100 Things to Do in Rogers #6: Rogers Aquatics Center

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Tue, May 21, 2013

It's new, it's shiny and it's oh so pretty! You are in for a super fun assignment for your next task in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series. Grab your sunscreen and your shades because it's time to head to the brand new Rogers Aquatics Center when it opens May 25!

Aquatics Center Highlights:

  • Five different water slides
  • Lazy River
  • Lap pool with diving board and basketball goals
  • Splash pad for little tikes
  • Intermediate Play area with slides, water cannons and rope bridge
  • State-of-the-art surveillance
  • 30+ lifeguards on duty to keep you safe
  • It's in ROGERS!

You are going to be wowed when you step foot in the new Rogers Aquatics Center. My boys, ages 4 and 6, walked in, surveyed the park, and were a bit overwhelmed with where to start. If they could have walked at a very fast pace (can't run in the park!) in 5 different directions to cover everything at once, they would have. We ended up starting at the intermediate play area where the water cannons can be found. If you have boys, you know that they are drawn to those things like a moth to a flame. We could have played just in this one area all day. There is a slide, rope bridge and lots of shallow water for just sitting and playing, but watch out...there is a huge bucket of water that will "cool you off" when you aren't expecting it. This momma learned that the hard way to the delight of her children. While there is a lot to do for the younger kids here, there is also a lot to do for the older kids, starting with the rope bridge or lily pad walk and floating animals you can climb on. There are also basketball goals and a volleyball net for some friendly competition where the water is deeper. Just remember to bring a life jacket from home if your little one isn't ready to swim on their own in the deeper water. Arm rings and other flotation devices aren't allowed, so leave those at home. There is also a splash pad area with sprinklers, very shallow pool and a smaller slide perfect for toddlers. It is also shaded to keep your little one's skin safe from the sun! By the way, admission is free for kids under 36". Hooray! 

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Sports/Outdoors, 100 Things to Do, Trails & Parks

Hiking and Camping around Beautiful Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Tue, Apr 23, 2013

My two boys are always asking when we will go camping again. We try to go several times a year and now that the campgrounds around Beaver Lake are open for the season, it is time to start planning some trips! A majority of the parks around Beaver Lake are operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and are open from the beginning of April through the end of October. The temperatures aren't too hot yet, so this is the perfect time to pull out the camping and hiking gear and head to the lake for some much-needed time away from hectic schedules! Below you'll find everything you need to know about camping and hiking near Beaver Lake, so grab a pen and paper and read on! 

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, Trails & Parks

My Not-So-Secret Love Affair with Rogers Trails & Greenways

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Thu, Mar 21, 2013

I should have known better than to plan a post about trails and greenways for the start of spring. It is Arkansas after all, which of course means it's snowing. I should have been ready for it, but I wasn't. I'm ready to get outside and enjoy the newly-bloomed flowers and trees. My kids are ready to feel the warm sunshine on their faces as they swing higher and higher trying to touch the sky. Their bikes, parked in the garage since Christmas, need to be christened on the trails, their wheels anxiously waiting to touch the dirt. Oh how we have longed for spring. So please, no more tricks Mother Nature, we beg of you.

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Sports/Outdoors, Trails & Parks