2-10 Wye Mountain
Daffodil Festival 

Stroll through a field of flowers at the 40th annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival. It's seven acres filled with more than 20 varieties of daffodils, jonquils and narcissus, which makes for a perfect springtime family photo op! You'll also find arts and crafts, concessions and more. Admission is free. 23300 Highway 113 South, Wye. facebook.com/pg/DaffodilsOnWyeMountain

 
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9 Alpacapalooza! 

Join the celebration of urban and rural farming and bring the family for a day of local food trucks, artisanal food and goods, crafts for all ages and, of course, alpacas at Heifer Village and Urban Farm! heifer.org

 

3 Mardi Craw

Celebrate Mardi Gras at this lively fundraiser at the Little Rock Zoo from noon to 3 p.m. Crawfish Country Catering from Ville Platte, Louisiana, is serving up mudbugs and catfish. Enjoy craft brews, king cake, Cajun side dishes, live entertainment and animal encounters. littlerockzoo.com

 

8-31 “Charlotte's Web”

Kids and adults will love this play based on the classic book by E.B. White performed at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. Follow along as Wilbur the runt piglet, who falls under the loving care of 8-year-old Fern Arable and Charlotte the literate spider, grows up into a fine specimen of a pig. arkansasartscenter.org

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9 Unity Martial Arts 10th Anniversary

Celebrate 10 years at Unity Martial Arts with events at the dojo all weekend. Want more fun? Sign up for a spring break day camp, every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 18-22. unitymartialarts.com/visitors-kids/camps

 

16 Gardenfest

Welcome spring at Laman Library’s Gardenfest, featuring demonstrations, free DIY projects, live goats and birds of prey, door prizes and a plant/seed swap. This event on the library grounds from 1 to 4 p.m. offers something for all ages. Master Gardeners will be there to answer questions, and vendors will offer items for sale. Free hotdogs while supplies last. Admission is free and open to the public. northlittlerock.org/event/gardenfest

 
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16 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The fun begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock and ends at Third and Cumberland streets in Little Rock. The parade features decorative floats, Irish dancing, Irish wolfhounds, candy, music and more. irisharkansas.org

 

19 Meet Nature Cat

Celebrate spring break by meeting and having your photo taken with Nature Cat, the star of PBS Kids’ “Nature Cat”!  Enjoy hands-on activities about the wonderful outdoors and meet some of nature’s coolest animals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery! Tickets are included in regular museum admission or free for museum members. museumofdiscovery.org

 
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23 The Great Inflatable Race 

This event is a fun run filled with inflatable obstacles that encourage you to jump, dive and bounce your way through. Get some exercise, support a good cause and create lasting memories at this playful event at Stone Links Golf Course in North Little Rock from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. thegreatinflatablerace.com

30 Downtown Dash

Hit the pavement for a good cause at Junior League Little Rock’s Downtown Dash. This year’s theme is “Movie Madness,” and participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie character. A 1K kids’ event, Downtown Dash Jr., starts at 8 a.m., and the regular 5K gets moving at 8:30 a.m. Races begin at the Junior League building. jllr.org/downtown-dash

 
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31 Barkus on Main

This Mardi Gras parade is all about the dogs! Watch as dressed up, festive furry friends march down the Main Street Creative Corridor beginning at 2:30 p.m at Seventh and Main streets. The pre-party kicks off at noon and will feature live music from Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe, a beer garden by Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. and hurricane station, gumbo, crawfish boil and plenty of beads. barkusonmain.com

 
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8 Pajama Night

Throw on your favorite cozy pajamas to enjoy Pajama Night and a performance of "This Little Piggy Went to Market" at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre. The show begins at 7 p.m., but stop by the box office before it starts to grab a free sticker if you’re wearing pajamas! arkansasartscenter.org

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9 Heifer Hour

Bring your littles to learn, grow and create at Heifer Hour, a monthly event at Heifer Village & Urban Farm for children in kindergarten to sixth grade. From 11 a.m. until noon, kids are invited to build a village with cardboard and other recycled materials.
heifer.org

9 Mömandpöp

Treat the kids to a lovely Valentine’s party, brown-bag brunch and kid-friendly concert by mömandpöp at South on Main. In addition to the interactive live performance, kids can enjoy a craft station to create their own Valentine, heart-shaped cinnamon buns. southonmain.com

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10 Super Sunday Free Family Funday!

Roll up your sleeves and let the creative juices flow from noon until 3 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Super Sunday Free Family Funday! This free, monthly art-making event is for the whole family! arkansasartscenter.org

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15-17 Lanterns! Winter Festival

Light up the night sky at Lanterns! Winter Festival hosted by Wildwood Park for the Arts. This annual deep-winter festival celebrates the first full moon of the lunar New Year with beautifully lit pathways through Wildwood’s gardens and cultural vistas featuring live entertainment, food, drink, games and more. wildwoodpark.org

16 Tween Taste Test Challenge

Can your tween tell the difference between generic and name-brand cookies, chips or other snacks? The answer might surprise you (and save money)! Kids ages 9-12 are invited to participate in the Tween Taste Test Challenge at 1 p.m. at William F. Laman Public Library Main Branch.
lamanlibrary.org

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17 “Mary Poppins”

Ballet Arkansas brings “Mary Poppins” to life with a production from its popular Children’s Series at UA-Pulaski Tech’s Center for Humanities and Arts on Feb. 17 at noon. This show is highly interactive as children will be invited on stage to participate in songs and dances with Mary Poppins herself! balletarkansas.org

22-24 “Jurassic Quest”

