Summer's so close we can taste it! Make the most of one of one of the last spring weekends with lots of fun events for the whole family.


Critter Crawl at Garvan Woodland Gardens: Join Garvan Naturalist Lydell Lively on a night hike through Garvan Gardens, observing the sights and sounds of the Natural State’s nocturnal community. The hike goes from 7-9 p.m. and costs $10 per person. Reservations are required; reserve online or by phone at (800) 366-4664.

Movie Night & Food Drive at Highland Valley UMC: Watch "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" on the big screen in the field next to the church at Highland Valley UMC. There will be a food truck and the church will provide popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. The church will be collecting non-perishable food items to help the 200,000 Reasons campaign to fight childhood hunger. Bring your lawnchairs and blankets and be ready for a great night of fun and food starting at 8 p.m. Call (501) 772-5922 for more details. FREE!


International Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: This 34th annual event is all about celebrating the delicious Greek food and the unique Greek culture. Attendees can sample pastries, gyros, lamb and so much more. There will also be an old-world market, church tours and a kids area featuring games and grilled hot dogs for your picky eaters. The festival takes place Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3p.m. Admission is $3 or three canned food items. Visit the website for more information.

“Beauty and the Beast” Ballet at Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre: A spellbinding rendition of a family-favorite fairytale comes to life on stage. Tickets are $17-$32 and performances hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for more details.


Messtival at the Museum of Discovery: A day full of making ooey, gooey, slimy messes! What's better? You don't have to clean it up. The museum has activities for the whole family so mark your calendar! Regular museum admission applies: $10 for adults and $8 for children. The messy fun goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the website or call (501) 396-7050 for more information. 

Hearts & Hooves Spring Open House: Stop by the facility in Sherwood and say hello to the horses, take a walk around and enjoy some refreshments. The come-and-go event goes from 2-4 p.m. and gives visitors a chance to ask questions and find out about riding or volunteering. RSVP so that they have an idea of how many guests will attend, but the event is free. Click here for more details and to RSVP. FREE!

Craw'n for the Zoo & Catfish Too! at the Little Rock Zoo: We hope you're hungry for this crawfish and catfish event at the Little Rock Zoo! Craw'N at the Zoo features sustainable crawfish and catfish provide by Crawfish Country Catering, live entertainment by Moxie and Dave & Buster's Street Team will have games and prizes for the whole family to enjoy. The event from 4-8 p.m. includes aadmission to the Zoo for the day. Adult tickert are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate and child admission (ages 2-12) is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Click here for more information.

Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Join amateur astronomers for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky from 8:30-10:30 p.m. If cloudy skies prevent observation, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 8:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Call (501) 868-5806 with questions. FREE!


Children's Afternoon Tea Etiquette Lesson at Abbi's Teas & Things: During this hour and fifteen minute lesson, your child will learn the basics of tea etiquette and service. Various finger foods will be served along with a choice of tea. The cost is $39.50 per student and the lesson goes from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert at Garvan Woodland Gardens: The ASO String Chamber returns to Anthony Chapel to perform various pieces from “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” This concert will feature the Platypus Players and various other ASO Musicians. Seating is limited and the event begins at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets by phone at (501) 262-9300; prices start at $25 for children.