Winter is almost over, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the ice.
This spring, "Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After" is bringing an all-star lineup of the kid's favorite Disney characters to the ice in a sensational live production to North Little Rock.
This brand-new spectacular, featuring scenes from Disney Pixar's "BRAVE," "Tangled," "The Little Mermaid," and "Beauty and the Beast," will hit the ice May 7-11 at Verizon Arena, One Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock. Tickets are on sale now!
Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom. Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from "BRAVE" competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut.
And experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from "Tangled" unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle's enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.
Tickets for "Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After!" are available for $16, $26, $36 and $51. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling (501) 975-9000.
For more information, click here.
With the sun shining this weekend, it will be the perfect time for the kiddos to get out and enjoy the outdoors on two wheels (four wheels if you include training wheels!).
North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live will be offering a special Youth Skills Course and Bicycle Rally from 9-11 a.m. Saturday (March 8) across from Mugs Cafe at the Argenta Farmers Market site, 520 Main St. Kids will learn bike safety/handling skills while they practice on an obstacle course.
Participants will get a free bike helmet and safety light, plus get a chance to receive other giveaways and healthy snacks.
This weekend, get off the couch and enjoy the great outdoors.
One thing you can do is go hiking on one of the many trails scattered across central Arkansas. We've listed four fun and scenic trails you might not think about:
For more trail options around central Arkansas, click here.
Even the most loyal readers of Little Rock Family probably don’t remember my December 2010 Family Chatter essay, “Staring in the Face of Baby.” It feels like forever ago. I was Assistant Editor of Little Rock Family at the time and just 25 years old. Despite my young age, my female peers were popping up pregnant (on purpose) and transforming into startling, yet inspiring creatures—mothers.
At the time, being a mom was at the bottom of my to-do list; I didn’t understand their race to parenthood. This lack of maternal instinct and a desire to feel it, as well as a deep fear of freedom lost to babies were the basis for my 2010 column. Petrified, I penned words like these:
“Someone please tell me how to get mentally ready for children. The tired ‘You’ll never be ready, you just have to go for it’ line won’t work on me. I need a foolproof plan and assurance that I can handle the responsibility.”
“I just can’t see myself as a 20-something pregnant woman or stroller pusher at the mall. Well, actually, I can picture it, but it isn’t a pretty picture. There’s me, behind the stroller, trying to look calm while inside I’m cringing.”
Well, guess what?
It’s a girl.
And now I truly am staring in the face of baby—and belly!—as my due date fast approaches. But these days, as I approach 29 and my daughter’s birth, I have a whole new set of fears and questions. My worries now are far less superficial than those of my 2010 diatribe. (OK, a few are superficial, but hey, I’m only human.)
Will I be a good mom?
How tiring will it be?
Will I miss my baby-less life (a lot)?
Will delivery really be that bad?
How will I ever be able to go back to work and concentrate on work—how could I possibly stop thinking about the baby all day?
Can we afford to give our daughter and her future siblings the life we want to give them?
Will I be able to breastfeed for as long as I want to?
Am I gaining too much weight? Too little? How will I lose it? Will my body ever look the same?
Is it OK if I am still me as a mom?
How do I ensure my child is smart and learns what she needs to, when she needs to?
Should we have stayed in our hometown of Dallas so that we have family close? How hard will it be without family nearby to help us?
Will I experience post-partum? And what the heck is post-partum anyway?
Is it bad that I think some moms are just so cheesy and I don’t want to talk to my kids like that at all?
How do we ensure we are a tight-knit family and are always close throughout our lives?
When will I know the answers to all these questions and more?
Despite the unknowns that lie ahead, I think I finally understand why so many of my peers so excitedly jumped onto the baby bandwagon. I finally feel that same excitement to meet my baby, to raise her right, to start a family with my husband, to move into a more selfless, nurturing chapter of life. In fact, I can’t wait.
Lindsay Irvin is the editor of several magazines at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, including Arkansas Bride, Arkansas Green Guide, Arkansas Next: A Guide to Life After High School, Living in Arkansas, Metro Little Rock Guide, Little Rock Guest Guide and Hot Springs Guest Guide. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Michael and their two Brittany Spaniels, Colby and Cash.
Grace Caroline arrived before deadline on Feb. 26, weighing a healthy 6 pounds and 1 ounce. Follow Lindsay’s journey into married life and mommy-hood at MrsAndTheMisc.com.
Need some ideas for family entertainment after being stuck indoors for most of the week? We've picked our top five events for families in central Arkansas this weekend, from classic musical theater to comic books.
But there's lots more where that came from! To find even more events this weekend, visit our full calendar here. You'll find info on everything from a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration to the Arkansas Regional FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students.
