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Summer Camp: Know Before You Go

It never hurts to be prepared. To help you get ready for summer camps at Crystal Bridges, we’ve assembled a guide to what you need to know before you arrive.

Registration and Ticketing

  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. We may be able to exchange your ticket for another camp of comparable price. Please contact the Public Programs Assistant at (479) 657-2311 or at Education@CrystalBridges.org. (Please note that we are unable to prorate camp fees on a daily basis.)
  • Camper forms and waivers will be signed as part of the registration process. Please email Education@CrystalBridges.org or call (479) 418-5700 if any information changes or needs to be updated before you arrive.
  • Once registered, you’ll receive an email from Crystal Bridges confirming your online registration. A follow-up email will be sent about one week before camp to all registrants.
  • When you register, please list all allergies or disability-related accommodations for your camper. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free zone. Once registered, please contact Education@CrystalBridges.org about your child’s allergies and disability-related accommodations.

Scholarships

  • A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for all Crystal Bridges Summer Camps, covering 100% of registration costs. Scholarships are awarded through a lottery system and cannot be awarded for any camps that the camper has already been registered for through the regular camp registration process.
  • Transportation funds may also be awarded if the camper’s participation is dependent on travel assistance.
  • Application Deadline: Scholarship applications are due by 5pm CST on May 3, 2024. Notifications of scholarship acceptance will be sent via email by 5pm CST on May 17, 2024.
  • To Apply: Fill out an online application for each child and select one camp within their age group.

What to Expect at Camp

  • Campers will spend time indoors in the galleries and studios and outdoors on our grounds and trails. Campers will experiment and create with a wide range of art materials to express their artistic style while meeting new friends along the way.
  • Many camps occur outside. Please arrive at camp prepared for adventure, wearing bug spray, sunscreen, and proper footwear. Be sure to pack a water bottle and snack in a small backpack.
  • Please keep in mind that campers will go outdoors each day of camp, weather permitting.
  • Each camp lasts for the entire week (Monday – Friday), including Tuesdays when we are closed to the public.
  • We have a max capacity of 20 campers per camp.
  • Linked here is a social narrative for the museum. This resource is for anyone who would benefit from knowing what to expect in advance of their museum visit.

What to Send with Your Camper

  • Have your camper wear comfortable, breathable clothes that they can get messy in. Smocks are provided but do not cover their entire outfit. Keep in mind that campers will be working with both washable and permanent materials.
  • We will go outdoors each day, so please apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving, and be sure your camper is wearing appropriate shoes for outdoor walking. (Please note that aerosol sprays are not allowed inside or outside the studios.)
  • Please send a water bottle and snacks with your camper. Please do not include nuts of any kind for snacks.

Camp Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • For your convenience, campers can be dropped off at the museum’s lower parking garage. Wayfinding signs will be available to lead you there from the museum’s main entrance roundabout. Once inside the garage, please pull up to the Summer Camp Drop-Off sign. A staff member will sign you in using Procare.
  • Note: If you are attending the Art in Motion Summer Camp with Bike School Bentonville, the pick-up and drop-off location will be Level 1 of Campus Parking.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before camp begins and  pick up your camper no later than 15 minutes after camp ends. Please be patient at pick-up and drop-off. There will likely be a line of cars.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for camp drop-off, you will need to park and escort your child to the studios located off Walker Landing. After camp, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to come to the studios to pick up your camper.
  • An adult must sign their camper in and out each day. Only those who have been designated to sign out the camper may do so. We will be utilizing Procare this year. An invitation to access your camper’s Procare profile was sent to the email of the primary contact listed on your camper’s registration forms. Make sure to add the names of anyone picking up your camper to our Procare profile. Campers may not leave the museum until a designated adult signs them out and shows ID.
  • If you’d like to stick around, guardians of campers in morning sessions may wait in the museum library, located on the third floor, until the museum galleries open at 10 a.m. The museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays, but guardians may still remain in the museum library during camp. Please let museum staff know if you intend to remain in the museum library during camp by calling (479) 418-5700 or by emailingEducation@CrystalBridges.org.

Please note: If your camper is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick you camper up in between the sessions. No childcare is offered between camps.