Summer Camps 2017
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ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP This camp has just about everything you could want for standard summertime fun – along with a little of the untraditional. Kids have the option to participate in crafting, history, and puppetry. Ages 5-16. June 12-Aug. 4. 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. $112.50-300. aarc@austintexas.gov

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. Camps are divided into age groups, so your child can foster friendships alongside their curiosity. Ages 4-18. 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 with their half-day classes. Ages 5-15. Various date ranges. 1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-7100. $175-265. 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. Prices vary for residents/nonresidents, and the Parks Department offers financial aid for families in need of assistance. Ages 4-16. June 5-Aug. 18. 512/974-6700. $94-675. www.austintexas.gov

AUSTIN SUNSHINE CAMP The Young Men’s Business League conducts this free camp offering a well-rounded experience, including swimming, crafts, and other outdoor activities 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. There are two locations: one at Cedar Park and one at Canyon Creek with nearly identical programming. Ages 6-11. June 5-Aug. 24. 512/219-5100. $249. www.bluebonnetschool.com

BUILD BETTER KIDS This week-long summer day camp teaches elementary and middle school kids about poverty and encourages them to reach out and serve others in need. Mon.-Fri., July 31-Aug. 4. Emmaus Catholic Parish, 1718 Lohman’s Crossing. www.mlfcamp.org

CAMP BALCONES Camp Fire’s Summer STEM Camp is a nature and science day camp that sparks curiosity and inspires learning. It offers campers the opportunity to hike, swim, learn archery, and discover nature. Each week features a different STEM theme including camping 101, urban wildlife, science, and more. Transportation is available if scheduled in advance. Ages 6-12. June 5-Aug. 11. Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Rd, 512/349-2111. $300. www.camp-fire.org

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 4-Aug. 12. 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls, 830/598-2571. $1,730-4,495. www.campchampions.com

CAMP FUN BRAIN Have fun while learning math and reading from a husband & wife teaching duo. Individualized instruction for all ability levels. Campers can fill in learning gaps, sharpen their skills, or get that challenge they've been looking for. Kinder through fifth grade. June 5-Aug. 25. Westover Church, 8332 Mesa Dr., 512/619-0935. $275 per week. www.campfunbrain.com

CAMP HOPE: AGENTS OF HOPE! Come for one, two, or all three weeks of play, excitement, and a healthy dose of the word of God. Ages 4-12. July 10-28. Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, 512/346-5683. $125. 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. July 10-21. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd., 512/476-8884. $300. www.amalafoundation.org

CAMP ON THE MOVE Every day's a field trip – at Camp on the Move not a week goes by without trips to Schlitterbahn and Typhoon Texas, plus stops for zip-lining, go-karting, and more. Charter buses wired to screen movies ensure minimal fidgeting en route. Ages 8-14. June 5-Aug. 11. 512/658-6285. $325-385. www.camponthemove.com

CAMP TIME AT THE CARVER The Carver Museum offers classes that will unlock the artist in any child. For $675, the Broadway Bound camp will turn your child into a musical star in just seven weeks. Students will learn music, voice, and dance skills and put on a full-length musical at the end of summer. For those looking for a more flexible schedule, the Youth Arts Safari camp offers weekly sessions at $115. Ages 7-17. June 12-Aug. 18. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. www.austintexas.gov

CAMP TRINITY Whatever your kid is into, Trinity's camps cover it: cooking, computers, filmmaking, books, theatre, science, sports, and more. Ages 6-14. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., 512/904-2915. $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 6-11. June 5-July 28. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0277. $160-250. 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. 13120 Hwy. 183 N.; 6900 Escarpment Blvd., North Austin: 512/371-6428; South Austin: 512/371-6170. www.countryhomelearningcenter.com

DRAGON'S LAIR BOARD GAME CAMP Campers choose from a wide variety of tabletop games to play and then they get to take the game home to show off their gaming skills. Ages 8-16. June 12-Aug. 18. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 454-2399. $250. www.dlair.net

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 6-16. June 5-Aug. 4. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/299-8870. $285 day camp; $595 overnight camp. www.earthnativeschool.com

EL RANCHITO CAMP An overnight camp specifically created for children from low-income families, this is a great chance for your child to get the traditional summer camp experience, complete with swimming, horseback riding, and campfires. Ages 9-18. June 18-July 8. Shield Ranch, 16037 Hamilton Pool Rd., 512/710-8368. $50. registration@elranchito.org www.elranchito.org

