It’s already that time of year to start planning Spring Break and Summer Camp for your child. Check out our 2015 Austin Area Camp Guide!

We’ve partnered with LiveMom and Free Fun In Austin to make this year’s guide the best yet. With listings for a wide variety of camps in and around Austin – many offering exclusive discounts for our readers – this guide will make your Spring Break and Summer Camp planning a breeze!

Download your 2015 Camp Guide here for FREE. Or see the full listing below:

American Robotics Academy


What does it take to create a remote controlled robot that can walk, drive and turn in any direction? Reach out for, grab, throw or release objects on? Move and act as you design and build them to do? A little bit of learning and lots of fun!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.

Locations: Multiple Locations throughout Austin, check our website.
Dates: Check location for dates
Cost: Full day: $300/week (9:00 to 4:00 PM) Half Day $175/week (9:00 to 12:00 PM, 1:00 to 4:00 PM)
Phone Number: 512-844-2724
Discount: 10% discount with code INT9

The Art Garage


With over 25 different camps to choose from, you are sure to find something perfect for your budding artist. Younger kids can choose from fun themes like Art Around the World, Candyland and Under the Sea. In each of these camps, the campers will get to create 8-12 projects, including building with clay, painting pottery, tie-dying, canvas painting, drawing and crafts. Older elementary-aged kids can look forward to themes like Minecraft, Austin Hipster Art, Ninja Turtle Art and Japan-i-mania. In these camps we focus a little more fine art and usually include an art history component.
In these camps, kids will get to focus on particular art media and have a more in-depth experience. Our camps are taught by certified art teachers and degreed, professional artists, so we are serious about art education. It is Summer, so we are serious about having lots of fun, too!
Location: 11190 Circle Drive, Suites 202-4
Dates: Check location for dates All Summer! 11 weeks, 3 different camps each week
Cost: $239
Phone Number: 512-852-9900

Ashley’s Playhouse

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Ashley’s Playhouse is a drop-in childcare center for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Their magical facility, loving staff and extended hours make it the perfect summer solution for busy families! Ashley’s Playhouse has an indoor two-story treehouse, acting stage, interactive EyePlay system, cinema room, outdoor playground and daily arts & crafts projects to keep your kids entertained for an hour while your run errands or all day! So whether you need help in between camps, before or after camp, or just because the kids love playing there- Ashley’s Playhouse has you covered this spring break!
Location: 13343 N Hwy 183, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78750
Cost: One time registration fee of $40 per family and then an hourly rate applies. Infants under 18mo-$12/hour; Children 18mo-12 years- $10/hour; Siblings are 40% off
Dates: Year round Mon.-Thur. 7am-10pm, Fri 7am-midnight, Sat. 8am-midnight
Phone Number: (512) 872-2755
Discount: 1⁄2 off registration and one free play hour per child on their first visit

The Austin Artery

The Austin Artery is a unique arts camp that uses art as a tool to enhance math, writing skills and emotional well-being through unique projects like mural making, sewing, dying fabric, and cultural studies. This small camp is led by a local artist and former teacher of the year on the lush campus of local Reggio Emilio School, Four Seasons.

Location: Four Seasons Community School (near the Domain)
Dates: Every week in June and July
Cost: $175-$300
Phone Number: 512-968-4315
Discount: 10% off

Austin Parks and Recreation


Whether you’re looking for active play, outdoor adventure, strategic games or cultural activities, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camps have something for everyone. Our goal is to provide your child with exciting experiences through structured recreation in a safe and welcoming environment. Emphasizing active participation and play, trained staff will guide your child through a variety of group activities, such as sports, swimming, hiking, geocaching, painting, performance, dance and more!

Locations: Camps are available at a number of museums, history, art, and nature centers throughout the city of Austin.
Dates: Summer Camp dates vary by location between June 8 – August 21, 2015
Cost: $76-$474

Austin Scottish Rite Theater


Summer camps at Austin Scottish Rite Children’s and Community Theater provide kids the opportunity to exercise their creative minds while exposing them to adventurous arts programming. Dancers Up! campers focus each day on various styles of dance and choreography, culminating in a showcase performance on the Scottish Rite Stage. Puppets Up! provides full immersion in the world of puppetry. Under the instruction of expert teachers and puppeteers, campers make and operate various styles of puppets. The week of camp wraps up with a showcase puppet production! Actors Up! campers spend their days with professional actors and experienced teachers. Camp will include sessions in improvisation, devising, movement, ending the week with a showcase performance. Actors Up! Intermediate Camp presents the challenge and thrill of various acting methods developed around the world. Focusing on the techniques of Meisner, Uta Hagen, Stanislavski, and other theater greats, campers are guided toward an exciting showcase performance. Shake Up! is a camp for serious – and seriously playful – young people who are ready to focus their minds and bodies on the challenge of bringing the
Bard to life on the historic Scottish Rite stage. Led by accomplished teachers and actors, camp days are filled with exploration of Shakespeare’s works all culminating in a final public performance.

Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street
Dates: Camps begin in June. Please see website for specific camp dates.
Cost: $250 for one week camps; $500 for two weeks
Phone Number: 512-472-5436

BAM Academy


BAM Camp is a 5 day camp in Austin Texas, where your kids get to experience our amazing Parkour pace. It’s a 7,500 sqft jungle gym that houses foam pits, gymnastics floors, climbing walls, swinging bars and even American Ninja Warrior obstacles. Your kids will love spending all day learning parkour and having ninja battles. They will learn the safety behind getting up, getting over and getting down obstacles, with some extra fun movement. Plus a Free Shirt!

Location: BAM Academy, 8222 North Lamar Blvd Ste. F54
Dates: Apprentice/Journeyman: June 8th-12th; July 6th-10th; August 3rd-7th
Master/Bam Master: June 15th-20th; July 13th-17th
Cost: Full Day $270 / Half Day $200
Phone Number: 512-960-3472

Bilingual Summer Art Workshops


Right at the heart of south Austin and inside a real Art studio, join us for a week of fun, exploration and creativity at Artestudio this summer. Kids experiment and play with artistic processes and create their own and unique art pieces while learning about Pre-hispanic or World art depending on which week they attend. These 5 day workshops offer an in depth and memorable creative expressive art experience. Art sessions are given from 9am to Noon, ensuring an optimal level of
engagement and learning fun. All children ages 5 to 14* are welcome, ONLY 10 Students per week workshop ensure a great personalized session by two experienced bilingual (native Spanish
speakers) art teachers/artists. Spaces go out quickly so reserving your spot early is highly recommended. *Art projects are adjusted in complexity depending on the student age and

Location: 2101 S 1st Suite D, Austin TX 78704
Dates: June 15th-19th Pre-Hispanic Art, June 22nd-6th World Art; June 29th-July 3rd Pre-Hispanic Art, July 6th-10th World Art
Cost: $140/wk
Phone Number: 512-415-9376

Color Me Mine


Painting Ceramics and Canvas, Crafts and games… we’ll be getting our hands into all kinds of fun! Mom, go run some errands or grab some coffee and relax while the kids have fun and do their own thing for a while. FOOD: Kids are to bring a sack lunch and drink everyday except Friday… Friday we will provide pizza! Water is provided but kids are encouraged to bring something they’d like to drink.

Location: Color Me Mine Pottery Painting Studio, Located in Hill Country Galleria on Hwy 71 in Bee Cave, 13500 Galleria Circle U-110, Bee Cave
Dates: Beginning the week of June 15, running through August 21,(None offered the week of June 29-July 3) from 1-4p.m. daily
Cost: $30 Per Day/$135 Per Week
Phone Number: 512-535-0005

The Contemporary Austin


At The Contemporary Austin-Art School, summer is filled with art camps for children ages 4 and up, including 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 12-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 across the country.
With half-day morning and afternoon classes 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. Teens may find inspiration in the energy of the museum’s downtown location and its new digital lab, with classes including Design and Illustration for Teens, Computer Drawing and Painting, and Urban Photography.

Location: The Contemporary of Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street
The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue
Dates: Weekly summer camps June 8- August 21, 2015
Cost: Varies per camp. Please visit website for details
Phone Number: 512-323-6380

Creative Action

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Creative Action Summer Camps are among the most popular in Austin! These camps are fun, interactive and give campers a chance to grow and learn. Make a movie based on your imagination, explore your favorite fairy tale, take a hero’s journey, learn how to make a difference in the world, drum and dance to your own beat, and take a journey into space! With a different theme each week for ages 5-13, our camps will keep kids busy, happy and growing. Each week ends with an opportunity for
campers to share what they’ve created with friends and family. Join The Studio for ages 10-13! Work with professional artists to increase your skills with an advanced level of study in multiple artistic areas including film, visual arts, physical comedy, and performing arts. Scholarships are
available for qualifying families. Creative Action serves more than 20,000 youth annually in seven area school districts. As the largest provider of creative learning programs in the Central Texas area, Creative Action uses the arts to activate the academic, social, and emotional development of young people. Creative Action’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative
artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

Location: 4 convenient locations in Austin and Round Rock.
Dates: Weekly beginning June 8 through August 7
Cost: $275 one week $495 two weeks
Phone Number: 512-442-8773 x107

Creative Side Jewelry Academy

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Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, is now offering our Young Metalsmiths Programs for ages 10-16 yrs old! The camps introduce the ancient craft of metal working to your budding artist. Classes are open to all skill levels, ages 10-16 and provide a safe and creative environment. Students learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques and get lots of great hands on experience at the jeweler’s bench. The camp is led by professional artist and educator Lindsay Hendricks. Under her guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while they learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling, and much more! Students will create multiple pieces throughout the camp and be encouraged to develop their own designs. A kit with materials and a sketch book are included in class fees.

The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making to our young metalsmiths! The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side and the kids will host an art show at the end of camp where
parents and family will be invited to join us to meet the instructors, new friends, and view their artwork on display.

