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Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. This newly published piece keeps in-line with Theatre En Bloc’s mission to produce quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX.


Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during naptimes—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America. There will be Optional Talk Backs regarding female friendship, economics and parenthood in America following each performance.


Theatre en Bloc is a professional theatre company with a history of producing quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX. Founded by Jenny Lavery in 2011, TEB is led by the belief that great art inspires great communities. Our mission is to create and share elegantly rendered theatrical events that collide with the question: What does it mean to be alive in the world today?

Cry It Out features Lee Eddy, Christin Davis*, Jenny Lavery, and Ben Wolfe*.

*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Where: ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin

Showtimes: May 4th, 6th, May 10th-11th, May 13th-14th, May 16th-20th at 8:00pm

Tickets: Available at or by calling (512) 522.4083. There are free tickets available for each show, as well as a variety of payment options from $15 to $70. For groups of 10 and more, please call email

More Info: or Twitter @Bloc_en_Bloc

The Austin Scottish Rite Theater is bringing back a favorite for kids of all ages this spring! Bring the family to watch A Migrant’s Tale: Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papa, but the greatest danger of all is his untrustworthy guide. Kids and grown-ups alike will be inspired by this resonant and powerful story. Original live music by Chris Ledesma and stunning renditions of Tonatiuh’s award-winning illustrations fill the Austin Scottish Rite stage.

From the original book by Duncan Tonatiuh, adapted for the stage exclusively for Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is the winner of several awards including Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Honor, Kirkus Best Books of 2013, Best Multicultural Children’s Books 2013, Notable Children’s Books from ALSC 2014 and others.

Enjoy the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871 with its newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Kids get the best seats in the house—on carpets close to the action. Open seating for all. Free show parking as available. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets
available online and at the door.Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin

Tickets: Available online at until one
hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years free

April 7, 8, 14, 15 at 11:00 am
April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

More Information:


Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Run, jump, scale, and wade your way through the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to Austin on Saturday, April 21st at Dripping Springs Ranch Park with waves from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Parents are invited to run for FREE with the purchase of a child’s ticket!

Kids Obstacle Challenge attracts thousands of active kids and their parents by inspiring and challenging kids and forging family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course event series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles through water and mud!

Kids Obstacle Challenge is designed for kids to push their limits and reach new heights. If you are looking for the ultimate experience that involves the whole family, look no further. Participants can rope swing into a giant mud pit, army crawl through tough terrain, scale up rugged cargo nets, and slide into a muddy paradise! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some muddy family fun!

What: Kids Obstacle Challenge | Austin, TX
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Cost: $32-$66 per Ticket; Parents run FREE
Ages: 5-16
Where: Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs

To sign up your eager adventurer, visit

Get 15% off with code 365AUSTIN!

Hello World comprises of software engineers from companies like Amazon, Apple, and IBM, who have joined forces to create a fun, rigorous, project-based learning environment for 2nd-12th grade students, centered on mastering programming concepts in cutting edge technology fields.

Sessions take place at innovative tech hubs in downtown Austin, including Capital Factory, Galvanize, and Hack Reactor. The full 45-hour experience is divided between direct instruction, team work and group challenges, structured independent work, creativity time, community and culture building, and career readiness, including a field experience to a tech company. We are open to ALL levels, including beginners, and will differentiate based on previous exposure to engineering concepts. We strongly encourage girls to join the program!

This year’s summer courses include:

  • Geophysics & Drone Programming: Fly real drones using JavaScript code; program directed by a drones engineer who codes drones for public safety programs.
  • iOS App Development with Swift: Program and publish iOS apps in the Apple app store; note this week may be moved to UT’s computer science building – see website for updates.
  • Game Engineering: Code games using C# and GML programming languages – includes AR/VR for older students.
  • Amazon Alexa & Artificial Intelligence: Program Alexa extensions using Python code, such as making Alexa respond to your voice with cat noises; course directed by member of Amazon’s Alexa team.

  • Click here to learn more about summer programs and enroll
    Click here to learn more about our organization and see example student work (note all code done by students!)
  • Click here to see pictures from our photo gallery
  • Click here for scholarship information
  • Siblings 10% discount code (use at checkout): SIBLINGS18270 (does not need to be the same summer course)

Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a spot in the Hello World Summer Camp! What do you have to do to win?

