“Let’s grab a coffee,” is sooooo last month (National Coffee Day was September 29). Northwest Arkansas is brimming with activities that break away from the traditional catch-up-with-a-friend-over-coffee date.
Call it a Girls’ Night Out, spend some much needed one-on-one time with your college roomie -- heck go ahead and bring your S.O. We won’t tell. But grab a buddy and get to checking out these friend-friendly activities around town!
Young At Heart
Fun City Pizza is every kid’s dream, and the perfect spot to relieve the glory days with your childhood bestie. They have an indoor mini golf course, over 80 arcade games (how many can you get through in one night??), and PIZZA, hello! What’s not to love?
When’s the last time you tried to fly a kite? If it takes more than one finger to count the number of years since you held one of those magical flying machines, you’re due for a visit to Toys, Kites & More, a classic toy store that will send you soaring through your childhood memories.
C’mon baby, do the Lokomotion! Fayetteville-style, of course. Which means go karts and bumper boats and mini golf (oh my!). Grab your friend and get ready for hours of childlike wonder and endless laughing at this family fun park.
On a budget? Hey, we get it, and so does Fast Lane Entertainment. They run daily specials (like $1 bowling on Wednesdays!) so you and your mate can always expect the most merriment for your moolah. And the merriment possibilities are endless: We’re talking bowling, laser tag, arcade games, a laser maze, a new virtual reality arena, and food & drinks (+ happy hour specials).
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Treasuring hunting ain’t just for pirates! Lizzie B's Vintage Shoppe is a trove packed to the brim with fabulous vintage retail + locally-flavored art, all for unbeatable prices. Make it a quest to see if you or your comrade can hunt down the most charming soap dispenser or the sooiest wall art!
One can never have too many succulents, and if you’re looking to add a plant baby to the nest, stroll White River Nursery. Whether you’re the green thumb or the plant killer in this relationship (don’t blame yourself; succulents are really THAT HARD), breathe in the beauty of nature at White River Nursery. Who knows, you might just find your next plant baby soulmate, too!
How’s this for a suddsy twist on your classic boutique shopping spree? Prepare to pamper yourself with Bathetopia’s line of non-toxic bath + body products, including scrubs, shampoos, bath salts, and more. Plus, you can really put your friendship to the test by creating your own signature scents for each other!
Sweat together, stay together
Do you and your main squeeze find yourself geeking out over American Ninja Warrior like most girls swoon over The Bachelor? Then do we have the place for you! At Flip Side Ninja Park, all your ninja training fantasies can come to life as you conquer obstacles like a pro.
Bee Well Yoga is a hive of activity, with an array of classes for yogis of all levels. But parents especially will like this studio thanks to Storybee Yoga. let the kiddos experience the magic of stories paired with the movement of yoga. While you and your fellow mom friends or dad pals sit back and relax. (You can read more about the queen bee here!)
Perks to taking self-defense classes with a partner: you’ve automatically got someone to practice on! Bentonville Krav Maga & Gracie Jiu Jitsu offers classes in Israeli Krav Maga and Brasilian Gracie Jiu Jitsu styles of self defense. On second thought, this might be a good activity for that “frenemy” of yours.
A restored (century-old!!) movie theater turned guitar store/art gallery/entertainment venue? That’s Meteor Guitar Gallery in a nutshell! With live music and performances weekly, a stock of over one thousand instruments + amplifiers, and one-of-a-kind works of art from local artists, Meteor Guitar Gallery should be high on the priority list for any of you arsty fartsy, musically inclined, “cultured” folk.
Escape rooms are the word puzzles of the modern era, and Bentonville’s got its very own: Bolt! NWA. Partner up with your brainiest buddy or make it a real mystery partay and gather together an entire slew of sleuths as you try to escape from one of the five Bolt! themed escape rooms. The perfect way to weed out the weak links in your friend group. (Totally kidding, we accept all friends even if they couldn’t get us out of the escape room in time).
If your friend falls into the category of tweenager or below, consider a trip to Glitterbox Boutique, a children’s clothing + gift boutique with ADORABLE goodies that are sure to give you baby fever (you’ve been warned!). BUT WAIT…there’s more. Glitterbox doubles as an art studio! Attend an open paint night with your tiny or totally adult friends, and leave with some new seasonal or simply sweet home decor!
Fuel the flames of your friendships with these fun + local activities. You can find ALL of these businesses on the free Towny app. So, what are you waiting for? Download the app today (and tell a friend!) for more date ideas + perks from your local Northwest Arkansas businesses.