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


  • 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): At Crystal Bridges, art camp kids will explore the trails and grounds, learn movie-making and animation, create fashion inspired by art, and more. Crystal Bridges’ Summer Camps offer a variety of themes and activities, encouraging campers to unleash their creativity and imagination.

Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Phone: 479-418-5700

Age groups served: Preschoolers up to age 18 (split up by various age groups)

Dates: Camps are in June and July

Cost: Varies

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


  • 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.

The Jones Center Camps

About Skating Skills camp: Designed for beginner and lower level skaters that are interested in figure skating, playing hockey and having fun on the ice! Skaters will learn basic skating skills including forward skating, backward skating, stopping, and turning. Skaters will enjoy on and off-ice activities. On the last day of each weekly camp, parents are invited to attend an awards ceremony recognizing all of the skaters’ hard work. Each skater receives a camp t-shirt!

The Jones Center also offers hockey, soccer, basketball, and all-sports camps. Take a look below for details.

Daily ice skating camp activities include: Off-Ice Conditioning and Stretching, On-Ice Skating Skill, On-Ice Power Class, Off-Ice Jump/Spin Class, Open Skating Time, Movies + Games.

Address: 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale

Phone: 479-756-8090

Camp dates:

  • Week 1: June 11-15, 2018
  • Week 2: July 16-20, 2018
  • Week 3: August 6-10, 2018

Skating Camp options:

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

Cost: $100/week, $175/2 weeks or $225/3 weeks

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

Cost: $150/week, $250/2 weeks or $325/3 weeks

Skating Camp age group(s) served: Ages 5-17

Other Jones Center sports camps:

Basketball Camp, June 5-7, Ages 6-14, 8:30am-Noon, Cost – $50

Soccer Camp, June 12-14, Ages TBD, 8:30am-Noon, Cost – $50

Sports Camp 2K18, June 25-29, Ages 6-12, 8:30am-Noon, Cost – $75

SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP presented by Planet Hockey, July 9-13, 8:00-12:30pm | Cost: $489/week

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

Kids Taekwondo Camp

About our camp: We (the owners of Fayetteville Martial Arts) are proud to have served families in the area for the past 34 years. Campers learn & apply the meaning of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. Each will experience six training sessions per day, which will include age-appropriate self-defense, team building, basic, intermediate and advanced stances & kicking  drills, tournament and testing preparation. Our camp will reignite the fire for each camper to train harder and re-apply lessons that they are learning in their home. Anyone can attend camp and there are options for overnight, half overnight and day camps. Students from TX, OK, MO, TN, IN and all over AR travel to attend. There’s a 100 camper maximum. For more information, contact Program Director Master Randy Edwards at Fayetteville Martial Arts 479-274-8314 or fayettevillema@gmail.com.

Address of camp: North Arkansas College, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601

Phone: 479-274-8314

Dates: June 17-23

Age group(s) served: 6-17, no experience necessary

Cost:  A $49.00 deposit per camp attendee or payment in full is required at the time of registration. The balance is due by Monday, June 11. There are three camp options: The first is to start on Sunday (Full Overnight Camp, 7 days). The second option is to check in on Wednesday (Half Overnight Camp, 4 days). The third option is to choose specific days at a daily rate.

CLICK HERE for all the details about Taekwondo Camp.

Additional sports/active camps:

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

Fast Lane Entertainment (Lowell)

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

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)

Girl Code in Northwest Arkansas

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!

Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag Indoor Battlefield

About our camp(s): Each year Modern Mission campers have had a ton of fun playing all kinds of fun activities and hearing from several awesome guest speakers. During camp, kids will learn how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (starting a fire in wet weather, edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork. There will also be special guest speakers throughout the week, including Sheriff Tim Helder, the local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell, and more!  There will be plenty of time for fun with Archery Games and Indoor/Outdoor battlefields.

The camp will be a 5-day event that will run from 8:00am-12:00pm. You will be able to drop off your kids starting at 7:30am. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week.

Address: 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 72703

Phone: 479-595-0055

Camp Dates: June 4th-8th, June 18th-22nd, and July 9th-13th

Age group(s) : Ages 7-12

Cost: $200 + tax per camper {Save $25 when you register for Modern Mission’s camp online by using the special coupon code for our readers: mama25}

CLICK HERE to visit Modern Mission’s camp page for more information.

