Your ultimate guide to family fun this summer around Birmingham


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Watch ’em ride. (Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure / Facebook)

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start mapping out some family fun. To make planning a cinch, we compiled a list of the best ways to fill those summer days. From camps and day-trip destinations to lots of free activities, we’ve got Birmingham families of all sizes covered.

Summer camps

Alabama Ballet

Alabama Ballet
Too precious for words. (Alabama Ballet)

Have a little twinkle toes at home? Alabama Ballet is a wonderful place for them to dip their toes into the amazing world of dance. This summer, they’re offering two exciting camps. Here’s a look at each:

Tutus & Tiaras

For one week, four hours a day, kids ages 4-7 will:

  • Take age-appropriate ballet and tap classes
  • Create ballet-oriented crafts
  • Learn how ballet dancers tell stories with pantomime
  • Partake in story time to learn about classical ballets like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty

When: Session 1 – July 18-22 | Session 2 – July 25-29
Cost: $250/week | $425 for both sessions

Junior Camp

Designed for kids ages 8-12 years, dancers will:

  • Take age-appropriate ballet classes
  • Learn modern dance and jazz techniques
  • Take character and/or theatre dance classes
  • Study dance history
  • Prepare for an end-of-session performance

When: July 18-22 & July 25-29 | 10AM-3PM
Cost: $475 for 2 weeks

Where: 2726 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
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Mason Music

Mason Music
Are you ready to rock? (Mason Music)

I come from a musical family and took several instruments growing up. Personally, I’m thrilled to fill you in on the many summer music camps for kids offered at Mason Music.

For ages 3-18, Mason Music gets kids excited about all things music, from guitar and drums to piano and vocals. Here’s a peek at what they’re offering:

STARS Music Camp For Preschoolers (ages 3-5)
  • When/Where:
    • Session 1) June 13-17: Bluff Park Studio
    • (Session 2) June 27-July 1: Cahaba Heights Studio
    • (Session 3) July 11-15: Greystone Studio
    • (Session 4) July 25-29: Mountain Brook Studio
  • Register
Mason Music Camp For Beginners (ages 6-8)
  • When/Where:
    • (Session 1) June 6-10: Cahaba Heights Studio
    • (Session 2) June 20-24: Greystone Studio
    • (Session 3) June 27-July 1: Mountain Brook Studio
    • (Session 4) July 18-22: Bluff Park Studio
    • (Session 5) August 1-5: Cahaba Heights Studio
  • Register
Guitar Camp For Beginners (ages 10-15)
  • When: June 13-17 | 9AM-Noon
  • Where: Mountain Brook Studio
  • Register

Want more kids’ summer music camps? Check Mason Music’s full list. Slots fill up fast, so register now!

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Lets see those muscles. (KidStrong / Facebook)

I’ve heard many parents talking about KidStrong recently, and after looking into it, I have to say that it does look pretty cool. A private child development training center, KidStrong focuses on the brain, physical and character development for kids up to age 11.

With obstacle courses and children’s play equipment it’s a bit like a fitness bootcamp for kids, but much less intense! What’s awesome is that along with regular classes, they also offer summer camps—many with exciting themes. Here’s what to know:

  • Camp Times: 9AM-2:30PM
  • Camp Dates + Pricing: 
    • April 15 + 18: $50 
    • May 27: $50 (THEME: Superhero Camp)
    • May 31-June 3: $200 (THEME: Ninja Camp)
    • June 6-10: $250 (THEME: Confidence + Leadership Camp)
    • More dates + prices

Ready to sign up? Get your strong on—register now.

Where: 5403 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242
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Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell

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Sign up now for Youth Folk Camp at the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. (Alabama Folk School / Facebook)

Have a rising 5th-12th grader? Consider signing them up for Youth Folk Camp at the Alabama Folk School. One of the many opportunities offered at Camp McDowell, this particular camp combines the fun of overnight camp with folk school instruction in music, painting, poetry, pottery and more.

Get rates + register.

Where: Speaks Wy, Nauvoo, AL 35578
When: July 30-August 2
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Samford Academy of the Arts

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Musicians at work. (Samford Academy of the Arts / Facebook)

For kids interested in art and music, Samford Academy of the Arts is a great place to kids to enjoy the fun of summer camp.

View camps, rates + register here.

Where: 1939 S Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
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Educational Fun

McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center
McWane’s Home School Labs are a great way to level up your students education. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

You can’t have a summer family fun guide without mentioning McWane Science Center—it’s one of Birmingham’s top spots for family entertainment, after all. Centered on all things science, it caters to all ages. Plus, it helps keep your kiddo’s brain active during those long summer months.

