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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here are some fun ideas from Little Rock Family Magazine.

    6th Birthday Celebration: Lei'd Back Luau at The Wonder Place, Friday, Aug. 10 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Wish The Wonder Place a happy birthday at the playspace's island vacation-themed party. Revelers will gain entry for half price all day, make special art activities, listen to story times and grab goody bags.

    Price: $3.50

    Dog Days of Summer Kick-Off Party at Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, Thursday, Aug. 9 7-11 p.m.

    Celebrate the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament at a bash featuring music from Boom Kinetic, food and cocktails, and a silent auction and cruise raffle.

    Funds from the tournament help the Centers for Youth and Families' Young Professionals' Auxiliary assist the RISE Transitional Youth Program, a support network for 18-21-year-olds transitioning out of foster care.

    Price: $40

    Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker Auditions at Shuffles & Ballet II, Saturday, Aug. 11 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Ballet Arkansas will hold auditions for its annual production of The Nutcracker this Saturday.

    The ballet will be staged Dec. 6-9 at Robinson Center Music Hall.

    Intermediate and advanced-level female dancers should bring pointe shoes. Those auditioning should arrive 30 minutes in advance:

    • 10 a.m. -- children age 6
    • 11:30 a.m. -- children ages 7-9
    • 1 p.m. -- children ages 10-12
    • 2 p.m. -- teens ages 13 and older
    • 3:30 p.m. -- adults (for the roles of Drosselmeyer and party guests)

    Audition fee: $20

    36th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival at Fair Park in Hope, Thursday, Aug. 9-Saturday, Aug. 11

    Load up the family and take a day trip south for the 36th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival. Kids can marvel at giant watermelons that weigh in at over 100 pounds, nosh on snacks from food booths, shop at arts and crafts vendors and more. Don't miss the Watermelon Olympics, in which local teams toss melons and vie for titles in other themed events. Step up to compete in watermelon-eating or seed-spitting contests. And a trip to the fest isn't complete without gobbling up a slice of ice-cold Hope watermelon.

    Free admission.

    115th Annual Tontitown Grape Festival in Tontitown, Through Saturday, Aug. 11

    Travel to this town near Springdale to celebrate the area's delicious grapes. Make like Lucille Ball in a grape stomp, shop the arts and crafts fair, enjoy free evening concerts, take a spin on carnival rides and sample the famous grape ice cream.

    Free admission.

    Design Zone at the Museum of Discovery, Opens Saturday, Aug. 11

    Design Zone, a touring exhibit produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with generous support from the National Science Foundation, includes three themed zones-Art, Music and Engineering-that explain how science and math play in role in the creative fields.

    Among the many exciting interactive stations, youngsters can design 2D and 3D art in the Videogame Design Lab, explore the physics of rollercoasters in a theme park and study how deejays match beats to a song's tempo.

    $10, children ages 1-11 $8, children under 1 free.

    Curious George Storytime and Movie Matinee at CALS Main Library, Saturday, Aug. 11 10:30 a.m.

    Bring your curious little monkeys to this themed day at the library. At 10:30 a.m., settle in for a storytime featuring Curious George. Stick around for a screening of the cartoon primate's G-rated flick at 3 p.m.

    FREE

    Back to School Health and Literacy Expo at E.O. Manees House in North Little Rock, Saturday, Aug. 11 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Junior League of North Little Rock hosts its first Back to School Health and Literacy Expo on the lawn of the historic E.O. Manees House in the Argenta Arts District. Join for fun, food, entertainment, and activities for North Little Rock families.

    FREE

     

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