“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40
By: Kerri Young
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for fun, family-friendly places to take our kids that might also provide an opportunity to learn or take in some of God’s magnificent creation. So, in the fall I purchased some discounted tickets on Living Social to Bluff Dweller’s Cavern in Noel, Missouri because it sounded like it might be a great homeschool field trip.
We had the opportunity to go check out Bluff Dweller’s Cavern today with some sweet friends who also homeschool. And, I am here to say that if you live anywhere near Northwest Arkansas or Southwest Missouri you should definitely go experience this spectacular cave for yourself.
All of our kids, even my extremely busy toddler who was confined to me in the moby wrap because I didn’t trust him to walk by himself and not get into trouble, ooohed and aaahed over the incredible formations and mineral deposits throughout the cavern.
The tour, led by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide, took about 45 minutes and there weren’t any times during the trip through the cavern that our kids whined or complained about being bored or wanting to be done.
We got to see a few critters, like salamanders and hibernating bats (that were tiny and adorable and hanging in random places…sorry we couldn’t take any pictures of them with a flash, but trust me, even my 7 year old daughter thought they were cute and not scary) up close and personal.
It was a memorable way to spend the morning and I would say that even without the living social vouchers it would be worth the price of admission (which is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 4-11, and free for 3 and under). They do have a group discount and said they love it when homeschool groups come to visit.
March – October, Bluff Dweller’s Cavern is open daily from 9am to 5pm. November – February it’s open daily from 9am to 4pm.