Summer Camps 2023
Summer Camp
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 General Camps

AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION The city's Parks & Rec Department offers a variety of accessible, diverse, and inclusive summer camps and therapeutic summer programs that embrace the diversity that defines Austin. They offer camps focused on visual and performing arts, culture, history, nature, recreation, and more; stay tuned for more details! Ages 5-15. Dates TBD; registration open late Feb./early March. Various locations. austintexas.gov/summercamp
Camp Gan Israel CAMP GAN ISRAEL Children will enjoy days filled with spirit, joy and friendship, with innovative ideas and creative activities to inspire children to try new and exciting things. Highlights include: weekly beach day, twice weekly swimming and field trips, a daily Jewish theme, and amazing spirit. Ages 1.5-12. Jun. 26-Aug. 18. $299 and up. 3500 Hyridge. cgiaustin.org
Camp Trinity CAMP TRINITY Half-day adventure and theme camps are held in morning and afternoon sessions, and campers can attend either one or sign up for both to make a full day of fun. Ages 5-13. June 5-16. $260. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd.. austintrinity.org/summer
CAMP VAMONOS! Run out of a private home in the Crestview neighborhood, with a big backyard playground and lots of "loose parts," campers play, bake yummy treats, do kitchen science, watch classic movies, play Foosball and board games, make art and new friends, and have a fun, silly time. They also do outings using public transit, and the director will speak Spanish to any children who are receptive. Ages 5-11. May 29-Aug. 11. $210/week. 6919 Reese Ln. campvamonos.com
Earth Native Wilderness School Day Camps EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL DAY CAMPS Earth Native offers five different day camp options for kids who want to put the screens away and get out into nature. Little ones can track animals, try fishing, and explore the natural world, and older kids can learn valuable survival skills. All camps help kids build confidence and a connection to the natural world. Ages 3.5-12. May 30-Aug. 11. $425. Three locations: Austin, Bastrop, and Georgetown. earthnativeschool.com/summer-camps
Earth Native Wilderness School Overnight Camps EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL OVERNIGHT CAMPS Give your child the ultimate adventure with a wilderness skills camp guided by expert outdoor instructors. Campers will connect to the natural world and build confidence in the outdoors while increasing their overall self-confidence. Ages 9-16. June 5-Aug. 4. $750. 137 Woodview Ln., Bastrop. earthnativeschool.com/summer-camps
KIDVENTURE DAY CAMPS An active and purposeful camp curriculum includes athletics, art, team building, rock climbing, archery, field trips, special guests, yoga, and much more, fulfilling Kidventure's mission of fostering meaningful character traits and strong values. Ages 3-11. June 5-Aug. 11. $340. Five Austin-area locations. kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp
KIDVENTURE OVERNIGHT CAMPS Life-changing overnight camps offer fun and adventure and encourage kids to try new things and grow to know themselves better. Campers build strong relationships with counselors and fellow campers, gain valuable skills, and create lifelong memories. Ages 8-16. June 25-Aug. 7. $1600-2175. Two Texas locations: Hunt and Rocksprings. kidventure.com/overnight-camps
LCRA Parks Summer Camp LCRA PARKS SUMMER CAMP Texas youth can enjoy a summer full of fun and adventure at three locations with gorgeous scenery and nature to explore: Nightengale Archaeological Center, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, and Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Themed weeks include Survivalist Secrets, Water Wonders, and Campfire Master Chef, so there's something for everyone! Some shuttle bus services are available. Ages 5-16. June 12-Aug. 4. $125-500. Two locations near Austin, one near Galveston. lcra.org/parks/summer-camps
Natureversity Summer Camps NATUREVERSITY SUMMER CAMPS Campers get outside to explore the river, cook over fires, catch turtles, and go wild! Three different camps to choose from: Nature Explorers Camp, Wild Adventure Camp, and Outdoor Survival Camp. Climbing trees, building forts, making fires, playing games, and staying cool in the river is the day-to-day experience. Ages 5-12. June 5-Aug. 7. $375-425. Circle Acres, 400 Grove Blvd.. natureversity.org
Shalom Austin JCamps SHALOM AUSTIN JCAMPS Shalom welcomes campers of all backgrounds and interests, and works hard to make sure there are ways for each camper to learn, grow, and have a great time. Traditions include the flagpole kickoff, song sessions, a Shabbat program, themed days, free swag, and more. From playing tennis at the Hurt Family Tennis Center to cooling off at the Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center, there are multiple ways for your child to have fun. If you need financial aid please reach out to financialaid@shalomaustin.org. Ages 3-15. May 30-Aug. 17. $450-900. 7300 Hart Ln.. shalomaustin.org/camp
STEVE & KATE'S CAMP When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 43 years, Steve & Kate's has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever-changing world with creativity and confidence. Ages 4-12. May 29-July 28. $105/day pass, $2,730/summer pass. St. Francis School, 300 E. Huntland; Parkside Community Montessori School, 3207 W. Slaughter. steveandkatescamp.com
SUMMER WONDERS Summer Wonders has served bright and curious Central Texas students in the Central Texas area since 1999 with the support of ACE Academy and a partnership with the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development. Students who thrive in the program are naturally curious and inquisitive, love hands-on learning, enjoy the thrill that comes with learning something new, and may or may not be placed in gifted and talented programs at their school. Discounts and scholarships are available; email for more info. Ages 5-13. June 5-July 21. $300-650. ACE Academy, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.. summerwonders.com
Wet & Wild Adventure Camp WET & WILD ADVENTURE CAMP With this traveling day camp, every day is a field trip day that includes swimming somewhere: pools, rivers, lakes, swimming holes, and water parks. Campers also visit amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, ropes courses, and more. Ages 9-15. May 30-Aug. 11. $400-570. Two drop-off/pickup locations: Patton Elementary, 6001 Westcreek (south); Westenfield Park, 2008 Enfield (central). wetwildcamp.com
YMCA Camp Cullen YMCA CAMP CULLEN A week at YMCA Camp Cullen is guaranteed to be filled with fun, adventures, and memories that will last a lifetime. Campers explore new talents, take on challenges, and develop lasting friendships among the tall pines on the shores of Lake Livingston. There's something for everyone, from zip lines for thrill-seekers to horseback riding for animal lovers. The camp experience is rich in tradition and centered on core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith. Ages 7-17. June 4-Aug. 11. $1195-2795. 460 Cullen Loop, Trinity. ymcacampcullen.org

