This weekend, we went to south Alabama to celebrate my aunt’s big birthday! I videoed the big surprise on my insta-stories. It was in a beautiful barn and was such a gorgeous set-up. It was truly a beautiful escape for the evening and the kids enjoyed running around with their cousins. On Saturday, we got up and drove to Birmingham to take the kids to the McWane Center. It was a big surprise for the kiddos because they have never been, but I’ve been wanting to take them for months. There is a big dinosaur exhibit there now and Hamp has a huge fascination with dinosaurs, so it was pretty perfect for him!
There is an IMAX theater in the McWane Center, however, we did not make it to a showing this time around. I have been before and it is so cool. There are so many things to do there. On the first level, there are lots of hands-on activities – like the bubble room, dance screen, giant blocks and so much more. In the basement, there are fish, sharks and an area where you can pet sting-rays. On the second level, there are dinosaurs and an area where the kids can dig up dinosaur bones. Hampton was all about that! On the third level is the Itsy Bitsy Magic City for tots! That was probably my kid’s favorite part. There are so many adorable things on this level like a fire station, restaurant, little house and a big play area with slides. There is a small gated area for smaller babies as well, so it is really perfect for the entire family.’
We made a whole day out of it by going to our favorite pizza place after the McWane Center (called New York Pizza in Homewood). It is seriously the best pizza! We used to eat there all the time when Ryan lived and worked in Birmingham. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area. We ended our little road trip by stopping for ice cream at Peach Park in Clanton! So so good! Best of all, I got to spend a really fun day with my people and we had the best time.
Now we are SO looking forward to the 4th with family and friends! Don’t forget to check out all the amazing 4th of July Sales if you are planning to do a little shopping this week. There are some great deals on some cute summer goodies! Have a great Monday!
Learn more about the McWane Center here.