2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps, Activities & Events Guide for Kids

Summer Camp Guide 2017

Note from the mamas: If you’d like to see your camp or summer activities in the “featured” section of this Summer Camps & Activities Guide, let us know! Contact Gwen and Shannon at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com — or call us at 479-409-0424 — for more information and pricing.

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Featured Summer Camps and Activities:

  Sylvan Learning Center of Rogers STEM Summer Camps

If you’re looking for ways to engage your child in new and exciting experiences this summer, check out Sylvan Learning Center’s STEM camps (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). They offer robotics, coding, engineering, and Fit4Algebra camps.

Call 479-903-7210 to ask about these July summer camps.

Click here for more info about what Sylvan offers, including ACT prep and programs to help eliminate “summer slide”!

butterfly icon  all star camp at FACFayetteville Athletic Club

Fayetteville Athletic Club is offering Sports, Rock and Movie All-Star Camps this summer.

  • Jumpstart Preschool Camps are for ages 3 to 5. (Parents can choose part-time camp or full-time camp.)
  • Kids Factory School-Age Camps are for kindergarten through 6th grade.

Both camps run Monday through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The All-Star Camps begin the week of June 5th and camp weeks continue throughout the summer through August 11th. There are different “themes” for each camp week. Throughout the summer, campers will be making regular trips to School of Rock, where they will learn basic skills on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums.

Each week of camp includes:

  • 2 Field Trips per week (at no extra charge)
  • All-Star Camper Field Trip t-shirt included
  • Tons of program content organized into block-style activities
  • Dedicated camp lifeguard

Tennis Camp: It’s offered the week of June 12-16, 2017 for beginner and intermediate-level players ages 4 to 10. Tennis camp times are from 9 a.m. to noon, but your tennis camper can stay at All-Star Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at no extra charge, if necessary. Tennis campers can also finish the day (from noon to 6 p.m.) at All-Star Camp for an additional $99.

Tennis Camp costs $150 (for FAC members) or $175 for non-members.

Run Club: If your kids love to run, they can join the FAC Run Club and train with Rueben Reina, a 1992 Olympic team member and All-American track athlete. Run Club is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. during the months of June and July.

Cost for Run Club is $55 per month (for one day per week) or $90 per month (for two days per week.)

Click here for more information on FAC’s summer camps!

butterfly icon   ricks-bakery-logoRick’s Bakery Summer Camps

Rick’s Bakery is offering summer camps throughout the summer for kids to learn how to decorate, take behind-the-scenes tours, as well as create and take home treats. Classes will fill up fast, so be sure to grab your spot quickly.

Rick’s Bakery Summer Camps will be offered on the following dates:

June 28 & 29:

6-10 years (9-11 a.m.)

11+ years (1-3 p.m.)

July 25 & 26:

6-10 years (9-11 a.m.)

11 years and up (1-3 p.m.)

July 27 & 28

Intermediate Class

8 years and up (9-11 a.m.)

Aug. 1 & 2

6-10 years (9-11 a.m.)

11 years and up (1-3 p.m.)

To register, call 479-442-2166, ext. 4. Or email jennifer@ricksbakery.com. Click here to visit the Rick’s Bakery website.

butterfly icon  School of Rock Summer Camp ad, 2017School of Rock

The School of Rock Bentonville/Rogers has some awesome camps coming up this summer! Time to ROCK ENROLL!

School of Rock’s performance-based camps incorporate songs, performing, musical games/activities,  and team building exercises as a way to teach music theory, and how to rock out as a real band. Students are grouped by age and skill set, then placed in a band of their own. With the guidance of some cool instructors, students will become stage-ready and, on the last day of camp, do a performance for friends and family.

5 Day Camps

Week-long summer rock camps are built for kids of all playing levels. These camps include four days of building a band and a setlist, and a performance on the fifth day at noon.  9AM to 3PM – Make sure to bring your own instruments, snacks and lunch! 12PM on Friday – Final Performance!

