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Sherwood Forest Faire

Hear ye! Hear ye! Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief this summer at Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Come see Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all the rest outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England. With live music by Alan A Dale accompanying the fantastic Sherwood Forest Faire players, this is action-packed fun for the whole family!

Sherwood Forest Faire, now in its ninth year, is a popular Texas destination. This production, especially written and produced for Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s young audiences, provides a rare opportunity for families to experience the characters of Sherwood Forest Faire indoors in a convenient Austin space.

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

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

Tickets: Available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3527404 until one hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years freeAdvertisement

Showtimes:

Saturday, August 25 – noon & 2:00 p.m.Advertisement
Sunday, August 26 – noon & 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday,  September 1 – noon, 2:00 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 2 – 10:00 a.m. & noon

More Information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/the-legends-of-robin-hood/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/austin.scottish.rite.theater/

Giveaway: Win a family four pack of tickets to see The Legends of Robin Hood at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater! Complete the form below by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. One winner will be selected and contacted by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email to claim the prize. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. The tickets are non-transferable and hold no cash value.

    Medieval Festival featuring over 40 stage acts, over 130 merchant shoppes, great food, and fun rides & games for the whole family!

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    The 2017 Spring & Summer Austin Camp Guide is packed with fun and educational options for both spring break and summer camps for children of all ages and interests. From day camps that focus on art, robotics, acting and more, to overnight camps, you are sure to find something that appeals to your child’s interests.

    American Academy of Robotics

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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 12 through August 11, 2017

    Locations:
    Northwest Austin
    Live Oaks Unitarian Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park
    Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., Cedar Park
    Deerpark Middle School, 8849 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin

    Central Austin
    Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin
    Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin

    South Austin
    Manchaca Baptist Church, 1215 Farm to Market 1626, Manchaca
    First Baptist Church-Oak Hills, 6907 Convict Hill Rd., Austin

    Round Rock
    Great Oaks Elementary, 16455 Great Oaks Dr., Round Rock
    Ridgeview Middle School, 2000 Via Sonoma Trail, Round Rock

    Cost: Full day $325.00; Half day $175.00

    Website: www.roboticsacademy.com

    Contact: 512-844-2724

    Discount: 10% off with coupon LM9


    The Art Garage

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    Here at The Art Garage, we are passionate about creating a space for children to experience art in a positive, encouraging, and engaging environment. We reach out to kids with themes and projects that relate to where they are in life…whether that’s a popular movie theme or an art medium that your child is most excited to explore. From there, our teachers construct a knowledge base by building on the weekly theme with connections to art history, art techniques, and awesome art projects.

    Our Summer Camps are all lead by art educators, art education students and degreed artists. We all care deeply for art and have been gifted and trained with the ability to teach. Together we are a close team of teaching artists who include art history and fine arts instruction in every camp we lead. Our ratio is one teacher to every nine students, because every child craves individual attention no matter how much they thrive in the group!

    We offer week long art camps from 10a – 2p. Additional care is available from 9 – 10a and from 2 – 6pm for an additional $6/hour per child. Aftercare includes games, movies, and crafts that are in line with the week’s theme.

    Dates: Day camps each day during Spring Break and the week of July 3. The rest of the summer are week long summer camps.

    Location: The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., Austin 78736

    Cost: $239-$269

    Website: http://www.theartgarageaustin.com/summer-art-camps

    Contact: 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 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 when school is out, for date night, or just because the kids love playing there- Ashley’s Playhouse has you covered!

    Dates: Year round Mon.-Thur. 7am-10pm, Fri 7am-midnight, Sat. 8am-midnight

    Location: Ashley’s Playhouse, 13343 N. Hwy. 183, Suite 200, Austin

    Cost: One time registration fee of $40 per family and then an hourly rate applies. Infants under 18mo-$13/hour; Toddlers 18mo-3 years- $11.50/hour; Children 4-12 years- $10.50/hour. Siblings are 40% off.

