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AETN Family Day set for March 23 at Jones Center in Springdale Free event offers fun, educational activities during spring break

This free event is open to the public and part of Spring Break Week at the Jones Center, 922 the East Emma Avenue in Springdale.

“AETN approached us about partnering on spring break week 2007, and let me tell you AETN came on board with a great staff and a great plan to engage our kids in a lot of different ways to make learning fun,” Jones Center Youth Program Coordinator Tyler Clark said. “This will be our third event together, and it’s wonderful to see an outreach to this part of the state.

“Our patrons enjoy getting to meet the PBS characters and also having the opportunity to talk with the AETN staff about their public broadcasting experience. The quality of the PBS programming and activities we plan together can’t be matched.”

Traveling to the Jones Center with AETN will be PBS Kids favorites Clifford the Big Red Dog, the four heroes from Super Why!, Buddy from Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid. Activities planned include:

Super Why! bingo and character mask making.

Clifford story time and making “Puppy Chow,” a sweet snack mix treat.

Buddy the dinosaur sing along and make your own dinosaur tooth.

Sid the Science Kid’s “Smell, taste, touch” science game, and a special appearance during the Mad Science Show.

Broomball from 3:30-5 p.m.

Photo booth from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Inflatables all day.

Throughout the day, kids will have the opportunity to take pictures with the characters, color, read, play, swim, ice skate and find other ways to celebrate spring break.

“Last year as I was trying to decide what to do with my kids for spring break I knew I needed to stay close to home and do something inexpensive,” parent Julie Thomas of Conway said. “Springdale was a short road trip away, and we spent the day meeting PBS Kids characters, playing games, eating popcorn, collecting stickers, making crafts – and it was all free!

“The pictures from that day are cherished. Thanks to AETN for offering us great kids' programming and a way to bring it to life for my kids.”

At this year’s Family Day, AETN will unveil their new AETN KIDS! Web site and online kids club, which will include games, videos, a book club and more. This online service will be free to children.

The Jones Center for Families was founded in 1995 by Bernice Jones as a safe harbor for the entire Northwest Arkansas community where families and groups could come together to do those things which make the community a better place to live. The center provides a multigenerational, social, educational and recreational facility where “all are welcome.” This nonprofit organization is led by a community board. Its mission is “to serve families, strengthen community and glorify God.”

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans’ lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETN’s transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.


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