LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here are some fun weekend ideas from Little Rock Family.
Little Rock Zoo 5K/1M Cheetah Chase, Saturday June 2
Celebrate the new cheetah exhibit, scheduled to open at the Little Rock Zoo this summer, by competing in the Little Rock Zoo 5K/1M Cheetah Chase on Saturday, June 2. Attendees are encouraged to dress in a "big cat" costume for the 5K or 1 mile family run; the best animal and wildcat get-ups will win awards for their creativity. Plus, all participants with a paid registration for the Chase will gain free entry into the zoo for the rest of the day.
Runners will also receive a pass to return and see the Laura P. Nichols Cheetah Outpost when it opens at the beginning of July. The zoo will receive two cheetahs from the National Zoo in Washington D.C., and the mother/daughter pair will live in the brand-new exhibit currently being built for them where the zebras once resided.
The Little Rock Zoo Cheetah Chase will begin 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration is $25 before May 30, $35 on race day or $65 per family of two adults and two children under age 10. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation.
Summer Reading Clubs at Local Libraries Kick Off in June
For young literature lovers, summertime means sticking your nose in as many books as possible as part of local libraries' FREE Summer Reading Clubs.
The William F. Laman Library jumps into its summer program this Friday (June 1), the first day that participants can start reporting how many book chapters they've read. Prizes are given each week, and readers can attend storytelling performances, magic shows, yoga and drumming workshops, and more events throughout the months of June and July.
The Central Arkansas Library System's community branches will also host weekly programs for kids and teens throughout the summer, and families can start signing up now. Programs from goofball Tommy Terrific, musical duo The Kinders, magician Scott Davis and science whizzes from the Museum of Discovery bounce between various branches of the library system. Plus, families can take advantage of a steady stream of story times and events at the Main Library in Downtown Little Rock, beginning with a celebration on June 9.
Central Arkansas Buddy Walk at Big Dam Bridge, Sunday June 3
This Sunday, Central Arkansas celebrates its first ever Buddy Walk, a 1-mile walk to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Buddy Walk is a national organization which raises money to support local and national education and advocacy initiatives. Participants will meet on the North Little Rock side of the Big Dam Bridge at 5 p.m. After walking across the bridge and back, stick around for food and activities.
(Tidbit you might want to sneak in: Jessica Askins, the 10-year-old girl on the June cover of Little Rock Special Family, helped inspire the walk. Her older cousin, Abby Turner, organized the event!)
The event is free for participants with Down Syndrome, $15 for adults and $8 for children. Registration begins at 4 p.m.; the walk will start at 5 p.m.