2023 Summer Camps & Activities Guide for Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps, Activities & Events Guide – 2023

Note from the mamas: If you’d like to see your Northwest Arkansas summer camp or summer activities featured with links and additional info in our Guide, let us know! Contact Gwen at gwen@nwaMotherlode.com 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!

Directory of 2023 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps

Featured Camps:

Crystal Bridges Camps

About Crystal Bridges summer camps:

Kids’ summer camps are back! Make the most of your family’s summer break with weeklong day camps designed for kids ages 4 to 18. Choose from a full lineup of camps, each one focused on a different kind of creative fun. Explore the grounds in a camp all about art and nature, or give the architect in the family a chance to build their skills with a camp connecting STEM and the arts. Whatever your kids’ passions, they’re sure to find plenty to love at the museum. And you’ll love that they’re learning and making memories every step of the way. Crystal Bridges offers a limited number of need-based scholarships for all summer camps, covering 100% of registration costs. Scholarships are awarded through a lottery system and cannot be awarded for any camps that the camper has already been registered for through the regular camp registration process.

Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone: (479) 418-5700

Where to register: Click here to register online for Crystal Bridges Summer Camps.

Camp sessions:

  • Mini-Masters (Ages 4-5) June 12-16
  • Sketchbooks (Ages 5-7) June 12-16
  • Art and Nature (Ages 5-7) June 12-16
  • Art and Nature (Ages 8-10) June 12-16
  • Mini-Masters (Ages 4-5) June 19-23
  • Printmaking (Ages 5-7) June 19-23
  • Sketchbooks (Ages 8-10) June 19-23
  • Printmaking (Ages 8-10) June 19-23
  • Teen Coding Camps (Ages 13-18) June 20-30
  • Architecture (Ages 5-7) June 26-30
  • Architecture (Ages 8-10) June 26-30
  • Teen Jewelry (Ages 14-18) June 26-30
  • Book Art (Ages 5-7) June 26-30
  • Painting (Ages 5-7) July 10-14
  • Illustration (Ages 8-10) July 10-14
  • Teen Studio (Ages 14-18) July 10-14
  • Tween Digital Art (Ages 11-13) July 10-14
  • Painting (Ages 8-10) July 17-21
  • Book Art (Ages 8-10) July 17-21
  • Illustration (Ages 5-7) July 17-21
  • Tween Digital Art (Ages 11-13) July 17-21
  • Camp Connect (Ages 11-14) July 31 – Aug 4

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, detailed camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Crystal Bridges Museum.

Jones Center Summer Camps

About Jones Center’s summer camps:

Summer is a great time for kids to learn new things! The Jones Center is hosting an exciting lineup of 20+ unique summer camps for kids, each focusing on a different kind of learning, creativity and fun. Sporty? Artsy? Techie? All of the above? Our summer camps build creativity and challenge kids through art, science, fitness, exploration and fun! Camps are designed for preschoolers through the 12th grade, with multi-genre programming. The Jones Center also offers flexible options for busy parents, including full-day camps (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There are 9 weeks of summer camps, 6 weeks of full-day camps, and half-day options, too!

Address: 922 East Emma Avenue, Springdale, Arkansas 72764

Phone: (479) 756-8090

Camp classes/themes:

  • Buddy Pegs: Learn to Pedal
  • Ice Skating Basics
  • Advanced Ice Skating
  • Fitness Fun Camps
  • U of A Twirling Camp
  • Next Level Soccer Camp
  • Bicycle Adventure Camp
  • Broadway Full Out
  • Let’s Play Lacrosse
  • Trike Theatre: Birdy and The Beanstalk
  • 37 North Adventure Camp
  • Mess Fest
  • Ballin’ Out Basketball Camp
  • Skateboarding 360 Camp
  • Wize Academy: Lego Robotics
  • Wize Academy: Video Game Design with Scratch
  • Wize Academy: Coding, Designing and Modding with Minecraft
  • Amazeum: Girls STEAM Camp
  • The Great Science Bake-Off
  • The Great Create-ivity Camp
  • Reza Presents: The Art of Magic
  • Build, Innovate & DIY
  • Tune It Up Camp

Camp dates/times and ages: Click here for specific dates, times, and descriptions for all Jones Center camps.

