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    Lunch and Learn: GrandScapes: Playful Gardening

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    July 23, 2014

     Kindle the imagination of the (grand)kids in your life by creating fairy gardens, worm habitats and other play inspiring features. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the drinks and desserts!

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    Outdoor Adventures in Central Alabama

    Presented by Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

    July 28 - August 1, 2014

    This camp is for those on the go! Travel to different spots in and around Birmingham, as well as spend time exploring Ruffner Mountain. Field trip activities include: rock climbing, horseback...more

    AWC Summer Day Camp for 2nd-6th Graders-Week 2

    Presented by Alabama Wildlife Center at Alabama Wildlife Center

    July 28 - August 1, 2014

    Does your child love animals or enjoy being outdoors surrounded by nature? Is your child a future wildlife biologist or veterinarian who needs a place to develop his or her interests? If your...more

    Camp Coleman Day Camp 2014

    Presented by Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama at Camp Coleman

    July 21 - August 1, 2014

    CAMP COLEMAN IS BACK! 

    We will be offering 2 weeks of Day Camp for Children ages 5-14. There are themes for each age group both weeks which include Blast from the Past, Amazing Race,...more

    Hikes for Tykes

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 2, 2014

     Pre-school children will go on a shape hunt with Anwen! We will go through the garden hunting for shapes and discussing why plants grow that way. Free


    The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 2, 2014

     The southeastern United States is a hotspot of diversity for carnivorous plants, which obtain their nutrients by attracting, capturing, and digesting living animals. They inhabit some of our...more

    Birmingham Area Racquet in the Park

    Presented by 10 and Under Tennis Birmingham at George Ward Park Tennis Center

    August 2, 2014

    The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will provide a free play day for kids ages 7-10. Come join the fun on August 2 at George Ward Park in Birmingham from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. USTA will...more

    Jazz in the Park

    Presented by Magic City Smooth Jazz at Ensley Park and Recreation Center

    August 3, 2014

    August 3: Soul Collaboration and Dee Lucas

    Help keep our parks clean by placing all trash in cans.We encourage everyone to bring blankets, seat cushions, coolers, food,...more

    Camp Swoozie's

    Presented by Swoozie's at The Summit

    August 5, 2014

    Confidence and class with a little bit of sass! Swoozie’s at The Summit introduces a fun way for girls to learn about classic Southern traditions with Camp Swoozie’s on Tuesday, August...more

    Lunch and Learn: The Buzz on Pollinators

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 6, 2014

     For a bountiful garden, learn how to welcome bee pollinators in colorful and exciting ways in your garden. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the drinks and desserts!


    Can You Repeat That? A game show of the Birmingham History Center

    Presented by Birmingham History Center and Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    August 7, 2014

    Watch Birmingham history entertainingly repeat itself in a 90-minute live game show on stage at the Virginia Samford Theatre.  "Can You Repeat That?" the Birmingham History Center...more

    Insectmania! Summer Camp

    Presented by Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

    August 4 - August 8, 2014

    For 4k - 1st grade

    Enter the strange and unique world of insects! Campers will learn about native and exotic invertebrates, and have an opportunity to see some of these creepy crawlies...more

    Summer Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 9, 2014

     Using The Gardens' extensive living collections as a hands-on resource, we will focus on attributes and identification features of species found naturally or in cultivation in Alabama....more

    Photography Class: Seasonal Series

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 9, 2014

     This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of...more

    Hikes for Tykes

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 9, 2014

     A member of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens educational staff will take pre-school children and their families on a hands-on educational adventure through the gardens. Free.


    Nighttime on the Cahaba – by Canoe! (field trip)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 9, 2014

     What better way to escape the heat of summer than participating in a leisurely moonlight paddle on the Cahaba River? This unique and relaxing way of enjoying a flat water portion of the...more

    Jazz in the Park

    Presented by Magic City Smooth Jazz at Avondale Park--Birmingham Park and Recreation Board

    August 10, 2014

    August 10: David Wells and Marion Meadows

    Help keep our parks clean by placing all trash in cans.We encourage everyone to bring blankets, seat cushions, coolers, food,...more

    $5 Fun Days at the Birmingham Zoo

    Presented by Birmingham Zoo at Birmingham Zoo

    July 26 - August 10, 2014

    Visit the Zoo during $5 Fun Days and take advantage of discounted admission! Guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with the elephants at the Boma Encounter, experience Predator Zone and...more

    Lunch and Learn: Porous, Permeable and Pervious

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 13, 2014

     When it comes to pathways and driveways, discover beautiful alternatives to concrete and asphalt. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the drinks and desserts!


    Native and Nature Ways Summer Camp

    Presented by Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

    August 11 - August 15, 2014

    1st - 5th grade

    Let’s discover the everyday life of early settlers and the Native Americans – people who lived in Alabama long before we ever did. We will discover in what ways...more

    Hikes for Tykes

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 16, 2014

     Go on a magical storytelling hike with Fresh Air Family's Verna Gates. Are there fairies and dragons in the Gardens? We will be on the lookout! Fairy house building to follow. Free.


    Bats and Plants

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 16, 2014

    After visiting some distinctive botanical sites en route to our destination, we will gather at the 264 acre Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge, whose cave is home to federally endangered gray and...more

    Summer Dance 2014

    Presented by The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance and Alabama Youth Ballet Company (AYBC)

    June 2 - August 22, 2014

    Grebel Dance will host its Summer Programs for ages 3 and up. A variety of classes are designed for different levels and are taught by a team of talented instructors. There are many things to do...more

    Tannehill VolksJam

    Presented by Tannehill VolksJam at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

    August 23, 2014

    Same show as always on the 4th Saturday in August at Tannehill State Park. Same show, same people running it, only the name is new.