Complete the form below to win a spot in the Hello World Coding Program, valued between $799- $899! All entries must be received by 10:00am CST on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The fine print: Only one entry per household. The giveaway holds no cash value and the prize can not be transferred. The winner will be given 24 hours to respond once contacted to claim prize. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter and reside in the greater Austin, Texas area.


The 4th Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Don’t miss out on magic, music, food trucks, face painting and more!

The Lineup:

Red Yarn at noon

Magician Black Bert at 1pm

High Waites at 2 pm

Cirkus Funk at 3 pm

Additional activities include hands-on art activities with Creative Action and free face painting.

Food trucks onsite include Dock & Roll Diner, Taconmaye, Waffle Love, Stony’s Pizza and MOOJO. This event is BYOB. Coolers are allowed for adult beverages & water. No outside food is allowed.

What: Do512 Family Picnic

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Where: The Midway, 1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway

Cost: Suggested $5 donation per family

The 2018Austin Spring Break & Summer Camp Guide is packed with fun and educational options for children of all ages and interests. From day camps that focus on art, robotics, acting and more, to overnight camps, you are sure to find something that appeals to your child’s interests.

American Academy of Robotics


American Robotics Academy aims to excite, inspire and motivate children about the importance of robotics technology. Our hands-on classes offer an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering design, helping children understand “how things work.”

Held in a friendly, sports-like atmosphere, students work in age-appropriate teams and learn how to design, build and test remote-controlled miniature robots. We use simple, motorized machines – all made from LEGO® bricks! – to demonstrate mechanical movements and other effects. We also offer coding camps using the EV3 Mindstorm Programming (EMP), Robotics Programming for LEGO Mindstorm EV3. Students will learn how to program an EV3 Robot to move, turn, stop, control EV3 sensors (light, distance, touch), change Robot speed and direction, all of this while learning the basics of a real world programming language – RobotC. We supply the software, EV3 Robots, laptops and challenge boards. Students will be instructed with the following topics: Introduction to EV3 Hardware, Introduction to Programming, Movement – EV3 Forward/Backward/Turning. Encoders – Lego Motors, Control Structures (while, for, if, repeat, case), Variables and Functions, Sensing – Touch, Ultrasonic, Light Sensor/Line Tracking, Debugging.

Dates: Weekly June 11 – August 3

Northwest Austin
Live Oaks Unitarian Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park
Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., Cedar Park
Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar, Austin

Central Austin
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin
Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin
Paragon Prep, 2001 W. Koenig Ln., Austin

South Austin
First Baptist Church–Oak Hills, 6907 Convict Hill Rd., Austin

Round Rock
Round Rock ISD Schools

Cost: Full day (9–4) $325.00; Half day (9–noon) $175.00


Contact: 512-844-2724

Discount: 10% off with coupon code LM9

ATX Ballers Basketball Camp

ATX Ballers teaches players the most crucial skills of basketball. The program also includes fun matches, competitions, and awards. The coaches have several decades’ worth of playing and coaching experience, and our main focus is to provide players with fun and engaging basketball challenges. Ages 7-14 and 14-18.

Dates: June 18-July 19

Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland; St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St., Austin

Cost: $110 per week; Discounts available


The Austin Artery

The primary focus is on the process of making art rather than finished product. Research shows that providing children with open-ended activities promotes creativity. Ultimately, at this camp we focus on developing creativity, collaboration, patience with the process of bringing a vision to life, and a love for learning.

Each child needs a firm foundation in the Elements & Principles of Art as well as basic technical skills. We will spend time each day on an activity that develops these skills so that our students can strengthen their artistic practice. Mindfulness is an important part of a creative practice. We begin each day with quiet reflective moments and journaling activities that promote self-knowledge and emotional well-being.

Dates: Weekly June 11 – August 13

Location: 4001 Adelphi Ln., Austin; 4001 Speedway in Hyde Park; 10801 Old San Antonio in S. Austin; 700 West Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park

Cost: $250



Camp Fun Brain


Camp Fun Brain is a reading enrichment camp taught by certified teachers. Campers start the morning with a great book and then delight in a day centered around the story. Afternoons are full of hands on projects with components that reinforce reading objectives. Leave the reading minutes (and fun!) to us and make 2018 your smoothest summer yet!

