A Cauldron Full of Fun: 22 Weekend Events
We are spellbound with the options families have this weekend! Mask up and head out to one of these fall events.
Tinkerfest Part 3: Spooky Tinkering
Get in the Halloween spirit with some Spooky Tinkering with the MOD. They’ve cooked up some creepy activities like Monster Mashup Puppets and Bugs with LED Eyes, to name just a couple.
When: Saturday | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.* Where: 100 block of Sherman Street just outside the museum’s main entrance Guidelines: Wear a mask. Social distancing is 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: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1- 3 p.m. | Purchase or reserve your tickets
Recycle Fair at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas
Do you have recyclable electronics, glass and paper laying around? (Guilty!) Then head to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’ Recycle Fair. Bonus: you can stay for shopping after this outdoor event. Learn more here.
When: Saturday | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas | 6700 S. University Ave., Little Rock Guidelines: Wear a mask. Social distancing is encouraged.
Girl Scouts - Diamonds Trick-or-Treat Masquerade Drive-Thru
Put on your favorite Halloween costume and come out for a drive-thru Girl Scout Masquerade party. There will be songs, games, crafts and candy all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.
When: Saturday | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Arkansas Diabetes and Endocrinology Center's parking lot | 11400 Huron Lane, Little Rock Register: Free - register here Guidelines: Masks are required for employees and families. Hand sanitizer will be at each station. All families must remain in vehicles at all times.
Birdwatching at Main
Have a fan of feathered friends in your family? Then be sure to register for this family birdwatching program conducted by Uta Meyer of the Little Rock Audubon Society. If you miss out on a spot, the CALS library system has birdwatching kits available. Each kit includes a pair of binoculars and a bird field guide.
When: Saturday | 11 a.m. Where: CALS - Main Library | 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock Register: Registration is required for this free event, limit 10 participants. Guidelines: Wear a mask. Social distancing is encouraged.
Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat at GiGi's Playhouse Little Rock
Gigi’s Playhouse is throwing a free drive-thru trick-or-treat event for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Door prizes and free pumpkins (for the first 30 cars) will be up for grabs. Learn more about GiGi’s and the event here.
When: Saturday 2-5 p.m. Where: Gigi’s Playhouse | 301 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock Guidelines: No need to leave your car to join in the fun.
Travelers Halloween Festival & Movie Night at Dickey-Stephens Park
The Travelers Halloween fest promises to be a magical evening. There will be plenty of Halloween fun including a costume contest, distance trick-or-treating and a s'mores station. Come for the activities and stay for the main event, a screening of "Hocus Pocus!" For more information and tickets, click here.
When: Saturday | 3:30-9 p.m. Where: Dickey-Stephens Park | 400 W. Broadway St., NLR Tickets: 10 x 10' field spots-$60 online, $66 day of | General admission seats-$5/ticket online; $6/ticket day of
The Rodney Block Collective at Wildwood Park for the Arts
Elevate a picnic with beautiful sights in Wildwood Park and great tunes from The Rodney Block Collective. Bring your own blanket and chairs, concessions will be available for donation.
When: Saturday | 5-6:30 p.m. Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts - The Butler Gazebo | 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock Tickets: $20
Virtual 2020 World Cheese Dip Championship
This year, the World Cheese Dip Championship will be virtual. Families can purchase a Cheese Dip coupon book that offers cheese dip deals you can enjoy all month long. Your purchase also includes access to the virtual fun on October 24 including music, entertainment and … drumroll … the unveiling of the winners.
When: Saturday | 5-6 p.m. Where: Event page | Buy your cheese dip coupon book for $10 here, you can also choose to donate to Harmony Health Clinic Coupon Expiration: Coupons are good from Oct. 24-Nov. 24, so get to dipping!
Outlets of Little Rock Presents Fall Mustang Show & Shine
Calling all Mustang enthusiasts! Visit Outlets of Little Rock on Sunday, for Fall Mustang Show & Shine. This free event will showcase a wide variety of new and vintage Mustangs from members of the Central Arkansas Mustangers.
When: Sunday 1-4 p.m. Where: Outlets of Little Rock | 11201 Bass Pro Parkway, Little Rock Guidelines: Central Arkansas Mustangers will be directing all cars where to park and will be sure to allot ample space for social distancing. Face coverings are required.