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 17-Aug. 6. 512/417-6127. $1,600-3,400. 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 4-8. June 5-Aug. 18. 6100 Parkwood, Oak Hill, 512/965-3604. $825-1100. www.escuelitaart-es.com

EXCUSED ABSENCE YOUTH COMEDY CAMPS This ColdTowne youth program provides weeklong improv, sketch, and stand-up camps all summer long. Each camp has a specific focus and includes a public performance at ColdTowne's all-ages show. Full and half-day camps for both beginner and experienced performers. Camps culminate in the Excused Absence Comedy Festival, Aug. 11-13. Ages 4-18. June 12-Aug. 13. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 814-8696. excusedabsencecomedy@gmail.com

EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS Keep your kids mentally and physically active all summer with a well-rounded, diverse program including cooking, crafts, reading, nature walks, and more. Ages 3-12. June 5-Aug. 18. 512/472-9402. $185. www.eackids.org

GENAUSTIN Weeklong camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends. Ages 9-15. June 26-July 28. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/808-4044 x104. $325. www.genaustin.org

GIRLSTART Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about astronomy, superheroes, or channel your inner Jane of the Jungle. Ages 9-15. June 5-July 28. 1400 W. Anderson. $325. camps@girlstart.org www.girlstart.org

HIGH HOPES SPORTS AND AFTERSCHOOL 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 5-Aug. 25. 1800 Clover Ln., Cedar Park. $210 full time (4-5 days); $135 part time (3 days). www.hhsports.org

HOMESTEAD CAMP Two weeklong camps are offered with activities ranging from beekeeping to building forts to homesteading. Surely your kid likes at least one of these things. Ages 5-10. June 12-23. West Gate Blvd. & Hidden Oaks. $275. 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. July 3-7. 5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville, 512/251-1109. $250-400. www.insideoutsideschool.org

IQUEST These folks win for widest variety of topics covered: manga art, robotics, cooking, digital storytelling, etc. Seriously, etc. Ages 5-18. June 12-Aug. 11. 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 2-15. Dell Jewish Community Campus, 512/735-8050. www.shalomaustin.org

KAMP Explore creativity in music, art, drama, movement, and more through God at this weeklong camp. Ages 7-11. June 26-30. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, 512/459-6587. $100. mgarner@hpbc.org www.hpbc.org

LATINITAS SUMMER CAMP There's a little something for everyone's interest here. Learn about fashion and tech, how to make a movie, or tips for living a healthy life. Full and partial scholarships available. Girls ages 9-14. July 10-Aug. 4. Latinitas Technology Center, 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 4-Aug. 11. 16000 RR 12, Wimberley, 817/562-4957. $995. 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 29-Aug. 25. 13420 Galleria Circle Ste. 116-A, Bee Cave, 512/291-2179. $275/week, $65/day. paiyh@putartinyourheart.com www.putartinyourheart.com

SABER SUMMER CAMP Kids get the opportunity to explore their passions by participating in a wide variety of camp options. Sports camps, STEAM and academic camps, and fine arts camps. A different learning opportunity each week. Ages 3-14. May 30-Aug. 11 (no camps July 3-7). 2500 Wimberly Ln., 512/327-7755. $225-400. www.sgs-austin.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. Choose from three six-night sessions, or send your kid to all three! Ages 7-15. July 9-29. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20. $795. www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

SUMMER AT ST. ANDREW’S Various sports and art camps will be offered, from 3-D printing to "How to Be an Adult" and everything in between. Go online for a complete list. Ages 4-18. May 30-June 24. St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st, 512/299-9800. $160-450. www.sasaustin.org

THINKERY CAMPS Austin's children's museum offers day camps focusing on math, science, engineering, and nature with an emphasis on fun, which is kinda this place's m.o. Pre-K through fifth grade. Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6201. www.thinkeryaustin.org

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. June 24-July 14. University of Texas at Austin, various locations. $2,999-5,799. 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. See website for multiple pickup locations, 512/771-3188. $360. www.wetwildcamp.com

YPW CAMPS Whether your kid is a linguist, artist, explorer, adventurer, scientist, or likes to learn/practice Spanish, YPW has a camp to suit your needs. Go online for a complete list of options, including half-day and full-day options. Ages 3-10. June 1-Aug. 16. 512/401-3174. $200-285. www.ypwkids.com

 
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