Things to Do in Birmingham with Kids

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Are you looking for something fun to do with kids in Birmingham? Look no further than this perfect guide for family fun. I’ve split the activities into a few different categories. Enjoy!

Nature in Birmingham, AL

  1. Nature Hike

Get out and enjoy some fresh air with a little nature hike. Birmingham has plenty of places to take the kids to explore. Some of my favorites include Oak Mountain State Park, Ruffner Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park.

  1. Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a beautiful spot to take in a variety of gardens and is beautiful during any season of the year.

  1. Explore Birmingham’s Parks and Playgrounds

Birmingham has many different parks to explore with your family. Check out the Ultimate Guide to Birmingham Parks and Playgrounds by the Birmingham Mom Collective here

Educational Outings in Birmingham, AL

  1. Vulcan Park and Museum

The Vulcan Park and Museum offers a beautiful view of the city at the top of the Vulcan statue and also has a museum to explore the history of the city of Birmingham.

  1. McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center’s mission is to “spark wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science”. They have numerous permanent exhibits and introduce feature exhibits throughout the year.

  1. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Civil Rights Institute is part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Visit this amazing museum to learn more about the significance of the civil rights movement in Birmingham.

  1. Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces explores the history of the steel and iron industry and the importance of these industries on Birmingham’s growth and development. As stated on their website, “Sloss is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the U.S. being preserved and interpreted as an historic industrial site”. There are self-guided tours as well as guided tours available.

  1. Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo attracts visitors from around the southeast and has approximately 550 animals of 180 species. It is a great way to spend the day with small children.

  1. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is one of the largest sports halls of fame and is sure to entertain those interested in sports. The best part? Children under 6 get in for FREE.

Entertainment with Kids in Birmingham, AL

  1. The Market at Pepper Place

The Market at Pepper Place is  a nationally recognized market that takes place every Saturday. You will find a mix of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and crafts, along with entertainment and food for your Saturday morning outing. 

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  1. Baron’s MILB Game at Regions Field

Regions Field is home to Birmingham’s Minor League Baseball Team, the Birmingham Barons. Barons games are fun for the entire family and end some of the games with a special fireworks show.

  1. Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Catch the latest show at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Your littles will love it!

Treats in Birmingham, AL

  1. Cookie Fix

These are my favorite cookies! Cookie Fix has two Birmingham locations – one in Homewood and one in Cahaba Heights. 

  1. Ice Cream

Everyone loves ice cream and here are a few of Birmingham’s favorite ice cream spots:

Big Spoon Creamery

Big Spoon Creamery is located in Avondale and Homewood and has delicious, handcrafted, artisan ice cream.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Ice Cream is located in the Pepper Place district and would be a great stop after shopping the Pepper Place Market.

Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe

Bluff Park Ice Cream carries creamy, rich ice cream and offers a variety of flavors to meet dietary needs.

Shopping in Birmingham, AL

  1. The Summit

The Summit is an upscale shopping and lifestyle center which has many shopping, food, and entertainment options and is sure to please the entire family.

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  1. Children’s Boutiques

Birmingham has so many great children’s boutiques. I included a few below depending on where you find yourself in Birmingham. Check them out, and let me know what you think!

Turquoise in Hoover, AL

Turquoise is my favorite children’s boutique located in my sweet neighborhood, Bluff Park, in Hoover,Al. Make sure you check their social media pages or message them for their hours on the day you are planning to visit. Read this blog to learn more about Turquoise, and stop in at  Wild Roast Cafe to grab a cold brew.

Swaddle in Homewood, AL

Swaddle is located in a shopping center in Soho, so you will be able to stop in multiple stores including the Homewood Toy and Hobby Shop. Cookie Fix Homewood is also in the same shopping area.

The Lili Pad in Cahaba Heights, Vestavia, AL

The Lili Pad is located in a shopping center in Cahaba Heights and happens to be in the same shopping center as Cookie Fix in Cahaba Heights. Mommas, you should also check out Clover + Bee while you’re at it.

Once Upon a Time in Mountain Brook, AL and Homewood, AL

Once Upon a Time is located in Mountain Brook and Homewood. They have sweet clothing for your littles and the Mountain Brook location is close to the zoo.


  1. Book a Portrait Session with Me 🙂

Ok, so hear me out. A portrait session should be fun, and it should definitely be on your list of things to do with kids in Birmingham. My photos are full of life and contrast mixed with a little bit of mood. I love making art out of the everyday, and I like sessions that are a little less-posed and a lot more genuine. I’ve learned a thing or two after capturing hundreds of clients as a Birmingham portrait photographer. I will be your guide through the entire session, your calming presence, and your comedic relief in the midst of chaos. I’ve learned to let the session happen, not to force anything, and am a pro at capturing amazing images when it feels a mess. I can’t wait to hear from you! Contact me here to learn more and to book your session.

I hope you enjoyed this list of things to do in Birmingham with kids. I’m sure you will find something for the entire family in Birmingham, AL.

Stay Beautiful,


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