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.
Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
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.
Little Rock Marathon
Join in the run at the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon. Run the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or watch the kiddos in the Little Rockers Kids Marathon. The race winds through the scenic streets of Arkansas’s capital city, and provides tons of activities for participants. littlerockmarathon.com.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrate Irish heritage at the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 1 p.m. at the corner of Third and Rock streets in Little Rock, and ending at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The parade route will feature decorative floats, Irish dancing, Irish Wolf Hounds, candy, music and more. irisharkansas.org.
Cabinet of Curiosities
March 11-Dec. 31
Explore this collection of fascinating artifacts from around the globe at the Old State House Museum’s new exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Items range from dinosaur bones to Ming Dynasty pottery to a machine gun taken from Bonnie and Clyde’s car. Admission is free. oldstatehouse.com.
Family Fun Days with AETN
Bring the kids for a meet-and-greet with beloved characters at the Museum of Discovery. Family Fun Days with AETN presents Daniel Tiger on March 20, and Curious George along with The Man With the Yellow Hat on March 21. Snap some pictures and enjoy a day at the museum. museumofdiscovery.org.
Lanterns! Winter Festival
Celebrate the first full moon of the lunar New Year at Wildwood Park’s Lanterns! Winter Festival. Guests will enjoy a stroll through beautifully lit pathways at Wildwood’s gardens with stunning cultural vistas, live entertainment, food, drink, games and more. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children 5 years and younger. wildwoodpark.org.
Bowling & Building
Bowl for a good cause at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’s second annual Bowling & Building at Professor Bowl. This fun, family-friendly tournament will help raise money for Habitat, and prizes will be awarded to winners, losers and best dressed bowlers. Register as an individual or a team at habitatcentralar.org/bowling.
SOMA Mardi Gras Celebration
Join in the fun at the SoMa Mardi Gras Celebration that includes a festive parade down Main Street with floats, beads, food, stilt-walkers and more! Parade begins at noon on 25th Street and ends at 12th Street. It’s fun for the whole family! Find SoMa Little Rock's Southside Main Street Project on Facebook for more info.
Red Carpet 2017
Get a sitter, dust off that black-tie attire and get ready for the paparazzi at Wolfe Street Foundation’s Red Carpet 2017 at the newly renovated Robinson Center. Enjoy an evening of food, drink, silent and live auctions and the stars at this Oscar watch party and fundraiser for the state’s largest nonprofit dedicated to recovery from alcoholism and addiction. wolfestreet.org.
Fill your bowl and 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, Chris McMillan, of Boulevard Bread Company will be the featured chef. Don’t forget your muffin tin! aradvocates.org.
Be dazzled by the athleticism of the Harlem Globetrotters at Verizon Arena. Watch as they 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.
Santa at Big Rock Fun Park
Bring the kids for a day of fun with mini golf, go karts, an arcade and more at Big Rock Fun Park. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to meet kids! bigrockfunpark.com.