Kid's Directory August 2017 "Back to School"

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How can it be August? Didn’t summer just start? There’s no time like the present to enjoy the last days of summer fun before the school routine kicks in again.Be sure to check out our August event calendar to find out what’s going on all over the NWA region.
It’s a busy month and there are still camp opportunities and fun outdoor activities to take advantage of.Though it is bittersweet to see the kids go back to their daily business of education, in some ways it is grounding to pick up the daily routine and see the kids getting back into the swing of things. It’s also a great time of to get the kids signed up for lessons and training to fill the gaps, and see them progress towards goals. Seeing our children grow, learn and mature through the years is such a great blessing of parenthood. These years pass by so quickly.
There are also some phenomenal events going on in the sky above us in August! In mid-August, peaking on Aug. 12, is the Persieds meteor shower that occurs every year. Catching glimpses of small and big shooting stars has become a tradition in my family…and the kids enjoy a reason to stay up late.Then, on August 21, we get an opportunity to see a total solar eclipse! A total eclipse that can be seen throughout the United States is quite an event! I’m looking forward to all of our kids having memories of this solar spectacle.
Don’t forget to take those Back-to-School photos on their first day! Let’s all hope for a good school year filled with new memories, new friends and new learning that will follow them through the years of their lives.Take care and we’ll see you next month. Sincerely, Sherry Lotufo, Publisher/Editor Kid’s Directory NWA

June 2017 Moms in Business Guide

Plunder Jewelry Designs

Plunder Designs offers a wide variety of vintage inspired jewelry at savvy chic pricing. One of our top selling pieces is our completely customizable Atlas! These can be made into necklaces, keychains, or bracelets. Find me on Facebook for custom examples and creative looks.

Facebook group: Becca’s Vintage Pretties VIPs

Website: www.plunderdesign.com/rebeccaemitt

Cell number to text or call : 479-738-7576

 

Ring Bomb Party

Do you like to party? Well thanks to Ring Bomb Party LLC now you can! Representing NWA as your new Ring Bomb Party consultant! My name is Chanell Ramos and I am excited to bring to you my new Facebook page Ring Bomb Social! Through my page you will see me go LIVE and reveal beautiful rings out of ring bombs. What is a ring bomb you ask? It looks like a bath bomb but without any fragrances or essential oils. I like to call them fizzy bombs. They are a fun way to reveal your ring LIVE and you haven’t even heard the best part! The rings are valued anywhere between $25 and $500!!! Want to hear better news? They only cost $14.95 + S/H! Each ring is worth more than what you pay for it! I also offer Kid bombs and party theme bombs! Want to host a home party? Great! You can find all this on my page Ring Bomb Social. But wait there’s more! Ring Bomb Party has a sister company called Glam Box LIVE. I am a merchandiser for that as well! Through my Glam Box Social page I will go LIVE and reveal beautiful on trend boutique jewelry for $8 a piece! So if you are looking for a fun way to buy beautiful jewelry and potentially reveal a ring worth $500 then look me up! Want to make this your career? I can help with that too. I will be building a team soon for this BRAND NEW COMPANY!

Chanell Ramos – Ring Bomb Party Independent Consultant and Glam Box LIVE Independent Merchandiser

Contact: ringbombsocial@gmail.com

Group Page: Chanell’s Ring Bomb Society

Business Pages: Ring Bomb Social and Glam Box Social

 

Sunny Skaggs Photography

Hello, I’m Sunny Skaggs, mom of three boys, wife to my super hero, a photographer with an eye for design, a perfectionist’s drive, and a love of people. I know that life is amazing and fleeting. Life is about experiences and relationships. I strive for more than a click of the shutter on a nice camera and file downloads because I know we will never walk past our hard drives and get swept away by nostalgia. Kids don’t shuffle past thumb drives in the junk drawer and feel compelled to crawl into our laps so we can tell them how life was forever changed when they entered the world. I want my clients to walk away with something to connect over, a daily reminder of how they are unique and why that is something to preserve and treasure.  Let’s creating something worth passing on, lets tell the story of you. Your life, your art. Lets start a collaboration!

