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October Birthday Bash Issue 2014

It’s OUR 12th BIRTHDAY & what better way to celebrate than by bringing you our October Birthday Bash Issue? Within these pages you’ll find everything you need to plan & throw the best birthday bash ever for your kids! The birthday ads begin on page 7 with the quick-reference resource guide on pages 46-54. Several of these great businesses are offering discounts on birthday parties – Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics, The Whole Creative Process, iNFiNiTi, Mid-America Karate Academy, The Purple Lime, Fast Lane Entertainment & Modern Mission. Please be sure to tell them you heard about them from Kid’s Directory!

Are you looking for family-fun fall activities? Maybe you want to spend time outdoors or do some shopping. Or with Halloween approaching, you may be hoping to find activities that are less scary for your little ones. Here are just a few ideas that are sure to delight & help make memories!

  • Farmland Adventures open until November 1
  • McGarrah Farms Pumpkin Patch open until November 2
  • Tinkerfest sponsored by Amazeum at Old High Middle School, October 4
  • American Girl Fashion Show at Arts Center of the Ozarks, October 4-5
  • Rhea Lana’s, October 8-11 in Siloam Springs & October 19-25 in Springdale
  • Halloween Carnival at NWA Mercy Family YMCA, October 9
  • Hands Full Consignment Sale at Trinity Fellowship Church, Fayetteville, Oct 10-11
  • Game Day Camp at Brick by Brick, October 11
  • Operation Christmas Child Family Fun Fest at Arvest Ballpark, October 12
  • Champions for Kids Simple Giving Project, October 13-27
  • House on Haunted Hill at Arts Live Theatre, October 16-19
  • Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Fair, October 16-18 (3 locations)
  • Fall Craft Fair at Christ the King Lutheran Church, October 18
  • The Witches at Trike Theatre, October 23-26
  • Fall Festival at The Little Gym of Rogers, October 24
  • Halloween Event at Little Giggles, October 29
  • FREE Kid’s Smoothie for kids in costume at participating Tropical Smoothie Cafe, October 31
  • Mall-O-Ween at Northwest Arkansas Mall, October 31
  • NWA Boutique Show, November 7-8

Have a safe, fun Halloween with your little monsters! We’d love to have you share your kids’ costume pics on our Facebook page!

September Healthy Families Issue 2014 Sponsored by MANA Medical Associates

The first day of FALL is September 23rd!! Anyone else counting down the days until then?! September is my favorite month, not because of football (gasp!) but because I love to see the leaves change color & enjoy the coolness of the weather. It’s also the month I celebrate my wedding anniversary so it holds precious memories for me. I confess I’m not a health nut but I do want to enjoy lots of years with my man & my kids so this Healthy Families Issue challenges me to be more proactive with my health. I hope it does the same for you! You can find these ads starting on page 8 with the quick-reference guide feature on pages 48-57.

We are honored once again to have MANA Medical Associates sponsor this issue! MANA’s mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare. With over ​50 years of experience & over ​80 physicians & providers including family medicine, pediatricians, internal medicine & specialists, you’re sure to find ​excellent care for your ​family’s ​medical needs. ​ Learn more about MANA at You can find their ads this month on pages 8-10.

MANA also sponsored our September Cover Kid Contest. It’s an absolute blast for us every year reading the kids’ responses! This year we asked, “What fun things do you do with your family to stay healthy?” Our adorable winner responded, “we go wimming!” We love “kid-isms”! Oliver is active in other sports but has excelled at swimming this year as a 2 year old. Way to go Oliver!!

I can’t close out this letter without saying a HUGE THANK YOU to our loyal advertisers & readers! I know I can speak for our entire staff when I say it’s our pleasure to bring you this resource guide every month. Our goal is to provide the highest quality family resource & be the most valuable connection between our advertisers & readers. Please remember to always tell our advertisers you saw them in Kid’s Directory!

Happy Fall Y’all!​

August 2014 10th Annual Back-to-School Issue sponsored by Once Upon a Child

As I write this letter, on my desk sits three school supply lists for my kids. A somber reminder that summer will be over too soon & our kids will be starting a new school year. This time of year always brings mixed emotions at our house, probably much like your own, as we waiver between excitement & anxiety. With school-aged children of our own, the staff at Kid’s Directory understands how this experience can feel overwhelming. Our hope is that this 10th Annual Back-to-School Issue will serve as a valuable tool to help you navigate through the ups & downs of sending your kids off to school. This issue is jam-packed with resources for preschools, private schools, after-school care & activities (gymnastics, dance, art, drama, martial arts, swimming, technology, music, tutoring & more), back-to-school check-ups & physicals & of course, school supplies & clothing. You can find these back-to-school ads on pages 8-46 with a special quick-reference guide feature on pages 48-57. Many advertisers are providing discounts when you mention you saw their ad in Kid’s Directory. We offer our special thanks to Once Upon a Child of Fayetteville & Rogers for sponsoring this issue & for providing the clothes for our cover kids! Be sure to shop their stores for your kids’ back-to-school clothes where you can find name brand clothing at a fraction of the cost! We also thank our cover models, Allison & Caleb Blue. You guys rock!