Drive-Thru Greek Food Fest
It’s 2020 so, yes, the Greek Food Fest will look a little different. But the most important elements of this beloved event will remain: its dedication to great food and local charities. Instead of an in-person event, Little Rock families can order their Greek food faves online for drive-thru pickup.
Pickup Hours: Friday-Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Pickup Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church | 1100 Napa Valley Drive Menu: Order here.
Funland Halloween Carnival
Funland, an amusement park nestled in North Little Rock’s Murray Park, is hosting a Halloween Carnival this year. Come for a costume contest and other holiday activities. For more information, check out their site.
When: Friday-Saturday | 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Funland Amusement Park | 25 Funland Drive, North Little Rock
Price: $5 for kids 2 and older | Free for parents Guidelines: Masks are required for guests over 10. Social distancing is encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations are available at the park’s entrance, exit and throughout the park.
Taste Of The Fair at the Arkansas Fairgrounds
It’s fair (yes we did) to say you don’t want to miss your chance to enjoy your family’s favorite fair eats. Think funnel cakes, corn dogs, deep fried Oreos, turkey legs, cotton candy and so much more! For vendors and more information, click here.
When: Friday-Sunday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Arkansas State Fairgrounds | 2600 Howard St., Little Rock Admission/Parking: Free Guidelines: Masks are required. Social distancing will be encouraged. All food will be served in to-go containers.
Trick-or-Treat at the Movie Tavern
Come enjoy spooky fun and a treat at the movies. Your family can choose from “Monsters Inc.” or “Casper.”
When: Friday-Sunday | Check movie times here Where: Movie Tavern Little Rock | 11300 Bass Pro Pkwy, Little Rock Tickets: $5 on Friday-Saturday; $1 on Sunday Guidelines: Masks are required except when eating or drinking.
The Taming of the Shrew at Little Rock River Market
Brought to you by Studio Theater, this one-hour Shakespeare in the Park show checks all the boxes. It’s family friendly (check), outside (check) and socially distant (check).
When: Saturday-Sunday | Shows at 1 p.m and 4 p.m. Where: History Pavilion @ Riverfront Park | 202 Arkansas 10, Little Rock Tickets: $10 | Purchase here
Virtual Boo!suem 2020
Boo!suem 2020 is transforming from an annual night of fun to 12 days of virtual posts from your favorite local museums. This family-friendly event will include ghost stories, Halloween-themed crafts, prizes and more.
Food Truck Friday at Simmons Bank Arena
Kick the weekend off early with a fun lunch. Each Friday in October, families can enjoy an outdoor meal in the Simmons Bank Arena VIP parking lot.
When: Friday | 11 a.m.-1 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: Friday | 4-9 p.m. (live music starts at 7 p.m.) Where: SoMa Outdoor Dining Room | 1301 S. Main St.
Guidelines: Use hand sanitizer before you grab a seat. Wear a mask when not seated.
October River Market Outdoor Dining Room
Enjoy the cooler weather and your favorite food from the River Market Entertainment District at their outdoor dining area.
When: Friday 6-11 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 2-11 p.m. every weekend in October Where: 300 & 400 Blocks of President Clinton Avenue Guidelines: Social distancing will be practiced. Masks are required.
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: Saturday-Sunday | noon-6 p.m. Where: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park | 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs Admission: 2021 Season Pass holders: Free | 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
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. | October Saturdays 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 Guidelines: Masks required for entry. Masks required in some garden areas.
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
Little Monsters Climbing Club at Little Rock Climbing Center
Does your kid like costumes? How about climbing? Your adventurer can combine these two passions at the Little Rock Climbing Center this month. And bonus: you can throw in your passion of saving money into the deal. Just bring your climber to LRCC, post a picture and check-in on their Facebook page to receive 25% off.
Location: Little Rock Climbing Center | 12120 Colonel Glenn Road, Suite 7000, Little Rock When: Throughout October Ages: Kids 5-13
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Visit a Pumpkin Patch
We rounded up the details for 10 local pumpkin patches. Check out our post for full details.
Create Fall-Tastic Treats
Decorate Halloween Cookies
Ready for a sweet treat? Here are some local bakeries that are offering fall fun in a box — Halloween cookie decorating kits. Check out the post for delicious fun.