Going to Slava’s Snowshow at Walton Arts Center? Some insider tips!

slava at intermissionWell that was amazing.

We’re still picking “snow” out of our hair and clothes after seeing Slava’s Snowshow at Walton Arts Center. The show is running through the weekend if you want to grab a few tickets. (Click here for ticket info.)

It’s really one of the most unique theatre productions we’ve ever seen. The whole show is a little like a dream, with beautiful visuals, flights of fancy, big sounds and some hands-on fun (watch out if you’re in the first few rows!) There are a few interactive moments with snow, spider webs and giant bouncy balls that definitely have that “wow factor” you and the kids will remember for a long time.

The Slava clowns are experts at physical comedy, although much of their acting is impressively subtle. With no real dialogue during the show, it’s the clowns’ expressions that say it all in most of the scenes. And it’s fun how they feed off the audience.

Here are the upcoming show dates and times:

slavaThurs. Jan. 22, 7 pm

Fri. Jan. 23, 8 pm

Sat. Jan. 24, 2 pm and 8 pm

Sun. Jan. 25, 2 pm

We don’t want to spoil anything, but we wanted to offer a few insider tips for your trip:

Insider Tip #1: Don’t be slow during intermission. Get back into the theatre pretty fast or you’ll miss some fun stuff!

Insider Tip #2: These are clowns. They will make you LAUGH, but they are not like Bozo. Don’t expect Bozo.

Insider Tip #3: There are several loud sounds, so prepare your kids if they don’t like big noises.

Insider Tip #4: The show is not recommended for kids under 8. There were younger kids there and they did fine, but you need to know your kiddo. Some of the clownery (is that a word?) is a little “dark” in spots.

Insider Tip #5: Expect to love the hands-on “extras” (Hint: Some of you might get slightly wet on this ride.)

Below is a pic of the mamas with a few members of the Slava cast and crew at Hog Haus before the show at Walton Arts Center. They really do like to clown around!

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Giveaway: Slava’s Snowshow at Walton Arts Center

If you’re ready to truly see a world of wonderment and fantasy, Slava’s Snowshow will take you there.

A bed becomes a boat in a storm-tossed sea; a woman is wrapped in cellophane and becomes flowers in a vase, a child walks in amazement inside a bubble, Slava boards a train and he becomes the train itself.

And be prepared to leave the WAC hall in ankle-deep snow!

How would you like to go to this “cool” show for free? Good. We’ll give TWO winners FOUR tickets each to see the show on opening night!

ABOUT THE SHOW: Walton Arts Center will be transformed into a snowy, winter wonderland with Slava’s Snowshow, an astonishing and awe-inspiring spectacle of traditional and contemporary theatrical clowning arts. There will be seven performances of Slava’s Snowshow in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall.

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Tues. Jan. 20 – Thurs. Jan. 22 at 7 pm

Fri. Jan. 23 and Sat. Jan. 24 at 8 pm

Sat. Jan. 24 and Sun. Jan. 25 at 2 pm

Discover this (indoor) winter wonderland with your family. It’s recommended for kids 8 and up.

“ONE OF THE MOST THEATRICAL MOMENTS I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED” – THE GUARDIAN

“UTTERLY BREATHTAKING, THE STAGE EFFECTS ARE DAZZLING…SUDDENLY THE AUDIENCE IS YOUNG, INNOCENT AND TRANSPORTED WITH DELIGHT.” –DAILY MAIL

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win one of the sets of four free tickets to Slava the clown’s snowshow, just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about an event or an experience that was absolutely awe-inspiring. It could be first time you went to the circus — or even something that was scary, like a tornado. I remember a tornado passing overhead one year on Christmas Eve while we were at my grandparents’ house. It was definitely awe-inspiring.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Ticket prices range from $30-60 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday, so watch your email inbox.

Giveaway: Ballroom with a Twist at Walton Arts Center

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On Jan. 17, Walton Arts Center will host an unforgettable Night Out featuring our favorite reality TV stars from “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. The show is called Ballroom with a Twist and it will be amazing.

bordinos21We’re betting the mama who wins the FOUR FREE tickets to this show will be doing her own little happy dance! And here’s an extra special bonus: a gift card to Bordinos! Want to win these HOT tickets plus dinner out? Keep reading!

