2017 Northwest Arkansas Easter Egg Hunts & Activities Guide for Kids

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Wow, it’s almost Easter! And that means big fun in Northwest Arkansas!

nwa-mall-logo-2016We’ve got the big list of things to do in the weeks before — and the weekend of — Easter Sunday. CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly version of this list so you can put it on your refrigerator! Or snap a pic of the printable to save on your phone.

The NWA Easter Egg Hunts & Activities Guide printable is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall, where the Easter bunny will be visiting from April 1-15th!

Note from the mamas: If you have an Easter event to share, contact Gwen and Shannon at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com so we can add it to the list! Mamas, we’ll be updating this Guide as we receive new information, so check back often!

Also, summer will be here before you know it, so while you’re here be sure to check out our 2017 Guide to NWA Summer Camps, Activities, and Events!

Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall

The Easter Bunny will be at the Northwest Arkansas Mall April 1 – April 15 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from Noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays (2nd & 9th). This super-cute bunny will be available for pictures with the kids. 

Dates: April 1-15th

Times: See the Easter bunny from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from Noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays (2nd & 9th).

Location: NWA Mall, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Easter bunny, NWA Mall

Easter Egg Paint & Hunt

Imagine Studios is hosting a special Easter Egg event: your child(ren) will get to paint a ceramic bunny and Easter eggs, and join in an Easter egg hunt when they are done! Make sure to bring your Easter baskets! Registration for this event is required, and at least one parent must stay for the duration of the event.

Date: Sunday, April 2

Time: 4 to 5:30pm

Location: Imagine Studios, Rogers

More info: Click here

Bunny Breakfast for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Head to Applebee’s in Fayetteville for a pancake breakfast benefitting Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Easter bunny will be there for photos too! Entrance is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to benefit the NWA location of ACH.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 8 to 10am

Location: Applebee’s, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

pastel eggsEaster Egg Hunt at Bunch Park in Elkins

This hunt is sponsored by Round Mountain Community Church in Fayetteville, held at Bunch Park in Elkins on April 8th at 10 am. If this date is rained out, the egg hunt will be April 15th. Ages are 0 years – 5th grade. There will be prizes for all age groups. Free food and inflatables.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Bunch Park, Elkins

More info: Click here

Easter Eggstravaganza at Gulley Park

The Fayetteville First Church of the Nazarene is hosting a huge egg hunt at Gulley Park! They will have over 4,000 eggs to find, They will have games and activities, door prizes, and a free hot dog lunch.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 11:45am registration, 12:00pm egg hunt

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Special Egg Event 2017

Hope Church of Northwest Arkansas has one of the most unique egg hunts in the region, one especially for children with special needs. This includes:

  • A Quiet Egg Hunt for children on the Autism Spectrum or children with Sensory Processing issues who need a quieter environment. 
  • A Talking Egg Hunt for children who are blind or visually impaired. Slightly larger “talking” eggs are placed on the field. Once found beeping eggs are traded for prize filled Easter eggs.
  • A Magnetic Egg Hunt for children with wheelchairs or mobility restrictions. Magnetic eggs are placed on a hard surface area (parking lot) and poles with magnets on them, allow children to collect eggs. Magnetic eggs are then traded in for prize filled eggs.
  • A General Egg Hunt for children with other disabilities and siblings of children involved in the other hunts. This egg hunt will cover a large field and happen in two waves broken up by age.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: Hope Church of NWA, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Easter Egg Hunt at Genesis Church

Free community Easter egg hunt.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 12 to 2pm

Location: Genesis Church, 205 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Community Egg Hunts by First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Fayetteville will be hosting free community Easter egg hunts at Southmont Apartments, Rodney Ryan Park, Root Elementary Playground and Salem Park (all in Fayetteville).

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Locations: Various (click below to see a map!)

More info: Click here

City of Fayetteville Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Fayetteville’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center on Saturday, April 15. Come for the eggs, free lunch, games, even a raffle! You can even preregister to skip the line.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Yvonne Richardson Community Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Family Easter Eggstravaganza at New Hope Fellowship

There’s something for everyone at this Easter party: a petting zoo, Easter egg decorating, a bounce house, a kids’ train, games, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy! Oh, and the most important part—the egg hunts! Kids from 1 year to first grade have their own egg hunt, with a separate glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for kids second through fifth grades. This community event is free, and no registration is required.

