FPL Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Celebration is this Saturday!

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The Fayetteville Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Celebration will be this Saturday (May 30th) from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can sign up for the Club that day and pick up your first reading log. Click here to read more about how the reading logs work and when they are due so you’re eligible for the grand prize drawings!

Here’s a sneak peek at activities scheduled for Saturday’s Summer Reading Kick-off event:

Inside the Library

Making Memories Photo Booth

Face Painting in Storytime Room

Magician Doug Krueger in Yellow Niche

Superhero Face Cut-Out in Red Niche

Outdoor Events - Rock Street & Gardens

Jaws of Life Rescue Demo by Fayetteville Fire Department

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Air Brush Tattoos

Hair Feathering

Video Gaming Truck

FPL Helium Balloons

Sidewalk Chalk Art with Leilani Law

Bounces Houses & Super Slide

Arkansas Denistry & Braces Snow Cones

Kiwanis Cookies & Punch

Nomads Food Truck

Music

10:30 – 11:30 am – Afrique Aya
11:45  - Shaky Bugs Music

There are so many fun things planned for the summer. Click here to see what’s happening for kids and families at the library in June, including kids’ camps and workshops. If  you have a teenager, click here to see what’s up for them!

Click here to visit the Fayetteville Public Library’s Summer Reading Club page to sign up your kids, teens — or yourself!

2015 Northwest Arkansas Summer Fun Printable!

One of the worst phrases a parent can hear from their kids over the summer is, “I’m bored”.

That’s why we rounded up a list of fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas in this UPDATED 2015 Summer Fun Printable. We also added a few summer camp ideas (click here for a more detailed list of 2015 camps with links and descriptions), rainy day ideas and annual events that happen every summer here.

We couldn’t include everything, of course, because that would fill an entire book! But if we missed one of your VERY FAVORITES, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us what your family loves doing in the summer here in NWA.

CLICK HERE to print out the Summer Fun list. Stick it on the fridge as a reminder of all your options, no matter what your mood.

Summer Fun Printable 2015

New Parrot Island Waterpark opening on Memorial Day weekend!

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The new Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith will officially open on Saturday, May 23rd, at 10 a.m.

We interviewed the local team about what to expect at the new outdoor water park so you could find out more — and plan for a visit SOON:

Where is it located?

parrotislandadThe new Parrot Island Outdoor Waterpark is located at Ben Geren Park.

This is such a great location for families … not only can everyone enjoy Parrot Island Waterpark, but Ben Geren Park offers tons of fun activities to really make it a wonderful outdoor adventure, including:

Miniature golf, go karts, playground equipment, outdoor picnic areas and pavilions, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a 1 ½ mile fitness and circuit walking trail, two 18-hole disk golf courses, over eight miles of paved bike trails, 11 miles of mountain bike trails, and an outstanding 27-hole county golf course.

Whew!

Do you have any season pass discounts opportunities right now, before the waterpark opens?

We sure do! Family Season Passes are available at a 10% discount for the first 100 sold and is a great value. Season Pass holders can enjoy the waterpark all summer long, from opening day Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.

Tell us about all the attractions. Will you have a lazy river (we love those!)? What about water slides?

We have it all, lazy river, activity pools, slides … and the area’s only wave pool!

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Our “splashtacular” pools include:

Caribbean Splash Wave Pool-Jump. Play and swim among “tidal” waves in 85,000 gallons of water in the region’s only wave pool for endless fun!

Crocodile Creek Lazy River. Enjoy hours of carefree fun floating down our 500 foot lazy river with a  tropical waterfall and surprises along the way!

Toucan’s Cove Activity Pool. 250,000 gallons of aquatic fun connected to Crocodile Creek!  Lily pads, basketball courts, and so much more provide for aquatic fun!

Tiny Turtle Island Pool and Splash Area. Short in depth but long on fun. Tiny tots can climb, splash, slide and play to their heart’s content in our dedicated children’s area.

We have slides for all ages:

Three Twisting, Turning Thrill Slides:

•     Pelican Plunge-Our most extreme slide twists & turns for over 265 feet, including “translucent” bands along the way!

•     Tangerine Twist- From 35 feet off the ground you will flow almost 200 feet on a twisting track to the plunge pool below!

•     Blue Macaw – Our open top slide is a gentle glide along a 200 foot path from 30 feet in the air to the plunge pool below!

Heart Stopping Speed Plunge Slide:

•     Pineapple Plunge-40 foot high Speed Plunge Slide drops you at a 45 degree angle 135 feet to the gentle run out below!

Four Slides for Tiny Tots:

•     Double the Fun – Our double slide offers side –by –side sliding fun!

•     Red & Twisted – Our red slide offers gentle twists & turns for the little ones!

•     Gentle Green – Straight and short, but long on fun!

•     Cool Blue – Our tallest slide  for the little ones with a curved glide to the water below!

