2015 nwaMotherlode Summer Camp Guide for Kids

Summer Camp Guide, nwaMotherlode

Would you like to see your camp featured in the nwaMotherlode Summer Camp Guide for Kids? Contact Gwen and Shannon at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com — or call us at 479-409-0424 — for more information.

Featured Camps for NWA Kids:

ladybugCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art:

PrintAll children are artists on the inside. Crystal Bridges Summer Camps will encourage those creative instincts to shine! All materials, plus healthy snacks, are included. Sign up now for Crystal Bridges camps that start in June.

Some options include:

June 2015:

♦ Painting Summer Camp

♦ Mixed Media Mania

♦ Movie-Making! Video selfies

♦ Drawing

July 2015:

♦ All About Andy Warhol

♦ The Dancing Museum

♦ Art & Animals

Click here to sign up now for one of these awesome art-related classes at Crystal Bridges!

ladybugPrism Education Center:

prism summer campPrism offers a full summer program for students preschool to 4th grade that runs from June 1-July 29. Parents can sign up for 5-day, 3-day or 2 –day slots that run from 7:30-5:30. Students will have an enriching environment with low student-teacher ratios as they discover a different country each week through the Arts and Project-Based Learning.

♦ The full-summer programs will be themed “Around the World in 40 Days!”

Prism also has weekly camps for students in 4th-10th that don’t require a full-summer commitment. These are one-week camps that emphasize either Arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathemathics) programs.

♦ These weekly camps run 5 days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here to see more about summer classes at Prism Education Center!

ladybugSummer Academy for Young Actors, Theatre Squared:

Theatre Squared, summer camp, croppedThe Summer Drama Camp is perfect for kids who are ages 10-12. In the mornings, students will study acting, improvisation, movement, stage combat and design!  In the afternoons, they will devise and rehearse an original showcase production that will highlight favorite scenes and sonnets from the bard.

This creative camp is perfect for students who are new to theatre as well as for those who are interested in further developing their skills.

The program promotes active engagement and nurtures respect for the power of language, the examination of complex ideas, the expression of imagination and a deepened understanding of the richness of human experience.

♦ T2 camps enhance life skills of observation, focus, self-confidence, discipline, integrity, commitment and teamwork.

♦ A free public showcase performance will take place July 10 at 3pm in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios where students can share the week’s achievement with their friends and families.

♦ There are also summer programs also available at Theatre Squared for ages 13-18. CLICK HERE for more info about the T2 summer drama camp for teens.

Click here to find out more about these summer academy options for your young actor!

ladybugThe Little Gym:

little gym summer campThe Little Gym’s philosophy revolves around developing kids’ motor skills while building their self confidence. At The Little Gym of Rogers, owner Melanie Shannon takes a holistic “Three-Dimensional Learning” approach to skill development. This philosophy is based on three core tenets: “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination; “Brain Boost” to nurture listening skills, concentration and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.

Summer camps will start in early June, so sign up now before the classes fill up! The camp themes will include:

June 2015:

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Treasures of Magical Mountain (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Missing Mermaid Palace (ages 3-8)

♦ Sports Spectacular!

♦ Superheroes!

July 2015:

♦ Fantasy Castle

♦ Hip, Hip, Hooray!

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Neat Ninja League (ages 3-8)

August 2015:

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Secret Clue to the Baby Animal Zoo (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: Green Beard’s Pirate Ship (ages 3-8)

Click here to check out the dates for these fun gymnastics classes that will help your kids burn off some of that summer energy!

ladybugThe Jones Center:

jones center adThe Jones Center will offer a variety of camps this summer, including  Speed Camp and Ice Skating Camp. Here’s a description of the events and a variety of options:

♦ Swim Lessons. The Razorbacks Aquatics Club is now accepting applications for swim lessons this summer at The Jones Center.  Classes fill up quickly. Contact coachkary@aquahawgs.org for more details or call 310-5292.