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids 1 year – 1st Grade
Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt for Kids 2nd – 5th Grade
Petting Zoo
Easter Egg Design Station
Bounce Houses
Games & Kid’s Train
Popcorn, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: New Hope Fellowship Church, Springdale

More info: Click here

Easter at Orchards Park

The Bentonville Parks & Recreation department is throwing a huge Easter event on Saturday, April 15! They will have inflatables for the kids, food vendors, and over 40,000 eggs! They will have 4 different egg hunts: one just for our special needs kiddos, and three age groups for kids 12 and under.

1:00pm-Children with Special Needs Egg Hunt

2:00pm-Inflatable & Food Vendors

2:30pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 7-12)

3:00pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 4-6)

3:30pm-Egg hunt (Ages 0-3)

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 2 to 4pm

Location: Orchards Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here

VFW Easter Celebration

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Rogers is throwing a big Easter bash on Easter Sunday. They’re hosting an egg hunt for the kids (the Easter bunny might even make an appearance!), a hot dog lunch, games, and special treats. This free community event will be a fun way for your whole family to spend Easter afternoon.

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: VFW Post 3031, Rogers

More info: Click here

Easter Classes from Bentonville Baking Company

Bentonville Baking Company is hosting two extra special classes to celebrate Easter! You and your child can learn to decorate Easter egg cookies with royal icing, and take home a dozen cookies for your family to enjoy. Or, if baking is more your speed, you and your child can attend an Easy Artisan Bread Making class together to learn how to make versatile, crusty, easy loaves of homemade bread (class includes all ingredients, and you will take home a dough whisk, a dough storage bucket, and enough dough for three loaves of bread). These classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! 

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Location: Bentonville Baking Company

More info: Click here

Mount Sequoyah Sunrise Service

sunrise crossMt. Sequoyah is hosting a sunrise worship service on Easter morning. 

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 6:30 to 7:30am

Location: Mount Sequoyah, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Sunrise Service at the Great Passion Play

Join the Great Passion Play of Eureka Springs at the Christ of the Ozarks statue for a sunrise service. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 7 to 8am

Location: Christ of the Ozarks statue at the Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs

More info and to register: Click here

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2017 Spring Break Guide: Northwest Arkansas Camps & Events for Kids

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Happy Spring Break, everyone!

Featured Spring Break Camps/Activities for NWA Kids:

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CCC’s Spring Break camps, March 20-24, will celebrate art around the world. Throughout the week students will explore art in a variety of cultures and be inspired to create beautiful works of art using paints, pastels, and clay.

Campers will make colorful Aztec rain sticks and take part in the ancient tradition of sculpting Caddo head pots out of red clay. Inspiration will also come from Japanese cherry blossoms, New Zealand koru plants, and the cave art of France. Projects are designed to maximize the fun for campers of all ages. Community Creative camps will fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Rogers Activity Center Camps rac building croppedSpring Break Camp at RAC will be March 20 – 24 & 27 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as needed.

The fee is $20/day (RAC membership is required and early registration is recommended because space is limited. For students Kindergarten-7th grade) Each day will bring new activities or field trips and each will have ample supervision. The fee includes morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch.

RAC is a DHS licensed childcare facility and is Better Beginnings certified so you’ll feel good about your leaving your kids to have fun there.

Activities will include: Skating, Bowling, Movies, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and the UofA Agriculture Department will stop by to visit campers.

Click here for more information on the RAC camps!

Rogers Activity Center

Rogers Activity Center Spring Break Camps, all day March 20-24 & 27

Scott Family Amazeum

spring break camp, amazeumCamp Theme: Under the Big Top. The Amazeum is turning into a circus for Spring Break. From jaw-dropping acts to delicious carnival foods, ringmasters will show you the ropes as you find your place under the big top.

The week will be full of so many fun things, including a giraffe in the lobby! The Amazeum’s tinkering peeps were inspired by giraffe-momma-to-be April, so they crafted a lifesize giraffe of pool noodles. They need helping naming this new creation!

Explore the science behind this mysterious world of wonder and discover the imagination, creativity, and STEAM principles used to create a spectacular show. *Advanced registration and payment required.

Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 20-24.

The Jones Center bar-logo-jones-center

Parents and kids can enjoy special events all Spring Break week in addition to the extended public hours. Ice Rink hours will run from Noon-8pm & Indoor Pool hours will be Noon-7:45pm.

