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Although it shouldn’t, the end of summer somehow seems like the end of fun activities and entertaining diversions. I am endeavoring to prolong the relaxed, unscheduled feeling of summer by organizing pleasant pastimes for the kids, outside of the school day.

boys on the go cartsMy Son recently discovered the go-karts at Lokomotion, in Fayetteville. Although they also offer mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag and a video arcade, he always heads straight for the track.

the shave planetThe kids always enjoy a frozen treat from Shave the Planet, located on College Avenue in Fayetteville. terra studiosWe love to make the short drive out to Terra Studios, the home of the Bluebird of Happiness, and stroll around the whimsical grounds and browse in the gallery.

boys tubing on lake De GrayWe always have a great time tubing,

max and james - fayetteville public libraryand visiting The Fayetteville Public Library.

world peace prayer fountainWe walk around the Fayetteville Square and stop to pay our respects to the World Peace Prayer Fountain, sculpted by Hank Kaminsky and dedicated in 2002,

rock climbing lewis and clarkand I have even taken the kids, and a group of their friends, to the climbing wall at Lewis and Clark Outfitters, located on Thompson Street in Springdale.

four corners kitchenWe love to try out restaurants we haven’t been to before, such as Four Corners Kitchen in Fayetteville,

back porch - elise and rolf

or just spend time hanging out on the back deck.

These are just some of the things that help to preserve the magical times we share during the warm summer months.