Dates: Summer; differs by location; starting June 4 ending August 17

Central Austin
AHB Community School 4001 Speedway
South Austin
Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd.
Cedar Park
Good Shepherd Lutheran 700 W Whitestone Blvd

Cost: $250 for regular day 9 – 3 with extended day available from 7:30am – 6pm


Contact: 512 619 0935 or

Chaparral Ice – Camp Avalanche

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Camp Avalanche is our general day camp that is offered only during the summer. We offer 11 weeks of fun. Your child can spend their summer going on the most outrageous adventures across Austin. Our campers fill their days swimming, going to the park, going on field trips, doing arts and crafts, and of course ice skating. Field trip options include Typhoon Texas, Dart ‘Em Up, Zipline Adventures at Candlelight Ranch, Quest Wakeboard, Water Adventure Park and more. Our staff are amazing, and our campers return year after year as a testament to the quality programming we provide.

Dates: Spring break and all summer long

Cost: $295

Location: Chaparral Ice, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 400, Austin, 78757


Contact: Email

The Contemporary Austin – Art School


At The Contemporary Austin Art School, summer is filled with art camps for children ages 4 and up, including classes for teens. Our professional faculty will help budding artists of all interests and levels enhance their perceptual and technical skills while having fun among the beautiful, forested 14-acre Laguna Gloria site. Campers will marvel at young birds and other native species that call Laguna Gloria home and find inspiration from contemporary sculptures by artists from around the world.

With half-day morning and afternoon camps from drawing, painting and ceramics, to sculpture, Claymation and mosaics, many of our faculty take advantage of the nature and art at Laguna Gloria as subject matter and inspiration. We are especially proud to bring back Creativity Camp: New World Kids, an innovative two-week camp where children ages 4-5 playfully learn a new alphabet to expand their creativity and discover a new way of looking at the world.

Teen campers may find inspiration in classes exploring drawing and painting, printmaking and woodworking, wheel throwing and other ceramics, and photography and Photoshop techniques, to name just a few.

Dates: Weekly camps held June 4 – August 17

Location: The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin, 78703

Cost: Varies per camp. Please visit our website for details


Contact: 512-323-6380

Country Home Learning Center

Country Home’s extremely popular Summer Camp program includes all of our regular activities, our Kids’ Choice Special Interest Clubs, regularly scheduled field trips to swimming, skating, bowling and movies, as well as special field trips to a wide variety of exciting local destinations. Our highly successful, reward-based Reading Program encourages academic exercises throughout the summer, while our wonderful facility affords us the opportunity to explore various themed rooms.

Dates: Spring Break and Summer Camps available Monday–Friday

Location: North & South Austin

Cost: $205 per week, plus registration and activity fees


Contact: North Austin (512) 331-1441; South Austin (512) 288-8220

Creative Action Summer Camps

Creative Action offers fun and engaging summer camps for ages 5–11! With a variety of themes to choose from, our camps are offered at three convenient locations in North Central, East, and South Austin. Our 1-week camps for 5- to 7-year-olds build creativity and confidence through artistic exploration and are designed to be active, inspiring and fun! Our 2-week academies for 8- to 11-year-olds are limited to just 15 students per session to foster the development of this specific age group. Campers work closely with professional artists and go deep to master new art skills.

Dates: Summer Camps, June 4 – August 3

Locations: Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St., Austin, 78702; Koenig Lane Christian Church, 908 Old Koenig Lane, Austin, 78756; Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin, 78745

Cost: $295 for 1-week camps and $590 for 2-week camps


Contact: 512-447-8773

Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps


Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, offers week-long Summer Camps (ages 10–15). These camps provide a creative environment where kids have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camps are led by professional artists and educators. Under their guidance, students increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling, casting and much more. Students create multiple pieces throughout the week and are encouraged to develop their own design skills.

The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making and these ancient techniques to your budding artisan. The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side hosts an end of the week art show to be named and set up by the kids. Parents, family and friends will be invited to join us at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors and new friends, and view students’ artwork on display.

We have three camps this summer: The Torch, The Torch II and Metal Casting. Take one or all three!

