ASPIRE SUMMER SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS
Children, adolescents, and adults with special needs are put in small groups (8 to 10 students) with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to work on social skills over the course of 10 sessions. Ages 5-adult.
William's Community School, 13584 Pond Springs Rd., 210/383-9149.
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.
June 15-Aug. 7.
12310 Ranch Road 620 N., 512/331-2075.
$275 (half day, $175).
AUSTIN OUTDOOR KIDS
Get out and about and explore trails, swimming holes, water parks, playgrounds, lakes, amusement parks, and other destinations filled with fun and learning. Ages 7-14
June 29-July 31.
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 15-Aug. 21.
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.
BYGONE DAYS! ROARING TWENTIES ERA CAMP
What was summer camp like back in the early 20th century? Kids will find out through era-appropriate art, crafts, sports, dance, and more. Ages 7-10
July 20-24 & July 27-31.
Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel, 512/478-2335.
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 8-Aug. 21, 8am-5pm.
CAMP HOPE! RODEO
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
Austin Discovery School, 8509 FM 969 #200, 512/476-8884.
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 8-Aug.14, 7:30am-5:30pm.
Whatever you kid is into Trinity's camps cover it: cooking, martial arts, computers, cheerleading, comic books, theatre, science, sports, & more. Ages 6-14
Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., 512/472-9525 x215.
$250 ($450, full-day).
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
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 6-17.
June 15-July 24.
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/299-8870.
$199-245 ($595, overnight camp).
Choose from the 14- 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 13-Aug. 2.
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 2-Aug. 1.
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 8-Aug. 14.
Three-day camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends and generally prepare for middle school. Ages 9-12
Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/808-4044.
Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about animals, music, or channel your inner Hermione Granger. Ages 9-13.
June 8-July 31.
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. 10.
Integrity Academy, 1701 Toomey.
HAWAIIAN FALLS CAMPS
Younguns (ages 6-12) learn about science and nature through water and weather experiments and have some fun in the water park, naturally. Kids 12 to 15 can learn some lifesaving skills at the junior lifeguard cam.
June 15-Aug. 14.
Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 2411 FM 685, Pflugerville.
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 two-week camps. Ages 5-12.
5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville, 512/251-1109.
Honestly, these guys win for widest variety of topics covered: computer coding, TV production, philosophy, improv, ethnic cuisine, college application help, etc. Seriously, etc. Ages 5-18.
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, 7300 Hart, 512/735-8050.
KULA YOGA CAMPS
Kids find their inner yogi at one of several themed camps over the summer.
June 8-Aug. 21.
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.
Get immersed in French or Spanish language and culture. Kids learn about foreign lands through art, science, cooking, and drama from native-speaking instructors. Ages 3-6
June 8-July 17.
4001 Adelphi, 512/331-7806.
see website for price range.
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 7-Aug. 7.
16000 RR 12, Wimberley, 817/562-4957.
ROCK: RIDE ON CENTER FOR KIDS
Two-, three-, and four-day camps provide equine-assisted play for young people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Small groups are lead by certified instructors. New clients must apply online before May 15. Ages 4-18.
Ride On Center for Kids, 2050 Rockride Ln., 512/930-7625.
SHERWOOD FOREST CAMP
Learn archery, blacksmithing, leatherworking, sword play, 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 7-9.
Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20.
SPARK LEARNING SUMMER CAMP!
These four-day camps for children with special needs focuses on play, language, and social skills with excursions to local destinations. Classes are tailored to the group and the needs of individual students.
June 8- Aug. 20.
Spark Learning, 2517 Enfield, 512/900-1425.
High schoolers are invited to get a taste of college life at this three-week day or overnight camp complete with faculty-taught classes, meeting with students and admissions officers, and no shortage of fun.
June 28-July 17.
University of Texas at Austin, various locations.
T BAR M CAMPS
Fun, games, field trips, and all the usual camp trappings, with a dose of Jesus, in case that's your thing. Ages 7-17
May 31–June 13.
2549 Hwy. 46 W., New Braunfels, 830/620-4263.
TEXAS POWER ATHLETICS
Sounds like a sports camp, but it actually covers the bases from science to the outdoors to cooking. And, of course, some sports too. Field trips are included with each weeklong camp. Ages 5-12
June 9-Aug. 15.
130 Ralph Ablanedo Dr., Bldg. 5, 512/284-9211.
$165 ($275, full-day).
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
June 8-Aug. 14.
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.
UTPCR SUMMER SYMPOSIUM
Stay for one or both weeks for the day or overnight and explore conflict resolution in everything from interpersonal affairs to international affairs. Students will talk to artists, filmmakers, musicians, politicians, and one another.
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.
June 8–Aug. 21, 7:30am-6pm.
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.
Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926.