Summer Kickoff Giveaway: Win a family pack to Parrot Island Waterpark!

parrot4The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to SPLASH, SWIM, SLIDE and enjoy some SUN! After a phenomenal first season last summer, Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith will kick off its second season this weekend on May 27, 2016.

To celebrate the beginning of summer break, we’re sending one lucky mom to Parrot Island with a “Family Fun Pack” that includes admission for FOUR people, a large pizza with one topping and four fountain soft drinks. (Winning this package will earn you some serious “cool mom” points with the kids.) It’s less than an hour away from most people in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s the perfect day trip to kick off the summer with something new and exciting.

ABOUT PARROT ISLAND: One of the things we mamas love about Parrot Island is how it features different areas for different members of the family. If you’ve got little ones, then you’ll love hanging out on Tiny Turtle Island which has tons of water spraying toys, climbing toys, waterfalls, small slides and plenty of shallow-water space to play and splash with friends.

parrot5If your kids are a little bigger, they’ll love the activity pool called Toucan’s Cove. With 250,000 gallons of water, it’s huge, includes basketball hoops and has plenty of space to play, swim or just chill out. It’s also centrally located in the middle of the park so it’s easier to keep an eye on the kids.

For water lovers who love a thrill, there are FOUR huge slides at Parrot Island, including the 40-foot tall Pineapple Plunge slide. When you’re standing at the top of the slide, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the entire park before you go flying down this thrill ride of a slide. The other three twisty slides give you the fun of a roller coaster with a cool splash down at the end.

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parrot8If you want something that appeals to everybody in the family, you can’t go wrong with the Crocodile Creek Lazy River. Parents can use a double-tube so they can keep their little ones within arm’s reach. The lazy river is 500 feet long and includes a waterfall and a few other fun surprises we don’t want to spoil for you before you see it for yourself.

Last but definitely not least, the Caribbean Splash wave pool is the ONLY wave pool in this entire region of the state. You can ride the waves in the more than 85,000-gallons of ocean-like fun.

KidsAreaIf one of your kids has a birthday or special event this summer, there are some party package options available at Parrot Island, too. Click HERE to check out what’s available.

Regular park hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the season calendar. But keep in mind that people with season passes get early admission.

Cost for a one-day admission is $15 for anyone over 48 inches tall. For those under 48 inches tall, the price drops to $10. Click HERE for info on season pass prices.

We’ll keep you posted on upcoming special events which will be hosted throughout the summer, but you may want to mark your calendar now for the free swim lessons being offered on June 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more details.

PineapplePlungeHOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the Family Fun Pack of four admission tickets plus pizza and drinks, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then tell us which part of Parrot Island Waterpark will probably be the most popular with your kids. Pineapple Plunge slide? Tiny Turtle Island? Carribean Splash wave pool?  (Our kids are into the tall slides these days, but we mamas like to relax and float the lazy river!)

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit. Spreading the word and earning extra chances can really improve your odds of winning.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more. It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck in this fun giveaway, and keep an eye on your inbox because we always notify our winners via email. For more info on Parrot Island Waterpark and to see their season calendar of events and hours of operation, click HERE. Happy Summer!

Giveaway: Session at Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas

driving steering wheel685Mamas, as you may know, Shannon and I both have 14-year-old kids who will be getting their learner’s permit soon. (Yikes!) So we are VERY happy to bring you this week’s giveaway because it may be one of the most important giveaways we’ve ever done. This gift may be the thing that keeps your kid safe on the road, and safety is what moms pray for most when their teens start driving.

Here’s the fact: Motor-vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for ages 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

driving_academy_of_northwest_arkansas_logoIf you have a kid age 14 and up, we hope you’ll put your name in this week’s online drawing to win a scholarship for your teen to attend a week-long session at the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas. This comprehensive course, which includes a week of classroom instruction (30 hours) as well as 6 hours of private driving lessons with a certified instructor, would normally cost $525. It will be free for this week’s winner. (If you don’t have a teen, please tell your friends who do have teen drivers about this giveaway.)

Keep in mind that, for many parents, having your child complete driver education training may help you qualify for a discount on your teen driver’s insurance. (Check with your agent for details.) There are several different dates to choose from when scheduling the week-long classroom training as well as the private driving lessons.

ABOUT THE COURSE: Far more important than the insurance discount, this course can turn your new driver into one who is more prepared not only for normal driving situations but also the unexpected ones that often cause life-threatening collisions. Training includes these must-have driving skills as well as many others:

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  • Unique driving hazards for young drivers
  • How to drive in bad weather
  • What to do when a wheel goes off the road
  • Speed management
  • Traffic law changes within the past 10 years
  • Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others
  • How to use ABS brakes the right way
  • What to do if your car hydroplanes
  • What to do if the brakes fail and other malfunctions

Here’s a video sneak peek of some of the other things your teen will learn during the Driving Academy course. This video will also introduce you to the course instructor and Driving Academy owner, Kimma Harper.

As parents, we know our job is to prepare our children to navigate life on their own. If driving will be a big part of your teen’s daily routine, we think this course is invaluable, not to mention the peace of mind it will give parents. We’ve heard so many great things about this program from other parents whose teens have attended the course. (In fact, this summer I’ll be paying the course fee to send my son Adam to the Driving Academy in June because I know his safety is worth every penny.)

sign with logo with clear backgroundHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a scholarship for your teen to attend the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment about one of the best driving tips you’ve learned during your time behind the wheel. 

