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Magic Springs Extends Season and Offers $15 Admission

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The fun at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park won't end with summer this year! The park will now be open through Sept. 28, though the last days of the regular season will be Mon., Sept. 1 and Sat. & Sun., Sept. 6-7.

After the regular season ends on Sept. 7, the Crystal Falls water park will reopen each day 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14-28. Admission to the park will be reduced to $15 per person for the extended two weeks.

The theme park will also be open weekends Oct. 11-Nov. 2 for its annual Halloween event, Magic Screams.

For more information, visit or call (501) 624-0100.

5 Events for Weekend Fun: Pirates, Pups, Elephants and More

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The countdown to the first day of school is on, and lots of events this weekend prove it! Stock up on school clothes and more at a Rhea Lana sale in Conway or Bryant. Or, hit a back-to-school bash: AEDD Preschool is hosting a free event, complete with a scavenger hunt and other games and Wonderkids Yoga gets kids ready for school with a yoga party.

Or, forget the impending school year entirely and head to one of three food-centric festivals in Arkansas this weekend (hello, watermelon!). Click here to read our post about the free fests.

And, of course, we have five fantastic events for weekend family fun. Here are our picks for Aug. 8-10.

1. Pirate Birthday Party at The Wonder Place: Celebrate The Wonder Place's 8th birthday at a pirate birthday party! Celebrants will enjoy half-priced admission, a scavenger hunt, goodie bags, and special arts and crafts all day long. And of course, don't forget to wear your swashbuckling styles. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8. For info:

2. Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi at Dickey-Stephens Park: In addition to enjoying America's Favorite Pastime, families have plenty more reasons to visit the ballpark this weekend. You can bring your pup along during Bark in the Ballpark on Friday, Aug. 8. Kids will run the bases after the game, too. Saturday, Aug. 9 is Faith & Family Night, and attendees can enjoy a free concert from Danny Gokey after the game. Plus, both nights, fans can get player autographs from 10 minutes after the gates open until 25 minutes before the start of the game. Last, but not least, soldiers will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 10 during Military Appreciation Night and all families can get in for just $10 when they bring a church bulletin. Tickets are $4-12. For info:

3. 136th Arkansas Kennel Club Dog Show at Barton Coliseum: Dog-lovers get ready! The dog show is back, and this year you can view close to 1,000 dogs in competition, representing most of the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. $3, children 7 & up & seniors are $2, 6 and under are free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9 & 10. For info:

4. Breakfast with the Elephants at Little Rock Zoo: Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in Cafe Africa and a unique keeper chat. Ticket price includes admission for the day, so you can continue to explore the exhibits and animals. $21.95, children $16.95; members $16.95, member children $12.95. 8-9:30 a.m. Aug. 9. For info: (501) 661-7218,

5. Hero Appreciation Weekend and Summer Concert Series at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park in Hot Springs: Magic Springs Water and Theme Park winds down its 2014 season with special events and a tribute to military, police, and firefighters. During the month of August, free admission will be offered to the heroes (valid for active and inactive military and official ID is required). Plus, a fire truck from the Hot Springs Fire Department will be at the park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 9. The truck will be located in the kiddie park area and kids will able to have their photo made with a firefighter. This weekend also marks the end of the summer concert serie: Plumb will play at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, followed by Switchfoot at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Concerts free with general admission. For info:

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

Lucero's Ben Nichols Coming to Ron Robinson Theater

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Fans of the Memphis-based, alternative-country band Lucero have reason to celebrate. The band's frontman and Little Rock native, Ben Nichols, is coming to the Ron Robinson Theater this month!  

Lucero is a group known for its grit and raspy vocals from Nichols, both of which differ the band from most of the artists in mainstream country music. The band has hits like "Texas & Tennessee," "My Best Girl," "Nights Like These," "Drink 'Til We're Gone" and "Sweet Little Thing."

On his own, Nichols has released an EP, "The Last Pale Light in the West," with songs based on characters from "Blood Meridian," a Cormac McCarthy novel. The EP released in 2009. Nichols is the older brother to film director Jeff Nichols.

Nichols' stop in Little Rock is part of his Bikeriders Midwest Run 2014 tour with other stops in Chicago, St. Louis and Memphis.

Tickets to his show — set for 7 p.m. Aug. 29 — are $20 and can be purchased here or at the Butler Center Galleries at 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but will be available for pick up in the theater lobby one hour before the show.

