2016 nwaMotherlode Summer Camp Guide for Kids

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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!

ladybugJones Center ad 2016The Jones Center:

The Jones Center will offer a Basic Skills Skate Camp this year so kids can learn the fun of gliding along the ice!

Basic Skills Ice Skating Camp: In this camp, kids will learn all the basic skills they’ll need to get around well on the ice. June 13-17.

The Jones Center has events happening all summer long and offers a variety of classes to keep kids occupied, so be sure to jump over to the website and take a spin around for more info.

Click here to find out more about Basic Skills Ice Skating camp + all the fun this summer 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!

ladybugKaleidoscope Dance Academy Camp:

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy offers themed dance camps in the summer that are perfect for kids who are new to dance as well as more experienced dancers who want to sharpen their skills during the Kaleidoscope ad graphicsummer. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and each dancer will receive a camp t-shirt. Some camps include field trips, snow cone treats, visits from real princesses and more!

Summer sessions and themes:

  • June 20-23: Tropical Paradise (Ages 3 to 9; grouped by age)
  • June 27-30: Art of Dance (Ages 5 and up)
  • July 11-14: Frozen in July (Ages 3 and up)
  • July 18-21: Dance is Amazing (Ages 5 and up)
  • August 1-4: Princess Camp (Ages 3 and up)

Click HERE to visit Kaleidoscope’s website for info on summer camps.

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

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy, Bentonville (see featured camp listing above for more info)

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

Music/Drama

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: Kaleidoscope Dance Academy

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy Camp is one of the camps we’re featuring in this year’s Summer Camp Guide. My own daughter (who is now 9 years old) attended a Kaleidoscope camp two years ago and fell in love with dance and the studio itself.

She had taken dance classes at a different studio in the past, but I’d decided to look for different options. I wanted a studio that is committed to letting little girls look, dress and dance like young girls – not sexy women trying out to be a Lakers girl. And I also wanted a studio that cared enough to choose dance music with lyrics that wouldn’t make me cringe if my daughter started singing it in the car with her grandmother.

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Laine Harper, Kaleidoscope Dance Academy Director

After I met and talked with Laine Harper, Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Academy, I knew I’d found our new dance studio home. She’s not only a dancer and an instructor, she’s also a mom who truly cares about the values and the type of atmosphere created at the studio.

When I attended my daughter’s first Kaleidoscope dance recital last spring, I was so impressed, not only with the quality of the dancers, but also because none of the choreography made people in the audience feel as if it was inappropriate for the age of the dancers. And the costumes were SO cute but never too revealing or in bad taste.

If you’re on the hunt for a great place for your son or daughter to learn dance, I’d definitely recommend trying one of the Kaleidoscope dance camps this summer. (By the way, Kaleidoscope has a large group of boys who take classes here, and they are amazing! So fun to watch them on stage.) Here’s more info on the camps:

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy offers themed dance camps in the summer that are perfect for kids who are new to dance as well as more experienced dancers who want to sharpen their skills during the Kaleidoscope ad graphicsummer. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and each dancer will receive a camp t-shirt. Some camps include field trips, snow cone treats, visits from real princesses and more!

Summer sessions and themes:

  • June 20-23: Tropical Paradise (Ages 3 to 9; grouped by age)
  • June 27-30: Art of Dance (Ages 5 and up)
  • July 11-14: Frozen in July (Ages 3 and up)
  • July 18-21: Dance is Amazing (Ages 5 and up)
  • August 1-4: Princess Camp (Ages 3 and up)

Click HERE to visit Kaleidoscope’s website for info on summer camps.

Summer Camp Spotlight: Theatre Squared Drama Camps!

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If you have a kid who loves theatre, you may want to let them try out their acting skills at a Theater Squared Drama Camp because all of the programs are led by professional actors, directors and designers.

TheatreSquared is committed to helping train the artists of tomorrow through professional, immersive workshops and academies that advance theatrical craft. T2 camps enhance life skills of observation, focus, self-confidence, discipline, integrity, commitment and teamwork.

Who doesn’t want to encourage their kids to grow in those great qualities?

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)

MOTHERLODE_AD theatre squaredFor the younger kids: The drama camp for younger students is a creative camp that’s 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.

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

For the teenagers: 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.

t2 kidsThe students will be producing and performing the show Romeo and Juliet.

Two public performances of the production of Romeo and Juliet will take place on July 29 at 4pm and 6pm at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville.

