Hey guys, I have a special guest on the blog today. If you’ve been following along you know that we moved from North Carolina to Birmingham, Alabama a little over a week ago. I reached out for some guest posters and I got lucky- Lisa is from here! So today she’s going to share some of her favorite toddler activities in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m just going to let her take over!
Hey Y’all. I’m Lisa and I blog over at From the North to the South. I’m so excited to be guest posting for Sarah while she’s busy moving to Birmingham! Birmingham is a great place to be (I happen to live here), especially if you have little ones. I spend my days as a nanny for a 1 year old little boy, and we are always looking for places to go and things to see.
Here are 5 (but there could be so many more) fun things to do in Birmingham with a toddler.
1. Go to the Zoo: The Birmingham Zoo is pretty awesome. It’s a great way to spend a day, even those really hot Alabama summer days. The zoo offers lot of daily events, like feeding giraffes, the Lorikeet Avery, and lion taming. One of the coolest areas of the zoo is the Trails of Africa area. You can see elephants, monkeys, play some African drums, and get great photos with the misting elephant. If the day is just too hot, there are 2 splash pads in the Zoo where your little ones (and you) can cool off.
source: The Birmingham Zoo
2. Go to McWane Science Center: if you’re looking for a more educational day, McWane Science Center is the place to be. It has lot of different exhibits, so it’s a good place for older kids and toddlers. There’s one exhibit that is just for little ones called, Just Mice Size. It’s an interactive exhibit where kids 5 and under can explore everyday objects that are 10X their actual size, while also all being at eye level for your little ones to see and learn.
3.Go to the Library: Birmingham has some great libraries! The Hoover Public Library offers daily programs both in the summer and during the school year for children, from story times, to experiments, and even some activities for adults only (if you’re looking for a mom’s (or dad’s) night out). Plus if you can’t make it to a program you can still come play in the preschool area, where there are tons of book, iPads with educational games, and an outdoor play area with tables to eat lunch.
4. Go to the Park: Birmingham is a beautiful place to live and you can see that in the parks around the area. Wald Park is a hot spot for children to play, along with Leeds Park. They offer large play areas for kids and you can always bring along some food and have a picnic. Of course there are smaller parks all over Birmingham if you are looking for just a short trip not too far from home. During the summer some school’s playgrounds are open to use and these are a great way for your little one to burn off some energy.
5. Cool off at a water park: Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer is a fun place to take the kids. My husband and I have spent a few summer days here and it’s a great way to cool off in the heat. You can spend the whole day or just get out for those hottest hours of the day. There are kiddie pools and a wave pool, plus a lazy river. Of course there are water slides too, along with a few non-water rides like a fun little roller-coaster. They have some great funnel cake too!
This is just a handful of what Birmingham has to offer! It’s a great family friendly city, where there’s always something to do!
Any other Birminghamians out there? Please add to the list!
I am so grateful to Lisa for guest posting for me during this hectic time. I know as soon as we are settled we are definitely going to be checking out some of these activities! We have already seen several great parks close to us and I can’t wait to take my little one to visit the same places I did as a kid- the Zoo & McWane Center! If you are in the area, check these places out, and if you have some other fun activities in Birmingham to share, be sure and tell us about them in the comments!
Lisa is the blogger over at From the North to the South. She’s a 20-something Northern, married to a 20-something Southern boy. His job brought them to live in the Deep South. She spends her days as a nanny, and by night she’s a blogger and wanna be crafter. From the North to the South is where she blogs about whatever is on her mind or what’s happening in her world, along with some occasional tips and advice. Check her out on: