Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2016

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Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

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Learn How to Buy a Telescope, and then View the Heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity. The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on “How to Purchase a Telescope”.  Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

Following Scott’s lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects. Cost: Free

Date: Dec. 2

Time: See in description above

Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

More info:  Call 479-789-5000. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/

ArtShare (for youth with autism and their families)

Join us for ArtShare, a fun event for youth with autism and their families. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Ages 5+.Free, register online. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Great Hall and Temporary Exhibition

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

The Compassion Experience: An interactive tour of life in the developing world

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Family friendly.

Date: Dec. 9-12

Time: 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate » Blue

blueDon’t be blue about winter, celebrate the color at Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the beautiful hue of blue. Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Join instructors from Los Angeles based dance company, Contra Tiempo in this hip-hop dance workshop that will have the whole family moving!  $10 per family ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Great Hall

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Celebrate Squash class

Despite its name, winter squash is about as fall as you can get. With 11 varieties to choose from—including pumpkin— fall is the perfect time to celebrate squash and its wonderfully delicious flavor profiles and superior health benefits. Roast it, steam it or puree it—come learn all about this favorite fall food and why it’s truly good4u. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th

Time: 3-3:30pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Gingerbread Party

Graham crackers and candies and icing, oh my! It’s always lots of fun building gingerbread houses. Visit SPL to make your own.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Winter Break Wonders

winter-break-wondersVisit the museum over school break. They’re planning special family-friendly activities each afternoon, including art making, music, puppets, dance, and more! Check the museum website for a schedule of each day’s activities.Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Date: Dec. 17-Jan.2

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Quick Class: Extraordinary Cranberry

Come learn all about the tiny, mighty, Extraordinary Cranberry! That’s right, the benefits of America’s original superfruit go beyond bladder health to support the gut, heart, immune system and blood sugar stability—perfect for the season of indulging. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

Time: 3:30-4 pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

School’s Out activities, Springdale Public Library

Play board games, make ornaments, and enjoy other fun activities at the library.

Date: December 19 – 23

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

School break movies at FPL

zootopiaMovies include BFG, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

Date: Dec. 21-23 & 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Brown Bag Ice Age Movie Marathon

Get out of the house! Bring a sack lunch and watch the movies (PG)! Drinks provided.

Date: December 26 – 30

Time: Noon

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

 CLICK HERE to see the big list of holiday events in Northwest Arkansas!

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2016 Northwest Arkansas Holiday Events Guide

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Happy November! It’s time to kick off the holiday FUN season in Northwest Arkansas! We’ve got the big list of things to do with your family in November and December.

nwa-mall-logo-2016Click on the name of any event below, highlighted in red, for more information. 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 front and back to save on your phone. The NWA Holiday Events Guide printable is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

Nov. 10: The MOMS Club Holiday Market. 6-10 p.m. Builders Stone & Supply, Springdale.

The MOMS Club will host over a dozen vendors on November 10th that will benefit the NWA Women’s Shelter. It’s open to the public, there will be food and drinks available, and there is no admission fee.

Nov. 11-12: NWA Boutique Show. Times vary, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, Springdale.

Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items. Home decor, gifts, clothing, gourmet food, holiday decor, children’s items, art and more. Gwen and Shannon from nwaMotherlode will have a booth, so stop by and say hello. Look for a great giveaway + a private nursing lounge/baby changing station at our booth (Tickets required.)

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at the Northwest Arkansas Mall! Santa will be holding court at the mall’s Center Court. Times below.

Santa’s NWA Mall hours are:

santa-hatMonday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(Breaks: 2-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.)

Sundays: Noon – 6 p.m.

(Breaks:  3-3:30 p.m.)

Santa will be available on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m.

Pet photos with Santa! Get pics of your pets with Santa on Dec. 13th and Dec. 20th from 6-8 p.m.

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Santa’s home at Center Court, Northwest Arkansas Mall

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall. Santa will be stationed at Suite 5185, next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Times vary.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 3-8 pm each day, meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 18-19: Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house “Holidays on the Bricks.”  Times Vary.

This is the first annual Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house and they have lots of big plans for families to enjoy downtown Rogers. Join merchants and restaurants in kicking off the holiday season with fun, festive activities and great shopping. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Keep up-to-date with activities in downtown Rogers by visiting www.godowntownrogers.com

Nov. 18-19: Cocoa Stand at the Caboose. Downtown Rogers. 3-8 p.m.

hot-chocolate-christmas During Holidays on the Bricks, come enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes, and nuts at the Frisco caboose. Downtown Dawgs will also be there serving fresh hot dogs. The Caboose will be all decked out in holiday decor, and we will have Cindy from Oftedahl’s Photography there to snap any group photos you might want to take. Perfect photo opportunity for Christmas cards this year. You may run into St. Nick and Mrs. Claus.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 19: Sips on the Bricks, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Rogers.

During Holidays on the Bricks, downtown Rogers first annual holiday open house, we will be hosting Sips on the Bricks! Business owners will be using their best skills to craft holiday cocktails and mocktails in order to gain your vote for best drink (and not to mention bragging rights). To participate head over to Honeycomb Kitchen Shop to pick up your Sips on the Bricks card for only $5 (tickets available November 10th). Proceeds of this event go to Marine Toys for Tots Serving NWA. You will then visit each participating business to taste test their holiday concoction. Once you have tried each sip, you will cast a vote for your favorite. Your vote enters you into a drawing to win $100 in Brick Bucks and a wine gift basket! Use your holiday Brick Bucks at multiple participating businesses, which is great for holiday shopping.

lights of ozarks photoNov. 18: Lights of the Ozarks parade, Fayetteville Square. 6 p.m., Fayetteville Downtown Square

The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square kicks off with the lighting night parade at 6 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade closes with a special guest, Santa Claus.  The lights will illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year.

Nov. 19: Lighting of the Bentonville Square. Downtown Bentonville, 3-6 p.m.

This marks the beginning of the holiday season. Wrap up warm and come celebrate with other families to enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate and the beautiful lights. Entertainment starting at 3 p.m. and at 6  p.m. the mayor will throw the switch.

Nov. 20: Lighting of the Stewart Family Christmas Light Display. 4423 E. Wyman Road, Fayetteville. 6-10 p.m.

The lights will be turned on for the season at 6 p.m.

Nov. 21-Dec. 12, on Mondays. Pet photos with Santa. Pinnacle Hill Promenade Mall, Rogers.

Suite #5185 next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Mondays only.

Nov. 25-27: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Walton Arts Center. Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 7pm, Sun 2pm.

A sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Relive Clara’s Christmas fantasy with familiar, endearing scenes and a few unique twists. Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the evil Mouse King.

Friday, November 25 at 7pm
Saturday, November 26 at 2pm
Saturday, November 26 at 7pm
Sunday, November 27 at 2pm

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Nov. 26: Frozen: Skate-A-Long at The Rink, Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville. 5-8 p.m. Meet at The Rink at Lawrence for 30 minutes of ice skating fun. Learn choreographed dancing to some of your favorite holiday musicals and be able to perform the ice dances at the end! $10 per child. Two sessions will be offered at 5 pm and 5:30pm. Includes: Props and skating to “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” Be sure to stick around and watch the movie Frozen after the Skate-A-Long.

Nov. 26: Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. 6-9 p.m., Parsons Stadium, Springdale.

“Springdale Family Christmas,” the theme for the 20th Annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. The parade will begin at the rodeo grounds and proceed down Emma Avenue at 6 p.m. In addition to the parade, Springdale will be starting a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place at Shiloh Square, to include the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, downtown lights, and so much more. The parade is free to the public and free to participate.

Nov. 26: Christmas on the Creek, a new Springdale tradition. 3-8 p.m., downtown Springdale.

On Nov. 26, Springdale will begin a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place on the banks of Spring Creek in downtown Springdale, with a Christmas parade, lighting of the state’s largest, live Christmas tree, caroling, holiday displays in businesses and celebration of Small Business Saturday.

At 5:30 p.m., Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse will oversee the lighting of the state’s largest community Christmas tree on Emma Avenue near Shiloh Square. The tree will be decorated with ornaments crafted by Springdale students, non profits, and businesses. Carolers will wander along Emma Avenue, delighting visitors lingering in local shops to view window displays and Christmas trees. The Rodeo of the Ozarks will host its annual Christmas parade full of floats with a Christmas tree theme at 6 p.m.

A Christmas tree show will highlight beautifully decorated trees that will be available for auction at the end of the night. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase, along with Christmas cookies and other holiday favorites. The evening will wrap up with photos with Santa Claus in front of the Christmas tree.

santa-shilohNov. 26: Santa at Shiloh Museum, Springdale. 2-5 p.m.

Santa Claus has confirmed that he’ll be stopping by the log cabin at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History on Nov. 26 from 2-5 p.m., just before Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek event starts. He’ll be snuggled in next to the fireplace with a real crackling fire and a classic cedar Christmas tree in Downtown Springdale!

Stop by the museum’s beautiful log cabin from 2-5pm to have your photo taken for only $8 for a 5×7″ print that will be printed immediately for you to take home. There will also be real nutcrackers in costume to greet you and take free photos with from the Arkansas Arts Foundation.

o-christmas-treeNov. 27: O Christmas Tree, Rogers Historical Museum. 12:30-4 p.m.

