14th Annual Summer Camp Guide Brought to You by Dogwood Canyon

Dogwood Canyon:

14th Annual Camp Guide Sponsor

2038 West State Hwy 86 
Lampe, Missouri

dogwoodcanyon.org

A world of outdoor adventure awaits at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park! You can get up close and personal with wildlife on a tram tour through the canyon or explore the tree tops as you tour a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters! While visiting this 10,000 natural paradise you can also enjoy horseback riding, trout fishing, hiking, biking, dining, and Segway tours. Call or visit the website to learn more! http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/

1-800-225-6343

 

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NWA Naturals:

Arvest Ballpark

3000 S 56th St, Springdale

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Summer Camp Day at Arvest Ballpark will take place on Tuesday, June 13th at 12:05 PM when the Naturals host the Arkansas Travelers with gates opening at 11:00 AM. Summer Camp Day is open to camps, day cares, schools, churches, and other summer youth programs. Tickets are only $5.00 for campers and FREE for chaperones. Buses receive free parking while cars are $3.00 to park. Groups are also allowed to bring in their own lunches on that date. For more information, visit www.nwanaturals.com or contact Trey Garner at (479) 927-4063 or treyg@nwanaturals.com.

 

 

 

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Community Creative Center:

Communitycreativecenter.org

505 W Spring St., Fayetteville

Grab your ticket and head to Community Creative Center’s Time For Art Summer Camp! During 9 weeks of themed camps kids can have a great adventure in the Ozarks, explore art under the sea, and be inspired by magic, food and the circus! Ages 6-14. Enroll in morning, afternoon, or all-day art, clay, and technology camps beginning mid-April. Scholarships and military discounts available. CCC is located at 505 W Spring St. in Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. www.communitycreativecenter.org, ‪479-571-2706.

 

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Modern Mission

Modernmission.com

3484 E. Joyce Blvd Fayetteville

Week one will be June 5th-9th, week two will be June 19th-23rd, and our final third week will be July 10th-14th. While the kids are here they will be learning how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (starting a fire in wet weather, edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork. We will also have a special guest speakers come in throughout the week from our Sheriff Tim Helder, our local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell, and more! There will be plenty of time for fun with our Archery Games, Bubble Soccer, and our Indoor/ Outdoor Battlefields. The camp will be a 5 day event that will run from 8:00am-12:00pm. You will be able to drop off your kids starting at 7:30am. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. This camp will be for ages 7-12.

 

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Fast Lane:

1117 N Dixieland St, Lowell

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Enjoy a week full of fun at Fast Lane Entertainment! Our daily games and activities are sure to provide campers with excitement and a sense of adventure. From bowling to laser tag to indoor roller coasters, kids are sure to have a blast. Reserve now for a week full of summer fun, friendship, and memories!

 

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NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet:

3111 SE J St, Bentonville

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Princesses & Heroes Dance Camps are for children ages 3-8. Each day, students will enjoy a full ballet class, an excerpt from a classical ballet video, snack time, and several fun activities revolving around the ballet about which they are learning. Activities include crafts and lessons in dance history, pantomime, music theory, and nutrition. On the final day of the week, dancers will give an in-studio performance for family and friends, and will leave with a scrapbook of all of their work. For more experienced ballet dancers, ages 8-11, we offer a Mini-Intensive Camp. This camp is designed for students with at least two years of classical ballet training. Each day, students will take both ballet and modern class, study a classical ballet, and participate in activities and seminars including dance history, music appreciation, healthy dancer habits, and classical stage hair and make-up. More information on either of the above camps can be found at www.nwaballet.com or by emailing dance@nwaballet.com.

 

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Arts Live Theatre

818 N Sang Ave, Fayetteville

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Arts Live Theatre Summer Theatre Conservatory and Camps for ages 5-7, 8-11 & 12-18 will take place during the months of June, July and August. Each month brings a new camp for each age group! Camps and Conservatories include Musical Theatre, Dance, Comedy Improv Reader’s Theatre, Create-A-Play and more! For information, schedule and registration from visit artslivetheatre.com.

