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Ditch the Screens: Arkansas Outdoor Adventures Await


Amidst the cold and rain that is winter in Arkansas, you may have all but forgotten the sun. Seems like those winter blues kept us all cooped up for ages, hibernating with hot cocoa and movie marathons. Whoops!  Maybe screen time snuck up on us a bit, and those good intentions of getting outside flew out the window with every dip in the mercury. But guess what? The days are getting longer, the sun is peeking out more often, and it’s the perfect time to kick those indoor habits to the curb! Here’s how to trade screen time for sunshine and transform your kids into Arkansas outdoor adventurers.

Sunshine is like magic for your body and brain. It helps you grow strong bones, boosts your mood (bye-bye, grumpies!), and even makes you smarter! Plus, fresh air fills your lungs with happy juice, giving you the energy to conquer anything, from climbing trees to catching crawdads!

Ready to level up your outdoor game? Buckle up, because Arkansas has outdoor adventures for every explorer!

  • Playground Power: Sometimes, an old-fashioned playground is just the ticket. Pack a picnic lunch and hit the swings, slides, and monkey bars at your local park. Don’t forget to make some new friends while you’re there!
  • Get Out By Going In: Especially during the dog days of summer, one of our favorite ways to get out is to go inside one of Arkansas’s caves. The Crystal River Cave in Cave City was one of our favorite recent finds.

So, ditch the screens, grab sunglasses and a hat and get ready for an unforgettable Arkansas outdoor adventure! Arkansas’s wild side is waiting for you!

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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  1. […] another one. I found the eggs but opted to buy a sand bucket that we can use this summer for outdoor adventures at waterfalls and creeks and maybe even a beach trip if I can pull that […]

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