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19 Pumpkin Patches in Central Arkansas to Visit this Fall

Take your kids to some of these amazing farms and patches for great fall fun!

Pumpkin Patches & Family Farms
Pumpkin Patch in Scott — Scott Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, pig races, barnyard nursery, playground, farmer’s market, petting zoo, maze, concessions, pony rides, cart rides and the pre-picked pumpkin patch. Hours open to the public are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Oct. 1-31. Admission is $7 per person, and kids ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: 920-2901 or ScottPumpkinPatch.com.
BoBrook Farms in Roland — Bring the whole family to BoBrook for a hayride, play in the cornpit, go through the hay maze and play with the animals. You can also pick your own pumpkin. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Admission is $5, and the maze is an additional $3. Children ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: BoBrookFarms.com or 519-5666.
Schaefers’ & Collins’ Pumpkin Patch & Farm in Mayflower — Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out your own pumpkin. Then visit the barnyard animals, navigate tunnels, race in sacks and climb over hay bales. Cost is $5 per person. Concessions available. Patch open 9-6 Mon.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. 
For info: SchaefersPumpkinPatch.com.
Schaefers’ Corn Maze in Mayflower — Schaefers’ includes two corn mazes: one for younger children and one for older children and adults. Hayrides are also available, along with hay bales, tractor tires, a corn pile and more. Schaefers’ Corn Maze will run from Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 1-8 p.m. Sun. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children and ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: SchaefersCornMaze.com or 269-7903.
Mary’s Place in Bryant — At Mary’s Place, kids will enjoy train rides, a maze, a treehouse, bounce houses, animals and a pumpkin patch. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22-Nov. 12. Cost is $5 per person without a pumpkin, and $7.50 per person including a pumpkin. For info: MarysPlaceinBryant.com or 847-3900.
Garner Homestead Family Farm in Lonsdale — For $7 you can enjoy a full day on the farm, including a hayride, live barnyard animal show, woodland nature trail, animal petting area, corn field of trails, playground, picnic areas, a trip to the pumpkin patch and your choice of a bonus activity. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Sept. 20-Nov. 5. Children ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: 463-0510 or GarnerHomesteadFamilyFarm.com.
Johnston Pumpkin Farm in Greenbrier — Come enjoy hayrides, farm animals, lots of pumpkins, a play area, a country store and many photo opportunities. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. There will also be two special events: Scarecrow Contest on Oct. 1 and Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 8. Admission to the farm is FREE, but there are additional charges for some activities. For info: 679-5078.
Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock — A day at Motley’s includes hayrides, a farm zoo, hay play, picking pumpkins and pig races! Everything is included with admission, which is $6 per person, and children ages 3 and younger are FREE. Hours open to the public are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Oct. 1-31. For info: MotleysPumpkinPatch.com or 888-1129.
Pumpkin Hill at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock — Hayrides to Pumpkin Hill are available for field trips on weekdays and to the public from 1-4 p.m. Sun. from 
Oct. 9-30. Other activities include a pumpkin push, sack races and a nature hunt. Cost is 
$5 for kids and $2 for adults, and kids get to pick their own pumpkins. For info: 821-7275.

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Enjoy fall harvest time at a pick-your-own pumpkin patch that offers hayrides, corn mazes and other family activities. Start planning your harvest fun now -- many of the farms will start welcoming visitors at the end of the month and the beginning of October, but some will even open this weekend (Sept. 19-21)!

Note: We advise that you call ahead before your pumpkin patch visit; for many farms, opening dates and hours are dependent on the weather.

1. Arkansas Frontier in Quitman

Not only can your family pluck a pumpkin from the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, they can also learn about the lives of early settlers and Native Americans on the living history farm. Tour a replica of a pioneer homestead, learn a lesson in the schoolhouse and see a covered wagon. Little ones can also meet the animals who live on the farm—pigs, miniature horses, sheep, rabbits and a llama. In the Enchanted Forest, visitors stroll through a nature trail of storybook characters like Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

1625 Wesley Chapel Road, Quitman. $8, includes all attractions except Gem Stone Mining; pumpkins purchased separately.

Oct. 1-31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Available for groups by reservation Mon.-Fri. For info: (501) 589-3122, ArkansasFrontier.com.

2. Asbury’s Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock

Pick your perfect pumpkin and take pictures in this patch, conveniently located in west Little Rock.

1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. Pumpkins range in color and price.

Oct. 11-31: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 225-9231, Asbury-LR.org.