The Rogers Historical Museum’s annual Christmas exhibit opens November 27th during its Holiday Open House. Come and learn the history of the Christmas tree on a guided tour through the Hawkins House.

Nov. 27: Holiday Open House, Rogers Historical Museum.12:30-4 p.m.

You’re invited to the Rogers Historical Museum’s 17th annual Holiday Open House. They’ll be making candles and flower pot ornaments, enjoying refreshments, taking tours of “O Christmas Tree” in the Hawkins House, and Santa will be there from 1:30 to 3:30.

Dec. 1: O Local Night, Block Street Businesses, Fayetteville. 5-8 p.m. (or later, at some businesses)

All your favorite Block St. businesses are opening their doors for an evening of sipping and shopping and celebrating all things local! Over 25 Holiday Open Houses with libations, snacks and sales. One receipt from one of these local businesses will get you 10% off at your next stop!

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Thursday, Dec. 1 and every Thursday in December and Saturday, Dec. 17: The 12 Gardens of Winter. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. Experience the magic of the 12 Gardens of BGO as they are transformed into a land of holiday cheer! As night falls, the Garden decorations will light up and activities will be available for all ages.

Each Thursday in December, and on Saturday, December 17, the Garden will extend its hours until 8 p.m. Between 5 and 8 p.m., the guests will enjoy light displays, holiday decorations, activities for children and hot beverages. Picnics are welcome, but please leave pets at home. Pay at the door (no pre-sales to attend this event).

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Dec. 2: A Woodland Christmas: 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. 7-9 p.m. Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially a sparkly, musical, sugary Christmas Parade. Lots of floats, marching bands, decorated cars, scouts, dogs, choirs and kids take part each year in this extra-special event. This year’s theme for the parade is “A Woodland Christmas.” Think snow covered trees, deer, pine cones, owls, woodsy like Northwest Arkansas.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. at S. Fifth & Poplar streets. The route follows Poplar Street to the east, turning left onto S. First St., then heads north past the Frisco Stage at about 7 p.m., then turns left onto W. Walnut St., and continuing to S. 7th St. where it disbands at Tillery Elementary.

breakfast-with-santa-featuredDec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale.

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Art Center of the Ozarks on December 3rd. Kids of all ages are invited to eat a scrumptious breakfast, make holiday crafts, and get their picture taken with Santa. Tickets are $15 for children participating in all activities and $5 for adults.

Dec. 3: A Very SoNA Christmas. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center

A collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers, regional high school choirs, and special guest soloists. Tickets required.

Dec. 3 & 10: Winter Market. We Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

cookies-with-santaDec. 3: Cookies with Santa, Grace Point Church, Bentonville. 2-4:30

Sweet treats and holiday crafts for children of all ages and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Admission: $15/child 1 year and up (parents and guardians are free). Contact a Jack and Jill Northwest Arkansas Chapter member or jackandjillnwa@gmail.com for tickets. All proceeds benefit Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Teen Action Support Center.

Dec. 3: Winter Wonderland Ball, Pinnacle Promenade Mall. 5-7 p.m.

Join Anna, Elsa, and SEVEN of their favorite princess friends. This two-hour ball will include a professional DJ to lead guests in all the best dances, lots of sing-a-longs, crafts, makeup application, mini manicures, decorative temporary jewelry tattoos, a photo booth, food, and more! Each child ticket includes two adult admissions.

Dec. 3: Children’s Christmas Train. Children’s Christmas Train riders will depart from the Emma Street Train Depot in Downtown Springdale on Saturday, Dec. 3, aboard a restored 1940′s era train.

The 40-minute ride to Johnson and back will include singing Christmas carols, stories, and even a visit from Santa himself. After returning to the Train Depot, families can enjoy holiday games and entertainment – ride ponies dressed as reindeer, operate a model train, participate in the cake walk, write a letter to Santa or just enjoy the characters and live music in Santa’s Village. Children and families are also encouraged to dress in holiday attire.

Children 2 and under do not require a ticket but will have to sit on your lap. $10 for ages 3-12, and $20 for adults. This event will sell out. The Children’s Christmas Train is a fundraiser for the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County, which provides services for abused children.

Dec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Siloam Springs Community Building. 8-11 a.m.

Annual Breakfast with Santa presented is by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. Tickets are $10 per child (no charge for adults) and include a cereal breakfast bar, craft, letters to Santa, and a visit with Santa himself. Each child will have their photo taken and a letter from Santa will arrive addressed to them after the event. Tickets may be purchased at Creative Corner on Broadway, Jepsons Drug and Occasions in Siloam Springs.  Tickets must be pre-purchased.

siloam-christmas-paradeDec. 3: Siloam Springs Christmas Parade. 5:30 p.m.

The annual Christmas Parade in Siloam Springs is presented by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with Light Up Siloam Springs.

Dec. 4: Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., homes in Benton and Washington counties.

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas presents its 18th Annual Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. Join us on Sunday, December 4th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and kick off the holiday season. Guests will be able to tour 7 homes decorated in various holiday styles throughout both Benton and Washington Counties. In addition, guests will be greeted in several homes by the lovely music from the Arkansas Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased the day of the event, at any home on the Tour, and at anytime on our website at www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

Dec. 4: SoNA and WAC present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Walton Arts Center, 2 p.m.

Remember what it was like as a child to wish your favorite toys could come to life? Presented by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Walton Arts Center, The Snowman: A Family Concert brings that magical thought alive with a very special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” complete with live orchestral soundtrack! Tickets only $8.

gingerbread-houseDec. 8: Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4 pm, *registration required.

Walmart Storytime Room. Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your very own gingerbread house as a family. FPL provides the house and icing and you bring the candy and imagination. Any material that inspires you is welcome including candy, cookies, ice cream cones, colored icing, etc.

This event is free and open to families. Please note that you need to bring your own decorations.

*Registration date: Thursday, November 17.

Dec. 9: Caroling on the Creek, Downtwon Springdale. Shiloh Square, 106 East Emma. 5-8 p.m.

An evening of holiday music on the Downtown Springdale Shiloh Square featuring choirs from Springdale Public Schools. Caroling, Food Trucks, Hot Cocoa, Bake Sales, Face Painting with Mrs. Claus, and so much more. And of course SANTA will be there to help spread holiday cheer!

Dec. 9: Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball, Rogers Barnes & Noble, 7-9 p.m.

Join B&N as we celebrate our first Yule Ball – Harry Potter style. Prepare for magical activities, enchanting events, and even more Harry Potter-themed fun for all ages.

bentonville-christmas-parade-2016Dec. 10: Bentonville Christmas Parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10: Winter Market. Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

Dec. 10: St. Nick on the Bricks, downtown Rogers. 101 E. Walnut St., by the Frisco Caboose. From 10 am-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 10: Fayetteville Metro Kiwanis’ Breakfast with Santa. 8-10 a.m. at Powerhouse Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Tickets are $5 each for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice & coffee.  Pictures with Santa are free, but a donation is appreciated.  All proceeds benefit children’s charities throughout Northwest Arkansas.   Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting any member of FMK or at the door.

Dec. 10: IRWP Hosts Annual Christmas in Cave Springs Celebration. 2-8 p.m., Cave Springs.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership, along with the city of Cave Springs and community partners, is hosting its annual Christmas celebration featuring nature-inspired gift making, a holiday hayride, pictures with Santa and Christmas caroling on Main Street. Festivities will take place at the IRWP’s Watershed Learning Center, 221 S. Main St, and the city of Cave Springs and area businesses are hosting family friendly events, too. Admission to all events and parking is free! You can also donate a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to the Cave Springs Christmas Cop program at the leaning center from 2-6pm. For more info, email contact@irwp.org or call (479) 422-1014.

Dec. 10: Santa’s North Pole Party. 3-5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Springdale.

Join NWA Circle of Friends for an afternoon of holiday cheer benefiting Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Santa Claus will be reading his favorite Christmas stories, have your picture taken with him in addition to fun games, crafts, hot cocoa, and cookies. There will also be a silent auction of festive holiday wreaths available to deck your halls. (Tacky Christmas sweaters optional.) Tickets are $10 per child and available for purchase now or at the door the day of the event.

wampusDec. 10: Wampus Wonderland. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville.

You’ll find your favorite indie crafters, outsider artists, food trucks, Krampus impersonators, amazing music, Sasquatch-sized men, fun activities and more. Along with world class arts and crafts, there will be a social area full of incredible fun + food and drinks, including funnel cakes, giant corn dogs and $5 lemonades.

Dec. 10: Christmas at the North Pole (The Jones Center). Shows at 1 & 5 p.m, The Jones Center for Families, Springdale.

Ozark Figure Skating Club will host it’s annual Christmas show on Dec. 10, with shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. This year’s show is titled Christmas at the North Pole. The show will take place at The Jones Center at 922 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale, Ark. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The show lasts about an hour, and there will be concessions available. After each show, the audience is invited to come downstairs to skate with Santa and the cast for about an hour. Skating with Santa and the cast and skate rentals are free with admission to the show.

Dec. 10 and 11: Northwest Arkansas Regional Dance Company presents “The Nutcracker”.

