Family Winter Trip Ideas

Just because it is cold and frosty outside, that does not mean you and your family can’t have any fun. In fact, some places offer the most fun when the temperatures are below freezing. Here are some family winter trip destinations you can plan this year.

  • Go to Disney World. Nobody likes standing in staggering lines in sweltering heat. You can beat both of these things by going to Disney in the winter. Since Florida enjoys a mild winter, you likely won’t even need your coat.family winter trip
  • Hit the Slopes. You don’t have to travel too far to reach some snowy slopes. Just north of Arkansas in Missouri there are two ski resorts, Hidden Valley in Eureka and Snow Creek in Weston.
  • Be an Olympian. Visit one of the former Olympic host cities, like Lake Placid, Salt Lake City, and others to try out some classic winter sports.
  • Visit National Parks. Even in the wintertime, our national parks are a spectacular sight. Take ranger-led tours, see amazing wildlife, and more all without the heat or the crowds.
  • Head to Texas. The Lone Star State offers a lot of fun for not a lot of money, making it an ideal spot for warm weather fun on a budget.

Which of these family winter trip ideas would you love to try? If you need a new vehicle before you hit the road, come visit us at Russell Honda.

Did You Enjoy the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade?

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On Saturday, December 2nd, the Little Rock community came together to celebrate the holidays with the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade. This parade is a holiday tradition that features marching bands, floats, animals, classic cars, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Here at Russell Honda, we love watching the parade with our families each year, especially seeing all of the creativity that goes into the floats. Which was your favorite float this year?

In case you missed the parade, there is still plenty of holiday fun in the Little Rock area throughout the month. Try some of these holiday events.

  • Mother Goose Christmas.

    Take your kids to see this delightful Christmas tale with a nursery rhyme twist. It plays at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre through December 17th.

  • The Nutcracker.

    Catch this classic Christmas ballet performed by Ballet Arkansas at the Robinson Center.

  • Nog Off.

    This friendly competition challenges tasters to choose the best eggnog in town. It will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum on December 8th.

  • Christmas at the Old State House.

    On December 17th and 19th, the Arkansas Chamber Singers will present their annual holiday concert.

What are your favorite holiday events in Little Rock?

Five New Thanksgiving Dishes to Add to Your Menu

Thanksgiving Food

We all have our holiday traditions, perhaps none more than Thanksgiving. Most families usually have the same dishes year after year, made by the same person, too. If you are ready for a change, here are five new Thanksgiving dishes you can surprise your family with.

  1. Pumpkin Mousse.

    This rich, creamy dessert will have everyone coming back for more. Serve it in a trifle dish or large glass bowl for a dish as beautiful as it tastes.

  2. Cornbread Stuffing.

    While some people prefer their stuffing from inside the turkey, once they taste this recipe, they might change their mind.

  3. Grapefruit and Chicory Salad.

    If you are searching for some lighter fare this year, try this tart salad that will leave you feeling refreshed.

  4. Pepper Dinner Rolls.

    With a hint of cracked black pepper, these rolls have some kick to them.

  5. Carrot Souffles.

    These soft pillows of goodness have a hint of sweetness thanks to the carrots and nutmeg.

Which of these recipes would you like to add to your Thanksgiving feast? We would love to try the pumpkin mousse. If you have any leftover pies, you can come share them with us at Russell Honda.

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit

Fall and winter bring cold weather that ultimately affects road conditions throughout the United States. Here in Arkansas, the inclement weather can make roads dangerous and unpredictable. Fortunately, a properly-stocked car safety kit can help stranded drivers pass the time in comfort. We here at Russell Honda have a few recommended items and suggestions for your car safety kit.

First Aid

For starters, your car safety kit should also double as a first-aid kit. Make sure to pack it with Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, gauze, tweezers, and bug spray. If you plan on taking a trip, adding any medication to the kit is a good idea as well.

