Macaroni KID NW Arkansas Summer Camp Guide 2023

Best Summer Camps in Northwest Arkansas 2023

By Kara Ault, Macaroni Kid Fayetteville and Rogers-Bentonville Publisher May 2, 2023

Why should you send your child to a Northwest Arkansas summer camp? Summer camps are a great time for kids to try new things, nurture unique interests, meet new friends, stretch their creativity, and have tons of Arkansas summer fun! You're guaranteed to find something on this list of Northwest Arkansas summer camps that your kid will be excited about! 

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Music & Theatre Camps

Arts Live Theatre
Camps for ages 4-18 all summer long, from June through August.

TheatreSquared offers full-day weeklong camps for students aged 10 - 18 all summer long from June through August.

Choice Education Network- Film Camp
Ages 8 and up are welcome to join us for a week-long "Film Boot Camp" learning the ins and outs of basic technology, storyboarding, editing, writing, acting for the camera, and more!

Trike Theatre Camps
Ages 4 and up can join us at one of 3 locations this summer for theatre and musical camps!

Thaden School Camps
Summer Camps at Thaden School offer opportunities for children and teens to experience our distinctive educational programs. We will host six fun-filled weeks of camps with offerings in art exploration, cycling, culinary arts, outdoor water skills, paper engineering, pollination, storytelling, stop-motion filmmaking, and more.

You do not have to be a Thaden student to attend. Camps will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Outdoor Adventure Camps

Roo's World Camps
Roo’s World Summer Camp is excited for our all-day, exciting, experience-based day camp that takes the BEST field trips to places like Tulsa, Springfield, and Branson!
We accept rising 1st-5th graders for Roo’s World Camp. We accept 6th grade and above for our Art of Giving Camp- a special volunteer-based camp with opportunities to give back to the community and take HUGE field trips on Fridays. We accept rising 1st-5th graders to this exciting, experience-based day camp that takes the BEST field trips to places like Tulsa, Springfield, and Branson! (Extended hours available)

Fun in the Sun Camp @ Choice Education Network 
Ages 6 and up are welcome to join us for all things "SUMMER FUN!" Water play, entomology (bugs) mini units, marine biology mini units, and lots of play!

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Nature & Creativity Camps

Get outside, learn about the natural world, and have fun creating art! Campers will apply critical and creative thinking skills through interactive and hands-on exploration of science in the natural world including butterflies. Camps offered for ages 5-11.

Ozark Natural Science Center Overnight Camps

ONSC offers a unique, immersion-based approach to learning about nature and the natural sciences. Students visit us for authentic science learning experiences that are correlated with national and state science learning standards and provide in-depth education in biology, ecology, geology, social studies, and nature art – all while students have fun hiking and experiencing nature. Camp activities include day hikes, night hikes, team-building, games, and small-group activities. Jun 11, 1:00 PM – Jun 14, 6:30 PM.

Education/STEM/Confidence Camps

Kindergarten Prep Camp @ Sensational Skills Therapy
“Kindergarten Prep Camp” will provide 3 consecutive, 4-hour sessions, led by trained therapists to prepare your child for kindergarten!

Creating Magical Moments Tween Girls Retreat
Tween Girl Summer Retreat in June and July 2023. We will make vision journals, play games, build friendships and have social experiences! Led by Certified Life Coach Robin Slaton.

Pet-Themed Literacy Camps with Virtual Milestone Academy

We. Obtain. Reading. Milestones. 

Fun, Friendly, Pet-Themed Literacy Camp! Perfect for kiddos getting ready for Kindergarten or those who would benefit from refreshing literacy skills while having fun with peers!

Stronger Together: Sibling Camp

This camp will be packed with fun sibling collaboration, team-supporting games, and learning to become stronger together through engaging and fun activities.

General Camps

Jones Center Summer Camps
Sportsy? Artsy? Techie? All of the above? Jones Center summer camps build creativity and challenge kids to explore, learn and play in a safe, welcoming environment.  

Summer camps are geared toward preschoolers through high schoolers, with multi-genre programming including sports and art!

Young Chefs Academy Culinary Camps
Summer is heating up at Young Chefs® Academy during each fully immersive culinary camp experience! Each day brings sizzling new surprises and culinary delights as we cook and bake our way through exciting tips and tricks with friendly culinary challenges to put your newfound skills to the test.

Cookin' Up Character Mini Camp
This camp combines two areas that every kid benefits from: food prep, meets mindset in a fun and engaging format. Your child will learn impactful lessons that stick as we make it fun while learning the power they have within them, through story, food, games, and more!

Art Camp @ Choice Education Network

Open to children ages 6 and up. Come and explore watercolor, textures, oil pastels and more as we study the Great Artists and work on our masterpiece creations.

Art Camps with Carlipaints

Camps will be in Farmington. June 19-23, 1st-4th Grades// July 10-14, 5th Grade & Up
*Camps are limited to 12 campers per week
Campers will learn about and practice 6 different art mediums: paper mache, watercolor, acrylic, graphite pencil, tie dye and polymer clay.