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July 2016 Back-to-School Preview

I can imagine what you’re thinking when reading our cover. Are they crazy? Back-to- School Preview in July? Unfortunately, that’s not a typo. Mid-August will be here before we know it and we need to start preparing for it now. How can you plan ahead? For starters, look at pages 2-38 for businesses that offer school-related services or products. It may be after-school activities, school physicals, clothing, hair cuts, tutoring, child care or schools but we’ve kept them all together for quick reference. We’ll have even more to share in our BIG August Back-to-School Issue!

Last month I traveled with my oldest daughter to New York City with the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir for their final concert tour of the year. We planned, talked and saved for it nearly all year and it seems impossible that it’s already a thing of the past. We saw and did more in five days than most would see in over a week there. What an amazing experience with my girl!
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I didn’t value or appreciate studying history as a kid, but as an adult I find it fascinating. I’m especially grateful for our country’s history and had time to reflect upon the importance of it on this trip. I visited NYC a couple of times about 20 years ago but obviously the landscape has changed greatly since September 11, 2001. After visiting the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and while standing at the 9/11 Memorial looking at the name of one of our relatives, I have a deeper understanding of how blessed we are to live in the United States of America.

image2No doubt our freedom is paid with a high price and living here isn’t always the easiest. Just read stories of immigrants who came to Ellis Island or look at the number of people who lost their lives on 9/11. But so many have fought to keep us free and fought to build or rebuild their lives here and make a better life for their families. It makes me proud. And I want to honor their sacrifices by doing what I can to continue their legacy.

image4It seems fitting that we visited so many historical sites and now we get to celebrate our independence this month. Makes we wonder how much sweeter it will be this year. I hope you have a fun, memorable and safe 4th of July with your family and friends and that you’ll remember why we celebrate. Please check our community calendar in the middle pages for lots of fireworks’ events throughout NWA.

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Happy 4th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2015 Issue

How do you know July is here? Christmas displays start showing up in retail stores! It seems unfortunate that we can’t live in the moment for being bombarded with the next major holiday. At Kid’s Directory, we aren’t thinking that far ahead but we are shifting our focus from summer to fall in hopes of helping you be prepared for this next school year.

If you still need a few summer activities to fill in the gaps, there are plenty of summer programs & camps included in this issue. But if you need extra time to plan for school, you’ll also find helpful information to begin the process. Next month, we’ll feature our Back-to-School Guide which is the best resource to keep on hand for your kids’ school needs.

If you’re looking to start a new 4th of July tradition with your family, we’re pretty confident you’ll have a hard time finding better fireworks displays than the ones NWA has to offer! And several of the events listed below offer family-friendly activities prior to fireworks so you can celebrate all evening. Visit their websites for complete details.

Friday, July 3:
*Freedom Fest & Fireworks, Loch Lomond Recreation Complex, Bella Vista, 6pm (bellavistapoa.com)
*Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks Display, Northwest Arkansas Mall, 7pm (northwestarkansasmall.com)
*Prairie Creek Marina and Cabela’s Firework Display, Prairie Creek Marina, 9pm (prairiecreekmarina.com)

Saturday, July 4:
*4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark, 6:35pm (milb.com)
*An Evening at Orchards Park, Bentonville, 7pm (bentonvillear.com)
*July 4th Fireworks Spectacular featuring SoNA, The Walmart Amp, 8pm (waltonartscenter.org)
*Ventris Trail’s End Resort Fireworks Display, Beaver Lake, 8pm (beaverlakeresorts.com)
*Rodeo of the Ozarks, Parsons Stadium, 7:30pm (rodeooftheozarks.org)

Be sure to also mark your calendars for The Scott Family Amazeum’s Opening Day, July 15th! This highly anticipated children’s museum began with dream in June 2006 & became a reality with groundbreaking in April 2014. The Amazeum will feature approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting & learning spaces. Exhibitions include the Tinkering Studio, water area, climbable tree canopy & an exploratory wet lab. Learn more at amazeum.org.
Happy 4th of July!

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 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!