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January's Top 10 Things to Do

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Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!   1. ‘Organic Matters: Arkansas Women to Watch’ Pine Bluff Through Jan. 21: The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is the site for an exhibit featuring the works of four female Arkansas artists, “whose works recortextualize natural imagery to [...]

Here's Why Outdoor Play is the Best Way to Keep Your Kids Focused

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How many times have you watched your kids become frustrated with their homework? I can certainly relate to their frustration of finding it difficult to focus on homework at the end of a long school day. Parents have long thought of outdoor play as the reward for finishing homework, but we might want to start reversing that trend. A growing body of research s[...]

I'm Walking Across Spain!

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“You’re doing what?” I could only imagine the shocked reaction my family would have to my announcement that I was going to walk across Spain. It was October 2014, and I had finally decided to fulfill my long-held dream to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago. Also known as the Way of St. James, the Camino is an ancient pilgrimage along the field of stars[...]

Travel Planning: Advice from My Daughter

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Though I love to travel and enjoy the adventure, I must admit that I am not fond of the challenges that can pop up when making the arrangements. It was my 8-year-old daughter, Allie, who had the answer that I needed to solve my dilemma. I was preparing for my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. I would be walking over 500 miles beginning in the Pyrenees of[...]

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights Celebrates 20 Years

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What comes after Thanksgiving in Arkansas? The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights! This year will be the 20th anniversary of the program, which highlights more than 60 communities around the state, brightening the holiday season for all to see. Plot your course now to see as many of the sparkling communities as you can. The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure [...]

December's Top 10 Things to Do

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Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!   1. ‘Caroling in the Caverns’ Mountain View Through Dec. 20: The drive to Mountain View is well worth the beautiful sounds of Christmas carols echoing through Blanchard Springs Caverns. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Christmas at 2:30, 4:30, 6 and[...]

Planting a Family Garden of Gratefulness

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This is the time of year that I love to watch the leaves race down the driveway like a group of excited children running to see a new attraction. I feel grateful to live in a part of the world where we get to enjoy four seasons. Each season holds its own gifts. Years ago, during the busy fall preparations for the holidays, I found myself becoming frazzled an[...]

The Roads Less-Traveled: Not as Well Known Scenic Drives for Arkansas Fall Foliage Viewing

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Kerry Kraus, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Arkansas has been blessed with more than its share of beautiful vistas any time of the year, but autumn is a showcase season for The Natural State. Every color associated with fall – candy apple red, lime green, pumpkin orange, sunshine yellow, brassy bronze – is on display, usually from[...]

November's Top 10 Things to Do

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1. ‘Park’s Pants’ Little Rock Through Nov. 22: “Park’s Pants” is an exhibit featuring works by Nancy Nolan, one of Arkansas’ best-known photographers, and filmmaker Dave Anderson. For 20 years, Nolan has taken photographs of her prematurely born son Park in the same pair of his father’s jeans, recording his “physical, emotional and intellectual evolution[...]