    Website: www.AshleysPlayhouseAustin.com

    Contact: 512-872-2755

    Discount: 1⁄2 off registration and one free play hour per child on their first visit.


    Austin Aquarium Summer Camp

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    Stingray Camp
    Hands-on learning with a husbandry staff member serving as your guide for three exciting two-hour camp days. Prepare animal diets and feed some of the aquarium’s most interesting residents including stingrays, seahorses, reptiles, birds, and even the giant pacific octopus! Find out which animals at Austin Aquarium are the ultimate masters of disguise in their habitats. Learn about the amazing diversity found in one of the most intriguing groups of animals in the sea, sharks!

    Shark Camp
    Shadow a member of our animal husbandry team, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to take care of the amazing animals living at the aquarium. Learn about the necessity of providing enrichment for the animals in our care and have the chance to design and participate in an enrichment activity for the Giant Pacific Octopus! Perfect for aspiring marine biologists interested in learning about the complexities of caring for exotic sea creatures and understanding issues faced by marine life in their habitats.

    Sea Horse Camp
    This experience is completely hands-on. Discuss life cycles of many animals including sharks and seahorses. Babies will be shown up close and behind the scenes. End with the children growing their own brine shrimp and taking them home.

    Dates: June 26-28 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am SeaHorse Summer Camp (Ages 4-7) ; July 10-12 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am Shark Summer Camp (Ages 13-18); July 17-19 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am Stingray Summer Camp (Ages 8-12)

    Location: Austin Aquarium, 13530 N. Hwy 183, #101, Austin

    Cost: $70 + Tax

    Website: www.austinaquarium.com/activities-events/summer-camps/

    Contact: 512-222-5586


    The Austin Artery

    The Austin Artery provides weekly themed camps with a focus on process over product. This encourages creative thinking, problem solving and autonomy. Weekly themes include: Sculpture, Recycled Art, Art & Architecture, Fiber Arts, World Art & Culture, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math), and Puppets. Camps begin daily at 9 am and last until 3 PM. Aftercare is available.

    Dates: Weekly through June and July

    Location: Austin International School, 4001 Adelphi Lane, Austin

    Cost: $210 – $225

    Website: www.theaustinartery.com

    Contact: theaustinartery@gmail.com


    Austin Rowing Club Summer Camps

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    Join the ARC coaches for an awesome week of rowing on Lady Bird Lake! ARC is offering two camps this summer “Junior Fun to Row” and “Novice Development Camp”. Junior Fun to Row is open to kids who want to learn the basics of rowing, have fun on the lake and even hop into a kayak! Novice Development Camp is for young athletes who are looking to learn the basics of rowing, racing technique and possibly join the fastest growing sport in the nation!

    Dates: June 12th-August 11th

    Location: Waller Creek Boathouse, 74 Trinity St., Austin

    Cost: $350-$425

    Website: http://austinrowing.org/?page_id=377

    Contact: 512-472-0726


    Austin Scottish Rite Theater Summer Camps

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    Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s summer camps offer a week-long exploration of performance topics. At week’s end, campers present a showcase performance on the historic Scottish Rite Theater stage. 2017 summer camps will include Puppetry, Acting, Music, Stage Combat and Shakespeare.

    Dates: Camp Sessions run from June 12 – August 4

    Actor’s Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Acting One: June 6/12 – 6/16 Acting Two: July 7/10 – 7/14
    Puppets Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Puppets One: June 6/26-6/30 Puppets Two: July 7/24-7/28
    Dance Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Dance One: June 6/26-6/30 Dance Two: July 7/10-7/14
    Music Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Music One: June 6/19-6/23 Music Two: July 7/17-7/21
    Battle Up! (Ages 10-18) – One- Week long Stage Combat: July 7/17-7/21
    Shake It Up! (Grade 3 – Grade 7) – Two- Week long Shakespeare: July 7/24-8/4 (excluding weekend)

    Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th St., Austin

    Cost: $250 one-week camp, $500 two-week camp

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

    Contact: info@scottishritetheater.org

    Discount: Scholarships can be offered on a case, by case, basis.


    campGEN

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    Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in grades 3-8. 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 26-30: Calm, Cool, and Creative
    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 10-14: Strong, Bold, and Assertive
    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 24-28: Relate, Motivate, Celebrate
    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.