Dates: June 11–15, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; June 25–29, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; July 16–July 20, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Location: Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White, #204, Austin, 78704

Cost: $385 all materials included


Contact: 512-799-0731

Discount: Sign up for ALL THREE Summer Camps and receive 5% off total tuition. Use promo code SUMMERCAMP at checkout.

Fantastic Magic Camp


Fantastic Magic Camp – Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids ages 5–12 in Austin since 1993. All our camp sessions are held 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with optional Magic Camp Rehearsal Time 3 p.m.–6 p.m. for an additional fee.

Imagine a place where …

Kids discover their unique inner Magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people who recognize and embrace their uniqueness. A shy girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never dreamt they could do, like making cards appear out of thin air or balancing on stilts. Or as one parent said: “We love Magic Camp – it turns my kids’ minds on. They come home problem solving and practicing. It’s been a staple of our summer program for multiple years and we expect the kids to attend next year, too.”

Fantastic Magic Camp was given the 2017 “Best Day Camp Award” and the 2016 Best Camp Award for “Favorite Small Local Camp” in Austin. It was also voted “Most Uniquely Austin Business” by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Last year, all our summer sessions were sold out ” so register today!

AdvertisementDates: Spring Break, March 12–16, (one week); Summer Session 1, June 4–15, (two weeks); Summer Session 2, June 18–29, (two weeks); Summer Session 3, July 2–6, (one week); Summer Session 4, July 9–20, (two weeks); Summer Session 5, July 23 – August 3, (two weeks); Summer Session 6, August 6–17, (two weeks)

Location: Central Austin, 7500 Woodrow Ave., Austin, 78757

Cost: $295 for our one-week camps, $590 for two-week camps


Contact: 512-988-3045

Discount: 10% off first camp registration and $60 off additional multiple sessions and/or sibling registrations for two week sessions, ($30 for one week sessions). Use discount code: LiveMom18. Expires: 08/17/2018

Girls Empowerment Network

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Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in entering grades 3–8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during two week-long sessions that are designed to ignite the power in girls and teach them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. In part 1, “Own My Power,” girls will be owning their power, exploring stress management, identity, self-compassion and body positivity. In part 2, “Use My Power,” girls will explore confident communication, advocacy, healthy friendships and values. Girls who join campGEN will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self!

Dates: June 18–22 and July 16–20

Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin

Cost: $330



Groundwork Music Project Ukulele Summer Camp


Kids aged 8-12 embark on a lifetime of musical skills with the Groundwork Music Project. Join us for a unique summer program at which kids learn ukulele, singing and more! Learn to strum, pick and play a variety of melodies. The session ends with campers joining the Groundwork Music Orchestra at a special concert event. Cost includes book and CD. Ukuleles available during class or for purchase.

Dates: June 25–29 from 9 a.m.–noon

Location: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Ln., Austin, 78757

Cost: Early bird (before April 30) is $275; $325 after May 1st (with scholarships and sliding scale available)


Contact: or 512-669-2028

Hello World – Coding Program


Hello World is composed of software engineers from companies like Amazon, Apple and IBM who have joined forces to create a fun, rigorous, project-based learning environment for 2nd- through 12th-grade students centered on mastering programming concepts in cutting-edge technology fields.

This summer’s courses include:

• Geophysics & Drone Programming: Fly real drones using JavaScript code.

• iOS App Development with Swift: Program and publish iOS apps in the Apple app store.

• Game Engineering: Code games using C# and GML programming languages – includes AR/VR for older students.

• Amazon Alexa & Natural Language Processing: Program Alexa extensions using Python code, such as making Alexa respond to your voice with cat noises.

