Spring Fling at Heifer Village

All next week, March 24-29, Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock is holding activities to inspire little ones to make a difference around the world.

Throughout the week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will scavenger hunts, crafts and other activities.

Activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-907-8800.

Teen Tech Week 2014: March 9-15

Teen Tech Week is March 9-15, and this year’s theme is “DIY @ your library” to raise awareness about how libraries create a place for teens to learn beyond the classroom.

The purpose of Teen Tech Week, a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, is to encourage teens to take advantage of all that the library has to offer.

Local libraries have ongoing DIY projects, technology demonstrations and other activities scheduled for the week. All are free and open to the public.

Central Arkansas Library System

The Main Library Level 4 Teen Center is screening “The Fifth Element” on Monday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Other Level 4 events include a 3D Printer Demo on March 11 at 4:30 p.m., Technology Petting Zoo on March 12 at 4:30 p.m., National Pi Day on March 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Vid Rhythm Video Making on March 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Here’s what’s going on at CALS branches:

  • Brooks Library – Cassette Tape Wallets, March 10 at 5 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library – DIY Recycled Bags, March 10 at 4:30 p.m.; DIY Pancake Art, March 12 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Maumelle Library – Robot Demonstration, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.
  • McMath Library – Pi Day Celebration, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Nixon Library – 3D Printer Demo, March 29 at 3 p.m.

Get more details HERE.

 

Laman Library

The William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock is holding DIY @ Your Library crafting events on March 12 and 14 at 4 p.m. Teens, ages 12-18, can make crafts from outdated technology and gadgets.

Tech Bingo & Charades is scheduled for March 15 at 2 p.m. Both activities are centered around technology.

Holiday Open House

December 1: The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Holiday Open House is a day full of holiday cheer, with the 2nd annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s” sweet potato pie contest and craft stations for kids. Event time: 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com for more details.

We Pinned It!

Turn your lair into a spooky Halloween haunted house with these easy DIY decorations. Check out our Halloween board on Pinterest for these projects, along with treats, crafts and more.

Fun Under Five: In Praise of Finger Paints

Our new series “Fun Under Five” will explore fun family activities for five dollars or less. We’d love to hear your ideas, so if you have any suggestions please let us know!

Finger paints are a quintessential preschool activity. And with good reason. They’re easy to use and are great for encouraging dexterity and creativity. The best part? A box of paints at Target will only cost you around 5.00.

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But you’re totally wrong if you think they’re just fun for little kids. Besides being cheap, finger paints are tons of fun for parents, too. Clear off the kitchen table and use a few old plates for the paints. Use whatever kind of paper you have on hand—notebook, recycled printer pages, construction paper, torn up paper grocery bags, whatever—and have fun making an artistic mess. They’re washable, so you don’t have to worry about the paints ruining the clothes or furniture.

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When you get finished you can showcase the artwork around the house with clothespins and string!

What are some of your favorite activities for 5.00 or less? We’d love to hear about them!