Take a walk through prehistoric times at “Jurassic Quest” at the Statehouse Convention Center. This memorable exhibit features more than 80 life-size, interactive dinosaurs, including T-Rex, Spinosaurus, Triceratops and more. In addition to viewing the dinos, kids can dig up fossils, ride on the back of a 24-foot T-Rex, explore inflatable mazes, slides and the Dino Bungee Pull. jurassicquest.com

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23 Build It Up, Tear It Down

Engineer and construct structures, towers and more and then tear it all down at Build It Up, Tear It Down hosted by Museum of Discovery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in regular admission. museumofdiscovery.org

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23 Microchipping Event

Help keep your beloved family pet safe at this microchipping event hosted by Friends of the Animal Village at Bass Pro Shops. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. Barron of Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic will be microchipping pets for only $15. friendsoftheanimalvillage.org

24 Soup Sunday

Fill your bowl and help others Feb. 24 at Little Rock Soup Sunday, hosted by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families at the Statehouse Convention Center. Enjoy an atmosphere that is casual and family friendly as you sample soups from more than 40 restaurants. This year, Jeff Owen of Ciao Baci will be the featured chef. Don’t forget your muffin tin! aradvocates.org

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26 Home School Day

More than 1,000 home school students will fill the halls of the Arkansas State Capitol from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to treat legislators with homemade treats during Home School Day. Home school kids and their family and friends are invited to bring desserts and stay to tour the Capitol for day of giving and education.

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26 African drumming circle

Celebrate Black History Month with the Central Arkansas Library System at an interactive African drumming circle led by drummer Stephin Booth beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Williams Library branch. cals.org

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March 1-3 annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show

Discover your gardening potential at the annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. It’s a three-day celebration of gardening in the state where visitors can learn about gardening and shop for plants, outdoor décor, handmade goods and more. Kids will have plenty to do with activities organized by Arkansas 4-H, hands-on workshops, a family scavenger hunt and more. argardenshow.org

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4-5 The Percy Jackson Musical

Northwest Arkansas audiences will be the first to see “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center after sold-out shows in New York City. The whole family will love this show adapted from the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan. Tickets start at $25. waltonartscenter.org

5-6 Shen Yun 

Travel back to the magical world of ancient China with Shen Yun, a theater experience like no other at Robinson Performance Hall. Experience a lost culture through the art of classical Chinese dance, colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra. ticketmaster.com or 501-244-8800

17 Justin Timberlake

Moms love him, kids love him. Don’t miss Justin Timberlake’s The Man of the Woods Tour at Verizon Arena. The show promises an intimate performance with a catwalk that stretches the length of the floor decorated with trees and holographic grass. verizonarena.com

19 Buried Lives

Award-winning Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty will discuss her new book, “Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon,” at the Main Library Youth Services section from 3-4 p.m. All ages will enjoy this illuminating look at the complex relationships between George Washington and the enslaved people of Mount Vernon, and the history still being uncovered there. cals.org

19 The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Be dazzled by the amazing feats of The Original Harlem Globetrotters at 2 p.m. at Verizon Arena. The show is known for astounding basketball skills and humor. The Globetrotters will engage with the fans on the all-new Fan Powered World Tour, offering more than 20 occasions before, during and after the game where fans have the opportunity to directly interact with Globetrotters stars.
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19 The Kratt Brothers

The Kratt Brothers are performing at Robinson Performance Hall at 1 p.m. to dazzle young audiences with an all-new stage adventure, “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 - Activate Creature Power!” The show is based on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS KIDS series, and will bring audiences along on a “wild” ride with a dynamic mix of live-action and animation. 501-244-8800

19 Winter Wine Taste

Enjoy live music, food, wine tasting and ballet as Ballet Arkansas presents the 2nd annual Winter Wine Taste at the Little Rock Marriott ballroom. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door. balletarkansas.org

29 Kids’ Kitchen time

Read a story and make a snack during Kids’ Kitchen Time at North Little Rock’s Argenta Branch Library. Stop by at 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. for stories and tasty snacks. The library also hosts regular Preschool Storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30. lamanlibrary.org

 

6 Bernice Garden Tree Lighting

The Bernice Garden rings in the holiday season from 5-7 p.m. with its annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivities. The event features the Booker T. Washington Elementary School and the Dunbar Middle School choirs singing carols,as well as holiday eats and treats. thebernicegarden.org

10 Storytime With Santa

Bring the kids to gather around the main branch of Laman Library for the monthly Family Storytime at 6 p.m. Kids can enjoy a family-friendly story to please all ages followed by a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Santa Claus. lamanlibrary.org

12 Sesame Street Live — Make Your Magic

Catch this magical (Sesame Street) show at either 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Verizon Arena. When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem … Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! verizonarena.com

14-15 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” 

The Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Performance Hall for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. or Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! arkansassymphony.org

22-23  “Finding Neverland”

This breathtaking musical "captures the kid-at-heart." It’s directed by visionary Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, “Finding Neverland,” which tells the story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Recommend for ages 7 and up. robinsoncentersecondact.com

21  Grinchfest!

Come dressed in your favorite Whoville attire for the annual Grinchfest at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center at 9:30 and 11 a.m. TV personality Craig O’Neill brings Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to life during this annual holiday-themed storytime complete with carols, holiday crafts, ice cream provided by the Purple Cow and, of course, the Grinch! Reserve your free tickets at cals.org.

27  “Great Russian Nutcracker”

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Robinson Center with shows at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 27. You won’t want to miss this holiday classic ballet filled with impressive Russian dancers, hand-painted sets, and a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan. robinsoncentersecondact.com

31  Noon Year Countdown

Ring in the “Noon Year” with the whole family at this kid-friendly celebration at the Museum of Discovery. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., enjoy kid-friendly activities and, of course, a big countdown to the noon hour! museumofdiscovery.org

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

 
 

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 

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

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

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

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.
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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.