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
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
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
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin
Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin
Manchaca Baptist Church, 1215 Farm to Market 1626, Manchaca
First Baptist Church-Oak Hills, 6907 Convict Hill Rd., Austin
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
Discount: 10% off with coupon LM9
The Art Garage
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
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.
Discount: 1⁄2 off registration and one free play hour per child on their first visit.
Austin Aquarium Summer 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!
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
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
Austin Rowing Club Summer Camps
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
Austin Scottish Rite Theater Summer Camps
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
Discount: Scholarships can be offered on a case, by case, basis.
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
Contact: 512-808-4044; firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Action Summer Camp
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
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 )
Contact: 512-442-8773; email@example.com
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 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
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
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. 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.
Imagine a place where…
Kids discover their unique inner Magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people who recognize and embrace their uniqueness. A shy girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never 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
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
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.
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
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)
Contact: 512-593-6226; firstname.lastname@example.org
Discount: Sign up for 4 weeks of camp to receive a $100 gift certificate towards anything at Jump! 10% sibling discount available.
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
Dates: Safari (ages 8-12) July 17- August 5; Echo (ages 13-16) June 17-July 9; Apex (ages 17-18) July 18-22
Sherwood Forest Summer Camp
How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what a child can learn without the distractions of the modern world.
Campers may choose to sleep in Sherwood Castle (yes, it’s a real castle) or in one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions (with nightly bedtime stories). We offer a healthy, kid friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Our catering is performed by Brou HaHa, who has a solid history of serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life, while learning skills essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices will be available.
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
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
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
STEM Career Immersion Camp
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
Contact: 844-263-6405 ext. 1007
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
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: email@example.com; 512-327-4130
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
Van-A-Gogh-Go! Summer Art Camps
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
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
Contact: 512-476-0594 x236