Get April started off right at Springfest, a day packed with family fun at Riverfront Park. Enjoy acrobats, art projects, food trucks and flying dogs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. riverfestarkansas.com/springfest.
MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience
Application deadline April 1
Current 7th and 8th graders can sign up for this free, one-week intensive musical theater program at UALR to be held June 26-30. Participants will choose between learning musicality/acting and stage craft/engineering. Students will collaborate to stage, costume and perform musical numbers inspired by "Hamilton," and conclude with a special performance at UALR. Presented by the Jodie Mahoney Center for Gifted Education & Arkansas Department of Education. Apply at ualr.edu/gifted.
Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
Stroll through a literal field of flowers at the 39th annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival. It's seven acres filled with more than 20 varieties of daffodils, jonquils and narcissus, which makes for a perfect family photo op! You’ll also find arts and crafts, concessions and barbecue on the weekends. Admission is free. 23300 Hwy 113 South. wyemountain.org.
Little Rock Marathon
Join in the run at the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon. Run the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or watch the kiddos in the Little Rockers Kids Marathon. The race winds through the scenic streets of Arkansas’s capital city, and provides tons of activities for participants. littlerockmarathon.com.
"Fancy Nancy the Musical"
March 10-April 2
“Fancy Nancy the Musical” at the Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theatre features Nancy and her friends who audition for their first show. Nancy isn’t cast as the mermaid, and has to learn that anyone and anything can be fancy with a dash of imagination. In addition to regular performances, look for spring break daytime shows March 21-24. arkarts.com.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrate Irish heritage at the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 1 p.m. at the corner of Third and Rock streets in Little Rock, and ending at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The parade route will feature decorative floats, Irish dancing, Irish Wolf Hounds, candy, music and more. irisharkansas.org.
Cabinet of Curiosities
March 11-Dec. 31
Explore this collection of fascinating artifacts from around the globe at the Old State House Museum’s new exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Items range from dinosaur bones to Ming Dynasty pottery to a machine gun taken from Bonnie and Clyde’s car. Admission is free. oldstatehouse.com.
Family Fun Days with AETN
Bring the kids for a meet-and-greet with beloved characters at the Museum of Discovery. Family Fun Days with AETN presents Daniel Tiger on March 20, and Curious George along with The Man With the Yellow Hat on March 21. Snap some pictures and enjoy a day at the museum. museumofdiscovery.org.
“The Laughable Legend of Fancybeard the Bully Pirate”
Go on a pirate adventure for all ages at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre production of “The Laughable Legend of Fancybeard the Bully Pirate.” In this tale of adventure, three young buccaneers-in-training find themselves marooned on a jungle island with the ghost of their greatest hero, the legendary Captain Fancybeard. arkarts.com.
Lanterns! Winter Festival
Celebrate the first full moon of the lunar New Year at Wildwood Park’s Lanterns! Winter Festival. Guests will enjoy a stroll through beautifully lit pathways at Wildwood’s gardens with stunning cultural vistas, live entertainment, food, drink, games and more. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children 5 years and younger. wildwoodpark.org.
Bowling & Building
Bowl for a good cause at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’s second annual Bowling & Building at Professor Bowl. This fun, family-friendly tournament will help raise money for Habitat, and prizes will be awarded to winners, losers and best dressed bowlers. Register as an individual or a team at habitatcentralar.org/bowling.
“Star Wars” Science
Explore some of the science and technology behind the characters and filmmaking of “Star Wars” with hands-on activities at the Museum of Discovery’s “Star Wars” Science from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. arkmod.com.
“The Secret Garden”
Feb. 22-March 5
See the musical version of the children’s literature classic, “The Secret Garden,” at the Argenta Community Theater. All ages will enjoy the story of sickly English orphan Mary Lennox, whose sour disposition begins to change once she discovers a hidden, mysterious garden on her uncle’s grounds. argentacommunitytheater.org.
SOMA Mardi Gras Celebration
Join in the fun at the SoMa Mardi Gras Celebration that includes a festive parade down Main Street with floats, beads, food, stilt-walkers and more! Parade begins at noon on 25th Street and ends at 12th Street. It’s fun for the whole family! Find SoMa Little Rock's Southside Main Street Project on Facebook for more info.