    Dates: June 26th- 30th; July 10th-14th; July 24th-28th

    Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin

    Cost: $325

    Website: https://genaustin.org/what-we-do/camps/

    Contact: 512-808-4044; claudiaa@genaustin.org


    Creative Action Summer Camp

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    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 enrichment curricula through our 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 skill and talents!

    Each week features a different theme sure to keep your child engaged and excited about coming to camp. Our Summer Camps take place in four locations around Austin. Join us for Movie Magic, Creative Cafe, Make a Scene!, Urban Gardener, Broadway or Bust, Save the Day!, Outside the Box, and Mad Lab for ages 5-10, and a trio of two-week The Studio camps for ages 11-14!

    Dates: Weekly beginning June 12th through July 24th

    Locations:

    East: Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th St., Bldg B, Austin
    North Central: First Cumberland Presbyterian, 6800 Woodrow Ave., Austin
    South: Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin
    St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave., Austin (THE STUDIO, ages 11-14 )

    Cost: $285-$510

    Website: https://creativeaction.org/summer-camps

    Contact: 512-442-8773; florinda@creativeaction.org


    Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps

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    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 kids have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camp is led by professional artists and educators. Under their guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They will learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling, finishing skills, and much more. Students will create multiple pieces throughout the week and be encouraged to develop their own design skills.

    The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making and these ancient techniques to your budding artisan. The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side 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 19-23, M-F, 10am -2pm; July 24-28, M-F, 10am -2pm; August 7-11, M-F, 10am-2pm

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

    Cost: $345 all materials included

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

    Contact: 512-799-0731

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


    Crux Crushers Climbing Camp

    Get ready for the most exciting summer break at Crux Climbing Center! Crux Crushers Camps will provide youth with a safe environment to explore their skills in rock climbing, while making new friends and building confidence. On top of it all, campers will participate in yoga, crafts, and fun games!

    Dates: Spring Break: March 13-17; Week 1 (Ages 6-9): June 19-23; Week 2 (Ages 9-12): July 10-14; Week 3 (Ages 6-9): July 24-28; Week 4 (Ages 9-12): August 7-11. All times are from 9am – 3pm.

    Location: Crux Climbing Center 121 Pickle Rd., Suite 100, Austin

    Cost: $300 – $350

    Website: http://www.cruxclimbingcenter.com/crux-crushers-camp/

    Contact: 512-931-3911


    Fantastic Magic Camp

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    Fantastic Magic Camp – Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids ages 5 through 12 in Austin, TX since 1993. All our camp sessions are held from 9am to 3pm, with optional Magic Camp Rehearsal Time from 3pm to 6pm for an additional $75 per week.

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    Kids discover their unique inner Magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people who recognize and embrace their uniqueness. A shy girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never dream’t they could do, like making cards appear out of thin air or balancing on stilts.

    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.

    Fantastic Magic Camp was given the 2016 Best Camp Award for, “Favorite Small Local Camp” in Austin and was also voted “Most Uniquely Austin Business” by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

    Dates: March 13 – March 17 (one week Spring Camp); June 5 – June 9 (one week camp) ; June 12 – June 23 (two week camp); June 26 – July 7 (two week camp); July 10 – July 21 (two week camp) ; July 24 – August 4 (two week camp); August 7 – August 18 (two week camp)

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

    Cost: $590 for two week camps and $295 for our one week camp

    Website: www.magiccamp.com

    Contact: 512-988-3045

    Discount: 10% off first camp registration and $60 off additional multiple sessions and/or sibling registrations for two week sessions, ($30 for one week sessions). Use discount code: LiveMom17. Expires: 08/18/2017


