The Governor's Mansion in downtown Little Rock is open to the public for guided tours.

There’s something about those two magic words.

Parents’ night out is always a welcome interruption during a busy week, but when it’s free or even just cheap, the evening is even more appealing.

With back-to-school shopping in full swing and summer vacation funds all spent, this is perfect month for some budget-friendly ideas for date night.

So call the babysitter (or grandma and grandpa to keep the money-saving ball rolling) and here are three ways to spend your date on a budget in Little Rock.

Visit the Governor’s Mansion

If you’ve lived in the capital city for more than a few years then it’s high time you get a peek inside the Governor’s Mansion. While this will take a little planning on you part, it’s worth it for a look inside the governor’s quarters.

Because the mansion is the full-time home of the governor and his family (and has been since 1950), tours are scheduled by appointment only and are available only on days when other events are not scheduled. During the tour, guests can see the library, grand hall, state dining room and more.

Tours are free but it’s important to call (501) 324-9805 to schedule your visit. And, this will have to be a daytime date because tours take place Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For a sneak peak inside and more information, visit

The Governor's Mansion in downtown Little Rock is open to the public for guided tours.

Attend Events at Ron Robinson Theater

The Central Arkansas Library System’s Robinson Theater plays host to many low-cost events throughout the year, including concerts, movie screenings and panel discussions. The theater is located in downtown Little Rock and a full schedule of events can be found at

This month, guests can enjoy The Roots of American Music Concert on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. featuring an acoustic band playing country, blues, swing and pop music. Tickets are $10 per person and are available in advance on the website.

The Ron Robinson Theater is an easy-to-spot venue in Little Rock's River Market.

Stroll Through 2nd Friday Art Night

One night each month visitors can experience art galleries and museums around downtown Little Rock for free! The lineup can vary slightly from month to month, but all of the stops are within walking distance. You can also hop on the free trolley for a few minutes of air conditioning in the summer heat.

This month’s event takes place on Aug. 10 from 5-8 p.m. and some of the regular hot spots include Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, Bella Vita Jewelry, Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery, Nexus Coffee & Creative, Gallery 221 and others. Many locations provide free refreshments. For more information on 2nd Friday Art Night, visit

Nexus Coffee and Creative is a regular participant in 2nd Friday Art Night.