Winter fun

Family / December 15, 2016

The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun in Hot Springs in the wintertime. HER has compiled a list of family friendly things to do during the winter months:
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Visit Garvan Woodland Gardens to experience your own winter wonderland right in our backyard. Bring the entire family and enjoy more than 4.5 million lights spanning 17 acres, golf cart tours, a gift shop, the Chipmunk cafe and complimentary hot chocolate. The lights are on from 5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 years of age and younger.

“Voice of Angels” Christmas concert

The Muses Creative Artistry Project will present its 11th annual “Voices of Angels” Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the music and dancing that this

Emily Peterman of Hot Springs walk through light display at the Exchange Street Park Deck.

Emily Peterman of Hot Springs walks through a light display at the Exchange Street Parking Deck.

concert has to offer.

Mid-America Science Museum

Check out Mid-America Science Museum, the largest hands-on science center in Arkansas and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. With more than 100 engaging, hands-on exhibits that explore the wonders of energy, matter, life and perception, the museum seeks to spark curiosity and enhance scientific understanding through inquiry, observational skills and discovery learning. Admission is $10 plus tax for adults and $8 plus tax for senior citizens and children ages 3-12.

Five Star Dinner Theatre

Make your reservations for dinner and a show downtown at the Five Star Dinner Theatre, 701 Central Ave. The theatre’s Christmas Homecoming shows will be performed on Dec. 16-18 and 22-23. An optional dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the shows begin at 7 p.m. Call 321-2277 or visit for reservations or more information.

Bathhouse Row

Walk downtown along Bathhouse Row and see the Christmas lights and displays that line the street. Stop for hot chocolate at one of the downtown eateries and do some shopping to make a day out of it.

Escape Hot Springs

If you enjoy live-action, team-based interactive puzzles, stop by one of Hot Springs’ three escape rooms at Escape Hot Springs, 200 Spring St.; GR8 Escapes Arkansas, 212 Central Ave.; or A Narrow Escape, 801 Central Ave., Suite 37.

Hot Springs Memorial Field

For one night only, Hot Springs is bringing back the drive-in movie from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Hot Springs Memorial Field. Grab your popcorn and your kids and drive in to watch “The Polar Express” on the big screen.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Superlift Off Road Vehicle Park

Superlift Off Road Vehicle Park, 2100 Mill Creek Road, spans more than 1,254 acres and is mazed with trails for 4x4s, UTVs, ATVs, dirt bikes and mountain bikes. Make a weekend out of it and reserve one of the available cabins or camping spaces. Call 625- 3600 for more information.

Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum

The Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in downtown Hot Springs at 250 Central Ave. will take you through seven different worlds in more than 30 settings. You’ll see everything from celebrities, royalty and presidents to historical battle scenes and a creation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Call 623-5836 for more information.

National Park Aquarium

Discover 60 exhibits with more than 300 aquatic animals at the National Park Aquarium, 209 Central Ave. Call 624-3474 for more information.

Hot Springs Convention Center

Take the kids to the Hot Springs Convention Center at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 for Christmas for Kids. Santa will be on site with gifts and goodies for children.

Vina Morita New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner

Still trying to make plans for New Year’s Eve? Book your reservations for the Vina Morita New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner from 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 at 135 Central Ave. The night will include a four course dinner, 20 premium wines to choose from, homemade sangrias, premium margaritas, live music for dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight. Visit http://www.vinamorita. com for tickets. Call 625-7143 for more information.


Photos by Mara Kuhn

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