As warmer weather approaches, it is time for families to start planning for summer. Below is a noncomprehensive list of camps of varying disciplines in Central Austin. From the cinematic arts to robotics to baking to language classes, our annual guide will help narrow the choice.
Asian American Resource Center
The Asian American Resource Center hosts eight one-week camps that explore mindfulness and creativity through an Asian-American Pacific islander lens. Programs include “Fantasy Fun,” which explores classic fairy tales, sci-fi adventures and anime, and “Creative Science,” which features scientific experiments. Residents are able to apply for up to 50 percent financial aid. Ages: 6-10. Dates: June 10-Aug. 9. Cost: $150 (resident), $165 (nonresident) 8401 Cameron Road
ATX Kids Club
Campers explore Austin with a field trip leader using the city’s public transportation system, CapMetro, to visit Austin’s museums, cultural centers, gardens and more. Each week features a different theme, and the ratio of campers to counselor is six-to-one. Ages: 4-15. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16. 8:30-5 with extended hours 8-6. Pick up and drop off at four different park locations. Cost: $325 per week. 512-234-5437. www.atxkidsclub.org
Austin Bat Cave
Campers will live the collegiate life—staying in dorms while working with professional authors to find their voice and hone their craft by participating in daily creative writing workshops taught by local Austin writers, guest speakers and educators. Ages: sixth-ninth grade. Dates: July 15-19. Cost: $1,200
St. Edward’s University 3001 Congress Ave.
Weekly camps include a pasta-making class for teens and “Books and Baking,” in which students will bake something inspired by a book, such as Peeta’s cookies from “The Hunger Games” series. Ages: 8-17. Dates: May 27-July 12. Cost: $325-$350
1706 E. 38th 1/2 St.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Weekly sessions hosted at the new Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area’s home club offer traditional day camp programming as well as science, technology, engineering, math and sports focuses. Ages: students entering first-seventh grades. Dates: June 1-Aug. 16. Cost: $100-$125
Sheth Family Campus, 6648 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Campers participate in weeklong sessions that focus on building confidence, stress management and healthy friendships. After care is available for an additional $10 per day. Ages: girls entering third-eighth grades. Dates: June 17-21, July 15-19. Cost: $330
First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St.
512-808-4044, ext. 104
Coding With Kids
Coding with Kids offers a variety of STEM-focused camps, with focuses including game development, robotics and programmable circuits. Half-day and full-day options are available. Ages: 5-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 5. Cost: $279-$549
a. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
b. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive
The Coder School
Camps provide exposure to a wide range of tech topics, ranging from Scratch and Python to robotics, artificial intelligence and web development. Ages: 7-18. Dates: 12 weeks of seven different topics June 3-Aug 16. Cost: $499 ($399 with early bird discount)The Coder School 3616 Far West Blvd., Ste. 109
German Texas Heritage Society
Weeklong camps offer immersive German language instruction, which incorporate arts, crafts, theater, games and live entertainment. Ages: 3-13. Dates: June 24-28, July 15-19, Aug. 5-9. Cost: $300
507 E. 10th St.
Kirby Hall School
Weeklong camps are available for various grade levels, with topics ranging from drawing and painting to science for kids and creating a portfolio for older campers. Ages: Grades Pre-K and above. Dates: June 3-July 19. Cost: $180-$400.
Kirby Hall School
306 W. 29th St.
512-474-1770, Ex. 0
Latinitas Summer Camps
Weeklong camp options include Cine Chica focusing on storytelling, Design Chica focusing on wearable tech and fashion, Power Chica focusing on leadership and Healthy Chica focusing on health and wellness.
Ages: 9-14 Dates: July 8-Aug. 2 Cost: $200 per week
1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 9E
Launch Code After School
Students ages 7-14 learn basic to advanced coding and technology skills, giving them 21st-century tools for creative expression. In-person classes and camps provide a collaborative and inclusive environment to give children the skills and habits of mind needed in the age of technology. Courses offered include coding & programming, robotics & Internet of things, mobile app development, game development and Graphic & Web Design. Ages: 7-14 Dates: multiple dates starting in June Cost: starts at $299
St. Andrews Episcopal School
1112 West 31st St.
Little Stars Camp
Led and coordinated by selected and trained high school students, the camp consists of hands-on activities in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Ages: girls entering third-fifth grade. Dates: June 10-13. Cost: $100
Ann Richards School for Young
2206 Prather Lane
Mad Science of Austin
Camps offer a mix of in-class discovery, outdoor games and hands-on applications of scientific principles. Focuses include robots, rockets, spy tactics and “yuckology.” Ages: 4-12. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16. Cost: $160-$290
a. Hyde Park Baptist School, 3901 Speedway
b. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st St.
c. JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
d. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
Weeklong sessions offer hands-on building challenges and offer campers opportunities to think creatively and collaborate with others. Focuses include medieval construction, in which campers use pulleys and levers, and cardboard arcade, which gives children a chance to make their own games. Extended hours are available for an additional cost. Ages: children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $390
a. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
b. Odyssey School, 4407 Red River St.
c. San Juan Diego High School, 2512 S. First St.
