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Happy New Year! As we ring in 2010, I can’t help but think of all of the wonderful things that have happened in 2009. Starting a new magazine is a lot to take on, and over these past few months Savvy Kids’ advertisers and readers have given me and my staff a lot to look forward to in the New Year. Be on the lookout for more fun editorial features and great event coverage. Jack Ratliff is our Little Hero, Big Heart feature this month. At just nine years old, Jack understands what it is to be a good friend. Jack met his friend  Aaroyn  when they were in Kindergarten. Aaroyn has autism and Jack has set out to help raise money for autism research. He has raised more than $800 this year alone holding bake sales at his school. I have a feeling we will be seeing some great things from this young man! With the holidays gone, cabin fever is sure to set in. Savvy Kids has compiled a guide to the Savviest Things to do with your Kids! Find tons of great ideas to get your family off the couch and into some fun! As always, be sure to sign up for the Savvy Kids Club by visiting our Web site: savvykidsofarkansas.com. Club members receive e-newsletters filled with upcoming events, the latest Savvy news, and of course the discounts and promotions from tons of central Arkansas retailers! While you’re on our site be sure to submit your kid’s upcoming events. Whether there is a birthday party in the near future, a team gathering, or school fundraiser, we want to hear about it! Fill out the form on the events section of our Web site and your kid’s event could be featured in the next issue of Savvy Kids!

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Sugar Plum Ball benefits CARTI n Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institue’s (CARTI) Sugar Plum Ball was a perfect night out for dads and daughters to make wonderful holiday memories together. The ball is part of CARTI’s annual Festival of Trees and helps raise money and awareness for cancer. At the ball, each little girl received a tiara and was announced by masters of ceremonies Bob Clausen and Mike Francis of KARK-TV, Channel 4, and Mrs. Arkansas Nicole Knapp. After the sit-down dinner, catered by The Peabody, guests danced the night away with disc jockeys from Radio Disney. A good time for a good cause!

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Got cabin fever? Get out of the house this winter! On the following pages Savvy Kids has compiled some of central Arkansas’ best places to visit with your kids. Have breakfast with the animals at the zoo; learn about the world around us at museums; or get active at the many high-energy play environments. Whatever your interests are, Savvy Kids has got you covered! Q. Can you tell readers a little about Arkansas Skatium? A. The Arkansas Skatium is the state’s only Ice and Roller Skating facility. We have two complete skating surfaces, one made of wood for roller skating, and one made of ice for ice skating. The facility originally opened in 1976 under the name of Skate Land. Through the years it has been referred to as the Little Rock Skating Arena, and now the Arkansas Skatium. Q. Do you offer party packages? If so, what is included? A. We offer party packages for small or large groups, starting at only $99. We supply all party supplies, drinks, ice cream, set-up, and clean-up. We even supply food items with some packages. Q. What classes do you offer and how often do they meet? A. We have Learn to Ice Skate Classes and Learn to Play Hockey Classes. Our Learn to Ice Skate classes meet twice a week, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. Our co-ed Learn to Play Hockey classes meet Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. FREE SKATES are given with all new enrollments! Q. Do you have open skate times? If so, what are they? A. Ice Skating: Friday evenings 7:30-10 p.m.; Saturdays 2-4 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.; and Sundays 2-4 p.m. Roller Skating: Friday evenings 7:30-10 p.m.; Saturdays 1-5 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m.

ARKANSAS SKATIUM 1311 Bowman Road, Little Rock 501-227-4333 • www.arkansasskatium.com

