Summer Camps 2021
Summer Camp
Get your summer camp listed in our 2021 Summer Camp Guide! To submit your camp, please use this form. Find our Summer Camp listing in print on stands Feb. 25.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic many summer camps are altering their plans. Please check individual camps' websites for the latest information.
Here are the CDC guidelines for reopening and hosting camps.
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 General Camps

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. Subjects explored include nature, art, diversity, and careers, and the camp emphasizes fitness and healthy eating. Ages 4-12. June 7-Aug. 27. $375. Drop-off/pickup locations at Garrison Park, Rendon Park, Pease Park, Brentwood Park, and Mueller Lake 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 a "rented" doggo, with options for in-person and online camps. Ages 7-14. June 7-Aug. 5. $130-300. 1321 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park. www.austindogalliance.org/summer-camp
AUSTIN PARKS & RECREATION CAMPS Austin's Parks and Recreation Department is offering virtual and in-person camps this year, with participants selected via lottery. Apply April 19-May 16, and notifications will be made by June 1. The "Stay Creative" free virtual camp will explore the basic principles of art, culture and history with PARD’s museums and cultural center staff. Limited capacity in-person programming will be offered at nature centers, cultural centers, and general recreation sites. Ages 5-15. June 7-Aug. 16. Citywide, and virtual. www.austintexas.gov/summercamp
AUSTIN SUNSHINE CAMP Five days and four nights of exciting, in-person outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, swimming, science, nature, cooking, arts & crafts, a ropes course, and team-building activities. This year, camp is held at Zilker Lodge with limited capacity, with campers ages 11-14 attending the first half of the summer and ages 8-10 in the second. Campers age 15 can sign up for either section as part of the ASC Work Crew. Ages 8-15. June 14-Aug. 13. Free. Zilker Lodge, 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd., 512/472-8107. www.sunshinecamps.org
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. Programs revolve around STEAM, fine arts, academic success, and healthy life skills. ­Ages 5-18. June; dates TBA. 6648 Ed Bluestein. www.bgcaustin.org
Camp Balcones CAMP BALCONES Explore, learn, and grow with Camp Balcones, Camp Fire's urban nature and science day camp that sparks curiosity and inspires learning while preventing summer learning loss. Ages 6-14. Dates TBA. $400. Various pickup locations. www.camp-fire.org
Camp Balcones Springs CAMP BALCONES SPRINGS With dozens of activities from archery to ziplining, this camp offers a fun, memorable summer with lots of opportunities for growth in an idyllic lakeside Hill Country setting. Ages 7-17. June 6-Aug. 7. $1,850-4,450. 104 Balcones Springs Dr., Marble Falls. www.campiscool.com
Camp Champions CAMP CHAMPIONS Camp Champions has created a tradition of excellence since 1967. With the top-notch facility and staff of a premier overnight camp, this camp is distinguished by its developmental focus on building strong kids. One, two, and three-week sessions available for ages 5-17. Champions operated COVID-free in 2020 and is prepared again in 2021. Ages 5-17. May 30-Aug. 7. $1,960-4,925. 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls. www.campchampions.com
Camp Doublecreek CAMP DOUBLECREEK Offering over 30 exciting outdoor activities, including horseback riding, swimming, a giant water slide, climbing wall, ropes challenge course, archery, sports, arts & crafts, and innovative playground games to ensure there is something for everyone. Ages 4-14. June 1-Aug. 13. $325-410. 800 Doublecreek Dr., Round Rock. www.campdoublecreek.com
CAMP HEADWATERS Three locations around town provide summer fun for all ages, with Summer Clubhouse for the younger ones offering activities built on Montessori principles and Camp Headwaters offering skating, rock climbing, and water sports for older adventurers. Ages 2-17. June 7-Aug. 6. $325-400. Headwaters School, 6305 Menchaca Rd.; 801 Rio Grande; 9607 Brodie. 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 21-July 2. $350. Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd., 512/476-8884. www.amalafoundation.org/camp-indigo
CAMP KACHINA A traditional Girl Scout camp on the shores of Lake Belton with sailing, climbing walls and ziplines, hatchet-throwing, and much more. Ages 6-18. June 13-July 30. $475-975. Lake Belton. www.gsctx.org
Camp Latinitas CAMP LATINITAS With five weeks of summer camp, there’s a week for every chica! Choose from Cine, Design, Healthy, Power, or, new this year, Game Chica. Girls and nonbinary students will learn about filmmaking, technology, culture, leadership, health, video games, and more – all while making friends and meeting inspiring mentors. Girls ages 9-14. June. 28-July 30. $50. Virtual. latinitasmagazine.org
CAMP OF THE HILLS Christian camp that shows and shares the love and hope of Jesus to underserved kids. Offering outdoor fun, creative projects, and worship activities. Ages 8-18. June 7-Aug. 14. $60. 1552 CR 344, Marble Falls. www.campofthehills.org
CAMP TEXLAKE A traditional Girl Scout camp on the shores of Lake Travis with horseback riding, high-ropes, archery, kayaking, and much more. Ages 6-18. June 13-July 30. Spicewood, on Lake Travis. www.gsctx.org
Camp Trinity CAMP TRINITY Themed half-day camps run in the morning and afternoon, so sign up for one or make it a full day. Athletic skills clinics offer fifth to eighth graders a chance to hone their volleyball and soccer skills. Ages 4-13. June 7-18. $260; $225 for athletic skills clinics. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd.. www.austintrinity.org
Dragon's Lair Virtual Camps DRAGON'S LAIR VIRTUAL CAMPS Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy offers several different camps this year via Zoom, including Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer 40,000, BattleTech, and Blood Bowl. Spots are limited, so reserve your camper's place soon. Ages 10-16. June 14-Aug. 13. $150. Via Zoom with Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy. www.dlair.net
Earth Native Wilderness School EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL Kids can turn off the TV and have some old-school fun learning 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, and two new day camps offer epic adventures and wildlife discovery. Older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 3-16. June 7-Aug. 13. $325, day camp; $645, 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 13-July 3. $50. Shield Ranch, 16037 Hamilton Pool Rd.. www.elranchito.org
Elite University ELITE UNIVERSITY 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. St. Luke's on the Lake, 5600 RR 620 N.. www.elitesummercamps.com
Extend-a-Care YMCA EXTEND-A-CARE YMCA From preschool and kinder camps to themed and sports Camps, kids have an opportunity to stay physically active, build independence, explore creativity and make friends in a safe, fun, and enriching environment that parents can trust. Ages 4-13. June 1-Aug. 6. $215-285. Multiple locations. www.eacymca.org
Figment Creative Labs FIGMENT CREATIVE LABS Dress for mess, because kiddos will be making art, exploring STEAM, and hanging with furry friends including a mini pig, chickens, goats, and bunnies. This is a peanut-free campus and COVID safety precautions are in place. Ages 4-12. June 14-Aug. 13. $325. 7809 Brodie. www.figmentcreativelabs.com
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. Two themes this summer are "Own Your Power: Find Your Voice" and "Use Your Power: Be an Awesome Advocate." Girls entering grades 3-8. July 12-16 & July 26-30. $350. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/808-4044. www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org
Girlstart GIRLSTART Weeklong STEM programs for girls in a culture where risk is rewarded, curiosity is encouraged, and creativity is expected, making girls more successful, brave, and resilient, and inspiring them to take on the world’s greatest challenges. In-person and virtual options available, and themes include Camp Hermione, Secrets of Super Girl, and Girlstart Games. Ages 9-14. June 7-July 30. $175-225. Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson, 512/916-4775. www.girlstart.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. Ages 8-15. June 7-July 23. $890-1,760. 9100 E. FM 243, Bertram; various pickup locations. 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. 13. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 512/735-8050. www.shalomaustin.org/camps
Kidventure 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 3-12. June 1-Aug. 6. $290. Various locations. www.kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp
Neuron Garage NEURON GARAGE Campers can join the virtual Neuron Garage community, from any location, for full or half-day programs led by trained guides. Interactive, hands-on engineering challenges with recycled materials allow kids to be creative and discover their potential. Ages 7-12. June 7-Aug. 13. $150. 512/593-5393. www.neurongarage.com
PLAY TO LEARN PRE-K Offers small-group tutoring teaching kindergarten readiness skills through play, as well as custom elementary tutoring to fit your schedule. Ages 3-6. June-Aug.. $150. 8614 Tallwood. www.playtolearnprek.com
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. Ages 7-16. July 4-24. $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 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). Ages 10-16. June 9-July 11. $449-1299. Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose. www.squadstx.com/?summercampguide
SUMMER AT ST. ANDREW'S St. Andrew’s Episcopal School invites young artists, athletes, and thespians to keep their bodies and brains active throughout the summer. Half-day and full-day camps are available at two locations. More information available in early March when registration is scheduled to open. Ages 4-18. June 1-July 2. 1112 W. 31st; 5901 Southwest Pkwy.. www.sasaustin.org
Wet & Wild Adventure Camp WET & WILD ADVENTURE CAMP Every day is a new adventure: Daily field trips include swimming at either a pool, lake, river, or water park. Campers also go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, indoor rock climbing, bowling, and will visit arcades, amusement parks, and trampoline parks. Ages 6-15. June 7-Aug. 13. $400-480. Multiple pickup locations: 12017 Amherst, 2008 Enfield, 6001 Westcreek. www.wetwildcamp.com