UT School of Design and Creative Technologies
The University of Texas School of Design and Creative Technologies offers two camps, taught by faculty members, on the basics of game design and graphic design, respectively. Ages: 14-18. Dates: June 17-28, July 8-19. Cost: $1,299 (rate increases after April 1)
University of Texas at Austin Fine Arts Library,
510 E. 23rd St., fourth floor
Campers use Legos and other building tools to learn math, science, technology, engineering, art and literacy concepts. Ages: 4-14. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16. Cost: $150-$325
a. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive
b. West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd.
c. Snapology Austin Discovery Center,
1910 Fort View Road
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School offers a multiweek camp program with focus areas such as athletics, fine arts, science, math and technology. Half-day and full-day options are available. Ages: 4-18. Dates: June 3-July 19 (campus is closed July 1-5). Cost: $225-$500
1112 W. 31st St.
Camps are designed to create excitement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Students will participate in challenging “hands-on, mind-on” activities and interact with military personnel to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the real world. Ages: rising sixth graders, ages 10-12. Dates: June 24-28. Cost: free Camp Mabry,
2200 W. 35th St., Starbase bldg. 31
Creative, nontraditional classes are taught on a variety of subjects using hands-on teaching strategies that aim to inspire creative thinking. Focuses include science, math, art, drama, social studies, literature and economics. Ages: prekindergarten-eighth grade. Dates: June 17-28, July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2. Cost: $500-$1,025
ACE Academy, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
512-206-4070, ext. 1
Campers indulge their curiosity and creativity through playful learning experiences at weeklong sessions, which center around the science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and robotics fields. Part-day and extended care options are available. Ages: pre-K-fifth grade. Dates: June 3-Aug. 16. Cost: $280-$385
Meredith Learning Lab, 1830 Simond Ave.
Camps center on an array of workshops that include drawing, cartooning and pastel workshops with themes such as “Wild Kingdom” and “A World of Pattern and Design.” Ages: 6-12. Dates: June 3-Aug. 16. Cost: $175-$440
a. JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
b. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
4Reelz School of Film
Weekly sessions taught by industry professionals focus on developing artistic, creative and performing skills. Focuses include Lego movie-making and short-form content creation for aspiring YouTube producers. Half- and full-day options available. Ages: 6-14. Dates: June 3-Aug. 2. Cost: $235-$435
JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
The recently opened art academy and studio Atelier Dojo hosts a series of summer teen intensive classes, designed to provide a sampling of their courses in drawing and oil painting.
Ages: 13-18. Dates: June 3-7, July 15-19, July 29-Aug. 2. Cost: $295
Canopy Arts Complex, 916 Springdale Road, Building 2, Ste. 106B
Austin Chamber Music Center
Young musicians participate classes focused on chamber music, composition, improvisation and more during these workshops, which include master classes with renowned international touring artists. Ages: 7-18. Dates: July 7-21. Cost: $525-$2,000
University of Texas at Austin, Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin Film Festival
Campers of all experience levels learn how to write, direct, animate and edit their own short films. Ages: 9-18. Dates: June 3-July 26. Cost: $215-$410
First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St.
Austin Film Society
Campers work with local filmmakers and learn about the process of filmmaking at weeklong sessions. An AFS membership discount is available. Ages: 9-17. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $295-$345
Austin Public media studio, 1143 Northwestern Ave.