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Q. What is Heifer Village? A. Located on Heifer’s campus in downtown Little Rock, Heifer Village provides an interactive glimpse of Heifer’s innovative work here in the United States and around the world providing livestock and training to families, focusing on sustainable, practical and cost-effective solutions to hunger and poverty. Just as an art museum might give a visitor a new sense of beauty, visitors to Heifer Village come away inspired to help build a better world. Q. What types of exhibits can families enjoy at Heifer Village? More than 80 exhibits offer visitors interactive ways to look at lives and challenges of people around the world. You can even practice your scanning techniques at our “check-out counter” to learn how companies of common household items are doing their part to improve the world. Then try your cooperation skills through the “Change for Change” board game that shows how successful economic development requires cooperation. Inspect our tabletop model of a small sustainable hillside farm to see how each area of the farm works together. Once you have completed your exploration of the lives of your world neighbors, make a stop at the Make a Difference Lab. Take a walk through interactive models of the workplace, a school and a household kitchen to glimpse ideas of small actions you can take to help end hunger and poverty. Complete your Heifer Village experience with a tour of the green building and restored wetlands, a meal at Café@Heifer or purchasing a unique fair trade earth- and artisan-friendly gift from Shop@Heifer. Q. Does it cost anything to visit? A. Admission into the center is free.

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Q. What types of birthday parties do you offer? A. We have awesome birthday parties! Kids love our swimming parties, sports parties and playing in our maze during the Maze Craze parties. No matter which party you choose, your kids are sure to have a blast. Q. What other services does the club offer? A. We host Parent’s Night Out events frequently. We also have after-school care for children in pre-k and older with 12 pick-up locations. Q. Do you have to be a member to take advantage of these services? A. You don’t have to be a member to have birthday parties, to use the afterschool care program or to take advantage of parent’s night out. However, memberships are avaialble through our website or by stopping in. Memberships start at just $63 a month.

LITTLE ROCK ATHLETIC CLUB 4610 Sam Peck Road, Little Rock 501-225-3600 • www.lrac.com

Q. Tell me a little about Child Parent Relationship (CPR) Training. A. Child Parent Relationship Therapy is a 10 week series in which the parent learns child centered play therapy skills and actually begin “special playtime” with their child in my office and eventually at home. We focus on the relationship and not the problem. So in this way, children love coming to my office where they get to play almost anyway they would like to for 30 minutes once a week. Q. What other services do you offer? A. I also offer Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy/Child Parent Relationship Therapy for the following problems: Disruptive, attention seeking behavior; Depression; Anxiety; Parent/Child Conflicts; Parenting Skills Problems at school; Social Skills Deficits; Divorce; Blended Families; Adoption; Oppositional Defiant Behavior; Grief, Loss, and Trauma; Angry, Aggressive Behavior.

JAMIE ABLES, MSW, LCSW CLINICAL THERAPIST 501-529-4900 • http://jamieables.com

Q. Tell our readers a little about Playtime Pizza. A. Playtime Pizza is a 70,000 square-foot, alcohol free, dining and entertainment experience for the entire family. Guests begin by enjoying our 100 foot buffet which includes a variety of pizzas, pasta dishes, salads, and family favorites such as chicken and mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, tacos and nachos, as well as a dessert bar. Q. What type of entertainment does Playtime Pizza offer? A. Our attractions include the largest indoor go-kart track in the area, bumper cars, a rock climbing wall, a pirate themed black light mini golf course, black light laser tag arena and mini-bowling lanes. Our game arcade features 140 of the newest, biggest and best video, merchandise and redemption games. The arcade games range from free rides and redemption games for toddlers, to the more advanced and interactive games for teens and adults. Q. Does Playtime Pizza offer birthday parties? A. No one offers a bigger birthday experience than Playtime. You choose the package that works best for your age group and budget. All parties include the unlimited buffet, a private room for 90 minutes,a party host, balloons and party ware.

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Q. What types of kids’ programs does Fellowship Bible Church in Benton offer? A. We offer Sunday morning themed curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade, and a hands-on curriculum for our preschoolers. We also offer childcare during adult events, such as Bible studies. Q. How often do they meet? A. Most of our activities meet every week. Q. What types of activities take place? A. The preschoolers learn stories about the Bible and then “create” something to remember the story. They also learn Bible verses each month. The elementary students participate in a curriculum called Age to Age that involves themed rooms (Paradise Pond, HMS Gospel, Knights of the Cross, Yukon Ho) where the curriculum builds the entire year around that grade level theme. Q. Are there any requirements to participate? A. None! Everyone is welcome to participate!

FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH, BENTON CAMPUS 5724 Alcoa Road, Benton 501-315-1560 • www.fellowshiponline.com

Q. What types of kids’ programs does Fellowship Bible Church in Cabot offer? A. We offer a number of programs including FellowShip Kids on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Q. What types of activities take place? A. Each week the kids learn a new Bible lesson. Then they participate in a hands-on activity that relates to the lesson. We also sing songs, play games and perform skits which all relate to the week’s lesson. Q. Are there any requirements to participate? A. No. We group the children in different classes according to their age and gender. Q. Anything else you would like to include? A. We believe that God intended parents to work together within the context of a faith community as they train their children; parents need to be the primary instructors in this process of faith-training. FellowShip Kids exists to assist parents on this wonderful journey. Toward that goal, we look forward to serving you in the days ahead!

FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH, CABOT 2895 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy., Cabot 501-605-8400 • www.fellowshiponline.com

Q. What types of programs does The Little Gym offer? A. We offer parent/child classes, Pre-K/Kindergarten gymnastics, grade school gymnastics, Karate, dance, and sports skills. Q. What types of activities can kids look forward to at The Little Gym? A. Classes always begin with an Opening Circle where we discuss the theme of the week, followed by a warm-up and group activity. Kids will explore and develop their gymnastics skills in 2-3 stations with an instructor guidance. For Dance, Karate, and Sports Skills, the instructors will lead the class through 30 minutes of tap/ballet, karate skills, or various sports skills (soccer, basketball, baseball, football, hockey, tennis, volleyball). Classes end with games, balls and bubble play, singing, and stamps. Q. I know The Little Gym offers an Awesome Birthday Bash package. What does that include? A. The kids spend the first hour in the gym with instructors who lead them through age-appropriate games, activities, obstacle courses, free play, and more. We also have an inflatable air track that the kids love! The last 30 minutes is dedicated to celebration in the party room with cake, drinks, goody bags, singing, and opening presents.

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1121 South Bowman, Little Rock 501-225-5437 • www.TLGLR.com

Q. What can parents look forward to this year from the North Little Rock Athletic Club? We have an awesome summer camp planned. The Summer Blast Day Camp offers a fun and active environment for children ages 5-12. The camp will begin June 7 and will last 10 weeks. Camp hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and kids will receive lunch and two snacks throughout the day. Q. What types of activities can campers look forward to? We have tons of activities lined up. Kids can enjoy everything from swimming, crafts, and games to field trips around central Arkansas. Q. Do you have to be a member of the club to participate? No, the Summer Blast Day Camp is open to everyone. Call for details! Memberships are available through our website or by stopping in. Memberships start at just $63 a month.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK ATHLETIC CLUB 3804 McCain Park Drive, North Little Rock 501-812-5555 • www.nlrac.com

Q. Tell me a little about Sonshine Academy. A. We are a Children’s Activity Center that provides instruction in gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, tumbling, preschool gymnastics, and swimming. In addition, we offer birthday parties, Parent’s Night Out, group events, after-school care, camps, summer day camp and so much more. Also, we have both morning and afternoon/ evening classes to fit everyone's schedule. Q. Why should parents get their children involved in Sonshine Academy’s programs? A. It is a constant challenge for kids today to fight the sedentary lifestyle that is the consequence of computers, video games, and TV. Add to that the “fast food” nutrition that many families succumb to because of our “fast paced” lifestyle and we can have a recipe for disaster for our children. Sonshine Academy is a “children’s activity center.” We advocate the fundamentals of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and nutrition in our program of gymnastics, dance, tumbling, cheerleading, & swimming classes. Come join us for some fun and fitness!

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SAVVIEST THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS What types of kids’ programs does Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock offer? We have a number of kids’ programs including: FellowShip Kids on Sunday’s at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Upward Soccer from March 15 – May 28; Various Summer Sports Camps; Family Movie Nights; Child Care to support a variety of ministries and programs throughout the week; and Ministry for Special Needs Children and their families. Are there any requirements to participate? No, children are grouped according to age and gender. Anything else you would like to include? FellowShip Kids is the children’s ministry (birth through sixth grade) of Fellowship Bible Church. Our goal is to create an innovative environment for children that will capture their imagination and accelerate their spiritual growth. FellowShip Kids helps children discover what it means to be part of God’s family through ageappropriate, theme-inspired classrooms with interactive curricula and on-line parent support through FamilyFusion.

FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH, LITTLE ROCK 1401 Kirk Road, Little Rock 501-224-7171 • www.fellowshiponline.com

Q. Other than creating amazing cakes and sweet treats, what services can customers of The Littlest Cake Shop take advantage of? A. We offer birthday parties, cake decorating classes, call ahead decorating, and ladies’ nights. We also offer a small assortment of retail products. Coming soon we will have a Cupcake Bar where customers can pick their cupcake flavor, and topping—create their own sweet treat! We are running different monthly and weekly specials on our website now too. Q. Tell readers a little about your cake decorating classes. A. Each course consists of four classes, one night a week for four weeks. Kids as young as 10 years old can accompany their parents to the classes and learn to decorate cakes as well. We also offer Mommy and Me classes. Q. What can party goers look forward to when they attend a TLCS birthday party? A. We have a great facility to host your birthday parties. All the kids have fun decorating—even the boys! Each guest receives four cupcakes to decorate, as well as a box to take them home in.

THE LITTLEST CAKE SHOP

1102 South Pine Street, Cabot 501-843-8080 • www.littlestcakeshop.com

Q. What types of birthday parties does In b’Tween offer? A. We offer five types of parties: Glamour Girl, Runway Model, PJ Party, Fairy Princess, and Fairy Tale Princess. No matter which party your child chooses she is sure to have fun. Q. What types of activities can party goers look forward to? A. Each themed party has a number of activities to participate in. Whether the kids are receiving spa treatments or walking the runway in a fashion parade, everyone will have a blast! Q. Anything new to look forward to this year? A. We are proud of our new Glitter Spa Bar which contains spa bubbles, shimmer lotion and lip gloss. Come check it out! As always, customers can find the latest fashions for young people including those by Seven For All Man Kind, MEK Denim, True Religion and more.

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1103 Oak Street, Conway 501-514-0996 • www.shopinbtween.com

Q. Tell readers a little about the programs Junior League of Little Rock hosts throughout the year. A. We host a number of different programs every year including Holiday House, Bargain Boutique, and the 6th K Café. Proceeds from each of the programs benefit Junior League of Little Rock’s community projects. The Junior League of Little Rock is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Q. What does JLLR have coming up readers can look forward to? A. In February, readers can enjoy our annual Bargain Boutique. The Bargain Boutique will have tons of new and gently used merchandise. We will be hosting a Bargain Boutique Preview Party on Feb. 26 and tickets are already available online. People can also visit our Web site to register their items for consignment.

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Q. What types of activities can Savvy Kids readers look forward to when they visit Firefly Studio? A. We offer all types of activities. People can walk in to our studio, pick a piece of pottery and paint it. We also offer “Take and Make” items which include paint, brushes, pottery pieces, tip sheet, glazing and firing. Q. Does Firefly Studio offer birthday party packages? A. Yes! You provide the kids and we provide a party filled with pottery, memories and fun! $15 per guest includes 11/2 hours in our party area, paper goods and tableware, each guest’s choice of party pottery, paint, and brushes. We make a custom party plate for the birthday child and our party host/hostess will be on hand to assist throughout the party. Best of all, we take care of the entire cleanup! Q. Should people call ahead to paint pottery? A. No. Firefly Studio is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6p.m. and appointments are never needed. Stop in at any time!

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10700 N Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock 501-225-1403 • www.fireflystudioinc.com

Q. What exactly is Huff ‘n Puff? A. Huff ‘n Puff is a 19,000 square-foot, heated and air-conditioned facility with

viewing windows for the entire facility which includes an oversized gymnastics training area, with in-ground trampoline and tumble trak, an oversized training pit and oversized spring floor, separate preschool gymnastics area. We also have a separate cheer gym and three large dance rooms.

Q. What types of classes are offered at Huff ‘n Puff? A. We offer dance (jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop) for both boys and girls at all

skill levels, as well as gymnastics. We are home to the Jacksonville Dance Company and Jacksonville Gymnastics USAG Competitive Team, levels 1-10.

