2020 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide

Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps, Activities & Events Guide – 2020

Note from the mamas: If you’d like to see your Northwest Arkansas summer camps or activities featured with links and additional info in our Summer Camps & Activities Guide, let us know! Contact Gwen at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com — or call 479-409-8242 — for more information and pricing.

The camps below (with links and extra information) are nwaMotherlode sponsors, but we list all the camps we know about to make the Guide more helpful to Northwest Arkansas mamas. We’ll be adding camps as we receive new information, so be sure to check back often!

COVID-19 Note: Most summer camps have made changes to help ensure safety, so please check directly with camp managers to see what changes may have been made in recent weeks. Some camps have gone online-only, and other camps have limited their group sizes. Ask for details from each camp before you register.

Directory of 2020 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps

Featured Camps in Northwest Arkansas:

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

About Girls Who Code camp: Girls Who Code is offering a free Summer Immersion Program this year. The ​7-week introductory computer science ​program is ​for​ ​9th-11th grade girls.

Girls will ​learn​ about ​computer science,​ ​gain​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​tech​ ​jobs,​ ​and​ ​join​ ​a​ sisterhood​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​who​ ​are​ ​using​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​to​ ​become​ ​change-makers.

No prior experience in computer science is necessary to apply. In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides students with free lunch every day. Every participant will receive $250 to assist with transportation and qualifying students can receive a stipend of up to $1,200. The deadline to apply is March 13.

CAREERS — They’ll meet inspiring female role models in the field and get an inside look at the tech world through guest speakers, workshops, fun field trips and more. Their summer will be spent in classrooms hosted at the world’s top companies.

SKILLS AND IMPACT — They’ll learn to code through hands on real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more. By the end of the summer, they’ll also create a final project that solves a real-world problem they care about — combining their new coding skills with their passions to change the world.

• SISTERHOOD — As essential members of our Girls Who Code sisterhood, they’ll learn in a supportive, all-female environment and make lifelong friendships that encourage them to be brave, take risks, and stand up for what matters to them.

Applications are being accepted now: Students can apply at https://girlswhocode.com/summer-immersion-programs/ The deadline to apply is March 13.

Camp dates: Program dates are June 8-July 24, 2020.

Ages Served: 9th-11th grade girls

Cost: Free, thanks to sponsorships from Walmart

Click here for more information about Girls Who Code 2020

Kids Taekwondo Camp

About Taekwondo Camp: We (the owners of Fayetteville Martial Arts) are proud to have served families in the area for the past 36 years. Campers learn & apply the meaning of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. Options are available for overnight, half overnight or day camp. For more information, contact Program Director Randy Edwards at Fayetteville Martial Arts 479-274-8314 or info@fayettevillemartialarts.com.

Mission of the Camp: To create a space where young martial artists are immersed in an environment of setting goals, receiving encouragement, and where they learn to always encourage their peers. This cycle of setting and conquering milestones, establishes independence, community and also empowerment for every individual attending.

Address of Camp: North Arkansas College, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601

Phone: 479-274-8314

Dates: June 14-20

Age group(s) served: 6-17, no martial arts experience necessary

Cost:  A $49 deposit per camp attendee or payment in full is required at the time of registration. The balance is due by Monday, June 8. Three camp options are available: The first is to start on Sunday (Full Overnight Camp, 7 days). The second option is to begin on Sunday, and check out on Wednesday (Half Overnight Camp, 4 days). The third option is to choose specific days at a daily rate..

CLICK HERE for all the details about Taekwondo Camp.

WILD About Learning Summer Camps

About our camps: Pre-K children through sixth graders are welcome to join WILD’s School Age Summer Camp. Summer Camp is a full week of fun, from 7am – 5pm Monday through Friday. The day is packed with activities and adventures that make worthwhile memories. Children make friends, develop their talents, and learn new things while on school break. The program is week to week, so you don’t pay for weeks your child won’t be attending.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: Rest assured we’re taking all the necessary precautions as we continue to venture through this global pandemic. Children will be temperature checked prior to entering our building. Car rider lines will also be in effect. Camp is limited to only 10 campers per week.

Address of camp: 1100 SE 22nd St., Bentonville

Pre-Registration: Open now! (Enrollment space is limited.)

Camp Dates: May 26 – August 12 (Enrollment is on a week-to-week basis. Campers can attend one session or all 12 sessions.)

Ages served: Pre-K children through Sixth Grade

Summer Camp Enrollment Fee: $150

Camp Weekly Rate: $200

Meals Included: Breakfast and afternoon snack. (A sack lunch is required daily.)

  • Mini Daily Camps included on site.
  • Monthly off-site field trips.

Phone Number: 479-271-9453

CLICK HERE for more information about WILD’s summer camps.

Prism Education Center’s Summer Camps

About Prism’s Camps: Prism’s Summer Camps provide families with affordable, high-quality day camp experiences that allow students to create lifelong memories and provide parents peace of mind that their child will receive high-quality care throughout the summer.

Campers will register on a week-by-week basis and will only be charged for the weeks they enroll. Each week, there will be a variety of workshop options to choose from. Most of the projects completed will be eligible to be entered into the local County Fair.

Address: 2855 East Joyce Boulevard, Fayetteville

Phone: 479-249-6113

Dates: Summer 2020 camps begin on June 1 and end on August 5.

Age groups served: All Prism camps are for students who have completed kindergarten through those who will go into 5th grade in 2020

Cost: $150 per week (extended care through 5:30 p.m. is available)

Click here for more information about Prism’s summer programming.

Scott Family Amazeum Summer Camps

About Amazeum’s summer camps: Amazeum Summer Camps specialize in curiosity! Our unique week-long summer camps are the perfect place to unleash your child’s curiosity to explore and make new discoveries. Summer camps offer hands-on, STEAM-focused fun that will encourage your camper to be a creative explorer. Summer 2020 features new camp themes as well as a twist on your favorite themes. Your innovative summer starts here.  Be sure to read through our Frequently Asked Questions document. If registering for multiple camps, the check out process is smoother if you load the camps in the cart and complete one transaction. For additional information, visit amazeum.org or call Ashlee Bailey at 479.696.9280 ext. 211.

Address: 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

Phone: (479) 696-9280 (ext. 211)

Camp dates, times and ages: We’ll announce details about the week-long camps soon. For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, themes, times and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at the Amazeum. 

Modern Mission Summer Camp:

Modern Mission Summer Camp 2020About our camp: Each year we have had a ton of fun playing all of our activities and hearing from several awesome guest speakers. While the kids are here they will be learning about various animals, outdoor survival tips, and the value of teamwork. We will also have special guest speakers come in throughout the week from park rangers, exotic animal experts, one of our local K9 units, and more!  There will be plenty of time for fun with Airsoft, Archery Games, and Indoor/Outdoor Battlefields.

The camp will be a 5 day event that will run from 8:00am-12:00pm. You will be able to drop off your kids starting at 7:30am. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. This camp is for ages 7-13.

Address of camp: 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville

Phone: 479-595-0055

Dates: June 1-5, June 15-19

Age group(s) served: 7-13

Cost: $220 + tax per camper

Click here for more information on Modern Mission summer camps.

Summer Day Camp at the Rogers Activity Center

About the RAC Summer Day Camp: Included in the $125 weekly tuition for grades K-7 are multiple field trips each week, tons of on-site activities and opportunities. Breakfast & lunch are included and you can choose your weeks. For additional information, visit Rogers Activity Center or reach out to Cody at csteussy@rogersar.gov

Address: Regular day camp is at Rogers Activity Center, 315 W. Olive, Rogers, for students in grades K-7

Phone: 479-631-0336

Cost: For full-day summer camp, $125 weekly.

There are also additional camp RAC options below:

  • Football Camp, June 1-3, 6-8pm, Kirksey Middle School Rogers for grades 3-8. Cost: $55
  • Soccer Camp, June 1-4, 5-8:15pm, Veteran’s Park Rogers for ages 5-18. Cost: $55
  • Soccer Goal Keeper Camp, June 8-11, 5:30pm-7:45pm, Veteran’s Park Rogers, ages 5-18. Cost: $55
  • Basketball Camp, June 15-18, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Rogers Activity Center, grades 2-8. Cost: $55
  • Wrestling Camp, July 27-30, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Rogers Activity Center, ages 5-18. Cost: $55
  • Ballet Camp with Ballet Westside, June 22-25, 8:30am & 6:30pm, Rogers Activity Center, ages 4-8. Cost: $55
  • Distance Running, July 13-15, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Foerster Park, ages 12-19. Cost: $55
  • Softball Camp, July 27-29, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Veteran’s Park Rogers, grades K-8. Cost: $55
  • Bowling Camp, July 13-16, 10:00am-11:30am, Fast Lane Entertainment, Lowell, age 8-14. Cost: $55
  • Volleyball, July 20-22, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Rogers Activity Center, grades 4-8. Cost: $55

Click here for more information on the Rogers Activity Center’s weekly summer camps.

STEM camps:

Amazeum Summer Camps

Girls Who Code

Camp Invention (various locations)

Nerdies/Pixel STEAM Camps(various locations throughout Northwest Arkansas)

Sylvan Learning Center (Rogers)

Illinois River Watershed Partnership summer camps (Cave Springs)

Theatre/Drama Camps:

Trike Theatre Summer Camp (Bentonville)

Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Music Camps in Northwest Arkansas:

School of Rock (Rogers/Bentonville)

Inside Out studio (Farmington)

Jubilee Music (Music Together)

NWA Summer Strings Camp by Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (Rogers)

Art camps:

Time for Art Community Creative Center Camps (Fayetteville)

Crystal Bridges (Bentonville)

Terra Studios (Durham)

FAC ARKahuna Summer Camp (Fayetteville)

