10 Summer Activities in NWA
School has officially wrapped up for most students, and now parents have even more hours in the day to fill with activities while social distancing. Some local parks and swimming pools are planning to open this year but with very strict parameters. Many will be at less than half capacity, which means you may or may not be able to get in. Today we wanted to give you a few ideas on how to get through the summer while social distancing and keeping your family safe during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Whether or not you agree with the rules set in place in your area, it is important to respect each other and local law enforcement. If a park is closed, please do not create an issue by going there anyway. Law enforcement employees do not want to have to be the “bad guy” and these situations can escalate quickly.
However, if playgrounds, parks, or other areas are opening up, we highly recommend taking advantage of being able to use the facilities. We recommend keeping germ-x on hand, but getting out in the warm sunshine is shown to improve mental and physical health. Even if playgrounds are not open up you can still enjoy a walk or picnic in the park. Pack some sandwiches or pick up your favorite fast food, take a blanket, and enjoy family time under the shade of a nice tree!
Here is a list of our favorite activities that we recommend!
- Fishing – NWA has several lakes, ponds, and rivers to fish from. Pack your gear and go out for a few hours in the early morning or evening.
- Hiking – This is a great way to get some exercise! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, take plenty of water, and a few snacks. Bella Vista has several small hiking trails, you can hit the Greenway, or drive down to Devil’s Den. You’ll be sure to get some great nature photos!
- Biking – We are in the perfect area for biking. Find a place on the Greenway to start, and just see where it takes you.
- Camping - This is the most time extensive activity. But unplugging for a few days will be great for you and your family! Take some books, a game, or just enjoy some hiking while you’re out!
- Canoeing/Floating – With all of the rain we’ve received recently, this is best for experienced floaters. But later in the summer the water will calm down and will be easy for someone new to floating. Go up to the Elk River, Illinois River, or the Buffalo. Each offers a unique atmosphere and beautiful sights along the way.
- Backyard Camping – This can be just as fun as going to a campground, maybe even better since you have access to your own bathroom and shower!
- Indoor or outdoor movie night. Pick up your favorite popcorn and snacks and rent a favorite movie, or try something new! This is great for a rainy day. If the weather is nice and if you have a projector, hang a sheet outside and play a movie after dark. Just be sure to grab some bug spray!
- Swimming – at the lake, river, or buy a kiddie pool to cool off in!
- Put in a flower bed, let your kids choose the flowers. If you do not have the time or space for a full flower bed, maybe buy a few flower pots and seeds. This is a great way for your kids to learn about plants!
- Plant a garden. Again, this could be done in pots as well! Turn this into a learning experience, let them grow their favorite vegetables, and help explain to them where their food comes from.
As always, we are here to answer any of your insurance questions or help with any insurance needs! We hope you have a safe, relaxing, and fun summer!