Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2016


Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

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Learn How to Buy a Telescope, and then View the Heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity. The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on “How to Purchase a Telescope”.  Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

Following Scott’s lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects. Cost: Free

Date: Dec. 2

Time: See in description above

Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

More info:  Call 479-789-5000. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site:

ArtShare (for youth with autism and their families)

Join us for ArtShare, a fun event for youth with autism and their families. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Ages 5+.Free, register online. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Great Hall and Temporary Exhibition

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

The Compassion Experience: An interactive tour of life in the developing world

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Family friendly.

Date: Dec. 9-12

Time: 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate » Blue

blueDon’t be blue about winter, celebrate the color at Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the beautiful hue of blue. Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Join instructors from Los Angeles based dance company, Contra Tiempo in this hip-hop dance workshop that will have the whole family moving!  $10 per family ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Great Hall

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Celebrate Squash class

Despite its name, winter squash is about as fall as you can get. With 11 varieties to choose from—including pumpkin— fall is the perfect time to celebrate squash and its wonderfully delicious flavor profiles and superior health benefits. Roast it, steam it or puree it—come learn all about this favorite fall food and why it’s truly good4u. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th

Time: 3-3:30pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

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Gingerbread Party

Graham crackers and candies and icing, oh my! It’s always lots of fun building gingerbread houses. Visit SPL to make your own.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Winter Break Wonders

winter-break-wondersVisit the museum over school break. They’re planning special family-friendly activities each afternoon, including art making, music, puppets, dance, and more! Check the museum website for a schedule of each day’s activities.Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Date: Dec. 17-Jan.2

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Quick Class: Extraordinary Cranberry

Come learn all about the tiny, mighty, Extraordinary Cranberry! That’s right, the benefits of America’s original superfruit go beyond bladder health to support the gut, heart, immune system and blood sugar stability—perfect for the season of indulging. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

Time: 3:30-4 pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

School’s Out activities, Springdale Public Library

Play board games, make ornaments, and enjoy other fun activities at the library.

Date: December 19 – 23

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

School break movies at FPL

zootopiaMovies include BFG, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

Date: Dec. 21-23 & 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Brown Bag Ice Age Movie Marathon

Get out of the house! Bring a sack lunch and watch the movies (PG)! Drinks provided.

Date: December 26 – 30

Time: Noon

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

 CLICK HERE to see the big list of holiday events in Northwest Arkansas!