Note: This is a compensated post. However, all opinions are completely mine.
They’ll be kicking off the fun at noon with the Central High Marching Band and Santa and the Missus. Your kiddos can get their pictures taken with Santa (for free!!!) from noon-4:30 p.m. Also Saturday afternoon, rides on the the Promenade Express (their cute little train) will be free!!
WhooHoo on the free!
Then at 6 p.m., the folks at the Promenade will be lighting their 26-foot-tall musically animated tree, as well as several smaller lighting displays.
Of course, while you’re out at the Promenade, the stores may be calling to you. That is to be expected, they have plenty of fun places to shop. But to help out your pocketbook a little this holiday season, the Promenade folks will be handing out their 2013 Holiday Coupon Book.
You can also register for the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway to win 1 of 12 Apple iPad Mini’s that they’re giving away or a $500 shopping spree. *A $5 donation is requested for entry into the giveaway, with the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Mid-South.*
Speaking of charity, Plays with a Purpose will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol at The Promenade Courtyard to raise more money for the Make-A-Wish Mid-South fundraiser. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
To read more about Saturday’s event (and to see a handy map of where everything will be!) go here.
The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will present a special event — Selections from Swan Lake — featuring performances by Ballet Arkansas company members on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 712 Scott St., Little Rock.
Tickets for Selections from Swan Lake are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org or by phone at (501) 666-1761.
Here are some of the creative, adorable entries from the Promenade at Chenal’s BOO-tiful kids costume contest on Saturday. There’s some really great ones here if you’re working on last-minute ideas!
Other activities coming up at the Promenade at Chenal are the Friday opening of their newest store, Lululemon Athletica, and their annual Holiday Celebration of Lights on Nov. 30, kicking off Christmas shopping in full gear. More on that soon!
NOTE: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
This year, the Little Rock Mamas were invited to spend at afternoon at Arkansas Frontier’s Living History Farm.
So I — Arkie Mama — Hubs and the kids headed up to Quitman to check out not only the interactive historical displays, but also the duck races, pumpkin patch and Enchanted Forest.
Did we have fun? Yes. So much so that the children very nearly had to be physically dragged to the car when it was time to leave.
First, an overview: Arkansas Frontier was founded by teachers 14 years ago. At the farm, children can visit a one-room schoolhouse, mine for gems, laugh at various farm animals’ antics and play with the type of toys enjoyed by kids in the 1800s.
Ours especially loved the wooden stilts, the button buzzers and corn husk dolls. Pioneer schoolteacher Miss Hannah also entertained us with descriptions of the rules set for pioneer teachers — no hanging out in ice cream shops or courting! — and how a one-room schoolhouse operated. The E-man and Tootie were fascinated and asked a ton of questions.
We all tried our hand at the duck races (I lost) and had a lot of fun wandering through the Enchanted Forest along a meandering trail decorated with fairytale characters and a few spooky Halloween ghouls.
The kids LOVED the Frontier Mining Company. After picking up a bag of “mining rough” at Pappy’s Mine Shack, the children — under the supervision of Pappy himself — headed to the mining sluice, where they discovered amethysts, garnets, rose quartz and other gems in their rough.
We also went on a hayride and picked up some pumpkins from the patch.
There’s still time to make it this year if you hurry! Go here for times and dates.
If you can’t schedule a visit this year, definitely put this place on next year’s autumn activity list. (Arkansas Frontier also is the perfect spot for school field trips and home school groups.)
Below, is a tour in photos —
There’s a chill in the air, and it’s a great sunny day for fall activities.
We’re headed out with the kids to the Promenade at Chenal for the final Farmer’s Market West this year. I’m hoping to find some lettuce that would go well in a Greek salad, and hopefully a little zucchini and squash, too.
Making the day even better, Local Lime and Big Orange will be giving out samples and a chance to win one of two gift card giveaways.
The BOO-tiful Kids Costume Contest is going on until 1:30, too. Can’t wait to see all the cute kiddos dressed up in their sweet-and-scary gear! The twins have been shouting “Happy Halloween!” all morning long already. There’s still time to register when you get there — and the proceeds will go toward Arkansas Rice Depot. And there’s a super great lineup of prizes, too.
