The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in NWA, May 27-29

Friday 5
1. Rug Rat Adventure Day, Saturday. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a day full of activities and learning geared toward our primitive roots of exploration. This free event will work in stations around the Pat Rack pond, including:

rug rat day– Tyrolean Traverse
– Monkey Bridge
– Rock wall
– Boat paddle
– Nature crafts
– Face painting

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists will be here with their ice cream bike churning homemade ice cream. There will also be fruit, water, and lemonade available. Woody & Sunshine will be there with their smiles and jams.

The event will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville

Click here for more information!

2. The 2016 Giant / LIV Bike Demo Tour, Lewis & Clark, Springdale, Saturday. The Giant Tour rig and the LIV sprinter van will be set up in the Lewis & Clark parking lot from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. with lots of men’s/women’s mountain bikes and road bikes for you to try out. Come on up, say “hello,” check out a Giant or LIV bicycle, and then go for a spin around Lake Fayetteville.

TO DEMO A BIKE, here’s all you’ll need to have with you: (1) a valid driver’s license, (2) a bicycle helmet, and (3) your own pedals if you want to ride something other than platform pedals.

Click here for more info on the bike event.

3. The Downtown Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Saturday. The Bentonville Farmer’s Market is held on the square every Saturday (through Oct. 29th this year) from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more info about the market!

Amazeum logo4. Zing Adventures (exclusively for Amazeum members), Saturday. This event will be from 9-10 am for kids ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver.

May’s Zing Adventures is inspired by Homestead Cabin. Game play and dress up just as homesteading families did long ago. Discovery stations will provide new experiences with old-fashioned playthings. This workshop will provide inspiration for summer fun activities to recreate at home.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10

Advanced registration and payment required.

Click here for information about becoming an Amazeum member!

5. May Festival of the Arts, Eureka Springs. The arts festival will continue through this weekend in Eureka.

Click here for a full list of events!


The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, May 20-22

friday 5 png fileHeads-up: There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas! Five events are listed below and don’t forget about Kids to Parks Day, which is this weekend. CLICK HERE to see what’s happening at area state parks this weekend.

Egg11. Egg, a children’s play, Saturday{Tickets, $8} A magical story of friendship unfolds from a nest of twigs, feathers and shell. Three exuberant birds are on an adventure of a lifetime through which they grapple with growing up and finally take flight.

Told through physical theater, illusion and music, Egg is a funny non-verbal exploration of the theme of leaving the nest performed by In Cahoots Theatre Company of Belfast, Ireland.

Recommend for ages 4 and up, including non-English speakers.

The show will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Walton Arts Center.

Click here for tickets to see Egg!

cowboys for hospice2. Cowboys for Hospice and Family Country Fun Day, Saturday {FREE} This free event includes: sorting competition Calcutta, pie competition and auction, outdoor music concert, greased pig catchin’, sack races, barrel train, kid’s games, BBQ chicken, smoked brisket, chuck wagon beans, turkey fries and campfire potatoes until they’re gone!

Donations will be accepted at this fundraising event, with all proceeds going to Washington Regional Hospice.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Willow Springs Ranch, 15053 Walker Road, Prairie Grove.

artosphere afo3. Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Saturday. {Tickets, $10} Now in its sixth year, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO), comprised of more than 90 musicians from prestigious ensembles, orchestras and music programs around the world, will once again gather in the Ozarks for a professional music-making experience unique to Artosphere.

For this year’s opening concert, performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris, the orchestra will present works by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, featuring renowned pianist Benedetto Lupo.

The event is at 8 p.m. at Walton Arts Center.

The Fayetteville Bike-itecture tour will be taking place beforehand and you’re welcome to bike to the hall. WAC will have a bike valet to assist.

Click here for Artosphere tickets!

4. 6th Annual Block Street Block Party, Sunday noon to dark {FREE} On Sunday, stop by the Block Street Block Party starting around noon for some big fun which will last until dark-thirty.

