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Why are these cars so my sweet 16. You that any problems that should occur with the car will be popular with young drivers? The Civic is small yet roomy, having know - big party covered under a warranty or a “Lemon Law.” New cars will room for up to four people. It’s an economical choice, as Civics have the very latest developments in technology and safety are priced relatively low, low insurance rates (even for notoriously with a band and features, while an older model may have problems that expensive-to-insure teen drivers,) and the maintenance and tons of people, and you’re not aware of. upkeep on Hondas is very reasonable as well. Both the Honda a pink trans-am in It’s important to keep in mind that owning a car is not just Civic and the Toyota Corolla are easy to maintain, fuel efficient, the driveway with about making the monthly payments, but there are all kinds and if taken care of, have a high resale value. a big red ribbon of costs associated with car ownership. For example, gas will What do teenagers want in their first car? Of course, the run the average driver about $80-$100 a month, and insurance number one answer is “it has to be cool.” What does that mean, around it…” – Sixteen CandleS for teenagers is usually much more costly than that for adults. exactly? I asked my 15-year-old nephew Hunter, who will soon Insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense to a sixteen be in the market for a car, what he would want. His first answer year-old, but it is important because it protects the entire family was some Italian sports car that I have neither heard of or can from the risk of financial hardship in the event of an accident, from personal injury pronounce, but after I pressed him to be realistic – he told me that he would like a and property damage, and loss from fire, theft or natural disasters. Before a new car Dodge Challenger. Why? “It’s fast and loud.” I would assume that to a 15-year-old boy, purchase is made, it is a good idea to sit down with your teen and decide who will be fast and loud = cool. My 11-year-old daughter is a few years away from her first car, but responsible for the cost of gas, for insurance payments, and for maintenance costs such she already knows what she wants – a Volkswagen Beetle convertible. That makes me as oil changes and tune-ups. Teens need to learn that driving is a privilege and not a smile, because at her age, that was the exact answer I would’ve given. Why is a Beetle right – and with privilege comes responsibility. such an appealing car for teens? “It’s small, and cute, and has a flower vase.” Many banks and lenders offer special financing options for first time car purchasers – Of course, parents have a very different set of criteria to decide what’s important for it’s a good idea to check with your own bank as well as to ask about financing options a teen’s first car. For most moms and dads, the number one factor in making this through the car dealership. It might be a good idea to co-sign for a loan for your child, decision is safety features. No one likes to imagine that their child will someday be in order to let her start building her credit at a young age. Whatever choices you and in an automobile accident, but it’s an unfortunate fact that teenagers have a higher your family make for your son or daughter’s first car, there are a lot of important points likelihood of having a serious car wreck than any other age group. The combination to consider. It may seem hard to balance what your teen wants with what you’re of impulsiveness, distractibility and inexperience make driving as a teen a dangerous looking for in a first car, but with a little compromise, this can be a joyous time for undertaking. 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Q. What kind of car did you get, and where was it purchased? A. I got a 2011 Mazda 3 from North Point Mazda. Q. Did you pick it out, or did your parents? A. Well, we were all at the dealership together, and I liked the car. It had all of the features that my parents were looking for, so we got it that day. Q. What kind of things were they looking for in a first car for you? A. They wanted me to have a Bluetooth headset, so I wouldn’t have to use my phone; they wanted me to have lots of airbags, and also controls for the radio on the steering wheel. Q. And what features were important to you? A. I wanted an auxiliary input for music, a good stereo, controls for the stereo on the steering wheel, and cruise control. I also wanted a car with good gas mileage, because gas is expensive. Q. Are you responsible for paying for your own gas? How about car payments and insurance? A. I do pay for my gas, as well as my monthly car payments. My parents traded in my dad’s car for the down payment, and they pay for my insurance. Q. Do your parents have any rules as far as when and where you can drive? A. Well, right now I’m not allowed to drive with my friends in the car. I don’t really have any restrictions on where and when I can drive, but since I pay for my own gas I try not to drive a whole lot. I work at my dad’s restaurant, so if I have to work late, I am allowed to drive home late.

James miLLer – gwatney chevroLet Our slogan at Gwatney Chevrolet is that our used cars are “Good Enough for Mom!” What this means to our customers is that we put brand-new tires on every car, new brake pads, we give it a tune up. Everything about the car will be good enough for your mom to drive. If you’re looking for a reliable, trustworthy first car for your teenager, Gwatney is the place for you. shan russeLL – russeLL honda The Honda Civic is a really popular car with teenagers because there are so many different models to choose from. There is a hybrid model, a two-door and a four-door basic Civic, as well as a really sporty Si model. The reason they’re so appealing to teenagers, I think, is that there are so many cool features – all of the 2012 models have iPod inputs standard, and also a customizable screen that drivers can upload their own wallpapers or pictures to. It’s really a fun car! wes thomas – north point toyota North Point Toyota has a few programs that make it a great place to buy a first car. We have a firsttime buyer incentive program, a recent college graduate program which is ideal for those with little or no credit and no cosigner, and we also offer financing options through I-Finance. For teenagers wanting to build their credit for the first time, we have an option that allows a parent or head of household with established credit to cosign, while keeping the credit reports in the child’s name. juLY 2011 savvy kids

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time to enjoy every moment while they are young. You can never take too many pictures to remember the past! Keeping it Organized: All the family members work together to run the businesses and keep everything going. The grandkids enjoy the family-owned attractions and are always willing to help in any way possible. Teamwork is how we keep it all together. We try to stay organized and set aside certain amounts of time for family and vacations. Favorites: Music: Traditional/R&B Place to shop for you: Hot Springs Mall Place to shop for grandkids: Oodles of Toys Family Activity: Water sports on Lake Hamilton Restaurant: Bleu Monkey Guilty pleasure: Mocha Frappe from Starbucks Place to go for date night: J & S Italian Villa Vacation destination: Disney World Won’t leave home without: Kids


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“You don’t want to see someone you love in pain,” Katherine Davis, 20, said. When Katherine was in the 8th grade she and her sister, Allison, learned their mother had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “I didn’t know much about it,” Katherine explained, “and I wanted to do something to help.” Allison recalled being at camp when she learned of her mother’s diagnosis. “She was supposed to come and pick me up but she couldn’t. It was heartbreaking.” Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. Katherine and Allison wanted to learn more about MS and how it would affect their family. “We had a good support system,” Katherine recalled. “I confided in my teachers at Episcopal Collegiate and they really encouraged me to get involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I got in my mind I was going to do it!” The following year Katherine and Allison participated in a local Walk MS event. “We got eight friends to join us and walk in honor of our mom,” Katherine said. The year after that the girls started a Walk MS team at Episcopal Collegiate School, they gave chapel talks to their classmates to tell their story and get their peers to participate. “Chapel talks are pretty intimidating as a sophomore,” Katherine explained. Katherine and Allison Davis started Give It Up For MS, a coin drive that has raised over $4,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The girls set up a coin drive at the school and called it “Give It Up For MS”. Katherine explained that the coin drive became a competition between the grades to see which class could raise the most change. To date, the girls have raised a little more than $4,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “It’s been awesome meeting others going through the same things we are,” Allison said. “It feels good to know so many people appreciate our involvement and to know that we can help other families like ours.” Katherine agreed, explaining your actions don’t have to be big to make an impact. “There isn’t a day that goes by when mom doesn’t tell us she’s proud of us,” Katherine said. “She’s always been very supportive.” If you would like to help Katherine and Allison Davis in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website: nationalmssociety.org.