Red Carpet 2017
Get a sitter, dust off that black-tie attire and get ready for the paparazzi at Wolfe Street Foundation’s Red Carpet 2017 at the newly renovated Robinson Center. Enjoy an evening of food, drink, silent and live auctions and the stars at this Oscar watch party and fundraiser for the state’s largest nonprofit dedicated to recovery from alcoholism and addiction. wolfestreet.org.
Enjoy an evening in the enchanted world of “Cinderella” at Robinson Center. Celebrity Attractions presents this Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical to delight audiences of all ages with an orchestra, magical effects and musical treasures. celebrityattractions.com.
"The Princess Bride" at Ron Robinson
The childhood classic from the 80s, “The Princess Bride,” will show on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market. This family-friendly film is full of adventure, romance and humor starring an all-star cast including: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Robin Wright and Billy Crystal. Catch it at 1 p.m., $5 admission. Don’t forget the popcorn! cals.org/ronrobinson.
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mega Kingfest, a celebration and day of service at Little Rock Central High School hosted by The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the Little Rock School District. arkingdream.org.
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre performs “Stone Soup” in the Studio Theater. The story is about a wanderer down on his luck who happens upon a little house inhabited by a mysterious woman who holds a treasure even more precious than a pot of delicious soup. arkansasartscenter.org.
Fill your bowl and help others at Little Rock Soup Sunday hosted by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families at the Statehouse Convention Center. Enjoy an atmosphere that is casual and family friendly as you sample soups from more than 40 area restaurants. This year, Chris McMillan, of Boulevard Bread Company will be the featured chef. Don’t forget your muffin tin! aradvocates.org.
Be dazzled by the athleticism of the Harlem Globetrotters at Verizon Arena. Watch as they exhibit incredible ball handling, dunks, trick shots, comedy and hilarious audience interaction. Hang around after the game to meet the stars and get autographs. verizonarena.com.
Elf at Robinson Center
One of the most memorable holiday films of a generation is now on stage! The whole family can enjoy Celebrity Attractions’ production of “Elf” at the newly renovated Robinson Center. Follow along as Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly raised by Santa, discovers the world outside the North Pole. celebrityattracations.com.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Kids will love this performance of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theater. It’s a holiday musical that tells the story of a poor cobbler with a good heart and a grateful spirit. arkarts.com.
The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum Remembers Pearl Harbor
The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock invites the community to a weeklong remembrance to honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Commemorative events include the formal Arkansas Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony on Dec. 7, at 11:55 a.m.; viewing of the tugboat Hoga; self-guided tours of the submarine Razorback; and events at many local museums. aimmuseum.org.
Santa at Big Rock Fun Park
Bring the kids for a day of fun with mini golf, go karts, an arcade and more at Big Rock Fun Park. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to meet kids! bigrockfunpark.com.
Holidays in the Wild
Dec. 2-4 & 8-11
Take a walk through a wild holiday adventure at the Little Rock Zoo. Holidays in the Wild features an enchanted train ride to the South Pole, pictures with Santa, crafts, live music, food truck concessions and magical light displays. littlerockzoo.com.
GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!
Enter to win a $30 gift card from Loblolly Creamery! Have your kid draw a family portrait and email their masterpiece to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll randomly select two entries to win. Deadline is Dec. 15. We’ll publish the winning portraits in the January issue of Savvy!
Central Arkansas Library’s Ron Robinson Theater hosts monthly classic film screenings, and December is filled with some memorable holiday classics. Admission is $5. cals.org/ronrobinson/index.html.
“A Christmas Story,” 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 12
“Home Alone,” 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 14
"Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 6 p.m. on Dec. 13
Winnie the Pooh
Through Nov. 13
Join your favorite characters, including Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Christopher Robin and Pooh, on an adventure at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre production of “Winnie the Pooh.” arkarts.com/childrenstheatre.
Through April 23
Don’t miss this new exhibit at the Museum of Discovery that explores the human body. “Magnificent Me!” offers more than 20 hands on exhibits. museumofdiscovery.org.
UALR Trojans at Park Plaza Mall
Meet the man in red along with your favorite University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans basketball players. Members of the men’s and women’s teams will be at Park Plaza Mall at 11 a.m. alongside Santa Claus giving away 200 free tickets to both home openers. lrtrojans.com.
UALR TROJAN'S BASKETBALL HOME SCHEDULE
Women, Nov. 11 vs. North Texas, 6:30 p.m.
Men, Nov. 12 vs. Central Baptist, 3 p.m.
Men, Nov. 14 vs. University of the Ozarks, 6:30 p.m.
