Spring into Fun: 11 Family-Friendly Events
Spring break fun, here we come! Welcome the new season and kickoff your kids’ break with these local ideas.
Need more inspiration for next week? Don’t miss our spring break staycation guide!
Mid-America Science Tots
You can tune in virtually to the Mid-America Science Museum’s storytime every Thursday. This week, their educators will read “Jack's Garden” by Henry Cole to help kids learn more about how seeds grow.
CALS Fitness Friday
Burn some energy by jamming along with the Children’s Library cardio drumming, dance time and/or book walk.
When: Time varies, check in around 3 p.m. Where: CALS Children's Library and Learning Center Facebook Live Ages: 3-18
Paint + Storytime at the Painted Pig
Your young artist will love Painted Pig’s Paint + Storytime. First, they’ll listen to a beloved book and then your budding creator will work on a simple project. This weekend you can sign up for an in-person or virtual class.
In person | When: 10 a.m. Where: 5611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock Ages: toddler-5 Cost: $16 | Pre-pay here
Virtual | When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Virtual Ages: toddler-5 Cost: $16 | Pre-pay here
CALS Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
Movie buffs, this one’s for you. In honor of award season, CALS Family Trivia Night will cover film trivia. So pop some popcorn and get ready to play. Bonus: The winning time will score a $25 gift card.
When: 7-8 p.m. Where: Virtual | Find Zoom information and more here Cost: Free
Wildwood Park Spring Volunteer Day
Volunteers of all ages can come help Wildwood prep their spring beds and plant spring flowers. Email Wildwood’s volunteer coordinator for more information: email@example.com.
When: 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Where: 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock
AMFA Arts on the Lawn
Each Saturday in March, AMFA puppeteers and artists will travel to parks to create engaging mini pop-up performances. These brief performances will be unique to each location as the puppeteers develop new story lines and build on reactions and ideas from the previous locations.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: 5900 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock Cost: Free Find more information here.
Museum of Discovery Free Virtual Dance Workshops
The MOD's Art Discovery series is still on, supported by Arkansas Arts Council! Kathleen Marleneanu will lead students as they explore movement through storytelling. Check out these options for Saturday fun:
Dance with "The Cat in the Hat"
This session will bring Dr. Seuss' classic to life with a little bit of imagination and movement.
When: 11 a.m. Where: Virtual Event | Register here Ages: 4-6 Cost: Free
Dance into Space!
3-2-1...BLASTOFF to fun as this session pairs the inspirational story of “Margaret and the Moon” by Dean Robbins with a mix of dance styles.
When: noon Where: Virtual Event | Register here Ages: 5-8 Cost: Free
HAM Spring Planting Giveaway
Your family can dig into gardening and Arkansas history with a little help from HAM. Reserve a seed kit and tomato plant for pickup this weekend. Seed kits include vegetables and flowers grown in Arkansas in the 1800s: radishes, green beans, cucumbers, dahlias, zinnias and marigolds. The tomato plants (limited number, so sign up soon!) are a variety sold by newspaper publisher William E. Woodruff in 1819.
Wild Week at the Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo is kicking off their week of spring break fun early with a full schedule of keeper chats, shows and bio fact tables this weekend.
Bee in the Know: Families can also join the pollinator scavenger hunt virtually or in-person for their chance at bee-themed prizes.
When: Programming scheduled daily between 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Where: 1 Zoo Drive, Little Rock
Daffodil Days & Tulip Extravaganza at Garvan Gardens
Garvan Gardens's Daffodil Days & Tulip Extravaganza will continue this weekend. This gorgeous display is definitely in our worth-the-drive category.
When: Now-Apr. 15 Where: 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs National Park Ages: All Cost: Free - members and ages 3 & under | $15 - adults | $5 - ages 4-12 More information: 501-262-9300 | garvangardens.org
Methodist Family Health's 12th Annual Get Up & Give Collection Drive
This project allows Little Rock families to donate personal hygiene items, clothes, shoes, school supplies, bedding, funds and other necessities to the Methodist Counseling Clinic in their community. Here are the details if you’re ready to get started: