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This June and July, VentureLab will be offering their unique, STEM-based entrepreneurship camps to kids ages 5-13 at the Magellan International School in Austin. Each camp is one week and will introduce students to entrepreneurship skills through technology topics including:

  • Video Game Design
  • Maker Skills
  • Product Design


Students learn what it means to extend their interests and passions outside the classroom as they solve real-world problems.


Camps include:

Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. To learn more or to register online, click here. Or follow VentureLab on Facebook.com/ourventurelab and Twitter at @ourventurelab.


Would you like to win a spot in a VentureLab camp, valued at $350, for your child? We are giving away one spot in a camp of winner’s choice (valid only at locations hosted at Magellan School in Austin) to a lucky reader! All entries must be submitted by 9 am CST on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The winner will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond to claim prize. The prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value. One entry per household.

Ladies grab your biggest derby hats and gentlemen come out sporting your most dapper attire—it’s time for the most exciting two minutes in sports! The second-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring three recent ACL alums: Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, and The Wind + The Wave. And come early as The Gents and Hello Wheels will be kicking things off. The best part? The Run for the Roses will be broadcast live on a jumbotron!

Odd Duck will be crafting their staple Makers Mark mint julep, along with a solid beer list from Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Odell Brewing IPA, and Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. Also on hand will be BBQ from Freedmen’s, fried chicken from Ms P’s Electric Cock, and Lick Ice Creams.

When: Saturday, May 7th

Time: Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Austin American-Statesman West Lot
305 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, 78704

Cost: General Admission is $25/$35 day of event, VIP is $75

*Spring for VIP and do the derby right! You’ll get access to a private spot under the oak trees with seating and a bunch of complimentary perks: food, massages from Austin Massage company, luxury toilets, and a dedicated bar.

Here’s the full event schedule:
Houndmouth – 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Jamestown Revival – 5:45 – 6:50 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Coverage on jumbotron – 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
The Gents – 2:55 – 3:35 p.m.
Hello Wheels – 2:00 – 2:35 p.m.

Daily through March 26, 2016

Rodeo Austin has a little something for everyone including pig races, carnival rides, pony rides, concerts, a Wild West Show, shopping, and more. Check the complete schedule here.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

Saturday March 19, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Head over to the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin on Saturday morning to hear Tameca Jones, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Hayes Carll and Sweet Spirit as they close out this annual SXSW tradition. Entry fee is $10 for everyone 3 and above, which benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Included in the $10 admission is a breakfast taco and bottomless cup of coffee.

Toms One X One (A.M. and P.M.)

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – noon & 5-8 p.m.

Bring the family out to Toms on South Congress for tunes, crafts, music lessons and more daily from 10 am – noon. Come back in the evening for One X One P.M. for live music for all ages. FREE!

Rosewood Neighborhood Park Community Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate Easter with carnival games, Easter egg hunts, face painting and pictures with the Easter bunny. FREE and open to the public. Rosewood Neighborhood Park, Doris Miller Auditorium, 2300 Rosewood Avenue.

Rock + Read at The Domain

Sunday, March 20, 1 -5:30 p.m.

End the final day of Spring Break 2016 with a music and book fest happening at the Domain. In addition to a great lineup of kid-friendly music and local author storytimes in the BookPeople tent, there will be crafts and more fun at this FREE event. Amy Donovan Plaza, The Domain.

It’s one of our favorite times of the year in Austin, Texas. Free food, free drinks, live music, and lots of visitors. That’s right – it’s South by Southwest.

You may have noticed a lot of buzz around local Austin company, Favor recently. And that buzz certainly isn’t slowing down for SXSW. They’ve teamed up with SouthBites Trailer Park, dating app – Bumble, and Car2go.

Free deliveries and free swag were plentiful this weekend from Favor, but the fun’s not over just yet. Check out some of the awesome giveaways Favor is doing for the remainder of SXSW.

Monday 3/14

Favor has teamed up with car2go to present you free deliveries. 12 – 2 pm

Tuesday 3/15

Favor has a pretty sweet sponsorship this year with SouthBites Trailer Park. Go check out some of the best local food and while you’re at it, treat yo self to a free massage (on Favor). 6 – 10 pm

Thursday 3/17

Free deliveries once again! Courtesy of car2go and Favor. 12 – 2 pm
Get stamped with tattoos on demand at the SouthBites Trailer Park. 12 – 6 pm

Saturday 3/19

There’s so much barbeque to eat, yet so many sxsw things to do. Get your fill of both, because Favor will deliver you some of Austin’s best barbecue (Salt Lick) from 11 am – 2 pm.