There will be TONS of local bands playing on stages. The event will kick off at noon with a “high-heel” race. So, yes, racing in high heels! Whee!!

ALSO? There’s going to be a parade in honor of Prince and some other Prince-related awesomeness. Lots of people will be wearing purple in tribute.

So, what else?

  • Terra Tots is sponsoring “baby races” where babies crawl on mats for a chance at some sweet gift cards.
  • Do you know about Greedy Goats of NWA? They basically serve as local lawnmowers. Seriously. Greedy Goats will be on the corner of Dickson and Block. Petting Booth will be just behind the Fayetteville Funky Yardsale booth and the WAC booth, on the grassy hill. Greedy Goats’ “little pack of cookies” (Snickerdoodle, Biscotti, Oreo, and Nutter Butter) will be there for petting.
  • Break dancers
  • Food trucks galore
  • 200-foot zipline that will cross over the crowd (weather permitting!)
  • Inflatables for kids
  • More!

The event all about Block Street in Fayetteville, of course, but you basically start on Dickson Street and walk that direction. Loads to do and see!

Click here for more info on the big Block Street Block Party!

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5. Early Ozark Manners & Customs presentation, Sunday {FREE} Back in the 1850’s, a dinner party was a well-planned ordeal.  Many host and hostesses received proper instructions on how to pull off a successful gathering from a book written by Catharine Beecher entitled, Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book. 

Susan Young, outreach coordinator for the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, will offer some suggestions for summertime entertaining as presented in Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book.

She noted, “Folks will learn the proper way to set a table as well as what is expected of the host and hostess to have a successful soiree.  I’ll also include some of the recipes for ice cream, cake and other seasonal fare as presented in Miss Beecher’s book.

Should be educational and funny.

Susan’s presentation will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. at  Hobbs State Park visitor center (on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection).

For information on other upcoming programs at Hobbs State Park, go to:

VBS Guide: List of Vacation Bible Schools in Northwest Arkansas 2016

We hope you enjoy this list of Northwest Arkansas Vacation Bible School dates and locations! If you know of a VBS we should add, CLICK HERE to email us and we’ll put it on the list!

Click on the the name of any church below to pop over to their website and find more VBS info:

June 6-10: First United Methodist Church, Springdale. $5 per child. Ages 4 years through third grade + 4th-5th grade. Theme: Cave Quest.

June 12-16. First Presbyterian Church of Springdale, Theme: Cave Quest.

vbsJune 20-24. Shiloh Community Church, Theme: Submerged.

June 20-24. Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville. $10 per child. For children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Theme: Cave Quest.

June 26-29. University Baptist Church, Fayetteville. Theme: Ocean Commotion: Diving into Noah’s Flood. June 26-29. Ages pre-K (3)-Fourth Grade.

June 27-July 1. Central United Methodist Church, Rogers. Theme: Cave Quest. (Currently full but accepting wait-list names)

June 27-July 1. First Baptist Church, Bentonville. Theme: Cave Quest. {VBS video, above, is from the FBC page}

June 27-30. First Baptist Church, Rogers. Theme: Plunge: Dive Deep into God’s Word.

July 11-14. Cross Church, Springdale, Pinnacle Hills, Fayetteville. VBX. Theme: Submerged: A voyage into God’s Word. For preschoolers and students completed k-5th.

July 19-20. New Life Church, Fayetteville Town Center. Evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. These: Pirates.

August 1-5. Pea Ridge Nazarene. Ages 3rd through 6th Grade. 6-8 p.m. Free week of lessons, games, and snacks. Parents are welcome to stay or have a night out. Friday night is the Family Fun Night with a cookout and water games.

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Event Heads-Up: Kids to Parks Day is Saturday

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National Kids to Parks Day is on Saturday (May 21), and lots of Arkansas parks are participating.

This national movement was started to encourage children and families to enjoy parks, nature, and healthy outdoor fun.

Here are some Kids to Parks Day events happening in the NWA corner of the world:

Hobbs State Park. Lots of activities will be offered for kids (and parents!) at the visitor center. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required.

