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Summer fun for the family on a budget!

Next: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Runs until Thursday, September 28, 2023 (See all dates)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s summer in Arkansas. Kids are ready to get out of school, and parents are beginning to worry about how they will occupy their children during the coming months. Family vacations and weekend getaways are great, but only last a few days. I know I’d rather not spend a ton of money, so I’m always hunting for activities that pack a punch but won’t break the bank. These family-friendly summer activities are perfect for all ages, can be enjoyed by kids and parents, and cost little to no money!

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Splash and Swim

Summer is the perfect time to cool off in a pool, creek or at a splash pad. Many cities across Arkansas have free splash pads like the one at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro and the one at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville. Pool membership costs can vary from city to city, but many have budget-friendly summer memberships or day passes. My family loves the Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park, and it’s just $5 a day.

Here are a few more across the state:
7 South Arkansas Water Parks and Splash Pads
27 Arkansas Splash Parks and Aquatic Centers

Swimming in the creek is a childhood rite of passage, and there are some excellent swimming holes scattered across the state. Sylamore Creek in Mountain View is one of my favorite spots. It runs below the Swinging Bridge in Allison which is also worth taking a look at.

Check out these free and fun swimming holes:
15 Refreshing Swimming Holes in Arkansas


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