Farmland Adventures corn maze, pumpkin patch opens Friday!


Has your family visited Farmland Adventures yet?

If not, you’ve been missing out on some fabulous family fun! Farmland Adventures opens this Friday. They’re getting the party started a little earlier this year.

They have a new maze theme for the 2014 season and it looks awesome. This thing is 9 acres:

corn maze

They also have a Mini Maze, hidden within the Giant Corn Maze. At approximately 1 acre, this maze is great for younger explorers not quite ready for the Giant Corn Maze. Older participants can experience both mazes.

maze trackerMaze tracker is also brand new this year. You can sign in when you get to Farmland Adventures on your smartphone, choose your character, and then be able to follow or “track” yourself in real time as you go through the maze.

In addition to the Giant Corn Maze, Farmland Adventures also has a pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area, group outings and birthday parties.

Check out these cool new “Pedal Karts”:

pedal karts

Farmland Adventures also have “Flashlight Nights”. Going through a maze and getting lost at night is a totally different experience than in the day. Buy your flashlight at the farm, or bring your own.

  • CLICK HERE to see a photo report we previously published on Motherlode about Farmland, one of our fabulous sponsors (be sure and tell ‘em we sent you!).
  • CLICK HERE to see a Channel 5 report about Farmland Adventures, which is owned by the Parsons family. Dwayne and LuDonna Parsons have eight kids and they all work together on the farm and at the pumpkin patch.

When you visit Farmland Adventures, please tell them you saw their ad and story on Motherlode :)  

Click here to see a full list of Northwest Arkansas corn mazes and pumpkin patches!

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2014


Farmland Adventures Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze opens

A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have a new theme for 2014!), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 5th to November 1st on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM. It’s a short drive from where ever you are in Northwest Arkansas. They also facilitate group outings or birthday parties.

farmland adventures 2014Date: Sept. 5-Nov. 1

Time: Varies

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

CLICK HERE to see the complete guide to Northwest Arkansas pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Chefs in the Garden

Date: Sept. 9

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

vintage market days

Vintage Market Days of NWA

Date: Sept. 12-14

Time: Varies

Location: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Polo in the Ozarks

Date: Sept. 13

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Buell Farm, Goshen

More info: Click here

Bacon Bowl, Petit Jean Meats

bacon bowlTeams consisting of chefs and amateur cooks will compete in Entrée and Dessert Divisions and test their culinary skills by creating innovative bacon creations featuring Arkansas’s own Petit Jean Meats bacon. Bacon Bowl attendees of all ages will vote for their favorite dishes in both divisions as well as the overall People’s Champion.

There will be live music, Petit Jean Meats sampling, other foods and beverages, and more. Tickets are $10 at the gate and advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Date: Sept. 13

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Downtown Bentonville

Note: Teams or individuals interested in competing should visit Team registration is open until Friday, September 5. Space is limited.

More info: Click here. Visit and the Bacon Bowl Facebook page for more details.

2nd Annual Bella Vista Hay Days

All activities for children and families are free. Activities include inflatable slides, obstacle courses and a bounce house; water balloon chunkin’ with a big slingshot; face painting; train rides; Earthshakers spark plug competition, Bella Vista Fly Tyers casting competition; Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club demonstrations; and a dunk tank with local “celebrities”. Pony rides will be available from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Marshall Mitchell, a children’s entertainer, will perform at 1 p.m. In addition to family activities, Bella Vista Hay Days will feature food – barbecue ribs and hotdogs on Friday and brats and hotdogs on Saturday. Other events include live music, a car and bike show, rain-gutter regatta races, Bella Vista’s Public Safety Day, Bella Vista Animal Shelter’s “Wiener Takes All” Wiener Dog Races, the Arkansas Department of Conservation’s traveling aquarium and a 5K walk benefitting the animal shelter, Bella Vista Library and Cooper Elementary PTO. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m. Concerts and events are free. The concerts will be performed in open-air venues, so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Date: Sept. 19-20

Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Location: The site of the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival, corner of Rogers Drive and Arkansas 279

More info: Click here

NWA Steak Cook-Off

Teams made up of chefs and amateur cooks will fire up their grills and other cooking apparatus’s to find out who is the master of the ribeye steak that day. Each team submits one 16oz ribeye steak to be judged by a panel of experienced beef eaters who sample, vote and determine who moves on to the 2015 World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia, AR. The overall winner also wins free entry into the 2015 U.S. Steak Championship in Tulsa, OK. In addition to the steak competition, there will be an appetizer competition that the public determine the winner by sampling and voting for their favorite.