    Groundwork Music Project Ukulele Summer Camp

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    Embark on a lifetime of musical skills with the Groundwork Music Project. Join us for a unique summer program at which kids learn ukulele, singing and more! Learn to strum, pick and play a variety of melodies. The session ends with campers joining the Groundwork Music Orchestra at a special concert event. All skill levels welcome! June 11th 10:00a.m. recital with Groundwork Music Orchestra at Cherrywood Coffeehouse 15 slots available for each class Groundwork Music Project can provide ukuleles for class time or one can be purchased at a discounted price.

    Dates: June 5-9; Kids aged 7-10 attend the 9:00am-12:00pm class; Kids aged 11-14 attend the 2:00pm-5:00pm class. Performance on Sunday June 11 10:00am at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

    Location: Groundwork Music Project, 4201 Wilshire Pkwy., Austin

    Cost: $325 for pre-April 15th registrants, $425 for post-April 15th registrants. Sliding scale and scholarships are available by inquiry. The cost includes a book and CD.

    Website: http://www.groundworkmusic.org/site/groundwork-ukulele-summer-camp-2017/

    Contact: 512-669-2028


    Jump! Gymnastics Summer Camps

    Imagine a world where superheroes are real, pirates are friendly and every little girl is a princess. Grab your passport and join Jeremiah Frog as he embarks on an adventure through space and time. Camp Jump! offers 1-week half, full and extended day opportunities for children to explore their imaginations through theme-based curriculum featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music, and dance. Voted Austin Family Magazine’s Most Fun Camp 3 times. Come find out why!

    Dates: June 5-August 18, Monday-Friday

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

    Cost: Half Day, $220/week (9am-1pm); Full Day, $270/week (9am-3pm); Extended Day, $350/week (9am-6pm); Early Drop off, $50/Week (8am)

    Website: www.JumpGymnastics.com

    Contact: 512-593-6226; info@jumpgymnastics.com

    Discount: Sign up for 4 weeks of camp to receive a $100 gift certificate towards anything at Jump! 10% sibling discount available.


    Kidventure

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    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.

    Austin Day Camp Locations:

    Camp Rough Life: Rough Hollow Highland Village 903 Highlands Blvd., Lakeway

    Camp Steiner: 12550 Country Trails Ln., Austin

    Camp Sweetwater: 5348 Pedernales Summit Pkwy., Austin

    Camp Westlake: Eanes Elementary, 4101 Bee Cave Rd., West Lake Hills

    Dates: June 5-August 18

    Cost: $250 per week

    Website: http://kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp/

    Overnight Camps

    Dates: Safari (ages 8-12) July 17- August 5; Echo (ages 13-16) June 17-July 9; Apex (ages 17-18) July 18-22

    Cost: $1195-$1725

    Website: http://kidventure.com/overnight-camps/

    Contact: 512-263-8992


    Sherwood Forest Summer Camp

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

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

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

    Dates: Grown Up Summer Camp: June 23-25; Youth Summer Camp: Session I, July 9-15; Session II, Jul 16-22; Session III, Jul 23-29

    Cost: $795

    Website: http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/summer-camp/youth-camp/

    Contact: teach@sherwoodforestfaire.com

    Discount: $50 discount for each of the following: *paying tuition in full and completing all preliminary paperwork by December 31 (Note: there is a reduced discount of $25 for doing so by March 31st, if you miss the first deadline) *each sibling after the first, if attending together *each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks *each new camper a prior attendee traps… err, gathers into the fold Discounts are cumulative, so you can qualify for more than one of the above discounts. More details available on our website.


    Sky Candy Circus Sky Camp

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    Calling all kids ages 6 and up who want to run away and join the circus! Come fly high on the Silks, Trapeze and more at Sky Candy Circus Sky Camps!