Monday – Spring Break Kickoff The whole family will enjoy an afternoon of inflatables and games in the gymnasium, as well as the entire afternoon to swim and ice skate. Location: Gymnasium Cost: $3 per person beach ball

Tuesday – Beach Party Dress up in beach attire and prepare for a day in the water. Ice skating and open basketball will also coincide with the beach party. Time: Noon-8 pm Location: Pool Cost: $3 per person

Wednesday – Open gym time for toddlers with little activities Little tikes will have a chance to roam the gymnasium to explore different age-appropriate activities designed with their age-group in mind. Ice skating and open basketball will also coincide with the beach party. Time: Noon-8 pm Location: Gymnasium Cost: $3 per person

Thursday – Block Party (evening family festivities in plaza) Camp War Eagle will host an evening block party with games and activities for families with children of all ages. Ice skating, swimming, and open basketball will be open all afternoon (noon-8 pm). Time: 5-7 pm Location: Outdoor plaza Cost: Free (block party); all access wristband just $3 per person.

Friday – Frozen Friday with special guest princesses Ice skate with the princesses from the Disney favorite, Frozen. Kids can enjoy crafts, hot chocolate, and other winter-themed activities. Open swimming and gym time will coincide with the public ice session. Time: Princesses and activities from Noon-2 pm (public sessions from 12-8 pm) Time: Princesses and activities from Noon-2 pm (public sessions from 12-8 pm) Location: Ice rink Cost: $3 per person

BONUS Saturday – Pools, Gym, and Ice will all be open to the public from Noon-8, (ice and gym Noon-10 pm) with the $3 all-access wristband still in effect.

BONUS Sunday – Pools, Gym, and Ice will all be open to the public from 2:00-4:45 pm with the $3 all-access wristband still in effect.

Spring BreakFamily Movie Marathon Free Movie Screenings: Bring the entire family for a FREE movie every day beginning at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Monday: Up; Tuesday: The Emperor’s New Groove; Wednesday: Big Hero 6; Thursday: The Lego Movie; Friday: Frozen

For more details on special activities planned, visit www.thejonescenter.net/spring-break-week or call The Jones Center information desk at 479-756-8090 ext. 2100.

Art Camps

Community Creative Center, Fayetteville (see above)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Art Live Theatre, Springdale

Paper & Thread Studio, Fayetteville

Terra Studios, Fayetteville

Sports Camps

Rogers Activity Center (see above)

Fayetteville Athletic Club Camp

Camp Bentonville: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball Fastpitch

Unique Camps

The Jones Center (see above)

Scott Family Amazeum (see above)

Camp Bentonville: Lego, Worlds of Amusement

Young Chefs Academy, Rogers

Ozark Climbing Gym, Springdale

Minecraft Spring Brek Camp, Springdale Recreation Center

Theatre Camps

Trike Theatre

Arts Live Theatre

Spring Break Activities/Events

Fayetteville Public Library: Movies every day at 2 p.m., March 20-24

Springdale Public Library: Monday, Friday: Crafts at 11 am, movies at 2 pm / Tuesday & Thursday: Crafts at 11 am / Wednesday: Movie at 2 pm, March 20 – 24

Springdale Public Library: Casey at the Bat! Wednesday, March 22, 11 a.m., Library Gallery. Come hear Phil Elson, “The Voice of Razorback Baseball and Women’s Basketball”, present Casey at the Bat. He’ll also answer questions and talk about the history of baseball. A simple craft project will be available.

Free Family Movies at The Jones Center. Bring the entire family for a FREE movie every day of Spring Break beginning at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Monday: Up; Tuesday: The Emperor’s New Groove; Wednesday: Big Hero 6; Thursday: The Lego Movie; Friday: Frozen

animeRogers Public Library, Spring Break Anime Film Festival, March 18-23

112 Drive-In opening on Friday, March 17: Beauty and the Beast, Rogue One

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, daily Spring Break programs March 17-26

Spring Break Youth Lock-In, Fast Lane Entertainment, March 19

Spring Break Nerf Extravaganza, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, March 20

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Kite Festival, Eureka Springs, March 25

Local Spring Break spots to visit

Hiking, Devil’s Den

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Terra Studios

Hobbs State Park

bumblebee-flowerClick here for more information on local getaways & places to visit over Spring Break. Click here for a list of hiking trail options.

