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!

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


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

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: May 2016

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Strawberry Pic-nic, Dickey Farms

strawberryBring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and instruments. Sunday, May 1st, beginning at 11 a.m.. They will be giving away free strawberry shortcake. Bring your own lunch and stay as long as you want. The farm will be open for u-pick that day as well. “We always have you out in the fall, but this year you can enjoy the spring with us and see what else we do besides pumpkins. Can’t wait to see you!”

Date: May 1

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Dickey Farms

More info: Click here

Bentonville Film Festival

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) will be May 3 – 8 in Bentonville and will feature approximately 35 films in competition, and expand its platform with the addition of a short film competition, three community events and a new Diversity and Inclusion Summit to be held for senior level decision makers from multiple industries. The Bentonville Film Festival remains the only festival to offer winning films guaranteed distribution.

Date: May 3-8

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

Farm Friends

farm friendsThis is a great event for kids to see live farm animals, to enjoy free beans and cornbread and lots more. So much fun!

Date: May 5

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Highway 112 South, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Fridays: Film Fest

Date: May 6

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

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

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Spanker Creek Craft Fair

Date: May 6-7-8

Time: Varies

Location: Spanker Creek Farm

More info: Click here

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festival

springdale arts and craftsDate: May 6-7

Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Springdale Convention Center

More info: Click here

Spring Craft Fair, War Eagle Mill

May 6 – 8 – Spring Celebration. Enjoy live music on the Mill Porch: Voxana will be playing on Saturday, 11-3 and another band to be announced will be playing on Sunday! Shop the Sharp Craft Show in the fields adjacent to the Mill, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 5pm and Sunday 8 am – 4pm. The Mill will have regular business hours.

Date: May 6-8

Time: See above

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

More info: Click here

Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival

It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air and the craft fair is back in town. Frisco Station Mall will have their spring craft fair inside of the mall starting Friday May 6th at 10 am. Lots a great vendors and an air conditioned great place. This is a free family friendly event.

Date: May 6-8

Time: Varies

Location: Frisco Station Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

Free Comic Book Day

Date: May 7

free comic book dayFayetteville Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon:

Enjoy free comics, themed crafts for different ages, superhero face painting, and become a superhero in FPL’s own standup cut out!

Children will be able to decorate their own superhero mask to compliment their painted faces and teens can decorate themed book bags to celebrate the day.

Free cotton candy to be provided by Arkansas Dentistry and Braces.

This event is free and open to all ages. Art supplies and comics will be provided.

Bentonville Public Library, all day:

BPL is celebrating 15 years of Free Comic Book Day with its 4th Annual Free Comic Book Day event in partnership with Children’s Book Week and Bentonville Film Festival. Starting with the free comics, we will also have a superhero training camp for children, a cosplay accessory station for teens, illustrator workshops for teens and adults, and more.

Artosphere: Circa’s Carnival of the Animals

carnival of the animalsCirca, an ensemble of multi-skilled dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and tumblers, will perform Carnival at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets are only $10. One of the 2016 Artosphere Festival’s featured events for children and families, Carnival of the Animals is a blend of circus, music and multimedia. Circa’s performers will take audiences on a thrilling escapade through the wondrous world of the animal kingdom with whimsical tales of creatures from land and sea.

Date: May 13

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Kendrick Fincher Hydration race/walk event

The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Celebration will have 5 exciting events this year for the entire family: 18th Annual Youth Run, which is a free event for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, distances are 1/2 mile for students K-3rd and 1 mile for students 4th-8th.  The event also hosts 5K run/walk and the Duathlon, which is a 3.1 mile run, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. New this year is the addition of a Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot! There’s something for everyone!

A great way for an entire family to get active together!

Date: May 14

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix: Razorback Greenway

fayetteville-trailmix-2015FREE. This year, Trail Mix has expanded to include the Razorback Regional Greenway, spanning six Northwest Arkansas cities. Join us for a festive day of free programs with artists and musicians in various locations across NWA – we’ll start with a kickoff celebration at the Fayetteville square, then meet up again for the Springdale Front Porch Festival in the Mill Street District.

