11 Family-Friendly Weekend Events
This weekend marks the beginning of some exciting Halloween-themed events that will run through October. You can check out Shadows at Sixth Street, a spooky haunted drive-thru experience in downtown Little Rock, or you could head to Hot Springs to check out Fall Celebration Saturdays at Garvan Gardens and Halloweekends at Magic Springs. There are also other pandemic-safe activities like visiting one of the local outdoor dining rooms and enjoying Tinkerfest Part 3 at the Museum of Discovery.
Food Truck Friday at Simmons Bank Arena
Kick the weekend off early with a fun Friday lunch. Each Friday in October families can enjoy an outdoor meal in the Simmons Bank Arena VIP parking lot. This week, the fun has been extended until 1:30 p.m. and the truck lineup has been expanded from three to five. Come check out Jefferson’s Mobile Grilling, Riceland Mobile Café, Nach’yo Nachos N’ More, The Boil and Repecci’s Italian Ice.
When: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: VIP parking lot at Simmons Bank Arena | 1 Simmons Bank Arena Drive, North Little Rock
Live Music Friday at the SoMa Outdoor Dining Room
This Friday you and the fam can enjoy food and live music. Grab your mask, the kids and order takeout from your favorite SoMa restaurant.
When: 4-9 p.m. (live music starts at 7 p.m.)
Where: SoMa Outdoor Dining Room | 1301 S. Main St.
Use hand sanitizer before you grab a seat.
Wear a mask when not seated.
Tinkerfest Part 3: Manipulating Materials
The third installment of the Museum of Discovery's Tinkerfest event will be this Saturday, and the theme is Manipulating and Materials. Come get hands-on fun with projects like DIY maracas with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and recycling sorting with Sustain Little Rock.
When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
Where: 100 block of Sherman Street just outside the museum’s main entrance
Wear a mask.
Social distancing encouraged.
*To limit crowd size, you need to purchase your tickets in advance (members should reserve tickets.) Tickets will be offered in two hour increments:
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Great Arkansas Cleanup at Murray Park
Help keep our city beautiful by joining the clean up efforts at Murray Park on Saturday. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided.
When: 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Murray Park | 5900 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock
Register: Email email@example.com to volunteer — all ages welcome
Pre-registration of volunteers is required.
Face coverings will be required during check-in and check-out and when unable to maintain physical distancing during the cleanup.
Little Readers Rock
Part of CALS’ Six Bridges Festival and presented by the Junior League of Little Rock, Little Readers Rock is a family-friendly day of learning and fun. This virtual event is jampacked with storytimes, crafts and even animal yoga.
When: Sessions start at 9 a.m. and run through 1:30 p.m. See all the details here.
Where: This is a virtual event. Register for the Zoom session(s) of your choice, here.
Garvan Gardens Fall Celebration Saturdays
Enjoy fall foliage, flowers and fun at Garvan Gardens this month. For a fun twist, the first 100 children to the Gardens will receive a free take-home fall project.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Garvan Woodland Gardens | 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs
Admission: Members Free | $15 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 3 and younger | $5 dogs on a short leash
Masks required for entry.
- Masks required in some garden areas.
Fall Planting Workshop/Seed Swap/Houseplant Sale at Bernice Gardens
Come out to Bernice Gardens to learn about their organic gardening methods, meet their Master Gardener Laverne Davis and learn to plant for fall. They will provide some seeds for swapping and host Dunbar Garden for their houseplant sale!
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Bernice Garden | 1401 Main Street, Little Rock
Guidelines: Masks are required.
Drive-Thru Girl Scout Animal Dance Party
Bring your girls out for a drive-thru Girl Scout party. Girls will learn about the connection animals and humans both have to dance, make animal-related crafts, learn an animal-themed dance and talk about how animals can help humans.
When: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: United Methodist Church | 2003 S. Pine St., Cabot
Register: Event is free, but registration is required. Register here.
Hand sanitizer will be at each station.
Families in vehicles should wear masks if possible for two-way precaution while interacting with staff and volunteers.
All families must remain in vehicles at all times.
October River Market Outdoor Dining Room
Enjoy the cooler weather and your favorite food from the River Market Entertainment District at their new outdoor dining area!
When: 6-11 p.m. Friday | 2-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: 300 & 400 Blocks of President Clinton Avenue
Social distancing will be practiced.
Masks are required.
Shadows at Sixth Street
Buckle up for family-friendly, pandemic-safe fun with Shadows at Sixth Street, an elevated Halloween drive-through experience. Learn more here.
Location: Best Park Parking Deck | 600 Scott St., Little Rock
Hours: 7-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday | 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Admission: $25/car if purchased online | $30/car if purchased at the event
Halloweekends at Magic Springs
This year Magic Screams is getting a family-friendly and social-distance makeover as Halloweekends at Magic Springs. Starting October 10, park-goers of all ages can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays full of fall family fun. Learn more here.
Hours: noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park | 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs
At the gate: $29.99 plus tax for adults | $21.99 plus tax for juniors and seniors
Online: $24.99 plus tax for adults | $19.99 plus tax for juniors and seniors
2021 Season Pass holders: Free
Still stumped? Here are a few other ideas:
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
We rounded up the details for 10 local pumpkin patches. Check out our post for full details.
Create Fall Treats
Even more ideas: