The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5This Friday 5 is a little longer than usual, because Spring Break events are still rolling through the weekend! CLICK HERE to check out our full list of Spring Break activities and events.

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Monarch Workshop at Ozark Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens and the Fayetteville Monarch Project are presenting an educational workshop all about monarch butterflies! Topics will include “Monarch Life Cycle and Conservation,”  ”Monarch Gardens: Plants and Design,” a tour of the BGO Butterfly Gardens and Butterfly House, and more! This incredible event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 9 to 12am

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Drive-In Movie, Disney’s Carsdisney's cars

This Saturday, the Fayetteville Public Library is having a “drive-in” showing of Disney’s Cars! Help your little ones create their own cardboard box cars to bring and “park” during the movie. (Or, if you’re short on time and cardboard, maybe just have them bring a toy car.) There will be lots of popcorn! This event is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 10:30am to 12pm

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

2017 Egg Drop Extravaganza

First Landmark Baptist Church of Bentonville will be kicking off the Easter celebrations early with a huge egg drop from a helicopter! This free community event will include fun for every member of your family: face painting, games, candy, prizes, and age-group divisions for a fun and fair egg hunt (age groups include toddler to age 10 and special needs). Registration is required for this event, either online or day-of. 

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 9:30am registration; 11am to 1pm egg hunts

Location: First Landmark Baptist Church, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Snake Skin Bookmarks at Devil’s Den

If you have a kid who is fascinated with reptiles, they will love this special craft time at Devil’s Den. Park Interpreter Terry will guide kids through making a bookmark from shed snakes’ skins. The craft time is short and the weather is supposed to be pretty nice on Saturday, so make some time for a quick hike while you’re there!

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 1 to 1:30 pm

Location: Devil’s Den State Park, West Fork

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Spring Break Activities at Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges is hosting their FREE spring break events through the weekend, including activities like making pop art buttons, nature printmaking, coloring with an artist, and more! Check out their calendar of events for specific daily information. 

Dates: March 24-26

Times: 1 to 4pm

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Spring Break Activities at Hobbs State ParkHobbs state park kids

Like many of Arkansas’ state parks, Hobbs is pulling out all the stops for spring break! This weekend, check out one of these fun and educational events (or one of the others listed on their website):
- Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
- “Do you know your NWA mammals?”
- Nature hikes
- Leave No Trace: The 7 Principles
- Venomous Snakes of Arkansas

Dates: March 24-26

Time: Varies

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

More info: Click here

Enjoy the last weekend of Spring Break, mamas!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There’s lots going on in NWA this weekend, including two family-friendly Irish-themed events. Don’t forget to wear green!

Also, as if you could forget, Spring Break is already here! CLICK HERE to check out our list of activities, camps, and events for kids this week. We found loads of fun stuff going on so that you don’t have to!

JC Movie Night: Storks

StorksThe Jones Center is screening a free showing of Storks on Friday night at 6:30! This movie is a hit with kids and adults alike, so definitely put this on your calendar for a fun family outing.

Date: Friday, March 17

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

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Super Saturday: Irish Dancers

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, head over to the Fayetteville Public Library to enjoy a performance from the Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance. The performers will be dressed in colorful Irish costumes as they demonstrate the arts of clogging and tapping. An exciting and educational event for the entire family! This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 18

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

10th Annual Riparian Project

riparianRiparian buffers help improve water quality and the environment by filtering pollutants, preventing streambank erosion, and providing wildlife habitat. Help the Illinois River Watershed Partnership  plant trees along stream banks in several locations in Northwest Arkansas. This event is free and is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and educate your kids about Arkansas ecosystems!

Date: Saturday, March 18

Time: 9 to 11 am

Location: Various throughout NWA, call or email for details

More info: Click here

Egg Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Egg HenkesBy Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes, Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship. Join Barnes & Noble in Fayetteville OR Rogers for this special Easter storytime. Stay after for themed coloring and activities.

Date: Saturday, March 18

Time: 11am to 12pm

Location: Barnes and Noble, Fayetteville OR Rogers

More info: Click here for Fayetteville OR Click here for Rogers

Eureka Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, head to Eureka Springs! The city has held a St. Patrick’s Day Parade for twenty-two years! Anyone wearing green can join in. Head to downtown Eureka and enjoy an afternoon filled with Irish fun.

Date: Saturday, March 18

Time: 2 to 3pm

Location: Downtown Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Crystal Bridges Spring Break Specials

Crystal Bridges is kicking off their Spring Break special events this Saturday. They have four events going on from 1-4pm:
- A recycling show with Richard Renner
- Family Adventure Drawing
- Landscape Collages
- Nature Yoga for Families

Date: Saturday, March 18

Time: Varies, between 1 and 4pm

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Basic Gardening Workshop with Siloam Springs Parks & Rec

The Siloam Springs Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a free gardening workshop this weekend, complete with refreshments and door prizes! The topics will cover:
- Building a raised bed
- Growing potatoes in your home garden
- Attracting pollinators to your garden

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: 9am to 12pm

Location: Siloam Springs Community Building

More info: Click here

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Sing Along and Story at Native American History Museum

Join Miss Cindy (from the Peel Compton Foundation) for a singalong of the traditional folk song “Land of the Silver Birch.” Kids will be able to sing along, dance, and play along with the song. The Native American folktale and coloring station will follow the singing. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Museum of Native American History, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Royal Readers at the Fayetteville LibraryDisney Castle

Your girls will beg you to go to this event at the Fayetteville Public Library this weekend: the princesses are coming for story time! The royalty will read a fairy tale story, and then all your kids’ favorite princesses (and even a prince!) will be available for a meet & greet and photos. This family event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

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The Barnes & Noble in Fayetteville is celebrating The LEGO Batman movie this Saturday. Kids will be able to help Batman protect Gotham from the Joker by making their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon! Admission is free for this fun LEGO event (while supplies last).

