A storied minor-league franchise for more than 100 years, the Arkansas Travelers have been the Double-A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels since 2001, serving as the stomping grounds for stars such as Francisco Rodriguez, Ervin Santana, and John Lackey and capturing Texas League championships in 2001 and 2008. With two tickets to a Travelers game ($8 each), you and a friend can witness this season's budding stars hone their swings and windups while you wash down bunts, base hits, and botched double plays with two hot dogs ($2.50 each). Prior to the sixth inning, dart to the information desk at Dickey-Stephens Park to drop off a message to be displayed on the stadium's 18' by 32' videoboard. Arkansas Travelers' baseball games are family-friendly experiences, so videoboard messages will be subject to review—meaning that messages should avoid vulgarity, obscenity, and complicated communications to alien overlords.
The Body Mind & Soul Expo advocates natural wellness and personal growth through free lectures and enlightening exhibitions and seminars from alternative-health practitioners and businesses. Melt cosmically into chairs during massages from Ashley Little, channel dormant Bert and Ernie personalities during hypnosis by Rich Ervin, and bedazzle spirit fingers with custom-made sterling-silver jewelry by Chon & Jasmine Stanley, who represent just a few of the event’s numerous exhibitors. Expo organizer and featured speaker Sharlette Pumphrey speaks Saturday at 2 p.m. on spiritual/intuitive development, illuminating the connection between spiritual growth and self-improvement as well as sharing messages from members of spirit families, including helpful reminders that the oven is still on. The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours. Each of the club’s locations—one home base at Conway Airport and two satellite locations at other airports—boasts training rooms and runways amply sized for takeoffs, landings, and timed cheetah sprints.
T-Square’s 40-acre playing area is a menacing wooded battlefield containing military-style tanks, obstacles, and foxholes from which to taunt, shoot, and telepathically tickle opponents. This Groupon takes care of the field fee ($10), which includes unlimited CO2, 100 paintballs, referees to ensure fair play, and all-day field access. The rental of a high-quality semi-automatic paintball gun and a face mask is also included ($5). For trigger-happy targeters, T-Square offers additional rounds of paintballs for purchase—increase your inventory with 100 ($5), 500 ($20), or 2,000 ($60) paintballs. Beginners and advanced sharpshooters alike will take to the field for rousing games of “attack and defend,” “arena ball,” “capture the flag,” and its not-so-popular offshoot, “let’s all talk this out before making any rash decisions.” There is an elevated viewing area for non-players to watch the games and shout out defensive strategies in Morse code.
The Enjoy LifeStyle Center wears many hats in order to enchant the teens and youngsters who pass through its doors. The nonprofit serves as a photography studio, music venue, and theater, though its focal point is an indoor skate park, Dream. Replete with halfpipes, mini ramps, and rails, the park holds public skates every weekend, including times just for kids aged 11 and younger. The focus on skateboarding continues in the center's retail shop, which stocks its own line of boards and employs only cashiers who’ve heard of skateboarding.