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Set the rules. Control the privilege. Be a “road” model.

A parent’s guide to safe teen driving By Holly Jones Choate, MPH, Teen Driving Parent Education Coordinator By Mary Porter, BA, Teen Driving Program Manager Is your teen normal? Is any teen normal? This is what we know about normal teens. They are moody. They give in to peer pressure. They take risks. How does this play out when your normal teen is also a teen driver? Here are some shocking facts about teens behind the wheel. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 1418 year olds in the United States, and in Arkansas the number of teens who die in car crashes is higher than the national average. Learning to drive is a big step toward becoming an adult, but let’s face it, teens are not adults! They need extra driving rules and supervised driving practice to keep them safe behind the wheel. These are a few tips to keep teen drivers safe.

Set the Rules It is important to set your own house rules and consequences for breaking those rules. Teens should learn that driving is a privilege to be earned and it is not freely given. We advise writing a driving contract with your teen. This will give you and your teen something to refer back to when granting additional privileges or enforcing consequences. Also, know the driving

risks and laws that affect teens. State laws are minimum requirements, and parents can and should have stricter rules than the laws. This is especially true for brand new drivers because they are more likely to crash due to inexperience. The Arkansas law says that a teen with their intermediate license may have one friend in the car with them without an adult present; however, teens are more likely to crash when just one other teen is in the car. Knowing this, your house rule may be zero passengers for the first six months without an adult being present in the car. Remember that setting rules isn’t easy, but saving lives rarely is.

run to the grocery store because you need a gallon of milk. Also, don’t relax the driving rules during summer break. Research shows that the summer months have the highest numbers of teenage crash deaths than any other time of year, and a high percentage of those crashes occur at night and on the weekend. Remember, enforcement begins at home, and making teen drivers follow state laws and house rules might just save their lives.

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For each rule in the driving contract there should be a written and specific consequence for breaking the rule. Enforcing rules and consequences may mean that the teen loses the privilege of driving for a day, a week or a month, depending on the severity of the rule broken. If that’s the case, think long and hard about what kind of statement you’re making if you allow your teen to

Teens learn their driving skills from you! They watch you, mimic your actions, and yes, they even listen to you. It’s vital that you model good driving behavior for your teen. Two big behaviors to model are wearing your seat belt and turning off the cell phone! If you minimize your distractions and obey traffic laws, there’s a good chance that your teen will, too.

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Know the Risks* and Laws** Age Risk: Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Arkansas Law: A teen may obtain a learner’s license at ages 14-15, an intermediate license at ages 16-17, and a full license at age 18. Seat Belt Use Risk: In 2008, more than half of the teens killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt. Arkansas Law: The primary seat belt law states that any driver and front seat passenger can be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. Cell Phone/Other Electronic Device Use Risk: Talking, texting, or using any electronic device while driving is a serious risk for teen drivers, forcing them to take their eyes and mind off the road and at least one hand off the steering wheel. Arkansas Law: Teen drivers ages 14-17 are not allowed to use cell phones, smart phones, or other electronic devices while driving for any reason other than an emergency. Texting and driving is illegal for all drivers. Nighttime Driving Risk: Four out of every ten crash deaths occur at night. Arkansas Law: Teen drivers with an intermediate license are prohibited from driving between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed adult age 21 or older, or if driving to or from a school activity, church-related activity, or job. Passengers Risk: Teen drivers with two or more teen passengers increase the chance of a fatal crash by five times. Arkansas Law: Teen drivers with an intermediate license are prohibited from having more than one unrelated minor passenger in the vehicle unless accompanied by a licensed adult age 21 or older. *National Highway Safety Administration **Arkansas State Legislature

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protection in case they do crash.” The Insurance Institute for Few things are more exciting to a sixteen year old than the Highway safety and the National Highway and Transportation thought of waking up to find a brand-new car in the driveway. Of Safety both do crash testing on various types of cars, and this course as a parent, you want to make those dreams a reality, but information is available, along with a 23 page brochure called what are the best ways to go about purchasing a car that will be “Buying a Safer Car” at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. cool enough for a teen, yet safe enough for mom and dad? Here Another huge factor in choosing a car for a young person is a comprehensive guide to what to look for in safety features, is financing. While it may seem like purchasing a used amenities, insurance and financing. “Since I was about car is a good way to cut costs, the truth is that it’s nearly According to the website www.firstcarguide.com, the Honda twelve, I’ve been impossible to know how a previous owner treated their Civic is the top choice for teens when considering a new car. The looking forward to vehicle. When you purchase a new car, you can be assured Toyota Corolla comes in a close second. Why are these cars so my sweet 16. You that any problems that should occur with the car will be popular with young drivers? The Civic is small yet roomy, having know - big party covered under a warranty or a “Lemon Law.” New cars will room for up to four people. It’s an economical choice, as Civics have the very latest developments in technology and safety are priced relatively low, low insurance rates (even for notoriously with a band and features, while an older model may have problems that expensive-to-insure teen drivers,) and the maintenance and tons of people, and you’re not aware of. upkeep on Hondas is very reasonable as well. Both the Honda a pink trans-am in It’s important to keep in mind that owning a car is not just Civic and the Toyota Corolla are easy to maintain, fuel efficient, the driveway with about making the monthly payments, but there are all kinds and if taken care of, have a high resale value. a big red ribbon of costs associated with car ownership. For example, gas will What do teenagers want in their first car? Of course, the run the average driver about $80-$100 a month, and insurance number one answer is “it has to be cool.” What does that mean, around it…” – Sixteen Candles for teenagers is usually much more costly than that for adults. exactly? I asked my 15-year-old nephew Hunter, who will soon Insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense to a sixteen be in the market for a car, what he would want. His first answer year-old, but it is important because it protects the entire family was some Italian sports car that I have neither heard of or can from the risk of financial hardship in the event of an accident, from personal injury pronounce, but after I pressed him to be realistic – he told me that he would like a and property damage, and loss from fire, theft or natural disasters. Before a new car Dodge Challenger. Why? “It’s fast and loud.” I would assume that to a 15-year-old boy, purchase is made, it is a good idea to sit down with your teen and decide who will be fast and loud = cool. My 11-year-old daughter is a few years away from her first car, but responsible for the cost of gas, for insurance payments, and for maintenance costs such she already knows what she wants – a Volkswagen Beetle convertible. That makes me as oil changes and tune-ups. Teens need to learn that driving is a privilege and not a smile, because at her age, that was the exact answer I would’ve given. Why is a Beetle right – and with privilege comes responsibility. such an appealing car for teens? “It’s small, and cute, and has a flower vase.” Many banks and lenders offer special financing options for first time car purchasers – Of course, parents have a very different set of criteria to decide what’s important for it’s a good idea to check with your own bank as well as to ask about financing options a teen’s first car. For most moms and dads, the number one factor in making this through the car dealership. It might be a good idea to co-sign for a loan for your child, decision is safety features. No one likes to imagine that their child will someday be in order to let her start building her credit at a young age. Whatever choices you and in an automobile accident, but it’s an unfortunate fact that teenagers have a higher your family make for your son or daughter’s first car, there are a lot of important points likelihood of having a serious car wreck than any other age group. The combination to consider. It may seem hard to balance what your teen wants with what you’re of impulsiveness, distractibility and inexperience make driving as a teen a dangerous looking for in a first car, but with a little compromise, this can be a joyous time for undertaking. 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Q. What kind of car did you get, and where was it purchased? A. I got a 2011 Mazda 3 from North Point Mazda. Q. Did you pick it out, or did your parents? A. Well, we were all at the dealership together, and I liked the car. It had all of the features that my parents were looking for, so we got it that day. Q. What kind of things were they looking for in a first car for you? A. They wanted me to have a Bluetooth headset, so I wouldn’t have to use my phone; they wanted me to have lots of airbags, and also controls for the radio on the steering wheel. Q. And what features were important to you? A. I wanted an auxiliary input for music, a good stereo, controls for the stereo on the steering wheel, and cruise control. I also wanted a car with good gas mileage, because gas is expensive. Q. Are you responsible for paying for your own gas? How about car payments and insurance? A. I do pay for my gas, as well as my monthly car payments. My parents traded in my dad’s car for the down payment, and they pay for my insurance. Q. Do your parents have any rules as far as when and where you can drive? A. Well, right now I’m not allowed to drive with my friends in the car. I don’t really have any restrictions on where and when I can drive, but since I pay for my own gas I try not to drive a whole lot. I work at my dad’s restaurant, so if I have to work late, I am allowed to drive home late.