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3. BoBrook Farms in Roland

Not far from Pinnacle Mountain State Park, you’ll find this charming sunflower maze and pumpkin patch. Enjoy a hayride, sunflower maze, farm animals and a hay maze. Plus, kids can climb on a hay mountain formed from 200-300 bales of hay, and jump into the corn pit of 5,000 pounds of corn. When you’re ready to find a pumpkin, head to the 12-row pumpkin patch; some of the pumpkins are even left on the vine for families to cut themselves. Concessions and crafts are also available for purchase.

3810 Combee Lane, Roland. $6, includes all attractions; pumpkins sold separately and range from 50 cents-$12.

Oct. 1-31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. For info: (501) 519-5666, BoBrookFarms.com.

4. Cox Berry Farm & Nursery in Clarksville

This family-owned farm in Clarksville has been in business for close to 50 years; families can choose from many Pick-Your-Own experiences ending in late fall with pumpkins. In September and October, families can also snag apples from the orchard; in October, you’ll find Gold Rush, Fuji and Arkansas Black varieties. Plus, during the autumn season, younger children will love walking along a trail lined with fun characters, decorations, photo opps and a rope maze.

1081 Hwy. 818, Clarksville. Entry to the farm free; pumpkin prices vary by weight; pumpkin trail costs extra.

Oct. 1-31. For info and hours: (479) 754-3707, CoxBerryFarm.com.

5. Family Farm Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Patch in Malvern

Known by local families for its summer day camp, Family Farm also offers a pumpkin patch in October. Visitors can enjoy a hayride and John Deer train, fishing in the pond, petting farm animals, braving the “slide mountain” and running through hay tunnels.

18448 Hwy. 67, Malvern. $5, includes all attractions except the zipline; pumpkins sold separately.

Oct. 4-Nov. 1: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 337-4171, FamilyFarm.org.

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6. Garner Homestead Family Farm in Lonsdale near Hot Springs

Day trip to this family farm near Hot Springs for the complete autumn harvest experience, including a hayride, barnyard animal show featuring two goats (including a pygmy) that give kisses, pull a rabbit out of a hat and more, cornfield trails to run through, and an animal petting area. Youngsters can also frolic in a play area with tire swings, tunnels and climbing poles, hunt for arrowheads in the “arrowhead hunting grounds,” or hike a woodland trail down to a creek bank where kiddos can pan for “fool’s gold.” And, of course, don’t forget to pick up a locally-grown pumpkin!

1376 Hwy. 128/Hot Springs Village Cutoff, Lonsdale. $6, includes all attractions, children under 3 free; pumpkins sold separately and range from $2-$25.

Sept. 23-Nov. 1: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. For info: (501) 463-0510, GarnerHomesteadFamilyFarm.com.

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7. Hay Days at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock

Celebrate fall with tractor-drawn hayrides, storytime featuring American tall tales and Native American folklore, and pumpkins to take home.

20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. FREE!

Oct. 11-31: noon-4 p.m. Sat.; available Oct. 21-31 by reservation for school field trips. For info: (501) 821-7275, WildwoodPark.org.

8. Hicks Family Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Lonoke

Romp through the corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch, enjoy a pony ride and make friends with a barnyard full of farm animals. Little ones can saddle up for a pony ride and the whole family can take a hay ride.

184 Lasiter Road, Lonoke. $8, includes all attractions, children under 5 free with paying adult; pumpkins and food sold separately.

Sept. 27-Nov. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 941-2703, HicksFamilyFarms.com.

9. Holland Bottom Farm in Cabot

Stop by this produce stand for decorative gourds, white pumpkins and mums to spruce up your front porch; or shop for edibles like tomatoes, potatoes, squash, pie pumpkins, honey, jam and more. For a pick-your-own experience, families can head to the pumpkin patch behind the stand. On the last two weekends before Halloween, hop on a free tractor-pulled hayride out to the field (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun., plus Halloween Day).

1255 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy./Hwy. 321, Cabot.

Produce stand open through Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. For info: (501) 843-7152, (501) 743-8181; HollandBottomFarm.com.

10. J&P Ranch, Inc. in Scott

Since 1999, this pumpkin patch has been bringing smiles to little ones. Kids can wind their way through a hay maze made of round bales, take a hayride in a tractor-pulled covered wagon, gaze at an aquarium filled with fish, and feed rabbits, goats and chickens in a petting zoo. Little ones can also hop on a horse for a quick, hand-led horseback ride or blow off steam on basketball and volleyball courts. A mobile pumpkin patch (complete with Frankenstein-esque monster) is available to visit to schools and churches, and brings along pumpkins, chicken and rabbits.

