Start 2021 with fun activities from Can’t Miss Alabama

Start 2021 with fun activities from Can’t Miss Alabama
Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my! Visitors to the Birmingham Zoo will see those animals and more – monkeys, rhinos, elephants, lizards and cheetahs – lit up as fantastical creatures. The Glow Wild show adds excitement this winter, illuminating the night skies through Jan. 18. The trail and carousel are running, and thousands of lights decorate the trail. (Samil Baker / Birmingham Zoo)

‘Glow Wild’ at the Birmingham Zoo 

Enjoy a larger-than-life illuminated experience at the Birmingham Zoo with Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration. Captivate your children’s imaginations with stunning lantern creations of wildlife from around the world. The zoo entertains guests with hundreds of marvelous animal shapes – cheetahs, elephants, pandas, polar bears and more – soaring up to 30 feet high. The train and carousel are open, and the train route is decorated with myriad lights.

Attend on Wednesday through Sunday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 18. Buy tickets online until 2 p.m. the day of the event. Train or carousel tickets are $3.50 for one ride per person. Masks are required.

Inviting big and little chefs to cooking school 

Looking for a neat home-school activity and a way to expand your youngster’s culinary talents? Consider a cooking lesson at Publix Aprons Cooking School. You and your child will work together to make a delicious meal. On the Jan. 9 menu: pumpkin pie spiced buttermilk biscuits; shredded chicken and white bean chili; loaded roasted baby potato salad and a s’more trifle. The class is a superb start for children who are learning basic kitchen skills.

“Little” chefs must be ages 5 to 12, and “big” chefs must be at least 18 years old.

The class is on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at Publix Supermarket at 6219 Tattersall Blvd. in Hoover. Total cost is $79.95. Call 205-778-5381 for details.

More mealtime adventures await with “Weeknight Gourmet: New Year, New Ideas” on Monday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Spice up family dinners as you learn to prepare tandoori spiced chicken drumettes and moo shoo pork stir fry. The cost is $53.49.

Don’t forget to add the Jan. 16 MLK Day Virtual 5K Drum Run to your calendar 

On the mark, get set, go! Plan to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and our diverse culture while feeling fit. Take your favorite running course and run any time you want Jan. 16 for the fourth annual MLK Day 5K Drum Run. Registration is $30.

See Brandon Styles perform in Foley. (contributed)

Take a trip down memory lane with Brandon Styles in Foley 

Enjoy a delectable dinner and tunes from the ’50s to the ’70s by showman Brandon Styles. Attend the show from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Styles’ Theater, 101-H S. OWA Blvd. in Foley.

Styles is a multitalented entertainer who sings romantic music and pop tunes, dances and performs a comedy routine. Sing along with Styles as he carries tunes from nearly 40 stars – the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Louis Armstrong and others are featured in this upbeat, family-style show.

Click for tickets or call 251-237-3330. Tickets are $42 for adults and $32 for youths. Group rates are available.

Learn all about the Flora-Bama, the world-famous beach bar  

Get the scoop on one of the South’s iconic spots: the Flora-Bama of Orange Beach is spotlighted Tuesday, Jan. 12.

In this Winter Lecture Series program, Chris Warner provides an insider’s view of the Flora-Bama. Attend the meeting at the Port at the Wharf from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Call 251-968-7511 for reservations. A mask is required to enter the building at 4720 Main St. M-101 in Orange Beach.

See art by Frida Kahlo and Gloria Vanderbilt at Huntsville Museum of Art

Throughout January, enjoy exclusive exhibitions by famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and paintings and memorable photos by fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

While Kahlo died before she was 50 years old, her life and talents continue to inspire art admirers and artists alike. The exhibit is a tribute to Kahlo by more than 95 international artists who admire her work and reinterpret many aspects of her life in an array of media.

The museum at 300 Church St. in Huntsville is open all week except Monday. Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-11 (children under 6 enter free); and $10 for seniors age 60 and up. Call 256-535-4350 for more information.

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