Year-round
Indoor Play at The Wonder Place

The indoor play space at The Wonder Place is designed especially for kids ages 8 and younger. Every Tuesday is music together day, where children are encouraged to sound and move in a rich music environment. Dads get in free with at least one paid admission on Dad’s Day every first Saturday of the month. Homeschool teachers get in free with a homeschool ID and at least one paid admission on Homeschool Day on the third Wednesday of every month. thewonderplace.com 

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Wednesdays & Fridays

Gran Gran’s Toy Library

The toy library inside CALS’s Nixon Library in Jacksonville allows parents to check out toys just like library books. The toy library is open for 30 minutes on Wednesdays and Fridays, following Nixon Library’s preschool and toddler programs at 10:30 a.m. The toys are primarily designed for children ages 6 months to 5 years. 501-457-5038

 

November 15

“Harry Potter” Night

The Laman Library Main Branch hosts “Harry Potter” Night from 4 to 7 p.m. Dress up as your favorite character and win prizes in age categories. The fun also includes movies, treats, vendors, a scavenger hunt and DIY activities. The Teen Center is open to all ages for browsing during this library-wide event. lamanlibrary.org

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November 16-17

41st Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

Shop for original works of art and unique gifts including woodwork, paintings, jewelry, holiday décor and more made by Arkansas artists at the Jacksonville Community Center. Shop Friday from 2-8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $2 adults, $1 ages 12-18, free with the donation of a new, unopened toy. cityofjacksonville.net

 

November 17-Dec. 31

Garvan Gardens’ Holiday Lights

(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

The lovely landscape at Garvan Woodland Gardens become a winter wonderland at the most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas. The Gardens will be aglow with over 4.5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Admission: $15 adults; $5 ages 4-12; free ages 0-3. garvangardens.org

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November 19-March 24

Tape and Tunnels
sponsored by 3M

This new exhibit at Museum of Discovery, sponsored by 3M, provides an eye-opening look at what can be done with the humblest of materials. Climb, crawl and scoot through a collection of interconnected tunnels and slides built out of packing tape. museumofdiscovery.org

 

November 23

Parents’ Day Out

Get a jump-start on that Christmas shopping from 8 a.m. to noon, and leave the childcare to the Little Rock Zoo! The kids will love this fun event filled with games, exploration, projects and more for grades kindergarten through sixth. Cost: $35 for non-members, $30 for members. Registration required. Littlerockzoo.com

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December 1-2

Big Jingle Jubilee Parade

Santa’s reindeer will be in Little Rock live to not only lead the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday parade beginning at Second and Broadway streets at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, but will also be on-hand for photos during a meet-and-greet event—Reindeer on the River—at the River Market on Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. holidaysinlittlerock.com

 

October 2018

October 5-6

Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival,
Hot Springs 

Who doesn’t love an excuse to spend time in Hot Springs? This event, now in its 8th year, provides a little something for everyone including great music, terrific food and drink, local art, free workshops and even attractions for the kids. Get out and get a taste of the Spa City. hotwaterhills.com

October 6

Conway Eco+Arts Fest 

Learn all about how to take care of Mother Earth and have a great time doing it. Now in its 10th year, the Conway Eco+Arts Fest offers vendors and exhibitors, food and fun while reinforcing the important lessons of sustainability.  conwayecofest.com

October 11-21

Arkansas State Fair

It wouldn’t be autumn without a midway of rides, carnival food and the great entertainment of the Arkansas State Fair. Save on parking and tickets by attending “Thrifty Thursday” on Oct. 11. And don’t miss the musical acts (ranging from the Charlie Daniels Band to ’80s rockers RATT) plus free entertainment every day during the fair. arkansasstatefair.com

October 13

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss at War Memorial

Time to call those Hogs! The state’s beloved Razorbacks return to War Memorial Stadium for a matchup with their SEC rival, the Ole Miss Rebels. Grab the family and come out to be a part of the tradition that makes Arkansas football a one-of-a-kind experience. Go Hogs! arkansasrazorbacks.com

 

October 20

World Cheese Dip Championship

Cheese dip aficionados rejoice! Arkansas’s unofficial state appetizer once again takes center stage at the Clinton Presidential Center where professionals and amateurs alike will battle it out to see whose golden brew is the best in the world. Attendees’ votes count toward naming champions, so turn out to do your civic duty. cheesedip.net

October 26-28

Brick Universe Lego Fan Experience 

Some of the most awe-inspiring creations you’ve ever seen are coming to the Statehouse Convention Center, all made from one of the world’s most popular toys. From cityscapes to “Star Wars,” you won’t believe what little plastic bricks can do. There will also be plenty of loose Legos and Duplos at building stations where you and your youngster can create together. brickuniverse.com/littlerock

