Free and cheap things to do with kids in Russellville AR

I’ve been to several playdates with the MOPS group here in our town but until this past Monday I didn’t have an opportunity to go to one of the MOPS meetings. It was great! One topic of discussion that came up was things to do with kids in our small town that don’t cost a lot of money. I’ve lived here for going on seven years so I’ve had some time to get to know the area but I know there is more out there that I don’t know about so leave a comment about what you like to do in Russellville with your kids and I’ll update the list. I want this list to be something that when I meet moms who are new to the area, I can send them this and give them the scoop on what Russellville has to offer.

Parks:

Bona Dea trail and Washburn Park
Old Post Park- (has a small indoor visitor center)
Lake Dardanelle State Park- (has a great indoor visitor center where kids can touch turtles and look at the tanks filled with local fish. There are also some hands on activities)
Park at First Baptist Church
Shiloh Park
City Park (in the summer has a splash pad)
not a park but Chick Fil A has an indoor play place- good for rainy/cold days
Mount Nebo- year round hiking and camping. Play scape, indoor visitor center and a swimming pool for the summer.
ACME (Arkansas Center for Music Education) 30 minute music class for children up to age 5. 12:00-12:30. $5.00 a month

http://www.ac-me.org

10:00 story time at the library. Emily, the children’s librarian puts a lot of work into making this a good time for the kids. It’s a younger crowd, most kids are age 2-3 but all ages come. They read a few books, sing their ABC’s, stretch, play with a parachute and do either a craft or a coloring sheet. There are toys to play with and most the moms hang around afterwards while the kids play with toys or go on the computer.
Pope county has other library branches that have story times at other times. Other events frequently go on at the library such as movie nights etc. The summer reading program is a lot of fun as well

http://www.popelibrary.org

Saturday’s at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Each month the park puts out a flyer of activities for the month. Usually each Saturday morning there is some free educational program going on for kids. When we have gone, the kids have learned about different bird beaks and camouflage. When it’s cold or raining activities are indoors at the visitor center.

http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle/

Kroger– okay hear me out on this one! We make grocery shopping an event and my kids act like going to Kroger is going to an amusement park! Get one of those car carts and let them drive, go to the deli and ask for a free cookie. Then on your way out get some stickers!

Story time at Dog Ear Books Thursday’s at 11:30.

http://www.ilovedogear.com

PetSmart and Davis Discount Pet Store. It’s not free to buy stuff but it’s free to look. My kids have fun looking at all the different animals.

MOPS (Mom’s of Preschoolers) Meets the second Monday of each month (except for the summer) for a meeting and has a once a month playdate/ field trip. (Pumpkin picking, meet at the Jump place, Playdate at the Park etc.) $20.00 for the year. Meets at All Saints Episcopal Church 501 S Phoenix Ave. Russellville, AR 72801. Visit the MOPS Facebook page

REACH– (Russellville Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers) if you are a homeschool family Russellville has a thriving homeschool community and REACH is the local co-op. Here’s a link for more information. http://www.rsvlreach.com/

I’ve never been so I can’t say much about it but I know there is an art walk event the first Friday of March, June, September and December. Starts at the train Depot. 6:00-9:00 p.m. http://www.mainstreetrussellville.com

Long Pool– This is our favorite swimming hole in the summer. The trail to the water fall takes us about 30 minutes so it’s one we can do with the kids. Located in the Ozark St. Francis National Forest.

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