First School Summer Programs

About our summer programming: First School is a Quality Accredited Arkansas Better Beginnings Program, Level 3, offering a faith-based Parent’s Day Out Program, Preschool, and Kindergarten.  It’s an outreach of the First United Presbyterian Church. In the summer, parents can choose classes on M/W or T/TH, or all four days are available. The children will learn, play and enjoy nature while attending summer classes at First School. The registration fee is $30 per session, per child.

Address: First United Presbyterian Church, 695 Calvin, Fayetteville

Phone: 479-571-4516

Summer session dates:

  • June 11-July 3
  • July 9-Aug 2

Age group: 2yrs to 9yrs


June 11-July 3:                             July 9-Aug 2:

MDO    8:00-2:30         $308    MDO    8:00-2:30         $352

PREK    8:00-2:30         $287    PREK    8:00-2:30         $328

ELEM   8:00-2:30        $287    ELEM   8:00-2:30         $328

CLICK HERE for more information or to register for First School’s summer programming.

Additional unique camps:

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)

Featured Theatre/Drama Camps:

Trike Theatre Summer Camp

About our camps: From high adventures on the pirate seas to Hogwarts to camp Half-Blood, kids will have a blast at Trike Theatre’s summer camps. Not only will they have fun, those interested in sharpening their singing/dancing/acting skills will have plenty of opportunities with the Camp Broadway series or at the 1-Act Play Camp.  Trike Theatre will host summer camp at their downtown space in Bentonville as well as at the Bentonville Community Center. Trike is also holding auditions on April 8th for two summer productions: The Wizard of Oz and Madagascar Jr.

Address: Trike Theatre, 209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville, Bentonville Community Center (1101 SW Citizens Cir, Bentonville) and Arts Center of the Ozarks (214 S Main St, Springdale).

Phone: 479-464-5084

Camp dates:

  • June 4-8: Shakespeare
  • June 11-15: Pirates Ahoy!
  • June 18-22: Camp Broadway
  • June 18-29: The Wizard of Oz
  • July 9-27: Madagascar Jr.
  • July 9-13: Harry Potter Camp
  • July 16-20: 1 Act Play
  • July 16-20: Camp Broadway
  • July 23-27: Knights, Princesses and Dragons
  • Aug. 6-10: Percy Jackson Camp

Age group(s) served: Pre-K through 12th grade

Cost: Varies by camp

CLICK HERE to visit Trike Theatre’s camp page for more information.

Additional theatre camps:

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Music Camps

School of Rock (Rogers/Bentonville)

Inside Out studio (Farmington)

Jubilee Music (Music Together)

Featured Camps on College Campuses:

JBU Summer Academy

About our camp(s): Choose from Engineering Academy, Piano Academy, Art Academy, or Worship Arts Academy.

Piano Academy: June 3-9. This one-week intensive program is a great way to see what studying music 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. Class topics include theory, composition, basics of interpretation, and building technique.

Engineering Academy: July 15-20. Students will learn about electrical circuits, programming, 3D computer aided design, 3D printing, strength and mechanics of materials, smart materials, motors, batteries, and more. The week will include hands-on project design, building, and testing.

Art Academy: July 15-20. The art academy will offer 3 different tracks for students to choose from: Digital Cinema, Photography, and Art & Design. Digital Cinema will be an immersive week of digital filmmaking guaranteeing hands-on experience on the set, in the edit suite, and the screening room.  The Photography track offer a chance to learn from amazing professionals and educators, be inspired by Arkansas’s natural beauty and create images in both digital and traditional film mediums.  In the Art & Design track, students will learn and have the opportunity to produce a wide variety of art mediums such as painting, graphic design, digital illustration, printmaking, and typography.

Worship Arts Academy: July 22-27. Students will spend the week sharpening their music skills, meeting like-minded artists, and discussing how theology, liturgy, and music can work together in corporate worship. Students will work with JBU Faculty, Chapel Leaders, and Local Worship Pastors on rehearsal techniques, individual instrument roles within a band, vocal improvisation and exhortation, and corporate worship planning.

Address of camp: 2000 W University Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Phone: 479-524-7423

Dates: See description above

Age group(s) served: Engineering Academy 10th-12th grades as of 2018. Piano, Worship Arts, and Art Academy 9th-12th grades as of 2018.

Cost: $400 (includes meals and activities) + $119.40 for on-campus housing (on-campus housing is optional)

CLICK HERE for more information about JBU’s summer academies!

Additional camps on college campuses:

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!