Summer Camps 2019
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Summer Camp

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 General Camps

ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER CREATIVE MINDFULNESS CAMP Exploring the practice of mindfulness through a wide range of activities, this summer camp has everything you could want for summertime fun – from cooking to dancing and creative art from Asia. Registration begins Feb. 16. Ages 6-10. June 10-Aug. 9. $150-165. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. www.aarctexas.org
ATX KIDS CLUB With a focus on urban literacy and local culture, ATX Kids Club inspires campers to experience the rich diversity of Austin by taking daily adventures on CapMetro. Campers explore museums, cultural centers, gardens, city buildings, parks, and more. Ages 4-15. May 28-Aug. 30. $325. Drop-off/pickup locations at Garrison Park, Vic Mathias Shores, Pease Park, and Mueller Park. www.atxkidsclub.org
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. $175, half day; $275, full day. 12310 RR 620 N.. www.austinchildrensacademy.org
Austin Dog Alliance 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. $180-285. 1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park. www.austindogalliance.org/summer-camp
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 4-17. 512/974-6700. www.austintexas.gov/summercamp
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 8-11. Parents must apply for admission. June 13-Aug. 12. Free. 512/472-8107. www.sunshinecamps.org
Bluebonnet School BLUEBONNET SCHOOL The STEAM Day Camp offers fun sessions on theatre, cooking, planets, coding, and even geology and dinosaurs with lots of outdoor time on the spacious tree-shaded playgrounds, soccer field, and huge splash pad. Ages 6-11. June 3-Aug. 13. $239. 10321 Boulder Lane. www.bluebonnetschool.com
BUILD BETTER KIDS This weeklong summer day camp teaches elementary and middle school kids about poverty and encourages them to reach out and serve others in need. Ages 6-14. June 10-July 26. $175. Emmaus Catholic Parish, 1718 Lohman’s Crossing. www.mlfcamp.org
Camp Balcones 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 Week of Wings, Camping 101, Shark Week, and more. Transportation is available if scheduled in advance. Ages 6-14. June 14-July 26. $350. Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Rd, 512/349-2111. www.camp-fire.org
Camp Champions 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 5-17. June 2-Aug. 10. $1,795-7,605 (1, 2, and 3 week sessions available). 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls. www.campchampions.com
CAMP ERIN CENTRAL TEXAS Formerly Camp Brave Heart, Camp Erin Central Texas is three days of swimming, hiking, hayrides, and more, intertwined with therapeutic components for children who have recently lost someone to death. This environment, deep in the Texas Hill Country and provided by the good folks of Hospice Austin, gives kids a chance to learn about grief and healing among peers. Ages 6-17 Aug. 5-7. Free. 1661 John Knox Rd., Fischer (near Wimberley). www.hospiceaustin.org
Camp Fun Brain CAMP FUN BRAIN Have fun while sharpening your reading skills with instruction by hand-picked local elementary school teachers on a variety of genres. Ages 5-10. June 3-Aug. 2. $295 per week. AHB Community School, 4001 Speedway; Whole Life Learning Center 10801 Old San Antonio Rd. www.campfunbrain.com
CAMP HEADWATERS Get your “passports” ready for a worldwide adventure, as Camp Headwaters takes a journey around the Earth. Steeped in art, natural science, geography, and cultural study, kids will explore the wondrous world in which we live! Ages 3-5. June 3-Aug. 2. $275 per week. Headwaters School, 6305 Manchaca Rd. www.headwaters.org/camp
Camp Indigo 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 10-21. $300. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd. www.amalafoundation.org
CAMP OF THE HILLS Christian camp that shows and shares the love and hope of Jesus to underserved kids. Ages 8-18. June 3-Aug. 3. $60 per camper. 1552 CR 344, Marble Falls. www.campofthehills.org
Camp on the Move 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 3-Aug. 9. $390-415. 512/658-6285. www.camponthemove.com
CAMP RED BIRD The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is hosting a pair of summer camps for children that have experienced the loss for the recently experienced loss for the first time in their life. Led by a licensed therapist, and overseen by grief professionals; campers can expect a week full of fun games, crafts, and activities, all in a safe supportive environment. Ages 6-12. June 10-14 & Aug. 5-9. $200. 2413 Greenlawn Pkwy. www.austingrief.org/campredbird
CAMP TIME AT THE CARVER The Carver Museum offers classes that will unlock the artist in any child. 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. Ages 7-17. June 3-Aug. 16. $345-675. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. www.austintexas.gov
Camp Trinity CAMP TRINITY Whatever your kid is into, Trinity's camps cover it. Choose from 18 engaging and adventurous camps, with offerings like Engineers & Mini Makers, Welcome to Hogwarts, Wet & Wild Water, and International Mission imPossible. If basketball or volleyball is more your kid's thing, go for the Tornado Athletic Camps led by Trinity coaches. Ages 4-13. June 3-July 12. $225-260. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd. www.austintrinity.org/summer
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 3-July 26. $250-300. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100. www.wildflower.org/camp
campGEN CAMPGEN Weeklong camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends. Through fun activities like yoga, art, and writing the girls learn valuable stress management, self-compassion, and self-love skills. Ages 9-15. June 17-July 19. $330. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/808-4044 x104. www.genaustin.org
CITY OF AUSTIN'S SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM This Austin Parks & Rec program staffs parks all over town with camp counselors eager to play all day – all you have to do is drop in. They've got board games, arts & crafts, nature activities, sports, water games, cookouts, and even field trips on some days. See their website for the park nearest you. Ages 6-12. June 10-Aug. 2. 512/974-3922. www.austintexas.gov
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER Country Home Learning Center offers themed camp activities such as “Wacky and Wild Science,” “So You Want to Be a Star,” “Medieval Times,” and “Rainforest Adventures." Keep the kids on the go with field trips to go swimming, skating, bowling, and the movies as well as a special field trips to exciting local destinations. CHLC also offers a wide array creative art, science, and more. Ages 5-13. 13120 Hwy. 183 N., 512/371-6428; 6900 Escarpment Blvd., 512/371-6170. www.countryhomelearningcenter.com
DRAGON'S LAIR CAMP Campers get to choose from a wide variety of themed camps to join including Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic Camp, and more. Ages 8-16. June 10-Aug. 9. $350. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399. www.dlair.net/austin
Earth Native Wilderness School EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL Turn off the TV and have some old school fun at Earth Native Wilderness School where your kids can learn all about the natural world of Central Texas through exploration and games. Expert naturalist instructors teach your kids lasting skills and how to make the most of the outdoors. The older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 3.5-16. June 3-Aug. 9. $275, day camp; $595, overnight camp. McKinney Falls State Park; Walnut Creek Metro Park. www.earthnativeschool.com/summer-camps