Use our special code ML205DAY to save 20% off the 5-day camp price! Offer ends 7/2/17

2-Week Camp

The 2-week summer rock camps are built for kids of all playing levels. These 2-week camps include nine days of building a band and a setlist, writing an original song, recording and creating a music video for this song, and a performance on the final Friday at noon.  9AM to 3PM – Make sure to bring your own instruments, snacks and lunch!

Use our special code ML202WEEK to save 20% off the two-week camp price! Offer ends 7/2/17

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more.

Click here to visit School of Rock Bentonville/Rogers!

butterfly iconBranson CVB, summer activities 2017  Branson Summer Events & New Attractions

If you’re looking for a nearby getaway that’s going to make the kids happy this summer, take a trip to Branson. Not only do they have some of our old favorites, like Silver Dollar City and White Water, they also have several new attractions you need to try:

  • The Runaway at Branson Mountain Adventure Park puts riders in control as they navigate the area’s hilly terrain, in individual carts, during an exciting downhill voyage.
  • Bigfoot on the Strip offers a bird’s-eye view of Branson and the choice between a saddle-swing ride, a more leisurely voyage to the top of the 200-foot tower and one that includes a 200-foot free fall.
  • At Fritz’s Adventure, climb, slide, tunnel and explore more than 80,000 square feet of obstacles that bring outdoor adventures, like rock-climbing, indoors.

In April Silver Dollar City hosts its new Festival of Wonder.” This unique entertainment experience has eye-popping performances, in the form of the Earth Harp (the world’s largest playable stringed instrument), along with singers, dancers, acrobats, musicians and painters. “Festival of Wonder” runs April 6-30.

For families that love Branson’s live shows, celebrate 2017 with Presley’s Country Jubilee, which is celebrating 50 years, and see The Haygoods, who are commemorating 25 years of performing in Branson. Speaking of great live shows, Showboat Branson Belle is poised to unveil a new noon show, Country on the Lake this year. This concert cruise on the 700-passenger paddle-wheeler features country music and classic rock hits of yesterday and today.

Stay up to date on Branson events and activities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to Explore Branson a little further in 2017!

butterfly icon 2017 Kids College Summer Camp NWANorthwest Arkansas Community College Kid’s College Camps

NWACC’s Kid’s College 2017  has got TONS of great camp options for students this summer! These fun, educational short-term courses are available for two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16.

From music and dance, robotics, to cooking, acting, Harry Potter-inspired writing and more, students will get to experience the excitement of being on a college campus while learning about topics that ignite their passion.

Click on the name of any camp below for more details and dates:

Science & Technology:

Exploring Robotics: Beginners

Robotics II: For Curiosities’ Sake

Coding for Kids

Website Development

JAVA in Action

Build and Program a Computer

Geospatial Science & Technology

Language Arts & Journalism:

Chinese Language & Culture: Beginner

Chinese Language & Culture: Intermediate

Kid’s College News

Charms, Spells, Incantations and Poems


Make Your Own Country

United Nations Security Council

Art, Music, Theatre & Dance:

Making Electronic Music

Making Music for Movies

Playwriting through Storyboards


Scenic & Costume Design

Experiencing Music & Dance in Different Cultures

Fantastic Characters/Fantastic Worlds

Comics & Manga

Cooking & Baking:

Culinary & Baking – Level 1

Advanced Cooking: Global Cuisine

Advanced Cooking: Nutrition in the Kitchen

Click here to read more about each camp by category or date!

butterfly icon  RACmladRogers Activity Center

The Rogers Activity Center is the place to be this summer to get some of that energy OUT! For over 30 years, RAC has offered an excellent Summer Day Camp program where the kids have a blast and parents are at ease knowing their children are well cared for.

This year’s Summer Day Camp will be a 12-week program where parents can pick the weeks they need. Children are provided breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Campers will go on field trips, play games, participate in RAC’s summer reading program, and enjoy arts and crafts while making new friends. Field trips include: skating, swimming at Rogers Aquatics Center, Amazeum, High Rise, and much more. The RAC is a licensed childcare facility.

  • Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Ages: Children entering 1st through 7th grade
  • One-week sessions: YOU pick the weeks you want!!

Camps run May 30th – August 15th 2017 Fee: $105* per week per child (*RAC membership required, sponsorships available) For more information, contact Program Director Marleen Heyns 479-631-0336 ext. 2505 (mheyns@rogersar.gov)

Click here to visit the Rogers Activity Center website for more information!

butterfly icon  high pointe dance, summer camps 2017High Pointe Performing Arts Center

High Pointe in Bentonville has some awesome summer camps planned for new dancers and those who want to take their dance to a whole new level. Classes will be for kids ages 3-18.

Here’s a list of their summer camps, starting May 30th:

Stretch, Sweat, Leap, Turn Boot Camp, May 30th-31st

Company tryout boot camp , but open to all.  Dancers will work on core conditioning, flexibility, and various turns and leaps to push them to the next level.

Ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13+

Tinkerbell Fairy Camp, June 5th-8th

Each Fairy, ages 3-5, will learn a ballet and jazz routine to be performed in front of parents and friends June 8th at 11:30.  We will focus on technique and flexibility.  Snacks and crafts will be provided each day.  Fairies may dress up each day, as long as they are able to dance in their attire.

Ages 3-8

​Beach Ball Bonanza, July 17th-20th

Dancers will attend a ballet and jazz technique class.  Each dancer will learn two routines to perform in front of family and friends July 20th at 11:30.  Snacks and crafts will be provided each day.  Dancers should wear dance clothes (form fitting) and have jazz or ballet shoes.

Ages 3+

High Pointe is also offering SUMMER INTENSIVES for dancers who want to work on their technical training. There are classes for kids who are ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 13+ These sessions will be: JUNE 12-15 SESSION 1; JUNE 26-29 SESSION 2 & JULY 10-13 SESSION 3. CLICK HERE to see more about the intensives and to register.

Click here for more information on dance classes at High Pointe!

butterfly icon  New School summer camps fun 2017The New School Summer Camps

Registration is now open for The New School Summer Camps. There are over 50 camps available, taught by New School teacher and professionals in the community

Camps are for 1st through 8th graders and kindergartners can enjoy traditional full-day camp (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) with daily field trips to a variety of fun locations, including Starlight Skatium, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and a Naturals baseball game. Program dates are June 5-July 28.

For students in 1st through 8th grade, camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but if you need them to be there earlier or later, that is available for free. There are TONS of weekly themes and students can sign up for each week.

Weekly themes include: Sports, Art, Robotics, Drumming, Mandarin, Minecraft, Watercolor, Chess, Basketball, Costume Design and Technology, Adventure, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Sing Together, Code Academy, Swimming and Computer Animation.

Click here for more details about the New School’s summer camps!

butterfly icon  Community Creative Center Summer Camp 2017Time for Art Camps at Community Creative Center

Grab your ticket and head to Community Creative Center’s Time For Art Summer Camp!

During 9 weeks of themed camps, kids can have a great adventure in the Ozarks, explore art under the sea, and be inspired by magic, food and the circus! Ages 6-14. Enroll in morning, afternoon, or all-day art, clay, and technology camps. Scholarships and military discounts available. Projects are designed to maximize the fun for campers of all ages.

Camps are organized into two age groups 6-8 and 9-14 years old. ‘All day’ campers need to bring a sack lunch. Lunch supervision, fresh air, and activities provided.

Art class options include:

  • Wizards of Art
  • Welcome to the Jungle
  • Ozark Explorers
  • Nerdies Camp
  • The Wild West
  • Under the Sea
  • Circus Arts
  • Artists in the Kitchen
  • Cartoon Camp
  • Wheel Camp
  • Back to School Camp

Click here for more details about Time for Art classes at CCC!

butterfly icon  Parrot Island birthday parties and summer fun 2017Parrot Island Waterpark

Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith is fun for the whole flock! Buy early and season passes are only $53. The park opens on May 26th and the park has different areas designated for different age groups, including Tiny Turtle Island (shallow water places to play and splash), Toucan’s Cove (activity pool area for older kids) and 4 huge slides (including the 40-foot Pineapple Plunge). They also have a lazy river and a wave pool.