Location: 321 W. Ben White Blvd. #204
Dates: Summer Apprenticeship
6/8-6/12, 6/29-7/3, 7/20-7/24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $165 – $385
Phone Number: 512-799-0731
Discount: $45 off camp tuition with coupon code KIDZ 2.

Fantastic Magic Camp


The most amazing, fun and unusual Day Camp in Austin, TX ! Fantastic Magic Camp – Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids ages 5 through 12 in Austin, TX since 1993. Imagine a place where… Kids discover their unique inner magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people both young and old who recognize and embrace that uniqueness. A shy little girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never new they could do, like juggling, balancing on stilts and riding a unicycle. Every day is filled with fun, laughter and lots of surprises. Everyone makes friends and learns to care for each other, because nothing else makes sense. That is Fantastic Magic Camp, where, after nearly a quarter century, we continue to work Magic with kids!

Location: Highland Mall, Suite N, 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752.
Cost: One week camps $275, two week camps $550
Dates: Summer Day Camp: Session 1: June 8—June 19; Session 2: June 22—July 3; Session 3: July 6—July 17; Session 4: July 20—July 31; Session 5: August 3—August 14; Session 6: August 17—August 21
Phone: 512-850-4677

Foodie Kids Cooking Camp

Students will be making several different recipes each day of camp utilizing fresh local produce to make healthy, creative recipes and bake items to sell for a Bake Sale Event benefiting a kid-centric charity. Lunch included.

Location: 3818 Far West Blvd. Suite 107, Retail and Culinary Center
Cost: Summer 4 Day Camps – $250
Dates: Summer 4 Day Camps (M-TH) June 8-August 27 Ages 4.5-7 9am-12pm, Ages 8 and older 1-4pm
Phone Number: 512-346-3333

Fun 2 Learn Code

Fun 2 Learn Code offers computer programming summer camps for students ages 7 and older. Camp options include: Minecraft Mods with Java, Game Development with Python or Unity, Scratch Programming, Web Development, Robotics using Finch and Arduino. Half-day and full-day camps are available. Unplugged activities are incorporated throughout the day. Many of the camps are designed for absolute beginners with no previous programming experience.

Locations: Round Rock and Dripping Springs (check web site for other locations)
Dates: Week-long camps throughout the summer, starting June 8
Cost: $180-$250 for half-day camps, $300-525 for full-day camps
Phone Number: 512-900-8380



Kidventure has been providing the finest Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps in Texas since 1994. Kidventure runs an active and purposeful curriculum with activities aimed at serving the whole child, including science, athletics, art, team building, and more. Our goal, however, remains to simply
help grow happy, healthy kids: We just choose do this through camp activities.

Camp Westlake
Camp Steiner
Camp Rough Life
Camp Lake Travis
Dates: Schedules at each camp location vary from June 8-August 1
Cost: $200-$260
Phone Number: 512- 263-8992


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KinderDance of North Austin’s Programs encourage children to have fun and gain a love for learning by associating it with something that comes naturally — movement, music, dance, and fitness! Kinderdance offers age appropriate dance and creative movement programs for ages 2-10! Registration is now open for our summer camps and classes! Camps are for ages 3-5 and include ballet, tap, and gymnastics, a craft, and a performance showing off everything your dancer has learned. Themes include Frozen, My Little Pony, and Disney Princesses! Our dance, gymnastics, and toddler classes are also offered in the convenience of childcare centers, Montessori schools, and preschools, providing busy parents
the convenience of giving their child the gift of extracurricular arts during the school day! Check out our website or give us a call for more information or to register today!

Locations: Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail; Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX; Various childcare centers and Montessori schools in Austin, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and Georgetown. (Classes only)
Dates: Throughout the summer beginning on June 15th
Cost: Ranging from $125-140 per child (depending on location)
Phone Number: 512-257-0733
Discount: 10% off when mentioning the Summer Camp Guide!

Maximum Taekwondo—Be Awesome Camp

Fun, Exciting, and Active! Camp members will receive training in the martial arts, eat lunch with their friends, and enjoy fun, active games. We will have scheduled field trips in the local Austin area, swimming at local Austin pools. Open to children ages 6 through 12 (sorry, no exceptions)

Location: 6929 Airport Blvd., Suite 146
Week 1—June 8–12
Week 2—June 15–19
Week 3—June 22–26
Week 4—June 29–July 3
Week 5—July 13–17
Week 6—July 20–24
Week 7—July 27–31
Week 8—August 3–7
Week 9—August 10–14
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $200 per week
Phone Number: 512-371-8989

Meditation & Writing Camp with Spike


At Meditation Camp, kids ages 8-12 years old will learn to practice mindful breathing, guided meditations and visualization, talk about compassion and learn how to cultivate it, write and perform skits about making the world better, make cool beaded bracelets, make magazines dedicated to doing good deeds, HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

Location: SOL Studio, 3400 Kerbey Lane
Dates: June 8-12 and June 15-19 from 9 a.m. – noon.
Cost: $100 per camp including supplies

Orpheus Academy of Music Camps

We have the perfect camps for kids who love to make music with other kids and/or are looking for their first experience in music. Students will be grouped by age and ability to play great, age
appropriate, music. They will learn vital skills of musicianship including steady pulse, excellent rhythm, good listening skills, intonation, balance, expressive playing and performance skills.
Each 3-hour day will be broken up into different classes including warmups/technique, group rehearsal,
musicianship games, listening/watching the great artists, and private or semi-private lessons.Some camps music will be handed out well in advance so that each student will have an opportunity to learn their part and come to the camp ready to rehearse together.