Contact Information:

Phone: (479)358-6636

email: SunnySkaggsPhotography@gmail.com

website: sunnyskaggsphotography.com

“Photographing Personalities & Milestones in NWA”

 

Lularoe

Lularoe provides the most sizes, colors, and patterns in skirts, dresses, and leggings. Plus the quality can’t be beat.  Lularoe is most well-known for their buttery soft leggings. It may sound silly, but just touch them once and you’ll agree, they are truly buttery soft! With sizes from XXS-3XL (00-28+) we can find the perfect fit for you! To earn FREE clothing all you need is a mirror, some music, and good friends– LuLaRoe provides the rest.

Danielle Dye

LuLaRoeNWA@gmail.com

4796847990

 

Rodan + Fields

Anyone can achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin through our Multi-Med® Therapy, the right ingredients in the right formulations applied in the right order.

Contact: Karon Parrish

(870) 723-2904

www.rodanandfields.com/US/pws/karonparrish

 

Plexus

Plexus is a health and wellness company with a line of products that are plant-based, non GMO and were created to heal the body from the inside out.  The products help by focusing on blood sugar regulation, inflammation, and overall gut health.  What could overall gut health do for you?  Lets discuss your health goal.

Teara Short

Ambassador #: 1354280

Telephone #: 479-685-2307

Email: Short_Stuff_Inc@yahoo.com

www.shopmyplexus.com/TearaShort

June 2017 Kid's Directory

It is officially summer, Northwest Arkansas! I love many things about the South but the summers have never been something I was fond of. Humidity, scorching heat, legs sticking to the car interior even with the air conditioner on full blast – none of these things look good on me. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to embrace and even love the good and not-so-good things that summer in the South bring, like messy popsicle mouths and watching the little ones chase the fireflies around the backyard.

We have so many amazing resources up in our little corner of the natural state that it would be a shame not to take advantage of them all. Summer camps abound in our community and we decided to highlight some incredible ones for you in our last summer camp issue of the year! So bookmark these pages and let us be your family’s go-to guide for adventurous, educational or just plain fun summer camps!

In addition to June being the kick off of summer, nestled within this month is a very special holiday: Father’s Day. I like to think that my dad and my husband are the best fathers in the world, but I know I’m being a bit biased! I want to take a moment to celebrate all the dads in Northwest Arkansas and let them know they are appreciated. Whether you are a dad by birth, adoption, marriage or surrogate we thank you for all you do to support your family each and every day.

Coming up in July is our normal back-to-school preview but we are also debuting a pet-guide because we can’t forget about the furry members of our families. This guide will include pet services, shops, grooming, boarding and so much more so keep an eye out for it! If you or someone you know has a pet-related business that you would like to see featured in the pet guide let us know by emailing addi@nwakidsdirectory.com.

Enjoy your summer adventures everyone and don’t forget the sunscreen!

From my family to yours,

Addi McNeel

May 2017 Moms in Business Guide brought to you by Parkhill Clinic

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Parkhill, The Clinic for Women Sponsor of the Moms in Business Guide:

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Each stage of a woman’s life brings unique health issues which deserve individualized care. Parkhill physicians are trained in adolescent gynecology, infertility, obstetrics, minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic hysterectomy, incontinence therapy, and hormonal management during menopause. As women transition from puberty to childbearing to menopause and beyond, the nine physicians at Parkhill Clinic for Women desire to provide personalized, compassionate, excellent, state of the art medical care.

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Fusion Dance Company:

www.fusiondancefdc.com

Fusion Dance Company brings a focus on the importance of proper technique and a solid foundation of dance fundamentals to our dancer training.

We offer classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and more. Competitive and recreational dancers ages 3 and up. We’ll bring out the best in your dancer in a fun, supportive environment!

Call/text- ‪479-366-2002 Email- fusiondancecompany@yahoo.com

Facebook & Instagram- fusiondancefdc

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NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet:

The NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet is a registered school of London’s Royal Academy of Dance. We provide the region with the highest quality of classical dance training, education and performance opportunities all in an environment that respects the wholesome dignity and grace of the dancer in both movement and attire. Our focus is on developing technical excellence and the preservation of the true art of classical ballet, classical modern, and contemporary taught by faculty that hold either a degree in dance, are credentialed by the Royal Academy of Dance examination process, or have a professional dance or teaching background. Dancers ages Two through Adult enjoy the class structure and the camaraderie felt in an atmosphere where students support each other rather than compete against each other. Contact us at dance@nwaballet.com or visit our website at www.nwaballet.com to find out more about our 2017-18 school session, Summer Heat classes, our Princesses and Heroes Dance Camps, and our summer birthday party package.