Austin School of Fashion Design
Camps cater to various experience levels in sewing and fashion illustration. Half- and full-day options available. Modeling summer camps also offered. Ages: 8-12. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $400-$598
6001 Burnet Road
Austin School of Film
Students receive a hands-on education in focus areas that include filmmaking, stop-motion animation, after effects and video editing. Campers have gone on to win awards at youth film festivals across the country. Ages: 5-16. Dates: May 27-31, July 22-26 (ages 5-7); June 3-14 (ages 8-10); June 17-28 (ages 11-12); July 8-19 (ages 13-16). Cost: $275 (per age group)
2200 Tillery St.
Balance Dance Studios
Campers dance, make cupcakes and participate in themed activities, such as a “Hamilton” music theater intensive and a “Toy Story” ballet. Ages: 3-15. Dates: June 10-28, July 8-Aug. 2. Cost: $150-$350
4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldgs. 200 and 300
Full-day camps encourage creativity, courageousness, critical thinking and confidence in a variety of activities, such as filmmaking, theater and the visual arts. Ages: 5-11. Dates: June 3-28, July 8-Aug. 2. Cost: $295-$590
a. Koenig Lane Christian Church,
908 Old Koenig Lane
b. Creative Action,
1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 3
512-442-8773, ext. 107
Each weeklong camp is based on a movie theme, such as “Mary Poppins,” “The Rainbow Unicorn” or “The Greatest Showman.” Instructors teach Storytime Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and set design. Ages: 3-13, varies by camp. Dates: June 17-Aug. 2. Cost: $215
7729 Burnet Road
Fantastic Magic Camp
Each day starts with juggling before either a magic or puppet class. The camp brings in magicians, jugglers and ventriloquists to perform for campers, their friends and families. Ages: 5-12. Dates: May 27 -Aug.16. Cost: $325 (one week), $650 (two weeks)
Journey Imperfect Faith Community 7500 Woodrow Ave.
Campers make several short films and longer, full-scale movies based on their own ideas. Ages: fifth-seventh grade. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $360 per one-week session
Rosedale Baptist Church, 4400 Maybelle Ave.
Game developers teach students programming, design, business, audio and art. Students come away with a game they have created and pitched to developers. Ages: 8-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 16. Cost: $550-$650, discounts available
Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road
One-week sessions focus on the arts, focusing on everything from music production and performance to comics, sewing and fashion, printmaking and screenprinting. Ages: rising sixth-ninth grade. Dates: June 3-July 19. Cost: $275
5001 Evans Ave.
Hideout Theatre Improv
Students learn the basics of improv, storytelling and stage acting through games, stories and scene performances. Ages: 5-18. Dates: June 10-Aug. 9. Cost: $230-$370
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave.
Over 150 camps in 16 locations specialize in musicals, acting or full-scale productions. Camps range from one to multiple weeks and culminate in performances for friends and family. Ages: 4-18. Dates: June 4-Aug. 24. Cost: starts at $245
a. Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S. Lamar Blvd
b. Center Stage, 2826 Real St.
c. Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
d. Go Dance Studios, 2525 W. Anderson Lane
e. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
f. Paragon Prep Academy, 2001 W. Koenig Lane
Move Your Tale—Improv for Youth
Camps, each featuring a different theme, allow campers to improvise characters and stories in comedic performances. Ages: 5-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $185 (half-day), $295 (full-day), ($165-$275 early bird rate before April 30)
ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
Orpheus Academy of Music
Degreed teachers lead camps that feature new activities every 30 minutes. The variety of camp choices includes piano, guitar, world music, composing, Broadway musicals and more. Ages: 4-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $361
3918-C Far West Blvd.
At Camp Paramount and Camp Story Wranglers, students learn the ins and outs of musical theater, exploring story writing, acting, songwriting, costume and prop design, then perform at the Paramount Theatre on the last day of camp. Ages: first grade-10th grade. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $725.
a. Pease Elementary School, 1106 Rio Grande St.
b. Pillow Elementary School, 3025 Crosscreek Drive
c. Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave.
d. Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
School of Rock
Young musicians learn guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, and the camp ends in a live rock show. Ages: 6-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 16. Cost: $275 (half-day), $550 (full-day)
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 138
Sew Much More
Campers shop the store from a supply list and choose their own fabrics. The store supplies a starter kit of materials to help campers create items like clothes and pillows. Ages: 9-15 Dates: June 24-Aug. 15 Cost: $249 (includes supplies)
3010 W. Anderson Lane
Smudge Studios Art Camp
Campers explore several mediums of art based on different themes and finish the day by playing outside. Ages: 5-11. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16. Cost: $285 (half-day), $570 (full day)