Locations: 3918 -C Far West Blvd.
Dates: June 8 -August 21
Cost: $275-475
Phone Number: 512-333-1008

Round Rock Express Baseball Camps


The Round Rock Express Baseball Camps offer big-league quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game of baseball. Express Baseball Camps range in ages and offer opportunities for all skill levels. We pride ourselves on providing high-level baseball 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.

Locations: Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Dates: June 15-18, June 29-July 2, July 20-23, July 27-30
Cost: $150-500

Safari Champ


Spend Spring Break on the wild side with our Safari Camp for kids ages 3 and over. Enjoy making Blue Bonnet Rock Candy, face painting, group games, the Austin Reptile Show, Wild Things Zoofari and so much more!

Location: 1400 E Old Settlers Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Cost: Full week (5 days), full-time for $250 (Reg. $335); Full week (5 days), part-time for $120 (Reg. $160); Daily rate, full-time for $50/day (Reg. $67/day); Daily rate, part-time for $25/day (Reg. $32/day)AdvertisementDates: March 16th – March 20th
Phone Number: 512-828-0000
Discount: 25% on all rates

School of Rock

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Our comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. We use Rock ‘n Roll to teach guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keys, culminating in a live show on the final day! Beginner Camp is perfect for students who are new to their instrument. Through individual and small-group instruction, students learn basic fundamentals such as counting, playing in time and playing with others, and can try their hands at different instruments during the week. Daily rehearsals lead up to an awesome performance at the School on the final day. Performance Camps (Metal, Beatles and Led Zeppelin) are intensive rock ‘n roll boot camps for students with some lessons experience under their studded belts. Performance students receive individual and small-group instruction and rehearse daily, leading up to a rockin’ performance at an Austin live music venue on the final Saturday.

Ages: Beginner Camp-6-13 years old; 9-18 years old for Performance Camps.
Location: 2525 W Anderson Lane, Suite 138
Dates: One week Camps: June 8-12: Beginner Camp I June 15-19: Metal Camp July 6-10: Beginner Camp II
Two week Camps: July 20-Aug 1: Beatles Camp; Aug 10-22: Led Zeppelin Camp
Cost: One week camps-$550, Two week camps- $1100
Phone Number: 512-670-2360
Discount: Book before April 1, 2015 and get 20% OFF ALL CAMPS!

School of Rock: Little Wing

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For Little Rockers aged 3-5 at WAYA. Camps include activities from School of Rock’s Little Wing program, special instruments to explore, music themed art projects and fun games. A snack will be provided, please send packed lunch with student. The Little Wing program helps children understand concepts like rhythm and melody and introduce them to the language of music. Camps will feature movement games set to some of the most popular music from the like of The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Who and Queen and instructors will lead activities intended to spark creativity.
Little Wing offers real musical experiences that will encourage:

– Exercising both short and long term musical memory, including kinetic memory
– Understanding sound and silence, musical dynamics and song structure
– Auditory focus and the development of great listening skills
– Confidence through performance in front of/ with other kids

Little Wing Camps are fun and will foster a love for music in your child that will last a lifetime!

Location: West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd 1
Cost: $250 per 5 day camp
Dates: Summer Camps: June 1 – 5, July 6-10, August 17-21, August 24-28
Phone Number: 512-518-6305

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 rare opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life where they will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the Renaissance.

Location: 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade TX
Dates: Youth Summer Camp: Session I– July 5-11; Session II– July 12-18; Session III– July 19-25
Adult Summer Camp: July 31-August 2
Cost: $795
Discount: discounts available for early registration



Sportball is an educationally based sports curriculum that allows children to explore and learn the skills of eight popular sports: soccer, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, golf, and tennis. Using creative instruction and positive encouragement, our programs focus on the development of gross motor skills along with balance, strength, coordination, stamina, and timing. The equipment that we use is age appropriate and sized just right for the children in our programs. At Sportball your child will improve his or her kicking, footwork, throwing, catching, batting, dribbling, and scoring skills. Our goal is boost your child’s confidence and to instill a lifelong love of sports and athletics.