Are there separate areas for little and big kids?

PIWP GirlPlayingYou bet! Big kids will love the thrilling slides and Toucan’s Cove with water activities galore.

The little ones are going to love Tiny Turtle Island … it is so cute and has really fun tot sized slides and play features. Everyone is going to love the wave pool and lazy river!

How large is the facility?

Big! We have over 370,000 gallons of water fun for all ages.

Plus we’ve got lots and lots of free deck and lounge chairs, great grass lawns for playing and lounging, tables & umbrellas for snacking, both single and double water tubes, and we’ve also got great showers and lockers, a really fun Tiki Hut gift shop, and cabanas available for rent.

Can visitors have birthday parties there?

Parrot Island Waterpark is Summer Birthday Party Central! Best of all, we do all the work so mom doesn’t have to worry about setting up, cleaning up, getting the food, or guaranteeing a party that will be the talk of the neighborhood!

We have two great birthday packages:

THE ISLAND BLAST PARTY ALL DAY “WET & WILD FUN”

·         Waterpark Admission for 10 Guests

·         Waterpark Admission for Two Supervising Adults

·         Birthday Honoree FREE with a Special Surprise from us!

·         A Slice of Pizza or Hot Dog for Each Birthday Guest

·         A Bag of Chips, Pretzels or Popcorn for each Birthday Guest

·         Special Party Pavilion with Host for 90 Minutes  (Plus…Your Parrot Island Party Host will attend to all your needs, including set up & clean up)

·         Unlimited Beverage during Party Pavilion Time

Weekdays $149 / Weekends $179

Additional Attendees:  $15 per person Weekdays  $18 per person Weekends

THE SPLASHTACULAR PARTY 4 HOURS of “WET & WILD FUN”

·            Waterpark Admission for  Guests

·            Park Admission for Two Supervising Adults

·            Birthday Honoree FREE with a Special Surprise from us!

·            Special  Party Pavilion with Host for 90 Minutes  (Plus…Your Parrot Island Party Host will attend to all your needs, including set up & clean up)

·            Unlimited Beverage during Party Pavilion Time

Weekdays $119/Weekends $149

Additional Attendees:  $12 per person Weekdays  $15 per person Weekends

Do you have a snack bar?

Of course! Our Island Breeze Snack Shop makes it so easy to have a snack or a meal and we have all the kid favorites like pizza, hot dogs, burgers and chicken fingers … and salads for mom! Plus we have ice cream and frozen treats, slushies, and everyone’s favorite soft drinks.

Do you have any special events coming up at the park?

We have great packages, which will change throughout the season. We really love our Family Night package! Tuesday and Wednesday nights are extra special for families at Parrot Island Waterpark when the whole family can enjoy the waterpark from 3 p.m. until closing.

$49 for a family of four includes admission to Parrot Island Waterpark, Large Pizza with one topping, and Four Fountain Soft Drinks. Worth up to $78 makes this a great value. Additional children’s tickets are available for $5 per child.

For more information about Parrot Island Waterpark, click here to visit their website. If you want to like them on Facebook to stay on top of what’s up in real time, click here!

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: May 2015

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Craft Fairs, May 1 & 2 (click on the festival name for more info):

Art on the Creeks

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Show

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show

Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Show

War Eagle Mill (Sharp Craft Show adjacent to the Mill)

Little Sprouts starts at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Little Sprouts is a weekly botanically-themed program for preschoolers. Each week they read stories, sing songs, and do fun crafts and activities. Whether kids are learning about how bees are more helpful than harmful, or exploring the garden with handmade binoculars, the children leave the garden with a real appreciation for the world around them and a new desire to protect it. There are two sessions to accommodate little learners: 9:30 and 10:15 am on Wednesday mornings May through October. Participants do NOT need to register. Just show up on Wednesday morning! Watch BGO Facebook page for weather announcements on rainy days.

Dates:

  • Little-Sprouts-logo-300x212May 6: Getting to Know Our Garden
  • May 13: Sensational Seeds
  • May 20: Spring
  • May 27: Fabulous Flower

Times: 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

9th Annual Touch-a-Truck

Touch-a-Truck features dozens of vehicles to explore, including construction equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, tractors and much more.  There will also be special appearances and activities including mascots, costumed characters,  fingernail painters, science demonstrations and building projects. In addition to equipment, vehicles, and entertainment, there will be concessions available offering lunch, refreshments, ice cream and all the tasty treats you’d expect to find at a family-fun event.

touch a truckDate: May 2

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

Location: Pinnacle Promenade Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Sale

Date: Preview party, May 15; public sale, May 16

Time: Varies

Location: Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

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Mother’s Day Weekend events at Crystal Bridges Museum

Crystal Bridges’ Garden Party

This is going to be fun and a perfect outing — actually, several outings — for Mother’s Day weekend at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The fun starts on Friday, May 8: Enjoy a special cocktail reception and lecture with Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, a New York Times bestseller.