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TippiToes Dance:

www.TippiToesDance.com/Northwest-Arkansas

Tippi Toes® Dance brings dance to YOU!  We offer dance classes in schools, day care centers, community centers and after school programs all over the Northwest Arkansas area.  Our fun, exciting and energetic dance classes are geared toward children ages 2 to 8 years.  We use our own original Tippi Toes® music in class to keep dancers moving and having a blast.  We also offer Princess Dance Camps and Princess or Dance Birthday Parties!

NWA@TippiToesDance.com

479.310.6634 

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Hello Baby!:

Hello Baby! 4D Ultrasound Studio is an elective ultrasound business in Fayetteville! We offer early gender reveals, 2D, 3D/4D, & Fetal Realistic View Ultrasounds! We use a state of the art ultrasound machine that gives us the ability to do Fetal Realistic View Ultrasounds (FRV), which is the NEWEST technology in ultrasound that gives extremely detailed images of baby. We also love to do early gender reveal ultrasounds and help you find out what baby will be! We provide a comfortable and fun environment that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime! We will give you a bonding experience like NEVER before! Find us on Facebook at: Hello Baby 4D Ultrasound of NWA and message us or call us at 479-438-0728 or 479-214-1188 to find out more about our packages and schedule your appointment!

 

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Rodan + Fields

Anyone can achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin through our Multi-Med® Therapy, the right ingredients in the right formulations applied in the right order.

Contact: Karon Parrish

(870) 723-2904

www.rodanandfields.com/US/pws/karonparrish

 

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Young Living Essential Oil

As the world leader in essential oils, we believe that everyone deserves a life full of abundance and wellness. Our vision is to bring the life-changing benefits of essential oils to every home, family, and lifestyle.

Our story started more than 20 years ago with a simple, home-built essential oil distillery. Today, our farms and community span the globe. Because of our proven commitment to provide nature’s best, millions trust us to deliver superior essential oils.

Contact: Christy Rains 417-459-2469 or Sarah Perryman 417-396-5911

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Beautiful Besos

Beautiful Besos offers LipSense®, the premiere product of SeneGence®. Want long-lasting, smudge-proof, budge-proof, mom life-proof lip color that actually moisturizes for happier healthier lips? Contact me to try it today! And don’t miss our complete line of amazing skin care and cosmetics all with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Join the Beautiful Besos VIP Facebook group for promotions, updates, and tips and receive 10% off your first order when you mention this ad.

Contact: Jessica Dutton, Independent LipSense/SeneGence Distributor

Email: beautifulbesos4u@gmail.com

IG: @beautifulbesos4u

Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beautifulbesos4u

 

Caretouch Photography

CareTouch Photography

My name is Victoria Caresia and I’ am the photographer of CareTouch Photography located in NWA. My husband and I moved here almost 3 years ago with our 2 little girls who of course are my main inspiration of photography. I love shooting in natural light with families and children, as well as doing indoor newborn sessions. I love exploring the beautiful area for new locations, and using the classic and timeless spots as well. I always look forward to meeting new families and clients to form bonds that will continue to grow through the years. Each family is different in front of the camera when it’s time for their session. I strive to find the best way to bring out those genuine smiles, and make everyone feel comfortable. I have been told my patience and mellow personality puts everyone at ease. I love that photography lets me work with so many wonderful families, and still be able to come home and enjoy time with mine.There is truly no greater blessing than to do what you love and being the best you can be for your family.

To book your session:

caretouchphoto@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/caretouchphotography

479-321-4393

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Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & More is a division of the Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 20 years!  As a full time working mom of two small boys, I was looking for something to invest in that both me and my kids would enjoy.  Usborne was the perfect fit as the educational value and joy that they have brought to my children has been tremendous.  Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read. Choose from almost 2000 bright, colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects from newborn all the way up to young adult.

Contact: Anisha Fouse, Independent Consultant

C6879.myubam.com

alfouse07@gmail.com

316-768-7743

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LimeLight

Step into the LimeLight!

