Hot List: 10 Summer Musts


Kayaking 101

Five Rivers Delta Safari • 5 Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort. 259-8531. 

Sunday mornings. Children ages 8 – 16 can take advantage of free kayak lessons at the Bartram Landing Kayak dock. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about kayaks, how to paddle a kayak and what different strokes they can use, ending with a chance to paddle by themselves.
Tip: Make reservations in advance to guarantee equipment availability.

Explore the Arts

Mobile Museum of Art • 4850 Museum Dr. 208-5200.

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8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Blast 2013 gives campers of all ages the opportunity to explore their creative side while learning the basic elements of studio art. Classes are categorized by age group beginning with children ages 4 – 7, 8 – 11 and 12 and up. Each class for one week is $70 for members and $80 for non-members. All art supplies are included. Click here to download this summer's class schedule. The final class of the program is Aug. 2. 

Paint Party

Bob's Paintball • 3428 Dawes Rd. 639-8245. 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat.; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Suggest taking a trip to Bob's this weekend (you can thank us later). And don't worry, first-time paintballers are taught the general rules, how to operate their paintball marker and proper behavior on the paintball field. The field is available for walk-ons as well as parties and group events. Call ahead for information on special group pricing.

Play Date

Sunshine Sue's Playgarden • 1108 Dauphin St. 421-2434.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Little minds will love this creative place to play and explore. During the week, local musician Julie Anne performs songs for young listeners (and parents!) to sing-along. Cost is $10 for the first child and $6 for siblings. On the second Friday of each month, Parent’s Night Out coincides with the LoDa Artwalk so parents can drop off the little ones and enjoy a night out on Dauphin Street. Art, musical activities and movies are included as entertainment. Snacks and drinks are served as well. Cost is $24 per child ages 3 – 12. 

Bowl for Free

Camellia Lanes • 125 Schillinger Rd. N. 639-1221.
Skyline Lanes • 4120 Government Blvd. 661-1221.

Open – 8 p.m. That's right babysitters, we said free. The AMF Summer Unplugged program lets kids under the age of 15 bowl two free games a day all summer long (through Sept. 2). Simply register here and take your confirmation page to your local AMF to redeem. On the first visit, you will be issued a membership card that should be used to redeem games on future visits. If you have a group of youngins under your belt, you can register up to six children in the program. Note: Shoe rental is not included. 


Booze Cruise

Gulf Shores Boat Rental

Grab some friends, BYOB and venture offshore for a private bar hoppin' booze cruise. Whether you're looking for an afternoon escape or nightime fun, the departure time is up to you. Each cruise lasts about four hours and includes periodic stops at some of the most entertaining beach bars in Baldwin County including the legendary Pirate's Cove, Cobalt, Flipper's and a slew of fun bars at The Wharf. Cost is $195 for four people, and $10 for each additional person. Maximum group size is 12 people. 

Pick your Produce

Oak Hill Produce • 7250 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd., Grand Bay. 751-2006.

7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. For all the foodies out there, enjoy the luxury of garden fresh produce without all the hard work. Stroll
through the U-Pick garden and gather your own farm fresh fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, okra, watermelon, blueberries, cantaloupe and more. Fill your bucket (mix and match as you please) for $12. 

Drink Better Beer

Top of the Hops Beer Fest • The Wharf,  23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach.
Dauphin Street Beer Festival • Dauphin Street, Downtown Mobile. 
Fairhope Brewing Company • 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope. 279-7517. 

It's not really summer if you don't enjoy a cold beer, or two, or three…right? This year, drink up at the Top of the Hops Beer Fest on the Marina Lawn at The Wharf on Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. and the Dauphin Street Beer Festival in Downtown Mobile on Aug. 24. Until then, perhaps a short trip to our favorite local taproom at Fairhope Brewing Company will hold you over. Sample the brewery's original creations, including my personal favorite, Section Street Wheat. 

Comic Relief

Mobile Civic Center • 401 Civic Center Dr. 208-7261. 

7 p.m. One night only! Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will bring his latest stand-up routine to the Mobile Civic Center on July 11. Seinfeld is known for his observational humor, focusing on relatable life issues and social situations. Ticket prices (excluding fees) begin at $63 and $77.50. 

Reel ‘em In

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo • Dauphin Island. 
MBGFC Labor Day Invitational • 27075 Marina Rd., Orange Beach. 

Display your talents on the sea with some friendly fishing competition. Notable local tournaments include the oldest and largest saltwater fishing tournament in the U.S., the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Dauphin Island on July 19 – 21 and the MBGFC Labor Day Invitational on Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. 

Text by Abby Parrott

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