Giveaway: A Family Getaway to see big cats — and Pete the Cat — in Eureka Springs!

The wonderful event Books in Bloom Literary Festival is headed to Eureka Springs next month and Pete the Cat will be there!

Pete the cat bookWe’re partnering with the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundationto bring you a family package so you can spend the day in Eureka during Books in Bloom weekend. And guess who will be there? Pete the Cat!

Award-winning artist and Illustrator, James Dean, will be at the Books in Bloom event to talk about the real Pete the Cat, the inspiration for the series of wildly popular children’s books. The actual Pete may have saved Mr. Dean from an unsatisfactory career as an electrical engineer. Kimberly Dean partners with her husband to create hip new adventures for their iconic groovy cat.

So with this giveaway, the kids can ♥meet Pete, ♥visit the big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and ♥have lunch at Basin Balcony in Eureka!

The 12th annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival will be Sunday, May 21, from noon to 5 p.m. in the gardens and the conservatory of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge’s mission  is to provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars. They have a variety of exotic animals in a wonderful sanctuary.

Basin Balcony Restaurant menu is built around hearty appetizers, live music and fun food and is known as a must stop during any Eureka Springs getaway. Its unique location, on the “balcony” of The Iconic Basin Park Hotel offers a unique bar and three dining areas while serving as a central stop during a great day of shopping.

The Balcony Restaurant overlooks Spring Street, has regular live music and is known as a place where locals regularly frequent and visitors are sure to enjoy a cool beverage and a great meal.

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WANT TO WIN THIS? If you’d love to win this family getaway in Eureka Springs, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us why you’d love to win this sweet package!

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  1. My sisters introduced us to Pete the Cat when my son was 6 months old. (Now turning 16 months) he would giggle and loved when we sang the songs especially “I love my white shoes….”. We just moved to AR and love to explore! One of his first words was Meow and Kitty Cat. He loves cats!

  2. How fun! We love to take day trips to Eureka Springs but we’ve been so busy we haven’t had time this season!

  3. We’re new to NWA and would love the opportunity to explore a Eureka Springs . My three children also happen to be huge fans of Pete the Cat.

  4. My 7 year old loves Pete the Cat books. My 2 year old is crazy about animals, especially big animals that make roars! Eureka is a fun area and so close, but we have never stayed there. For all these reasons this would be a score of a win!

  5. We love Pete the Cat and we love Eureka! Never been to Turpentine Creek. This would be perfect!

  6. I would love to have a little family getaway to kick off summer and my daughter loves Pete the Cat!

  7. We have been fans of Pete the Cat since our daughter was 2. Eureka is fun and we’ve heard so many great things about Turpentine Creek – we would love to visit!

  8. My boyfriends daughter loves Pete the Cat books. The first book she read all on her own was Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana. She also loves big cats. Tigers and Puma’s are her two favorites right now so a trip to see the big cats would make her day. This would be a great family trip for us.

  9. Pete the Cat books are great, but we especially love Turpentine Creek. For two years in a row, my sis has adopted a tiger in our name so my kids have absolutely loved being able to say we have a pet tiger! Great place!!!

  10. I have three kids who love book, especially Pete the Cat! We love Eureka, and would love to see the big cats again since we have not been since my 4 year old was still in my belly.

    I follow you on FB, Insta, and Twitter!

  11. I am looking forward to a fun summer with our four children and this getaway would be so much fun for the entire family! The kids love Pete the Cat, we have never been to Turpentine Creek despite living here 20+ years and my husband and I will always have a soft spot for Eureka Springs after honeymooning there. I follow on Twitter, Pinterest, IG and commented on FB.

  12. Pete the Cat is one of the first books I started reading to my little boy. He loves it! We would love to go on a day trip to Eureka and see all the big cats and enjoy the area! What a fun family day!

  13. I HAVE to win this!! My kids have grown up with this sweet, groovy, blue cat! Because of him, they are growing into such amazing readers with an absolute love for reading!

  14. My son loves Pete the Cat and he would really love to see the big cats at Turpentine Creek!

  15. Awe my kids love Pete the Cat and all his shoes! I would love a getaway with my family!

  16. My daughter is a HUGE lover of animals and especially CATS! We would love to win this getaway! So much fun!

  17. My 3 year old loves Pete the Cat! He would love to see the BIG CATS at Turpentine! This sounds like a super fun day to spend together in Eureka.

  18. My daughter loves Pete the Cat books! It would be so wonderful to see her excitement to actually get to meet him! Also my family would love to get away and have some one on one family time!

  19. would love a family weekend in Eureka. I work almost every weekend at a local hospital and would love to take this time to spend with my family!

  20. I would love to win this for my grandchildren ages 6 & 2, they would absolutely love Eureka & Pete the Cat. This would be so great for them as our son & daughter-in-law work all the time & would love this family day to have memories forever! My 6 year old grandson loves books & our 2 year old granddaughter loves cats! What a GREAT time this would be for their family!
    Thank you!

  21. My daughter has started reading and Pete the Cat is one of her favorites! My 4 year old also enjoys listening to his sister read all the Pete the Cat books. They would love to meet Pete and all the big cats as well!

  22. As a single foster mama of 5 kiddos, it would be great to do something together. Something not too far, but still away from the norm. We have been talking about a trip to the zoo so this would be a great treat!

  23. I would love to win this getaway, it would be great time, activities, and food to enjoy as a family in lovely Eureka Springs!

  24. Pete the Cat is a staple at our house. We love Pete!! And Eureka has always been a special place for our family to get away too. Sometimes just a day trip, so overnight would be great!