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your teen needs driver training, we’d recommend you watch this video and this one before you make a decision.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. We want to close out this post with one more video that’s a “must-see” not only for our teens but also for every one of us who have ever been tempted to send or check a text message while behind the wheel.

Giveaway: Win a week of Summer Art Camp at Community Creative Center!

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Community Creative Center has been immersing students in the world of art for many years and we know from experience (well, from our kids’ experiences!) how much fun they have while learning!

This year, CCC has a great line-up of morning and afternoon art summer camps and this week one mama will will a FULL WEEK OF SUMMER CAMP for her son or daughter.

Super SaturdayTime for Art Summer Camp 2016 is for students ages 6-14 and weekly sessions will start on June 6th at the Community Creative Center at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. The winner will get to choose the camp their child is most interested in enrolling.

Camps are organized into two age groups 6-8 and 9-14 years old. Students may register for morning, afternoon or both camps. ‘All day’ campers need to bring a packed lunch. Lunch supervision, fresh air, and activities are provided.

  • Morning Art Camp is from 9-11:30 am
  • Afternoon Clay Camp is from 12:30-3 pm

ABOUT THE SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS/CCC: Time for Art summer camps will take children on an engaging and hands-on discovery of art and its impact on the world around us. Campers will use clay, paints, pastels and other creative art media to explore art through the lens of history, nature, science and other enlightening subject areas. Time for Art will ignite students’ imagination, foster curiosity and inspire a whole lot of fun!

Community Creative Center (CCC) is a studio arts center featuring adult and youth instruction in clay and pottery, drawing, painting, mosaic and a variety of specialized art and studio classes. Located in the heart of Fayetteville’s cultural district at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, CCC provides a full spectrum of visual arts classes to children and adults along with specialized workshops, summer, afterschool and intersession arts camps, and gallery and studio space for local artists. For more information visit www.communitycreativecenter.org.

CCC clay artHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a week of summer camp at Community Creative Center for your child age 6-14 (yay!), just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us which art camp at Community Creative Center your child would most likely pick. CLICK HERE to see the full list of CCC summer camp possibilities.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose the winner on Friday! FYI, there are SO MANY summer camp options at Community Creative Center this summer. CLICK HERE to see the whole line-up of weekly summer camps!

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Giveaway: Children’s Show, “Egg,” at Walton Arts Center

Happy Monday, mamas! We’ve got a family 4-pack of tickets to a cool new show happening at the Walton Arts Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The show is called Egg, and it’s perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

The show is part of the Artosphere Arkansas Arts + Nature Festival presented by Walton Arts Center. Click here to see all the other activities lined up for this year’s festival.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This one-of-a-kind show is a story about three birds and an egg. The simple storyline about the life cycle of newly hatched birds is told with the use of creative light, sound, music and props. The story explores the theme of “flying the nest” and it draws the audience in close to the lives of the bird characters in the nest, telling a story of friendships, wonder and tender loving care.

Egg1HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a family 4-pack to one of these great Artosphere Shows, just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about one of the first things you learned after you “flew the nest.” (We figured out that our mothers were actually a LOT smarter than we ever gave them credit for when we were teenagers.)

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

Egg2INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose the winner on Friday! FYI, there are SO MANY cool events happening at Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere event this year. CLICK HERE to see a full list of activities. Many are free and others are low cost.

Giveaway: 2 Great Kid Shows, Circa and Okee Dokee Brothers

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Happy Monday, mamas! Ready for a cool giveaway that your kids are gonna LOVE?

We’ve got family 4-packs for TWO great shows happening during Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Festival — Circa’s Carnival of the Animals and the Okee Dokee Brothers. So 2 different mamas will win one of these family packs!

  • Circa Carnival of the Animals will be at Walton Arts Center on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $10.
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers will be at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, May 15th, at 4 p.m. and tickets are only $8.

ABOUT CIRCA’S CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS:

The wondrous world of the animal kingdom comes to life when the Circa Carnival comes to town. With whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea who tumble, fly, leap and spin, Carnival of the Animals will whisk you away on a thrilling circus escapade, with the antics of performers set to a moving backdrop with animated visuals that create the feeling of being in a larger-than-life story book.

This Carnival of the Animals trailer will give you a little taste of what to expect at the show:

ABOUT THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS:

Through playful songs and inspirational lyrics, this Grammy Award®-winning duo encourages children and adults alike to break away from our media driven culture and dive into the natural world right under our noses. Drawing on traditional folk and mountain music with striking harmonies and spot-on picking, The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance and for parents to share stories.

Listen to the AWESOME Okee Dokee Brothers here (and we challenge you not to tap your toe while you listen):

Circa and The Okee Dokee Brothers will also be performing at Artosphere’s Trail Mix events on May 14-15. CLICK HERE to read more about Trail Mix event on the Razorback Greenway. CLICK HERE to read more about the Frisco Trail event.

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HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a family 4-pack to one of these great Artosphere Shows, just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about your favorite place in Northwest Arkansas to enjoy nature. Since Artosphere is all about nature + art, we thought this question would be on point!

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose the two winners on Friday! FYI, there are SO MANY cool events happening at Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere event this year. CLICK HERE to see a full list of activities. Many are free and others are low cost.