AUSTIN CHILDREN'S ACADEMY
Between science, fashion, art, writing, food, archaeology, and more, you shouldn't have a problem picking a camp that interests your child. Ages 12-15.
June 15-Aug. 7.
12310 RR 620 N., 512/331-2075.
$175, half day; $275, full day.
AUSTIN DOG ALLIANCE
Can your little one not get enough of man's best friend? Austin Dog Alliance lets your kid spend the summer in a puppy panic, learning about dogs and dog care alongside the family canine or camp-provided therapy dogs. Ages 5-15.
1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-7100.
$250, half day; $450, full day.
AUSTIN PARKS & RECREATION CAMPS
The city offers all manner of camps that incorporate sports, hiking, art, dance, theatre, and much more. Go online to find one that's right for your kid.
June 13-Aug. 19.
AUSTIN SUNSHINE CAMP
The Young Men’s Business League conducts this free camp offering a well-rounded experience for selected kids. There are two locations: one at Lake Travis for ages 12-15, and one at Zilker Park for ages 7-11. Parents must apply for admission.
Indoor and outdoor play and instruction abound at these camps featuring water fun, field trips, learning, sports, and specialized activities on demand. Ages 6-11.
June 6–Aug. 18.
10321 Boulder Ln., 512/219-5100.
Since 1967 campers here have become more independent; made friends; developed social skills; explored athletic, artistic and outdoor activities; and had fun in the process. Ages 6-17.
June 5-Aug. 13.
775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls, 830/598-2571.
CAMP FIRE ADVENTURE CAMP
Kids get out of the house and into the great outdoors as they hike, swim, pitch tents, and generally commune with nature. Three locations in Austin to choose from. Ages 5-12
June 13-Aug. 19, 8am-5pm.
CAMP HOPE: BE A HERO
Come for one, two, or all three weeks of play, excitement, and a healthy dose of the word of God. Ages 4-11.
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, 512/346-5683.
Help your kids find their inner creative spirit through nature hikes, dance, drama, and yoga, while learning confidence, communication, and respect for themselves and others. Ages 4-12
June 20-July 29.
Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd.; Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., 512/476-8884.
CAMP ON THE MOVE
Every day's a field trip, with not a week going by without Schlitterbahn and Hawaiian Falls, and other stops for go-karts, zip-lining, and more. Charter buses wired to screen movies ensure minimal fidgeting en route. Ages 8-14
June 6-Aug.12, 7:30am-5:30pm.
Whatever you kid is into Trinity's camps cover it: cooking, martial arts, computers, cheerleading, comic books, theatre, science, sports, and more. Ages 6-14
Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., 512/472-9525 x215.
$260, half day; $470, full day.
Future conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, and ecologists can choose from several themed, weeklong camps on the grounds of the Wildflower Center. Ages 6-10.
June 6-July 29.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0277.
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER
Keep the kids on the go with field trips to museums, play areas, and game centers while encouraging their interests in educational endeavors. Ages 5-13
6900 Escarpment Blvd.; 13120 U.S. Hwy. 183, North Austin: 512/843-8108; South Austin: 512/948-3304.
Choose from the 15- or 22-day overnight camp that forgoes all the usual trappings of cabins and cafeterias for tents and campfires. Sleep under the stars after a day of biking, climbing, rafting, caving, and/or backpacking. Ages 13-17
June 18-Aug. 6.
ESCUELITA ART-ES INC.
Bilingual instructors guide campers through various themed camps that include dance, music, theatre, art, yoga, sign language, and more. Ages 3-11
June 6-Aug. 19.
6100 Parkwood, Oak Hill, 512/965-3604.
EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS
Keep your kids mentally and physically active all summer with a well-rounded, diverse program including drama, cooking, soccer, reading, nature walks, and more. Ages 3-12.
June 6-Aug. 12.
Weeklong camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends and generally prepare for middle school. Ages 9-12
June 20-July 29.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/808-4044 x106.
Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about animals, music, or channel your inner Hermione Granger. Ages 9-13.
June 6-July 29.
1400 W. Anderson.
GROWIN' TOGETHER HANDS-ON CAMP
Choose your camp and put on a play, build something cool, or save the planet. Ages 5-12
June 8-Aug. 7.
Integrity Academy, 1701 Toomey.
HIGH HOPES SPORTS AND AFTER SCHOOL CAMP
If you like a little Jesus Christ mixed in with your typical summer fun, then this camp is for you. Parents can choose from full-week, three-day, or daily sessions.Ages 5-12.
June 6-Aug. 19.
1800 Clover Ln., Cedar Park.
$210 for a full week.
A variety of weeklong camps are offered ranging from magic to sewing to LEGOs to homesteading. Surely your kid likes at least one of these things. Ages 5-13.
June 6-Aug. 12.
