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click to enlarge Splash fountain at Peabody Park
  • Splash fountain at Peabody Park

With a strong emphasis on family, it isn't surprising that much of Little Rock's recent growth was designed to entertain, educate and amuse the city's youngest residents.

AEROSPACE EDUCATION CENTER
The perfect place for budding pilots or astronauts. The museum's exhibits include replicas of historic airplanes and other flying machines. The popular IMAX Theater features several different thrilling films. Open Thurs.-Sat. only 376-4232 or 376-IMAX (4629); www.aerospaced.org

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER'S CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Designed to tickle a child's imagination, AAC's Children's Theatre presents traditional, as well as a number of original productions for children, teens and their families. 372-4000; www.arkarts.com

ARKANSAS SKATIUM
This west Little Rock hot spot offers roller- and ice-skating and "broomball" for active youngsters and teens. 227-4333; www.arkansasskatium.com

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS BASEBALL
For most Arkansas baseball fans, few things in life top the words "Play Ball." Dickey-Stephens Park, home of the Arkansas Travs, is headquartered in historic Argenta, . 664-1555 www.travs.com.

BURNS PARK
North Little Rock's 1,575-acre park (one of the nation's largest city parks) has a 36-hole championship golf course, disc and miniature golf courses, a tennis complex, softball and soccer fields, playgrounds, an archery range, BMX track, hiking trails, picnic areas, camping and even an amusement park. 791-8537; www.northlittlerock.org

CHUCK E. CHEESE'S
It's loud but loaded with pint-sized diversions and specializes in a kid's favorite foods. Kids just love it. 227-8363; www.chuckecheese.com

GATOR PARK
With a number of activities for kids and adults, Gator Park offers miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, video games and a snack bar. Just down the road is Gator Golf, with two 18-hole miniature golf courses. 455-3750; www.gatorparkfun.com/

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM
Practically every museum in Little Rock offers something—whether an exhibit or activity—for kids. Of particular interest is the Historic Arkansas Museum, offering exhibits designed to educate children about Little Rock and frontier life. 324-9351; www.arkansashistory.com

JACK STEPHENS YOUTH GOLF ACADEMY/THE FIRST TEE OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
This first-rate facility includes a championship 9-hole course, a 9-hole par-three pitch-and-putt course, a 15-acre driving range, a short game area and a putting course. 562-GOLF (4653); www.thefirsttee.org

LITTLE ROCK ZOO
No trip to Little Rock is complete without a stop at the zoo to see the city's most celebrated residents. The Little Rock Zoo is home to more than 750 mammals, birds and reptiles. 666-2406; www.littlerockzoo.com

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
Located in the River Market District, the Museum of Discovery's hands-on and interactive exhibits cover a wide range of topics and are as fun as they are educational. 396-7050; www.amod.org

PEABODY HOTEL DUCKS
Nearly as famous as Little Rock's former U.S. President, the ducks make a daily appearance via a red carpet at the hotel lobby's marble fountain, where they frolic all day before returning to the Royal Peabody Duck Palace at 5 p.m. 906-4000; www.peabodylittlerock.com

PEABODY PARK
After visiting the ducks, follow it up with a trip to the city's downtown park dedicated exclusively to kids. Located in the River Market's Riverfront Park, it features tunnels, a tube slide, climbing wall, splash fountain, spacenet and the tree room. 371-4770; www.littlerock.org

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
It's just a few minutes from the city, but offers a vastly different view of the world from the top of Pinnacle Mountain. You'll find a variety of options, from paved loops to challenging trails. Plan extra time for a picnic and encourage the kids to check out the playground equipment. 868-5806; www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain

PLAYTIME PIZZA
The fun is never rained out at the Playtime Pizza, the $11 million, 65,000-square-foot kidtopia. While adults can visit the buffet table, kids can checkout the games: indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. 227-7529; www.playtimepizza.com

RIVER RAIL STREETCAR
For the younger crowd, the downtown trolley is a whole new experience, while for others, it's a chance to relive a memory. Also, the trolley is a unique way to tour the River Market, which includes a peek at the President Clinton Library, Heifer International's world headquarters and new village, Dickey-Stephens Park, U.S.S. Razorback submarine and so much more. 374-5354; www.cat.org/rrail/

WILD RIVER COUNTRY
North Little Rock's popular water park offers almost a dozen different water attractions. It's open from May until August. 753-8600; www.wildrivercountry.com

WILLOW SPRINGS WATER PARK
Little Rock's original water park, Willow Springs was built in 1928, but continues to develop and improve. The park features picnic tables and grills, a large kiddy pool, lifeguards on duty, a 400-foot waterslide and much more! Open weekends beginning in May and then seven days a week from the end of May through August. 888-4148; www.willowsprings.net

WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER
One of Little Rock's newest attractions, Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center encourages children to explore their natural surroundings through educational and interactive exhibits. 907-0636; www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com/

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