Summer Activities At the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Attention all explorers and scientists!  Nature Camp, Bubble Fest and Tinkering are but a few of the programs that students can enjoy this summer at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover. The museum has scheduled a variety of programs for different age groups ranging from explorations of nature’s complex curiosities to tinkering with electrical circuits.

Put on your explorer’s hats and come to the museum. On June 24 and 25, the museum will host its annual nature camp for ages 8-10. The camp hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a fee of $45 for both days. Students will explore the museum’s park to learn about the plants and animals that live in South Arkansas. Campers will also make crafts from items found in the park. Participants need to bring a lunch. The museum’s gift shop has snacks, drinks and souvenirs available for sale. Reservations are required for the nature camp. Please call 870-725-2877 to make a reservation.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be inside a bubble?  On July 7 from 9 – 11 a.m., the museum will host Bubble Fest. This program is for students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. There is a fee of $15 for this event.  During Bubble Fest, students will have fun getting wet while learning about water as a natural resource. Students will experiment with water in its many forms. Participants will enjoy making bubbles and water balloons. Students will have the opportunity to stand inside one large bubble. After the experiments, the children will drench themselves with sprinklers and in wading pools. Watermelon will be served at the conclusion of the event. Reservations are required. Please call 870-725-2877 to make a reservation for the Bubble Fest.

On August 5, the museum will begin its monthly “Tinkering for Tots” program. This activity is children ages 3-5. This program is from 10 – 11 a.m. There is a $5 fee. This program introduces science and tinkering to preschoolers in a fun, hands-on and interactive environment. Children will make crafts, and participate in various experiments to learn about the world around them. Reservations are required. Please call 870-725-2877 to make a reservation.

Every Thursday in June and July, except July 3, the museum will host its weekly free summer program from 10 – 11 a.m. Visiting interpreters from Logoly and Moro Bay State Parks will bring a piece of their parks to the museum to share with attendees. Participants will be able to see different types of animals, such as alligators and snakes. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will also present one of the weekly programs. A local veterinarian will come to the museum to discuss pet care. These programs are free and no reservations are needed.

During the summer, the museum will continue its monthly Tinker Time on the second Saturday of each month from 1 – 3 p.m. During Tinker Time, participants experiment with different topics, such as circuits and mechanics, through hands-on trial-and-error. Participants are free to use their imaginations to design and build. On July 12, participants will learn about electrical circuits and how to make a scribble-bot. They will use a plastic cup, a small motor, a AA battery, electrical tape and a glue stick to make the scribble-bot. The challenge will be how to put these various components together in order to make the cup move. Reservations are required. Please call 870-725-2877 to make a reservation.   

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