Things To Do With Kids in Little Rock

A network of railroads passing through Little Rock grew this city into the business hub it is today. You can still see the little rock it was named after while on the banks of the Arkansas River. This rock marked the transition from a flat Delta region to the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Little Rock is the capital and most populated city in Arkansas. The family entertainment here is drawn to scale serving almost 200,000 people. With so much to do, finding deals on the most popular kids activities in Little Rock is easy. Learn more about the city’s history at renowned museum attractions or book other exciting kids activities in Little Rock:

Believe it or not, the William J. Clinton Library and Museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Little Rock. Get a glimpse of the president’s life in office through famous, long-standing exhibits and rotating displays. Other top attractions for kids in Little Rock include:

  • Arkansas State Capitol, tour the home of the Arkansas General Assembly on Capitol Hill
  • River Market, downtown’s centerpiece with delicious food, fun vendors, and live entertainment
  • The Wonder Place, your destination for climbing, art activities, and a toy store
  • Big Dam Bridge, a scenic roadway connecting over 14 miles of riverside trials
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, see what the city has to offer at the visitors center

Little Rock’s famous landmarks are sure to please the whole family. Book a cooking class with Bearden Productions or learn about the city’s history at one of many Little Rock museums. Browse more kid-friendly activities in Little Rock below:

  • Eat sandwiches and other healthy lunch items at The Root Cafe, serving menu items with locally sourced ingredients
  • Participate in educational kids programs or attend Family STEM Night at the Museum of Discovery
  • Visit the Heifer Village & Urban Farm or go for a special family event
  • Try one of the escape rooms in Little Rock like Mystery Mansion or MasterMind Escape The Room Game
  • Grab supplies for art projects at ART Outfitters, a local crafts shop, and head to H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden for a peaceful setting to create

Get to know the city during a scavenger hunt with Puzzling Adventures or Operation City Quest. Scavenger Hunt Games also has challenges for up to six people. Find an array of other sightseeing attractions and free things to do with kids in Little Rock:

  • Take a tour of the Arkansas National Guard Museum at Lloyd England Hall
  • Tour the Terry House Mansion and learn about the history of the Women’s Emergency Committee, forced to operate secretly for years
  • Get a glimpse of life as a firefighter in the early 1900s at the Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum
  • Check out the historic 1800s-era water mill, The Old Mill, and find the rustic outdoor sculptures at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park
  • Take yourself back to pre-civil war times as your walk through the oldest house still standing in Little Rock at the Historic Arkansas Museum

Little Rock specializes in kid-focused entertainment with infamous children’s stores like the Knowledge Tree and top-rated play centers and amusement parks. Check out more fun things to do with kids in Little Rock in the category below:

  • Take a trip to the Little Rock Zoo, over 33 acres featuring 200 animal species
  • Grab a sweet bite to eat at Loblolly Creamery or Shake's Frozen Custard
  • See the latest kids movie at Riverdale 10 Cinema or the Movie Tavern
  • Go for a quick drive to Splash Zone Water Park in Jacksonville, just 20 minutes away
  • Book a horseback ride through Pinnacle Mountain State Park or take lessons with Chief Whitehorse Trail Rides

Little Rock has a beautiful collection of city and neighborhood parks for families and groups to play, have picnics, and try out different amenities. Head to Allsopp Park for hiking and biking trails, ball fields, tennis courts, and more or enjoy a shady playground at Birchwood Park. Explore other family-friendly activities for groups in Little Rock:

  • Save on group skating admission to the Arkansas Skatium Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
  • Sign up for acting classes, dance lessons, or cooking classes with the whole family at Bearden Productions
  • See cotton agriculture exhibitions from 1836 to WWII at the Plantation Agriculture Museum
  • See artifacts from the nuclear-powered cruiser, USS Arkansas, at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
  • Visit the Old State House Museum, also known as the Arkansas State House

Learn about the rich history and heritage of Arkansas at the Department of Arkansas Heritage Home. The site features art, culture, and historic exhibits for families to explore. For more educational things to do in Little Rock, try the following:

  • Get a glimpse of frontier history in Arkansas at the Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Understand the state’s military heritage at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
  • Marvel at women history and art through purse exhibits at one of three purse museums in the world, ESSE Purse Museum & Store
  • Learn about the history of African-Americans in Arkansas at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
  • Take in the sights and learn something new at the Educational Discovery Center

The thriving art scene in Little Rock brings a unique collection of performing and creative classes to the city. Find popular art, music, and other creative classes in Little Rock below:

  • Sign up for acting and theater or art classes at the Arkansas Arts Center
  • Practice your balance and strength in gymnastics lessons at The Little Gym of Little Rock
  • Take ballet, tap, jazz, or another style of dance at Dancers' Corner School of Dance
  • Discover a musical talent at Little Rock Jams music school
  • Trigger a love for cooking at a young age at cooking classes with Kids Cook! Arkansas

Little Rock has a wide range of indoor activities ranging from more relaxing options like mini-golf to more vigorous activities like climbing and bowling. Looking to keep your family out of the sun today? Browse available deals on indoor activities in Little Rock below:

  • Save on admission to Jump!Zone in North Little Rock, an indoor amusement center for kids
  • Keep the indoor fun rolling with an afternoon jump off at Altitude Trampoline Park
  • Test your putting skill at Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park
  • See how long your arms will hold you up at the Little Rock Climbing Center
  • Practice your swing in the batting cages at D-BAT Little Rock