Family Nights

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights the whole family can enjoy admission to the waterpark from 3 p.m. until closing. $49 for a family of four includes admission to Parrot Island Waterpark, Large Pizza with one topping, and Four Fountain Soft Drinks (up to $78 value). Additional children’s tickets are available for $5 per child.

Tiny Tot Time

For tiny guests 5 and under, Tiny Turtle Island is open exclusively for the little ones and parents every Tuesday morning during the season. Tiny Turtle Island Only. 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Child Rate – $5 – Child 48″ and under | Adult rate is FREE.

Click here for more information on Parrot Island fun this summer!

butterfly icon   Open red bookFayetteville Public Library

The Fayetteville Public Library’s summer reading program kicks off on June 2nd. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  This year’s kick-off will feature a construction zone with touchable machines, bounce houses, stilt walking, face painting, photo both, balloons, a food court, hair streaking, temporary tattoos, a LEGO building station, a Friends of the Library books sale, and much, much more!

Adults, kids and teens can pick up reading logs at Fayetteville Public Library and start turning them in for prizes during the Summer Reading Program kickoff scheduled for Saturday, June 4th. The kickoff event will be awesome, with all kinds of music and fun.

The library has TONS of great events and activities going on throughout the summer, including camps and workshops!

Click here to see what’s cooking at FPL this summer – or to sign up for the summer reading program, no matter what your age!

Click here to see a list of FPL events this summer!

butterfly icon  Engineering Camp, UofA, Summer Camp 2017 FINAL adEngineering Camp, University of Arkansas campus + other cities

This year the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering is offering summer programming for students currently in 1st through 11th grade. The camps are designed to introduce engineering through hands-on activities that are fun and educational. Camps are in Batesville, Bentonville, Blytheville, Camden, and Fayetteville. Give students a taste of what it’s like to spend time on the beautiful campus while learning something new to help them in the future.

There are multiple classes to choose from, including:

Discover Engineering Camp

Current 5th and 6th grade students are invited to dream, design, and discover at this week-long camp, offered in 5 locations throughout the state. Students will explore the many exciting areas of engineering with fun, hands-on activities. Camps are half a day, held from 8:00am-11:00am. Camps are offered in Batesville (June 19-23), Bentonville (June 12-16), Blytheville (June 26-30), Camden (June 26-30), and Fayetteville (June 12-16).

Explore Engineering Camp

Current 7th and 8th graders are invited to dive deeper into the different fields of engineering in this week-long camp, offered in 5 locations throughout the state. Students participate in more focused, complex activities that, in previous years, students have included robotics, electronics, roller coasters, chemical reactions, and much, much more! Camps are half a day, held from 1:30pm-5:00pm. Camps are offered in Batesville (June 19-23), Bentonville (June 12-16), Blytheville (June 26-30), Camden (June 26-30), and Fayetteville (June 12-16).

GirlTREC Camp

Current 5th and 6th grade girls are invited to spend a week on the University of Arkansas campus participating in hands on activities related to transportation—from roads to railroads to waterways in a camp funded by a US Department of Transportation grant. In addition to engineering activities, students will participate in field trips and will have the opportunity to meet with women in engineering. This is a full day camp (8:00am-5:00pm) and is offered July 10-14, 2017.

Soaring High in Engineering (SHE Camp)

Current 7th and 8th girls are invited to participate in hands-on engaging activities designed to allow them to explore the many fields of engineering while also working toward solutions for real world problems. In addition to engineering activities, students will participate in field trips and will have the opportunity to meet with women in engineering. This is a full day camp (8:00am-5:00pm) and is offered July 10-14, 2017.

FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr. Camps

Current 1st through 3rd grade students are invited to participate week-long FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr. program from design to competition on the University of Arkansas campus. This camp is offered July 10-14, 2017 and students can choose from a morning session (8:00am-11:30pm) or an afternoon session (1:30pm-5:00pm).

