Toadsuck Daze in downtown Conway is the only place in Arkansas to find concerts, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, the Toadal Kids Zone and the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.
National Lemonade Day!
Movies in the Parking Lot
Treat the whole family to a classic 80s film in the parking lot of The Root Café. Downtown Little Rock Partnership teams up again with the Arkansas Cinema Society for “Movies in the Parking Lot,” screening “Ghostbusters” at 8 p.m. Bring your own seats and blankets. Admission is free. Food and beer will be available for purchase.
National Teacher Appreciation Day!
Get a sitter and don’t miss the Don Julio Presents Arkansas Times Margarita Festival at the River Market Pavilions! Try 20 different margaritas prepared by local competing bars and restaurants, and determine the winner of Best Margarita! Enjoy live music, access to the after party and food available for purchase.
Little Rock Mini Maker Faire
Get inspired at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's exciting hands-on learning and creating event, the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire, along the North Shore Riverwalk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This all-day event combines science, art and technology to celebrate do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering. Maker Faire is an all-ages festival that's free to the public.
Mamie’s Poppy Plates
Mamie’s Poppy Plates will hold its annual fundraiser, Race to Remember, at War Memorial Stadium to raise awareness of stillbirth, infant and child loss. Registration includes participation in the certified 5K, food, drinks, activities for kids and lots of fun at this celebration of life!
Annual International Greek Food Festival
Experience tastes from across the world at the 34th Annual International Greek Food Festival. This family-friendly event at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offers food, fun and fundraising. Admission is $3 or three canned food items for the Arkansas Foodbank.
Belle and the Beast
Follow the story of Belle and the Beast as Arkansas Festival Ballet performs the classic fairytale ballet at the Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theatre. Tickets are $17-$32.
Encourage your kids to get slimy, foamy, muddy and gooey at the Museum of Discovery’s Third Annual Messtival! It’s a fun, hands-on messy day of learning—and you don't have to clean up the messes! Messtival participation is covered under regular museum admission; $8 for kids, $10 for adults, free for members. museumofdiscovery.org.
One District, One Book
Celebrate the end of the school year at One District, One Book, an outdoor festival on the grounds of the Clinton Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will offer a variety of literary-based activities including free books, story time, bounce houses and much more to encourage students to read all summer.
Riverfest returns under new direction to Little Rock’s Riverfront Park! The three-day music festival will showcase local, regional and national musicial acts from many genres on two main stages. Kids will love the Ford Family Fun Zone filled with carnival attractions and rides as well as classic festival food, beverages and booth vendors.
“INTO THE WOODS”
Take a walk in the woods at Wildwood Park for the Arts and enjoy a production of the Tony Award-winning
musical. This dramatic comedy weaves together elements of five fairy tales, each focused on a quest to fulfill a
wish. All ages will enjoy witty lyrics, lively musical numbers and elaborate settings to inspire the imagination.
“DISNEY’S THE LION KING”
APRIL 16-MAY 6
Watch as the circle of life unfolds on Pride Rock at “Disney’s The Lion King.” The Tony Award-winning Broadway
production makes its Arkansas premiere at Robinson Performance Hall. Audience members of all ages will enjoy
this story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS “REACH FOR THE STARS”
Delight as favorite Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy host a showcase filled with
magical moments on the ice at Verizon Arena. Look for characters from Disney favorites like “The Little
Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen” and more.
APRIL 27-MAY 13
Follow along as a hungry traveler who was just looking for food at a stranger’s home finds something even more
precious than a pot of delicious soup—a friend. This production, geared toward kids at the Arkansas Arts Center
Children’s Theater, includes earnest charm, playful imagination and heart-warming music.arkansasartscenter.org.
WILD WINES MANE EVENT
Go wild at this adult-only fundraiser at the Little Rock Zoo with more than 250 wines as well as beer and non-
alcoholic beverages and food from more than 40 area restaurants to sample. Animal ambassadors greet guest and live music can be found at five locations throughout the zoo. littlerockzoo.com/wild-wines.