Saturday, May 9 is National Public Garden Day and a perfect time to explore the trails with a Garden Party. This free event features live music, a Chalk Festival, native plant sale, art-making, and more. Stop into the Museum Store for Member Double Discount Days and browse the unique jewelry collection including featured artisans Daaman Porcelain and Valerie Sanson.

Round out the weekend with a High South Brunch served at Eleven on Sunday, May 10. Alongside weekend activities, Crystal Bridges will launch its highly anticipated Outdoor App, featuring interactive trail maps, plant and sculpture guides, photo sharing, and more.

Free, no registration required. There will be live musical performances.

Date: May 8-9-10

Time: Varies

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Kendrick Fincher Hydration Celebration

There are 3 events  that take place during the Hydration Celebration. The 17th Annual Youth Run, which is a free event for students, distances are 1/2 mile for students K-3rd grade & 1 mile for students 4th-8th grade.  The 5k run/walk, which is celebrating its 7th year. And in its 2nd year, the Duathlon, which is a 3.1mile run, 12.4mile bike, 3.1mile run.

Date: May 9

Time: Varies

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Terra Studios’ Spring Music Festival & Family Art Adventure

Terra Studios (home of the original Bluebird of Happiness©) will hold its Annual Spring Music Festival on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. This year’s festival will also include the first Family Art Adventure of the season. Family Art Adventure features free arts and crafts, face-painting and balloon animals. Some art projects for a small fee will be available as well. Admission to Terra Studios is always free; a $5/person donation to benefit the nonprofit is encouraged. Bring the whole family for a great day of music and art.

Date: Sunday, May 10

Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Terra Studios, Durham

More info: Click here

Timber! Presented by Cirque Alfonse

It’s all about stunts and acrobatics in this toe-tapping musical by French Canadian circus company Cirque Alfonse. Taking inspiration from the woods surrounding their own real-life family farm, Cirque Alfonse’s talented tumblers and musicians create a crazily unique acrobatic experience set in the world of loggers and traditional Canadian farm life. There are balancing acts on tree stumps, banjo sounds and men with bushy beards performing synchronized axe juggling. Not only does Cirque Alfonse represent three generations from one family, it also features professional acrobats from the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.

Timber_266x375WebAdDate: May 14-15

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Block Street Block Party

Everything weird, wild, local and independent culminates on one little street on one very big day. Food trucks, vendors, artists, live music and more.

Date: May 17

Time: Noon to 9 p.m.

Location: Block Street, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Meet & Greet for moms with chronic illness

God-Living with Chronic Illness is a new resource for moms in the NWA area who have chronic illness. Eight years ago the founder was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and found out firsthand how hard and isolating it could be. She started the facebook page called God-Living with Chronic Illness to help provide spiritual resources and encouragement to others. Recently Laurie started a group for women with chronic illness and they meet together regularly for friendship and fellowship. They will have a Meet & Greet for any moms who have chronic illness who might want to make friends with other moms who understand what chronic illness is all about.

Date: May 29

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Panera Bread, Bentonville

More info: Click here to see more about the group. RSVP for the meeting to Laurie Miller, 479-381-5347

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NWA Mom Prom

The mamas of nwaMotherlode throw this annual party and you don’t want to miss it this year! It sold out last year, so get your tickets ASAP (click here to buy a Mom Prom ticket, a table for 10 or raffle tickets). The Mom Prom is a massive girls’ night out! Dance, eat, drink, talk, laugh and pose for party pics while raising money for a great local charity, Saving Grace.

Date: May 30

Time: 7 p.m. to midnight

Location: Metroplex Event Center, Springdale (brand new venue, by Meeks Lumber)

More info: Click here

 

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: April 2015

easter bunnyClick here to see a list of Easter 2015 events and activities, including times and hours for the Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall!

Pinwheels for Prevention Rally

The Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally will be from 11:30-1:00 p.m. on April 1 at Dave Peel Park in Bentonville with guest speaker, Susan Hutchinson, Arkansas’ First Lady. There will be a free hot dog lunch, drinks, ice cream, and a proclamation of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue.

Date: April 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Dave Peel Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Karaoke in the Park

Karaoke in the Park is a family & kid friendly show. No smoking or alcohol drinking. This is a good time for friends and family to come and fellowship while being entertained. (April – October)

Date: April 2 (continuing through October)

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Frisco Park Pavilion, Rogers

More info: Click here

First Thursday Fayetteville (April to October)

The first Thursday of each month from April to October from 5:30 to 9 p.m., First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages. Free to the public. First Thursday feels like a giant gallery opening, with all the energy and excitement of a street festival.