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: March 2017

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Note from the Mamas: CLICK HERE to see the Spring Break Camps & Activities Guide for things to do with the kids March 20-24, 2017! CLICK HERE to see the Summer Camps & Activities Guide for NWA summer 2017!

Priceless Night at Scott Family Amazeum

amazeumThanks to a gift from Tyson Foods, Inc., the Amazeum is able to offer Priceless Nights. These pay-as-you-wish evenings allow guests to make a donation to the Amazeum in lieu of admission.

Date: March 1, 8, 15, 29

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Baby Buds, Scott Family Amazeum

Ages 6 to 17 months old and a caregiver.

Advanced registration and payment required. March’s theme is Action Art! Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials and this month’s workshop is a combination of two things children really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. Experimentation with art materials provides new understanding and discoveries. Come prepared to try new things and be sure to dress for a little mess in the name of fun and learning.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Date: Wednesday, March 1; encore workshop March 2

Time: 10-11am

Location: Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Arts Center of the Ozarks Presents To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

ACO logoThe Arts Center of the Ozarks (ACO) will be performing To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, a play written by Michael Brady and directed by Evan Crawford. This play deals with letting going of the past so that you can handle the present, and provides a hope-filled glimpse into the strength and support of a family moving forward after tragedy. Showings will be March 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th at 7:30pm and March 5th at 3:00pm.

Date: March 3-5, 10-11

Time: Varies

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

More info: Click here

New Primrose School of Rogers at Pinnacle Hills grand opening event

The grand opening event will feature family-friendly activities, including school tours, a scavenger hunt, a visit from Percy the Rooster® and a variety of snacks from local food trucks, such as healthy donuts from Baker’s Wakery and tacos from Big Rub. The celebration will also have two giveaway baskets—one for a parent’s night out with gift cards to local restaurants and stores and a second basket for family fun, including gift cards to the Scott Family Amazeum, Dilly Dally’s toy store and other child-friendly stores and restaurants. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with the Rogers Chamber of Commerce to mark the official opening of the school.

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: 3724 S. Pinnacle Hills Parkway

More info: Click here

Eric Carle Storytime at Barnes & Noble

The Fayetteville Barnes & Noble will be hosting the the Walton Arts Center for a special storytime highlighting Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me with readings and special activities. This storytime is in connjuction with the performance of Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at the Walton Arts Center on Sunday, March 5. This event is free and open to children ages 3 and up.

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Barnes & Noble in Fayetteville

More info: Click here.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Walton Arts Center

March 5, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will be performing a show titled Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at the Walton Arts Center. Huge puppets, a whimsical musical score, and family favorite stories like Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Will You Get the Moon for Me? will delight kids and parents alike. This show’s sponsors are Mattell and 4029 News (KHBS/KHOG).

Date: Sunday, March 5

Time: 2pm and 4pm

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sensory Story Time, Springdale Public Library

Beginning March 6 at 11am, the Springdale library will host a sensory story time every Monday for children 10 and under who are on the autism spectrum and/or sensory integration issues. The events will be thirty minutes long, and it will include movement and songs during the story time. The events will be free and open to the public, but caregiver presence and registration are required for attendance. Each registered family will receive a helpful information sheet as well.

Date: Mondays beginning March 6

Time: 11am

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Check the library website in March

Discovery Tots, Amazeum

Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver.

Advanced registration and payment required. March’s theme is Action Art! Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials and this month’s workshop is a combination of two things children really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. Experimentation with art materials provides new understanding and discoveries. Come prepared to try new things and be sure to dress for a little mess in the name of fun and learning.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Date: Wednesday, March 8; encore workshop March 9

Time: 10-11am

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

Apple Seeds School Garden WorkshopsApple Seeds logo

Interested in raising a garden? Or do you want to teach your children? Just in time for spring planting, be sure to take advantage of Apple Seeds NWA’s FREE School Garden Workshops on March 9. They will host three informative, hands-on sessions about building raised garden beds, planting the best crops for Arkansas, and engaging children in the garden. This workshop is aimed toward teachers and parents, but backyard gardeners are welcome too! Please register for this event if you plan to attend.