The Ron Robinson Theater is located at 100 River Market Ave.

Weekend To-Do List: 9 Events to Check Out

The 15-children Little Rock Zoo party package, perfect for the kiddos in your life, includes two LR Zoo hosts, a live animal encounter with an education animal, a favorite animal tour, train ride, age-appropriate game, drinks, plates, forks, napkins, party favors and the use of the Zoo Education Jungle Room for two hours. It also includes a $50 gift to Party City, as well as an animal information packet and birthday backpack.

From art galleries to shopping deals and concerts, there's plenty going on this weekend in the metro. Check out the events you should keep an eye out for.

Thursday (Aug. 7)

Shop N Sip in Hillcrest, Little Rock: On the first Thursday of each month, the shops in Hillcrest are open late. Come enjoy the shopping, live music, food and drinks from 6-9 p.m.

Friday (Aug. 8)

Second Friday Cinema at Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock: The Old State House Museum will show "September 30, 1955" at this month's Second Friday Cinema. The film follows an Arkansas teen enamored with James Dean and his reaction to Dean's death. The film is written and directed by James Bridges of Arkansas, who is also known for "The China Syndrome," "Urban Cowboy" and "Bright Lights, Big City." The event goes from 5-8 p.m. Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR, will introduce the film and hold a discussion after the screening.

Second Friday Art Night, Little Rock: There's plenty for you to enjoy for Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock. The Historic Arkansas Museum will hold an opening reception for The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3. The Butler Center Galleries will have an opening exhibition for Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock's History Lives, and music from Kit and Kaboodle. Cox Creative Center, Stratton's and the Arkansas Capital Corp. Group will also have events. The events are set for 5-8 p.m. For more, click here.

The Art Department presents John Harlan Norris at Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., Suite 100, North Little Rock: The Art Department's fourth installment at Thea Foundation will feature the works of John Harlan Norris. A reception is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 at the door and includes hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and live music from The Funk A Nites. Get $3 off with the event password, which will be revealed on Facebook and Twitter at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, click here.

James Taylor at Verizon Arena, One Verizon Way, North Little Rock: Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will be in concert at Verizon Arena on Friday night. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is known for "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "You've Got a Friend," "Shower the People" and "Carolina In My Mind." Tickets are $78-$98.50 and can be purchased here.

Saturday (Aug. 9)

Yoga on the River at First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: Is there a better way to start the weekend than with yoga on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock? It's free and open to all. It starts at 8 a.m.

South Main Vintage Market at The Bernice Garden, 1401 S. Main St., Little Rock: The South Main Vintage Market is back again with antique furniture, kitchenware, clothing and much more. As the name suggests, the market is for those with an eye for the classics as all items are at least 20 years old. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Southern Salt Food Co. food truck will provide breakfast and lunch. For more information, click here.

Friday-Saturday (Aug. 8-9)

Snore and Soar & Breakfast with Elephants at Little Rock Zoo, One Zoo Drive, Little Rock: If you and your family are looking for a nice overnight event to do this weekend, look no further than the Little Rock Zoo. Grab a tent, a few sleeping bags and come to the zoo for an overnight stay! Admission is $29.75 per person for zoo members and $35 for non-members. The event is from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. To register, click here. Wake up early and enjoy breakfast with the elephants in Cafe Africa. Seating is limited. Admission is $12.95 for member children and $16.95 for non-member children, and $16.95 for member adults and $21.95 for non-member adults. For more information or to make reservations, which is required, call 661-7218.

Shakespeare at the Shelter at Our House, 302 E. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock: Our House is hosting two nights of theatre, William Shakespeare style, to raise money to fund improvements for the local nonprofit. This year, the homeless shelter has plans to renovate its kitchen, which provides 220 meals every day. Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. There are several levels of sponsorship available, in addition to T-shirts for $20. For more information, click here.

Capital Hotel Restaurant Reveal Tonight

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The Capital Hotel in Little Rock, located at 111 W. Markham St., was recently added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a list of independent four- and five-star hotels, resorts and inns across the South.

The wait is almost over. The Capital Hotel's restaurant, formerly known as Ashley's, is nearing a reopen date. 

Ashley's closed in May for renovations that included hardwood floors in place of carpet, artwork in place of mirrors, and natural light permeating through open windows in place of drapes. Hotel management hopes the revamped restaurant can become a more welcoming restaurant and a place people in the capital city frequent, instead of coming only for special occasions.

