A new IMAX film, and Easter eggs, come to the Aerospace Education Center on Saturday, March 26. The IMAX theater will be premiering “Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk,” which takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey from extraordinary heights through extreme skydiving and the physics of human flight. The film starts at 1 p.m.
Come early, though, for an hour of outdoor fun. Beginning at noon, events at the center include an Easter egg hunt for kids, an inflatable obstacle course, a climbing wall, skydivers showing various equipment that is used in the film, and (tentatively scheduled as of March 21) a helicopter landing. All outside events are free. Admission to the film is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
Escape to Petit Jean
Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton offers a chance to “escape” for Easter with a weekend of fun activities for the family and a religious service at sunrise on Sunday.
The Great Escape Easter Weekend begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, with an owl prowl. Events resume Saturday morning with programs based on the theme “Arkansas Archeology Month: Life on the Rivers.” Begin the day at 9 a.m. with a 1.25-mile hike on Cedar Creek Trail. Then, at 11 a.m. at the Mather Lodge, hear the various legends of Petit Jean. A program at 2 p.m. at the Petit Jean Gravesite Overlook will explain the importance of the Arkansas River to early settlers. Then gather at 6 p.m. at the Petit Jean amphitheater learn about Arkansas’s territorial days.
The non-denominational sunrise service Sunday, March 27, will be held at Stout’s Point beginning at 5:45 a.m. Easter eggs will be hidden at the park’s ball field and the kids, divided into four age categories, can scramble to find them beginning at 2 p.m. That’s followed at 4 p.m. by a guided hike at Rock House Cave.
All events are free. Call 501-727-5441 or visit the park’s website, www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
Forging farm tools
Learn about the traditional art of blacksmithing at the 13th annual Forge Fest, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Plantation Agricultural Museum in Scott. The program will compare contemporary blacksmithing with blacksmiths of yesteryear. Guest blacksmiths from throughout the state will demonstrate the use of traditional equipment such as forges, anvils, hammers, and tongs to create everything from simple tools to knife blades.
John Fitch, a master bladesmith and custom knife maker acclaimed for his Bowie knives, will explain the fine art of bladesmithing. Neil Kenzel, master farrier with 30 years of experience, will shoe a horse and explain the fine details of his trade. During breaks in the demonstrations, visitors can tour the Museum building, which interprets Arkansas cotton agriculture and plantation life from statehood in 1836 to World War II. The nearby Dortch Gin Exhibit Building offers tours showing how cotton was ginned and baled.
Admission to the outdoor demonstrations is free. Admission to the indoor museum exhibits is $3 plus tax for adults and $2 plus tax for children 12 and over. The museum is at the junction of U.S. Highway 165 and state Highway 161. Call 961-1409.
Time traveling at AAC
Take a trip into time with H.G. Wells’ classic tale, “The Time Machine,” being performed at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre beginning Friday, March 25.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play continues through Sunday, April 10.
This science fiction classic was adapted for stage by Alan Keith Smith and tells the story of the Time Traveler as he sets out upon his journey into time, vanishing without a trace and mystifying his friends and colleagues. In traveling 50 years into his past, he becomes trapped and separated from his time machine. The play is directed by Bradley Anderson.
Individual tickets to all performances are $14, and $12 for groups of 10 or more. Call 372-4000.
Hoops in Hot Springs
The NCAA Division II women’s Elite Eight and Final Four championship games are being played in Hot Springs this week, and a fan event is scheduled at Hill Wheatley Plaza around the tournament, being played at the Summit Arena Thursday, March 24, and Saturday, March 26.
The NCAA Basketball Champion’s Challenge will be held at Hill Wheatley Plaza through Saturday. The free event allows fans of all ages to experience hands-on what it’s like to be an NCAA basketball player while having the chance to win prizes. Champion’s Challenge is open each day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Plaza in downtown Hot Springs.
Get the picture
Thousands of historic and antique postcards and photos of Arkansas and surrounding states will be on sale Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Comfort Inn and Suites just off Interstate 30 between Ninth and Sixth Streets in Little Rock.
The Antique Postcard and Paper Americana Show and Sale will also include Christmas and Halloween cards. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Buyers and sellers will feature collections and more, and, as time permits, free appraisals of vintage postcards, old photographs and paper memorabilia will be offered. Admission is $2 each day. Early birds can pay $5 to get in at 9 a.m. Friday.
Call 888-451-0340 for show information.
Examining the Magdalen
Mary Magdalen is a much-discussed Biblical figure at Easter time, and she’ll be the subject of a two-part event on Thursday, March 24, and Thursday, March 31, at the Main Library. Joan Baldridge will present the Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Distinguished Lecture and examine the iconography of the controversial character. The talks are titled “Mary Magdalen: Sinner or Saint — Are You Sure?” and will be held at 7 p.m. each Thursday at the Main Library’s Darragh Center.
Baldridge, from Texarkana, Texas, will explore Mary Magdalen in art from the third century to the 21st century, and will also examine the scriptural and non-scriptural basis for the many stories and myths about the saint. The series is based in part on her thesis, “The Factors That Influenced the Iconography of Mary Magdalen in the Art of 14th Century Western Europe.”
The lectures are free. Refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 918-3032.