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:

Crystal 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!

Prism 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!

Camp options for kids by category:

Art Camps

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

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

Aspire Gymnastics Academy, Bentonville

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics, Springdale

The Little Gym, Rogers

Williams Center, Fayetteville

Club Infiniti, Bentonville

All That Dance, Bentonville


Trike Theatre, Bentonville

Summer Academy for Young Actors, TheatreSquared, Fayetteville

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)

First School, Fayetteville

The Jones Center, Springdale

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

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

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

A virtual trip to the Northwest Arkansas Mall

mallLogoNote from the mamas: The Northwest Arkansas Mall is one of our awesome Motherlode sponsors. However, all opinions are our own, as always!

We went shopping at the Northwest Arkansas Mall over the weekend (for Easter basket goodies and clothes) and the whole place was bursting with Spring colors and fun finds, including a brand new kiosk with ride-on toys that are shaped like animals.

Kids like this adorable boy were zipping all around us on their riding toys ($10 for 30 minutes, $6 for 10 minutes):

Boy on panda at NWA Mall, Fayetteville

The kiosk is called “Sooner Happy Ride” and it’s near center court, where the mall now has a nice seating area (see it in the background?).

We also found some great Spring accessories at Aldo. We love the fresh, Spring flowers on the handbags. So pretty!

Aldo spring accessories

At Francesca’s, we found some cute wall art:

Francesca's wall art

This was our favorite (and it’s true):

Francesca's pretty girls sign

We also had to go in and sample all the Bath & Body Works lotions and potions, because who could resist this tropical display?

Bath & Body Works

We hope you enjoyed this virtual stroll through the NWA Mall. Speaking of tropical, it’s about time to go find a dress for the NWA Mom Prom. We’re not even going to THINK about swimsuits yet…

Happy Spring shopping, mamas! What are you looking for right now?

Time to plant flowers in Northwest Arkansas

Flower garden how toApril showers bring May flowers…but first they must be planted. This is the perfect time of year to plant flowers in Northwest Arkansas, so let’s get started.

flower-vase-393423_640 (2)If you’ve ever received a surprise bouquet of flowers (and if you haven’t, go out and buy yourself one because you deserve it!) then you know the effect a vase of fresh cut flowers has on a space. Some of the most beautiful cut flowers are easy to grow right in your own back yard, and they’re a great benefit to the bees and butterflies.

With your own cutting garden, you won’t have to wait for someone to buy you flowers. You can cut your own, slip them into a vase and instantly brighten up any room in the house.

The downside of growing your own cutting flowers is that someone has to do the maintenance, right? All the bouquets in the world won’t make up for sweating while pulling weeds in July humidity. (And don’t even get me started on the mosquitoes.)

The key to avoiding the drudgery is selecting the right plants and planting them closely enough that there is no room for weeds.

Here are a few low-maintenance flowers I recommend for your cutting garden:

  • Echinacea – Also known as purple coneflower, this plant is one of the easiest to grow, blooms throughout summer and fall, and grows closely enough that there is little room for weeds. After the last chance of frost has passed (approximately April 15), lightly rake the surface of the soil in a prepared bed, where all grass and weeds have been removed. Sprinkle seeds about 6-inches apart and water well.
  • Zinnias – This popular cutting flower also blooms throughout summer and fall and comes in many colors. In prepared soil after the last chance of frost, plant a few zinnia seeds 6 to 12-inches apart and cover with ¼-inch of soil. Water well.


    Red zinnias look great in the garden and gorgeous in a vase on the kitchen table, too.

  • Milkweed – There has been a lot of talk lately about severely declining Monarch butterfly populations. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarchs, which means this is the only one which they will lay eggs on because it is the only plant the larvae can eat. There are many different types of milkweed, including many varieties that are native to Northwest Arkansas. A popular variety is tropical milkweed. While not native to our area, this variety grows well in our climate and blooms through summer and fall. It’s a stunning orange and red cut flower. Just be sure to add plenty of plants and leave some blooms for the butterflies.
  • Daisies – This simple yet beautiful flower is a staple in any cutting garden. It’s a perennial that also re-seeds, making it a low-maintenance flower year after year. While the white Shasta is the most widely known variety, there are plenty of daisies in different colors. Sow a few daisy seeds in a prepared bed 12-inches apart, ¼-inch deep in March or early April. Water well.

