No lazy days here!Summer camps and classes keep kids crazy


When arts, history and community organizations in northwest Arkansas and the River Valley offer a growing selection of camps and classes this summer, there’s no reason for kids to get bored. These are just a few of them, many starting on June 2nd.


Fort Smith Historical Museum

320 Rogers Street, Fort Smith


Stories and Stagecoach – June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10:30am to noon, including a chance to see one built by FSMH volunteer Floyd Robinson Intricately detailed model of a stagecoach. Open to children of all ages. free.

main art

415 Main St., Van Buren


Summer Art Camps – Free to $20 for most camps.

Alma Public Library: June 13-17 9 am or 1 pm to 4 pm. Register at 632-4140.

Mulberry Public Library: June 13-17, 1-4 pm. 997-1226.

Mulberry Boys and Girls Club: Sign up at from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Alma Boys and Girls Club: June 20-24, 10:30am-1:30pm. Register at

Logan County Libraries: June 27-July 1, 1-4 p.m. 963-2371.

Mountainburg Public Library: July 11-15, 1-4 pm. 369-1600.

Mountainburg Boys and Girls Club: July 11-15, 9am-noon. Register at

Cedarville Public Library: July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon. 410-1853.

Boys & Girls Clubs Paris: July 18-22, 10:30am-1:30pm. Register at

Van Buren Public Library: July 25-29, 9am and 1pm-4pm. 471-3226.

Wee Draw – Art Lessons for Ages 3-5, June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 and July 5, 7, 12, 14 Sunday, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th at 10am. $10 per class.

Imagine Abstract Collages – Ages 5 and up, June 13-17 or July 18-22 9am-11am or 1-3pm. $100 per week.

Art Robots – Ages 8-14, June 27-July 1, 9am-3pm. $125.

Specific Art Ideas – Ages 10-16, July 11-15, 9am-3pm. $125.

Smart Art – Ages 8-14, July 25-29, 9am-3pm.

Western Arkansas Ballet

4701 Grand Ave.. Fort Smith


Sleeping Beauty Ballet Camp – Ages 4-5, June 13-17, 10am-noon. $75.

Nutcracker Ballet Camp – Ages 6-7, June 13-17, 1:30-3:30pm. $75.

Elevé Camp – Ages 10-14, June 13-17, 9:30am-2pm. $150.

Coppélia Ballet Camp – June 20-22, ages 8-9, 10:00am-2pm. $85.

Hip Hop Camp – Ages 8-9, June 20-22, 1-2pm; Ages 10+, June 20-22, 2:15-3:15pm. $35.

Fort Smith Area Museum of Art

1601 Rogers Street, Fort Smith


RAM Saturday – Noon to 4pm every Saturday for all ages and skill levels. Create a different making and receiving art project each week, this year focusing on world cultures. free.

RAM Art Camp – Be a Muralist, Ages 12-18, July 26-29, noon-5pm. Inspired by public art in the community, students will visit local murals in Fort Smith to learn about different styles and applications of technology. Students will have the opportunity to design and create murals on architectural walls outside the museum while exploring the use of controls, tape, stencils, and color palettes. $25.



Theater Square

477 W. Spring Street


Impromptu Intensive Class – Ages 14-18, June 6-10, 9am-4pm. $175.

The Musical – Ages 10-13, June 20-24, 9am-4pm. $200.

Intensive Musical Theatre – Ages 14-18, June 20-24, 9am-4pm. $200.

Sketch Comedy Intensive – Ages 14-18, June 27-July 1 9am-4pm. $175.

Screenwriting Camp – Ages 10-13, July 11-15, 9am-4pm. $175.

Screenplay Intensive – Ages 14-18, July 11-15, 9am-4pm. $175.

Shakespeare Academy – Ages 14-8, July 18-30, 9am-4pm. $325.

Junior Shakespeare Camp – Ages 10-13, July 25-29, 9am-4pm. $200.

