The Friday 5: Things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Looks like the weather is going to keep everyone inside this weekend, so we looked around for the most fun ways to keep your whole family occupied during the deluge! Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out our 2017 NWA Summer Camps Guide! Before we know it, the rain will be gone and hot, hot summertime will be here!

Zing Adventures at Scott Family Amazeumamazeum bolt

This Saturday, take your kids ages 4-6 to the Amazeum for a morning of learning about the Sun! Inspired by the Amazeum’s outdoor nature space, kids will learn about the Sun’s energy and shadows. Little learners will investigate the phenomenon of UV light and use tools like as UV beads to detect invisible energy from the Sun. Kids will also get to participate in the story Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch, which explores how the position of the sunlight affects the size, shape, and position of shadows.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 9 to 10am

Location: Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Sporks, Spears, and Spatulas at 21cBentonville3D printing with kids

The 21c Museum Hotel and NWA3D are hosting a family-friendly event this weekend to encourage kids to get excited about technology and 3D printing. Families will be led through the basics of CAD modeling—how you use computers to create 3D models to feed into a 3D printer—to create a custom utensil, like a spork, spear, or spatula. The Hive restaurant will be providing light food so that kids can test out their utensils. Plus, you’ll get to take home your unique creations!

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Save the Frogs Dayfrog

Save the Frogs Day is an international day of awareness, to teach people how to enjoy and help the conservation of frog species. At this library event, kids will get to learn about amphibians and see all kinds of frogs! Great for the science and nature lovers in your house. This event is free and open to all families.

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Mother + Son Candyland Party and Dance 

Mamas, do you wish you could have some quality time with your little boy(s)? The Bentonville Parks & Rec team is throwing a Candyland themed mother and son dance this weekend so you can! They will have dinner, dancing, a DJ, a photo booth, candy, crafts, and more. This will be a sweet way to make memories with your little man!

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 5 to 7pm

Location: Bentonville Community Center

More info: Click here

Tabletop Game Day at Barnes & Noble

This Saturday is International Tabletop Game Day, and Barnes & Noble (Rogers) is kicking off their #BNGamingMeetup season with a game event. Head to their store to play and demo tabletop games with fellow fans, and enter to win prizes in the giveaway! This free community event is perfect for older kids and teens who love board games and video games (ages 8 and up are welcome).

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 6 to 8pm

Location: Barnes & Noble (Rogers)

More info: Click here

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Black Apple Crossing events this weekend:

The 5 events above offer some great options for the family, but if you have a sitter this weekend — and you’re in need of a date night or a Girls’ Night Out — our Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend they’ll host Rockabilly Review (tonight, Friday, April 28), and local favorite Jeff Kearney performing A Songwriter’s Showcase (Saturday night, April 29). Ciderday Night Live music events happen almost every Saturday night. They also have Taco Tuesdays, trivia nights and book club events during the week!

Black Apple Crossing is the state’s first cidery. It’s located in downtown Springdale off Emma Avenue just past mile marker 13. Black Apple Crossing has produced naturally gluten-free hard apple cider with no added sulfites or other preservatives since July 2015.

Click here to visit the Black Apple Crossing website. BAX’s newest cider is Upside Down, a pineapple cider!

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The Friday 5: Things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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This weekend brings plenty of Earth Day events and movie showings to NWA! We listed the best so that you don’t miss out on the fun. And if the rain keeps you inside this weekend, take a few minutes to check out our 2017 NWA Summer Camps Guide! School will be out before we know it!

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JC Movie Night: Trolls

JC Movie Night returns this month with Trolls, a hilarious and colorful kid favorite about two very different trolls who try to work together to save their village from invaders and rescue their friends. The movie showing is totally FREE, and will be held in the Jones Center Auditorium.

Date: Friday, April 21

Time: 6:30 to 8:15pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

Eureka Springs’ Morels in the Ozarks

Kick off Earth Day with a true Arkansas nature adventure—a Morel mushroom hunt! The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is throwing a festival dedicated to the elusive but tasty mushrooms, complete with booths, seminars on Morels and mushroom hunting, live music, and a hunt for Morels! This event is family-friendly and open to the public. Admission to event is free; tickets are required for the Morel hunt.

