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Positively Funny Inc.'s troupe of talented actors fully improvises each of its energetic shows, heeding audience suggestions to fuel an ever-changing roster of family-friendly laughs. During performances, attendees and sentient mad-lib books proffer comedic proposals, then watch as the skilled jokesmiths swiftly spin submissions into a slate of completely new material. The ensemble's performance schedule includes a weekly Tuesday-evening show at The Rare Martini.

Positively Funny Inc. bestows its chuckle-producing wisdom upon nascent comedians during frequent classes and workshops and helps celebrate special events with mobile performances that, like most kids' first birthday parties, include a roast of the guest of honor. All of Positively Funny Inc.'s performances support Perform-4-A-Purpose, a division of the organization that produces educational programs geared toward youth and teenagers. The programs deliver positive social messages about such topics as bullying, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and tax laws on lunchroom trading.

2839 7th Ave S
Birmingham,
AL
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Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, which is the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, also sees its anthemic tunes represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Australian wunderkind Cody Simpson starts the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.

1000 Amphitheatre Rd.
Pelham,
AL
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With rides and attractions intended for everyone from young children to thrill-seeking adults, Alabama Splash Adventure provides entire families with a way to escape the heat. All it takes is a quick trip down one of the slides or a dip in one of the pools to help guests cool off. The park hosts a couple of dry rides, too, and a copious supply of complimentary sunscreen helps ensure that nobody's visit is ruined by a sunburn, whether they're in the water or out.

Get Your Pulse Racing

  • Acapulco Drop: Gravity sends visitors on an adrenaline-spiking ride down a slide that starts nine stories above the ground.
  • Neptune's Plunge: Sharp turns and twists take on a new thrill within the pitch-black confines of these four slides.
  • Splashdown: A speedy descent sends guests flying into a fully enclosed, funnel-like tube, where they circle the opening in the center until dropping through into the splash pool.

Cool Off

  • Kahuna Waves: This wave pool's 800,000 gallons of water churn into 4-foot waves that roll gently toward the shore.
  • Warrior River: A light current carries inner tubes along an endless loop complete with secluded caves and passenger-drenching surprises.
  • Mist-ical Maze: 4,600 square feet of dead ends and misleading passages that get a bit trickier when unexpected showers of water drop from above.
  • Castaway Island: Pumps, geysers, and cascades of water keep kids amused at this multi-level play structure.

Stay Dry

  • Wacky Worm Coaster: Feel the breeze on this roller coaster designed for the entire family to enjoy.
  • The Vault: Who can duck and weave through this maze of roving lasers in the fastest time?
  • Grab a Snack: Food choices across the grounds include everything from popcorn and ice cream to funnel cakes and third-pound sirloin burgers.
4599 Visionland Parkway
Bessemer,
AL
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Stomp has thrilled audiences with mind-blowing percussive pieces for more than 20 years, touring 350 cities and 36 countries across the globe. Kinetic dance numbers incorporate ubiquitous everyday objects, using brooms, sheets of newspaper, and Zippo lighters to fashion intricate beats and sterling examples of what children should not do. The current tour revamps the classic show, phasing out old numbers and adding in exciting set pieces involving paint cans and tractor tires. The BJCC's capacious concert hall provides plenty of room for airborne harmonies to stretch their wings while orchestra- and tier-level seats provide enviable views of onstage numbers and chimpanzees capering in the catwalk.

2100 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North
Birmingham,
AL
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The lore surrounding Archibald & Woodrow's Barbeque is almost as thick and delicious as its eponymous sauce. After opening in 1962, Archibald & Woodrow’s Barbeque was just a mom-and-pop joint run by George and Betty Archibald. Legend even has it that in the early days famed football coach Bear Bryant frequented the eatery, no doubt leaving with the occasional hot wing tucked under his iconic houndstooth hat. Though they started small, half a century and three generations worth of experience have seen the Archibald family spread their recipes far and wide, gaining acclaim from The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Southern Living Magazine.

George's and Betty's successors still use the same hickory wood to add a smoky richness to their meat and sauce. This imparts crispiness to outer layers of rib slabs while leaving pulled pork moist and tender, like a beaux professing his love and shuffling to remain dramatically under the oscillating sprinkler. The staff serves their primary fare with bread and a choice of two sides—fried green tomatoes offer a tangy counterpoint to fried catfish, and slaw adds a creamy balance to the spicy flavors of half-chickens and hot wings.

5600 Mcfarland Blvd
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US