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:

ladybugCrystal 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!

ladybugPrism 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!

ladybugSummer Academy for Young Actors, Theatre Squared:

Theatre Squared, summer camp, croppedThe Summer Drama Camp is perfect for kids who are ages 10-12. In the mornings, students will study acting, improvisation, movement, stage combat and design!  In the afternoons, they will devise and rehearse an original showcase production that will highlight favorite scenes and sonnets from the bard.

This creative camp is perfect for students 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.

♦ A free public showcase performance will take place July 10 at 3pm in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios where students can share the week’s achievement with their friends and families.

♦ There are also summer programs also available at Theatre Squared for ages 13-18. CLICK HERE for more info about the T2 summer drama camp for teens.

Click here to find out more about these summer academy options for your young actor!

ladybugThe Little Gym:

little gym summer campThe Little Gym’s philosophy revolves around developing kids’ motor skills while building their self confidence. At The Little Gym of Rogers, owner Melanie Shannon takes a holistic “Three-Dimensional Learning” approach to skill development. This philosophy is based on three core tenets: “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination; “Brain Boost” to nurture listening skills, concentration and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.

Summer camps will start in early June, so sign up now before the classes fill up! The camp themes will include:

June 2015:

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Treasures of Magical Mountain (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Missing Mermaid Palace (ages 3-8)

♦ Sports Spectacular!

♦ Superheroes!

July 2015:

♦ Fantasy Castle

♦ Hip, Hip, Hooray!

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Neat Ninja League (ages 3-8)

August 2015:

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: The Secret Clue to the Baby Animal Zoo (ages 3-8)

♦ Super Kids’ Quest: Green Beard’s Pirate Ship (ages 3-8)

Click here to check out the dates for these fun gymnastics classes that will help your kids burn off some of that summer energy!

ladybugThe Jones Center:

jones center adThe 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:

♦ 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. The camp is offered June 15th-19th from 8am-4:30pm or 8am-12:30pm.  Full day fee is $150, half day fee is $100.  Participants will learn stretching exercises, presentation skills, beginner jumps & spins, and choreography. In addition, each skater will receive a camp t-shirt.

Speed Camp. Partnering with Power Up & Dr. Michael Trexler for June 8th-12th offered 10am-11:20am for ages 8 to 11 and 11:30am-1pm for ages 12 & up.  The fee is $50.  This is an excellent camp for students athletes involved in soccer, baseball, hockey, football, basketball or track.

Ballet. Creative Movement Ballet (Ages 3-5) introduces children to ballet techniques.  Offered on Mondays10:30am.  Beginner Ballet Level 1 (Ages 6-10) will help participants develop a foundation for ballet and proper ballet terminology.  Offered on Wednesdays 6:30pm.  Beginner Ballet Level 2 (Ages 10+) will help participants develop more advanced coordination skills as they focus on instructional discipline.  Offered on Wednesdays 7:30pm.  The monthly fee is $25.  For more details, contact Manna Torbett, Ballet Instructor mannajack@gmail.com.

♦ Summer Day Camp. Sign up now open for Camp War Eagle’s premier Summer Day Camp at The Jones Center.  The camp for ages 7-11 will include fitness, sports & recreation activities, environmental science activities, cooking classes as well as team building & leadership skills. Breakfast and lunch are served every weekday. Both 2-week & 4-week sessions are available starting June 1st.  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!

ladybugKamp Kyya: Learn how to make chocolate

Kamp KyyaThis year, kids ages 6 to 16 will have the unique opportunity to learn all about the chocolate-making process in fun summer camps at Kamp Kyya.

Kamp Kyya students will learn the entire chocolate making process including the decision of which cocao (pronounced ka-kow) beans to use, and how to mold the chocolate into bars and other confections once the chocolate-making process is complete.