Austin Village Academy, 4105 Manchaca.
INSIDE OUTSIDE SCHOOL
The Inside Outside School inundates kids with crafts, games, art, music, cooking, and even a few farm animals. Long story short? Your kids won't be bored at these camps. Ages 5-12.
June 27-July 8.
5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville, 512/251-1109.
These folks win for widest variety of topics covered: computer coding, TV production, philosophy, improv, ethnic cuisine, college application help, etc. Seriously, etc. Ages 5-18.
June 13-Aug. 12.
5145 RR 620 N., 512/537-7664.
JCC SUMMER CAMPS
Your kid has myriad camps to choose from at the Jewish Community Center with no shortage of arts, crafts, sports, field trips, swimming, and then some. Go online for a complete list of camps and prices. Ages 3-15.
Dell Jewish Community Campus, 512/735-8050.
Explore creativity in music, art, drama, movement and more at this weeklong camp. Ages 7-11.
July 25-29, 9am-noon.
Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway.
KULA YOGA CAMPS
Kids find their inner yogi at one of several themed camps over the summer.
Kula Yoga, 2415 Exposition, 542-3334.
LATINITAS SUMMER CAMP
There's a little something for everyone's interest here. Learn to make a movie, learn about fashion and tech, or maybe some exercise and acupuncture is up your child's alley. Girls ages 9-14.
Latinitas Headquarters, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/900-0304.
LONE STAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Gifted students develop their leadership skills while learning about the history and present of the great state of Texas through visits to museums and other historic sites. Ages 9-14
June 5-Aug. 5.
16000 RR 12, Wimberley, 817/562-4957.
PAIYH DANCE STUDIOS
Choose a theme – from hip-hop to ballet to Frozen
– and dance and play your way through it. Ages 3-9.
May 30-Aug. 16.
PAIYH Dance Studios, 13420 Galleria Circle Ste. 116-A, Bee Cave, 512/291-2179.
PEAS CENTRAL TEXAS NATURE EXPLORER CAMP
Give your kids a crash course on the wonders of nature and the importance of keeping it intact. Campers explore the park and take part in swimming, hiking, stargazing, and all sorts of other outdoorsy goodness. Ages 9-13.
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/203-3597.
ROOT TO RISE
Young women are invited to nurturing their bodies, create safe boundaries, and express themselves through crafting, in additon to exploring yoga and meditation. Ages 12-15.
Tierra Arbolito, Blanco.
SHERWOOD FOREST CAMP
Learn archery, blacksmithing, leatherworking, swordplay, and other Renaissance activities, and spend the night in an air-conditioned castle. In other words, the kids get the whole times-of-yore experience. Ages 7+.
Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20.
SPARK LEARNING SUMMER CAMP!
These four-day camps for children with special needs focus on play, language, and social skills, with excursions to local destinations. Classes are tailored to the group and the needs of individual students.
June 6-Aug. 18.
Spark Learning, 2517 Enfield, 512/900-1425.
SUMMER AT ST. ANDREW’S
Various sports and art camps will be offered, from running with local legend Gilbert Tuhabonye to music composition with Mother Falcon to all the usual sports offerings. Go online for a complete list. Ages 4-18.
May 31-June 24.
St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st, 512/299-9800.
SUMMER SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS
Children and adolescents are put in small groups (8 to 10 students) with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to work on social skills over the course of a week or longer. Ages 5-18.
William's Community School, 13584 Pond Springs Rd..
$700 per week.
Austin's children's museum offers camps focusing on math, science, engineering, and nature with an emphasis on fun, which is kinda this place's m.o. Ages 5-11
Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 469-6200.
All summer long this school has fun and learning through sports, art, cooking, and more while adhering to Montessori principles of instruction. Ages 2-6
1406 W. North Loop, 512/789-2284.
UT PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER DISCOVERY
High schoolers are invited to get a taste of college life at this three-week day or overnight camp complete with faculty-taught classes, meetings with students and admissions officers, and no shortage of fun. Ages 12-18.
June 25-July 15.
University of Texas at Austin, various locations.
WET & WILD ADVENTURE CAMP
Every day is a new adventure: kayaking, tubing, biking, bowling, rope-swinging, laser tag, rock climbing, and more. Most weeks feature a trip to a nearby premier water park with three pickup locations in town. Ages 6-15.
YOUTH ARTS SAFARI
Choose one of the full-day camps that focus on the African influence on our culture. Kids enjoy field trips, events, and a show-and-tell with parents at week's end. Ages 7-12.
July 25-Aug. 12.
Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 974-4926.
$300 for three weeks.
Whether your kid is a linguist, artist, explorer, adventurer, or scientist, YPW has a camp to suit your needs. Go online for a complete list of options. Ages 3-12.
June 1-July 14.