Emergency Equipment

Packing a few emergency items in your safety kit can help you get back on the road faster or make waiting for roadside assistance safer. Road flare and jumper cables are two must-have items. Adding duct tape, a fire extinguisher, and a few rags can go a long way, just in case.

Seasonal Items

Fall brings cooler weather and winter is right around the corner. If your car safety kit doesn’t include seasonal items, it definitively should. Every vehicle should have an ice scraper, blankets, a flash light with extra batteries, and a small box of cat litter to create traction.

The Five Fall Festivals in Arkansas You Can’t Miss

The Five Fall Festival in Arkansas You Can't Miss | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, AR

The Five Fall Festival in Arkansas You Can't Miss | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, ARIn our home state of Arkansas, there’s always something to do while the leaves are changing, from music festivals to outdoor celebrations. Our staff at Russell Honda has rustled up five of our favorite fall festivals in Arkansas — be sure to check them all out.

Arkansas is home to the Blues! Big name bands and solo artists flock to St. Francis for this renowned music fest. Music lovers would be to remiss to skip this cultural-touchstone event.

Nothing will bring out the spooky spirit of the season like the Arkansas Paranormal Expo. Held in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, a building that itself looks haunted, you’ll get to hear from paranormal guest speakers, with areas of expertise ranging from UFOlogy to local folklore.

If you’ve never been to the Arkansas State Fair, the “Natural State of Fun,” what’s your excuse? With delightful rides, delicious fair food, and live music, and a real-life rodeo, it’s next to impossible to be bored here.

We know what you’re thinking: A whole festival dedicated to cornbread? Where do I sign up! You don’t even need to sign up. Just head to Little Rock on October 21st and come hungry. Don’t forget to get a picture with the Cornbread Festival’s mascot.

The best place to hear the best new music is where it’s born. If you’re at all interested in the down-home stylings of Midwestern folk music, do NOT miss out on the Ozark Folk Festival, taking place in early November.

If you need a reliable new ride to get yourself to any (or, as we suggested, all) of these fall festivals in Arkansas, pay us a visit at Russell Honda. We’ll get you into something efficient and comfortable, like the all-new 2018 Honda Accord.

Fun Family Yard Games

fun family yard games

Family gatherings are a natural part of the summer season. While some families are content relaxing with some cool drinks, others need to get in on some action-packed games. Check out some of these fun family yard games recommended by us here at Russell Honda!

Lawn Twister

Every family knows the game Twister, but did you know that you don’t need the plastic mat to play it? Use some circular stencils and spray paint to create your own twister board right on the front lawn. It’s a simple, fun family yard game that everyone will enjoy!

Giant Lawn Pong

There’s regular beer pong, and then there’s taking things to the next level. Giant lawn pong gets rid of those little red cups and replaces them with massive trash cans. Arrange them in a similar fashion and use volleyballs instead of ping pong balls. If children are joining in, simply leave out the alcohol aspect of the game.

Water Balloon Dodge Ball

Imagine playing dodgeball without the lingering sting of getting hit with a rubber ball. Switching out the dodgeball with water balloons and get ready to dodge. Make sure to set some ground rules, like not aiming for people’s faces, to prevent any accidents or injuries.

 

Best Summer Foods to Make at Home

spring saladMaking seasonal meals is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather and sunshine that summer brings. Fortunately, there are plenty of summer meal ideas and recipes that can get your family in the mood to enjoy the season and all it has to offer. We here at Russell Honda know of some of the best summer foods that you can make at home.

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Making penne with sun-dried tomato pesto is fairly straightforward and doesn’t take long to create at all. Start by following this recipe and your family will be enjoying their seasonal meal before you know it.

Chicken Watermelon Tacos

Chicken and watermelon probably isn’t a combination that you’ve heard, or even thought of trying. Fresh watermelon makes for a delicious treat in standard tacos. Simply replace the tomato (and follow the straightforward recipe) with watermelon for a juicy meal the entire family will love.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Shrimp and avocados tend to go hand-in-hand, so why not mix them into a delightful salad? The recipe is pretty simple and easy to understand, provided you know how to make shrimp. Add more vegetables to make the meal a delight no one will soon forget. It could quickly become a seasonal tradition!