INTO THE BLUE
Thea Foundation’s 4th annual Into the Blue is an evening celebrating and supporting the arts in Arkansas at the
Center for the Humanities and Arts at the University of Arkansas at Pulaski Tech. This gala is a lively gathering of
arts enthusiasts to enjoy performances by Thea Foundation scholarship winners who have graced international
stages and returned home to celebrate Thea Foundation and honor this year’s recipient of the foundation’s annual
Pillar of the Arts Award, Dorothy Morris. theafoundation.org.
Explore Arkansas Literary Festival!
Kids can get in on the fun at this annual event held in Little Rock April 26-29 that celebrates the written word! A full day of events is planned just for the little ones on April 28 at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center.
Wickedly Good Free Book Fair
Follow the yellow brick road through the book fair to find free books! 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Kids and parents alike will enjoy this program of original and interactive children’s music. 9:30-10:15 a.m.
The Wizard’s Magical Creations
Enter the magical Emerald City and help create a life-sized rainbow. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Wonderful World of Reading
Explore the wonders of reading with storytime in both English and Spanish. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; 1:30-2 p.m.
Let the Children March
Author Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrator Frank Morrison meet to share their children’s book, “Let the Children March.” 10:30-11 a.m.
Find Your Own Toto
Visit the Humane Society of Pulaski County’s mobile adoption vehicle, and you might just find your very own Toto. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
For all of the Hungry Tigers, enjoy a lunch provided by First Security Bank and Central Arkansas Library System. 10:30 a.m.-noon; 2- 2:30 p.m.
Scales of Justice Puppet Storytime
Taylor Dugan’s “Scales of Justice” is written with children in mind to educate them about the court system. 11:15 a.m.-noon.
Dorothy in Oz
In this live performance by the Arkansas Arts Center’s Tell A Tale Troupe, Dorothy’s going back to be a very special guest at the birthday party of Princess Ozma of Oz. Noon.
Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My! Animal Yoga
Get ready to stretch, breathe and roar during a yoga session that focuses on animal poses. 1-1:30 p.m.
“There’s No Place Like Home” STEM Session
See the wonderment of “Wizard of Oz” through the lens of science with UA Little Rock. 1-2 p.m.
Grace Vest will speak about “Home Sweet Home: Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories,” and a representative from the Humane Society of Pulaski County will be present to answer questions about dog adoptions. 1:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Monster Jam 2018
Get ready for a smashing good time at Verizon Arena with Monster Jam. This action-packed event showcases drivers competing on the biggest sets of four wheels around. Enjoy monster truck racing and freestyle competitions at this family-friendly event. Don't forget the ear protection! verizonarena.com.
Hit the pavement at Downtown Dash, a Junior League Little Rock fundraiser that offers 10K, 5K and a kid’s 1K race through downtown Little Rock. Stay after the race for family-friendly activities and a post-race party with food and music. During the award ceremony, the top three fastest men, women and children will be recognized. jllrdowntowndash.racesonline.com.
Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
MARCH 3-4 & 10-11
Stroll through a literal field of flowers at the 39th 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 family photo op! You’ll also find arts and crafts, concessions and barbecue on the weekends. Admission is free. 23300 Hwy 113 South. wyemountain.org.
Mountain View Bluegrass Festival
Take in the crisp spring weather and lively music at the 16th Annual Spring Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View. Enjoy live bluegrass and gospel music all weekend long in the large auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Admission is $25 per day. mountainview-bluegrass.com.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
March 9-April 1
Loveable Junie B. Jones struggles with right and wrong in "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook" at the Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theater. Learn and laugh as someone takes Junie's gorgeous
new furry mittens and didn’t put them in the lost and found. Finders keepers, losers weepers! Right? arkansasartscenter.org.
Find a delightful, unique collection of items at this off-the-wall shopping extravaganza from 2-6 p.m. in the River Market Pavilions. Beer, wine and mimosas will be available for purchase to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. rivermarket.info.
GO WILD AT HEIFER VILLAGE'S 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! heifer.org.
19TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Celebrate Irish heritage at the 19th 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 route is new this year and will feature decorative floats, Irish dancing, Irish Wolfhounds, candy, music and more. irisharkansas.org.
WORLD'S SHORTEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
This tiny parade packs a powerful Irish punch. Don't miss the First Ever 15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade that makes a brief trek across the infamous 98-foot-long Bridge Street in Hot Springs. Wave to celebrity grand marshall Joey Fatone, and stay for a live performance by Morris Day and the Time. shorteststpats.com.
Family Fun Days
Bring the kids for a meet-and-greet with some beloved characters at the Museum of Discovery. Family Fun Days with AETN presents Buddy the Dinosaur from “Dinosaur Train” on March 19 and Super Why and Wonder Red from “Super Why” on March 20. Snap some pictures with the characters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy a day at the museum. All activities are included in the price of regular museum admission and are free for members. museumofdiscovery.org.
The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
Bundle up and take a walk with Peter as he explores the delights of a freshly fallen snow at “The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats,” at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theater. arkansasartscenter.org.
WWE PRE-GAME PANDEMONIUM
Get in on the throw down before the Super Bowl at the WWE Pre-game Pandemonium at Verizon Arena from 1-3 p.m. Look for WWE names including Champion AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and many more! verizonarena.com .
TOMMY TERRIFIC'S WACKY MAGIC SHOW
Little ones love Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show. Catch this upbeat performance with plenty of crowd participation hosted by CALS Kids at the Main Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. cals.org.
THE PEER REVUE
Enjoy an adult-only night of science, comedy, drinks and pizza at the Museum of Discovery’s new event, The Peer Revue. Watch as half a dozen local STEM professionals perform short comedy sets about science. Think of it as TED Talks, but funny! Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission $12 for museum members; $15 for non-members. museumofdiscovery.org.
SOMA Mardi Gras Parade
Laissez les bons temps rouler at the annual SoMa Mardi Gras Parade from noon until 3 p.m. on Main Street. All ages are invited to revel in the fun with live music, floats, costumes and, of course, beads! southsidemain.org.
Mother-Son Night at the Museum
The Arkansas Gladney Family Association presents the 2nd Annual Night at the Museum for Moms & Sons! This event benefits the Gladney Center for Adoption.
Perks include making unique memories, obtaining after hours entrance to the Museum of Discovery for a private evening, photo booth, swag, dinner and a science show. No crowds and easy access to the exhibits. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. iamgladney.org/museum18
Barkus on Main
The Mardi Gras celebrations continue with Barkus on Main along the Main Street Creative Corridor from noon until 5 p.m. The spotlight is on dogs as pampered pooches march in a parade along with live music, a beer garden, gumbo, crawfish boil, plenty of beads and more! The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh and Main streets and travels up Main to Fourth Street. Prizes will be awarded for best pet costumes. barkusonmain.com .
Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"
Ballet Arkansas continues it Children's Series this month with performances of Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater. This will be another interactive ballet experience targeted at youth. The narrated performance is a fun way to introduce kids to the joy of dance and music and help them feel involved in the production.
The story is based on the 1945 musical composition by Benjamin Britten and features Ballet Arkansas dance members, who each represent a musical instrument that sounds each time the performer comes on stage. Audience members will learn the instruments and be delighted for a grand finale when the dancers come together, to show how instruments come together in a symphony.
Guests are invited to arrive early for hands-on crafting fun, and stay after the show for a meet and greet with the performers.
Catch the show Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Admission to the Children’s Series is $20 for children 12 and under; $25 for adults. Log on to balletarkansas.org/children-series for more information.
Little Rock Marathon
Head to the starting line for the 16th Annual Little Rock Marathon, which as been named to Runner’s World magazine’s “Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers.” Participate in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or Little Rockers Kids Marathon. littlerockmarathon.com .
UALR Trojan's Basketball Home Schedule
Men, Feb. 1 vs. Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.
Women, Feb. 1 vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m.
