Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has just the right combination of big city amenities and small town charm, a mix that’s earned it a spot on numerous best city lists. As a cultural, educational and economic hub of western Alabama, Tuscaloosa attracts many young families who appreciate its options for kid-friendly fun. If you find yourself in the Druid City, entertain the kids with activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Explore a Museum
Whether your kids are toddlers or tweens, they’ll find something interesting among the more than 20 hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (chomonline.org). The annual spring Rubber Duck Derby is especially fun for kids, but the museum’s calendar of events has family friendly special events throughout the year. The collection at the Alabama Museum of Natural History (amnh.ua.edu) is small, but kids can spend a few hours exploring exhibits on geology and skeletons. Check the program calendar online, which often includes activities for kids and families.
Get Some Fresh Air
The Tuscaloosa Park and Recreation Authority (tcpara.org) has kids leagues for sports including soccer, volleyball and baseball, and classes such as cooking, art and dance. If you just want to play outside, head to the 18-hole disc golf course at Bowers Park, which has tee options for kids. Just a 20-minute drive from downtown, the Barnyard (tuscaloosabarnyard.com) lets kids pet and feed cute farm animals, including chicks, sheep and ponies.
Enjoy the Indoors
Activities such as story time, arts and crafts, and free movie screenings at the Tuscaloosa Public Library (tuscaloosa-library.org) are ideal for rainy-day fun. Check the library’s online calendar for a list of upcoming activities for children. Kids who love the spotlight might want to audition for a show or attend theater camp at the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre (tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.com), but all kids will enjoy watching the theater’s all-kids-cast productions.
Play a Game
Kids can bowl with lane bumpers or try their luck at traditional bowling at AMF Bama Lanes (amf.com/bamalanes). The bowling alley also has an arcade and a snack bar for between-games fun. Engage in a little friendly competition at Bama Mini Golf (bamaminigolf.com), a miniature golf course. The attraction offers regular discounts for children who post a picture on their Facebook page or bring in a church bulletin, so check the website for deals before you head over.