PICASSOS

March 8: This primary fundraiser for Pulaski Heights Elementary will be at the Museum of Discovery, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is an adults-only event. The evening features music, food, drinks and opportunities to bid on art in both a silent and live auction. In addition to providing needed equipment and supplies for PHE’s art classroom, the funds raised through this event offer students access to opportunities, including weekly Spanish instruction and annual visits to the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Picassos dollars also ensure student participation in annual academic competitions and allow for the gifting of books to every child in the school in collaboration with the national Reading Is Fundamental program. Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $25 at the door. For details, visit www.facebook.com.

WIGGLE WORMS AT MOD

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: This program at the Museum of Discovery introduces children 6 and under to science in a fun, hands-on and interactive environment. Event time: Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Visit www.museumofdiscovery.org for details.

Get Ready for Spring Break!

The last week of March is spring break for most students in the state. While kids are rejoicing their weeklong vacation, parents are likely panicking as they wonder how to keep their kids busy. Central Arkansas is full of fun spring break happenings for the whole family, including camps, nature activities and arts events. Here’s a rundown of some of the fun.

Arts

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will have its Instrumental Petting Zoo at the Clinton Presidential Center, Monday-Friday of spring break from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This gives kids the opportunity to play and learn about various musical instruments. Free.

The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre has daily matinees of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” during spring break. Show times are 2 p.m., March 25-28. Tickets are $12.50 for nonmembers; $10 for members. The Arts Center is also holding a two-day workshop for ages 6-9 on March 24-25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students experience painting, printmaking, clay, papier-maché and other media, and attend a performance of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Cost is $116 for members; $145 for nonmembers. Register by March 17. For more details about these events, visit www.arkarts.com.

Athletics

The Little Rock Athletic Club’s Spring Break Camp, March 24-28, is full of action, including games, sports, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, and snacks. The camp, which is 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., is split into two age groups: 3-5 and 6-12. Some possible field trips include Altitude Trampoline Park, Little Rock Zoo and Chenal 9. The weekly rate is $140-$195; daily rate is $34-$45. A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required. Call 501-225-3601 to register.

Educational

The Museum of Discovery and Arkansas Educational Television Network are partnering to bring Sid the Science Kid to the museum on March 27-28, with science activities. Regular museum admission applies. Visit www.museumofdiscovery.org for details.

Heifer Village is hosting its Spring Fling on March 24-29, with daily crafts, scavenger hunts and other activities. Visit www.heifer.org for more details.

At the Spring Planters Youth Retreat at the Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott, kids, ages 8-12, will explore the daily life on the early Arkansas Delta. Activities include games, crafts, canning, cheese making, cotton ginning, butter making, gardening and more hands-on fun. The retreat is March 24-28, 9 a.m. to noon. Kids can come one day or all week. Reservations are required. Call 501-961-1409.

Nature

DeGray Lake Resort State Park has tons of activities during spring break: hiking, boating, kayaking, games, crafts and much more. And, of course, the golf course, marina, horse stables, spa, restaurant, tennis court and basketball court will be open. Call 501-865-5810 for details.

The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center’s Downtown Nature Break features a series of activities from March 26-29. On Wednesday, archery on the lawn is noon to 3 p.m., backyard bass is noon to 2 p.m. and fish feeding is 2 p.m. On Thursday, BB gun basics is noon to 3 p.m. and junior biologists stations are noon to 2 p.m. On Friday, archery on the lawn is noon to 3 p.m., BB gun basics is noon to 2 p.m. and all about alligators is at 2 p.m. On Saturday, junior biologists stations are noon to 2 p.m. and a guided hike along the river is 3-4 p.m. There will be geocache coin drops all day every day. Call 501-907-0636. Free.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park has lots of nature fun going on during spring break. Mini Day Camps, March 26-27, let youngsters experience nature, including a guided hike. Camps are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 7-10 on the 26th and 11-13 on the 27th. Cost is $15. There will be canoe floats from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 22 and 24, and 6-9 p.m. on March 25. Cost is $40. Climb the mountain with a park interpreter on March 22 at 10 a.m., enjoy the Kite Flying Competition on March 23 at 1 p.m. and go on a Twilight Hayride on March 28 at 6 p.m. For details about these events, call 501-868-5806.

