The Guide 2020 Kicks Off a Great Year with Birmingham Parent

This is our 8th edition of The Guide, Birmingham Parent’s Resource directory for Birmingham-area families for 2020. 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 as well. Be sure to check out our listing of places that “kids eat free” on page 22!

You can pick up The Guide most of the year at regular Birmingham Parent distribution locations, as it is distributed all year as a companion to our other six great issues throughout the year. You can also access it at all year long.

Speaking of our other six issues, please note that in fall 2019 we moved to seven issues a year, rather than 12. We hope you will enjoy our issues being out a bit longer and us giving our advertisers a longer shelf life.

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 2021 Guide, please let us know at We love suggestions!

Don’t miss our upcoming events! Birmingham Parent’s annual Camp Expo is Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, back at Riverchase Galleria from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Admission is free! We’ll have a bunch of great coupons, giveaways and local entertainment in the food court!

This year we are again offering TWO Special Needs Expos! The first one is Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Jaycee Community Building in Huntsville from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The second one is Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Brookwood Village in Birmingham from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Birmingham Parent The Guide January, 2020

And of course, our Happy Healthy Kids Fair, which launches the back-to-school season is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020, 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 2020! 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 an associate editor of Birmingham Parent and award-winning writer, 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 a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial, and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.