1. "Les Misérables" Opening at Arkansas Repertory Theatre -- This blockbuster musical is back at The Rep, and local audiences can't wait to see the fan fave. A co-production with Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre, "Les Misérables" is directed by The Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp and features an all new set design.The production will see the return of Douglas Webster to The Rep stage as Jean Valjean in the world’s longest-running musical, seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and now an Academy Award-winning motion picture. Opening night is Friday, March 7. For more info, read our full article here.
2. Drop-in Family Program: "Tulip Time!" at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs -- Learn more about tulips through family-oriented interactive activities and craft time. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tulip time is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8, 15 & 22. $5 per child, plus admission to the gardens. For info: GarvanGardens.org.
3. ACH Children's Health Fair "Wellness Wonders" at Park Plaza Mall -- Be a Super Kid Working on Wellness! Kids will play fitness games, make a finger cast, learn nutrition facts and take home souvenirs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8. For info: ParkPlazaMall.com. FREE!
4. River City Comic Expo at Clear Channel Metroplex -- Everyone is welcome at this fun event with special guests James O'Barr and Dennis Calero. Visit the website to list of more guests, entertainment and vendors.10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8. $5, families $10. For info: RiverCityComicExpo.com.
5. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Pops: The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra at Robinson Center Music Hall -- Put on your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road to Robinson Center for a magical show. Watch the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" while the ASO plays the lush score. Performances are 8 p.m. March 8 and 3 p.m. March 9. $18-$59, children free to Sunday matinee with Entergy Kids Ticket. For info: ArkansasSymphony.org.
Due to the wintry weather, the Little Rock Zoo has rescheduled the public debut of their tiger cubs. Originally scheduled to be on view starting this Saturday, March 8, Liem, Eko, Olan and Asmara will meet their fans on March 15 instead.
The cubs were born in November 2013 to Suhana, a five-year-old tiger who has resided at the Zoo since 2012. Suhana, a Malayan tiger, was introduced to Liku, a nine-year-old male Malayan tiger, last summer at the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in hopes that the two would produce offspring. Malayan tigers are critically endangered with fewer than 500 species remaining in the wild. The birth of four cubs at the Little Rock Zoo is a significant contribution to the conservation of this critically endangered animal.
To celebrate the debut of the cubs, the Little Rock Zoo will host a Tiger Cub PAW-ty on March 15. The cubs will bounce into the outdoor habitat at 10 a.m. that morning. Cake will be served to guests at 11 a.m. until the treats last.
On March 29, families can celebrate another occasion at the zoo -- the birthdays of elephants Sophie and Babe! The two former circus elephants came to live in Little Rock in October last year. Previously, they were residents of the Niabi Zoo in Illinois, but were relocated to Arkansas for its more temperate climate and staff trained in the care and management of aging female elephants.
The Elephant Birthday Party will begin at 10 a.m., with cake served to Sophie and Babe (and humans, too!) at 11 a.m. Throughout the day, families can enjoy elephant-related activities and educational experiences, along with keeper chats and demonstrations of how the keepers care for the elephants.
One last celebration at the Little Rock Zoo to mark on your calendar: The Little Rock Family 20th Birthday Party on April 5. In addition to animal feedings throughout the day, families can enjoy performances and activities, plus special giveaways and treats from Little Rock Family. Stay tuned for more info later this month!
For more activities, workshops and special events at the Little Rock Zoo, visit LittleRockZoo.com.
Want to keep Arkansas beautiful? This weekend, you will have a chance!
Volunteer and help clean up Fourche Creek and Interstate Park Saturday (March 8) as part of the National Great American Cleanup and Keep Little Rock Beautiful Citywide Clean Up.
From 8 a.m.-12 p.m., they will be collecting litter in the wetlands, Fourche Creek, and the land around the park. You will need to bring your own canoe/kayak (if you have one), boots/waterproof shoes, rakes and litter grabbers. Trash bags, gloves, snacks, and a snazzy shirt will be provided.
All volunteers who participated are treated to a scoop of ice cream or handcrafted soda at Green Corner Store soda fountain after all of the hard work.
To sign up, join this event on Facebook or sign up at the store in person at 1425 Main St., Suite D, Little Rock.
The clean up is sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain, and The Great American Cleanup.
For more information about the Fourche Creek, check out http://
Who doesn't love a cookie to satisfy their sweet tooth?
In this month's issue of Little Rock Soiree, Editor-In-Chief Sandra McGrew highlights nine of the best cookies around town and let's just say, my mouth is already watering!
Here they are:
See what McGrew had to say about each cookie here!
Did your favorite cookie make the list? Tell us in the comment box below!