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 16-July 6. $30-50. Shield Ranch, 16037 Hamilton Pool Rd.. www.elranchito.org
Elite University Summer Camp ELITE UNIVERSITY SUMMER CAMP At Elite U, choose from a bevy of Mon.-Fri. day camps offering a wide range of activities, including fencing, gymnastics, horseback riding, visual & culinary arts, and S.T.E.M. Ages 4-12. June 17-Aug. 9. $250-350 per week. St. Luke's on the Lake 5600, RR 620 N.. www.elitesummercamps.com
EPIC Adventures EPIC ADVENTURES Choose from two 15-day camps (Texas Adventure or Blue Ridge) or the 16-day camp (New Mexico) that forgo 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. 4. $2,400. 512/417-6127. www.myepicadventures.com
Excused Absence Youth Comedy Camps EXCUSED ABSENCE YOUTH COMEDY CAMPS This ColdTowne youth program provides weeklong improv, sketch, and stand-up camps throughout the summer. 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. Ages 4-18. June 3-Aug. 11. $275-295. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/809-0017. www.coldtownetheater.com
Extend-a-Care for Kids 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. With this year's theme, "Enchanted Summer," kids will explore the realms of magic, mystery, and enchantment found in literature, science and nature. Ages 5-12. May 29-Aug. 9. $180-190. Various locations at Austin elementary schools. www.eackids.org
GIRLSTART At Girlstart Summer Camp, girls are encouraged to explore the various fields within STEM through fun and empowering activities. Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about science, math, and technology with room to have fun! Ages 9-15. June 10-July 29. $375. 1400 W. Anderson. www.girlstart.org
HIGH HOPES SPORTS AND AFTERSCHOOL CAMP At High Hopes Summer Camp, kids and teens take part in the classic camp experience with dynamic group activities, sports, and games while also taking part in ministry and spiritual growth alongside their peers and Christian counselors. Choose from full-week, three-day, or two-day sessions. Ages 5-12. June 3-Aug. 14. $220 full time (4-5 days); $145 part time (3 days). 1800 Clover Ln., Cedar Park. www.hhsports.org
INSIDE OUTSIDE SCHOOL The Inside Outside School inundates kids with crafts, games, art, music, cooking, and even a few farm animals. This summer's theme is "A Harry Potter Mystery"; kids will hunt for dragons and learn about herbology, potions, Quidditch, and more. Ages 5-12. June 24-28. $400. 5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville. www.insideoutsideschool.org
Iron Horse Country Ranch IRON HORSE COUNTRY RANCH It’s the motorcycle summer camp for kids. This dirt-bike camp has shuttles from North Austin and even Downtown Austin Metro. They supply the dirt bikes, safety gear, and the training. Just show up! A pool, a rec center, and a lake for fishing for down time: What else could a kid want! Ages 8-15. June 3-Aug. 9. $690-1,680. 9100 E. FM 243, Bertram. www.ironhorsecountry.com
JCC SUMMER CAMPS Kids can take their pick from dozens of fun activities offered at the Jewish Community Center with no shortage of arts & crafts, sports, field trips, swimming, improv, STEM learning, and then some. Go online for a complete list of camps and prices. Ages 2-15. June 3-Aug. 22. Dell Jewish Community Campus. www.shalomaustin.org/camps
Kidventure KIDVENTURE Celebrate the "Spirit of Summer" camp with Kidventure. Every camp week is a unique adventure designed to provide campers with a wide variety of activities designed to promote fun, learning, and development. Ages 3-12. June 3-Aug. 9. $265 per week. Locations vary for day and overnight camps. www.kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp
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. Girls ages 9-14. July 8-Aug. 2. $200. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Rd.. www.latinitasmagazine.org
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 2-Aug. 2. $945. 16000 RR 12, Wimberley. www.educationinaction.org
Neuron Garage NEURON GARAGE Formerly known as Summer Spark, each week's camp involves a problem to solve or a goal to reach and lets the kids' creativity and smarts lead them there. Ages 5-12. June 3-Aug. 9. $390 per week. South Austin (S. First & Oltorf), Hyde Park (45th & Red River), North Shoal Creek (Mopac & W. Anderson), Cedar Park (Anderson Mill Rd. & 620), Round Rock (Round Rock Ave. & N. Mays St.). www.neurongarage.com
PROGRESS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP These thematic summer camps are filled with theme-related activities, science experiments, games, and imaginary play. Each camp has a central theme: Magic & Mythology or Kitchen Magic. Ages 5-13. June 10-21. $230 per week. Progress School, 2200 Justin. www.progressschoolaustin.org
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 29-July 27. $170-435. 2500 Wimberly Ln.. www.sgs-austin.org/summercamp
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 7-16. July 7-27. $895. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade, 512/222-8570. www.sherwoodforestsummercamp.com
Squad STX Boys Camping SQUAD STX BOYS CAMPING Run by former U.S. Army infantry officers, Squad STX is a boys-only 5-day, 4-night camping & leadership program, which is a unique combination of summer camp and scouting. Kids learn leadership basics with a focus on backpacking, orienteering, and team competitions using situational training exercises (STX). Boys ages 11-15. May 29-June 30. $995 ($895, early bird). Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose. www.squadstx.com/?summercampguide
Summer at St. Andrew’s 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. June 3-July 19. $160-450. St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 5901 SW Parkway, 512/299-9800. www.sasaustin.org
Thinkery Camps 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. June 10-14, June 24-28, July 22-26. $365-385. Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6201. www.thinkeryaustin.org/camp
UT Pre-College Summer Discovery 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 14-18. June 29-July 19. $3,399-6,299. University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434. www.summerdiscovery.com/u-texas-austin
Wet & Wild Adventure Camp 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. May 28-Aug. 16. $400/wk. See website for multiple pickup locations. www.wetwildcamp.com
YMCA CAMP TWIN LAKES This is the classic summer camp vibe: swimming, hiking, sports, and making friends. Overnight and day camps all summer long. Ages 5-16. May 28-Aug. 31. $188-749. Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. www.ymcagwc.org
YPW Camps YPW CAMPS Whether your kid is a linguist, artist, explorer, adventurer, scientist, or likes to learn/practice Spanish, Young Peoples Workshop (YPW) has a camp to suit your needs. Go online for a complete list of options, including locations and half-day and full-day options. Ages 3-10. June 3-Aug. 15. $200-310. 512/329-5611. www.ypwkids.com

 Art & Music Camps

Art Amore ART AMORE Each camp and excursion has a different theme, and all will finish with a canvas masterpiece. Young artists will explore Austin, pulling inspiration from the city's natural beauty as well as from local artists. Ages 5-15. June 10-Aug. 16. $300-550. 6507 Jester #107. www.artamoreaustin.com
Art Garage ART GARAGE A variety of camps including pottery, jewelry, tie-dye, art history, and drawing fuel the inner artist. Camps have themes including Pop Art, Unicorn Magic, Harry Potter, and others. Ages 5-14. May 28-Aug. 16. $319. 11190 Circle Dr. #202. www.theartgarageaustin.com
ART HAPPENS Turn junk into art, mold clay into a masterpiece, and generally explore your creative side at this weekly camp. Ages 5-11. May 28-Aug. 16. $285, half day; $570, full day. Smudge Studios, 500 W. 38th, 512/777-1742. www.smudgestudiosaustin.com
Art+ Academy ART+ ACADEMY Half-day camps balance fun and instruction for young artists seeking to improve their drawing and painting skills. Select from a variety of themed art camps for all ages and interests. Ages 5-17. June 3-Aug. 5. $234. Three locations: NW Austin, Cedar Park, and SW Austin. www.artclassesaustin.com/summer_camps
Atelier Dojo ATELIER DOJO The professional arts academy was founded by four female artists. This summer, they open the doors to young, aspiring artists to practice figure drawing, still life drawing, self-portraits, painting fundamentals, and more during the Summer Teen Intensive programs. Ages 13-18. June 3-7; July 15-19; July 29-Aug. 2. $295 per session. 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 106-B. www.atelierdojo.com
Austin Artery AUSTIN ARTERY Kids are encouraged to nurture their inner artist and express themselves with the help of award-winning instructors at one of these weeklong day camps. Extended care available after camp each day. Ages 5-11. June 4-Aug. 30. $295 per week. Locations in North, South, and Central Austin as well as Cedar Park. www.theaustinartery.com
AUSTIN CHAMBER MUSIC If your child has already been playing an instrument for a year, this is chance to hone those skills over the summer and learn to compose at the same time! Ages 7-18. July 7-21. $950-2,000. Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman, 512/454-7562. www.austinchambermusic.org
Austin Craft Lounge AUSTIN CRAFT LOUNGE Crafters will complete a project each day, taking home handmade items such as a hanging jewelry board, magnetic photo display, Texas icon board, or a canvas pullstring backpack. Austin Craft Lounge is located on 5 acres of Hill Country land shared with horses, bunnies, and chickens. Ages 12 and up. June 10-Aug. 9. $275 per week. Austin Craft Lounge, 12919 Nutty Brown Rd. www.austincraftlounge.com/summer-camps
AUSTIN CREATIVE ART CENTER offers weekly, half-day sessions in painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. Ages 5 and up. June 3-Aug. 23. $285, half day; $580, full-day. Austin Creative Art Center, 1605 W. Sixth. www.austincreativeartcenter.org
Band Aid School of Music BAND AID SCHOOL OF MUSIC One summer is all it takes to turn your singer, guitarist, bass player, drummer, or keyboardist into a band member ready for the stage or their own video. Kids will do more than just cover classic rock tunes, they'll learn to compose their own jams. Camp culminates with a performance at Stubb's. Beginners and experienced players are invited. Ages 4-18. June 3-August 16. $250-559. Band Aid School of Music: 2309 Thornton, Studio E; 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N.. www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com
CAPITAL CITY GUITAR CAP There are classes for all talent levels: From absolute beginners who have never even touched a guitar before to intermediate and advanced guitarists needing to expand their musical skills with improv, songwriting, and recording classes in which the students will record and take home their very own CD. Finally, every student will take part in a student concert at the end of the week, free to all friends and family. Ages 6-17. June 17-22; July 29-Aug. 2. $285-385. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill, 417/300-4078. www.capitalcityguitarcamp.com
Classical Guitar Camp CLASSICAL GUITAR CAMP Your budding musician will learn from masters of the instrument by participating in guitar orchestras, master classes, private lessons, and seminars, as well as the usual swimming, hiking, and making new friends. Ages 8-18. June 9-15. $1,075-1,375. St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 2900 Bunny Run, 512/327-1213. www.texasclassicalguitarcamp.com
CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN ART SCHOOL With hundreds of classes, the budding artist in the family will surely find something that gets the creative juices flowing. They offer everything from art safaris and dinosaur sculptures to Photoshop and flying clay on Laguna Gloria's 14 lakeside acres. Feeling jealous of your child? Adult classes are also available on a wide variety of topics. Ages 4-18. May 28-Aug. 16. $99-209. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/323-6380. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org
Cordovan Art School Camp CORDOVAN ART SCHOOL CAMP From pottery to painting and everything in between, your child is sure to create a masterpiece. Camp titles this year are "Realism Revolution," "Intergalactic Star Wars," "Art for Muggles & Wizards," and more. Ages 5-16. June 3-Aug. 16. $229-329 (plus supply fees). Cordovan Art School, 8108 Mesa. www.cordovanartschool.com
CREATIVE ACTION SUMMER CAMP While in a safe and welcoming environment, campers envision and create their own films, perform onstage, and explore the visual arts. There are a variety of themes to choose from all summer long. Ages 5-11. June 3-Aug. 2. $295 ($590, two weeks). Three locations in North Central, East, and South Austin. www.creativeaction.org
Dirty Easel Kids' Camp DIRTY EASEL KIDS' CAMP Don't be fooled by the name; this camp offers much more than just art on easels. Have your kid explore their creativity through art, theatre, music, and creative writing. Ages 5-11. June 10-14; July 8-12. $240. Kids Kitchen, 1514 Dandridge, Cedar Park. www.thedirtyeasel.com/kids-camps
Franklin Music Academy Summer Camp FRANKLIN MUSIC ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP This is a weeklong day camp located in South Austin offering campers fun via music and movement. Kids learn multiple instruments and different genres of music through educational classes, high-energy activities, and jam sessions. End session band performance will be available for parents to attend. Ages 7-12. June 24-28; July 15-19. $375. Parkside Community School, 3207 W. Slaughter. www.franklinmusicacademy.com
GROUNDWORK MUSIC PROJECT SUMMER CONCERT PROGRAM Campers will experience the joy of performing onstage with this ukulele program for learning, recording, and performance. Students will learn to play and arrange songs using notation software, record their arrangements, and end the season with a live performance onstage with professional musicians. Instruments are available for loan or purchase. Ages 8-12. June 10-30. $499. 4201 Wilshire. www.groundworkmusic.org
LONE STAR SCHOOL OF MUSIC Put the twang and bang into the summer with weeklong sessions for future superstars. Guitarists, keyboardists, vocalists, and drummers are placed in bands based on their ages and abilities. Ages 5-15. June 3-Aug. 2. $230-340. Locations in Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs, and West Lake Hills. www.lonestarschoolofmusic.com
Mother Falcon Music Lab MOTHER FALCON MUSIC LAB Whether it's writing an original song, crafting a new take on an existing one, or making band logo T-shirts to sell at your future gig, this camp keeps it real. Ages 11-18. June 17-29. $425. St. Andrew's Episcopal School; showcases at the North Door. www.mfml.org
