10 ways to create #AuthenticArkansas memories during Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here – and it’s the perfect opportunity to get the family out to explore the Natural State! Whether your interest is in outdoor activities, museums, history or art – the Department of Arkansas Heritage can help create #AuthenticArkansas memories to last a lifetime.

  • Visit a natural area
  • The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission maintains 71 natural areas in Arkansas. Natural areas are lands specifically managed to preserve, and sometimes restore, natural communities that have become rare. Many of these areas offer opportunities for low-impact use by the public, such as hiking, birdwatching, photography, scientific research, education and even hunting.

  • See the intersection of faith, music and art at Old State House Museum
  • The exhibit True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley tells the story of an Ozarks man who felt compelled to make instruments and give them to children. Though he had no formal training, Ed Stilley remained faithful to his calling, creating more than 200 guitars and other instruments over 25 years.

    True Faith, True Light will close after March 25, so this is your last chance to see an exhibit declared a favorite by museum patrons young and old.

  • Enjoy “make and take activities” at Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Each weekday during Spring Break, March 19-23, drop in to Historic Arkansas Museum for activities that offer a peek into the lives of Arkansans from years past. Activities will change from day to day, but guests will have a chance to make an item to take home each day.

  • Let your budding foodies sharpen their culinary skills at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Kid Chef Spring Break Mini Camps
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has collaborated with Fruitful Innovations to host a fun, hands-on program where kids will be engaged in nutrition education activities and taught cooking skills by a local chef. Programs are available for youth ages 6-15.

  • Stamp your way across the state with the Arkansas National Register Passport Program
  • Grab an Arkansas National Register Passport and plan a road trip to visit 26 historic sites across Arkansas. Once you have collected all 26 stamps, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will add you to its list of Arkansas National Register Road Warriors!

  • Immerse yourself in the musical history of the Delta
  • Songs From the Field, an all-ages exhibit at the Delta Cultural Center, tells the early story of Delta music from the field songs and field hollers, to the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta.

  • Explore the Arts in Arkansas
  • The Arkansas Arts Council supports arts programs across the state. Here are a few organizations to put on your Spring Break to-do list: the STEAM and tinkering studios at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, including a new exhibit featuring works of art by students throughout the region envisioning “My Future Fort Smith;” and Wildwood Park for the Arts, and its Junior Naturalist Camp taking place during Spring Break.

  • Honor the Arkansans who served in World War I
  • The Arkansas State Archives is host to On the Fields and In the Trenches: Relics of the First World War. Uniforms, helmets, equipment, dog tags, insignias and medals highlight the personal stories of Arkansans, including the medals of Herman Davis, an Arkansan who General John J. Pershing listed as the fourth greatest hero of World War I.

  • Explore Arkansas’s African American history
  • Visitors to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center can learn about Arkansas’s African American history, including the legacy of the Mosaic Templars of America, black-owned business districts and firsthand accounts of life in the segregated South. While you are there, learn about historically black Greek letter organizations in the museum’s first community curated exhibit.

  • Stop by the Old State House Museum for hands-on activities
  • Each weekday during Spring Break, the Old State House Museum will have fun and educational activities to involve kids (and those who are young at heart!) in learning about Arkansas history where it happened.