Date: Thursday, March 9

Time: 4 to 7pm

Location: Apple Seeds NWA’s office, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Art in Bloom Weekend, Crystal Bridges

The Art in Bloom weekend at Crystal Bridges celebrates not only Arkansas’ natural blooming beauty in spring, but also the ways art and nature intersect. In the museum’s permanent art collection, floral arrangements from local florists will be displayed next to the artwork that inspired them. The weekend also includes live demonstrations, workshops, and talks about uniting the power of art and natural beauty. This weekend will also be the perfect time to take a stroll through the trails surrounding the museum, to view the amazing Arkansas native trees and flowers that will be in bloom. Free, no registration required.

Date: March 10-12

Time: Varies

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Great Pretenders, Amazeum

Ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver.

Advanced registration and payment required. March’s theme is Action Art! Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials and this month’s workshop is a combination of two things children really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. Experimentation with art materials provides new understanding and discoveries. Come prepared to try new things and be sure to dress for a little mess in the name of fun and learning.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Date: Wednesday, March 15; encore workshop March 16

Time: 10-11am

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

Calligraphy for Beginners, Fayetteville Public Library

fountain penDo you have a preteen or teenager who would love to learn calligraphy? The Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) is offering a free class on March 16. This beginner calligraphy class will cover basic lettering and other essential skills for hand lettering. The class will be led by Julie Rae, who has worked professionally in hand lettering since 1979, and has taught at colleges, schools, libraries, and even Silver Dollar City. Registration for this event is required, and opens March 2 at 9am.

Date: Thursday, March 16

Time: 6pm

Location: Walker Community Room, FPL

More info: Click here

Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s 10th Annual Riparian Project

IRWP is a non-profit in Cave Springs that works to protect and preserve the water quality of the Illinois River Watershed, which lies in Northwest Arkansas and Northeastern Oklahoma. The non-profit enjoys bringing families together outside for quality family and nature time.

On March 18th, IRWP is hosting its annual riparian project in eight different locations across the NWA area, where families can come out and plant trees along creeks and streams. Volunteers will plant tree seedlings and conduct creek clean-ups at locations in Fayetteville, Bentonville/ Healing Springs, Rogers, Farmington, Prairie Grove, Lincoln and Siloam Springs. Check-in is at 8:30am and the event will run from 9-11am. (One of these eight locations, Siloam Springs, will plant on Thursday the 16th from 1-3pm, and one of the Lincoln locations will plant on Friday the 17th from 8-11:30am.) Drinks and snacks will be provided. I’ll attach our press release for the event with site details.

Dave: March 18

Time: See in description above for specific times in the 8 different locations

More info: Click here

Hobbs State Park Day Hike

Join the expert staff of Lewis & Clark Outfitters for a day of hiking on the Pigeon Roost Trail in Hobbs State Park. The trail is an 8.5 mile loop located east out of downtown Rogers. This is a moderately difficult trail, probably suitable only for older children (or very determined young ones!). Be sure to take plenty of snacks and water! No registration is required for this free community event.

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: Meet at Lewis & Clark Outfitters in Rogers

More info: Click here

An Evening with Ann Patchett

This year’s Fulbright Author, featured at the Fayetteville Public Library, is Ann Patchett, author of seven novels, including The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, and Commonwealth, as well as three books of non-fiction. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. If you love books and literary culture, you won’t want to miss this event!

Date: Friday, March 31

Time: 7-8pm

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

The Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

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Walk a Mile in my Shoes SALE is coming up! Snag your newest pair of shoes!

Walk a Mile logo 2017If you love shoes and handbags, this is your must-attend event. The Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser, hosted by Ozark Guidance, is THE shoe and handbag sale of the year. It includes new and nearly new shoes, handbags, accessories and more, and the prices are so legendary that you’ll be bragging about your bargains for months.

Brand new name-brand running shoes donated by the event’s presenting sponsor Rush Running Co. and high end designers will be sold for $40. Other brand new shoes/handbags will sell for $20, and nearly new shoes/handbags will be sold for $10.

You’ll definitely want to go to the VIP Party on April 28, 2017 because you’ll be able to see the full selection before the general public shops the sale during the next day. The VIP Party also includes food and entertainment. (It all happens on the campus of Ozark Guidance, located at 2400 S. 48th St. in Springdale.) Click HERE to get your ticket to the VIP event.

If your problem is that you have TOO MANY shoes that you don’t really wear, this fundraiser could use your help. Donate some shoes and free up space in your closet for new shoes you DO want to wear. For more info on how to donate, call 479‐725‐5294.