Exceptional, Professional Makeup and all Natural skin care. LimeLight makeup products are made with tried and true formulas that have been used by professional makeup artists for decades. These formulas are highly pigmented, blend easier and provide perfect coverage. Be in on the secret of celebrities & their makeup artists and experience eco-friendly, customizable packaging, incredible formulas and professionally selected colors, all with 100% happiness guarantee!

Or join our group of smart and talented leaders who are building successful businesses helping woman look and feel more beautiful every day!

Find out why I said yes to this opportunity!

Contact me at: Ashleypeeps@yahoo.com

Or visit my website at www.limelightbyalcone.com/ashleypeoples

 

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Fairytale Journeys Travel

Booking the perfect vacation can become overwhelming. As an agent with Fairytale Journeys, an authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I would be honored to help you and your family plan a magical trip to Walt Disney World, on a cruise, or wherever your heart desires.  My services are always free, I make sure to include you in all decisions from beginning to end, and I always throw in a little extra pixie dust of my own. Contact me today to learn about the latest promotions available, and let’s make your family’s vacation one you’ll truly cherish!

Contact info:

Cheryl Daniel

FTJbyCherylDaniel@gmail.com

479-313-5901

www.FTJbyCheryl.com

https://www.facebook.com/ftjbycheryldaniel/

 

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Lularoe

Lularoe provides the most sizes, colors, and patterns in skirts, dresses, and leggings. Plus the quality can’t be beat.  Lularoe is most well-known for their buttery soft leggings. It may sound silly, but just touch them once and you’ll agree, they are truly buttery soft! With sizes from XXS-3XL (00-28+) we can find the perfect fit for you! To earn FREE clothing all you need is a mirror, some music, and good friends– LuLaRoe provides the rest.

Danielle Dye

LuLaRoeNWA@gmail.com

479-684-7990

14th Annual Summer Camp Guide Brought to You by Dogwood Canyon

Dogwood Canyon:

14th Annual Camp Guide Sponsor

2038 West State Hwy 86 
Lampe, Missouri

dogwoodcanyon.org

A world of outdoor adventure awaits at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park! You can get up close and personal with wildlife on a tram tour through the canyon or explore the tree tops as you tour a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters! While visiting this 10,000 natural paradise you can also enjoy horseback riding, trout fishing, hiking, biking, dining, and Segway tours. Call or visit the website to learn more! http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/

1-800-225-6343

 

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NWA Naturals:

Arvest Ballpark

3000 S 56th St, Springdale

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Summer Camp Day at Arvest Ballpark will take place on Tuesday, June 13th at 12:05 PM when the Naturals host the Arkansas Travelers with gates opening at 11:00 AM. Summer Camp Day is open to camps, day cares, schools, churches, and other summer youth programs. Tickets are only $5.00 for campers and FREE for chaperones. Buses receive free parking while cars are $3.00 to park. Groups are also allowed to bring in their own lunches on that date. For more information, visit www.nwanaturals.com or contact Trey Garner at (479) 927-4063 or treyg@nwanaturals.com.

 

 

 

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Community Creative Center:

Communitycreativecenter.org

505 W Spring St., Fayetteville

Grab your ticket and head to Community Creative Center’s Time For Art Summer Camp! During 9 weeks of themed camps kids can have a great adventure in the Ozarks, explore art under the sea, and be inspired by magic, food and the circus! Ages 6-14. Enroll in morning, afternoon, or all-day art, clay, and technology camps beginning mid-April. Scholarships and military discounts available. CCC is located at 505 W Spring St. in Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. www.communitycreativecenter.org, ‪479-571-2706.

 

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Modern Mission

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3484 E. Joyce Blvd Fayetteville

Week one will be June 5th-9th, week two will be June 19th-23rd, and our final third week will be July 10th-14th. While the kids are here they will be learning how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (starting a fire in wet weather, edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork. We will also have a special guest speakers come in throughout the week from our Sheriff Tim Helder, our local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell, and more! There will be plenty of time for fun with our Archery Games, Bubble Soccer, and our Indoor/ Outdoor Battlefields. The camp will be a 5 day event that will run from 8:00am-12:00pm. You will be able to drop off your kids starting at 7:30am. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. This camp will be for ages 7-12.

 

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Fast Lane:

1117 N Dixieland St, Lowell

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Enjoy a week full of fun at Fast Lane Entertainment! Our daily games and activities are sure to provide campers with excitement and a sense of adventure. From bowling to laser tag to indoor roller coasters, kids are sure to have a blast. Reserve now for a week full of summer fun, friendship, and memories!

