The kids are bored! What can you do to keep them occupied without breaking the bank? Here are some fun family adventures to get them out and keep them occupied. Some of these places are even fun for parents. See also: Guide to Little Rock for Kids and Families.
The Zoo doesn't have to be a day-long trip like some of the others. If you live in Little Rock, you can take the kids for just an hour or so. Open 9-5 in the summer. Located at One Jonesboro Dr., War Memorial Park. 501-666-2406.
The AMOD has many hands-on, fun exhibits and they change exhibits frequently. They often have special events and visiting exhibitors. The Tonight Show Science Expert, Kevin Delaney, is on staff at the museum. Check their site to see what's going on this month. 501-396-7050.
The children's theater produces classic children stories and is rated as one of the best regional theater companies in America. Generally, performances are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Located in the Arkansas Arts Center on 501 E. Ninth Street, 501-372-4000.
The Arkansas Travelers are our minor league team. They play at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. They were the first minor league team named for a whole state and are associated with the Anaheim Angels. Their games are always full of fun and they try to keep the kids engaged.
Heifer's Global Village has fun, hands-on exhibits for kids to learn about world hunger and Heifer's projects all over the world. It's small, so it won't be an all-day visit. Located at 1 World Avenue, across from the Clinton library. Admission is free.
This museum has a lot of neat maritime exhibits, but the showpiece is the USS Razorback, a submarine. You can tour the submarine most of the time. Please call for hours before you visit. Typically, tour hours are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Special tours can be arranged. Please call 501-371-8320.
Although the Clinton Library is educational, you wouldn't want your kids to miss this trip through history. It's a must see for all families in Little Rock. You can learn more about politics and the road to the White House here.
Turpentine Creek (Eureka Springs)
Turpentine Creek is located in Eureka Springs, about four hours from Little Rock. The sanctuary shelters any big cat in need. Some of them have come from roadside zoos that have been closed. Some of them were kept as pets. Admission $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (ages 3-12). They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter.
This nature center is designed to educate about the role of wildlife in Arkansas and the role of government offices, like Arkansas Game and Fish, in the preservation of Arkansas wildlife. There are some fun waterway exhibits and some animal exhibits. They have lots of information about fishing and hunting in Arkansas. 602 President Clinton Avenue, admission is free.
Central Arkansas has many city parks from large Burns Park in North Little Rock to the smaller parks sprinkled throughout the city. These parks are free and lots of fun. Burns Park even has its own amusement park.
Professor Bowl is the biggest bowling alley in Little Rock. If you don't mind a drive, try Millennium Bowl (7200 Counts Massie Road, 501-791-9150) in Maumelle. Millennium Bowl is a more updated and newer bowling alley. There's nothing wrong with professor bowl though. Professor Bowl is located on 901 Towne Oaks. Call 501-224-9040.
In the summer, Wild River Country is the place to be. There are less expensive public pools around the city too. They don't have the slides and rides, but they're still a lot of fun.
These last few aren't in Little Rock, but they're still fun. Magic Spring is Arkansas' Theme Park, and it has a water park too. Spend the day here with the kids. They have rides for thrill seekers, small children and families and the water park is quite nice. From I-30, take U.S. 70 West. It's just about 30 minutes from Little Rock. Open May 25 - August 18. 501-624-0100.