    Our highly trained and experienced circus teachers will show your kids how to soar on aerial apparatuses and excel in circus skills including juggling, hooping, tumbling, and more. The circus and performing arts are a great path to developing confidence, strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness.

    Sky Candy offers circus camps during spring break and throughout the summer. Camps are divided by age, and there is an accelerated training camp for more experienced and/or focused youngsters. All camps run Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and feature a showing and photo op on the Friday of the camp at 2pm. The showing and photo op will be open to all parents and guests of camp participants. Aftercare and scholarships are available; e-mail Sky Candy Youth Program Director Lacy at lacy@skycandyaustin.com for more details or with any questions about our Sky Camps or Youth circus programming.

    Dates: Spring Break Sky Camp: March 13-17th; Summer Camps run throughout the summer on the following dates: June 5th-9th, June 12-16th, June 19th-23rd, June 26-30th, July 10-14th, July 17-21st, July 31st-August 4th, August 7-11th, August 14-18th. All camps run 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.

    Location: Sky Candy Main Studio, 507 Calles St., #117, Austin

    Cost: $350

    Website: https://www.skycandyaustin.com/youth/camp/

    Contact: 512-800-4998

    Discount: Buy one Spring Break Camp, Get one Summer Camp 10% Off. Buy one camp registration for a child, get sibling(s) in for 10% off each. Please note that discounts cannot be combined. Scholarships are also available- e-mail lacy@skycandyaustin.com for more information.


    STEM Career Immersion Camp

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    Join the STEM Squad at Concordia University and become a scientist, engineer and programmer of the future! Dive into the adventure of a different STEM career each day as you explore the world of microbes with a microscope you build and take home, investigate clues to solve a crime, program robots to complete crazy challenges, and discover the wonders of e-textiles! Let the engineering design process be your guide as you have a fun and exciting adventure while creating and designing solutions to real-world problems. This camp includes a one-day field trip to the Science Mill in Johnson City.

    Dates: July 10th-July 14th

    Location: Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, 78726

    Cost: $325

    Website: http://www.sciencemill.org

    Contact: 844-263-6405 ext. 1007


    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 from June 12th – August 25th available. Camp hours are 9am – 3:30pm with the option of extended hours from 8am – 9am (no charge) and 3:30pm – 6pm ($75/week)

    Location: June & July: Headwaters School (formerly Khabele), 801 Rio Grande St., Austin; August: Acton Academy West, 3423 Bee Cave Rd., Westlake

    Cost: $350/ week

    Website: www.summerspark.com

    Contact: kaylie@summerspark.com

    Discount: Free Registration and Free Cancellation through May


    Synergy Dance Studio

    Preschool Camps (age 3-5), 9-12pm
    Extended hour available from 12-1pm, $190
    Elsa and Friends Preschool, May 30-June 2
    Trolls Preschool, June 26-30
    Moana Preschool, July 31-August 4

    Day Camps (age 4.5-10), 10-3pm, $260
    Extended hours available 9-4pm
    Beauty and The Beast, June 5-9
    Moana, June 26-30
    Pop Star Party, July 17-21
    Sing, August 7-11

    Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (age 7-14), $280
    Extended hours available 9-4pm
    Designed for recreational and company dancers level beginner and intermediate.
    Triple Threat, June 12-16 10-3pm
    Jazz and Hip Hop, June 19-23 10-3pm
    Spirit Sensations (Drill Team), July 24-28 10-3pm

    Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (age 8-18), 12:30-5:30pm, $280
    Previous dance experience is required. Designed for intermediate and advanced dancers.
    Boot Camp/ Stretch Intensive, May 30-June 2 (Tues-Fri) 12:30-3:30pm
    Ballet/Modern Intensive, June 26-30
    Jazz and Hip Hop Intensive, July 10-14
    Drill Team Intensive,  July 31-August 4

    Dates: June through August

    Location: 3425 Bee Caves Rd. Suite C1, Austin TX, 78746

    Cost: $190-$280; Extended hours available upon request. $25 per hour for the week

    Contact: staff@synergydancestudio.com; 512-327-4130

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


    texARTS

    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! Or star in our Summer Musical Production of The Little Mermaid Jr. June 5 – 25 at TexARTS in Lakeway, Texas – the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts!

