A rainy day can really put a wrench in your plans. If you're suddenly faced with unplanned time because your child's sport just got rained out, or you're looking ahead to plan some indoor activities because the weather forecast looks bad, FamilyLifeNWA has some ideas for you. Your family can still have fun, even when the day looks grim!



7 Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Families in NWA

by Angela Forsyth


A rainy day can really put a wrench in your plans. If you're suddenly faced with unplanned time because your child's sport just got rained out, or you're looking ahead to plan some indoor activities because the weather forecast looks bad, FamilyLifeNWA has some ideas for you. Your family can still have fun, even when the day looks grim! Check out our recommendations below.


1. Arcades:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: Arkadia Retrocade at 1478 N College Ave in Fayetteville. For a $5.00 entrance fee, you have access to all the games inside for as long as you like! You'll feel like you went back in time to the 1980's, and you'll understand why this place has a cult following. For more arcades, including Fast Lanes and Fast City, see the arcades directory page.


2. Bowling:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: Fast Lane Entertainment in Lowell, AR and Pineville Bowling Center in Pineville, MO. Both of these centers are part of the national program called Kids Bowl Free, where during the spring and summer seasons, kids who are registered ahead of time can bowl for free every day. See our Kids Bowl Free post. For more bowling alleys, see the bowling directory page.


3. Museums:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: Amazeum in Bentonville. This children's museum is truly amazing! It features a huge indoor climber with a walk-through cave underneath, a large moving water station, marketplace, art studio, magnets and pulleys and a weather section, all which encourage exploration and teamwork. For more museums, see the museum directory page.


4. Trampoline Park:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: High Rise in Rogers. Kids of every age love this place! Jumpers can join in playing dodgeball, shooting baskets, hurling into a foam pit, swinging from a trapeze, challenging the ninja obstacle course or just outright jumping to their heart's content on the large trampoline grid. Right now High Rise is the only trampoline park in Northwest Arkansas, but there is another one, called Altitude, under construction in Fayetteville. Check back on our trampoline directory page in a few months for more information.


5. Indoor Swimming:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: The Jones Center in Springdale. The daily use fee is only $3! There's a leisure pool with wrap-around slide and a Junior Olympic size lap pool. Check their website for swim times before you go. Another great indoor pool is the Bentonville Community Center. You don't have to be a member, nor live in Bentonville. Open swim is $5 for Bentonville residents and $6 for non-residents; kids under 3 are free. Check their website for swim hours before you go. On non-rainy day, check out more water fun on the water/splash parks directory page.


6. Roller Skating:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: Starlight Skatium in Fayetteville. Look for daytime skate sessions to start up once school is out. They have skates for all ages, even baby skates, so the whole family can get on the rink together. They also have the walkers that give beginners the courage to get out there. If you're looking for ice skating, check out the Jones Center. For more skating rinks see the roller skating rinks directory page.


6. Indoor Mini Golf:

FamilyLifeNWA's pick: Glowgolf at Pinnacle Hills Promenade. This is the newest indoor mini golf in the area. It's located near Old Navy in the Rogers outdoor mall. On non-school days, it opens as early as 10am (11am on Sundays) so if you're dying to get out of the house early on a rainy day, you can make this your first stop. For more mini golf locations, see the mini golf directory page.




Angela Forsyth, free lance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC

Angela Forsyth, Freelance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC





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