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Don’t let the hot weather keep you from having a cool summer! There are many local water parks full of excitement, fun, and clear, cool water just waiting for you. Savvy Kids asked readers what they think are the best water parks in central Arkansas. Below are the top five chosen, along with the information you need to plan a family visit.

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Get set to get wet this summer at Splash Zone! With huge waterslides, crazy fountains, and cool water your kids are sure to have fun in the sun! Located in Pleasure Park in Jacksonville, the Splash Zone has a three pool layout and offers recreation, exercise and fun for all ages! Splash Zone has a play pool that goes from zero to 2 ½ feet with a play structure for children under 48 inches. The 25-yard pool, which goes from 4-11 feet, incorporated a diving board and a massage bench with Jacuzzi jets. The park also has a slide pool with a 24-foot and 26-foot slide for people who are 48 inches or taller. A concession stand is on hand, and lockers are available to store your belongings. You can also book birthday parties at the Splash Zone. Admission is $4 and children under the age of 2 are admitted FREE! The slide is $1. Season passes are also available. 501-982-SWIM (7946)

Located west of the Junction Bridge near the River Market in Little Rock lies Peabody Park, a unique play environment made possible by a generous contribution from the Peabody Hotel Group. Designed with help from children, it encourages imagination, exploration and discovery. Some of its many wondrous features include several outdoor and underground tunnels, large native stones for climbing, large slide, and the Ozark Pavilion. One feature in particular, the large spray pad, has become a favorite among visitors. Those kids just learning to toddle around to those who are still kids at heart will love the spray pad! Water shoots up from the ground in different patterns—kids get a kick out of guessing where it will shoot up from next! The spray pad is made of a soft rubbery surface to help prevent injury in case a child should fall. There is no charge to use the park. Savvy Tip: It is recommended that your child wear water shoes while playing at the park. Kids will want to play in the water, and then run through the tunnels. Some sort of footwear will help prevent booboos during the play process.

Grab your swim suits and get ready to hit the cool crystal clear water at Wild River Country. Located on Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock, Wild River Country is full of exciting water slides, a huge wave pool and some shallow water attractions for young kids. The park has a picnic area, so pack a lunch and spend the day! Ticket prices start at $13.99 and children ages two and under are admitted FREE! Discounts are also available on their website: wildrivercountry.com.

Built in 1928, Willow Springs is Little Rock’s original water park. Willow Springs is a sandy bottom spring and well fed lake. The water is chemically treated, chlorinated, and pH balanced. Be sure to check out the 400-foot waterslide, new kiddy pool and playground area, two log roll and water trampolines. Engage in a game of water basketball, volleyball, and tetherball. The park is located off I-530 on Willow Lake Road in Little Rock. Ticket prices start at $7.50 and children ages three and under are admitted FREE! Discounts are also available on their website: willowsprings.net.

Magic Springs and Crystal Falls have built a reputation of huge thrills, but the summer months mark tons of great new shows and attractions! With attractions like the world-class Crystal Cove wave pool, High Sierra Slide Tower, and Kodiak Canyon Adventure River, Crystal Falls Water Park is a cool and refreshing oasis for summertime fun. The park also hosts all sorts of fun family and kid shows like Beach Party, new this year. The party will have your kids dancing along during a non-stop beach party guaranteed to get you movin’ and groovin’! Don’t miss the BEACH PARTY!The water park is free with park admission. Daily tickets are available starting at $29.99 and children ages three and under get in FREE! Season passes are also available. Discounts and promotions can be found on the website: magicsprings.com.

3 Flamingos Frozen Yogurt will have you wishing it was summer all year long! They offer real frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors including Blueberry Tart, Red Velvet cupcake, Birthday Cake, Lemonade Icebox Pie, Cookies and Cream and many more! The toppings range from healthy fresh fruits to candies, cereals, cookies and syrups. (1103 South Pine St., Cabot; 2501 Dave Ward Dr., Conway; 3131 Airport Rd., Hot Springs; Indian Hills Shopping Center, North Little Rock). Find a coupon on page 44. Fresh Cup Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt is home to more than 30 frozen yogurt flavors and dozens of toppings. In fact, a recommended favorite is to mix about 4 oz. of no sugar added vanilla with a spoonful of granny smith apple pieces and a squirt or two of hot caramel…is your mouth watering yet? You can find daily specials, other sweet treat ideas, and discounts on their Facebook Fan Page. (4816 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock). Find a coupon on page 22. Step into Haagen-Dazs and indulge in irresistible creations make with all-natural Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets. Delight in a warm Brownies a la Mode Sundae or a signature Dazzler frozen dessert. Explore the refreshing array of frozen beverages, from fruit smoothies to Sorbet Sippers or create your own custom dessert, choosing from a wide selection of flavors and toppings. (5911 R St., Little Rock). Find a coupon on page 40. Orange Leaf has a number of flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt to offer customers. The yogurt can be topped with fresh fruits, dry fruits, and other healthful toppings as well as candies and sprinkles. By checking in to the Little Rock store via Facebook you will receive 15% OFF your purchase! (11525 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock). Find a coupon on page 26. Red Mango combines its refreshingly tangy frozen yogurt with fresh and exciting toppings to create a nutritious dessert that can be enjoyed all day. The result is an extremely satisfying, one-of-a-kind sensation that is irresistibly delicious and undeniably nutritious! New, are the Spoonable Smoothies made with fresh fruit, natural ingredients, and sweetened with all-natural zero calorie stevia. (5621 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock). Find a coupon on page 63. juLY 2011 savvy kids