YMCA Camp Cullen YMCA CAMP CULLEN Located just north of Houston among the tall pines along the shores of Lake Livingston, Camp Cullen enriches campers' summer with activities including water sports, horseback riding, a high-adventure course, nature exploration, arts/drama, and more. All of this is provided in a multi-layered protection plan with safety as the No. 1 priority. Ages 7-17. June 6-Aug. 7. $1,295. 460-A Cullen Loop, Trinity. www.ymcacampcullen.org
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. Ages 5-16. June 1-Aug. 13. $215-1124. Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. www.ymcagwc.org/programs/youth-camps
YMCA of the Rockies 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 7-17. June 6-Aug. 12. $150-1,800. Camp Chief Ouray, Granby, Colorado. www.campchiefouray.org

 Art & Music Camps

Art Amore ART AMORE Choose between creative in-studio camps and unique excursion camps designed to explore the artistic side of Austin. On excursions, artists will grow and expand their skills with the opportunity to try out new mediums and techniques in some of Austin’s most beautiful settings, and for those studio-bound, artists will enjoy unique themes and small class size along with a curriculum designed to engage artists while teaching them valuable skills and techniques. Ages 4-16. May 31-Aug. 20. $350-590. 6507 Jester Blvd. #107. www.artamoreaustin.com
Art Barn ATX ART BARN ATX Create multiple art projects every day in a variety of mediums, receive one-on-one instruction from a professional artist, play games, and hang out with chickens. 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 and sno-cones. Ages 6 and up. June 14-July 22. $320. 14284 FM 2769, Leander. www.artbarnatx.com/summer-camp
Art Garage ART GARAGE Awesome art camps with over 20 different themes, including Hogwarts, rainbows, galaxies, and "Aloha." Projects will include drawing, painting, working with clay, tie-dye, mosaics, glass fusion, jewelry-making, and more. Ages 5-13. Jun. 7-Aug. 13. $329. 11190 Circle Dr. #202. www.theartgarageaustin.com
Austin Artery AUSTIN ARTERY Kids are encouraged to nurture their inner artist and express themselves with the help of award-winning instructors, and can participate online or in-person. Ages 5-11. June-August. $100-350. Locations in Hyde Park & Old San Antonio Road, or online. www.theaustinartery.com
Bach to Rock Music Camp BACH TO ROCK MUSIC CAMP Kids will unleash their inner star at these half- or full-day camps including Rock Band, Glee Club, Rock City World Tour, Beat Refinery DJ Camp, and Recording Arts: ProTools & Production. Ages 3 and up. June 1-Aug. 19. $180-525. 3219 E. Whitestone Blvd. #200, Cedar Park. cedarpark.b2rmusic.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 real recording studio. They'll finish the session with a live performance at Stubb's (COVID-permitting) for friends and family on the last day of camp. Beginners and experienced rockers welcome, and virtual options are available. Ages 4-18. June 7-Aug. 20. $275-599. 2309 Thornton; 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N. www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com
Camp Vamonos! CAMP VAMONOS! Kids enjoy a summer day like their grandparents did: playing, exploring, creating art and crafts, and devising elaborate play scenarios with friends, old and new, in a backyard filled with fun. They play on a zipline, a hammock, a slackline, a tree house, playhouses, a climbing dome, and more, and do outings around town and to the neighborhood pool. Ages 5-11. June 7-Aug. 13. $200. 6919 Reese. www.campvamonos.com
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. Fun, new "Art-Venture" themes every week are covered in full or half-day camps for all skill levels. And they're now offering virtual camps as well, held in an interactive online classroom with a professional artist. Ages 6-16. June 1-Aug. 20. $183-369. Locations in Northwest & Southwest Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and Cedar Park. www.cordovanartschool.com
INSPIRED MINDS ART CENTER Campers with an artistic bent can choose from fine arts, "Shakespearience," and musical theatre day camps. Ages 5-12. May 31-Aug. 6. $250. 121 Main St., Buda. www.inspiredminds.art/on-site-classes
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. Ages 5-12. June-July; dates TBA. Prices TBA. Capitol School of Austin, 2011 W. Koenig, 512/825-2744. www.joshuasstage.org
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. July 5-9. $525. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/751-0541. www.songbirdrising.com
ST.ART Pre-College at UT Austin ST.ART PRE-COLLEGE AT UT AUSTIN The Department of Art & Art History at UT Austin invites emerging teen artists to explore their artistic process, style, and voice through ridiculously engaging programs in art and design. The one-week Zip ST.ART and four-week ST.ART Intensive are led by practicing artists and exemplary educators who guide students through the creative process, from ideation to implementation. Students can choose their focus from a range of disciplinary practices, including animation, drawing and painting, graphic design, photography, textile arts, and everything in between. Ages 13-18. June 14-July 30. $450-4,000. All programs are virtual for 2021. sites.utexas.edu/precollege-art
TEXARTS ACADEMY Kids as young as 2 are invited to this musical theatre-based camp offering a wide range of performance options. Dance camps are available too, and others focus on audition techniques, acting on camera, and more. Ages 2-17. May 31-Aug. 13. $115-365. TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079. www.tex-arts.org/academy/summer-camps

