2015 Northwest Arkansas Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

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The Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall

Click here to see Easter Bunny hours!

Date: Saturday, March 21-April 4

Time: Varies

Location: Northwest Arkansas Mall

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Saturday, March 28

Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt

Register early online, at City Hall or the Rogers Activity Center. Bring the whole family. There will be free Easter baskets, prizes, crafts, pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, refreshments, concessions and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt begins at 5 pm for ages 8 and under.

Date: Saturday, March 28

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Rogers

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Egg Decorating, Springdale Public Library

Date: March 28

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Libary

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Sunday, March 29

Easter at the Club

Games, prizes and 16,000 eggs to hunt. The hunt will be divided up by ages/grades. Outside if it’s pretty, inside if it’s not!

Date: Sunday, March 29

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Wednesday, April 1

UBC Easter event

Community Easter Egg Hunt

The Community Easter Egg Hunt is part of UBC’s Easter week events.  Designed to move the gospel beyond the Campus of UBC, the hunt will be held in Wilson Park.  This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Activities include carnival style games, live music, free food, a speaker and of course an egg hunt. The hunt will begin at 5:30 and is open to all children 4th grade and under. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: under 2, 3 to 5 years old, and 1st to 4th grade.

Date: Wednesday, April 1

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Wilson Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Saturday, April 4th:

Easter Eggstravaganza

This event will be at Cross Church on the baseball fields at the Springdale campus. FREE ADMISSION. 30,000 Eggs. Helicopter Egg Drop. Prize eggs will be hidden and can be redeemed after the hunt in the Atrium before the 4 p.m. Easter service.

easter at cross churchDate: April 4

Time: 2:30-03:45 p.m.

Location: Baseball Fields, Cross Church, Springdale

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Easter at Orchards Park

Inflatables, food vendors, 40,000 eggs. Three separate egg hunts broken into groups by ages. For kids 12 and under.

Date: April 4

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Orchards Park, Bentonville

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11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Bella Vista

The Easter Egg Hunt, which will begin at 10 a.m., is open to children 12 and younger. More than 15,000 plastic eggs – filled with candy and prizes – will be hidden around the Kingsdale Complex. Children also will have the chance to visit and have their photo made with the Easter Bunny from 10 to 10:45 a.m. A carnival with children’s activities, such as bean bag tosses and face painting, will follow the Easter Egg Hunt and conclude at 11:30. Free tickets to the carnival are required. The tickets are now available at Riordan Hall. Tickets are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Date: April 4

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive, Bella Vista

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pathway egg drop

Fayetteville Egg Drop, Washington County Fairgrounds

Date: April 4

Time: Gates open at 1 p.m., drop starts at 3 p.m.

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville

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Farmington Kiwanis Eggstravaganza

farmington easterDate: April 4

Time: 12:30-3 p.m.

Location: Williams Elementary, Farmington

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Elkins Public Library Easter Egg Hunt

The library will be partnering with the Round Mtn Community Church this year. There will be story time, egg hunt, lunch, & prizes for pre-school – 5th grade! Bring your basket and come join the fun.

Date: April 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Elkins Public Library

More info: Click here

Kyya Chocolate Bean Hunt

kyya barKyya Chocolate is hosting its inaugural “bean hunt” at the park in Elm Springs (they won’t actually be beans, there will be plastic eggs with candy in them and then some will have golden beans for a free bar of chocolate.) The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The event begins with a welcome from Elm Springs city officials and Kyya founder Rick Boosey will share the Kyya story. The toddlers will hunt eggs first (approximately 9:15 a.m.) and two subsequent groups for older children will be after that. After each hunt, the children and their parents will be welcomed to the Kyya tent and facility where they can learn how chocolate is made and purchase Kyya artisan single-origin chocolate and also chocolate Easter bunnies.

Each group of “bean hunters” will have a drawing for a giveaway Easter basket. There will also be 12 golden beans in each group that can be traded for a free 2.8 ounce bar of Kyya chocolate. Prizes will be awarded at approximately 10 a.m. Kyya will follow the Easter bean hunts with its regular monthly tours at its Elm Springs facility until 2 p.m.

Date: April 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Elm Springs Park

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Easter Egg Roundup at Parsons Stadium

The fun begin at 10am at Parsons Stadium. Join us for a morning of egg hunting, prizes and more.

