February outings for family fun 


The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause cancellations of events across the state, requiring us to temporarily suspend our Around Arkansas calendar. Until life returns to normal, there are things you can do besides binge-watch every TV series ever produced and bake endless loaves of sourdough (though there’s nothing wrong with that, either).  

Why not take a family field trip to some of Arkansas’ favorite outdoor destinations? This month Garvan Woodland Gardens (garvangardens.org) begins its annual Daffodil Days and Tulip Extravaganza (roughly mid-February through April), an opportunity to stroll through its acres of spring beauty safely distanced from other visitors. The daffodils bloom first, with 150,000 tulips blooming in the following weeks. 

In Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville’s Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (bgozarks.org) will also be open for visitors to experience the lovely, curated gardens. And Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (crystalbridges.com) is surrounded by 120 acres of Ozark forest, with a number of popular themed trails to explore. (The museum is also open to visitors with reservations for free, timed tickets so that visitors stay safely distanced.) 

How long has it been since you visited the Little Rock Zoo (littlerockzoo.com)? Almost every area of the zoo is safely outdoors, and visits support the animals’ care. And we have 52 astounding Arkansas State Parks. Find a new one to enjoy at arkansasstateparks.com. 

See the penguins at the Little Rock Zoo.
Courtesy Little Rock Zoo

We expect upcoming events to remain sparse until later this year, but if you have a local event to promote, please submit it to our free, online calendar at arkansasliving.com/aroundarkansas or email us at arkansasliving@aeci.com.