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For most Savvy Kids readers, central Arkansas is home, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun! From museums to playgrounds and city tours, central Arkansas has tons of fun and educational places to visit this summer. ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM Opened just a few years ago, the AIMM is centered around the submarine USS Razorback (SS-394), a veteran of World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. AIMM has a research library, a theater, and a large museum area. Tours of the USS Razorback are given Wednesday-Sunday of each week. Admission starts at $4. 371-8320; www.aimm.museum BURNS PARK North Little Rock’s 1,575-acre park (one of the nation’s largest city parks) has a 36-hole championship golf

course, disc and miniature golf courses, tennis complex, softball and soccer fields, playgrounds, archery range, BMX track, hiking trails, picnic areas, camping and even Funland, an amusement park. 791-8537; www. northlittlerock.org HEIFER VILLAGE A hands-on, global education facility, Heifer Village is home to interactive exhibits that provide a stimulating and challenging educational experience for people of all ages. Located on the Heifer International campus in downtown Little Rock, the Village introduces visitors to the possibility of a world free of hunger and proverty. There is also an outdoor commons area. Best of all, admission is FREE! www.heifer.org LITTLE ROCK ZOO No trip to Little Rock is complete without a stop at the zoo to see the city’s most celebrated residents. The Little

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Rock Zoo is home to more than 750 mammals, birds and reptiles. Special zoo events happen throughout the year, especially geared towards kids. Admission to the zoo starts at just $8. 666-2406; www.littlerockzoo.com PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK It’s just a few minutes from the city, but offers a vastly different view of the world from the top of Pinnacle Mountain. You’ll find a variety of options, from paved loops to challenging trails. Plan extra time for a picnic and encourage the kids to check out the playground equipment. 868-5806; www. arkansasstateparks.com/ pinnaclemountain RIVER RAIL STREETCAR For the younger crowd, the downtown trolley is a whole new experience, while for others it’s a chance to relive a memory. Also, the trolley is a unique way to tour the River Market, which includes a peek at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International’s world headquarters, DickeyStephens Park, U.S.S. Razorback submarine and so much more. Fare is $.50 for kids 5-11 and $1 for adults. 374-5354; www.cat. org/rrail/

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For decades, Hot Springs has been known as a fun getaway in the Natural State, and with good reason! Hot Springs offers a wide variety of activities every family is sure to enjoy! America’s First Resort, Hot Springs, is and awesome vacation destination for your family! BATHHOUSE ROW The worldfamous hot mineral baths are one of Hot Springs’ most popular and memorable experiences; and with the restoration of the downtown area and the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center and Museum, they are even more popular. Mom and dad can have a relaxing getaway with all the luxurious amenities of a modern day spa. Whether you’re in the mood for a massage, a warm mineral bath or a facial, the every day stresses fade away on bathhouse row. www.hotsprings.org HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK DUCK TOURS Enjoy a 75-minute sightseeing adventure of Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs National Park as your “Quacky Captain” entertains and educates you in a way found only on a “Duck” ride! 321-2911; www.rideaduck.com

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Buffalo River Canopy Tour JOSEPHINE TUSSAUD WAX MUSEUM See everything from celebrities, royalty and presidents to historically accurate battle scenes and a creation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” You won’t believe your eyes as to how lifelike the figures are! 623-5836; www. rideaduck.com MAGIC SPRINGS/CRYSTAL FALLS Huge Thrills are awaiting you at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls! Tons of rockin’ summer concerts are taking place and are FREE with park admission! Visitors can also enjoy tons of rides including Diamond Mine Coaster, Arkansas Twister, and the awesome X-Coaster. Tickets start at $29.99. Season passes are also available. www. magicsprings.com T-REX FAST TRACK At the corner of Grand and Central Avenues in downtown Hot Springs, you will find the city’s newest family attraction: T-Rex Fast Track. Get ready to zip back and forth along the track! The whole family will enjoy driving the go-carts, and racing each other to the finish line! 623-3825; www. rideaduck.com T-REX MINIATURE GOLF The whole family will love the T-REX Miniature Golf course, an indoor course with a Jurassic theme! Black lights enhance the wild surroundings and a touch of fun to any game! 623-3825; www.trexgolf.com

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BUFFALO RIVER CANOPY TOUR The Buffalo Outdoor Center is home to Arkansas’ first zipline canopy tour! From a structural standpoint, the canopy tour is a system of cables and platforms, wherein the participant “glides” or “zips” through the treetops while connected to the cable via a harness. A large wooden platform serves as a landing base in each tree that you “zip to.” Tours are open Thursday-Monday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $89 per person, and group discounts are available for groups of eight or more. 800-221-5514; www.buffaloriver.com

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SILVER HILL FLOAT SERVICE Near the heart of the Buffalo National River you will find Silver Hill Float Service. Throughout the year, Silver Hill offers canoeing, rafting, kayaking, tubes and shuttle services on the nation’s first National River. 870-439-2372; www. silverhillcanoe.com QUARRY MARINA Fun on the water starts with Quarry Marina! Located on Lake Norfork in Mountain Home, you will find every thing you need to enjoy the lake. From pontoon rentals, live bait and tackle, wake and knee boards, skis and tubes, guide service, snacks, swim gear and more, your family will love the convenience of Quarry Marina. 870-499-5388; www.quarrymarina.com

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Nestled in the rugged Ozark hills, you will find what has become known as the Twin Lakes area in north central Arkansas. At the center is Mountain Home. Every family will have a blast splishing and splashing in the cool, clear waters of Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes, or fishing and floating the White and Buffalo National Rivers. The breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks will make you want to stay there forever.

In front of visitors, authentically dressed masons, carpenters, stone carvers and dedicated artisans will work for the next 20 years raising a genuine, full-sized, fortified castle with towers ranging from 40-70 feet in height, a drawbridge, and stone walls which surround an expansive inner courtyard. Artisans using tools, techniques, and rules from 700 years ago, recreate the Middle Ages in Europe in a green environment: no electricity, no engines, just bare hands and the natural resources of the site. Join in the fun, take a tour, and watch a real castle being built! 870-436-7625; www. ozarkmedievalfortress.com


Rowdy Adventures – Life’s Short…Have Fun! Looking for a day trip with tons of adventure in one place? Head up to Okolona to Rowdy Adventures for the most amazing adventure park Arkansas has ever seen! Rowdy Adventures features 15 zip lines, over 300 acres of wilderness ready to be explored, an air boat ride, and a monster truck transport! Additionally, we hear there is a military transport with a secret too big to talk about! You’ll have to see for yourself! The zip line tours are appropriate for those weighing 75-300 lbs., although it is possible to accommodate smaller passengers with the help of a guide. Rates start at $29.95 per person and vary based on the activities you choose to take part in. Plans for refreshments are underway, but there is a picnic area available for public use. Visit www. rowdyadventures.com or call (870) 274-3001 for more information.