    Dates: Spring Break: March 13-17; Summer Sessions begin June 5th, and new sessions begin each week through August 18th

    Location: 2300 Lohman’s Spur, STE 160, Austin

    Cost: $250 – $1100

    Website: www.tex-arts.org

    Contact: 512-852-9079


    Van-A-Gogh-Go! Summer Art Camps

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    Van-A-Gogh-Go is a traveling art camp for 11-16 year old campers. We have three different exciting curriculums to chose from or add all three to your schedule for the ultimate art experience!

    We’ll head out into the world for the early part of the day and be back to The Art Garage to create in the studio during the afternoons.

    Campers can expect to bind their own art books, take a wheel-throwing class or try their hand at metal-smithing. They will visit museums and public art works; see iconic Austin and experience the beauty of the hill country. Campers can expect to swim at Deep Eddy, take a dip at Blue Hole or canoe Lady Bird Lake. We’ll create with glass fusion, make mosaic artwork, create large scale paintings, tie-dye our own t-shirts and so much more. This camp will also include art history, art techniques, and the opportunity to reflect on our own work and the artwork of others.

    Van-A-Gogh-Go is lead by experienced and certified art teachers who love sharing the world of art! Our ratio is 6:1 or better, with a maximum of 12 campers per week.

    Dates: June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28

    Location: The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., Austin, 78736

    Cost: $445-$465

    Website: http://www.theartgarageaustin.com/traveling-art-camp-austin

    Contact: 512-852-9900


    ZACH Theatre Summer Camp

    These exciting camps are for anyone who are ready to dive into their training. ZACH has camps in acting, dancing, and musical theatre where students have a lot of fun exploring skills!.

    Dates: Spring Break: March 13 – 17; Summer Camps: Weekly beginning June 5th through August 17th

    Locations: 1510 Toomey Rd., Austin; 12129 RR 620 N., Austin

    Cost: $275 – $350 per week

    Website: zachtheatre.org/education

    Contact: 512-476-0594 x236

     

    Music lovers looking for the next concert, take note: Sound On Sound Fest is coming! This three-day festival will take over the grounds of the Sherwood Forest Faire, a Renaissance landscape set just forty miles outside of Austin in McDade, on November 4-6, 2016.

    Not just a music festival, SOS Fest aims to transform the typical festival experience for fans, hyper-focusing on stellar bookings of indie, punk, hip hop, metal, dance music, comedy, and live panel discussions.

    Children ages 10 and under get in for free with adults holding single day, three-day, and VIP “Treat Thyself” weekend passes to SOS Fest. For parents who wish to bring their kiddos along, Do512Family has curated some amazing fun for the little ones in the Kids’ Kingdom, including:

    • Dress up games with temporary tattoos
    • Fake nose rings
    • Hair wrapping
    • Face painting
    • Faerie tea parties
    • Crafts including make-your-own dragon eyes
    • Come-and-go reptile farm from Austin Reptile Shows
    • Hat and Story making with Creative Action
    • Rody Pony jousting with Toy Joy
    • Fun games with Austin Bat Cave

    In addition to the fun above, KUTX’s Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has produced three days of incredible live music on the Come & Tyke It Stage.

    Friday, November 4: Calliope Musicals, Koo Koo Kanga Roo
    Saturday, November 5: Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Telephone Company, Thor & Friends
    Sunday, November 6: Hey Lolly Brass Band, The Telephone Company, Jad Fair

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    To start the festival weekend, the Sound On Sound Fest “Late Knights” Kick-Off Parties (a.k.a. Knights) will take over Mohawk, The Sidewinder, Barracuda, Beerland, and Empire on Thursday, November 3.  Anyone with an official Sound On Sound Wristband gets free access to the Knights shows and holders of the VIP Treat Thyself pass get priority access at each venue.