Date: April 4

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

Easter Events in Eureka Springs:

April 4-5: Celebrate Jesus: Parade & Music in the Park – Basin Spring Park – Eureka Springs, Arkansas This year features TWO days of events: April 3rd: Concert in Basin Park 11am-5pm April 4th: Concert 11am -2pm, Parade 2pm, followed by more music in the park.

April 5: Easter brunch and Annual Egg Hunt – 1886 Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas Enjoy a grand Easter Brunch served in the Crystal Ballroom with all the traditional fixings.  Egg hunt begins at 1pm on the Fountain Garden.

April 5: Easter Sunrise Service – The Christ Of The Ozarks – Eureka Springs, Arkansas     Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at the Easter Morning Sunrise Service at The Great Passion Play at 7am at the foot of the Christ of the Ozarks Memorial Statue.

More info: Click here

easter-eggsNote from the mamas: If your church or community is holding an Easter egg hunt or event you’d like for everyone to know about, just post a comment below and share! 

Where should we eat in Northwest Arkansas? Restaurant recommendations by local food lovers

Food tour sliderOn our Mamas on Magic radio show this morning, we talked about Northwest Arkansas restaurants that would be great for enjoying next week if you’ll be in town for a stay-cation — or for taking friends/relatives who might be visiting the area for Spring Break.

Heck, you might just find a new restaurant to love! This is a great list.

You could call it A Little Food Tour Across Northwest Arkansas. If you’re looking for Kids Eat Free options at some of these restaurants, click here to see our list. We’re planning to update our list, so please let us know in comments if you’ve noticed any good Kids Eat Free/Cheap options that you’ve noticed around town. We’ll be sure to add them!

The below list (of new restaurants as well as old favorites) was recommended by local girls and guys who happen to love food. We left the comments as is to help you with your choices. Be sure to leave a comment telling us YOUR favorite restaurant/food truck/dessert destination. Let’s help each other out!

penguin ed'sMindy: A family member from WI always takes back Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Q when she comes to NWA. Bliss Cupcakes is fun for desert! We like Gusano’s Pizza in Bentonville, or Mellow Mushroom in Rogers has some local beers and a chalkboard wall…(these are all kid friendly options, of course, since that’s what we do these days!) Jose’s for a margarita.

Rhonda: The Venesian Inn and Monte Ne Inn Chicken out our go-to’s.

Jerra: Natural State Sandwiches, Crepes Paulette, Yeyo’s Mexican Grill (food truck), Kona Coast Taco truck, KGB Food Truck, Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese, Petra Cafe, Arsaga’s

Note from the mamas: Natural State Sandwiches is one of the food trucks at the “Yacht Club” in Fayetteville. Here’s a recent pic (from the Natural State Facebook page) of the Yacht Club in action. Click here for directions.

Food trucks at the "Yacht Club" in Fayetteville

Food trucks at the “Yacht Club” in Fayetteville

Peter: Hugo’s. Hands down.

Tiffany: Penguin Ed’s!

Vikki: Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville, Bliss Cupcakes in Fayetteville, Mud Street Cafe in Eureka Springs just for fun ( awarded best breakfast for a few years) Have FUN!!!!!

tusk and trotter moscow mule

Tusk and Trotter’s Moscow Mule

Andi: Always Monte Ne Chicken! Marketplace Grill is good for lunch. Loafin’ Joe’s if it gets too cold to go out.

Kaylin: Crepes Paulette in Bentonville!

Crepes Paulette

Crepes Paulette

Note from the mamas: Crepes Paulette, which serves sweet and savory French crepes, now operates from a food truck in Bentonville (near 21c Museum Hotel), but will be opening a bricks and mortar restaurant later this year at the “urban-inspired, experience-focused” apartment complex Thrive. Click here to read more about CP plans.

Allison: Crepes Paulette, Hugo’s Basement, JJs Grill, Hammontrees, Briar Rose Bakery & Deli in Farmington, Stone Mill Bread Company, Common Grounds, Powerhouse Seafood, Herman’s Ribhouse, T.J’s Sandwich Shop in Fayetteville

Angie: Farmer’s Table Cafe, Hugo’s, Hammontree’s, Heirloom Food and Wine

Cammy: Baller Foodtruck.