The first class starts on June 1 and registration is open now. Space is limited and availability is on a first come, first serve basis for these sessions:

Session 1 – June 1 – 4

Session 2 – June 8 – 11

Session 3 – June 15 – 18

Session 4 – June 22 – 25

Session 5 — June 29 — July 2

Click here to fine out more about Kamp Kyya, which includes 4 days of instruction, practice and lots of chocolate to share!

ladybugFayetteville Public Library summer camps/workshops:

FPL ad, summer camps 2015In conjunction with FPL’s Summer Reading Club, they also have some summer camps and workshops for kids and teens. Here are some upcoming camps and workshops for kids in June:

Tuesday, June 9, 1 – 2:30 pm

Puppetry Workshop with Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory (Grades 3 – 5)

Registration open – REGISTER HERE.

Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 – 2:30pm

WordPlay for Youth (Grades 3-5)

Registration begins June 1 – REGISTER HERE

Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1 – 1pm

Theatre Camp with Jules Taylor (Grades K-2)

Registration begins June 8 – REGISTER HERE

Here are some summer camp/workshop options for teens at FPL in June:

{Grades listed with all events are for grades completed.  For events requiring registration, the date registration opens is noted.}

Minecraft Tournament (Grade 6 – 12)
June 2, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration now open.

Create String Art (Grade 6 – 12)
June 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration now open.

Percussion with Mark Shelton (Grade 6 – 12)
June 9, 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration now open.

3D Printing (Grade 6 – 12)
June 15 – 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Registration opens May 25.

Arts Live Theatre Showcase of The Giver
June 20, 2 – 3 p.m.

Wordplay Writing Camp (Grade 6 – 12)
June 22 – 25, 4 – 5 p.m.
Registration opens  June 1.

Learn Improvisation with OKC Improv (Grade 6 – 12)
June 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
Registration opens June 2.

Make Your Own Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver (Grade 6 – 12)
June 25, 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration opens June 4.

Accessorize with Anime
June 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more teen events/classes for July and to register for any of these classes.

Camp options for kids by category:

Art Camps

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

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

The Little Gym (themed summer classes in June, July and August. See above.)

Aspire Gymnastics Academy, Bentonville

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics, Springdale

Williams Center, Fayetteville

Club Infiniti, Bentonville

All That Dance, Bentonville


Summer Academy for Young Actors, TheatreSquared, Fayetteville (Classes for kids ages 10-12 and 13-18)

Trike Theatre, Bentonville

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, see above)

The Jones Center, Springdale (Speed Camp and Ice Skating Camp, see above)

Kamp KYYA, Elm Springs chocolate factory (learn how to make a bar of chocolate straight from the bean!)

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)

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

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

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

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

Picture Mama: Snapshot contest starts today!

Bedford Camera category logoIt’s time for a snapshot contest! Now that the weather is warmer and we’re spending more time outdoors, we’ll have more opportunities to snap cute pics of our families in action. As the new sponsor of our “Picture Mama” category, Bedford Camera & Video is providing the awesome prize for this summer’s snapshot contest — a 16×20 canvas wrapped print that will be ready to hang on your wall. You choose your favorite shot for the free print.

TIPS: Not sure what snapshot to submit? Here are some guidelines.

  • Pictures must be snapshots and NOT shots taken by a professional photographer, which are protected by copyright.
  • Submit pictures that make you laugh, cry, feel amazed or those sweet, ultra-cute shots that make you go “Awwww.”  (Send pics of kids of any age, from babies to teenagers.)
  • Pictures will be evaluated by a panel of objective judges and the winner will be announced here on nwaMotherlode.com.

You don’t have to have a fancy camera or crazy good photography skills to win this contest. Great timing and a camera phone can win it just as easily. Send up to 5 photos (per month) to gwen@nwamotherlode.com. The grand prize winner will be notified in August and her winning snapshot will be published on the website.

Shown below are examples of past snapshot contest winners, just to give you ideas or inspiration. We’ll publish some of the submissions so we can show off the cute kids of Northwest Arkansas. (NOTE: Kids’ names will not be used on the website, in order to protect privacy.) Can’t wait to see your great pictures! Good luck!





2015 Northwest Arkansas Summer Fun Printable!

One of the worst phrases a parent can hear from their kids over the summer is, “I’m bored”.

