Summer Camps 2020
Summer Camp
Get your summer camp listed in our 2020 Summer Camp Guide! To submit your camp, please use this form. The guide will be published in print at the end of February.

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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 art from Asia. Registration open now. Ages 6-10. June 15-Aug. 7. $200-215. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. www.austintexas.gov
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 Cap Metro. Campers explore museums, cultural centers, gardens, city buildings, parks, and more. Ages 4-15. May 26-Aug. 28. $325. Drop-off/pickup locations at Garrison Park, Vic Mathias Shores, Pease Park, and Mueller Park. www.atxkidsclub.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. June 1-Aug. 6. $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. June 8-Aug. 14. 512/974-6700. 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 8-11. Parents must apply for admission. June 8-Aug. 7. 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. May 26-Aug. 19. $239. 10321 Boulder Ln.. www.bluebonnetschool.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin Great Futures BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AUSTIN GREAT FUTURES Boys & Girls Clubs summer camps offer a variety of high-quality programs designed to keep kids learning, active, and engaged throughout the summer. Programs revolve around STEAM, fine arts, academic success, and healthy life skills. Ages 5-18. June 1-Aug. 14. 6648 Ed Bluestein. www.bgcaustin.org
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 8-July 24. $175. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 10205 N. FM 620; St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 9500 Neenah Ave.. www.mlfcamp.com
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 natural history, camping 101, nature hacks, and outdoor detectives. Transportation is available if scheduled in advance. Ages 6-12. June 8-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. May 31-Aug. 8. $1,895-7,750 (1, 2, and 3 week sessions available). 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls. www.campchampions.com
Camp Fun Brain CAMP FUN BRAIN Have fun while sharpening your reading skills with instruction by handpicked local elementary school teachers on a variety of genres. Camp Fun Brain will offer small group tutoring for an additional fee to families enrolled in three or more weeks of camp. Ages 5-10. June 8-July 31. $295 per week. AHB Community School, 4001 Speedway. www.campfunbrain.com
CAMP HEADWATERS With three campuses across town, there are tons of options for kids of all ages to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, and games while creating friendships and developing social skills. Ages 18 months-19 years. June 1-Aug. 14. $285-400 per week. Various locations; find details online. 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 8-19. $350 per week. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd., 512/476-8884. 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 1-Aug. 8. 1552 CR 344, Marble Falls. www.campofthehills.org
CAMP RED BIRD The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is hosting a pair of summer camps for children who have recently experienced loss. 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 8-12 & July 27-31. $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 7-16. June 1-July 18; July 27-Aug. 14. $840, Broadway Bound; $120/week, Arts Safari. 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 19 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 1-12. $260. Austin Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., 512/472-9525. www.austintrinity.org/summer
CAMP WILDFLOWER At Camp Wildflower, children become conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, citizen scientists, and ecologists as they explore native plants and the environment. Activities include hikes, arts & crafts, nature games, science labs, outdoor explorations, and learning sessions with Wildflower Center experts. Ages 6-11. All campers must have completed some type of preschool. June 1-July 24. $260-310. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100. www.wildflower.org/camp
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 8-July 31. 512/974-3922. www.austintexas.gov
CLUB SCIKIDZ SUMMER CAMPS The best STEAM camps start right here! Club SciKidz offers themed camps for grades 1-5 and Ivy League camps from the Tech Scientific division for grades 5-8. Each day, campers rotate through four classes incorporating science, technology, art, and an outdoor component. Ages 4-15. June 22-July 27. $285. The Upbring School and Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy. www.clubscikidz.com
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 to the movies, as well as special field trips to exciting local destinations. CHLC also offers a wide array of activities in art, science, and more. Ages 5-13. Contact for dates. 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 8-Aug. 7. $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 Kids can turn off the TV and have some old-school fun at Earth Native Wilderness School, where they'll learn all about the natural world of Central Texas through exploration and games. Expert naturalist instructors teach lasting skills and how to make the most of the outdoors. Older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 3-16. June 1-Aug. 7. $285-295, day camp; $595, overnight camp. McKinney Falls State Park; Earth Native Bastrop Campus. www.earthnativeschool.com/summer-camps