Locations: West Austin Youth Association, Steiner Ranch Community Center, Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Lakeway Activity Center, Northwest Recreation Center
Dates: Spring Break, Summer, Holiday
Cost: $150 – $180
Phone Number: 512-407-8814


Summer Spark

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With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure on schools, a fundamental component of a strong foundation is missing in the lives of many children today. The ability to tackle a problem with no set solution– to think creatively and flexibly, to struggle, fail, and try
again, to test, revise, and reiterate. At Summer Spark, we strive to fill this gap. We are all about physical experiments, purposeful tinkering, messy construction. Creativity Unplugged. At Summer Spark day camps, located at O. Henry Middle School in central Austin, your children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. Each day begins with time for campers to connect on a personal level and enjoy time with each other before coming together as a community for a
group activity that sets a positive, collaborative tone and encourages new and old friendships. New concepts and skills related to the week’s challenge are then presented to the group, followed by plenty of time for campers to design, build, and test their ideas. This focused work time is broken up by high energy group games, as well as quieter time to relax and socialize. Campers leave smiling from the fun times with their friends and the deep satisfaction that comes from following their
curiosity and engaging in an intriguing challenge.

Location: O. Henry Middle School, 2610 West 10th Street
Dates: June 1st-August 14th, Monday-Friday
Cost: $300

Synergy Dance Studio

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Synergy Dance Studio offers 3 levels of summer camps with full and 1⁄2 day options. Campers will have a blast in our weekly themed camps or challenged in our intensive camp options depending on their age and ability. All camps will have a parent show on Friday to show off what they’ve learned during the week! Preschool camps, ages 3-5 years, begin at 9am and ends at 12pm with extended hours offered at
8:00 and 12:00. Preschool themes this summer include Frozen, Sophia the First, Fairy Wonderland and Under the Sea. Camps include dance, crafts, gymnastics and fun games! School Age camps, ages 4.5-10 years, begin at 10am and finish at 3pm with extended hours available beginning at 8:00 and ending at
5:00. School Age campers will need to bring a sack lunch. This year we will have Frozen, Taylor Swift, I Wanna Be a Pop Star and Teen Beach Movie. Daily activities will include dance, crafts, gymnastics, musical theatre, games and many more fun activities! Intensive camps, ages 7-17 years, focus on technique, style and skills and will be divided up by age and ability from beginner to advanced. Professional staff will teach every class with special guest teachers offered daily. Camps offered include Triple Threat (dance, sing and act), Jazz and Hip Hop, Ballet and Modern and Drill Team.

Location: Synergy Dance Studio, 3425 Bee Caves Road
Dates: June 1st-August 14th
Cost: $200-$300
Phone Number: 512-327-4130
Discount: Free Registration for all new summer campers!


TexARTS Summer Camps offer full-day, half-day and mini camps in dance, theatre, voice and visual arts. The year’s summer musical production will be “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” (June 8-25, with public performances June 19-22). TexARTS will offer two theatre intensives – “The Cinderella Chronicles,” and “Puss In Boots.” The “Best of” camps allow students to learn songs, scenes and choreography from various Broadway shows including “Wicked,” “Frozen” and other kid friendly hits. Students ages 2 – 4 can take part in the fun by enrolling in a Mini Camp.

Location: 2300 Lohman’s Spur, STE 160, Lakeway, TX 78734
Cost: Full Day Camp, M-F. 9am-5pm, – Fee $350 Half Day Camp M-F. 9am-1pm, – Fee $250; Extended Care 8-9am & 5-6pm @ $50/week
Date: Summer Camps, June 8-Aug. 23. New Camps begin weekly.
Phone Number: 512-852-9079



Thinkery Camp programs provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for campers to expand their problem solving potential and have a whole lot of fun. Children in pre-k through 5th grade engage in playful learning experiences to develop critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment. Plus, each camper receives a cool Thinkery Camp t-shirt! Thinkery camps offer hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as a platform for innovation. Each week-long program offers a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity. Campers answer their questions of “how” and “why” through interactive experiences designed to keep them exploring, creating and moving. Camps are divided into three age groups (pre-k-k, 1st-2nd grade and 3-5th grade) to provide the most developmentally appropriate environment for them to learn, grow and play.We have designed our Thinkery camp themes to grow with our campers. For all camp themes, activities and content are differentiated for each age group. As campers get older they dive deeper into STEAM principles and tackle more complex challenges and materials.

Location: Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue
Date: June 8-August 21
Cost: $190-$360 per week
Phone Number: 512-469-6201

Upstage Theater


Musical Theater Camp: Become a celebrity in one fun-filled week as you bring a brand new, jaw-dropping, rockin’ musical to life! Invite all your fans to your red carpet premier performance! Your fans will be singing the tunes (and your praises) for months! Stars and Superheroes! Park your pirate ship or your unicorn outside and join us in the underground superhero headquarters as we plan to become the directors and stars of YOUR own adventure- with tons of costumes, amazing interactive scenery, fun special effects and huge imagination, kids will create a video to complete their experience!
Rock & Roll Nights Camp!Yep, it’s camp every night of the week & each night is an awesome rock experience! Sing, dance & act with our professional choreographers and directors as we create a
rock & roll show to remember! Oh, and did we mention the glow-in-the-dark fun?