A nonprofit dance company, made up of area students from 8 to 18, presents the classic ballet at Rogers Heritage High School on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. General Admission tickets available at the door.

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Pet photos with Santa, NWA Mall, Dec. 13 & 20

Dec. 13 & 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

Dec. 13: Tour Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express train, 4 p.m., 201 Avenue Two Southwest (at intersection of AR-59 and Atlanta Street) Gravette

The train will stop in 22 communities in seven states on 26 dates, including Gravette. At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train.  Each event is free and open to the public.

Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.  Each car is dressed in lights.

Dec. 15: Teen Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4:30 p.m.

Teen Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (Grades 5+)* Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your own wacky gingerbread house. FPL supplies the house and icing and you supply the candy and imagination! This workshop is free and open to those in grades 5th and up. Be sure to bring your own selection of candy for decorating (and of course snacking). *Registration opens:  Thursday, November 24

December 16: It’s a Wonderful Life. Arkansas Public Theater, 2nd St., Rogers, 7:30 p.m.

On Dec 16, 7:30n It’s a Wonderful Life $8/ticket and a cash bar

Dec. 17: Holiday Movies, Arkansas Public Theatre, 2nd St., Rogers.

Dec. 7: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Storytime, Saturday, 2 p.m., Springdale Public Library

Stop by and listen to the Grinch read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and make a fun Grinch craft.

December 17: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, near the Frisco Caboose.

From 10-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 18: The Bella Vista MusiCOOL, Santa at 2:30 p.m. and music at 3 p.m., Riordan Hall.

musicoolArkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra present Christmas Around the World. There’s no admission charge to the Holiday MusiCOOL. Christmas lights will create a wonderland outside the hall, and inside, guests can visit with Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate while listening to the sounds of the APO.

Select chamber ensembles from the APO and the APYO will perform an intimate program of a potpourri of Christmas music from around the world, conducted and hosted by APO music director Steven Byess. Whether you love the grand sonic splendor of the full orchestra and choruses, the sublime and scintillating atmosphere of chamber ensembles, or both, the APO has something to indulge your musical holiday spirit.

Also grooving to the sounds at the Holiday MusiCOOL will be none other than COOL Santa himself. COOL Santa, wearing his trademark dark sunglasses, will arrive via his music-instrument-packed sleigh and will be at Riordan Hall starting at 2:30 p.m. He will be available for photos for 30 minutes prior to the start of the musical program, during intermission and for 30 minutes after the music ends. Event attendees receive a free 4×6 photo. The photo booth includes plenty of festive props, including Santa hats, elf ears and more

Dec. 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

ice-skateDec. 22: Ho Ho Ho Holiday Skate Day (The Jones Center) Springdale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for kids to have festive fun on and off the ice while parents finish last minute holiday plans. Ice skating, hot chocolate, making ornaments and more holiday fun! $25/SKATER. To register, call 479-756-8090 ext. 2100 or stop by the reception desk in person to register your child.

For more information, contact our Skating Coordinator, Robin Aprea, at raprea@jonesnet.org.

Dec. 24: Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall until 6 p.m.

Santa will be at Center Court until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve if the kids want see him on the big night.

Dec. 31: Last Night Fayetteville, New Year’s Eve event.

Last Night Fayetteville is an exciting performing arts festival taking place on the downtown Fayetteville Square on New Year’s Eve. Join Fayetteville to celebrate the Last Night of the year with a variety of performances hosted in multiple indoor venues around the downtown square highlighting the area’s finest musicians, actors, performers & artists. With 8 stages of entertainment to choose from, the evening guarantees fun for everyone. And don’t miss your chance to count down to 2017 with the world famous Hog Drop & fireworks at midnight, followed by the official after party.

Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum. 11 am to 3 pm

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this second annual family celebration. Fun art projects, performances, and a huge family dance party! Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Note from the mamas: We’ll continue updating this list as we find or hear about events/activities. Please let us know if there’s something you’d like for us to add. Email the details to Shannon & Gwen: mamas{at}nwamotherlode{dot}com. Thanks!

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Calendar of Events in Northwest Arkansas: November 2016

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Bentonville First Friday

toylandThe Bentonville Square is transformed into a dream children’s playground where vendors offer all the newest toys for kids (and adults) to play with and decide what might go on their list for Santa. Disney will sponsor the Mainstage with music, entertainment and superstar surprises. Amazing food and lots of other activities.

Date: Nov. 4

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

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Bentonville Bike Playground Grand Opening

The Bentonville Parks & Recreation along with the Walton Family Fountain and Visit Bentonville invited you to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Bentonville Bike Playground. The new playground is located next to the Bentonville Bark Park at 2400 N. Walton Blvd. After the Grand Opening, be sure to head down to the Slaughter Pen Free Ride Park for the first annual Cyclopath CycloCross race! More information about the race can be found at: http://www.bikebentonville.com/events-1

Date: Nov. 5

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: 215 SW A St.

More info: Click here

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Family Sunday: Dance Party! Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges opened its doors on 11-11-11. Five years later, we want to show our appreciation to our members and guests that have made this Museum great. Join us to celebrate our fifth anniversary and explore the temporary exhibition The Art of American Dance with free admission during Family Sunday. Enjoy dance performances, music, artmaking, and more! Free, no registration required.

Date: Sunday, November 6

Time: noon to 5 pm

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Priceless Nights, Amazeum

Amazeum logoThe Scott Family Amazeum will again host Priceless Nights in 2016. The pay-as-you-wish evenings allow families to visit and make a donation instead of paying admission. All the attractions are the same!

Nov. 9, 16 & 30

Time: 4-7:30 p.m.

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Walton Arts Center Grand Re-Opening Ceremony

The community is invited to come see the newly-renovated Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. The *Grand Reopening Celebration* will kick off WAC’s 25th Anniversary Season with a Family Open House: “Behind the Curtain” from 10am-1pm and an Evening Celebration: “Encore!” from 6-10pm.

All events are free and open to the public! Visit bit.ly/2d8z92E to learn more.

Date: Nov. 19

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Location: Walton Arts Center, Dickson St., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Modern Mission Laser Tag event at The Jones Center (Thanksgiving week!)

For the first time ever, experience advanced laser tag at The Jones Center. The Modern Mission experience is coming to The Jones Center. Enjoy all of your favorite games like Domination and Team Elimination in a new layout inside the gymnasium. Modern Mission is teaming up with The Jones Center to offer a discounted rate for people to enjoy laser tag in a unique environment with a whole new arena.

Most kids are out of school for the whole week of Thanksgiving, so this is the perfect time to bring the kids to The Jones Center to enjoy an event that the whole family can participate in. Adults and children are welcome to play. $8/hour or $12 for 2 hours

Date: Monday, November 21st

Time: 1:00-2:00p and 2:00-3:00p

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

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Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

More info: Click here to buy tickets. Click here for more info.

santa-hatOur holiday events guide is here! CLICK HERE to see the big list and to grab a printer-friendly copy to put on your fridge! Santa, parades, holiday lights and more!

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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2016 Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Great gift ideas

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kids-header2Kids are the most fun family members to shop for, but each year it can be tough to find great gifts that won’t lose their appeal too quickly or break before New Year’s Day. For some new ideas, we asked Lindsay Ramsey, owner of one of the hottest new toy stores in Northwest Arkansas — Kindness & Joy Toys.

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Left: Spin Again is a stacking toy with a spin—literally! Drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and go “ooooh” as they spin fast and smooth to settle onto the reversible base. Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat. Want to make a rainbow? Want to keep all the round-edged shapes separate? You can! Even the smallest disc can spin all the way to the base. Taking the Spin Again apart so you can start spinning again might just be the best part. Lift up on the easy-to-release central pole and all the discs spin off the bottom! (Click HERE to see a video of Lindsay’s son taking this toy out for a little “spin.”)

This visually stimulating toy will keep your little ones enthralled as they practice their hand-eye coordination and baby engineering skills. Great for ages 12 months and up. Cost is $30.

Right: This bow and arrow set from Two Bros Bows comes with bow, two kid-tested, foam-tipped arrows, and a target for hours of imaginative fun. These sets are hand assembled in the USA and available in a variety of patterns. Perfect for ages 6 and up. Cost is $30.

Where to shop: Kindness and Joy Toys doesn’t have a store front, so you can ship the toys to your house or to the person receiving the gift. (She gift wraps! Hurray!) Also, Kindness and Joy will have a Pop-Up Shop at Sara Kathryn’s in Fayetteville on December 10th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (if you want to order now and pick up at that event.) They’ll also be at Shop For Mankind/3 Monkeys in Rogers on Thursday, December 15th from 10-2, if you’d like to order and pick up there.

How to contact: Visit website by clicking here; Message via Facebook; Find it on Instagram; Email owner by clicking here.

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When your kids want to play and you’re all a little stir crazy (especially during the cold, rainy winter months), a trip to the Amazeum is a gift for the kids AND for a tired mama who just can’t play yet another round of Candy Land right now. That’s why we’re also recommending you give your kids the gift of an Amazeum Family Membership.amazeum girl

The membership will get the kids (and the entire family) free admission for an entire year, special members-only hours, advance notice and special pricing for educational camps and programs, discounts on birthday parties, 10% off at the Amazeum store, and free entry to 350 science museums across the country. Click here for a list of all the perks of membership. Cost of membership is dependent on which level you choose.

