LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Aug. 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States.

It's an event many people will not want to miss. There are several locations in Arkansas that are having viewing parties for this special event.


Mid-America Science Museum -- The museum will be having a Solar Eclipse Watch Party from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last. Guests can also make pinhole viewfinders at the event.


Petit Jean State Park -- The Petit Jean State Park will be holding a Solar Eclipse Weekend. This event starts August 18 and will end with the solar eclipse on August 21. August 18 the park will have programs featuring cloud watching and Native American stargazing. August 19 there will be programs focused on the history of the sun, Native American myths about the sun, and a lesson all about the sun. August 20 you can attend programs about August constellations, pinhole cameras, solar-powered reptiles, and what makes a sunset. August 21 is the main event. There will be a solar eclipse viewing party that will start at 11 a.m.

Museum of Discovery -- The museum will be hosting an Eclipnic. They encourage guests to bring their own lunch, or purchase pizza from Damgoode Pies. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be hands-on activities so you can learn about the eclipse. Then guests will watch the eclipse by the river. Admission is $5, but it is free for museum members. Your admission includes a pair of eclipse glasses.

Central Arkansas Library System -- CALS is hosting a Solar Eclipse Watch Party at the Splash Pad in Riverfront Park. It will last from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free eclipse glasses will be handed out. In case of inclement weather, NASA's live-streaming eclipse footage will be shown on the big screen in the Darragh Center auditorium


Southeast Arkansas College -- The college is hosting an Eclipse Party at the Welcome Center. It will be held from 12 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The first 50 students that show up receive free eclipse glasses.

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