Consider planting several different flowers in one bed to create interest in the space. Combine colors, sizes and textures for a beautiful environment that will attract bees and butterflies.

Consider adding easy herbs like dill or basil to your flower gardens to attract even more pollinators.

What is your favorite cut flower? Post your suggestions in the space below!

Tiffany Selvey, Master GardenerTiffany Selvey is a Master Gardener who writes about her passion for growing, cooking, and living naturally atwww.Songbird-Gardens.com. When she’s not elbow deep in soil, she enjoys raising a very active son, laughing with her husband, and wrangling their pets. Follow Tiffany’s gardening adventures on facebook , instagram and on twitter.

For more advice on growing your own vegetables this summer, click HERE to read more how-to articles by Tiffany.

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: April 2015

easter bunnyClick here to see a list of Easter 2015 events and activities, including times and hours for the Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall!

Pinwheels for Prevention Rally

The Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally will be from 11:30-1:00 p.m. on April 1 at Dave Peel Park in Bentonville with guest speaker, Susan Hutchinson, Arkansas’ First Lady. There will be a free hot dog lunch, drinks, ice cream, and a proclamation of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue.

Date: April 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Dave Peel Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here


Karaoke in the Park

Karaoke in the Park is a family & kid friendly show. No smoking or alcohol drinking. This is a good time for friends and family to come and fellowship while being entertained. (April – October)

Date: April 2 (continuing through October)

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Frisco Park Pavilion, Rogers

More info: Click here

First Thursday Fayetteville (April to October)

The first Thursday of each month from April to October from 5:30 to 9 p.m., First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages. Free to the public. First Thursday feels like a giant gallery opening, with all the energy and excitement of a street festival.

Date: April 2

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

first thursday

Cinderella & McFarland USA (Both rated PG) at 112 Drive-In

cinderellaAges 13 and older - $8
Ages 6-12 - $3
Ages 5 and under are free

Showtimes: 7:45  p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Date: April 3-5

Time: 7:45 p.m.

Location: 112 Drive-in, Fayetteville

More info: Click here to see upcoming drive-in movies

First Friday Bentonville (First Fridays of the month April to November)

This First Friday is fashioned after European street fairs. It highlights the talents of street performers, like jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magicians and more.

Date: April 3

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

First Friday

NWA March for Babies

March for Babies is a family-friendly event benefitting the March of Dimes.  Registration begins at 9:00am, the 5K walk at 10:00am, followed by awards and lunch. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a visit from Strike, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ Mascot and inflatables games like – the Bounce-Around House, other activities include:  face painting, balloon clowns, team sign/poster creating, stroller decorating and more.  There will also be a garden of hope, where walkers can honor the babies in their life that they are walking in honor or memory of.

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in Arkansas that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

Date: April 4

Time: Registration and Activities begin at 9 am  Walk begins at 10.

Location:  Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here

Casino Night

A fundraiser for the Single Scholarship Fund of NWA.

Date: April 4

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Aloft Hotel

More info: Click here

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Vintage Market Days

NW Arkansas Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

vintageDate: April 10-12

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

Heart Gallery Premiere, Project Zero

Project Zero’s mission is to raise awareness about adoption through the Arkansas state foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child that is waiting. One way Project Zero promotes awareness is through a traveling heart gallery that showcases some of our state’s waiting children.

On April 10, Project Zero will be premiering a brand new heart gallery that will travel around Northwest Arkansas. At the premiere, we will be fundraising to ensure waiting children have their picture represented in the gallery and that our organization can continue to support all waiting children in their pursuit to find their forever family. The first lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson, will be the guest speaker and 19 Kids and Counting’s Amy Duggar is the musical guest.

Date: April 10

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Church Gatheria, Rogers

More info: Click here

Out-of-the-box Luncheon (Girls on the Run)

Date: April 10

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Avondale, Bentonville

More info: Click here

girls on the run

For the Birds: Family Workshop (Register by April 4th)

This interactive workshop will introduce families to birdwatching, the calls of songbirds, as well as the nests of those birds. Families will take home a bird nesting material holder and bird identification materials appropriate for young people.

