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

Friday 5

There are so many fun activities happening in northwest Arkansas this weekend! And the weather is supposed to be beautiful. We hope you take part in at least one of these amazing family activities!

1. Jones Center Movie Night: Secret Life of Pets
Secret Life of Pets
Friday, February 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: The Jones Center

#JCmovienight is back! This Friday night, scoot on up to the Jones Center auditorium with your kids to see a free showing of the Secret Life of Pets, a hilarious family favorite! No registration necessary.

More info: Click here.

2. Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 18, 9am to 12pm

Location: Devil’s Den State Park

This Saturday, in the mild morning weather, meet up with author and bird enthusiast Joe Neal and the staff of the park to hike and count the birds who live in our state in winter. Never been bird-watching? That’s okay! This is a great way to give your kids (and yourself!) an introduction to bird-watching, guided by an expert, in a fun group environment. Meet at the lower Devil’s Den trail area, by the highway bridge.

More info: Click here.

House Sparrow

3. Cooking Local Demonstration

Saturday, February 18, 9:30 to 10am

Location: Ozark Natural Foods

Do you have a child who loves to get in the kitchen? Help them develop their skills by taking them to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market’s free cooking class at ONF! ONF’s wonderful and hilarious Chef Heather will be teaching how to cook meals using fresh, local ingredients directly from the Farmer’s Market.
P.S. Did you know the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market meets all year round? Their winter market happens every Saturday at ONF!

More info: Click here.

4. History and Technology

Saturday, February 18, 10 to 11am

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has a series of family activities on the third Saturday of every month, and this month they are bringing in an EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) team from Springdale to demonstrate how 3D printing, virtual reality, and other modern technologies can bring history to life. If your kids love technology, robotics, or video games, this is a GREAT event to take them to!

More info: Click here.

5. Super Saturday: The Scott Family Amazeum at the Fayetteville Public Library

Saturday, February 18, 10:30am

Location: Walker Community Room at Fayetteville Public Library

The Amazeum is coming down to Fayetteville this weekend! Visit the Fayetteville Public Library for a fun morning of exploring what the Amazeum calls “hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)” activities. We love the Amazeum around here—if you haven’t been up to the Amazeum with your kids yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get a little taste of the fun!

More info: Click here.

The Friday 5: Weekend Fun in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5

1. Pickin’ Post Concert: John Gorka

Friday, February 10, 2 to 4 pm

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

John Gorka is an internationally known folk singer-songwriter from New Jersey. One of his albums graced the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played folk albums on the radio. The FREE show will be hosted by Pickin’ Post radio show host Mike Shirkey. The library is expecting a large crowd, so they request that those who plan to attend RSVP online (no tickets are needed).

More info: Click here.

2. Vulture Venue Day at Devil’s Den

Lynn and the VultureSaturday, February 11, 9am to 7pm

Location: Devil’s Den State Park Visitor’s Center

Arkansas state parks are celebrating Arkansas’ birds in the month of February, and Devil’s Den State Park is hosting an event on Saturday to dispel myths about the misunderstood and underappreciated vulture! Various events are scheduled throughout the day, including The Lynn and Igor show from 1 to 2pm, where Lynn Sciumbato from Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will introduce the audience to Igor the Turkey Vulture and educate about the importance of vultures for our ecosystems. Be sure to bring your camera!

More info: Click here.

3. Storytime at Museum of Native American History

Raccoon's Last RaceSaturday, February 11, 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville

Storytime happens at the Museum of Native American History once every month, and is mainly for 3 to 8 year olds (but all ages are welcome!). This month’s story is the Abenaki folktale “Raccoon’s Last Race.” North American native tribes consider the raccoon to be a trickster spirit, so be prepared for a funny, tricksy story! Storytime will end with a game of “Pin the tail on the raccoon”! If you would like to bring a group please call or email the museum.

More info: Click here.

