If you’ve attended the annual Firefly Festival at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in the past, you know first hand what an unbelievably unique experience it is in Northwest Arkansas. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on one of the best community events the area has to offer.
This year, the “Firefly Fling: The Festival for Families” got itself a fancy new name (Firefly Fling instead of Firefly Festival), and has added a ton of hands-on activities for the youngsters in an effort to make a great thing even better.
New this year is an obstacle course for children, a raft building area for floating down the creek that runs through the garden, a fairy house building area with materials provided, a glow-in-the-dark jewelry and wand-making activity, face-painting classes, a story time, a book signing, and more.
That’s in addition to the live music, costumes, fire-walkers, dancing, food, and drinks surrounded by the beauty of the garden that have become staples of the mid-summer event over the past few years.
“The idea is to make this a really fun event that families can enjoy together,” said Judy Smith, one of the organizers of the festival. “We want people to get out and play with a lot of interactive activities.”
Still On The Hill will provide the music beginning at 7:30 p.m., while Trike Theatre hosts a black light puppet show just after 9 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, and popsicles will be available as well.
Tickets are $6 for individuals, $20 for a family of four, and are available at the Botanical Garden’s website.