Arkansas Geocaching Geocaching is a fast-growing hobby with enthusiasts around the globe. It combines technology with nature to produce an exciting new form of entertainment for those who like to be adventurous in their leisure time. In this modern-day treasure hunt, caches are hidden all over the world by individuals or groups. The location of each geocache is marked with Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates which are shared via the Internet. Enthusiasts use a hand-held GPS unit to hunt for the caches. Each hunt and the terrain around it vary in difficulty. Some caches contain only log books in small tins or film canisters, while others hold mini treasures inside containers such as ammo boxes. Standard geocaching protocol is to take something if you leave something. The rewards for finding the geocache are much more than the material goods found inside. There’s the satisfaction of an accomplished quest as well as the joy of experiencing the locale. Test your cache-seeking skills in some of The Natural State’s scenic and historic settings. Arkansas State Parks are treasures all their own, where visitors can discover waterfalls, caves, wildlife, diamonds and trails amid diverse terrain and picturesque landscapes. Caches can also be found at some Arkansas wineries, in the middle of downtown areas or other public venues. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the National Great River Road, a series of geocaches were placed in the 10 counties in Arkansas that border the historic byway. The special caches are located at historic locations in Lake Village, Arkansas City, Jerome, St. Charles, Helena-West Helena, Brinkley, Marianna, Forrest City, Horseshoe Lake and Wilson.

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Raimondo Winery 149 County Rd., 820

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Tropical Smoothie Café 705 Club Lane

Stoby’s Restaurant 805 Donaghey

Patticakes Bakery 2106 Robinson Ave.

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Knight’s Super Foods 906 S. Pine St.

Bimini Butterfly 2540 West Main St.

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Splash Zone 201 W. Martin St. Tropical Smoothie Café 140 John Hardin Dr.

Knight’s Super Foods 315 S. James St.

Little Rock Athletic Club 4610 Sam Peck Rd.

Jacksonville Community Center 5 Municipal Dr. Kiddos 2650 John Harden Dr.

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery 17821 Chenal Parkway

M2 Gallery 11525 Cantrell Rd.

Little Rock Zoo 1 Jonesboro Dr.

Knowledge Tree 825 N. University Ave.

Jim’s Razorback Pizza 16101 Cantrell Rd.

Heifer Project International 1 World Ave.

Haus Werk 2923 Kavanaugh Blvd.

June’s Hallmark 11525 Cantrell Rd.

Haagen-Dazs 5911 R St.

Edwards Food Giant 7525 Baseline Rd. 7507 Cantrell Rd. 1701 Main St. 10320 Stagecoach Rd.

EcoFab Store 17815 Chenal Parkway

Cupcakes on the Ridge 11525 Cantrell Rd.

Cupcakes on Kavanaugh 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd.

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Gaston’s White River Resort 1777 River Rd.

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The Winery of Hot Springs 1503 Central Ave.

T-Rex Fast Track Corner of Grand and Central Ave.

T-Rex Golf 1115 Central Ave.

Snazzie’s Funky Boutique 236 Central Ave.

Pinkabella Party Studio and Boutique 4501 Central Ave.

National Park Duck Tours 418 Central Ave.

Lulu B’s 234 Cornerstone Blvd.

Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum 250 Central Ave.

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Party Central 3805 Benton Parkway

Jim’s Razorback Pizza 4330 Central Ave.

Knight’s Super Foods 1701 W. Dewitt Henry Dr.

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Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum 120 Riverfront Park Dr.

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Quarry Marina 209 Quarry Park Point

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Jim’s Razorback Pizza 20608 Hwy. 365 North

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The Wonder Place 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd.

War Memorial Stadium 1 Stadium Dr.

Tropical Smoothie Café 10221 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 11900 Kanis Rd. 400 East Markham 12911 Cantrell Rd. 12007 Maumelle Blvd.

River Market 400 President Clinton Ave.

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Pleasant Ridge Town Center 11525 Cantrell Rd.

Party City 11218 Rodney Parham Rd.

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Silver Hill Float Service 9826 Hwy. 65 S.

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William F. Laman Public Library 2801 Orange St. 506 Main St.

Party City 4822 North Hills Blvd.

North Point Toyota 4336 Landers Rd.

North Little Rock Athletic Club 3804 McCain Park Dr.

Golden Corral 5001 Warden Rd.

Old State House Museum 300 West Markham St. Orange Leaf 11525 Cantrell Rd.

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TA MOLLY’S 5-9 p.m. • Bryant: 206 W. Commerce St., 653-2600

CICI’S PIZZA Ages 3 and under eat free at buffet. • Conway: 1250 Old Morrilton Hwy, 764-0600 • Hot Springs: 3321 Central Avenue, 321-2400 • Jacksonville: 120 John Harden Dr, Jacksonville, 241-2224 • North Little Rock: 2815 Lakewood Village Dr, 753-1182

TUESDAY BEEF O BRADY’S 4 p.m.-close. • Maumelle:115 Audubon Dr., 803-3500

DENNY’S RESTAURANT 4-10 p.m. Ages 10 and under. • Benton: 16732 Interstate 30, 315-9367 • Conway: I-402 Hwy 64 E, 329-6638 • Little Rock: 4300 S University, 562-5651; 310 S Shackelford Rd., 224-8264

LONESTAR STEAKHOUSE 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock:10901 Rodney Parham, 227-8898 Palio’s Pizza Cafe Free Kid’s Meal (ages 10 and under) with the purchase of each $9.99 Adult Entrée. • Little Rock: 3 Rahling Circle, 501-821-0055; palioslittlerock.com.

GOLDEN CORRAL Ages 3 and under eat free at buffet. Discounted prices for kids on Tuesday. • North Little Rock: 5001 Warden Road, 771-4605 LARRY’S PIZZA Ages 4 and under. • Bryant: 4500 Hwy. 5 North, 847-5003 • Conway: 1068 Markham, 329-3131 • Little Rock: 12th & Center St., 372-6004; 12911 Cantrell Rd., 224-8804 ZAXBY’S 5 p.m.-close, dine-in only. • Jacksonville: 209 Marshall Rd., 241-0546 • Maumelle: 104 Carnahan Dr., 851-9777 • Sherwood: 208 Brookswood Rd., 833-9777

MONDAY Cheeburger Cheeburger Free half Best of Both Basket with purchase of two adult entrees. Little Rock: 11525 Cantrell Road, 490-2433 CHICK-FIL-A First and third Monday of each month. • North Little Rock: 3929 McCain Blvd, 758-8497 Palio’s Pizza Cafe Free Kid’s Meal (ages 10 and under) with the purchase of each $9.99 Adult Entrée. • Little Rock: 3 Rahling Circle, 501-821-0055; palioslittlerock.com. SHORTY SMALL’S Up to two kids meals free per paying adult. • Conway: 1475 Hogan Ln, 764-0604 • Little Rock: 1110 N. Rodney Parham, 224-3344 • North Little Rock: 4317 Warden Rd, 753-8111 38 | savvy kids juLY 2011

Below is a listing of locations and days in which kids, 12 and under, can eat free with a paid adult (unless otherwise noted).