October 26-Nov. 11

“Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread Games”

Get a fresh take on the story of Hansel and Gretel, a not-so-grim musical at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre that follows our two child-heroes along bread crumb trails, through dark and spooky woods and finally to a house that you can actually eat. arkansasartscenter.org

November 3

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Be part of the biggest race you’ve ever seen as Little Rock paints the town pink in support of breast cancer research. Women of all ages (and the men who love them) will be running to raise money and awareness or lining the course to cheer them on. Come out and be a part of it.
komenarkansas.org

 

September 2018

September 8
Main Street Food Truck Festival

Feast on fare from more than 60 food trucks and enjoy dozens of craft vendors, live entertainment, and much more at this food festival along six blocks of Main Street and Capitol Avenue, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  mainstreetfoodtrucks.com

September 8
3rd Annual Harvest Night

Celebrate Hunger Action Month at this family-friendly fundraiser for Arkansas Foodbank from 5-8 p.m. at the Foodbank’s warehouse. Look for live music, BBQ, catfish, desserts from Loblolly and Honey Pies, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, an “Awesome Science” presentation from the Museum of Discovery, and bounce houses. Adults, $40 (includes dinner and two drinks); kids under 12 are free. arkansasfoodbank.org

September 8-9
Arkansas Comic Con

Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Statehouse Convention Center that brings together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists and fan groups to celebrate their favorite characters. Adults, $20 per day or $30 for the weekend; kids ages 2-8, $5 per day; under 2, free.  arkansascomiccon.com

September 14
“First Ladies of Arkansas:
Women of Their Times” Grand Re-opening

Explore the lives and gowns of Arkansas’s first ladies at the Old State House Museum’s newly renovated exhibit. The whole family will enjoy this collection of first ladies’ gowns and an opening day full of fun, games, ice cream from Loblolly and activities from 5-8 p.m.  oldstatehouse.com

September 15
Seventh Annual Tinkerfest 

Don’t miss this day-long, hands-on festival by the Museum of Discovery in downtown Little Rock. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the whole family can enjoy a wide variety of interactive activities that provide opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects. Tinkerfest is included in regular museum admission. $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, free for members. museumofdiscovery.org

September 21-Oct. 7
“Curious George: The Golden Meatball”

Go on an adventure with your favorite mischievous monkey at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater production of “Curious George: The Golden Meatball.” Curious George celebrates Meatball Day by helping his pal Chef Pisghetti make his extra special all-you-can-eat meatballs for crowds of hungry friends. This high-energy musical is based on the well-known and well-loved book series by H. A. and Margaret Rey. $10 for members, $12.50 for nonmembers. arkansasartscenter.org

September 22
Thea Paves the Way

Make your mark at Thea Foundation’s annual sidewalk chalk event from 8 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. School groups, organizations and families are invited to cover the sidewalks in vibrant chalk art and enjoy face painting, gourmet popcicles by Le Pops and more. Teachers who register school groups have a chance to win one of ten $300 gift certificates for art supplies from Blick Art Materials. theafoundation.org

 

August 2018

Stuff the Bus 

Junior League of Little Rock

Roll up your sleeves with the Junior League of Little Rock at their community project, Stuff the Bus, and help them deliver thousands of school supplies to seven Little Rock School District elementary schools including Baseline, Chicot, Geyer Springs, Meadowcliff, Romine, Stephens and Watson. Over the past 12 years, Stuff the Bus has grown tremendously, and this year, the project will serve more than 3,300 students!

August 4-5
Tax-Free Weekend!

Get your back-to-school shopping done on this tax-free weekend! Shop for certain school supplies, art supplies, school instructional materials and clothing without paying sales tax. 

August 11
Lil' Farmers Kids Club

Get your kids, age 12 and under, involved in learning about healthy eating at this fun, hands-on event at the Little Rock farmers market from 10 to 11 a.m. Supplies are limited to the first 25 participants.
facebook.com/LRFarmersMarket

August 14
“The Wizard of Oz”

Cool off with a classic at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema and catch a 7 p.m. screening of the original 1939  “Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland. Kids of all ages will love this epic, dream of a journey on the big screen. 
riverdale10.com

 

August 18
Walk With Me 5K
& Family Fun Walk

Raise money for Easterseals Arkansas and get some exercise at this 5K and family fun run complete with food, drinks and childrens' activities including face painting, bounce houses and more! 
easterseals.rallybound.org

 

 

July 2018

All Month Long
 

July marks the 40th anniversary of Magic Springs Theme and Waterpark!

