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July 4
Big Bang on the Range

Celebrate the 4th of July with a BANG and get a front row seat to the annual Big Bang on the Range Firework Show at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex. Gates will open at 5:00pm with music and inflatables opening at 5:30pm. Fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m. The show is free & fun for the whole family.


July 4
36th Annual Pops on the River

Enjoy an afternoon filled with family-friendly activities and a night sky filled with fireworks exploding to the sounds of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at this free community event.


Movies in the Park

On Wednesdays, when the sun goes down, the big screen lights up at First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic for this family-friendly free movie series. Check out the 2019 lineup:  

7/3: “The Greatest Showman”
7/10: “The Sandlot”
7/17: “Dodgeball”
7/24: “Jumanji”
7/31: “The Help”


July 6 & 20
Super Summer Saturday at the Clinton Center

In conjunction with its current temporary exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” these two free family programs will encourage environmental stewardship in a fun way. Enjoy showings of “Happy Feet” and hands-on activities that will raise awareness about how plastic pollution affects Arkansas and the world on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Through July
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

Spend a day and fill some buckets with delicious blueberries and blackberries at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries. After you finish picking, check out the barnyard petting area, ride the berry choo-choo and grab some fresh-cut flowers.


July 7 & 21
Kids’ Yoga Series: Exploring the Earth! 

Arkansas Yoga Collective hosts this special yoga series just for kids ages 6-12. Little yogis will learn poses and sequences, play movement games and use fun hands-on activities as a way to build a love for their unique selves and the Earth. Each class will feature a different element or Earth-based theme. $10 per student.


July 12
Opening Reception ’Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints’

Celebrate the opening of “Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints,” a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied by Europeans and exported to Africa. The reception at UA-Pulaski Tech Center for Arts and Humanities begins at 6:30 p.m. with speaker Korto Momolu-Briggs. Music will be provided by Zinse Agginie's Percussion Quartet.


July 20
Shock the Rock!

Science and technology fans won’t want to miss the world's largest Tesla Coil in action at “Shock the Rock!,” a Tesla-themed free event beginning at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Greg Leyh, a California electrical engineer and scientist, completed construction of the 40-foot Tesla coil tower in October 2018, and will display its awesome capabilities in Little Rock. In addition to the big show, enjoy Museum of Discovery educators presenting electricity-related demonstrations and hands-on, interactive activities from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The Tesla shows begins at 8:45 p.m. and will last for 45 minutes. Food trucks will be on site, and beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers and outside food or drink will not be permitted. The public is encouraged to bring ear protection. Museum of Discovery will also provide earplugs at no charge.


July 22 
Library Night at Dickey-Stephens Park

Central Arkansas Library’s Summer Reading Club participants are invited to enjoy a free general admission ticket to the July 22 Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park. Tickets will be available after July 1 at your local branch.


Through August
Thirsty Thursdays at Garvan Gardens

Every Thursday throughout the summer in Hot Springs, kids can enjoy running through the sprinklers all day long at both the Children’s Garden and Ellipse. Garden admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 4-12, free ages 0-3.


Through Oct. 27 Washed Ashore 

Catch “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” the latest temporary exhibit to show at the Clinton Presidential Center. This family-friendly exhibit features more than 20 giant sea life sculptures made entirely of trash and debris collected from beaches. This unique and informative exhibit illustrates the toll trash takes on our oceans and waterways, and offers facts on the species affected and ways we can all implement environmental stewardship.