Date: April 11

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Hogeye Kids Run

Date: April 11

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Koh’s store, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Spot, Walton Arts Center

SPOT_266x375Date: April 12

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon

For the 6th Annual Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon, the speaker will be Suzie Eller, International Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author, former radio co-host, and Bible Gateway blogger. Butterflies & Blooms is the annual fundraising luncheon for Saving Grace NWA.

Date:  April 16

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Convention center

More info: Click here

Glow Run, Fun Walk, The Burpee Mile

This glow-themed run is a family- friendly event that raises awareness to empower children to find their voice and speak up against abuse. Together we are giving children back their childhood! This year’s event features: 5K Glow Run (chip-timed), 1-Mile Fun Walk, 400 Yard Super Hero Dash, Burpee Mile or Glow on Your Own (Opportunity to make a $25 donation to the CAC if not available to run)

Night-time events feature an explosion of glow-in-the-dark elements:

• Everyone is encouraged to Glow from Head to Toe!
• Get your “Glow on” with face and body paint
• Food/snacks on sale from local vendors.
• Live entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. at Frisco Main stage
• Family-friendly environment with  inflatables and activities for all ages
• Prizes: Top 3 overall, Top 3 each age category; Best Glow from Head to Toe participant; Best Team Spirit

Date: April 17

Location: Frisco Stage, downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Farm Friends

baby chickBring the kids to visit farm animals like baby chicks, goats and calves.

Date: April 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Location: Pauline Whitaker Arena, Fayetteville

More info: Click here


Champions for Kids RazorFest is a unique event that’s held in partnership with the Razorback Red-White game. This event attracts tens of thousands of people each year to enjoy a free, fun family day with children and a red-white scrimmage with the Razorback football team. Since the first RazorFest, this event has grown from engaging 22,000 people to now, on a good weather day, drawing over 70,000 people from across the state. 

Date: April 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium

More info: Click here

Race for the Cure

Date: April 25

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

The Dark Knight Marathon

Members earn sponsorships and they compete in a unique round-robin or “ladder” fashion. As many as six bouts happen simultaneously. The event starts 6 p.m. April 25 at . The Marathon ends when the players become too tired to continue (often after midnight). The public is invited to attend for free and enjoy the fencing while learning about the many benefits of the sport. The public will have the opportunity to experience fencing first hand with a preliminary portion to the marathon that starts at 5 p.m. that same day. Participation in the preliminary event has a small fee but watching is free.

Date: April 25

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: The Center (1100 SE 14th St. Suite 16 in Bentonville)

More info: Click here

James + James adds retail location, new surprises

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Can we start out by saying that we think the world of the owner at James + James?

We first met James Smith when he was shooting video Christmas cards for families and then we recruited him to shoot and edit videos for our brand new (at the time) Doc Talk series with Mercy Health.

Then James (and his friend, James) shifted gears. He noticed there was a need for affordable, quality and real-wood furniture, so he tried his hand at another passion — furniture building. Now his start-up, James+James is one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country.

James+James products are found in nearly every state from coast to coast. Job creation right here in the U.S. continues to remain a top priority. The company now provides work to over 20 team members and growing.

And just a few months ago, James + James opened a new retail store and it is a furniture showcase that’s filled with amazing home decor, lighting and gift options you don’t see in other places. They are headed to market soon and plan to come back with a HAUL. We can’t wait to see the new surprises in store!

We have to tell you, the retail location (at 4217 S. Thompson St. in Springdale, 1 mile north of the NWA Mall) is beautiful even without all the great furniture and accessories.

Here’s a little peek inside:

james inside store

Here’s a video about their story. In it, James talks about the versatility of their hand-crafted furniture and how it has led them to selling to people living in all but two states in the U.S. (and lots of other  countries) from penthouses in New York City to farmhouses in Illinois.

The retail store and showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm. In addition to the amazing tables and chairs, we’re partial to the lighting options at the retail store:

james lighting

CLICK HERE to visit the James + James website. You can order online or stop by their retail store and showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale! Like them on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s new. They have some surprises coming soon!