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

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Spring Break is March 20-24 for most Northwest Arkansas schools. We’ll be updating our Guide as new information becomes available, so check back! 

FYI, the Summer Camps & Activities Guide is publishing next month on nwaMotherlode! If you’d like to see your camp in the “featured” section of Summer Guide, let us know! Contact Gwen and Shannon at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com — or call us at 479-409-0424 — for more information and pricing.

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

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Camp 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.

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.

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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 Break

Family 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

Bentonville: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball Fastpitch

Unique Camps

The Jones Center (see above)

Scott Family Amazeum (see above) Camp Bentonville: Lego, Worlds of Amusement

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.

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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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

More info: Click here

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.

More info: Click here

February Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Date: Feb. 7

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Powerhouse Seafood, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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.

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

More info: Click here

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

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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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: January 2017

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First Day Hikes

hiking iconFirst Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.  The initiative targeted the first of January, the start of a new year, to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks. Through the years, other states, including Arkansas, joined this health initiative. Among them is Hobbs State Park Conservation Area just east of Rogers.  Two different guided tours will be available on Sunday January 1, 2015.

Meet Interpreter Steve in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 10:00 a.m. for a 1/2 mile nature hike on the Sinking Stream Trail. Or meet with special guides Jim and Diane Gately in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a 1/2 mile historic hike.  They will guide you through what was the Peter Van Winkle sawmill community.  The Van Winkle sawmill mill was the largest in the state during the 1870’s, and the area you will be hiking is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Date: Jan. 1st

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove State Park, Devil’s Den or Hobbs State Park

More info: Click here to find a First Day Hike near you

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

gentlemans-guide-broadwayGentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?) and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Date: Jan. 10-15

Times:

Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Thursday, January 12 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Friday, January 13 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 2pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Sunday, January 15 at 2pm  GET TICKETS

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Cheese Making 101 at Fayetteville Public Library

try-fpl-series_12Sweet Freedom Creamery owner Jessica Keahey leads a cheese tasting class with a discussion of different varieties of cheese and foods and drinks to serve as an accompaniment. She gives suggestions for how to cut, serve, and store cheeses. Participants will sample the cheeses and have opporunity to ask questions.  Cheese 101 is free but sign-up is required. Jessica Keahey has a background in microbiology. Her love of food and fermentation naturally has led her into the tasty world of cheese and the artisanal cheese movement with Sweet Freedom Creamery. She has studied cheese with experts from Vermont to Belize, and teaches hands-on cheesemaking classes.

Date: Jan. 11

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts center

More info: Click here to register

Discovery Tots, Amazeum

Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver. (Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop.) Advanced registration and payment required. January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

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

Date: Jan. 11; Encore workshop January 12, 2017

Time: 10-11 am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 11 Discovery Tots; Register here for January 12 Encore Discovery Tots Workshop

Ozarkansas Tool Library: Build a Bird House

feed-communitiesLearn how to build a bird house for your garden! Participants will learn the safe use of basic power and hand tools. We will also learn about some common backyard garden birds and proper placement of your new bird house. Material fee of $5

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Feed Communities, 221 S. Locust Ave., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, open house

Visit Shiloh and see some of their new exhibits.

Date: Jan. 14

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

Location: Shiloh Museum, Springdale

More info: Click here

Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival

school-choiceNorthwest Arkansas School Choice, an organization created to empower families and educators, is working to provide resources and information that parents need when choosing the school that best fits their child.

“Our goal is to increase student retention by placing students in educational environments that cater to their individual needs,” said Dr. Martin W. Schoppmeyer, founder of Northwest Arkansas School Choice. “Our end goal is to increase Arkansas high school graduation rates, ensure preparation for higher education or technical educational pursuits, and to provide each Arkansan the necessary information to make an informed decision on the educational future of their child.”

Their first event, the Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival, will highlight each private, public and home school’s educational programs and services. Representatives from schools in Benton and Washington counties to come together under one roof to showcase their achievements and share with families what they have to offer.

This event kicks off National School Choice Week 2017, which is America’s largest-annual celebration of opportunity in education. Out of more than 13,000 schools nationwide sponsoring events during National School Choice Week, the NWA School Choice Festival has been chosen as a “Spotlight” event.