 

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NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet:

3111 SE J St, Bentonville

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Princesses & Heroes Dance Camps are for children ages 3-8. Each day, students will enjoy a full ballet class, an excerpt from a classical ballet video, snack time, and several fun activities revolving around the ballet about which they are learning. Activities include crafts and lessons in dance history, pantomime, music theory, and nutrition. On the final day of the week, dancers will give an in-studio performance for family and friends, and will leave with a scrapbook of all of their work. For more experienced ballet dancers, ages 8-11, we offer a Mini-Intensive Camp. This camp is designed for students with at least two years of classical ballet training. Each day, students will take both ballet and modern class, study a classical ballet, and participate in activities and seminars including dance history, music appreciation, healthy dancer habits, and classical stage hair and make-up. More information on either of the above camps can be found at www.nwaballet.com or by emailing dance@nwaballet.com.

 

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Arts Live Theatre

818 N Sang Ave, Fayetteville

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Arts Live Theatre Summer Theatre Conservatory and Camps for ages 5-7, 8-11 & 12-18 will take place during the months of June, July and August. Each month brings a new camp for each age group! Camps and Conservatories include Musical Theatre, Dance, Comedy Improv Reader’s Theatre, Create-A-Play and more! For information, schedule and registration from visit artslivetheatre.com.

 

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Crystal bridges

600 Museum Way, Bentonville

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Enjoy summer days at Crystal Bridges! Learn about the Museum collection and grounds, enjoy artmaking activities, make friends, and have fun. This year’s camps (ages 6-14) include Art and Nature; Pop Art; Fashion; Color and Light; Art Adventures; Mini Masters; and Creative Kids – $150 ($120 for Members). Also presenting Imaginate and Create with Crystal Bridges and the Scott Family Amazeum, sponsored by Nice-Pak Products, and Art + Game = Technology and Movie-Making Camp with Nerdies and New Design School – $335 ($265 for Members). Register online at crystalbridges.org/summercamps or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

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Trike Theatre

209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville

479-464-5084

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A plethora of summer camps wait at trike theatre. Whether your little one is interested in being a creative player, a storyteller, an actor, a designer, or in musical theatre, there is a summer camp for them! There will be many kid-friendly productions all summer long that your child will want to participate in. For more information and for full descriptions of summer camps and dates go to triketheatre.org.

 

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B-Sew Inn

2910 N McKee Circle, Fayetteville

479-442-7808

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B-Sew Inn, the world’s largest Baby Lock sewing machine retailer, is once again offering “Project Sew Summer Camp”. Project Sew is open for girls and guys, ages 9-16. Attendees will learn the basics of sewing while stitching their own projects. Camps will run 5 days ­– June 12-16 and July 10-14. Morning sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon or afternoon session, 2-5 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact the store, availability is limited!

 

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Boys and Girls Club

560 N. Rupple Rd., Fayetteville

479-442-9242

Children will be offered a variety of activities each day including: board games, arts and crafts, outside play (weather permitting), card games and recreational activities. Children will also participate in weekly field trips. Lunch will be provided each day at the Owl Creek Elementary cafeteria unless otherwise announced and daily afternoon snacks will be provided. Sessions are throughout June, July and the beginning of August. Check out fayettevillekids.org for more information.

 

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NWACC

1 College Dr., Bentonville

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NWACC Kid’s College 2017 offers numerous fun, educational short-term courses for two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16. From music and dance, robotics, to cooking, acting, Harry Potter inspired writing and more. There are a variety of great options allowing young students to experience the excitement of being on a college campus while learning about topics that ignite their passion. Learn more and register at www.nwacc.edu/kidscollege. For questions, contact Megan Kirsop: (479) 619-4280 or mkirsop@nwacc.edu

 

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Equestrian Bridges

3100 Oakland Zion Road, Fayetteville

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Equestrian Bridges is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation whose primary objective is to improve the lives of children and their families for success.

Our mission at Equestrian Bridges is to help build bridges for Children and their Families, helping them to improve the quality of their lives and increase their opportunities for success!