Sessions take place at innovative tech hubs in downtown Austin, including Capital Factory, Galvanize and Hack Reactor. The full 45-hour experience is divided between direct instruction, team work and group challenges, structured independent work, creativity time, community and culture building, and career readiness. This program is intended for students with an interest in design, creative problem solving and computer science. We are open to all levels and will differentiate based on previous exposure to engineering concepts. We strongly encourage girls to join the program! See pictures from our photo gallery:

Dates: June 4–9; June 25–30; July 9–14; July 23–28

Location: Innovative Tech Hubs in Austin – Capital Factory, Galvanize, Hack Reactor

Cost: $799–$899; scholarships available



Discount: 10% off; use discount: CODERSUMMER10

Jump! Gymnastics


Imagine a world where superheroes are real. Where pirates are friendly and every little girl is a princess. Imagine life in the farthest reaches of space or becoming a rock star. Imagine a place where children can keep it weird. Camp Jump! offers 1-week half-, full- and extended-day opportunities for children to explore their imaginations through theme-based curriculum featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music, dance and now field trips. Voted Austin Family Magazine’s “Most Fun Camp” in 2011, ​2014 and 2015. ​​Come find out why!

Dates: Camps are held Monday–Friday, June 4 – August 17

North Central: 2117 West Anderson Ln., Austin
South Central: 2919 Manchaca Rd., #205, Austin

Cost: Half-day, $220/week (9 a.m.–1 p.m.); Full-day, $270/week (9 a.m.–3 p.m.); Extended-day, $350/week (9 a.m.–6 p.m.); Early drop-off, $50/week (8 a.m.)


Contact: 512-593-6226;

Discount: Sign up before March 30, 2018 and 10% off one camp per child.

Kidventure Day and Overnight Camps


Welcome to Kidventure. Our mission is to help build the lives of kids, provide them with opportunities to grow strong, and demonstrate that they can make a real difference in the world. For 24 years, we have chosen to do so through the power of camp. Whether you’re playing sports at our summer day camp, zip-lining at our overnight camp, or problem-solving at our after school program, everything we do is purposeful. Alongside the most dedicated and passionate team of counselors, your child will not only enjoy the time of his or her life, but be learning the kind of lessons that will serve them well the rest of their lives.

Dates: June 4 – August 10

Locations: Camp Westlake (West Austin), Camp Rough Life (Lakeway), Camp Sweetwater (71 West), Safari Overnight Camp (Hunt, TX), Echo Overnight Camp (Rocksprings, TX), APEX (Pecos River Expedition)

Cost: Day Camp, $255; Overnight Camp, $1,295–$1,795


Contact: 512-263-8992 or email

Discount: $100 discount on Overnight Camp 2018

Launch After School

At Launch After School, we make coding fun for kids ages 4-14. Our students learn basic to advanced computer and programming skills, giving them 21st-century tools for creative expression.  Our in-person instructional program provides a collaborative and inclusive environment to launch your child ahead with the skills and habits of mind needed in the age of technology.

We’re based in our hometown of Austin, TX. Through our hybrid learning model, we’re able to combine the best parts of online and in-person learning while avoiding the pitfalls of each. Your kid can expect self-paced skills development that enhances problem-solving skills all while working in a collaborative team setting.

Our Summer Camp is a great opportunity for kids to deep dive into learning computer and programming skills. Each camp is an immersive 2-week class that’s offered in the morning or afternoon.

Dates: June 11-22, July 9-20, July 30 – August 10

Location: 3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg 3, Ste #130, Austin, 78746

Cost: $750 – $1500

Phone Number: (512) 842-7966



Orpheus Academy of Music

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Join us for musical summer fun at Orpheus Academy of Music! Our camps provide an enriching experience for children of all ages and abilities. With experienced, degreed teachers, new activities every 30 minutes and a variety of camp choices, you’ll have the most rewarding adventure of the whole summer!

Piano Orchestra: For the first time at Orpheus, be part of this one-of-a-kind ensemble experience made entirely of electric pianos! Classes in improv, group rehearsals and mini private lessons make up this unique camp.

Guitar Orchestra: Experience the joy of playing guitar surrounded by other passionate guitarists. Fast-moving classes every half hour keep you engaged and learning to maximize your fun!

Composition & Improvisation: Learn through creating our own music! Explore your full potential as a creative musician by working with outstanding composers and jazz improvisers. Bring your compositions to share or let us help you get started with something new!

Chamber Music: Make music with your friends and learn vital musicianship skills in this popular camp. Great for students looking for their first experience in chamber music!

World Music Camp: Learn the songs, instruments and customs of different countries! Learn vocal techniques, rhythm, listening skills, pitch and harmony by making and listening to music from different cultures!