EL RANCHITO CAMP An overnight camp specifically created for children from low-income families, this is a great chance to get the traditional summer camp experience, complete with swimming, horseback riding, and campfires. Ages 9-18. June 14-July 3. $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 day camps offering a wide range of activities, including fencing, gymnastics, horseback riding, visual & culinary arts, and STEM. Ages 4-12. June 1-Aug. 7. $375-650 per week. St. Luke's on the Lake, 5600 RR 620 N.. www.elitesummercamps.com
ESTEAM LEARNING LABS Learning Fun 101 & 4Reelz School of Film have joined forces to create an all-encompassing summer camp program for your kids. ESTEAM Learning Labs focuses on entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, the arts, math, music, movement, and more. Programs include Battle Bots, Drones, U-tubers Unite, LEGO Movie Making, and Teen Filmmaking. Ages 5-17. June 1-Aug. 14. $235-385. ESTEAM Academy, 12 Lake Dr., Round Rock (And other locations in Georgetown, Cedar Park, and North Austin.). www.esteamlearninglabs.com
Extend-a-Care for Kids EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS Kids have the opportunity to build self-confidence, independence, and creativity, and parents have peace of mind knowing kids are in a safe and enriching place. At Extend-A-Care YMCA day camps, campers make friends while learning the values of diversity and cooperation. Ages 4-14. May 26-Aug. 7. $165-275. Various locations at Austin elementary schools. www.eackids.org
Figment Creative Labs FIGMENT CREATIVE LABS Figment Creative Labs fosters a creative space for campers to engage with art, technology, and science. From play groups for toddlers to an art studio for older campers, it's all about exploration. Ages 3-12. June 8-Aug. 7. $185-315. 7809 Brodie. www.figmentcreativelabs.com
GENERATION SERVE Generation SERVE offers programs for different age groups. Little Helpers: Learn & Play is an early childhood program that fosters habits of volunteerism and doing good in the community. Teen Leadership helps teens develop leadership skills through training in group facilitation, communication, problem-solving, and nonprofits. Ages 3-17. June 8-Aug.10. $120-220. 8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. B-33. www.generationserve.org
Girls Empowerment Network Summer Camp GIRLS EMPOWERMENT NETWORK SUMMER CAMP Weeklong camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends. Through fun activities like yoga, art, and writing, girls will focus on building confidence, advocacy, and healthy friendships. Ages 9-15. June 15-July 17. $330. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/808-4044 x104. www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org
GIRLSTART 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 8-July 31. $350-400. Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson, 512/916-4775. www.girlstart.org
HIGH HOPES SPORTS AND AFTERSCHOOL CAMP At High Hopes, kids get 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 1-Aug. 14. $220 full time (4-5 days); $145 part time (3 days); $110 (2 days). 1800 Clover Ln., Cedar Park. www.hhsports.org
INSIDE OUTSIDE SCHOOL This summer's theme is "DragonQuartz Wizarding Camp," and kids will explore the magical world of wizarding on a 7-acre woodland campus with crafts, games, art, music, cooking, and even a few farm animals. Hunt for dragons in the Forbidden Forest, and experience the wonders of herbology, potions, Quidditch, and more. Ages 5-12. June 22-26. $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 various shuttle pickup/drop-off locations, and they supply the dirt bikes, safety gear, and training. Just show up! A pool, a rec center, and a lake for fishing – what else could a kid want? Ages 8-15. June 1-July 17. $760-1,585. 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 1-Aug. 20. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 512/735-8050. www.shalomaustin.org/camps
Kidventure KIDVENTURE Celebrate the "Spirit of Summer" with Kidventure. Each camp week is a unique adventure designed to provide campers with a wide variety of activities designed to promote fun, learning, and development. Ages 3-18. May 26-Aug. 7. $265/week, day camp; $1,350-1,850, overnight. 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 6-31. $200. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale, 512/900-0304. www.latinitasmagazine.org
LIFE TIME KIDS SUMMER CAMP Life Time, self-described as "the nation's only Healthy Way of Life brand," is "focused on encompassing the full spectrum of healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment for all ages." Camps include martial arts, dance, rock climbing, and more. Ages 4-12. $80-400. 13725 RR 620 N.; 7101 S. MoPac Expy.. www.lifetime.life/summercamp
LONE STAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Gifted students develop their leadership skills while learning about the past and present of the great state of Texas through visits to museums and other historic sites. Ages 9-14. May 31-July 31. $995. 16000 RR 12, Wimberley. www.educationinaction.org
Neuron Garage NEURON GARAGE 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 1-Aug. 14. $390 per week. Various locations; see list online. www.neurongarage.com
PROGRESS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP These camps are filled with activities, science experiments, games, and imaginary play around a central theme: Re-Use Art or Kitchen Magic. Ages 5-13. June 15-July 24. $230 per week. Progress School Austin, 2200 Justin, 512/374-0995. 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 provide a different learning opportunity each week. Ages 3-14. May 26-Aug. 14. $175-435. St. Gabriel's Catholic School, 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 5-25. $895. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade, 512/222-8570. www.sherwoodforestsummercamp.com
