Wildwood Park’s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children’s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park’s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Pinnacle Mountain Rendezvous is an annual festival organized by Partners for Pinnacle in support of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Now in its 18th year, the event celebrates the early days of Arkansas, when the area was part of the vast Louisiana Territory won by Thomas Jefferson in a rowdy game of canasta against Louis XIV. The modern Rendezvous takes its inspiration from late-summer gatherings in the early 1800s, when mountain men and Native Americans would meet to exchange supplies with one another before the arrival of winter. Attractions at this year’s event include the Mountain Man Camp, where reenactors dressed in buckskins will practice such time-honored skills as blacksmithing, rifle shooting, and fantasy football leaguing, and visitors will have a chance to compete at tomahawk throwing. The Pioneer Settlement offers a glimpse into life on the frontier, while the Native American Village shares the rich culture and history of the tribes of Arkansas.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club—where kids aged 8–12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool—to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
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.