Time: 9am to 4pm

Location: Pine Mountain Village, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Bird Walk with Joe Neal at Botanical Garden of the Ozarksblue jay

Local bird enthusiast Joe Neal will be leading a bird watching group in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens this Saturday. Enjoy an easy hike along the nature trails on the shoreline of  Lake Fayetteville (total distance: 1.3 miles) to view local nesting birds, spring migrants, and waterfowl. The walk will include a stop at the new Mulhollan Bird Blind, a hut built for observing waterfowl on the lake. Feel free to bring binoculars if you have them (but they won’t be required). All ages, abilities, and levels of knowledge are welcome. This event is free, but registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 22

Time: 9 to 11am

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Creating a Butterfly Garden at Shiloh Museum

To continue the earth-friendly theme, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and members of Springdale for Monarchs are joining up to host an event all about butterflies. Learn how to build a butterfly and pollinator garden at home, focusing especially on how to grow and care for milkweed (an absolute necessity for monarch butterflies to live). Springdale for Monarchs is a community group dedicated to saving the monarch butterfly.

Date: Saturday, April 22

Time: 1 to 3pm

Location: Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks, Springdale

More info: Click here

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The Arkansas Alumni Association is hosting a free showing of the movie “Greater,” which features the story of Arkansas Razorback football player Brandon Burlsworth. After the movie, guests will have the opportunity to hear a panel discussion with some of the key figures from the movie (in real life!). Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. This event is free. Registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 22

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Location: Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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Black Apple Crossing events this weekend:

The 5 events above offer some great options for the family, but if you have a sitter this weekend — and you’re in need of a date night or a Girls’ Night Out — our Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend they’ll host Hard Cider Boys (tonight, Friday, April 21), and Stand-Up/Stay-Up Comedy Show with BradChad (Saturday night, April 22). Ciderday Night Live music events happen most Saturday nights. They also have Taco Tuesdays, trivia nights and book club events during the week!

Black Apple Crossing is the state’s first cidery. It’s located in downtown Springdale off Emma Avenue just past mile marker 13. Black Apple Crossing has produced naturally gluten-free hard apple cider with no added sulfites or other preservatives since July 2015.

Click here to visit the Black Apple Crossing website. BAX’s newest cider is Upside Down, a pineapple cider!

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Friday 5 Sponsor Spotlight: Meet the owner of Black Apple Crossing + see upcoming events

BAX patioBlack Apple Crossing (BAX) in downtown Springdale is the new sponsor of our super-popular Friday 5 series.

Leo Orpin, black apple crossingEach Friday, we bring you some of the most family-friendly events happening in Northwest Arkansas that upcoming weekend. And we’ve also started adding a few date night options at the bottom of the post from BAX as well!

Now, let’s get to know the owner of Black Apple Crossing, Leo Orpin:

What inspired you to open the state’s first cidery? 

My business partners Trey Holt and John Handley and I home brewed as a hobby. Our favorites to make were English style ales and ciders. We decided to make our hobby a business and by the time we did our friends and family encouraged us to pursue and pioneer cider rather than open another brewery.

What are your most popular cider drinks? 

Currently our balanced Ozark based 1904 is our best seller but our newest hibiscus infused cider the Cardinal Kiss is gaining in popularity.

We just released our newest pineapple cider: Upside Down! This tropical treat will be great for drinking on the patio this summer.

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How long has Black Apple Crossing been open?

 We opened in July of 2015 so it will be two years this summer.

Tell us about your weekly events: 

We have trivia night every Monday at 7pm. We have Taco Tuesday featuring dollar tacos from Taqueria Don Guero across the street.

Every Wednesday is Board Game Night.

Then we feature live shows for our Ciderday Night Live series every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm.

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How would you describe the “vibe” at the cidery? 

Words that have been used to describe our atmosphere: very relaxed, chill, nostalgic, warm, welcoming. We are also family friendly and pet friendly.

Tell us about your family:

I’m happy to announce my business partner Trey and his wife Kendall just had another little boy named Hayden last week and I am very happy for them. I have a amazing wife named Misty and the coolest stepson named Crey.

