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Events for Kids in May


Events for Kids in May
Featured event: May 18, 2019
6th Annual Duck Day in May and Family Festival

STEPS Family Resource Center will hold its 6th Annual Duck Derby and Family Festival and its first Quack, Waddle and Run 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. May is Foster Care Awareness month. Proceeds support the mission of STEPS to serve families and children who are involved in the foster care system. 

Duck Day begins with a timed and chipped 5K and a 1-mile fun run with an 8 a.m. start. The Family Festival begins at 10 a.m. and includes free games and entertainment for all ages. At noon, hundreds of rubber duckies will splash intro the Lazy River at Parrot Island to race for big prize packages. Each duck will be numbered to identify the winning owner. A $5 racing-duck adoption fee is an opportunity to win prize packages – and keep the ducky! It’s not only the duckies who will swim – Parrot Island will open for swimming from 1-5 p.m. Swim is $10 for guests over 48 inches, $5 under 48 inches.There is a $5 special rate for foster families who check in with proof of foster family status.  

STEPS Family Resource Center is a 501c3 organization with a focus on helping families become strong and healthy. STEPS provides supervised visitation, safe exchange, parenting classes, anger management and self-esteem and counseling services. Family Festival Duck Derby, free. $10 entry for adults for Fun Run race. $25 race entry for Quack, Waddle and Run comes with T-shirt and goodie bag. Free admission. 8 a.m. Parrot Island, 706 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-782-7837 thestepsinc.org


May 1-11
Make a Mother’s Day Card
Let your mother know how much she means to you with a handmade Mother's Day Card. Open to all ages. Materials provided. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-484-5650

May 1-22 
Teen Time 
Teens can learn a life skill, play games, make crafts, read and explore. Free. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045

May 1-22 
Story Time 
At children’s story time, hear new stories, sing songs, make crafts, make friends and check out books. May story times will explore Cinco de Mayo, mothers, gardening and sharks. Free. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045 

May 1-22 
Dungeons & Dragons at the Library 
The game Dungeons & Dragons has captured the imaginations of creative minds for almost 40 years. Although simple to play, it calls for math skills, storytelling, teamwork, reasoning and creative writing. It also encourages kids and teens to interact socially. This group is varied in age and the Dungeon Master is careful to conduct the game in a way that is fun and engaging for all. Take any personal game supplies or the library will lend them to help first-time players get started. Free. 3:45-5:15 p.m.  Wednesday. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600

May 1-29 
Rhythm and Rhymes 
A fun and educational program with parents and infants to preschool-age children, a story time with reading, songs, rhymes and play. Free. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600 


May 2
Star Wars Activities 
In a galaxy far, far away, there was an afternoon full of Star Wars activities. Enjoy lightsaber tag, Princess Leia bun snacks and Chewbacca puppets. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140

May 2-23 
After School Fun
Kids can make foam boats and recycled flowers. May 23 will be LEGO Brick Builders. Free. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045

May 2-30
Family Yoga
Yoga is a discipline that can lead kids on the path toward a calm and balanced mind, as well as help them build a strong and flexible body. Babies, toddlers or big kids can participate with a parent or grandparent. Take snacks, toys or anything kids may need during a 30-minute class. 11:15 a.m. Thursdays and 10:15 a.m. Saturdays. $8 single class; $35 for five classes. Yogaterrium, 2712 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-459-2187 yogaterrium.com 

May 2-30
Story Time PLUS
Designed for grades K-2 with crafts and themes, this is not like a story time for little ones. Free. 4 p.m. Thursdays. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

May 2-30 
Mulberry Story Time 
Traditional story time for pre-schoolers has reading, songs, crafts and surprises. Free. 10 a.m. Thursdays. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

May 2-30 
Story Time 
Stories read aloud about the ocean, mothers, pirates and summer. Free. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140

May 3-4
Little Mermaid Jr, presented by CSA
The musical production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” presented by the Children’s Theatre Company of the Community School for the Arts. Director by Shannon Stoddard, with musical direction by Sheila Mann.  $12 adults, $10 children 10 and under and $8 for 10 or more. Purchase online, by phone or at the CSA offices. 7 p.m. May 3; 2 and 7 p.m. May 4. King Opera House, 427 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-434-2020 csafortsmith.org