ABOUT THE SHOW: See it all come to life in an extravagant evening of entertainment, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances. Ballroom with a Twist brings a frenzy of dance numbers from classic ballroom dances like the Samba and Foxtrot with the latest hip-hop and Broadway styles.

It’s confirmed! These celebs from “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” will be gracing the WAC stage with their captivating dance moves and out-of-this-world vocals:

From “Dancing with the Stars”:
Anna Trebunskaya
Dmitry Chaplin
Lacey Schwimmer
Tony Dovolani

From “American Idol”:
Gina Glockensen-Ruzicka
Jacob Lusk

More stars to be announced soon :)

ABOUT THE FOOD: Bordinos is consistently voted “Best Date Night Restaurant in NWA” in our mom-approved awards. From the food to the atmosphere to the location, Bordinos is perfect in every way. Bordinos is on Dickson Street, just steps away from Walton Arts Center.

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HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win FOUR free tickets to Ballroom with a Twist — plus a gift card to dine at Bordinos — just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us which song always makes you want to get up and dance. Or: tell us what’s been making you want to dance lately (like a promotion at work, a child who’s now officially potty trained, etc.!).

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

If you don’t want to take any chances on missing this show, click here to buy them online at Walton Arts Center. Or call the box office at 479-443-5600.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday, so watch your email inbox.

What’s new at the Amazeum? Here’s the scoop!

amazeum membership

The Amazeum is a new museum in Northwest Arkansas (opening in 2015) for children and families.

Charter memberships went on sale recently and there are lots of benefits. A membership would make an awesome Christmas gift. Here’s what you’ll receive with a charter membership:

amazeum member perks

Everything in the museum will be hands-on for maximum interaction. We asked the Amazeum staff a few questions so you’ll know more about what’s up at this fabulous 44,500-square foot wonder:

Q: When is the Amazeum scheduled to open?

The Amazeum is scheduled to open the second half of 2015.

Q: Can you tell us about charter memberships? How much do they cost?

A charter member is an original member of an organization. Everyone who purchases a membership before or during our opening year will be considered an Amazeum charter member. For those charter members who purchase between now and April 2015, there are extra special opportunities to enjoy prior to opening. (Those benefits are outlined below.) There are several levels of memberships, beginning at $95 for a family of four.

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 Q: What are the benefits of being a charter member?

A charter membership represents an opportunity to be at the forefront of something that will amaze, inspire and educate children in our region for generations to come. These exclusive memberships will allow holders to enjoy museum access before it opens to the public.

As long as they renew each year, those who purchase memberships now will be recognized as charter members for the life of their membership.

In addition to charter member benefits, all members enjoy unlimited admission all year, discounts on birthday parties, advance notice and early camp registration, special members-only hours, 10 percent store discount, special pricing for educational programs and camps, free or discounted admission to more than 550 science and children’s museums across the country, and invitation to members-only events and exhibit previews.

The museum is also offering contributing memberships to those who would like to support the museum’s annual fund along with their membership gift. Full details of membership levels are available at www.amazeum.org/.

Q: Where can we buy a membership?

Memberships can be purchased online at Amazeum.org, by calling 479-696-9280 x 202 or emailing membership@amazeum.org.

Q: Can we buy gift memberships?

Absolutely!  These make a great gift that the whole family will enjoy.  When you are purchasing a membership, you are prompted to indicate if it is a gift membership and if you’d like to receive the information or if you’d like us to send it straight to the recipient. If it’s a surprise, we’ll help you keep it that way!

Q: Who can be included in a Family Membership?

Our memberships are designed so that you can include any combination of grandparents, parents and kids.

Q: What age range is the Amazeum best suited for?

The Amazeum exhibits are designed to promote imagination and creative thinking for children and families of all ages. There will be two spaces dedicated for toddlers. The majority of the spaces are designed with children ages 4 to 8 in mind.

Innovation Alley is a series of learning spaces – including the Tinkering Studio, the Art Studio and The Hershey Lab – that offer deeper learning opportunities to be enjoyed by older elementary- and middle school-age students.

The Amazeum will also appeal to audiences other than young children and families. It will feature meeting spaces for businesses and organizations in the region, as well as spaces for corporate team-building exercises that encourage creativity and collaboration. For educators, the Amazeum will offer a variety of professional development workshops.

amazeum exhibit

Doesn’t this look like FUN?!

