Summer activities you may not know about

It may be only April, but many summer activities are already accepting students. We found a few unique activities available this summer that Elkins-area kids might find worthwhile. This list is far from complete, and we will share more on social media as we learn about them.

Balance Dance 

Elkins’ own Balance Dance has its own summer dance program starting June 26. Classes are already filling up so contact the dance studio soon! They have some offerings for as young as 18 months but most start at age 3 and there are age-appropriate classes throughout each week. The offerings include everything from cheer dance, acro/tumble dance, and more traditional dance classes such as ballet and hip-hop. 

Nature & Creativity Camp 

This camp is at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville for students ages 7-9. This camp is June 12-16 and will give participants the opportunity to “get outside and explore the natural world while having fun creating unique art. This will be a hands-on learning experience like no other.”

BGO is also hosting two, one-day camps called Garden Magic July 6-7 for ages 5-8. For more information about any of the BGO camps, visit https://www.bgozarks.org/14198-2/

Heritage School 

Washington County Historical Society is in the process of planning two sessions of Heritage School.  Sessions will be July 10-14 and July 17-21 for ages 9-17.  The cost will be approximately $100 per child for the week and includes lessons on local history - clothing, food, lifestyles, school day, etc.  Students will dress in costume, dance, and learn about Civil War military history. Contact the WCHS office at 479-521-2970 for more information. There is also a Heritage School page on the organization’s website, https://washcohistoricalsociety.org/Heritage_School.

S.H.E Can Aviation STEAM Camp

Arkansas is one of only a small handful of locations where the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is offering a STEAM camp for girls. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation and the DaRin Butz Foundation, they are holding their fifth annual S.H.E. Can STEAM Summer Camp in Summer 2023. The Arkansas camp is July 17-28. Internships are also available at the Arkansas location, which is at Har-Ber High School in Springdale. All camp applicants must attend a Title I school or Title I eligible school or qualify for free or reduced lunches. This camp is for students in grades 6-8 for new students and grades 7-9 for returning students. For more information on how to apply for the camp or internship, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/SheCan.

Wet n Wild Camp 

This FREE camp, made possible by the Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer

grant, is for students entering into grades 10 and 11 who live in Arkansas and excel in science. Project Wet‘n’Wild will be held from June 19 - July 2 at Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC), an outdoor science education facility located in Madison County. Participants will be able to “unplug from electronic distractions and plug into the ever-changing and exciting world of field biology where evolving technology and field science merge.” This program has a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted by May 5. Learn more on the website: https://www.onsc.us/aegis

Jones Center

The Jones Center in Springdale has an entire “Summer of Discovery” planned with all sorts of camps for all ages. Visit their website to learn more! https://www.thejonescenter.net/camps

As we mentioned, there are many other opportunities for camps in NWA this summer. If you know of something coming up, let us know!