Our Vision at Equestrian Bridges is that we change the face of Mental Health for Children and their Families with our Equine Recreational Therapy Center here in Washington County and Northwest Arkansas. We empower children and youth considered to be at risk for social, behavioral or academic delays with the tools to develop emotional, mental and physical fitness using Natural Horsemanship doing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

 

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Infiniti Athletics

305 SE 22nd Street, Bentonville

479-715-6840

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CLUB iNFiNiTi offers our Summer Program providing Full Time Youth Activities ALL SUMMER LONG! The experience your children will have this summer in being a part of CLUB iNFiNiTi will create memories that will last a lifetime while accommodating parents busy schedule. We are happy to answer any questions you have and we are ready to get your registration started. You can enroll on-line by clicking the enroll today button above. 

During our Summer Camp Program we use our full facility as well as include field trips each week and we make sure all of our students are having great life experiences having fun, staying fit and meeting new friends in a safe environment!

 

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Mount Sequoyah

150 N Skyline Drive, Fayetteville

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Camp Sequoyah is a series of summer camps hosted at historic Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR. Each week of camp has a different theme including sports, tennis, outdoors, music/art/drama, science and technology, and more – there is something for every child. Most camps are full day camps from 7:45 am to 5:15 pm, and registration starts at $175 per camper. Campers will play, swim, try new things, and learn about God’s love for them while at Camp Sequoyah. Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 years old. Please contact Emily Gentry with questions at 479-443-4531 or emily.gentry@mountsequoyah.org. You can also visit our website at www.campsequoyahar.org.

April 2017 Issue of Kid's Directory

The most anticipated issue of the year is finally here! You hold in your hands the 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide. We are so thankful to have been serving you for 14 years and hope to have many more camp guides in the future. Summer is almost upon us, which means it is almost time for more play, fun in the sun and more days spent together as a family.

However, parents can only be so creative with summer activities and I think it goes without saying that although we love spending more time with the kiddos, we still need the occasional break and so do our kids. Cue the summer camps! Most summer camp registrations are already open, so browse through this directory with your children and let them help pick out what looks fun and exciting for them. For a more in depth look at the summer camps offered, look to the 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide to make your choice! You’ll want to bookmark these pages because there is so much offered in the area and all different dates and times so that your child could attend more than one camp or program this summer.

We offer a big “thank you” to Dogwood Canyon, who is our 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide sponsor. Without their help, this guide would not be possible! Dogwood Canyon is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools. The walls of the jagged ravines frame a dramatic valley bursting with hardwoods, evergreens and of course, the park’s namesake – Dogwoods. There are literally dozens of activities, and all are family friendly and professionally managed. You can find out more about Dogwood Canyon and the summer programs available at dogwoodcanyon.org.

Have a wonderful April planning out your family summer activities and don’t forget to schedule out some time for yourself too!

From my family to yours,

Addi McNeel

March 2017

Spring is finally upon us! Although northwest Arkansas didn’t see much of a winter this year, I am definitely looking forward to warmer weather. As an allergy sufferer, I have to prepare thoroughly for spring and all of the pollen it brings with it. For kids, allergies can be much harder to deal with. Not only do allergies limit the amount of fun the little one can have running around outside, but the medicine can often cause them to feel drowsy and be fussy. Luckily, our little corner of the state has many clinics that deal with children’s allergies, like Bentonville Pediatrics, Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, Harvey Pediatrics and Ozark Pediatrics, just to name a few – all of which can be found within the pages of this directory.

So once you’ve got spring allergies taken care of and your little one is ready to run, jump and play, it’s time to start planning summer camp activities! How is it already that time of the year? Time is simply flying by these days. Children grow so fast, that it’s only natural to want to pack as many wonderful memories in as possible. Many summer camp registrations open this month, so to start planning those activities that will eventually turn into fun, childhood memories, it’s important to be on the lookout for them and this summer camp preview guide is the perfect place to start.

We are blessed to live in an area full of kid-friendly summer camps and programs. There are so many different programs for children of all ages and it can be overwhelming deciding what your child would like best, especially if they’re interested in a little bit of everything. I hope this summer camp preview guide will help aid in your decision, but I also encourage you to use the contact information to reach out to these programs and gather more information – and as always, we’d appreciate it if you mention that you saw it in Kid’s Directory!

May your spring be full of warm days, less allergies, fun in the sun, and many, many wonderful memories with your family.

