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AETN Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN

Join AETN as we celebrate our 50th anniversary at AETN Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN!

Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Event will be held rain or shine)
350 South Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034

Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first went on the air. Watch classic episodes of programs from the AETN Video Vault, meet-n-greet Walkaround Cookie Monster and Walkaround Elmo from "Sesame Street," get a sneak peak of what to expect next from AETN and PBS.

We'll have games, face painting, arts and crafts, story time, snacks and much more − all free and open to the public. See below for a full list of events and activities.

Special guests for the day include Walkaround Cookie Monster and Walkaround Elmo of Sesame Street. Children are invited to meet and take photos with the characters.

Local food trucks will be on hand for additional food and snacks.

Cookie Monster and Elmo at AETN

AETN Family Day Drives

In an effort to give back to the community, AETN holds community service drives during Family Day to collect items for local charities. Donations are not required to participate in Family Day activities, and all collected items will be distributed to neighbors in need free of charge.

Drives at this year’s event include:

Free Activities and Entertainment

  • Storytime, including celebrity reader Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin at 10 a.m.
  • Brock Entertainment will provide a soundtrack from the 1960s to today for a festive block party atmosphere.
  • Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite PBS KIDS characters or in 1960s attire. Each child in costume will receive a prize from the AETN booth.
  • Adults are invited to dress as their favorite PBS personality from the past 50 years or in 1960s attire.
  • Kids will have the opportunity to have photos made with other PBS KIDS characters, including Daniel Tiger, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Demonstrations with the AETN production truck and meet and greet with "Exploring Arkansas" host Chuck Dovish.
  • Inflatable bounce houses, super slide, bungee run and obstacle course.
  • Health and wellness screenings, fun physical fitness activities and giveaways with Conway Regional Medical Center, Beard Chiropractic and others.
  • Screenings from the AETN Video Vault, featuring episodes from the past 50 years and sneak peeks of upcoming programs.
  • Cooking demonstrations by Steven Brooks, host of "Cook With Brooks" coming to AETN in 2017.
  • Additional Activities and Entertainment
    • Arts and crafts.
    • Tours of AETN's facilities.
    • Face painting.
    • Emergency vehicles.
    • Sidewalk chalk art time.
    • Popcorn, cookies and drinks.

Meet & Greet Walkarounds

Meet & Greet Walkaround Cookie Monster and Walkaround Elmo from "Sesame Street" Schedule Studio A:

  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Walkaround Cookie Monster appearance
  • 10:30-11 a.m. - Walkaround Elmo appearance
  • 11-11:30 a.m. - Walkaround Cookie Monster appearance
  • 11:30 a.m.-Noon - Walkaround Elmo appearance
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. - Walkaround Cookie Monster appearance
  • 12:30-1 p.m. - Walkaround Elmo appearance
  • 1-1:30 p.m. - Walkaround Cookie Monster appearance
  • 1:30-2 p.m. - Walkaround Elmo appearance
  • 2-2:30 p.m. - Final Walkaround Cookie Monster appearance
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - Final Walkaround Elmo appearance

Meet & Greet schedule for Daniel Tiger, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog -- front sidewalk, AETN main entrance:

  • 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • 2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

AETN Family Day Map of Events

Event Map
  1. Brock Entertainment with Retro Soundtracks
  2. PBS KIDS Walkaround Characters (See Above for Schedule)
  3. CAPCA Project Homeless Connect & Book Drive
  4. AETN Information Booth
  5. Storytime in the AETN Conference Room (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & 1:30 p.m.)
  6. Arts & Crafts in the AETN Classroom
  7. Face Painting
  8. AETN Foundation Store
  9. Conway Fire Department
  10. AETN Refreshments
  11. Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive
  12. Activities
  13. Bearden Chiropractic
  14. "Cook with Brooks" Cooking Demos with Chef Brooks
  15. Street Fare
  16. Roxy's
  17. Kona Ice
  18. Conway Regional Medical Center
  19. AETN Production Truck with "Exploring Arkansas" Host Chuck Dovish
  20. MEMS (Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services)
  21. UCA Police
  22. Bounce Houses, Slide, & Obstacle Course
  23. Video Vault Screenings
  24. Sesame Street Characters (See Above for Schedule)
Last Updated 23 Sep 2016