 Art & Music Camps

Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio AMANDA LEE JONES ART STUDIO Train with award-winning professional artist and degreed educator Amanda Jones in ongoing à la carte summer art classes designed to teach the student skills and techniques to create realistic art. Students work and learn at their own pace, moving as quickly or as slowly as needed, in classes limited to six students so that each student receives bespoke instruction. Ages 8-18. May 30-Aug. 19. $40 per class. 607 W. St. Johns #10. amandaleejones.com
Art Amore Excursion & Studio Camps ART AMORE EXCURSION & STUDIO CAMPS Choose from studio camps where artists can choose to embrace good or evil in their creativity or see how chaotically they can create some art, or excursion camps that give young Picassos a unique chance to explore the city's best locations and experiences and create on the go. A new Extreme Excursion camp takes older students past the city limits to explore more of Texas for the ultimate art adventure. Ages 5-18. June 5-Aug. 4. $350-850. Art Amore Studios, 6507 Jester Blvd. #107, and Austin-area excursions. artamoreaustin.com
ART FOR THE EARTH CREATIVITY CAMP Our Earth’s been mighty generous; let’s return the favor! Kids will celebrate Mother Earth with terrarium making, music videos, acrylic pour paintings, clay work, costume design, rock gardening, chef school, messy art afternoons, performances, and more. Camp counselors have been trained in childhood education and have passed a background check. Ages 6 and up. July 31-Aug. 4. $150-175. 7105 Gentle Oak. aspaciousplace.com
ART+ ACADEMY Captivating half-day, weeklong art camps cater to all ages and interests, balancing fun with expert instruction. Young artists can select from a variety of engaging and inspiring themed camps that will take their drawing and painting skills to the next level. Ages 5-17. June 5-Aug. 11. $180-355. Four Austin-area locations. artclassesaustin.com
Band Aid School of Music BAND AID SCHOOL OF MUSIC Turn your kid into a rock star and let music make your family happier and healthier. Students will learn music in a fun environment and wrap up the camp with a showcase of the campers' talent. Ages 4-18. June 12-Aug. 18. $275-599. 2309 Thornton; 4214 Capital of Texas Hwy. N.. bandaidschoolofmusic.com
Cordovan Art School Art Camps CORDOVAN ART SCHOOL ART CAMPS Kids will live life in color this summer at the family-owned school founded by award-winning artist John Howell. Professional art teachers guide kids on awesome art adventures in over 40 themed weekly adventures which include sessions with live animals, video game art, anime, and lots more. Kids of all skill levels will enjoy experiencing new techniques and expressing themselves in various mediums. Ages 5-16. May 30-Aug. 18. Five Austin-area locations in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Georgetown. cordovanartschool.com
CREATIVE ACTION SUMMER CAMP Multiple "Best of Austin" winner Creative Action offers campers the chance to work with professional artists through social and emotional learning and develop lifelong friendships. Themes include sci-fi, ceramics, spooky storytelling, and more. Ages 5-11. June 5-July 28. $395-775. Four Austin-area locations: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port; Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf; Creative Action, 1023 Springdale Bldg. 3; Ridgetop Elementary, 5005 Caswell. creativeaction.org
Fantastic Magic Camp FANTASTIC MAGIC CAMP Creative youngsters will learn life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets at this fun and inclusive camp that's been working its magic since 1993. One- and two-week options available in the summer, as well as a weeklong spring break camp. Ages 5-12. May 30-Aug. 4; spring camp March 13-17. $390-780. Two North Central Austin locations. magiccamp.com
The Art Garage THE ART GARAGE Art Garage has lovingly curated engaging, creative, and instructive camps for young artists. Kids will explore over 10 art mediums each week, make new friends, and create awesome artwork at this unique family-owned business that started in a garage in 2009. Ages 5-15. May 30-Aug. 11. $239-359. Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., 512/852-9900. theartgarageaustin.com