Check out Favor for more information. Don’t miss a beat and follow their sxsw moves on Snapchat – @Favordelivery

Mark your calendars to attend YOU WHO Rock Show for Kids, the fourth annual daytime concert benefiting MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Austin families are invited to rock out with:

In addition to the lineup, there will be a pre-show kid’s craft zone and giant owl mascots.


Tickets do tend to sell out for this show – it’s recommended to purchase in advance. 100% of ticket sales will help MyMusicRx deliver the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses, including locally at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs as this event takes place in an outdoor tented area.

When:    Thursday, March 17, 2015. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  

Where:   Main Stage at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse, 1101 E 5th Street (between San Marcos and Waller), Austin, TX 78702. LIMITED parking is available at 5th & Waller.

Cost: Advance tickets are $20/adults or $25/day of show. Kids 10 and under are FREE but do require a $0 ticket. A VIP family-of-four-pack is available for $120 and includes complimentary breakfast, concert t-shirts, raffle tickets, and a special swag bag filled with sponsor gifts. Tickets are available online at https://mmrx.queueapp.com/events/18889 concerts from national recording artists complete the MyMusicRx experience.

For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2016! Whether you are staying away from the SXSW madness and hitting up the fun in the ‘burbs or heading downtown to take part in family-friendly live music showcases, there’s a little something for everyone.


Spring Break at the Bullock is offering daily hands-on activities from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. the entire week of Spring Break 2016.

The Thinkery is open all week with maker labs, community night on Wednesday, workshops, Baby Bloomers and more. Tip: bring a picnic lunch and then head to Mueller Lake Park to play and eat.

Music and food trailers and art…. it’s all happening on March 12th at The Contemporary Museum of Art (Laguna Gloria’s) Art Free-For-All.

All admission and programs at The Blanton Museum of Art are free on the Third Thursday (March 17).

Live Music

It’s SXSW! There are several family-friendly options if you’d like to catch a music showcase with your kids.

See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly SXSW events here.


How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.

If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.


Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.

Head out to the Oasis on Saturday, March 13th to see not only one of the most beautiful views but also a nice selection of cars at Cars and Coffee.

Eat, drink and sing at Party for the Planet while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Wednesday, March 18th.

Celebrate Holi Festival on Saturday, March 19th at Radha Madhav Dham.

Road Trip, Anyone?

Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!

Outside Adventures

Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.

Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.

Go for a drive out of the city to Marble Falls where kids love picking strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm.

Go say hello to the animals at the Austin Zoo. Have you heard that they have COUGAR CUBS?! Sweet little baby cougars. Aw!

Indoor Options

There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we need to have a backup plan for some indoor activities.

BookPeople, the World’s Best Indie Bookstore (yes, we are partial) has storytime three times during Spring Break: Tuesday, Wednesday (Tiny Tails Petting Zoo!) and Saturday.

The Austin Public Library is pretty awesome with their events. Catch a performance of Literature LIVE!’s The Selfish Gardner Puppet Show, hit up a storytime, a movie, play with Legos…. there’s much to choose from.

Head to the ‘burbs to play at the new Spare Time facility in Pflugerville. Or drive even further north to Round Rock for some play time at Baby Earth.

The folks at the Hill Country Science Mill have some special activities planned each day of the week during Spring Break!

Happy Spring Breakin’!

About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.

American Robotics Academy

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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.

Dates: June 6 through August 5, 2016


North West Austin: Live Oaks Unitarian Church, 78613

North Austin: The Magellan International School, 78757; Deerpark Elementary, 78729

Central Austin: Highland Park Baptist Church, 78731; Zilker Elementary, 78704

Round Rock: Great Oaks Elementary, 78681;Blackland Praire Elementary, 78665

South Austin: Menchaca Elementary, 78748

Cost: Full day $300.00; Half day $165.00

Website: http://www.roboticsacademy.com/schedules-austin_summer.html

Contact: 512-844-2724

Art Camps with Art Amore

Art Amore Summer Camps are a chance for young artists to submerge themselves into creativity. Each camp has its own unique theme that will allow us to explore art ideas, techniques and concepts in different and fun ways. Like our classes, our summer camps strike a balance between learning technique and developing the creative spirit. Camps are designed for a wide age range with multiple experienced instructors on hand. Each camp will end with a canvas masterpiece incorporating what we have learned throughout the week.

Dates: Art Amore holds week long art camps all summer long from June through August.