MUSICAL CAMP Campers will learn songs, choreography, staging, and set design from professional children’s music teachers and then present their musical revue on Friday evening after the last day of camp. Ages 6-11. June 3-7. $200. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/476-2625. www.fbcaustin.org
MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP Campers will be learning choreography, working on music, and learning singing techniques, as well as getting an opportunity to perform – ending with a performance of an hourlong musical. Ages 9-12. June 17-21. $200. Emily Ann Theater, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley, 512/847-6969. www.emilyann.org
Orpheus Academy of Music ORPHEUS ACADEMY OF MUSIC Singers, violinists, guitar amateurs and prodigies, as well as other young instrumentalists can begin their musical journey or hone their craft at one of several camps this academy offers. Ages 4-18. June 3-Aug. 9. $336 ($25 registration fee). 3918-C Far West Blvd.. www.orpheusacademy.com
ROCK CAMP USA Offers performance-oriented instruction and lets kids pick their own material to play. Campers have two weeks to form bands, rehearse, record a CD, and play live with an audience at the end of their journey. Ages 8-19. June 10-22 and July 15-27. $470-850. Austin School of Music, 2428-B W. Ben White; 13945 Hwy. 183 N.. www.rockcampusa.com
Shutter Bugs Photography Camp SHUTTER BUGS PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP From learning how to use a camera to how to direct a subject to how to create a backdrop, there are classes for all experience levels. In addition to photography, children will work with other mediums, including painting, collage, and more. Ages 7-15. June 3-Aug. 10. $450 per week. Shutter Bugs, 2311-D Thornton, 708/309-9169. www.shutterbugsatx.com
SONGBIRD RISING STRING CAMP Using the Suzuki method, children will learn violin, viola, cello, and bass in a creative and supportive environment. Ages 6-11. June 17-28 & July 8-19. $650. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/751-0541. www.songbirdrising.com
TEXARTS ACADEMY Kids as young as 2 are invited to this musical theatre-based camp at TexARTS Academy offering a wide range of performance options. Dance camps are available too, and others focus on puppeteering, improv, audition techniques, and more. Ages 2-18. June 3-Aug. 16. $350-900 ($250, half day). TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079. www.tex-arts.org
UMLAUF SUMMER ART CAMP The Umlauf Sculpture Garden offers half- and full-day camps for elementary school kids to get their hands dirty with sculpting, screenprinting, claymation, weaving, and other artistic endeavors. Kindergarteners to 5th graders. June 10-July 26. $185, half day; $370, full day. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton, 512/445-5582. www.umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp
Young Metalsmiths YOUNG METALSMITHS Half-day camps are available to get your kids familiar with the tools and skills needed to work with metal and make your own wearable art. The fully equipped studio will have the little crafters working alongside professionals. Ages 10-15. July 15-19 & July 29-Aug. 2. $395 + kit fee. Creative Side Academy of Austin, 321 W. Ben White #204, 512/799-0731. www.creativeside.org/classes/youth
Young Rembrandts ATX YOUNG REMBRANDTS ATX Half- and full-day themed drawing, cartooning, and pastels camps. Themes include “Art History With the Masters,” “Forest Fantasy,” “Summertime Fun Time,” and more. Ages 6-12. June 3-Aug.16. $145-440. Various locations. www.youngrembrandts.com/austinwest

 Theatre/Dance Camps

AERIAL CREATION CAMP Courses safely teach kids how to take to the air and dance using harnesses, silks, and more. Courses culminate with a show for parents and friends. Ages 8-14. June 3-14 & July 8-19. $250 per week. Blue Lapis Light, 10331 Old Manchaca Rd. www.bluelapislight.org
BE YOU AT DANZVERSITY Danzversity promotes creativity and positivity through dance. Students are encouraged to dance to the rhythms of their own heartbeat. Each week has a different theme. Ages 5-11. June 17-July 26. $85/ day; $180/ half day; $280/ week. 2110 White Horse Trail. www.danzversity.com
CAMP SHAKESPEARE AT WINEDALE Does your child have the heart of a true thespian? She or he is sure to love this overnight camp run by UT, where kids spend most waking hours immersed in the study and performance of the Bard's works. Ages 11-16. June 9-23 & June 30-July 14. $1,500. Rancho Pillow, 11222 Schuster Rd., Round Top. liberalarts.utexas.edu
ColdTowne Theater Improv and Sketch Comedy COLDTOWNE THEATER IMPROV AND SKETCH COMEDY Learn to use theatre, dance, creative movement, and more to create and perform a story. The folks from ColdTowne Theater offer a different focus for different age groups each week. Ages 5-18. June 3-Aug. 9. $185, half day; $295, full day. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/809-0017. www.moveyourtale.com
DANCE DISCOVERY CAMP Get kids in touch with the body that they likely take for granted. Dance, jazz, hip-hop, theatre, tumbling, ballet, and more keep the limbs active with one of these themed weeks. Ages 3-12. June 17-Aug. 2. $215. 512/419-7611. www.austin-dance.org
DOUGHERTY ARTS SCHOOL Offers a number of options for kids interested in the visual and performing arts (and film too!), including Summer Arts Adventure, Born for Art, and Made for Art. Kids explore a number of themes, from ancient civilizations to food art to tall tales and everything in between. Ages 5-12. June 3-July 26. $389-432. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000. www.austintexas.gov
ESTHER'S FOLLIES SCHOOL OF COMEDY Who better than the talent at Austin's longest-running comedy revue to teach your kids the art of sketch, improv, and general stage antics? Ages 8-16. June 3-Aug. 10. $325. Esther's Follies, 525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0553. www.esthersfollies.com
FANTASTIC MAGIC CAMP One- and two-week sessions give kids magic instruction from the pros. What could be better to satisfy the bug for trickery and illusion? Prepare for puppetry, ventriloquism, storytelling, and, of course, magic. Ages 5-12. May 27-Aug. 16. $295 ($575, two-week camps). Journey IFC, 7500 Woodrow. www.magiccamp.com
GREEK MYTHOLOGY CAMP Does your child love the Percy Jackson books, or find themselves interested in Greek mythology? Campers will explore both, with a theatre performance at the end of the week. Ages 5-11. June 3-7. $200 per session. Emily Ann Theater, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley, 512/847-6969. www.emilyann.org
Gulliver's Travels GULLIVER'S TRAVELS When Camp One World starts on Monday, the little red truck from Missoula Children's Theater arrives with everything necessary to put on a full-scale musical production on the One World Theatre stage. In just one week, campers will go from auditions to opening night. Ages 5-15. June 10-14. $225 (sibling discounts available). One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500. www.oneworldtheatre.org
Joyce Willett School of Dance JOYCE WILLETT SCHOOL OF DANCE Practice your ballet, jazz, tap, theatre, gymnastics, or vocal skills, and be prepared to show what you've learned at the show for parents at the end of the week. Ages 4-10. June 3-Aug. 9. $210. 5811 Berkman #117. www.jwsd.net
