The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in NWA

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Happy Valentine’s weekend!

There are lots of options for fun in Northwest Arkansas on this weekend of love. Here are 5 of them:

1. Sweetheart Lunch/Eagle Watch Cruises, Saturday and Sunday. Share the wonders of nature with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking an Eagle Watch Cruise on Beaver Lake and enjoying a yummy lunch at Ventris Trails End Resort. Lunch will include roasted pork loin with mushrooms in white gravy with mashed potatoes and bacon green beans, or portabella sandwich with green peppers and onions with a garlic mayo, cheese and fries.  Also:  soup, salad, rolls, tea/coffee/lemonade, and dessert.

Sweetheart Weekend trips are limited.  Cruises are available Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th, and run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $80+ tax per couple or $40+ tax per individual.

Reservations and payment must be made in advance.

Contact the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area visitor center to reserve your spot: 479-789-5000.

bluebird of happiness2. Pinch pot class for an adult + child (or as a couple) at Terra Studios, Saturday and Sunday. The Valentine’s Pinch Pot Class for an adult + 1 kid — or for a couple — is $20 total and includes 2 cheesecakes, 2 beverages and a baby bluebird. Terra is such a fun place to spend the day. You can stroll the grounds, have a delicious treat, and make a pinch pot with a splash of bluebird glass in the center. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

Terra says: Please wear comfortable clothing that may get stained with clay, dyes, glazes, paints, or whatever art materials you happen to be working with at the time.  Also, remember that layers are helpful with heating/air conditioning and time outdoors.

Arrive at the Terra Studios Gallery at least 15 minutes before your scheduled class time and check in at the register. Your teacher will meet you in the Gallery.

The classes will be held at various times on Feb. 13 & 14.

Click here or call 479-643-3185 to sign up.

james james3. James+James Future Craftsman Club project. James+James has free monthly classes for kids and on Saturday they’ll be making Valentine’s Day cards. All supplies are provided PLUS drinks and snacks, so that’s cool.

Drop by James+James Home in Springdale (Furniture Row area) on Saturday (Feb. 13) anytime between 2-5 p.m. to make the V-Day craft.

4. Family Sunday, I ♥ Art, Crystal Bridges. If you’d like to visit Crystal Bridges this Valentine’s Day with your family, there will be music and hands-on fun. You’ll LOVE what they have planned for this event. It’s free and no registration required.

Click here for more info!

5. Valentine’s Day Brunch, Sunday. If you’d rather get a sitter and celebrate with your honey on Feb. 14th, you might consider having brunch at Eleven, the restaurant at Crystal Bridges Museum. Crystal Bridges has brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and this Sunday they’re hosting a “Valentine’s Day Brunch for Two”.

The first course will be fresh crepes stuffed with Boursin scrambled eggs topped with hollandaise sauce, thick-cut bacon, and cast-iron potatoes gratin. The second course will have you feeling sweet with white chocolate & vanilla bean crème brûlée and chocolate-covered strawberries. ($36 for two, tax/gratuity not included)

Reservations are recommended for brunch and dinner service.

Click here to make a reservation online or call 479-418-5700 Option 2.

Got an event or activity you’d like for us to add to the calendar or consider for a future Friday 5 list? Email it to us at mamas@nwamotherlodeDOTcom.

Last chance for Mamma Mia Girls Night Out!

Mamma Mia GNO click for infoGirls Night Out is tonight!! We are PUMPED!

We’re going with a big group of local moms to see the show Mamma Mia on the Walton Arts Center stage tonight. And we’re meeting up for a pre-show Happy Hour at Hog Haus Brewing Company, which is right hog hausacross the street. Come by Happy Hour any time between 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Then we’ll walk over to the Walton Arts Center and find our seats because the curtain on the show goes up at 7 p.m. Get all the details by clicking HERE.

There may be some last-minute tickets available and we do have a group discount, so call Rachel at the Walton Arts Center (479-571-2719) to see if you can get a ticket. Be sure to tell her that you want to sit with the nwaMotherlode group.

During the pre-show Happy Hour at Hog Haus, we’re going to give away some fun door prizes provided by mom-friendly companies like Belle Boutique, Walton Arts Center, Amazeum, Revive Medical Spa, Kyya Chocolate and the Walk a Mile in My Shoes shopping event. Many thanks to the sponsors who made the door prizes possible. We appreciate you!

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The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in NWA

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1. Mardi Gras parade in downtown Fayetteville. Saturday is the 25th anniversary of Mardi Gras Fayetteville and the Parade of Fools will be downtown at 2 p.m.

Fayetteville Mardia GrasThe Grand Marshal is Dan Skoff. There will be costumes, beads, floats and fun!

Click here for more information.

2. Glow Swim at the Bentonville Community Center. The community center (at 117 Central Ave.) is providing the exciting nighttime experience of swimming in the dark on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. The center will turn off all the pool deck lights, and leave on all the water features (slides, adventure river, and play structures).

Swimmers are encouraged to bring glow sticks to play with, and they’ll give glow sticks to the first 30 participants. This event will be lifeguarded and the lights inside the pool will stay on for safety reasons.

The event is free for Community Center members and non-members can purchase a day pass for the event.

For more information, click here. 

Bentonville Community Center pool

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3. Monty Python’s Spamalot. This Tony award-winning “Best Musical” is ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The show will be at the Arkansas Public Theatre in downtown Rogers on Feb. 5-7, Feb. 11-14, Feb. 18-21.