During your visit:

  • Engage in hands-on activities on McWane’s Adventure Halls.
  • Learn + play at Itty Bitty Magic City (for preschool kids).
  • Discover sea creatures and dinosaurs.
  • Watch a movie at the IMAX Theatre.
  • Visit the gift shop for a cool souvenir.

View pricing and ticket options here.

Psst! McWane offers summer camps, too. Learn about them here.

Where: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Wednesday-Friday, 9AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-5PM | Sunday, Noon-5PM
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The Birmingham Zoo

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Lorikeets at the Birmingham Zoo. (Patience Itson / Bham Now)

When it comes to family entertainment, The Birmingham Zoo never disappoints. Just check out their attractions:

  • Animal encounters
  • Train + carousel rides
  • Park + playground areas
  • Splash pad
  • And more!

View pricing and ticket options here.

Where: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Wednesday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM
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Active Adventures

Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure

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Get ready for the ultimate splash at Alabama Splash Adventure. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

It may not open for the summer season until May, but go ahead and plan ahead for you and the family to visit Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure in Bessemer. With over 25 attractions like rollers and water slides, it’s the place to go for a full day of fun.

View pricing and ticket options here.

Where: 4599 Splash Adventure Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022
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High Point Climbing and Fitness

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Reach new heights. (High Point Climbing and Fitness Birmingham / Facebook)

Want your family to put fitness first this summer? Make it happen with visits to High Point Climbing and Fitness—an indoor climbing gym for adults and kids. Check it out for indoor rope climbing and bouldering, a kids’ zone, yoga classes and more.

  • Where: 4766 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Cost:
    • Day Passes: Adults – $19 ($25 with gear included) | Kids 10 & Under & Seniors – $17 ($23 with gear included)
    • 7-Day Passes: $111 ($150 with gear included)
    • Monthly Memberships: $74/month | Students/Military Discount – $63
    • Gear Rentals: $3-$6
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

Urban Air Adventure Park

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Jump it out. (Urban Air /Facebook)

“I’m bored!” If you’re a parent, this sentence surely made you cringe. Happily, I have the perfect solution to bounce the boredom right out of your kids this summer—a trip to Urban Air. Filled with tons of trampolines, some reaching the ceiling, it’s a great way for the whole family to get active and have some fun. And honestly, it’ll bounce the boredom out of parents, too. I mean, can you honestly say no to a giant space filled with wall-to-wall trampolines? I think not. Find out what else they offer.

Find pricing and ticket options here.

Where: Homewood | Trussville
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Friends and fun at the Y. (YMCA of Greater Birmingham / Facebook)

For all the family fun this summer, pack up the crew and head to your nearest YMCA. They offer everything from summer day camps to swim lessons and team sports. View the list of what’s offered and sign up now.

Where: Locations
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Day Trips within 1.5 hours of Birmingham

Cook Museum of Natural Science

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Discover undersea wonders at the Cook Museum in North Alabama. (Visit North Alabama)

Whether you love sea animals, outer space, forests, insects or any other aspect of the natural world, you’ll find it at The Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur. Here you’ll have the chance to explore nine themed exhibits featuring animals from around the world, interactive learning and even a 15,000 gallon aquarium. Learn more reasons you should visit.

Find pricing and ticket options here.

Where: 133 4th Ave NE, Decatur, AL 35601
When: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM
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DeSoto Caverns

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Explore the magnificent Desoto Caverns with friends and family. (DSsoto Caverns)

Located in Childersburg, DeSoto Caverns is sure to be your family’s favorite destination this summer. Here you’ll find:

  • 15+ unique attractions
  • Live entertainment
  • Craft artisan demonstrations
  • Astounding caves
  • And more!

Find pricing and ticket options here.

Where: 5181 Desoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg, AL 35044
When: Friday, 10AM-5:30PM | Saturday, 9AM-5:30PM | Sunday, 10AM-5:30PM | Monday, 10AM-5:30PM
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Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

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Have a day of adventure at the Montgomery Zoo. (Patience Itson / Bham Now)

Love a fun zoo trip? Then you’re sure to enjoy the Montgomery Zoo. About an hour drive from Downtown Birmingham via 1-65S, you’ll discover:

  • Amazing animals like monkeys, hippos, giraffes and flamingos
  • A must-visit park with tons of equipment to play on
  • A tasty cafe to grab lunch
  • An awesome gift shop for memorable souvenirs
  • And more!

Find pricing and ticket options here.

Where: 2301 Coliseum Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36110
When: Daily, 9AM-4PM
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Free Family Fun

With so many summer days to fill, it’s always a must to have some free options. The Greater Birmingham Area offers so many. Here are some that are not only fun, but will save you some serious cash:

If you didn’t know, Birmingham Museum of Art is also free to visit with a broad range of activities, exhibits and events. See what’s new.

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