Genealogy, Tinkerfest, Arts and Crafts Activities, and More

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This month brings learning opportunities for all ages plus fun activities for children in Pine Bluff:  prep for teens taking the written driving test; a genealogy class; and many choices for children, including arts and crafts activities, yoga, and story time.  In the meantime, previous posts provided information on live music, art exhibits, and outdoor events, so check those out, too!

As you see events that interest you, be sure to check with the host organizations for more information (e.g., policies for participation and possible schedule changes).

Arts and Crafts Activities, Story Time, and Fitness for Children

This September, children have several opportunities in addition to school, extracurricular activities, and private lessons.

Yoga for Kids

  • Saturdays — September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), 701 South Main Street in PB (See more contact information below.)
  • FREE activity
  • Ages 7 and up (and adult chaperones). Dress comfortably. ASC yoga classes use Yoga for Kids, a 4-H Healthy Living Program by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.


  • Wednesday mornings – August 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26 — starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library (Main Library at 200 East 8th Avenue)
  • Storytime with “age appropriate books and literature selections such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123.”  Also includes songs and fingerplays. For those who read to children and teach reading, learn tips for storytime preparation, techniques, and challenges.
  • For children, parents and guardians, child care providers.
  • Link to event information:

ASC Tinkerfest 2018 / Second Saturday Family FunDay – FREE

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 South Main Street in PB
  • Tinkerfest 2018 includes special guest Faith Anaya of “Kids Cook!” (a nonprofit based in Little Rock) who will lead a hands-on cooking workshop; bike-pedal-powered art using paint or chalk; and pedal-powered blenders to blend a tasty smoothie.
  • Family and adult chaperones welcome.

Creative Construction Zone

  • Continues through Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 South Main Street in PB
  • Creative Construction Zone:  Tinkering studio ideal for Pre-K through 3rd grade children. Provides build-play experience with Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks that feature bricks, cylinders, chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity.

Educational Sessions for Teens or Adults

For teens and adults, the Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library and the Delta Rivers Nature Center offer chances to learn practical skills.  So enjoy the variety of events, ranging from driver’s permit training to genealogy class to a marksmanship challenge, with a plant swap and hunter education class in between!  Also note the “heads up” for an early October computer class for adults.

Driver’s Permit Training

  • Remaining dates:  August 28, 29; September 3, 4, and 5 and then September 10, 11, and 12 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library, Main Library at 200 East 8th Avenue
  • For teens aged 13 to 18:  Mentoring and study sessions for the driving permit test.  Each session will have study groups and a pre-test at the end of each session.  Link to library event:

Genealogy Class

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library, Main Library at 200 East 8th Avenue
  • Class taught by John Mitchell
  • Registration required:
    or call 870-534-4802

Heads Up (Early October):  Introduction to Computer – Adult Class

Ongoing Opportunities

ASC’s Online Educational Videos

Full Circle 360

  • Visit Full Circle 360 at 3400 West 34th Avenue in Pine Bluff.
  • Shop in their store or inquire about their educational programs for youth.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum

  • Visit this museum in the old train station at 201 East 4th Avenue in downtown Pine Bluff.
  • Call 870-541-5492 for hours and more information.

Information on Hosting Organizations

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)
701 South Main Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Delta Rivers Nature Center
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC)
1401 Blackdog Road
Pine Bluff, AR 71611

Full Circle 360
3400 W 34th Ave
Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum
Old Train Station
201 East 4th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library
200 East 8th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

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