4. “The Sword in the Stone” Showcase with Arts Live Theatre

Saturday, February 11, 10:30am

Location: Walker Community Room at the Fayetteville Public Library

The talented actors of Arts Live Theatre will be performing sections of their current show, “The Sword and the Stone,” at the public library this weekend! The Arts Live Theatre is a non-profit, professional kids’ and youth theatre group out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. This family event is free and open to the public. This event will be a great way to introduce your kids to live theatre—with a show featuring other kids!

More info: Click here.

5. Pop-Up Concert with The House of Songs at Crystal Bridges

Saturday, February 11, 1 to 2pm.

Location: Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges is hosting a free pop-up concert this weekend featuring musicians from The House of Songs in Austin, Texas. The musicians hail from all over the country and the world—including performers from our own northwest Arkansas region, as well as Sweden, Ireland, and Denmark! The concert will be held in the Twentieth-Century gallery of the museum. Go listen to talented singers and songwriters, surrounded by amazing art!

More info: Click here.

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

Friday 5

1. Bentonville Baking Company Grand Opening
All of Bentonville Baking Company will now be under one roof. Stop by for samples and treats for the kids. All of their pastries, cookies, freshly baked bread, decorated cookies, and lunch specials will all be in one place.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9am to 1pm.
Location: Bentonville Baking Company, 406 Southeast 5th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
More info: Click here

2. 2017 Eagles & Icicles Float
The weather is cold and perfect for Bald Eagle sightings in Northwest Arkansas. Come out and join the Arkansas Canoe Club- Northwest Chapter and Ozark Mountain Trading Company for the 7th annual Eagles & Icicles trip to the Kings River on Saturday February 4th. There will be a short 4-5 mile float trip if there is ample water. If there’s not enough water on the Kings, plans will change to floating the White River. Everyone is welcome to meet at OMTC starting at 9 a.m. with plans to depart the shop by 10 a.m. Extra trailers will be in use from OMTC to help with shuttle. There will also be coffee and donuts provided at the shop before departure.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Garfield, Arkansas
More info: Click here

3. Super Saturday: Fenner Russell Music Series Family Concert with Shannon Wurst
Visit the Fayetteville Public Library and enjoy a free family concert with local award-winning musician Shannon Wurst. This concert is part of the Fenner Russell Memorial Music Series.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 10:30am
Location: Fayetteville Public Library
More info: Click here

4. Handmade Valentines with Art Feeds + Shindig Paperie
Stop by Shindig Paperie on Sunday for afternoon of handmade Valentine Cards with the best in the biz, Shindig Paperie and Art Feeds. Limited to 15 spots so grab yours quick!
For children Kindergarten-5th Grade, each ticket to the event includes:
5 cards and 5 envelopes
All the supplies to customize each Valentine card and envelope
A cookie and drink
All the supplies to create one “Spread the Love” confetti popper
An Art Feeds tote with treats inside!
Parents are welcome to stay and watch or drop their kiddos off!
If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Meg Bourne

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 2 to 3pm.
Location: Shindig Paperie
More info + registration: Click here

Print5. Living the Dream! at the Scott Family Amazeum
Do you dream of taking your musical talent to the next level? The Scott Family Amazeum is partnering with Anthony Gomes, award winning blues rock singer/songwriter/guitarist to offer a workshop for young adults ages 14-25. These budding musicians will learn how to make a living from the arts by investigating the creative process and business aspects of a career in music. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to rub elbows with Anthony and discover the pathway to start living the dream.
Date: February 5, 2017
Time: 11am to 4pm.
Location: Scott Family Amazeum
Ages: 14-25
$30 Amazeum members/$40 non members*
*This event requires preregistration.
More info + registration: Click here

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

Friday 5

1. Zing Adventures, Amazeum Saturday, 9-10 am; Encore workshop at 11 am-Noon

PrintJanuary’s theme is Fiber Fun, inspired by the mural in yarn, “Biking in Bentonville” by artist London Kaye.  Adult and child partners will become more familiar with a variety of MAKING techniques and tools using yarns, threads and fabrics.

