Kid-friendly fun at IMBA World Summit Nov. 10-12



Bentonville in Northwest Arkansas will host the 7th annual International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit on Nov. 10-12.

The World Summit program includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, an expo, networking, and, of course, plenty of time to explore local trails. Kids and families aren’t left out of the fun.

The excitement kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 9 with a pre-opening of the expo from noon to 5 p.m. and a special opening ceremony in the evening.  Two days offer a Family Ride event: Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. A Youth Skills clinic is set for 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  on Friday. Plus, everyone has fun Friday afternoon at The Railyard, a world class bike park in Rogers, with a family friendly movie later in the evening.

On Thursday and Friday of the Summit, a Kid’s Day Care is offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To qualify for free child care (includes lunch both days), you must be staying at the 21C Museum Hotel and have youth between the ages of 4 to 15 years old. To guarantee your spot, make your World Summit reservation prior to Oct. 26, and you will receive additional child care info after registration.

Here’s the day care schedule, according to the IMBA website. As you can see, those kids are going to sleep well each night after all that great activity:

The Magical History Tour:  Thursday

Students will enjoy an interactive tour and scavenger hunt through three of Bentonville’s favorite historic spots. The Museum of Native American History has artifacts from 2000 BC through more recent history. The Peel Mansion is a civil war era home that will give the children a good feel for how life would be if they grew up in the 180’s. The Walmart Museum will walk the kids through the 1950’s Walton 5&10, and past exhibits marking the company’s initiatives and accomplishments.

Discovery Day: Friday

This day will be a great opportunity for children to explore art and science at two of Bentonville’s most popular attractions, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Scott Family Amazeum. Climb an indoor tree canopy, splash away in the water amazements exhibit, and become an inventor in the tinkering studio. Activities sure to inspire children of all ages.

For those that don’t need or want day care, there are plenty of trails in Northwest Arkansas to keep families busy.

Arkansas is home to five trails deemed Epic by IMBA. Three Arkansas cities hold IMBA Ride Center status – Bentonville (silver level), Fayetteville (bronze level), and Hot Springs (bronze level). This designation is awarded to areas that offer a range of trails for various riding styles and first-class amenities that cater to cyclists. As if that weren’t enough, Northwest Arkansas has been designated as the first-ever regional ride center.

Factors that make The Natural State one of the nation’s premier biking destinations are that it has terrain and events for all skill levels. Trails run through wilderness areas as well as urban areas. Plus, Arkansas’s mild climate allows for riding year-round. Our 52 state parks, three national forests, and numerous city parks are home to thousands of miles of mountain biking trails that provide that rush during the ride and connection to nature. Find out more at, where you can also watch all the videos of Northwest Arkansas Oz trails. At you can see the trail locations, videos, and plan your trip.