KidsActing KIDSACTING Awarded a "Best of Austin" by Chronicle readers, KidsActing has a slew of single- and multiweek, pre-kindergarten to high school, half-day and full-day camps all over and around town to keep your little thespian occupied. Ages 4-18. May 27-Aug. 23. Starting at $345 per week. 512/836-5437. www.kidsactingstudio.com
KIDSDANCE! The young'uns can test out their feet with half- and full-day camps with themes. More experienced dancers should register for their summer intensives in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and more. Ages 3-9. June 10-Aug. 9. $240, half day; $350, full day. 11150 Research #107. www.dancersworkshopaustin.com
MONSOON DANCE SUMMER CAMP Each 5-day session has a unique theme from Bollywood Stars to Wakanda Warriors, and much more. Each session concludes with a mini student showcase. June 3-Aug. 3. $225. 13376 N. Research #505. www.monsoondance.com
PARAMOUNT PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS Kids are invited to partake of one of the technique intensives in songwriting, stand-up comedy, and film acting. Other camps cover musical theatre, acting, playwriting, and design. Grades 1-10. June 3-Aug. 9. $725. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/692-0524. www.austintheatre.org/camps
PLAYWRITING CAMP Campers will be learning how to write their very own plays. There will be a staged reading of all of the students' new plays at the end of the week, and visits from guest published playwrights. June 24-28. $200. Emily Ann Theater, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley, 512/847-6969. www.emilyann.org
SCOTTISH RITE THEATER CAMP Different weeklong crash courses in staging a play explore the worlds of theatre, dance, puppets, and song, with other onstage fun. Ages 5-18. June 3-Aug. 2. $275. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/472-5436. www.scottishritetheater.org/education
Sky Camp SKY CAMP Kids can find out just what their bodies can do as they learn the art of trapeze, juggling, improv, hooping, and more with the pros at Sky Candy. After a week of working on flexibility, coordination, confidence, and strength, campers showcase their abilities at a performance. Ages 6-13. June 10-Aug. 9. $400. 507 Calles #117. www.skycandyaustin.com/class/sky-camps
Synergy Dance Studio Camps 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 3-18. May 28-Aug. 9. $200-460. Synergy Dance Studio, 3425 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-4130. www.synergydancestudio.com
ZACH THEATRE CAMPS The venerable South Austin theatre hosts weeklong sessions all summer. There are offerings for every level of performer including themed weekly variety camps, advanced musical theatre workshops, and teen actor intensives. Ages 3-18. May 28-Aug. 15. $195-350. 1510 Toomey; 12129 RR 620 N. #310. www.zachtheatre.org/education

 Instructional Camps

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 3-July 26. $195-390. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/478-4795. www.austinfilmfestival.com
American Robotics Academy AMERICAN ROBOTICS ACADEMY Half-day and full-day courses teach little builders how things work, and then they pit their robots against their classmates' creations. Teens dive a bit deeper into coding, hardware, motors, and more. Ages 6-13. June 10-Aug. 2. $175-325. Various locations. www.roboticsacademy.com
Aquatic Adventure Science Camp AQUATIC ADVENTURE SCIENCE CAMP Choose a week of sleepover camp or a week of day camp to find out what makes Texas' water life tick. Campers participate in challenging labs and then apply their new smarts during fun, aquatic field trips: scuba diving, snorkeling, and more. Ages 9-15. June 2-Aug. 2. $749, six-day overnight; $349, day camp. Texas State University, Performing Arts and Conference Center, San Marcos, 512/245-3541. www.eardc.txstate.edu
Atelier Dojo Teen Summer Camps ATELIER DOJO TEEN SUMMER CAMPS Austin-based professional art studio Atelier Dojo offers their rigorous training to young dedicated artists between 13-18 years old throughout summer 2019. Classes run June 3-7, July 15-19, and July 29-Aug. 2 at the Dojo studio at Canopy and will include drawing and painting. See website for details. Canopy, 916 Springdale, 281/793-4209. www.atelierdojo.com
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE This summer ACC will be offering weeklong summer camps with a range of entertaining learning opportunities for your child in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They will also be partnering with Game Worlds for camps on different aspects of game production, such as audio, design, and business development. Ages 8-18. June 3-Aug. 16. $650. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville, 512/223-7000. continue.austincc.edu/stemcamps
Austin Fencers Club AUSTIN FENCERS CLUB Is your child a budding Jedi, Musketeer, or Inigo Montoya? Austin Fencers Club's camps introduce kids to the modern sport of fencing - a fun and safe way to learn to wield a sword. Fencing trains both body and mind, developing fitness, agility, critical thinking, and good sportsmanship. It builds strength and reflexes, while teaching students to think analytically and solve problems. All equipment is provided. Ages 8-14. June 3-July 26. $250. 4425 Red River (Red River Church complex). www.austinfencersclub.com
AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN Half- and full-day classes for the beginner to advanced sewer and fashion illustrator. All supplies are included, so all you have to do is drop your child off and see what they create! Ages 8-12. June 3-Aug. 9. $200-400. Austin School of Fashion Design, 3216 S. Congress, 512/323-0633. www.austinschooloffashiondesign.com
Austin Spanish Academy Immersion Camp AUSTIN SPANISH ACADEMY IMMERSION CAMP Drop your kids into an engaging environment where learning Spanish and about other cultures is always enhanced by fun and interactive activities. Ages 5-12. June 10-28; July 22-Aug. 2. $355. The Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd. and 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #123. www.austinspanishacademy.co
Austin Zoo Summer Camp AUSTIN ZOO SUMMER CAMP The young ones will get an educational wildlife experience, with live animal presentations, scavenger hunts, science experiments, engineering challenges, games, craft time, zookeeper chats, and much more. Each week has a different theme to explore and is designed specifically for that age group. Campers will spend time out on zoo grounds as well as in the air-conditioned classroom. Ages 5-12. June 3-Aug. 9. $275 per week (members, $250). Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trl., 512/288-1490. www.austinzoo.org
BADGERDOG CREATIVE WRITING CAMP Badgerdog provides two-week writing workshops in various locations around town 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 7-17. June 3-Aug. 2. $375-475. 512/542-0076. www.austinlibrary.org
Bake Austin BAKE AUSTIN Bring out your child's inner pastry chef in this half-day camp that will teach him or her how to make all sorts of baked goods. Kids afraid to get messy knead not apply. Ages 8-17. May 27-July 12. $325-350. 1706 E. 38½. www.bakeaustin.com
CHINESE WITH MEGGIE This annual summer camp is organized around a particular theme, which the children then explore using the Chinese language. This year's themes are Thomas Edison and His Amazing Inventions, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Number Games. June 17-Aug. 9. $680 per 2-week session. Chinese With Meggie, 708 E. 51st. www.chinesewithmeggie.com
