Family fun for every season

Brittany Gilbert
The Gilberts enjoy a trip to Schaefers and Collins Pumpkin Patch every October.

I know planning fun activities with your children can sometimes be daunting, especially during certain seasons of the year. But the 501 area has so much to offer. 

To help make it easier, I’ve compiled a list of activity ideas for each month. 

Let it inspire you to look into activities and events in your area. Planning ahead can help you have fun family moments.

January

Have a New Year’s Eve party with family and/or friends

Stay up late to celebrate the ball drop

Declutter the house after Christmas

Rhea Lana’s in Conway

February

Monster Jam, Simmons Bank Arena, Little Rock

Make Valentines to send to friends and family

Rhea Lana’s in Little Rock

Go ice skating at Arkansas Skatium in Little Rock

March

Visit the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival

Take a quick trip to Fairfield Bay for spring break

Check out a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hot Springs 

April

Attend the egg drop at Second Baptist in Conway

Celebrate Autism Awareness month

Plant something new in your garden

May

Toad Suck Daze in Conway

Visit a farmers’ market

Enjoy living history at the Territorial Fair in Little Rock

June

Attend the annual Sacred Heart School Bazaar in Morrilton

Schedule a beach vacation or a lake day with family

Celebrate dad with breakfast in bed or doing his favorite things

Go for a snow cone 

July

Go to a July Fourth celebration complete with fireworks

Host a cookout

Go get ice cream or pineapple whip for no reason

August

Purchase tickets for events at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall

Attend the annual St. Joseph School Bazaar in Conway

Donate school supplies to families in need

Enjoy a last-minute getaway before school starts

Host a back-to-school party

September

Start decorating for fall

Take a final summer camping trip

Go somewhere local that you’ve never been

ACANSA Arts Festival in Little Rock

October

Visit a pumpkin patch

Visit local fall fests sponsored by churches in your town

Carve pumpkins

Go on a hayride or drive around to see the fall foliage

Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock

November

Check out the Pioneer Village during its Annual Fall Fest 

Visit Dazzle Daze in Conway for unique gifts and a visit with Santa

Take time each day to say what you’re thankful for

Participate in a Thanksgiving meal program that helps those who won’t normally have a way to celebrate

December

Go to a local tree lighting

Visit the Motley Christmas Tree farm, even if you don’t buy a real tree

Participate in the Christmas Mall organized by the Arkansas Dream Center

Garvan Woodland Gardens holiday lights in Hot Springs

Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights

Bethlehem Revisited at Antioch Baptist in Conway

Go ice skating at Spring Park in Searcy