Mar 9, 2023 - Things to Do

How to entertain NWA kids this spring break

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Spring break is only a week and a half away for Arkansas public schools. Parents looking for a fun way to keep the kiddos busy might consider signing them up for a day camp or other activities.

Here's a quick guide to spring break options in NWA for the little ones:

Get active

๐Ÿšฒ Kids ages 8-12 can get outside for biking, yoga, art, map reading and camping basics at the Peel Compton Foundation camp at Coler Mountain Preserve.

๐ŸŽพ The Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department will host a tennis camp for kids ages 6-14 of all skill levels.

  • 8am-noon | March 20-23 | $125 for Bentonville residents or $135 for nonresidents
  • Let them play

๐Ÿฅพ Drop 'em off at Camp Adventure hosted by 37 North Expeditions at Citizens Park in Bentonville, where kiddos ages 8-12 will learn hiking essentials, safety and risk management, and water filtration and purification skills.

๐Ÿƒ The Rogers Activity Center will keep little ones entertained with full days of being active.

  • 6:30am-6:30pm | March 20-24 and March 27-31 | $35 per day
  • Enroll

Get creative

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽจ Kids ages 6-11 can spend all week crafting art from trash at the Scott Family Amazeum.

๐ŸŽจ The Community Creative Center in Fayetteville is also offering art camp for ages 7-12, where they'll take part in watercolor painting, printmaking and collage. Clay camp will be offered for the same age group. Meanwhile, a more advanced series, wheel camp, will let 12-16-year-olds make their own cups and bowls.

๐ŸŽญ Aspiring Broadway stars can learn from the pros at TheatreSquared's musical theater camp. Separate camps are offered for ages 7-9 and 10-13.

๐ŸŽต Kids in grades 3-8 can rehearse and perform songs from movie and stage musicals at Trike Theatre. Send them for select days or the whole week.

  • 9am-3pm | March 20-24 | $200 for five days or $50 per day
  • Register

Get educational

๐Ÿงถ Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale will offer a day for children in grades K-6 to explore the history of the Arkansas Ozarks. They'll also learn different types of weaving and can take their creations home.

๐Ÿ”ฆ Take kids ages 6-12 to the Rogers Historical Museum on March 21 to learn about the ecosystems of caves in Northwest Arkansas. Go back on March 23 to discover how the caves have been used.

  • Sign up for a 45-minute session starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm or 2pm.
  • Free

Plus: Check the Jones Center in Springdale for extended hours, movie showings and special events during spring break.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the Scott Family Amazeum is not affiliated with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.


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