Date: April 2

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

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Cinderella & McFarland USA (Both rated PG) at 112 Drive-In

cinderellaAges 13 and older - $8
Ages 6-12 - $3
Ages 5 and under are free

Showtimes: 7:45  p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Date: April 3-5

Time: 7:45 p.m.

Location: 112 Drive-in, Fayetteville

More info: Click here to see upcoming drive-in movies

First Friday Bentonville (First Fridays of the month April to November)

This First Friday is fashioned after European street fairs. It highlights the talents of street performers, like jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magicians and more.

Date: April 3

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

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NWA March for Babies

March for Babies is a family-friendly event benefitting the March of Dimes.  Registration begins at 9:00am, the 5K walk at 10:00am, followed by awards and lunch. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a visit from Strike, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ Mascot and inflatables games like – the Bounce-Around House, other activities include:  face painting, balloon clowns, team sign/poster creating, stroller decorating and more.  There will also be a garden of hope, where walkers can honor the babies in their life that they are walking in honor or memory of.

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in Arkansas that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

Date: April 4

Time: Registration and Activities begin at 9 am  Walk begins at 10.

Location:  Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here

Casino Night

A fundraiser for the Single Scholarship Fund of NWA.

Date: April 4

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Aloft Hotel

More info: Click here

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Vintage Market Days

NW Arkansas Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

vintageDate: April 10-12

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

Heart Gallery Premiere, Project Zero

Project Zero’s mission is to raise awareness about adoption through the Arkansas state foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child that is waiting. One way Project Zero promotes awareness is through a traveling heart gallery that showcases some of our state’s waiting children.

On April 10, Project Zero will be premiering a brand new heart gallery that will travel around Northwest Arkansas. At the premiere, we will be fundraising to ensure waiting children have their picture represented in the gallery and that our organization can continue to support all waiting children in their pursuit to find their forever family. The first lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson, will be the guest speaker and 19 Kids and Counting’s Amy Duggar is the musical guest.

Date: April 10

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Church Gatheria, Rogers

More info: Click here

Out-of-the-box Luncheon (Girls on the Run)

Date: April 10

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Avondale, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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For the Birds: Family Workshop (Register by April 4th)

This interactive workshop will introduce families to birdwatching, the calls of songbirds, as well as the nests of those birds. Families will take home a bird nesting material holder and bird identification materials appropriate for young people.

Date: April 11

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Hogeye Kids Run

Date: April 11

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Koh’s store, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Spot, Walton Arts Center

SPOT_266x375Date: April 12

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon

For the 6th Annual Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon, the speaker will be Suzie Eller, International Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author, former radio co-host, and Bible Gateway blogger. Butterflies & Blooms is the annual fundraising luncheon for Saving Grace NWA.

Date:  April 16

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Convention center

More info: Click here

Glow Run, Fun Walk, The Burpee Mile

This glow-themed run is a family- friendly event that raises awareness to empower children to find their voice and speak up against abuse. Together we are giving children back their childhood! This year’s event features: 5K Glow Run (chip-timed), 1-Mile Fun Walk, 400 Yard Super Hero Dash, Burpee Mile or Glow on Your Own (Opportunity to make a $25 donation to the CAC if not available to run)

Night-time events feature an explosion of glow-in-the-dark elements:

• Everyone is encouraged to Glow from Head to Toe!
• Get your “Glow on” with face and body paint
• Food/snacks on sale from local vendors.
• Live entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. at Frisco Main stage
• Family-friendly environment with  inflatables and activities for all ages
• Prizes: Top 3 overall, Top 3 each age category; Best Glow from Head to Toe participant; Best Team Spirit

Date: April 17

Location: Frisco Stage, downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Farm Friends

baby chickBring the kids to visit farm animals like baby chicks, goats and calves.

Date: April 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Location: Pauline Whitaker Arena, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

RazorFest

Champions for Kids RazorFest is a unique event that’s held in partnership with the Razorback Red-White game. This event attracts tens of thousands of people each year to enjoy a free, fun family day with children and a red-white scrimmage with the Razorback football team. Since the first RazorFest, this event has grown from engaging 22,000 people to now, on a good weather day, drawing over 70,000 people from across the state. 

Date: April 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium

More info: Click here

Race for the Cure

Date: April 25

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

The Dark Knight Marathon

Members earn sponsorships and they compete in a unique round-robin or “ladder” fashion. As many as six bouts happen simultaneously. The event starts 6 p.m. April 25 at . The Marathon ends when the players become too tired to continue (often after midnight). The public is invited to attend for free and enjoy the fencing while learning about the many benefits of the sport. The public will have the opportunity to experience fencing first hand with a preliminary portion to the marathon that starts at 5 p.m. that same day. Participation in the preliminary event has a small fee but watching is free.

Date: April 25

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: The Center (1100 SE 14th St. Suite 16 in Bentonville)

More info: Click here