Location: Art Amore, 6507 Jester Blvd., Suite 107, Austin

Cost: Camps range from $190 with multiple discounts available.

Website: www.artamoreaustin.com

Contact: artamoreaustin@gmail.com

The Austin Artery

The Artery is a fine arts camp that focuses on process over product, encouraging each child’s creativity and unique voice to shine through their work. The artery has weekly themes of puppets, theatre, art & math, art & nature, fiber arts to provide children with exposure to a variety of fine arts. Campers are encouraged to explore big ideas and make real world connections. This cap is on the beautiful campus of Four Seasons Community school were children can spend plenty of time in shaded outdoor areas.

Dates: Summer – Weekly through June, July and August

Location: Four Season’s Community School, 3909 Adelphi in Northwest Austin

Cost: $200-$250

Website: www.theaustinartery.com

Contact: 512-968-4315

Austin Children’s Theater

Calling all creative, comical, and charismatic kids! Join us for weeks of artistic fun! Dabble in theater and story-telling, art and music and performance.  Or spend the days sharpening your acting skills as you work towards the goal of putting on a fully produced play or mini musical! Invite family and friends to the final performance. Make ‘em laugh and make ‘em cry as you show off your talents.

Location(s): June Camps: 616 Lavaca, in the heart of downtown! Late July and August Camps: 10401 Anderson Mill Rd #113

Cost: $395 (DISCOUNT of 50% OFF when you register online: Final Tuition of $197.50!)

Dates: Immersed in Art: June 6-10, June 13-17 and August 1-5, Original Play Project: June 20-24 and July 25-29, Original Mini Musical Project: August 8-12

Website: http://www.austinchildrenstheater.org/camps/oneweek

Contact: (512) 927-6633

Austin Sailboat Rentals Spring and Summer Sailing Camps

It’s Austin Sailboat Rentals fourth year at teaching both boys and girls how to sail or sail better, and we’re offering spring and summer sailing camps this year on two beautiful lakes, Lake Austin at the Walsh Boat Landing and Lake Travis at Bob Wentz Park. Camps have a certified US Sailing instructor, certified lifeguard, and one counselor per five camper ratio, so your kids are not only going to learn how to sail the right way, they are going to be safe, while having a whole lot of fun!

Dates: Spring Break, March 14-18; Summer Camps: June 6-10; June 13-17; June 20-24; June 27- July 1; July 4-8; July 11-15; July 18-22; July 25-29; August 1-5; August 8-12; August 15-19, 2016

Locations: Lake Austin, Walsh Boat Landing, 1600 Scenic Drive, Austin and Lake Travis, Bob Wentz Park, 7714 Comanche Trail, Austin

Cost: $375 weekly ($20 Discount for Multiple Sessions and Siblings)

Website: http://austinsailboatrentals.com/home/kids/sailing-camps/

Contact: 512-431-1894 or ginny@austinsail.com

Austin Scottish Rite Theater Summer Camp


Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s summer camps offer week-long exploration of various performance topics: Acting, Music, Dancing, Puppetry, Shakespeare, and Stage Combat. At week’s end, campers will present a showcase performance on the historic Scottish Rite Theater stage.


Actors Up! Weeklong Camp, Age 5 – Grade 4, 6/27 through 7/1, 7/25 through 7/29

Battle Up! Stage Combat Camp, Ages 10-18, 7/18 through 7/22

Dancers Up! Weeklong Camp, Age 5 – Grade 4, 7/18 through 7/22, 7/25 through 7/29

Music Up! with Mr Johnny’s Kids Club Performance Camp!, Age 6 – Grade 6, June 27 through July 1, July 11 through July 15

Puppets Up! Weeklong Camp, Age 5 – Grade 4, 7/11 through 7/15, 8/1 through 8/5

Shake Up! with ImprovEd Shakespeare Two-week Session, Grades 3 – 7, July 25 through 8/5 (excluding weekends)

Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater ,207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Cost: One-Week Camp: $250, Two-Week Camp: $500

Website: http://scottishritetheater.org/education/

Contact: info@scottishritetheater.org

Ballet Austin Summer Camps for Kids

Kids Camp

Imagination in Motion Camp, ages 4-8—Adventure Under the Sea or A Wildlife Safari Bring your imagination and let’s put it in motion! The Adventure Under the Sea Camp takes kids on an underwater journey as they dive into a world of jellyfish, dolphins, octopi, and turtles. And The Wildlife Safari takes kids on a journey through jungles, deserts, and forests as they discover many exciting animals of the wild.

