LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here are some fun ideas from Little Rock Family.
Dino Dash and Discovery Fest at Museum of Discovery, Saturday, May 19
Luckily, you won't have to outrun any prehistoric predators at the Museum of Discovery's annual Dino Dash. But you will have to be speedy if you want to be the first to arrive at the post-event street festival near the museum.
Families will run in a 5K or participate in the 1K fun run/walk to help support the science and technology center; 100 percent of the registration fees and proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Museum of Discovery's statewide educational programs. Even those who don't run can enjoy the free Discovery Fest from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Families can watch science demonstrations, have their faces painted, play games, make crafts and more.
Arkansas Festival Ballet presents Aladdin: A Storybook Ballet at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater, May 18-20
The fortunes in the storied "Cave of Riches" aren't the only treasures visitors will encounter at Arkansas Festival Ballet presents Aladdin: A Storybook Ballet. The original staging at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater features a bounty of artistic riches with local dancers, colorful costumes, and a score of Indian, Arabic and Oriental sounds. Expect to be dazzled-and amused-by silly gags like a "Barrel of Monkeys" and gorgeous sights such as an exotic peacock.
You'll also spot 13-year-old Caroline Young, the ballerina who graced the May cover of Little Rock Family. The talented teen, who will study at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City this summer, will portray a pearl in the Cave of Riches, among other roles.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 18, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 19, and 2 p.m. Sun., May 20. Advance tickets $20, students and children $15; at the door $25, students and children $20.
International Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, May 18-20
Families can explore the culture of the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean through culinary offerings at this annual foodie favorite; treat your taste buds to gyros, calamari, pastitso, sourota, baklava and this year's new item, the chicken gyro.
Food isn't the only thing on the menu: Step inside the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for a tour with Rev. Dr. Nicholas Verdaris. Browse booths selling imported items like Russian collectibles and Stavriana jewelry.
Or, check out the packed lineup of live entertainment featuring an array of dancers from Greek, Irish and Indian performers to flamenco dancers and cloggers. At 5 p.m. Saturday, audiences will be treated to a special performance from the young I Can! Dancers.
The younger set won't want to miss the dedicated area for kids; Centers for Youth and Families will organize activities such as crafts, face-painting, a candy walk, rides and games.
Proceeds from this year's festival will go to Arkansas Pediatric Facility, CARTI, Centers for Youth & Families, Community Connections, Easter Seals Arkansas, Love Truth Care Ministries and Youth Home.
Admission is free. The festival is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For more info and a schedule of performances and church tours: GreekFoodFest.com.
Additional Saturday and Sunday events:
Trudy the Gorilla Turns 55! at the Little Rock Zoo, May 19 (1-3 p.m.)
Stop by and sing "Happy Birthday" to Trudy the Gorilla as she turns 55! The zoo will host a special celebration, complete with gifts (at 1:30 p.m.), as well as cake and ice cream. Families can even bring gifts for Trudy; included on her birthday wish list are heavy duty plastic toys and trucks (made for ages 5 and under), wading pools, sheets or blankets, and snacks like dried fruit, instant oatmeal and unsalted nuts.
Family, Fun and Fitness Day at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, May 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
As a participant of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is doing its part to encourage and educate Arkansans about healthy living. Activities at this free event will include cooking demonstrations from vegan cook Melanie Lacy, tips from professional health educators Ray McCullough and Lisa Thomas and a few fun physical challenges.
Star Gazing at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, May 19 (8-9 p.m.)
This remote archeological park provides a perfect backdrop for viewing the night sky. A park interpreter guides visitors through the basic spring constellations and tells Native American stories.
Arkansas Travelers Family Sunday at Dickey-Stevens Park, May 20 (2-5 p.m.)
Families who bring a church bulletin to the ticket office will be admitted to the game for a mere $10! The Arkansas Travelers will play in-state rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Then, after the game, kids are invited to run the bases.