Men, Feb. 3 vs. Georgia State, 5 p.m.
Women, Feb. 3 vs. Georgia State, 3 p.m.
Men, Feb. 22 vs. Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m.
Women, Feb. 22 vs. Coastal Carolina, 5 p.m.
Men, Feb. 24 vs. Appalachian State, 5 p.m.
Women, Feb. 24 vs. Appalachian State, 3 p.m.
This live show on singer Katy Perry’s Witness tour is sure to Roar. Catch her
at Verizon Arena and see an imaginative trip from outer space to the ocean floor that includes Perry’s
milestones and mega hits right up to her latest album. verizonarena.com.
Star Wars Science
The force is strong at the Museum of Discovery’s Star Wars Science. Bring your future Jedi for a day of fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to explore the science in “Star Wars.” Activities include: “Star Wars” Awesome Science Show at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30; Cryo Hovercrafts with Dry Ice; Jedi Training Course; Sith Squeeze Can Crush; Building a Galaxy with Code and more. museumofdiscovery.org.
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mega Kingfest, a celebration and day of service at North Little Rock High School hosted by The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. It’s a day of free family-friendly educational events, games, health services and a youth concert by Ayo and Teo at the NLRHS auditorium at 1 p.m. arkingdream.org.
You’ll be dazzled by the athleticism of the Harlem Globetrotters at Verizon Arena as they take on their longtime rivals, the Washington Generals. Watch as team members including Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chishol exhibit incredible ball handling, dunks, trick shots, comedy and hilarious audience interaction. Hang around after the game to meet the stars and get autographs. verizonarena.com.
January 24-February 11
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Call” chronicles the journey of childless couple, Annie and Peter, who decide to adopt a baby from Africa. When they receive some surprising news about their potential bundle of joy, anxiety and doubt threaten their plans. Middle class cultural sensibilities and global divisions come crashing in on their comfortable existence as they are
forced to confront their own preconceived notions about what makes a family a family. therep.org.
Fill your bowl and the help others 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 area restaurants. This year, Capi Peck of Trio’s Restaurant will be the featured chef. Don’t forget your muffin tin! aradvocates.org.
Mother Goose Christmas
Through Dec. 17
Kids will love “Mother Goose Christmas” at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theater. It’s the story of a young girl named Memory who has never heard the stories of Mother Goose. Grandpa Andy makes it his mission to teach her all the tales, and the characters go on a Christmas Eve adventure in Mother Goose’s Realm of Romp and Rhyme. arkansasartscenter.org.
Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights
Through Dec. 30
The City of Sherwood hosts “Enchanted Forest Trail Of Lights,” a memorable, annual drive-through light display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations and non-perishable food items are welcome. cityofsherwood.net.
Bells and Baa-aas
Join us for a festive day of Bells and Baa-aas along with moos, oinks and clucks. Don your ugly sweaters and bring the whole family to our award-winning campus for children's activities, shopping, free gift wrapping and our fuzzy animals. The open house will showcase our work around the world while highlighting the importance of giving.
Ballet Arkansas performs the classic, beloved holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” at Robinson Center with live music by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Audience members of all ages will enjoy a show filled with snowflakes, sugar plums and beautiful ballet. balletarkansas.org.
Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival
Dec. 8-Jan. 14
The Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be illuminated with brilliant light sculptures at the Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. For the first time, this family-friendly Chinese cultural event comes to Little Rock. See the lights each night from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and enjoy live performances, crafts and traditional fair food and Chinese food available for purchase. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-7; parking $5. arkansaslanternfest.com.
A Christmas Carol
The whole family will love the timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, adapted for the Argenta Community Theater by Judy Goss. argentacommunitytheater.org.
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party
Kids and adults can see all their favorite Sesame Street characters at Verizon Arena for “Sesame Street Live! Let's Party.” The production features favorite “Sesame Street” pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand new sensory adventure live on stage. Catch performances at 2 or 6 p.m. Tickets: $16-52. verizonarena.com.