The Broadway Kids Camp, ages 5-10—Broadway Favorites or Disney Favorites The Broadway Kids, is a fun-filled week discovering the many aspects of musical theatre. Children will learn kid-friendly choreography and favorite songs from well-known Broadway musicals including Broadway Favorites or Disney Kids on Broadway.

A Dance Discoveries Camp, ages 5-10 — Tchaikovsky Classics The Dance Discoveries Tchaikovsky Classics Camp is designed to give children the opportunity to discover dance and movement, create visual arts and learn about famed ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

The Broadway Experience, ages 10-14 — Musical Theater The Broadway Experience focuses on the ins and outs of musical theatre with a grand finale showcase. This camp will include improvisation, theatrical games, learning lines, and plenty of singing and dancing, all wrapped around the music of iconic Broadway shows!

Dates: June 13–17,  20–24, August 1–5, 8–12, and 15–19

Location: Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. 3rd Street, Austin

Cost: $175–$280

Website: https://balletaustin.org/kidscamps

Contact: 512.501.8704

Discount: $25 off any kids camp with the promo code BACamp2016

Camp in Motion

The experience includes sports, friends and fun in an inclusive environment. Campers participate in individual and group activities with Dell Children’s pediatric physical and occupational therapists and YMCA program staff.

Sports, music, dance, martial arts, daily pool and water activities, and more! End of camp award ceremony. Camp in Motion is designed for kids ages 7-21 with cerebral palsy or other similar neurological diagnoses.

Cost is $765 per week, which can be submitted to most health insurance plans. Also note that scholarships are available.

Dates: June 13-17, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22

Location: Southwest Family YMCA, 6219 Oakclaire Dr., Austin

Cost: $765 per week but we bill campers insurance to help with tuition

Website: https://www.dellchildrens.net/camp-in-motion/

Contact: vmartin@austinymca.org

The Contemporary Austin – Art School

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At The Contemporary Austin Art School, summer is filled with almost 200 art classes for every age from preschool to high school and college prep. Our professional faculty help budding artists of all interests and levels enhance their perceptual and technical skills while enjoying the beautiful, lakeside 14-acres of Laguna Gloria. Students marvel at native plant and wildlife species that call Laguna Gloria home and find inspiration from contemporary sculptures by artists from around the world.

In half-day, week-long morning and afternoon classes, our faculty take advantage of the nature and art at Laguna Gloria as subject matter and inspiration. This year’s offerings include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, claymation, and mosaics, to name just a few. We are especially proud to bring back Creativity Camp: New World Kids, an innovative two-week immersive experience where children ages 5-6 playfully learn the “Sensory Alphabet” to expand their creativity and discover a new way of looking at the world. New this year are special classes for teens in woodworking, metalworking, and printmaking.

Dates: Weekly camps June 6-August 19

Location: The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin

Cost: Varies per class. Please visit our website for details. Museum member discounts available.

Website: www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/artschool

Contact: 512-323-6380

Creative Action Summer Camps


Creative Action Summer Camps are among the most popular in Austin! That’s because our camps are not just fun; they also offer children, ages 5-14, our summer enrichment curriculum based on Creative Action’s 4C principles of creative youth development. We aspire for our campers to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders.

Whether your child is a quiet, “behind the scenes” player or an outgoing, “center stage” star, there is a place in every camp to nurture their skills and talents! Join us this spring break or summer for full-day camps like Game On!, Movie Magic, Broadway or Bust, Tastes of Texas, and Art Avant-Garde. Campers will work with professional artists on weekly projects that include film, mural-making, writing, podcasting, comics, gardening, cooking, dancing, and singing. Each week has a different theme sure to keep your child engaged and excited about coming to camp.

Dates: Spring Break, March 14th – 18th; Summer Camps, June 6 – August 5 with new themes each week


East: Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th Street, Bldg B,  Austin

North Central: First Cumberland Presbyterian, 6800 Woodrow Avenue, Austin

West:  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3525 Bee Cave Road, Austin

Cost: $275-$495

Website: http://creativeaction.org/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, is now offering week-long Summer Camps (ages 10-15). These camps will provide a safe and creative environment where teens have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The class is led by professional artist and educator. Under her guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They will learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling and finishing skills, and much more. Students will create multiple pieces throughout the week and be encouraged to develop their own design skills.

We have two different camps to offer this summer. The first happens in June, called The Torch, which will cover projects such as rings, a pendant in precious metal clay, a saw and pierced cuff, and riveted jewelry. The second is in July: All About Stones! Learn several stone setting techniques to create a ring, bracelet, and pendants.