Men, Nov. 18 vs. Idaho, 6:30 p.m.
Women, Nov. 23 vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
Women, Nov. 26 vs. St. Louis, 3 p.m.
All games held at the Jack Stephens Center on the UALR campus.
Get your holiday shopping done in one convenient event. The Junior League Holiday House at the Statehouse Convention Center hosts more than 150 merchants from across the country. jllr.org/holiday-house.
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!
Through April 2
Enjoy free admission to the Clinton Presidential Center all day on Nov. 12 in celebration of the 12th anniversary of its grand opening. Through April 2, “Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles!” explores the impact The Beatles’ arrival had on American pop culture. Look for artifacts in fashion, art, advertising, media and music. clintonfoundation.org.
Paws with Santa Claus
Treat your pets to a photo session with Santa Claus at Cammack Village City Hall. Whether your pet’s been naughty or nice, you’ll enjoy supporting this fundraiser for C.A.R.E. A $20 donation gets a professional 5-by-7-inch print. Holiday card packages are also available. careforanimals.org.
Women & Children First are kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness month with #PurpleTuesday on Tuesday, October 4. Snap a picture of yourself wearing purple and post it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share that you are taking a stand against domestic violence. Last year, WCF saw over 580 victims of domestic violence and their children stay at the shelter. In the past two months, they have received over 1,500 calls, helped over 160 individuals file orders of protection, housed 40 guests in August and 42 in September. National statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be physically abused by an intimate partner at some time in their life, and every 30 seconds 10 men or women experience physical abuse. These stats show that WCF is providing a vital service in our community by providing crisis intervention, safe shelter, social/legal advocacy, and support services. Log onto wcfarkansas.org for more info.
AbleTalks, a nonprofit based in Fayetteville that provides educational and emotional support to adults with autism, is hosting its first Print Gala at the Fayetteville Old Post Office. The event will feature limited edition prints donated by 25 artists working globally in illustration, animation and fine art. abletalks.org.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Check out kid-friendly activities at the 25th Anniversary Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The festival runs Oct. 7-16, but special children’s programming is scheduled throughout the day on Oct. 9. Activities include an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog; entertainment by Justin Time, the Juggling Balloon Art Fun Man; an afternoon block of family-friendly short documentary films; a live comedic performance by Magic Man Jimmy Rhodes; and much more. hsdfi.org.
Arkansas State Fair
It’s officially fall when the Arkansas State Fair comes to town! Enjoy a day filled with rides, great fair food, livestock competitions, creative arts contests, interesting attractions, professional bull riding and much more at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. arkansasstatefair.com.
Blue Plate Special
Enjoy an evening of chef-created treats and cocktails at the Capital Hotel with the Thea Foundation at Blue Plate Special, formerly known as the Governor’s Culinary Challenge. This event raises money for the Thea Foundation’s scholarship program and is chaired by South on Main chef Matthew Bell. theafoundation.org.
Boo at the Zoo
Things are going to get spooky at Boo at the Zoo! This fun, annual Halloween festival at the Little Rock Zoo is filled with age-appropriate fun for the whole family. Enjoy trick-or-treating, decorations, attractions and more. littlerockzoo.com.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Get all the cornbread you can eat at the beloved Arkansas Cornbread Festival in the South Main neighborhood. Help raise money for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN while enjoying live music, family fun, vendors and, of course, cornbread. arkansascornbreadfestival.com.
Tyke and Moppet
Treat your smallest family members to a highly interactive, multi-sensory play especially designed for ages 2-5. “Tyke and Moppet: A Play for the Very Young,” follows two lovable characters as they explore an exciting new world together. arkansasartscenter.org.
Thea Paves the Way
Cover the sidewalks in chalk from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thea Paves the Way on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Registration is free, and participation includes entrance to the Clinton Library valid the same day of the event. Look for Le Pops Gourmet Iced Lollies, face painters and more! theafoundation.org.
Be a superhero for a day and help raise money for the hematology/oncology department at Arkansas Children's Hospital at the Superhero Dash-N-Bash at Murray Park. Registrants are invited to dress in their best superhero attire for a walk across the Big Dam Bridge, activities for kids, music, food, a bounce house and more. archildrens.org.
ReStore & After
ReStore & After is not your average art auction! Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and one-of-a-kind art at Embassy Suites benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. Local artists will have repurposed items from Habitat's ReStore up for auction. habitatcentralar.org.