 Theatre/Dance Camps

Avery Ranch Dance & Music Summer Camps AVERY RANCH DANCE & MUSIC SUMMER CAMPS This weekly camp includes dance genres like ballet, jazz, and hip-hop as well as musical theatre and set design opportunities. Themes include Rainbow Unicorn, Descendants, Frozen, and Glitter Mermaid, and the week ends with a camp show. Ages 3-8. June 21-Aug. 6. $245. 10526 W. Parmer. www.austin-dance.org
Balance Dance Studios BALANCE DANCE STUDIOS Calling all dancers! Options abound for tiny dancers to expert youngsters, from half-day camps to summer intensives. Some themes incorporate art projects like tie-dye or street art, and little ones will love dancing with dinosaurs or exploring outer space. Ages 3-18. June 7-July 30. $150-399. 4554 S. Lamar #300. www.balancedancestudios.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. Dates TBA. $240. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500. www.oneworldtheatre.org
Dance Discovery Camp DANCE DISCOVERY CAMP Kids explore dance through the themes of "Rainbow Unicorn," "LOL Pop Princess," Frozen, and more. One-day virtual dance events and weekly virtual and in-person camps are available this year. Ages 3-13. June 7-July 30. $245/week; $60, virtual; $12, one-day virtual events. Central Studio, 7729 Burnet Rd.. austin-dance.org
Danzversity 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 5-17. May 31-July 30. $180-600. Pod camps at location of your choice; location TBD for open camps. www.danzversity.com
Excused Absence Comedy Camps EXCUSED ABSENCE COMEDY CAMPS Excused Absence, the youth program for ColdTowne Theater, offers improv and sketch comedy camps online, outside, and indoors. Camps engage young performers in collaborative, hilarious creation. Organized by age and interests, both experienced and new performers will find a low-pressure, supportive experience. Days are organized to balance learning with socializing and small-group projects. Each week culminates in a performance for family, friends, and fans. Ages 5-18. June 7-Aug. 6. $145-295. Indoor camps: Spider House 2906 Fruth; outdoor camps: the Windsor Park yard of ExAb's director; online camps: Zoom. www.excusedabsence.com
FANTASTIC MAGIC CAMP What could be better to satisfy the bug for trickery and illusion? Prepare for puppetry, ventriloquism, storytelling, and, of course, magic. They have made arrangements to adhere to or exceed the state’s recommended COVID-19 guidelines. Ages 5-12. June 7-Aug. 13. $650. Journey IFC, 7500 Woodrow. www.magiccamp.com
Joyce Willett School of Dance JOYCE WILLETT SCHOOL OF DANCE A chance to practice all those moves with camps including Disney, hip-hop, and more. Ages 5-10. June 1-July 23. $200. 12687 Research. www.jwsd.net/summer-dance-camps
KidsActing KIDSACTING Since 1980, kidsActing has offered award winning summer theatre camps, and this year they’re going all out with single- and multiple-week camps, all of which end with exciting performances for friends and family. Give your child a summer filled with fun, friends, and lifelong memories. Ages 4-18. May 31-Aug. 13. $265-365. Sixteen Austin-area locations. www.kidsactingstudio.com
Lonestar Dance Center LONESTAR DANCE CENTER Rainbow unicorns, Trolls World Tour, Frozen, Disney, Minecraft, and more come to life through dance, art, and music as campers make memories with new friends at these themed camps with activities galore. Ages 3-11. June 14-Aug. 6. $175-250. Lonestar Dance Center, 2606 W. Pecan St. #212, Pflugerville. www.lonestardance.com/camps
PARAMOUNT PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS You might already be familiar with Paramount Theatre's award-winning in-person camps, but what about their digital camps? They went virtual in 2020 for the first time and it was a great success. This summer, they’re offering full day camps: Camp Paramount and Camp Story Wranglers, where campers can have fun learning singing, dancing, acting, prop-making, creative writing, and performing. And reinvented for a digital format, our Summer Songwriting Workshop is a class for middle and high school students, offered once a week for nine weeks, and ends with a socially distanced showcase at the State Theatre. Ages 6-16. June 8-Aug. 3. $550-800. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/692-0526. www.austintheatre.org/camps
Synergy Dance Studio SYNERGY DANCE STUDIO Celebrating 15 years of dance training in the heart of Westlake Hills, Synergy offers weekly themed preschool/school-age camps for students looking for an enjoyable and creative dance experience. Camps include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acting, tumbling, and crafts, and intensives are available for the more experienced dancer. Ages 3 and up. May 24-Aug. 6. $205-460. Synergy Dance Studio, 3425 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-4130. www.synergydancestudio.com
ZACH THEATRE CAMPS Young thespians will hone their dance, musical theatre, and acting skills at the venerable institution's in-person weekly camps. Ages 6-19. June 7-Aug. 19. Prices TBA. 1510 Toomey; 14010 Hwy. 183 #540. www.zachtheatre.org/education

 Instructional Camps

AFF FILM CAMP Join Austin Film Festival for a summer of creativity, collaboration, and fun with hands-on, one-week camp classes and workshops in the arts of screenwriting, filmmaking, editing, video game writing, and more. Both virtual and limited in-person classes are available. Ages 9-18. June 7-July 30. $125-410. Virtual or on-site at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity. www.austinfilmfestival.com