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 will host an end of the week art show to be named and set up by the kids where parents and family will be invited to join us at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors, new friends and view their artwork on display. These kid-focused summer camps are open to ages 10-15. Metalsmithing and jewelry crafting takes a certain set of skills, level of maturity, and ability to focus and take instruction.

Dates: June 20-24, M-F, 9am -1pm; July 18-22, M-F, 9am -1pm

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

Cost: $345 all materials included

Website: http://www.creativeside.org/classes/youth

Contact: 512-799-0731; info@creativeside.org

Fantastic Magic Camp


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 dreamt they could do, like making cards appear out of thin air, balancing on stilts and riding a unicycle. Children get to engage in robust physical activity and games without ever worrying if someone will pick them to be on a team. 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!


Spring Break Day Camp: March 14-18, (one week)

Summer Day Camps: June 6 -10, 2016 (one week); June 13-24 (two weeks); June 27 – July 8 (two weeks); July 11-22 (two weeks); July 25 – August 5 (two weeks); August 8 -19 (two weeks)

Winter Break Day Camp: December 26-30, 2016 (one week)

Location: Journey IFC, 7500 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

Cost: $275 for 1 week camps; $550 for 2 week camps

Discount: 10% off if using discount code LIVEMOM16. Sibling and multiple session discounts also available and calculated automatically when registering!

Website: www.magiccamp.com

Contact: info@magiccamp.com

Girls Empowerment Network CampGEN

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Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in grades 4-8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during week-long sessions that are designed to help girls feel more confident as they navigate girlhood. Girls will gain new skills, new friendships, and a new sense of self!

June 20-24: Calm, Cool & Creative- The camp will explore different ways to overcome stress, anxiety and daily pressures. Girls will learn the importance of self-expression and self-care. Activities include yoga, art and craft projects, healthy cooking, writing, storytelling and games.

July 11-15: Strong, Bold & Assertive- This camp will help girls find their strength and inner confidence. Girls will lean how to project a confident attitude and assert themselves when the time is right. Activities include role plays and skits, a fun community advocacy project and lots of games!

July 25-29: Relate, Motivate & Celebrate- This camp is all about celebrating our differences and discovering our identity! Girls will learn about self- awareness, the importance of diversity and different cultures across the world. Activities include arts and crafts, guest speakers and special surprises.

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (drop off begins at 8:30) *Aftercare available until 5pm for $50 per week. Lunch will NOT be provided – girls must bring a sack lunch. Daily snacks will be provided.

Dates: June 20-24; July 11-15; July 25-29

Location: 4001 Speedway, Austin

Cost: $300

Website: www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org

Contact: blair@genaustin.org

Kids With Pens


“Don’t just dream of a whole new world. Write one.” For beginning writers, budding novelists, or aspiring screenwriters, Kids With Pens offers week-long creative writing camps led by published authors. Each day includes innovative and inspiring writing prompts and lessons on the fundamentals of storytelling. Campers will craft stories, poems and plays, all while learning splendiferous new vocabulary words. They will share their work with one another, strengthening presentation skills and boosting confidence. All campers will be published on the Kids With Pens blog at the end of the summer, allowing them to brag to their friends that they are published authors!

Kids With Pens workshops are led by professional writers, including the founder, Carolyn Cohagan, whose novel The Lost Children was chosen to be part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011 and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 2014.

Dates: One week camps (M-F) from 9am – noon, June­ – August

Location: Multiple Austin-area locations

Cost: $200

Website: www.kidswithpens.org

Contact: Carolyn@kidswithpens.org

Orpheus Academy of Music

Experience the joy of music making in small groups with experienced, friendly teachers. Students engage in many different activities which build rhythm, pitch, reading music and more. Students are broken into small groups by age and ability where they can build musical friendships and joyfully learn to communicate through the beauty of music.

Dates: World Music July 20-24; July 18-22 Music From the Inside Out June 20-24; Broadway June 27 – Jul 1; Choir June 27 – Jul 1, July 25-29; Intro to Percussion July 18-22, July 25-29; Intro to Violin, August 8-12; Intro to Guitar August 8-12, 15-19

Location: 3918-C Far West Blvd., Austin

Cost: $300

Website: www.orpheusacademy.com

Contact: 512-231-8999

Parkour Summer Camp – BAM Academy



Parkour: BAM Academy Parkour Camp is a 5 day SUMMER camp in Austin where your kids get to experience our dynamic Parkour Space. Your kids will not only have fun but will also learn the safety behind getting over, down and up obstacles, with some acrobatic skills and awesome parkour games and challenges thrown in.

