Spring Break Fun!

How are you and your family spending this week off? (Assuming you get a week off, of course!) Since many families have working parents, they use Spring Break as a “stay-cation” instead of a vacation. We’ve got the down-low on what’s happening in Central Arkansas this week!

At the Arkansas Arts Center, their newest play, If You Take a Mouse to School is showing a daily matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are just $11 for children, $14 for adults. If your kids like the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books, they will LOVE this play based on the same characters. Call 372-4000 or visit ararts.com for more information.

State parks all over Arkansas have special nature programs and guided hikes to get your family up and moving this week, not sitting on the couch. Check out www.arkansasstateparks.com for an easy to use, searchable calendar to find the closest parks to you and see what’s going on daily.

The Clinton Center downtown has free activities daily from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. in the Garden Room. Crafts, history, fun and more! These activities are free, but if you want to go through the museum, regular admission applies. The Center is located at 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock. Call (501) 374-4242 for more information.

Heifer Village, right next to the Clinton Center, also has educational activities this week. There will be exhibit hunts, crafts, and more! As kids play and learn in Heifer’s campus, they will learn about the message of global hunger and how to care for our planet. Programs run daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (800) 422-0474 for more information.

We’ll be back tomorrow with even more suggestions for spring break fun!

Weekend To-Dos for March 9-11, 2012

This weekend looks to be a good one for all kinds of family fun! If you have the scoop on more activities – be sure to let us know! Email paige@nullarktimes.com to submit an event.

The Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival officially begins on the 10th! Bring your whole family and a camera for the most amazing backdrop you’re likely to find for spring and Easter portraits. Wye Mountain is located at 22300 Hwy 113, Wye, AR and the fields will be open from 9 am – 5 pm. It’s free to go out and see the daffodils, but donations are welcomed! The festival will continue through the weekend as well as next.

Mullet Madness, a benefit for KidSource Therapy, will be held at Next Level Events in Little Rock’s Historic Union Station, 1400 West Markham Street, St 104, Little Rock. Tickets are just $35 and will raise funds for KidSource’s new hippotherapy program, which utilizes horses and riding to assist children of different abilities. Call 315-4414 or visit mulletmadness.net for more information or to purchase tickets!

Saturday is half-price day, and the final day of Rhea Lana’s Benton/Bryant sale! You won’t want to miss the fantastic bargain consignments at an even more discounted price. Clothing for kids and moms, toys, baby equipment,and SO much more! The Benton/Bryan sale is being held at the former Mid-State/Creative Foods building at 24351 Interstate 30, at the Raymar Road overpass. Hours are Friday from 10-3 and the half-price Saturday sale will be from 9 am – 6 pm. Call 449-0049 or email rhealana@nullrhealana.com for more information.

If you’ve got a young reader at home who needs some practice, the Tail Waggin’ Tutors Therapy Dog reading program could be just the trick! Kids gain self-esteem and confidence in their reading by sitting down and reading to pups. This event occurs monthly, and is held from 10:30 – 11:30 am at the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library. For more info, call 687-1061 or visit lamanlibrary.org.

The Arkansas Dietetic Association’s 5K run/1 mile walk will begin at River Trail Rentals, across from Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The theme this year is “Going Bananas for Nutrition and Fitness” and registration begins at 8:30 am, with awards ceremony at 10:45. Call 425-2155 or visit www.arkansaseatright.org for more information.

Enjoy a cool spring evening with the family on a Twilight Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Blankets and snuggling recommended! Advance payment required.
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12, to make a reservation please call 868-5806 or email pinnaclemountain@nullarkansas.com.