ART + ACADEMY With options for online or in-person camps, captivating 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 1-Aug. 13. $136-320. 9300 Anderson Mill; 2300 Lohmans Spur #190; 3621 E. Whitestone Blvd. #700, Cedar Park; 5424 U.S. Hwy. 290 W. #110. www.artplusacademy.com
Art for the Earth Creativity Day Camp ART FOR THE EARTH CREATIVITY DAY CAMP The aim is nurturing the soul through creative activities like terrarium-making, filmmaking, costume design, rock gardening, chef school, Messy Art Day, and more. Aug. 2-6. $175. A Spacious Place, 7105 Gentle Oak. www.aspaciousplace.com
AUSTIN BAT CAVE POETRY CAMP Join Austin Bat Cave via Zoom to get an intro to poetry for third-fifth grade students or a more advanced option for sixth-12th graders. These workshops will help kids craft several different types of poems and connect with the inspiration all around them. Ages 11-15. June 28-July 2. Free. Virtual. www.austinbatcave.org
AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN Half- and full-day classes for the beginner to advanced fashion designer. All supplies are included, and each week concludes with a fashion show so you can see what your child created. Ages 7-13. June 1-Aug. 14. $240-499. Austin School of Fashion Design, 3216 S. Congress, 512/323-0633. www.austinschooloffashiondesign.com
Austin School of Film Creative Media Camps AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM CREATIVE MEDIA CAMPS Bring stories to life through the power of film, animation, and creative media through hands-on learning. Each camper is mailed a creative media box with tools and supplies needed to complete the projects, and will receive access to free trials to creative media software for the duration of the workshop if it pertains to lesson. Ages 8-16. June 14-Aug. 6. $680. Virtual. www.austinfilmschool.org
Badgerdog Creative Writing Camp BADGERDOG CREATIVE WRITING CAMP These 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 one-week or three-week camps. Ages 7-17. June 7-Aug. 6. $125-300. Virtual; in-person camps to be added. www.austinlibrary.org
Bake Austin BAKE AUSTIN A new virtual cooking experience that offers you everything you know and love about Bake Austin from the comfort of your home, plus online enhancements including printable materials, video tutorials, online recipes, and more. Kids afraid to get messy knead not apply. Ages 8 and up. June 7- Aug. 6. $250. Virtual. www.bakeaustin.com
Blue Valley Fly Fishing BLUE VALLEY FLY FISHING Have your child experience the incredible creek fly fishing opportunities in the Hill Country with a two-day expedition where they will improve their skills and target different game species.Ages 8-16. July 28-Aug. 5. $200. Sportsman's Finest Fly Shop, 12434 Bee Caves Rd.. www.bluevalleyflyfishing.com
Camp EDMO CAMP EDMO At EDMO, science and songs go together, art complements design, and coding builds friendships. Getting messy and making mistakes are celebrated. Ages 5-12. June 14-Aug. 13. $339-369. 9607 Brodie; 5110 Manor Rd.; 11400 Concordia University Dr.. edmo.org/austin
CAMP IDYLWOOD HORSE CAMP Camp Idylwood offers more horse time than most other kids' camps, beginning with four contact hours in the morning, interspersed with breaks to keep young minds fresh. Children will then learn basics under careful supervision from experienced riders. Idylwood also prides itself on its gardens and natural water features. Campers will hunt for fossils, look for critters, and learn how horses and people work to create soil together through composting. They'll also learn some gardening basics in Idylwood’s butterfly garden and community vegetable and herb gardens, fish for bass and blue gill, and practice archery on the oak-shaded rolling hills of the property. May 31-Aug. 13. $400. Idylwood Stables, 12608 Harris Branch Pkwy.. www.idylwoodstablesatx.com
Code Galaxy CODE GALAXY Elementary school kids are introduced to coding by building games with programs like Scratch while keeping real-world value in mind. Older kids learn web development and Python programming, honing skills needed for the future while keeping the fun and excitement intact. Ages 8-17. June 7-Aug. 6. Virtual. thecodegalaxy.com
CodeWizardsHQ Live Online Coding Summer Program CODEWIZARDSHQ LIVE ONLINE CODING SUMMER PROGRAM CodeWizardsHQ is the leading online coding school for kids and teens, with fun and effective live, online coding classes designed to give students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world. Students learn Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Scratch, Java & more. Ages 8-18. June 7-24; July 5-22; Aug. 2-19. $447 or $149/week. Online. www.codewizardshq.com/summer
Coding With Kids CODING WITH KIDS Little coders get the basics, and older kids learn about Python, mobile apps, web development, robotics, design, and more. Ages 5-18. May 31-Aug. 27. $119-289. Online. www.codingwithkids.com
DIVE WORLD AUSTIN Teen Scuba Camp is a week of fun and learning at the indoor heated pool and the lake to achieve PADI scuba diving certification, as well as education to become environmentally conscious divers. Seal Team is for the younger ones, with activities in and out of the pool including specialty adventures to prepare for certification. Ages 8-18. June 7-Aug. 13. $625-675, full day; call for half-day pricing. 12129 RR 620 N. #440. www.diveworldaustin.com