Q. Does Huff ‘n Puff offer birthday parties? A. We are known for hosting fantastic and fun birthday paries that are based on

gymnastics fun and games. You furnish the food and we furnish the fun! Huff ‘n Puff also holds Fun Night for Kids (parent’s night out) every other Saturday and Fun Morning at the Gym every Friday morning.

HUFF ‘N PUFF FITNESS, DANCE AND GYMNATICS CENTER, INC. 613 North First Street, Jacksonville 501-985-1818 • www.huffnpuffgym.com

Q. What types of rentals do you offer? A. Central Events has everything you need to throw and unforgettable party. We offer bounce houses, concessions, games, Karaoke and more! Don't worry about set-up or tear-down. We will take care of it all.

Q. Do you host kids’ birthday parties? A. Yes! We offer theme parties at our client’s location including Princess, Spa, Pirate, Dino Digs, Speedy Racer, Super Hero, Diva, Glamour and more. Our motto is “Be a guest at your own party”.  From set up to clean up we do it all.  Our parties include all the party supplies, cupcakes, drinks, custom invitations and favors. Q. What other services do you offer? A. We can help plan any event. We offer party rentals including Tents, Tables, Chairs, Red Carpets, Lighting, costumes and more.

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Q. Tell readers a little about Easter Seals Arkansas. A. Easter Seals provides services for children and adults with disabilities so that they have equal opportunities to live, learn work and play in their communities. Easter Seals, mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Q. How can families get involved with Easter Seals? A. We’ll be starting something new in January for families of children with Autism. We’ll have a Parent Resource Coordinator (Dawn Itzkowitz) to help connect parents with resources such as support groups, activities, and information related to Autism. Q. How can families donate to Easter Seals Arkansas? A. Contributions make it possible for Easter Seals Arkansas to offer services that help children and adults with disabilities acheive their goals and live more independent, satisfying lives. Donations can be made online.

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Q. What is Jump Zone? A. Jump Zone is 11,000 square feet of outside play…indoors! It is a clean, safe, fun and affordable way for your kids to burn off some energy while bouncing on our seven awesome inflatables and playing in our arcade. Since it’s indoors, weather is never a concern! We offer Open Play and party packages. Q. Tell readers a little about your “Open Play” times. A. Open Play times are times when you can come play without being associated with a party. Jump Zone is not a drop off play place. A parent or guardian must accompany child and remain there with them while they play. We have Open Play time everyday except Monday. Q. How many arcade games do you have? What are they? A. There are about 10-12 arcade games which range from Tractor Time, Sammy the Amazing Jumping Dog, Sports Fan Bus, Basketball, Arctic Thunder (motorcycle ride), Smart Prize Time (stuffed animals), Whistle Stop (DVD), Big Buck Hunter (shooting game), and Rotary Merchandiser. Q. What do your party packages consist of? A. Parties can include birthdays, team events or special occasions. Each party consists of 75 minutes of play time and 30 minutes in one of our private, themed party rooms. We provide cupcakes, tablecloths, paper goods and invitations, as well as post party clean-up!

JUMP ZONE OF CONWAY 4000 Dave Ward Drive, Conway 501-932-0970 www.jumpzoneparty.com

Q. Other than a great selection of girls’ clothing and accessories, what services can Apricot Girls Boutique customers take advantage of? A. We deliver wonderful themed birthday parties for girls. We have a friendly and energetic staff that enjoys having fun making each party an unforgettable experience. Also right next to Apricot Girls! We have a women’s boutique where moms can shop trendy funky clothes while their daughters are busy getting themselves pampered in our parties. We host spa parties for women too! Q. What types of parties do you offer? What activities can party goers look forward to during the party? A. We offer Spa parties, Rock Star party, Princess Tea party, Fairy Tea party, PJ party, and Slumber party (a 3-hour party that includes pizza). All of the parties include dress-up in pretty costumes, hair dos with color and glitter spray, mini manicure & pedicure, makeup, and fashion show on our runway. We provide EVERYTHING for the party including a cupcake tower, refreshments and supplies. Moms don’t do anything other than drive the girls over! Q. Your young customers really seem to enjoy the makeovers that Apricot Girls Boutique has been offering lately. Can girls stop by anytime to receive a makeover or only on special occasions? A. Makeovers are for everyday fun, not only for holidays and include hair do, make-up, mini-mani with two colors and polka dots, and mini-pedi. Girls also get to take home either a picture frame with a photo of her makeover, a make-your-own shimmery body lotion, or sugar scrub sundae. Please call ahead!

