Jump out of the rut and check out some of these “creative” fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas. You can participate as part of a group or sign up as an individual. There’s everything from cooking with a chef, to baking, to painting, to pottery and everything in between. Don’t worry if you are a novice, that is the whole idea of taking a class. Besides the benefit of getting your creative juices flowing, the following are all wonderful opportunities to interact and have fun with new people and old friends alike.

Below are The Top 10 Fun Things To Do in Northwest Arkansas:


Bentonville Baking Company
406 SE 5th St, (479) 250-9973

Ever wondered how to bake perfect bread or beautiful cookies like the pros? Bentonville Baking Company baking classes take the mystery out of baking these and other types of baked goods. Take a class with a friend, or take it alone an make some friends. Either way you’ll have tons of fun learning how to bake. Sign up for classes via facebook, email or phone.

Crystal Bridges
600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700

NWA is very fortunate to have Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition to free admission provided by Walmart for its permanent collection, Crystal Bridges offers many additional educational programs to the people of NWA including art-making classes and workshops for the entire family, Drop In Fun in the Experience Art Studio, and guided art-making and drawing sessions with artist-educators. In addition, adults 21 and older can experience WOW – Crystal Bridges. WOW (Wednesday over Water) is a monthly tasting event led by Case Dighero, the museum’s Culinary Director. Call 479.657.2335 for information on WOW. Check the museum website under Education for classes.

Painting with a Twist
1401 SE Walton Blvd, Ste 111, (479) 254-1997

Painting with a Twist features painting classes where everyone (we need to say that sipping is an option) sips a little wine and paints the same subject.  No two paintings turn out the same, and a lot of fun is had by all.  Great for friends in a group, family members, or just come alone. 

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs School of Art
15751 Highway 62 W, (479) 253-5384

Offering art education opportunities in Eureka Springs in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Ozark Mountains, the school provides students of all ages the space and instruction to explore and evolve their creativity in many mediums including glass, painting, photography, acrylic, leather and jewelry.


Cutting Edge Glass and Frame
12458 W Hwy 62, (479) 595-0535

Ever been intrigued by how stained glass is made?  Cutting Edge Glass and Frame offers beginner, advanced, and specialty  workshops in the art of stained glass.  They teach three different ways to decorate with glass. Mosaic, fused and stained glass.


Terra Studios
12103 Hazel Valley Rd,(479) 643-3185

Terra Studios offers both children and adults fun mini workshops across many mediums including clay, wire, and dyed silk. Each workshop is finished in no more than one day, and yields a treasure to take home.


Born2Cook Inspired
4601 N. 2nd., Street , (479) 381-7917

Looking to improve your cooking skills and have a barrel of fun in the process?  Take an inspired cooking class with Born2Cook Inspired, Sheila Reese and Kim Duhamel, at NWACC’s Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development where they offer hands-on cooking classes.  Check the website for class information.  

Junque 2 Jewels
210 W New Hope Rd, (714) -336-1319

Offers classes in handmade and vintage, painting, creating things like door hangers and frames. Great for a birthday event, girls night out, or other special occasion. Come, create and have fun!

Imagine Studios
5212 Village Pkwy, Ste 11, (479) 619-6085

Learn to paint on canvas or on pottery. Super for birthday parties, ladies night out, showers, scout and field trips, and team building.


Arts Center of the Ozarks
214 S Main St, (479) 751-5441

It provides NWA with art education, cultural arts opportunities
including musical performances, theatre productions and visual
arts education. This is a terrific place to introduce your child to the
world of performing art. The performances are near professional
in quality, do yourself a favor and attend one of the theatre
productions or musical performances. Winter and spring classes
are now forming, call: 479.751.5441 for more information.

Honorable Mention

Creative Corner on Broadway
122 S Broadway St, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
(479) 228-1236

If you enjoy or have ever wanted to scrapbook, Creative Corner on Broadway is just the place where you can learn how to scrapbook and meet other scrapbookers in the process. Just bring your pictures, they’ll have all the rest. The offer classes each month, and they also offer an all day crop on each.

The Artist Retreat
13467 Lookout Dr, (479) 268-6463
Bella Vista, AR 72714

“A place where creativity comes to breathe.” The center provides
space for education in the arts, nature and healthy living. Classes,
retreats, and workshops are all offered.

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