Robotics Engineering Camps

Current 4th through 7th grade students are invited to spend the week designing, building, programming, and testing LEGO® Mindstorms® robots on the University of Arkansas campus. This week-long camp is especially designed for students with little to no experience with Mindstorms® robots or who desire to improve their skills. The camp is offered June 19-23, 2017 and students can choose from a morning session (8:00am-11:30pm) or an afternoon session (1:30pm-5:00pm).

Engineering Summer Academy

Current 9th through 11th grade students are invited to participate in this residential camp that allows students to explore one field of engineering in depth with College of Engineering faculty and students on the University of Arkansas campus. Students will select one of the following courses: 1) Biomedical Engineering, 2) Chemical Engineering 3) Introduction to Computing, or 4) Electrical Engineering. The Engineering Summer Academy will be held July 23-29, 2017.

Arkansas AIMS Prep Boot Camp

Want to get a head start on your AP classes? Are you a current Northwest Arkansas high school student (currently in 9th-1th grade)? Do you plan on taking AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Calculus? If the answer to these questions is YES, enroll in this week-long, full day camp held on the University of Arkansas campus from July 17-21, 2017.

Note: Need-based scholarships are available. Click here to complete the scholarship application.

Click here for a complete list of all Engineering Camps at the University of Arkansas!

butterfly iconCamp Invention new  Camp Invention

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention®! An exciting, weeklong summer adventure for K-6th graders awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, Camp Invention allows children to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Modules include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

This summer, children will work together to transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet. They will also take risks as budding business owners, blast rockets, fire air cannons, fling rubber chickens, and wire circuits to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Boxes! Local, certified educators lead this week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create.

Early registration discounts are available. Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration or INNOVATE15 after 3/20 to save $15. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today.

Camp Invention Locations:

♦ Holcomb Elementary School: June 12-16

2900 North Salem Road, Fayetteville

♦ Bonnie Grimes Elementary: June 19-23

1801 S. 13th St., Rogers

♦ Butterfield Trail Elementary School: July 10-14

3050 Old Missouri Road, Fayetteville

For more information about Camp Invention camps, click here, call 800.968.4332 or email campinvention@invent.org

butterfly iconMt. Sequoyah ad, Summer Camp Camp Sequoyah

Camp Sequoyah strives to offer a variety of fun activities for children on beautiful Mt. Sequoyah. The goal is for campers to experience a new, fun experience every week, throughout the summer. “We hope they find their new passion at camp and that your child can spend all summer at Mount Sequoyah.Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 (Camp Sequoyah will accept 4-year-olds who will be entering kindergarten in the fall).

Camp Sequoyah: Sports

June 12 – 16, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Camp Sequoyah: Lacrosse

June 19-22, 2017; Monday – Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kessler Mountain Regional Park

Camp Sequoyah: Tennis

June 19 – 23, 2017; Monday – Friday 9 am to noon

July 24 – 28, 2017; Monday – Friday 9 am to noon

Camp Sequoyah: Create 

June 26 – 30, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: Missions

July 5 – 8, 2017; Overnight Camp

July 12 – 15, 2017: Overnight Camp

*Campers must attend with a group and their own group leaders. 

Camp Sequoyah: Tech

July 17 – 21, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: World Tour

August 7 – 11, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Click here for more info on Mt. Sequoyah camps!

butterfly iconjbu summer academy 2017  John Brown University Summer Academy

John Brown University is offering a Summer Academy series for high school students. Students will explore specific fields of study in depth. JBU is also a fun place, so naturally you will experience the fun side of living on campus for a week and experiencing some of the things that make Northwest Arkansas an incredible place to live and study.

Piano Academy – June 18- 24 This one-week intensive program is a great way to see what music study is like at the university level. Each student will receive daily lessons, the chance to perform in masterclasses, and opportunities to attend performances by faculty and peers. Classes topics include theory, jazz improvisation, developing musical taste, and building technique. For high school students: 9-12th grade as of Fall 2017.  **If you register before March 15, 2017, there is a $50 discount.