Location: The Girls School of Austin / Austin Ridge
Dates: June 29-July 3 & July 6-10 @The Girls School of Austin, August 3-7 @ Austin Ridge
Times: 9-2 for all day camps, 6-8 evening camp
Cost: MTC Tuition $275 (ages 7-12) S&S Tuition $260 (ages 4-6), R&R (Ages 7-12) Tuition: $185
Phone Number: 512-366-3074

Wanna Play

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Wanna Play offers themed camps for kids ages 2 and up. You can enjoy the convenience of our drop-in care before or after camps hours, the kids will have fun making friends, and joining in on the many enrichment activities going on throughout the day. Camp activities include art, science experiments, and games as well as free play time in our Indoor Ballroom, Imagination Playground (life size blue blocks), Wii Dance, Video games and even a Movie! Bundles include snacks and a meal. Activities are designed for various ages and abilities. Security is a priority with fingerprint check-in and secured entry.

Locations: Wanna Play near Lakeline Mall, 14010 N Hwy 183, Ste 535, Austin, 78717; Wanna Play Round Rock, Near Dell Diamond, 4500 E Palm Valley Blvd, Ste 100, Round Rock, 78665
Date: Summer Starts June 8
Cost: Camp Bundles include snacks, lunch & crafts: Half Day $30, Full Day $50 as well as Full week and monthly options. Hourly drop-in rates: $8 hr for kids 18 mos – 12 yrs, $10 hr for infants up to 17 mos, $4 hr for Siblings
Phone Number: Lakeline 512-258-7529, Round Rock 512-341-7529
Discount: 10% Off One Week or One Month of Camp with registration


Would you rather invent something entirely new or improve something to make it better? Would you rather be the next Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, or Steve Jobs? Introducing WonderLab’s Choose Your Own Adventure, where kids will have an experience as unique and limitless as their own imagination! Each week, kids will launch into three topics (selected from our Invent or Improve It?! workshop series) on Monday, and then, with the help of experienced Mentor Guides, develop an Inspired Hypothesis (week-long project) to work on individually, or in groups, for the next four days.
Topics include: Coding! Designing! Gaming! Mapping! Filming! and more! Examples of potential inspired hypotheses include, but are in no way limited to: Can I code my favorite board game so that I can play it online?! Can I make a video map for kids new to Austin?! Can I design a new musical instrument?! Can I create a boat that can sail across Town Lake?!

Location: WonderLab, 1102 West Avenue
Dates: June 8-August 14 (10 weeks), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $400/week ($350 before 3/15, for siblings, and/or for subsequent weeks)
Phone Number: 512-963-9606


Austin Sunshine Camps

Austin YMBL Sunshine Camp at Zilker Park: Founded in 1928, this residential summer camp hosts children from 7-11 years of age.Camp sessions teach life skills, self-confidence, trust and teamwork, while providing outdoor recreation through activities such as arts and crafts, a low-ropes course, canoeing, hiking, swimming and other team activities. Red McCombs Sunshine Camp at Lake Travis: ASC partnered with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to create a residential wilderness summer camp located on Lake Travis. This camp hosts campers ages 12-15. The Lake Travis Camp programming emphasizes team building with a sophisticated high-ropes course to build the self-esteem and confidence needed to cope with the stress and pressures of adolescence. Campers are completely “unplugged” from technology, an extremely unique situation in today’s world. Activities include volleyball, high-ropes, canoeing and campfires. Both camps are free of charge to students who qualify for the Texas public schools free and reduced lunch program.

Locations: Lake Travis; Zilker Park
Dates: Residential Summer Camp (6 day sessions) June 8-August 15
Cost: Free of charge to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Clean Creek Camp

Join your kids outdoors this summer for 3-4 days of outdoor adventure at Clean Creek Camp. We’ll explore in and around Austin’s creeks and aquifer. Groups with adult leaders are welcome! Ages:
9-13 (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Activities include:
Hike and explore Barton Creek with a scavenger hunt challenge
Wade in the creek and find out how bugs tell us about water quality
Clean up and float on Lady Bird Lake
Learn green gardening for clean water
Get down into the aquifer through a local cave
Paddle and clean up Barton Creek

Location: Various outdoor locations in Austin
Dates: Summer June 8-11, July 14-16
Cost: Free

Changing my address throughout greater Austin roughly once a year for the last decade has had some benefits. I’ve learned a lot about various neighborhoods’ breakfast taco offerings (Manor Road might still top my list in this category), and I’ve progressively moved closer to downtown (more breakfast tacos within walking distance).

But there’s one very obvious realization that relocating throughout the city has taught me… MOVING IS THE WORST.

Local startup Bronko Box is making this painful process a bit easier.


The company offers fully assembled, plastic, REUSABLE packing boxes delivered straight to your door, and then picks them up when you’re done. On top of the obvious environmental benefits, the boxes are durable, meaning they can hold a lot more than their cardboard counterparts, and the boxes have handles, making them much easier for you (or your movers) to carry.

Gone are the days of shady grocery store dumpster heists; say goodbye to the desperate Facebook posts begging for boxes. Bronko Box makes what was once a major pain point in the moving process much easier.

Like all services, you might expect to pay a premium for this experience, but a weeklong rental of Bronko Boxes is actually 50% LESS than buying standard cardboard boxes. Sounds like a win/win.

