Youth Programs

UCA is proud to offer a variety of educational programs designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These programs are available throughout the year and even summer. Browse the list below for current offerings. If you are looking for something specific, contact us at 501.450.3118 or outreach@uca.edu.

ACT Prep Course I – FULL

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who have yet to take the test. Four UCA faculty/staff members will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner. Class sizes are kept fairly small to maximize learning. Registration for this course does not automatically register you to take the ACT exam.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Wed, January 7 - February 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
No class on January 21st, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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NEW! Cubs in the Kitchen: Be My Valentine!

Valentine’s Day may be all about your sweetheart, but for kids, it’s all about sweets. In this class, young chefs will learn essential cooking skills, like measuring and mixing, to create chocolate-dipped strawberries and chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, February 2 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Video Animation for Kids

The kids loved this class last semester, so we are bringing it back! Bring your child to this fun class to learn the history of stop-motion animation, to create storyboards and to create their very own movies. For this class, each student must bring 3-5 poseable action figures that stand or a medium-sized toy vehicle. Both are welcome. Completed Lego kits and minifigures can also be brought to class and used in the movie. Please bring an iPad or cell phone that can run the Stop Motion Studio app. Whether your child has attended before or if it will be his/her first time, your child will definitely have a blast!

Regular Fee: $65

Sat, February 16 -

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages 5+

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Bears on Campus – A STEM Experience

A unique field trip experience for students in grades 8-10 to connect with college life and STEM at the University of Central Arkansas. Students will engage in an action-packed day of touring the beautiful campus of UCA, learning about the history and culture of the local campus and engaging in STEM events with university faculty and students. Limited dates are available - sign up today! For more information, please contact Paula Myers at 501-450-5261 or paulam@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, February 22 -

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Old Main

Instructor: Various Instructors

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NEW! Cubs in the Kitchen: All Time Favorites!

Cook along with your baby bear! We’re taking some of our all time favorite dishes and switching them up. A fresh twist on the classics! PB and J, grilled cheese--oh yes...they just might become a favorite of the adult in charge.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, March 9 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 3-6 with adult

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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ACT Prep Course II

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who have yet to take the test. Three UCA faculty, experienced in leading ACT Prep courses, will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner. Class sizes are kept fairly small to maximize learning.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Wed, Fri, March 25 - April 10

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Laura Bowles, Lisa Christman, Leah Horton and Carl Olds

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Bunny Hop Brunch III

kids cooking classes

Back again! In this class, your youngster will create a brunch menu that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Young chefs will cook a main dish and a special dessert. Don’t be surprised when they come home ready to showcase their cooking skills to family and friends. Hop on down for a good time!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 13 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Bears on Campus – A STEM Experience

A unique field trip experience for students in grades 8-10 to connect with college life and STEM at the University of Central Arkansas. Students will engage in an action-packed day of touring the beautiful campus of UCA, learning about the history and culture of the local campus and engaging in STEM events with university faculty and students. Limited dates are available - sign up today! For more information, please contact Paula Myers at 501-450-5261 or paulam@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, May 3 -

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Old Main

Instructor: Various Instructors

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Mother’s Day Cookies!

We’re inviting your kiddos to get OUR kitchen messy and bake treats for Mom! Bring your young chefs to UCA Downtown to learn how to bake and decorate delicious cookies. Kids will work together and learn to make cookie dough, royal icing and construct creative confections exclusively for Moms to enjoy!

Regular Fee: $35

Fri, May 10 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Jacquelyn Wilbanks

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NEW! Cubs in the Kitchen: Summertime Snacks!

Afternoon park trips, expeditions to the swimming pool, awesome water parks, looooong car rides ... the season will be here before you know it! Big bears and lil' bears will work together to cook delicious treats and leave with great snack ideas for these special summer moments. Yay for summer!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, May 18 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 3-6 with adult

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Summer Reading Institute

Since 2015, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement has offered reading programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States since 1970. Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, UCA Outreach is proud to bring the Institute’s programs and instructors to families in our community. These customized programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading. In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension, and becoming confident readers. Your child will be excited about books and reading and get off to a great start in the upcoming school year. In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes, and study for tests. The Summer Reading Institute meets May - June 29 at UCA.

Regular Fee: Varies

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Reading programs for all ages

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Summer Camps

Each year, the University of Central Arkansas offers an array of summer learning opportunities for youth. We are proud to offer summer enrichment programs in reading, writing, health, foreign language and a variety of other educational topics designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These summer programs have been developed by UCA Colleges and other academic departments. Please take time to browse the entire list of offerings and sign your student up for one or more summer programs.

Regular Fee: Varies

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat,

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Programs are offered at various campus locations.

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | UCA Summer Camps Website