Division of Arkansas Heritage promoting family-friendly eclipse events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Division of Arkansas Heritage is promoting family-friendly events for the Great American Eclipse on April 8.

The events are free and will take place at Arkansas Heritage museums in Little Rock.

Arkansas Department of Park, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Shea Lewis said the events will be family-friendly.

“We encourage the community to enjoy this celestial phenomenon at one of our museums,” Lewis said. “These events are family-friendly and sure to offer a host of fun activities for all.”

The Old State House Museum kicks things off with a lecture on April 4 by museum director Daniel Cockrell. Then on April 5, 6 and 8, patrons can enjoy free hands-on activities. Live music will take place throughout April 6, followed by an eclipse watch party on April 8.

The Historic Arkansas Museum will host a traveling 19th-century scientist from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 6. The scientist will discuss the 1834 eclipse and how people were able to look at it using the technology of the time.

The museum will be open to the public on April 8, which is outside its usual operating hours.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is hosting an Eclipse Day party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8. Rodney Block and the Cool Kids will provide entertainment, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Purchasing a VIP ticket will provide covered seating, complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Free eclipse glasses will be handed out at each museum while supplies last. 

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