The Guide 2019 Kicks Off a Great Year with Birmingham Parent

This is our 7th edition of The Guide, Birmingham Parent’s Resource directory for Birmingham-area families for 2019. We hope it is helpful to the reader as a “parent handbook” to have all year long. And we’ve sprinkled in a few great stories here, as well.

You can pick up THE GUIDE most of the year at regular Birmingham Parent distribution locations, as it is overprinted and put out all year as a companion to our other 11 great issues throughout the year. You can also access it at all year long.

If you enjoy this issue, please thank the cover sponsors and advertisers in this issue who make it possible. As a free publication, we rely on great sponsors and advertisers to bring this information to you, along with Birmingham Parent, all year long. And if you have suggestions or ideas for the 2020 Guide, please let us know at We love suggestions!

In the same vein, watch for our SUMMER FUN GUIDE in June 2019, as it will be somewhat similar to this issue, and chock full of summer fun activities and places to go around Birmingham and a short drive beyond. If you have a business or service and are interested in being in the Summer Fun issue, please contact us to ensure great placement.

Don’t miss our upcoming events! Birmingham Parent’s annual Camp Expo is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at McWane Science Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You don’t have to pay admission to come, just come in the events entrance, but it’s a fun time and we’ll be giving away a BUNCH of McWane Science Center tickets for that day.   See page 47 for details.

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Birmingham Parent December 2018

This year we are offering TWO Special Needs Expos! The first on is Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION in Homewood from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (A typo in the December 2018 issue gave an incorrect location.) The second one is Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Jaycee Community Building in Huntsville from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.   See page 47 for details.

And of course, our Happy Healthy Kids Fair which launches the back-to-school season is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Riverchase Galleria. Sponsorships and vendor booths for all these events are available online at, by contacting your marketing representative, e-mailing us at or calling 205-624-2405.

Thanks for reading and have a terrific 2019! Keep Birmingham Parent nearby for great stories, calendar of events and so much more. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Carol Muse Evans

Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA

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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).

Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.