Engineering Academy – July 16-22 The theme this summer will be Robotics. Students will learn about electrical circuits, programming, computer aided design, 3D printing, motors, batteries, and more. The week will include hands-on project design, building, and testing. For current 9-11th graders* (10-12th grade as of Fall 2017) *Preference will be given to upperclassmen.

Great Ideas Academy – July 23-29 This year’s theme is “From Plato’s Republic to the American Founding.” Students will receive a one-hour college credit for an Honors Colloquium after completing the readings, academic sessions, and fulfilling the required assignments. The Great Ideas Academy will be instructed by Dr. Jay Bruce. Discussions and activities will be lead by current JBU Honors Students. For current Sophomores or Juniors who meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have either a 20 ACT or a 950 SAT

Click here for more on these JBU summer camps for high school students!

butterfly iconPrism Education Center, 2017  Prism Education Center

The school-age summer program at Prism Education Center is a nice blend of both choice-driven learning opportunities and more structured time in the classroom. The learning activities culminate in a family event held at the end of the summer. Throughout the summer program, students may receive academic tutoring in order to prevent student regression over the summer. These are all-day camps as needed.

In 2017, Prism will host two separate programs that differ in content and structure based on the grades served in each program:

Kindergarten – 5th grade: Students will engage in project-based enrichment projects to deepen their understanding and awareness of other nations and cultures. Through field trips, group projects, experiential learning opportunities and guest speakers, students will learn about different culture. The structure of Prism’s summer program ensures that even though it feels like a fun summer day camp, students will still be engaged in learning activities and will grow and develop academically.

5th – 9th grade: The 5th through 9th grade program offers students an opportunity to think critically about global challenges that impact individuals all over the world today and generate their own solutions to these issues. Each week students will be presented with a global challenge and will explore that issue through project-based learning, field trips, and engagements with guest speakers both locally and from around the world. Students will collaborate in small groups with other students to generate meaningful and innovative solutions to these challenges and present them each Friday.

**All school-age summer programs will be held at Prism’s new campus on Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville

Click here for more info about Prism Education Center’s summer programming and camps!

butterfly iconDesignCamp Fay Jones, UA 2017  Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps, University of Arkansas

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. The camps are in four areas of the state and students will be able to select basic or advanced options.

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk with you through the design process. Click here to see a sample schedule, showing what the Fayetteville camp could look like.

The Fayetteville, Hot Springs and Little Rock camps are open to students going into ninth through 12th grades in fall 2017. The Wilson camp is for students going into third through 12th grades in fall 2017.  Each session will meet on location daily, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Supplies and lunches will be provided. **Cost for the Fayetteville, Little Rock, Hot Springs and Wilson day camps is $300 for early bird registration by April 14, or $350 for regular registration by May 26.

Design Camp on Campus
June 12-16  — University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (with overnight option*)
(entering grades 9-12)

  • Design Camp 1
  • Advanced Design Camp

* Room and board for the residential camp in Fayetteville is an additional $300.

Design Camp in the Garden
June 19-23 — Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
(entering grades 9-12)

Design Camp at The Delta School
June 19-23 — The Delta School, Wilson
(entering grades 3-12)

Design Camp in the City
June 26-30 — Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock
(entering grades 9-12)

**Needs-based full and partial scholarships are available.

Click here for more info about the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps at the UofA. Be sure to register by 5/26!

butterfly iconModMission-Motherlode-2017  Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag/Indoor Battlefield

Modern Mission’s first camp in 2016 was a huge hit and they’re super excited to continue this experience for 3 weeks this summer: June 5th-9th, June 19th-23rd and July 10th-14th.

Campers will learn how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (starting a fire in wet weather, edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork. Modern Mission will also have a special guest speakers at camp throughout the week, including Sheriff Tim Helder and local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell. There will be plenty of time for Archery Games, Bubble Soccer, and play on the Indoor/ Outdoor Battlefields.

