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Top 16 Family Outings In Little Rock


The kids are bored! What can you do to keep them occupied without breaking the bank? Here are some fun family adventures to get them out and keep them occupied. Some of these places are even fun for parents. See also: Guide to Little Rock for Kids and Families.

1. Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Zoo
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The Zoo doesn't have to be a day long trip like some of the others. If you live in Little Rock, you can take the kids for just an hour or so. Open 9-5 in the summer. Located at One Jonesboro Dr., War Memorial Park. 501-666-2406.

2. Arkansas Museum of Discovery

Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau

The AMOD has many hands-on, fun exhibits and they change exhibits frequently. They often have special events and visiting exhibitors. Check their site to see what's going on this month. 501-396-7050.

3. The Peabody Ducks

Peabody Ducks
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Visit the Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Everyday the hotel loads ducks in an elevator, down a red carpet and to the lobby to swim around a fountain. The ducks march down everyday at 11:00 and march up at 5:00. Between that time they are in the fountain playing, quacking and being ducks.  Located at 3 Statehouse Plaza in downtown Little Rock.

4. The Arkansas Travelers

Kids run the bases at Dickey-Stephens
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The Arkansas Travelers are our minor league team.  They play at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. They were the first minor league team named for a whole state and are associated with the Anaheim Angels.  Their  games are always full of fun and they try to keep the kids engaged.

5. Heifer International

Heifer Village
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Heifer's Global Village has fun, hands on exhibits for kids to learn about world hunger and Heifer's projects all over the world.  It's small, so it won't be an all day visit.  Located at 1 World Avenue, across from the Clinton library.  Admission is free.

6. Witt Stephens Nature Center

Fishing Lures
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This nature center is designed to educate about the role of wildlife in Arkansas and the role of government offices, like Arkansas Game and Fish, in the preservation of Arkansas wildlife.  There are some fun waterway exhibits and some animal exhibits.  They have lots of information about fishing and hunting in Arkansas.  602 President Clinton Avenue, admission is free.

7. City Parks

Burn's Park
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Central Arkansas has many city parks from large Burns Park in North Little Rock to the smaller parks sprinkled throughout the city. These parks are free and lots of fun. Burns Park even has its own amusement park.

8. Public Pools (Wild River Country)

Wild River Country
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In the summer, Wild River Country is the place to be! There are less expensive public pools around the city too.

9. Arkansas Skatium

The Arkansas Skatium is the best place to go for ice and roller skating. They also offer facilities for parties and group events.  Admission is $8-12 and they have a great concession stand. Located on 1311 Bowman Road, 501-227-4333.

10. Go Bowling

Professor Bowl is the biggest bowling alley in Little Rock. If you don't mind a drive, try Millennium Bowl (7200 Counts Massie Road, 501-791-9150) in Maumelle. Millennium Bowl is a more updated and newer bowling alley. There's nothing wrong with professor bowl though. Professor Bowl is located on 901 Towne Oaks. Call 501-224-9040.

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