.

Madison County Nature Trail

Atop Green Mountain at 5000 Nature Trail Road you will find a hidden treasure. There is a trail that your whole family can learn from. You will find trees that are identified, a small chapel, a log home, a covered bridge and so much more. It is great to pack a picnic and visit this park to feed the ducks. Although there aren't any playgrounds here, kids love to interact with the wildlife. There is even a dock that you could sit in the quietness with your family watching ducks and feeling the breeze in the air.

Big Spring Park

Big Spring Park is located in the heart of Huntsville across from the Von Braun Center (VBC). Children and adults alike enjoy visiting to feed the ducks and the fish. There are a variety of landmarks located throughout the park which makes for a good history lesson on the history of Huntsville. This is also the park that several events are hosted such as Panoply and Big Spring Jam. There are picnic tables, gazebo, and plenty of room to spread out a picnic blanket so this is another wonderful hotspot for a family picnic.

Huntsville Museum of Art

The Huntsville Museum of Art offers free admission to members and children under 6 years old. If you are not a member, the admission price is still fairly affordable at $10 an adult and $5 for children ages 6-11. They also have discounts for seniors, military, and educators. You can also check the website for an update on special promotions on what days or times you can enjoy the museum for free or at a discounted admission price. The art museum is located next to Big Spring Park at 300 Church Street. There are news exhibits throughout the years, so be sure to come back often. It is amazing at what beautiful art comes through the museum. It is a learning experience for the whole family.

Brahan Spring Park Splash Pad
Brahan Spring Park Splash Pad | Source

Brahan Spring Park

Brahan Spring Park is over 169 acres of good clean family fun. Aside from being home to a natatorium, which charges admission and Milton Frank Stadium, which host many high school football games, there are many things to do for free with children at Brahan Spring Park.

There are playgrounds, horseshoes, disc golf, and plenty of multipurpose fields. It also has six baseball fields, four softball fields, and six volleyball courts. There is also access to a small lake stocked with fish, which is perfect for taking your children fishing. Keep in mind that adults must have a current fishing license to be able to fish. However, the best feature is the splash pad. It is open during the summer and is a great way to beat the Alabama heat.

Vacation Bible School

Each year when the school year is coming to a close, there are many churches of various denominations that offer a week long bible study and activities. You can call around to the different churches in the area to find out more information on when they hold their Vacation Bible School and what the topic is going to be. Children will get to interact with other children their age and learn about the Christian faith.

Huntsville-Madison County Library

At various libraries in Huntsville, they offer story times for children. The dates and time vary but you can check out the website for a listing. This is a great way to help develop a love of reading in your children.

The Huntsville library also has a variety of other activities and events to offer for children and teens. They may vary from month to month and year to year, so it is a good idea to check their calendar of events on a regular basis. Some of the activities they have had in the past include Anime Club, Teen Knitting Club, puppet shows, Chess Club, and much more.

Kids' Crossing at WBC

During the school year, Whitesburg Baptist Church offers a free after school event for elementary and middle school. Kids' Crossing is for the elementary kids and is every Thursday from 2:30pm 5:15pm. The offer crafts, snacks, game time, homework time, and more. The Crossing is for middle school kids and is every Wednesday from 3:00pm 5:15pm. Students will be able to play basketball, video games, pool tables, skateboarding, and so much more. For each crossing there are a devotional times so that your child will have a better understand of what it means to follow the Christian faith. Whitesburg Baptist Church does have a bus that picks up at various elementary schools. Please call 256.881.0952 for more information.

Huntsville-Madison County Greenways

There are several greenways for the public to enjoy around town. Take the kids out to one of these greenways for a day of hiking, biking, playtime, and overall fun. Each greenway section has its own charm and sometimes special features. Consider scoping out the greenway first and creating an interactive scavenger hunt for the kids while hiking or biking the trail. For more information on the Huntsville-Madison County Greenways, visit their website.

From time to time Huntsville offers various activities that are free to the public but only for a limited time. There are also several events and happenings throughout the year. Be sure to check out Huntsville's Event Calendar for an update list of these events.

Kids' Space:
2010 Airport Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Monte Sano State Park:
5105 Nolen Avenue Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA

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Madison County Nature Trail:
5000 Nature Trail Road Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35803, USA

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Big Spring Park:
Huntsville, AL 35801, USA

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Huntsville Museum of Art:
300 Church Street Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA

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Brahan Spring Park :
500 Drake Avenue Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA

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Huntsville-Madison County Public Library:
915 Monroe Street Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA

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Whitesburg Baptist Church:
6806 Whitesburg Drive South, Huntsville, AL 35802, USA

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