The arrival of summer means it’s time to bid farewell to school and embrace the joys of sweet sunshine, water play and new adventures! Luckily, Arkansas has an abundance of activities scheduled this summer that will keep kids entertained throughout the sunny season.


Fun Summer Activities on the Calendar

  • If Comic Con is your style, you won’t want to miss the family-friendly Comic Con Event at Fort Smith Convention Center. 
    • Be sure to register in advance for this two-day event, held on June 3-4. 
  • Sign your young athletes up for a sports camp. 
    • Help those future Razorbacks’ football skills with the Burlsworth Football Camp in Little Rock. Be sure to purchase tickets for your kids in advance for this one-day football camp at War Memorial Stadium on June 3. 
    • In Northwest Arkansas, check into the Rogers Activity Center for various sports camps throughout June and July. 
  • If cars are your family’s thing, you will find multiple options for car shows around Arkansas this summer! One is the 15th Annual Lamar Car Show held on June 3 in the city of Lamar. 
  • Another fun activity on June 3 appeals to the dog lovers! 
    • The Tails on Trails event in Little Rock invites the general public to play with pups up for adoption during a fun playdate at Two Rivers Park. 
  •  June 3 is a popular date across Arkansas! Don’t miss the Siloam Springs Kids Fishing Derby held at the City Park on June 3. 
    • This event is co-hosted by Siloam Springs Parks and Recreation and Arkansas Game and Fish. 
  • Speaking of fishing, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is hosting its Free Fishing Weekend from noon on Friday, June 9 to midnight on Sunday, June 11. 
    •  Anyone in the state of Arkansas can fish without a fishing license in one of the many family and community fishing locations across the state. 
  • Go canoeing on the Caney Bayou with the Delta Rivers Nature Center on Friday, June 9. 
    • Learn how to paddle as a family while touring Lake Langhoffer and Caney Bayou! Be sure to register in advance. 
  • Immerse yourself in fields of lavender at the Lavender Festival in Hot Springs.
    • Take fun family photos amongst rows and rows of lavender at this second annual event in downtown Hot Springs on June 16-17 with special events happening at Lake Banoe Lavender Farm on June 18. 
  • Do free movies at sunset sound good? 
    • Down south? Don’t miss out on Movie Mondays held at the MAD outdoor theater area in El Dorado! With kid-favorite features every Monday night, this outdoor movie night is the place to be! MAD Movie Monday season runs from June 5 to August 7. Get those lawn blankets and lawn chairs ready for some evening fun free of charge! You can even bring your own food although there are also concessions available to purchase. 
    • In the Searcy area, Movies in the Park features a movie in Berryhill Park every second Friday. 
  • Gamers in the Conway area – unite! This two-week Gaming Camp is for all gamers looking for some training in games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty: War Zone, and Apex: Legends. 
    • These camps are scheduled in two-week increments from June through July and are hosted by Spec Ops Gaming Lounge. Registration is required. 


Ongoing Summer Fun for Kids

  1. Go on a mural tour around the beautiful Natural State! 
    • Many towns and cities across Arkansas sport gorgeous mural art, typically created by local artists. Hit the road for a road trip of selfies and murals! Benton, Little Rock and Fort Smith are just a few of the areas offering fun photo-taking opportunities. 
  2. Hit up the free splash pads around Arkansas. 
    • One fun place to visit in south Arkansas is MAD Playscape in El Dorado! With the splash pad open seven days a week and a large playground, MAD playscape offers up hours of fun for any kid! 
    • In Benton, Tyndall Park offers unlimited splash pad fun during the hot days of summer. 
    • In Northwest Arkansas, the Railyard Park – Water Stop in downtown Rogers is too good to pass up! 
  3. Check out a good old fashioned arcade! 
  4. Visit your local library for all types of summer fun!
  5. Spend some time with the Arkansas Travelers! Visit Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock for some baseball excitement with your little ones! See the Arkansas Travelers website for all the promotions offered this summer. 


This list of 15 ideas is only a short list of the many activities for kids in Arkansas this summer! Arkansas, with its vast bounty of nature, boasts tons of exploration opportunities! Check out these fun outdoor activities in Arkansas for kids! 

Gather the family, and let the good times begin because summer is on! 


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