There will be live performances at: Mercy Trailhead in Rogers and a final celebration at Lawrence Plaza just off the Bentonville square. Events include bike parades, interactive performance art, live music and dancing, farmers’ markets and a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Razorback Greenway. This year’s Trail Mix also partners with the second annual “Square to Square” bike ride (fee and registration required).

Saturday Trail Mix artists include: The Bike Zoo, Evalyn Parry, Paula Fuga, Polyglot Theatre ANTS, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Saturday’s Trail Mix will extend to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2nd Annual Garden Party until 5 pm, with music, food trucks and special performances by Trail Mix artists Circa, Beth Stockdell and more!

Date: May 14

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Locations throughout Northwest Arkansas (see above)

More info: Click here for a full list of 2016 Artosphere events.

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix: Frisco Trail

FREE. On Sunday, Trail Mix comes to the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville, starting with bike decorating at Community Creative Center at 4 pm. Then, beginning at 5 pm, head to the Frisco Trail for more outdoor fun and entertainment.

Sunday Trail Mix artists include: Paula Fuga, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Date: Sunday, May 15

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Location: Frisco Trail, Fayetteville

More info: Click here for a full list of this year’s Artosphere events.

Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Crescent Hotel

books in bloomSpend the day with inspiring writers in the garden setting of The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

Date: May 15

Time: Starts around noon

Location: Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Artosphere: The Okee Dokee Brothers

Rafting down their neighborhood creek and discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains created the Okee Dokee Brothers passion for the great outdoors. They write and perform original music to inspire children and families to get outside and get creative. The Brother’s witty lyrics, musicianship and unique folk style have won praise from NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today. Inspire your students’ love and respect for our Natural State with these three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners! Tickets are only $8.

The Okee Dokee Brothers will also be performing at The Razorback Greenway Trail Mix on May 14.

Date: May 15

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here


The Okee Dokee Brothers

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Provided by Arkansas NICA and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. Instruction will be focused on pre-ride checks, braking, cornering, body positioning, and climbing. Concludes with a group ride! Open to all ages, but aimed at getting children interested in the sport of mountain biking.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Date: May 7

Time: 9-11 a.m., followed by a group ride

Location: Lake Fayetteville (North Shore Pavilion/Skills Park)

More info: Parks and Recreation at 444-3463, tgaulke@fayetteville-ar.gov or click here for more information.

Touch a Truck

touch a truckThis year’s Touch-a-Truck will once again feature crowd favorites – dozens of vehicles that kids (and kids-at-heart) can explore. Vehicles you can expect to see include construction equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, tractors and much more. There will also be special appearances and activities including mascots, costumed characters, fingernail painters, science demonstrations and building projects, just to name a few.

In addition to equipment, vehicles, and entertainment, there will be concessions available offering lunch, refreshments, ice cream and all the tasty treats you’d expect to find at a family-fun event.

Tickets are just $5 each or $20 per family (max 5 guests per family ticket). Guests can purchase their tickets online soon, or at the event. For questions about the event, please email the Touch-a-Truck Committee at TAT@juniorleagueNWA.org.

Date: May 7 (Rain date: Saturday, June 4th)

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Promenade, Rogers

More info: Click here

Discover the Grounds: Nature Photography Walk

Free. See the great outdoors through the eyes of renowned nature photographer Bob Lyons from Longwood Gardens. After an inspiring presentation about his 30-year career as a photographer and contributor for the plant magazine Horticopia, Lyons, the former Director of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, will guide participants in using eyes, mind, and camera to capture extended and fleeting moments in your personal landscapes. All image-taking devices are welcome; or simply come, listen, and gain a new understanding of looking at nature and landscapes.

Date: May 14

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here to register online or call guest services at 479.657.2335.

Under the Sea with Ariel

Come under the sea to meet Ariel in person at The Jones Center pool! On Sunday, May 15th from 1-3 pm, Ariel will be in person at the splash pool to take pictures, sign autographs, and interact with kids.