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: 6 to 7pm

Location: Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Jones Center Sunday Funday: Free Swim

As part of the Jones Center’s Sunday Funday series, enjoy an afternoon of swimming completely free! Sponsored by Wal-Mart.

Date: Sunday, March 12

Time: 1:30 to 4:45pm

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Eric Carle Storytime at Barnes & Noble

The Fayetteville Barnes & Noble will be hosting the the Walton Arts Center for a special storytime highlighting Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me with readings and special activities. This storytime is in connjuction with the performance of Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at the Walton Arts Center on Sunday, March 5. This event is free and open to children ages 3 and up.

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Barnes & Noble in Fayetteville

More info: Click here.

Super Saturday: Magician Scott Davismagician scott davis

Head to the Fayetteville Public Library Saturday to see Scott Davis’ hilarious magic show! Davis has been seen in Magic Magazine, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette and on Television affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. He’s opened for Comedian Jay Leno and performed in the showrooms of Las Vegas. This show is family friendly and free!

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 10:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Around the World: Flavors of North India

Indian spicesOzark Natural Foods is offering a series of free cooking classes that will take home chefs (of all ages!) on an adventure around the globe. Every first Saturday of the month, the class will create food from a different region of the world. To kick off the series, the class will “travel” to North India! Learn to make your own Garam Masala spice mixture, Vegetable Pakoras with Raita, homemade Naan bread, Chana Masala, and Masala Chai! Yum!!

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Ozark Natural Foods

More info: Click here

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Walton Arts Center

March 5, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will be performing a show titled Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at the Walton Arts Center. Huge puppets, a whimsical musical score, and family favorite stories like Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Will You Get the Moon for Me? will delight kids and parents alike. This show’s sponsors are Mattell and 4029 News (KHBS/KHOG).

Date: Sunday, March 5

Time: 2pm and 4pm

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Very Hungry Caterpillar

One District One Book Wrap-Up

Head to Crystal Bridges on Sunday for the wrap-up celebration of Bentonville’s city-wide One District One Book reading program! Bring the whole family (even if you didn’t participate in the program) for an afternoon of music, artmaking, and games, put on by Bentonville Public Schools, the Bentonville Public Library, and other community collaborators. Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee and Rockline Industries. Free, no registration required.

Date: Sunday, March 5

Time: 1 to 4pm

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Birds & Breakfast, Hobbs State Park

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Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is hosting a program called Birds & Breakfast this weekend, and it will be perfect for the animal lovers in your family! Enjoy coffee and breakfast at the park in the close company of some of Arkansas’ favorite songbirds. The Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds like goldfinches and chickadees, handling the birds as they allow everyone a firsthand look at their beautiful plumage, and then releasing them back into the wild. Breakfast is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. The event sponsor is 3-D Pet Products. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 9-10:30am

Location: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area, Rogers

More info: Click here

 

Dr. SeussSuper Saturday: Read Across America

The Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) is celebrating Dr. Suess’ birthday this weekend with a special party! Special guests will include Mayor Lioneld Jordan, local meteorologist Dan Skoff, and librarian Lolly Greenwood, who will be reading favorite Suess stories. Your kids will be thrilled with facepainting, balloons, birthday cake, and even a visit from Cat in the Hat! This event is free, and no registration is required.

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 10:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

 

Mardi Gras in Fayetteville

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Celebrate Mardi Gras in Fayetteville this weekend with the Fat Saturday Parade of Fools! The parade will start on the Fayetteville square at 2pm, and will end at the Walton Arts Center parking lot. The parade will be led by KUAF news director, Kyle Kellams. Come for the costumes and the floats, stay for the beads, music, and dancing!

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 2 to 4pm

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

More info: Click here

 

Swing Dancing at Mama Carmen’svintage couple dancing

If you’ve never been swing dancing, you’re missing out—but Saturday night is the perfect night for you! The NWA Swing Dance Society is hosting a night of free swing dancing in a fun environment at Mama Carmen’s coffee shop this Saturday night. The club will teach a brief lesson at 5:30, and open floor dancing starts at 6pm. Bring the whole family out for this one!

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 5:30-8:30

Location: Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe, Fayetteville

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Slam Poetry Workshop at Crystal Bridges

This Sunday, Crystal Bridges is offering high school students with a knack for the creative an opportunity to learn to express themselves through a unique genre—slam poetry! Performance poet Houston Hughes will be teaching the basics and helping students develop their own slam poetry. This event is free, no registration required.

Date: Sunday, February 26

Time: 2-3:30pm

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

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