The Capital Hotel has invited the media to view the changes at the restaurant — which is more than likely going to include the reveal of the restaurant's new name and a reopen date — tonight (Thursday).

Be sure and follow us to keep up with what you can expect when the restaurant reopens!

Meet the Moix Family, Winners of Little Rock Family's Back to School Magic Springs Bash

Gallery by Mauren Kennedy


To celebrate another successful summer of fun and to kick off the new school year, Little Rock Family and Magic Springs Water & Theme Park hosted our first-ever Back to School Bash contest!

Earlier this summer, our readers entered to win a prize of four admission tickets to Magic Springs Water & Theme Park, four food vouchers and free parking for the day. We received over 600 entries for the Back to School Bash contest, and one lucky family won by random drawing.

Meet our winners, the Moix family from Sherwood: Mark and April Moix, 10-year-old Alex, 8-year-old Bradley, 6-year-old Madie and their uncle, Jimmy Pruss!

Before the kids head back to the classroom this month to study their favorite subjects—science for Alex and Bradley, and math for Madie—they had a blast zooming down water slides and horsing around on the carousel at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park.



Alex’s favorite ride was the Big Bad John, a thrilling runaway mine train that reaches heights of 50 feet. Bradley couldn’t just choose one and named Big Bad John, Diamond Mine Coaster, Plummet Summit and Old No 2 Logging Company Log Flume as his picks. The Diamond Mine Coaster was just Madie’s speed. The birthday girl was celebrating her sixth birthday the very next day, and her mom says the smaller waterslides in Crystal Falls were just right for her age, as well.


The family visited the park on a scorching July day, so “the kids really liked standing on the bridge at the Plummet Summit and getting soaked before we even rode the ride,” April says. They spent the afternoon at Crystal Falls, cooling off in the wade pool with the mushroom waterfall and slides. Alex and his Uncle Jimmy braved the bigger waterslides. “They raced each other down the slides,” April says. “Alex said he flew through the air with his mat before hitting the water. He said it was like a ‘magic carpet ride.’”

And in spite of the summer heat, “the kids are still talking about how ‘cool’ it was.”

Real Arkansas Wedding: Sarah Smith & Andrew King of Little Rock

Gallery by Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Sarah Smith & Andrew King
Nov. 30, 2013 · Little Rock The Villa Marre

Sarah Smith & Andrew King
Nov. 30, 2013 · The Villa Marre in Little Rock

Photography by Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Sarah Smith and Andrew King danced the first time they met at a party at the University of Arkansas. Their dance immediately kindled a friendship, but soon, Andrew moved home to Little Rock and Sarah stayed in Fayetteville. Andrew, however, found himself calling Sarah all the time, and eventually, it turned into a romance that included lots of back-and-forth trips. When Sarah graduated, she packed up and moved to Little Rock.

On her birthday in 2012, Andrew presented Sarah with a huge birthday gift sack. Inside the sack was a large box and in that box was a smaller one. Sarah continued opening boxes until she reached a small box with a gorgeous ring inside. He got on one knee and proposed. “I burst into tears and of course said ‘yes,’” she says.

  Bride Sarah was the winner of our Bridal Bootcamp!


  Photographer Kati Mallory Photo & Design
  Florist Bella Flora Florist, Little Rock
  Cakes Community Bakery, Little Rock
  Caterer/Drinks Catering Creations, Little Rock
   DJ/Band Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
 ♥  Ceremony Music Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
  Wedding Stationery Kati Mallory Photo & Design, Little Rock
 ♥  Bride & Bridesmaids Attire Proposals, Little Rock
  Groom & Groomsmen Attire Men’s Wearhouse
  Jeweler Stanley Jewelers, North Little Rock
  Hair/Makeup Chelsea Winstead, Anue Salon, Little Rock
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Proposals Boutique Offering Amazing Bridesmaid Specials for the Month of August

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Ladies, we know finding the right bridesmaid dresses can be hard work and we also know just the thing to help lighten the load.

Proposals Boutique is offering 20% off all bridesmaid orders for new wedding parties during the month of August!

They carry Alfred Sung, Bill Levkoff, Watters and Watters and tons more, as well as lots of fabric swatches so you can check out all your color options. They also ship dresses and can take orders over the phone as long as they have bust, waist and hip measurements.

Maybe you just need something new for a formal event. Proposals Boutique has you covered with single dress orders. 

Check them out online or make an appointment to stop by in person at their shop on Kavanaugh in Little Rock.

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