  25. I would love to take my grandchildren to Turpentine Creek to see the beautiful animals. They are only living in NWA while their daddy is deployed to Afghanistan so it would be great to share this adventure with them before they move to their next military post. They also LOVE Pete the Cat books, so meeting Pete would just push this over the top.

  26. Books are my love language and my kids love Pete and his cool shoes!! Eureka Springs is where my husband and I went on our first date and we’d love to take the kids there to experience the charm of the city!

  27. I would love to have an excuse to get away with the family to Eureka Springs! It is such a wonderful town and so much fun!

  28. My son LOVES Pete the Cat. These are the books that have encouraged him to begin reading. He gets SO excited when he is able to read a sentence and find out what Pete is up to!

  29. My 7-year-old son has never been to Eureka and LOVES Pete the Cat! Our plans for a first summer vacation fell through this year, so we’d love to go on a day trip like this one!

  30. I think my family would love to visit Turpentine Creek-we’ve never been there-and my 7-year old son likes Pete the Cat, so this sounds like a great trip for the whole family!!

  31. My 3 girls love Pete the Cat! They would be thrilled for the chance to meet Pete!

  32. I’m a single Mom and I would love to be able to take my son on this trip! It would be so much fun!

  33. My little girl loves Pete the Cat. We have a four month old who was in the NICU for a while and a family vacation to reconnect would be just what the Dr ordered!

  34. Our family hasn’t explored Eurkea Springs together yet and this would be such a special treat! My three year old loves Pete the Cat and reading to his baby sister! We’d love a chance to meet Pete and see the animals at Turpenties also, another place we’ve never been!

  35. My family would love this. We need a getaway trip together. We have all been so busy this year with school & extra curricular activities. This would be so much fun for us!

  36. We would love to getaway to Eureka Springs for the weekend and meet Pete the Cat! What a fun giveaway this is!

  37. we would love to win this awesome getaway! Thanks for keeping moms in the loop!

  38. My son loves Pete the Cat! I had no idea of this event. We would be thrilled to win. Plus we are a family that loves animals, especially cats. Going to Eureka is a bonus as my son hasn’t been since he was a baby. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  39. My kids can’t get enough of Pete the Cat! I would love to win this package so they can see the big cats. This would be a great mini vacation for us !

  40. I love Pete the Cat and would love to introduce my young daughter to him as well. As a children’s author, I’d love to attend Books in Bloom and I know my baby girl would love to meet Pete and the Big Cats as well!

  41. I would like to win to take my 4 1/2 year old girl because she just became a big sister and it would be something special for us to do!

  42. I NEED to win this! I have some special grandkids who would love to do this with me!

  43. We would love to win, as a single parent it isn’t always easy to to able to get out and do things and keep within budget. I think my boys would love this!

  44. I would love to win this for my grandkids, they love both Pete the Cat and the real big cats at Turpentine Creek. What a fun day this would be for them.

  45. We love Eureka and we love Pete the cat! I would love to take the kids for the weekend and enjoy the beautiful Basin Hotel.

  46. My daughter loves to read, loves eureka springs, and we all love turpentine creek! Great getaway package!

  47. Pete is more populr in our house than the actual cat! My 5-year-old daughter and I could benefit from a girls trip. A girls trip with books and big kitties?! Even better!

  48. I would love to win this! We have never been to Eureka Springs and we for sure could use a little getaway to refresh!

  49. My four year old granddaughter is crazy about anything “cat”. Toys, shirts, leggings, shoes, socks, gowns. Cats of any kind. We have taken trips to Eureka Springs with other grandchildren but have not taken this one. She would love the city its self, as she loves to look in shops and go to parks. We get her two weekends a month to do fun things with her and build memories. This would be a fantastic trip for her and Nanny and Papa.

  50. I love how an electrical engineer became an illustrator because of Pete.

  51. My son is 9 but has always loved Pete the Cat, so would love this opportunity. And he has never been to Eureka Springs, so that would make this extra special.

  52. I recently had to quit babysitting my 2 1/2 year old grandson, Camden, because his mommy quit work to be a stay at home mom. Even though I was happy for her, I was devastated because I had been keeping him since he was 3 months old. I miss that little booger!
    Anyway, he is a HUGE fan of “Pete the Cat”. I would love to bring him for a Mimi and Camden weekend getaway! I hope we get picked!

  53. This might be my favorite contest ever! I absolutely adore tigers and especially the Turpentine Tiger refuge! I also love Pete the Cat books! My 5 year old and I feel in love with them many years ago and we still read each new book that comes out. I read and sing them to my toddler class as well! What a fantastic giveaway!

  54. I follow you on pinterest, Facebook, insta, Twitter and listen to you on Magic! 😉

  55. Oh my goodness!! I would love to win this package! My husband and I were married in Eureka Springs 19 years ago and it would be so fun to take our kids! Thank you for the chance!

  56. I’ve loved Pete the Cat ever since I first heard “I Love My White Shoes!” I am an elementary librarian, and I would love to get some pictures with Pete for the library!

  57. I would love to take my granddaughters on this getaway! They are really into big cats and we all LOVE Pete the Cat.

  58. My youngest daughter loves Pete the Cat! This would be an awesome trip we could all do together!

  59. We have never been to Eureka Springs. I’ve heard of the wild cat refuge and have wanted to visit with my hubby and 3 girls. We love Pete the Cat! His “bad banana” book convinced my 4 year old to try bananas again 🙂

  60. I’ve lived in NWA my entire life, but have yet to take my kids to Eureka Springs. This would be the perfect opportunity to do so! Great for a weekend get-away for the family!

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