I know I have mentioned our wonderful library before, but I can't emphasize enough the benefits of utilizing your county library. We are so blessed here in Benton County with an exceptional library and if you aren't taking advantage of it, you really are missing out. For example, you all know we are unable to purchase flower seeds this year (not depletable), but this Wednesday from 3-5 our library is having a special earth happy hour, whereby free seeds will be available. We don't necessarily know if they are flower seeds but sure are hoping for some - all free!! Of course they offer countless art classes for children and adults, computer access, many, many books to choose from, videos, audibooks, etc. Our library is up on all the latest technology. They also now have a coffee bar and will be offering snacks in the future, as well.
Another great area of free entertainment is our very own Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. You've got access to hiking trails, playground equipment, and even a small sandy beach area right on the water for sunbathing and playing. We spent a morning doing school work at Eva Beach one day - beautiful and pleasant.
Our City Park has also expanded its area of play in the past couple of years to include new playground equipment and a wonderful covered picnic area. The children love it and it is very convenient to the ball fields if you have anyone on a team. The walking trails available at the park are wonderful for a slow stroll or vigorous exercise.
Look around your county - you will find many other beautiful areas to explore that I haven't mentioned here. If you have a favorite, please share with the rest of us. Entertainment and relaxation doesn't have to cost a dime - but the value of it is enormous!