You need to get those babies out of the house to blow off steam. I get it. I’ve got three kids at home and sometimes we just need to GET. OUT. Guess what?! Today I have the best kid-friendly things to do in Russellville, Arkansas that are actually fun.
Russellville is one of my favorite towns. I’m a native Arkansan and I attended college in Russellville. (Go Wonderboys!) It’s the perfect town to raise a family or just visit. You can always bring along the kiddos because there are tons of kid-friendly things to do in Russellville, Arkansas.
Kid-Friendly Things to do in Russellville, Arkansas
Just like for all of my articles, I always interview the locals then throw in my two cents also. That way, I know that we’re all getting the TRUTH about our favorite Arkansas towns from people who live there!
If you’re looking for kid-friendly things to do in Russellville, things to do at Lake Dardanelle State Park, family things to do in Russellville, or the best biking/ walking trails in Russellville…you’re in the right place!
Don’t forget to check this out: Fun things to do in Russellville, Arkansas from the Locals
Best place to go biking with kids in Russellville
If your kids are like mine, they LOVE to ride their bikes! Russellville has the perfect place to provide your kids with a unique biking experience.
For a real adventure, try out the Ouita Coal Company Trail!
“Sandwiched between the influx of the Illinois Bayou into Lake Dardanelle and Interstate 40, Ouita Coal Company Trail (OCCT) has been hailed as a favorite among off-road cyclists in the Natural State. The bike trail is accessed from Illinois Bayou Park by a paved .8 mile Wildlife Observation Trail that leads back to the dirt trail head. The OCCT features close to eight miles of diverse terrain including shale mounds and challenging climbs.” –source
Best indoor play place for kids in Russellville
In case you didn’t know, the weather in Arkansas is crazy, y’all. It can change drastically from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. The humidity is crazy during the summer and the storms can come out of nowhere.
I won’t even mention the mosquitoes.
Sometimes you just need kid-friendly things to do in Russellville that are INDOORS. You’re in luck!
The locals love a cool, indoor play space called Let’s Play. Give it a try and let your kids run amok! …you know, in a polite way.
“We are an indoor imaginative play center for children 6 months up to 9-ish! We also host private parties along with having a great choice of toys to purchase! We are located in the Russellville City Mall. It is $10 per child for ALL DAY PLAY! Adults are FREE! There is no time limit! And you can leave & come back throughout the day!” –source
Family things to do in Russellville, Arkansas
When your kids have been cooped up too long and you all need some fresh air, nothing calms your nerves like a fun walk at the best walking trail in Russellville!
Bona Dea has always been one of my favorite places to take a leisurely walk or step it up a notch and get some good exercise! Our kids love it because they never know what they’ll see along the route.
“Bona Dea is Latin for “Good Goddess,” and there is much good and seemingly divine on this 186 acres of trails, water, and forest. The Prairie Creek bottomlands serve not only as an outdoor recreation area to Russellville residents and visitors, but also as a wetland wildlife sanctuary. Cypress, water oak, sweet gum, and wildflowers populate the lowland forest. Bona Dea is the quintessential Arkansas metro trail — beautiful, accessible, natural.” –source
Things to do at Lake Dardanelle State Park with kids
Y’all, I can’t tell you enough how much I love Lake Dardanelle State Park! The fishing is great, the camping is fun, and the visitor’s center is amazing.
It’s definitely one of the best kid-friendly things to do in Russellville, Arkansas with kids.
If you go, DO NOT miss the visitor’s center! It’s not your average visitor’s center. Our kids are huge fans of the aquariums.
While you’re there, be sure to check it off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List!
Lake Dardanelle State Park: “This park is located in two areas on Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. The main site is in Russellville where you’ll find the Sport Fishing Weigh-in Pavilion, a fishing pier, boardwalk, trail, and visitor center with five aquariums and the Lakeview Room meeting facility. It’s also a National Park Service-certified site on the Trail of Tears water route. Park interpreters lead a variety of programs and lake tours. There are 57 campsites in the Russellville area of the park.” –source
Best place to watch a sports game with kids
If you want to have some fun, take your kids to watch a sports game at Arkansas Tech University. Whether you like football, baseball, basketball or anything else, ATU has it!
ATU is my alma mater and I LOVE that college! After the game is over, be sure to take a stroll around campus. It’s beautiful!
Arkansas Tech University is home to many sports including baseball, football, basketball, golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball. You can check out all of the sports; schedules here.