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2001 Kids' Summer Fun Guide

General Camps and Classes

BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM Although it's been open for less than a fortnight, our new state history museum already has a summer camp in place, fittingly called "Texpeditions." Campers have access to all Museum exhibits as well as free admission to the IMAX and Texas Spirit Theaters. Each morning and afternoon, campers focus on a different area of Texas history and then get hands-on experience within the Museum. Sessions begin June 4; camp meets 9am-4pm. Call 936-8746 for more information or go to www.thestoryoftexas.com and click on Programs.

LANGUAGE CLASSES Berlitz International offers instruction in Spanish and French. Classes are fun and interactive, with native-fluent teachers using age-appropriate activies, and are offered on both two-week and four-week schedules. Ages: 5-12. 343-0087 or [email protected].

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER Get a leg up, or play catchup with individual tutorial sessions with an emphasis on remedial or enrichment goals. For folks from first grade through adult. Centers north and south. Call for an evaluation. May 28-Aug 17. 336-5401. 301-7880.

ODYSSEY SCHOOL CAMP Children with learning differences such as dyslexia, A.D.D., and ADHD will get a chance to refresh their academic skill and have fun while learning during the summer. Most classes don't require homework (it is summer, after all) yet transition to school in August is assisted. Kids entering grades 4-8. July 2-27. 831 Houston. 472-2262. www.odysseyschool.com.

SUMMER CHESS CAMP Do visions of chess pieces dance through your kids' heads? Do they scream "Check! No -- checkmate!" in their sleep? Now is the time to indulge their passion. Noureddine Ziane of the Ziane Chess Academy will be teaching beginners and pros alike the guidelines and gambits of chess this summer. July 9-13. Sessions meet in the morning (9am-noon), in the afternoon (1-4pm), or all day (9am-4pm). St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st. 214/495-8445. www.chesscamp.com.

THE MAGIC CAMP Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat! Again? Kids can make like the magical moose and learn sleight-of-hand, puppets, and juggling. Enough skills are packed into these two-week sessions to marvel people for a lifetime. Ages: 6-12. June 4-July 20. T.A. Brown Elementary, 500 W. Anderson. 288-1596. www.magiccamp.com.

STEPPING STONE SCHOOL has 11 locations in the Austin area offering preschool or school-aged care and learning programs. There are classes geared toward perfecting motor and speech skills and learning about the world around them for ages 18 months to 5 years; and a whole host of differently themed weeks: science (making their own ice cream), art (homemade face paints), the outdoors (making an insect collection), and a whole lot more, for school-aged kids (5-11). Various locations. 459-0258. www.steppingstoneschool.com.

WET AND WILD ADVENTURES CAMP The wheels on the van go round and round, all through the town. Kids at this camp take off every morning in their 15-passenger vans for a new, exciting location. Sometimes they bike, sometimes they hike, but they always end up doing something different. Depending on what session you choose, your kid'll travel to Schlitterbahn, Pedernales State Park, an Indoor Rock climbing center, or go on the Blue Bell Creamery Tour. Morning drop-off choices are in Oak Hill between 7:30-8am, or West Enfield between 7:30-9am. Afternoon pick-up is after 5:15 in Oak Hill or Zilker Park. Sessions begin May 24. Ages 8-15. 288-0168 or 892-2224. www.hometown.aol.com/llraces/webpage.html.

JORDAN BACHMAN PIONEER FARM The lure of a covered wagon and pioneer life has never lost its appeal, and thanks to the living museum of Pioneer Farm, kids can get a taste of that chapter in history. Weeklong summer camps keep young'uns busy with activities that were once called chores: churning butter, feeding livestock, basket making, etc. Ages: 4 to upper teens. June 4-Aug 10. 11418 Sprinkle Cut-off. 837-1215. www.pioneerfarm.org.

HOSPICE AUSTIN'S CAMP BRAVE HEART is a free, three-day summer camp for children and teens ages 6-16 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The weekendlong camp is held in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. First session June 7- 9; second session Aug 6-8. John Knox Ranch near Wimberley, Texas. 342-4700.

