Explore Huntsville – On the Go in the Rocket City

We created a free smartphone app to help local families and visitors in Huntsville discover fun things to do. Attractions, events, restaurants, parks, and all the guides Rocket City Mom creates can be found within the app… and then some!. Over 10.000 downloads can’t be wrong!. Explore Huntsville...
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Huntsville Weekend Roundup June 24 – 26

Another Huntsville Weekend is here, and it’s coming in with a BANG! Get a head start on the Fourth of July celebrations, enjoy a free movie, and more! Find our top picks below or check out all the fun over on our event calendar. Celebrate Fourth of July with...
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5 Reasons to Become a Member: Huntsville Botanical Garden

We think Huntsville is a great place to raise children and the many family-friendly, kid-centric museums and attractions provide plenty of opportunities to keep those kids busy. For locals, purchasing a membership is a great way to save money (most family memberships pay for themselves in two visits) and support these wonderful non-profits at the same time. In our newest series 5 Reasons to Be a Member we’ll highlight what we consider to be the biggest draws for each of these attractions and why we think “membership really does have its privileges.”

10 Totally Free Things to Do in Huntsville with Kids This Summer

Summer break can be hard on a parent’s wallet, especially when you’re trying to figure out a way to keep the kids entertained and off devices. Here are 10 totally free things to do in Huntsville that won’t break the bank! I suggest bookmarking it for easy access when you need it most. You can also get free event ideas every day of every week inside our Event Calendar as well as our 2022 Summer Activity Guide for Families!

Earlyworks Children’s Museum Brings Fun Geared for Littles

If you’re looking for an indoor activity for the family that’s interactive, educational, and full of opportunities to play, consider EarlyWorks in Downtown Huntsville. On my visit to EarlyWorks with my 2 year old daughter, we parked on the street, around the corner from the museum. My daughter was immediately enchanted by the tree with the toys and trucks in the atrium, which gave me time to check in. Whether you have a membership or are paying for your visit, you need to check in at the counter when you first walk in.

Awesome Dads of Huntsville: Matt Mandrella, the Music Man

This Father’s Day, we’re making a bit of a departure from our Awesome Moms of Huntsville series to bring you our first ever Amazing DADS of Huntsville! We think it’s about time we started shining a spotlight on notable dads doing big things in our community. You might have seen our inaugural dad hard at work at the new Orion Amphitheater, working with your favorite bands, or planning the next local music festival. Read on to find out more about Matt Mandrella, his life as a dad and as Huntsville’s Chief Music Officer, and why we think he’s an Awesome Dad of Huntsville. Plus get a peek at some of the music on his playlist!

Happy Father’s Day from Rocket City Mom

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Rocket City Mom is celebrating Father’s Day with a website “takeover” of all things Dad this weekend. The hyperlocal parenting website is most often frequented by local moms, but will put dads front and center to help shine a light on parents of the paternal variety.

Huntsville Weekend Roundup June 17 – 19

It’s Father’s Day this Huntsville Weekend, and luckily there’s lots of ways to make memories with dad in the Rocket City! From enjoying free admission to local attractions or spending quality time together doing the things you love, we’ve got you covered. Find our top picks below or check out all the fun over on our event calendar.

Ardent Seeks Song Singing, Smile Bringing Rock Stars

Ardent Teacher – (n): An enthusiastic (or passionate) song singing, smile bringing, child chasing rock star who lives to inspire and loves to encourage. They’re kind of a big deal!. We recently asked our staff what their first impressions were when they began to work at Ardent Preschool....

Cool Off at Decatur’s Point Mallard Water Park

Point Mallard water park opened in August of 1970 and is home to America’s first wave pool. My family has been visiting every summer since I was born. The park has continued to grow throughout the years, adding new adventures for everyone to enjoy. There is something for all ages to explore!

Dive into Summer Fun at the Hartselle Aquatic Center

Looking for a way to wear out your kids of all ages? Tired of the same old pools and splash pads? Take a short drive to Hartselle and visit the Hartselle Aquatic Center! Located about 12 miles south of Decatur and about 25 miles southwest of Madison, it’s a quick trip for an afternoon visit. I headed to Hartselle with 3 kids (ages 14, 9, and 6) to explore one very hot and sunny afternoon.

Take a Magical Road Trip to Ancient Lore Village

As my kids get older, it’s harder and harder to find a quick family getaway that they will get excited about. The siren’s song of hanging with friends or commitments like school, work, and extracurriculars often beats out any roadtrip I want to take with them. But recently we discovered a hidden jewel that impressed us all – Ancient Lore Village made my little Middle-Earth-loving family’s jaws drop and we can’t wait to go back!

Rogersville Splash Pad and Recreational Park

The Rogersville Splash Pad is a hidden gem in North Alabama surrounded by beautiful landscape and trees. It’s located at the Rogersville Recreation Center, about 45 minutes west of Madison and a mere 20 minutes away from Athens. It’s a great place for families in northwest Alabama to cool off during the sweltering summertime!

Huntsville Weekend Roundup June 10 – 12

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for this Huntsville Weekend. Between a teething baby and a busy schedule, I’m more than ready for some down time. Luckily, there’s plenty family fun to choose from this weekend and there’s something for everyone. Find our top picks below or check out all the fun over on our event calendar.

A Tribute to All Kinds of Dads

Being a dad, much like being a mom, has changed A LOT over the last fifty years or so. Fathers are now expected to play a significantly larger role in child-rearing, and on behalf of all moms we’d like to salute those dads who have stepped up to the challenge.

Splash into an Adventure at The Jungle Wave

If you have an adventurous kiddo who is not as enthusiastic as they once were for typical water play like splash pads and creek stomping, you can give them a unique experience at The Jungle Wave in Scottsboro. My water-loving 10-year-old has been getting bored more quickly at our beloved play areas (cue some small drops of water on this mom’s face). He’s become interested in activities that challenge him physically and have an element of thrill. The Jungle Wave checked both boxes.

Celebrating Father’s Day in Huntsville

We always love to find unique gifts for our wonderful Rocket City Dads, especially if we can recommend some that are Huntsville LOCAL and awesome. Here’s how to have the perfect Father’s Day in Huntsville – we’ve listed our favorite things to do as well as local gifts.

Wipeout Summer Boredom at the Slippery Summit Aqua Park in Cullman

Have you ever watched the show Wipeout and thought, “I can do that!”? You can find out how skilled you really are by visiting the Slippery Summit Aqua Park in Cullman, Alabama. You can “run, climb, jump, swing, and slide” to “conquer the summit” on this inflatable obstacle course. You can also wobble, crawl, flop, roll, slip, and look as ungraceful as humanly possible. That’s what this mom did. I lasted only twelve minutes before deciding that conquering even the flat areas, let alone any summit, was not for me. I found amusement on the shore by watching others, especially my husband, wipe out and fall into the pond.