Home for the Holidays
Indulge your love for holiday music at “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas music extravaganza hosted by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Center. arkansassymphony.org.
UALR TROJAN'S BASKETBALL HOME SCHEDULE
Men, Dec. 2 vs. Oral Roberts, 3 p.m.
Women, Dec. 4 vs. Missouri State, 6:30 p.m.
Women, Dec. 7 vs. Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m.
Men, Dec. 18 vs. University of the Ozarks, 6:30 p.m.
Women, Dec. 20 vs. LSU, 6:30 p.m.
Men, Dec. 28 vs. Louisiana, 7 p.m.
Women, Dec. 29 vs. Louisiana, 5 p.m.
Men, Dec. 31 vs. ULM, 4 p.m.
Women, Dec. 31 vs. ULM, 2 p.m.
All games held at the Jack Stephens Center on the UALR campus.
Out of the Darkness Walk
Take action to raise awareness on suicide prevention in Arkansas by participating in an Out of the Darkness Walk near you. These walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s largest fundraiser producing millions for suicide prevention programs, they unite those who have been affected by suicide and help facilitate communities that are smart about mental health.
Nov. 5, North Little Rock, Dickey-Stephens Park; Check-In 12-2 p.m., walk begins at 2 p.m.
Light a fire for science at the Museum of Discovery’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “Spark! 2017: Igniting a Passion for Science, Technology and Math.” From 6:30-10 p.m., guests will enjoy hands-on science, great food and drinks and live and silent auctions. museumofdiscovery.org.
For 27 years, Holiday House has been the shopping event of the season in Little Rock. It has collectively raised over $5 million dollars to support numerous Junior League of Little Rock community projects. Holiday House features over 150 merchants from 23 states at the State House Convention Center, so you can find unique gifts for everyone on your list. All of the proceeds of Holiday House go directly back to our community.
Five special events, including our first-ever Jingle & Mingle event Friday evening (November 10), will make shopping at Holiday House even more festive and unique than ever this year! Don't worry, our general shopping is filled with plenty of hours to make sure all those on your nice list get exactly what they want!
We are pleased to have Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) as our Presenting Sponsor this year. As a team effort between ACH and Holiday House, we are asking shoppers to bring a new, unwrapped gift for our inaugural Toy Drive.
For more information on Holiday House, including where to purchase tickets, can be found at www.jllr.org/holiday-house.
LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS
Go to Fayetteville and enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of more than 400,000 lights on the Downtown Downtown Square now through New Year's Eve. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.
UALR Trojans Basketball
SAT, NOV 11, 3 P.M. vs. OBU
SAT, NOV 25, 3 P.M., vs. ROBERT MORRIS
SUN, NOV 26, 3 P.M., vs NORFOLK STATE
WED, NOV 29, 6:30 P.M. vs CENTRAL ARKANS
Gift of the Magi
Nov. 29-Dec. 24
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre presents a new musical created just for its stage. “The Gift of the Magi,” based on O. Henry’s beloved holiday story, is a tale of love and sacrifice of a poor couple who search for the perfect Christmas gifts. therep.org.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra "Harry Potter"
Enjoy your favorite tunes from the “Harry Potter” film series, as performed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Center. Composed by the legendary John Williams, the music brings the magic to life, and audience members are invited to dress in costume as a favorite character. arkansassymphony.org.
Ladies Night at Big Rock Fun Park
Gather the ladies for a fun night of games, dessert, beverages and shopping at Big Rock Fun Park! The park is hosting Ladies Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m., where moms get the party room all to themselves. Tickets include a three-activity wristband and a memorable evening with the girls! bigrockfunpark.com.
Arkansas State Fair
All ages will enjoy a new carnival at the Arkansas State Fair along with the PRCA Rodeo, live music, livestock show, food, fun and more! arkansasstatefair.com.
Kavanaugh Boulevard will be blocked, from the promenade area to Spruce Street, on Oct. 14 for Harvestfest, Hillcrest’s annual fall celebration, with food trucks, art sellers, clothing, local music and more, running from morning until night. harvestfest.us.
