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Six Weeks of Summer – Things to Do in Tuscaloosa Before School Starts Back

Six Weeks of Summer – Things to Do in Tuscaloosa Before School Starts Back
We’ve almost reached the summer break midpoint for most students in West Alabama. In the days between day camps, visiting grandparents, VBS and family trips, you may be left looking for things to fill the time and have fun until school returns in August.
1. Cool in the Fountains at Riverwalk (1 Greensboro Ave) and Shelby Park (1614 15th Street Tuscaloosa) – We’ll start with cheap and easy…nothing beats dancing fountains mid-afternoon on a summer day. Grab a towel, take the kids, the dog, down to Shelby Park or Riverwalk behind Hotel Indigo for a few runs through the fountain. Create free and easy life-long memories with a short drive to one of these cool summer destinations.
2. Will May Dog Park at Sokol Park (5901 Watermelon Road, Tuscaloosa) – Keep the kidos and fido happy this summer with trips to the Will May Dog Park at Sokol. Plenty of room to run, stretch your legs (two and four legged variety) complete with plenty of shade trees to boot.
3. Saturday’s at CHOM (2213 University Blvd. Downtown Tuscaloosa) – Weekends are happening at Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands On Museum in Downtown Tuscaloosa. If you’re looking for more structured activities for the kids this summer, look no further than CHOM. Here’s the rundown of free weekend events – all indoors!
Color Me Crazy at CHOM! Saturday July 7, 2018 9 am – 4:30pm -Design your own salt painting! -Create Pointillism art! -Test our lava lamp experiment!
Inspect Insects at CHOM! Saturday July 14, 2018 9 am – 4:30 pm Examine specimens from all over the world! Make a bug hat! Decorate a bug!
Super Shark Saturday at CHOM! Saturday July 21, 2018 9 am – 4:30 pm How big is an actual Great White Shark? Make your own pet shark! Play Feed the Shark! Play Shark BINGO! Listen to Shark Tales!
Hogwarts Day at CHOM! Saturday July 28, 2018 9 am – 4:30 pm Design your own wand! Create your House Tie! Adopt a magical creature! Potions demonstrations! Have a Chocolate Frog! Try some “Every Flavor Beans!” Costumes Welcome!!!
4. Sharktooth Fossil Day Trip – Travel to the Black Belt of Alabama in search of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils from the Dinosaur Age (late Cretaceous). Participants should be prepared to get wet and muddy as they wade through shallow streams to collect sharks teeth and other marine fossils from stream bed gravel deposits. Ages 10 and up. $30 per person. To register please call during business hours (Mon. – Sat. 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM) 205-348-7550 or send an email to museum.programs@ua.edu.
5. Free Movies on the Green at Midtown Village (1800 University Blvd) – Join the folks at Midtown for Screen On The Green, the Free Summer Movie Series every Saturday, July 14-August 11 starting at 8pm on The Green at Midtown Village. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the kids for Free summer movies. Movie lineup: July 14- “Coco”, July 21- “Peter Rabbit”, July 28- “Ferdinand”, August 4- “Despicable Me 3”, August 11- “The Greatest Showman”. All movies are weather permitting. Any movies that are cancelled will be shown at a later date. Watch our Facebook page for updates.
6. Stops at Summer Snow (1501 University Blvd East). Summer treats are special, and inexpensive, at Summer Snow. The flavored ice treats are the perfect cool down on a hot afternoon….make you a hero to your kids – just remember – cash only!

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