Family-Friendly Sherwood Summer Activities

Sherwood Summer Activities | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, ARLooking for great Sherwood summer activities that are fun for the whole family? Look no further than this list, courtesy of the Russell Honda Staff.

Local Parks & Pools

Sherwood is filled with a number of local parks in which children can happily play while parents enjoy the fresh air. Or, if you’d like to beat the summer heat, then nothing’s better than grabbing a seat poolside at any of Sherwood’s four public pools.

Sherwood Dog Park

Wanna let Fido run free? This dog park offers 11,000 square feet of fenced-in land for your pup to wander. There’s two separate sections for small and large dogs, as well as a playground for the kids.

Food Trucks at the Forest

Come sample the what the Sherwood community has to offer when it comes to local dining experiences on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. This event runs until September.

Sherwood Farmer’s Market

Support local artisans, farmers, and other businesses by stopping at the farmer’s market with the family! It’s a fun way to get involved in your community and see what Sherwood has to offer. The market takes place every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

4th of July Celebration

While the 4th of July is still a few weeks out, it’s still an important event to mark on your calender. Every year, live entertainment, great food, and fireworks come together in Sherwood Forest for a family-friendly event.

If you try out these Sherwood summer activities, then you and your family are sure to have a blast.

Cool Down This Summer at an Arkansas Water Park

Water Park

With Memorial Day just around the corner, everyone is preparing for the inevitably hot Arkansas summer. Give your family a respite from the heat with a fun trip to an Arkansas water park.

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Hot Springs, Arkansas is just an hour west of Russell Honda. Aside from plenty of other enjoyable activities, you’ll find Magic Springs Theme and Water Park. This popular amusement park has a fine collection of thrill rides and coasters. When it’s time to cool down, the water park will keep you occupied for hours with big water slides and a lazy river.

Wild River Country

Little Rock is home to its own cool waterpark. At Wild River Country, you can take a dip in the wave pool, relax and cool off in the lazy river, or race down one of the waterslides.

Rogers Aquatic Center

Although it’s three hours northwest from Little Rock, Rogers Aquatic Center is worth the trip. There are tons of unique ways to enjoy a dip in the water here, as well as impressive concession stands and a rock wall challenge.

Parrot Island Waterpark

Head south from Rogers Aquatic Center to visit Parrot Island Waterpark. Palm tree decor and bright colors give this water park a splash of the tropics. It’s one of your must-take day trips for family summer fun in Arkansas.

Places to Go in Your Honda Civic

Places to Go In Your Honda Civic

The best thing about spring and summer is how scenic everything becomes as it blooms, as well as how much easier it is to drive by it all without all that snow in the way. If you’re a Honda Civic driver, then you know that spending time in your car is the best part of your day. Your Civic is efficient enough to let you save gas on a long road trip. If you’re a travel fan but you’re not a Civic driver, maybe these beautiful places to go in your Honda Civic will convince you to get one!

One incredible place to take a long drive is Highway 1 in California. This 121-mile drive along the Pacific coastline passes by the ocean and so many historic cities where you can stop and see the sights or grab a bite to eat.

For a shorter trip, try Illinois’ Lake Shore Drive, which takes you along Lake Michigan and through Chicago’s parks for 18 miles. The Brockway Mountain Drive is even shorter at 9 miles, heading up Brockway Mountain in Michigan. Virginia has the Skyline Drive, another trip of 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park, where 1,300 species of plants live. Don’t miss it in May when the wildflowers bloom.

These are just a few beautiful road trips to take across the beautiful United States, so check out more here. And if you’re interested in a Honda Civic, which will keep you comfortable and will allow you make fewer stops at the gas pump during your trip, give us a call at Russell Honda.