966 McCoy off of I-40 East, Scott. $5, includes all activities and a free pumpkin for each child under 12.

Sept. 29-Nov. 2: 1-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun.; field trips and groups welcome 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. by reservation only. For info: (501) 920-6537.

11. Mary’s Place Pumpkin Patch in Bryant

At Mary’s Place, kids will enjoy rides on the new train which takes riders through the Sherwood Forest. You’ll stop at the Western town setting which has lots of spots for photo opps. Plus, kids can play on a wooden maze, a treehouse, and a hay mountain with a tunnel.

3705 Hwy. 5 N., Bryant. $9 includes all attractions and large pumpkin; $6 includes all attractions and no pumpkin.

Sept. 25-Nov. 8: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. For info: (501) 847-3900, MarysPlaceInBryant.com.

12. Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock

This Little Rock farm offers a full day of fun, including a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, country store, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and a petting zoo full of goats, chickens and pigs. Kids can also climb on a hay bale mountain and take a slide back down to the ground. Or, pick an oinker to compete in the pig races. Plus, don’t miss a special performance of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show (see website for schedule).

13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock. $8, children under 3 and seniors ages 55 and up free.

Sept. 27-Nov. 2: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 888-1129, MotleysPumpkinPatch.com.

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13. Mountain Home Berry Farm

If you’re in the northern part of the state during the harvest months, make a stop at this popular attraction. During its Fall Festival, families can go on an hour-long hayride tour that stops by the petting zoo (featuring an adorable miniature donkey), Mulch Mountain, kid’s corn maze and the pumpkin patch. A country store features homemade jams and jellies, apple cider, local honey and more.

693 County Road 57, Mountain Home. Entry to pumpkin patch free; $6 includes Fall Festival attractions; pumpkins sold separately.

Sept. 19-Nov. 2: noon-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Available to groups, birthday parties and field trips by reservation Wed.-Fri. For info: (870) 425-7028, MountainHomeBerryFarm.com.

14. Peebles Farm in Augusta

Pumpkins take over 60 acres of Peebles Farm, with 10 acres set aside for visitors to pick their own. Plus, visitors can hop on horse and carriage rides, explore the you-pick cotton field and more. Adventurous tykes can stumble through a 20-acre corn maze—the aerial view of the labyrinth forms the outline of a tractor pulling a pumpkin-loaded cart. Fearless families can even try and navigate the maze with flashlights after dark on Friday and Saturday evenings, but be prepared for some extra thrills and frights!

Hwy. 64 between Augusta and McCrory, Augusta. $8, includes most attractions, such as barnyard, corn maze, cotton patch and admission to pumpkin patch; children ages 2 and under free; hayrides $3; horse and carriage rides $3; pumpkins sold separately.

Sept. 26-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., noon-dusk Sun. For info: (870) 919-6162, PeeblesFarm.com.

15. Pumpkin Hollow in Piggott

Spend a beautiful autumn day enjoying all the fun, including the corn mazes, hayrides, catfish feeding, pony rides and pig scrambles (weekends), farm animals, Kids’ Barn, kids’ “train” ride, a slide down the pond levee, shopping, tasty treats, haunted attractions, and much more. The Friendly Forest, decked out with scenes and interactive displays, is designed just for children and the faint-of-heart. Two separate corn mazes with different difficulty levels are also available for visitors. Bring a flashlight and brave the mazes on Fright Nights, if you dare.

671 County Road 336, Piggott. $10 for standard package, $15 for Kids’ Daytime Armbands.

Sept. 20-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. Corn Maze open additional evening hours on Fright Nights; see website for details. For info: (870) 598-3568, PumpkinHollow.com.

16. Roseberry Farm in Benton

This brand-new pumpkin patch in Benton is operated by three brothers on a 56-acre farm. For its first year in business, Roseberry Farm will offer homegrown pumpkins in the 3-acre, pick-your-own patch; farm animal visits with chickens, goats and rabbits; hayrides; and thrills on the barrel ride, a tractor-pulled train made from 55-gallon drums cut in half. Treats at a small concession stand will also be available. Field trips, birthday parties and large groups are welcome by reservation.