Discover your creativity at Tinkerfest, the Museum of Discovery's annual all day event with more than 40 hands-on, interactive activities. Each activity engages children and adults, teaches visitors how everyday objects such as cars and computers work, and provides opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects. museumofdiscovery.org.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
September 23-October 9
The classic children's book about a boy who just can't catch a break is live on stage at the Arkansas Arts Center. Take the whole family to see "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." arkansasartscenter.org.
Main Street Food Truck Festival
Grab some grub at this family-friendly food festival in downtown Little Rock. The Main Street Food Truck Festival will span six city blocks on Main Street as well as several blocks west on Capitol Avenue, and offer fare from more than 50 food trucks and food carts, artists at work, juried craft selections, children’s activities and beer gardens. mainstreetfoodtrucks.com.
Rockin' The Bald
Help raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation at Rockin' The Bald in the River Market pavillions. This event in its third year features live music, food trucks, free hot dogs for kids and bounce houses. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. rockinthebald.com.
Head of the Class Bash
This great event at the Clinton Presidential Center helps kids in need get ready to go back to school. The annual Head of the Class Bash supplies free backpacks and school supplies as well as immunizations and vision screenings from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Other activities include nutrition demonstrations and computing and coding demonstrations. clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center.
Big Rock Fun Park's Family Fun Fest
Enjoy a night of fun at Big Rock Fun Park's Family Fun Fest benefitting Centers for Youth & Families. From 8-10 p.m. the whole family can explore the park's mini golf, bumper boats, go karts, arcade and more. bigrockfunpark.com.
Sales Tax Holiday
Save big when you do your back-to-school shopping on the Sales Tax Holiday! For two days, the state of Arkansas will allow shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, art supplies, school instructional materials and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax. dfa.arkansas.gov.
Back to School Splash
Check out the ultimate end of summer pool party at the Splash Zone in Jacksonville. Swim, slide and dance as a DJ spins at the Back To School Splash from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5. 501-982-4171.
Science After Dark
Adults love the Museum of Discovery just as much as kids do—especially when there's pizza and beer involved. Support the MOD at this 21 and older only Science After Dark event from 6-9 p.m. The theme is "Paranormal," and pizza and a full bar including craft beer, wine and cocktails will be available. museumofdiscovery.org.
Corner Store Country Run
Get your best cowboy and cowgirl gear on and head to this fun race at War Memorial Stadium. The Corner Store Country Run 5K kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and is followed by a lively carnival-themed after party with face painting, carnival games, live music, food and beer. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. cornerstorerun.com.
Easter Seals Rollin' on the River
Enjoy breakfast and children's games, petting zoo, bouncy house, face painting and more at the Clinton Library in Little Rock. Race begins at 7 a.m.; walk begins at 8:30 a.m. www.rollinontheriver.org.
Easter Seals Arkansas Fireworks Frenzy
Watch the fireworks in the best seats in town at Easter Seals Arkansas Fireworks Frenzy at the Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom Terrance. $25 for adults; $10 for children ages 12 and under.
Wednesdays through Aug. 3
The Outlets of Little Rock is hosting the free Summer Story Time Series each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Aug. 3 at Book Warehouse.
See You at the Zoovies
Guests can meet animal ambassadors, have their faces painted, make crafts or ride the carousel before watching a feature length film at the Little Rock Zoo. $5 for members and children ages 2-12; $7 for nonmembers.
The Internet Cat Video Festival
The Internet Cat Video Festival is a screening of short cat videos at the Arkansas Arts Center that is free to members or those bringing a donation for the Humane Society of Pulaski County. $5 for nonmembers.
Tuesdays in the summer at 10 a.m.
Tweens and Teens yoga class is just for girls ages 11-16. Class meets each Tuesday during the summer at 10 a.m. at Big Rock Yoga. $15 drop-in fee.
Every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.
Get some fresh produce and treats at the Argenta Farmers Market. Head south a couple of blocks to the Dogtown Farmers Market, too!
Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park will show crowd favorite “Captain America.” Get a good dose of superheroes at this free family event at Riverfront Park. Film begins at sundown. moviesintheparklr.net.
Arkansas Family Fun Days
Enjoy discounts and ice cream at this weekend-long event that encourages families to get out and have fun together! As part of Family Fun Days look for discount offers through participating venues including: Hiland Dairy, Wild River Country, Arkansas Travelers, Little Rock Zoo, USS Razorback, Magic Springs, Big Rock Fun Park and Playtime Pizza. Visit arfamilyfundays.com for more information.