CIRCUS HIJINKS CAMP This weeklong immersive circus arts experience will introduce kids to an array of activities including lyra, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, partner acrobatics, clowning, and more. This is an all-levels camp for youth ages 6-14, and no previous experience is necessary. July 8-12. $300. Lache Movement Co., 8868 Research #701. www.lachemove.com
Code Ninjas Round Rock CODE NINJAS ROUND ROCK Code Ninjas Camps offer an immersive environment for children to explore technology, develop new skills, and have a great time with friends. Ages 7-14. June 3-Aug. 14. $215-399 per week. Code Ninjas, 4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd. #104, Round Rock. www.codeninjas.com
CODING WITH KIDS With locations all around town, kids can learn to code things that they'd actually enjoy at this camp, like interactive stories and websites. Ages 5-18. June 3-Aug. 9. $279, half day; $479, full day. www.codingwithkids.com
Expedition Education Traveling Day Camp EXPEDITION EDUCATION TRAVELING DAY CAMP True to its name, this day camp buses kids to different locations in Central Texas, giving them a taste of the natural wonders deep in the heart of Texas. Fans of critters will want to check of the Wild Texas camp, while kids with energy to burn might be into Rocks and Rivers. Ages 8 and up. June 12-June 30. $385. 512/638-9722. www.expeditioned.com
Film & Digital Arts Camps FILM & DIGITAL ARTS CAMPS With animation, digital, and 16mm filmmaking classes, you'll be fostering the next [insert favorite auteur here] in no time. Ages 5-16. May 27-31; July 22-26. $275 (30-hour camp). Austin School of Film, 2200 Tillery, 512/236-8877. www.austinfilmschool.org/summer-camps
Foodie Kids Summer Camps FOODIE KIDS SUMMER CAMPS If your child likes eating food, maybe they'll love making food! These summer camps will teach your kid about healthy food options alongside the science and joy of the kitchen. Ages 4-14. June 3-Aug. 9. $325. Foodie Kids, 3818 Far West Blvd. #107. www.foodie-kids.com
Future Set Tech Camp FUTURE SET TECH CAMP Weeklong camps cover all aspects of tech from video game design, computer science, Minecraft modding, digital video, web design, and more. Ages 7-15. June 3-Aug. 9. $275-450. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 361/360-1345. www.futuresetcamp.com
GAME OF VILLAGE This one's a three-week camp in which children will imagine, design, and build a scale model village and carnival, run their own government and economy, and craft while having tons of fun. Ages 8-14. June 10-28. $300 per week. The Lark Center, 1400 Tillery. www.gameofvillageaustin.org
Game Worlds GAME WORLDS Make your own video game from top to bottom: programming, art, design, audio, and business. Taught by real game developers. Ages 8-18. June 3-Aug. 16. $550-650; discounts available. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville. www.gameworldscamp.com
GIRLS WHO CODE SUMMER IMMERSION PROGRAM This is a seven-week coding crash course for 10th and 11th grade girls. Campers meet every day at a top Austin tech company to learn coding languages, meet and hear from leaders in the tech world, take field trips to technology companies, and develop a lifelong sisterhood with their fellow Austin coders. At the end of the seven weeks, they will have completed a project of their choice - a website, app, robot, video game, etc. - and will join the nationwide alumnae network, which provides support for internship searches, college applications, and job hunts later in life. Free lunch and laptops are provided by the host companies, and a stipend is available to girls for transportation or other cost barriers. June 17-Aug. 2. Free. Walmart Tech Incubator (409-B Colorado); AT&T Corporate (4401 West Gate Blvd.). www.girlswhocode.com
GIRLS WITH PENS Don't let the website name fool you, this summer camp, offered at a couple of places around town, is for everybody regardless of gender. After all, anyone could be inspired to write their next great poem, play, story, or even graphic novel with teacher and author Carolyn Cohagan's help! Ages 8-14. June 10-July 26. $275. 323/807-3672. www.girlswithpens.org
iD Tech Camps ID TECH CAMPS Get the kids an education in video-game or web design, video editing, programming, or robotics (aka all those things parents don't know anything about). Camps take place at various universities and campuses around town. Ages 7-17. June 17-Aug. 2. $849-1,299. 888/709-8324. www.idtech.com
Kidding Around Yoga and Hooping Camps KIDDING AROUND YOGA AND HOOPING CAMPS These unique camps provide a safe container for children to build healthy bodies and minds by doing age appropriate stretching, hoop dance, creative movement, mindfulness games, partner postures, breathing techniques, yogi crafts, meditation, music making, and cardio. With continual practice, children will improve balance, flexibility, hand-eye coordination, focused attention, self-esteem, core strength, body awareness, and so much more, all while having a lot of fun! Ages 5-10. June 24-28; July 8-12, 22-26; Aug. 5-9. $275-360. High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson, 512/796-9439. www.bit.ly/KAYAH
Launch Code After School LAUNCH CODE AFTER SCHOOL Launch offers coding and technology summer camps to fit all ages and interests, with multiple dates and locations available throughout Austin. With topics ranging from robotics, game design, app development, and more, these camps are designed to give your child an entertaining challenge while providing a creative outlet through code. Even if your child isn't planning to be a programmer, Launch camps teach valuable problem-solving skills. Ages 7-15. June 3-Aug. 9. $349 and up. Multiple locations. www.launchafterschool.com/p/camps
LEARN2CODE Students from top-tier universities (MIT/CMU and the like) will teach coding to your kids in a live online learning environment. The Python programming camp is open to students in grade 5 or above, and Java programming camp is open to students in grade 7 or above. June-Aug.. $400 per week. Online courses. www.learn2code.live/camps
LEGO Robotics Camps LEGO ROBOTICS CAMPS There are several locations and dates to get the young engineer in the family started on a lucrative career track. Kids build robots, amazing machines, race cars, and more. What parent doesn't want a kid who builds toys rather than whining for them? Ages: 5-16. June 3-Aug. 2. $311-2316. 512/740-3024. www.learningfun101.com
Live the Language Spanish Immersion LIVE THE LANGUAGE SPANISH IMMERSION These two-week, half-day camps are for the beginner to intermediate Spanish speaker. Draw, sing, act, and learn just like other camps, but do it in Spanish. Ages 5-12. June 3-Aug. 16. $575. 2840 Gettysburg. www.livethelanguage.org
Mad Science & Imagine Arts Academy MAD SCIENCE & IMAGINE ARTS ACADEMY Give your Einstein or Curie a Mad Science experience sure to stave off any misguided attempts to distract the youngster with Intelligent Design scenarios. Weekly themes include robots, rockets, spy academy, yuckology, camp eureka, and more – new this year is two weeks of art camp for those more creatively inclined. See website for the various locations available. Ages 4-12. May 28-Aug. 17. $175-375. 512/892-1143. www.madscienceaustin.com
MARIPOSAS SPANISH CAMP Sports, art, and other activities in Spanish, naturally. Ages 2-8. June 3-14 (Aug. dates TBA). $280-755. 4108 Avenue H. www.mariposasspanish.com
MARTIAL ARTS AT MU SOOL WON SOUTH AUSTIN Three weeklong camps feature gymnastics/falling, handling traditional Korean weapons, and sparring. All camps will be run by Ricky Sa Bum Nim. Each camp is limited to 20 participants. Dates TBA. $255 per week. 1901 W. William Cannon #121. www.mswsouthaustin.com/summercamp.htm