Race For the Cure
Run to find a cure for breast cancer in The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which winds through downtown Little Rock. Run for yourself, to support a survivor, or to honor a loved one’s memory. komenarkansas.org.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Indulge in a day of cornbread, music, kids’ activities and more at The Arkansas Cornbread Festival. This event on South Main Street in SoMa celebrates Southern culture and heritage through food, art and music. Sample cornbread, as teams compete for cash prizes and cornbread glory. arkansascornbreadfestival.com.
Boo at the Zoo
This Halloween festival at the Little Rock Zoo is wildly spooky! Boot at the Zoo is back and filled with lots fun including trick-or-treating in a safe environment, arts and crafts, tons of lights and decorations, carousel rides, face painting, carnival rides, a haunted house, hay maze and more! littlerockzoo.com.
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
Bundle up to witness this beautiful, innovative performance on ice at Verizon Arena. “Cirque du Soleil Crystal” is a state-of-the-art production that combines outstanding skating and sliding, remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, ANNIE is based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms all despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. See this performance at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The title role in ANNIE is performed by Ruby Reeves, a sixth grader at Little Rock Christian Academy.
World Cheese Dip Championship
Arkansas is believed to be where cheese dip began, so where better to settle on a world champion than in Arkansas? Look for plenty of cheese dip samples from professional and amateur competitors, live music and more, from noon to 3 p.m. at The World Cheese Dip Championship at the Clinton Presidential Center. Kids 10 and under are free! centralarkansastickets.com.
If you’re wild for craft beer this adult-only event at the Little Rock Zoo is a must! Zoo Brew is a craft beer fest where you can taste dozens of brews in a souvenir cup, meet new animal friends, order from food trucks and listen to great live music. New to Zoo Brew this year is the first-ever Bear Pong Tournament. Enter as a team of two for this single-elimination style game. Instead of plastic cups, there will be 5-gallon buckets and oversized ping pong balls. littlerockzoo.com.
Legends of Arkansas
Bring the whole family to Legends of Arkansas, an annual all-Arkansas music and art festival at the North Shore Riverwalk Park. It’s an all-day, family-friendly event with local art and craft booths, food trucks, interactive workshops, competitive games, kids’ interactive art projects and live music. All proceeds benefit The Van. legendsofarkansas.com.
Discover your creativity at Tinkerfest, the Museum of Discovery's annual all day event with more than 40 hands-on, interactive activities. Each activity engages children and adults, teaches visitors how everyday objects such as cars and computers work, and provides opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects. museumofdiscovery.org.
Thea Paves the Way
Cover the sidewalks in chalk from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thea Paves the Way on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Registration is free, and participation includes entrance to the Clinton Library valid the same day of the event. Look for face painters, mimes and performers to make sure everyone is having fun! theafoundation.org.
September is Hunger Action Month and the Arkansas Foodbank is hosting a fun, family-friendly event to help raise awareness about the important work they do. Harvest Night includes a southern-style dinner, local craft beverages, live entertainment and children’s activities including a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and bounce houses. Adults admission is $40; kids under 12 are free. arkansasfoodbank.org.
Restore & After
ReStore & After is not your average art auction! Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and one-of-a-kind art at Embassy Suites benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. Local artists will have repurposed items from Habitat's ReStore up for auction. habitatcentralar.org.
"Giggle, Giggle, Quack"
September 22-October 6
Another season of children’s theater opens with “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Based on a bestselling children’s book, this performance tells the story of an adorable farmyard adventure that begins when Farmer Brown leaves for a much-needed vacation, leaving his brother Bob in charge. arkansasartscenter.org.
Shine a Light On Literacy
Join Literacy Action as it celebrates the year’s accomplishments of students and tutors at Shine a Light on Literacy from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 29 at Next Level Events in the Historic Union Train Station. Guests will enjoy libations, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, a wine pull and an author-signed book auction. literacyactionar.org.