Each week of camps will run M-F 8 a.m. to noon. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. For ages 7-12.

Click here for more info on Modern Mission’s summer camps. Be sure to save $25 by using the code mama25!

butterfly icon  The Movement Dance Studio, summer camp guide 2017 USE THISThe Movement Dance Studio

The Movement Dance Studio in Springdale is offering classes for a variety of age groups this summer. From the littles, all the way up to teenagers, there’s something for everyone!

“A Dream is a Wish” Dance Camp, ages 3-5

Come dressed as your favorite Disney Princess or Character for a fun filled week of Ballet, Tap & Jazz, Arts & Crafts, Snacks and Games! This camp is for ages 3-5 and all materials and snacks included in the price of the 5-day camp. $12

Dates: June 12th-16th (Session 1) & July 10th-14th (Session 2)

The Movement Dance Studio will also offer:

  • Hip Hop Dance Camp for Boys Only
  • “Trolls” Dance Camp
  • Making a Music Video Camp
  • Moves with Moana (which ends with a Luau on Friday!)
  • Hip Hop Hamilton Musical Theatre Camp

Click here for more info on the Movement Dance Studio’s summer camp classes!

butterfly icon jones center hockey summer camp 2017The Jones Center for Families

The Jones Center will host ice skating and hockey camps this summer in addition to all the other fun events planned for kids and families!

Basic Skills Ice Skating Camp

June 12-16, 2017

July 17-21, 2017

Half Day Camp, 8:00-12:30pm

Cost: $100/week or $175 for both weeks

Full Day Camp, 8:00-4:30pm

Cost: $150/week or $250 for both weeks

Summer Hockey Camp

July 10-14, 2017


8:00-12:30pm | Cost: $489/week

Click here for  more info on Jones Center events and summer camps!

butterfly icon  Amazeum Summer Camps, 2017The Scott Family Amazeum Camps

Amazeum Summer Camps specialize in curiosity. The Amazeum’s unique week-long summer camps are the perfect place to unleash your child’s curiosity to explore and make new discoveries. Summer Camps offer hands-on STEAM-focused fun that encourage your camper to be a creative explorer. Experience one camp or experience them all.

Sweet Science

Candy + Science = FUN!

June 12-16, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-11 years

Imaginate & Create

Enjoy the unique opportunity to travel between two museums for a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience hosted by the Scott Family Amazeum and Crystal Bridges.

June 19-23, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-12 years


Adventure! Exploration! Investigation! Join us as we uncover the dirt on Arkansas. Who knows what you will encounter along the way? Volcanoes…Earthquakes…Dinosaurs…Oh my!

June 26-30, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-11 years

Gadgets and Gizmos 

As creative engineers, you will explore how things work and why sometimes they don’t. Gear up to take things apart, reuse the pieces, and create your own invention as you earn the basic skills and processes needed to be a successful maker, inventor, and tinkerer. 

July 10-14, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-11 years


Lights! Camera! Action! Here’s your chance to produce your own movie. Throughout the week, campers will write a story, build props, practice intergalactic accents, and learn how to plan a film. Invite your family and friends to see the world premiere of your movie on Friday.

July 17-21, 2017
Age group: 9-11

3D Animaker 

The Amazeum is teaming up with New Design School’s Nerdies program to present 3D Animaker! This unique camp will be taught by David Kersey, executive director of New Design School and former Disney digital artist.

July 17-21, 2017
Age group: 12-16

Girls STEAM: Dream Big 

Designed especially for girls, Girls STEAM: Dream Big, will ignite wonder and fascination in girls as they make discoveries with the help of our MakeHER Squad, Amazeum’s team of young female makers.

July 24-28, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-11 years

Superhero Academy 

It’s a bird!…It’s a plane!…It’s a Superhero Training Academy! Tap into your unique powers with us as we train to be superheroes. We will harness and test your powers of strength, super speed, element control, and more during this SUPER camp!

July 31-August 4, 2017
Age Groups: 6-8 years & 9-11 years

Click here for more info on Amazeum STEAM camps!