From my family to yours,

Addi McNeel, Publisher of NWA Kid’s Directory

February 2017

It’s that time of year again! Our annual Baby Guide is here at last! This issue is our chance to lend a helping hand to a new mom or expecting parents. While we can’t totally calm your nerves, we’re hoping that our Baby Guide will be kept handy for those times when you are trying to find the perfect place to shop, a pediatrician, dentist, or more for your new little one. Ultimately, we want to help you connect with businesses all over our community that are geared specifically toward babies!
While my husband and I are planning to have our own little one,  I am lucky to be the stepmom to a vivacious, adorable 6-year-old little girl, which is more than I could ever ask for! I look forward to the future with many plans for her and more little ones to come. Creating Pinterest boards about nurseries, clothes and educational tips has become a hobby of mine as of lately. But as for now, Kid’s Directory is my “baby” and we are so excited to see it grow!
There are many exciting changes coming to Kid’s Directory over the next year. We are an evolving magazine that includes a revamp of our social media sites and website, so that you can stay connected and up-to-date with the family business community no matter where you are!
In addition to a bigger online presence, we are currently working on a directory just for moms! 95 percent of our readers are female and almost all of them are moms! With an additional directory in the back of Kid’s Directory geared just towards moms and their interests we hope to be more informative and resourceful than ever before! Our magazine would be nothing without our community and our business partners, to whom we are always grateful and humbled by your dedication to Kid’s Directory. So if you are a business owner and would like to be a part of our special Mom’s Guide launching this year, then email addi@nwakidsdirectory.com!
Until we meet again in March, I hope your February is full of all the things that make you love living in Northwest Arkansas. Whether that is greeting a loved one into the world, finding some new favorite local businesses, or simply enjoying time with your family!
From my family to yours,
Addi McNeel
The Publisher of NWA Kid’s Directory

January 2017

Something about a new year makes everything seem fresh. We get to restart, recharge and enact wonderful change in our life. Personally, I’ve always favored New Year’s Eve to any other holiday because not only do you get to reminisce on your favorite moments throughout the year, but you are also celebrating a new milestone in your life – another year of moving forward. Change is something that should be embraced and celebrated, because it keeps things from getting stagnant, and allows for wonderful growth in all aspects of your life.

One milestone I will be celebrating in the coming year is getting to be the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NWA Kid’s Directory. As a journalist, I’ve worked hard to be in a position where I can truly be a helpful resource for my community, and what better way to do that than to connect families with great businesses? Embrace the New Year with me by using this guide to help better your family life this year! Looking for pediatricians? Maybe dance academies or local children’s boutiques? If you can imagine the business, you can find it in our pages. We are here to serve the Northwest Arkansas family community and make referencing businesses as easy as flipping through a magazine.

January is our non-profit guide. We love highlighting all of the wonderful non-profits in our area that make your life as a parent easier and make our community an even better place to live and have a family.

In the New Year, we are also changing up a few things to improve Kid’s Directory’s layout. We will now be a true, reference guide. By sectioning off parts of the magazine for specific businesses, you can now easily and readily find anything you might be looking for.

I am very thankful to be a part of this community, and even more thankful that I get to work with businesses and help serve families all over Northwest Arkansas through Kid’s Directory. I look forward to a new year and wish you and your family many blessings of happiness and good fortune.

Thank you,

The Publisher of Kid’s Directory

December

It is the most wonderful time of the year, right? This is definitely one the most magical times of the year with all of the holiday celebrations, the community decorations, and the songs of the season. It is also the time where parents are on the hunt for gifts for their kids and family members. This month can also be stressful with illnesses that start being shared. Here at Kid’s Directory we have you covered. Flip through our pages for ideas about gifts and experiences for everyone on your list. We also have a listing of dedicated health professionals that are ready to making you feel better as fast as possible so that you don’t miss out on any of the holiday celebrations and breaks. It is also the season of giving. Organizations benefit from the generosity of others during the holidays. Check out some of the organizations that are making a difference in our community. Last but not least, celebrate with your families. Attend some of the parades and festivities. Shop our local stores for unique and personal gifts. Northwest Arkansas has a lot to offer. During the last few days of 2016, make it a point to take advantage of these activities. These are the memories that your family will remember for years to come. Sincerely, The Staff of Kid’s Directory of Northwest Arkansas