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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here are some fun ideas for the whole gang.

Laura P. Nichols Cheetah Outpost Grand Opening at Little Rock Zoo, Saturday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m.


Arkansans will meet the Little Rock Zoo's new cheetahs, Zazi and Maggie, for the first time at the July 7 grand opening of the exhibit. In addition to laying eyes on the big cats, families can also listen in on special keeper chats. Then, step into the brand-new Cheetah Outpost and learn all about the conservation efforts of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The organization's Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research and Research Geneticist, Anne Schmidt-Kuntzel, will speak with visitors about their work saving wild cheetahs in Namibia and other parts of Africa.

Cost: Regular zoo admission: $10, seniors ages 60 and older and children under 13 $8, children under 12 months free

I CAN! Arts and Resource Center Birthday Bash at the I CAN! Arts and Resource Center, Friday, July 6, 6-8 p.m.

The extravaganza will be a true birthday party for the new center, run by Community Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing extra-curricular activities to children with disabilities. The party will be complete with balloons, a bounce house, music, arts and crafts, games, a cake and much more. Guests are even encouraged to bring gifts to help stock the center with arts and crafts, office and cleaning supplies; look for gift registries at Target and Wal-Mart. Register for the center's programs, including soccer, and art, music and dance classes for children with disabilities. Kids ages 9 and up who are interested in volunteering can sign up as Buddies to assist children who need one-on-one help.

Cost: FREE

First Thursday Ice Cream Social at Crest Park in Hillcrest, Thursday, July 5, 6:30 p.m.

This month's First Thursday is sure to attract local families with the promise of free ice cream, lemonade, homemade cookies and popcorn! Tots can hear live patriotic tunes from the Quapaw Brass Quintet as they snack on their treats.

Cost: FREE

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