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. Ages 5-12
June 9-Aug. 22, 8am-5pm.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 1605 E. 38 1/2, 512/349-2111.
CAMP ON THE MOVE
Every day's a field trip, not a week goes by without Schlitterbahn and Fiesta Texas, and other stops for go-karts, zip-lining, and more. Charter buses wired to screen movies ensure minimal fidgeting en route. Ages 7-14
June 9-Aug.8, 7:30am-5:30pm.
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 9-Aug. 15.
Up to $170.
GROWIN' TOGETHER HANDS-ON CAMP
Choose your camp and put on a play, build something cool, or save the planet. Ages 5-12
June 16-July 25.
Austin EcoSchool, 4105 Manchaca, 447-8516.
SPILLED MILK SOCIAL CLUB
If your kid's creativity isn't fostered after all of the theater, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, fashion, crafting, video, gardening, cooking, and graphic design then you might want to check for a pulse. Ages 5-12.
June 9-Aug. 22, 7:30am-6pm.
Spilled Milk Social Club, 3310 Red River, 512/317-6408.
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.
June 9–Aug. 22, 7:30am-6pm.
HIDEOUT IMPROV CAMP
This Austin troupe has been entertaining kids with its improv for a while, and now it shares its comedic skills with the audience. Spend a week gaining confidence onstage before you have to be off-the-cuff funny in a show at the end of the week. Ages 5-17.
June 16-Aug. 8.
The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688.
$280 ($180, half-day camps).
KidsActing has a slew of single- and multiweek, prekindergarten and high school, half-day and full-day camps all over and around town to keep your little thespian occupied. Go online for a complete list of dates, times, and prices. Ages 4-19
June 9-Aug. 22.
PAIYH DANCE STUDIOS CAMPS
Choose a theme from hip-hop to Jedi Knights to beach party and dance and play your way through it. Ages 3-10. Drama and movie camp for kids up to 18.
June 2-Aug. 22.
PAIYH Dance Studios, 13420 Galleria Circle Ste. A-116, Bee Cave, 512/291-2179.
SYNERGY DANCE STUDIO CAMPS
The focus is going to be on getting the kids to move to the music, but there will be various art projects for when the feet get tired. Does your kid already know a step ball change from a shuffle ball change? Then one of the studio's intensives might be more their speed. Ages 4-16.
June 9-Aug. 15.
Synergy Dance Studio, 3425 Bee Caves Rd, 512/327-4130.
AFF FILM CAMP
The Austin Film Festival's summer camp season has classes for the aspiring screenwriter, filmmaker, or animator. Kids receive hands-on instruction from industry professionals. Ages 9-18.
June 9-Aug. 1.
St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St., 512/478-4795.
BADGERDOG CREATIVE WRITING CAMP
Badgerdog provides three-week writing workshops led by some of Austin's finest authors. Hone poetry, prose, and playwriting skills and add work to the anthology, which is released at a camp-concluding party. Ages 9-18.
June 9-Aug. 8.
Themed camps throughout the summer have all the fun kids could want including field trips and tons of hands-on play and learning, only it's in Spanish and English. Ages 5-11
June 9-Aug. 22, 8:30am-5pm.
Kids will become little geniuses over the course of a week (or more) as they explore computers math, science, and creative writing. And it wouldn't be camp without play time. Ages 6-12.
June 2-Aug. 22.
FRENCH IMMERSION CAMPS
If you can't get your kids all the way to France, at least get them out of the house and immersed in the language. Courses for beginners and intermediate Francophiles available. Ages 2-12.
June 2-July 24, 9am-3pm.
11607 N. Lamar, 512/339-6000.
Why not give your kid a dose of fiscal reality this summer? Expect it to be a little bit more fun than that, because the kids keep any money they earn over the course of the week. Campers develop a business plan, weigh the costs, execute the plan, and keep the excess dough. Ages 8-15.
NEW FARM INSTITUTE AT GREEN GATE FARM
Five themed sessions cover farm life from the animals to building small structures and getting handy with cooking and crafts. Ages 5-12
June 9-july 11, 9am-3pm.
Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga, 512/484-2746.
RTF MEDIA CAMPS
Teens will learn film from the opening credits to "The End" this summer as they write, edit, direct, and shoot animated or live action shorts with the guidance of UT's acclaimed Radio-Television-Film faculty. Ages 9-19.
UT campus, 512/471-6617.