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The sun is out. Everyone is wearing smiles. Moms and dads are chasing covered picnic tables, and it is time to get outside and enjoy the Arkansas outdoors. Local playgrounds and parks are some of the easiest ways to get outside with children and possibly even meet up with other families.
When we travel or investigate a new city, checking out the local parks is always an easy option for toddlers, preschool and elementary children. There is just something about slides and swings that make children happy no matter what town they visit.
Parent’s Guide to Parks in Northwest Arkansas
Citizen Park | Bentonville Bentonville Community Center | 1101 SW Citizens Circle
By far, our favorite park in Northwest Arkansas because of the variety of play equipment, the safety gate and the ADA accessibility.
A ropes-based playground that is hard for younger children
Fishing from trail and kayak rentals on-site
Connects to Osage Park, and that’s a bonus to park in one spot and have both areas
Connected to Thaden field, so you can watch planes land and take off while you play, go inside and try out the pedal bikes or stay for lunch
Note to parents: while this is not your play place for littles, it is so cool with the planes coming and going. The ropes are hard for younger children to manage – but it can be a good lesson in determination!
Favorite game: going inside the fieldhouse and riding in the pedal airplanes
Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!