Finding fun activities for the whole family can be tough — some kids like outdoor exploring while others prefer to sit and relax in the cool indoors. But no matter what you’re doing, it can get expensive to keep your family entertained.
So, here are five things the whole crew can do in downtown Little Rock for FREE!
1. Ride the Trolley
From Dec. 21, 2018 through end of 2019, riding the rails in downtown Little Rock is completely free! The trolleys are a great way to take a break from walking and explore the city — all in the comfort of air conditioning (or heat, come winter). The trolleys run on a 3.4 mile route in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. For more info about the free rides, click here.
2. Visit Heifer’s Urban Farm
Did you know there’s a little oasis right downtown where you can feel like you’re out in the country? (Just don’t look up at the skyline.) At the Heifer Urban Farm, located behind Heifer Village, you can visit pigs, goats, alpacas, chickens and turkeys. The 3-acre area, which opened in late 2016, is also home to a community garden, beehives and butterfly garden. For more information, click here.
3. Go to the Old State House Museum
The Old State House was the Arkansas’ first capitol building.
The Old State House Musem is the original state capitol of Arkansas. The historic building is filled with cool (and educational) exhibits. Currently, a temporary exhibit features “curiosities” from all over the world— from dinosaur toes to Bonnie and Clyde’s machine gun — and visitors can learn all about the first ladies of Arkansas at a newly-renovated exhibit. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit their website for more information.
4. Tour the Arkansas State Capitol
Did you know that this beautiful building is open for free, guided tours? All you have to do is make a reservation for your group online. If you want to turn the visit into an especially educational visit for your family, there are resources available online including a video and activities to make the most of your tour. The Capitol Visitor Center is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
5. Check Out the Arkansas Arts Center
Experience the Arkansas Arts Center’s impressive gallery, showcasing works from Picasso, Monet, O’Keefe and Rembrandt. Stop by Canvas for an afternoon lunch before resuming your tourism agenda.
If you have kids who love to draw, paint or create any type of art, this free museum is the perfect destination. You can check out what is currently on exhibit by visiting their website. Plus, once a month the AAC hosts a “Super Sunday Free Family Funday,” a free art-making event for the whole family. There are also “pay what you can” nights at the Art Center’s Children’s Theatre — so not quite free, but pretty close.