500 W. 38th St.
UT Film and Media
Students learn filmmaking, animation, screenwriting, GarageBand and video game design. Ages: 6-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $255-$1,150
The University of Texas Jesse H. Jones Communication Center,
2504 Whitis Ave., Bldgs. A and B
Performing arts camps give students a chance to express themselves creatively, build confidence and develop collaborative skills while having fun and learning. Ages: 3-18. Dates: May 28-Aug. 15. Cost: $195-$350
1510 Toomey Road
512-476-0594, ext. 236
Sports & Recreation
Camps provide lessons that develop fundamental skills for all levels of experience and help prepare players for greater in-game success. Ages: third-fifth, sixth-eighth, ninth-12th. Dates: early June-early August. Cost: $100-$120
Locations throughout Greater Austin
Chaparral Ice Center
Campers take twice-daily ice-skating lessons or take part in a general sports camp with an emphasis on skating, outdoor recreation and swimming. Ages: 5-14. Dates: June 4-Aug. 17. Cost: $315
2525 W. Anderson Lane
Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
Teen campers participate in games and activities—including arts and crafts, cooking and swimming—at the recreation center and explore Austin with field trips. Ages: 12-15. Dates: June 10-Aug. 16. Cost: $100-$170
2803 Loyola Lane
Extend-A-Care for Kids
Summer day camps allow children to stay physically active, make new friends and engage in learning activities. Weeklong sessions include sports, cooking, games, puzzles, literacy, and arts and crafts. Ages: 5-12. Dates: May 29-Aug. 9. Cost: $190 ($180 for additional child)
a. Bryker Woods Elementary School, 3309 Kerbey Lane
b. Dawson Elementary School, 3001 S. First St.
c. Travis Heights Elementary School, 2010 Alameda Drive
Golf in Schools
Campers learn the skills, rules and etiquette of golf from a skilled trainer through a curriculum intended to make the training fun. Ages: 4-12. Dates: June 4-Aug. 9. Cost: $185-$350
a. Butler Park Pitch N’ Putt, 201 Lee Barton Drive
b. West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd.
Camp participants are encouraged to use their imaginations in these theme-based camps featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, yoga, music and dance. Ages: 3-12. Dates: June 4-Aug. 17. Cost: $220-$350
2117 W. Anderson Lane
Rock-About Climbing Adventures
Five-day camps entail rock climbing at area locations including the Austin Greenbelt, Reimer’s Ranch and Enchanted Rock. Ages: 9-18. Dates: June 3-Aug. 9. Cost: $399
3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Traditional Martial Arts Academy
The Monkey Kung Fu and Nunchuck camp introduces children to the playful side of martial arts, with all participants receiving a pair of foam nunchucks. Warrior Girls Camp is a girls-only martial arts camp that trains girls to sharpen their minds and be leaders in their communities. Ages: 6-11. Dates: June 3-Aug. 2. Cost: $275 (before April 1), $295 (after April 1)
Traditional Martial Arts Academy, 4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 400
Wet & Wild Adventure Camp
Campers go on a different field trip every day to nearby swimming holes, water parks, amusement parks and more. Ages: 6-15. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16. Cost: $370-$400
Dropoff: West Enfield Park,
2008 Enfield Rd.
Pickup: Austin High School,
1715 Cesar Chavez St.
Writing & Language
Austin Eco Bilingual School
Campers ranging from Spanish learners to fluent speakers take part in this language-immersion camp with activities such as singing, dancing, and arts and crafts. Ages: 2-9. Dates: May 28-Aug. 14 (minimum three weeks of enrollment). Cost: $180-$300
North Austin Campus, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 601
Badgerdog Creative Writing
Campers write prose and poetry in two-week long creative writing workshops organized by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. Ages: third-12th grade. Dates: June 3-Aug. 2. Cost: $375 (two-week camp), $475 (three-week camp)
a. Austin Discovery School, 9303 FM 969
b. The Girls’ School of Austin, 2007 McCall Road
c. The Griffin School, 5001 Evans Ave.
d. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st St.
Campers engage in free play, healthy activities and daily outings while being spoken to in Spanish and English. Ages: 5-11. Dates: June 3-Aug. 16 (no camp week of July 1). Cost: $185 (returning families), $195 (new families)
6919 Reese Lane
Mariposas Spanish School for Kids
Camps teach children Spanish through outdoor games, hands-on learning, cultural activities and food. Ages: 2-8 (9-year-olds and older can apply as camp assistants). Dates: June 3-Aug. 15. Cost: $280-$685
Upbring School of Arts and Sciences,
3407 Red River St.
Young Peoples Workshops
In full- and half-day weeklong sessions, campers learn art, Spanish, science and technology. Ages: 3-12. Dates: June 4-Aug. 15. Cost: $235-$285
YPW Spanish Immersion School
8014 Mesa Drive