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The citizens of Huntsville, especially people with children, are extremely fortunate to have the Space and Rocket Center. They consistently incorporate world-renowned exhibits and activities from museums and other institutions into their facilities. This allows children and families in the Rocket City opportunities that are more or less exclusive (in regards to their frequency and overall consistency) to Huntsville. It’s quite a feat to successfully merge fun and educational experiences, and that is something that the USSRC does very well. Spark!Lab is a perfect example.

What is the Spark!Lab?

Created by the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and InnovationSpark!Lab is where technology, engineering, and fun become

The citizens of Huntsville, especially people with children, are extremely fortunate to have the Space and Rocket Center. They consistently incorporate world-renowned exhibits and activities from museums and other institutions into their facilities. This allows children and families in the Rocket City opportunities that are more or less exclusive (in regards to their frequency and overall consistency) to Huntsville. It’s quite a feat to successfully merge fun and educational experiences, and that is something that the USSRC does very well. Spark!Lab is a perfect example.

What is the Spark!Lab?

Created by the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and InnovationSpark!Lab is where technology, engineering, and fun become

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Dallas based Global sports entertainment company TopGolf now has a location in Huntsville, at the site of the old Madison Square Mall. Hit balls at a climate-controlled driving range, catch the big game, and enjoy food and drink at the new Rocket City outpost of the London-born chain, which operates 44 venues in the United States and United Kingdom (including another in Birmingham).

There are 72 hitting bays, event and meeting spaces available, full service restaurant and bars, free WiFi, hundreds of HDTVs, and a firepit (always a magnet for me). TopGolf offers competitive league and training programs for kids and adults.

TopGolf U Classes are available for groups of up to six. They’re taught by certified instructors and available as single classes

Dallas based Global sports entertainment company TopGolf now has a location in Huntsville, at the site of the old Madison Square Mall. Hit balls at a climate-controlled driving range, catch the big game, and enjoy food and drink at the new Rocket City outpost of the London-born chain, which operates 44 venues in the United States and United Kingdom (including another in Birmingham).

There are 72 hitting bays, event and meeting spaces available, full service restaurant and bars, free WiFi, hundreds of HDTVs, and a firepit (always a magnet for me). TopGolf offers competitive league and training programs for kids and adults.

TopGolf U Classes are available for groups of up to six. They’re taught by certified instructors and available as single classes

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The Search for Quality Pet Care

My friend Michelle was in a quandary.  Her family was driving to west Texas to visit family during the holiday, and she needed someone local to care for her high-maintenance fur baby, Rip.

Rip is not an easy pet.  Old age is his main issue.  He’s prone to getting sick and must be given pet meds and shots.  Michelle has boarded him before, but they only took him outside twice for bathroom breaks.  So, Rip was not happy at the kennel—and honestly…who can blame poor Rip? Michelle was at her wit’s end.  It’s not easy to find quality pet care.  Especially at Christmas!

The Solution: Pet Au Pair Extraordinaire & Petz Pack

I wish I’d known about Pet Au Pair Extraordinaire and Petz Pack when Michelle was asking for

The Search for Quality Pet Care

My friend Michelle was in a quandary.  Her family was driving to west Texas to visit family during the holiday, and she needed someone local to care for her high-maintenance fur baby, Rip.

Rip is not an easy pet.  Old age is his main issue.  He’s prone to getting sick and must be given pet meds and shots.  Michelle has boarded him before, but they only took him outside twice for bathroom breaks.  So, Rip was not happy at the kennel—and honestly…who can blame poor Rip? Michelle was at her wit’s end.  It’s not easy to find quality pet care.  Especially at Christmas!

The Solution: Pet Au Pair Extraordinaire & Petz Pack

I wish I’d known about Pet Au Pair Extraordinaire and Petz Pack when Michelle was asking for

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In my experience there is no event more frustrating, energy-sapping, and just plain unpleasant than moving from one living space to another. When I first moved out of my parents house I took EVERYTHING that I have ever owned. The next time I took mostly what I needed, but plenty of superfluous items.