Hear what our advertisers are saying about Kid’s Directory!
Northwest Arkansas TCBY has been advertising with Kid’s Directory since we opened our store over 3 years ago.  The Kid’s Directory team has been fantastic to work with, and our advertisement in Kid’s Directory has consistently given us one of the best returns on investment of any of our print advertising.
Jared Greer, Owner 
I began advertising with Kid’s Directory when I started my dance studio ten years ago. It has helped me build my business and connect with great families all over NWA. I would definitely recommend them for all of your advertising needs! 
Julie Booher, Owner 
Be watching for these upcoming issues!
September Healthy Families
October Birthday Bash
November Holiday Gifts & Events
December Holiday Gifts & Events

July 2014 Moms-in-Business Guide

Happy 4th of July! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I love watching fireworks with my family & friends & thinking how privileged we are to live in America. If you’re looking for spectacular fireworks’ displays, there’s certainly no shortage in NWA. Visit our calendar online at or on pages 28-29 of this issue to find ones closest to you. In honor of our nation’s celebration, we thought it would be fun to share a few interesting facts & kids’ jokes related to this great day.

  • John Hancock was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams & Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
  • Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.
  • Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July. He was born in 1872.
  • Q .Why did the duck say bang? 
  • A: Because he was a firequacker
  • Q: What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington?
  • A: One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill
  • Q: What was George Washington’s favorite tree?
  • A: The infantry
We are also excited to bring you this month a brand new featured guide…the Mom-Preneur Guide aka Moms in Business Guide! Found on pages 32-35, these are home-based or small businesses who offer products & services usually not found at your local stores. Entrepreneurship is one of the things that sets apart our country & we are honored to help promote these dedicated entrepreneurs. Help show your support for local businesses like these by shopping their “stores” & letting them know you saw them in Kid’s Directory. Thank you to Portia Bowen & MiKael Hassebrock for allowing us to feature your new business, Freckles & Sunshine, on our cover. MiKael & her sweet girls, Lily & Reese were a joy to photograph! You can find their mobile boutique this month at First Friday on the Bentonville Square.
Remember that many summer camps continue through the first part of August. It’s not too late for your kids to try a new sport, hone their art skills or make new friends at day camp. There’s still plenty of summer left so get out there & enjoy as much as you can with your family!

June 2014-Happy Father's Day

Hooray for SUMMER! Kids out of school, vacations, playing & exploring outside, camps, longer days…these are the things we love & welcome about summer. And if you wonder what you can possibly do with so much free time, you’ve picked up the perfect family resource to keep your kids active & busy. Summer camps & programs are featured on pages 7-24. Our community calendar on pages 28-29 also includes many free activities for the entire family!

We also take time this month to say thank you dads! It’s a special Father’s Day for our family as I get the privilege of featuring my kids with their dad on the cover. Since I began working for Kid’s Directory of NWA in 2011, my oldest has requested she be included on the cover. I couldn’t be happier that this cover became available for me to honor the best dad I know. He works hard but always makes his family his priority. I love you, Chad. We hope you’ll let the dads in your family know how much they’re loved & appreciated this Father’s Day.

Be watching for these upcoming issues:
July Mom-Preneur
August Back-to-School
September Healthy Families
October Birthday Bash
November Holiday Gifts & Events
December Holiday Gifts & Events

May 2014 Happy Mother's Day

Kid's Directory Cover 05.14Happy Mother’s Day! If you have the title of mom, whatever form it takes, we celebrate & honor you! Take time today to tell your mom how much she’s loved & appreciated. We’d like to thank Mila Morris for allowing us to feature her & her three beautiful children (Parker, Presley & Paige) on this month’s cover. Our amazing cover photographer, Amber Lanning, wowed us again!

Speaking of moms, I’d like to give special recognition to all the dedicated, hard-working moms here at Kid’s Directory of NWA. These women love God & their families & give sacrificially of themselves to bring you the best family resource guide in our area. Heather (Owner), Cat (Creative Director), Katinka (Sales Director), Nicole (Photographer) & Amber (Photographer)…I love you girls & am humbled I get to work with you & call you my friends.

This issue continues to feature Summer Camps & Programs. Even if you picked up April’s issue, be sure to check out pages 7-31 this month for more camps you may have missed. Please also let our advertisers know you heard about them from Kid’s Directory & tell them thank you for providing first-rate programs & services in NWA.

April 2014 Summer Camp Guide

Kid's Directory Cover 04.14It’s with great pleasure that we bring you one of our favorite issues of the year…The April Summer Camp Guide, brought to you by iNFiNiTi. Every year we’re amazed at all the fun & creative activities, camps & programs available for our kids during the summer! Our advertisers work diligently to ensure your family’s summer is memorable. Be sure to check out the Camp Guide on pgs 44-53 & keep this resource on hand for your summer planning. Thank you, iNFiNiTi, for helping us bring this valuable resource to NWA! You can find their ads on pgs 8 & 9. Also see our community calendar on pgs 40-41 for on-going & special events, many of which are free. A complete listing of events can be found on our website.