PIZZA HUT 5-8 p.m.. Dine in only. • Little Rock: 11410 W. Markham St., 228-7000

JIM’S Razorback Pizza Kids 12 and under receive a FREE six inch pizza with the purchase of an adult entree (Dine-in only). • Little Rock: 16101 Cantrell Rd. • Maumelle: 20608 Hwy 365 North • Hot Springs: 4330 Central Ave. THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 1211 West Markham, 219-2244

WEDNESDAY FAMOUS DAVE’S 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 225 North Shackleford Road, 221-3283 FIREHOUSE SUBS • Bryant: 3108 Horizon St., 653-3700 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 228-5553; 10300 Rodney Parham, 225-2001 • Maumelle: 11617 Maumelle Blvd., 753-9898 • North Little Rock: 2811 Lakewood Village Dr., 812-5002 LARRY’S PIZZA 4-8 p.m. With purchase of one adult meal, up to two kids get a small one topping pizza, drink, and $1 in tokens. • Cabot: 2798 South Second Street, 843-7992 JIM’S Razorback Pizza Kids 12 and under receive a FREE six inch pizza with the purchase of an adult entree (Dine-in only). • Little Rock: 16101 Cantrell Rd. • Maumelle: 20608 Hwy 365 North • Hot Springs: 4330 Central Ave.

Whole Foods Market Free kids meal with purchase of $5.99 adult entree (child must be present). • Little Rock; 10700 N. Rodney Parham, 221-2331 WESTERN SIZZLIN 4 p.m.-close. Ages 10 and under. • Benton: 1916 Congo, 778-9656

THURSDAY CAPTAIN D’s • Benton: 1419 Military Rd, 778-7909 • Hot Springs: 1906 Central St., 321-4288 • Jacksonville: 1109 West Main St., 982-3330 • Little Rock: 6301 Colonel Glen Rd., 568-6244 • North Little Rock: 5320 JFK Blvd., 758-5144 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 4 p.m.-close. One free kids meal with paid adult meal. • Bryant: 7409 Alcoa Rd., 778-3111 • Conway: 625 Salem Rd., 336-6500 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 223-3378 • North Little Rock: 4834 North Hills Blvd., 812-5577

SATURDAY BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 LUBY’S CAFETERIA • Little Rock: 12501 West Markham, 219-1567

SUNDAY BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 CORKY’S 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 12005 Westhaven Dr., 954-7427 EL PORTON • North Little Rock: 5021 Warden Rd., 753-4630 TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE • Conway: 705 Club Lane, 764-4800 and 790 Elsinger Blvd, 764-1500 • Jacksonville: 140 John Harden Dr, 241-2233 • Little Rock: 11900 Kanis Rd., 221-6773; 12911 Cantrell Rd., 224-1113 • North Little Rock: 12007 Maumelle Blvd, 851-9555

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Coming Soon to Theaters July 15 • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II With three of Voldemort’s six horcruxes destroyed, Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the rest. One of them is a fabled Cup that once belonged to Helga Hufflepuff, one of the founders of Hogwarts, but the other two remain mysteries. They deduce both Gringotts and Hogwarts are likely hiding places, but will the mystical yet real Deathly Hallows prove to be a crucial part in the unfolding of events? Lord Voldemort has gained possession of the all-powerful Elder Wand, strengthening him further, but who really is its true master? Did the fateful events of 16 years ago have even more impact than Harry thought? All of these questions must be answered for ultimate Battle of Hogwarts, where the final showdown between Harry and the Dark Lord will determine the fate of both the wizarding and muggle worlds for the rest of eternity. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley continue their search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, which ultimately leads up to an epic battle at Hogwarts. Rated: Not Yet Rated July 15 • Winnie the Pooh Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with ‘Winnie the Pooh.’ Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo--and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Rated: Not Yet Rated

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MORE SMILES, FEWER MILES Summer in Little Rock means less fuel money and more fun money.

It’s easy to enjoy a weekend away while staying close to home. Just hop a trolley to the River Market for a day of free and low-cost activities and great attractions like Heifer Village, the fountain at Peabody Park, the Witt Stephens Nature Center, and the River Trail. A quick drive gets the family to the Little Rock Zoo where they’ll marvel at the new Penguin Pointe exhibit, and also meet new elephants Zina and Jewell. After a great mini-vacation in Little Rock, you’ll work up an appetite so be sure to visit one of the many delicious restaurants serving up great deals on fantastic family fare.

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JULY BRYANT SCHOOLS DASH FOR A DIFFERENCE July 1 thru 3: Formerly known as Hornets Hike for Haiti, the community-wide 5k is back by popular demand with a new name to fight for a new cause. Dash for a Difference 2011, hosted by Bryant Schools and sponsored by Carson Physical Therapy, will work to raise funds for the Bryant Rotary Club’s own Kids Kloset, which provides shoes, clothing, hygiene products and schools supplies to Bryant children in need between ages 6 and 16. Dash time: 9 a.m. For more information call Bryant Chamber of Commerce at 501-847-4702. KIDS BINGO July 1 and 15: Kids, come play a friendly game of bingo at the Argenta Branch Library. Start time: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information call 501-687-1061 or visit www.lamanlibrary.org. SUMMER AT THE CENTER EXHIBITS ELVIS AT 21, PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALFRED WERTHEIMER July 1 thru August 21: In what seems like just seconds before he was crowned the king of rock ‘n’ roll, talented photographer Alfred Wertheimer captured the young musician through a series of 56 captivating black-andwhite images. “Elvis at 21” is a photographic journey that invites visitors inside the fleetingly private life of one of the world’s most public figures. Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, is sponsored nationally by HISTORY. This exhibit will be at the Clinton Presidential Library through August 21. For more information call 501-374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. ELVIS July 1 thru September 11: “Elvis is an original separate exhibition that was inspired by President Clinton’s own fascination with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the man behind the music revolution. In partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, items will include memorabilia from some of Elvis’ most popular movies, such as Elvis’ red MG in Blue Hawaii. This exhibit will be at the Clinton Presidential Library through August 21. For more information call 501-374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. FREE ADMISSION DAY/ WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY July 4: In honor of Independence Day, admission at the Clinton Library and audio 42 | savvy kids juLY 2011

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FUN ON THE FOURTH July 4: Celebrate and cool off on this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join the park interpreters at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a day full of wet and wild games for the whole family. We will meet at the Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Picnic Area. There will be tug-of-water, water balloon volleyball, relay races, and more! Contact the park for a detailed schedule. FREE admission. For more information call 501-868-5806 or visit www. arkansasstateparks.com/PinnacleMountain. com. TEEN MOVIE NIGHT July 5, 12, 19, and 26: Tuesday night is Teen movie night at the Main Library located at 2801 Orange Street, LR. Movie time: 5:30 p.m. For more information call 501-7581720 or visit www.lamanlibrary.org. “PLANET X” July 7: Museum of Discovery Race to “Planet X” truck. Event time: 2 p.m. at the Argenta Branch Library. For more information call 501-687-1061 or visit www.lamanlibrary.org. ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND MORE IN HILLCREST July 7: All the fun of a Hillcrest First Thursday plus FREE ice cream and other treats courtesy of the Hillcrest Merchants Association. Ice cream stand will be at Crest Park (on Kavanaugh west of Beechwood). Music and other food and drink will be at shops and restaurants throughout the neighborhood. Wear your red, white, and blue. For more information call 501-666-3600 or visit www. hillcrestmerchants.net. AR TRAVELERS VS. MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS July 7 thru 9: On July 9th the famous Zooperstars entertain fans with their zany antics and wild routines. Presented by Little Rock Zoo and Fox 16. Also, Riverside Acura Postgame Ball Toss: for a $1 chance, fans can win a brand new Acura by throwing a tennis ball into the tiny target. Presented by Riverside Acura. Game time all three nights is 7:10 p.m. For more information call 501664-7559 or visit www.travs.com. NLRAC PARENT’S NIGHT OUT July 9: Drop the kids off at the Kids’ Galaxy located inside the North Little Rock Athletic Club and let our staff treat them to a fun