New this year! The Walk a Mile in My Shoes event will also offer a 5K race and a Family Fun Walk this year. Click here for more info.

Why it matters

Statistic snip1This fundraiser helps raise needed funds for behavioral health care. One in five adults, adolescents and children can have behavioral health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act.

Northwest Arkansas now has a population of more than 500,000. Potentially 100,000 NWA residents could need mental health services at some point, but many will go untreated due to knowledge, stigma, or funding.

When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school and work failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. (Last year there were more than 500 reported suicides in Arkansas, which means the state ranks as the 16th highest in the nation for suicides.)

Ozark Guidance is the nonprofit community based mental health provider serving Washington, Benton, Madison, and Carroll Counties in Arkansas. Each year, Ozark Guidance provides quality, compassionate mental health service to nearly 10,000 adults, children, and families.

Ozark Guidance is also the long-running sponsor of the “On Your Mind” feature here on nwaMotherlode.com. In this monthly column, counselors at Ozark Guidance answer questions from local moms who submit their concerns privately and anonymously via an “online hotline.” For more info about this service, click HERE to see the On Your Mind category.

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar + Valentine’s Events: February 2017

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Priceless Night at Scott Family Amazeum

amazeumThanks to a gift from Tyson Foods, Inc., we are happy to announce most Wednesday evenings will be Priceless Nights at the Scott Family Amazeum! These pay-as-you-wish evenings allow guests to make a donation to the Amazeum in lieu of admission.

Date: Feb. 1

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: Amazeum musuem, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Amazeum Hosts “Living the Dream” for Aspiring Musicians  

Pursuing a creative career and making a living can seem like a far-fetched dream. The Scott Family Amazeum will host a workshop for young adults, ages 14-25, who want to take their musical talent to a professional level. Award-winning blues rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Anthony Gomes will share how to make a living from the arts by investigating the creative process and business aspects of a career in music. The workshop, “Living the Dream,” will be held Sun., Feb. 5, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Amazeum. The workshop is $30 for Amazeum members and $40 for non-members. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required at amazeum.org/events-and-programs/camps. Space is limited.

“Living the Dream” is made possible through the Arvin Artists Series, funded by past Amazeum Board President Bob Arvin and his wife Theresa. To learn more about Anthony Gomes and his award-winning work, visit anthonygomes.com.

Date: Feb. 5

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Valentines for Alzheimer’s

Team GabbieLocal Team Gabbie is hosting a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Team Gabbie was founded by a local child whose daddy has younger onset Alzheimer’s.  This is their third fund-raising year.  All donations are tax deductible and go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Team Gabbie is hosting a Valentines for Alzheimer’s fund-raiser.  For every $5 raised, a local nursing home resident will also receive a special Valentine hand delivered by Team Gabbie.  “Together, we believe we can help Gabbie become one of the first Alzheimer’s survivors.  All donations need to made by Feb. 13.   For more information, go to http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamGabbie

Handmade Valentine Workshop for Kids

An afternoon of handmade Valentine Cards with Shindig Paperie and Art Feeds. Limited to 15 spots so grab yours quick. For children Kindergarten-5th Grade, each ticket to the event includes: 5 cards and 5 envelopes; All the supplies to customize each Valentine card and envelope; A cookie and drink; All the supplies to create one “Spread the Love” confetti popper; An Art Feeds tote with treats inside! $25 for one pass

heart5Date: Feb. 5

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Location: Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Chocolate and Cocktails

5 locally made chocolates. 5 little crafted cocktails.  All paired together on one special night.  $16 a flight. You can share it, or keep it all for yourself.

Date: Feb. 6

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Maxine’s Tap Room, Fayetteville

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Coffee and Cupcakes

Invite your girlfriends and come out for a night of coffee, cupcakes and appetizers at the Beautiful Lives Boutique. Shop for a great cause or just come hang out. Easy parking is located next door at the Scoot Tribe business or across North Street to the south. Beautiful Lives Boutique is an upscale thrift store selling women’s clothing and accessories to support missions to empower women and children.

Date: Feb. 7

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Beautiful Lives Boutique, Fayetteville.

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February Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Date: Feb. 7

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Powerhouse Seafood, Fayetteville

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Ooh! La la! A chocolate and wine pairing

The evening will begin with a champagne reception with an artisan chocolate sampling from Hello Cocoa at 6:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by 3 decadent chocolate-inspired courses prepared by Chef Miles James of James at the Mill. Each course will be expertly paired with a wine selected by wine expert, Jason Willems of Diamond Beverages. (Menu to be announced soon!)  Seating is limited to 120 guests. Reservations must be made and payment received to guarantee seating. Pricing is $100 per person or $195 per couple.