South Austin TaeKwonDo SOUTH AUSTIN TAEKWONDO Kids play games and learn weapons training, self-defense, and martial arts, along with self-discipline and focus. Fees include martial arts lessons, snacks, and bottled water, but students should pack a lunch. Each student will also receive a wooden sword, foam nunchucks, or light saber depending on the week's focus. Ages 6-11. June 8-Aug. 14. $149-239. TaeKwonDo Plus, 8213 Brodie #107. www.southaustintkd.com
Squad STX Boys Camping SQUAD STX BOYS CAMPING Run by former U.S. Army infantry officers, Squad STX is a boys-only five-day, four-night camping and 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 10-16. June 10-July 12. $449-1299. Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose. www.squadstx.com/?summercampguide
St. Stephen's Episcopal Summer Camps ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL SUMMER CAMPS This summer, campers can participate in full-day or half-day camps. They're fun, engaging, and led by energetic and experienced staff. Offerings include Harry Potter Wizardry, French Baking, and Create Your Own Video Game, as well as football, basketball, soccer, tennis … and everything in between! Ages 6-18. June 1-26. $250-800. St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., 512/327-1213. www.sstx.org/summercamps
Summer at St. Andrew’s SUMMER AT ST. ANDREW’S Various sports, science, and art camps will be offered, from 3D printing to culinary chemistry and everything in between. Complete list available online in March. Ages 4-18. June 1-July 10. $225-500. St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 5901 Southwest Pkwy.; 1112 W. 31st. www.sasaustin.org
SUMMER GAMES TRAINING CAMP Be like an Olympian by playing games, learning different customs and cultures, and tasting foods. Each day the girls will be making crafts, creating dances, and playing sports. Bring lunch and a water bottle and be ready to make friends and have fun! June 15-19. $335. The Girls’ School of Austin, 2007 McCall. www.thegirlsschool.org
The Girls' School of Austin THE GIRLS' SCHOOL OF AUSTIN Various camps are offered, from arts and science to parkour and karate to learning to SURVIVE! in the wild. Classes are taught by Girls' School of Austin faculty, with the exception of the Badgerdog creative writing camps. Ages 5-15. June 8-Aug. 7. $285-335. 2007 McCall Rd. www.thegirlsschool.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. Camps are held at Thinkery and other locations around town. Pre-K through fifth grade. June 1-Aug. 14. $270-385. Various locations. www.thinkeryaustin.org/camp
URBAN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CAMP A six-week, high-impact summer program, to prevent summer learning loss and equip youth with the intellectual, social, and creative resources necessary for academic, career, and life success. Ages 8-11. June 1-July 10. Austin Achieve, 7424 Hwy. 290 E.. www.aayhf.org/aayhf-direct-programs
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 27-July 17. $3,599-6,599. 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: amusement parks, trampoline parks, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. Weekly trips to various places: water parks, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes. Ages 9-15. June 1-Aug. 14. $380-420. 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 with themes like medieval week and beach week. There's also a variety of add-on activities, such as baseball, cheer, and more. Ages 5-16. May 26-Aug. 14. $200-749. Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. www.ymcagwc.org
YMCA OF THE ROCKIES For campers looking for a bit more adventure and an escape from the Texas heat, Camp Chief Ouray in the Colorado Rockies offers programs that build confidence, independence, and resilience. Meet people from all over the world and enjoy a life-changing experience. Ages 7-18. June 7-Aug. 11. $375-1785. Camp Chief Ouray, Granby, Colorado. www.campchiefouray.org
YPW Camps YPW CAMPS Whether your kid is a linguist, artist, explorer, adventurer, scientist, or likes to learn/practice Spanish, Young Peoples Workshops (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 1-Aug. 12. $220-310. 3640 Bee Caves Rd.; 8014 Mesa. www.ypwkids.com

 Art & Music Camps

Art Amore ART AMORE Young artists get the chance to work with professional supplies and create masterpieces. Explore Austin with Excursion Camp, pulling inspiration from the city's natural beauty, or create with unique themes at Studio Camp. Ages 4-16. June 18-Aug. 14. $350-550. 6507 Jester Blvd. #107. www.artamoreaustin.com
Art Barn ATX Summer Art Camp ART BARN ATX SUMMER ART CAMP Create multiple art projects every day in a variety of mediums, receive one-on-one instruction from a professional artist, and play daily games. Cost covers use of studio space and all supplies (canvases, paint, brushes, clay, glazes, etc.), instruction, and even a water day with a 60-foot water slide. Ages 6 and up. June 15-July 23. $320. 14284 FM 2769, Leander. www.artbarnatx.com/summer-camp
Art Garage ART GARAGE A variety of camps tailored to each age group, offering instructional art projects in many different mediums. Painting, clay, glass fusion, and more fuel the inner artist as the campers form friendships. Ages 5-14. June 1-Aug. 14. $329. 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 4-11. June 1-Aug. 10. $325, half day; $650, full day. Smudge Studios, 500 W. 38th, 512/777-1742. www.smudgestudiosaustin.com
