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Island Festival

Games, contests and activities for the entire family are on the agenda for Island Festival at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck on July 4. A scavenger hunt and an underwater treasure hunt are on the schedule as is a fireworks display over the lake at night.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Phone: 501-865-5851

CSI Camp: Murder in the Oil Field

Love searching for clues and solving mysteries? July 12-16 at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover hosts CSI Camp: Murder in the Oil Field. For a week at the museum, day campers will conduct their own CSI (crime scene investigation). In the dramatization, a body has been found in the oil fields of south Arkansas. What happened and who was this person? Campers will work with the tools used by real experts to solve this mystery. Space is limited and reservations required.

Phone: 870-725-2877

Ding Dong Days in Dumas!

Dumas is the place to be on July 22-25 as the town hosts the 31st annual Ding Dong Days. The festival features activities for kids of all ages, including games, arts and crafts, live music, face painting and a pancake breakfast. Don’t miss the Ding Dong eating contests that offer categories for kids and adults.

Downtown, Dumas
Phone: 870-382-5447

Triple the Fun!

For the first time, Davidsonville Historic State Park, Lake Charles State Park and Powhatan Historic State Park are teaming up together for a four-day three-park day camp in Pocahontas and Powhatan. Youngsters aged eight to 12 are invited to attend the Tri-Park Day Camp on July 14-17 and spend time exploring each park, learning about local and regional history, canoeing and camping. The campers will also test the skills they learned on an overnight camping trip at one of the parks. Reservations are required by July 1.

7953 Highway 166 South, Pocahontas
Phone: 870-892-4708

Splash Away the Summer Heat

Beat the July temperatures by heading to one of Central Arkansas’s water play areas. The original of the bunch is Willow Springs Water Park, which has been around since 1928. It features a sandy bottomed lake which is chemically treated for purity. Attractions include a 400-foot water slide, a large kiddie pool, two log rollers and water trampolines, water basketball, thether ball and volleyball, plus many more water activities. Lifeguards are on duty and lifejackets are available. You can have a picnic or eat at the Upper Deck Café. Great for group gatherings, parties and family get-togethers. The park is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon til 8 p.m. on Sunday.

903 Willow Springs Road, Little Rock
Phone: 501-888-4148

Over in North Little Rock, Wild River Country lays claim to being Arkansas’s largest water park. Rides such as The Cyclone, Vertigo, Pipeline, Sidewinder and the Accelerator await visitors. The Vortex, White and Black Lighting, Lazy River, River Rapids and Wave Pool are others. All of the mentioned attractions are good for all age-groups. There’s enough to keep you busy for a whole day. A snack bar, gift shop and two special birthday party packages are available

Interstate 40 & Crystal Hill Road, North Little Rock
Phone: 501-753-8600

The Park at West End

In Fort Smith, The Park at West End, an old-fashioned amusement park, is located downtown adjacent to the Arkansas River bridge. The Ferris wheel is a restored late-1930s model that was once displayed at the 1935 San Diego World’s Fair. It is an original from the Eli Bridge Company. While George Washington Gale Ferris designed the first Ferris wheel, the Eli Bridge Company developed a practical and portable wheel.

Another main feature is a hand-painted carousel from Treviso, Italy. A 1957 Pullman dining car serves as a diner, and a 1963 British Leyland provides standard amusement park concessions. A Penny Arcade or retro games adds to the nostalgia, as does the tunes playing on the park’s calliope circus wagon.

Second Street and Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-784-2368

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