2017 Northwest Arkansas Easter Egg Hunts & Activities Guide for Kids

Easter Slider 2017

Wow, it’s almost Easter! And that means big fun in Northwest Arkansas!

nwa-mall-logo-2016We’ve got the big list of things to do in the weeks before — and the weekend of — Easter Sunday. CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly version of this list so you can put it on your refrigerator! Or snap a pic of the printable to save on your phone.

The NWA Easter Egg Hunts & Activities Guide printable is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall, where the Easter bunny will be visiting from April 1-15th!

Note from the mamas: If you have an Easter event to share, contact Gwen and Shannon at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com so we can add it to the list! Mamas, we’ll be updating this Guide as we receive new information, so check back often!

Also, summer will be here before you know it, so while you’re here be sure to check out our 2017 Guide to NWA Summer Camps, Activities, and Events!

Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall

The Easter Bunny will be at the Northwest Arkansas Mall April 1 – April 15 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from Noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays (2nd & 9th). This super-cute bunny will be available for pictures with the kids. 

Dates: April 1-15th

Times: See the Easter bunny from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from Noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays (2nd & 9th).

Location: NWA Mall, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Easter bunny, NWA Mall

Imagine Studios Easter Egg Paint & Hunt

Imagine Studios is hosting a special Easter Egg event: your child(ren) will get to paint a ceramic bunny and Easter eggs, and join in an Easter egg hunt when they are done! Make sure to bring your Easter baskets! Registration for this event is required, and at least one parent must stay for the duration of the event.

Date: Sunday, April 2

Time: 4 to 5:30pm

Location: Imagine Studios, Rogers

More info: Click here

Bunny Breakfast for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Head to Applebee’s in Fayetteville for a pancake breakfast benefitting Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Easter bunny will be there for photos too! Entrance is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to benefit the NWA location of ACH.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 8 to 10am

Location: Applebee’s, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

pastel eggsEaster Egg Hunt at Bunch Park in Elkins

This hunt is sponsored by Round Mountain Community Church in Fayetteville, held at Bunch Park in Elkins on April 8th at 10 am. If this date is rained out, the egg hunt will be April 15th. Ages are 0 years – 5th grade. There will be prizes for all age groups. Free food and inflatables.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Bunch Park, Elkins

More info: Click here

 

Farmington Area Kiwanis Eggstravaganza

Head to Williams School in Farmington for a huge egg hunt with candy-stuffed Easter eggs, divided into three age groups. The hunt will also feature games, “selfies” with the Easter Bunny, hot dogs, and more.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 12:30 to 3 pm; egg hunts start at 1:15pm

Location: Williams Elementary School

More info: Click here

Special Egg Event 2017

Hope Church of Northwest Arkansas has one of the most unique egg hunts in the region, one especially for children with special needs. This includes:

  • A Quiet Egg Hunt for children on the Autism Spectrum or children with Sensory Processing issues who need a quieter environment. 
  • A Talking Egg Hunt for children who are blind or visually impaired. Slightly larger “talking” eggs are placed on the field. Once found beeping eggs are traded for prize filled Easter eggs.
  • A Magnetic Egg Hunt for children with wheelchairs or mobility restrictions. Magnetic eggs are placed on a hard surface area (parking lot) and poles with magnets on them, allow children to collect eggs. Magnetic eggs are then traded in for prize filled eggs.
  • A General Egg Hunt for children with other disabilities and siblings of children involved in the other hunts. This egg hunt will cover a large field and happen in two waves broken up by age.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: Hope Church of NWA, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Easter Eggstravaganza at Gulley Park

The Fayetteville First Church of the Nazarene is hosting a huge egg hunt at Gulley Park! They will have over 4,000 eggs to find, They will have games and activities, door prizes, and a free hot dog lunch.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 11:45am registration, 12:00pm egg hunt

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Easter Egg Hunt at Genesis Church

Free community Easter egg hunt.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 12 to 2pm

Location: Genesis Church, 205 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club Easter Egg Hunt

Join the Boys & Girls Club for their annual “Easter at the Club” event, which will include an Easter egg hunt with over 16,000 eggs, face-painting, games, door prizes, and a fire truck and a safety trailer for kids to explore! The egg hunt is open to ages 2 through 11, with four age divisions. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 3 to 4pm

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

More info: Click here

Bella Vista Egg Hunt and Bicycle Safety Check

The Bella Vista POA and GPP Cycling are throwing a cycling-themed Easter party. Children 12 and under can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, join in the egg hunt, have their bicycle safety checked, and try out the new bike skills park at Metfield Park. The Easter egg hunt will have four age groups in four separate areas of the park. Each division will have a golden egg hidden that can be turned in for a cool prize.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 9:30 to 11am; egg hunts begin at 10am

Location: Metfield Park, Bella Vista

More info: Click here

Community Egg Hunts by First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Fayetteville will be hosting free community Easter egg hunts at Southmont Apartments, Rodney Ryan Park, Root Elementary Playground and Salem Park (all in Fayetteville).