Austin Artery AUSTIN ARTERY Kids are encouraged to nurture their inner artist and express themselves with classes on stop-motion film making, clay creations, fiber arts, and anime and manga illustrations. Sibling discounts available. Ages 5-11. June 8-July 31. $310 per week. Locations in North, South, and Central Austin. www.theaustinartery.com
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 pull-string backpack. Austin Craft Lounge is located on 5 acres of Hill Country land shared with horses, bunnies, and chickens. Ages 8 and up. June 8-12, July 13-17. $300. Austin Craft Lounge, 12919 Nutty Brown Rd. www.austincraftlounge.com/summer-camps
AUSTIN CREATIVE ART CENTER Offers weekly, half-day or full-day sessions in painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. Ages 5 and up. June 1-Aug. 21. $285, half-day; $580, full-day. Austin Creative Art Center, 1605 W. Sixth, 512/695-6263. www.austincreativeartcenter.org
Austin Tinkering School AUSTIN TINKERING SCHOOL Austin Tinkering School offers a hands-on summer camp for kids to test their creativity and experiment with crafts such as welding, laser cutting, and 3D printing. Ages 4-17. June 1-Aug. 14. $300. Austin Tinkering School, 1122 Airport, 512/579-6169. www.austintinkeringschool.com
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 1-Aug. 7. $250-559. 2309 Thornton, Studio E; 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N.. www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com
Band Aid School of Music BAND AID SCHOOL OF MUSIC Campers will learn songwriting, recording, and performing ensemble skills with peers of a similar age and have the opportunity to record and mix a song in a brand-new recording studio. They'll finish the session with a live performance at Stubb's for friends and family on the last day of camp. Beginners and experienced rockers welcome. Ages 4-18. June 1-Aug. 14. $275-599. 2309 Thornton; 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N. www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com
Camp Vamonos! CAMP VAMONOS! Camp Vamonos! is a full-day bilingual camp offering wholesome, play-based child care for nine weeks per session. CV! offers "loose parts" for deeply imaginative play, fun outings using public transit, and a low-tech atmosphere that revolves around playing in mixed aged groups, artmaking, and fun in the kitchen. Ages 5-11. June 1-26 & July 13-Aug. 14. $195/week, new families; $185, returning families. 6919 Reese. www.campvamonos.com
CAPITAL CITY GUITAR CAMP There are classes for all talent levels, from absolute beginners who have never even touched a guitar to intermediate and advanced guitarists needing to expand their musical skills. Learn 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. Held in June; dates TBA. $305-405. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill, 417/300-4078. www.capitalcityguitarcamp.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 CORDOVAN ART SCHOOL From pottery to painting and everything in between, your child is sure to create a masterpiece using a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, graphite, and more. Ages 5-16. June 15-July 24. $239-449. Locations in Northwest & Southwest Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and Cedar Park. www.cordovanartschool.com
CREATIVE ACTION SUMMER CAMPS While in a safe and welcoming environment, campers envision and create their own films, perform onstage, and explore the visual arts. Each week culminates in a final share where youth showcase their creations for friends and family. There are a variety of themes to choose from all summer long. Ages 5-11. June 1-July 31. $600 without financial aid. 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
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 8-July 31. $432-675. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000. www.austintexas.gov
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 open for parents to attend. Ages 7-12. June 22-26. $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 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 5-15. June 1-23. $600. 4201 Wilshire Pkwy. www.groundworkmusic.org
JOSHUA'S STAGE Get the full camp experience with arts, improv, crafts, music, dance, and more. What's more, make some friends and learn self-confidence in the process. See everything they've gleaned at the showcases at the end of every weeklong session. Kindergarten-fifth grade. June 8-July 31. $300/week and up. Capitol School of Austin, 2011 W. Koenig, 512/825-2744. www.joshuasstage.org
Kids With Pens Creative Writing and Graphic Novel Camps KIDS WITH PENS CREATIVE WRITING AND GRAPHIC NOVEL CAMPS Campers will practice their storytelling skills with unique daily prompts aided by award-winning authors. No writing experience necessary. All works will be published in the Kids With Pens Anthology. Ages 8-16. June 15-July 31. $275. 1211 Maple Ave.. www.kidswithpens.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 Lakeway. 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 15-27. $425. St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st; showcases at the North Door, 501 Brushy. www.mfml.org
Orpheus Academy of Music ORPHEUS ACADEMY OF MUSIC Singers, violinists, guitar amateurs and prodigies, and other young instrumentalists can begin their musical journey or hone their craft at one of several camps this academy offers. Camps include a performance at the end of the week to show off what students have learned. Ages 4-18. June 1-Aug. 14. $336 ($35 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. $515-895. 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 1-Aug. 7. $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 15-26 & July 6-17. $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 set design, improv, audition techniques, and more. Ages 2-18. May 26-Aug. 14. $115, mini camp; $265-365, half & full day camps. TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079. www.tex-arts.org/academy/summer-camps
