Riverfest 2013 is this weekend! The three-day event is full of food, entertainment and family fun. Here are some of this year’s family activities.
Sponsored by Deltic Timber, the KidZone Playtime Promenade is located along the banks of the Arkansas River near the Peabody Playground & Water Park in the central area of Julius Brecking Riverfront Park. KidZone features crafts, activities and more. Be sure and stop by the Tag-A-Child Tent sponsored by the Office of Attorney General to ensure your child’s safety.
Crafts include butterfly finger puppets, paper bag trees, paper cup flowers and sun visors. Other activities include face painting and finger casts, bongo drums, dress up like a fireman, bean-bag toss, bubbles, chalk hula hoops and more. There is also a 20-foot rock climbing wall and bungee cord jumps.
Sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Family Zone, located on the east side on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center and Heifer International & Village, offers entertainment for families, including the Family Stage, Super Retriever Crown Championship Series, the Weenie Dog Derby, International Village and much more. Family Zone is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
At the International Village, kids can make wooden bead bracelets in Kenya, morocco in Brazil, Chinese lanterns in China, rain sticks while in Chile, shamrocks in Ireland and “crown jewels” in England. Kids can take their stamped passports to Customs for a surprise.
Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic
The inaugural Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic is Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees can help decide which cheese dip will represent Riverfest at the 4th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship in October in Little Rock. The cheese dip competition is divided into amateur and professional divisions. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger to join in the tasting.
The 2013 Ruff on the River Pooch Parade is Sunday. This year proceeds go to All About Labs, Canine Companions for Independence, Little Rock Animal Village and Out of the Woods.
The registration “PAWTY” is at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and River Market Ave., the perfect drop off location for the escort and dog! Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Heifer International. Immediately following the parade is the Weenie Dog Derby for all short-legged dogs. There are three different sized categories for the short-legged dog races. Prizes will be given for best costume. Register here.