Date: Feb. 9

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Garden Room, Dickson St.

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V-Day Wall Art Crawl

art feedsA wall crawl down Block street to benefit Art Feeds. Every location will have a creative photo booth made by Art Feeds so you can be your best self and stash some photos for the best Instagram grid of the year. It’ll be a night of V-Day snapchat filters IRL with Art Feeds and our fab friends on Block street. Love your selfie, love your gal pals or love on your significant other with a walk down Block. In addition to a photo booth from Art Feeds, each stop will have snacks, coffee and drinks from some of our favorite local vendors! All proceeds benefit expressive and creative programming for NWA children. Retail locations: Shindig, The Mustache and Riffraff will each be available to guests for last minute Valentine’s day shopping! Various discounts and deals included. Student tickets are $20, standard ticket $25, VIP tickets are $45.

Date: Feb. 9

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Location: Block Street, Fayetteville

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Valentine’s Workshop at Young Chef’s Academy of Rogers

young chefsDate: Feb. 10

Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: Young Chef’s Academy, Rogers

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Cooking Studio

Romantic dinner with your sweetie at the Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers. They’ll be offering a six course dinner on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY11th, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, and TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th.  Cost: $35 per person. An extensive wine list is available for the occasion. Wine by bottle or glass and beer available for purchase. For questions or to reserve your spot, call or text Sheila Reese at 479-381-7917 or born2cooksheila@gmail.com.

Date: Feb. 11, 12 and 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. each night

Location: Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers 113 S. 2nd Street, Rogers

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Young Frankenstein, Arkansas Public Theatre

Arkansas Public Theatre (APT) will present Young Frankenstein* Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan on February 10-12, 16-19 and 23-26, 2017 presented by Season 31 Premier Partners Dr. Ed and Arlene Wait. The Title Partner for this musical is Harps Food Stores.

Date: Feb. 10-12, 16-19, 23-26

Time: Varies

Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

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13th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival, Eureka Springs

eureka's chocolate festivalA complete world of chocolate appreciation will be featured at the 13th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and Emporium. This event will include candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and more. Chocolate novelty items and body products will be on-hand as well. Vendors will showcase and promote their products while offering chocolate samples to attendees from organic and household brand names to select boutique labels.

This year features a Willy Wonka Room and a partnership with Trike Theatre. The room will include interactive experiences with Trike Theatre, pictures with Willy Wonka himself, and winning Golden Tickets. Will you be one of the lucky few who finds a Golden Ticket and wins a prize? $15 per person online or at the Chamber, $20 at the door.

Date: Feb. 11

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, 207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs

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Father Daughter Valentine’s Dance

Celebrate this time with your special girl(s) at our annual Father Daughter Valentines Dance at the Bentonville Community Center. Walk the red carpet and smile at paparazzi as you enter the dance. Enjoy the DJ dance party, contests, limbo competitions and more! Don’t forget to snap some memories at our photo booth. $55 for father and daughter together.

Date: Feb. 11

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Community Center

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Black Hearts Ball, Crystal Bridges

black hearts ballJoin with artinfusion as we set fire to the standard Valentine’s Day tradition with our fifth annual Black Hearts Ball at Crystal Bridges! Leave the rom-coms at home this year for a night of Museum adventures and off-the-wall encounters with art and performance. Come prepared to bust a move with live music in Eleven, when you’re not exploring the galleries that is! Have your first drink and nosh on us, then visit our cash bars. Must be 21+ to attend.

Printed or mobile tickets are required for entry. Must be at least 21 to attend; ID will be checked at the door.

