Fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas

Here are some of the fun things you can do with the kids in Northwest Arkansas during your next vacation. Get vacation tips from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Planning to drive through Northwest, Arkansas? Maybe you’ll be taking your teenager on a campus tour of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville? Or do you have a business meeting at the headquarters of Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas this summer? Why not bring the whole family along for a family vacation!

There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Northwest, Arkansas – everything from museums, bike trails, fun shops, and terrific family friendly restaurants.

(Need a place to stay in Northwest Arkansas? Read my review: Staying at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas)

Here are just a few of the fun family activities you can experience in Northwest Arkansas!

What is there to do in Bentonville?

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the crown jewel of Northwest Arkansas. This stunning museum celebrates the American spirit in a setting that unites the majesty of nature with the power of art. This is done with a permanent collection of American masterworks spanning five decades and enhanced by ongoing temporary exhibitions.

Wondering what to do with kids in Bentonville, Arkansas? Try the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Learn more fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

Wondering what there is to do in Bentonville, Arkansas? Try the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Learn more fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

One of the newer additions to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House. There is no extra cost to view the house, but advanced tickets are needed due to the small size of the house. Please check the website for visiting hours and information on ticketing.

Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest, Arkansas. Learn more about what to do with kids on vacation in Northwest Arkansas at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

The Bachman-Wilson house was originally built in Millstone, New Jersey. The recent owners, architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino, restored the house, but decided it had to be moved due to the threat of flooding. They approached the Crystal Museum and the acquisition was finalized in 2014.

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Don’t forget to check out the Museum’s Eleven Restaurant for a pick me up coffee or a full meal. Eleven serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Every Wednesday and Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m, you can enjoy “Culture Hour” before or after strolling through the galleries.

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Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

General admission to view the Crystal Bridges permanent collection is free courtesy of Walmart

600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-418-5700

Scott Family Amuzeum

It’s places like the Scott Family Amuzeum that make most grownups wish they were kids again. The exhibits are designed to promote imagination and creative thinking for children and families of all ages.

Looking for fun things to do with kids in Northwest Arkansas? Come play in the art studio at the Scott Family Amuzem! Learn more about more fun things to do in Bentonville, Arkansas on your NWA family vacation at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

While there are spaces at the Amuzeum for toddlers, ages 2 and under, most of the museum is designed for children ages 4 to 9. For older elementary and middle school aged children, hands on lab areas like the 3M Tinkering Hub, the Art Studio, and Hershey's Lab offer deeper learning opportunities. Older children will also enjoy helping their younger siblings play in areas like the Neighborhood Market (sponsored by Walmart), the homestead cabin and farm, or the General Mills Lift, Load & Haul.

Looking for fun things to do with kids in Northwest Arkansas? Come play at the Neighborhood Market Sponsored by Walmart at the Scott Family Amuzem in Bentonville, Arkansas! Learn more about more fun things to do in NWA on your family vacation at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

In warmer weather, the one-acre Outdoor Playscape offers guests unstructured open-ended play experiences that encourage connections with with nature. There’s also a Curiosity Corner Store gift shop featuring quality learning toys and gifts. You can also grab a snack at the Zing Café though you can bring your own food and enjoy it in the dining area or outdoors in the picnic area in the warmer months.

Kids can gather apples in the farm yard at the Scott Family Amuzeum. Just one of the fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas with kids! To get more Bentonville, Arkansas family vacation travel tips visit This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

Monday 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

Open to Members only starting at 9 am on Monday and Saturday

Members are free
Kids under 2 years are
Adults and kids are $9.50

1009 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
info@amazeum.org
479-696-9280

The Walmart Museum

Don't forget to stop at the Walmart Museum and see Walton's 5-10 when you visit Bentonville, Arkansas. For more Northwest Arkansas travel tips visit This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

The Walmart Museum features Walton's 5&10, the original Walmart variety store. Then you can view an exhibit gallery on the history of Walmart in the museum. Its mission is to educate, engage, and inspire visitors about the heritage of Walmart. Finally, relax and enjoy an old fashioned ice cream treat at the Spark Café Soda Fountain.

Monday to Thursday 8 am to 9 pm
Friday, Saturday 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday noon to 9 pm

Admission is free

105 N Main Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-277-6851

Museum of Native American History

The Museum of Native American History features relics that date from over 14,000 years old to historic times. Everyday artifacts like pottery, tools, clothing, weapons, and more help you experience life through the eyes of the first people of the Americas.

You’ll be amazed at the extensive display of arrowheads, darts, knives, and tools. However, it’s the museum’s collection of Mississippian, Caddo and Quapaw pottery that stands outs. The skill of the potters native to areas surrounding Northwest Arkansas in the time periods from A.D. 1200 to A.D. 1500 is astonishing. You can read more about these ancient styles of pottery on the museum’s website.

Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Admission is free

202 SW 'O' Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-273-2456

What is there to do in Fayetteville?

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is an community-based non profit botanical garden. The 40-acre site currently consists of six acres of display gardens and a 20-acre arboretum. The Botanical Garden features 12 demonstration gardens to inspire the home and hobby gardener. They rely on small sponsors, donations, and volunteers to maintain the facility.

Visit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Get more travel tips from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

There is a Little Sprouts program for children to learn about gardening and a Children’s Garden to make the Botanical Gardens more interactive for young children. The water area is active during the summer and children can cool off under the sprinklers.

Taking a trip to Northwest Arkansas? Visit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Get more travel tips from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

There’s also a small butterfly house exhibit that’s also maintained by volunteers called “butterfly nannies.” The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is very popular for weddings, concerts, birthday parties, and big tour groups and events in the warmer months.

Taking a family vacation trip to Northwest Arkansas? Visit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Get more travel tips from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Trails surround the garden and lead out to Lake Fayetteville. Future plans are to create more buildings for inclement weather activities, events and education.

Monday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Adult: $7
Children: $4 (ages 5-12)
No admission fee for children under 5

4703 N Crossover Road
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
479-750-2620

Fayetteville Underground

The Fayetteville Underground art gallery serves as a showcase for regional art and artists with exhibitions changing monthly. The Underground also collaborates with local with local arts organizations to put on concerts, readings, performances, and other city wide events.

The Underground also hosts classes, music, yoga, and other free events. Check out their calendar to see what’s currently going on.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

101 W Mountain, Suite 222
Fayetteville, Arkansas

479-871-2722

(Need a place to stay in Northwest Arkansas? Read my review: Staying at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas)

Visiting Bentonville or Fayetteville, Arkansas soon? Here are some of the fun things you can do with the kids in Northwest Arkansas during your next vacation.

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