Painting with a Twist (Bentonville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Imagine Studios (Fayetteville and Rogers)

Local Color Studio (Fayetteville)

112 Vintage on the Square (Prairie Grove)

Sports/Active Camps:

Kids Taekwondo Camp through Fayetteville Martial Arts

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation camps for kids and teens (Fayetteville)

Camp Sequoyah (Mt. Sequoyah, Fayetteville)

The Jones Center (Springdale)

Boys & Girls Club (Various locations)

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

Altitude Trampoline Park (Fayetteville)

Fast Lane Entertainment (Lowell)

Camp Bentonville (Bentonville Parks & Rec)

Ozark Climbing Gym (Springdale)

Flip Side Ninja Park (Lowell)

Rogers Mountie Basketball Camp (Rogers High School)

Dance/Gymnastics Camps:

Aspire Gymnastics Academy (Bentonville)

High Pointe Performing Arts Studio (Bentonville)

The Movement Dance Studio (Springdale)

The Williams Center (Fayetteville)

Kaleidoscope Dance (Bentonville)

Academy of Dance (Springdale)

The Art of Motion (Fayetteville)

The Little Gym (Rogers)

Tippi Toes Northwest Arkansas (Rogers)

Camps on college campuses:

Fay Jones School of Architure and Design Campus (University of Arkansas)

John Brown University Summer Academy (JBU, Siloam Springs)

University of Arkansas Engineering Camp (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)

NWACC Kids College (Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville)

Unique Camps:

Modern Mission Camp (Fayetteville)

Prism Education Center (Fayetteville)

Rogers Historical Museum, weekly summer programming (Rogers)

Fayetteville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program + Events

Rick’s Bakery (Fayetteville/Rogers)

WILD About Learning (Bentonville)

Spanish Adventure Camp (Spanish Cantu NWA)

Camp Siloam Springs (Siloam Springs)

PlayStrong Pediatric Therapy (Rogers)

Camp Lego, Bentonville Community Center (Bentonville)

Spanish Cantu NWA summer camps (Rogers)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Camp Bright Haven Academy week-by-week camps (Springdale)

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that provides a free week of camp to kids (ages 6-18) who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Teens ages 17 and 18 can train as counselors. Application online at kesem.force.com. July 28-Aug. 3. (Camp Bear Tracks, Drasco, AR)

Young Chefs Academy (Rogers)

Spanish Immersion Classes, Casa Castillo (Bentonville)

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Camp (Springdale)

Apple Seeds (garden-based education) Summer Camps for ages 8-15 (Fayetteville)

Featured summer activities:

Stay tuned!

Places to cool off this summer:

Rogers Aquatic Center (Rogers)

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center (Bentonville)

Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad (Bentonville)

Wilson Park Pool (Fayetteville)

Mt. Sequoyah pool (Fayetteville)

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center (Prairie Grove)

Skate and Splash Park (Rogers)

Springdale Aquatic Center (Springdale)

CL “Charlie” and Willie George Park splash pad (Springdale)

Swim lessons (See our list by clicking here)

Annual Summer Activities/Events in NWA:

Benton County Fair (Bentonville)

Washington County Fair (Fayetteville)

Fayetteville Farmer’s Market (Fayetteville Square & Botanical Garden of the Ozarks)

Bentonville Farmer’s Market (Bentonville Downtown Square)

Star-Spangled Summer Festival (Branson)

Gulley Park Summer Concert Series (Fayetteville)

Fayetteville Roots Festival (Fayetteville)

Firefly Fling: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Rogers Farmer’s Market (Cherry Street, Rogers)

Frisco Festival (Rogers)

Fireworks at the Crosses (Cross Church, Rogers)

Fourth at the Field (Arvest Ballpark, Springdale)

Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Springdale Farmer’s Market (Jones Center, Shiloh Square)

Tontitown Grape Festival (Tontitown)

Local things to do this summer in Northwest Arkansas:

Devil’s Den (West Fork)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Terra Studios (Durham, outside of Fayetteville)

Hobbs State Park (Rogers)

Trike Theatre (Bentonville)

Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

Arkansas Public Theater (Rogers)

War Eagle Cavern (Rogers)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Shiloh Museum (Springdale)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)

The Amazeum (Bentonville)

NWA Naturals baseball games (Springdale)

Arkansas Air and Military Museum (Fayetteville)

Public Library Summer Reading Programs (Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs)

Nearby getaway destinations:

Silver Dollar City (Branson)

Fritz Adventure (Branson)

Bigfoot on the Strip (Branson)

The Runaway at Branson Mountain Adventure Park (Branson)

Showboat Branson Belle Cruise (Branson)

Great Wolf Lodge (Kansas City)

Tulsa Zoo (Tulsa)

Oklahoma Aquarium (outside of Tulsa)

Mount Magazine State Park Butterfly Festival (Paris, Ark.,)

Click here for more getaway ideas and links!

Be sure to check back often, mamas! We’ll be adding more camps, activities and events as we head into Summer 2020!