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF Summer Fun 2001 for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in elementary and middle school offers a camp with swimming, arts & crafts, field trips, and other recreational adventures. A basketball camp for older kids 12-18 is on tap, too. On-campus residence available for some camps. June 4-June 29. Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress. 462-5329 or 800/DEAF-TSD.

CHILDS DAY SUMMER CAMP gives your kids a workout with gymnastics and swim lessons. Also planned for the summer are field trips to places like Discovery Zone, Zilker Park, and the Austin Zoo. Themes include but are not limited to camping, endangered species, and dinosaurs. Ages: 4-7. Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm. 2525 Wallingwood #100. 327-3274. www.childsday.com.

CAMP DOUBLECREEK may be your solution to keeping the kids away from the TV this summer. It's a day camp complete with most necessities of an overnight camp: tennis, archery, swimming, a nine-hole miniature golf course, arts & crafts, tumbling, soccer, volleyball -- and did we mention the special classes for horseback riding and gun safety? Once your kids get home after all this, they'll be too tired to do anything but sleep. Ages: 4-12. Camp begins May 28. Pick-up and drop-off at 13 different locations in greater Austin. PO Box 5261, Round Rock, Texas, 78683. 255-3661.

CAMP ON THE MOVE has the right idea: a camp that's constantly on the go! No bunk beds, mess halls, or homesickness to deal with -- your kids will be too busy running around the city for any of that. This could be the perfect alternative for parents who may be too busy to drive their kids around but want to give them a chance to get out and do some fun stuff in Central Texas. Putt-Putt golf, Schlitterbahn, and Gattitown every Friday are just a few of the options. Give 'em a call -- listening to their answering machine message is always a treat. 292-0033.

THE AUSTIN ZOO Our very own Hill Country Zoo of rescued animals in its singular setting lets kids in on the animal antics with hikes around the grounds, animal fun, travels on the train, and first-hand science projects. Camps for kids ages 7-18. June 4-Aug 3. 10807 Rawhide Trail. 288-1490x12. www.austinzoo.com.

FUN FEST AT CHILDREN'S WORLD Head-quartered in Colorado and in 24 states including Texas, Children's World has a summer of festivals and celebrations for kids preschool and up. Locations around town. www.childrensworld.com.

HOPE LUTHERAN CHILD CARE It's fun time, recreation time, fresh air time with plenty of field trips, swimming, and fun and games. Sign up for a day, a week, a month, the summer. Ah, summertime, and the livin' is easy. Ages: grades 2-8. May 29-Aug 8. 6414 N Hampton. 926-0003.

EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS, that Austin institution of over 30 years, offers its popular summer camp for elementary-aged school kids throughout the city. Weekly sessions with swimming, a literature-based curriculum, organized sports and games, and more. May 29-July 27. For locations and registration: 472-9402.

LA PETITE: DESTINATION SUMMER AND CAMP IMAGINATION Part of the massive nationwide organization, 15 Austin locations are conducting summer camps for kids 3-12. Each week features different activities including water stuff, adventures, projects, and field trips. 800/LAPETITE (800/527-7384). www.lapetite.com.

REDEEMER LUTHERAN CDC This summer camp for kids 3-12 offers field trips, swimming, crafts, gym, outdoor activities, chapel, music, drama, lunches and snacks. May 30-Aug 4. 1500 W. Anderson. 459-3015. www.redeemer.net.

YMCA Since your grandpappy was a young whippersnapper, the YMCA has been around to give kids a chance to do sports and bond with others. The Austin YMCA offers a wide variety of summer day camps to choose from. There are the old standbys of soccer, cheerleading, and martial arts, and now kids can experience camps that explore Leonardo DaVinci's genius, the beauty of Austin, or architecture. Not bad for something as old as Bob Hope. Ages: 6-16. 486-1183. www.austinymca.org/day_camp.html.

RECREATION CENTERS You want games? They got games. You want camps? They got camps. You want sports? They got sports. You want classes? They got classes. This is the upside of taxes. Get the full picture at your local rec center or at your branch of the library. 499-6738. www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/children.htm.

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