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Directory of 2017 Northwest Arkansas Camps:

Art Camps

Community Creative Center, Fayetteville

Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville)

Community Creative Center’s Time for Art Camps (Fayetteville)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)

Sports Camps

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

The Jones Center (Springdale)

Camp Sequoyah (Fayetteville)

Fayetteville Athletic Club Camp

Camp Bentonville: Archery, fencing, lacrosse, tennis, mountain biking, badminton, etc.

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation: Soccer, Tennis and Outdoor Adventure Camp

Unique Camps

Engineering Camp (Fayetteville, Bentonville)

Camp Invention (Fayetteville, Rogers)

Camp Sequoyah (Fayetteville)

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps (Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Wilson, Little Rock)

Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville)

Modern Mission Indoor Battlefield/Outdoor Laser Tag (Fayetteville)

John Brown University Summer Academy (Siloam Springs)

Prism Education Center Camps (Fayetteville)

Northwest Arkansas Community College’s Kid’s College (Bentonville)

Young Chefs Academy (Rogers)

Spanish Immersion Classes, Casa Castillo (Bentonville)

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Camp (Springdale)

Dance Camps

The Movement Dance Studio  (Springdale)

High Pointe Performing Arts Studio (Bentonville)

The Williams Center (Fayetteville)

Kaleidoscope Dance (Bentonville)

Academy of Dance (Springdale)

The Art of Motion (Fayetteville)

The Little Gym (Rogers)

Theatre Camps

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Trike Theatre (Bentonville)

Arts Live Theatre (Springdale)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Drama Camp

Annual Summer Activities/Events

Benton County Fair (Bentonville)

Washington County Fair (Fayetteville)

fair logoFayetteville Farmer’s Market (Fayetteville Square & Botanical Garden of the Ozarks)

Bentonville Farmer’s Market (Bentonville Downtown Square)

Star-Spangled Summer Festival (Branson)

Gulley Park Summer Concert Series (Fayetteville)

Fayetteville Roots Festival (Fayetteville)

Firefly Fling: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Rogers Farmer’s Market (Cherry Street, Rogers)

Frisco Festival (Rogers)

Fireworks at the Crosses (Cross Church, Rogers)

Fourth at the Field (Arvest Ballpark, Springdale)

Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Springdale Farmer’s Market (Jones Center, Shiloh Square)

Tontitown Grape Festival (Tontitown)

Local things to do this summer

Devil’s Den (West Fork)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Terra Studios (Durham, outside of Fayetteville)

Hobbs State Park (Rogers)

fun ahead signTrike Theatre (Bentonville)

Terra Studios (Durham)

Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

Rogers Little Theatre (Rogers)

War Eagle Cavern (Rogers)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Shiloh Museum (Springdale)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)

The Amazeum (Bentonville)

NWA Naturals baseball games (Springdale)

Arkansas Air and Military Museum (Fayetteville)

Public Library Summer Reading Programs (Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs)

Places to cool off 

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center (Bentonville)

Wilson Park Pool (Fayetteville)

sunglasses in waterParrot Island Water Park (Fort Smith)

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center (Prairie Grove)

The Rogers Aquatic Center water park (Rogers)

Skate and Splash Park (Rogers)

Springdale Aquatic Center (Springdale)

Swim lessons (See our list by clicking here)

Nearby Getaway Destinations

Silver Dollar City (Branson)

Fritz Adventure (Branson)

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New Branson attraction, Fritz Adventure

Bigfoot on the Strip (Branson)

The Runaway at Branson Mountain Adventure Park (Branson)

Showboat Branson Belle Cruise (Branson)

Great Wolf Lodge (Kansas City)

Tulsa Zoo (Tulsa)

Oklahoma Aquarium (outside of Tulsa)

Mount Magazine State Park Butterfly Festival (Paris, Ark.,)

Click here for more getaway ideas and links!

Be sure to check back often, mamas! We’ll be adding more camps, activities and events as we head into Summer 2017! CLICK HERE to download the printable with even more ideas for things to do!


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