Northwest Arkansas Camps & Activities Guide: Summer 2021

Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps, Activities & Events Guide – 2021

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 — 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!

Click HERE to read spotlight stories full of info and details about our featured camps.

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 2021 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps

Featured Camps:

Amazeum Summer Camps

About Amazeum’s summer camps: 

Summer camps return for Summer 2021! The Amazeum can’t wait to unleash campers’ curiosity and creativity while making new discoveries together. The Amazeum team is working diligently to create summer camp options that meet the needs of the community during these unprecedented times. Details about Summer Camps 2021 will be announced in March 2021 and registration will open in April 2021. 

Address: 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas

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

Camp dates, times and ages: 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.

Aspire Gymnastics Academy Summer Camps

About Aspire’s summer camps:

Summer camp at Aspire is perfect for kids who want to move around and DO things. Activities include trampoline, ninja and parkour, gymnastics, games and crafts. Snacks are provided to fuel kids’ bodies. There will be camps for kids ages 5 to 10 years old in June and July. Camps for kids ages 4 and 5 years old are scheduled for June and August. Registration is required. 

Address: 906 NW 13th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas

Phone: (479) 464-9993

Camp dates, times and ages: 

  • Kids Camp for ages 5 – 10: June and July
  • Tots Camp for ages 4-5: June and August

 Click here for specific dates for all Aspire Gymnastics Summer Camps.

Thaden School summer camps

About Thaden’s summer camps: 

Summer Camp at Thaden School offers opportunities for children entering Grades 5 and 6 to experience Thaden’s distinctive educational programs and learn from master teachers. Thaden will host three fun-filled weeks of camp with offerings in the performing arts, cycling, culinary arts, and tinkering. Camps will be small with no more than 15 students in each program. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:7. Daily transportation is available for an additional $50 fee per week. Post-camp care is also available for an additional $50 per week. Snacks and water will be available on-campus, and each camper will receive a t-shirt at no cost. Registration is required.

Camp ages: For kids entering grades 5 and 6

Address: 800 SE C Street, Bentonville, Arkansas

Phone: (479) 268-5321

Cost: $300 per week

Camp times: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp themes: 

  • Theatre Camp: June 7 – 11, 2021
  • Musical Camp: June 7 – 11, 2021
  • Food and Farm: June 14 – 18, 2021
  • Stop-Motion Storytelling: June 14 – 18, 2021
  • Be a Wheelie: June 14 – 18, 2021
  • Explorations in Music Making: June 21 – 25, 2021

Click here for specific information about all Thaden Summer Camps. 

Trike Theatre Summer Camps

About Trike Theatre camps:

Trike Academy Summer Camps are BACK! Trike will be hosting camps at their location in Bentonville and at a few satellite locations around Northwest Arkansas. These camps are perfect for beginners as well as kids who have been acting for years. Contact or for camp questions or visit our FAQ Page. If a camp is sold out: Contact to be placed on a wait list.

Camp ages: Kindergarten through 18 (grouped by age range)

Phone: (479) 464-5084

Address: 902 SW 2nd Street, Suite F, Bentonville, Arkansas

Cost range: $165 to $365, depending on length and type of camp

Camp dates: Beginning in early June and running through August. Click here for specific dates for different camp themes. 

Camp themes: 

  • Dream World
  • Trike Theatre Experience
  • Adventures in Wonderland
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Trike’s School of Magic
  • Broadway Bound
  • Tiger in My Soup

Click here for detailed information about specific camp dates and times for Trike Theatre summer camps. 

Modern Mission Summer Camps

About Modern Mission camps:

If your kids like archery games, Airsoft, and indoor/outdoor laser tag battlefields, they’ll have a blast at Modern Mission’s summer camp. There’s plenty of time for their favorite Modern Mission activities, but campers will also learn about various animals, outdoor survival tips and the value of teamwork. Guest speakers include park rangers, exotic animal experts and a local K9 unit!

Address: 3484 E. Joyce Blvd, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Phone: 479-595-0055

Camp Dates/Times: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (with drop-off starting at 7:30 a.m.) each weekday; June 14-18, 2021 and/or July 19-23, 2021; Registration is required in advance.

Age groups served: Ages 7 to 13

Cost: $220 for a 5-day camp

Learn more about Modern Mission’s summer camp program by clicking here.

Bright Haven Christian Learning Center Camps

About Bright Haven’s camps:

Bright Haven’s mission is to provide quality education in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes discovery, growth and enlightenment throughout all developmental stages in children. They seek at all times to keep a child’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual welfare as their number one priority.

Bright Haven offers: small group sizes to promote social distancing which limits the use of masks (they have had no positive COVID cases and the staff all wear masks), experienced educators who are creating and facilitating enriching activities, field trips that are safe and physically active for students, and the integration of Conscious Discipline. A bonus: cameras so parents can see what’s going on at the facility as well as an electronic app that allows parents to see that their child has safely been dropped off, picked up, and made it to and from all field trips safely.