Movies in the Park
Round up the kids, a picnic basket, oversized blanket and bug spray for this free family event at Riverfront Park. Movies begin at sunset. Here’s the June lineup:
June 8 Monsters University (G)
June 15 Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
une 22 Brewster’s Millions (PG)
June 29 The Lego Movie (PG)
River City Comic Expo
Comic fans won’t want to miss the River City Comic Expo at the Statehouse Convention Center with 90,000 square feet of artists, guests, vendors, gaming, panels and entertainment. This year, the Little Rock Picture Show joins to deliver maximum entertainment. Admission is $15 for two days; $10 for one day; kids under 12 are free. Visit rivercitycomicexpo.com for more information.
Super Summer Saturdays
June 11, 18 & 25
At Super Summer Saturday kids can enjoy fun, free educational activities at the Clinton Presidential Center Saturdays in June from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This summer, in conjunction with the Center’s temporary exhibit, Saturday programming will include sporting and Olympic- themed activities on June 11, 18 and 25. Activities are free, however admission fees to tour the Center still apply. Visit clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center for more information.
Zoofari Summer Camp
Sessions June 13-20
This day camp at the Little Rock Zoo is the perfect place for animal-crazy kids. This year’s theme, “Foggy Bog: Wetland Conservation” is sure to please. Classes are three days long. Ages: 5-7 and 8-10. Dates and times: June 13-15, June 20- 22, June 27-29, July 11-13, July 18-20; 9 a.m.-noon. Visit littlerockzoo.com for more information.
Discover Fishing Camp
Kids can learn how to fish for free this summer at the Discover Fishing Camp held at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Students entering the sixth through eighth grades discover the basics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at this four- day fishing camp. This camp is a great way to learn new skills, connect with friends and have a good time. Call 501-907-0636 or email email@example.com for more information.
Summer Solstice Paddle
Stand up paddleboard yoga is the latest trend in exercise. It’s excellent for balance, strength and peace of mind. SUP 501 is hosting a Full Moon Summer Solstice Paddle on Lake Norrell June 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s a fun way to kick off the summer season. Visit sup501.com for more information.
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen
Your favorite characters from the Academy Award-winning film “Frozen” come to life on the ice at Verizon Arena. Elsa, Anna, Olaf and more will entertain at “Disney on Ice Presents Frozen” with the tale of two royal sisters and captivating set design, special effects and powerful skating. Tickets $16-$76. Visit verizonarena.com.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Kids will love seeing this classic fairytale unfold at “NETworks Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this production tells the musical love story of an enchanted prince and kind-hearted young woman surrounded by unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes. Tickets $30-$84. Visit waltonartscenter.org.
Legends in Argenta
This festival has fun for the whole family! Legends in Argenta will be located in the heart of the Argenta Arts District at the Plaza on the corner of Sixth and Main streets. Gates open at 4 p.m. to live music, local craft beer, art vendors, food trucks, performing artists and performances by Arkansas Circus Arts. Admission is $5 for adults; kids 12 and under are free. Visit legendsofarkansas.com.
Take flight to Neverland at the Arkansas Festival Ballet’s presentation of "Peter Pan" at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. This storybook ballet includes amazing flying effects provided by ZFX, Inc. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children and students. 501-227-5320 or arkansasdance.org.
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
April 22 – May 8
Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter Rabbit are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to romp. But before sending them off to explore the wide-wide world, Mother Rabbit gives each of her little ones a kiss and a pinch and a stern word of warning: “My dears, you may run and play in the fields or by the brook or down the lane, but whatever you do, don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden.” And so begins a day of mischief and adventure for one naughty little bunny—Peter Rabbit. Tickets $12.50; $10 for members.
Thea Foundation's Into the Blue
The Thea Foundation's 2nd annual 'Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton' celebrates the life-changing power of the arts at the Clinton Presidential Center. President Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States and longtime friend to the Thea Foundation, will host an intimate dinner benefiting the efforts of the Thea Foundation.
Moms Golf For Free on Mother's Day
Moms golf for free with their kids on Mother’s Day, May 8, at Big Rock Fun Park. Don't miss it!
