2018 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps, Activities & Events Guide for Kids

Note from the mamas: If you’d like to see your Northwest Arkansas summer camps or activities featured with links and additional info in our 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.

The camps below with links and extra information are nwaMotherlode sponsors, but we try to list all the camps we know about to make the Guide more helpful to local mamas. We’ll be adding camps as we receive new information, so be sure to check back often!

Directory of 2018 Northwest Arkansas Camps

Featured Art Camps:

Scott Family Amazeum

About our 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.

Address: 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

Phone: 479-696-9280

Dates:

  • June 11-15, Bugbotics
  • June 18-22, Imagination and Beyond
  • June 25-29, Girls STEAM: Movie Take-A-Part
  • July 9-13, Rumor or Reality: Operation Hybrid
  • July 16-20, Tailoring with Tech
  • July 23-27, Archi-TAPE-ture
  • July 30-Aug. 3, 3D Animaker
  • July 30-Aug. 3, Zing into Kindergarten with STEAM

Age group(s) served: Ages entering kindergarten to 15

Cost: Varies

CLICK HERE to visit the Amazeum’s camp page for more information.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

About our camp(s): It’s never too early to build imagination, creativity, and a love for art. Crystal Bridges youth classes and summer camps range are led at an age-appropriate level by artist educators.

Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Phone: 479-418-5700

Dates: Coming soon.

CLICK HERE for more information about Crystal Bridges’ summer camps.

Additional art camps:

Time for Art Community Creative Center Camps (Fayetteville), Art and clay camps for kids ages 6-14

Terra Studios (just outside Fayetteville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale) Six-week art camps for ages 6-14

Imagine Studios (Fayetteville and Rogers)

Painting with A Twist (Fayetteville and Rogers)

Local Color Studio (Fayetteville)

Featured Sports/Active Camps:

Camp Sequoyah Day and Overnight Camps

About our camps: Camp Sequoyah is a series of summer camps hosted at historic Mount Sequoyah. Campers will participate in a variety of fun games, educational activities, field trips, swimming, and more. Each week of camp is themed. We offer everything from sports, to art and drama, to the great outdoors, and more, and we pack as much summer fun as we can into every minute. Kids will experience and learn about God’s love for them each day, while being challenged to be the best person they can be in their family, with their friends, and for their community. Multi-camp discounts are available.

Address: 150 N Skyline Drive, Fayetteville

Phone: 479-443-4531

Dates:

  • March 20 – 22: Spring Break Camp (special pricing option)
  • June 11 – 15: Tennis 1 (Half-Day)
  • June 18 – 22: Create (Full-Day)
  • June 25 – 29: Sports (Full-Day)
  • July 9 – 13: Tennis 2 (Half-Day)
  • July 22 – 28: Overnight Camp
  • July 30 – August 3: Outdoor (Full-Day)
  • August 6 – 10: Epic (Full-Day)

Age Group Served: Day Camps (5 – 12 year olds), Overnight Camp (9 – 14 year olds)

Cost: $175 for full day camps, $120 for half day camps, or $750 for overnight camp

CLICK HERE to visit Camp Sequoyah’s website for more camp info.

Additional sports/active camps:

Fayetteville Athletic Club Kids Factory, Preschool to 6th grade (Fayetteville)

Fast Lane Entertainment (Lowell)

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

The Jones Center (Springdale) Ice skating and hockey camps

Camp Bentonville Parks and Recreation: Archery, fencing, lacrosse, tennis, mountain biking, badminton, etc. (Bentonville)

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation camps for kids and teens (Fayetteville)

Ozark Climbing Gym (Springdale)

Flip Side Ninja Park (Lowell)

Dance Camps:

High Pointe Performing Art Studio (Bentonville)

The Movement Dance Studio (Springdale)

Aspire Gymnastics Academy (Bentonville)

The Williams Center (Fayetteville)

Kaleidoscope Dance (Bentonville)

Academy of Dance (Springdale)

The Art of Motion (Fayetteville)

The Little Gym (Rogers)

Tippi Toes Northwest Arkansas (Rogers)

Featured STEM Camps:

Sylvan Learning Center of Rogers STEM Summer Camps

About our camp(s): 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 (Robotics, Coding, and Math). They offer ½ day camps (9am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm) or all day camps that run from 9am to 5 pm. Half-day camps revolve around robotics and coding. Sylvan’s all-day camp includes robotics and coding, and an hour of Math EDGE so your child can stay up to date on their math skills in a fun, interactive way!  Sign up online at sylvanlearning.com.

Address of camp: 4408 W. Walnut, Suite 3, Rogers

Phone: 479-903-7210

Dates: June 11 – 15; June 18 – 22; July 9 – 13; July 16 – 20

Age group(s) served: 3rd through 6th grades

Cost: ½ day camps – 150; full day camps $299

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

Additional STEM camps:

Camp Invention, at various elementary school campuses across NWA

The Scott Family Amazeum (See camp info above)

Featured Unique Camps:

Prism Education Center

About our camp(s): Camp Prism is an ideal place for families looking for full-time, enriching care for their school age students this summer. Camp Prism provides full-day, enriching programs on a weekly basis for school-age students during the summer. Most camps are designed for students in grades K-6, with a few special camp opportunities for older students as well. Camps themes vary from week to week, including options for Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Wilderness Exploration, Sports, Science, Historical, and Culinary Arts.  Multi-week campers receive a substantial discount. For a complete list of camp descriptions, check out our website at prismeducationcenter.org.

Address of camp: 2855 Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville

Phone: 479-249-6113

Dates: Full-day, themed weekly camps June 4-August 4

Age group(s) served: Kindergarten through 10th grade

Cost: $125-$225/week

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

Additional unique camps:

Modern Mission Indoor Battlefield/Outdoor Laser Tag (Fayetteville)

Rick’s Bakery create-and-take camps (Fayetteville)

Rogers Historical Museum, weekly summer programming (Rogers)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that provides a free week of camp to kids (ages 6-18) whose parents have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Teens ages 17 and 18 can train as counselros. Application online at kesem.force.com. July 30-Aug. 4. (Camp Bear Tracks, Drasco, AR)

Young Chefs Academy (Rogers)

Spanish Immersion Classes, Casa Castillo (Bentonville)

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Camp (Springdale)

Apple Seeds (garden-based education) Summer Camps for ages 8-15 (Fayetteville)

Theatre/Drama Camps

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Trike Theatre (Bentonville)

Arts Live Theatre (Springdale)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Music Camps

School of Rock (Rogers/Bentonville)

Inside Out studio (Farmington)

Jubilee Music (Music Together)

Camps on College Campuses

John Brown University Summer Academy (JBU, Siloam Springs)

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Camps (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)

University of Arkansas Engineering Camp (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)

NWACC Kids College (Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville)

Annual Summer Activities/Events:

Benton County Fair (Bentonville)

Washington County Fair (Fayetteville)

Fayetteville 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)

Trike Theatre (Bentonville)

Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

Arkansas Public Theater (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)

Parrot 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)

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 2018!

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