Summer approaches, but do not fear, parents: Northwest Arkansas organizations are more than up for the challenge of helping parents find activities to keep kids occupied during the summer. Here are some of the offerings in Benton County. Washington County follows next week.
Scott Family Amazeum
1009 Museum Way
(Some camps held off museum campus.)
A-MAZE-D -- This camp will test your camper's problem-solving skills by exploring the mental mazes of illusion and building physical mazes, finishing the week by creating a life-sized maze to travel through, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10-14. Ages 6-11. $250 Amazeum members/$300 nonmembers.
In Our Nature -- Campers will get inspired by Crystal Bridges' temporary exhibition, "Nature's Nation," and Amazeum's "Forever Forest" exhibition, exploring the Northwest Arkansas ecosystem through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities to investigate the science of nature up close, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21. Ages 6-10. $265 Amazeum members/$335 nonmembers.
Boxopolis 2.0 -- Boxopolis 2.0 will push campers to think outside the box (pun intended). This year, the Amazeum has partnered with Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design to push Boxopolis to the next level, with everything a camper needs (and everything they don't know they need) to create a cardboard utopia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28. Ages 6-12. $265 Amazeum members/$335 nonmembers.
Slime Time -- Get your hands icky sticky exploring the fascinating world of polymers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28. Ages 6-11. $45 Amazeum members/$55 nonmembers.
Unraveling the Unknown -- How were the pyramids so perfectly shaped without heavy machinery? How did they move the giant stones of Stonehenge so far without semi trucks? Campers become investigators, using hands-on STEAM activities to uncover the answers to these questions and more, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. July 8-12. Ages 6-11. $250 Amazeum members/$300 nonmembers.
3D Animaker -- The Scott Family Amazeum and NERDIES are teaming up to teach kids all about the animation tools and technologies that bring ideas to the screen, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 8-12. Ages 10-14. $275 Amazeum members/$350 nonmembers.
Girls STEAM -- A week of tech fun that goes beyond the computer, from learning to code robots and taking apart tech to creating digital art and exploring app design, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19. Ages 6-11. $250 Amazeum members/$300 nonmembers.
You(do) Tube -- Any kid can make a Youtube channel, but how do they get followers? How do kids learn to create entertaining content? How do kids DO YouTube? During this camp they'll find out, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 22-26. Ages 9-14. $250 Amazeum members/$300 nonmembers.
Zing Into Kindergarten -- Get a jump on kindergarten the Amazeum way through hands-on STEAM activities, morning session: 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon session: 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. Children entering kindergarten in 2019. $125 Amazeum members/$150 nonmembers.
Invention 101 -- Have you ever thought about how useful your buttons are? What about toilet paper? They didn't always exist; they were invented! Equipped with the right tools and resources, humanity creates amazing solutions to make life easier. But where to begin? Invention 101 will tackle this challenge, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. Ages 9-14. $250 Amazeum members/$300 nonmembers.
902 SW Second St., Suite E
(Some camps are held off of the Trike Theatre campus.)
Paw Patrol Camp -- Join Ryder and become your favorite paw patrol puppy and solve a new problem every day in the Trike Paw Patrol summer camp, 9 a.m.-noon, PreK-kindergarten; 1 p.m.-4 p.m., grades 1-2, June 3-7; 9 a.m.-noon, PreK-kindergarten; 1-4 p.m., grades 1-2; July 15-19. $150.
Harry Potter Camp -- Train to be a wizard at Arkansas' only school for Wizards and Witches, using theater skills to explore potions, magical creatures, spells and wand making, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-7, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2. Grades 3-8. $200.
Shakespeare Camp -- Explore the world of the Bard while rehearsing and performing scenes in conjunction with the NWA Shakespeare Festival, 9 a.m.-noon, grades 3-6; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. grades 7-12, June 10-14. $150/$225.
Production Camp: The Internet is a Distract-OH LOOK A KITTEN! -- Micah only has 20 minutes to finish her paper, but when she goes online to check facts, wacky things like boxing cats, Facebook lurkers and pig-throwing games threaten to take over her schoolwork -- or worse. Spend a week working on this hilarious play by Ian McWethy, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17-21. Grades 3-8. $225.
