Posted by Matt Curtis on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 8:14am.
As Spring Break season approaches, it’s time to think about activities to keep the kids occupied during a full week without school. The Rocket City alone has many places to go, and Huntsville is close enough to Nashville and Birmingham for a quick day trip!
We at Rocket City Local have drummed up some ideas that are fun for all ages. So bring on Spring Break, and let’s go!
I regularly write about Huntsville’s Lowe Mill because there is so much to do in one place! Is your kid always making pot-holders on a loom? Try Amy Shelton and Roo Kline’s Sparkle Studio. Amy and Roo offer mixed media classes ranging from $5-$25, and your kids will have fun making crafts from plant and animal-based fiber. Check their site for free events such as Sit and Stich Friday.
If your kids want to get their geek on, try the Kids’ Comic Book Art Class by SuperPowered Studios 113 for only $25. For more Lowe Mill events (and there are plenty to choose from!). I can’t get enough of Lowe Mill, so stay tuned for future posts!!
On the other hand, let’s assume that the weather cooperates, and it’s perfect weather for Spring Break. (I know…don’t laugh!) Have you ever heard of Dismals Canyon?
My dad grew up on a farm in a remote area of Franklin County, Alabama. In the summers he used to swim in the icy waters of Dismals Branch. Since then, the area has been developed for tourists on 85 acres of fascinating bluffs, primeval forests, boulders, and cliffs. Be sure to wear warm clothes, because it can be quite cool, even in the summer. It’s about a 1 ½-hour drive from Huntsville.
When I was a kid, we always tried to find Vulcan on Birmingham’s Red Mountain. Named after the ugly Roman god, Vulcan (aka, Hephaestus), who was a talented ironworker to the gods, Vulcan is “the world’s largest cast-iron statue.” Vulcan was designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti as a nod to the Iron City.
If you’re going to visit Bham, be sure to drop by Sloss Furnace National Landmark, “once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world.”
On a side note, my daughter’s fifth-grade class did a field trip to Sloss Furnace, followed by a tour of the Golden Flake Factory. I highly, highly recommend it. You’ve never tasted a Golden Flake chip until it has come right out of one of Golden Flake’s huge industrial ovens!
To be honest, I’m a Nashville newbie, having grown up closer to Birmingham. But I have visited the American Girl Doll store at the nearby Cool Springs Mall. Introducing Luciana Vega, the Girl of the Year 2018 doll which is special for us here in the Rocket City! Love it, love it!
Your teens may enjoy the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure, a 3-hour romp through the Music City. Their site says it’s like the Amazing Race. Grab a group and go check it out…Looks fun!
The Parthenon is a full-sized replica of the original one in Athens, Greece. Built around 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, the building houses Nashville’s art museum.
These are just a few things to whet your Spring Break appetite…I can think of dozens more, can you? We at Rocket City Local would love to hear your Spring Break recommendations!
Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at www.SweetgumLife.com [https://www.sweetgumlife.com/]. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel. When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys home décor, photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.