Membership packets can be mailed to you or to a gift recipient and usually take 2 weeks to arrive. (Call the museum if you need it faster.) You could wrap up a photo of one of the Amazeum’s cool exhibits along with a note to your child about the membership, and put it under the tree this year.

Where to shop: Memberships can be purchased online or at the Amazeum, located at 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, Ark.

How to contact: Click here for membership info; Call 479-696-9280, extension 202 or 222 if you have questions.

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tweens-teens-header-revisedtweens-collage2-bubble-and-fizzBubble and Fizz Shop

Left: The owner of Bubble and Fizz Shop, Heather Francis, is a mother of teens, so she knew exactly what she was doing when she came up with this brightly-colored solid bubble bar she calls Unicorn Poop. This handmade bubble bar is a huge hit with kids of all ages, and tweens and teens love the smell of this one, which reminds us of Froot Loops cereal. Cost is $6 per “poop.” :-)

Right: Okay, we know saying that something is “da bomb” is SO 2014, but — in this case — we mean it literally. These Bath Bombs from Bubble and Fizz Shop are amazing, and you can pick the scent you think your tween or teen would love most. The one pictured above is the Grapefruit Bellini Bath Bomb, the company’s No. 1 seller. The scent is fresh, citrusy and clean. Use it alone or combine it with another fruit-scented bath bomb for a fruity cocktail in the tub. Cost is $4 per bomb.

Where to shop: Bubble and Fizz Shop is a new local business doing pop-up shops at regional craft fairs, but you can always shop online at the Bubble and Fizz Etsy Shop or message the owner via Facebook with questions and your order. NOTE: Bubble and Fizz Shop will be at the Wampus Wonderland Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on December 10th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Free admission. There will be arts, crafts, food, music, and bubble and fizz!

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; See more on Facebook.

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divider-lineIf you’re shopping for a teenage boy, we feel your pain. It’s tough. We usually go with an Xbox or iTunes gift card (or money for gas and pizza, if he’s driving) because, let’s face it, that’s what a lot of them really want. But if you’re shopping for a teenage girl who wants something a bit more visual to unwrap on Christmas morning, we found some cute options at Blue Moon on the Square in Bentonville. They’ve got tons of cute accessories and bags that work for women of any age, including teens. Here are a couple of options we like:

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Left: This Embroidered Pom-Pom Clutch is so bright and fun. The lid closure and zippered bottom make it extra secure, and the vivid blues and pinks make it perfect for a trend-loving teen. Cost is $34.

Right: If we buy these Dangle Turquoise Gold Earrings for our tween/teen daughters, we’d totally borrow them and wear them ourselves, too. They are small dangle earrings with a worn gold “Shield of Faith” charm and shiny turquoise beads. The shield represents the “full armor of God” mentioned in Ephesians 6:13-18. Beautiful and meaningful, too. Cost is $18.

Where to shop: 113 N. Main St., Bentonville, Ark. or shop online anytime.

How to contact: Call 479-657-6723; Visit the website; Follow on Facebook; See more on Instagram.

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gift-collage-whimsy1Wit & Whimsy

Left: When someone wears the Space Stitch Scarf (which is also available in navy, black, & oatmeal), people automatically want to touch it and then ask “Where did you get this?” Cost is $32.

Right: The Handmade Artisan Necklace (available in other styles & colors) is pictured here with the Handmade Artisan Bracelet. Aside from being eye-catching, these artisan jewelry pieces are handcrafted, feature compliment-worthy designs, immaculate workmanship and incredible detail. Inspired from the artist’s travels around the globe, they are more than just an accessory, they’re an expressive work of art. Necklace cost is $35.

Where to shop: 528 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville, Ark.

How to contact: 479-935-3420; Click here to visit the Wit & Whimsy website.

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for-her-valere-collage1Valere Rene

Left: The large zip-closure cosmetic bag in Americana Plaid is the answer to our prayers because it is LINED and WIPEABLE! Hallelujah! No more worrying about liquid items spilling during a trip. This one is generous in size, measuring 8 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 4 inches deep. And this homegrown Arkansas brand is always made in America. Love, love it! Cost is only $29.99.

Right: If your husband needs to get you something worthy of the mother of his children, may we suggest you drop a few hints or send him a link to this Jillian Bag in Leopard? It will quickly become your go-to “my whole life is in here” bag, featuring leather handles, vegan leather bottom, and a fully lined interior in leopard print fabric with a leopard front pocket. It measures 16 inches high, 11 inches wide and 6 inches deep. (Fyi… there’s a medium-size cosmetic bag in leopard that would go perfectly with the Jillian tote bag. It would also make a perfect gift for a friend and costs only $19.99.

Where to shop: The Valere Rene store is located at 210 S. 1st St., Rogers, Ark., and you can also find select Valere Rene items at boutiques and salons throughout Northwest Arkansas. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.

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Left: This clean and classic Structured Top in Blush is so timeless that she won’t ever need to push it to the back of the closet and wait for it to come back in style. This classic look features a collar, pocket, and loose-fitting sleeves. We love the soft, feminine color and could see this being worn to the office, on a lunch date with friends or even dressed up for a night out. Cost is $45.

Right: We think it’s fun to find two items that aren’t in the same category but seem to fit together into a fun theme. We’re calling this gift combo the “Charged Up” package because the fun coffee thermal mug can be used for your own caffeinated charge, and the gold phone charger cable will make sure your phone is charged for the day. Gold is such a big trend this year, so this gift combo is right on point. Thermal mug costs $20, and the gold charger cable costs $18. (Both are under the Ban.do brand name.)

Where to shop:

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    2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd. Suite 115
    Rogers, Arkansas 72758
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Wedington Shopping Center
    3575 W Wedington Drive Suite 2
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Walton Blvd
    1406 S Walton Blvd Suite 6
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ J Street Shopping Center
    3511 SE J Street Suite 4
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.

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Left and Right: We love a jacket that doesn’t add too much bulk to your body, which is why this Ellison Jacket by Lauren James is perfect. It’s insulated with PrimaLoft so it will still keep you warm even though it doesn’t feel heavy. And don’t get us started on the cute gingham lining. Those are the special touches Lauren James has become famous for. Jacket cost is $139.50. If you’d rather have this jacket as a vest instead, yep… they thought of that, too. The Ellison Vest has all the style as the jacket, minus the arms. Vest cost is $124.50.

Center: You’re going to need something to go under the cute jacket or vest, right? The Texture Long Sleeve Tee is perfect for that. The thermal sleeves are fitted with a thumbhole detail, and we love the way it drapes over the body. It’s available in Sailor Navy, Heather Red or Dark Heather Grey. Cost is $48.

Where to shop: 623 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark.; Also sold at many retailers in NWA and across the nation. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Call 1-844-355-7591; Read the Lauren James blog; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.

logo-bar-lauren-jamesdivider-template2Guys can be notoriously hard to buy for sometimes, so here are some gift suggestions most guys would love to unwrap this year.

rock-city-gifts-for-him-collageRock City Outfitters

Left: This raglan t-shirt from Rock City Outfitters will bring back all the awesome feels he felt when Scott Thurman sank that incredible shot in the final moments of the 1994 game against Duke to bring home the National Championship title to the University of Arkansas. Many of us remember exactly where we were when that happened and just how good it felt. Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Right: We love it when a Christmas gift makes him smile or laugh as soon as he opens the package, and this shirt definitely delivers on comedy. If your guy loves his favorite beer as much as his favorite team, he’s going to love this shirt. (By the way, Rock City Outfitters shirts are famous for being as soft as butter, so be aware that he might not ever want to take this one off.) Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Where to shop: Rock City Outfitters is an Arkansas company founded in 2008, selling primarily through its online shop, at select retailers throughout the state and at regional events. (They also do custom orders for groups and organizations, and they’re the company we asked to produce our Mom Prom t-shirts for the past 3 years… because they’re awesome.)

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Twitter; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Instagram; Watch the YouTube channel.

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Take your favorite guy out to the ballgame! Watching the Northwest Arkansas Naturals play ball has become a favorite pastime for thousands of men from all over the region. Here are some of the team’s special gift packages available now.

12-days-of-christmas-graphic-holiday-open-houseAbove: The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Team Store Holiday Open House will be on Saturday, December 10th. The store will be featuring discounted specials and other activities, including 40% off storewide. Be one of the first to get the new alternate team cap and wrap it up for your baseball lover this Christmas.

12-days-of-christmas-holiday-packsAbove: The Naturals Holiday Packs will be available for purchase from November 28 through December 22. Holiday Packs cost $25, $40, or $50 and contain a number of benefits including tickets, gift cards, and bobbleheads.

Where to shop: On December 10, 2016, shop during the Holiday Open House at the Naturals Team Store located at Arvest Ballpark, 3000 S. 56th Street in Springdale, Ark. Hours are Monday thru Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also order by phone by calling 479-927-4900.

How to contact: Visit the Naturals website; Check out the team’s Facebook page; See them on Instagram; Tweet at them on Twitter. Call 479-927-4900.