♦ Basic Skills Ice Skating Camp. The camp is offered June 15th-19th from 8am-4:30pm or 8am-12:30pm.  Full day fee is $150, half day fee is $100.  Participants will learn stretching exercises, presentation skills, beginner jumps & spins, and choreography. In addition, each skater will receive a camp t-shirt.

Speed Camp. Partnering with Power Up & Dr. Michael Trexler for June 8th-12th offered 10am-11:20am for ages 8 to 11 and 11:30am-1pm for ages 12 & up.  The fee is $50.  This is an excellent camp for students athletes involved in soccer, baseball, hockey, football, basketball or track.

Ballet. Creative Movement Ballet (Ages 3-5) introduces children to ballet techniques.  Offered on Mondays10:30am.  Beginner Ballet Level 1 (Ages 6-10) will help participants develop a foundation for ballet and proper ballet terminology.  Offered on Wednesdays 6:30pm.  Beginner Ballet Level 2 (Ages 10+) will help participants develop more advanced coordination skills as they focus on instructional discipline.  Offered on Wednesdays 7:30pm.  The monthly fee is $25.  For more details, contact Manna Torbett, Ballet Instructor mannajack@gmail.com.

♦ Summer Day Camp. Sign up now open for Camp War Eagle’s premier Summer Day Camp at The Jones Center.  The camp for ages 7-11 will include fitness, sports & recreation activities, environmental science activities, cooking classes as well as team building & leadership skills. Breakfast and lunch are served every weekday. Both 2-week & 4-week sessions are available starting June 1st.  For an application, call 750-2006 or go online to www.thejonescenter.net.

Click here to find out more about Speed or Ice Skating camps at The Jones Center!

ladybugKamp Kyya: Learn how to make chocolate

Kamp KyyaThis year, kids ages 6 to 16 will have the unique opportunity to learn all about the chocolate-making process in fun summer camps at Kamp Kyya.

Kamp Kyya students will learn the entire chocolate making process including the decision of which cocao (pronounced ka-kow) beans to use, and how to mold the chocolate into bars and other confections once the chocolate-making process is complete.

The first class starts on June 1 and registration is open now. Space is limited and availability is on a first come, first serve basis for these sessions:

Session 1 – June 1 – 4

Session 2 – June 8 – 11

Session 3 – June 15 – 18

Session 4 – June 22 – 25

Session 5 — June 29 — July 2

Click here to fine out more about Kamp Kyya, which includes 4 days of instruction, practice and lots of chocolate to share!

ladybugFayetteville Public Library summer camps/workshops:

FPL ad, summer camps 2015In conjunction with FPL’s Summer Reading Club, they also have some summer camps and workshops for kids and teens. Here are some upcoming camps and workshops for kids in June:

Tuesday, June 9, 1 – 2:30 pm

Puppetry Workshop with Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory (Grades 3 – 5)

Registration open – REGISTER HERE.

Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 – 2:30pm

WordPlay for Youth (Grades 3-5)

Registration begins June 1 – REGISTER HERE

Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1 – 1pm

Theatre Camp with Jules Taylor (Grades K-2)

Registration begins June 8 – REGISTER HERE

Here are some summer camp/workshop options for teens at FPL in June:

{Grades listed with all events are for grades completed.  For events requiring registration, the date registration opens is noted.}

Minecraft Tournament (Grade 6 – 12)
June 2, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration now open.

Create String Art (Grade 6 – 12)
June 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration now open.

Percussion with Mark Shelton (Grade 6 – 12)
June 9, 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration now open.

3D Printing (Grade 6 – 12)
June 15 – 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Registration opens May 25.

Arts Live Theatre Showcase of The Giver
June 20, 2 – 3 p.m.

Wordplay Writing Camp (Grade 6 – 12)
June 22 – 25, 4 – 5 p.m.
Registration opens  June 1.

Learn Improvisation with OKC Improv (Grade 6 – 12)
June 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
Registration opens June 2.