Note from the mamas: You’ll have to follow this food truck on social media to find out where they’ll be on any given day! Click here to find them on Facebook. 

Baller Foodtruck is often at the food truck community in Fayetteville called Shulertown. Click here to follow them on Facebook and see what’s up.

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Baller Foodtruck roams around NWA. But you can often find them in Shulertown.

Dawn: Greenhouse Grille

Meredith: Pesto Cafe, Geraldi’s Italian, Monte Ne Chicken, Venesian Inn

Monte Ne Chicken's blackberry cobbler

Monte Ne Inn Chicken’s blackberry cobbler

Sarah: Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Jody: Ermelio’s in Eureka Springs is fantastic! I also think 28 Springs in Siloam Springs is amazing.

Anna: Any of the James Beard award winning restaurants, Crepes Paulette, 28 Springs Restaurant, RJ team springdaleIndian Cuisine in Springdale, Springdale Taquerias, Tangs Asian Market (excellent pork/fish for take home) and the various unique food trucks across NWA.

Note from the mamas: Team Springdale, which was started by a married couple in Springdale to highlight the area’s good points, is planning a “Taco Tour” in May. Click here to find out more!

Laura: Hugo’s, Herman’s RibhouseThe Farmer’s Table Cafe (that’s where Pharrell went!), Neal’s Cafe in Springdale, Wood Stone Craft Pizza, Pressroom Coffee, Arsagas at the Depot for breakfast or dessert … If you want to do a spendy dinner or two, The Hive at 21c, 28 Springs, Vetro 1925. Lunch at Eleven at Crystal Bridges… I agree about the Springdale taquerias. Little Bread Company on Block Street for yummy pastries and coffee. I’m sure I’m forgetting something important, but Hugo’s is first on purpose!

Farmer's Table, Pharrell

Pharrell visited The Farmer’s Table Cafe in Fayetteville when he was in town

Corinna: Or if you want to give them a romantic Arkansas/Ozark experience, Grandma’s House Cafe in Winslow. It’s on top of the mountain, great views and old style decor. Southern deep fried chicken and pies from a buffet. And then there is War Eagle Mill too.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, nwaSarah: Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese for sure!

Samantha: I love Tropical Smoothie’s king caesar wrap with a kiwi quencher smoothie!

Laurie: Levi’s Gastrolounge just opened in Rogers and is yummy, Gooseberry Handmade Pies in Bentonville for take-out sweets, Onyx for coffee, taquerias in Springdale and Woodstone Craft Pizza in Fayetteville. Oh, and War Eagle Mill!!!

gooseberry handmade pies

Gooseberry Handmade Pies, strawberry rhubarb

Kara: We just tried Grandma’s Kitchen for the first time a few weeks ago for lunch. AMAZING home cooked food! You can’t beat it for the typical southern comfort food! lol

Ceri: Mum loves the margaritas at Jose’s – they don’t make them like that in New Zealand – love James at the Mill too – about every other place has been covered.

Savoy Tea Co., Pinnacle Promenade

Savoy Tea Co., Pinnacle Promenade

Kristy: Crepes Paulette, Briar Rose, Petra Cafe , Vetro 1925 in Fayetteville, Tusk and Trotter, and Savoy Tea Company.

Note from the mamas: Briar Rose Bakery & Deli in Farmington is absolutely adorable and worth visiting. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. They offer a good selection of pastries, various treats and bread as well. They serve dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, but be sure to check out their Facebook page for specific times. Closed on Mondays.

briar rose bakery

Briar Rose Bakery & Deli in Farmington

Rebecca: The Green Submarine is one of my favorites.

Melissa: Tusk and Trotter, no doubt. In Fayetteville, for someplace unique, Hammontrees

Jacqueline: Le Stick Nouveau, Aquarius Taqueria, FRESH Farm to Table Fresh, Grand Taverne Restaurant & Lounge and Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse – just to name a few in Eureka Springs.

Evie: Hugo’s (Blue Moon Burger) and Pesto Cafe.

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A Fayetteville favorite, Hugo’s

Got anything to add? Post a comment with your favorite Kids Eat Free suggestion or to tell us about your favorite restaurant in Northwest Arkansas!

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Which words should be banned?

Are there certain words and phrases that you are SO sick of hearing that you’d wish they could be banned for life? Forty years ago, Lake Superior State University started publishing a list of words that should be banned for “misuse, overuse and uselessness.” (The words on the list come from submissions from the public bannedreceived during the previous year.)