 

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Crystal bridges

600 Museum Way, Bentonville

crystalbridges.org

Enjoy summer days at Crystal Bridges! Learn about the Museum collection and grounds, enjoy artmaking activities, make friends, and have fun. This year’s camps (ages 6-14) include Art and Nature; Pop Art; Fashion; Color and Light; Art Adventures; Mini Masters; and Creative Kids – $150 ($120 for Members). Also presenting Imaginate and Create with Crystal Bridges and the Scott Family Amazeum, sponsored by Nice-Pak Products, and Art + Game = Technology and Movie-Making Camp with Nerdies and New Design School – $335 ($265 for Members). Register online at crystalbridges.org/summercamps or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

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Trike Theatre

209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville

479-464-5084

triketheatre.org

A plethora of summer camps wait at trike theatre. Whether your little one is interested in being a creative player, a storyteller, an actor, a designer, or in musical theatre, there is a summer camp for them! There will be many kid-friendly productions all summer long that your child will want to participate in. For more information and for full descriptions of summer camps and dates go to triketheatre.org.

 

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B-Sew Inn

2910 N McKee Circle, Fayetteville

479-442-7808

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B-Sew Inn, the world’s largest Baby Lock sewing machine retailer, is once again offering “Project Sew Summer Camp”. Project Sew is open for girls and guys, ages 9-16. Attendees will learn the basics of sewing while stitching their own projects. Camps will run 5 days ­– June 12-16 and July 10-14. Morning sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon or afternoon session, 2-5 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact the store, availability is limited!

 

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Boys and Girls Club

560 N. Rupple Rd., Fayetteville

479-442-9242

Children will be offered a variety of activities each day including: board games, arts and crafts, outside play (weather permitting), card games and recreational activities. Children will also participate in weekly field trips. Lunch will be provided each day at the Owl Creek Elementary cafeteria unless otherwise announced and daily afternoon snacks will be provided. Sessions are throughout June, July and the beginning of August. Check out fayettevillekids.org for more information.

 

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NWACC

1 College Dr., Bentonville

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NWACC Kid’s College 2017 offers numerous fun, educational short-term courses for two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16. From music and dance, robotics, to cooking, acting, Harry Potter inspired writing and more. There are a variety of great options allowing young students to experience the excitement of being on a college campus while learning about topics that ignite their passion. Learn more and register at www.nwacc.edu/kidscollege. For questions, contact Megan Kirsop: (479) 619-4280 or mkirsop@nwacc.edu

 

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Equestrian Bridges

3100 Oakland Zion Road, Fayetteville

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Equestrian Bridges is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation whose primary objective is to improve the lives of children and their families for success.

Our mission at Equestrian Bridges is to help build bridges for Children and their Families, helping them to improve the quality of their lives and increase their opportunities for success!

Our Vision at Equestrian Bridges is that we change the face of Mental Health for Children and their Families with our Equine Recreational Therapy Center here in Washington County and Northwest Arkansas. We empower children and youth considered to be at risk for social, behavioral or academic delays with the tools to develop emotional, mental and physical fitness using Natural Horsemanship doing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

 

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Infiniti Athletics

305 SE 22nd Street, Bentonville

479-715-6840

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CLUB iNFiNiTi offers our Summer Program providing Full Time Youth Activities ALL SUMMER LONG! The experience your children will have this summer in being a part of CLUB iNFiNiTi will create memories that will last a lifetime while accommodating parents busy schedule. We are happy to answer any questions you have and we are ready to get your registration started. You can enroll on-line by clicking the enroll today button above. 

During our Summer Camp Program we use our full facility as well as include field trips each week and we make sure all of our students are having great life experiences having fun, staying fit and meeting new friends in a safe environment!

 

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Mount Sequoyah

150 N Skyline Drive, Fayetteville

mountsequoyah.org

Camp Sequoyah is a series of summer camps hosted at historic Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR. Each week of camp has a different theme including sports, tennis, outdoors, music/art/drama, science and technology, and more – there is something for every child. Most camps are full day camps from 7:45 am to 5:15 pm, and registration starts at $175 per camper. Campers will play, swim, try new things, and learn about God’s love for them while at Camp Sequoyah. Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 years old. Please contact Emily Gentry with questions at 479-443-4531 or emily.gentry@mountsequoyah.org. You can also visit our website at www.campsequoyahar.org.

