For most students in central Arkansas, Spring Break is just a month away -- March 24–28. Not traveling? Start planning your hometown fun with these 18 fun camps and special activities in the Little Rock area.
March 24- 25
Spring Break Workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center -- During this two-day program for children ages 6-9, students will have art experiences with painting, printmaking, clay, paper maché, and other art mediums. Students will also enjoy a matinee performance of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" in the Children’s Theatre. Tuition includes cost of materials and admission to the play. Registration required. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24 & 25. $145, members are $116. For info: (501) 372-4000, ArkansasArtsCenter.org.
Instrumental Petting Zoo at Clinton Presidential Center -- Students in grades pre-k-5 can touch and play string, woodwind and brass instruments, and will meet musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Then visit the "Presidential Pets" exhibit or let older children (ages 11 and up) explore "Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America." Spring break activities are free, however general admission fees to view exhibits apply. Instrumental Petting Zoo 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; exhibits 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: ClintonFoundation.org/Clinton-Presidential-Center.
Naturalist Camp at Wildwood Park for the Arts -- Central Arkansas Master Naturalists lead this day camp featuring outdoor projects and artistic experiences. Campers ages 7-11 will enjoy a week of fun hiking Wildwood's winding trails, playing outdoor games, and engaging in hands-on instruction of lake ecology, trees, reptiles and insects native to Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; drop-off opens at 8:30 a.m. $180 for full week; $45 per day. For info: WildwoodPark.org.
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!). $35 per day. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For info: (501) 407-8000, River-City-Gymnastics.com.
Spring Break at Arkansas Skatium -- Spring break at the skatium brings a new theme each day: Manic Monday includes a special ice skating exhibition featuring local skaters (2-2:15 p.m.); wear your western attire on Texas Tuesday for $2 off ultimate admission; watch it snow indoors and build a snowman on the ice rink on Winter Wednesday; wear sunglasses, hats and other beacy attire for $2 off ultimate admission on Tropical Thursday; and get two-for-one admission on Friendship Friday. Open skate will be daily from 1-3:30 p.m. Admission $8, roller skate rental is $2, ice skate rental is $3; ultimate admission is $12 for admission and both ice and roller skate rental. For info: (501) 227-4333, ArkansasSkatium.com.
Spring Break at Crater of Diamonds State Park -- Send off spring break with a sparkly souvenir! The state park will be open all week long for those who want to dig for diamonds. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, children ages 6-12 $4, children under 6 free. For info: (870) 285-3113, CraterOfDiamondsStatePark.com.
Spring Break Camp at Good Earth Learning Center in Austin -- This new seed-to-table learning center is located on a family farm right outside of Cabot. Campers ages 5-12 will engage in active outdoor experiences, including: feeding chickens and gathering eggs; taking care of lambs; holding baby angora bunnies and learning how to spin their wool; creating compost with the help of worms; planting vegetables; looking for insects, birds and wildlife on nature walks; and identifying trees. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $199 for the full week. For info: (501) 732-0321, GoodEarthLearningCenter.com.
Spring Break Camp at Little Rock Athletic Club -- Kids ages 3-12 stay active in the Down Under Center, where they'll play relay games and sports, make arts and crafts, and swim. Tentative field trips include visits to Altitude Trampoline Park, Wildwood Park for the Arts, the movies and more. Lunch and snacks included. Complimentary extended care starts at 7:30 a.m. Regular hours are 8:30 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, LRAC.com
Spring Break Camp at Unity Martial Arts -- Kids participate in this imaginative action camp, which will string five unique Adventure Quest stories into one awesome camp. Snacks and drinks provided; BYO lunch. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (501) 664-0604, UnityMartialArts.com.
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 a museum and more. Extended care is available from 4-6 p.m.; additional $7 per day. BYO lunch and snacks. $35 per day, $155 for week. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For info: (501) 327-7742, SonshineAcademy.com.
Spring Break Programming at Petit Jean State Park -- During Arkansas’s spring break, as well as the weekends before and after, Petit Jean State Park is expected to be a popular destination for guests who want safe, outdoor, family-friendly places to play and make memories. Park interpreters will lead numerous kid-friendly programs and activities at various park locations throughout the week and weekends, and also plan to offer daily programming during the two preceding weeks, to accommodate spring break visitors from other states. This will include programs related to the theme “Celebrating Trees” on the dates leading up to and including Arbor Day in Arkansas, March 14-17. For info: (501) 727-5441, PetitJeanStatePark.com, PetitJean@Arkansas.com.
Spring Planters Youth Retreat at Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott -- Children ages 8-12 and their parents can enjoy a five-day retreat full of activities. Park interpreters will guide participants as they explore the daily activities of those who lived on the Arkansas Delta many years ago. Events include period games and toys, crafts, canning, cheese making, cotton gin information, butter making, gardening, outdoor cooking, and more. Contact the museum to learn more; participants may choose how many days to attend. Reservations required. 9 am-noon. $5 per person, per day. For info: (501) 961-1409, ArkansasStateParks.com/PlantationAgricultureMuseum.
Spring Break Playcation at The Wonder Place -- Play through spring break with special crafts, storytime, and scavenger hunts all week long. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $7. For info: (501) 225-4050, TheWonderPlace.com.
Spring Fling Events at Heifer Village -- Come have fun throughout the week with activities, crafts and scavenger hunts that will inspire us all to make a difference around the world. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: Heifer.org/Village. FREE!
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre -- Based on Aesop's fable and written by Alan Keith Smith, a little shepherd boy is tired of watching the flock of sheep all day and wants some excitement in his life. So he decides to make things interesting by shouting for help from a wolf just for his own amusement. The villagers come running, but discover that the little shepherd boy has pulled the wool over their eyes. Spring Break Matinees: 2 p.m. daily March 25-28. $12.50, members are $10. For info: (501) 372-4000, ArkansasArtsCenter.org.
Mini Day Camp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park -- Spend a spring break day at the park. Activities include nature programs and a guided hike. Advanced registration required. Camp is for children ages 7-10. March 26 & 27 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 per day. For info: (501) 868-5806, ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain.
Spring Break with Sid the Science Kid at Museum of Discovery -- In partnership with AETN, the museum welcomes Sid the Science Kid. Sid will meet and take photos with his fans. Various hands-on science experiements will be part of the spring break fun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, children 1-12 are $8, under 1 & members are free. For info: (501) 396-7050, 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. Children will need to bring money for lunch. $10. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For info: LittleRock.org/ParksRecreation/TherapeuticRec.