Math for Keeps Summer Skill Boosters MATH FOR KEEPS SUMMER SKILL BOOSTERS This camp uses a unique practice method that makes math stick. And it’s fun because it works. Campers will learn in a small-group/ station-style, getting valuable 1:1 instruction and coaching. June 9-Aug. 2. $300 and up. Hyde Park. www.mathforkeeps.com
MBPT SUMMER WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS This weeklong intensive will expose students to the field of music and sound production. They will learn what job opportunities are available and the responsibilities that go with them. Student participation will be emphasized along with hands-on learning. At the end of the workshop, each student should understand the basics of how a song is recorded, produced, and brought to market. In addition, students will understand how radio and TV commercials are produced. Week 1: July 15-19. Week 2: July 22-26. $50. ACC Northridge, 11928 Stonehollow Dr., 512/223-4020. www.austincc.edu/mbpt
Monkey Kung  Fu & Nunchucks MONKEY KUNG FU & NUNCHUCKS Children will receive daily instruction that introduces them to the adventure of martial arts through the use of Nunchaku (commonly called nunchucks) and Monkey Kung Fu (which mimics the playful, curious,and mischievous movements of monkeys). This camp is good for both beginner and experienced children. There is no sparring in this camp. Participants receive their own foam nunchucks. Each day will end with fun free time in Hoppin' House, the indoor inflatable playground. Healthy snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Ages 6-12. July 29-Aug. 2. $299 ($275, early bird). Traditional Martial Arts Academy, 4220 S. Lamar #400. www.austincc.edu/mbpt
Moolah U MOOLAH U 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. There are multiple locations all around town, so yours can collect cash no matter where home is. Ages 8-15. June 3-Aug. 16. $345-370. 512/443-8851. www.moolahu.com
NERF CAMP AT MU SOOL WON SOUTH AUSTIN This is a new Nerf-themed summer camp where kids will receive a Nerf Blaster, learn how to modify it, and use it to play team-building games. Dates TBA. $275 per week. 1901 W. William Cannon #121. www.mswsouthaustin.com/summercamp.htm
OLAS SPANISH IMMERSION CAMP Learn the language by diving into the Spanish culture from every angle: food, arts, theatre, and much more. Ages 4-12. June 17-Aug. 9. $275. 708 E. 51st. www.olasspanish.com
Patricia's Table Culinary Camp PATRICIA'S TABLE CULINARY CAMP This kitchen has various themed sessions all summer teaching the basics to the smallest campers and more advanced skills to teens. Ages 3-14. May-Aug.. $280-360 per week. 1510 W. 35th. www.patriciastable.com
Pony Pals PONY PALS Learn safety, grooming, and how to train these mini-horses. Ages 5+. June 3-Aug. 9. $175. 1355 CR 105, Hutto. www.northwindstable.com
QUEER YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT In collaboration with the Austin School of Film, aGLIFF offers youth ages 12-20 the chance to create a short film project that will be screened at aGLIFF's film fest in August. Students will learn about the movie-making process, acting, casting calls, and how to enter films into festivals, market their films, and find distribution. June 10-14. Free. Location TBA. www.agliff.org/qymp
Rio Vista Farm Summer Camp RIO VISTA FARM SUMMER CAMP Campers learn the basics of English riding and horse care through hands-on experience. Responsibility is taught through the care and riding of “their” horse for the week. Days are spent grooming, riding, learning horse care, and cooling off in the swimming pool in the afternoons. Arts & crafts and lunchtime is spent in the air-conditioned lounge. There's a weekly camp horse show on parents' day. Ages 7-16. June 3-Aug. 12. $375 weekly; $420 with van service from Westlake. 1000 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle. www.riovistafarm.net
Snapology LEGO Camps SNAPOLOGY LEGO CAMPS Making STEM subjects seem fun can be an uphill battle. But Legos sure help. Learn to build, create, and understand through various building-block tools, both online and in real life. Ages 4-12. May 28-Aug. 12. $150-325. Several locations throughout North, Central & South Austin. austin.snapology.com
SOUTH AUSTIN KUNG FU KIDS CAMP New and current Kung Fu students practice the basics and learn higher level martial arts skills. The camps combine physical skill building through conditioning and learning forms (or katas) with some internal practices like meditation and tai chi, plus crafts, games, and activities that help campers learn about all aspects of the Chinese martial art. Ages 7 and up. June 3-7; July 8-12; Aug. 3-9. $250 for one week, $425 for two weeks, or $600 for all three. South Austin Kung Fu, 5412 Burleson #211. www.austinkungfu.com
Squishy Banana Studios Film Camp SQUISHY BANANA STUDIOS FILM CAMP Each week, campers will create a complete film from start to finish: write a script, scout a location, storyboard, act out, and even edit. Ages 5-13. June 10-Aug. 2. $295. Clayton Elementary, 7525 La Cross; Shady Hollow Community Center, 3303 Doe Run; Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd. www.squishybananastudios.com
STARTUP KIDS CLUB ENTREPRENEUR + 3-D PRINTING CAMP Students will learn firsthand how to design models in CAD and then print them using a 3-D printer at this free day camp. Sessions are designed for three age groups: third through fifth, sixth through eighth, and ninth through 12th grades. June 24-28; July 8-12; July 22-26; July 29-Aug. 2; Aug. 5-9; Aug. 12-16. Free. 1400 Tillery. www.startupkidsclub.com/summercamp
STEM Summer Camp STEM SUMMER CAMP Kids aren't going to want to learn science during the summer months unless it's fun and interactive. Sessions on crystals, ocean exploration, space, chemistry, and the science of feed help the learning pill go down easier. Ages 4-11. July 8-Aug. 1. Mon.-Thu., 9am-1pm. $180. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1711 E. Oltorf, 512/577-1744. www.keepaustinsmart.com
Summer Writing Retreat for Young Authors SUMMER WRITING RETREAT FOR YOUNG AUTHORS Join Austin Bat Cave for a weeklong overnight writer’s retreat dedicated to fiction, poetry, and autobiographical storytelling. Campers will engage in daily creative writing workshops taught by local Austin writers, guest speakers, and educators, all while experiencing the lifestyle of a university campus. Ages 11-15. July 15-19. $1,200. St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8400. www.austinbatcave.org/summercamp
SUMMERGARDEN AND CAMP ROADRUNNER From swimming, crafts, and circle time for the Summergarden campers (ages 4-5) to circus arts, obstacle courses, and cooking for members of Camp Roadrunner (ages 6-12), this camp has a wide range of entertaining activities and fun learning opportunities. June 10-Aug. 2. $300 per week. Austin Waldorf School, 8702 South View, 512/288-5942. www.austinwaldorf.org/summercamp
The Coder School THE CODER SCHOOL offers camps that provide introduction and exposure to a wide range of exciting topics, from Scratch and Python to AI, robotics, and web development. All camps create a uniquely collaborative environment where the kids work together, code together, and have a good time. Ages 7-18. June 3-Aug. 12. $499. 3616 Far West Blvd. austin.thecoderschool.com
THE SCHOLAR SHIP Each week has a new science focus with the goal of mastering that subject through hands-on activities before week's end. Ages 7-12. June 3-Aug. 14. $100. 6001 W. Parmer #390. www.thescholarship.rocks