Light Saber: With our Lucas-certified Light Saber coach, we will teach you from making and brandishing your Light Saber to showing the ways of the force. Come to BAM Academy to learn Jedi fighting forms and choreography from the movies. This is a must do camp in Austin!

American Girl:  Pack your American Girl Doll and accessories and come to the fun-filled American Girl Doll Camps. Don’t have an American Girl Doll? Don’t worry! Any 18″ doll will do. These fun camps for 5-11 year olds will explore the experience of American girls from colonial times to the present through crafting, games, and theatre! We will be learning history through games, stories, crafts, and lots of cooking. Victorian tea party and demonstration on what they learned on Friday.

Harry Potter: Campers will be immersed in the fictional world of Harry Potter. They’ll start off by being sorted into one of four houses. During this magical week students will experience Potions Making, Potter Production, Charms, Muggle Magic, Care of Magical Creatures, Quidditch and plenty of games that will give them chances to earn points for their houses. Who will win the House Cup?


Parkour Camps: March 14-18th,  June 6th-10th, June 13th-17th, July 11th-15th, July 18th-22nd, August 1st-5th

Light Saber Camp: July 18th-22nd

American Girl Camp: June 13 – 17, July 11 – July 15, July 25 – July 29

Harry Potter Camp: June 20 – June 24 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: 8222 N. Lamar Blvd Ste F54 Ausitn, TX 78753; 4401 Freidrich Ln Ste 400 Austin, TX 78753

Cost: $350

Discount: Mention this ad for 10% off!

Website: www.thebamacademy.com

Contact: 512-992-1546

Patricia’s Table Culinary Camps

Expand your child’s mind and taste buds this summer with our deliciously fun week-long cooking camps. Our hands-on cooking camps combine culinary techniques, locally-grown foods, and fresh flavors as we create sweet and savory recipes from scratch. Younger chefs will focus on kitchen basics while older chefs will learn more advanced culinary techniques. Games, challenges, crafts and gardening will be incorporated to spice up each camp. Our professional team of culinary instructors and assistants will help create a memorable experience for your chef! Ages 3-teen.

Dates: Week-long, half-day camps starting May 23rd and ending August 26th

Location: 1510 W 35th Street Cutoff, Austin

Cost: $275 4-day camp, $335 5-day camp, $360 challenge camp

Website: http://patriciastable.com

Contact: Patricia@patriciastable.com

Round Rock Express Baseball Camps

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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. Leading the staff is former Alvin Community College Head Coach Bryan Alexander, who is entering his 2nd year with the Express after coaching college baseball for 22 years. Other coaches include Cedar Ridge Head Coach Daryl Reeves and Laredo United Head Coach JJ Gomez who serve as lead instructors and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Express camps. Former MLB pitchers Travis Driskill and Brian Gordon round out our outstanding staff. Express camps also partner with the A-C-E Mentoring Program, which gives local high school baseball players the opportunity to further develop their skills on the field while at the same time serving the great community of Round Rock as mentors at our camps.

Dates: Session 1: June 13-16; Session 2: June 27-30; Session 3: July 11-14; Session 4: July 25-28

Location: Dell Diamond 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock

Cost: $200-$500

Website: www.roundrockexpress.com

Contact: camps@rrexpress.com

The Scholar Ship


The Scholar Ship is a science lab and toy store for kids ages 4-12. Our goal is to build on a child’s fascination with the unknown, using familiar, fun, hands-on activities to inspire them to think creatively about the world around them, and to lay a foundation for lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math. The Scholar Ship weekly camps will focus on a new area of science, working towards mastery of the subject by week’s end. Snacks, drinks and take-home kits are included in cost.

Dates: Weekly camps beginning June 13 – August 22

Location: 6001 W. Parmer Lane, # 390, Austin

Cost: $225

Website: http://www.thescholarship.rocks/pages/camps

Contact: 512-382-7543; Email atxscholars@gmail.com

School of Rock Summer Camps
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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 an awesome live show on the final day! Our camps cater to rockers aged 6 – 18 of all levels of experience – from beginners who are brand new to their instrument through to more experienced rockers with some experience under their studded belts.

Our 2016 Summer camps are:

Rookies – 1 week camp for 6-8 year old beginners, exploring all rock&roll instruments in a band-inspired format.

Rock 101 – 1 week camp for beginner rockstars learning all elements of playing in a band.