Broadway Musicals Camp: Learn to sing, dance and act using the best scenes from American Broadway. Practice auditioning techniques, perform in small groups, and show off everything you learned at the end of week performance!

Choir Camp: Learn vocal techniques, breathing, movement and rhythm in this unique choral experience! Make music together and express yourself with choral favorites and songs from around the world.

Intro to Piano: Spark your passion for piano by discovering basic techniques and learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! For students who think they might be interested in piano lessons, this camp will help you decide!

Intro to Violin: Spark your passion for violin by learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! Violins for will be provided during the camp so students can try out the instrument without any upfront investment. For students who think they might be interested in violin lessons, this camp will help you decide!

Intro to Guitar: Spark your passion for guitar by learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! Guitars will be provided during the camp so students can try out the instrument without any upfront investment. For students who think they might be interested in guitar lessons, this camp will help you decide!

Music From the Inside Out: Develop your inner artist in this camp that utilizes teaching techniques from music conservatories around the world! Engage with music through improvised movement, singing and group interaction to grow musically and socially!

Dates: World Music: June 18–22 OR July 16–20 from 9 a.m.–noon; Piano Orchestra: June 11–15, 9 a.m.–noon; Guitar Orchestra: June 11–15, 9 a.m.–noon; Composition & Improvisation: June 4–8 OR July 9–13, 1–4 p.m.; Chamber Music: June 4–8 OR July 9–13 9 a.m.–noon; Choir Camp: June 25–29 OR July 23–27 1–4 p.m.; Intro to Piano: July 30 – August 3, 9 a.m.–noon; Intro to Violin: August 6–10, 9 a.m.–noon; Music From the Inside Out: June 18–22, 1–4 p.m.; Intro to Guitar: July 30 – August 3 OR August 6–10, 9 a.m.–noon; Broadway Musicals: June 25–29 OR July 23–27 from 9 a.m.–noon

Location: 3918-C Far West Blvd., Austin

Cost: $320


Contact: 512-231-8999

Round Rock Express Baseball Camps


The Round Rock Express baseball camps offer big league quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game of baseball and softball. Express baseball and softball camps range in ages and offer opportunities for all skill levels. We pride ourselves on providing high-level baseball and softball instruction from knowledgeable and experienced coaches. Express camps aim to develop the complete ballplayer by not only focusing on the physical skill sets, but leadership and mental skills as well.

Dates: Various camps available all summer long

Location: Dell Diamond in Round Rock

Cost: $99 and up



Sherwood Forest Summer Camp


How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what a child can learn without the distractions of the modern world.

Campers may choose to sleep in Sherwood Castle (yes, it’s a real castle) or in one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions (with nightly bedtime stories). We offer a healthy, kid-friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Our catering is performed by Brou HaHa, who has a solid history of serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies and a simpler way of life, while learning skills essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices will be available.

New in 2018: Sherwood Forest Family Summer Camp! This is a chance for your family to spend some quality time together, in the midst of the beautiful Nottingham Village. You’ll be exposed to numerous skills and trades of the Medieval era, which means you will be making things with your hands – and that doesn’t mean drawing a picture on your screen with your finger!

Location: Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

Dates: Grown up camp, June 21–24; Family Camp, July 3–7; Youth Camp, July 8–28 (three week-long sessions)

Cost: $795



Discount: $25 discount for each of the following: *Paying tuition in full and completing all preliminary paperwork by March 31; each sibling after the first, if attending together; each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks; each new camper a prior attendee traps … err, gathers into the fold. Discounts are cumulative, so you can qualify for more than one of the above discounts. More details available on our website.


Camps are so much fun with Sportball! Join us for a day or for the whole week. Sportball is designed to teach children the skills and confidence to get in the game of basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, football, hockey, tennis, and golf! Our coaches play a new sport each week or day at camp and break down skills into kid-sized bites of fun that promote the fundamentals and encourage teamwork. Older children also work towards scrimmage play.

Dates: March 12–16 (Spring Break), May 21 – August 31 (Summer Camps)

Locations: WAYA, Hyde Park, Steiner Ranch, Clay Madsen Rec Center, Riverbend Center, more coming!

Cost: $180–$360



Discount: 10% off. Must call to apply discount.