Thaden School Summer Camps

About Thaden’s summer camps:

Summer Camps at Thaden School offer opportunities for children and teens entering grades 4 to 12 to experience our distinctive educational and athletic programs. We will host five fun-filled weeks of camps with offerings in cycling, art, language, writing, breadmaking, stop-motion filmmaking, outdoor skills, and more.

Address: 800 SE C Street, Bentonville

Phone: 479-268-5321

Camp dates/times and ages: Camps are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are camps available for grades 4 to 12.

Camp classes/themes:

  • Pollinators, Flowers and Food
  • Be A Wheelie Bike Camp
  • Adventure Camp by 37 North
  • Food and Farm Camp
  • Stop-Motion Storytelling
  • Wild and Whacky World of Music
  • High Five Film Camp
  • Marvelous Mixtures Art Camp
  • Spanish Immersion Camp
  • Food Science
  • Paper Engineering Art Camp
  • Science of Bread
  • Words Create Worlds Storytelling
  • Buddy Pegs Bike Camps
  • Trike Theatre: The Addams Family (School Edition) A New Musical

Click here for specific dates for all Thaden School Summer Camps.

Trike Theatre Camps

About Trike Theatre’s summer camps:

Find your character at Trike Theatre’s summer camps! There’s something for everyone. Camps are available for kids ages 4 all the way through 18, grouped by specific age range. Camp themes include musicals, monsters, wizards, superheroes, Broadway, Addams Family, Encanto and more.

Address: 902 SW 2nd Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone: (479) 464-5084

For specific questions: Email info@triketheatre.org

Camp themes:

  • Performance Camp: Land of Oz
  • Marvels: Superhero School
  • The Addams Family
  • Musical Theatre: Showstoppers
  • Musical Theatre: Encanto
  • Musical Theatre: Broadway’s Best
  • Performance Camp: She Kills Monsters
  • Trike School of the Magical Arts

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Trike Theatre.

Aspire Gymnastics Academy Camps

About Aspire’s summer camps:

Aspire Gymnastics Academy goes under the sea for a summer full of action-packed camps. These camps will include a range of activities like gymnastics, trampline skills, parkour, ninja skills, fun games, and crafts. There will also be splashtastic water-play on Fridays! Choose from camp dates between June 12th and August 7th. There are week-long camps (for kids ages 5-9) in the mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There are also 3-day camp weeks (for little ones ages 4-5) on July 6-8 and August 1-3, 2023 in the mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:300 a.m. 

Address: 906 Northwest 13th, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone: (479) 464-9993

For specific questions: Email aspire@aspiregymnasticsacademy.com

Where to register: Call, come by the front desk, or register online at aspiregymnasticsacademy.com

Camp activities:

  • Gymnastics
  • Trampoline skills
  • Parkour
  • Ninja skills
  • Water-play on Fridays
  • Fun games
  • Crafts

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Aspire Gymnastics Academy.

Imagine Studios Art Camps

About Imagine Studios summer art camps:

Every camp session features multiple projects including canvas painting, wood door hangers, watercolor/drawing, clay, ceramic pottery, and other arts and crafts. We offer flexibility in camp times! Each weekly camp has a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, or you can choose 1 to 4 p.m. Camps are organized by age range and are available for little ones in Kindergarten and first grade, with other camps geared toward 2nd grade through 8th grade. With a wide range of camp themes, there’s something here for kids who love cartoons, clay, wizard wands, watercolors, science, pets, drawing, sculpting, fairies, sea life and more.

Address: 5212 Village Parkway, Suite 11, Rogers, Arkansas 72758

Phone: (479) 283-0914

For specific questions: Email artbusnwa@yahoo.com

Where to register: Call, come by the studio, or register online at imaginestudiosnwa.com

Camp activities:

  • Under the Sea
  • Pop Art
  • All That Glitters
  • Clay Time
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Pet Boutique
  • Draw, Paint, Create
  • Mad Scientist
  • Krazy, Kolorful & Kooky
  • Middle School Mixed Media
  • Lost in Space
  • Surfs Up
  • Muggles, Magic & Mayhem
  • Cartoon Crazy

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, detailed camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Imagine Studios.

Arts Live Theatre Camps

About Arts Live Theatre summer camps:

Kids can explore different worlds, characters and adventures in one or more Arts Live Theatre camps. Weekly camp sessions begin on June 5th and run through August 7th. Camps are grouped by age range, and there are options for little ones ages 4-5; kids ages 6-8; kids ages 9-12; and there are also camps geared toward older kids ages 13-18. Choose from a wide variety of camp themes including animals, pirates, playwriting, acting, film boot camp, superheroes, spy kids, Potter training, Alice in Wonderland, and character-based camps about SpongeBob, Bluey, How To Train Your Dragon, and Thomas the Train.