May 3-31 
Coding Club 
Registration required for this program. In a weekly coding club, learn by doing a mixture of unplugged and tech driven activities to build skills, vocabulary and confidence with coding. Ages 7-12. Free. Fridays, 4:15 p.m. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600

May 4-25
RAM Saturdays
Make Star Wars hand puppets on “May the 4th Be With You Day,” a date that is a silly pun for fans of the space fantasy movies. Other activities this month include 3D Umbrella Art and a collage animal marionette. Every Saturday is a fun, hands-on exploration of a new medium or type of art. Wear art-making clothing. All ages.  Free. Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-784-2787 fsram.org

May 4-25 
Weekly Story Time Saturdays
Read books, sing songs and do a craft or an activity together. Story time is designed to be fun for all ages of kids while building literacy skills and confidence. Free. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600

May 5
Early Birding
Join a park interpreter for a stroll around the park as they identify and count the many birds of the area. This easy hike/stroll covers a distance of about ¾-mile. Taking binoculars makes it more fun. Free. 9-9:30 a.m. Lake Fort Smith State Park, 15458 Shepard Springs Road, Mountainburg, Ark. 1-888-287-2757
arkansasstateparks.com

May 6
STEAM Team: Make Your Own Kite 
A monthly program for children ages 8-12 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Every first Monday, the team will build fun stuff, make art and even make a mess! In May, learn to make a kite from a recycled Tyvex mail envelope during this drop-in program. All supplies are provided. Free. 3:30-6 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

May 7 
Binary Code Name Bracelets 
An unplugged coding activity for tweens and up. Learn how to turn a name into binary code and make a stylish bracelet to keep. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 7
Nature Break Story Time: Story with a Critter!
Want to meet a turtle? Karen Westcamp-Johnson a Regional Educator with the AGFC, brings a critter friend to teach about box turtles and other reptiles. This fun program includes a craft and snack. Co-sponsored by the Fort Smith Public Schools Preschool Department. Free. 4 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

May 7-28 
Teen Group
Tweens and teens meet with others for activities and projects. Free. 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

May 7-28
Baby & Me Story Time
Babies to age 3 and caregivers sing songs and finger plays, enjoy bubbles and parachute play, hear a story and have play time. Free. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045 

May 9
Mother’s Day Craft
All ages of kids can learn how to craft flowers to show their mom all the reasons why she is loved. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 10
Family Bonfire Night
Enjoy an evening filled with a bonfire, music and outdoor activities. Free. 6 p.m. River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-452-3993

May 11
Lights, Camera, Action! A Creative Story Time
Children and families are invited to explore literature through creative drama. Have fun with Shannon Stoddard, a Community School of the Arts teacher, in an action-packed story time followed by a fun craft. Free. 10:30 a.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

May 11
Police vs. Fire Department Basketball Tournament
To benefit the Fort Smith Boys Home, the Fort Smith police and fire departments present a 10-team basketball tournament. The police vs. firefighters game is at 6 p.m. with a halftime $100 half-court shot contest. Concessions and a 50/50 raffle will be offered. The double-elimination team tournament is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 per team to enter. Admission is $2 adults, kids get in free. All day. Northside High School, 2301 North B Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 

May 13
Coding Games 
Children and tweens learn the basics of coding or test their coding skills with coding games. Play coding board games such as Robot Turtles and Coding: On the Brink. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140
  

May 14
DIY Lava Lamp
They’re funky, they’re groovy, they’re lava lamps! Tweens and teens can make their own lava lamps. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 14
Mary Poppins Story Time 
Special evening story time with Mary Poppins, who will share stories, songs and crafts. Free. 6-7 p.m. Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-646-3945

May 14, 28
RAM Toddler Tuesdays
Every other Tuesday offers hands-on activities just for toddlers. Kids ages 18 months-4 years learn about colors and painting while socializing with other littles. Adults must attend with child. Free. 11 a.m.-noon. Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-784-2787 fsram.org

