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 mana.md. 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!
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
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 nwakidsdirectory.com 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!
Happy 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.
We 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 www.nwakidsdirectory.com!
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!