Address: 818 N. Sang Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Phone: (479) 521-4932

For specific questions: info@artslivetheatre.com

Where to register: Call, come by the studio, or register online at artslivetheatre.com

Camp themes:

  • Animals at the Zoo
  • Pirate Training Camp
  • Play Writing Lab
  • Super Heroes & Super Villains
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Musical Theatre Revue
  • SpongeBob & Friends
  • Bluey & Friends Bingo
  • Spy Kids On a Mission
  • Acting Intensive
  • Potter Training Camp
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Thomas the Train Travels
  • Film Boot Camp

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, detailed camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Arts Live Theatre.

Roo’s World Summer Camps

About Roo’s World summer camps:

Summer is packed with adventure at ROO’S WORLD Summer Camp. Outings are designed with fun and educational activities that will keep your child learning, exploring, and physically active during the summer months. You can count on ROO’S WORLD for safe and reliable care as your kids explore fun and enriching outdoor activities. Roo’s World accepts kids who have completed Kindergarten through 15 years of age. Some of the outings Roo’s World has taken during past summers include trips to local parks, aquatic centers, Amazeum, roller skating, museums, Crystal Bridges, Silver Dollar City, Tulsa Zoo, Jones Center, mini-golf, aquariums and more.

Address: 906 S. 12th Street, Rogers, Arkansas 72758

Camp hours: Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: (479) 502-2541

For specific questions: roowinchester@outlook.com

Where to register: Register online at roosworld.com.

Camp session dates and locations:

Rogers location

  • Session 1: June 5 -30, 2023
  • Session 2: July 10 – August 4, 2023

Bentonville location

  • Session 1: June 12 – 30, 2023
  • Session 2: July 10 – August 4, 2023

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, detailed camp descriptions, times, and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at Roo’s World.

Goldfish Swim School

About Goldfish Swim School

As parents, we understand how important it to ensure your child is equipped with the skills to prepare them to take on any adventure they encounter. At Goldfish Swim School – Rogers NWA, we’re here to do that – and so much more. We are here to not only teach your children how to swim and the importance of being safe around water, but we hope to instill new values and skills that prepare your child to achieve their full potential. We offer award-winning swim lessons, backed by experienced and professional instructors, from ages 4 months to 12 years. We keep our lessons small, with no more than a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio – so you can be sure your child is greeting the care and attention they need. 

Address: 4319 S. Pleasant Crossing Blvd., Suite 105, Rogers, Arkansas 72758

Phone: (479) 309-8163

Where to register: Click here to register online for Goldfish Swim School in Rogers.

Goldfish Swim School activities:

  • Swim lessons
  • Swim parties
  • Family swim
  • W.A.T.E.R. Safety Presentations

Pricing schedule: Click here to see price details.

Weekly Swim Lessons:

  • One 30-minute lesson a week
  • Free make-up lessons and flexible scheduling
  • 4:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Safety skills taught weekly

How to see the facility prior to registration: Take a virtual tour of Goldfish Swim School. 

For more info: Click here for all the details on lessons, activities, and parties at Goldfish Swim School in Rogers. 

Amazeum Summer Camps

About Amazeum’s summer camps:

Amazeum Summer Camps specialize in curiosity! The unique week-long summer camps are the perfect place to unleash a camper’s curiosity to explore and make new discoveries. Summer 2023 features new camp themes as well as a twist on kids’ favorite themes. Advanced registration and payment required. Check out this FAQ for more details. The Amazeum strives to provide inclusive camp experiences for children of all abilities. 

Address: 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas; some camps are also being held at the Jones Center in Springdale and the Bentonville Community Center.

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

Extended care: Some camps located at the Amazeum offer extended care before and after the camp. Click here for more info about extended care options.

Editor’s note: As of April 13, 2023, many of Amazeum’s camps are full. Below, we’ve marked the sessions which are available for registration as of this date.

For specific questions: Email Youth Engagement Manager Meg Greene at mgreene@amazeum.org.

