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. :-)

Summer Camp Guide

Modern Mission Laser Tag’s new indoor battlefield

The Jones Center Summer Camps

Nerdies camps for smart, unique kids

Summer Fun Activities Printable

How to keep the yard mosquito-free

Looking for swim lessons in NWA?

June Calendar of Events

Best snowcone stands in NWA

Fun workshops at Fayetteville Public Library

Dance summer camps

Ozark Natural Science Center Camps

Make a summer bucket list + 25 things to do

Family Fun Nights at the NWA Mall every Tuesday in June

Is there anything you would add to the list? Click on the comment button below and fill us in!

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!

The Art of Motion offers ‘Frozen’ summer camp + dance classes

art of motion logoThe Art of Motion is offering six-week summer sessions for kids ages 2.5 and up in ballet, tap, and jazz.

The owner, Hannah, likes to be current, so if your kids are crazy over Elsa and Anna, consider signing them up for the”Frozen” camp. ♥ The “Frozen”-themed camp is for ages 2.5-4.5 and 4.5-7. These camps will be on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 1.5 hours for one week and only cost $75! Click here to see the specific dates and to reserve a spot for your kids.

There are other camp options to choose from, including:

Razorback Fan

Broadway Babes

Turns Tricks & Techniques

twinkle toesIf you’ve been considering signing your kids (or yourself!) up for regular dance class, the Art of Motion also offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and tumbling for ages 2 1/2 through adults. One of the things we love about the Art of Motion is the emphasis on inner beauty and strength. How awesome is that?

We also like that you can try your first class for free! They offer the “Twinkle Toes” curriculum for young dancers ages 2.5-6, and have lots to offer kids in the 7+ range, too, including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. You can register online or stop by the studio to take a look around.

FYI, the Art of Motion also has a competitive performance group called Fayetteville Youth Dance Company. It’s an impressive group!

Mamas, we hope this helps you choose a summer camp — and possibly a new dance lesson home. Let Hannah and her staff know you heard about them on Motherlode if you stop by or sign up for classes! For a full listing of camps, find our Summer Camp Guide HERE.


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