Make Your Own Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver (Grade 6 – 12)
June 25, 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration opens June 4.

Accessorize with Anime
June 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more teen events/classes for July and to register for any of these classes.

Camp options for kids by category:

Art Camps

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (classes for all ages. See above.)

Painting with a Twist, Fayetteville and Bentonville

Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps, NWA

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

NWA Community Creative Center, Fayetteville

Imagine Art Studio, Rogers

Paper & Thread Studio, Fayetteville

Outdoorsy Camps

Ozark Natural Science Center

Be Active! summer camps, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department

Rogers Activity Center

Bentonville Parks & Recreation

Summer Golf Camp, First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Dance Studios

The Art of Motion, Fayetteville

Bak Stage, Rogers

Infiniti, Bentonville

Gymnastics Studios

The Little Gym (themed summer classes in June, July and August. See above.)

Aspire Gymnastics Academy, Bentonville

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics, Springdale

Williams Center, Fayetteville

Club Infiniti, Bentonville

All That Dance, Bentonville


Summer Academy for Young Actors, TheatreSquared, Fayetteville (Classes for kids ages 10-12 and 13-18)

Trike Theatre, Bentonville

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

Arts Live Theatre, Fayetteville

School of Rock, Bentonville/Rogers

Northwest Arkansas Suzuki School of Music

Specialty Camps

Prism Education Center (summer-long programs or week-long summer camps are available, see above)

The Jones Center, Springdale (Speed Camp and Ice Skating Camp, see above)

Kamp KYYA, Elm Springs chocolate factory (learn how to make a bar of chocolate straight from the bean!)

First School, Fayetteville

Experience Robotics summer camps, Bentonville

Nerdies, NWA

Mad Science, NWA

University of Arkansas Volleyball Camp, 4th grade and up

Boys and Girls Club, Fayetteville

Bricks 4 Kidz, Fayetteville

Brick by Brick, Fayetteville

College of Engineering Summer Camps, University of Arkansas (4th grade and above)

NWA Mercy Family YMCA, Rogers (for kids who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade)

Football Camp, University of Arkansas (entering 1st grade up through high school)

Design Camp at the UofA Fay Jones School of Architecture (for students entering 9th grade)

Fast Lane Entertainment (one week in June, one week in July)

Grace Point Church, Bentonville (day camp for 1st through 5th grade)

Overnight camp

Camp War Eagle (Day camps + overnight)

Ozark Natural Science Center

New Life Ranch (overnights and day camps), Colcord, OK

Reading Programs/Summer events

Fayetteville Public Library

Looking for summer activities?

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We hope your summer is off to a great start!

We know it can be challenging to keep the kids entertained during summer vacation. So here’s a list of resources that are full of ideas for fun things to do this summer with the kids.

Just click on each article below to get the full scoop. Hope this helps you plan for a safe, fun, memorable summer. :-)

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HUGE surprise for 30 families at the NWA Nerdies Awards ceremony!

nerdies_adSome deserving Northwest Arkansas kids were presented NWA Nerd Award scholarships on Saturday to attend awesome Nerdies sessions this summer.

The best part?

All THIRTY of the kids who entered the contest were given a scholarship because several NWA companies stepped up to sponsor them.

The event was held at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville and the Nerdies folks didn’t let the parents and kids in on the secret until the end of the awards ceremony.

Here are just a few of the adorable kids who won scholarships:

nerdies awards collage

We loved how each company’s representative spoke about the contestant they had “picked” to receive the scholarships and what made that child special and unique. Then the students came up and accepted posters with their pictures on them and were awarded a scholarship to the particular camp they wanted to attend.

See how cool the posters are? We think the kids are pretty cool, too:

Nerdies Seth poster

FYI: Nerdies has a campus in Fayetteville and now one in Benton County as well.

Nerdies summer camps include:

  • Mods for Minecraft
  • Photography
  • Robotics
  • Video Game Development
  • Music
  • Performance
  • And more!