This event is MEMBERS ONLY, so make sure your membership is active, and bring your family. CLICK HERE to become a member or renew your membership online. You can also call 479-756-8090.

Date: May 15

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Jones Center for Families

More info: Click here

under the sea

Egg, a children’s play

eggA magical story of friendship unfolds from a nest of twigs, feathers and shell. Three exuberant birds are on an adventure of a lifetime through which they grapple with growing up and finally take flight. Told through physical theater, illusion and music, Egg is a funny non-verbal exploration of the theme of leaving the nest performed by In Cahoots Theatre Company of Belfast, Ireland. Tickets are only $8.

Recommend for ages 4 and up, including non-English speakers.

Date: May 21

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More information: Click here

Cowboys for Hospice and Family Country Fun Day

cowboys for hospiceThis free event includes: sorting competition Calcutta, pie competition and auction, outdoor music concert, greased pig catchin’, sack races, barrel train, kid’s games, BBQ chicken, smoked brisket, chuck wagon beans, turkey fries and campfire potatoes until they’re gone! Donations will be accepted at this fundraising event, with all proceeds going to Washington Regional Hospice.

Date: Saturday, May 21

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Willow Springs Ranch, 15053 Walker Road, Prairie Grove

6th Annual Block Street Block Party

Date: May 22

Time: Noon to dark

Location: Block Street, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Rug Rat Adventure Day

Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a day full of activities and learning geared toward our primitive roots of exploration. This free event will work in stations around the Pat Rack pond, including:
– Tyrolean Traverse
– Monkey Bridge
– Rock wall
– Boat paddle
– Nature crafts
– Face painting

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists will be here with their ice cream bike churning homemade ice cream. There will also be fruit, water, and lemonade available.

Woody & Sunshine will be there with their smiles and jams.

Date: May 28

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Beauty Buzz: How to deal with under-eye circles

By Andi Douglas

I am 1001 times over the dark circles that have taken up permanent residence under my eyes. Once only a problem for Hungover Andi, they have become a daily struggle and the realization that this is caused by *gulp* the thinning of my skin due to aging sent me spiraling into the five stages of grief.

Denial: Dang, the lighting in my bathroom is awful…I’ll look better once I’m outside.

Anger: This is ridiculous! I’ve never had dark circles before and I WILL NOT have them now. Period.

Bargaining: Okay, if I start going to bed an hour early instead of searching Pinterest and I drink 8, no 10 glasses of water a day they’ll go away. Yeah, that will work.

Depression: If I’m going to look like a raccoon I might as well just sleep all day and create a burrow on the couch. Loafin’ Joes delivers; I’m just a fat raccoon now. Call me Rocky. *sigh*

Acceptance: Siri, how do I cover these freaking under eye circles?

So, here I am admitting that I need to add a couple of extra steps to my beauty routine which I can accept, because to be honest, I wasn’t really getting that extra hour of sleep anyway.

If your dark circles are accompanied by puffiness there are a few ways to minimize those bags. Preventatively, cut down the amount of salt and alcohol in your diet. Both lead to water retention and increased swelling. You can also sleep on an extra pillow to help drain the fluid that is accumulating around your eyes and apply a cold compress or chilled spoon under your eyes for a few minutes in the morning.

To help hide the discoloration, follow these 3 steps:

1. Prep your skin with an eye cream: Dab a drop of eye cream along the under eye area starting on the inside corner and working your way out. There are a jillion under eye creams on the market because we all know our “wisdom” shows first in our eyes, so don’t be afraid to ask for samples and test it out. A couple of top-rated options are Mario Badescu Skin Care Ceramide Eye Gel , particularly effective for puffiness if you keep it in the fridge, and Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream, which lives up to it’s name.

under eye circles2. Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them show: I bet Elsa depuffs her eyes every morning with her icy touch but not all of us are that lucky. Gently dot concealer along the under eye area using a thin concealer brush and starting at the inner corner of the eye were circles are darkest. Choose a concealer that brightens and has a yellow undertone to neutralize the purple color of the dark circles. (FYI: Here’s a great guide to what makeup brushes are for what)

3. Seal the deal with powder: Prevent the concealer from settling into creases and wrinkles throughout the day by applying a light translucent powder on top. Or you can use a matte eye shadow two shades lighter than your skin.