Songwriting Camp – 1 week focused on learning how to write your own music for intermediate/ advanced, ends with recording of your own track!

R(E)volution of Metal – 1 week Performance camp for intermediate/ advanced.

Rock Gods – 2 week Performance camp for intermediate/ advanced Blues: The Roots of Rock & Roll – 1 week Performance camp for intermediate/ advanced.

For more details and to enroll, check out the “Camps” section on our website austin.schoolofrock.com


Rock 101 (Session 1) – 6 June to 10 June (show on 10 June)

R(E)volution of Metal – 13 June to 17 June (show on 17 June)

Songwriting Camp – 20 June to 24

June Rookies – 27 June to 1 July Rock 101 (Session 2) – 11 July to 15 July (show on 15 July)

Rock Gods – 18 July to 29 July (show on July 30)

Blues: The Roots of Rock & Roll – 15 August to 19 August (show on 19 August)

Location: School of Rock – 2525 W Anderson Lane, Suite 138, Austin, TX, 78757

Cost: $550 – $1100 (before discount)

Website: austin.schoolofrock.com

Contact: (512) 670-2360; Email: austin@schoolofrock.com

Discount: Enroll before April 1 and receive 20% off full price. One week camps normally $550, $440 with discount. Two week camps normally $1100, $880 with discount.

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 known. It is amazing what new things a child can learn when you take away the distractions of modern technology and put them in a room with a skilled teacher. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers are transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills essential to daily living in the Renaissance. No modern entertainment devices are available and our campers never even realize they’ve left them behind.

Dates: Session 1, July 5-11; Session 2, July 12-18; Session 3, July 19-25. Grown Up Summer Camp, July 31- Aug 2

Location: 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade

Cost: Tuition per child per week: $795. Your $300 deposit is due with the camper’s application, and the balance is due by May 31st. Multiple discounts available.

Website: www.sherwoodforestsummercamp.com

Contact: Teach@sherwoodforestfaire.com

 Spanish Enrichment Camp

Offering fun summer Spanish Enrichment classes! In these classes children will acquire Spanish vocabulary, conversational and reading skills, and pronunciation through engaging and exciting activities. Daily lessons include: singing, movement, speaking, hands-on games, student-teacher interaction, and more! The program is divided into stimulating weekly units – students can join at any time and at any level!

Dates: Monday – Thursday from 1-4 pm

Week 1: June 6- June 9th
Week 2: June 13- June 16th
Week 3: June 20- June 24th
Week 4: June 27- June 30th

Location: Oak Hill Elementary School, 6101 Patton Ranch Road, Austin

Cost: $150 per week

Website: https://spanishschool.wufoo.com/forms/agot-spanish

Contact:   Rachel.Grabel@AustinISD.org or Araceli.Hart@AustinISD.org


Sportball teaches the basics of Sports in a fun and creative way! o What a fantastic experience for a child! Available in full-day sessions as well as morning or afternoon half-day sessions. Sportball camps focus on the eight core Sportball sports including hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football as well as arts and crafts, snack time, stories, music, co-operative games and theme days. Camps are run indoors and outdoors, depending on the location and weather.

Dates: Spring Break week; Summer, May 30th – August 26th, Monday-Friday

Locations: West Austin Youth Association, Lakeway Activity Center, Steiner Ranch, Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Magellan International School

Cost: $190

Website: www.sportball.us

Contact: austin_info@sportball.us

Summer Spark

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At Summer Spark day camps, your children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure on schools, we believe that 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.

Each week at Summer Spark features a different challenge which provides the opportunity to boost the 3Cs – creative problem solving, collaboration, and confidence. Whether designing a rollercoaster for a marble or building a car from recycled materials, campers apply creativity as they innovate, collaborate with peers in search of solutions, and gain confidence as they learn from set-backs. Summer Spark days are a careful balance between individual and group activity, and time for relaxation, reflection, and play. See what our families have to say: http://www.yelp.com/biz/summer-spark-austin.

Dates: Weekly sessions are available June 6th through August 12th from 8:30am – 3:30pm with extended hours from 7:30am – 5:30pm

Location: Zilker Elementary, 1900 Bluebonnet Lane, Austin

Cost: $300

Website: www.summerspark.com

Contact: kaylie@summerspark.com

Synergy Summer Dance Camps

Students will enjoy daily dance, arts, crafts, tumbling, games and theatre activities. Our camps are taught by professional, experience staff and divided up by age and experience.