Head to the Spa City to spend a day at the waterpark or enjoy the newest thrill ride, Brain Drain. There are events planned all month long, including concerts, drive-in movies, free admission days for educators and more! 
magicsprings.com

Arkansas Travelers

Catch an Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park. The July schedule is packed with tons of home games and great promotions to keep the kids entertained. Look for post-game fireworks on July 27! 
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Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries 

Spend a day and fill some buckets with delicious blueberries and blackberries at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries. Kids love picking berries and all the delicious muffins, cobblers and jam you can make! After you finish picking, check out the barnyard petting area, ride the berry choo-choo and grab some fresh-cut flowers. 
wyemountain.net

July 9
National Sugar Cookie Day!

 

Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free movie night with the family at Movies in the Park. The films are family-friendly and begin at sunset. Arrive early at the First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park to get a good spot, and feel free to bring a blanket and cooler.
moviesintheparklr.net.

July 11, “Star Wars The Force Awakens,” PG-13

July 18, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” PG

July 25, “Beauty and the Beast,” PG

July 21

Youth Home’s 8th Annual

Casino Night

Ante up for Youth Home’s 8th Annual Casino Night and Texas Hold’em Tournament at Next Level Events. This fundraiser supports Youth Home’s mental health programs for people of all ages. It’s a night of fun featuring craps, roulette, blackjack, slot machines and more, all staffed by experienced and knowledgeable dealers. 
youthhome.org

 

June 2018

Open Now!
Oaklawn Foundation Dinotrek

Explore a prehistoric world of dinosaurs complete with life-like sound effects and professional lighting at Mid-America Science Museum! It’s the first of its kind in the state, showcasing 18 dinosaurs ranging from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods along 21 wooded acres on the park grounds.
midamericamuseum.org.

Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free movie night with the family at Movies in the Park. The films are family-friendly and begin at sunset. Arrive early at the First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park to get a good spot, and feel free to bring a blanket and cooler.
moviesintheparklr.net.

June 6, “Wonder Woman,” PG-13

June 13, “Zootopia,” PG

June 20, “School of Rock,” PG-13

June 27, “Sixteen Candles,” PG

 

Through July 22
Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

Stroll through the Arkansas Arts Center’s exhibition of some of the best artwork from kids in grades kindergarten though high school. The juried exhibit selected 492 works in a wide range of media and techniques, from crayons to pastels, sculpture and collage.
arkansasartscenter.org.

 

June 9
Kidstock! Summer Reading Club Kickoff
Family Music Festival

Enjoy a day of kid-friendly music, magic and reading from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to kick off the Central Arkansas Library System’s summer programming at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. The day’s events include Craig O’Neill throwing out the first book of summer, followed by performances by Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show, Dogtown Ukulele Band, outdoor activities, bubbles and more! cals.org.

 

 

June 12
Shania Now Tour

Get a sitter and get the girls together for Shania Twain preforming at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock! Look for songs off the new album as well as throwback hits. verizonarena.com.

 

June 16
Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Celebration Of Freedom is an annual, family-friendly commemoration of the end of slavery held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. It’s a block party-style celebration with live music, children’s activities, film screenings, food trucks and vendor booths. The musician lineup includes: Shanice, Sir the Baptist and special host Larry Dodson of the Bar Kays, Dazz & Brie, ZaeHD, Big Piph more. 
mosaictemplarscenter.com.

 

June 16
East Village Street Food Jam

Food trucks and live music bring the party to the inaugural East Village Street Food Jam, presented by Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Riceland Foods on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Find delicious local fare in a family-style picnic seating area, a beer garden, and a Kid’s Zone featuring bounce houses and other kid-friendly activities. Event begins at 9 a.m., live music begins at 3 p.m., and the events ends at 9 p.m. Admission, $5. 
centralarkansastickets.com.

 

June 17
Happy Father’s Day

 

June 20
National Vanilla Milkshake Day 

 

June 23
Blue Canoe Family Fun Day

There’s something for the whole family at this beer garden bash at Blue Canoe Warehouse from noon to 10 p.m. Look for a bouncy house for the kids, Kona Ice snow cones, plenty of food and beer, live music, yoga in the beer garden and more. bluecanoebrewco.com.

 

June 30
Reptile Reading: Turtle or Tortoise?

Children’s author Doug Gaston will read and sign copies of his new book, “Turtle or Tortoise,” from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Heifer Village and Urban Farm. After the reading, enjoy children’s activities, including crafts and a nature walk, surprise guests from the Little Rock Zoo and a turtle sighting led by The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. heifer.org.