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If your guy never met a piece of bacon he didn’t love, give him a gift that he can’t wait to smell cooking in the kitchen. Plus, he’ll love it that these meats are from an Arkansas-based company, Petit Jean Meats.

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Left: The Petit Jean Breakfast Box has a little of everything. In fact, all you’d need to add is eggs and biscuits to round out this feast. The gift box includes 1 Cinnamon Coffee Cake, EZ Carve Smoked Ham Slices (16 oz), Peppered Bacon (12 oz), Thick-Sliced Bacon (16 oz), and Fresh Sausage (16 oz). One woman who has ordered this gift box repeatedly posted this online review about it: “I send the Petit Jean Breakfast Gift Box to my brother and his family in San Antonio, TX every year for Christmas. They tell me, with their three girls, two with husbands, and 3 grandchildren that they could not do without this box. They consider it tradition now, no matter where they end up for Christmas day, to spend the morning eating Petit Jean altogether where they grew up.” Cost is $55.99

Right: The Signature Gift Box from Petit Jean includes one-half of a spiral smoked ham, 24 oz. smoked bacon, and 24 oz. peppered bacon. These are three of the signature items Petit Jean has become famous for. Cost is $74.99

Where to shop: Skip the lines at stores and order directly from the company’s website. They’ll ship it to you or directly to your gift recipient. Click here to shop.

How to contact: We love how easy Petit Jean makes it to get in touch with them and ask questions. Call 1-800-264-2475. Or send an email to contact@pjmeats.com.

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Core Beer Co.

Left: If you’ve got a beer lover to buy for, Core Beer Co. has you covered. This year they have a Holiday Gift Basket for sale that contains a growler, a Core t-shirt (with the cute wiener dog on it!), a taster glass, 3 stickers and a koozie! All in a nice gift pack and it’s only $24.99. You can select to pick the gift baskets up rather than shipping to ensure the surprise isn’t spoiled.

Right: Or you can give the gift of a 64-oz growler by itself! They’re only $10. You choose your favorite tap beer and they’ll fill ‘er up! You can just bring the growler back anytime you need a refill. What’s not to love? Core: Take Pride.

Where to visit Core:

  • Fayetteville Public House, 3671 N. Mall Ave, Fayetteville
  • Brewery Taproom, 2470 Lowell Rd., Springdale
  • Har-Ber Pub, 7702 W Sunset Ave., Suite 225, Springdale
  • Rogers Pub, 1800 Osage Springs Dr., Suite 225, Rogers
  • Fort Smith Pub, 701 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith

How to contact: Core can be reached at 479-372-4300 or you can stop by one of their various locations above.

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Left: The Tusk Men’s 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt has been crazy popular since it was launched earlier this month. It’s made of a comfy sweatshirt material in athletic grey with a cardinal-colored Tusk embroidered on the left chest. This is an exclusive Valere Rene brand you won’t find anywhere else. Cost is $54. And we love this embroidered Tusk visor in classic khaki! It’s great for him OR her. #fearthetusk Only $28!

Right: Here’s a great top to wear when you’re cheering on Big Red at any U of A game — no matter what the season. The Big Red Tusk Slouchy Tee is slightly oversized, features a subtly speckled fabric in 100% cotton and is so soft and comfy. And that Tusk baseball hat! It’s prefect for the girl — or guy! — on your to-buy-for list. Embroidered Tusk on classic distressed black hat. Sure to become a favorite. Closure is velcro. Cost is only $28 for each item.

Where to shop: The Valere Rene store is located at 210 S. 1st St., Rogers, Ark., and you can also find select Valere Rene items at boutiques and salons throughout Northwest Arkansas. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.

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Left: Moms don’t play favorites with kids but we definitely do when it comes to sweatshirts. This Shaggy V-Neck Sweatshirt by Lauren James has quickly attained “favorite” status in closets all over Northwest Arkansas and nationwide. It is just.so.soft, and the super light grey color lets the embroidered Hog stand out proudly on the left chest. Throw on a red scarf and you’re ready to hit the Hogs basketball game. Cost is $75.

Right: Is it possible to have a crush on a sherpa pullover? Because I think I’ve developed a thing for the Arkansas Linden Sherpa Pullover. (My friend Lillian bought one recently and says she is in LOVE with it and may not take it off all winter. I can see why.) The sherpa is double-sided, girls, so you can imagine how it feels against your skin. It also has side zippers so you can get comfy when sitting, and it even has a hidden mesh credit card pouch on the bottom hem. Genius! It’s available in different colors and — if you’re an Auburn fan or an LSU fan living in Hog country — there are even other collegiate team insignias available. Cost is $109.50 with the embroidered Hog. (If you want this pullover without embroidery, cost is $99.50.)

Where to shop: 623 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark.; Also sold at many retailers in NWA and across the nation. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Call 1-844-355-7591; Read the Lauren James blog; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.

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Left: We’re betting your people don’t have this! Isn’t it cool? It’s a Himalayan Salt Plate with a stand that’s made in Northwest Arkansas. This beautiful, pink slab of salt was originally mined in the Himalayas, then hand-crafted down to individual cooking plates. The owners at Honeycomb said cooking food on salt plates actually uses less salt than when cooking with ground salt, and imparts a rich, subtle flavor you can’t get anywhere else. Use it on the grill or even freeze it to serve cold foods. If your gift recipient enjoys hosting dinner parties, they can allow guests to cook their own food right at the table when you purchase the locally hand-crafted black walnut serving stand. The stands are made in Rogers, by artisan wood designer Don DeSpain. Each stand is one-of-a-kind. 8×8 salt plate $29.99, 8×8 serving stand $85

Right: Rise and grind! Skip the waste and get your caffeine fix in style with Presse by bobble. The 2-piece stainless steel coffee press brews delicious coffee in just 3 minutes. Gourmet coffee couldn’t be simpler – just brew, press and go. This is the perfect unique gift for any French press coffee lover! $29.99

· No plastic pod or paper filter waste

· Made of food-grade 304 stainless steel and food-grade, high-temperature silicone

· Makes up to 13 oz. of coffee – enough to share!

· Top-rack dishwasher safe

· Designed in the U.S.A.

Cooking classes at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop: Honeycomb also offers a wide range of cooking classes in a fully-functioning kitchen located right in their store. Wouldn’t a cooking class be a grand gift to give someone who has everything? Honeycomb works with local culinary talent to host unique classes. They’ve done all kinds of classes already since opening this year, including pizza making, wine and cheese pairing, local cuisine, and even mixology classes. A gift certificate to one of their classes is a great gift for anyone interested in food and cooking. Or? We’ll just say it: a gift to yourself! Wouldn’t a cooking class be a fun date night or night out with friends? Classes typically range from $35-$50 per person.

Where to shop: Honeycomb Kitchen Shop is located at 213 W. Walnut St., in Historic Downtown Rogers.

How to contact: Click here to visit the Honeycomb Kitchen website; Follow them on Facebook; Connect with them on Instagram; Call the kitchen shop at 479-340-1022

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Community Creative Center

Painting, pottery wheel & other classes for the grown-ups: Some people are harder to buy for than others. They don’t need one more “thing” to cram into their houses — or more to the point, they don’t need one more thing to dust! That’s where gifts like classes come in. Community Creative Center is not just for kids (although they have some awesome classes and workshops to the littles, too). Maybe your mom, or your friend, or your friend’s mom has always wanted to learn to paint or throw pottery. See? Perfect gift. And it doesn’t collect dust.

Art parties for the grown-ups: CCC also has parties just for the grown-ups. Within walking distance of Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Community Creative Center is the ideal spot to gather some friends and come play in the clay. Party prices include instruction, supplies, and light refreshments for each. CCC’s adult art parties are perfect for occasions like Girls’ Night Out, birthdays, anniversaries and reunions. The group can make a mug, work on the pottery wheel, make chip & dip platters and more.

Community Creative Center’s location: 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville

How to contact: Click here to see a full listing of adult classes; Click here for more info about art parties; Follow CCC on Facebook; Connect on Instagram; Call the Community Creative Center at 479-571-2706

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If your house is already full of “stuff” that the kids don’t play with nearly as much as you’d hoped, consider giving a few “gifts of experience” this year. These types of gifts will give your kids experiences, memories and skills that can last throughout their lifetime.

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The Gift of Dance: Our bodies are designed to move, so give your kids the gift of dance in 2017. Purchase a package of lessons, a summer dance camp or even individual lessons with a private instructor. Kaleidoscope is a Mom-Approved Winner for “Best Dance Studio” and is known not only for its outstanding instructors but also for its commitment to values that are important to parents (which means no inappropriate dance music, costumes that are too revealing, or choreography that isn’t age appropriate.) The studio offers lessons in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, acrobatics and more. (There are adult classes available, too, and this studio is home to a very strong group of male dancers.)

Having seen this place in action ourselves, the atmosphere at the studio is welcoming, upbeat and absolutely committed to the proper teaching techniques. Click here for more info about the studio.

Studio location: 900 SE Village Loop, Bentonville, Ark.

How to contact: Call studio owner Laine Harper at 479-464-5977 and ask about pre-purchasing lessons. Click here to get updates on Facebook.