TREVELISE MUSIQUE These music camps have different themes, ranging from Jedi Journey to Musical STEM or a composer's camp. All camps are day camps, but extended care is available for those needing early drop-off and late pickup. They also offer a half-day option for preschoolers. Ages 3-15. June 1-Aug. 12. $185/week; discounts for multiple camps. 12808 Medina River Way. www.trevelisemusique.com
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. Kindergarten-fifth grade. June 8-July 24. $185, half day; $370, full day. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton, 512/445-5582. www.umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp
UT SUMMER ST.ART UT Austin's Art and Art History Department welcomes teen artists for a one-week or four-week program where students can learn from practicing artists, attend classes daily, and create new artworks with both 2D and 3D processes. Ages 15-18. July 12-Aug. 8; July 19-25. $1,500-4,199. 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. sites.utexas.edu/precollege-art
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 their own wearable art. The fully equipped studio will have the little crafters working alongside professionals. Ages 10-15. June 8-12, July 1 & July 20-24. $395 plus fees, $150, one-day camp. Creative Side Academy of Austin, 321 W. Ben White #204, 512/799-0731. www.creativeside.org/classes/youth

 Theatre/Dance Camps

Avery Ranch Dance & Music Summer Camps AVERY RANCH DANCE & MUSIC SUMMER CAMPS Popular tunes from Frozen 2, Trolls, and Peter Pan will be the soundtrack to your child's summer. This weekly camp includes dance genres like ballet, jazz, and hip-hop as well as musical theatre and set design opportunities. Ages 3-13. June 29-Aug. 7. $245. Dance Discovery, 10526 W. Parmer. www.austin-dance.org
Balance Dance Studios Preschool Dance Camps BALANCE DANCE STUDIOS PRESCHOOL DANCE CAMPS Calling all little dancers! Campers will partake in all sorts of activities ranging from dancing to arts & crafts and even tumbling. Prepare for end-of-week performances to showcase your skills. Ages 3-5. June 8-July 31. $225/week; $50/day. 4554 S. Lamar #300. www.balancedancestudios.com
BE YOU AT DANZVERSITY Danzversity promotes creativity and positivity through dance. Students are encouraged to dance to the rhythms of their own heartbeat, and each week has a different theme. Ages 5-11. June 15-July 24. $80.75/day; $180-280/week; 5% early-bird discount. 2110 White Horse Trail. www.danzversity.com
Camp One World CAMP ONE WORLD When Camp One World starts on Monday, the little red truck from Missoula Children's Theatre 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 8-13. $240. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500. oneworldtheatre.org
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 7-21 & June 28-July 12. $1,500. Rancho Pillow, 11222 Schuster Rd., Round Top. liberalarts.utexas.edu/winedale
Dance Discovery Camp DANCE DISCOVERY CAMP Dance, jazz, hip-hop, theatre, tumbling, ballet, and more keep the limbs active with one of these themed weeks. Ages 3-13. July 13-Aug. 14. $245/wk. Central Studio, 7729 Burnet Rd.. www.austin-dance.org
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 1-Aug. 7. $350 per session. Esther's Follies, 525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0198. www.esthersfollies.com/summer-camp
Excused Absence Comedy Camps EXCUSED ABSENCE COMEDY CAMPS 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 1-Aug. 7. $185, half day; $295, full day. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/809-0017. www.moveyourtale.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. June 1-Aug. 14. $325 ($650, two-week camps). Journey IFC, 7500 Woodrow. www.magiccamp.com
Joyce Willett School of Dance JOYCE WILLETT SCHOOL OF DANCE A chance to practice ballet, jazz, tap, theatre, gymnastics, or vocal skills, and show off those skills at the show for parents at the end of the week. Ages 4-11. June 3-Aug. 9. $250. 5811 Berkman #117; 12687 Research. www.jwsd.net
KidsActing KIDSACTING Awarded a "Best of Austin" by Chronicle readers, KidsActing has a slew of single- and multiweek, pre-K to high school, half-day and full-day camps all over town to keep your little thespian occupied. Ages 4-18. May 27-Aug. 23. Starting at $255 for half-day camps and $355 for full-day camps. 16 locations; see list online. www.kidsactingstudio.com
KIDSDANCE! The young'uns can test out their feet with themed camps like Unicorns & Sparkles or Prince & Princess, culminating in a fully costumed Friday performance. Dance shoes and costumes are provided, so just wear comfy clothes for movement and be ready to dance! Ages 3-9. June 8-Aug. 7. $240-350. 11150 Research #107. www.dancersworkshopaustin.com
MONSOON DANCE SUMMER CAMP Each five-day session has a unique cultural theme from Bollywood Stars to Ramayana Legends, and cultivates campers' interest in arts, dance, theatre, and language. Each session concludes with a mini student showcase. Ages 5-12. June 8-July 31. $275. 13376 N. Research #505. www.monsoondance.com
PARAMOUNT PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS Kids can explore acting, singing, dancing, creative writing, production design, and performance, and every camper will be featured in a final show on the historic Paramount Theatre or Stateside at the Paramount stage. Grades 1-10. June 1-Aug. 7. $750. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/692-0524. www.austintheatre.org/camps