 Theatre/Dance Camps

Dancers Workshop DANCERS WORKSHOP The woman-owned small business has had thousands of children dance through its doors since 1974, and its dance camps will instill the love of dance as students mature both mentally and physically. Weekly camps are themed and provide daily ballet, jazz, hip-hop, arts & crafts, and more, ending with a surprise visit from a character and a performance for family and friends. Ages 3-10 for camps; 2-18 for classes. June 5-Aug. 4th. $250-400. 11150 Research #107. dancersworkshopaustin.com

 Instructional Camps

Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S SUMMER FILM CAMP An exciting program centered around screenwriting, filmmaking, Claymation, and more, with virtual or in-person options. Young creatives learn everything they need to know to comfortably get behind the camera and turn their ideas into real movies, then see their films on the big screen (and walk the red carpet!) at the annual Summer Film Showcase. Ages 9-18. June 5-July 28. $200-450. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/478-4795. austinfilmfestival.com
Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camps BADGERDOG CREATIVE WRITING SUMMER CAMPS Fun and challenging writing workshops allow students to work closely with a professional writer as they explore the arts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. All campers experience the joy of reading, writing, and sharing their original work during virtual or in-person camps lasting one to three weeks. Ages 7-18. Happy to answer questions at klamb@austinlibrary.org or (512) 542-0076 June 5-Aug. 11. $250-550. Six locations in Austin and Round Rock. austinlibrary.org
Bake Austin BAKE AUSTIN Two-time "Best of Austin" winner Bake Austin offers virtual culinary camps to empower kids to learn valuable life skills in their own kitchens under the guidance of Chef Pascal, and your family gets to taste the delicious results. They've got camps focused on baking, ice cream, dinner clubs, and more, with new offerings including Unicorn Baking and Edible Fairy House Village. Ages 8-18. May 29-Aug. 11. $50-250. Virtual. bakeaustin.com
Camp Chef Kids CAMP CHEF KIDS At this culinary camp, kiddos choose from a variety of themes throughout the summer, making and then taking home their creations. Run from the home of Dianna Perez, who started Camp Chef Kids in 2006 at the Open Door Preschool. Ages 7-17. June 5-Aug. 4. $425. 1005 Olive St.. campchefkids.my.canva.site
Chinese Cooking & Arts Camp CHINESE COOKING & ARTS CAMP Students learn to cook Chinese food in the mornings and practice arts such as calligraphy, watercolor, paper cutting, origami, and playing traditional music instruments in the afternoons. Students also get plenty of time in nature exploring the woods and finishing each day with a cool dip in the on-site creek. Ages 4-12. June 5-July 28. $398. 6800 Spanish Oaks Club Blvd.. westlakechineseacademy.org/camp
Club SciKidz CLUB SCIKIDZ This STEM enrichment camp offers everything from veterinary medicine to robotics and virtual reality, covering all the major science disciplines with a heavy emphasis on technology and engineering. With multiple locations all across Austin, there's sure to be a spot open for your future scientist. Ages 4-15. June 12-Aug. 18. $349-395. Multiple Austin-area locations. austin.clubscikidz.com
Creator Camp CREATOR CAMP Kids will be immersed in a world of creativity and technology, with the chance to make amazing films, animations, YouTube videos, Minecraft mods, Roblox games, AI machine learning models, and more! Students will learn hands-on from college-level instructors and create their very own projects in real time. Ages 6-13. June 12-Aug. 4. $149-229. St. Gabriel's Catholic School, 2500 Wimberly Lane; Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. creatorcamp.org
