By the time school is out for one day, the kids are already bored. These camps can help keep the occupied (and teach them something new), and some even offer childcare throughout the summer.
The camps are grouped loosely by type (outdoor camps are together, art camps are together), though many of them could fit in multiple groups.
Updated for 2014.
The Arkansas Outdoor School has a variety of class topics throughout the summer. Classes are for campers age 7-12, and are based at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center west of Little Rock. "The center is comprised of more than 220 acres of fields, forests, creeks and a six-acre flat-water lake. Camps are staffed by outdoor education professionals with a passion for connecting young people with nature." Cost: $245, camps last 5 days.
Ferncliff offers more than 45 day and overnight camps designed around having fun and growing their faith. Activities include hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, large group games, sand volleyball, mountain biking, mountain boarding, crafts, large group worship, small group Bible study, games, orienteering, campfires and special events. Camps are $190-$550 and are aimed at kids entering 1st grade all the way up through 12th Grade. They have dates from June 8 to July 25.
Zoofari classes allow kids from kindergarten to 6th grade to experience a different side of the Little Rock Zoo
with hands-on activities, animal interactions and behind the scenes tours. Cost: $85 for the 3 day camp.
4. Adventure Camps at State ParksThe Toltec Mounds
is hosting day camps this summer June 17-19 for campers ages 8-12: adventure and archeology. Cost is $50 for each 3 day class. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
offers a four day camps focused on nature for ages 7-10. Cost $100.
Midland farms teaches kids aged how to safely handle and care for a horse. The five day camps are $260.
The Clinton Center
offers summer day camps in culinary arts. Children will receive hands-on training, make their own nutritious lunches and snacks, learn special tips from distinguished speakers in the culinary field and even start their own garden on-site at the Center. Cost is $250 for the five day class.
SLUFY is a fun, hands-on learning experience for students in kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8. They offer a wide variety of fun courses in math, science, the arts, social studies, language arts and more. Cost: $275 for the two week course. It's July 14-25.
Kids ages 4-13 can learn about science with topics ranging from from kitchen chemistry to archaeology to biology at the Museum of Discovery
. Cost: $225-250 for the 5 day class.
What future athlete wouldn't want to attend Razorback camp? Kids will play on the field under the direction of Razorback coaching staff. Camp is located at the Razorback Practice Fields, the Pat Walker Pavilion and the Razorback Stadium. Young athletes entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2014 are eligible to attend camp. Your kids will have to go to Fayetteville, but there are some housing options. Cost: $250-300. They have a variety of camps, but the main attraction lasts 3 days.
The Mighty Bluebirds offers summer day camps in wrestling for kids ages 6-16. The camps are located at the Bluebird Sports Complex on Pinnacle Valley Road. Cost: $60.