Date: Sept. 27

Time: 1-7 p.m.

Location: Arvest Ballpark during Bikes Blues & BBQ rally

More info: Click here

New Kindermusik classes in Fayetteville

Pam Lipinski has opened a Kindermusik studio which is opening this month. Kindermusik is a music and movement class for babies and toddlers; preschoolers and big kids. It’s a program devoted to the development of the whole child – cognitive, physical, emotional, and, of course, musical. In classes children play games, sing songs, pretend to be boats, trains, cars, monkeys; play with scarves, balls, and have a lot of fun. Within all this fun is where the learning occurs. These classes are done with the caregiver present so Kindermusik provides a unique bonding experience with the parent/caregiver. Here’s the schedule:

9:00 Sing and Play ages 0-2
10:30 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3
4:00 Laugh and learn ages 3-4
6:00 Wiggle and Grow Family ages 0-7 (for families with siblings wh0 want to do class together)

9:00 Sing and Play ages 0-2
10:30 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3
4:00 Laugh and Learn ages 3-4
6:00 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3

9:30 Wiggle and Grow Family ages 0-7 (for families with siblings who want to do class together)

Date: Studio opens in September

Time: Class times vary.

Location: 2863 Old Missouri Rd., Fayetteville, in the Butterfield Plaza (diagonal from Butterfield Trail Elementary School)

More info: Click here

Coming up:


Tinkerfest (The Amazeum event)

The Amazeum announced the inaugural Tinkerfest presented by 3M to be held 10am – 3pm, Saturday October 4th, 2014 at Old High Middle School in Bentonville.  This event is free and open to the public. Tinkerfest is a hands-on event where makers, artists, and tinkerers showcase their work and attendees of all ages join in the fun. Tinkerfest is a fun family activity where all can experiment and learn things together.

Learn how to pick a lock, how to solder electronics, or how to create an electric circuit. Make gigantic bubbles, launch your own rocket, or discover what goes into making a car by taking one apart.

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Old High Middle School, Bentonville

More info: Click here or call 479-696-9280 x 201. Click here if you’d like to bring an activity to Tinkerfest.


Date: Oct. 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Frisco Park, First & Elm Streets, Rogers

More info: Click here

Happy Hollow Harvest Moon Festival

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 2175 E. Peppervine Drive, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

happy hollow 2014

Basketball tournament for charity: Kids and adults invited!

If your family loves basketball, here’s a chance to play ball and do something great for charity at the same time. Put a team of three to four people together, and mark your calendar for Thursday, September 11, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Shadow Valley Clubhouse basketball court in Rogers. Cost is $30 per team, and tournament proceeds will benefit St. Jude basketball5Children’s Research Hospital.

Two Northwest Arkansas moms, Heidi Simmons and Laura Sylvester, are coordinating this charity basketball tournament where kids and adults can play 3-on-3 basketball. (There will also be a free throw contest, for those who are interested.) There will be three divisions — youth, teen and adult, and fun prizes will be awarded. (Youth division starts at 5 p.m. and the teen and adult divisions play at 6 p.m.)

Tournament rules include:

  • Teams can consist of up to 4 players.
  • Half-court games will be played to a score of 11 (counting by 1′s).
  • Call your own fouls but no free throws allowed.

If your kids, husbands and/or fellow moms want to play, contact Heidi Simmons by clicking here. Register your team by Friday, September 5th.

If you’d like to support these local moms in their efforts to raise money for St. Jude, you can also donate at the following links:



Guide: Corn mazes and pumpkin patches to visit in Northwest Arkansas!


It’s almost fall, y’all!

That means it’s about time to visit pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Here’s a guide to all the great options in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas:

Farmland Adventures

farmland adventures 2014A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have a new theme for 2014!), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 5th to November 1st on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM. It’s a short drive from where ever you are in Northwest Arkansas. They also facilitate group outings or birthday parties.

Season: Sept. 5 through Nov. 1

Location: Parsons Road, Springdale

More info: Click here (Look for special hours in October)

Ozark Corn Maze

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, animals and games.