Head of the Class Bash
The Clinton Presidential Center will celebrate back-to-school with the annual “Head of the Class Bash,” a free family festival on the grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 5. More than 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis. clintonfoundation.org.
Boosters and Big Rigs
The Junior League of Little Rock, in partnership with UALR Children International, is hosting the fun, free family event Boosters & Big Rigs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at the UALR Jack Stephens Center. Children can receive physicals, vision and dental screenings, explore community vehicles, play games and enjoy a bounce house and obstacle course. jllr.org.
Story time has never been wilder than at the Little Rock Zoo! The reading series, Zoobilation, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System, is back at the zoo’s amphitheater. Catch an animal story at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. littlerockzoo.com.
Back To School Splash
Cool off and make a big splash at the Back to School Splash at Splash Zone in Jacksonville. The mini waterpark invites families to slip, slide, dive and dance to the music of a DJ at this end-of-summer, kid-friendly party. cityofjacksonville.net.
Geocaching Weekend at Pinnacle
Explore and discover Arkansas’s great outdoors at Geocaching Weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Learn about Arkansas State Park’s geocache tour and nearby geocaches. Events are geared toward beginners. arkansasstateparks.com.
Eclipnic at Museum of Discovery
On Aug. 21 we will experience a total solar eclipse from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. The Museum of Discovery is hosting an educational “eclipnic” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a lunch or purchase slices of pizza from Damgoode Pies at the museum, and learn about the eclipse through hands-on activities before it happens! Admission includes a pair of eclipse glasses for the viewing. This event will include activities for all ages. museumofdiscovery.org.
Razorbacks at War Memorial
The Arkansas Razorbacks bring the college football season opener against the Florida A&M Rattlers to War Memorial Stadium. Get the tailgate fired up and the drinks iced down—it’s sure to be a hot one! arkansasrazorbacks.com.
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 at the First Security Ampitheater in Riverfront Park early to get a good spot, and feel free to bring a blanket and cooler. moviesintheparklr.net.
July 5, “Daddy’s Home,” PG-13
July 12, “Finding Dory,” PG
July 19, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” PG-13
July 26, “The Magnificent Seven” PG-13
Heifer International unveils its latest exhibit, “Heifer NOW,” at a grand opening party including kid crafts, seed starting, a farm-themed photo booth and a visit with some of Heifer’s best ambassadors (goats, alpacas and a mini-jersey calf). “Heifer NOW” is an interactive exhibit that showcases Heifer’s work both in the United States and abroad. The first 100 guests will receive a special surprise, and there will be giveaways throughout the day. heifer.org.
FOCAL Library Book Sale
Find deeply discounted books, records, CDs and DVDs for the whole family at the FOCAL library book sale. Gently used items fill three floors of the Central Arkansas Library System River Market Books & Gifts resale store. The second part of the FOCAL sale takes place in the main library basement, where previously-checked-out and heavily discounted items are sold. Thursday morning shopping is open only to FOCAL members. Non-members may buy a $5 wristband for entry on Thursday evening, and at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. cals.org.
Youth Home's 7th Annual Casino Night
Ante up for Youth Home's 7th 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.
The Museum of Discovery's Wiggle Worms program introduces children to science in a hands-on environment. It's held every Tuesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. for ages 6 and under, and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. for ages 10 and under. museumofdiscovery.org.
July 6 and 8, "Rocket Science"
July 11, 13 and 15, "Exploring Rocks"
July 18, 20 and 22, "Marvelous Mammals"
July 25, 27 and 29, "Food Discoveries with Whole Foods Market"
Don’t miss Arkansas’s largest event on the bank of the Arkansas River. Riverfest offers something for everyone including a carnival, food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts, a breathtaking fireworks display and impressive lineup of local and national music acts. This year’s musical lineup includes: Wiz Khalifa, Justin Moore, Cold War Kids and more. riverfestarkansas.com.
“PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue”
Nickelodeon’s beloved pups are coming to the stage at “PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue,” at Robinson Performance Hall. The performance focuses on themes of citizenship, social skills and problems solving. This high-energy show is perfect for the whole-family! robinsoncentersecondact.com.
