Keep your little angel busy with activities ranging from museums to parks.

Children Activities in Tuscaloosa, AL

by Amy Sutton

As the mom of a toddler or preschooler, you know how crucial it can be to have some age-appropriate activities in your little bag of tricks. This can be especially helpful at those times when your kiddo is bouncing off the walls and in need of an outlet for her energy. Tuscaloosa, nestled along the Black Warrior River in Alabama, is home to more than 90,000 residents. This city has some fantastic children's activities for you to choose from.

1. Museums

Visit one of the museums in Tuscaloosa with your little tyke. Stop by the Alabama Museum of Natural History (ua.edu/academic/museums) where you can explore dinosaur fossils found in Alabama, displays of history, zoology, mineralogy and paleontology. Participate in monthly events like Growing Up Wild Preschool Mornings or yearly events, such as Santa's Workshop. Spend a day at the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (chomonline.org). You and your little man can play in Lil' Sprouts Farmer's Market or dress up in Grandmother's Attic. Sign up for some of the programs. Let's Get Physical! and Brainy Buddies is for 2- to 5-year-olds and Movin' and Groovin' is for children of all ages.

2. Recreation

Get your busy body involved in some of the recreational activities in Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority (tcpara.org) offers Safe Haven Youth Basketball for kids 4 and up. Your preschooler can participate in soccer to learn the fundamental skills of the game. She can learn how to show team spirit through the cheer program and get to show off her skills at the youth football games. Go for a swim with your little fish at one of the area's outdoor or indoor swimming pools. You can join one of the Parent and Tot Swim Lessons to get your toddler or preschooler more comfortable in the water and teach her about water safety.

3. Indoor Activities

Spend a rainy day indoors at one of the Tuscaloosa Library branches (tuscaloosa-library.org/). Attend Toddler Time or Preschool Story Time at the main library, Weaver branch or Brown branch for stories, music, crafts and activities. Catch a show, like Dr. Magical Balloons, where balloons and imaginations place your kiddo right into the story. While you're at the library, ask about TumbleBooks, the animated, talking ebooks that your toddler or preschooler will love. Take your kiddo to a show at the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre (tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.com). Shows are geared for younger audiences and change periodically. They are packed full of music and stories that are sure to keep your child's interest.

4. Classes and Camps

Consider signing your little one up for a class or camp in Tuscaloosa. In addition to its shows, the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre (tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.com) has a two-week camp that your 5-year-old can attend. It has activities like improv, dance, music, acting and how to get into a role. Check out Tumbling Teddies at Tuscaloosa Tumbling Tides (tumblingtides.com). This program for your 2- to 5-year-old focuses on large motor skills, hand-eye coordination and eye-foot coordination. It will teach her the basics of gymnastics, introducing her to floor routines, the vault, beam and trampoline. If your little princess is interested in dance, sign her up for a class at The Dance Centre (thedancecentre.net). There are classes for 3- to 5-year-olds that include ballet and tap. Classes meet once a week in the afternoon or evening.

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