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 6-18. June 8-Aug. 7. $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 6-17. June 8-Aug. 7. $400. 1023 Springdale Ste. 8-A. www.skycandyaustin.com/class/sky-camps
Synergy Dance Studio Camps SYNERGY DANCE STUDIO CAMPS The focus will be on getting 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 26-Aug. 7. $156-285. 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. June 1- Aug. 12. $185-350. 1510 Toomey; 14010 Hwy. 183 #540. 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 8-July 31. $215-410. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/478-4795. www.austinfilmfestival.com
Aquatic Science Adventure Camp AQUATIC SCIENCE ADVENTURE 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 7-Aug. 7. $749, six-day overnight; $349, day camp; $150, mini camp. Texas State University, Performing Arts and Conference Center, San Marcos, 512/245-3541. www.eardc.txstate.edu
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 1-Aug. 14. $420-599. 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 8-26. $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 1-July 31. $300 per week (members, $250). Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trl., 512/288-1490. www.austinzoo.org
BADGERDOG CREATIVE WRITING CAMP Badgerdog provides one- to three-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 1-July 31. $385-485. Various locations. www.austinlibrary.org
Bake Austin BAKE AUSTIN Bring out your child's inner pastry chef in this half-day camp that will teach kids how to make all sorts of baked goods. Kids afraid to get messy knead not apply. Ages 8-16. June 1-Aug. 7. $350. 1706 E. 38th½. www.bakeaustin.com
BEELINE MARKET Expand your child’s mind and taste buds this summer with deliciously fun weeklong cooking camps. Chefs will make two to three recipes daily from scratch. Games, challenges, and crafts will be incorporated to spice up each camp, and a professional team of culinary instructors and assistants will help create a memorable experience for your young chef. Ages 3-14. June 1-Aug. 14. $345-365. 1510 W. 35th. www.beelinefoods.com
CHINESE WITH MEGGIE This annual summer camp is organized around a particular theme, which the children then explore using the Chinese language. Open to current CWM and Little Tiger families as well as to children who are new to the Chinese language. Ages 3-10. June 15-Aug. 7. Contact for rates. 708 E. 51st. www.chinesewithmeggie.com
Coding With Kids 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 1-Aug. 8. $279, half day; $479, full day. Various locations. www.codingwithkids.com
ESTEAM Learning Labs ESTEAM LEARNING LABS Learning Fun 101 & 4Reelz School of Film have joined forces to create a new summer camp program focusing on entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, the arts, math, music, movement, and more. They provide hands-on learning with fun activities that will keep your kids engaged and wanting to come back for more. Ages: 5-16. June 3-Aug. 2. $235-385. Various locations. www.learningfun101.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 7-17. June 15-July 31. $685. 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. Each week offers an exciting theme, from Cake Wars to French and Italian to Allergy-Friendly Week and more. Ages 4-14. June 1-Aug. 7. $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 8-15. June 1-Aug. 7. $275-450. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 361/360-1345. www.futuresetcamp.com
Game Worlds GAME WORLDS Make your own video game from top to bottom: programming, art, design, audio, and business. A healthy lunch and snacks are provided. Taught by real game developers. Ages 8-18. June 1-Aug. 14. $650; discounts available. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville. www.gameworldscamp.com
GIRLS WITH PENS Don't let the website name fool you, this summer camp 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 (among other instructors). Ages 8-16. June 15-July 31. $275. 1211 Maple. www.girlswithpens.org
HOFT INSTITUTE TEEN INTENSIVE ENGLISH CAMP This intensive language program offers students a chance to improve their language skills while meeting students from all over the world. Camps are offered in lengths of three, four, five, or 10 weeks. Ages 14-18. June 15-Aug. 22. $1,240-3,620. HOFT Institute, 2400 Pearl Street. www.hoft.edu/esl/summer-teen-programs
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). Ages 7-18. June-Aug.. $849-1,299. UT-Austin, St. Edward's University. www.idtech.com
Kidding Around Yoga and Hooping Camps KIDDING AROUND YOGA AND HOOPING CAMPS Campers engage in age-appropriate stretching, hoop dance, creative movement, mindfulness games, partner postures, breathing techniques, yogi crafts, meditation, musicmaking, 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. July 6-10 and 20-24. $200-350. High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson, 512/796-9439. www.bit.ly/KAYAH
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 15-July 24. $400 per week. Online courses. www.learn2code.live/camps
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 1-Aug. 14. $575. 2840 Gettysburg. www.livethelanguage.org
Mad Science & Imagine Arts Academy MAD SCIENCE & IMAGINE ARTS ACADEMY Imagine Arts Academy camps are designed with exciting, fun art activities. Your child will become an artist for the week, having the opportunity to experience a variety of hands-on adventures. Instructors use an inquiry-based technique that allows even the youngest camper to enjoy learning. Children will design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects based on three different themes, including Wild World, World of Design, and Artist's Passport! Ages 5-12. May 26-Aug. 14. $175-325. Various Locations, 512/892-1143. www.imagineartsacademy.com
