2016 nwaMotherlode Summer Camp Guide for Kids


Would you like to see your camp in the “featured” section of 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 and pricing.

Mamas, we’ll be updating our Guide as new information becomes available, so check back often!

Featured Camps for NWA Kids:

ladybugKid’s College, Northwest Arkansas Community College:

NWACC Kid's CollegeNWACC Kid’s College is an opportunity for children ages 9-13 to participate in fun, educational short-term courses offered on the campus of Northwest Arkansas Community College. From computer coding, robotics, and presidential elections to cooking, junior medic, and more, there are a variety of interesting options.  Young students can experience the excitement of being on a college campus while learning about topics that ignite their passion. There are half-day and full-day Kid’s College camps. Some kid’s camp options include:

♦ Computer coding

♦ Robotics

♦ Draw comics and manga

♦ Cooking & Baking

♦ Junior Medic

Click here to read more about the cool Kid’s Camps that are being offered at NWACC in June and July!

ladybugRACmladRogers 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!!

Camp is May 23rd – August 12th 2016 Fee: $95* 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!

ladybugPrism Education Center: Prism Summer Camp

Camp Prism 2016 offers a summer enrichment program for kids in kindergarten through 8th grades from May 31-July 29th. Camp Prism is offering two different summer programs this year. Students in grades K-2 can attend either full-time (M-F 8:00-3:00) or part-time (M/W or T/Th 8:00-3:00), with the option to add-on after care from 3:00-6:00. Part-time attendees may also add-on Friday if space allows. Students in grades 3-6 will choose between two different camp options on a week-by-week basis. These programs are more camp-based and are full-day programs from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday.

♦ Students can register for only one week or all nine weeks of camp, but must register for the full week for every camp they attend.

♦ All camps will be held at Prism South on Razorback Road this summer. K-2nd grade weekly themes include:

  • State Parks
  • Passport to the World
  • Mad Science
  • Rhythm and Dance
  • Baking Olympics

3rd-6th grade themes include:

  • Into the Woods
  • Sports Camps
  • Camp Shakespeare
  • Build Your Own Business
  • Shark Tank

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

ladybugThe Jones Center:

The 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:

jones center ad♦ 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.

Speed Camp.


♦ Summer Day Camp. Sign up now open for Camp War Eagle’s premier Summer Day Camp at The Jones Center. 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!

ladybugDesign Camp: DesignCamp(SmallWebBanner)

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk students through the design process.

Click here to see a sample schedule, showing what the Fayetteville camp could look like. The camp is open to students going into ninth through 12th grades in fall 2016. Supplies and lunch will be provided. Camp cost is $300 for early bird registration by April 15. Camp cost is $350 for regular registration by May 27.

Date and location: June 13-17 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) — University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (with overnight option*)

  • Design Camp 1
  • Advanced Design Camp

*Room and board for the residential camp in Fayetteville is an additional $300. (Need based scholarships are available.)

Click here for more information about Design Camp and to register!

ladybugSummerCamp, Community Creative CenterTime for Art Summer Camp (Community Creative Center, across from Walton Arts Center):

Time for Art Summer Camp 2016 is for students ages 6-14 and weekly sessions will start on June 6th at the Community Creative Center at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Time for Art will take children on an engaging and hands-on discovery of art and its impact on the world around us. Campers will use clay, paints, pastels and other creative art media to explore art through the lens of history, nature, science and other enlightening subject areas.

Camps are organized into two age groups 6-8 and 9-14 years old. Students may register for morning, afternoon or both camps. ‘All day’ campers need to bring a packed lunch. Lunch supervision, fresh air, and activities are provided.