12223 Hwy. 9, Benton. $6, children under 2 free; pumpkin prices vary.

Sept. 25-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sun. For info: (501) 722-8545, Roseberry-Farms.com.

17. Schaefers and Collins Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at Lollie in Mayflower

This popular spot boasts a brand-new building and larger play area this year; visitors can take a hayride to the field where the pumpkins are grown and make their pick. Children can also meet the barnyard animals and tumble around a play area with hay tunnels, cut-outs for pictures, a large sand box, swings and more. On weekends, kids will delight in train and pony rides, bounce houses and face painting. And, families can get spooked on a haunted, nighttime hayride (check website for dates and times). After all the wholesome fun, head to farm next door to get lost in the corn maze—every year a new design is etched into the corn stalks, and this year’s is a special design to celebrate its 10th year. Field trips, groups and birthday parties welcome by reservation.

Pumpkin patch: 864 Lollie Road, Mayflower. $5 includes play area, hayride and a pumpkin; hayride only $1; haunted hayride $5; other attractions and concessions available for additional fees.

Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 27-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun.; haunted hayrides Fri. & Sat. For info: (501) 470-3127, SchaefersPumpkinPatch.com.

Corn maze: $7, seniors ages 60 and up $6, children ages 3-12 $5, children under 3 free; mini corn maze, hayride and train ride $3 each.

The maze will be open Sept.-Oct.; check website for updates. Noon-10:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat., 1-8 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 269-7903, CornMazeAtLollie.com.

18. Scott Pumpkin Patch

After taking a year off from the pumpkin business, this popular patch is back. The new location in Scott will offer pig races, a bucking barrel, barnyard zoo, hayrides, hay mountain, rubber duck races, a toddler zone, tractor playground and a pirate ship. Birthday parties and field trips available by reservation.

14900 Hwy. 165, Scott. $8, seniors ages 65 and up and veterans $7, children under 3 free.

Sept 27-Nov. 1. For info and hours: (501) 920-2901, Facebook.

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19. St. Joseph Farm Fest in North Little Rock

Housed on the 63 acres surrounding the former St. Joseph Orphanage, this new educational farm will teach visitors about sustainable agriculture and carbon-negative farming—and, of course, give families a chance to pick pumpkins on the four-acre patch. Unique activities include a maze made from Sorghum-Sudangrass, a fast-growing grass that stands up to 12 feet tall; demonstrations on non-GMO pasture poultry; and tours through the seven-acre Food Forest, a project designed to feed the hungry and planted with fruit, berry and nut trees. The opening weekend (Oct. 18-19) will feature music all day, hayrides, the Arkansas Craftsman Fair, local food and a pioneer village filled with costumed actors.

6800 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock. $15 Sat., $10 Sun.; children under 12 $7; children 2 and under free.

Oct. 15-Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun.; open Wed.-Fri. by reservation for school groups, homeschool groups and custom tours. For info: (870) 370-4047, StJosephFarm.com.

Tickets Now on Sale for the 2nd Annual Rock Town Bacon Throwdown Sept. 20

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Few things make us as happy as when the words “bacon” and “throwdown” are smashed back-to-back, because whatever else is happening in that sentence is going to be marvelous.

And marvel of all marvels, the 2nd Annual Rock Town Bacon Throwdown will grace us with its presence at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 20 from 1-4:30 p.m.

The cooking competition is presented by Petit Jean Meats and the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary. Proceeds from the event will benefit the UAMS Patient & Family Support Fund, supporting things like the UAMS pet therapy program and resource assistance for long-term patients and their families. 

The throwdown is divided into professional and amateur categories, where teams of up to four must prepare at least 200-300 bites of their dish to be judged by the Aux Crew. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line, including the coveted People’s Choice award.

Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the gate. To purchase tickets, click here.

To learn more about the UAMS Aux Crew, follow them on Facebook or Twitter

For sponsorship information, call (501) 686-5656.

Another Restaurant Coming to SoMa

The South Main neighborhood, or as the cool kids call it, SoMa, may soon be home to a new restaurant. 

Our sister publicication, Arkansas Business, reported last week that a new pizza place may open at 1318 S. Main St.

Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, a taqueria and bar in Riverdale, has filed an application with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for a mixed drink and retail beer permit. Read the full story from Arkansas Business here. 

We understand that it’s a pizza place of the Neapolitan variety. Say no more. We'll be right there. 

 

Taziki's Mediterranean Café Grand Opening to Benefit The Call

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As if we weren’t already excited enough about the new Taziki’s Mediterranean Café location opening in the McCain Mall in North Little Rock, they’ve given us another reason love them more.

