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A NOTE from the Publisher Welcome to the December issue of NEA Kids’ Directory, the newest addition to the Occasions Publishing Group family of publications. NEA Kids’ Directory has many features that make it a valuable resource for parents, teachers, grandparents, and childcare professionals – anyone who is involved with children. It is compact in size, making it a handy resource to keep in your purse or car. In addition, it offers valuable coupons for use at kid-friendly businesses and includes a calendar of events so you know what’s going on across Northeast Arkansas each month. You’ll even find a convenient dining guide inside that lists restaurants offering free or discounted kids’ meals! Our goal each month is to help inform our readers of the many opportunities, events, products and services available for families in Northeast Arkansas. Please remember to support the businesses that advertise in this publication each month and tell them that you saw their ad in NEA Kids’ Directory. If you are interested in advertising in NEA Kids’ Directory please call us at 931-0012.

Audrey Poff, Publisher & Editor

MEET OUR COVER KID!

RYATT HESTER

Parents: Dalton and Lexi Hester photo by Melissa Donner Photography

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Fun Events

DECEMBER 1-31 Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center invites you to Feeding Frenzy every Tuesday through Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Learn more about the center’s residents and their feeding habits. Info: crowleysridge.org.

DECEMBER 1-JANUARY 4 Christmas at the Park, Jonesboro’s new half-mile drive-through of holiday lights and displays, is located at Joe Mack Campbell Park and is open from 5-10 p.m. during days of operation. For more information on the days of operation and to buy tickets to the attraction, visit christmasattheparknea.ticketspice.com.

DECEMBER 1-27 Lights of the Delta holiday lighting display will be open for viewing through Dec. 27 in Blytheville. The days of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Info: lightsofthedelta.com.

DECEMBER 1-JANUARY 5 First Community Bank’s Wonderland Rink will be open the following hours during the holidays: Monday through Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. The cost is $5 per skater, including skate rental, for 45 minutes sessions starting every hour. Sundays will also be available for parties up to 25. Info: (870) 933-4604.

DECEMBER 3 AND 19 Science and engineering go hand-in-hand during Tink Tank, held every other Tuesday at the A-State Museum, located adjacent to the Dean B. Ellis Library, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Info: astate.edu/ museum or (870) 972-2074. 7

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DECEMBER 3, 10, 17 AND 31 The Lawrence County Library will host Mommy and Me Storytime every Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. for preschool-aged children and includes one story and a fun arts and crafts activity. Info: (870) 886-3222.

DECEMBER 7 Join the A-State Alumni Association for Pancakes & PJs from 8-10 a.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center featuring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a full breakfast buffet, children’s Christmas crafts and a meet and greet with Howl and Scarlet. Info: astatealumni.org/ PancakesAndPJs.

DECEMBER 5 The 72nd annual Jonesboro Jaycees Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. Info: jonesborojaycees.org.

St. Bernards Women’s Council will host Stories in the Forest with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fun Forest inside The Mall at Turtle Creek. Santa Claus will read “The Night Before Christmas” to the children in attendance. Info: (870) 207-2500.

DECEMBER 6 The Foundation of Arts will host its First Fridays at The Forum concert series at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum Theatre in Downtown Jonesboro featuring The Fullness of Joy Singers. For more information or to order tickets, visit foajonesboro.org or call (870) 935-2726.

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Hijinx of Jonesboro will host Breakfast with Santa on location from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets to the event are $20 per child 18 or younger, and includes breakfast, one game of bowling, two Christmas ornaments, Christmas cookies and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa Claus. Info: (870) 972-5270.

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DECEMBER 7-8 The Collins Theatre in Paragould will present “The Nutcracker,” performed by Elite Performing Arts, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Elite Performing Arts Arts or by calling Tresia at (870) 240-3425.

DECEMBER 8 The fourth annual Santa at The Silos will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 2 admitted free. Photos with Santa by photographer Melissa Donner will be available for $10. Cash only event. Info: Santa at The Silos 2019 on Facebook.

DECEMBER 7, 14, 21 AND 28 Join Barnes & Noble for Storytime Adventures in the kids’ department each Saturday to read both new and classic stories plus sing fun-filled songs, 11 a.m. Info: (870) 336-2543.

DECEMBER 10 First National Bank Arena will present Ken Ludwig’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas at 6:30 p.m. The holiday production will feature dancing, singing and fun for the whole family to enjoy. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit twasthenighttour.com.

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center introduces one of its resident creatures every Saturday at 10 a.m. during Creature Feature. Info: crowleysridge.org.

Main Street Paragould will present its annual Paragould Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. in Downtown Paragould. This year’s theme will be “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Info: (870) 240-0544. 9

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DECEMBER 11 The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library will host Story Time and Photos with Santa from 9-11:30 a.m. Join the fun as Santa Claus reads stories to the children. Photos with Santa Claus will also be available to guests. Info: (870) 935-5133. DECEMBER 13-16 The Foundation of Arts will present “A Holiday Blast: An FOA Music Show,” at The Forum Theatre in Downtown Jonesboro on Dec. 13, 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online or at The Forum Box Office. Info: (870) 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org. DECEMBER 21 As part The Strand Movie Series, The Foundation of Arts will present “It’s A Wonderful Life” on the big screen at The Forum Theatre in Downtown Jonesboro at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online or at The Forum Box Office. Info: (870) 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org.

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Merry Christmas FROM ALL OF US AT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS KIDS’ DIRECTORY!

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Dine on a Dime Your Guide to Where Kids Eat FREE!

LET’S GO OUT TO EAT! MONDAY Bliss Cupcakes Kids 10 and under get a free mini cupcake or frosting shot with the purchase of a regular cupcake. (10 a.m.-9 p.m.)

THURSDAY Front Page Café 1 free kid’s meal with purchase of adult meal after 4 p.m. Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult

Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult TaMolly’s Kids eat for $1.99 from the kids’ menu (nights only). TUESDAY Chicken Salad Chick Free Little Chick meal after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal. Dine in only.

FRIDAY Schlotzsky’s Deli Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal from 4 p.m. until close. Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal. Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult

Fazoli’s Kids 12 and under eat for $.99 with adult meal from 5-8 p.m.

SATURDAY Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

Pizza Hut Free kid’s buffet with adult buffet purchase. Pizza Inn Free kids’ buffet with adult buffet purchase (nights only).

Qdoba Mexican Eats $1.75 kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entrée

Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

SUNDAY BA Free kids meal with purchase of adult entree

Ruby Tuesday 1 free kid’s entree per adult entree (starting at 5 p.m.)

Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult WEDNESDAY IHOP Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée from 4-10 p.m. Newk’s 99 cent kids meals every night after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal.

Qdoba Mexican Eats $1.75 kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entrée Slim Chickens 1 free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchase. Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult

Sully’s Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult

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