ESTEAM Learning Labs ESTEAM LEARNING LABS Learning Fun 101 & 4Reelz School of Film joined forces to create a program focusing on entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, the arts, math, music, movement, and more. Ages 5-17. May 31-Aug. 13. $385-650. Online or at ESTEAM Learning Labs, 12 Lake Dr., Round Rock. www.learningfun101.com
Foodie Kids Summer Camps FOODIE KIDS SUMMER CAMPS Is your young foodie the next MasterChef Junior star? Hone their skills with camps that delve into French and Italian cooking, pastry baking, restaurant classics, and lots 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 Learn a new programming language, develop a video game, or build a website through exciting projects in computer programming and video game development. Students learn forward-thinking technology and problem-solving skills using real-world tools. A 6:1 student-teacher ratio, integrated math instruction, and project-based learning come together to forge a technology education experience that is authentic, personal, creative and accessible. Ages 8 and up. June 7-Aug. 6. $275-450. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 361/360-1345. www.futuresetcamp.com
Game Worlds GAME WORLDS Real-world game developers guide kids through a crash course into 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. Students leave with a playable game they’ve created themselves, which they will pitch to a panel of professional developers. Cost includes healthy catered lunches and a pizza party. Ages 8-18. June 14-Aug. 20. $650. 9600 Great Hills Trail. www.gameworldscamp.com
Hearts and Paws Dog Training Camps HEARTS AND PAWS DOG TRAINING CAMPS The relationship of a child with their dog can teach so much about respect, discipline, communication, and responsibility. These camps aim to strengthen this relationship and even prepare kids for future careers with animals. They'll bond not only with their puppy companion, but with other campers through group projects and games. Camps are offered at two levels: Club Pup Companion, which covers basics, and Gameskills, which teaches dog sports and advanced tricks, and even includes a game of Dog Jeopardy! Ages 9-16. June 7-July 22. $450. Hearts & Paws Dog Training, 13291 Pond Springs Rd.. www.heartsandpaws.com
HOFT INSTITUTE TEEN INTENSIVE ESL CAMP This intensive language program offers students a chance to improve their language skills while meeting students from all over the world. Camps vary in length from three to 10 weeks. Ages 14-18. June 15-Aug. 20. $1,240-3,620. HOFT Institute, 2400 Pearl. www.hoft.edu/esl/summer-teen-programs
iD Tech Camps ID TECH CAMPS Sharpen STEM skills with virtual courses in coding, game development, robotics, and creative arts with Roblox, Minecraft, Python, Java, YouTube, and more. Students learn from tech rock-star instructors who are recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU. Ages 7-19. May 31-Aug. 27. Prices vary by course. 888/709-8324. www.idtech.com/virtual
IDEA LAB KIDS Diverse, balanced curriculum brings excitement to STEM education and allows families to use the program for the whole summer or just one week at locations all over town. Ages 5-13. June 7-Aug. 13. $325-375. Idea Lab Kids (8620 Burnet Rd.); Circle C Rec Center (7817 La Crosse); St. Andrew's Episcopal (1112 W. 31st); St. Gabriel's Catholic School (2500 Wimberly). austin.idealabkids.com
Imagine Arts Academy 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 four different themes, including Artblazers, Wild World, World of Design, and Artist's Passport! Ages 5-12. Happening now through August. $18-385. Virtual; in-person locations TBA. austin.imagineartsacademy.com
KIDS WITH PENS Poetry, graphic novels, comedy, and other creative writing genres are explored, and every young author will be published on the blog and in a book at the end of the summer. Ages 8-15. June 7-July 23. $275-300. Online, 323/807-3672. www.girlswithpens.org
KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Camps KIDZTOPROS STEM, SPORTS & ARTS CAMPS Campers develop valuable skills in a fun, healthy and safe environment with sports, arts, and STEM activities led by top-tier instructors who are enthusiastic about your child’s development. Ages 4-14. June 7-Aug. 13. $359-595. Austin International School, 4001 Adelphi Ln.; Old Town Elementary, 2200 Chaparral Dr., Round Rock. www.kidztopros.com/summer-camps
Live the Language Spanish Immersion LIVE THE LANGUAGE SPANISH IMMERSION These online immersive camps put vocabulary and key phrases in real context, making Spanish relevant, practical, and fun. Activities include bilingual cooking videos and recipes to make at home. Ages 6-12. June 7-Aug. 20. $250. Online, 512/762-4907. www.livethelanguage.org
Mad Science MAD SCIENCE Your child will become a junior scientist for the week, having the opportunity to experience various hands-on adventures. Children will design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects. Twelve different camp themes are available including robots, rockets, spies, yuckology, invention and more! Various locations as well as virtual options with supplies delivered to your door. Ages 5-12. Happening now through August. $18-325. Virtual; in-person locations TBA. austin.madscience.org