evening of pizza, arts & crafts, moonwalk, and other fun activities. For children ages 3-12 years from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call Diane Collie at 501-8125555 ext. 232. AR TRAVELERS VS. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS July 10 thru 12: On July 10th there will be a Faith Night Postgame Concert FREE to the public and featuring Christian Rock artists T.W.I.N.E. and Preservation Theory. Presented by Lifeway Christian Stores. Also, Snoopy Bobbleheads: Snoopy and baseball go together like cheese and nachos. 1,000 kids. Presented by Los Angeles Angels. Also, Arby’s Discount Tickets: find a $3 discount coupon at most Central Arkansas Arby’s restaurants. Presented by Arby’s and Power 92, KOKY-FM and Praise FM. Game times: Sunday 6 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday 7:10 p.m. For more information call 501-664-7559 or visit www. travs.com. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CAMP July 11 thru 15: Led by Smokey Emerson, instructor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, children will experiment with various musical styles and instruments as well as learn about the life and music of Elvis Presley for rising 7 and 8 grades. At the end of the camp, the future musicians will participate in an exciting live performance where they will “rock out” for families and friends. Space is limited. Cost: $200 non-member and $175 member. Cost includes camp fees, snacks, lunch, and materials needed for the class. Each student will receive a commemorative DVD with photographs from their camp experience, a t-shirt and a special gift from the Clinton Museum Store. Presented by Ben E. Keith Company. For more information, please contact Joyce Willis at 501-748-0472 or via e-mail jwillis@clintonfoundation.org. MISS ARKANSAS PAGEANT July 13, 14, 15, and 16: The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant is proud to announce that there will be FREE tickets for students available at this year’s pageant. On Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14, Junior High and High School spirit squads are invited to attend the Preliminary competition free! Spirit squad members must wear their uniform/team gear in order to receive complimentary admission. On Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, fraternity and sorority members will be able to watch the final night of preliminary competition and the crowing night for FREE as well! Greek

members are asked to wear their letters or pin in order to gain complimentary admission. For both groups, there will be a table set up outside the Convention Center, on the Embassy Suites side near the box office. Spirit Squad members and Greeks are asked to check in between 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. each night to claim their tickets. Each night’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. 46 young ladies from across the state will compete for over $75,000 in scholarships and a chance to represent Arkansas at the Miss America pageant. The reigning Miss Arkansas, and first runner up to Miss America, Alyse Eady, will be on hand each night for competition. For more information please contact freetickets. missarkansas@yahoo.com. BO BICE IN CONCERT July 14: Bo Bice American idol Runner-up brings his show to Denton’s Trotline in Benton. Show time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact Denton Trotline at 501-315-1717. CULINARY CAMP July 18 thru 22: Mike Selig and the culinary staff at the Clinton Center will lead this fun-filled day camp for rising 4, 5, and 6 grades. Children will receive hands-on training where they will make their own nutritious lunch everyday, learn exciting tips from distinguished speakers in the culinary field, and even start their own garden on-site at the Center. To wrap up the camp experience, campers will host a special reception for family members and guests to showcase their new cooking skills and earn their very own chef’s jacket! Space is limited. Cost: $200 non-member and $175 member. Cost includes camp fees, snacks, lunch, and materials needed for the class. Each student will receive a paring knife, a 6” chef’s knife, a sharpening diamond steel, a cutting board, and a chef’s jacket. Presented by Ben E. Keith Company. For more information please contact Joyce Willis at 501-748-0472 or via e-mail jwillis@clintonfoundation.org. OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES: BOTTLE BIRD FEEDER AT JHARVNC July 19: The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith invites you to join us every third Tuesday of the month for Outdoor Experiences designed to sharpen your outdoor skills and interest in all things outdoors. The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center is located at 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, AR. Event time: 7 p.m. Bottle Bird Feeder: Recycle an old soda bottle by turning it into a snack shack for our feathered friends. You don’t need to know your way around a toolbox


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July 4: Pops on the River, presented by the Arkansas DemocratGazette is the state’s largest Fourth of July celebration. Gates will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks following at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public, however, cash and non-perishable food donations will be accepted on behalf of the Arkansas Rice Depot. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. Riverfest Amphitheatre seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Concessions will include beer, soft drinks, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and other food items. No fireworks, coolers or pets are allowed in the park. For more information, please call 501-378-3807 or visit www.arkansasonline.com/pops.

to assemble this easy and economical bird feeder. Please bring a clean plastic soda bottle. Materials for this quick and “green” project will be provided. For more information call 479-452-3993. “CAPTURE A MEMORY” PHOTO CONTEST July 19 thru August 7: Calling all amateur photographers! Grab you camera, explore Lake Catherine State Park, and be rewarded for your efforts. The park is holding a photography contest open to amateurs only. There will be six categories to enter, with winners named in each. There will be one grand prize winner. Contact the park for the rules and regulations of the contest. Contest will begin on May 28, 2011 and end August 7, 2011 at 4 p.m. For more information call 501-844-4176 or via e-mail lakecatherine@ arkansas.com. BREAKFAST WITH LORIKEETS July 23: Join the Little Rock Zoo for a delicious breakfast buffet in Café Africa and a unique keeper chat all about lorikeets! Seating is limited and prior reservations are a must! Admission: Member Child: $12.95, Member Adult: $16.95, Non-Member Child: $16.95, and Non-Member Adult: $21.95. For more information or to make reservations, please call 501-661-7218 or visit www. littlerockzoo.com. THE BATTLE 4 AMERICA July 23: Battle for America National Battle of the Bands Little Rock Regionals ALL GENRES invited ALL AGES welcome. Battle start time: 12 p.m at Denton’s Trotline in Benton. For more

information call Denton Trotline at 501315-1717. STAR-GAZING LAKE CRUISE July 24: View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your pilot and guide to learn about stars, constellations, and satellites in the sky! Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Event time: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Advance reservations and payment required. Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. For information call 501-8685806 or via e-mail pinnaclemountain@ arkansas.com CULINARY CAMP July 25 thru 29: Mike Selig and the culinary staff at the Clinton Center will lead this funfilled day camp for rising 7 and 8 grades. Children will receive hands-on training where they will make their own nutritious lunch everyday, learn exciting tips from distinguished speakers in the culinary field, and even start their own garden on-site at the Center. To wrap up the camp experience, campers will host a special reception for family members and guests to showcase their new cooking skills and earn their very own chef’s jacket! Space is limited. Cost: $200 non-member and $175 member. Cost includes camp fees, snacks, lunch, and materials needed for the class. Each student will receive a paring knife, a 6” chef’s knife, a sharpening diamond steel, a cutting board, and a chef’s jacket. Presented by Ben E. Keith Company. For more information please contact Joyce Willis at 501-748-0472 or via e-mail jwillis@clintonfoundation.org.