We’re also thrilled to introduce you to Katinka Sweet, our new Sales Director! She’s passionate & enthusiastic about helping you stay connected with all the latest happenings in our area. You can learn more about her below. Welcome to the Kid’s Directory family, Katinka!


Hello NWA!

Even before I was a mom,  I picked up Kid’ s Directory every month as it was such a valuable resource for me to get to know the area. Yes, I have a smart phone with information at my fingertips but there is just something I still love about touching and feeling a guide in my hands! When we moved here in 2005, NWA quickly became my home away from home.

Moving here from a large city, I was a little nervous about feeling alone or bored. NWA continues to exceed my expectations and the community has done nothing other than embrace our family! I am so excited about joining this team as Sales Director to continue helping connect all of our wonderful businesses and community events with your families.In my spare time I enjoy spending time exploring NWA with my husband, three kids and our black lab. I’m passionate about living a Christ-led, active, healthy lifestyle with my family and have a special place in my heart for children with special needs. I love all things dark chocolate and I typically have my camera on hand because I’ve learned you never know who or what you will see in NWA!

March 2014 Summer Camp Preview

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I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this is probably the most anticipated spring ever! After enduring extreme temperatures, snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, wind gusts & impassable roads this winter, I can hardly wait to be outside enjoying all that spring has to offer. I’m grateful we get to enjoy all four seasons but I’d like to have more spring than winter. Remember to change your clocks to “spring forward” for Daylight Savings Time on March 9th.

Speaking of warmer weather, this issue is a great resource in planning your kids’ spring & summer activities. There’s something for everyone…art, theater, sewing, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts, swimming, foreign languages, train rides, science & Legos! Even if you can’t be home with your kids this summer, there are child care providers (preschool-elementary) who have lots of fun activities planned for your kids all summer long.

We are proud sponsors again this year of an event that’s become a household name in NWA–Champions for Kids RazorFest presented by Kellogg’s. This is a FREE family event featuring fun & health zones, games, music, mascots, giveaways, fitness activities, nutrition education & more. The event concludes with the University of Arkansas Razorback Red-White game. We love & support Champions for Kids because of the work they’re doing in serving children. Their core values are that ALL children should have someone who cares, a place to belong, hope for tomorrow & provisions for their journey. Agreed! 

We’d like to thank N.c.K. Talent Academy for partnering with us in providing local talent for several of our cover models (Aug ’13, Oct ’13, Dec ’13 & Mar ’14). These kids have been a delight to work with, always enthusiastic, appreciative & willing to be posed over & over again. We’d also like to thank Rhea Lana’s & The Pink Lilli for providing our adorable cover clothing this month. You can find new & used clothing like this at Rhea Lana’s Consignment Sale on March 2-8. See their ad on page 34 for more information.

Come see us at our booths at The World’s Largest Baby Shower on March 29th & RazorFest on April 26th. We’ll have great giveaways & fun surprises for your kids & would love to meet you!

February 2014 Baby Guide

Kid's Directory Cover 02.14 FINALWe have exciting things to share with you this month! First, it’s time once again for our special delivery…The Baby Guide. Whether you or someone you know is expecting a little bundle of joy or already has a little one, this is the perfect resource for all things baby. From prenatal care to pediatricians, child care to fun activities & all baby products imaginable, this guide has it all. We’d like to thank Parkhill, The Clinic for Women for sponsoring this issue with additional thanks to Dr. Paige Partridge & Dr. Robert Hix for joining in the fun for our cover photo! When visiting or shopping at any of the businesses advertised, please be sure to say you heard about them from Kid’s Directory.

The other exciting news we have to share is that we are launching a new website! You’ll now have online access to a complete directory listing of all our advertisers in addition to our community calendar & current issue. With formats compatible with both your mobile phone & tablet, it can serve as your Kid’s Directory resource on-the-go. Be watching for additional features to be added soon. See page 63 to scan the QR code to get started or visit!

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you that our public libraries in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers & Springdale offer many programs & activities for little ones. The best part is that they’re FREE! Visit our community calendar (online & in print) to see all they have to offer. We are privileged to have these fabulous libraries in NWA!

We hope you’ll find creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones to let them know how much they’re loved. Kids thrive on quality time with their parents so bake cookies, take them to a special story time or make valentines together. You’ll both treasure the memories made. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Kid’s Directory!


January 2014 Non-Profit Spotlight

KD Cover 01.14 FINALOne of the greatest things about living in Northwest Arkansas is the vast source of philanthropic organizations right here in our back yard. We are blessed with people in this region who give sacrificially to serve the needs of others. It’s with gratitude & humility that we present you this special issue devoted to spotlighting just a handful of these amazing non-profit agencies. The work they do is often unrecognized, exhausting & heart-wrenching. All we can say is ‘thank you’. Thank you for the difference you make in the lives of the people you serve & for the impact you are making on this community.

You can learn more about these organizations’ mission & vision on pages 36-42. We hope you’ll consider volunteer opportunities or financial support for your favorite charity during 2014. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

We’d also like to thank our loyal readers & advertisers for joining us in 2013 & we are looking forward to another fantastic year. We wish you a new year full of joy, good health & love!