The Art of Recycling Exhibit at MOD

February 26 – March 8: Check out some amazing works of art created solely from recycled materials made by elementary students, on display at the Museum of Discovery. This exhibit is sponsored by the Pulaski County Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District. All ages. General Admission: $10 adults; $8 ages 1-12; free under 1; members free. For more information, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org.

Tech City Exhibit at MOD

The Museum of Discovery’s Tech City features 12 exhibits comprised of 20 activity stations that teaches visitors what it takes to build a city. The exhibits present challenges that can be readily solved using an engineering approach. With hands-on activities, multimedia computers and a video, the exhibit appeals to a wide variety of learning styles. Exhibits are designed to include activities for both younger and older museum visitors. The exhibit runs through May 11. General Admission: $10 adults; $8 ages 1-12; free under 1; members free. For more information, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org.

Weekend To-Do: Feb. 7-9

ALL WEEKEND

This is the last weekend for “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Shows are Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission: $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members. Read more HERE.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Make some Valentines and other crafts at Paper, Scissors, Little Rock. Get the full details HERE.

SATURDAY

The Old State House Museum is hosting a Valentine Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hands-on activities, family-friendly games and refreshments. Free. Call 501-324-9685 for details.

The Museum of Discovery’s Tech City exhibit opens Saturday. It features 12 exhibits with 20 activity stations teaching visitors what it takes to build a city. With hands-on activities, multimedia computers and a video, the exhibit appeals to a wide variety of learning styles. General Admission: $10 adults; $8 ages 1-12; free under 1; members free. The exhibit runs through May 11. For more information, click HERE.

The Waner Children’s Vascular Anomaly Foundation’s (“Waner’s Kids”) 4th Annual Tea & Tiaras, a mother-daughter tea, is 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chenal Country Club. The event benefits children and families needing financial assistance with medical treatment for vascular anomalies, and features tea time brunch, a runway walk by every princess in attendance, raffle and other activities. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children. For more information and to register, click HERE.

“17 Cows and Counting” is the theme for this month’s Heifer Hour, from 11 a.m. to noon at Heifer Village. Learn about Heifer International’s first shipment of cows and make a pop-up book. Free. For more information, call 501-907-2697.

Join the Plantation Agriculture Museum for the Beginners Tea and Tatting Workshop at the Cotton Patch Gift Shop. Tatting is an age-old, American art in lace-making. Sip on an assortment of hot teas, join others in tatting knotted patterns and take home new ideas and homemade memories. Admission is $10, which covers materials. For more information, call 501-961-1409.

Arkansas used to have so many bears that it was nicknamed the bear state. Learn what happened to all the bears and how we helped them come back to the Natural State at the Lil’ Wild Ones Nature Stories and Activities at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, beginning at 2 p.m. Free. For more information, call 501-907-0636 ext. 104.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and give the gift of love to families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas at the annual black tie Chocolate Fantasy Ball at the Little Rock Marriott. Enjoy a night of sweet indulgence with dining, dancing spectacular live and silent auctions and chocolate galore! Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, click HERE.

SUNDAY

Meet Tracy J. Nicholas, the author of “Is Your Child Really Fine?,” and hear her discussion about bullying at River City Coffee in Hillcrest, from 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Click HERE for details.

Robots + Us Exhibit Opens At Museum of Discovery

Robots and Us is a place where humans meet machines. You'll marvel at the science that creates some of our best (artificial) friends and workers. Find out how robots help us, change us, and teach us about ourselves.

Robots and Us is a place where humans meet machines. You’ll marvel at the science that creates some of our best (artificial) friends and workers. Find out how robots help us, change us, and teach us about ourselves.

October 12: Meet the lifelike intelligent machines known as robots, which we have passionately created to maintain and extend our human capabilities as well as amuse us. Families and children of all ages will learn from and enjoy Robots and Us. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2014. Event time: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $8, kids 12 and under and seniors 60 and older; free for members. For more information, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org.

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.