The last time I moved I got rid of everything that I couldn’t take in one trip… In (nearly immediate) hindsight that was not a great plan. It took almost a year to fill the space out in the new apartment. Huntsville being one of the fastest growing cities in the country has people steadily migrating into this unique little slice of the South. For anyone thinking of moving to the Rocket City but dreading the move, College Hunks Hauling Junk are a highly

In my experience there is no event more frustrating, energy-sapping, and just plain unpleasant than moving from one living space to another. When I first moved out of my parents house I took EVERYTHING that I have ever owned. The next time I took mostly what I needed, but plenty of superfluous items.

The last time I moved I got rid of everything that I couldn’t take in one trip… In (nearly immediate) hindsight that was not a great plan. It took almost a year to fill the space out in the new apartment. Huntsville being one of the fastest growing cities in the country has people steadily migrating into this unique little slice of the South. For anyone thinking of moving to the Rocket City but dreading the move, College Hunks Hauling Junk are a highly

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Peggy Ann Bakery is one Huntsville’s best kept confectionery secrets.  Peggy Ann Bakery opened in 1953 and has been using quality ingredients to create all kinds of sweet treats for the last sixty five years!

Peggy Ann Bakery provides Rocket City with one of the largest selections of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, brownies, Danishes, petit fors, and more.  Peggy Ann Bakery is sure to have a bakery item perfect for your special occasion. The bakery offers cakes suited for every occasion. Cakes can be decorated for your holiday, sports team, or children’s birthday theme.  It is recommended to order cakes a week ahead of time to be sure you get on their schedule for your day.   Smaller orders of cookies or Danishes require less advance notice.

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Peggy Ann Bakery is one Huntsville’s best kept confectionery secrets.  Peggy Ann Bakery opened in 1953 and has been using quality ingredients to create all kinds of sweet treats for the last sixty five years!

Peggy Ann Bakery provides Rocket City with one of the largest selections of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, brownies, Danishes, petit fors, and more.  Peggy Ann Bakery is sure to have a bakery item perfect for your special occasion. The bakery offers cakes suited for every occasion. Cakes can be decorated for your holiday, sports team, or children’s birthday theme.  It is recommended to order cakes a week ahead of time to be sure you get on their schedule for your day.   Smaller orders of cookies or Danishes require less advance notice.

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A Library for the 21st Century.

This isn’t the library of times past when book-stamping Marian Madam Librarian (Shirley Jones) rebuked Professor Harold Hill (Robert Preston) with a persistent “Shhhh!!” in Morton DaCosta’s 1962 film version of Music Man.

The 21st Century library is more like a community center with plenty of relevant programs to draw its patrons. 

But First, a Little Madison, Alabama History.

Most of us have heard that Madison was something like a two-light town before its expansion prior to 1990. The city had 15,000 people, according to the city’s web site.  By 2010, our town had grown at rocket speed to 43,000!

The Huntsville/Madison County website says the current library opened 20 years ago to serve 22,000 people.

A Library for the 21st Century.

This isn’t the library of times past when book-stamping Marian Madam Librarian (Shirley Jones) rebuked Professor Harold Hill (Robert Preston) with a persistent “Shhhh!!” in Morton DaCosta’s 1962 film version of Music Man.

The 21st Century library is more like a community center with plenty of relevant programs to draw its patrons. 

But First, a Little Madison, Alabama History.

Most of us have heard that Madison was something like a two-light town before its expansion prior to 1990. The city had 15,000 people, according to the city’s web site.  By 2010, our town had grown at rocket speed to 43,000!

The Huntsville/Madison County website says the current library opened 20 years ago to serve 22,000 people.

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Escape rooms are a relatively new concept that have become increasingly popular over the last few years. At first it seems odd that such a thing would become so popular in our society of screens and isolation. This, I think, is why escape games have grasped the imagination of so many. Trapped in Decatur is one such escape room that has started gaining more popularity over the past year.

Escaping the rooms requires quick-thinking, team work, and communication skills that you might not rely on everyday. The rooms conjure up these foundations of human interaction and condense the experience into an hour-long pressure cooker style adventure that will leave you saying “No way that was 60 minutes! …Let’s do another one.” If you went and checked out our

Escape rooms are a relatively new concept that have become increasingly popular over the last few years. At first it seems odd that such a thing would become so popular in our society of screens and isolation. This, I think, is why escape games have grasped the imagination of so many. Trapped in Decatur is one such escape room that has started gaining more popularity over the past year.