Q: We hear kids can have birthday parties there. Tell us about that!

Yes, the Amazeum would love to host your child’s birthday party! Party packages will be available when we open. Also, charter members receive discounts on birthday parties. (See above for more details on charter memberships.)

Q: Can you tell us about some of the exhibits/experiences we’ll find at the Amazeum?

You can expect a lot of laughter and active play!

Currently under construction, the first permanent exhibition that has been announced is General Mills Lift, Load & Haul, which focuses on kinetic activity and transferring things from one place to another. The exhibit will allow kids to explore how things work on their own terms while experiencing basic principles of physics, engineering, logistics and problem solving. The multi-faceted exhibition allows kids to roll up their sleeves and work on their own or in cooperation with someone else to lift, move, load and ready a truck for transport.

One of the first things visitors will notice upon approaching this exhibit is the large, accessible cab of a truck inviting them to climb in and pretend to drive. The exhibit is built around an actual truck cab, donated by Walmart Fleet Services.

Other experiences at the Amazeum will include a tinkering studio, climbable tree canopy, indoor caves, an art studio and more. Exhibitions will extend to the museum grounds where approximately one acre of land will provide the background for more learning and fun. The Amazeum will also feature indoor and outdoor event space. For additional details about exhibits as they are finalized, visit http://www.amazeum.org.

Q: Will there be a place to grab snacks?

The Amazeum will offer a café, where you can expect to find a variety of quick and healthy food options.

Q: How long has the Amazeum been on the horizon?

The Amazeum has been a long labor of love. In June 2006, supporters obtained 501c3 nonprofit status, and in November of that year organized and announced the founding board. Currently construction is in full swing, and progress at the site can be viewed in real time on our construction webcam.

Q: Why is it important for kids to visit places like the Amazeum?

amazeum experimentResearch continues to tell us about the growth and development of our children. From birth to age three, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of a child form. From ages three to five, children are like sponges exploring, absorbing and organizing information about the world around them.

Through this early development, children expand their social, sensory, conceptual, language, gross and fine motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. We have come to understand each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

In our fast-paced, complicated society where raising a child needs all the positive support possible, the Amazeum will create a haven that stimulates exploration and imagination, cultivates the grasp of information at a pace that suits each child individually, and inspires a love of learning from the beginning.

The Amazeum creates a fun environment where risk taking, imagining, problem solving, discovery, collaboration and exploration bring children and adults together to learn and grow.

CLICK HERE to visit the Amazeum website!

Giveaway: Tickets to the Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center

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Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Kathleen Villar, winner of The Nutcracker tickets!

It’s that amazing time of the year when Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King (not to mention many, many others!) take to the stage to delight and entertain audiences for the holiday season.

Moscow Classical Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be showing at Walton Arts Center on Dec. 19-21 and we’re giving away FOUR tickets to the opening night show!

This is the fourth time the WAC has brought this show to Northwest Arkansas and we’re so grateful! This is definitely a beloved holiday tradition and a must-see for the whole family. There will be four performances in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall on: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 pm.

Auditions were recently held for children ages 6-10 to be part of the show and 12 local children were chosen to participate in all four performances. Though formal dance training was not a requirement, many of the children take lessons at studios across the region, including Bakstage Dance Co., Williams Center, and Elite Dance Studio.

Congratulations to these local performers:

  • Alizabeth Grace McGinnis
  • Anna Caroline Johnson
  • Avery McFadden
  • Brooklyn Bradley
  • Ella Grace Cotton
  • Gracie Hollis
  • Julia Ragon Watts
  • Lawson Hooker
  • Rylee Ann Adams
  • Sloane Pitts
  • Wryn Pitts
  • Zoe Hahn

nutcrackerABOUT THE SHOW: The Moscow Classical Ballet gives a stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet, featuring Russia’s finest dancers and all the beautiful scenery and costumes you’ve come to expect – audiences of all ages will be absolutely enchanted.

This brilliant dance troupe has won numerous gold medals from international competitions and awards from the esteemed Paris Academy of Dance. The holidays simply aren’t complete without experiencing this live performance.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win tickets to The Nutcracker, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about a favorite holiday tradition you remember from when you were a child — or one you enjoy with your own kids.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning these tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Tickets range from $33 to $47 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday at 5 p.m.!

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