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Left: Did you know that you can give your kids ice skating lessons at The Jones Center? The rink is huge and the instructors are amazing. There are several different classes available for various age groups. Cost is about $50, if you register early. (The next session starts in January, so this would be a perfect Christmas or Hannukah gift!) If your kids are already great skaters, consider giving them an ice skating party with their friends. It’ll be something fun to look forward to after the excitement of the holidays is over. Click here for info on ice skating lessons and ice skating parties.

Center: This could be the gift that your kids flip for — literally. Wrap up a gift certificate for gymnastics classes in 2017. (Or you could purchase a 90-minute gymnastics party at The Jones Center and invite up to 25 friends!) Kids as young as preschool up through ages 8 and older can take lessons or do parties. Click here for info on gymnastics lessons and gymnastics parties.

Right: This is a gift idea your kids will never see coming. Give them a gift certificate for a swimming party in the middle of winter! Because The Jones Center pool is indoors, it won’t matter if there is snow on the ground when your kids and up to 25 friends want to go swimming (and sliding down that awesome yellow water slide.) Again, it’s a great way to give your kids something fun to look forward to after the holiday excitement begins to fade. Click here for info about swim parties at The Jones Center.

The Jones Center location: 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, Ark.

How to contact: Call 479-756-8090; Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest; Watch on YouTube. bar-logo-jones-center
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Left: The Amazing Taste Stemless Glass holds 20 ounces of wine and countless hours of good conversation with your bestie. We love the bright color, gold lettering and especially the sentiment of this gift. We suggest getting one for yourself, too, so you and your friend can sip out of matching glasses. Cost is only $15. (Consider pairing it with a bottle of her favorite wine!)

Right: The Blessings Artisan Trinket Dish comes with a small price tag and a huge heartfelt message for someone who means a lot to you. We love it when a gift for a friend helps remind her of how much you appreciate her. This pretty dish would be perfect to put your rings in when you take them off to wash your hands or put on lotion. It measures 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Cost is only $10.

Where to shop:

  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Tuscany Square
    2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd. Suite 115
    Rogers, Arkansas 72758
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Wedington Shopping Center
    3575 W Wedington Drive Suite 2
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Walton Blvd
    1406 S Walton Blvd Suite 6
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ J Street Shopping Center
    3511 SE J Street Suite 4
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.

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Walton Arts Center

Dirty Dancing Girls’ Night Out: We love a fun Girls’ Night Out with our friends, so we’d definitely appreciate opening a gift to find tickets from Walton Arts Center inside! One of the best GNO shows at Walton Arts Center early next year is Dirty Dancing. Tickets to this show would make the perfect friend gift. You and your besties will have to wait to see the show until March (it runs March 8-12), but anticipation is half the fun, right? At the show, you’ll be able to sing “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” together!

Walton Arts Center’s location: 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

How to contact: Click here to see a full listing of shows to choose from; Click here for Dirty Dancing tickets; Follow them on Facebook; Watch on YouTube; Call the theatre at 479-443-5600

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local-flair-rock-cityRock City Outfitters

Left: The “Call Me” t-shirt is one of the designs Rock City Outfitters is best known for, partly because you have to be a Hog fan to appreciate what those two words — “Call me” — really mean. This shirt is 100% cotton, unisex sizing, and so soft you’ll want to live in it 24/7. Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Right: We love how the Homegrown Hoodie says so much without using words at all. Whether you were born in this state or have fallen in love with it and put down roots since you moved here, this shirt shows off your love for all things Arkansas. Cost is $34.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Where to shop: Rock City Outfitters is an Arkansas company founded in 2008, selling primarily through its online shop, at select retailers throughout the state and at regional events. (They also do custom orders for groups and organizations, and they’re the company we asked to produce our Mom Prom t-shirts for the past 3 years… because they’re awesome.)

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Twitter; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Instagram; Watch the YouTube channel.

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Left and Right: Some of the most memorable, special gifts to give or receive during the holidays are the ones that are truly personal. The pros at Scott Frame and Art can help you customize a one-of-a-kind framed memory — something like a jersey, tickets, program, pennant or a photo collage. We love these “Frame Your Game” Custom Shadowboxes featuring sports jerseys, which can either be mounted full-length or folded. (See examples above, left and right.) The reason we both have Scott Frame and Art frames in our own homes is because they have the largest selection in Northwest Arkansas and their framing experts make it so easy to pull a project like this together.

Center: There are so many beautiful places in Northwest Arkansas and so many amazing artists, which is why we love to browse the big selection of local art at Scott Frame and Art. They have Artist Originals and Fine Art Reproductions of special places in Northwest Arkansas. If you want to customize a gift of art for a friend or relative, the shop can produce these Fine Art Reproductions in a variety of sizes on canvas, fine art paper and photo paper. The example shown at center above is a Giclee on Canvas called “Crystal Bridges,” by local artist Jane Garrison-Davidian.

Where to shop: Scott Frame and Art has a location at 2603 W. Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers and another shop at 100 E. Joyce Blvd in Fayetteville.

How to contact: Visit the website; Get updates on Facebook; Call the store at 479-696-8263 (Rogers) or at 479-443-7262 (Fayetteville).

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Left: A bad hair day is no problem when you’ve got a cute hat with a little Arkansas pride on it. This Charlie Southern Retro Arkansas Hat is only $28 and would be a great gift for an Arkansas girl.

Right: We adore this Charlie Southern Marble State Long Sleeve Tee. It’s a fun twist on Riffraff’s traditional state designs — with a marble motif! Proclaim your love for Arkansas, mamas! Cost is $36.

Where to shop: 15 S Block Ave, Fayetteville, Ark.

How to contact: Call the store at 479.799.5763; Click here to visit Riffraff’s website. Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; Watch on YouTube.

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Left: Corkcicle Canteens have become so popular with teachers because they tend to have a water bottle or a coffee thermos on their desk all day. With proprietary triple insulation, this canteen keeps beverages cold for 25 hours or hot for 12 wherever you take it. It’s available in 14 colors and four sizes, including the 25oz which holds a standard bottle of wine. Cost is $32. It’s pictured above with a Scout bag, which is a sturdy, wipe-able bag that teachers LOVE. You can carry lunch in it or anything else. Cost is $9.

Right: Your child’s hard-working teacher has EARNED some brownies, right? He or she might eat the brownies right away but this ceramic Brownie Tray (with mix and silver spatula that says “brownie points” on it) will be around forever as a special gift and reminder that “Life is what you bake it.” Cost is $44 for the brownie tray and $17 for the Jingle Bell brownie mix.

Tip: (We always think it’s a special touch to include a heartfelt thank you note from parents and/or your child with any gift that goes to a special teacher.)

Where to shop: Have you seen Kate Austin’s new location at 3046 SE J Street in Bentonville? It’s GORGEOUS. Swing by there and prepare to stay a while because you’ll want to look through all the pretties and try on a few cute clothes while you’re at it. The ladies who work at the shop are always kind and helpful.

How to contact: Call the shop at 479-268-3033; Visit the website: Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.

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Left: Hand-crafted Kyya Chocolate bars. Yes, please! Through adventures to cacao farms around the globe, Kyya crafts distinctive chocolate for their customers. They make small batches of chocolate with hand-picked single origin beans to highlight the unique flavor profiles. A few of these wrapped in a pretty bow would make a teacher’s day! Some of the chocolate bar flavors include Uganda Single Origin Milk Chocolate, Coffee Infused Milk Chocolate Bar, Ecuador Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Infused with Coconut and lots more!

Right: Kyya Bon-Bons. We all know teachers don’t have time to sit around eating bon bons, but with this gift she might be able to occasionally kick her feet up and indulge. This would be a fun teacher gift that says You get me. You totally get me.

Where to shop: Visit the website; Find them on Facebook; Tweet them on Twitter; See pics on Pinterest; Follow them on Instagram; Watch this new video about them on YouTube; Click here to see the full list of Northwest Arkansas retailers where Kyya Chocolate is sold.

How to contact: Using Google, you can find Kyya at 337 North Elm Street, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. For locals, the chocolate shop is in Elm Springs on Highway 112, about 2 miles North of Hwy 412. The shop is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. You can also call 1-844-281-4470

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Left: You can’t go wrong with giving a Holiday Gift Tower or Cookie Tray from Rick’s Bakery. Their most popular gift tower is the Silver Bells tower, $35, which includes festive petit fors, rich brownies and more sweet treats.

Right: The cookie trays are also a best-seller around the holidays. They’re available in a 2-dozen tray for $10 and a 5-dozen tray for $25. Each includes a selection of Rick’s most popular tea cookies.

Where to shop: Rick’s Bakery is located at 1220 N. College, Fayetteville. 479-442-2166

How to contact: Visit Rick’s Facebook page; Call the bakery at 479-442-2166 or email them to order at celebration@ricksbakery.com

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Left: We LOVE this little piggy that’s just right for holding your favorite My Brother’s Salsa flavor. This gift set is $34 and you get your choice of two jars of salsa, a bag of My Brother’s Organic Tortilla Chips and & the small red ceramic pig bowl (red glaze 7”x6”x2.75”; food safe). The whole set is packed in a custom gift box. Click here to order the “Small Red Pig Deluxe” package.