Film Camp With Squishy Banana Studios FILM CAMP WITH SQUISHY BANANA STUDIOS Campers can create an epic music video or an action/adventure or suspense/thriller movie completely from start to finish. Kids get the full filmmaking experience, from writing a script to acting, filming, and editing a new short film each week with small groups for maximum spotlight and creativity. Ages 5-14. June 5-Aug. 4. $345-375. 11800 Johnny Weismuller Ln. squishybananastudios.com
GAME WORLDS Kids learn the skills needed to make their very own video games from real-world game developers who guide kids through a crash course on how games are made and help students bring their vision to life through practical skills such as digital art, audio engineering, programming, design, testing, writing, and business presentation. Ages 8-18. June 5-Aug. 11. $695/week. 7950 Anderson Square #109. gameworldscamp.com
Girlstart Summer Camp GIRLSTART SUMMER CAMP With a balance of hands-on STEM activities, relevant technology, collaborative team-building, and informal camp fun, girls entering fourth through eighth grades will develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increased interest in STEM activities and careers. Ages 8-14. June 5-July 28. $425. Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson, 512/916-4775 ext. 2833. girlstart.org/our-programs/summer-camp
IDEA LAB KIDS This award-winning STEM camp offers a wide selection of high-energy day camps focusing on science, engineering, cooking, art, and technology. The gym space allows for fun games like gaga ball and micro soccer, and the tech lab is packed with computers, 3D printers, Lego robotics kits, and lots more. Idea Lab hopes to have a new location up and running this summer; stay tuned for details. They've also got ongoing afterschool programs and spring/winter break camps, and can host creative birthday parties. Ages 5-12. Dates TBA. $445. 8620 Burnet Rd.; 13642 Hwy. 183 N. (new location). austin.idealabkids.com
iKids Camps IKIDS CAMPS Kids get a fun, theme-based week full of engaging STEM, creative, and recreational activities including art, cooking, crafts, and academic and physical enrichment. Themes include ocean exploration, time travel, the Wild West, and more, offered at a choice of two locations. Early birds and full-time AISD employees can get a discount. Ages 5-10. June 12-July 27. $385. Doss Elementary, 7005 Northledge; Zilker Elementary, 1900 Bluebonnet. ikidsu.com
Iron Horse Country Motocross Summer Camp IRON HORSE COUNTRY MOTOCROSS SUMMER CAMP It’s the motorcycle summer camp for kids! This dirt bike camp caters to all riding levels, even beginners who have never even been on a motorcycle; they just have to know how to ride a bike. The focus is on teaching how to ride and having fun along the way, rather than racing. Honda dirt bikes, safety gear, and training on a genuine 100-acre Texas Hill Country ranch are included and shuttle service is provided from Cedar Park High School. Ages 8-13. June 5-July 28. $1290-1980. 9100 E. FM 243, Bertram. ironhorsecountry.com
Life Ki-do Karate Camp LIFE KI-DO KARATE CAMP Kids will stay active doing fun physical activities indoors over the hot Texas summer, with an obstacle course, martial arts drills and games, and more. Younger campers can attend Power Ninja camp and older kids attend Samurai camp. Ages 5-11. June 5-Aug. 4. $175-199. Austin Westlake Dojo, 636 Bee Caves Rd. #212. lifekido.com/karate-camp
Neuron Garage NEURON GARAGE Neuron Garage is a summer building camp where kids have fun, make friends, and develop the tools for a growth mindset. Kids love getting hands-on repurposing their recycling to solve weekly engineering challenges while developing lifelong skills and making memories. Ages 5-12. June 5-Aug. 11. $425; $100/week for extended care. Four Austin-area locations: LeafSpring School, 11651 W. Parmer, Cedar Park; Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.; Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd.; Headwaters Creek Campus, 9607 Brodie. neurongarage.com