June 6-10 Taylor Swift, age 4.5-11, 10am – 3:00pm

June 13-17 Dancer Boot Camp age 7-17, 12:30-5:30pm

June 20-24 Recreational Jazz/Hip Hop, age 7-14, 12:30-5:30pm

June 20-24 Fairy Wonderland Preschool, age 3-5, 9-12pm

June 27-July 1 Frozen School Age Age 4.5-10,  10-3pm

July 11-15 Frozen Preschool Age 3-5 9-12pm

July 11-15 Jazz Intensive, age 7-17, 12:30-5:30pm

July 18-22 Triple Threat, age 7-11, 10am – 3:00pm

July 18-22 Pop Star Party, age 4.5-11, 10am – 3:00pm

July 25-29 Recreational Summer Dance Intensive, age 7-14, 10am – 3:00pm

Aug 1-5 Drill Team Intensive, age 11-17, 12:30-5:30pm

Aug 1-5 Happily Ever After Preschool, age 3-5, 9am – 12:00pm

Aug 8-12 The Descendants, age 4.5-11, 10am – 3:00pm

Location: Synergy Dance Studio, 3425 Bee Caves Road, Suite C1, Austin

Cost: $185-$275

Website: www.synergydancestudio.com/summer-dance-camp

Contact: 512-327-4130

TexARTS Performing and Visual Arts Camps

Half Day, Full Day or Mini Camps in Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Visual Arts, Dance and more! Create a rewarding summer with new sessions beginning weekly at TexARTS in Lakeway, Texas – the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts!

Dates: Spring Break, March 14-18; Summer Sessions begin June 6th, and new sessions begin each week through August 15th

Location: TexARTS Studios, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Ste 160, Lakeway

Cost: $250-$1350

Website: www.tex-arts.org

Contact: heather@tex-arts.org




VentureLab is entrepreneurship education for kids. Our camps introduce students to entrepreneurship skills through specific technology topics such as video game design, maker skills, and more. Students learn what it means to extend their interests and passions outside the classroom as they solve real-world problems! Camps include Gamer, Maker, and Startup 101 and are available for children ages 5-13 (K-8).

Dates: June 20-24, June 27 – July 1, July 11-15

Location: Magellan International School 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin

Cost: $350

Website: http://venturelab.org/classes/

Contact: ben@venturelab.org

Discount: 50% off before & after care (normally $100 / week)

If you would like to include your camp in the 2016 Austin Summer Camp Guide, email Catherine@LiveMom.com for more information.


Saturday, December 12th

Sunday, December 13th

Umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter *mmmm* Just one of the many reasons we love local Austin food truck turned brick and mortar, The Peached Tortilla. Here’s why it made the cut for our 365 Approved program:

The Peached Tortilla merges that southern, comfort food that we all love and spices it up with an Asian flare. From Brisket Hash for brunch to a Malaysian Laksa Bowl for dinner (poached shrimp, Japanese noodles, curry seafood broth, bean sprouts, all topped with 45 minute egg), The Peached Tortilla has one of the most unique menus offered in Austin.

For social drinkers and happy hour enthusiasts – The Peached Tortilla also offers some pretty fantastic specials. From 5 pm – 7 pm, at the bar, daily, you can enjoy these specials:

  • $5 cocktails, $5 draft pours, $5 wine pours
  • $3 specialty tacos, including our kalua pork + chinese bbq taco
  • $5 snacks, including kimchi arancini balls and charred brussels (served with parmesan, bacon jam and lemon oil)  
  • $7 social burger (6 oz. burger, peached sauce, american cheese, miso caramelized onions, japanese pickles, lettuce)

One of our favorite nights of the week at The Peached Tortilla is Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays. For just $15, get three pieces of umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter. To wash down that delicious meal, they also offer a rotating $5 whiskey pour. What a combination!


And finally, what’s a Sunday without brunch? The Peached Tortilla mixes things up with a whole array of new items recently added to their menu, including the brisket hash (served with charred sweet potatoes, corn & kimchi miso butter), challah french toast (served with coconut whipped cream & miso caramel), korean steak and egg bowl (served with two fried eggs & dehydrated egg furikake – pictured), and crab pad thai (with fresh herbs, peanuts, bean sprouts & fish sauce caramel). And of course, they also offer their staple items, including the taco trio and their to-die-for burgers.

Drink and food specials on the daily, Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays, and did we mention it’s one of our favorite brunch spots? Make sure you check this one out, Austinites!

For a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to The Peached Tortilla, follow them on Instagram and visit their website to view their menu.

Brick & Mortar Location:
5520 Burnet Rd. Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78756