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Locations: Various (click below to see a map!)

More info: Click here

City of Fayetteville Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Fayetteville’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center on Saturday, April 15. Come for the eggs, free lunch, games, even a raffle! You can even preregister to skip the line.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Yvonne Richardson Community Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Family Easter Eggstravaganza at New Hope Fellowship

There’s something for everyone at this Easter party: a petting zoo, Easter egg decorating, a bounce house, a kids’ train, games, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy! Oh, and the most important part—the egg hunts! Kids from 1 year to first grade have their own egg hunt, with a separate glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for kids 2nd through 5th grades. This community event is free, and no registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: New Hope Fellowship Church, Springdale

More info: Click here

Easter at Orchards Park

The Bentonville Parks & Recreation department is throwing a huge Easter event on Saturday, April 15! They will have inflatables for the kids, food vendors, and over 40,000 eggs! They will have 4 different egg hunts: one just for our special needs kiddos, and three age groups for kids 12 and under.

1:00pm-Children with Special Needs Egg Hunt

2:00pm-Inflatable & Food Vendors

2:30pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 7-12)

3:00pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 4-6)

3:30pm-Egg hunt (Ages 0-3)

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 2 to 4pm

Location: Orchards Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here

War Eagle Mill Easter Celebration

War Eagle Mill is hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids up to nine, complete with crafts and lunch specials at the Bean Palace Cafe. They will have three age groups for the hunt: 0-3, 4-6, and 7-9.

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 2 to 4pm

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

More info: Click here

VFW Easter Celebration

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Rogers is throwing a big Easter bash on Easter Sunday. They’re hosting an egg hunt for the kids (the Easter bunny might even make an appearance!), a hot dog lunch, games, and special treats. This free community event will be a fun way for your whole family to spend Easter afternoon.

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: VFW Post 3031, Rogers

More info: Click here

Easter Classes from Bentonville Baking Company

Bentonville Baking Company is hosting two extra special classes to celebrate Easter! You and your child can learn to decorate Easter egg cookies with royal icing, and take home a dozen cookies for your family to enjoy. Or, if baking is more your speed, you and your child can attend an Easy Artisan Bread Making class together to learn how to make versatile, crusty, easy loaves of homemade bread (class includes all ingredients, and you will take home a dough whisk, a dough storage bucket, and enough dough for three loaves of bread). These classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! 

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Location: Bentonville Baking Company

More info: Click here

Mount Sequoyah Sunrise Service

sunrise crossMt. Sequoyah is hosting a sunrise worship service on Easter morning. 

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 6:30 to 7:30am

Location: Mount Sequoyah, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Sunrise Service at the Great Passion Play

Join the Great Passion Play of Eureka Springs at the Christ of the Ozarks statue for a sunrise service. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 7 to 8am

Location: Christ of the Ozarks statue at the Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs

More info and to register: Click here

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Above & Beyond in Northwest Arkansas

Above and Beyond, Cox

Today we’re launching a new category for the website called “Above & Beyond in Northwest Arkansas.” This category will house stories about local companies doing extraordinary things for our corner of the state.

As mothers, we know it means something to us personally when companies use some of their profits to care for people in our community. We invited Cox to sponsor this category because they have such a strong track record of charitable involvement in Northwest Arkansas. They’ve developed an organization called Cox Charities, funded and directed by their own Cox employees, which identifies needs in Northwest Arkansas and distributes money to worthwhile projects and causes.

There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Charity begins at home.” It simply means that a family (or business) should take care of its own people in addition to doing good works for others. The spirit of that old saying is alive and well in a program that Cox Charities has customized for teachers in our area. The program is called Innovation in Education.” Any teacher working in the Cox service area (which includes all of Northwest Arkansas as well as Fort Smith and Harrison) is eligible for a $2,500 classroom grant.

Cox charities picIf you’re looking for a way you could help your child’s teacher and her or his classroom, please pass along this info to the teachers you know who could benefit from the program. Click HERE to get more info on the process of applying for a classroom grant. (The grant window is open February 1st through March 1st, so act on this now if you know of a classroom in need!)

In addition to helping teachers and school-age children, Cox Charities is also giving grants to several non-profit organizations in the area.

Last year alone, 68% of Arkansas-based Cox employees donated to the charitable fund. Of each dollar donated to Cox Charities, 100% of the money is directly invested in programs and services in the areas where Cox is located.

Not only do employees help fund Cox Charities, they also govern how the money is distributed in their communities by serving on the Cox Charities Advisory Council. The Council is made up of a diverse group of Cox employees and they meet regularly to evaluate funding proposals and make recommendations for which organizations should receive the final grant awards.