Seal Team Camp SEAL TEAM CAMP Dive World Austin is looking for aspiring young scuba divers who are ready for action-packed fun. Kids will learn basic scuba skills and complete specialty AquaMissions such as wreck diving, navigation, buoyancy, and environmental awareness. No prior scuba experience is necessary, but kids should be comfortable in the water. Ages 8-11. May 30-Aug. 4. $550-650. Dive World Austin, 12129 RR 620 N. #430. diveworldaustin.com
TEEN ADVANCED OPEN WATER & SPECIALTIES CAMP During this weeklong camp, teens work to achieve three certifications: Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, and Nitrox Specialty. They'll spend two days at Dive World Austin for skill work in the pool and theory review in the classroom, then embark on at least six dives over three days at the lake. Ages 12-17. June 17-21. $1,100. Dive World Austin, 12129 RR 620 N. #430. diveworldaustin.com
Teen Scuba Certification Camp TEEN SCUBA CERTIFICATION CAMP Students enjoy a week of fun-filled activities as they work toward scuba certification. Instruction includes the basics of scuba diving using the PADI Open Water Diver course to achieve a certification that is valid for life. Students will also learn about conservation and becoming environmentally conscious divers. Ages 12-17. June 5-July 28. $750. Dive World Austin, 12129 RR 620 N. #430. diveworldaustin.com
Thinkery Camp THINKERY CAMP Summers at Thinkery are all about sparking joyful learning in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way. Camps are structured in a way that maximizes STEAM learning while letting kids be the leaders in their own summer adventures. Future creative problem solvers learn, play, and grow through collaborative games and activities and answering clever "What if?" questions like "What could we design to help keep the bats of Town Lake cozy while they sleep?" Ages 3-12. June 5-Aug. 4. $385-425. Thinkery, Meredith Learning Lab, 1830 Simond; Pease Park, Tudor Cottage, 1100 Kingsbury. thinkeryaustin.org/camps
UT Computer Science Summer Academies UT COMPUTER SCIENCE SUMMER ACADEMIES The UT-Austin Department of Computer Science offers a variety of very distinct summer academies for high school students, designed to intrigue students with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem-solving through unique hands-on experiences. Virtual camps are available. Ages 14-17. June 4-July 29. $799-2500; some free options. UT-Austin, 2317 Speedway. cs.utexas.edu

 Sports Camps

ALL-STAR SPORTS CAMP Trained coaches and mentors teach games like soccer, basketball, dodgeball, capture the flag, volleyball, wiffleball, board games, and other fun activities at two locations, with options for half or full days. The excitement never stops, as camp ends with a Friday Splash Day that sends exhausted kids home with lots of smiles. Since opening in 2010, All-Star Sports Camp has been one of the most popular sports camps in Central Texas. Ages 5-12. May 29-Aug. 18. $45-350. SoccerZone Lakeline, 920 Old Mill Rd., Cedar Park; SoccerZone South Austin, 9501 Menchaca. allstarsportscamp.org
Austin Bouldering Project Summer Camp AUSTIN BOULDERING PROJECT SUMMER CAMP Youngsters get the opportunity to immerse themselves in bouldering fun, whether they're experienced climbers or brand new to bouldering. Kids will learn new aspects of climbing, connect with new friends, and gain confidence on the wall, plus enjoy crafts, yoga, games, and much more. Ages 5-12. May 29-Aug. 11. $375-400; $85 for extended care. ABP Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar #600; ABP Springdale, 979 Springdale #150. austinboulderingproject.com

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