See you out there!
to a Fall Festival on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27), 2-4 p.m., at Windsong Church of Christ.
The festival is free and we would love to have you and the kids. We’ll have a Bounce house, carnival games and of course, trunk-or-treat. So put on your costumes and come out for a fun time!
The Color Run 5K is heading to Little Rock on Nov. 2, starting in the River Market. So lace up your running shoes, put on a white T-shirt and get ready to get messy!
What is the Color Run, you might wonder?
From their website:
The Color Run™, also known as the ‘H appiest 5k on the Planet’, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Finish Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
Sound like fun? Here at Little Rock Mamas, we have TWO registrations to give away. So on this post, tell me why you’d like to participate in the Color Run. I’ll draw the winners on Monday, Oct. 28, so be sure to comment by midnight Sunday.
And if you’re not one of the lucky winners, we also have a coupon code to get $5 off your registration fee.
Congrats to Izhar Buendia and Kara Darling! You’re the winners of the ASO Halloween Spooktacular ticket giveaway.
Your tickets for the show on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. will be waiting at the Robinson Center Music Hall’s will call area.
Thank you so much for entering, and thanks again to our partners at Living Pink Public Relations for providing the tickets. We hope you enjoy it!
It’s finally fall, which means the weather has been absolutely beautiful for sending the kids outside to play a bit more.
The turn of the season has meant that our garden has pretty much given up for the year, too. All we’ve got left on the plants are a few scraggly peppers. But just in time, there will be a Farmer’s Market at the Promenade at Chenal on Saturdays from 1-7 p.m., starting this week and stretching to Oct. 26.
The bounty should include various locally grown lettuces, garlic, okra, purple hull peas — which are BIG in my husband’s family — squash and tomatoes. And jellies and jams — yum.
Honestly, I’m really looking forward to checking out the fall decor offerings, too. Maybe it’s because October is my birthday month and I’m feeling celebratory, but I always start yearning for crafts and decorations this time of year. They’ll have some food sampling and local music, too.
During the kickoff this Saturday, if you bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Arkansas Rice Depot, you’ll get a free produce item in exchange while supplies last. What a great tradeoff!
Note: This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own, of course.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present the first installment of its 2013-14 Acxiom Pops Live! Series — Halloween Spooktacular — on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Robinson Center Music Hall. It’s sponsored by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Primary school students grades K-12 are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free of charge with purchase of an adult ticket using Entergy Kids’ Ticket, downloadable at the ASO website.
Single tickets are $18, $34, $47 and $59; active military and student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org; at the Robinson Center box office; or by phone at (501) 666-1761.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, the musicians will be dressed in Halloween costumes. The audience is encouraged to wear their Halloween finery as well!
And thanks to our partners at Living Pink Public Relations, Little Rock Mamas is giving away two sets of 4 tickets each for the Sunday matinee! Even though K-12 students can get in free, this could mean bringing along grandma and grandpa for free, or younger or older siblings who want to join the fun.
To enter, leave a comment with your favorite song from the program below. Winners will be selected at random on Oct. 10.
RAY PARKER, JR./B. Holcombe—Ghostbusters
JOHN WILLIAMS—Superman March
DANIEL ELFMAN—Edward Scissorhands: Main Title
MODEST MUSSORGSKY—Night on Bald Mountain
JOHN WILLIAMS—Jaws: Main Title and First Victim
MARK SNOW—X-Files: Main Title
RICHARD WAGNER—Ride of the Valkyries
MICHAEL JACKSON/B. Holcombe—Thriller
KLAUS BADELT/T. Ricketts—Pirates of the Caribbean
JOHN WILLIAMS— Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
· Movement I (Hedwig’s Theme)
· Movement IV (Harry’s Wondrous World)
Carl Anthony, Celeste
DANIEL ELFMAN—Music from Spider Man
JOHN WILLIAMS—Star Wars: Main Title