  • Morning Art Camp is from 9-11:30 am
  • Afternoon Clay Camp is from 12:30-3 pm

Community Creative Center (CCC), formerly Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center (NWACCC) is a studio arts center featuring adult and youth instruction in clay and pottery, drawing, painting, mosaic and a variety of specialized art and studio classes. Located in the heart of Fayetteville’s cultural district at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, CCC provides a full spectrum of visual arts classes to children and adults along with specialized workshops, summer, afterschool and intersession arts camps, and gallery and studio space for local artists. For more information visit www.communitycreativecenter.org

For more information about Time for Art, contact Faith Nelson faith@communitycreativecenter.org {479.571.2706} or CLICK HERE to visit the website and look over all the options!

ladybugFPL ad, Summer Camp GuideFayetteville Public Library:

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 camps and workshops!

ladybugArtslivead updatedArts Live Theatre:

Arts Live Theatre has drama camps for various ages this summer in June, July and August — and they look like a blast! There are multiple camps to choose from, depending on your child’s age and the weeks you’d like to enroll them at Arts Live.

Summer Camps for ages 5-7:

  • Musical Theatre Camps
  • Create-A-Play Camps

Ages 8-11:

  • Get Up and Dance Camp
  • Musical Theatre Camps
  • Reader’s Theatre Camp
  • Create-A-Play Camp
  • Comedy Improv!

Ages 12-18:

  • Summer Theatre Conservatory
  • Monologue Workshop
  • Comedy Improv!

Each Arts Live camp will end with a free public showcase performance the final day of each camp. There are limited spaces in each camp, so sign up ASAP to reserve your spot. Camps will be held at Arts Live Theatre, 818 N. Sang Avenue, Fayetteville.

Click here to visit the Arts Live Theatre webiste and learn more about the camps. Or call 479.521.4932.

ladybugDriving Academy of Northwest Arkansas

While your younger kids are at camp, consider sending your teen to the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas. It’s a a private, fully-licensed school devoted to providing superior driver education, behind-the-wheel training, and evaluations for teens (and adults), whether novice or experienced drivers. It is Driving Academy’s vision to help save lives and prevent headaches and heartaches by offering research-based, expert-recommended methods of training that are fun and relaxing for everyone involved.

driving_academy_of_northwest_arkansas_logoSummer Sessions:

  • May 31st – June 4th
  • June 6 -10
  • June 13-17
  • June 20-24
  • June 27th – July 1st
  • July 5-9
  • July 11-15
  • July 18-22
  • July 25-29
  • August 1-5

Click here to visit the Driving Academy website to get more info and to register for a session, or call 479-621-7000.

ladybugTheatre Squared Drama Camp:

MOTHERLODE_AD theatre squaredTheatreSquared is committed to helping train the artists of tomorrow through professional, immersive workshops and academies that advance theatrical craft. All TheatreSquared programs are led by professional actors, directors and designers.

This summer T2 will be offering two different programs:

  • A one-week drama camp for 10-12 year olds (July 11-15)
  • A two-week Shakespeare Academy for 13-18 year olds (July 18-29).

The drama camp for younger students is a creative camp is perfect for those 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.

The Shakespeare Academy is a two-week “total immersion”  in the theatrical world of William Shakespeare, and is designed to bring students into working contact with the creative process, while focusing and advancing the performance skills necessary to create an ensemble production.

Each program will end with a free public showcase so students can share their achievements with friends and family.

Click here to visit the Theatre Squared website and learn more about upcoming drama classes!

Camp options for kids by category:

Art Camps

Time for Art, Community Creative Center, Fayetteville (see more info above)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Painting with a Twist, Fayetteville and Bentonville

Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps, NWA

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

Local Color Studio Gallery, Fayetteville

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Imagine Studios NWA

Outdoorsy Camps

Rogers Activity Center (Field trips include: skating, swimming at Rogers Aquatics Center, Amazeum, High Rise, and much more.)

Ozark Natural Science Center, Huntsville

Hobbs State Park, Rogers (for kids 6-8 and 9-12)

Be Active! summer camps, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department

Bentonville Parks & Recreation

Summer Golf Camp, First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Dance Studios

The Art of Motion, Fayetteville

Bak Stage, Rogers

Infiniti, Bentonville

All That Dance, Bentonville

Gymnastics Studios

The Little Gym

Aspire Gymnastics Academy, Bentonville

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics, Springdale

Williams Center, Fayetteville

Club Infiniti, Bentonville


Arts Live Theatre, Fayetteville (Camps offered in June, July & August for ages 5-7, 8-11 & 12-18. Limited space, sign up ASAP.)

Theatre Squared, Fayetteville

Trike Theatre, Bentonville

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

School of Rock, Bentonville/Rogers & Fayetteville

Northwest Arkansas Suzuki School of Music

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Specialty Camps

Kid’s College at Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville

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)

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

Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas (for teens and/or adults)

Apple Seeds Farm to Table Summer Camp, ages 8 and up (June 20-24 only at Apple Seeds Teaching Farm, Fayetteville)

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)

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

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

Little Einstein Montessori School, Bentonville

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Overnight camp

Camp War Eagle (Day camps + overnight)

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

Reading Programs/Summer events

Fayetteville Public Library

Springdale Public Library

Rogers Public Library

Bentonville Public Library

Summer Camp Spotlight: Flexible day camp with tons of fun

swimming girlNote from the mamas: This sponsored post is about one of our Summer Camp Guide’s featured camps. As always, the opinions you read here are completely our own. For info on this and other camps in the area, check out the complete Summer Camp Guide.

A few summers ago, one of the kids in our neighborhood went to Summer Day Camp at the Rogers Activity Center. After that kid told my kids about it, all I heard was about how much they wanted to go, too. I couldn’t blame them because, according to the neighbor kid, it was amazing. He gave it rave reviews, especially the fun trips to the swimming pool.

This summer the tradition of the super-fun summer day camp is alive and well at Rogers Activity Center. (In fact, this camp has been in action for more than 30 years!) We also love how this camp is FLEXIBLE and can therefore be customized to the weeks when you need it most. We mamas love options!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • RAC SDC LogoIt’s an 12-week program, but parents can pick the weeks they need. (There are one-week sessions available.)
  • The camp runs from May 23rd to August 12, 2016.
  • It’s for kids entering 1st grade through 7th grade.
  • The camp hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The kids get breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.
  • Campers will play games, participate in the RAC summer reading program, do arts and crafts and go on field trips.
  • This summer’s field trips include outings to the Rogers Aquatics Center, Amazeum, High Rise, skating and more.
  • Cost is $95 per week per child.

NOTE: A membership to the Rogers Activity Center is required for your kids to attend Summer Camp, but the fee is VERY reasonable ($20 per year for a kid) and includes kid playinga ton of perks. Plus, sponsorships are available. (For more information about memberships or the camp, call the Program Director Marleen Heyns at 479-631-0336, ext. 2505.)

If you’re only interested in a one-week session (or a couple of one-week sessions at different times during the summer), here are the weeks when those are available: May 23 – 27; May 31 – June 3; June 6 – 10; June 13 – 17; June 20 – 24; June 27- July 1; July 5 – 8; July 11 – 15; July 18 – 22; July 25 – 29; August 1 – 5; August 8 – 12

There will be a Summer Day Camp Parent Meeting held on May 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Activity Center, and camp leaders will answer questions there as well.

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

Have a happy summer!

RAC summer celebration

Summer Camp Spotlight: U of A Design School offers day or overnight camp

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If you have an older kid who’s interested in art and design, listen up, mamas!

The University of Arkansas is hosting Design Camp this summer — and it sounds AMAZing.

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and fellow campers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk students through the design process.

Click here to see a sample schedule. Click here to register.

We asked Alison Turner, AIA, LEED AP at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, to tell us about the upcoming camp:

Q: Tell us about your role in the design summer camp:

DesignCamp(SmallWebBanner)I am the Director of all of our camps and I also teach at most of them. We have (4) locations this year: Fayetteville (Basic and Advanced Camp and overnight option available), Little Rock, Hot Springs and Wilson, AR.

Q: Who would benefit from enrolling in the camp?

Students who are interested in art, architecture and/or design as a potential career path.

Q: What are some of the things students will learn in the classes, hands-on tours, etc?

We have three professional programs in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design: Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. In our camp, one of our focuses is teaching students what those professions are and how our design process works. We typically have a hands-on design project where the students learn different skills within the project, such as observation, sketching, brainstorming, site studies, programming, model construction and representational drawing. We also spend time getting out in the community to see built projects and talk to local designers.

Click here to see a video about Design Camp:

Q: Will students take home a project they create at camp?

In most cases, yes, the students will be able to take their work home with them. At some locations we have done an exhibition of the work immediately after the camp, but we try to get the work back to the students as soon as it is over.

Q: What do you hear most from students after their Fay Jones summer camp experience?

Most of the students love going through the design process and having the opportunity to realize a design of their own.

Q: How old do students need to be to attend?

The camp is open to students who will be going into 9th-12th grades in the fall. The only exception is that our Wison camp is open to K-12.

u of a logoQ: We noticed the Fayetteville camps has expanded to include staying overnights on campus. Is that so students can become more immersed in the experience?

In the past couple of years we have started to see interest from students who live all over Arkansas as well as students from out of state and we wanted to provide students who did not live locally to any of our locations the opportunity to attend the camp. But, also for local students who want to have a week long 24 hour camp experience. We will have fun activities in the evenings to help those students get to know each other better and share their camp experiences.

Q: You have classes for beginner and advanced (returning) students, correct?

Yes, we have our basic camp, which I would recommend for most students and because we have started to see students returning to camp we are starting an Advanced Design Camp option for students who have been to our camp before, or for students who have a significant amount of experience with architecture and design.

Q: When are the summer sessions?

We have four locations:

  • On Campus at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville from June 13-17.
  • In the City at the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock June 20-24.
  • In the Garden at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs June 27-July 1.
  • At the Delta School in Wilson Arkansas June 27-July 1.

Here’s a link to our website, which has a link to registration: http://fayjones.uark.edu/news-and-events/design-camp.php

For more information, you can also visit architecture.uark.edu, and click on Design Camp under “News and Events”.

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Alison at the Sydney Opera House

Alison Turner received her Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal given to the top graduating student, and her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University, where she was the graduation speaker representing Interior Architecture.

After graduating from Parsons, Turner spent several years practicing in New York City before moving to Fayetteville, where she continues to practice. She is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional.

In addition to teaching and practice, Turner is involved with community outreach programs to teach young students about design and the profession of architecture. She leads the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design’s summer Design Camp, and has participated in the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Girls of Promise, and Scouting University on the University of Arkansas Campus.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College offering cool summer camps for kids!

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How cool would it be for your kids to get a taste of the college educational experience by taking fun classes on a real campus?

Here’s their chance!

These short-term classes, offered by NorthWest Arkansas Community College, may just be the experience that ignites their passion for a certain topic.

NWACC Kid's CollegeNWACC’s Kid’s College is for students ages 9-13. The short-term classes include computer coding, robotics, and presidential elections. There’s also cooking, drawing comics and manga, junior medic and other interesting options.

There are half-day and full-day classes and they’ll be offered in June or July, so be sure to sign up early and save a seat for your kids. (Click here to visit the page with class listings, prices and days offered.)

Here are just a few of the classes being offered, along with their descriptions:

Robotics I
Unleash creative powers working with LEGO Mindstorms robots. Learn concepts in engineering, probability, and technology. Kids will be taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles through building individual robots.

kid's college collageGeospatial Technology I
Students will explore the basics of geospatial science and technology. Utilizing computers, students will explore planet Earth. They will also be using hardware with GPS receivers to collect information and visualize features on computers.

Character Design – Full Day
(Pre-requisite for Draw Comics and Manga)

Students create their own cartoon and comic characters. Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing the figure and facial expression from their imagination.

American Presidential Elections – Full Day
How is the most powerful U.S. politician elected to public office? This course will focus on this question utilizing a simulation to role-play and learn about the election process. Recently published articles will help students learn about the two-party system, campaigning, swing states, political advertising, ideology, the Electoral College, voter turnout, foreign and domestic policy, and interest group politics.

Cooking & Baking I

Learn about the delicious world of food! Kids will be elbow deep in fun, working together making recipes and learning about food and nutrition. We’ll provide the ingredients and tools, just come for the fun!

Junior Medic

Want to be a firefighter, paramedic, or work in healthcare? Campers will learn career facets of first respondents, fire rescue, nursing, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy in this interactive and hands-on week. The final day will include special helicopter, fire safety, and vehicle extrication demonstrations.

Click here to read more about Kid’s Camp at NWACC!

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

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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!