Panther Prowl 5K
Sign up for the First Annual Panther Prowl 5K to benefit Pulaski Heights Middle School (PHMS)! Race begins at PHMS in Hillcrest at 8 a.m. and will also finish there. Organized by the PHMS Parent Teacher Student Association and is open to students, family members, neighbors and the central Arkansas running community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Train Day at All Aboard Restaurant
All Aboard Restaurant and Grill will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 14. There will be train rides, giveaways, food sampling and a drawing to win a train set and other prizes. We'll also have a live band!
Junior League of Little Rock's Downtown Dash
Spring is the perfect time to run Junior League of Little Rock’s Downtown Dash. This 5K/10K running event begins at 8:30 a.m., in front of the Junior League Building on Scott Street and will feature many downtown landmarks. Children can participate in a 1K fun run, Downtown Dash, Jr., which kicks off at 8 a.m. Visit jllr.org/downtowndash for more information.
Arkansas Literary Festival
April 14 through 17
The Arkansas Literary Festival aims to encourage a love for reading in children. There are many great events designed with kids and teens in mind including a session by Nikki Grimes, activity hour, concert by the Kinders and a play based on “How the Camel Got His Hump,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling. Children’s activities will be held at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and the Youth Services Department at the Main Library. Special events for teens include a reader’s theater led by North Little Rock High School and a teen poetry competition. Most events are free and open to the public. Visit arkansasliteraryfestival.org.
Little Readers Rock
Get your little bookworms to the Little Readers Rock event at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, hosted by Junior League of Little Rock and Head Start. This fun event features professional storytellers, puppeteers, snacks, music, crafts, pet therapy pups and more! Every child age 3-5 will receive a free book. April 9, at 9 a.m.; free admission. Visit cals.org.
Imaginate at the Museum of Discovery
April 9 through Sept. 1
Imaginate is a fun new exhibit at the Museum of Discovery that helps kids discover the innovator within. The exhibit will explore five broad themes of innovation: Dream Big; Expect the Unexpected; Collaborate or Compete; Try, Try and Try Again; and Look to the World. Tons of new interactive, hands-on elements will encourage kids to think outside the box. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for children 12 and under. On display April 9 through Sept. 1. Visit museumofdiscovery.org.
Magic Springs Deal Alert!
Discounted admission through April
Magic Springs will open its doors on April 9 and offer discounted admission on Saturdays and Sundays all month long. Spend the day exploring a great offering of kiddie rides and extreme rides including the Arkansas Twister and X-Coaster. During this promotion, admission is $15 plus tax each Saturday and Sunday in April. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit magicsprings.com.
Arkansas Heritage Farm
Grand opening April 2
The Little Rock Zoo and Heifer International collaborate to bring the Arkansas Heritage Farm to the zoo grounds. The exhibit focuses on sustainable farming and shows how farm animals can provide life-changing benefits to families. It features interactive elements and a petting zoo that includes common farm animals as well as interesting heritage breed species such as Katahdin sheep, Blackberry sheep and heritage chickens and turkeys. The grand opening of this new permanent exhibit is April 2, and will include celebratory events all day long. Admission is $12.95 for adults; $9.95 for children 12 and under. Visit littlerockzoo.com.
Purr Catfé Grand Opening
Grand opening April 1, regular hours begin April 6
Indulge in some purr-therapy at this new cat café in Fayetteville. All ages are welcome to pet and play with the cats, all of which are available for adoption. The Purr Catfé works with local animal shelters to help find homes for all of their adorable kittens. They will open at 125 E. Township St., on April 6. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Entry: $8 for adults; $4 for kids 5-12; kids 5 and under are free. Visit purrcatfeandlounge.com.
Mid-America Science Museum Deal Alert!
The entire month of March
Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs is offering discounted family memberships in celebration of its one-year reopening anniversary. All month long, guests are invited to explore this fun center for science and renew or sign up for a family membership for only $75. Everyone who takes advantage of this deal also gets a $10 museum store gift card and two free guest passes. Also, beginning this month, members of the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock can gain access to the Mid-America Science Museum for only $5. Just show your membership card at the front desk. Visit midamericamuseum.org for more information.
School House Rock Live!
Through March 25
The Emmy Award-winning program may be decades old, but adults will score cool points with their kids as they sing along to their favorite hits at School House Rock Live! including “Just a Bill,” “Conjunction Junction,” “Three is a Magic Number,” and “Interplanet Janet.” This fresh adaptation will have kids wide-eyed and learning while they have fun. Best enjoyed by all ages. Presented by the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater; Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Special spring break performances March 22-25, 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50; $10 for AAC members. Visit arkarts.com for more information.