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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. www.austinchildrensacademy.org

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. June-August. 1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-7100. $250, half day; $450, full day. www.austindogalliance.org

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. 512/974-6700. $74-474. www.austintexas.gov

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. 512/472-8107. Free. www.sunshinecamps.org

BLUEBONNET SCHOOL 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. $245. www.bluebonnetschool.com

CAMP CHAMPIONS 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. $4,350. www.campchampions.com

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. 512/349-2111. $275. www.camp-fire.org

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. July 11-29. Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, 512/346-5683. $100-150. www.tllc.org

CAMP INDIGO 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. $300. www.amalafoundation.org

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. $315-380. www.camponthemove.com

CAMP TRINITY 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. www.austintrinity.org

CAMP WILDFLOWER 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. $250. www.wildflower.org

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. www.countryhomelearningcenter.com

EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL Learn all about the natural world of Central Texas through exploration and games. The older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 3-16. June 6-July 29. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/299-8870. $220-265, day camp; $595, overnight camp. www.earthnativeschool.com

EPIC ADVENTURES 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. 512/417-6127. $1,749-3,199. www.myepicadventures.com

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. $775-975. www.escuelitaart-es.com

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. 512/472-9402. $175. www.eackids.org

GENAUSTIN 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. $300. www.genaustin.org

GIRLSTART 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. $300. camps@girlstart.org www.girlstart.org

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. $250. www.growintogether.org

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. www.hhsports.org

HOMESTEAD CAMP 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. $158-250. www.homesteadcamp.com

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. $250-400. www.insideoutsideschool.org

IQUEST 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. $225. www.iquestaustin.com

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. www.shalomaustin.org

KAMP 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. $75. mgarner@hpbc.org www.hpbc.org

KULA YOGA CAMPS Kids find their inner yogi at one of several themed camps over the summer. Kula Yoga, 2415 Exposition, 542-3334. $225. www.austinkulayoga.com

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. July 5-29. Latinitas Headquarters, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/900-0304. $200. www.laslatinitas.com

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. $965-990. www.educationinaction.org

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. $270/week, $60/day. paiyh@putartinyourheart.com www.putartinyourheart.com

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. June 13-17. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/203-3597. $695. www.peascommunity.org

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. June 22-26. Tierra Arbolito, Blanco. $650. www.root-to-rise.org

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+. July 10-30. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20. $795. www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

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. Ages 4-12. June 6-Aug. 18. Spark Learning, 2517 Enfield, 512/900-1425. kristen@spark-learning.com www.spark-learning.com

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. $175-450. www.sasaustin.org

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. lauren.dooley@aspireaustin.com www.aspireaustin.com

THINKERY 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. $190-410. www.thinkeryaustin.org

TRULOVE MONTESSORI 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. $209. www.trulovemontessori.com

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. $2,799-5,499. texas@summerdiscovery.com www.summerdiscovery.com

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. 512/771-3188. $350. www.wetwildcamp.com

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. www.carvermuseum.org

YPW CAMPS 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. 512/329-5611. $200-246. www.ypwkids.com

 
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