The Summer of Fun series will feature different events to include regional artists and local organizations each Tuesday through Thursday this summer beginning June 9. Online reservations are required. A monthly schedule of events is online at and below.

Hands on Habitat is a fun and educational hands-on nature series presented by Gulf State Park Nature Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Share the Beach, Orange Beach Wildlife Center, Alabama Audubon, Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism and Sustainability. Kids and adults alike can learn about our ecosystem and interact with the animals that live here with us. The event is all ages from 11 a.m.-noon. Arrive 15 minutes early and RSVP is required.

Art al Fresco “A hands on lunch and learn for starving artists of all ages”
Create different works of art and crafts every Wednesday this summer. Projects include: tie-dye, oyster shell art, shell jewelry, rare lionfish jewelry, living art terrarium, Ductigami (that’s duct tape origami for those that don’t know), learn to sculpt with sand with pros from Sand Castle University, and Ductstravaganza with “Duct Tape Stuck at Prom” finalists. All ages lunch and learn every Wednesday at 11 a.m.-noon. Please arrive 15 minutes early and RSVP is required. Includes a $10 gift card for lunch and the fee depends on the project. In-person art class or take home to-go craft kit.

Tacky Jacks Beach Games is all about a little friendly competition. Kids ages 6-12 compete every Thursday this summer in games, challenges and more. All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, prizes and get to be on TV. Parents can compete in a friendly game of water balloon dodgeball for prizes. Ages 6-12 every Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon. Please arrive 15 minutes early, RSVP required.

Schedule of Events
9 – Hands on Habitat, Plastic Pollution turned into art with Swiger Studio and Lionfish Invasive Species into wearable art with Tacky Tara
10 – Art al Fresco, Ductigami $15
11 – Beach Games

16 – Hands on Habitat, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
17 – Art al Fresco, Tie-Dye $25
18 – Beach Games

23 – Hands on Habitat, Gulf State Park
24 – Art al Fresco, Sand Castle University $15
25 – Beach Games

30 – Hands on Habitat, Share the Beach

1 – Art al Fresco, Oyster Shell Flag $35 (includes $5 donation to ACF for Oyster Shell Recycling Program)
2 – Beach Games

7 – Hands on Habitat, Orange Beach Wildlife Center
8 – Art al Fresco, Ductstravaganza $15
9 – Beach Games

14 – Hands on Habitat, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
15 – Art al Fresco, Shell Jewelry $20
16 – Beach Games

21 – Hands on Habitat, Gulf State Park
22 – Art al Fresco, Air Plants & Succulents Terrarium $20
23 – Beach Games

28 – Hands on Habitat, Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism and Sustainability
29 – Art al Fresco, Rare Lionfish Jewelry $20
30 – Beach Games