Arkansas has a ton of fun things for kids to do all year long; but, summer brings on extra activities and opportunities. Here are a few in the Ozarks and River Valley regions of The Natural State:
- Nerdies – In this age of the arts, computers, and gaming, nerds are cool. Nerdies Summer Sessions in Fayetteville offers week-long, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. classes (lunch included) throughout the summer on awesome topics such as Mods for Minecraft, Droids and Drones, Video Game Development, Robotics, Arts, Videography, Creative Writing/Stand Up, Improv, Photography and Creativity. The instructors are mentors who are real professionals with years of experience and passion for what they do. www.nerdies.me #getinthearena
- Ozark Natural Science Center – Nature is your classroom without walls in Huntsville. Study arts, bugs, nature writing, astronomy, cooking, science and experience river adventures. Campfires and ice cream socials round out the fun. The three camps offered for ages 6-12 are in June. www.onsc.us
- RAM Art Camp – Fort Smith’s Regional Art Museum is having one big ol’ art party on July 22-26 with classes for kids ages 4-13. Instruction ranges from papermaking and book binding to interactive games and painting. www.fsram.org
- Heifer Ranch – The Ranch in Perryville offers programs for 6th graders and up that last one night or up to five nights. In these experiences, kids will prepare a meal with limited resources and spend a night in the Global Village. Multi-night programs also offer team-building exercises and milking a goat or harvesting vegetables. Kids of all ages can take a two hour program to learn about Heifer. The “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove Dan West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires the organization’s work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world. www.heifer.org
- Camp Subiaco – This camp is for boys ages 9-13 and is open to U.S. and international kids. It uses facilities of Subiaco Academy and Abbey, including the swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic facilities, dormitories, cafeteria, die bunkerstube, art center, and lake facilities. It is operated by the Benedictine Monks of Subiaco Abbey in conjunction with the Subiaco Alumni Association. For more than 70 years this camp has been held in Subiaco located on Ark. 22 in the Arkansas River Valley. www.campsubiaco.org
- Arkansas State Parks – Summer is prime time for taking advantage of all the great programs and family activities offered in Arkansas State Parks. Park interpreters make learning fun through all kinds of experiences. Check out the Calendar of Events for a full list of all there is to do, from hour long sessions to overnight camps for kids.