Arkansas Family Fun Days
Enjoy deep discounts on family outings with Arkansas Family Fun Days, a weekend-long event that encourages parents and kids to get out of the house and have fun together. Participating organizations include Hiland, Hiland Youth Classic, Wild River Country, Little Rock Zoo, Arkansas Travelers, Big Rock Fun Park, Playtime Pizza, la Quinta Inns and Suites, Museum of Discovery and Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Visit arfamilyfundays.com for a list of specials.
Super Summer Saturdays
Saturdays June 17- July 29
The Clinton Presidential Center invites guests for some fun-filled learning at Super Summer Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturdays June 17 through July 29. Children get the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience with live insects and create ladybugs and caterpillars with egg cartons, paint, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. clintonfoundation.org.
Celebrate Arkansas’s birthday at the Statehood Celebration on the grounds of the Old State House Museum. There will be living history demonstrations, food and fun for everyone. oldstatehouse.com.
The Juneteenth Celebration Of Freedom is an annual, family-friendly commemoration of the end of slavery at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The event is rooted in history and focuses on the future. It’s a block party-style celebration with live music, children’s activities, food trucks and vendor booths selling everything from clothing to food. mosaictemplarscenter.com.
June 23-July 16
The sun will come out tomorrow and the whole family will enjoy this production of “Annie” at The Weekend Theater. The musical includes a cast of more than 30, and tells the classic story set in the 1930s of an orphan child who continually finds optimism. weekendtheater.org.
Jodie Mahony Center's June Events
June 13 - 16: Pre-AP teacher training week UA Little Rock
June 20: AP Administrators (high school principals) Day at UA Little Rock
June 20 - 23: AP teacher training week UA Little Rock
June 26 - 30: MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience (ADE AEGIS grant) UA Little Rock (7th and 8th graders)
Toadsuck Daze in downtown Conway is the only place in Arkansas (and probably the world) to find concerts, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. toadsuck.org.
Through July 23
Bugs are taking over the Clinton Presidential Center at the exhibit "Xtreme Bugs," which will feature 20 larger-than-life animatronic insects to help visitors get an up-close perspective on a few favorite creepy-crawlers. The temporary exhibit will introduce visitors to the extreme nature of bugs that we may not often consider. By exploring why bugs look and behave as they do, this exhibit offers a new way of seeing the tiny creatures we often consider pests. Clinton Center visitors will experience how the world would appear from a bug’s eye view, and bug habitats from around the world, including a rainforest floor, sub-Saharan Africa, a meadow and more. clintonfoundation.org.
Jodie Mahony Center's Duke Talent Identification Program
Duke TIP student recognition ceremony. Seventh grade students from all over the state will visit UA Little Rock's campus to participate in Duke Talent Identification Program. http://ualr.edu/gifted/
Un-Gala: A (Outrageous) Night at the Museum
It’s a night for adults to play at The Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville! Get ready to explore at the "Un-Gala: A (Outrageous) Night at the Museum" and float above the treetops, walk on water and witness a famous TV scientist do outrageous experiments with fire, all while enjoying upscale carnival food and beverages. amazeum.org.
56th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition
May 16-July 23
Some of the best artwork by youth across the state will be on exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center’s 56th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. Artists’ ages range from kindergarten through 12th grade. The juried collection includes 104 works from 58 schools across the state. arkarts.com.
May 27-Sept. 10
Visit the Museum of Discovery’s new exhibit, “Human Plus,” and enjoy interactive opportunities to explore and create a range of low tech and high tech tools that extend human abilities. Exhibits include the experience of riding a mono-ski in a simulated ski race, controlling a DJ station using the wheels of a wheelchair and more. museumofdiscovery.org
Get April started off right at Springfest, a day packed with family fun at Riverfront Park. Enjoy acrobats, art projects, food trucks and flying dogs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. riverfestarkansas.com/springfest.