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. Join the mailing list to be advised when camp dates are set for the summer. Ages 2-8. Early June & August, dates TBA. Prices TBA. 4108 Avenue H. www.mariposasspanish.com/summer
Moolah U MOOLAH U Young entrepreneurs will work one-on-one with a mentor to go from idea to pitch to profitable business in five short days, and will engage in live virtual sessions and calls each day. Campers will leave with a developed entrepreneurial mindset and critical skills needed for smart financial choices in the future. Ages 8-15. May 24-Aug. 27. $195. Various locations. www.moolahu.com
MY CODING PLACE Summer is the perfect time to learn valuable coding skills, including Python, web design, and graphics. Camps will be offered in virtual or in-studio formats with precautions to ensure safety and limited enrollment. Ages 7-18. June 7-Aug. 30. $225-499. Virtual or at 3616 Far West Blvd. #109. www.mycodingplace.com
NATUREVERSITY 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 7-July 30. $350. East Austin. www.natureversity.org
Nerd Street Gamers: Camp Localhost NERD STREET GAMERS: CAMP LOCALHOST Each day, campers will have access to age-appropriate games such as Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, FIFA, and lots more. Campers learn valuable life skills through video games, as each day is full of onscreen and off-screen activities designed to challenge kids to develop their critical thinking, communication, and teamwork abilities. Whether your camper is a hardcore or more casual gamer, these camps are committed to helping your child have a safe, fun, and social summer! Ages 9-17. June 14-July 23. $299. 1019 W. University Ave. #810, Georgetown. www.localhost.gg/camps
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 themes like Star Wars, Minecraft, Pokémon, and more. Ages 5-13. June 1-Aug. 13. 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. Responsibility is taught through the care and riding of “their” horse for the week in preparation for the weekly horse show, and equine games and crafts round out the experience. Ages 7-16. May 30-Aug. 13. $410. 1000 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle. www.riovistafarm.net
Snapology SNAPOLOGY Weekly LEGO camps with themes like stop-motion animation, amusement parks, and Star Wars make STEAM learning fun and develop social skills and teamwork. Ages 4-14. June 1-Aug. 13. $250-395. Various locations. 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. Sessions are limited to six campers each. Ages 5-12. June 14-Aug. 13. $295-395. 11530 Menchaca Rd.. www.squishybananastudios.com
Startup Kids Club STARTUP KIDS CLUB A week of entrepreneurship, 3D printing, graphic design, and more, or just stop in for your favorite topic with one-day camp options. Ages 7-17. July 12-July 24. $175/week; $40/day. 4548 Page St.. startupkidsclub.com/workshops-camps-1
TEEN SUMMER FILM INTENSIVE This summer experience is best suited for students with a strong interest in learning the art of filmmaking. Ideally, this student is looking to meet likeminded youth to explore filmmaking, learn new media skills, and create a film together over the course of two weeks with guidance from pro indie filmmakers and educators who guide the project from script to screen. July 12-Aug. 6. $695. Austin School of Film, 2200 Tillery, 512/236-8877. www.austinfilmschool.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 themed around color and light, sound engineering, and inventions. Ages 5-12. May 31-Aug. 9. $385. Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6201. www.thinkeryaustin.org/camp
UT COMPUTER SCIENCE SUMMER ACADEMIES The UT-Austin Department of Computer Science offers five very distinct summer academies for high school students, including robotics, iOS development, and more. These camps offer unique hands-on experience in learning computer science. Ages 14-18. June 7-July 30. $799. Online. www.cs.utexas.edu/outreach/academies
UT Radio-Television-Film Media Camps UT RADIO-TELEVISION-FILM MEDIA CAMPS Are your kids curious about the process of filmmaking or writing a screenplay? Do they love to play video games and might like to design their own? Do they live for animation or love to laugh at funny movies? UT's faculty of advanced graduate students, professors, and media professionals can help develop those interests and teach your kids the skills to make the content they love, all while having fun with other creative kids. Ages 8-18. June-August (dates TBA). $575-1150. Virtual from UT-Austin. rtf.utexas.edu/camps
Westlake Chinese Academy Chinese Cooking and Arts WESTLAKE CHINESE ACADEMY CHINESE COOKING AND ARTS Camp activities include language learning, cooking lessons, and Chinese arts such as calligraphy, watercolor, paper cutting, origami, and traditional music. Ages 4-14. June 7-July 2; July 12-23. $345. 6800 Spanish Oaks Club. www.westlakechineseacademy.org/camp
Wicked Workshop Camp on Demand WICKED WORKSHOP CAMP ON DEMAND This virtual camp on demand provides curriculum based on authentic, reality-based projects that foster independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, and creativity. Campers explore one main theme such as mythology or flying objects with four projects and can work at their own pace. Ages 6-14. Ongoing; curriculum and materials provided anytime. $60-75. Online. 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. May 28-Aug. 20. $199-299. SoccerZone South, 9501 Menchaca Rd.; Lakeline, 920 Old Mill Rd.. www.allstarsportscamp.org