April 2017 Issue of Kid's Directory

The most anticipated issue of the year is finally here! You hold in your hands the 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide. We are so thankful to have been serving you for 14 years and hope to have many more camp guides in the future. Summer is almost upon us, which means it is almost time for more play, fun in the sun and more days spent together as a family.

However, parents can only be so creative with summer activities and I think it goes without saying that although we love spending more time with the kiddos, we still need the occasional break and so do our kids. Cue the summer camps! Most summer camp registrations are already open, so browse through this directory with your children and let them help pick out what looks fun and exciting for them. For a more in depth look at the summer camps offered, look to the 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide to make your choice! You’ll want to bookmark these pages because there is so much offered in the area and all different dates and times so that your child could attend more than one camp or program this summer.

We offer a big “thank you” to Dogwood Canyon, who is our 14th Annual Summer Camp Guide sponsor. Without their help, this guide would not be possible! Dogwood Canyon is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools. The walls of the jagged ravines frame a dramatic valley bursting with hardwoods, evergreens and of course, the park’s namesake – Dogwoods. There are literally dozens of activities, and all are family friendly and professionally managed. You can find out more about Dogwood Canyon and the summer programs available at dogwoodcanyon.org.

Have a wonderful April planning out your family summer activities and don’t forget to schedule out some time for yourself too!

From my family to yours,

Addi McNeel

March 2017

Spring is finally upon us! Although northwest Arkansas didn’t see much of a winter this year, I am definitely looking forward to warmer weather. As an allergy sufferer, I have to prepare thoroughly for spring and all of the pollen it brings with it. For kids, allergies can be much harder to deal with. Not only do allergies limit the amount of fun the little one can have running around outside, but the medicine can often cause them to feel drowsy and be fussy. Luckily, our little corner of the state has many clinics that deal with children’s allergies, like Bentonville Pediatrics, Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, Harvey Pediatrics and Ozark Pediatrics, just to name a few – all of which can be found within the pages of this directory.

So once you’ve got spring allergies taken care of and your little one is ready to run, jump and play, it’s time to start planning summer camp activities! How is it already that time of the year? Time is simply flying by these days. Children grow so fast, that it’s only natural to want to pack as many wonderful memories in as possible. Many summer camp registrations open this month, so to start planning those activities that will eventually turn into fun, childhood memories, it’s important to be on the lookout for them and this summer camp preview guide is the perfect place to start.

We are blessed to live in an area full of kid-friendly summer camps and programs. There are so many different programs for children of all ages and it can be overwhelming deciding what your child would like best, especially if they’re interested in a little bit of everything. I hope this summer camp preview guide will help aid in your decision, but I also encourage you to use the contact information to reach out to these programs and gather more information – and as always, we’d appreciate it if you mention that you saw it in Kid’s Directory!

May your spring be full of warm days, less allergies, fun in the sun, and many, many wonderful memories with your family.

From my family to yours,

Addi McNeel, Publisher of NWA Kid’s Directory

February 2017

It’s that time of year again! Our annual Baby Guide is here at last! This issue is our chance to lend a helping hand to a new mom or expecting parents. While we can’t totally calm your nerves, we’re hoping that our Baby Guide will be kept handy for those times when you are trying to find the perfect place to shop, a pediatrician, dentist, or more for your new little one. Ultimately, we want to help you connect with businesses all over our community that are geared specifically toward babies!
While my husband and I are planning to have our own little one,  I am lucky to be the stepmom to a vivacious, adorable 6-year-old little girl, which is more than I could ever ask for! I look forward to the future with many plans for her and more little ones to come. Creating Pinterest boards about nurseries, clothes and educational tips has become a hobby of mine as of lately. But as for now, Kid’s Directory is my “baby” and we are so excited to see it grow!
There are many exciting changes coming to Kid’s Directory over the next year. We are an evolving magazine that includes a revamp of our social media sites and website, so that you can stay connected and up-to-date with the family business community no matter where you are!
In addition to a bigger online presence, we are currently working on a directory just for moms! 95 percent of our readers are female and almost all of them are moms! With an additional directory in the back of Kid’s Directory geared just towards moms and their interests we hope to be more informative and resourceful than ever before! Our magazine would be nothing without our community and our business partners, to whom we are always grateful and humbled by your dedication to Kid’s Directory. So if you are a business owner and would like to be a part of our special Mom’s Guide launching this year, then email addi@nwakidsdirectory.com!
Until we meet again in March, I hope your February is full of all the things that make you love living in Northwest Arkansas. Whether that is greeting a loved one into the world, finding some new favorite local businesses, or simply enjoying time with your family!
From my family to yours,
Addi McNeel
The Publisher of NWA Kid’s Directory