What about you? When you’re not dreaming up new cider drinks, what do you enjoy doing? 

I like spending my precious time away from the business with Misty and Crey. I enjoy kayaking, camping, culinary adventuring, playing board games and video games.

What’s on tap this weekend for entertainment at BAX?

BlackAppleNewLogo♦ Friday night (April 21): Hard Cider Boys music at 8 p.m.

♦ Saturday night (April 22): Stand-up/Stay-Up Comedy Show featuring BradChad Porter (free event):

All the way from Oklahoma City, Comedians NWA is proud to present BradChad Porter. BradChad has lived many lives which inform his comedic sensibilities. He has worked as a teacher, a minister, a salesman and for a brief stint the caretaker of a cemetery. Comprised of rich stories and observations delivered with intense conviction, his comedy speaks to the righteous anger and frustration within us all, a response to a world that just doesn’t work like it should.

BradChad has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy, such as Kyle Kinane, Doug Stanhope, Maria Bamford and Paul F. Thompkins just to name a few. BradChad also has comedy album entitled “Yelling at Giants”.

Joing BradChad will be Ryan Trickey from Kansas City. Regularly witty and often ridiculous, Ryan Trickey performs in bars and clubs all across the Midwest. With his raw and honest take on everything from society to the psyche, this Kansas City native demolishes frowns, annihilates relationships, and slays audiences.

And kicking the show off will be Comedians NWA’s Stetson Banks and Zac “Bone Daddy” Slusher. Seating will be limited, so get there early, grab a good seat and enjoy a cider. As always, the Stand-Up/Stay-Up Comedy show is FREE!!

CLICK HERE to visit the BAX Facebook page to stay informed about new events, shows and ciders to enjoy.

The Friday 5: Things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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Easter weekend is here, and TONS of Easter egg hunts are happening in NWA! We didn’t have space to squeeze them all in here, so be sure to CLICK HERE and check out our full list of NWA Easter events! Also, don’t forget about our 2017 NWA Summer Camps Guide!

Latin Dance Night at Crystal Bridges

Head to Crystal Bridges tonight for a dance party with DJ Flex from La Zeta Radio. The Great Hall makes for beautiful surroundings to dance the night away to rhythmic Latin music. This event is free, and registration is required.

Date: Friday, April 14

Time: 8 to 11pm

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Spring Fling at the Botanical Gardensspring fling

The Botanical Garden is hosting a kid-friendly event to kick off their Little Sprouts program season. They will have preschool and elementary level garden programs and activities and live musical performances. Picnics are encouraged!

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

AR Girls Code Workshop

ar girls codeIf you have a daughter in 9th through 12th grade who loves math, science, or learning languages, register her for this FREE coding workshop from AR Girls Code! Participating girls will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and Javascript through interactive, project-based learning. They will also have the chance to meet local female web developers, hear their stories, learn about their jobs, and ask them questions about their experiences and challenges.

This is an incredible opportunity provided by AR Girls Code and the Community Venture Foundation. The purpose of AR Girls Code is to inspire more young women to pursue a future in STEM.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 9am to 2pm

Location: RevUnit, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Butterflies at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

As part of their Third Saturday family series, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is hosting Gail Pianalto and Joyce Mendenhall, authors of Calla and the Caterpillar. The authors will discuss the importance of butterflies to our ecosystem. This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10 to 11am

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Reading with the Razorbacksreading razorbacks

If you have little Razorback fans in your house, they will beg you to head to the Fayetteville Public Library this Saturday. Razorback athletes will be visiting the library to read to the kids, color, make bookmarks, and sign autographs!

Date: Saturday, April 15

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

BlackAppleNewLogoBlack Apple Crossing events this weekend:

The 5 events above offer some great options for the family, but if you have a sitter this weekend — and you’re in need of a date night or a Girls’ Night Out — our new Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend they’ll host DanceMonkeyDance (tonight, Friday, April 14) and The Couch Jackets will be playing on Saturday night, April 15 as part of their Ciderday Night Live series. Ciderday Night Live events happen every weekend. They also have Taco Tuesdays, trivia nights and book club events during the week!