If you too are suffering with the loss of your 30-second makeup routine and having trouble coping, there is a support group. We meet at the Chick-fil-A playground in our active wear.

P.S. If your dark circles happen to be brought on by a new baby, a stomach bug raging through your house, an elementary school yearbook deadline that required several all nighters (true story), or having to wait up late for a tardy teenager, you wear those bags with pride, Mama!

Not native to Northwest Arkansas? Welcome Wagon 2.0 to the rescue!

welcome wagon 2.0 sliderWhether you live in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville (or any of the lovely little cities in between), Northwest Arkansas is a great place to live and raise a family.

We’d like to welcome you to this corner of the state and help you get started. We’ve pulled together some resources to help you plug in immediately with our new Welcome Wagon 2.0:

1. There’s always something fun to do.

NWA is brimming with festivals, fairs, charity events, outdoor activities, and unique events every year. You won’t be bored if you take advantage of all the good stuff the area has to offer. Take a look at our calendar of events, which is published at the beginning of each month, by clicking here. We’re guessing you’ll be able to find something your family would love to do.

2. Start meeting local moms.

We interview local mothers in a feature called 5 Minutes with a Mom and they always share some fun stuff about their favorite places to play in NWA or even the best motherhood advice they’ve ever received. You might just see some of these mamas around town. Click here to “meet” NWA mamas now.

If you’d like to connect with local moms in person, we’ve got some fun mom groups in NWA (click on the name of the organization to visit their website):

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Central United Methodist Church, Rogers

MOMS Club of Bella Vista/Bentonville

MOMS Club of Fayetteville

Mom App monthly event, Cross Church, Fayetteville & Cross Church, Pinnacle Hills in Rogers

NWA Playgroup, Fayetteville

NWA Hip Mamas, Bentonville

3. Rain or shine, there’s a place to play in NWA.

We pulled together a great list of indoor and outdoor activities for you here, everything from a trip to the amazing Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (FREE, by the way) to the new trampoline park in Rogers.

4. You’ll never go hungry with this great list of NWA restaurants (+ a kids eat free list!)

There are so many great food options here in Northwest Arkansas. We asked local food lovers to tell us their faves and we put together a list to help you find just what the thing in the mood for. Click here to see the big list.

If you want to find some local places to eat that are easy on the wallet, we have a list here: where Kids Eat Free. If you’re eating in, but need a new recipe, we have some great ideas from local mamas in our Mealtime Mama category. Click here to see some great recipes.

5. Need a bakery or a birthday party venue? A place to get your pants hemmed or swim lessons for your kids this summer?

No problem, we’ve got you covered! We put together a Business Directory that’s completely mom-oriented. Click here to visit the Mom-Approved Business Directory of mom-friendly local businesses.

6. Summer camps galore!

If you’re new to NWA and you don’t know what’s available, we’ve got a good list for you here. There are so many great camp options, whether you need full-day or just a few hours a week.

7. Stay in the loop about mom news.

We send out a newsletter about once a week, but only when there’s something in it for you. We usually let moms know about new giveaways, which are always things or experiences we’d like to win ourselves (that’s our test for whether to give it away on nwaMotherlode or not!).Click here to sign up for the newsletter and we’ll send all the mom news straight to your inbox.

If you have a question about any of the info in our Welcome Wagon 2.0 — or if there’s something else you’d like to ask — we’re here for you! Just give Shannon and Gwen (the mamas who run nwaMotherlode) a shout and we’ll be happy to write you back. You can email us at: mamas{at}nwamotherlode{dot}com.

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Shannon & Gwen, nwaMotherlode founders

Slightly Tilted: Bronze is the new black

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By Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos

Oh, vacation. I so need you. My hubby needs you. My kids need you. My neighborhood needs us to leave. Our co-workers need a break from us. It’ s time.