Click here for more information.

4. Paula Poundstone comedy show. You may know Paula Poundstone as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” We’re lucky to have her on stage at Walton Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. to enjoy that wry, intelligent and witty comedy.

Click here for more information.

sona5. SoNA Presents Valentine Pops: American Songbook. Enjoy America’s beloved popular music from the first half of the last century, with a generous helping of songs about love.

This Symphony of Northwest Arkansas show will feature guest vocal soloists at Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Walton Arts Center.

Click here fore more information.

Where Kids Eat Free in Northwest Arkansas

Kids Eat Free 2016Sometimes a mama just needs a break from the kitchen, especially in December when there are a million things to do and places to go. Use the Kids Eat Free list to find a fun place to eat without breaking the bank. We compiled a list of the ones we know about, but we’d also like to hear from you.

If it’s not listed below, please tell us about your favorite Kids Eat Free restaurants around town. We’d also like to hear about those places that offer “kids eat almost-free” meals (as in super cheap). Click the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and share your favorites with everyone! Or you can email us at

If you’d like to receive an expanded Kids Eat Free list, sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be able to download our free printable. CLICK HERE to sign up!

A word of caution, though: The hours/times of the following Kids Eat Free restaurants could change, so make sure to check with them first. We’ve linked to each restaurant so you can double-check. Also, keep in mind that these offers are typically contingent upon an adult meal purchase.

Here’s a list of Where Kids Eat Free (or for a great price):

Every day:

The Grove, Rogers (at 2600 Pleasant Crossing), ALL DAY, DAILY!

The Catfish Hole, Fayetteville (kids under 5)

Grub’s Bar & Grille, Fayetteville, all day for kids under 12

JJ’s Grill, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day for kids under 12

Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili, Lowell, 4 to 8 p.m.

Boar’s Nest BBQ, Fayetteville and Rogers. Kids eat free every day, all day. 12 and under. 1 kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Frickin Chicken, Fayetteville Spring Street location, all day (1 free drumstick, or chicken strip, 1 waffle, and 1 side)

Big Tony’s Pizzeria, Springdale, Kids 10 and under eat free all day (comes with a soft drink and cookie)


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Slim Chickens, Fayetteville (College and Joyce locations), all day

Las Palmas, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Tontitown, 5 to 9 p.m.

Bliss Cupcakes, Children 10 and under get a mini cupcake with the purchase of a regular cupcake

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill. Fayetteville and Rogers. TWO free kids meals (for 12 and under) per adult entree purchase. 5-10 p.m.

Wagon Wheel Country Cafe. Springdale. One free kid’s meal with an adult purchase. 4-8 p.m.

Slim Chickens, Rogers and Fayetteville. Kids eat free all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.

Mojitos, Fayetteville and Rogers, 12 and under, all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 4-9 p.m. Springdale (one Kids Meal per Adult Meal)

Denny’s 4-8 p.m., Fayetteville Springdale (1 kid’s meal for 10 and under with each adult entree)

AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Fayetteville, Springdale

Firehouse Subs, Fayetteville, both locations, after 4 p.m.

Applebee’s, 5-9 p.m.

Atlanta Bread Co., 4-9 p.m. (Children 10 and under) *Note: At the Fayetteville location, kids receive free face painting and balloon animals during the kids eat free time.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Rogers, ALL DAY. Every Wednesday is Wednesday Family Day. For every 9-inch or larger pizza that a parent orders, kids 12 and under get a free 6-inch pizza.

Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville, after 4 p.m.

Firehouse Subs, Bentonville, after 4 p.m.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Panda Express, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers. Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Fayetteville, Springdale

Jose’s Southwest Grille, Springdale location, all day

Mariachi’s Mexican Grill at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville. 3-9 p.m. Kids 12 and under eat free with each adult meal purchases (includes kid drink).


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, M-F)


Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)


Jose’s, Springdale, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Rogers (Promenade location), Springdale and Lowell, all day

Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)

Mama Fu’s Asian House, Bentonville, all day

Slim Chickens, Rogers, all day

Inexpensive kids meals:

Backyard Burgers, 99-cent kids meals (up to 2) w/adult combo purchase, after 4 p.m.

Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Q, 99-cent kids meals, Tuesdays

Sassy’s Red House BBQ, kids 12 and under one kid meal for 99 cents with each adult meal purchased (Regularly $3.99)

Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fayetteville, Kids’ meals $1.50 on Saturday and Sunday

Flaps Down Grill, Springdale (inside the Springdale Airport), All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for kids 12 and under on Sundays: $2.99 Note: Flaps Down Grill also offers free plane rides for kids at lunchtime every third Saturday of the month.

Zazby’s, all locations, Thursdays, buy an adult meal and get a kid’s meal for 99 cents (up to 2) Also: Family Night, all locations, $20 for four meal dealz and six cookies, 5-8 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville. $1.99 kid’s meals (dine-in only, 12 and under, includes drink) with adult meal purchase.

Golden Corral, Fayetteville. Tuesdays, 4-9 p.m. 1/2 price kids buffet (includes drink) $2.99 per child for each adult meal purchase.

Ginger Rice and Noodle Bar, Fayetteville. Every day from 3-6 p.m. the entire purchase is 20% off (no specific kids menu).

Kids Eat Free 2016