Summer at TexARTS!

Join TexARTS this Summer for a full schedule of camps offered to all ages! Light up the stage and enroll in the Youth Summer Musical of Shrek, Jr – a production based camp culminating to 5 live performances on our main stage (All Ages, June 11-24)! Also offering week-to-week Performing Arts Camps featuring a different theme each week including popular titles like “Best of Hamilton”, “Best of Moana” or “The Wizarding World of Potter”, just to name a few (Ages 7-12)! Other camps include Fantastical Sculpting, Minecraft, Pupeteering the Henson Way, Improv Comedy Camp, Ballet & Dance Intensives and much more!

Dates: All Summer: June 4 – August 17

Location: TexARTS, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 160, Austin, 78734

Cost: $115-$900


Contact: 512.852.9079 x104 or

Summer Spark


Summer Spark day camps are designed to shift your child’s mindset to embrace problem solving and failure through weekly hands-on challenges.

At Summer Spark, your children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure in school, a fundamental component of a strong foundation is missing in the lives of many children today.

There just isn’t time anymore for children to experiment, to tinker, to fail, to try again. Summer Spark creates this time. We present children with engaging problems, but no set solutions. We guide them in working with peers and seeking inspiration from what they see around them. We offer them encouragement and stimulate their imaginations with questions instead of answers. We provide simple materials and recycled trash so that the focus is on what they are able to create with their own hands.

Through these experiences, children have the opportunity to develop confidence, collaborate authentically with peers, and work through success and failure. We offer 10 different week-long programs designed specifically for elementary-age children.

Dates: Weekly camps available from June 4 – August 10

Location: Downtown & South Austin

Cost: $350



Discount: Flexible Registration and Free Cancellation through May

Synergy Dance Studio – Summer Dance Camps

Summer Camp Collage

Synergy Dance Studio offers preschool and school-age camps as well as dance intensives for the more experienced dancer. Themed summer dance camps are limited in size and are grouped by age and ability. An Austin dance studio that offers summer camps to ages 3 and up, Synergy Dance Studio strives to provide children with solid technical training as well as an enjoyable and creative dance experience. We offer all levels of training, beginning through pre-professional. Our focus is promoting self-discipline, self-respect and most importantly self-confidence. Space is limited and camps will fill up, so reserve your space today.

Preschool Camps (age 3-5)
Moana Preschool: May 29-June 1 (Tues-Fri)
Elsa and Friends: June 25-29
My Little Pony: July 16-20
Leap: July 30 – August 3

Day Camps (age 4.5-10)
Leap: June 4-8
Greatest Showman: June 18-22
Kids Bop: June 25-29
Moana: July 16-20
Pop Star Party: July 30-August 3

Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (age 8-14)
All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: May 29-June 1 (age 11-18)
Making the Video: June 11-15 (age 9-12)
Triple Threat: Beg/Int July 23-27 (age 8-14)
Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Beg/Int August 6-10 (age 8-14)

Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (age 8-18)
All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: May 29-June 1(age 11-18)
Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Int/Adv June 11-15 (age 10-18)
Ballet/Modern Intensive: Beg, Int and Adv June 25-29 (age 8-18)
Drill Team Intensive: Int/Adv July 30-3 Level (11-18)

Extended hours available upon request.

Dates: May 29– August 17

Location: 3425 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. C1, Austin, 78746

Cost: $200–$460


Contact: 512-327-4130

Topgolf Summer Academy

Spring Academy

Topgolf Austin is once again hosting Summer Academy! This is a week-long half-day program for kids ranging from 6 – 12. Choose from 11 different weeks and let our academy be tailored to your summer! Topgolf Summer Academy is a fun way to stay physically fit, mentally active and engaged with the community all while learning a great skill.

Dates: June 4 – August 13, 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Topgolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing Austin, Tx. 78758

Cost: $199 per week, lunch included


YMCA Camp Twin Lakes

Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of park land, it features 2 lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and 3 indoor lodges. Our themed camps have the power to change the course of a summer and help kids develop in positive ways. We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment filled with new activities every day — all in the great outdoors.

