Giveaway: Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare on stage + U.S. Pizza!

TheUglyDuckling-MotherlodeWebAd_266x375We love Walton Arts Center’s Kid Series and can’t wait to see The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare.

If you’d like to take your littles, we’re giving away a family four-pack to see the show + a gift card so your crew can enjoy U.S. Pizza Co.!

ABOUT THE SHOW: With the use of electroluminescent puppetry, two incandescent story-time adventures will be brought to life right before your eyes.

Lightwire Theater presents two cherished fables in a new and brilliant light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry visually dazzles like moving sculpture in this glowing theatrical experience.

In an age where television, computers and video games reign, Lightwire delivers classic tales in a visually remarkable way with an engaging musical score ranging from classical to jazz to pop.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Ugly Duckling has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles, finding acceptance and inclusion without changing who you really are on the inside.

Lightwire Theater brings this story to the modern stage offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.

Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, now over 2,500 years old, continues to drive home the time-tested adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.” This age old story comes with a modern twist for the kids of today, as the Hare allows himself to be distracted by texting and video games while the Tortoise wins the race due to his discipline and fortitude.

Recommended for ages 5 and up!

USpizzaABOUT THE FOOD:We love U.S. Pizza. They are a tradition in Fayetteville and we love that they’re right on Dickson Street, so you can walk straight there from Walton Arts Center. The pizza, salads, sandwiches and more have a unique flavor that’s not duplicated in NWA.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets and dinner gift card, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which storybook/fable from your childhood had the biggest impact on you — or the one that seems to resonate the most with your kids.

You can also email your answer to us at

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There will be one performance on Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.


  1. I love Hansel and Gretel when I was a kid. It was magical and just scary enough. I follow you on Pinterest, commented on FB and follow on Twitter. Get the newsletter too! 🙂

  2. I loved a book called the Maggie B – my daughter is just getting old enough to share it with her.

  3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears or The Hen who said The sky is falling, the sky is falling

  4. I loved all of the Little Golden Books when I was a kid. The Baggy Saggy Elephant, Pokey Little Puppy and Little Red Hen. Love the positive message in them and my kids loved me reading them to them as well. I follow on Pinterest. I follow on Twitter.

  5. My 2 grandchildren would love this. And by the way pizza is a favorite food for these two toddlers.

  6. I loved “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” when I was younger, and my son always asks me to tell him that story. He generally interrupts me mid-tale to finish it for me!

  7. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a favorite of my son.
    I follow on Pinterest and on Twitter and get the newsletter. I also commented on FB.

  8. I know the wizard of oz and beauty and the beast impacted my daughter. They taught her sbout differences and how it is ok not to follow the crowd.

  9. I grew up in a town called Liberal, KS where the yellow brick road actually is. My entire childhood was focused around The Wizard of Oz. When I moved to NWA in 1989 I was surprised that so many people didn’t realize that Dorthy’s house actually exists, its upside down at the museum.

  10. My girls actually love The Ugly Duckling. They received the book as a Christmas gift from their auntie a few years ago (when they were still almost babies) and we love to read it before bed.
    I already subscribe to your newsletter!

  11. My favorite was The Little Engine that Could! My son loves the book No David 🙂

  12. Goldilocks and the 3 bears… my grandma used to tell it to me when I stayed with her and it will forever remain with me 🙂

  13. The poky little puppy was my fav as a child! I follow you on Pinterest as well!

  14. My mother used to buy me a little Golden Book when I went grocery shopping with her, I loved them all. I come from a family of avid readers and am raising another myself, books are magic.

  15. I loved the Fox & The Hound and Lady & The Tramp. 🙂

    My boys love all the Lama Lama books and really, anything with ducks. The older one has several stuffed ducks he carries around. ha!

  16. So many I loved!! I just loved to read and love to read to my children .. One of my favorites was “Are you my Momma” and later loved “The Trumpet of the Swans” ..

  17. Rip Van Winkle was a favorite of mine. I took from it the importance of hard work, being aware of your surrounding at all times, and not letting laziness steal from you!

  18. ‘The Little Engine That Could’ was my favorite as a kid. My parents still have my worn out copy. They gifted it to my daughter not too long ago (a new copy) and she loves it too!

  19. My favorites were The Giving Tree and Goodnight Moon. My son learned to read on The Giving Tree and it is still one of his favorites!

  20. Snow White was a favorite! But a lot of the traditional fairy tales just creeped me out! 😉

  21. I try to read all the different princess stories to my kids; especially the versions where the princess saves herself or the prince. My favorite is The Paperbag Princess.

  22. We enjoy reading Dr. Seuss right now, but as my daughter becomes older, we are introducing stories with morals, such as the The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and etc. 🙂

  23. The ugly ducking! People used to make fun of my red hair growing up, and now that I’m older everyone dye their hair red!?!?

  24. I loved all fairy tales growing up. Right now, I am using Pinocchio to explain to my children that lying will always catch up to you. Also, that mommas, daddies, and God know when you are lying and that you get in twice as much trouble than if you would have just told the truth in the first place. I follow you on Pinterest, commented on FB and follow on Twitter. Get the newsletter too!

  25. I loved Dr Seuss’ Wacky Wednesday” and also enjoyed sharing “LoveYou Forever” with my children, of course, there are numerous others!

  26. I enjoy the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. So many personalities and a great story of friendship.

  27. I always loved Aesop’s Fables, especially the Fox and the Grapes. I learned that when someone says something mean about you, it does’t always have to do with you.

  28. Went to Rumplestiltskin at Goodman Theater in Chicago and character walked through audience and scared the heck outta me. My mom wrote me a letter apologizing as if it had come from Rumple himself!

  29. I loved all the princess stories and my son loves The Three Little Pigs. We like pizza too! 😉

  30. Definitely the boy who cried wolf. It’s a good lesson to teach my 5 year old!

  31. Love the Golden Book series including the “Pokey Little Puppy” and “The Three Little Pigs>.” Classics !

  32. I loved Sleeping Beauty as a child but as an adult my favorite animated show is Beauty and the Beast…..

  33. There are many fables that resonate with me from my childhood, with a lot of them already mentioned, but I’ll throw a different one out there – one that my children love – Puss in Boots. I remember my mom reading it to me as a small child, but I never really enjoyed it until my own kids came to love it so.

  34. The Three Little Pigs!! My girls are obsessed with that story! Also commented on your FB page and followed you on Twitter. Thanks!!

  35. The teeny tiny woman. Not everyone knows that one, but it is a favorite of all of us in the family. 🙂

  36. Ugly Duckling is a classic with a good message for kids, so I’m going with the obvious choice!

  37. My daughter and I read every night. One of her favorite books is The Little Blue Truck.

  38. I loved all the Little Golden Books and have since passed them all down to my kiddos. My little’s current favorite is Little Red Riding Hood.

  39. Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham… I do not like them Sam I am. Absolutely love it. Almost any Dr. Seuss makes me smile from ear to ear.

  40. My daughter and I LOVE the Little Golden Books. My sister shared my nephew’s collection of them and we read them from time to time.
    One of our favorites is The Little Red Hen;Georgia Grace always states “See Mom, they should have helped her so they could have some of the bread!” 🙂

  41. I loved Peter Cottontail! They had great adventures and always just barely missed out on danger. I had the whole collection of the small books and felt like they were just my size. My daughter now has them. I also loved Oscar the Grouch, I thought he was funny but my daughter loved Elmo because he was so sweet! She now loves Sophia the First.

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