News Column

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

May 20, 2014

By Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily, Ala.

May 20--Travel back into the Stone Age with the Croods, go on a moon-stealing mission with super villain Gru, dance to the tunes of Tina Turner and fly in rocket ships.

These adventures await at parks and theaters this summer. Free and inexpensive film series, music concerts and carnivals in Athens, Decatur, Madison and Huntsville will entertain and amuse children and adults.


Carmike 12

Decatur's Carmike 12 will kick off the summer with a children's film series on June 5. The $4 ticket price includes admission, popcorn and a drink. All shows begin at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

--"Epic" on June 5

--"The Croods" on June 12

--"Turbo" on June 19

--"Despicable Me" on June 26

--"Despicable Me 2" on July 3

--"The Nut Job" on July 10

--"The Lego Movie" on July 17

--"Rio" on July 24

--"Mr. Peabody" on July 31

--"Rio 2" on Aug. 7

Monaco Pictures

Go on adventures with the Smurfs, a gun-toting chameleon and Alvin, Simon and Theodore at Monaco Pictures at Bridge Street Town Centre's free kids' movies. Screenings begin June 2 and take place every Monday and Wednesday through July 30. The Huntsville theater will distribute free tickets starting at 9 a.m., an hour before the movie.

--"Rise of the Guardians" on June 2

--"Turbo" on June 4

--"Epic" on June 9

--"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" on June 11

--"Hotel for Dogs" on June 16

--"Rio" on June 18

--"Rango" on June 23

--"Despicable Me 2" on June 25

--"Lorax" on June 30

--"Horton Hears a Who" on July 2

--"Megamind" on July 7

--"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" on July 9

--"The Croods" on July 14

--"Madagascar 3" on July 16

--"The Smurfs Movie 2" on July 21

--"Balto" on July 23

--"The Lego Movie" on July 28

--"Tale of Despereaux" July 30

Regal Hollywood Stadium 18

At Huntsville'sHollywood Stadium 18, $1 movies will take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Will Rogers Institute.

--"Hotel Transylvania" on June 3

--"The Smurfs 2" on June 4

--"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" on June 10

--"The Pirates: Band of Misfits" on June 11

--"Arthur Christmas" on June 17

--"Despicable Me 2" on June 18

--"The Lego Movie" on June 24

--"Free Birds" on June 25

--"Adventures of TinTin" on July 1

--"Rise of the Guardians" on July 2

--"Kung Fu Panda 2" on July 8

--"Madagascar 3" on July 9

--"The Croods" on July 15

--"Epic" on July 16

--"Turbo" on July 22

--"Walking with Dinosaurs" on July 23

--"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" on July 29

--"Rio 2" on July 30

Movies in the Park

Big Spring Park in Huntsville will bring Hollywood outdoors with "Ghostbusters" on June 13, "Frozen" on July 11 and "Wizard of Oz" on Aug. 15. Movies begin at sundown.


Concerts by the River

Get rolling on the river when Decatur's Paul Stroud Concerts season begins June 2 with Tina Turner impersonator Dorothy Cole. Concerts continue every Monday through July 28. The free concerts begin at 6 p.m. at Rhodes Ferry Park.

--June 2: Dorothy Cole & Friends

--June 9: Bimini Road

--June 16: Ben Parker Project

--June 23: Jeff Whitlow & The Old Barn Band

--June 30: Dixie Bluegrass and Robert Montgomery

--July 7: Reginald Jackson and Friends

--July 14: Decatur Youth Symphony and Madison Community Band

--July 21: Papa Rox

--July 28: Taylor McLain and Sophisticated Swingers

Singing on the Square

Pack up the lawn chairs and blankets for summer nights of music in Athens. The free concerts in downtown Athens will take place from 6-8 p.m.

--June 20: Matt Prater

--July 18: Anna Catherine DeHart

--Aug. 15: Athens State University'sCommunity Band

Concerts at Huntsville Public Library

After a day of hushed reading and studying, music will fill the library. The concerts begin at 6 p.m. at 915 Monroe St. S.W.

--May 27: Microwave Dave

--June 10: Moondust Big Band

--June 24: Rocket City Jazz Orchestra

--July 8: The African American Drummers

--July 22: Celebrations of Southern Music and Literature

--Aug. 5: Maple Hill Band

--Aug. 19: SlipJig


Decatur Public Library

With animal visits, T-shirt making and inventions, the library's reading program will keep children entertained. Programs for children up to age 11 take place Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays. Check out these selected events. For a full schedule, visit

--June 2: Bring a T-shirt and decorate it with cow patterns.

--June 5: Meet a dairy cow, eat ice cream and learn about the "farm to table" initiate.

--June 14: Imagine, build and create during the Lego Hour challenge, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

--June 16: Magician Russell Davis will entertain at Decatur Mall.

--July 7: Magic and science comes to Decatur Mall with experiments and displays by Birmingham's McWane Center.

Somerville Public Library

Somerville's summer reading program will take place Thursdays in June and July at 11 a.m.

Fun for children

Athens Kiddie Carnival: Rocket ships, a Ferris wheel, carousel, roller coaster and train will thrill children at the annual Athens Kiddie Carnival. The carnival will run Thursdays through Saturdays from June 26 to Aug. 2. Hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each ride costs 50 cents. The carnival is located at 309 East Forrest St., Athens.

Fun for adults

Stein and Dine: The public can feast on German cuisine, wines and beers every Thursday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Biergarten. Admission is free, with food and beverages available for purchase. The event takes place 4:30-7:30 p.m. through Oct. 30.

Catherine Godbey can be reached at 256-340-2441 or Follow on Twitter @DecaturLiving.


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