Season: Starts Sept. 19

Location: Cave Springs

More info: Click here

McGarrah Farms

Season: Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 27 through Oct. 31. Pick-your-own pumpkins.

Location: Pea Ridge

More info: Click here

Vanzant Fruit Farm

Season: Pick-your-own pumpkins starts in late September. The pumpkin patch (for pictures, etc.) opens Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

Location: Lowell

More info: Click here

Dickey Farms

dickey farmsHay rides, photo opportunities, pick-your-own pumpkins.

Season: Runs from the last weekend of September through the first weekend of November. Open 4:30 p.m. until dark on weekdays, all day Saturday (until dark) and 2 p.m. to dark on Sundays.

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

Right Choices Corn Maze

Pumpkin patch, games and activities, hay rides.

Season: Sept. 20-Nov. 2

Location: Southwest City, Missouri

More info: Click here

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: August 2014

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Play it Forward Concert Series at The Walmart Museum

An evening of literary, playful, and earthy music from Los Angles based artist Claire Holley. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 6.

Date:  Aug. 2

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum

More info: Click here

Steve Martin at the Amp

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell are Grammy Award-winning.

Date: Aug. 3

Time: 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.)

Location: The Walmart Amp, Rogers

More info: Click here

Crayola Day, Sidewalk Sundays

sidewalk sundays new logoSample some products and add some ideas to your Back to School wish-list. Drop in anytime, between 2-5 pm. Free.

Date: Aug. 3

Time: 2-5 p.m.

Location: The Walmart Museum

More info: Click here

Here’s a list of the additional August Sidewalk Sunday events (all events are between 2-5 p.m. at The Walmart Museum):

August 10: Sword fighting demonstrations with the NWA Fencing Center.

August 17: Musical performances and education with School of Rock.

August 24: Activate your imagination with Trike Theatre.

August 31: Enjoy another performance with School of Rock.

Questions? Call 479-273-1329 ext. 2 or visit the museum’s Facebook page:

First Thursday, Fayetteville

On the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities.

Date: Aug.7

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here


Date: Aug. 7-10

Time: Varies

Location: Rogers Little Theatre

More info: Click here

SkyDive for Kids benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center

Lunch from 11 am—1 pm, will be available for $5, and the entertainment will be continuous as each of the 20 jumpers makes the climb to 10,000 feet on Saturday and Sunday.  “With the help of  jumpers and the community of Northwest Arkansas, we hope the that the literal leaps of faith will indeed forever alter the journey of not just one, but hundreds of children in Benton County.”

Date: Aug. 9-10

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: SkyRanch, Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Buckin’ in the Ozarks

Date: Aug. 9

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

Big Country Bash (after NWA Naturals baseball game)

Canaan Smith, a Mercury Nashville recording artist, perform a live post-game concert following the Naturals game against the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, on Saturday, August 9 as part of the BIG Country Bash event. Gates will open on August 9 at 5 P.M., and then the Naturals will play host to the Missions at 6:05 P.M. The concert will take place immediately following the game and the stage will be setup on the grass area beyond the concourse in centerfield, located between the Bud Light Bullpen Café and kid’s playground. The event also features a Replica Louisville Slugger Wiffle Bat giveaway for the first 2,000 fans courtesy of Great Day Farms.

Date: Aug. 9

Time: 6:05 p.m.

Location: Arvest Ballpark

More info: Purchase tickets for BIG Country Bash online at, by calling (479) 927-4900.

Outdoor Concert, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

bgo concertDate: Aug. 12

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Botanical Gardens Great Lawn

More info: Click here

Groundbreaking of Whole Foods

Date: Aug. 13

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Whole Foods, south of the College Ave./Millsap Drive intersection

More info: Click here

Back-To-School Concert at The Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs

Date: Aug. 14

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Boston at the Walmart Amp

Date: Aug. 15

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Walmart Amp, Rogers

More info: Click here

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

Date: Aug. 16

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

“Inside the Teenage Brain” Training

inside the teenage brainSaving Grace is hosting a training event for foster parents, professionals, and adults who work with at risk teens on August 26. Cathy Hagemeier, a trainer from MidSOUTH Training Academy, will be teaching two workshops on the teenage brain and communicating with teenagers.

Date: Aug. 26

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

Location: Saving Grace NWA, 1229 W. Poplar St., Rogers

More info: Click here


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