May 16 
Straw Airplanes 
Build airplanes with two simple items – paper and straws. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 16
Teen Story Time
Spring into the next great read and the activity to follow, with library swag and snacks. Free. 3:30 p.m. Windsor Drive Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-785-0405

May 16
Parents as Teachers: Special Story Time
A parent education and support program for expectant parents and parents of children from birth to age 3. Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. Parents learn with a certified parent educator. Free. 10 a.m. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

May 17-18
Christ the King Carnival
This 93rd annual carnival will include tons of food, games for kids and adults, inflatables, a huge silent auction, live music and entertainment and fun for all ages. 6-11 p.m. Christ the King, 1918 South Greenwood Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-782-0614 

May 18
A Child's Garden in History
The Friends of the Fort and the Fort Smith Master Gardeners join forces to present this program. The action will be in the historic Civil War garden on the parade ground. Kids will learn the history of gardens at the Army fort and how children played a role in maintaining it. Fort Smith Master Gardeners will demonstrate the proper way to plant seeds and children will plant their own pumpkin seeds in small containers. Historical characters may join in the gardening. Best suited for children­ between the ages of 5-12. Children will be accepted so long as supplies allow. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Fort Smith National Historic Site, 301 Parker, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-831-9274 nps.gov/fosm

May 20
LEGO Club: Mythical Creatures
Kids, tweens and teens are invited to design, create and build with the LEGO Club. This month’s theme is Mythical Creatures. Supplies are provided. Free. 5-6 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

May 20
Bookworms Book Club 
Tweens discuss “The Boy on the Wooden Box” by Leon Leyson, with crafts and snacks. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 21
Wii Just Dance 
Move it, move it! Tweens and up have a miniature dance party by playing Just Dance on the Wii. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 21
Evening Canoes
Staff members will assist boaters on Wells Lake. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Participants are required to wear a life jacket, which will be provided. Free. 6 p.m. Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, Ark.
479-452-3993 rivervalleynaturecenter.com

May 23
Police Appreciation Craft
To show local police officers how much they are appreciated, fill goodie bags with sweet treats before they are delivered to the Alma Police Department. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 24
Parrot Island Waterpark Opening Day
Soon to offer the new aquatic attraction, FlowRider Double Surfing, the waterpark opens for the season with Caribbean Splash wave pool, Tiny Turtle Island, Toucan’s Cove activity pool, the Lazy River and the exciting body slides. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 24-Aug. 11. Parrot Island Waterpark, Ben Geren Regional Park, 7300 Zero Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-788-6550 parrotislandwaterpark.com 

May 25
Fort Smith Commissary Kiwanis Club Fishing Derby
Children 15 and younger are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded by age groups. Free. 9-11 a.m. River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-452-3993

May 28
Teen Lounge: Galaxy Jars
Sign up for the Teen Reading Lottery and receive an extra entry into the grand prize drawing. This offer is only available during the program. Supplies provided. Ages 13+. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

May 28 
Teen Advisory Board
A teen team creates new, fun programs. Snacks provided. Make sure to sign in to get your volunteer hour. The meeting is an hour session to plan teen programs and engage in team-building activities. Free. 4 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

May 30 
Special Story Time PLUS – Bingo for Books
All ages. Free. 4 p.m. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

May 31 
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party
Launch into A Universe of Stories by visiting a Portable Planetarium provided by UAFS. Have food and activities and pick up reading logs and goodie bags. Free. Kick-off held at the Marvin Primary School, 1319 North Main Street, Mulberry, 11 a.m. Ralph D. Graf Library, 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226 

June 1
Super Saturday with Wildlife Friends
The Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth visits with special wildlife friends to help launch the Summer Reading program. This "homesteading" outer space program will include a variety of animals that could be raised on another planet. Explore the traits and adaptations that would help them survive in different atmospheres. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Free. 10:30 a.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

June 1 
Summer Reading Launch Party
The library is blasting off its summer reading program “A Universe of Stories” with a launch party. Explore space in an inflatable planetarium and have free food and cake with crafts and activities. Pick up summer reading logs. The summer reading program is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

June 1-29 
Reading Kick-off and Weekly Story Time 
The library will have plenty of children’s activities. All month, there will be reading, songs and activities. The story time builds confidence and literacy skills. Free. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600 

June 1
Summer Reading Kick-off Event
Van Buren Public Library offers “A Universe of Stories.” Pick up a summer schedule and start a reading log to chart your progress. There will be programs for all ages. Free. 9-11 a.m. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045 

June 1 
Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Enjoy pizza, play with galaxy slime and join the Summer Reading Program. Babies, kids, teens, and adults will all have age-appropriate reading challenges to win prizes and keep literacy skills sharp over the summer. The theme is “A Universe of Stories” so be prepared for out-of-this-world, space-themed activities. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Mountainburg Public Library, 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600

June 1
Summer Reading Program Kickoff
Join the summer reading program and gain points for reading books. Check in every Wednesday to chart your ascent. 1 p.m. Cedarville Public Library, 737 Pirates Way, Cedarville, Ark. 479-410-1853 


June 3
Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Summer Program
The nine-week summer program at the four units of the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club offers a variety of activities and events. Summer program concludes the last week in July. $25 per month. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Units are Evans, 6015 Boys Club Lane, 479-646-9519; Goldtrap, 8800 Dallas Street, 479-452-5779; Jeffrey, 4905 North O Street, 479-452-8126 and Stephens, 3101 North 6th Street, 479-782-8126. fsbgc.org

June 1-30
Space Scavenger Hunt 
To start a “Universe of Stories” summer theme, tweens and teens are invited to a monthlong photo scavenger hunt. Follow a guide and take pictures of intergalactic look-alikes for a chance for prizes at the end of the summer. Free. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

June 2-7
Lorraine Cranford Summer Dance Workshop
Intensive dance workshop for ages 11 and older with two or more years of classical ballet training. Instruction in ballet, modern and jazz dance with instructors Jammie Walker and Julie Fiorenza, former members of Jessica Lange Dance, and Francesca Martoccio from Colorado Ballet. $475. Western Arkansas Ballet, 4701 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-785-0152 waballet.org

June 3
Windsor Branch Library Story Time
Enjoy the magic of reading with children’s librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this story program for kids pre-K through age 5 featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other fun. Free. 10 a.m. Windsor Drive Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-785-0405

June 3
STEAM Team: Telescopes and Constellations 
STEAM Team is a monthly program for children ages 8-12 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Build fun stuff, be active, make art and even make a mess. In June, STEAMers will learn about telescopes and constellations during this drop-in program. Children will make a telescope craft and constellation cards to take home. All supplies are provided. Free. 3-6 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229

June 3
Star Wars Tote Bags
In a galaxy far, far away, the summer reading program is under way. Side with the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire and craft a tote bag to show your allegiance. Free. 2 p.m. Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140 

June 3
Star Wars Day at the Dallas Branch Library
Experience the power of the Force with this celebration of Star Wars! Star Wars-themed activities, crafts, coloring and a showing of the movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13). Sign up for the library summer reading program. All ages welcome. Free. 1-3 p.m. Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-484-5650

June 3-24
Laptime Story Time
A love of reading starts early. Babies to 24 months and their caregivers play along with rhymes, songs, simple stories and interactive fun. The story time will last around 20 minutes, with time for social interaction afterward. Free. 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-646-3945

June 3-7
Teen Musical Theatre Boot Camp
Improve your musical theater technique and gain confidence with this exciting, weeklong camp taught by Shannon Stoddard and Melissa Ree. This camp is open to students in grades 7-12, as well as college freshmen. There will be a showcase for families and friends at 6 p.m. June 7. $200. 1-5 p.m. Community School of the Arts, 2701 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, Ark. 4794342020 www.csafortsmith.org 

June 3-24 
Summer Movies
Everyone is welcome. Free. 1:30 p.m. Mondays. Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045

June 4
Community Coding Club: Cosmic Coding
If you’re in grades 5-8, then mark your calendar! This hands-on event will be led by Sara Williams, Fort Smith Public School Community Club teacher, and is funded by an Arkansas Department of Education’s Innovation in Computer Science grant. Join us for Cosmic Coding and build code to guide a Sphero robot through a glow in the dark track. Free. 6-7 p.m. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229


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This information appears in the May 2019 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith magazine. 





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