Saturday: Head of the Class Bash & American Idol

The Clinton Presidential Center is hosting a back-to-school bash on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including free admission to the center to celebrate President Clinton’s 67th birthday.

The Head of the Class Bash will include free haircuts for students from All Pro Styles and free immunizations from the Arkansas Dept. of Health. The first 1,500 students to enter the center will receive free backpacks stuffed with school supplies, provided by 3M.

The event will also feature face painting, rock climbing and bounce houses.

It’s also a Super Summer Saturday at the center, featuring free educational activities, including games, storytelling and arts and crafts for students in preschool to high school. This week’s theme is “March on Washington and Freedom for All: The Jobs and Freedom ‘I Have a Dream.’”

While you’re there, visit the American Idol Audition Bus to see if you have what it takes to be the next music sensation. The bus will be at the Clinton Center Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tuesday: Rowdy Marching Band Parade at Children’s Library

What Cheer Brigade, a rowdy 20-piece marching band from Providence, R.I. will lead a parade around the nature trails of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and bring homemade instruments and noisemakers. Face painting and giant puppets will add to this noisy celebration of summer fun.

The parade is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-3870 or click here.

Old State House Museum Summer Fun: July 22-26

The Old State House Museum kicks off its Summer Enrichment program next week, July 22-26.

This year’s theme is Civil War in Arkansas and rising fourth- to 10th-graders will get the chance to meet characters on both the military and home front sides of the war. The program will cover Civil War-era medicine, lives of soldiers, music, espionage, secret cods, cooking, writing letters, knitting and games.

The program is 8 a.m. to noon each day. For more information, call (501) 324-8643 or click here. Cost is $75 per student.

The Rep’s Young Artists Performance This Weekend

A team of young musicians and writers have created a new original musical, “Project élan,” featuring a variety of musical genres. Performances are Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (601 Main St., Little Rock). Tickets are $10.

The young performers are part of the Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) training program for aspiring young artists and are led by Nicole Capri, the Rep’s resident director and director of education. The young artists have been involved in the script, storyline, design and character development of “Project élan.”

SMTI includes daily rehearsals, as well as instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume, stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching. It is led by professional directors, choreographers, musicians, designers and writers.

A silent auction fundraiser, featuring artwork from the Young Artists will be held before the performances, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday: For Kids by Kids Fashion Show

Little Rock Fashion Week will hold the For Kids By Kids fashion show at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 inside Café Africa at the Little Rock Zoo. This is a fashion show produced entirely by kids.

LRFW participants can enter the zoo for $5. Regular zoo admission applies to all others. Click here for details.

Wednesday: FREE Old State House Museum Toddler Program

The theme for this month’s Little Beginnings Toddler Program at the Old State House Museum is “To the Moon!”

Little Beginnings is for children ages 2-4 and their parents. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities, music, movement and storytelling. And, it’s free.

Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.

FREE Apple Filmmaking Camp

The Apple store at the Promenade at Chenal is hosting a series of three-day camps, where kids, age 8-12, shoot their own footage, create an original song using GarageBand on an iPad and combine it all using iMovie on a Mac. Campers showcase their hard work at the end, with the Apple Camp Film Festival.

Several time slots are available from July 15 to August 3. Sessions are 90 minutes. The camp is free, but space is limited and fills up fast. Register online here.

Our Club: Inspiring Creativity and Literacy

An afterschool creative arts and literary program is currently enrolling students who live three Little Rock ZIP codes.

Our Club, which is part of Pulaski County Youth Services, is an art-infused program for 12- to 17-year-olds, offering lessons in creative writing, spoken-word poetry, painting, theater and improv, said Program Director Chris James.

“The program helps kids get in touch with their creative selves and makes them more intellectual,” James said. “Art makes people look at the world differently.”

Our Club is open to kids living in 72204, 72205 and 72211 ZIP codes, James said. He and his team have been visiting schools to recruit students for the program, which he is hoping to grow. Our Club also held a summer program, with about 60 children enrolled.

The Our Club program is free, and will start after school and run until about 7 p.m. It will focus on three main components: educational enrichment, cultural enrichment and health and fitness. To teach these lessons, James said he works in collaboration with other organizations and sometimes takes the students on field trips.

James, a photographer, artist and member of Foreign Tongues, a spoken-word poetry group, said he loves getting young people excited about the arts that he loves so much. He said often the kids expect that learning about poetry will be boring, but when they see that performance and storytelling is involved, they quickly become inspired.

“I love to see them excited about what I love,” James said. “It’s exciting to see young people get excited about something they initially perceive as boring. The goal is reach one, teach one and inspire two. And, the cycle continues.”

Pulaski County Youth Services is a coalition of county, state and local governments, service organizations, businesses, churches, civic groups and associations developed. Our Club is just one of the many programs provided to youth to help them excel in all areas of life. Other Pulaski County Youth Services programs include ACT preparation, cooking, literacy, mentoring and more. For more information, call (501) 340-8250 or visit

Super Summer Saturdays

This summer the Clinton Presidential Center is offering free educational activities in conjunction with its three temporary exhibits.

From preschool to high school, there’s something for all ages to enjoy, including storytelling, crafts and more. Programs are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until August 17.


  • July 6 – A Tribute to George Washington
”Fun Facts About the Father of Our Country”
  • July 13, 20 & 27 – Oscar de la Renta: American Icon
”The Oscar Experience.” During the “Oscar de la Renta” exhibit, a special sketching program for preteens and teenagers is available from 10 – 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • August 3, 10 & 17 – March on Washington and Freedom for All: The Jobs and Freedom ”I Have a Dream”

For more information, call 501-748-0472 or email