BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Walmart vendors will be flooding the Downtown Bentonville Square with this holiday season's latest toys for kiddos to check out.
On Friday (Nov. 1) the Downtown Bentonville Square will be turned into a giant neighborhood block party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the First Friday/Toyland event.
During the Toyland event, kids get the opportunity to try out the newest toys while also seeing some of their favorite characters from popular movies and TV shows like Peppa Pig, Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 20,000 kids are expected at the event this year.
Some vendors even give away free toys all day.
There will be riding electric toys, a rock wall, an inflatable super slide and much more.
"So the kids are going to be able to get hands-on with the toys they are going to be asking for for Christmas," said Andrew Heath, Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville Inc.
Not only does this event help family's form their holiday wish lists, but coordinators say there will be major benefits to the local businesses.
“I think there is a strong economic benefit to the local businesses when we have events like this the families will go to our restaurants and the boutique stores we have,” Heath said.
Attendees can choose from 13 different parking lots spanning from the Compton Gardens all the way to the public library.
The Midtown garage and Methodist Church lots will open after 5:30 p.m. and the lot at the city building opens at 4:30 p.m.
Event coordinators say there will be something for everyone of all ages at the event.
There will be multiple interactive presentations and performances throughout the day. There will also be food and drinks on site.
It's free and open to the public, but it gets crowded fast so everyone is encouraged to show up early.