Mariposas Spanish Camp MARIPOSAS SPANISH CAMP Children have a blast learning and improving their Spanish through outdoor games, storytime, culture-focused activities, cooking, music, dance, and art. Campers are divided into groups by age/level and rotate between classes (cooking/art/geography) as they explore the culture of this year’s country: Costa Rica. Ages 2-8. June 1-12, Aug. 3-14. $285-450. 4108 Avenue H. www.mariposasspanish.com
MBPT Summer Workshop for High School Students MBPT SUMMER WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS This weeklong intensive will expose students to the field of music and sound production. Student participation will be emphasized along with hands-on learning. Students will take part in a professional recording session, produce a demo, and help create a TV commercial. June 1-12. $50. ACC Northridge, 11928 Stonehollow Dr., 512/223-4020. 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 7-16. June 1-Aug. 15. $380. Various locations. www.moolahu.com
MY CODING PLACE Summer is the perfect time to learn valuable skills at My Coding Place, a hub for topics in tech. Campers will learn about coding, programming, creative problem solving with digital solutions, and more. Ages 7-18. June 1-Aug. 14. $499-549. 3616 Far West Blvd. #109. www.mycodingplace.com
NATURE EXPLORERS/WILD ADVENTURE/OUTDOOR SURVIVAL CAMP Through creative games and inspired adventures led by amazing naturalist counselors, students discover a passion for solving natural mysteries, learning to adapt in mock survival scenarios, shoot traditional bows, and heighten their awareness of their surroundings through scouting. Ages 5-12. June 8-July 20. $300/week. Roy G. Guerrero Park, 400 Grove, 512/974-6700. www.natureversity.org
Play-Well TEKnologies PLAY-WELL TEKNOLOGIES Dream it, build it, wreck it, repeat in these LEGO-inspired engineering programs! Your kid will engineer interesting projects, engage in critical thinking, work collaboratively, and learn STEM concepts through playing with LEGO. Kids can choose from different themes like Star Wars, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Robotics, and Stop Motion. Campers get to travel into their favorite worlds where they can build with LEGO like never before. Ages 5-13. June 1-Aug. 14. Pricing varies. Multiple locations. www.play-well.org
Rio Vista Farm Summer Camp RIO VISTA FARM SUMMER CAMP Campers learn the basics of English riding and horse care through hands-on experience. Arts & crafts and lunchtime is spent in the air-conditioned lounge, and there's a weekly camp horse show on parents' day. No prior riding experience is necessary. Ages 7-16. June 1-Aug. 14. $375 weekly; $420 with van service from Westlake. 1000 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle. www.riovistafarm.net
SEAL TEAM CAMP Get introduced to scuba diving at Dive World Austin! More than basic scuba skills, campers will complete AquaMissions that teach skin diving, search and recovery, conservation, and more. Ages 8-11. June 8-19, Aug. 10-14. $250-499. 12129 RR 620 N.. www.diveworldaustin.com
Snapology Austin LEGO Camps SNAPOLOGY AUSTIN LEGO CAMPS Making STEM subjects seem fun can be an uphill battle. But Legos sure help. be part of a team and learn to build, create, and understand through various building-block tools, both online and in real life. Ages 4-12. May 26-Aug. 14. $160-325. Several locations in North, Central & South Austin. austin.snapology.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, and even edit. Ages 5-12. June 1-Aug. 7. $255-295. Sycamore Springs Elementary, 14551 Sawyer Ranch Rd.; Pinny and Trowel, 10415 Old Manchaca Rd. www.squishybananastudios.com
Startup Kids Club STARTUP KIDS CLUB It's a perfect opportunity for kids to learn 3D printing. There are two types of camps: one that's focused on individual learning, and one that is more collaborative, taking on a design challenge as a group. Ages 7-17. June 1-Aug. 7. #199. 4548 Page St.. www.startupkidsclub.com/joincamp
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 6-July 30. $180. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1711 E. Oltorf, 512/560-5552. www.keepaustinsmart.com
TRIPLE SPRINGS GYMNASTICS CAMP A fun-filled three-night/four-day gymnastics camp in the heart of Texas, just south of Waco, with safe and expert training from the most qualified gymnastics professionals. Beginner level to elite and everyone one in between is welcome. Ages 7-17. July 30-Aug. 2. $645. 1192 Smith Ln., Bruceville. www.triplespringscamp.com
UT CYBERSECURITY CAMP How do hackers gain access to your email, social media, and bank accounts? How anonymous are online activities? At this camp, you’ll learn about real-world security and privacy, and how to protect your computers, phones, accounts, and privacy. This is a hands-on, residential camp that will use real-world tools and techniques. No prior programming knowledge is necessary. July 12-18. $1,995. Gates Dell Building, 2317 Speedway, UT campus. www.cs.utexas.edu
UT ROBOTICS CAMP At this camp, you’ll work with this exciting technology, building a robot from the ground up and learning about artificial intelligence and its applications. You’ll see 3D printers, hear from faculty and industry who are inventing the future, and meet other like-minded students who want to change the world one byte at a time. No prior programming knowledge is necessary. July 19-25 and July 26-Aug. 1. $1,995. Gates Dell Building, 2317 Speedway, UT campus. login.cs.utexas.edu