Here’s a list of some of the non-profit organizations and programs that Cox Charities funded last year alone:

  • Samaritan Community Center
  • Community Services Clearinghouse
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks
  • Peace at Home Family Shelter
  • Restoration Village
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma
  • Soldier ON Service Dogs
  • Horses for Healing of Northwest Arkansas
  • The Gregory Kistler Treatment Center

SCC_Snckpacks_for_kids_new_hands-150x150To give you a glimpse of the impact of these donations, three of the non-profit organizations listed above received a combined $15,000. That money was used to help provide more than 11,000 snack packs each week which went home with kids who don’t have enough food when they’re away from the breakfast and lunch program at public school. (One in four kids in Arkansas is food insecure.) The snack pack program not only feeds a child’s growing body, it also reduces the emotional stress of not knowing if there will be enough food to eat at home.

In addition to charitable donations made by its employees, Cox also makes donations as a corporate entity and contributed additional money to the charitable fund directed by employees.

If you work or volunteer for a non-profit organization in the Cox service area and want more information on applying for a community grant from Cox Charities, click HERE to visit the website and read the proposal guidelines.

Do you know of or work for a company in Northwest Arkansas that is going “above and beyond” to help give back to our community? If so, click HERE to send us an email about it. We may feature that company in an upcoming post for “Above & Beyond in NWA.”

Cox is the sponsor of “Above & Beyond in NWA,” a series of articles highlighting a wide range of local companies doing great things for those in need in our communities. The company believes that the assistance it offers to local charities is vital to the success of the company and the enrichment of the communities it serves in Arkansas.

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar + Valentine’s Events: February 2017

February calendar 2017

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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Join us for a Girls’ Night Out to see Dirty Dancing!

dd show680It’s time for a fun Girls’ Night Out! On March 9th, we’ll be going to see Dirty Dancing come to life on stage at the Walton Arts Center. We would LOVE it if you and a few of your friends would join us. Tickets are available now for the show on March 9th at 7 p.m.!

Dirty DancingAll you need to do is purchase your ticket (at a discounted price) by calling Kimberly Jones at the Walton Arts Center. Kimberly’s direct phone number is 479-571-2719. (If she doesn’t pick up, be sure to leave a message and she will call you back.)

Also, be sure to let Kimberly know you’ll be attending the Girls Night Out event with the nwaMotherlode group. We’re also arranging a pre-show Happy Hour for our group, and you’re definitely invited to that, too. We’ll bring along some fabulous door prizes to the pre-party, including a 60-minute Swedish massage from Revive Medical Spa ($65 value) and gift cards from Belle Boutique and  The Haley Boutique,

bordinos21Bordinos is catering our Happy Hour, ladies! Their chef will prepare some delicious light appetizers for us, including goat cheese stuffed dates, caprese skewers and flourless chocolate cake. Fancy!

Happy Hour starts at 5:30 p.m., but feel free to drop in when you can before the show starts.

You have two options on ticket pricing, depending on where you want to sit. (Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll still be sitting with the nwaMotherlode group, so no worries!) Not only does our group get a ticket discount, we also don’t have to pay any extra ticketing fees.

Option 1: $58.95 (regularly priced at $69)

Option 2: $47.90 (regularly priced at $56)

Last year, we did a Girls’ Night Out for the opening of Mamma Mia at Walton Arts Center and we had a blast with the ladies who joined us for Happy Hour and the show. This year’s show is going to be just as great. (We won’t even mention how many times we’ve seen the movie Dirty Dancing. We’ll be the ones lip-syncing some of the lines right along with the actors.)

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show. It looks SO good! Can’t wait!

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The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

snow cone graphic from printableUPDATED for Summer 2016: We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone on a hot summer day!

snow coneWe rounded up a list of where you can find great snow cones throughout Northwest Arkansas. If you don’t see your favorite snow cone stand on the list, email us and let us know where it is!

Click HERE to download a printer-friendly version of this list. Keep it in your purse or car so you’ll know where to go for an icy treat.

Note: We’ve linked to as many of the businesses below as possible so you can visit their Facebook page to check for hours of operation (and list of flavors) before you visit.

Fayetteville:

Shave the Planet: 3078 N. College Ave. (Next to the Bank of Fayetteville and Hobby Lobby)

Tropical Sno: 464 E. Joyce Blvd. (near TJ Maxx and Best Buy)

Springdale:

Shave the Planet: 1308 N. Thompson (Across from AQ Chicken and Kum&Go)

Shave the Planet: 2940 W. Sunset Ave. (in front of Malco Theater and Harps grocery store)

Lowell:

The Ice Box (formerly Sugar Shack): 1115 N. Dixieland Rd. (in the Golf Mountain parking lot)

Rogers:

The Frozen Coconut: 718 N. 2nd St. (across from Harps, near the Rogers Activity Center)

The Ice Box (formerly Cam’s Mountain Sno): Walnut Rd. (in the Frisco Station Mall parking lot near Hobby Lobby)

Brain Freeze Sno & Whips: 4205 S. Pleasant Crossing Blvd. (in the Burlington parking lot)

Bentonville:

The Chill Zone: 214 NE “A” St. (by the Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad)

Brain Freeze of Bentonville: 200 SW Regional Airport Blvd. (just off Rainbow Curve)

Frozen Tung: 604 Southwest A Street

Kona Ice: Shaved ice truck that travels around Northwest Arkansas (Call for today’s location.)

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