Dates: March 12–16 (Spring Break); June 6 – July 28 (Summer Overnight Camps), May 30 – August 15 (Summer Day Camps)

Location: 204 E. Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park, 78613

Cost: Day Camp, $188–$284; Overnight, $375–$749


Contact: 512-250-9622 option 6

To list your spring break or summer camp in the 2018 Camp Guide, please contact

Get out and enjoy one last hurrah of Spring Break / SXSW 2018 on Saturday, March 17! Rock + Read at The Domain is a live music and book fest where both kids and adults will enjoy a great lineup of musicians as well as local children’s book authors, who will be reading from their books in between music sets. There will also be hands-on activities for kids of all ages, books signings, giveaways and more at this FREE event!

The Music Lineup:

Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
The Hoots
123 Andrés

Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Sugar Free Allstars
El Tule

The Que Pastas
Red Yarn

Local Author Lineup:

Jessica Lee Anderson
Keith Graves
PJ Hoover
Mary Sullivan

In addition to the live music and readings, kids will enjoy a color your own bookmark craft, jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, a putt-putt game with Top Golf, mini-hockey with Chaparral Ice, giveaways, and more!

Thanks to The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, and Fetch MD for making this event possible.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time: 3-7:30 pm

Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin (in between Dicks Sporting Goods and Dillard’s)

Cost: FREE!

Make plans to attend Hello, Dolly, a Dolly Parton Tribute Show for the entire family at the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater on Friday, March 16, 2018. This showcase is happening from 10am – 2:30pm and is perfect for both kids and adults. Stay all day or come and go for your favorite musicians. Either way, don’t miss it!

The Lineup:

– The Barton Hills Choir featuring special guest Sarah Jaffee
– Jon Langford
– Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
– 1-2-3 Andres
– Red Yarn
– Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats
– SaulPaul
– Kat Brotherton
– Nakia
– The Que Pastas
– Sugar Free Allstars
– Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

In addition to the great entertainment on stage, there will be food available for purchase from Emoji’s Grilled Cheese food truck, free Dolly-Do hair styling from Avenue Five Institute, putt-putt golf courtesy of our friends at Top Golf, KIND snacks, and an activity from Austin Family Magazine!

What: Hello, Dolly: A Tribute to Dolly Parton
When: Friday, March 16, 10 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin
Cost: $3 adults, $1 children 12 and under (all proceeds benefit Austin Scottish Rite Theater)
Tickets: Available online at or at the door

Thanks to the Springfree Trampoline for making this event possible! Presented by Spare the Rock, LiveMom, and the Austin Scottish Rite Theater.

The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the recently opened Bright Horizons in Westlake. The celebration will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Located in West Lake Hills, the new center’s opening allows parents the opportunity to balance their work life and family life while providing high-quality education for their children. The center accepts infants through children preparing for Kindergarten.

The celebration will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests will be able to meet the staff, explore the vibrant classrooms, and take part in raffles. Children will enjoy entertainment that includes a live performance by Joe McDermott, face painting and a visit by Moana! Light refreshments will be served.

What: Bright Horizon’s West Lake Hills Grand Opening Celebration
Where: 4613-B Bee Cave Road, West Lake Hills
When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m
Cost: FREE

RSVP to with your full name and the number of attendees in your party. For more information:

If you’re looking for a festive holiday experience, head to The Domain for twinkling lights, carolers, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, and a Santa experience that will delight kids of all ages.  Don’t miss out on the holiday fun happening all season long at The Domain!


Visit with Santa

Visit the “Beneath the Tree” Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Enjoy a story, share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. For complete hours and to make an appointment, click here.

Complimentary Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-9:30pm through December 23, 2017. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap.


Holiday Light Shows

Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in synchronization to holiday music! Lights shows area available nightly throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) each Friday evening at 6, 7 and 8pm through January 1, 2018.

Strolling Carolers

The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in Domain I each Saturday night from 6:30-8:30pm. Carolers offered Saturdays through December 23, 2017.

Live Music

The Domain’s year-round live music program is updated to feature holiday music throughout the season! Don’t miss these special performances on the lawn in Domain II and on the stage near North Italia in Domain I through December 23

Domain I: Fridays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM // Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM // Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Domain II: Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM // Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

For more information, check the Domain’s website or follow them on Facebook.

The Domain

11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin