Get Messy at the Museum of Discovery’s Messtival

The Museum of Discovery’s favorite messy day is back for the fourth year in a row! Spend Saturday, May 18 making messes that you don’t have to clean up!

It takes place from 10am until 3pm.

Here are some of the messy activities the Museum has planned:
    • Slopstacle Course
    • Bubbles/Foam
    • Human Carwash
    • Large-Scale Messy Demos
    • Pie Fight
    • Slime
    • Sand & Shaving Cream Play
    • Messy Twister Game
    • Mashed Potato Sculptures
    • Sloppy Slingshot
    • Graffiti Walls with Chalk
    • Finger Painting Mural
    • Bird Poop Droppings (not actual bird droppings)
    • Paint Pendulum
    • More!!
Messtival is included in regular museum admission or free for members.

Wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes for water play (water shoes, Crocs, sandals with straps, no flip flops.) Bring a change of clothes as well.

The Museum will have activities for all ages, including toddlers. Parents and guardians, we want you to get on the fun too – your kids will love it! Make some memories!

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Two Little Rock Zoo Cheetahs celebrate turning Three!

Image result for little rock zoo cheetahYou only turn three-years-old once, so don’t miss your chance to wish the Little Rock Zoo’s cheetahs, Oscar and Boomer, a happy third birthday!

Come to the Zoo this Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. to wish these two another great year!  This party, held at Cheetah Outpost, will be one like no other.  Guests are invited to enjoy cake and lemonade while supplies last. This special celebration will also include a live demonstration.

Cheetahs are an important part of the family of animals at the Little Rock Zoo. The Cheetah Outpost at the Little Rock Zoo is home to one female cheetah, Maggie, and two males, Oscar and Boomer.  The Cheetah Outpost exhibit features two yards for the cheetahs and two observatory decks for viewing the cheetahs in their habitat. The Little Rock Zoo invites the public to come see the cheetahs at any time.

The Little Rock Zoo is an active supporter of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).  The CCF actively works with local, national and international communities to raise awareness, communicate, educate and train the public on issues concerning cheetahs, their habitat, and how we can help.   Please join the Zoo’s efforts to secure a future for this endangered species by donating to our conservation fund.

The cost for this afternoon of fun is included in the regular Zoo admission prices and members are always free! Come out to celebrate, play, learn about our cheetahs, and enjoy birthday treats! Come love your Little Rock Zoo!

New exhibit: WASHED ASHORE opens at Clinton Center

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The Clinton Presidential Center’s upcoming temporary exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, will debut on April 27, 2019. Washed Ashore is a family-friendly exhibit that will feature more than 20 giant sea life sculptures – made entirely of trash and debris collected from beaches. This exhibit poignantly illustrates the toll trash takes
on our oceans and waterways.

The incredible marine life sculptures will be accompanied by educational signage allowing visitors to learn about the fascinating species, environmental stewardship, responsible consumer habits, and how “every action counts” to help save our waterways.

Washed Ashore is a visual reminder of the disposable products that end up in our waters, and that each of us can take action to prevent further pollution. “Hope, creativity, [and] imagination will be required to meet the challenges that we face with our oceans,” said President Bill Clinton to the National Oceans Conference in June 1998. “But they are the traits that first enabled and inspired explorers to take to the sea. They are traits that allowed us to look at our inextricable ties to our environment and invent new ways to protect our natural wonders from harm in the last three decades. In the 21st century, these traits – hope, creativity, imagination – they must lead us to preserve our living oceans as a sacred legacy for all time to come.”

The Washed Ashore exhibit will be primarily displayed inside two of the Clinton Center’s
galleries. Visitors will see Eli the Eel, walk through the Reef at Risk, and be able to play the Styrofoam Drum Set. The exhibit will open to the public on April 27; a second phase featuring additional sculptures will open in June, when Priscilla the Parrot Fish, a 16-foot-long, 1,500-pound brightly-colored sculpture will greet visitors from the water fountains located outside the front doors.

“The sculptures are beautiful, truly works of art, but they are a poignant reminder that our oceans and waterways are precious resources that need our attention now more than ever,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation.

“From the student visitor to the grand parent, we hope that everyone who has the opportunity to enjoy Washed Ashore walks away with a renewed sense of awe and responsibility.”

Washed Ashore presents an opportunity to reflect on the Clinton administration’s efforts to safeguard essential bodies of water and promote environmental stewardship. “President Bill Clinton’s administration took strong action to protect our coasts and waterways,” said Terri Garner, director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. “He signed crucial legislation and issued key executive orders designed to improve water quality, protect wetlands and coasts, and reduce waste while increasing the use of recycled products.”

A GAME OF THRONES themed Science After Dark tonight at the Museum of Discovery

Science After Dark is Coming…on Thursday, April 25.
When you play this game of thrones, you win (you won’t die…you’re welcome.) Brace yourself for an evening of adventure in fantasy as we explore some of the science behind your favorite show. Admission is $5 or free for members. You must be at least 21 to enter.

-Fighting Arena Demos with Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) local branch The Barony of Small Gray Bear at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
-Dragon-like animals
-“Did your Family Battle for the Throne?” (or maybe just over cattle) Genealogy with Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) – Butler Center
-Archery with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
-Thrones with Baron & Barroness
-“Winter is Coming” (Destroying things with Liquid Nitrogen)
-Pelts and Furs with Old State House Museum
-Sinking ships with fire Crossbows (Whoa.)
-Weapon Throwing
– Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center
– MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
And much, much more!!

Tickets are $5 or free for members and may be purchased at the door or online at https://museumofdiscovery.org/event/april2019/. Each Science After Dark, we will support a local charity and this month we are accepting donations for Arkansas Foodbank. You can also sign up to volunteer with us at the Foodbank on Tuesday, June 11 from 6-8 p.m. at http://cerv.is/m?0334gpyrxNj!

Presenting sponsors are Fassler Hall Little Rock and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge Little Rock and sponsors are Rock Town Distillery and Stone’s Throw Brewing

Learn about the life and times of Hedy Lamar in HEDY! tonight presented by ACANSA

Hedy Lamar.  If she is remembered today, it is probably as a screen siren in the golden days of Hollywood.  Written and performed by Heather Massie, this award-winning one-woman show highlights that she was much more than that.  It explores the life, inventions, and person of Lamarr,a  Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-50s.

“Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!”

The performance begins at 7pm tonight at the Argenta Community Theatre.  It is presented by ACANSA Arts Festival.

Dog Days of Science this Saturday at the Museum of Disvoery

The Museum of Discovery has gone to the dogs…at least for one day! Join us this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Dog Days of Science”.
Visitors can:
The museum does ask that guests leave their dogs at home as non-service animals and non event-featured dogs are not permitted inside the museum. Dog Days of Science is included in regular museum admission or free for members. Purchase your tickets at the door or online . Become a museum member and receive free admission to the Museum of Discovery and science museums across the country for one year! Join today!

“Combating the Opioid Crisis and Chronic Pain” today at the Clinton School

In partnership with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, the Clinton School of Public Service is presenting a program on “Combating the Opioid Crisis and Chronic Pain.”

This program is geared toward older adults in Arkansas managing chronic pain issues. A panel discussion and scenarios will facilitate discussion on the current opioid epidemic, understanding opioids and how pain works in the body, and the issues surrounding chronic pain and non-opioid pain alternatives.

Scenarios (demonstrations) of doctor and patient visits during various treatment options and stages of a typical chronic pain journey will be conducted.

Panelist include UAMS experts Michael Mancino, M.D.; Teresa Hudson, Pharm.D., Ph.D.; Masil George, M.D.; Heejung Choi, M.D.; and Leah Tobey, D.P.T. Additional segments include Kirk Lane, Arkansas drug director, and a video story with Johnathan Goree, M.D.

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239.