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

Ages 4-6 years old and a caregiver. Open to all guests: Amazeum members and non-members. Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Register here for January 28  9-10 am Zing Adventures; Register here for January 28 11 am-Noon Zing Adventures encore workshop

2. Super Saturday: Winter Artsy Craft, Fayetteville Public Library. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

crayons, fplGet creative at FPL! Families can drop in any time between 10:30 and noon on January 28th in the Children’s Library to enjoy a wide array of fun, self-guided craft projects. Volunteers will be available for assistance.

Click here for more info!

3. It’s Great to Skate event, The Jones Center. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Ozark Figure Skating Club is hosting the annual It’s Great to Skate event to celebrate National Skating Month. It will feature skating exhibitions from noon to 12:15 p.m. and FREE skating lessons at center ice from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Those who take lessons will need to pay $5 for admission to the skating session and $2 to rent skates. There will be an Ozark Figure Skating Club information table and door prizes for skaters while supplies last.

Click here for more info!

4. 3rd Annual Afternoon of Fairytales to benefit Restoration Village. Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Children and children at heart are invited to an Afternoon of Fairytales at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville. The program will feature an interactive storytelling experience presented by Trike Theater, music, fairytale themed crafts and food. Come dressed as your favorite prince, princess or fairytale character.

Click here for mor info!


5. Cookbook Swap, Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Rogers. Saturday, 1 p.m.

Is your cookbook shelf overflowing? Then this is the event for you! So fun!

Have a few cookbooks you love to look at but rarely use? Or perhaps a stack of foodie magazines piling up on your coffee table? Need some new recipe inspiration? You are not alone! Gather up those books and come participate in a cookbook swap at the shop on Saturday, January 28th from 1pm – 4pm. We’ll put on a pot of coffee and provide some tasty snacks. Bring your gently used cookbooks, food memoirs, cooking reference books, or food magazines to swap and go home with a new treasure to add to your shelf! Bring as many as you’d like – we’ll encourage a one for one swap so participants will be able to take as many books as they contribute. Any books or magazines remaining a the end of the event will be donated.

Click here for more info!

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

Friday 5fayetteville farmers market1. Indoor Winter Fayetteville Farmer’s Market at Ozark Natural Foods. Through March 25th, the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market is at ONF, 1554 N. College Ave. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market on the Fayetteville Square will reopen on the Downtown Fayetteville Square April 1, 2017

2. Lace Making Saturday, 10 a.m., Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Members of the Dogwood Lace Guild will demonstrate their skills, and children can make a lace Valentine to take home. The program is part of the museum’s Third Saturday series for families.

3. Chinese New Year celebration, Fayetteville Public Library. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Join FPL to celebrate the year of the rooster! There will be a brief presentation on the history of Chinese New Year by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association along with traditional dances from the Chinese Association of NWA (CANWA), a performance by FHS Color Guard, and a lion dance from members of 5 Way Dragon’s Martial Arts.

The presentation will be followed by food and a craft.

Floral crown workshop

Floral crown workshop

4. Floral crown workshop, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Saturday, 1-2 p.m.

Let ZuZu’s Petals and Gifts teach you all the mechanics needed for a perfect flower crown constructing!  All the materials and tools will be provided, and each person will leave with their own handmade crown. These classes leave every participant feeling like a creative queen. Don’t miss out on the class that is a complete blast, full of laughter and selfies. $20 Registration online at  Limited Space and Registration is required

5. Tween Night at Crystal Bridges Saturday night, 7-9 p.m.

The museum’s fantastic Teen Council has planned a great evening for younger students featuring a DJ, dancing, art making, and unique gallery experiences. This party is free, and open to all area middle and junior high school students.

FREE, no registration required.