    We just want to put on a good VW show, plain and simple...more

    Photography Class: Walking Class-Water Features

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 23, 2014

     This class will start with a short - 15 minutes - presentation in the classroom, then proceed to the various garden water features to actually experiment and experience different techniques:...more

    Hikes for Tykes

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 23, 2014

     A member of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens educational staff will take pre-school children and their families on a hands-on educational adventure through the gardens. Free.


    Family Tour: What does a Warrior Wear?

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    August 26, 2014

    Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit...more

    Thursdays At Arlington

    Presented by Arlington Historic Home and Gardens at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

    June 5 - August 28, 2014

    Dine in another century. Built in the 1840s, Arlington prepares delicious Southern gourmet cuisine prepared by our own, Chef Jason Mullenix. A tour of the house museum is included. 


    Celebrate America!

    Presented by American Village at American Village

    June 2 - August 29, 2014

    Special Summer Program. Step back in time and become part of the great American journey for independence.


    Hikes for Tykes

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    August 30, 2014

     Go on a magical storytelling hike with Fresh Air Family's Verna Gates. Are there fairies and dragons in the Gardens? We will be on the lookout! Fairy house building to follow. Free.


    Animation

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center

    May 24 - August 31, 2014

    ANIMATION featuring CARTOON NETWORK

    Explore how art, math, science and technology come together in the exciting world of Animation featuring Cartoon Network. Experiment with animation from...more

    Veterans Salute Sundays

    Presented by American Village at American Village

    June 1 - August 31, 2014

    Through art, sculpture, graphics and multimedia technology, the National Shrine and Register of Honor tells the stories of those in each generation who have served and sacrificed for American and...more

    William Thomas Exhibition

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    July 1 - August 31, 2014

    The Library Art Gallery at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in the area of the Garden Center leading into the Library, will be the location for...more

    Alabama Splash Adventure

    Presented by Splash Adventure Waterpark at Alabama's Splash Adventure Waterpark

    May 17 - September 1, 2014

    Alabama’s greatest water adventure! Create water fun your way, whether it’s relaxing by the wave pool and enjoying the lazy river or amping up the excitement with monster slides,...more

    23rd Annual Labor Day Celebration and Moon Pie Eatin' Contest

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

    September 1, 2014

    On Labor Day you can participate in Alabama’s largest moon pie eating contest and compete for prize money in both children and adult categories. Across the park, the United Mine Workers hold...more

    Spring Valley Beach

    Presented by Spring Valley Beach at Spring Valley Beach

    May 24 - September 1, 2014

    Spring Valley Beach Waterpark is a family owned and operated waterpark located in Blountsville, Alabama. The water park is approximately 60 minutes north of Birmingham, Alabama right off of...more

    ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: It’s the Real Thing

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 2, 2014

    Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

    Today’s...more

    Art and Conversation

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 4, 2014

    Gonna Build a Mountain: The Making of Birmingham's American Collection

    Have you ever wondered how museums build and refine their permanent collections?...more

    First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 4, 2014

    Your Night at the Museum!

    The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the...more

    Southern Samurai

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 6, 2014

    Samurai, armor, swords, and more! Join Bart and our samurai armor to celebrate the exhibition, Lethal Beauty. Taste tea, make art, and celebrate samurai and Japanese culture.


    Vulcan Keepsakes

    Presented by Vulcan Park and Museum at Vulcan Park and Museum

    December 1, 2013 - September 7, 2014

    Vulcan Keepsakes: Iron Man Memorabilia from the Birmingham Community Since his display at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Vulcan has inspired an untold numbers of souvenirs. There have been...more

    Extemporaneous Theatre Company Presents "Vulcan's Underpants!"

    Presented by Railroad Park and Railroad Park at Railroad Park

    March 2 - September 7, 2014

    A series of comedic improv games in the style of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" - You give us suggestions, and we turn them into hilarious comedy right before your eyes.  Don't miss...more

    Slow Art Sunday: Enthroned Madonna and Christ Child with Angels and Saints

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 7, 2014

    Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide...more

    ArtBreak: The Art of Japanese Sumi-e in Action

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 9, 2014

    Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

    Today’s...more

    Into the Night Art Exhibit

    Presented by The Edge of Chaos at The Edge of Chaos

    June 30 - September 11, 2014

    "Into the Night," a series of ten oil paintings by Gadsden artist, Anna Mullin, demonstrates human visual perception from dusk until the darkest hours of night. Descriptions accompany...more

    Foothills Festival

    Presented by City of Jasper: Public Works Department

    September 12 - September 13, 2014

    The Foothills Festival is a free music festival in the heart of downtown Jasper brought to you by the City of Jasper. Named for Jasper being in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this...more

    Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between the Earthly and Spiritual Realms

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 13, 2014

    In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile...more

    Slow Art Sunday: Seven Virtues and Seven Liberal Arts

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 14, 2014

    Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide...more

    Baby Bird Season at the Alabama Wildlife Center

    Presented by Alabama Wildlife Center at Alabama Wildlife Center

    April 15 - September 15, 2014

    Every day, visitors can observe the care of Alabama native wild bird patients in the nurseries, aviaries, and raptor flight cages via camera monitors or one-way glass viewing windows. Between new...more

    ArtBreak: A Dream of Italy

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 16, 2014

    Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

    Today’s...more

    Bart’s Books: Jingle Dancer

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

    September 20, 2014

    Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy.

    This month, Bart has selected...more

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