Family admission to the festival is free. The first 500 families will receive a swag bag filled with Northwest Arkansas School Choice promotional materials and information about the schools in attendance. College planning and financial aid presentations will take place in the chapel, and a scholarship fair will connect applicants with scholarship providers. The festival will include giveaways, arts and crafts, live music, and refreshments. Swimming is free at The Jones Center during the event.

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Jones Center for Families, Emma Ave., Springdale

More info: For more information visit NWAschoolchoice.org or contact Heather Holaway at (479) 966-4930 or info@NWAschoolchoice.org.

Great Pretenders, Amazeum

Amazeum logoAges 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

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

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Date: January 18; Encore workshop January 19

Time: 10-11am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 18 Great Pretenders; Register here for January 19 Encore Great Pretenders Workshop

Chinese New Year celebration, FPL

Join FPL to celebrate the year of the rooster! There will be a brief presentation on the history of Chinese New Year by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association along with traditional dances from the Chinese Association of NWA (CANWA), a performance by FHS Color Guard, and a lion dance from members of 5 Way Dragon’s Martial Arts.

The presentation will be followed by food and a craft.

Date: Jan. 21

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

3rd Annual Afternoon of Fairytales at Restoration Village

We invite children and children at heart to join us for an Afternoon of Fairytales on Saturday, January 28, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville. The program will feature an interactive storytelling experience presented by Trike Theater, music, fairytale themed crafts and food. Come dressed as your favorite prince, princess or fairytale character. 

Date: Jan 28

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Avondale Chapel and Gardens, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Zing Adventures, Amazeum

Ages 4-6 years old and a caregiver* open to all guests: Amazeum members and non-members

January is Fiber Fun! This month’s workshop is inspired by the mural in yarn, “Biking in Bentonville” by artist London Kaye.  Adult and child partners will become more familiar with a variety of MAKING techniques and tools using yarns, threads and fabrics.

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

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required. Registration is open to all guests- Amazeum members and non-members

Date: January 28

Time: 9-10 am; Encore workshop January 28 at 11 am-Noon

More info: Register here for January 28  9-10 am Zing Adventures; Register here for January 28 11 am-Noon Zing Adventures encore workshop

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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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2016

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Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

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Learn How to Buy a Telescope, and then View the Heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity. The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on “How to Purchase a Telescope”.  Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

Following Scott’s lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects. Cost: Free

Date: Dec. 2

Time: See in description above

Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

More info:  Call 479-789-5000. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/

ArtShare (for youth with autism and their families)

Join us for ArtShare, a fun event for youth with autism and their families. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Ages 5+.Free, register online. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Great Hall and Temporary Exhibition

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

The Compassion Experience: An interactive tour of life in the developing world

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Family friendly.

Date: Dec. 9-12

Time: 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate » Blue

blueDon’t be blue about winter, celebrate the color at Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the beautiful hue of blue. Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Join instructors from Los Angeles based dance company, Contra Tiempo in this hip-hop dance workshop that will have the whole family moving!  $10 per family ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Great Hall

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Celebrate Squash class

Despite its name, winter squash is about as fall as you can get. With 11 varieties to choose from—including pumpkin— fall is the perfect time to celebrate squash and its wonderfully delicious flavor profiles and superior health benefits. Roast it, steam it or puree it—come learn all about this favorite fall food and why it’s truly good4u. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th

Time: 3-3:30pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Gingerbread Party

Graham crackers and candies and icing, oh my! It’s always lots of fun building gingerbread houses. Visit SPL to make your own.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Winter Break Wonders

winter-break-wondersVisit the museum over school break. They’re planning special family-friendly activities each afternoon, including art making, music, puppets, dance, and more! Check the museum website for a schedule of each day’s activities.Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Date: Dec. 17-Jan.2

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Quick Class: Extraordinary Cranberry

Come learn all about the tiny, mighty, Extraordinary Cranberry! That’s right, the benefits of America’s original superfruit go beyond bladder health to support the gut, heart, immune system and blood sugar stability—perfect for the season of indulging. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

Time: 3:30-4 pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

School’s Out activities, Springdale Public Library

Play board games, make ornaments, and enjoy other fun activities at the library.

Date: December 19 – 23

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

School break movies at FPL

zootopiaMovies include BFG, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

Date: Dec. 21-23 & 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Brown Bag Ice Age Movie Marathon

Get out of the house! Bring a sack lunch and watch the movies (PG)! Drinks provided.

Date: December 26 – 30

Time: Noon

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

 CLICK HERE to see the big list of holiday events in Northwest Arkansas!

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