Right: We get so excited about dishes that can go straight from the oven onto the table, which is exactly what the red red & white enamelware plate in this package can do. It’s beautiful and practical. It’s the perfect gift for your friends who love nachos (nacho recipe card included). Food safe, oven safe, dishwasher safe. The $43 package comes with the enamelware plate, your choice of one jar of My Brother’s Salsa and a bag of My Brother’s Organic Tortilla Chips — all packed in a custom gift box. Click here to order the Red & White Swirl Nacho Plate, Chips and Salsa” package.

Where to shop: The gift boxes can be ordered online and sent to you or the gift recipient; or you can order and pick them up at 1006 NW 11th St, Bentonville

How to contact: Visit the Facebook page; Follow them on Instagram; Tweet them on Twitter; See their products on Pinterest; Or call 888-557-2572

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collage-fork-and-crustFork & Crust Pie Company

Left: The nickname for this Caramel Apple Pie is “perfection,” and it’s easy to see (and taste) why. It’s made with Granny Smith apples and it’ll be the pie your holiday guests and/or party hosts will still be thinking about well into the New Year.

Right: The Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie is only available during the holiday season, so get it (and give it) while you can. It really is as good as it sounds.

Pie prices:

  • Large 10″ pies are $27
  • Petite 6″ pies are $11
  • Mini 4″ pies are $4.50

Where to shop: 5208 W. Village Parkway (Suite 11), Rogers, Ark. (Find the shop in the Village on the Creeks shopping plaza, right behind SOHO Clothiers, diagonal from the YMCA. The shop faces the three crosses.)

How to contact: If you would like to order a pie and you live in Northwest Arkansas or Southwest Missouri areas, send the pie girls an email at piegirls@forkandcrust.com. Visit the website by clicking here; Follow on Facebook; Follow on Instagram; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter. Call the shop at 479-268-6634.

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No matter how old your kids are, they still love digging into their stockings on Christmas morning to see what small but special gifts might be hidden in there. For some new ideas for stocking stuffers, we asked Lindsay Ramsey, owner of one of the hottest new toy stores in Northwest Arkansas — Kindness & Joy Toys.

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Tenzi: Everyone gets ten dice. Someone says “Go.” Then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. Tenzi is recommended for ages 7 to 97 but can be adapted for players younger than 7 under supervision with the dice. This quick, entertaining game is a great after-dinner activity. Cost is $15. Click here for more info.

Watchitude: Watchitude watches have comfortable silicon slap bands that are printed in full photographic color images. Watchitude watches come in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it the perfect gift for a variety of ages. (Gwen bought one for her daughter and liked it so much she wanted to wear it herself!) Cost is $20. Check out the shop’s Instagram page to see a video of the Watchitude slap watch in action.

Where to shop: Kindness and Joy Toys doesn’t have a store front, so you can ship the toys to your house or to the person receiving the gift. (She gift wraps! Hurray!) Also, Kindness and Joy will have a Pop-Up Shop at Sara Kathryn’s in Fayetteville on December 10th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (if you want to order now and pick up at that event.) They’ll also be at Shop For Mankind/3 Monkeys in Rogers on Thursday, December 15th from 10-2, if you’d like to order and pick up there.

How to contact: Visit website by clicking here; Message via Facebook; Find it on Instagram; Email owner by clicking here.

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Left: We fell in LOVE with these Duckie Bath Cupcakes when we saw them at the NWA Boutique Show. We bought several of them for the kids and tweens/teens on our Christmas list. The bottom part of this bath cupcake is a fizzy bath bomb, and the frosting is a solid bubble bath. (Use both for one bath or use one part at a time for two separate baths.) The rubber duckie separates easily from the frosting, and the ducks are available in green, blue, yellow or orange. (During the holidays, you can even get duckies that are wearing scarves and winter hats!) The scent smells like tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes and mountain greens. Cost is $6 per cupcake.

Right: What if your kids’ bubble bath soap was squishable and squeezable — something they could shape, mold and play with in the tub? That’s exactly what Bubble Dough can do! It’s a lot like that other famous “dough” kids play with, only this one will help them look forward to bath time and get them clean even when they think they’re just playing. This handmade soap is gentle, light-lathering and available in scents including tutti fruitti, grape, lemon, orange, cherry and even fresh cut grass! It comes in a resealable container so you can save any leftover dough for the next bath. Cost is $2.75 for a 2 oz. ball of dough.

Where to shop: Bubble and Fizz Shop is a new local business doing pop-up shops at regional craft fairs, but you can always shop online at the Bubble and Fizz Shop (on Etsy) or message the owner via Facebook with questions and/or info about your order. NOTE: Bubble and Fizz Shop will be at the Wampus Wonderland Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on December 10th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Free admission. There will be arts, crafts, food, music, and bubble and fizz!

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; See more on Facebook.

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Halloween 2016 Guide: Family-friendly events/activities in Northwest Arkansas

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It’s Halloween weekend! LOTS happening this weekend before the big event on Monday, the 31st! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Northwest Arkansas, scroll down and take your pick!

Oct. 7: First Friday Fall Fest, Bentonville Square, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Fall Fest blockparty with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities. Games, Mask Making Craft, Pumpkin Decorating, Trampolines, Ponies, Caricature Artist, Face Painting.

Click here for more info!

Family Friday: Make clay pumpkins. Community Creative Center, Fayetteville.

clay-pumpkins-community-creative-centerIt’s that time of year goblins and ghouls! Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get ready for it than to come make your own clay jack-o-lantern at CCC.

Click on the image below and sign up for Family Friday: Clay Pumpkins!

Click here for more info!

Oct. 8: 10th Annual Nash Back at Ya Car Club’s Monster Ball. Free pet event at back parking lot of Frisco Station Mall in Rogers, 3 p.m. to dark. Pet Parade, pet contest, pet costume contest, and prizes and goodie bags. Silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society for Animals. Registered vehicles and bikes are asked to bring an item of dog food, cat food, or a cleaning supply for the shelter to register in the the car or bike show. Stuff the trailer full of items to help the shelter get through the winter. Will have concessions on site.

Click here for more info!

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Oct. 13: Mercy YMCA 4th Annual Halloween Carnival. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Village on the Creeks, Rogers.

There will be: Inflatables, Super Science Show, Free Carnival Games, Fire Truck, Kona Ice, Say Cheese Photo Booth, Fun Run with Obstacle Course, Mercy Pediatric Teddy Bear check ups, Family, Food, and Fun. A $5 wristband will give you full access to the event.

Click here to buy your wristband.

arts live logoOct. 13-16: Arts Live Theatre presents the ALT original adaptation ‘I Was A Teenage Werewolf’.

Production dates:
Thursday, October 13, 7 pm
Friday, October 14, 7 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2 pm

Arts Live Theatre, 818 North Sang Avenue, Fayetteville.

Click here for more info!

modern-mission-logoOctober 14-15, Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

maskaread-picOct. 20: Mask-a-Read. An evening to celebrate and support our community through literacy. Fayetteville Town Center, 6-9 p.m.

2016 Event Features: Annual Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award Presentation; Blind Date with a Book; Cork Pull; and Silent Auction featuring OLC Programs and Services + Literacy Related Items; Live Auction of various Little Free Library Kiosks; Dinner; Music; Pop Up Entertainment Events. Masks available for sale at the door. Costumes optional but encouraged.

Click here for tickets and more info!

Oct. 21-22 & Oct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

Oct. 20 & 27: Clay pumpkin art, Spark Kids. Create and take home your own family keepsake THURSDAYS: 3:50-5:00pm, Oct. 20th & 27th. Ages 6 and up. Location: Art classroom at Ozark Montessori Academy

First class: Learn clay techniques as you mold the pumpkin. Second class: Paint and decorate pumpkin. Teacher: Brook Blanton, a mom who is passionate about seeing kids learn confidence, perseverance, innovation and wonder through the creative process.

Cost: $25 (includes two classes, materials and take home keepsake) Discounts for siblings available.

Register with Brook by Oct 19th at brook.blanton@gmail.com or call/text her at 479-236-4859.

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Oct. 22: Halloween Bash at Princess Party Palace. 5-6:15, Princess Party Palace, 925 N. College Ave. Join some of your favorite princesses as they host this annual Halloween Party! This year the palace will have:

Spooktacular photo booth
Fun games such as Snow White’s Apple Toss, Haunted Witch’s’ hate ring toss, and Halloween Bingo
Cinderella’s Pumpkin Craft
Popcorn Bar full of your favorite candy toppings
Cookie Decorating
Glitter Tattoos
Halloween story
And of course we will all do the Monster Mash

Click here for tickets and more info!

Oct. 23, Halloween Monster Dash. 1-4 p.m., 200 W. Center St.

monster-dashA Halloween-themed 5k and Fun Run involving a costume contest and candy treats along the course. This is a unique themed-run which celebrates health, an active lifestyle and the changing of the seasons while getting to still eat some chocolate! Each participant will be given a Halloween Monster Dash candy bag and there will be several candy stations along the course to gather candy.