It takes me a little bit more preparation to go on this vacation than the rest of the family. Because I’m a woman. That has to wear a bathing suit. In public.

Body insecurity much?

My go-to for a beach vacation, or basically anything that requires me to feel like I can conquer the world, is a spray tan. Have you ever gotten one? Oh, man…you are automatically 10 pounds lighter, more confident, and at least 15 years younger.

I’m not going to lie — you have to get almost naked in front of a stranger. (Usually a college kid that’s not even old enough to drink and has a perfect body.) That’s okay, because you are old enough to drink and if you have to take a shot to get the courage to become awesome, then do it. It’ll be worth it.

After apologizing profusely for what this young girl is about to see, it’s time to strip down. This person is about to see naked you from every angle, so for the love of God, DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT! You might see this person in the grocery store and do you really want them to flash back to this moment? Let me answer that for you: NO. No, you do not.

I try not to talk too much, but the nervous chatter just spills out of me.

spray tan“My boobs are the size of irritated mosquito bites. That’s what kids will do to you.”

“Can you make my thighs extra dark so my cellulite doesn’t show?”

“I want to lipo my butt and put it in my chest…do you think that’s possible?”

“I hope you have short term memory loss.”

“I work out a lot…I promise. It’s just hard to tell.”

“Well, I just ate a lot of salt, so I’m probably really bloated.”

“Just how good is your eyesight?”

And so on…

I can literally feel her eyes roll back in her head and she’s thinking that I probably think 80’s music is still cool. She’s right. I do. Because it is. Duh.

And then she’s done and she didn’t even throw up, bless her heart. I use the blower, which deforms my skin in all sorts of weird ways and makes my fat look like ocean waves, until I’m dry enough to get dressed. I look in the mirror.

Well, hello there, Miss Brazil. I. Am. Awesome.

I pull on my clothes and walk – no, strut – out of the little room all the way to my car. Looking good, I think to myself, and actually wink at my reflection. I may be a tiny bit out of control.

I walk in the door to my house and my son looks at me like I’m an alien.

“What? I know. I look amazing, right? Exotic!”, I say.

“What does exotic mean?” asks my son.

oompa loompa“Like…from a different place,” I say.

“Yeah! Like from the Chocolate Factory! You’re an Oompa Loompa!”, he says.

I will not be deflated by an eight-year-old. I tell him to go outside to play.

My daughter walks in. “Hey, Cheeto!”, she laughs.

Obviously, they’re both jealous of my new, improved self. I pity them. Poor, untanned little people. They don’t even recognize perfection when they see it. This is probably their dad’s fault.

I text all my friends: I got a spray tan! You are all pasty white losers, but I love you anyway! <3

They reply immediately. They KNOW I am now feeling like a mix of Superwoman and Heidi Klum. They are scheduling theirs right away. They will not let me down. We will all be invincible together. We will be able to stay awake past 8:30 p.m. We will buy new underwear. Okay, maybe not that. But we will play our music louder in the car and call each other “my bitches” for a few days. Just because it makes us feel cooler.

My hubby comes home. He looks at me and wiggles his eyebrows. “Oh!”, he says. “Spray tan day, huh? You feeling…awesome?”


“Well, that’s good. You look awesome.”

Did I tell you he’s a good man? Well, he’s a good man. He understands what a spray tan can do for my…confidence. He’s fully supportive of the bronzy, annoyingly confident me.

AND, I can now go on vacation and wear my bathing suit with my cover up and floppy hat and 50 spf sunscreen and legally drink margaritas and not even hate the younger women around me. See? Spray tans make you a better person! It’s like a law or something, I think.

So, do I recommend a spray tan? Yep. I sure do.

I mean, I don’t want to be awesome all by myself. Join me on the bronze side. It’s more fun over here.

jen adair3Hey. I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur. Homeschool mom. CEO of organized chaos. Ok – it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT…it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever…at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people! :)