Many of the local farmer's markets are beginning to open. The Argenta Farmer's Market, Bernice Gardens and the Hillcrest Farmer's Market have all been open.
- ACCESS Gardens Friday Plant Sale is Friday at the Stella Boyle Smith Campus on 10618 Breckenridge Dr.
- The 2014 MudBug Bash presented by The Point 94.1 is Friday and benefits the Arkansas Food Bank and is $50 at the door. Good food and good music. More info.
- The Arkansas Earth Day Celebration is Saturday at Heifer Village. It has entertainment, food and exhibits.
- Pinnacle Mountain is also having its Earth Day Celebration this weekend. 501-868-5806.
- Spinach Fest is April 19, 2014 in downtown Alma.
- There's a stargazing event at the Toltec Mounds. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 501-961-9442
I spent this weekend updating my list of summer camps with current links and costs. Most of the camps are already accepting registration, and many fill up quickly!
I went to UALR's SLUFY when I was a kid (I think it was still called SLUFY back then). I had the most fun summer ever. It's been a while, but we did a lot of fun, hands-on, science-geared activities. I remember dissecting owl pellets, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The current offerings have a little bit from every subject including literature, science, math and sports.
My niece used to do the Arkansas Arts Center Summer Theater Academy every year. She loved it, especially the big performance at the end. Auditions for that program are already closed, but the Arts Center has other fun summer classes that will allow your kids to learn a new art skill. They have classes in painting, fabric arts, drawing, jewelry making, clay, theater and more.
Another program I have experience with is the Little Rock Zoo's Summer Zoofari. I volunteer at the zoo, and sometimes end up guiding a class or two. This year, their classes are going to be a little different, so it's the perfect time to visit again or try them for the first time.
The Arkansas Museum of Discovery has some fun looking classes too. Their summer offerings concentrate on science in a fun way. They have classes in kitchen chemistry, archaeology and biology
Instead of me blogging about them all, why don't you check out the entire list and find one your child would like to participate in.
- The Fashion Event for Easter Seals is Friday at the downtown Little Rock Mariott. More info.
- ACCESS Gardens Spring Plant Sale is Friday at the Stella Boyle Smith Campus on 10618 Breckenridge Dr.
- The What a Woman Wants Expo is Friday through Sunday in Benton at the Benton Event Center. More info.
- The Mid-South Golden Gloves Tournament is April 10-12. More info.
- The Ninth Annual Easter Festival and Egg Hunt at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center is Saturday. This is a great event with games, prizes and lots of fun. The Easter Bunny does make an appearance. Egg hunt starts at
- ArtWorks is Saturday. It's an auction to benefit The Rep. More info.
- Heifer Village and The Witt Stephens Jr Nature Center both have events going on this weekend.
- Magic Springs celebrates opening day Saturday.
- The Arkansas Travelers have their first home games this week. Check them out this weekend.
- The Racing Festival of the South is happening at Oaklawn Saturday.
This weekend is going to be gorgeous! They are predicting mid to high 70s weather wise, no rain and it may finally feel like spring. What's up with this 40 degree weather we're having?
I suggest you take the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some of Little Rock's best natural features. My picks are the River Trail (I especially like the Two Rivers Bridge portion) and Pinnacle Mountain. You can have a nice, leisurely stroll or an intense outing on either one.
If your church or school or group is hosting a neat Easter egg hunt or event and I don't have it listed on my Easter Events guide, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it. Easter is coming up in just a few weeks. The Clinton Center Easter Egg Hunt is this weekend, and the Easter Bunny is hanging out at the malls for photos.
I also have a list of Easter Brunch locations.
- Turning Pointe 2014 at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is a black tie fundraiser for Ballet Arkansas. More info.
- Eggshibition 2014 at Jack Stephens Center is an egg themed art exhibition that benefits Youth Home. More info.
- The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is April 2-6. Admission is $25. More info.
- Capital City Classic 10k race. More info.
- Breakfast with the Great Apes at the Little Rock Zoo. More info. Little Rock Family is also celebrating their birthday at the zoo Saturday. Lots of fun activities are planned.
- Visit Garvan Gardens. Garvan Gardens' tulips are peaking this week (unless the storm takes them out), but they have an Easter program this weekend, teaching you to dye eggs naturally.
- The Family Health & Wellness Fest at The Promenade at Chenal has all kinds of activties for children and adults. More info.
- The Laman Library Argenta Branch celebrates their grand opening Saturday. They have events planned. More info.
- Pinnacle Mountain State Park celebrates feathered flyers. They have events all weekend.
Don't forget that spring break activities will be continuing, at least through Friday and some all weekend.
- There's a Designer's Choice Fashion Preview at the Clear Channel Metroplex (10800 Col. Glenn Road). Admission is $35.
- The Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival continues this weekend. It's in Bigelow at Wye United Methodist Church ( 22222 Hwy 113). More info.
- The American Lung Association's "Fight for Air Climb" at War Memorial stadium is Saturday. Participants will climb the stairs at the arena to raise money for lung disease. More info.
- A Spring Canoe Float at Little Maumelle Boat Launch takes place March 30. Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile paddling adventure. Prior experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable around water. More info.
Visiting Heifer International's Global Village is a great way to spend a day during spring break. The village is an interactive global education facility. It's also, in traditional Heifer fashion, an environmentally sensitive facility. The goal of the center is to education visitors about global hunger and the solutions that Heifer provides. It's designed in concentric circles. Heifer says this is due to the idea of concentric rings of influence, like a pebble hitting a pool of water, where a single animal given to one family provides sustenance many times over as subsequent families receive an offspring.
For spring break, they've got special activities, crafts and of scavenger hunts that will inspire kids and adults to make a difference around the world.
A great way to spend spring break is to go see the tiger cubs at the Little Rock Zoo. These guys are full of energy and very cute. Seen above playing with their mom, Suhana. Liem, Eko, Olan and Asmara (there are four, only two are pictured) are on display at the zoo from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day, if the weather is nice. They come out with their mom, Suhana. Their dad, Liku, comes out in the afternoon. Tigers are solitary in the wild, and the male has to be separated after breeding.
The family is composed of rare Malayan tigers. Malayan tigers are some of the most endangered big cats in the world with less than 500 left in the wild.
If chimpanzees are your thing, that area is undergoing construction and you won't be able to see them. However, you can view the other great apes, including the gorilla family, though the view is a bit obstructed for some of them
Admission to the zoo is $12 for adults, $9 for kids and $2 for parking. In addition to the baby tigers, the zoo has some other fun stuff planned for spring break. More info.
Looking for some stuff to do over spring break? I have a few ideas listed here.
State Parks are always a good bet. Pinnacle is offering mini-camps for kids. If you haven't been to the Museum of Discovery, that's a good choice too. Sid the Science Kid will be there on Thursday, March 27
You can check out all these ideas and more on my list.