This event is less about your minute per mile time, but more about having the time of your life. The fun run is un-timed (although some will be racing for a time and that is fine) and less about who finishes first! It’s about dressing up in the craziest, scariest and most creative costumes on the planet and coming out to do some exercising and collecting some candy along the way! What better way for a family to go trick or treat and have a healthy experience. Or for all those who are going to make a day of it what better way than to dress up with your roommates or training partners, have some fun for a couple of hours and then you’re right in the heart of the entertainment district and the night is still young!

Click here to register and find out more info!

Oct. 26: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Costume Parade. 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Little Sprouts is a weekly botanically-themed program for preschoolers. Each week there are stories, sing songs, and fun crafts and activities. Whether we 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.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 27: Streetfest and costume contest, The Jones Center. Free. 6-8 p.m. This event is put on by Camp War Eagle and Mosaic hosted at The Jones Center. It’s outside on the JTL Plaza. If there’s rain, everything will move inside to the gym and cafeteria. There will be free food, candy, games, and a costume contest with prizes for best dressed. The event is totally free.

Click here for more info!

Friday, Oct. 28:

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modern mission outsideOct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

Oct. 28: 5:30-9 p.m. Animal Science Day.

Come Celebrate Animal Science Day with students, family, faculty, and friends. There will be food, games, animal judging, costume contests for the whole family (including the dog), a haunted house and tons of candy!

Entry is free!

Click here for more info!

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Oct. 28: Hogwart’s Masquerade: A Harry Potter Event. Barnes & Noble, Rogers. Are you ready for more Harry Potter?
You are cordially invited to the masquerade. Come dressed in your finest witch, wizard, fantastic beast, or frightfully clever costumes for a magical evening to be remembered! Special #bnstorytime for younger goblins, events, giveaways, contests, and more! Stop by the cafe and enjoy some #HarryPotter themed treats including #chocolatefrogs, #bertiebotts, and Passion Potion Iced Tea, perfect for any #witch, #wizzard, or #muggle! This Hogwart’s Masquerade is sure to be magical.

Click here for more info!

haunted-hollywood-partyOct. 28: Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party. Join us if you dare…for a ghoulishly fun evening! The Grand at 117, Rogers, 7:30-11:30 p.m., All proceeds benefit the BFF Foundation. Early-Bird Tickets $20 until Oct 15. $25 after. Includes one complimentary drink, small bites, music and entry into a costume contest. Cash Bar Available.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 28: Treats at the Track, A&M Railroad Station. Emma St., Springdale, starts at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Treats at the Tracks will provide a fun, safe place for families to come Trick-or-Treat on the Train, enjoy carnival games and live music, and have lots of fun.

There will also be a haunted train for the older and braver kids. Proceeds benefit the House of Hope Rescue Mission. Canned good donations for our food pantry will also be accepted. *The train will be stationary; this is not a train ride. Fun for all ages.

Admission is $5 (Kids 2yrs and under are Free).
Trick-or-Treat on the Train
Carnival Games
Live Music
Hay Ride
Haunted Train
Door Prizes
Inflatable Games

Click here for more info!

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Oct. 28: Costumes, Candy and Cops Carnival. 7-9 p.m. Join us for a “fa-BOO-lous” time! Outdoor movie, Hotdogs, Candy, Popcorn, Fun, Activities for all ages! Wear your costumes! Open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs & your blankets!

At the Sheriff’s Office on 14th St. in Bentonville.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 28: Pumpkin Painting at the Bentonville Community Center. This will be a fun afternoon of pumpkin decorating. The center will have 100 mini pumpkins available OR you can bring your own. They will provide everything you need to decorate. 2-6 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, Oct. 29th:

trick-or-treat-bentonvilleOct. 29: Trick-or-Treating at the Farmer’s Market. Bentonville Square, 7:30a-1p.

Help wrap up the 2016 Bentonville Farmer’s Market Season by dressing in your best costume and joining us for Trick or Treat on the Square. Trick or Treat activities will be from 10am-12pm. Visit the DBI booth in front of the 5&10, or stop by any of our downtown businesses who have a pumpkin in the window for a sweet surprise!

This is the last market for the season, so be sure to check out all of the vendors and get your Farmer’s Market fix before it’s too late.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Centerton FOP Trunk or Treat. 6-9 p.m., Bentonville West High School, Bentonville. Car Show & Trunk or Treat. A safe place for families to bring young children for Halloween fun. Ozark Off Road Club and other car/4×4 groups will be represented. Food trucks, a hay ride, and having police and fire trucks on site for “touch a truck”! Stay tuned for more details.

Click here for more info!

Oct 29: Fall Festival Bella Vista Baptist Church. Games, food, bounce houses, Lots of fun. 6-8 p.m.

Click here for more info!

trunk-or-treatOct. 29: Trunk or Treat. Caudle Ave. Baptist Church, Springdale. 5-7 p.m. Caudle Ave Baptist hosts trunk or treat! Springdale police will be grilling hot dogs for dinner. Lots of fun games and prizes. Completely free. Everyone is welcome.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs. Visit the ONE time a year that you can see the animals after dark! A fun-filled event for the whole family! Games, prizes, hayrides, and scares.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Halloween Costume Party, Brick Street Brews (adults only)

The event is free & open to the public, 21 & up. There will be a costume contest with judging between 8-9 pm, party food and the bar & beer garden will be decorated. 6-11 p.m. Location: Brick Street Brews, W. Walnut St., Rogers

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Arts Live Dance Party

arts-live-halloween-eventJoin us on October 29th, 7-9 pm for the Arts Live Theatre Halloween Dance Party. $15 per person and boys and ghouls ages 6-18 are invited…ticket includes dance, refreshments and Halloween goody bag! Advance purchase only. Space is limited.

To reserve call 479.521.4932 or email info@artslivetheatre.com.

Click here to visit the Arts Live website!

Oct. 29: Halloween Dance Party. Bentonville  Community Center, 3-6 p.m.

Please join us for an night full of Halloween dancing fun! We will have a DJ, dance competition and costume contest! Plus, candy of course. The dance will take place in the Community Rooms at the Bentonville Community Center. $5 per person

Click here for more info and to buy tickets!

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Oct. 29: Haunted Night on the Battlefield, Prairie Grove Battlefield. 7-9:30 p.m.

Click here for more info!

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Oct. 29: Kick or Treat.

Springdale Parks and Recreation has announced the Inaugural Kick or Treat! Kick or Treat is a soccer tournament during the day and a free Halloween carnival at night!

Soccer:
USYS and USASA Sanctioned Tournaments
U10 & Older 3v3
U7 & Older Recreation Format
U7 & Older Select Format
Adult Open Format
Registration will begin Tuesday. Sept. 6th.

Carnival:
Free and open to the public!
Candy, Costume Contests (Including Dog), Bounce Houses, Games, Food, Haunted Hay Ride, and much more!

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Oct. 29: Annual Dog Party USA Halloween Costume Party. At Dog Party, 5:30 – 8 pm.  All “parents” and puppies are encouraged to dress up. There will be delicious food, live music, games, prizes, goody bags and of course a costume contest.  It is all free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Paws.”

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Dog Party USA event

Sunday, Oct. 30th:

Oct. 30: Faith Assembly of God Trunk or Treat. 4-7 p.m., West Sunset, Springdale.

Don’t miss our Annual Trunk or Treat on October 30th from 4-7 pm. It will be a great time of Trunk or Treating, Face Painting, Inflatables and fun! All for FREE!

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Oct. 30: Bark’NPaws’ 4th Annual Halloween Dog Costume Party. 5-6:30 p.m. Come get SPOOKED with your POOCH this Halloween-Eve at BARK’N PAWS!!!! There will be a COSTUME CONTEST with PRIZES, PIZZA, DRINKS, and gobs of fun in store.

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Murder Mystery and Dinner, Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Oct. 30: 6-9:30 p.m. The murder mystery involves the guests. The acting group has been doing murder mysteries for many years and are a very talented group.

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Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31st:

fallapaloosa-fbc-farmingtonOct. 31: Fallpaloosa, First Baptist Church, Farmington. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 589 Rheas Mill Road. Cake walk, food, candy, dunking booth, carnival.

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Oct. 31: Goblin Parade. Downtown Rogers, 3:30-5:30p, Oct. 31.

Bring your little ones (13 & under please) to Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rogers. It’s fun, safe and free.

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Oct. 31: Trick-or-Treating on the Square, Fayetteville Square, 3-5p, Oct. 31.

Trick or Treat on the Square features carnival games, face painting, costume contests and candy for all participating children.

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Oct. 31: First Baptist Church Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. You can expect food, games, inflatables and lots and lots of candy. There will be prizes awarded to the winners of the costume contest for the following categories: Funniest, Most Heroic, Most Original and Best Overall.

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Oct. 31: Eureka Springs Superhero Takeover. 6-9 p.m. Eureka Springs. Get ready to take over Eureka Springs and take over the city! Bring your best superhero or supervillain costume, and let’s rock this town!

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halloween-event-imagine-adventureworldOct. 31: Trick or Treating at Imagine A Child’s Adventureworld. “Little trick or treaters dressed in a disguise will get a sweet surprise! (Allergy friendly options available!)” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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To see the October Calendar of Events, click here! For a list of craft fairs, pumpkin patches and other fun fall in Northwest Arkansas, click here!

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