Escaping the rooms requires quick-thinking, team work, and communication skills that you might not rely on everyday. The rooms conjure up these foundations of human interaction and condense the experience into an hour-long pressure cooker style adventure that will leave you saying “No way that was 60 minutes! …Let’s do another one.” If you went and checked out our

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Although the Alabama Athletic Club no longer offers indoor rock climbing, there are still a couple of places to climb in Huntsville.

For south siders, there’s Up A Creek Indoor Family Adventures in Hampton Cove. Opened in 2012, Up A Creek has a 3 course rock climbing wall (as well as a mechanical surf machine!) . . . they get great reviews on Facebook, check their page for hours and party/event info.

The Little Gym of Huntsville is a kids (12 and under) playspace that Google turns up in a search for Huntsville rock climbing, but their website doesn’t indicate they have a wall, and I can’t find one in any of their Facebook pictures.

The serious looking indoor rock climbing opportunity in these parts, however, appears to be in Madison and the 

Although the Alabama Athletic Club no longer offers indoor rock climbing, there are still a couple of places to climb in Huntsville.

For south siders, there’s Up A Creek Indoor Family Adventures in Hampton Cove. Opened in 2012, Up A Creek has a 3 course rock climbing wall (as well as a mechanical surf machine!) . . . they get great reviews on Facebook, check their page for hours and party/event info.

The Little Gym of Huntsville is a kids (12 and under) playspace that Google turns up in a search for Huntsville rock climbing, but their website doesn’t indicate they have a wall, and I can’t find one in any of their Facebook pictures.

The serious looking indoor rock climbing opportunity in these parts, however, appears to be in Madison and the 

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The Countdown | T minus 10 and counting—9, 8, 7…

 At 11:59 on December 31, millions of girls around the globe were counting down.  But this wasn’t about the New Year or the ball dropping in Times Square.  These girls were glued to their computer screens or mobile devices, waiting for the American Girl company to release their 2018 Girl of the Year. 

The Rocket Girl

Just as in years past, American Girl delivered as promised. Yet, this Girl of the Year doll is different from any of the other dolls we’ve seen so far.  This doll is special for us at the Rocket City.

Introducing Luciana Vega, the Girl of the Year doll.  Luciana has her eyes on the sky as she looks forward to attending (wait for it!!) Space Camp at Huntsville’s own U.S. Space &

The Countdown | T minus 10 and counting—9, 8, 7…

 At 11:59 on December 31, millions of girls around the globe were counting down.  But this wasn’t about the New Year or the ball dropping in Times Square.  These girls were glued to their computer screens or mobile devices, waiting for the American Girl company to release their 2018 Girl of the Year. 

The Rocket Girl

Just as in years past, American Girl delivered as promised. Yet, this Girl of the Year doll is different from any of the other dolls we’ve seen so far.  This doll is special for us at the Rocket City.

Introducing Luciana Vega, the Girl of the Year doll.  Luciana has her eyes on the sky as she looks forward to attending (wait for it!!) Space Camp at Huntsville’s own U.S. Space &

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Is your business looking for creative, fresh ways to bring your workforce together as a cooperative team? The Rocket City has several diverse options to choose from!

Corporate Space Camp

Probably the quintessential Huntsville pick on our list is Corporate Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center! Run simulated space missions as a crew member in this program that works in conjunction with Zenith Team Experience, a leadership development organization.

Huntsville Escape Rooms

Like puzzles and timed challenges? Try Huntsville Escape Rooms for a “Clue” board game like experience brought to life. Solve family friendly, non-scary puzzles to escape a locked room in under 60 minutes.

Food Related Team Building by Chef JoAnna

Nashville

Is your business looking for creative, fresh ways to bring your workforce together as a cooperative team? The Rocket City has several diverse options to choose from!

Corporate Space Camp

Probably the quintessential Huntsville pick on our list is Corporate Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center! Run simulated space missions as a crew member in this program that works in conjunction with Zenith Team Experience, a leadership development organization.

Huntsville Escape Rooms

Like puzzles and timed challenges? Try Huntsville Escape Rooms for a “Clue” board game like experience brought to life. Solve family friendly, non-scary puzzles to escape a locked room in under 60 minutes.

Food Related Team Building by Chef JoAnna

Nashville

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