The Hobbs State Park visitor center is located on Highway 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

Activities will include:

  • A guided stroll through the visitor center and its exhibits at 9:00 a.m.
  • Two one-hour guided hikes on the Ozark Plateau Trail, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 2:00 p.m.
  •  Tale of the Turtle at 11:00 a.m. – learn about our local box turtle
  • Historic Van Winkle Hike 1:00 p.m. – Learn about the Van Winkle mill, the largest in Arkansas all through the 1870’s.
  • Frog Watch:  2 sessions: 2-5 pm; 5-6 pm Brown Bag Dinner (bring your own); 6-9 pm

For more information and to register call:  479-789-5000

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Cindy Whitehouse will be doing a craft project with kids on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, she’ll lead the kids in making a quill pen (a sharpened feather) and using homemade ink out of  berries, salt and vinegar. Civil War soldiers wrote letters home with the quills and ink.

Devil’s Den. Below are the events planned for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.


hiking boots10 a.m. –Noon  DEVIL’S DEN TRAIL GUIDED HIKE  Join Park Interpreter Terry to learn how the caves and crevices were formed,  how the park got its name and much more on this 1.5 mile, moderately strenuous hike.  Meet at the Visitor Center flagpole.

2 – 3 p.m. IF I WERE A BEAR Bears like all animals have certain requirements in order to survive. Join Park Interpreter Terry for a fun game of playing bear and see if you could survive in the forest. Meet at the Visitor Center flagpole to begin the fun.

3:30 – 4 p.m. BATS Join Park Interpreter Terry to learn about the park’s amazing nocturnal flying mammals. We will talk about the importance of these creatures and the many kinds there are around the world. Meet in the Visitor Center Audio-Visual room.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. LOOKIN’ FOR TINY CRITTERS We may not always know it, but there are tiny living things all around us. Join Park Interpreter Mystina to uncover the many insects, arachnids, and other tiny critters that secretly make Devil’s Den State Park their home. Meet at the Visitor Center flagpole.

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. EVENING BIRDING Devil’s Den State Park is home to many different kinds of birds from vultures to bluebirds. Meet Park Interpreter Mystina to go on a birding stroll to see the many birds in the park just before they go to sleep at night. Please bring binoculars and birding field guides if you have them. Meet at the Lake Trailhead in the picnic area near the Hwy 170 Bridge.

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. RABBITS IN THE SKY AND ON THE GROUND One of the many wild animals that makes Devil’s Den State Park its home is the Eastern cottontail rabbit. Did you know there are also rabbits that live in the sky? Meet Park Interpreter Mystina to discover how the cottontail rabbit lives and survives every day on the ground. Then see if you can spot rabbits living in the sky. Meet at the picnic tables near the suspension bridge.


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. HIKING WITH NATURE SENSE Join Park Interpreter Mystina for a hike to put your sense of sight, touch, smell, and hearing to the test as you explore some of the natural things found in Devil’s Den State Park. The program will end at the Yellow Rock Overlook so you have the option of hiking the rest of the trail on your own. Meet at the Yellow Rock trailhead near Camp Area A.

12 – 12:45 p.m. REPTILE CUISINE Join Park Interpreter Terry for a short talk on reptiles and then watch the reptile ambassadors of Devil’s Den eat their delicious meals! Meet in the Visitor Center animal exhibit area.

1 – 2 p.m. KEYHOLE GARDENING Gardening time is here. Come and discover the ABC’s of Keyhole Gardening, a compact and efficient way to have a raised bed garden in limited space. Meet Park Volunteer Chris in the Visitor Center Audio-Visual Room to find out if this concept is for you.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. THE WEIRD AND UNUSUAL Many things can be found in nature that are weird and unusual. Some even look alien! Join Park Interpreter Mystina to stretch your imagination to guess what these strange things are. Meet at the amphitheater near Camp Area E.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. WHAT DOESN’T BELONG? Plants and animals that live here in the park can be categorized into different groups. Join Park Interpreter Mystina to play a fun activity to see what belongs in certain groups and what doesn’t belong at all. We will also explore the word “invasive” and see which plants and animals don’t belong in Arkansas. Meet in the Visitor Center Audio-Visual Room.

