Best Places for Indoor Fun In Birmingham, AL


best places for indoor fun in BirminghamThe Birmingham area has some wonderful outdoor activities, but what is a mom to do when it’s rainy or even too hot to spend much time outdoors with restless kiddos? Never fear, local mamas, BMC has compiled a list of the best places for indoor fun in Birmingham, AL that is sure to make the whole family happy!

Explore the McWane Center

The McWane Center is a science museum located in downtown Birmingham (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). I love to start with the Itty Bitty Magic City, which is a children’s area designed for children kindergarten-age and younger. Then you can check out other highlights including the dinosaur exhibit, the shark and ray tank, and special traveling exhibits. 

Go Shopping

Located in Hoover, the Galleria is the largest enclosed shopping center in the state of Alabama. It offers many kid-friendly activities you can do including Build-A-Bear, eating lunch at Chick-fil-A, grabbing dessert at Great American Cookie, and ending with a ride on the carousel. 

Visit a Museum 

The Birmingham Museum of Art is not just for adults. Kids will love visiting Bart’s ArtVenture and expressing their creativity. If you get hungry, I highly recommend trying Oscar’s Café which is conveniently located inside the museum. Furthermore, the museum offers FREE admission and parking (closed on Mondays). 

Two other options worth mentioning are Barber Motorsports Museum for the motorcycle and race car enthusiasts as well as the Southern Museum of Flight where you can see real aircrafts! 

Go Bowling

best places for indoor fun in Birmingham

Spare Time in Trussville offers a variety of activities including bowling lanes, an arcade, a restaurant, and laser tag arena. This summer they are even offering a kids bowl free program!

Other popular options for bowling include Vestavia Bowl and Bowlero.

Watch a Movie

We have several options for movie theaters in the area, and there is almost always a kid-friendly flick showing on the big screen. So, load the family up during the daytime and watch a matinee movie for a cheaper option!

best places for indoor fun in Birmingham

Visit a Library

Birmingham is home to many libraries that offer weekly events including story times. If you want to try visiting a new location, I recommend the Hoover Public Library, the Library in the Forest, and the O’Neal Public Library

Try an Indoor Play Place

Let’s Play is a soft indoor play place for kids of all ages and even has a separate play area for younger children. It has two locations in our area, one in Hoover and one on the 280 corridor.

Urban Air, Defy, and Altitude are all trampoline parks sure to burn some energy! 

If you have adventurous littles or athletic older kids, you can check out one of our climbing gyms, like Birmingham Boulders or Highpoint Climbing and Fitness.

Visit a Park 

best places for indoor fun in BirminghamAfter the rain passes, you can enjoy splashing in puddles at the park. Here is a list of some of our favorite parks! 

What are your favorite places for indoor fun in Birmingham? We would love to hear from you in the comments! 

This post was originally published on April 23, 2021 with the title "Rainy Day Activities in Birmingham."
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Courtney moved to Birmingham seven years ago with the dream of becoming a nurse. She left behind her five wild brothers but brought along her high school sweetheart, David. David and Courtney got married after their freshman year at UAB at the ripe age of nineteen. They thrived on cans of soup while pursuing their education and working odd jobs. Courtney graduated and landed her dream job in the Neonatal ICU. One year later, her husband also graduated and began working as an Engineer. They now live in Trussville with their two-year-old son, Noah and are expecting baby number two. Courtney’s hobbies include eating, being outdoors, traveling with her family, and making wooden toys which she shares about on instagram (amindfulmom). She is passionate about mission work and has been privileged to serve on trips to Tanzania, Costa Rica and Ecuador.


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