Westlake Chinese Academy Chinese Arts and Cooking WESTLAKE CHINESE ACADEMY CHINESE ARTS AND COOKING Three Chinese cooking and arts summer camp options provide an immersive Chinese learning environment for students. Campers learn arts such as watercolor, calligraphy, paper cutting, origami, and traditional music instruments. Students also learn to cook Chinese dishes such as dumplings, green onion pancakes, sweet & sour barbecue ribs, egg rolls, fried bread sticks, and a lot more. Ages 4-14. June 8-26. $195-345. 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. Discounted camps are offered through a crowdfunding campaign on iFundWomen through March 10. Ages 8-16. June 22-July 24. $380. Balcones Country Club, 8600 Balcones Club Dr., 512/699-2720. www.whizbizkids.com
Wicked Workshop Youth Architecture Program WICKED WORKSHOP YOUTH ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM Curriculum is based on authentic, reality-based projects that foster independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, and creativity. This camp cultivates collaboration and civic awareness by tackling “wicked problems” such as environmental health or inadequate housing using a hands-on approach to explore multiple materials and drawing techniques each day. June 1-Aug. 6. $230-375. Various locations; see website for details. www.wickedworkshop.org

 Sports Camps

All-Star Sports Camp ALL-STAR SPORTS CAMP Campers learn teamwork and sportsmanship through a variety of fun team-based games and activities including soccer, basketball, kickball, capture the flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and more. Ages 5-12. June 1-Aug. 19. $199/week (half day); $299/week (full day). SoccerZone South, 9501 Menchaca Rd.; 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 SAMP CAMP This intensive soccer training program will show players what it feels like to train in a professional European academy, with UEFA licensed Italian coaches of UC Sampdoria running the technical and tactical training sessions. Goalkeepers will be trained by a professional coach certified by the Italian Football Federation, considered the best goalkeeping school in the world. Ages 7-16. June 8-11. $498. Austin Indoor Soccer Center, 14040 Royston Ln., Round Rock. www.sampcamp.it
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. Third-ninth grade. June 10-27. $199-249. 512/236-8333. austin.gleague.nba.com
AVILA CREATIVE SOCCER CAMPS Focuses on technical soccer skills, with campers working on shooting mechanics, dribbling, juggling, passing, and more during daily sessions in climate-controlled indoor fields (up to 1.5 hours each day). Ages 4-18. June 1-Aug. 14. $300-550. Multiple locations. www.avilasoccer.com
BRANDY PERRYMAN SHOOTING CAMP This four-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 8-Aug. 6. $260 ($235, early bird). Austin and surrounding areas. www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com
CRUX CRUSHERS CAMP Get ready for the most exciting weeks at Crux Climbing Center! Crux Crushers Camp will provide youth with a safe environment to explore their skills in rock climbing, while making new friends and building confidence. On top of it all, campers will participate in yoga, crafts, and fun games. Ages 6-12. June 15-Aug.14. $225-350. 121 Pickle Rd. #100. www.cruxcc.com
Fencing Camp FENCING CAMP Austin Fencers Club's camps introduce kids to the modern sport of fencing – a fun and safe way to learn to wield a sword. All equipment is provided. Ages 8-15. June 1-Aug. 14. $300. Austin Fencers Club, 4425 Red River. www.austinfencersclub.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 space to superheroes. Ages 3-10. June 1-Aug. 21. $245-295. 2117 W. Anderson; 6800 West Gate Blvd.. 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. June 1-Aug. 20. $190-670. JCAA Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart. www.kimsgym.com
LONESTAR SOCCER CLUB Lonestar soccer camps provide one of the best ways to keep your player active, healthy, and engaged in soccer throughout the year in a fun, individually focused curriculum that develops soccer skills, builds social skills, and creates lasting memories for all players. Both indoor and outdoor available. Ages 5-15. June 1-Aug. 14. $275-325. Various locations; see details online. www.lonestar-sc.com
Parkour and Play Camp PARKOUR AND PLAY CAMP Leaps, vaults, laches and more! Campers learn parkour skills along with daily games like ultimate Frisbee and kickball, while campers can play at the Y pool in the fountains and water slides. Ages 7-14. June 8-12, July 13-17. $260 (Sibling discounts available). East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein. www.parkourandplay.com
Rock-About Climbing Adventures ROCK-ABOUT CLIMBING ADVENTURES Does your kid prefer summer activities that are 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 1-Aug. 7. $399. 3755 Capital of TX Hwy. S. www.rock-about.com/courses/kids-camps
UT SOCCER CAMP Offers programs for players at all levels of experience, has a strong instructor-to-athlete ratio, and gives campers the opportunity to train with university-level coaches. Ages 5-18. June 4-July 22. $300-700. The University of Texas at Austin. www.texassoccer.com
WESTLAKE YOUTH SOCCER CAMP Recreational and advanced kickers can choose from full-day and half-day camps that have indoor play areas to escape the heat. Ages 3-12. June 1-July. 31. $275-395. Westlake Athletic & Community Center, 300 Westbank Dr., #205. www.westlakesoccer.com
YOUTH GAZELLES Gilbert's Gazelles' summer intensive, Run With Joy, offers weeklong running clinics designed to help campers develop their running skills in a motivating atmosphere. Ages 10-16. June 1-5 & 8-12; July 6-10. $200. 115 Sandra Muraida Way #105-A. www.gilbertsgazelles.com

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