Camp classes/themes:

  • Kickstart Kindergarten
  • Under The Big Top
  • Excavation Arkansas
  • Zing Into Kindergarten (Spots available)
  • Girls STEAM
  • Spy Academy
  • Wildlife in OZ
  • Mountain Biking and STEAM
  • Chemistry of Fireworks (Spots available)
  • Slime Time
  • Toy Builder
  • Project Runway: Robots

Camp dates, times and ages: For a complete list of camp dates throughout the summer, camp descriptions, times and ages, click here for all the info on summer camps available at the Amazeum.

Additional Northwest Arkansas Camps:

Note: Please check with individual organizations for details about 2023 camps.

STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) Camps:

Amazeum Summer Camps (Bentonville)

The Jones Center

Imagine Studios Summer Art Camps (Rogers)

Fay Jones School of Architecture Design Camp (Fayetteville)

Camp Invention (various locations across NWA)

Bentonville Parks & Recreation (Community Center)

The New School

Wize Computing Academy

Springdale Parks & Recreation

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

Northwest Arkansas Kids College (NWA Community College)

Art Camps:

Imagine Studios (Rogers)

Crystal Bridges Summer Camps

Thaden School

Ozark Folkways Camps

The New School (Fayetteville)

Bentonville Parks & Recreation (Community Center)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Camp

The Jones Center

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Rogers Historical Museum

Language Camps:

Thaden School

Larson’s Language Center

Casa Castillo

Spanish in Motion with Senora Cantu

Bike Camps:

The Jones Center

Thaden School

Camp War Eagle


Bentonville Parks & Recreation (Community Center)

Fayetteville Parks & Recreation

Rogers Activity Center

Theatre/Drama Camps:

Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

Trike Theatre Camp (Bentonville)

Theatre Camp at Thaden School (Bentonville)

The Jones Center

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Fayetteville Parks & Recreation

Bentonville Parks & Recreation (Community Center)

Mount Sequoyah Summer Camps

Music Camps:

Thaden School (Bentonville)

School of Rock (Rogers/Bentonville)

Nature Camps:

Apple Seeds Teaching Farm Summer Camps

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Camps

Ozark Natural Science Center Camps

Osage Creek Camps

Crystal Bridges Summer Camps

Parkside Playschool Nature Camps

Cooking Camps:

Brightwater Future Chefs Camps (Bentonville)

Rick’s Bakery Summer Camps

Young Chefs Academy (Rogers)

Thaden School Camps (Bentonville)

Sports & Activities Camps:

The Jones Center Camps (basketball, lacrosse, twirling, ice skating, skateboarding, soccer)

Aspire Gymnastics Academy (ninja skills, parkour, gymnastics, trampoline)

Arkansas Track Club Running Camps

First Tee Northwest Arkansas Camps (golf)

Flipside Ninja Park (obstacle courses)

Fayetteville Athletic Center Hog Wild West Camp (tennis, swimming, running)

Climb Bentonville (rock climbing, bouldering, etc.)

Camp War Eagle (archery, baseball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, softball, basketball, kayaking, horsemanship, skateboarding, fitness, etc.)

Bentonville Parks & Recreation Community Center (baseball, basketball, e-sports, running, soccer, softball, skateboarding, biking, diving, flag football, tennis, etc.)

Fayetteville Parks & Recreation (tennis, soccer, outdoor adventures)

Modern Mission Summer Camps (archery, Airsoft, laser tag)

Fast Lane Entertainment Summer Camps (bowling, laser tag, play structures, rides)

Rogers Activity Center Camps (baseball, basketball, ballet, tap, softball, tennis, volleyball, biking, bowling)

Springdale Parks & Recreation Camps

Taekwondo Kids Camp

Northwest Arkansas Martial Arts Academy Camps

Field Trip Camps:

Roo’s World (Rogers and Bentonville)

Fayetteville Athletic Center Hog Wild West Camp

The New School (Fayetteville)

Rogers Activity Center

Yvonne Richardson Community Center Summer Fun4 Kids & Teens

St. Joseph Catholic School Elementary Camp

Gymnastics & Dance Camps:

Aspire Gymnastics Academy Summer Camps (Bentonville)

Tippi Toes Summer Dance Camps

University of Arkansas Gymnastics Camps

Williams Center Dance & Gymnastics Camps

High Pointe Performing Arts Studio Camps

The Little Gym (Rogers)

Places to cool off this summer: 

Need swim lessons? Try this list of teacher names.

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)

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)

The Blue Zoo Aquarium (Rogers)

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 2023!