Black Apple Crossing is the state’s first cidery. It’s located in downtown Springdale off Emma Avenue just past mile marker 13. Black Apple Crossing has produced naturally gluten-free hard apple cider with no added sulfites or other preservatives since July 2015.

Click here to visit the Black Apple Crossing website. FYI, below is the cidery’s new “Cardinal Kiss”, a hibiscus-infused cider featuring a semi-sweet balance of fresh citrus, berry, and floral notes complemented by its brilliant red hue. BAX started serving up this beauty in late March.

Black Apple Crossing's Cardinal Kiss, new in 2017

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

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We didn’t have space to squeeze in all the awesome Easter egg hunts and events going on this weekend, so be sure to CLICK HERE and check out our full list of NWA Easter events! Also, don’t forget about our 2017 NWA Summer Camps Guide!

vintage marketVintage Market Days

Grab a girlfriend (or just drag your kids along) to the biggest vintage market in NWA. Country Living Magazine named this event one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want To Miss.”  This indoor/outdoor market will be brimming with upscale vintage items such as original art, antiques, clothes, jewelry, home decor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal plants, and delicious treats. Add live music and food trucks, and it’s a party!

Dates: April 7 to 9

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: SW Regional Airport Blvd, Bentonville

More info: Click here

First Friday: International Festivalinternational festival

The Bentonville square is going to be transformed into a stage for an International Festival! Enjoy live music, dancing, and performances from many different cultures. Bonuses: Food trucks and family-friendly activities! The festival (and food trucks) will open at 11am, and the international performances will happen between 5 and 8pm. (Bonus: stay afterward for a free showing of Finding Dory at Lawrence Plaza!)

Date: Friday, April 7

Time: open at 11am; mainstage performances 5 to 8pm

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Young Meteorologist Weatherfeststorm

Local weathermen Dan Skoff, Garrett Lewis, and Darby Bybee will be at the Fayetteville Public Library this Saturday for the third annual Young Meteorologist Weatherfest! Your young weather enthusiasts will have a chance to see storm spotter vehicles, play the “Planit Now” game, learn how to be prepared for weather emergencies, have their face painted, try their hand at being a weatherman, and win prizes! No registration is required for this event.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 10 to 11am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Healthy Amazing Me at Amazeum

The Scott Family Amazeum is hosting a special event this weekend to help children feel comfortable in a medical environment. They will feature several different activity sections:
- Teddy Bear Clinic: Bring a doll, teddy bear, or stuffed animal and play doctor to learn about a healthcare environment.
- Smile Shoppe Dental Wellness Cart: Do your children know how & why to keep their cute smiles healthy? Visit the Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry team at their wellness cart in the lobby for a fun and educational experience.
- Eye & Heart Dissections: Ever wonder what an eye and heart really look like? The University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences will be back and assisting guests with exploring eyes and brains.
- Story Walk: An exciting and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.
This event is included in your paid daily admission or membership. No registration is required.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 1 to 5pm

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

Funday Sunday: Free Swim at Jones Center fac-pool

Enjoy a completely free afternoon of swimming at the Jones Center, sponsored by Wal-Mart! 

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 1:30 to 4:45pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

BlackAppleNewLogoBlack Apple Crossing events this weekend:

The 5 events above offer some great options for the family, but if you have a sitter this weekend — and you’re in need of a date night or a Girls’ Night Out — our new Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend they’ll host AJ Gaither OMB (tonight, Friday, April 7th) and Open Fields will be playing on Saturday night as part of their Ciderday Night Live series. Ciderday Night Live events happen every weekend.

Black Apple Crossing is the state’s first cidery. It’s located in downtown Springdale off Emma Avenue just past mile marker 13. Black Apple Crossing has produced naturally gluten-free hard apple cider with no added sulfites or other preservatives since July 2015.

Click here to visit the Black Apple Crossing website. FYI, below is the cidery’s new “Cardinal Kiss”, a hibiscus-infused cider featuring a semi-sweet balance of fresh citrus, berry, and floral notes complemented by its brilliant red hue. BAX started serving up this beauty in late March.

Black Apple Crossing's Cardinal Kiss, new in 2017