    Bands performing include Phantogram, Explosions in the Sky, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Descendents, and more.

    For the complete lineup and information on the Late Knights Shows, click here

    What’s It Cost

    Kids 10 and under get in for free!

    Single-day passes ($89 plus fees), three-day GA passes ($169 plus fees), “Treat Thyself” (VIP) weekend passes $445 plus fees), and camping passes ($75 plus fees) to SOS Fest are available for purchase now. More details here.

    How To Get There

    If you don’t feel like driving, SOS Fest invites attendees to travel to the festival via the festival shuttles, which are managed in partnership with Austin Tour Company. The official festival pick-up and drop-off location is in downtown Austin at Mohawk Austin (912 Red River). Multiple shuttles will run daily from noon to 3 a.m. on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Daily shuttle schedules will be available via the SOS Fest website, festival app, and fest social media pages. If purchased in advance via the festival website, SOS Fest shuttles are $5 a person per day or $10 for the weekend.

    Where To Stay

    Pack up the family for a camping excursion! Family camp sites will be available and set a little farther back from the live music and late night shows. Three-day on-site camping passes on the Sherwood Forrest Faire grounds cost  $75 per person with additional options available for renting tents or space for RV parking. The festival camping area will have a 24-hour diner hosted by purveyors of fine hot dogs Frank, a general store selling provisions and packaged goods, a private bar area, and private showers with hot water. The camping grounds will also host nightly shows including the SOS Knights: Comedy Club and the Disco Dungeon, a late night outdoor dance club open from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

    About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 18 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.

    In this all-new episode in Sherwood Forest Faire’s annual series at Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Robin Hood and Maid Marian are planning the perfect wedding day, but the grouchy Sheriff of Nottingham and the wicked knight, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, have plans of their own!

    Come witness live sword fighting and live archery as Robin Hood’s merry band of outlaws bring the legendary Forest of Sherwood alive in this original play by the creators of Sherwood Forest Faire. The Faire’s official cast will perform this hilarious, action-packed wedding in partnership with the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, where 19th Century architecture and original hand-painted set pieces make the perfect setting for the classic tales of Robin Hood. Recommended for all ages.

    Austin Scottish Rite Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to share and preserve the historic Masonic facility, serving the greater community through high quality performing arts, educational programs, and events.

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    Enjoy the kid-friendly atmosphere at Austin Scottish Rite Theater where children sit on carpets close to the action, and now parents can enjoy newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Be sure to check out all of the plays scheduled for their 2016/2017 performance season!

    Performance Schedule: Sat and Sun Aug 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 11am, with a bonus evening show on Aug 13 at 8pm.

    Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children. Available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2582138 until one hour before show time, and then sold at the door. Free show parking is available with metered street parking nearby.Location:
    Austin Scottish Rite Theater
    207 W 18th St.

    Austin, TX 78701

    More Information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/robin-hood-and-maid-marian/

    GIVEAWAY: Win a family four pack of tickets, winner’s choice of performance, to see Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s Wedding! Leave a comment below or complete the form by 9am CST on Friday, August 5, 2016. One winner will be chosen and contacted via email with 24 hours to respond to claim tickets. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. You must be at least 18 years or older to enter. The prize holds no cash value and cannot be redeemed for other merchandise. Total value is approximately $40.

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

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    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.

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    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

    Location:
    1883 Old Hwy 20
    McDade, Texas 78650

    http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

    The ultimate Renaissance Festival, the Sherwood Forest Faire is back for its 5th season.

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    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 in Lost Pines, and hosts more than 100 shoppes, pubs, restaurants, and stages so you feel completely submerged in a time long ago.

    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 just wander around and visit the shoppes, try some of the renaissance faire, and see where the day takes you.

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    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 30th

    Location:
    1883 Old Hwy 20
    McDade, Texas 78650

    http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

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