A post by one of the coolest 11 year olds in Arkansas…
Northwest Arkansas is a great place to grow up. There are many fun things to do and many beautiful things to see. I enjoy being outside when I can be, but on the really cold days there are still fun indoor activities. This is a list of the 15 most fun things for kids to do in the winter in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1. Lewis and Clark’s climbing wall is a lot of fun. They can accommodate 3 levels of climbers and the staff is very good about helping if you need help.
2. Modern Mission has a great indoor battlefield and a well organized space. My brother says “there are great places to snipe.” Every boy in Northwest Arkansas loves Modern Mission and will never pass up an opportunity to play a game there.
3. Nerdies is a learning environment for kids who think smart is cool. My brother and I love Nerdies. They offer classes for kids that you can’t find anywhere else in Northwest Arkansas. I enjoyed my photography class and my brother has enjoyed Mods for Minecraft, Movie Making, and a LEGO Robotics class.
4. The Malco Razorback Theater shows all the new releases. They have a great candy selection and their popcorn is amazingly delicious. You get to chose how much butter to put on it.
5. Locomotion Family Fun Park offers many activities for kids. They have indoor laser tag and an arcade that I enjoy in winter. If it warms up I really like to ride the Go-Karts there too.
6. Starlight Skatium is a great place to spend an afternoon. They have “helpers” to assist little kids. They are made with PVC pipes and wheels. Anyone can skate with a “helper!”
7. The Boys and Girls Club is very fun during the winter months. They have a pool with a water slide and a more shallow area for younger kids. They also have a rock climbing wall.
8. The Art Location offers a variety of classes to match the needs of every artist. They have seasonal camps during all the Fayetteville public school breaks. You can choose between half or full day camps.
9. Glitterbox is a children’s nail salon and boutique with kid-sized pedicure chairs and dryers. They have many nail polish options and can even paint a work of art on finger nails.
10. Boingo Bounce is an inflatable fun zone. They have one inflatable that is only for younger kids so that they won’t get hurt by the older kids. Check their calendar to find out when they offer “Open Jump” for all ages or “Toddler Time” for kids ages 2-5. Don’t forget your socks!
11. Rick’s Bakery is a fun place to go eat donuts on a winter morning. While you eat donuts you can watch the cake artists decorate cakes. It’s a fun place to dream of your next birthday cake.
12. Brick by Brick is the place to go if you love LEGO. They offer camps and classes over the winter holidays. They throw in words like Mine Craft Mania, Movie Making, Video Games, and Robotics and every boy in Northwest Arkansas begs to attend.
13. Arcadia Retrocade is a big room full of old arcade games like my parents played when they were kids. The owner collected nearly 75 vintage arcade games on Craigslist, eBay, and local auctions. If you get tired of video games you can choose a board game to play too. Admission is $5 to play all you want.
14. The Fayetteville Public Library offers story time for younger kids. They have a great selection of books and the staff is is always willing to help you find what ever you need. Check their children’s or teen calendar for events.
15. The Northwest Arkansas Mall play area (near Sears) is a great place to take younger kids while the older kids are at school. They have soft toys for kids to climb on and underneath. It’s free so go as often as you want.
If you live in Northwest Arkansas, I hope I helped you think of some fun things to do this winter in Fayetteville. If you’re visiting NWA, I hope I helped you plan a fun afternoon. If you’re relocating to NWArk, I hope we gave you a glimpse of the place we call home. It’s a great place to live! If you visit any of these places, post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag me in the post. I’d love to see you Around Town.