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9871 Brockington Road • Sherwood 501-833-1000 www.apricotboutique.com

Q. What can you tell readers a little about the Little Rock Zoo. A. The Little Rock Zoo in a stroller-friendly, outdoor attraction featuring more than 725 animals on more than 33 acres of beautifully landscaped property. Guests can walk leisurely through the entire zoo in about two to three hours or spend more time in one specific area.  The zoo is stroller friendly and ADA accessible.  Wagons and electric scooters are available for rental through the Zoo’s gift shop at the front entrance.

Q. What are some of the features of the Museum of Discovery? A. The Museum of Discovery is the oldest Museum in Little Rock but our exhibits and activities are new and exciting! The Museum has 25,000 square feet of fun (and educational) exhibits that encourage hands-on participation. A special area called “Room to Grow” was build especially for youngsters under 6 years of age. We also have over 50 species of live animals, many of whom can visit your party.

Q. What other attractions can zoo visitors look forward to? A. The Little Rock Zoo is the proud home of the Arkansas Carousel, Over-the-Jumps. This beautiful antique carousel is fully operations and available to ride for $2 per person. We also have a train ride which is also $2 per person. Guests can also enjoy the children’s farm, an interactive exhibit where guests can feed the pet goats and other animals in the yard. Café Africa features such menu items as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, fries, soda, ice cream, salads, sandwiches and more! The zoo also features the Safari Trader Gift Shop, and hosts several special and educational events throughout the year.

Q. Do you offer birthday parties? If so what is included in your party packages? A. The Museum of Discovery offers themed birthday parties that include fairytales, Native Americans, ‘gross out” and more! Your package includes party favors, activities led by our trained party hostesses, admission to the Museum of Discovery on the day of your party, and other benefits. In addition to themed party packages, you can choose a “do-ityourself” package. We are open almost every day of the year so you can have your party on the weekend or a week day.

Q. Do have anything new in the works for The Little Rock Zoo this year? A. We are proud to announce the arrival of some new zoo friends! The Little Rock Zoo will be home to a new exhibit in the fall for penguins. We have some really exciting things planned for the exhibit so be on the lookout for more details!

THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO

1 Jonesboro Drive, Little Rock (501) 666-2406 • www.littlerockzoo.com

Q. Any new attractions for 2010? A. Yes! We have a premiere party room that will open in February with custom-painted murals on the walls, custombuilt furniture and special activity areas that were designed especially for parties…stay tuned for the details. Also, new party themes are currently being developed that will debut in spring 2010.

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY 500 President Clinton Avenue Little Rock, AR 72201-1757 (501) 396-7050 • www.amod.org

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SAVVY JANUARYEVENTS Dec. 16th thru Jan. 3rd Navigating Vernacular(s) Exhibit located at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Featuring the mixed media work of Lauren McEntire, a contemporary visual artists working with traditional craft mediums, such as embroidery, quilting, sewing, knitting, and crochet. McEntire creates visual narratives by borrowing images from both popular culture and underground punk youth subcultures, and reproducing them into her own line drawings. Through her work, McEntire communicates her personal history and emotional past. Historic Arkansas Museum is open at 9:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are FREE; tours of the historic grounds are $2.50 for Adults, $1.00 for Children under 18, and $1.50 for Senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.historicarkansas.org or call (501) 324-9351. Dec. 31st Zoo Year’s Eve at the L.R. Zoo. Celebrate New Year’s at the L.R. Zoo’s café Africa from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. For more information call Susan at (501) 661-7208 or visit www.littlerockzoo.com. Jan. 8th Friday Night is Family Night at the Aerospace Education Center. Friday nights are special around here! It is family night. Get free museum entry, a small popcorn and coke

