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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 5-13. June 16--Aug. 15. 512/487-5122. $310-325.

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 16-Aug. 22. 512/974-6700. $75-215.

BYGONE DAYS! VICTORIAN ERA CAMP What was summer camp like back in the 19th century? Kids will find out through era-appropriate art, crafts, sports, dance, and more. Ages 7-10. July 21-25 & July 28-Aug. 1. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel, 512/478-2335. $250.

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. $250.

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 16-20 & 23-27. Austin Discovery School, 8509 FM 969 #200, 512/476-8884. $300.

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. $295-365.

CAMP SUMMIT All the usual camp fun – swimming, crafts, cooking – with a bit of Christian education thrown in. Ages 4-12. June 9-Aug. 1. 2121 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 512/250-1369. $175-205.

CAMP TRINITY Whatever you kid is into Trinity's camps cover it: cooking, martial arts, computers, cheerleading, comic books, theatre, science, sports, & more. Ages 6-14. June 2-6 & 9-13. 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 9-Aug. 1. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/299-8870. $245 ($595, overnight camp).

EPIC ADVENTURES Choose from the 7- or 12-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 15-Aug. 3. 512/417-6127. $800 per week.

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 9-Aug. 15. 512/472-9402. Up to $170.

GENAUSTIN Three-day camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends and generally prepare for middle school. Ages 9-12. Mitte Foundation Carriage House, 1008 West Ave, 512/808-4044. $150.

GIRLSTART Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about animals, music, or even create their own virtual theme park. Ages 9-13. June 9-Aug. 1. $300.

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. $249.

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. Older kids (ages 15-16) will lead the younger campers as part of the training program. July 7-Aug. 11. Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 2411 FM 685, Pflugerville. $125-250.

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. June 9-20 & July 7-18. 5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville, 512/251-1109. $550.

IQUEST Honestly, these guys win for widest variety of topics covered: comic books, Mandarin, philosophy, improv, TV production, college application help, etc. Seriously, etc. Ages 4-18. 5145 RR 620 N., 512/537-7664. $200-375.

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 9-Aug. 22. Kula Yoga, 2415 Exposition, 542-3334. $225.

LES EXPLORERS 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 3-12. June 9-July 18. 4001 Adelphi, 512/331-7806. $380 for two weeks of half-day sessions to $1,740 for six weeks of full-day classes.

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. 16000 RR 12, Wimberley, 817/562-4957. $835-895.

MUSIC & SPORTS CAMP Start the day with music practice and instruction and end the day with invigorating sport. Students are grouped by experience level for a closing day performance. Ages 7-17. June 9-Aug. 22. Contagious Harmony, 12808 Medina River Way, 512/680-3355. $175 ($400, full-day).

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 7-15. July 6-26. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20. $795.

SOLEIL SCHOOL Each camp focuses on a different educational subject. All the hands-on activities and games make sure your kids won't confuse it with summer school. Ages 5-10. June 9-July 25. 13317 Fitzhugh. $185 ($260, full-day).

SPILLED MILK SOCIAL CLUB If your kid's creativity isn't fostered after all of the theatre, 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. $225.

SUMMER BLAST Each themed week features two field trips to fun and/or exotic locales in addition to the usual fun, games, and learning activities. Ages 5-12. June 2-Aug. 1. $180.

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, meeting with students and admissions officers, and no shortage of fun. June 29-July 18. University of Texas at Austin, various locations. $2,600-5,000.

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. June 1–Aug. 9. 2549 Hwy. 46 W., New Braunfels, 830/620-4263. $925.

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 5-13. June 9-Aug. 15. 130 Ralph Ablanedo Dr., Bldg. 5, 512/284-9211. $165 ($275, full-day).

THINKERY Austin's new 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 9-Aug. 22. Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 469-6200. $205 ($355, full-day).

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. $170.

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. June 15-28. University of Texas at Austin, various locations. $735-1250.

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. 512/771-3188. $310.

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 28-Aug. 15. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. $100.

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-Aug. 31. 512/329-5611. $200-246.