January 2017

Something about a new year makes everything seem fresh. We get to restart, recharge and enact wonderful change in our life. Personally, I’ve always favored New Year’s Eve to any other holiday because not only do you get to reminisce on your favorite moments throughout the year, but you are also celebrating a new milestone in your life – another year of moving forward. Change is something that should be embraced and celebrated, because it keeps things from getting stagnant, and allows for wonderful growth in all aspects of your life.

One milestone I will be celebrating in the coming year is getting to be the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NWA Kid’s Directory. As a journalist, I’ve worked hard to be in a position where I can truly be a helpful resource for my community, and what better way to do that than to connect families with great businesses? Embrace the New Year with me by using this guide to help better your family life this year! Looking for pediatricians? Maybe dance academies or local children’s boutiques? If you can imagine the business, you can find it in our pages. We are here to serve the Northwest Arkansas family community and make referencing businesses as easy as flipping through a magazine.

January is our non-profit guide. We love highlighting all of the wonderful non-profits in our area that make your life as a parent easier and make our community an even better place to live and have a family.

In the New Year, we are also changing up a few things to improve Kid’s Directory’s layout. We will now be a true, reference guide. By sectioning off parts of the magazine for specific businesses, you can now easily and readily find anything you might be looking for.

I am very thankful to be a part of this community, and even more thankful that I get to work with businesses and help serve families all over Northwest Arkansas through Kid’s Directory. I look forward to a new year and wish you and your family many blessings of happiness and good fortune.

Thank you,

The Publisher of Kid’s Directory

December

It is the most wonderful time of the year, right? This is definitely one the most magical times of the year with all of the holiday celebrations, the community decorations, and the songs of the season. It is also the time where parents are on the hunt for gifts for their kids and family members. This month can also be stressful with illnesses that start being shared. Here at Kid’s Directory we have you covered. Flip through our pages for ideas about gifts and experiences for everyone on your list. We also have a listing of dedicated health professionals that are ready to making you feel better as fast as possible so that you don’t miss out on any of the holiday celebrations and breaks. It is also the season of giving. Organizations benefit from the generosity of others during the holidays. Check out some of the organizations that are making a difference in our community. Last but not least, celebrate with your families. Attend some of the parades and festivities. Shop our local stores for unique and personal gifts. Northwest Arkansas has a lot to offer. During the last few days of 2016, make it a point to take advantage of these activities. These are the memories that your family will remember for years to come. Sincerely, The Staff of Kid’s Directory of Northwest Arkansas

November

All of us in Northwest Arkansas are excited for the changing of the season. We are lucky to live in an area that kicks off the season with glorious colors as the leaves change in the Ozarks. The temperature cools while football, tailgating and s’mores take center stage. The Fall family schedule has fallen into place. Personally I’ve learned to treasure the moments we get to share with family and friends. It seems that in the rush of everyday life we forget to stop and appreciate our world around us — our beautiful surroundings, our family and friends, and the activities and offerings NWA provides to us. We should truly be thankful for the opportunities in our area!

We are excited at Kid’s Directory of NWA to have also made some changes in ownership. This publication is well established in its second decade. It is the premier go-to-resource for all things family. Want to know where to take your kids when visiting our revived Downtown districts? Need fun options for weekend birthday celebrations? Want to learn more about non-profits and how your family can support the community in which we live? We want you to be able to turn to our Directory so your family can fully embrace what NWA has to offer!

So flip through our magazine and follow us on social media. We are gearing up to show you all of the opportunities our beloved Northwest Arkansas has to offer!

Enjoy our November issue — these businesses are thankful for you as customers and are ready to celebrate the holidays with your family!

-Amenda Lacy

September 2016 Healthy Families Issue sponsored by Arkansas Children's Hospital-Lowell Clinic

Maintaining good health is an important concern for families. With picky eaters or a child who loves screen time, how do we find balance? What about the foods we’re inundated with that are processed, filled with growth hormones and preservatives and WAY too much sugar? How can we motivate our kids to be more active? Where do we find reputable health care providers including specialized therapists?