5 – 6 p.m. NATURE’S HIGHRISE Creatures in nature live in high rises’ much like human in big cities do. Join Park Interpreter Terry for a causal walk in the woods and discover natures often overlooked apartments and skyscrapers. Meet at the Visitor Center flagpole.

The Friday 5: Things to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, May 13-15

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circa circle1. Artosphere: Circa’s Carnival of the Animals {Tickets, $10}. Friday night, 7 p.m. Circa, an ensemble of multi-skilled dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and tumblers, will perform Carnival at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall.

This is one of the 2016 Artosphere Festival’s featured events for children and families, Carnival of the Animals is a blend of circus, music and multimedia. Circa’s performers will take audiences on a thrilling escapade through the wondrous world of the animal kingdom with whimsical tales of creatures from land and sea.

Click here to grab tickets to tonight’s show at Walton Arts Center!

2. Artosphere’s Trail Mix, May 14 & 15, Saturday and Sunday {Free} Ride a giant rattlesnake, hop on the world’s only bicycle-powered carousel, and take your picture with a white feathered owl or any of the unique creatures traveling along Northwest Arkansas’ trails during Artosphere’s Trail Mix, May 14 & 15.

Plus there will be all kinds of cool music and other antics.

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix on the Razorback Greenway (Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.):

This year, Trail Mix has expanded to include the Razorback Regional Greenway, spanning six Northwest Arkansas cities. Join us for a festive day of free programs with artists and musicians in various locations across NWA – they’ll start with a kickoff celebration at the Fayetteville square, then meet up again for the Springdale Front Porch Festival in the Mill Street District.

trail mix bikeThere will be live performances at: Mercy Trailhead in Rogers and a final celebration at Lawrence Plaza just off the Bentonville square. Events include bike parades, interactive performance art, live music and dancing, farmers’ markets and a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Razorback Greenway. This year’s Trail Mix also partners with the second annual “Square to Square” bike ride (fee and registration required).

Saturday Trail Mix artists include: The Bike Zoo, Evalyn Parry, Paula Fuga, Polyglot Theatre ANTS, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Saturday’s Trail Mix will extend to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2nd Annual Garden Party until 5 pm, with music, food trucks and special performances by Trail Mix artists Circa, Beth Stockdell and more!

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix: Frisco Trail, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.: 

On Sunday, Trail Mix comes to the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville, starting with bike decorating at Community Creative Center at 4 pm. Then, beginning at 5 pm, head to the Frisco Trail for more outdoor fun and entertainment.

Sunday Trail Mix artists include: Paula Fuga, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Click here to see all the Trail Mix events!

books in bloom3. Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Crescent Hotel, Sunday {Free} Spend the day with inspiring writers in the garden setting of The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs. Rain or shine!

The event is Saturday and starts around noon at the Crescent.

Click here for more information on the festival!

4. Artosphere: The Okee Dokee Brothers {Tickets, $8}, Sunday.

okee dokee bros in the waterRafting down their neighborhood creek and discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains created the Okee Dokee Brothers passion for the great outdoors.

They write and perform original music to inspire children and families to get outside and get creative. The Brother’s witty lyrics, musicianship and unique folk style have won praise from NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today. Inspire your students’ love and respect for our Natural State with these three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners!

The Bros will be performing at Walton Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here for more info on the Okee Dokee Brothers concert. Okie dokie?

5. Under the Sea with Ariel, Sunday. Come under the sea to meet Ariel in person at The Jones Center pool! On Sunday, May 15th from 1-3 pm, Ariel will be in person at the splash pool to take pictures, sign autographs, and interact with kids.

This event is MEMBERS ONLY, so make sure your membership is active, and bring your family. CLICK HERE to become a member or renew your membership online. You can also call 479-756-8090.

Click here for more information on the Sea event!

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