TINKER TEACHERS MAKERSPACE CAMP Kids explore the tenets of STEAM through engineering activities, play, reading, and other mind-engaging fun. Classes are offered in English and Spanish for an added and optional challenge. Ages 5-12. June 17-28. $300. Co-Lab Community Makers Studio, 8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. 80-G. www.tinkerteachers.com
UT Film & Media Camps UT FILM & MEDIA CAMPS Various camps get kids involved in video-game production, music recording with GarageBand, animated or live-action shorts, and more. It's the perfect blend of creativity and technical know-how under the guidance of Austin's finest media mavens. Ages 6-18. June 3-Aug. 2. $575-1150. University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-6617. rtf.utexas.edu/camps
Warrior Girls WARRIOR GIRLS No martial arts experience required! Activities include daily martial arts, yoga, empowering art activities, short educational videos featuring female role models, and campers will break a board on their last day. Healthy snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Ages 6-10. June 3-July 26. $299 ($275, early bird). Traditional Martial Arts Academy, 4220 S. Lamar #400. www.traditionalmartialartsacademy.com
Westlake Chinese Academy Language and Arts Camps WESTLAKE CHINESE ACADEMY LANGUAGE AND ARTS CAMPS Choose between the language and arts sessions, and focus on speaking and understanding through art, games, singing, and more. Ages 4-16. June 3-Aug. 9. $120-345. Westlake United Methodist Church, 1460 Red Bud Trail, 737/247-1533. www.westlakechineseacademy.org/camp
Whiz Biz Kids WHIZ BIZ KIDS Offers kids and teens the opportunity to learn about money, business, and leadership in a fun, interactive, five-day camp. Ages 8-16. June 24-Aug. 9. $350. 512/699-2720. www.whizbizkids.com
Writing Barn Summer Camps WRITING BARN SUMMER CAMPS The Writing Barn offers a kids' camp and a teen writing intensive for those who love to write or always have their head in a book. Ages 8-17. July 8-11, July 15-19. $300, one week; $600, two weeks. 10202 Wommack Rd. www.thewritingbarn.com

 Sports Camps

All-Star Sports Camp ALL-STAR SPORTS CAMP Campers learn teamwork and sportsmanship through a variety of fun team-based games & activities including soccer, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, flag football, and more. Ages 5-13. June 3-Aug. 16. $189, half day; $289, full day. SoccerZone South Austin (9501 Manchaca Rd.) and Lakeline (920 Old Mill Rd.). www.allstarsportscamp.org
ATX BALLERS BASKETBALL CAMPS ATX Ballers will teach players the most crucial skills of basketball. The program also includes fun matches, competitions, and awards. The coaches have high school and college-level playing experience, as well as several decades' worth of coaching experience at the youth level. Ages 7-18. Dates TBA. $100-120 per week. Locations throughout Austin. www.atxballers.com
Austin Sports Center All Sports Camp AUSTIN SPORTS CENTER ALL SPORTS CAMP Sports and games taught here include soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and more. Ages 5-18. June 3-Aug. 16. $275-400. Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward. www.austinsportscenter.com
AUSTIN SPURS BASKETBALL CAMP Your child could very well be pump-faking, fading away, and giving & going before summer's end under the tutelage of your favorite local semipro basketball squad. 3rd-9th grade. June 10-27. $199-249. 512/236-8333. austin.gleague.nba.com
Basketball Camp BASKETBALL CAMP Texas Disciples Sports & Fitness trains 5th-9th grade boys and girls over the course of four days. Ages 10-18. June 3-Aug. 1. $95-175. Premier Athletic Complex, 8220 183A Toll Road, Leander. www.tdsportsfitness.com
BRANDY PERRYMAN SHOOTING CAMP This 4-day basketball camp is designed for youthful players to focus on their shooting skills. A season's worth of practice is crammed into each session. BPSC offers individualized drills and competitions and a 10:1 camper to coach ratio, allowing campers a small-group learning environment. Ages 7-16. June 10-Aug. 8. $250 ($230, early bird). Various locations. www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com
Jump! Gymnastics JUMP! GYMNASTICS Keep the kids active mentally and physically as they explore art, gymnastics, music, dance, and more with themes ranging from princesses to pirates. Ages 3-10. May 28-Aug. 16. $230-280. 2117 W. Anderson; 2919 Manchaca Rd. #205. www.jump-austin.com
Kim's Gym Summer Camp KIM'S GYM SUMMER CAMP Fun and fitness are indistinguishable as kids tumble, cheer, and flip their way to better self-esteem and friendships. Ages 3-11. May 28-Aug. 22. JCAA Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart. www.kimsgym.com
Life Ki-do Karate Camp LIFE KI-DO KARATE CAMP Help your child find happiness and confidence from within themselves rather than looking to others for validation. In addition to martial arts drills & games, activities include an obstacle course, padded nunchucks & swords, and more. Ages 5-10. June 3-Aug. 9. $175-199. Life Ki-do, 3636 Bee Caves Rd. #212, 512/327-2900. www.lifekido.com/karate-camp
Lone Star Field Hockey Camp LONE STAR FIELD HOCKEY CAMP Kids can learn to play or improve their skills. Camp T-shirt & string bag included. Sticks provided for beginners. Ages 8-18. June 3-6. $175-295. West Ridge Middle School, 9201 Scenic Bluff Dr. www.lonestarfieldhockey.com
Rock-About Climbing Adventures ROCK-ABOUT CLIMBING ADVENTURES Does your kid prefer his or her summer activities to be somewhat on the rough and tough side? You should consider this five-day rock-climbing program, where campers will scamper up stony surfaces in Austin, Reimer's Ranch, and Enchanted Rock. All under adult supervision, naturally. Ages 9-18. June 3-Aug. 5. $399. 3755 Capital of TX Hwy. S.. www.rock-about.com/courses/kids-camps
SUMMER RUNNING & BIKING CAMPS Austin Youth Fitness is offering Fit n' Fun running camps and Cycle the City biking camps. Ages 4-10. June 3-Aug. 9. $50-350. www.austinyouthfitness.com
Sun Dragon Summer Camp SUN DRAGON SUMMER CAMP Kids of all genders will learn karate, play games, do art projects, and all sorts of other fun activities. No previous martial arts experience or karate kid knowledge needed. Aug. 12-16. $250. Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, 4534 West Gate #101, 512/416-9735. www.sundragon.org/summer-camp
SWOOSH AUSTIN BASKETBALL CAMP Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and supportive environment (and an air-conditioned one, too!). Swoosh Austin teaches kids not only the moves they need, but the attitude and teamwork necessary to make those moves work. This five-day camp keeps space limited to create a more personal atmosphere. For kids entering grades 3-8. July 15-19. $325. Westridge Middle School, 9201 Scenic Bluff Dr.. www.swooshaustin.com
TEXAS ULTIMATE SUMMER CAMP TUSC covers the basics of ultimate as well as advanced game strategies and skills. Instruction is tailored to the age and experience level of each camper. Daily activities involve multiple sessions of Ultimate as well as swimming, ice cream, games, a camp-wide tournament, jersey swaps, and more. Evening activities for overnight campers may include yard games, elite player Q&As, talent shows, movie nights, and/or a showcase game featuring some of the best Ultimate players in Texas. Ages 8-17. June 18-22; Aug. 5-9. $275-650. St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 2900 Bunny Run, 512/327-1213. tusc.atxsol.com

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