Camp Musical Theatre -- Young performers work alongside professional musical theatre actors and teachers to sharpen their singing, dancing and acting skills, 9 a.m.-noon, grades K-3; 1-4 p.m. grades 3-6, June 10-14; 9 a.m.-noon, grades K-3; 1-4 p.m. grades 3-6, June 17-21; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., grades 3-8, June 24-28; 9 a.m.-noon, grades K-3rd; 1-4 p.m., grades 3-6, July 22-26. $145/$225.
Storytellers Camp -- Young artists will work with professional storytellers to learn how the art form has survived for thousands of years, and how they can spin their own yarns with the best of them, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5-9. Grades 3-8. $225.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Mini Masters -- Discover the permanent collection through story time and gallery activities then, back in the studio, explore the artmaking process with painting, collage and sculpture, 9 a.m.-noon July 15-19. Ages 4-5. $150/$120 members.
Art and Nature -- Explore the trails and grounds of Crystal Bridges, create art inspired by nature, use natural materials and visit the temporary exhibition "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment" to see how artists depict the natural world, 9 a.m.-noon June 10-14. Ages 6-10. $150/$120 members.
Ready, Set, Paint -- Explore paintings in the permanent collection, then use acrylics and watercolors to create portraits, landscapes and abstract art, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. July 15-19. Ages 6-10. $150/$120 members.
Art Party -- Discover a variety of art styles in Crystal Bridges' permanent collection through fun gallery activities then use Model Magic, ink, watercolor, textured paper and paint to create sculptures, prints, collages, and paintings to take home, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. June 10-14. Ages 6-10. $150/$120 members.
Art Detectives -- Put on your detective hat and get your spy glasses ready as you solve an art mystery every day in the gallery then, back in the studio, paint, sculpt, and collage to create works of art inspired by the mysteries you solved, 9 a.m.-noon July 8-12. Ages 6-8. $150/$120 members.
In Our Nature -- Enjoy the opportunity to travel between two museums for a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience hosted by the Scott Family Amazeum and Crystal Bridges, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21. Ages 6-10. $150/$120 members.
Wild About Art -- Have a roaring good time as you search for animals featured in the permanent collection then create animal sculptures, paintings and collages back in the studio, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. July 8-12. Ages 6-8. $150/$120 members.
Nerdies: Movie Making -- Learn every aspect of what it takes to make an actual movie: writing, character development, acting, filming and editing. By the end of the camp, you will have a complete film project that you can share with your family and friends, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28. Ages 11-14. $335/$265 for members.
Nerdies: 3D Modeling and Animation -- Explore 3D modeling and animation, learn the same software that artists at Disney, Sony and Pixar use, then create a character, a world, or both, and make them come to life, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28. Ages 11-14. $335/$265 for members.
Nerdies: Video Game Development -- Create a 2-D game while learning programming through industry-standard video game development software, digital painting, and digital design, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8-12. Ages 11-14. $335/$265 for members.
Teen Artists Workshop -- Learn new mixed media techniques that combine painting and drawing skills, 9 a.m.-noon July 15-19. Ages 14-18. $150/$120 for members.
Rogers Activity Center
315 W. Olive St.
(Some camps held at different locations. See website for more information.)
Animation -- In this class students will learn the basics of animation and digital design, 9 a.m.-noon June 17-20. Ages 9-17. $150.
Gaming and Coding -- Students spend the morning taking an interactive look at coding, and building virtual apps to share with friends. In the afternoon, students build simple video games combing the art of video game design and animation to create interactive characters that fly around the screen, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 1-5. Ages 6-12. $260.
I Code -- Students will create virtual apps and write their own programs that they can share with friends and family, 1-3:30 p.m. July 1-5. Ages 6-12. $135.
Igame Creators -- This is an introductory course for younger students who want learn to build simple video games, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Ages 6-10. $135.
Video Game Design -- Students enrolled in this camp will learn the basics of video game design and produce several different interactive video games to share with their friends and family, 1-4 p.m. June 17-20. Ages 9-17. $160.
Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. Second St.
Rogers Explorers -- Participants will explore areas around Northwest Arkansas through hands-on learning, adventure, and activities, June 14, 28 and July 12, 26. Ages 7-12. $5/session.
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