Ozark Botanical Garden

4703 N. Crossover Road


Garden Magic Day Camp – Ages 5-7, June 28, 8:30am-3pm. $65.

Garden Magic Day Camp – Ages 7-10, July 1st from 8:30am to 3pm. $65.

Butterfly Day Camp – Ages 8-11, August 1-5, 8:45am-3:15pm. $220.

Little Sprouts – For preschoolers, every Wednesday at 9:30am and 10:30am May-October.

Garden Buds – For elementary age, every Wednesday June 8-August 9:30am. 10.

Both programs are free for those with a Home Garden membership. Non-members pay the regular garden admission fee to participate.

Art Live Theater

818 North Sang Street


Arts Live Theatre has announced its 2022 Summer Theatre Camp. A wide variety of camp themes for young artists aged 6-8, 9-12 and 13-18, including Hogwarts Wizarding Camp, Aunt Mary, Run and Join the Circus, Peter Pan, Little Anne, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Whodunit Theatre and more. The fun begins June 6th with one-week and two-week camps available through August 12th. Prices range from $150 to $350. Space is limited. Sign up at

Community Creative Center

505 W. Spring Street

571-2706; community creative

Summer camp starts on June 6th.

Animals in Art – June 6-10, ages 7-12, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

All Day Clay – Ages 7-12, June 13-17, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

The Natural World – Ages 7-12, June 20-24, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

Ancient Inspiration – June 27-July 1, ages 7-12, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

Art for Art’s sake – Ages 7-12, July 11-15, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

Heroes and Monsters – Ages 7-12, July 18-22, 8:30am-3:30pm. $250.

Youth Wheel – Ages 10-16, June 6-10 3:30-5:30pm; June 20-24; June 27-July 1; and July 11-15 . $125 per session.

aviator art

915 N. College Blvd.


“The Inventor” – a new musical that tells the stories of children throughout history who imagined, designed and ultimately created incredible inventions, June 13-17, ages 8-14, 9:30am to 12:30pm. $125.



Crystal Bridges Museum

600 Museum Road

418-5700; Crystal Bridge Network

These courses are available during What’s Up! Go to News:

Print it out – Ages 6-7, June 20-24, 9am-noon. $150.

Print it out – Ages 8-10, June 20-24, 1:30-4:30pm. $150.

Teen Studio – Ages 14-18, July 18-22, 1:30-4:30pm. $150.

Summer Teacher Academy – July 11-16, 10am-4pm. Free via zoom.

Summer Teacher Academy – The African American Experience, July 25-30, 10am-4pm. Free via zoom.

Also watch out for CB to You Mobile Art Labs coming to your community. The full schedule is at

Tricycle Theater


Tricycle Theater Summer Camps are taking place at the RaVe Cultural Center, Jones Center, Bentonville Community Center and Sequoia Hills. Full and half day camps are available. They include:

June – Tricycle Circus, Descendants of Disney: The Musical, Camp Musical, and Music Together.

July – Next-gen camp and magic school for tricycles.

August – Shakespeare’s Camp, D&D Adventures of Infinity and Beyond and Tricycles.

Scott Family Amazeum

1009 Museum Road


Space Explorers – Ages 6-11, June 6-10, 9am-3pm. $315.

World Traveler – Ages 6-11, June 13-17, 9am-3pm. $315.

Animal Antics – Ages 6-11, June 20-24, 9am-3pm. $315.

Girls Steam Camp – Ages 6-11, July 11-15, 9am-3pm. $315.

Rocks, Fossils and Crystals – Ages 6-11, July 18-22, 9am-3pm. $315.

Camp services are also available at the Jones Center in Springdale and the Bentonville Community Center.

Rocks, fossils, crystals, oh my gosh! — Ages 6-11, June 27-July 1, 9am-3pm, at the Jones Center. $250.

Repairing Textiles – Ages 6-11, 9am-3pm, July 25-29 at Jones Center. $250.

Kickstart Kindergarten – Pre-K, June 1-3, 9am-noon, at Bentonville Community Center. $130.

Kickstart Kindergarten – Pre-K, August 3-5, 9am-noon, at Bentonville Community Center. $130.

Pier Compton Foundation

312 North Street



Peel Museum Day Camp – Ages 8-12, June 10 or July 22, 9am-noon. $30.

Coler Kids June Summer Camp – Daily 8 to 12 years old, June 6-10, 8am-noon, each day will focus on learning and practicing a new outdoor skill. $150.

Explore June Archery Camp – Ages 12-17, June 13-17, 8am-noon. $60; session $250.

Coler Kids Summer Camp July – Ages 8-12, July 25-29 at 8am. $150.

Explore July Archery Camp – Ages 12-17, July 11-15, 8am-noon. $60; session $250.



Hobbs State Park

20201 E. Arkansas 12


Nature Explorers Summer Day Camp – Wings & Creeping Things: Birds, Bats, Bees & Company, ages 6-8, June 14-17 at 8am. $40. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Nature Explorers Summer Day Camp – H2O Exploration, ages 9-12, July 19-22, 8am-3pm. $60. Call to book.

Rogers History Museum

313 S. Second Street


Rogers Explorers — Rogers Explorers is a program for children ages 6-12 that allows them to explore their community by visiting four different locations that offer hands-on learning, adventure, and activities:

Rogers 1 Fire Station – June 10, 10am-noon.

Rogers Town Hall – June 24th from 10am to noon.

Hobbs State Park – July 8, 10am-noon.

RHM Collection – July 22, 10am-noon.

Only children are required to register, but parents/guardians are required to stay with their children.

Kids Craft Corner – An activity for kids of all ages who make crafts related to the following while learning about the history of Northwest Arkansas:

Seed Art – June 14, 10am-noon; 30-minute timed reservation required.

Paper Airplanes – June 28, 10am-noon; 30-minute timed reservation required.

Apple Slime – July 12, 10am-noon; 30-minute timed reservation required.

Tie Dye – July 26, 10am-noon; 30-minute timed reservation required.

Arkansas Public Theater

116 S. Second St.

631-8988; arkansas public

Summer movies include:

“Bird Cage” – June 11 at 2 p.m. $12 and up.

“Kinky Boots” – June 11 at 8 p.m. $12 and up.

Auditions include:

“Disaster” – June 20th at 7pm.

“Musicians” – August 1st at 7pm.



Bellavista History Museum

1885 Bellavista Road


July 8 – Movie night, 7pm

August 6th – Ice Cream Social, 3pm


spring valley

Shiloh Ozark History Museum

118 W. Johnson Blvd.


Summer camp is in preparation. Check back in June.

Jones Center

922 E. Emma Ave.

756-8090; Jones Center Network

Funday Sundays offer free entry to the ice rink on June 12th, June 10th and August 14th from 1pm to 2:45pm. No registration required. See the Jones Center website for other summer events.

Joaquin Jorge, a student at John Tyson Elementary School, works on a small bowl in the Community Creative Center’s mobile art studio. The Clay Summer Class begins June 6 at the Fayetteville Arts Venue. (file photo)
photo The Fort Smith Area Museum of Art is hosting a “Being a Muralist” course for students ages 12-18 from July 26-29. Inspired by the community’s public art, students will visit local murals throughout Fort Smith. (NWA Democratic Gazette file photo/Andy Shupe)
photo At Butterfly Day Camp at the Ozark Botanical Garden in Fayetteville in 2021, Avery Heyman made a caterpillar out of clay. Areas of study include habitat, life cycle, coloration and defense, and butterfly behavior. (NWA Democratic Gazette file photo/JT Wampler)
photo Trike Theater offers summer camps at the RaVe Cultural Center, Jones Center, Bentonville Community Center and Mount Sequoyah. (Courtesy photo)


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