Address: 1110 Mathias Dr. # F, Springdale

Phone: 479- 717-2344

Dates/Times: May 24-August 13, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Age groups served: Students entering grades K-6th grade

Cost: $175/week

Learn more about Bright Haven’s childcare and summer camp options.

High Pointe Performing Arts Studio Summer Camps

About High Pointe Camps:

High Pointe Dance summer camp 2021High Pointe Performing Arts Studio’s mission is to provide dancers with a comprehensive artistic education that focuses on all genres of dance. High Pointe strongly believes in a family-friendly environment and age-appropriate objectives. They have highly skilled staff members who have updated training in all dance disciplines.

Camp themes for 2021:

  • High Pointe Presents the Royal Ball, June 7th-10th, Ages: 3-6, Time: 10:00-12:00
  • “Into the Unknown” Frozen Wonderland, July 19th- 22nd, Ages: 3-6, Time: 10:00-12:00
  • TikTok Camp, June 7th- 10th, Ages: 6-12, Time: 12:00-2:00
  • Spirit Camp, July 12th-15th, Ages: 5-10, Time: 10:00-12:00

Address: 3201 Northeast 11 Street, Suite 7, Bentonville

Phone: 479-802-5322

Cost: $130 for each week-long camp

Dates/Times: See above

Age groups served: See above

Learn more about High Pointe’s dance classes and camps.

Additional NWA Camps:

Note: The below camps are typically held in Northwest Arkansas. Please check with individual organizations for details about 2021 camps.

STEM Camps:

Amazeum Summer Camps (Bentonville)

Girls Who Code (various locations)

Camp Invention (various locations)

Nerdies/Pixel STEAM Camps (various locations)

Sylvan Learning Center (Rogers)

Theatre/Drama Camps:

Trike Theatre Summer Camp (Bentonville)

Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

Theatre Squared (Fayetteville)

Theatre Camp at Thaden School (Bentonville)

Music Camps:

School of Rock (Rogers/Bentonville)

Jubilee Music (Music Together, various locations)

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

Inside Out Studio (Farmington)

Musical Camp at Thaden School (Bentonville)

Art Camps:

Crystal Bridges (Bentonville)

Painting with a Twist (Bentonville)

Imagine Studios (Fayetteville and Rogers)

FAC ARKahuna Summer Camp (Fayetteville)

Community Creative Center Camps (Fayetteville)

Local Color Studio (Fayetteville)

Terra Studios (Durham)

Stop-Motion Storytelling at Thaden School (Bentonville)

Sports/Active Camps:

Camp Bentonville (Bentonville Parks & Rec)

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

Rogers Activity Center (Rogers)

The Jones Center (Springdale)

Ozark Climbing Gym (Springdale)

Fayetteville Martial Arts (Fayetteville)

NWA Martial Arts Academy (Fayetteville)

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

Camp Sequoyah (Mt. Sequoyah, Fayetteville)

Altitude Trampoline Park (Fayetteville)

Fast Lane Entertainment (Lowell)

Flip Side Ninja Park (Lowell)

Boys & Girls Club (Various locations)

Wheelie Camp at Thaden School (Bentonville)

Dance/Gymnastics Camps:

Aspire Gymnastics Academy (Bentonville)

High Pointe Performing Arts Studio (Bentonville)

Kaleidoscope Dance (Bentonville)

Club Infiniti (Bentonville)

Soul 2 Sole Dance (Rogers)

The Little Gym (Rogers)

Tippi Toes Northwest Arkansas (Rogers)

The Movement Dance Studio (Springdale)

Academy of Dance (Springdale)

The Art of Motion (Fayetteville)

The Williams Center (Fayetteville)

Camps on college campuses:

NWACC Kids College (Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville)

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

University of Arkansas Engineering Camp (University of Arkansas)

John Brown University Summer Academy (JBU, Siloam Springs)

Unique Camps:

WILD About Learning (Bentonville)

Spanish Immersion Classes, Casa Castillo (Bentonville)

Rogers Historical Museum, weekly summer programming (Rogers)

Young Chefs Academy (Rogers)

Spanish Cantu NWA (Rogers)

PlayStrong Pediatric Therapy (Rogers)

Roo’s World Adventure Day Camp (Rogers)

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Camp (Springdale)

Camp Bright Haven Academy (Springdale)

Modern Mission Camp (Fayetteville)

Prism Education Center (Fayetteville)

Rick’s Bakery (Fayetteville/Rogers)

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Prism Education Center (Fayetteville)

Food and Farm Camp at Thaden School (Bentonville)

Rick’s Bakery (Fayetteville/Rogers)

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

Camp Siloam Springs (Siloam Springs)

All area libraries have summer reading activities and events (Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville)

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 July 28-Aug. 3. (Camp Bear Tracks, Drasco, Ark.)

Featured summer activities:

Stay tuned!

Places to cool off in the summer {Please note: Some of these attractions may remain closed due to COVID-19}:

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 {Please note: Some of these events may not occur due to COVID-19}:

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 places to visit 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)

NEW! Gathering Place: Tulsa’s Riverfront Park

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 2021!