For most students in central Arkansas, Spring Break is March 18–22. Not traveling? Here’s a roundup of fun camps and special activities close to home.
Junior Naturalist Camp at Wildwood Park for the Arts -- The Central Arkansas Master Naturalists lead this week-long nature adventure for children ages 7-11. Campers will hike Wildwood's winding trails, play outdoor games, and help construct a wildlife observation area. Students will delight in hands-on instruction of lake ecology, trees, reptiles and insects. Upon completion of the camp, students will attain Wildwood Junior Naturalist status and be eligible for future naturalist projects at Wildwood. Students should wear clothing appropriate for the outdoors, and bring a small snack and a lunch every day. $45 per day, $180 for the full week. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: (501) 821-7275, ext. 253, www.WildwoodPark.org.
Little Planters Spring Retreat at Plantation Agriculture Museum -- Children ages 9-12 will learn Arkansas history through old-timey games, gardening, butter-making, cotton-ginning, outdoor cooking and crafts. Park interpreters will lead young pioneers on a different adventure every day, each exploring activities of daily life on the early Arkansas Delta. $5 per day. 9 a.m.-noon. For info: (501) 961-1409, www.ArkansasStateParks.com/PlantationAgricultureMuseum, Lydia.White@Arkansas.gov.
March Playcation Week at The Wonder Place -- Extra fun abounds this week at The Wonder Place. Daily themes include Fun in the Sun on Monday, Under the Sea Tuesday, Flip Floppin' Fun for Wednesday, Thursday is At the Beach and Friday ends with a Lei'd Back Luau. $7. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: (501) 225-4050, www.TheWonderPlace.com.
Mini Day Camp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park -- Children ages 7-10 enjoy activities, such as nature programs and a guided hike on a park trail at a one-day camp on March 20. Older kids ages 11-13 are invited for a day camp on the following day, March 21. Advance payment required. $15. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (501) 868-5806, www.ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain.
The Princess and the Pea at Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre -- Attend matinee performances, held all week long for spring break. The play, adapted for this production by Alan Keith Smith, is based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of royal courtship. Spring break matinees will be at 2 p.m. March 19-22. Regular showtimes are 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. from March 8-24. $12. For info: (501) 372-4000, www.ArkArts.com.
School's Out Day Camp at River City Gymnastics -- Kids ages 5-12 spend 30-minute increments at activity stations, playing on the wooden pirate ship, practicing on the tumble track, making arts and crafts, playing sports and more. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; BYO lunch (no nuts, please!). $40 per day, $135 for the full week. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For info: (501) 407-8000, www.River-City-Gymnastics.com.
Spring Break at Crater of Diamonds State Park -- Last Spring Break, 34 visitors to the diamond mine went home with a sparkly souvenir! The state park hosts special activities all week long, including visits with expert miners and evening programs about early 1900s diamond mining operations. $7, children ages 6-12 $4, children under 6 free. For info: (870) 285-3113, www.CraterOfDiamondsStatePark.com.
Spring Break at Historic Arkansas Museum -- The Museum breaks up their usual hourly guided tours and invites visitors to wander the grounds freely all week long. Visit open houses, watch live demonstrations, interact with living history characters or bring a picnic to eat on the grass. General admission: $2.50, seniors ages 65 and up $1.50, children $1. For info and a schedule of activities: www.HistoricArkansas.org.
Spring Break at William F. Laman Public Library -- In addition to the library's regular storytimes and activities, families can engage in afternoon crafts from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Mon. and Tue., and play Spring Bingo from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Thu. For info: www.LamanLibrary.org. FREE!
Spring Break Camp at Little Rock Athletic Club -- Kids ages 3-12 stay active in the Down Under Center March 18-22, where they'll play relay games and sports, make arts and crafts, swim and take field trips. Lunch and snacks included. Complimentary extended care starts at 7:30 a.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekly fee varies by age and memberships, and ranges from $140-$195; daily fees range from $34-$45. For info: (501) 225-3601, www.LRAC.com
Spring Break Camp at Unity Martial Arts -- Kids participate in pirate adventures in this imaginative action camp. Lessons are hands-on and include collaborative storytelling, games, battles, crafts and skits. Snacks and drinks provided; BYO lunch. $45 per day, $185 for the week. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (501) 664-0604.
Spring Break Instrumental Petting Zoo at the Clinton Center -- From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 18-22, children in grades preschool-5 can meet instruments from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Little ones will get the chance to touch and play string, woodwind and brass instruments, and say hello to professional musicians. Activities are free with general admission: $7, students and seniors $5, children ages 6-17 $3, children under 6 free. For info: www.ClintonPresidentialCenter.org.
Spring Break Day Camp at Sonshine Academy in Conway -- Children (grades K-5) can romp in the Sonshine facilities, playing in the gym and jumping on the trampoline. Kids can also expect ice skate, bowl, hike, swim, visit the museum and more. Extended care is available from 4-5:30 p.m.; additional $6 per day. BYO lunch and snacks. $32 per day, $142 for week. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For info: (501) 327-7742, www.SonshineAcademy.com.
Spring Break Fun Days at Heifer Village -- Heifer Village hosts educational activities all week, with different activities in Heifer Village everyday. Kids can create their own sheep craft to take home, and learn how animals provide materials like wool that can be made into marketable goods, including gloves, scarfs, blankets. Visitors can also learn about a simple technology used in the developing world to stop erosion, called an A-Frame. And participants will see a bee hive, try on beekeeping suits and create pollination mobiles to take home, while learning about the benefits of bees in the garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For info: (501) 907-2697, www.Heifer.org. FREE!
Spring Break Program for Ages 6-9: Princes, Princesses, Castles and Dragons at Arkansas Arts Center -- From March 20-22, students create art about famous princes and princesses, imagining their elaborate castles and fire-breathing dragons. The class includes instruction on drawing, painting, and creating sculptures, prints, collages and more. Students will enjoy a matinee performance of The Princess and the Pea in the Children’s Theatre. BYO snacks and lunch. $195, members $156, all new students receive $25 discount. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: 396-0353, www.ArkArts.com.
Spring Break Skatarama at Arkansas Skatium -- Each day of Spring Break, the Arkansas Skatium hosts special events and themed skates for youngsters. From noon-1 p.m. on Mon. and Fri., children ages 5 and up are invited to a free skating or hockey class. Dress up in western wear on Texas Tuesday or beachy duds on Tropical Thursday for free skate rentals. And on Winter Wednesday, snow will come down inside the ice arena, and kids can build a snowman. Open skating will be 1-3:30 p.m. Mon., Tue., Thu. & Fri., and from noon-3:30 p.m. Wed. For info: www.ArkansasSkatium.com.
Spring Break Week at Museum of Discovery -- Museum of Discovery offers special programming from March 16-24, featuring various shows and live animals. On March 21, Cat in the Hat visits the museum to read books and have his picture made with fans. On March 22, Clifford the Big Red Dog will be at the museum for storytime and pictures. Come dressed as your favorite AETN character to celebrate. General admission: $10, children ages 1-12 $8, children under 1 free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: www.MuseumOfDiscovery.org.
Therapeutic Recreation School's Out! at Ottenheimer Community Center -- Just in time for the school holiday, Little Rock Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation program hosts a day full of activities and fun for children of all abilities on March 20. BYO lunch. $10. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For info: www.LittleRock.org/ParksRecreation/TherapeuticRec.