CLICK HERE to go see all the camps and how to sign your kids up. Several of the camps are SOLD OUT, but there are still some spots available. They’ve also added some new camps.

Brad, Head Nerd over at Nerdies, said the non-profit Foundation for Nerd Advancement had a tough time at a recent board meeting trying to decide who would win the Nerd Award scholarships. Brad said that’s when the magic happened.

The foundation started out planning to award only 10 scholarships, but companies like BlkBoxLabs, Cox Communications, Idea-Loop and Ozark STEM decided they wanted to do more. Nerdies also gave two more scholarships, which brought the total up to 20 kids who would receive scholarships. That was awesome, but there were still 10 more kids who had applied and the board meeting wasn’t over yet.

“As we were breaking up to go home, I received an email from Tyson Foods stating that they would cover 10 kids. It was such an amazing night!” Brad said.

That meant that every kid who wanted to attend a summer session — studying everything from video game development to robotics to Mods for Minecraft — would be able to attend a Nerdies class.

Here’s a list of all the kiddos who won:

Seth Greer

Jaxon Krueger

Alex Mancia

Dane Myran

Leah Becker

Aryana Amparan

Olivia Harrison

Izabel Crone

Declan Thiele

Sully Sanford

Stella Floyd

Elizabeth Harrison

Lily Davis

Madison East

Hayden Hehl

Joshua Kay

Jackson Lyons

David Rabelo

David Kay

Amelia Harrison

Kimberly Kay

Veda Farmer

Bianca Gear

Christopher Connolley

Jasmine Black

Izayah Townley

Louis Bimbi

Shannon Perry

If you’d like to sign your kids up for a Nerdies class, click here to jump over to the website and see all the awesome options.

Check out these cool summer camps at The Jones Center!

jones center wordle

If you haven’t been to The Jones Center in a while, you’ve got some catching up to do.

For example, did you know they now have an amazing fitness center and that the monthly fee is crazy inexpensive? The 220,000-square-foot Jones Center now offers gymnastics, too.There’s always something new and fun to do there.

This summer, the Jones Center has added some awesome summer camps to the mix:

♦ Basketball Camp (June 9-13)

the jones center june 2014♦ Speed Camp (June 16-20)

♦ Ice Skating Camp (June 23-27)

And, as everything always is at the Jones Center, the camps are a great value. Only $50 for each week-long camp.

Camp War Eagle has also partnered with The Jones Center to host 2- and 4-week camps. Click here to see more about these cool camps for kids 7-11 years old.

The Jones Center is still a great place for a birthday party at the pool, the ice skating rink or in the gymnastics room.

Go visit The Jones Center and tell them Gwen & Shannon at nwaMotherlode sent you. We appreciate our sponsors and love it when you tell them you saw info about events and activities here. CLICK HERE to visit the main website or call 479-756-8090. CLICK HERE to read more about the summer camps.

Fayetteville Public Library offering free “science” workshops this summer

The Fayetteville Public Library is offering several Teen “science” workshops this summer.

These look like so much fun and they’re FREE! If your kiddo is in 6th to 12th grade, they’re eligible to attend these workshops.

Registration opens three weeks before each class starts and you can register online at the event links below:

Teen 101 Series at FPL:

Cartooning 101 • July 10 – 11, 2 p.m.

Digital Photography 101 • Tuesday, July 24, 2 p.m.

barre3 Workshop • Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m.

3D Printing • July 7 – 12, 2 p.m.

Wordplay: Creative Writing Workshop • July 7 – 11, 4 p.m.

Boxing 101 with Straightright Boxing & Fitness • Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Songwriting Workshop with Joe Crookston • Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m.

Wanderer Design Workshop • July 14 – 17 & 21 – 24, 2 p.m.

Molecular Gastronomy 101 Workshop • Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m.

CSI: FPL Forensics Lab • Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m.

Click here to see summer events for kids. And click here to sign up for FPL’s Summer Reading Program!