The fast-casual Mediterranean inspired chain, which opened a location on Cantrell in 2008, is using the opportunity of their grand opening to benefit The Call in Pulaski County, an educational and encouragement program that partners with local churches to get people involved in the adoptive and foster care community.

Ending on Sept. 21, Taziki’s is hosting a Facebook fundraising campaign in which every time their status is shared, a $1 donation will go to The Call, which Taziki’s will then match. That’s a $2 donation just for clicking a button. 

“Taziki’s takes pride in not only serving our guests delicious, award winning food, but also in serving the community around us,” said Jim Keet, Taziki’s president and CEO in a statement released by the restaurant. “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of the sixth location of Taziki’s in Arkansas by supporting The Call.”

The “Share to Donate” push will lead up to the restaurant’s opening on Sept. 23. A ribbon cutting ceremony will also feature a check presentation to The Call, with options for donations on-site as well. Then stop by that night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a family event.

For more information on The Call and how to help, visit their website.

To start sharing that Taziki’s status, go to their Facebook page.

Are Your Kids Overscheduled? Watch for These 12 Warning Signs

As we welcome the new school year, we, as parents have the opportunity to start it right. With messages of, “Rush here, hurry there,” and “I must get from one activity to another,” the pressure of over-scheduling our children (and ourselves!) can dominate our day-to-day activities. Why do we, as parents, feel pushed to over-schedule?

One reason seems to be that many adults feel that an abundance of structured, goal-oriented activities will help prepare children for a top-ranking college and a successful career. Another view is that children who are exposed to an array of “enrichment” activities will be better prepared for adult life. A third explanation is that many parents believe the earlier you expose a child to structured learning, the faster he or she will learn and the more academic they will be. It is not uncommon to see parents enroll pre-school children in multiple extracurricular activities and accelerated academic programs in hopes of getting a step or two ahead.

However, according to experts in the field of child development, this is just not so. Recent scientific research supports the theory that self-initiated, unstructured creative play is the single most important activity that young children can engage in to develop at all developmental levels, including neurological and cognitive growth.

Children today have half as much free time as they did 30 years ago, notes a national study of 3,500 children ages 12 and under, released by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Contrary to popular belief, doing “nothing” is not necessarily wasting time. In fact, having time to observe, explore, fantasize and engage in imaginative play is extremely productive. It is exciting to think about this unstructured time as an opportunity to become more resourceful, self-reliant and resilient. In addition to independent, free play, there are endless opportunities for hands-on, intellectually-stimulating activities parents and children can do together (see “Unstructured Fun” sidebar).

Often, the joy of just being a kid is taken away when we pressure and over-schedule our children with activities. It can also lead to many physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, insomnia and anxiety attacks. Children need time to be creative, dream, imagine, play, and interact with other children without adults directing the activity. And, it’s even okay for children to be bored once in awhile.

While there is no “right” number of activities for every child, it is important to make sure your child is not over-scheduled and has plenty of downtime. Make a plan to carve out some unstructured time each and every day. It’s certainly okay to enroll your child in a structured activity, and as the child gets older, even more than one. The key is to find the right balance for each child.

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12 Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Overscheduled

If you notice your child presenting two or more of the following behaviors on a consistent basis, he or she may not be getting enough downtime. If so, it might be a good idea to re-evaluate his or her schedule. (Source: Scholastic.com)

  1. Acts significantly more grouchy or irritable
  2. Trouble falling asleep at bedtime
  3. Difficulty finishing homework; grades slipping
  4. Overeats
  5. Zones out in front of  TV
  6. Complains of stomachaches, headaches or mysterious illnesses
  7. Grumbles about being bored
  8. Over-anxious about gaining approval from authority figures
  9. Throws tantrums or “loses” equipment when preparing to leave for activity
  10. Picks fights with siblings or complains about not being loved
  11. Trouble keeping track of where he or she should be
  12. Schedule is draining to any of the family members

Unstructured Fun

Here are a few hands-on and mind-stimulating activities the whole family can participate in together. Adapt these activities, as needed, depending on the age of your child. Also, ask your child for his or her ideas for more activities. (Source: PasadenaISD.org)

•  Take outings to interesting places, such as the library, museums, parks and hiking trails.
•  Make a scrapbook together of places you visit (older children may enjoy keeping a journal).
•  Allow children to plan menus and help with grocery shopping.
•  Bake and cook together.
•  Play sports and games indoors and outside.
•  Play board and card games.
•  Encourage your child to create his own game and play with him.
•  Provide a variety of creative experiences such as arts and crafts, music and movement, and performing skits or plays.
•  Encourage child to find and use recycled items for art activities and games.

