Enjoy the Outdoors: 3 Fresh & Casual Ideas for Your Next Parents’ Night Out
Summer is tricky in Arkansas. As the cold weather ends, there are a precious few weeks of beautiful weather and then it’s hot and humid for what seems like months on end.
But in June, fingers crossed, the evenings are still pleasant and the temperatures may stay below 90 degrees. When those pleasant days come around, it means it’s time for a parents’ night out. Here are three date night ideas to get you outside this month.
1. Urban Farm Fest at Heifer Village
June 7 from 7-10 p.m.
The second annual festival at Heifer International’s downtown Little Rock location is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely evening in the city — and it’ll feel like you’re out in the country. The event features food trucks, local brews and lawn games.
Attendees will get to meet the barnyard animals at the Urban Farm including pigs, llamas and chickens and take a stroll in the blooming gardens. There will also be a chance for competition with lawn games line miniature golf and Baggo. As a special treat, enjoy drinks created with ingredients from the Heifer Urban Farm.
Tickets for the casual event are $50 apiece. Visit Heifer.org/UrbanFarmFest for more details.
2. East Village Street Food Jam at the Clinton Presidential Center
June 16 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
This brand new event goes all day long — so if you’re feeling a family outing you can bring the kids for lunch, or you can wait until the evening to enjoy a dinner date, drinks and live music.
Choose from delicious local fare from 25 select food trucks, enjoy your meal in a picnic seating area and peruse a beer garden for your favorite local brews. Live music will begin at 3 p.m. and last throughout the event. Artists include The Salty Dogs, The Going Jessies and Rodney Block / Black Superman.
Tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase both before the event and at the gate. Visit the "Events" section of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership's Facebook page for more information.
3. Stargazing Cruise on Lake Maumelle
June 24 from 9-10:30 p.m.
Spend a romantic night under the stars on this cruise at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. A park interpreter will serve as your guide on a pontoon boat as you learn about stars, constellations and satellites in the night sky.
Tickets are $15 and advance registration and payment are required by calling (501) 868-5806. Attendees should meet at Jolly Rogers Marina. Visit ArkansasStateParks.com for more information.