To show some love to 365 Things Austin readers, they’re giving away a free two-week Bronko Box rental for a two-bedroom residence (must be used within six months of 3/24/15).

To enter:

  1. ‘Like’ Bronko Box on Facebook or follow them on Instagram
  2. @Tag a friend who might be able to use their services!

Winner will be chosen at 6pm on March 30th, 2015.


The Domain will join forces with Orange Wall Collective and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child to host Rock + Chalk, a free afternoon of family-friendly live music and activities on *Sunday, March 22nd (date changed due to weather).

Children of all ages are invited to rock out and celebrate the arrival of spring from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on the newly completed lawn area in Domain II Plaza. Ralph’s World will kick off the afternoon of springtime jams at 3 p.m., followed by Groundwork Music Orchestra at 3:35 p.m. At 4:55 p.m. Elizabeth McQueen will perform, then Joe McDermott will take the stage at 4:55 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. The Que Pastas will play, followed by Koo Koo Kanga Roo at 6:15. At 7 p.m., The Jellydots will finish off a night that will have kids begging for more. All music throughout the evening will be presented by Austin Diagnostic Clinic.

In addition to getting down and funky under the lawn’s new iconic cable overhead structure, kids will enjoy a chalk art zone presented by All Things Kids and other free activities throughout Domain II, including, music lessons, a musical instrument petting zoo, temporary tattoos, costumed character appearances, a dance contest with prizes, giveaways and more.

Rock and Chalk Austin

“Domain II’s newly completed lawn was specifically designed for events like Chalk + Rock,” said Lauren Krumlauf, Area Director of Marketing at The Domain. “We are thrilled to welcome the community out to celebrate spring’s arrival and experience the finished product of the enhancement project.”

All of these activities, combined with the outstanding selection of stores offered at The Domain, create a lasting impression and unique social experience for the community to come together and celebrate.

Rock + Chalk is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (512) 873-8099, or visit

***For a chance to win VIP passes to the event, submit a request here:!faq/c24vq

The rumors are true, Austin’s own Ghostland Observatory will be ending a lengthy hiatus to headline this year’s Euphoria Music Festival. Co-headliners Pretty Lights, STS9, Thievery Corporation, and Adventure Club top a bill that is arguably the strongest top-to-bottom lineup in the history of the Austin electronic music festival arena.

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

“Expanding to a full three days of camping, coupled with our diverse lineup has allowed us to create an immersive festival experience unique not just to Texas, but to most festivals out there,” says Euphoria creative director Mitch Morales.  “We really want to emphasize our culture and show fans what sets us apart from the rest.”


The three-day festival will take place at the beautiful Carson Creek Ranch, just a few minutes east of downtown Austin. Festival-goers are encouraged to camp on the property to fully immerse themselves in the Euphoria experience.

For a full lineup, and to purchase a “very limited” number of $139 (3-day) pre-sale tickets, visit:




My favorite pet store, Tomlinson’s and favorite grocery delivery service, Instacart have joined forces so you can now get your pet products delivered right to your door within an hour.

My life seems to be a constant mix of balancing running errands, work and a social life. Last year when I started to use instacart it completely changed my mentality when it comes to grocery shopping. Now that they’ve teamed up with Tomlinson’s I’m ecstatic.  Less trips, to the pet store, more time on the trail is fine by me!

365 Readers can use the code 365ATXToms for a $10 coupon to try it out!

instacart tomilsons

Not only are they offering 365 reads a coupon but for every order placed during the month of February, Tomlinson’s and Instacart will each donate one dollar to Austin Pets Alive, a non-profit pet rescue and adoption organization that has saved more than 30,000 dogs and cats in Austin since 2008.

Browsing instagram one day I stumbled across the Austin Blanks account and that was the beginning of an instant love affair. I am obsessed with their calendar and notecards; the quality is top notch.


It’s February, how did that happen? If you still don’t have your calendar this is the one for you. It’s the only Calendar that accurately defines Austin through it’s beautiful mix of iconic Imagery, playfulness and just the right amount of Weird.

Right now when you purchase a calendar they’ll send you a fun mix of Austin postcards AND notecards!

austin calendar

Something super cool about Austin Blanks is that they don’t not use any image that is copyrighted without consent from the artist themselves or through their legal team. They pride themselves on that because when you buy an image that is copyrighted and legit, the money goes back to the artist and the community.

austin calendar

Currently, they’re one of only a small few local companies legally allowed to use ‘HI, How are you’ and the upcoming ‘Love is the Question, Love is the Answer,’ by Daniel Johnston, all thanks to Tom Gimbel of Austin City Limits. I love that they take care of the artists. Austinties doing it right.

Are you ready to step-back into medieval times? The ultimate Renaissance Festival, the Sherwood Forest Faire is back for its 6th season.

sherwood forest faire

The faire is a journey back in time based on the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. It takes place on a 23-acre village just east of Austin, and hosts more than 100 shoppes, pubs, restaurants, and stages. You’ll feel immersed in a time long, long ago.