While we certainly can’t answer all these questions, our hope is that by providing a resource for keeping your family healthy, we are helping your family take steps in the right direction. It’s why we bring you the Healthy Families Guide every September and we’re thrilled that Arkansas Children’s Hospital-Lowell Clinic chose to sponsor it! They provide pediatric sub-specialty healthcare for clinic visits and follow-up medical care through ACH in Little Rock. They can be reached at 479-750-0125 for more information.

In case you haven’t heard, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest is coming to Springdale in July 2018! This expansion will “advance pediatric healthcare in the region and provide care close to home for the more than 200,000 children. Current plans include 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus will also include walking trails, gardens, a helipad and refueling station.” (source: ACH NW website)  Learn more about this exciting project at www.archildrens.org/northwest.

Our Around the Town feature this month is dedicated to the first day of school. It sure was fun seeing everyone’s pictures on social media. My favorite ones are the college age kids who send their mommas a selfie because they know she’s kept the tradition since they started school and would be heartbroken if it wasn’t continued! We know they all grow up too fast so we’ll treasure every milestone!

Kid’s Directory NWA celebrates 14 years in business next month and we commemorate it by bringing you our Birthday Bash Issue! From birthday cakes to gifts and photographers to party venues, it’s a one-stop shop for all your party needs. Contact sales@nwakidsdirectory to find out how your business can be included.

It’s impossible for me to close this letter without reminding you to take advantage of the beauty of our state in the fall. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are opening this month, we have the most amazing walking/running/biking trails in the state, outdoor craft fairs will be abundant, and our area is full of state parks to explore. You don’t have to spend money to be healthy. Get out there and enjoy fall y’all!

August 2016 12th Annual Back-to-School Issue sponsored by Providence Academy and Rhea Lana's

I have the same feeling every year when it’s time for school to start. Dread. It seems silly. I love my kids’ elementary school. They’ve loved all their teachers and the staff, and they are cared for as if they were that person’s child. They have really good friends there too. Honestly, the dread comes from not seeing them as often in the day and sticking to rigid schedules of making lunches, bedtime routines, before and after school activities. You get the idea.

To add insult to injury, we have one entering junior high school this year. Many unknowns await us and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious for her. She sailed through middle school these last two years and had a wonderful experience but this is a new playing field. It’s a scary and exciting time and one that’s sure to bring the start of a new normal at our house.

I share my stories because I can relate to most of you. I remember being the first time mom of a Kindergartener. (one more to go!) I know how it feels to send them to a new school where parents aren’t informed of every detail because it’s time for your child to learn their own way. And trust me, I’m taking notes from parents who have already graduated kids from high school and college. Gulp!

The flip side is that it makes me happy to watch them grow, learn and experience new things. I’m sure you share that sentiment. And whether this is your first or last year to send kids off to school, somewhere in between or you’re a homeschooling mom, this 12th Annual Back-to-School Issue will help guide decisions and smooth transitions for your family. Look to the quick-reference guide on pages 46-57 for businesses that provide all your back to school needs.

We get to offer double thanks this month to Rhea Lana’s and Providence Academy for their joint efforts in sponsoring this issue! The owner of Rhea Lana’s is Ashley Noland and her kids attend Providence so they have a great partnership and it made for a fun photo shoot!

Rhea Lana’s is NWA’s premier children’s consignment event where you can shop for or sell all your children’s clothing, toys, furniture, books, games, baby equipment and more all in one convenient spot. Their back-to-school event is August 21-27 at 1106 N. Old Missouri Rd (just north of The Jones Center), Springdale. Visit www.rhealana.com for more information.

Providence Academy is a premier private, independent, college-preparatory school serving Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. Their mission is to partner with parents to equip students with a biblical worldview, all to God’s Glory. Plans for a new permanent campus on 66 acres in Lowell are underway. Learn more at www.providence-academy.com or make plans to attend one of their informational meetings.

Our final issues rounding out 2016 are the September Healthy Families Guide, the October Birthday Guide and the November and December Holiday Gifts and Events Guides. Contact our sales staff to learn about advertising opportunities.

Wishing you a great school year!