Kids Classes and Activities in the South Birmingham Region

Where can we go for extracurricular activities: B'ham, Hoover, Alabaster and surrounding areas?

February 11, 2019

Welcome to Macaroni Kid South Birmingham's Kids' Classes and Activities Guide!  Things to do with kids after school and on weekends in Birmingham, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Oak Mountain and 280 areas, and surrounding cities. Sports, theatre, art, gymnastics, martial arts, music, mommy and me, STEM, horseback riding and more!

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Featured Classes and Activities


South City Theatre - Click HERE for full listing

An award-winning community theatre that offers production and training experiences for adults and children.  Read Mac Kid's article about classes.


Art Studio of Calera - Click HERE for full listing

The Art Studio of Calera offers art lessons, classes, parties, and gifts for both kids and adults!  Read Mac Kid's article about Mom's Nights Out.

**Use the code MACKID to receive $5 off your first class!**


All Together Music - Click HERE for full listing

**20% discount for Macaroni Kid readers** Offering Music Together® Family classes for parents with children ages birth through 5 years.

St. Francis Music Academy - Click HERE for full listing

St. Francis Music Academy (SFMA), led by an outstanding faculty, offers the highest quality music instruction and performance opportunities to students of all ages by providing creative and inspiring private and group lessons and educational events.

Parent/Caregiver and Child Classes

All Together Music - Click HERE for full listing

**20% discount for Macaroni Kid readers** Offering Music Together® Family classes for parents with children ages birth through 5 years.

Birmingham Zoo - Click HERE for full listing

Preschool at the Zoo classes are perfect for preparing your little one for kindergarten and beyond. This program is designed to spark your child’s curiosity and an appreciation of the natural world in a safe, fun and age-appropriate way. Stroller Safari classes run from 9:15-10 am and Zoo Tots classes run from 10:30-11:30 am. If you have questions about the Preschool at the Zoo classes, or you are having trouble registering, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or email for assistance.

Mommy and Me Fitness  - Click HERE for full listing

We offer kiddo-friendly classes geared towards giving Mommy a challenging workout, while also getting to spend bonding time with her little one(s). Our goal is to help Moms achieve their health and fitness goals without having to worry about childcare.



Birmingham Zoo - Night Keeper Class - Click HERE for full listing

Over the course of 6 weeks, this hands on class explores all aspects of caring for animals at the Birmingham Zoo and gives participants the opportunity to learn directly from our Night Keepers. Participants will help keepers prepare and feed evening diets, participate in training sessions, create enrichment items for our animals, explore what it takes to create animal habitats that promote the health and welfare for our residents – and much more!

Stepping Stone Farm - Click HERE for full listing

Stepping Stone Farm is a premiere riding facility that specializes in the American Saddlebred Horse and Saddle Seat riding.

**DEAL ALERT** Macaroni Kid readers will receive 5 lessons for the price of 4 for their first package of riding lessons.

Table Tennis

BumperNets - Click HERE for full listing

We believe table tennis is a lifetime sport that anyone can play. It has amazing mental and physical benefits to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Because of the benefits, we have Coaches and Pros on staff to help everyone improve their game from beginner to pro! We offer one-on-one lessons and even group lessons to keep up the competitive spirit and foster team building. Many of our staff are past champions or medalist in many competitions and continue to compete in tournaments.  Read more about BumperNets Table Tennis for kids in this Mac Kid article.

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More Kids' Classes


South City Theatre (Pelham)

Acting Out Academy (Vestavia Hills)

Art (see also City Parks and Recreation Departments)

Art Studio of Calera (Alabaster/Calera)

Birmingham Museum of Art (Downtown Birmingham)

Do It Yourself Crafts (Homewood)

Oak Mountain State Park (Pelham) - check FB page for painting/photography

Painting With a Twist (Oak Mountain/280)

Young Rembrandts (many locations)

City Parks and Recreation Departments

City of Birmingham Pools in our area with lessons - Cooper Green, Crestwood, Memorial, MLK Jr. Pool, Underwood, Woodward

Birmingham Recreation Centers - 21 recreation centers offering sports, arts, youth programs, etc.

Mountain Brook - softball, baseball, football, flag football, cheer, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse

Homewood - softball, baseball, football, flag football, cheer, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis, swimming swim team, karate, Young Rembrandts, ballet, 

Vestavia Hills - softball, baseball, football, flag football, cheer, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis, swimming, swim team, ballet, karate, baton, bricks 4 kids, etiquette, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese

Hoover - baseball, dodgeball, flag football, lacrosse, girls volleyball, competitive basketball, East sports, central softball, soccer, preschool sports, archery, art, karate, tennis, youth programs, afterschool programs, swimming, swim team

Helena - softball, baseball, football, cheer, basketball, soccer

Pelham - softball, baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, *NEW* recreation center

Alabaster - baseball, basketball, cheer, flag football, football, girls softball, soccer, smart start (preschool sports), teen council


Birmingham Boulders (Birmingham/Homewood)

Computer Classes

Check your local library.  Lots of free computer software and coding classes every month.


ACE Cheer Company (Homewood)

The Dance Foundation (Homewood)

Tippi Toes Birmingham (many locations)

Defensive Driving

City of Hoover Public Safety Center


Birmingham Fencing Club (Hoover)


Legacy Gymnastics (Pelham)

Head Over Heels Gymnastics (Oak Mountain Area)

Mountain Brook Gymnastics (Mountain Brook)

Vision Gymnastics (Hoover)

Ice Skating and Hockey

Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena

Birmingham Figure Skating Club and Skating School (Pelham)

Martial Arts

ATA Action Martial Arts (Hoover and Vestavia)

Impact Martial Arts (Pelham)

Master Scarsella's World Class Tae Kwan Do (Oak Mountain Area)

Tiger Rock Martial Arts (Pelham)


All Together Music (Oak Mountain Area)

St. Francis Music  Academy (Oak Mountain Area)

Dawson Music Academy (Homewood)

Fiddlesticks Music (Homewood)

Old Towne Music (Helena)

Stickandstrum (Hoover)

Outdoor Play

Tinkergarten with Kathryn Jones (Vestavia)

Parent/Caregiver and Child Classes

All Together Music (Oak Mountain Area)

Birmingham Zoo (Birmingham/Mountain Brook)

Mommy and Me Fitness (Homewood)


Birmingham Zoo (Birmingham/Mountain Brook)

Stepping Stone Farm (Chelsea)

Special Needs Kids

Battleground Martial Arts (Alabaster)

Hoover Recreation Department - swim team, team sports, rhythmic gymnastics

Sports (see also city parks and recreation department listings)

Battleground Martial Arts (Alabaster)

BumperNets - table tennis coaching, one on one or group classes

Soccer Shots - The Children's Soccer Experience (Throughout Shelby and Jefferson counties)

Hoover Tactical Firearms - Archery

Pelham Civic Complex (Pelham)

Total Baseball (Birmingham/Homewood)

YMCA of Greater Birmingham (many locations)


Kumon (Hoover)

Sylvan Learning Center (Hoover)

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