Sculpture stands proudly at a Conway roundabout.

Sometimes fun is just around the corner. Or down the interstate about 25 miles. While Little Rock and North Little Rock are packed with family activities and events, sometimes you just want to get out of town.

Areas like Hot Springs, northwest Arkansas and Memphis are popular for their countless activities, restaurants and entertainment venues. But what about when you don’t want to make a long drive?

In this first part of our Short Drives Series, we’re giving you options for family fun in a city that’s only about 30 minutes away: Conway. So on your next empty Saturday, spend the day enjoying new fun just down the road.

1. Share the Love Kidsclub

This playspace is what kids' (and parents’) dreams are made of. Share the Love Kidsclub is a 3,000 square-foot area full of toys, activities and other features to help your child develop their cognitive, social, physical, emotional and creative skills.

Staff members called “play experts” supervise the club and help keep your kids entertained while you chat with friends, enjoy a warm drink from Zetêo (a coffee shop connected to the space) or get work done using the free Wi-Fi. Parents must stay in the building while their kids are playing — the Kidsclub isn’t a daycare.

Membership packages are available or you can pay per visit, which is $10 per child. Kidsclub hours vary seasonally; visit the website or follow along on social media for up-to-date information. The Kidsclub is located at 911 West Oak St. Visit SharetheLove.club for more information.


2. Jack’s Ultra Sports

Laser tag, paintball, archery, escape rooms — Jack’s Ultra Sports has it all! Spend the whole afternoon running around and competing— there’s enough entertainment to keep you busy for hours.

Laser tag is recommended for ages 5 and up. The indoor paintball is low-impact and suggested for players ages 8 and up. Archery warz is a fun game similar to dodgeball but uses foam-tipped arrows instead. In the 15-minute mini escape room, participants solve riddles and puzzles to escape from an Egyptian tomb.

Jack's Ultra Sports offers laser tag, low-impact indoor paintball and more — perfect for an active and competitive afternoon of family activities.

Pricing varies for each game and packages and specials are often available. Open Fridays 5-10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 1-7 p.m‍‍‍. Visit JacksUltraSports.com for more information.


3. Conway Family Bowl

Bowling is a perfect activity for all ages, and it’s always fun to try out a new alley. On Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., try Xtreme Glow Bowling and on Wednesday nights from 8:45 p.m.- midnight it’s Quartermania! Pay a $6 cover charge and then bowling games and shoe rental are only 25 cents.

Conway Family Bowl also serves food made fresh to order and offers opportunities for youth leagues and birthday party reservations.

Bowling is the perfect activity for all ages — put up the bumpers for little ones and take them down to let Dad show off his skills on the lanes. At Conway Family Bowl, older kids can stay up late and try Xtreme Glow Bowling.

Hours and pricing vary by day so visit ConwayFamilyBowl.com for more details. The venue is located at 1010 East Oak St.


4. Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA

While Little Rock is full of onstage entertainment options, each theater can only put on so many shows. So it’s nice to add the Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA to the roundup. The venue puts on several family- and kid-friendly shows during its extensive season.

Some of the highlights during the remainder of the 2017-18 season include “Pixar in Concert” on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Dublin Irish Dance’s “Stepping Out” on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and “Cinderella” on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. There’s also a Main Stage EdUCAtion Series created solely for student/class trips during the school day.

Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA features classic productions including "Cinderella" coming up in April.

For ticket information and more details on each show, visit UCA.edu. The theater is located at 223 Beatrice Powell St.


5. Hogwild Family Fun Center

Since Playtime Pizza in Little Rock closed in summer 2017, it’s time to find a new indoor gaming destination. Hogwild Family Fun Center offers go-karts, bumper cars, mini golf, inflatables and more than 100 arcade games. Admission is free and visitors pay per activity. Arcade games range from $0.30 to $2.

Play around from 3-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m-8 p.m. Sundays. The Fun Center is located at 1350 Old Morrilton Highway. Head to HogWildFamilyFunCenter.com for more information.