Sunday: 46th Annual Christmas Frolic

The Historic Arkansas Museum is hosting its 46th Annual Christmas Frolic on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Keep your family tradition going, or make a new one, and join hundreds of others who have danced their first Virginia Reel in the Hinderliter Grog Shop, the oldest house in Little Rock. It’s always fun to watch kids sashay down the line for the first time or brush up on your own steps. From sack races to stilts, from fiddling to frolicking, this favorite seasonal event charms one and all with old fashioned fun.

Bring the whole family out and enjoy live music, crafts, carols, pioneer games and our famous hot cider and ginger cake.

For more information, call (501) 324-9351 or click here.

Thursday: Big BOO!-seum Bash

Take a Halloween themed tour of downtown museums and attractions during the 17th Annual Big Boo!-seum Bash on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All activities are FREE.

Each museum will have its own festive take on Halloween, but expect to find storytelling, trick or treating, games and more.

The Historic Arkansas Museum will allow visitors to explore the museum decorated for Halloween. The mysterious Madame J will hand out fortunes, and those brave enough can enter the Spooky Theater and Twinkie Walk.

At the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, discover a Karst”Cave” habitat, get batty with the only flying mammal and learn how to be a skull detective. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will have door-prize drawings, games, crafts and lots of candy.

Celebrate an early 20th century All Hallows’ Eve at the Old State House Museum with Arkansas movie monsters, like the Fouke Monster, the creature from the Black Lagoon and more. The movies will also be playing.

Others participating in the Big Boo!-seum Bash include the Central High Visitors Museum, MacArthur Military Museum, Curran Hall Visitors Center, Museum of Discovery and Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library.

The Big BOO!-seum Bash is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Little Rock Museums Consortium.

Kids attending all sites, and getting their game card stamped at each location, can be entered into a drawing for a flat-screen TV.

Frontier Fourth of July at Historic Arkansas Museum

Celebrate Independence Day at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The Frontier Fourth of July is focusing on George Washington, in honor of the museum’s “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons” exhibit, featuring our first president’s signed family bible.

Enjoy pioneer games, crafts, music, a parade and watermelon and lemonade. Visitors will also see a traveling sideshow barker, displaying “authentic” George Washington relics, like his powdered wig, wooden teeth and the ax he used to cut down his dad’s cherry tree. During a reading of the Declaration of Independence, be on the look out for Red Coats!

The event is Thursday, July 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Free.

More Stuff To Do This Weekend: May 10-12

SATURDAY: 40th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. The event features pioneer music, Maypole dancing, crafts for kids, stilt-walking, hoop-rolling, sack-racing, brick-making and more frontier fun (including whitewashing a fence!).

SATURDAY: Lil’ Wild Ones: Nature Stories and Activities at the WSJCANC. Held the second Saturday of each month during the school year at 2 p.m., the event explores wildlife and habitats of Arkansas through nature stories and hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 4-8. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call (501) 907-0636.

SATURDAY: Helping Hand’s Walk, Run and Wheel for Special Needs 5K/2K. Click here for details.

SATURDAY: International Migratory Bird Day at Holland Bottoms WMA in Jacksonville. Join Audubon Arkansas for family-friendly activities to learn more about birds in the area. Event includes morning bird walk with the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas at 7 a.m., a family bird walk with Dr. Dan “the Bird Man” at 11 a.m., and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free lunch at noon. For more information, contact Uta Meyer at (501) 244-2229, umeyer@nullaudubon.org.

SATURDAY: Magic Springs Water Park in Hot Springs opens at 11 a.m. It will be open on weekends until May 19 and seven days a week beginning May 25. The theme park opened last month. There are several ticket options available, including season passes starting at $74.99. Click here for more information.

SUNDAY: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Mother’s Day tea party, Teapots & Toasts, as part of the Symphony Designer House XXII. Click here for details.

SUNDAY: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Cirque de la Symphonie at Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m. Children (K-12th grade) can attend free with a paying adult. Individual tickets start at just $14. Click here for details.

George Washington’s Inaugural Bible on Display This Friday and Saturday Only

Visit the Historic Arkansas Museum this Friday and Saturday to see George Washington’s Inaugural Bible. Times are during 2nd Friday Art Night, Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Continue reading

Documenting Family Heirlooms: The Arkansas Made Project

The Historic Arkansas Museum has an ongoing project entitled, Arkansas Made, a statewide outreach effort, which seeks to document decorative, mechanical and fine art produced by Arkansas artisans. Exploring Arkansas’s creative legacy, this material evidece offers a window into Arkansas’s unique history.

To learn more about the diversity of Arkansas-made objects, the museum’s research team has been traveling across the state, seeking out works of art in all its forms including photography, firearms, quilts, pottery, furniture, handmade silver, and other artisan-made objects created in Arkansas prior to 1950 (and sometimes beyond).

These objects will eventually be published as the third and fourth volumes in the series – “Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas”, to be published by the University of Arkansas Press.

Do you have an original family heirloom created in the state? If so contact the researchers at (501) 324-9376 or send an email to arkmade@nullarkansasheritage.org. You can also follow along with their recent finds and check out daily “Arkansas Made Object of the Day photos at the Arkansas Made Facebook page. 

 

Seleze LeFevre
Creole Still Life
Watercolor on paper
Arkansas Made, Pulaski County
1856
Gift of Howard and Elsie Stebbins

 

A Weekend Full of Activities!

What are your plans for the weekend? There are a lot of interesting activities planned in the Little Rock area, and the forecast looks sunny and warm, so there is no excuse to stay indoors! Get out there and enjoy this beautiful Arkansas springtime! I’ve looked through the Savvy Kids Calendar of Events and my daughter and I have planned out our weekend.

First up for us is the “Take Out the Trash” event at the Heifer Village. Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., this day of learning and play will help families understand what happens to their clothes, toys, food, and garbage after they’re thrown away. Heifer Village is always a good bet to keep socially conscious youngsters busy as they become aware of how our habits impact the lives of people all over the world. Activities will include worm-bin creation, mapping where trash goes once it leaves our homes, and there will be some “special guests” from Heifer Ranch available for photo opportunities. All activities are free! (www.heifer.org or 501-907-2852)

While we’re in the downtown area, we’ll be sure to check out the Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third Street. The focus of this year’s activities is “Back Home in the Civil War.” This super-fun event will have lots of hands-on activities for kids, including dancing at the May Pole, making fruit leather, assembling a Civil War care package, jumping off of hay bales and so much more! The fun starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The fair is free to attend, and Lindsey’s BBQ will be selling their famous barbecue sandwiches and fried pies. (historicarkansas.org or 501-324 – 9351) 

May 7 is National Astronomy Day and to celebrate, Pinnacle Mountain State Park will have programs for all ages beginning at 2 p.m. in the Visitor’s Center. There will be indoor and outdoor activities, solar viewing, and if the weather permits – from 9 – 10 p.m. there will be telescopes to view the night sky. My daughter Cassidy is always up for a climb to the top of Pinnacle, so we’ll be heading out there in the late afternoon to get some exercise and learn a thing or two about astronomy while we’re at it. Our late night viewing of the super moon earlier this year has piqued her interest in the stars and planets. Like any mother, I do my best to encourage her when she feels drawn toward a particular subject (especially when it’s one that will ensure her a possible career path in the sciences). (arkansasstateparks.com or 501-868-5806) 

Sure hope to see ya’ll out there!