MOVIES IN THE PARK PRESENTS “WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) July 27: Rated: G. Families, picnics and pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars. The Riverfest amphitheater will open an hour before film showings and movies will start at sundown each week. For more information visit http://moviesintheparklr.net. BUBBLEFEST July 27 thru 29: Be prepared to get soapy and wet! Bubble Fest will be a day of good clean fun for everyone. Big or small, you can explore the world of bubbles in all their myriad forms. Wednesday 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. at the River Market Amphitheater. For more information call 501-396-7050 or visit www.amod.org. LAST CHANCE DAY CAMP July 27 thru 29: Here’s the last chance for area youngsters to fully involve themselves in the summer experience. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-12. There will be swimming, hiking, kayaking, lake tours, snorkeling, nature programs, games, and much more. Meeting place: Lake DeGray Lodge. Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration of $70 is required, so call 501-865-5810 or via e-mail degraylakeresort@arkansas.com. AR TRAVELERS VS. TULSA DRILLERS July 29 thru August 1: On July 30th it’s Summer Reading Program Night: Central Arkansas Library System celebrates “Summer Reading Program Night” at the Travs. Please visit your local CALS branch to find out more about the Summer Reading Program. Presented by Central AR Library System. Game times: Friday and Saturday

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7:10 p.m.; Sunday 6 p.m.; Monday 7:10 p.m. For more information call 501-6647559 or visit www.travs.com. HUMMINGBIRD VIEWING July 30: What are those fast-moving birds the size of big bugs? Join us as we explore the world of hummingbirds and watch them feed at the Pinnacle Mountain visitor center feeders. Event time: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. After viewing, learn more about amazing hummingbird adaptations, how to attract them to your yard, and what to feed them. Don’t miss this amazing treat! Admission: FREE. For more information call 501-868-5806 for via e-mail pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com. FEATHERED FLYERS WEEKEND July 30 thru 31: It’s all for the birds! Programs this weekend feature our feathered friends, including hummingbirds, raptors, waterfowl, backyard birds, and more! Contact the park for a detailed program schedule at Pinnacle Mountain State Park 501-868-5806 or via e-mail pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com. PURPLE MARTIN AWARENESS WEEKEND July 30 thru 31: Experience one of the most remarkable gatherings of purple martins in the United States. This weekend we will have programs to help you identify these large swallows and show you how you can help protect them by putting up martin houses. At sunset, we will take a lake tour out to Bird Island to view 25,000 to 50,000 purple martins as they come in to roost on this tiny island. They’re only here for a few weeks each year, so don’t miss your opportunity to see this spectacular display. Space is limited on the tours, so make reservations early by calling the park. Admission: TBA. Contact Lake Ouachita State Park at 501-767-9366 or via e-mail lakeouachita@arkansas.com for more information and to make your reservations.

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Payton Fischer turns four!

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Riverfest 2011 Photos by Brian Chilson

Thousands of people made a stop at Riverfest to see some great entertainers, taste some delicious food, and participate in fun activities! Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Riverfest is the largest single event in the state of Arkansas with a rich 34-year tradition. This year the Yarnell’s Family Stage and KidZone had some great family entertainment including Trout Fishing in America, Monster Shop Bumpn’, The Kazoobie Kazoo Show with Rick Hubbard, and Luke Schildknecht. Little Rock School of Dance and the I Can! Dancers were also on hand to show off their skills to the crowds. The Teen Extreme Gaming Area offered Kinect on XBOX for those willing to take a gaming challenge! The weekend was brought to a close by the always spectacular Osborne Family Fireworks Show. 60 | savvy kids JULY 2011


Apricot Girls boutique & party studio

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Hoop jams Photos by Jay White

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The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) joined together to bring Hoop Jams, a two-day, three-on-three basketball tournament. Arkansas native and Atlanta Hawk Joe Johnson served as honorary chairman. Proceeds from Hoop Jams benefit educational outreach and community development programs of both entities. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the friendly competition! Among the youth, winners included Team Profit, Clayborn County, Little Rock's Finest, Hawks, and Young Stars. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Schools, companies, individuals and community organizations, worked together to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas during Pop Tab Pandemonium, a program which turns pop tabs into cash for the non-profit. Each group weighed in the pop tabs they had collected at the Clinton Library to compete for bragging rights. This year’s winner was Greene County Tech Elementary in Paragould, weighing in with 190 pounds of pop tabs. A total of 4,300 pounds were collected, which equates to almost $3,500 for RMHC. The next Pop Tab Pandemonium event will be held on April 19 at the Clinton Library so start collecting now! For more information, visit rmhclittlerock.org.


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July 5 - 28  Ages 2 - Adult

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24 Spring St. Cabot 501-941-5439

Hours: 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Saturday; 1 pm-5 pm, Sunday The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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First Dog Movie Premier

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The Little Rock Film Festival and Savvy Kids hosted a free special screening of the family friendly film, “First Dog” at the Clinton Presidential Library. Schools were invited to bring their students to watch the critically acclaimed independent film which follows a young orphan boy who finds the president’s lost dog and goes on an adventure across the country to return the dog to the White House. Immediately following the screening, guests were given the opportunity to meet the director, Bryan Michael Stoller, the first dog, Little Bear, and the orphan, John-Paul Howard. To learn more about the film or to watch scenes, visit firstdogus.com. 1. John-Paul Howard & Little Bear 2. Little Bear 3. Alexis and Anna Klaire Roach, Ava Fowlkes, Abby Bingenheiner with LIttle Bear 4. John-Paul Howard 5. Watching First Dog screening

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1. Bentley Lynn 2. Emily Hudson 3. Alyssa Bloser 4. Harlie Ballard 5. Lauren and Megan Rouse 6. Bella Nelson and Giada Morello 7. Chloe Lynn 8. Nick Brasili 9. Annie Beach 10. Back flip! 11. Cake by Create-A-Full Cakes


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SAVVY PROJECT

Water Bombs When you’re a kid, there is nothing quite as refreshing on a hot summer day than playing in the water! Add some homemade water toys to the mix for a fun twist! These water bombs are made on only two inexpensive household items but can turn into some priceless fun! Play tag with these homemade water bombs‌where ever they land, they will explode water! Items you will need: Three sponges (make sure they are soft on all sides, not course for scrubbing) Zip ties

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Directions: Cut the sponges lengthwise four times, making four even-sized pieces. Next, lay your zip tie flat on a table and stack the cut sponge pieces on top. Then, grab the ends of your zip tie and fasten them as tightly as you can in the middle of the sponge pieces. Cut off the remainder of the zip tie to prevent injury. Finally, spread out the sponge pieces to form a ball shape (see picture). Note: You can cut the sponges into more or fewer pieces if you wish. Try mixing and matching sponge colors for a fun one-of-a-kind toy!


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encourage young Scientists To Take Their investigations Further!

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