That’s why we rounded up a list of fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas in this UPDATED 2015 Summer Fun Printable. We also added a few summer camp ideas (click here for a more detailed list of 2015 camps with links and descriptions), rainy day ideas and annual events that happen every summer here.

We couldn’t include everything, of course, because that would fill an entire book! But if we missed one of your VERY FAVORITES, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us what your family loves doing in the summer here in NWA.

CLICK HERE to print out the Summer Fun list. Stick it on the fridge as a reminder of all your options, no matter what your mood.

Summer Fun Printable 2015

Five Minutes with a Mom: Beth Horton

Beth Horton and kids

Name: Beth Horton

Kids’ names and ages: Jack, 8, and Ginny, 5

How long have you lived in NWA and what brought you here?

I’ve lived here for 22 years. Like many transplants to NWA, I came here for college and decided to stay after graduation.

What does a typical day in your mom/teacher life look like?

I get up at 5:20 so I can have a little time to myself—coffee, breakfast and checking work email—before the day gets going full swing. Jack and I leave for school no later than 7:00 to avoid the traffic on I-49. Peter, my husband, takes Ginny to pre-school. School starts at 7:45.

Even though school’s out at 2:45, we usually don’t leave until around 4:00 or 4:15. There’s always more work to be done in a classroom! Then we pick Ginny up from preschool, usually getting home around 5:00. I make dinner since Peter doesn’t get off work until 5:30. After that, it’s time for a little relaxing with the kids, then homework for Jack.

We try to get the kids in bed by 8:00, then Peter and I watch an episode or two of whatever our current Netflix obsession happens to be. After getting lunches and clothes ready for the next day, it’s time to head off to bed. I like to read before going to sleep, so it’s usually not lights out until around 11:00.

What’s playing on your iPod right now?

I have really eclectic tastes, so you could find Johnny Cash, Adele, Mackelmore, U2, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Queen, John Mellencamp, Arrested Development and more!

What’s the best part of motherhood for you?

Now that the kids are older, I love having conversations with them about anything and everything. They’re so funny and smart and have such compassion for others, not that I’m biased or anything. :) They amaze me every day!

What was the most surprising?

I never was big on sleeping very late, but it was a real shock to me how much sleep deprivation can mess with you. I think that was one of the hardest adjustments for me when the kids were little.

We know your husband is quite the cook. Do you enjoy cooking with him or just enjoy him cooking?

We both love to cook, so we cook together when we can. That’s usually on the weekends since he doesn’t get home until about 5:45 on weekdays.

Where does your family like to play in NWA?

We live about a block from a city park, so we like to go there frequently. We also like to walk the trails around town, and the Fayetteville Public Library is the best! We don’t make it up there often enough, but we also love going to the Farmers’ Market on the Square on Saturdays.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world this summer where would it be?

Seville, Spain. I got to live there for a semester during college and absolutely loved it. I would love to share that with my family.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn?

How to speak German fluently. My mom’s family is from Southern Germany, and we got to visit them last summer. A few of them spoke a fair amount of English, but it would have been so nice to speak to them in German. Luckily my sister is a German professor at the U of A and was teaching there at the time, so she was able to help translate!

What three things do you always have with you?

My phone, Burt’s Bees lip balm and mint gum.

What’s one of your favorite guilty pleasures?

Shopping at Sephora. I love that place, especially the perfume section!

One word to sum me up … Caring

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Get your kid talking

talk sliderYou might have one of those kids who talks a mile a minute about anything and EVERYTHING. While we know that it can be a tad exhausting at times, count yourself lucky.

As kids get older, sometimes they tend to clam up. Getting information out of them or finding out exactly what they think and how they feel can be really tough at times. We recently discussed this topic — as well as what special words and phrases moms can use with their kids — on our daily radio segment called Mamas on Magic.

It airs on Magic 107.9 at about 7:45 a.m. on weekdays. Check it out when you’re driving the kids to school, driving yourself to work (or Starbucks) or having breakfast at home. We hope you like it!

Finding out about their day

Phrases to use at home and everywhere

Phrases you want your kids to remember

Letting them know you you feel about them