ATX Curling Camp ATX CURLING CAMP Get out of the Texas heat this summer and learn a cool new sport! Curling is changing the way Texans think about sports, and your camper can get in on the ground floor. Each day, your camper will work and play, on and off the ice, to learn about the great sport of curling and the games associated with it, like crokinole. These are small camps, so your camper will get lots of personal attention. Ages 10-18. June 28-July 2; July 19-23. The Pond Hockey Club, 9402 United Dr.. www.lonestarcurlingclub.org
AVILA CREATIVE SOCCER CAMPS Focuses on technical soccer skills, with campers working on shooting mechanics, dribbling, juggling, passing, and more. Summer Train & Apply combines summer camp and scrimmaging for the ultimate experience, with added speed and agility training. Ages 4-18. May 31-Aug. 13. $300-550. Multiple locations. www.avilasoccer.com
BRANDY PERRYMAN SHOOTING CAMP This four-day basketball camp is designed for all players and focuses on shooting skills. Attendees will get a season's worth of training (and fun) in each four-day session. Ages 7-16. June 4-Aug. 5. $240. Various locations. www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com
CRUX CRUSHERS A safe environment for youth 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. July 20-Aug. 13. $225-275. 121 Pickle Rd. #100. www.cruxcc.com
FIERCE SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS Four weeks of indoor camps led by USSF licensed senior staff with help from UIL lettering junior coaches. Sessions are hosted at a brand-new futsal facility and surrounding MUD amenities, and focus on technical proficiency and all four phases of the game in a small-sided setting for increased touch volume and ball mastery. Ages 5-14. June 14-July 23. $200/camp or $600/four weeks. 15201 Burnet Rd., Bldg. D. www.atxsoccercamps.com
FIRST TEE OF GREATER AUSTIN GOLF CAMP All camps are structured around the organization's life skills curriculum and core values, and campers will all receive a one-year membership to Harvey Penick Golf Campus. Ages 5-17. June 7-July 16. $130-525. Harvey Penick Golf Campus, 5501 Ed Bluestein, 512/926-1100. www.firstteeaustin.org/summer-camp
Jump! Gymnastics JUMP! GYMNASTICS Kids will explore the imagination through theme-based curriculum with gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music, and dance. Find out why Jump! was voted Austin Family magazine's Most Fun Camp four times. Ages 3-10. June 7-Aug. 20. $265-305; extended care, $115. 2117 W. Anderson; 6800 West Gate #111. www.jumpgymnastics.com
LAKE TRAVIS PADEL Kids strengthen physical endurance and coordination through tennis and padel and sharpen the mind through academic learning. Each week focuses on one a dedicated theme with reading, math, science, and history lessons alongside hands-on experiments, and campers will enjoy other activities including swimming, pingpong, hiking, games, and more. Ages 9-13. June 14-July 30. $375. 4900 Canyon Ranch Trail, Spicewood. laketravispadel.com/summer-camp-2021
Rock-About Climbing Adventures ROCK-ABOUT CLIMBING ADVENTURES Does your kid prefer summer activities that are somewhat on the rough and tough side? Consider this five-day rock-climbing program, where campers will learn to work as a team as they scamper up stony surfaces at the Greenbelt, Reimer's Ranch, and Enchanted Rock. Ages 9-18. June 7-Aug. 13. $399. 3755 Capital of TX Hwy. S. www.rock-about.com/courses/kids-camps
SPORTBALL CAMPS If your goal is to keep a child moving through the summer, you’re in luck! Sportball camps have you covered. Using Sportball Methodology, children have a blast while developing their skills for life. A variety of sports are offered at three locations around town. Ages 3-9. June 7-Aug. 13. $160-260. Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks; West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition; Riverbend Centre, 4214 Capital of Texas Hwy. N.. www.sportball.us
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. Registration will be closed until further notice, and will open pending camp approval by UT-Austin and will be subject to NCAA rules as well as state and federal government guidelines and policies. Ages 5-18. Tentative dates: June 5-July 21. Prices TBA. The University of Texas at Austin. www.texassoccer.com
WaterWorks WATERWORKS A four-night, five-day camp experience focused on water sports for students of all skill levels. Every camper gets customized instruction from Baylor Team instructors and champion wakeboarder Harley Clifford. The majority of each day is spent on Lake LBJ, then campers hang out at the Fun House in the evening. Ages 10-17. June 13-17; July 12-16; July 19-23. $3,000. 14757 W. FM 1431, Kingsland. www.waterworkslbj.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 14-July 30. $195-395. Westlake Athletic & Community Center, 300 Westbank Dr., #205; Eanes ISD (locations TBA). www.westlakesoccer.com
YOUTH GAZELLES Campers will enjoy running with Gilbert Tuhabonye, local running icon, to experience his joy and passion for running and develop good running form and endurance in a fun and motivating atmosphere. Ages 10-14. June 7-July 9. $200. 115 Sandra Muraida Way Ste. 105-A. www.gilbertsgazelles.com

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