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Family Day

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, AETN hosted Family Day 2016 – a free public event to encourage community spirit through family-friendly fun and entertainment, educational activities and community service drives. AETN celebrated 50 years of public media in Arkansas and marked the occasion with the theme 'Peace, Love & AETN,' traveling back in time to the 1960s when AETN first went on the air.

Special guests for the day included Walkaround Cookie Monster and Walkaround Elmo of Sesame Street. Children were invited to meet and take photos with the characters.

In an effort to give back to the community, AETN held community service drives during Family Day to collect items for local charities. Donations were not required to participate in Family Day activities, and all collected items were distributed to neighbors in need free of charge.

Drives at the event included:

  • 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' Sweater Drive. Attendees are encouraged to donate new or gently worn sweaters for families in need as cooler weather approaches.
  • Project Homeless Connect. Attendees are encouraged to donate first aid kits, cotton swabs and baby wipes to benefit the Community Action Program of Central Arkansas.
  • Books for Christmas. Attendees are encouraged to donate new or gently read books for CAPCA's Christmas food boxes.

Additionally, AETN has planned free activities and entertainment for the entire family:

  • Kids will have the opportunity to have photos made with other PBS KIDS characters, including Daniel Tiger, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Brock Entertainment will provide a soundtrack from the 1960s to today for a festive block party atmosphere.
  • Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite PBS KIDS characters or in 1960s attire. Each child in costume will receive a prize from the AETN booth.
  • Adults are invited to dress as their favorite PBS personality from the past 50 years or in 1960s attire.
  • Demonstrations with the AETN production truck and meet and greet with 'Exploring Arkansas' host Chuck Dovish.
  • Cooking demonstrations with Chef Steven Brooks, host of 'Cook With Brooks,' coming to AETN in 2017.
  • Story time, including celebrity reader Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin at 10 a.m.
  • Inflatable bounce houses, super slide, bungee run and obstacle course.
  • Health and wellness screenings, fun physical fitness activities and giveaways with Conway Regional Medical Center, Beard Chiropractic and others.
  • Screenings from the AETN Video Vault, featuring episodes from the past 50 years and sneak peeks of upcoming programs.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Tours of AETN's facilities.
  • Face painting.
  • Emergency vehicles.
  • Sidewalk chalk art time.
  • Popcorn, cookies and drinks.
Cookie Monster and Elmo at AETN

Local food trucks were on hand for additional food and snacks.