Recommended Reading

  • “Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk” by David Elkind, Ph.D.
  • “Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times” by William J. Doherty, Ph.D.
  • “The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon” by David Elkind, Ph.D.
  • “The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap” by Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., and Nicole Wise
  • “The Power of Play” by David Elkind, Ph.D.
  • “Your Child’s Growing Mind” by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

Sharon Long, M.S., is the Parent Education Coordinator, Prevention Services at Centers for Youth & Families.

Fitness and Fundraising: 3 Family-Friendly Races This Weekend

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3. Raven McDonald, Brianna Crafton, Kendall Perkins

(Pictured above: Participants at a previous Central Arkansas JDRF Walk.)

Put on your running shoes and head to one of these active events for families, all happening this Saturday, Sept. 20. The events will support various organizations, from JDRF to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

1. Central Arkansas JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Dickey-Stephens Park: Celebrate the fundraising efforts led by families, schools, hospitals and businesses throughout the state. This year's walk will be held at the ballpark, and will occur rain or shine. Festivities begin at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Walkers will march along the Riverfront Park trail to the Clinton Presidential Center and back. Participants can also snack on food, listen to music from B98.5, and take part in children's activities. 8 a.m. Sept. 20. For info, click here.

2. Corner Store Country Run at War Memorial Stadium: Come dressed in over-the-top country attire for the 5K fun run (stroller-friendly!) and stick around for a free, family-friendly country fair with live music, food, refreshments, carnival games and giveaways. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit charitable causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, and additional funds will be donated to other organizations in Little Rock. $30, online registration $25; family of four $75, children under 8 free; first 500 to register will be free. 7:30-11 a.m. Sept. 20. For info: (501) 663-0775, CornerStoreRun.com.

3. MEMS 5K at Two Rivers Park: Run through the park on this USATF-certified course. Registrants will receive a commemorative race T-shirt (while supplies last), race bib, and goodie bag. Snacks will be available at the finish line and awards given for the top three finishers in all age groups by gender. Proceeds from this race benefit The September Fund. The fund was established as a living memorial to the brave police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians who perished on September 11, 2001. The fund gives a one-time scholarship to first-year college-bound children of any first responder in the 100.3 the Edge listening area. $25. 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. For info: (501) 605-2654, 5KRun.MetroEMS.org.

For more weekend events, browse our full online calendar here.

Win Tickets to Go, Dog. Go! at Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre

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A children's book favorite will come alive onstage this week, as the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre presents its first musical of the season -- Go, Dog. Go!

The play is a high-energy adaptation of the classic picture book from P.D. Eastman, in which speedy dogs race in cars. Several central Arkansans are included in the canine cast, including Aleigha Garstka as Blue Dog, Jeremy Matthey as Yellow Dog, Courtney Bennett as Red Dog and Mark Hansen as MC Dog.

Today, Little Rock Family is giving away two family four-packs to see the show. To enter the contest, simply visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LittleRockFamily and follow the instructions! The deadline to enter is 3 p.m. today (Sept. 16), and the two winners will be announced on our Facebook page at 4 p.m.

The musical officially opens on Sept. 19 and continues through Oct. 5. Performance times are 7 p.m. Fri., & 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Tickets are $12.50.

Pay What You Can Night will be this Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Special performances will also be held for school groups Sept. 17-Oct. 3. Click here for more info.

For more info, call (501) 372-4000 or visit ArkansasArtsCenter.org.

The Stress-Free Way to Have Your Pet in Your Wedding

Image by Rachel Blackwell Photography

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Confession time: We absolutely LOVE when brides incorporate their pets into their big day festivities. It's always adorable and always funny.

Unfortunately, it's not always practical. An easily excitable and unpredictable pet may prove to be too much of a stress on an already crazy day. So what's a girl to do?

Meredith and Ryan Pettigrew set up a donation fund toward the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, where they adopted their two dogs, in honor of each guest. To keep them from feeling like they were going home empty-handed, attendees received little dog treats for their own pooches.

Adorable, right? How about your fur baby? Part of your wedding, or no? Let us know in the comments below!

Photos by Rachel Blackwell Photography

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