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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

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