with each movie ticket purchase at our family night price of $5.75 per ticket. Show time varies. For more information visit www.aerospaced.org or call (501) 376-4629. Jan. 8th Sandwiching in History Tour of Trinity Hospital, 2000 S. Main Street in Little Rock. Tour starts at noon. Admission is free. The hospital was designed in 1924 by Max Mayer and served as a pioneer HMO clinic. For more information contact the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (501) 324-9880 or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org. Jan. 8th thru 10th Auto Extravaganza at the Statehouse Convention Center. Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Big names in classic car creations are coming to the 4th Annual Auto Etravaganza. This car show is an indoor cavalcade of everything automotive. “The Cars are the Stars” continues to be the tag line for the 2010 show and rightfully so. “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to display some of the most magnificent national award-wining vehicles again for the 2010 show including Don Smith’s Green 32 sedan, Hot Rod of the year Finalist”, says Carol Dolan, event chair. “The 2010 marquee vehicles that will be on display is just as impressive, if not better, than the 2009 schedule. Also joining the impressive line-up is George Poteet’s 1969 Plymouth Cuda called Gold Blowfish built by Rad Rides by Troy! George’s Cuda is record-holding at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Blown Fuel Comp Coupe C Class. Additionally, George Barris joins the celebrity line-up along with the original 1966 Batmobile that he designed and built for the 1960’s television show. I believe this will be very popular for everyone, as well as the Bar-

ris’ Batmobile souvenir display case.” The 2010 Awards and Cash Prizes have taken an explosive new twist with The Trick 6 Awards and Top of the Rock: The new award Top of the Rock, which is our best of show will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Charley Hutton, tagged as one of the most Famed Custom Street Rod Painter in America has just confirmed his attendance and agreed to select and present Best Paint during Sunday’s award ceremony! “This is just the icing on the cake as we continue to enhance our January 2010 show”, says Dolan. “We are honored to have Charley join us, and we know he will be very popular with all car enthusiasts especially those who are actually competing in the show”. The Best Paint award will receive a cash prize of $1,000. New for 2010 show is a “Panel Jam”. The artists include Paul Quinn, Design Brilliance, Jeremy Seanor, Howie Nisgor, Brian Papa, Matt Burfield and Zeke Lemanski. Live entertainment includes Little Rock’s own Southern Rock Band, CRISIS, as well as Tony Witt-A Tribute to Elvis. Show times: Friday night 4:00 p.m. thru 9:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. Spectator admission is $8 in advance at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores starting Dec. 14th. Children 6 and under get in FREE. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information visit www. cruisinlittlerock.com. Jan. 9th NLRAC Parent’s Night Out at the North Little Rock Athletic Club for children ages 3-12. Open from 6-10 p.m. For more information contact Diane Collie at 501-812-5555, ext. 232. Jan. 9th Easter Seals Arkansas will host a play day for children with Autism and other disabilities at the D1 Sports Training Facility, 10 Viewpointe Cove in Little Rock from 1-3 p.m.The kids and their sibilings are invited to play on the Astroturf football field and learn from the football training stations set up for

the day. For more information call 501227-3712 or visit www.areasterseals. com. Jan. 16th and 17th Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents: “Grieg’s Romantic Piano Concerto” located at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Though Grieg’s romantic concerto was written in a cold climate, its beautiful melding of virtuosity and lyricism-and echoes of Norwegian folk music-will not only melt your heart, but dazzle you, too…. especially when it’s in the hands of our stunning soloist who has garnered raves around the world. Fusao Kajima and the ASO then present Dvooak’s beloved score, inspired by nature and overflowing with joyful melodies. Show times: Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. For more information and tickets visit www.arkansassymphony.org or call 501-666-1761. Jan. 19th River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series presents: “Dark Emotions,” Located at the Clinton Presidential Center. The range of Shostakovish’s expression in his Third Quartet-from sweet and playful to dark and intense-inspires the virtuosity of the performers and grips the listeners. Ever the perfectionist, Brahms may have burned some 20 string quartets before letting this masterpiece-cast in the same compelling key as his First Symphony-see the light of day. Enjoy dinner before the concert at Forty-Two. For more information and tickets visit www.arkansassymphony.org or call 501666-1761 or 501-537-0042. Jan. 19th What You Can Do at Bell Slough: Located at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Seating is limited. Call the nature center office at 501-907-0636 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register. There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax. For more information visit centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.