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Imagine knights, jesters, wenches, pirates, lords, and peasants all roaming around and welcoming you to the village. Once inside, the village is your oyster; you can check out shows including jousting, juggling and live music. Or you can wander around and visit the shoppes while snacking on renaissance cuisine.


This is an event that is extremely family friendly, but they also encourage adults to come out on their own. They’ll have just as much fun with an afternoon of day-drinking, endless food and people watching.

The escape from reality exists just under 45 minutes east of Austin.

When: Weekends. Now – March 29th (plus Friday March 2oth)

Time: 10am – dusk

1883 Old Hwy 20
McDade, Texas 78650

Top-Chef fans and food-loving Austinites in general, mark your calendars for February 22nd. A who’s who of area chefs will be competing in several lamb-centric categories with a shot at the crown for “Lamb Jam Master” on the line.

The event will take place at the beautiful Barr Mansion in East Austin, and at $60 a ticket, I’m confident this event will sell out quickly. Full details and a list of the competing chef’s and their respective restaurants are below. To purchase tickets, click here.

AUSTINJanuary 12, 2015 – On Sunday, February 22, 16 top Austin chefs and more than 300 lamb lovers will gather at the Barr Mansion for Austin’s first Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where attendees decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.

Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Austin’s top food media. The Austin victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.

Lamb Jam Austin

“We designed the Lamb Jam Tour as a way to bring communities together and drive awareness about the benefits of American lamb,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “Texas is the largest lamb producing state in the country and Austin is one of the fastest growing markets with a nationally recognized food scene, so we’re excited to bring the tour to Austin for the first time.” This year marks the fifth national Lamb Jam Tour.

Participating Austin chefs include:


Join the Flock: Purchase a Ticket

Lamb Jam takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste some of Texas’ best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.

What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Austin’s finest chefs. Visit for the complete lineup and to purchase general admission tickets.

When: Sunday, February 22

3:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754

Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Visit for ticketing and event information.

About the American Lamb Board

The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

Austin’s official band, The Austin Symphonic Band, has a one of kind concert coming up. The show will be the first at AISD’s new Performing Arts Center in Mueller, which is a pretty spectacular venue. Excellent music, plus a cool venue, sign me up.

You may be familiar with the Austin Symphonic Band from their annual Mother’s Day Concert at The Capitol, or their Father’s Day Concert in the park. Both events are very popular each year, and this is a great opportunity to check out the band in an acoustically-perfect environment!

Inside AISD's brand new Performing Art's Center

Inside AISD’s brand new Performing Art’s Center

The February concert, Tributes, will feature the world premiere of Frank Ticheli’s new work Dancing on Water which will honor the Austin Symphonic Band’s conductor, Richard Floyd. Other selections that will be performed were written as tributes to persons, places and events.

As an added treat, Frank Ticheli will be present to discuss his new work and will also conduct the concert.

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media


AISD’s new performing arts center just had its Grand Opening last week, so this is a fantastic opportunity to check out the new state of the art venue. Following the concert, there will be a reception with coffee and cake.

Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $6

When: February 7th

Time: 8 – 9:30 pm


AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan
Austin, Texas 78723


I’m writing this post while going 70 miles per hour down I-35. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds…

Vonlane is a new premium bus service that wants to change the way you travel between Austin and Dallas. Spoiler alert: I’m sold.

The concept is simple enough- traveling by plane between the two cities is not fun. By the time you drive out to Bergstrom, park, go through check-in/security, and actually get off the ground, you have a solid 15-20 minutes of paid wi-fi to get anything done. The trip ends up taking about as long as it would have to drive, and business travelers struggle with the loss in productivity. Enter Vonlane.


Let’s start with how easy it is to book your trip. Their site is super user friendly and you can book a seat within minutes of hitting their homepage.

You can arrive as late as 10 minutes before your trip, check any large bags with the driver (for free), and hop on a bus unlike anything you’ve been on before. The seats are as wide or wider than any domestic first-class seats, and I couldn’t reach the seat in front of me if I tried. How far do the seats recline? The answer is, far enough that I accidentally fell asleep on my trip from Austin yesterday.

But it’s actually the service that really makes Vonlane special. When you step onto the bus, you’re greeted by a ‘flight attendant;’ she’ll walk you to your seat and offer to take your coat, which will be hung in a closet rather than stuffed into an overhead bin. You’re then presented with a menu that includes complimentary soft drinks, and food catered from the same companies that cater private jets. I indulged.


The menu then goes a step further to offer essential travel items like noise-canceling headphones, and cushioned lap desks for your computer. They’ll even provide you with a toothbrush and paste if you left yours at home.

I was actually more productive in the three-hour trip today than I typically am at my own desk; less distraction I suppose! I highly, highly recommend this for business travelers in Austin, and with pricing similar to that of flying between the two cities (around $100 each way), I’d actually recommend it for personal travel as well.

Busses leave from the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake several times throughout the day, and they drop you off in Dallas at a hotel near the Love Field Airport. Give them a try on your next trip to Dallas; I promise you’ll love the experience.