Students will receive 2 complimentary tickets for the public performances and additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

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

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Featured summer camps

There’s only a week or two left of school for most kids in Northwest Arkansas, so if you’re still looking for good options for summer camps or programs, we’ve got you covered.

rp_sunshine-300x300.jpgThis week during the Mamas on Magic radio segment, we talked about some of the great camps and summer programs being offered in Northwest Arkansas for kids of all ages (including teens). If you missed it on the radio,  click the left side of the audio bars below to hear the recommendations now. For ALL the details on summer camps, check out the 2016 Summer Camp Guide.

Mamas on Magic airs on Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. weekdays. Join us during your morning drive to talk about all things mama-related!

Community Creative Center; Univ. of Arkansas Design Camp

Rogers Activity Center; Kids College at Northwest Arkansas Community College

Camp Prism; The Jones Center

Theatre Squared Drama Camp; Kaleidoscope Dance Camps; Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas

Arts Live Theatre; Fayetteville Public Library

Summer Camp Spotlight: Arts Live Theatre builds confidence, creativity!

arts live headerNote 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.

We love drama camps for the main reason that they’re fun!

But there are also benefits beyond the fun, such as memorization skills, confidence in front of a crowd and good old adaptability in the face of changing circumstances. Theatre play also encourages a kid’s creativity.

Arts Live summer camps sunMark Landon Smith and the other folks at Arts Live Theatre have been working with kids for many years to bring out all these great qualities. And they’ve dreamed up some great drama camps for various ages this summer in June, July and August.

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:

  • Summer Daze Musical Theatre Camp! June 6-10, 10 am – 11 am.
  • Vacation Time Musical Theatre Camp! June 20-24, 9 am – 10 am.
  • Little Broadway Musical Theatre Camp! July 11-July 15, 10 am – 11 am.
  • Seas of Fun Musical Theatre Camps! July 25-29, 9 am – 10 am

CREATE-A-PLAY CAMPS:

  • Fairytale Theatre!, June 13-17, 10.30 am – 11.30 am.
  • Pirates and Fun!, July 18-22, 10 am – 11 a.m.
  • The Land of Make Believe!, August 1-5, 9 am – 10 am.
  • Super Heroes and Super Villains!, August 8-12, 10 am – 11 am.

Camps for Ages 8-11

THEATRE DANCE CAMPS:

  • Get Up and Dance Camp!, June 6-June 10, 11.30 am – 1 pm.
  • Get Up Again and Dance Camp!, July 18-22, 11.30 am – 1 pm.

​MUSICAL THEATRE CAMPS:

  • Broadway Musical Theatre Camp!, June 20-24, 10.30 am – 12 noon.
  • Spotlight Musical Theatre Camp!, July 11-July 15, 1 pm – 2.30 pm.
  • Curtain Up Musical Theatre Camp!, July 25-July 29, 10 am – 11.30 am.

CREATE-A-PLAY CAMPS:

  • Super Heroes and Super Villains!, July 18-July 22, 1.30 pm – 3 pm.
  • Wizards and Magical Creatures Theatre!, July 25-July 29, 11.30 am – 1 pm.

arts live kidsREADER’S THEATRE CAMP:

  • ​Reader’s Theatre Camp!, August 1-5, 10.30 am – 12 noon.

COMEDY IMPROV CAMP:

  • Comedy Improv Camp!,. August 8-12, 10.30 am – 12 noon.

Camps for Ages 12-18

SUMMER THEATRE CONSERVATORY:

  • Summer Theatre Conservatory!, June 13-24, 1 pm – 3 pm.

MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP:

  • Monologue Workshop!, July 25-29, 1 pm – 2.30 pm.

COMEDY IMPROV:

  • Comedy Improv!, August 8-12, 1 pm – 2.30 pm.

Each Arts Live camp will end with a free public showcase performance the final day of each camp. Students will get to show off what they learned that week! There are limited spaces in each camp, so sign up ASAP to reserve your spot, mamas!

Camps will be held at Arts Live Theatre (818 N. Sang Avenue, Fayetteville).

arts live lolInfo about the Arts Live Theatre LOL Gala: Arts Live has a great fundraiser every year and this one is on June 4th.

The Arts Live Theatre Laugh Out Loud Gala at the Fayetteville Town Center  includes a delicious dinner buffet, wine and beer provided by Blue Top Liquor, a live auction of terrific packages and entertainment by Phunbags Comedy Improv.

CLICK HERE to get your gala tickets!

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