So which words made this year’s list of “Words that Should Be Banished” from the English language?

Click the play arrow on the audio bars below to hear us talk about a few of those words and phrases during a recent week of the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment. (You can hear the show live on Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday.)

Monday’s segment

Tuesday’s segment

Wednesday’s segment

Thursday’s segment

Friday’s segment

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Inspiration for Spring outfits

springffgAfter a long, brutal winter, I’m SO ready for warmer weather, sunshine, and the cute clothes that come with these next couple months. I’ve been searching Pinterest, fashion blogs and magazines for the best trends this season, and I’ve come up with some key pieces you’ll want to incorporate into your wardrobe this spring.

1. First thing on the list are spring sweaters. Sometimes March and April can be chilly, and a lightweight, pastel sweater is the perfect option. Pair this with boyfriend jeans or white jeans.

2. Next are hats! Hats are in, in, in. This cream hat is a perfect example. The color of the hat is springy and the style is right on trend. Pair this with a chambray dress.

3. Lightweight scarves are always great for spring. I love to add in accessories to mix up outfits. This blue scarf is bright and fun. I also love patterned scarfs, especially floral ones for spring.

4. This beautiful white and gold watch is perfect for spring because of its color and size. Leather straps are the absolute must-have watch trend. The white color is so different from the typical black or brown watch, so the look is more unique.

5. This faith necklace is delicate and girly – just like spring. A small gold necklace is a great edition to any spring outfit because it’s subtle but eye-catching.

6. Nude totes – pay attention to this one because it it’s a big spring trend. Any nude tote will work but the best part about this one? It’s from Target! I adore Target clothes and accessories because they’re always in style and affordable.

7. Sandals are always a spring must. These are from Aeropostle. Any sandals can be cute for spring but I love the light color and the straps on these. They’re simple and cute and only $20. Grab a pair for yourself and your daughter.

8. Pink lip-gloss is on trend and I’m so thankful. Sometimes bold lip colors come in style and those can be hard to pull off. Soft pink lips are just right and this gloss is gorgeous!

9. Statement rings are a current love of mine. I wish I could buy every one I see! This one is gold and druzy. Druzy is very on-trend and this white one will go with everything.

10. Lastly, we have this chambray dress. The chambray dress is probably my favorite trend for spring. You can find these online or at Old Navy and Gap or Target. This is a staple item for your closet. You can wear it with boots or sandals, depending on the weather, and it’s perfect for lunches, church, work or family gatherings.

Hope these ideas help inspire your Spring wardrobe. Enjoy the sunshine, mamas!

Need a lift? Revive Medical Spa and Advanced Dermatology can help

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Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re a mom.

And chances are, if you’re a mom, your shoulders feel like they’re in knots. If you have little kids, your back gets a workout from carrying them around. If your kids are too big to carry, you can still carry the stress. Just being a mama is enough to make us feel like a human pretzel sometimes.

If you’re looking for a place to get you untangled, we recommend one of our Motherlode sponsors, Revive Medical Spa. We’ve enjoyed facials and massages there and, trust us, they know what they’re doing. Revive is consistently voted among the best medical spas in Northwest Arkansas.

Revive is a subsidiary of Advanced Dermatology and Skin Care Center, and they’re right next door to Revive in Fayetteville. There are also Advanced Dermatology locations in Bentonville/Bella Vista (701 NW McNelly Road in Bentonville) and in Harrison (at 620 N. Main).

Advanced Dermatology services include:

Led by Dr. Lance Henry, The Revive Medical Spa team is all about offering you a personalized treatment plan, based on what’s going on with your pain level or skin concerns. Revive’s clinicians are skilled in laser skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as injectables such as Botox® and dermal fillers. They are also now offering SkinPen® treatments.

Here’s the Revive team:

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They also do spray tans and have makeup! It’s fun to visit just to shop their products.

Here’s the Advanced Dermatology clinical staff:

AD-Clinical-Staff4If you’d like to be REVIVEd,  you can visit their website HERE. You can also give them a call to discuss your options at  4790287-4738. The address is: 1444 East Stearns St., Fayetteville. CLICK HERE to visit the Advanced Dermatology site or give them a call at 479-268-3555.

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