Office and any Ticketmaster location or you can charge by phone at 1-800-7453000 or online. For more information call the Verizon Arena 501-975-9000. Jan. 22nd thru 24th 28th Annual Marine Expo at the Statehouse Convention Center. Show hours are Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for Adults, and Children 12 and under get in FREE. For more information call 501-225-6177 or visit www.dgattractions.com.

Jan. 20th -23rd Cold Blooded Creatures, located at the Museum of Discovery. Find out fascinating facts about cold-blooded creatures of all shapes and sizes. Exhibit is included with regular museum admission. For more information contact Beth Nelsen at 501-396-7061 or visit www. MuseumofDiscovery.org. Jan. 20th Harlem Globetrotters at the Verizon Arena. Event starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $21.75 to $103.75 and are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office and any Ticketmaster location. You can also charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online. For more information call Verizon Arena at 501-975-9000. Jan. 22nd Martina McBride and Trace Adkins in concert at the Verizon Arena. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35.75 to $59.75. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box

Jan. 22nd thru 24th Big Buck Classic at Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Show hours are Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and children under five get in FREE. For more information visit www.bigbuckclassic.com. Jan. 22nd thru Feb. 7th “Little Women” presented by Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. When the March sisters suddenly become penniless after living a life of luxury, they must look to each other for happiness and strength. Alcott’s heartfelt novel, is a reminder of the true meaning of family and love. Admission: $14 for Adults and $11 for Children. For more information call (501) 372-4000, or visit www. arkarts.com. Jan. 26th Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents “The Masters: A Celebration of Opera” located at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Concert starts at 8:00 p.m. The world of grand opera always has had a special place in David Itkin’s heart, and that’s why

he loved sharing it with ASO audiences over the years. For his final Masters concert Maestro Itkin has chosen favorite highlights from the operas he (and you) love, and has invited four captivating vocalist to bring them to life. You’ll enjoy dramatic overtures, and popular arias from Aida, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, and Madame Butterfly. For tickets and more information call (501) 666-1761 or visit www. arkansassymphony.org. Jan. 26th Family Math and Science Night, located at Museum’s Main Exhibit Floor inside the Mid-America Museum. As part of our “Science Throughout the Ages” program we have partnered with Gardner Math, Science, and Technology Magnet school to bring you a night of intergenerational hands-on science and math activities designed to enhance your understanding of some of the basic scientific principles. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation. For more information contact LaJean Burnett at 501-767-3461 or visit www. midamericamuseum.org. Jan. 29th thru 30th Monster Jam, at Verizon Arena. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $25 in advance for Adults; and $10 for Children ages 2-12; $70 for Adults and Children for “Dream Seats” includes early admission and pre-event autograph session with drivers. Prices increase $2 day of event. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office and any Ticketmaster location or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online. For more information call Verizon Arena 501975-9000.

Jan. 29th thru Feb. 8th Canstruction Arkansas 2009 held at William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Design Administration is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Canstruction Competition. Canstruction is a design/ build competition to create structures built entirely of canned foods showcasing the ingenuity of Arkansas design community to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank Network. Showcase times: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission: $7 a person. For more information call (501) 372-2900, e-mail jlsoutherland@ cromwell.com or visit www.canstruction.org. Jan. 30th Arkansas State Turkey Calling Contest, Located at The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Nature Center. Calling contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact Jim Wells at 870-853-9262 during the day or 870-853-6077 and leave a message. You can also call The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Nature Center at 501-907-0636 or visit www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com. Jan. 30th Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra presents, “Side by Side.” The show will take place at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Listen as they spotlight the studentmusicians of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras. For tickets and more information call 501-6661761 or visit www.arkansassymphony.org.


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medical treatment for autism. The organization

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