Date: Feb. 11

Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

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Chocolate + Bubbly event

Hello Cocoa is offering two unique Valentine’s experiences in two cities. One in Fayetteville at the chocolate factory, and the other in Bentonville at the Brightwater Culinary School.  Fayetteville’s C + B is a lighthearted, open house style event that includes a photo booth, a chocolate + bubbly flight pairing, and a tour of the chocolate factory. Bentonville’s C + B, in partnership with Brightwater, is a romantic date night featuring an exclusive ‘dessert tapas’ menu. Proceeds from these ticket sales fund scholarships to this amazing new institution.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Location: Two events, see in above description

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Briar Rose Bakery Valentine’s Tea

Briar Rose will be offering a Valentine’s Tea will offer a unique menu of scones, jams, tea sandwiches, a grand selection of sweets to go with a personal pot of tea. By Reservation only.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Briar Rose Bakery, Farmington

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Kyya Chocolate Bon Bon and Wine Tasting at Sassafras Springs Vineyard

sassafrasValentine’s Date for chocolate lovers. Enjoy a flight of four wines while enjoying 4 chocolate Bon Bons provided by Kyya Chocolate. There will also be a chocolate fountain and a tour of the wine production facility presented by wine maker Stephen Dollar.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 2-5 p.m.

Location: Sassafras Springs Vineyard

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Valentine’s Day Movie & Craft, Springdale Public Library

Watch the new movie Finding Dory (PG, 103 min)  and make an adorable craft.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

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Valentine’s Comedy Night at George’s Majestic Lounge

A portion of proceeds from every single ticket is being donated to support the American Heart Association. Drinks all night long – and a really fun show – all right on Dickson St. General Admission tickets are just $8, and a reserved table (recommended) for up to four guests is $25. Tickets can be bought at bentonvillecomedy.com – follow the instructions to reserve a table as they are limited. You can also call 479-527-6618 to make sure you get one (must also purchase admission ticket)!  This show will feature the highly popular That’s What She Said Show and stand up comedians Raj Suresh and Shawna Blake, with Dustin Roach MC’ing.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Location: George’s, Fayetteville

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Circus Oz at Walton Arts Center

Circus exists for everyone in the imagination, but for some people that imaginary space is their world.
In this latest production from Circus Oz be prepared to be taken on an improbable journey, where reality dissolves. The performers inhabit a life unconstrained by the laws of physics. They are dream soldiers, making the real world and its laws bend to their aspirations. Deep from the Down Under at the bottom of the world, Circus Oz has unleashed a mayhem of madcap musicians, acrobats and manipulators. A two hour array of physical feats, spectacular skills and hilarious antics. Aerialists defy gravity, jugglers propel unlikely objects in complicated cacophonies, acrobats fall up and stand over. At Circus Oz nothing is impossible and everyone is extraordinary! This is straight up Circus Oz. All human, non-stop energy.

Date: Feb. 15-19

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center, Fayeteville

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NWA Soup Sunday

soup bowlsWe’re pretty sure this one is going to be better than ever! In 2017, we’ll celebrate 40 years of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.  Just ask your friends — AACF’s 16th annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday is one of their favorite days of the year! It’s affordable, casual and family-friendly. The food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. Bring your friends, your family, or anyone else who loves soup, breads and desserts, good people, fun music, live and silent auctions, and raising money for good causes. Regular admission adult tickets are $25 in advance – $30 the weekend of the event. Tickets for children 5-17 are $10 and children younger than 5 are FREE!

Date: Feb. 19

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Rogers

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14th Annual Great NWA Model Train Show

The Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club will host the 14th Annual Great NWA Model Train Show. Kids (and kids at heart) can be the engineer as miniature locomotives chug around the tracks on elaborately designed layouts. All types of model trains from large garden trains to trains small enough to run on a coffee table will be on display. Collectors can shop for new and vintage toy trains and parts from more than 40 vendors. Hot dogs, pop corn and other treats will also be for sale. Door prizes will be given away including two round trip tickets on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

Admission is just $8 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive a dollar off admission. All proceeds go to local charities including Samaritan Snackpacks for Kids, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army Angel Tree and Shelter, Havenwood Home, Hope Cancer Resources/Washington Regional Cancer and Support Home, Cancer Relay for Life, Weekly Vista boxes for soldiers overseas, and the Bella Vista Library.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn NWA Convention Center, Springdale

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12th Annual Charity Chilirhea for Alzheimer’s research

chilirheaEnjoy as much chili as your heart desires at the 12th Annual #Chilirhea Charity Chili Cook-Off! We’ll have more than 30 teams “under the big top” as well as live music, a silent auction and copious adult beverages. We love to party but we also have a purpose. In the past six years, we’ve raised more than $300,000 to fight Alzheimer’s and benefit their caregivers and we’re very proud that all of the money we raise stays in Arkansas.

Date: Feb. 25

Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

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The Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

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