2021 Central Austin summer camp guide: 44 options including virtual and in-person offerings

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)

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Neuron Garage will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy Neuron Garage)
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The Umlauf Sculpture Garden will be offering in-person camps this summer. (Courtesy Umlauf Sculpture Garden)
Parents looking for summer camps for their kids have a number of options to choose from in the Central Austin area, including virtual options. Listings are accurate as of press time, but information is subject to change.

Academic camps

1. ATX Kids Club

This mobile camp offers educational field trips with an additional focus on health and fitness. Weekly themes include nature, the arts, Texas and diversity. Campers explore Austin via Capital Metro. Financial assistance is available as are extended care options.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 27

Ages: 4-12

Cost: $375 per week

Mobile camp with drop-off and pickup locations around Austin.



2. Bake Austin’s Kids Culinary School

Bake Austin offers hands-on cooking and baking camps that empower kids to learn life skills with weeklong camps.


Ages: 8-16

Dates: June 7-Aug. 6

Cost: $250 per week



3. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Campers will learn about history, traditions, fine arts, cuisine, tribes and people around the world with a focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and leadership, and STEM. Camps are held in East Austin at the home club on the Sheth Family Campus and at the club’s North Austin location.


Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Cost: $100 per month

A. Home club at the Sheth Family Campus

6648 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin


B. 1711 Kramer Lane, Austin



4. Code Wizards HQ

During a virtual, three-week session, campers are taught by teachers to code using live online communications and tools.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 19

Ages: grades 3-12

Cost: $149 per week



5. Coding with Kids

Camps offer various camps offering one-to-three hour sessions per day with subjects including game development, robotics and electronics, computer modding and Minecraft building.


Dates: June-August

Ages: 5 and up

Cost: $129-$219 per week



6. ESTEAM Learning Labs

Camps offer a variety of STEAM curriculum camps based around fun activities. Campers use Legos to learn about engineering, robotics and art; make their own comic books and short form video content; learn to build motorized cars; and more.


Ages: 5-14

Dates: June 1-4; Aug. 2-6; Aug. 9-12

Cost: $350-$400

Dell Jewish Community Campus

7300 Hart Lane, Austin



7. Girls Empowerment Network

The Girls Empowerment Network Camp teaches girls about the power of advocacy, leadership, confidence and creativity.

In-person and virtual

Ages: grades 3-8

Dates: July 12-July 16 in person, July 26-July 30 virtual

Cost: $350/week

First Baptist Church of Austin

901 Trinity St., Austin



8. Idea Labs

This STEM camp engages kids with activities such as Lego Robotics, Minecraft coding, toy engineering and 3-D printing. Extended care options are available.


Ages: 5-13

Dates: June 7-Aug. 20

Cost: $200 for half day, $375 for full day (early bird discounts available)

8620 Burnet Road, Austin



9. Latinitas

Campers learn about culture, identity and social justice using media and technology, including podcasting, coding, robotics and more. Themes for Latinitas camps include cinema, design, health and wellness, advocacy and entrepreneurship. Girls and nonbinary students are welcome.


Ages: 9-18

Dates: June-August

Cost:$50 per week



10. Mad Science & Crayola Imagine Arts Academy

These camps feature hands-on science and art activities for children. Campers become junior scientists and artists.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 5-12

June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: $18 per day virtual, $56 per day in person

Various locations




11. My Coding Place

This weekly camp teaches STEM topics to small groups of four to five students, touching on topics including chess, Python coding, Minecraft modding and 3-D animation.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 7-18

Cost: $255-$499 per week

3616 Far West Blvd., Ste. 109, Austin



12. Neuron Garage: Summer Online Building Camp

Campers work with a trained guide over Zoom to solve weekly engineering challenges with recycled materials. Activities promote creative thinking, collaboration and resilience throughout three-hour daily sessions. Campers can also participate in optional morning yoga.


Ages: 7-12

Dates: June-August

Cost: $150 per week



13. Shalom Austin JCamps

This year’s JCamps will include activities in large indoor spaces and outside. Campers will participate in crafts, water activities and camp traditions with health and safety precautions in place.


Ages: toddler-10th grade

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: $400-$850

7300 Hart Lane, Austin



14. Snapology Austin

Campers use Lego building bricks to explore STEAM and literary concepts while also learning social skills.


Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Ages: 4-12

Cost: $250-$395 per week

Snapology Austin Discovery Center

1910 Fortview Road, Austin



15. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s camps include classes for a range of interests from chess to cooking, music theatre, athletics, science and art.

In-person (limited virtual offerings)

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-July 2

Cost: $225-$550

A. 1112 W. 31st St., Austin

B. 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin



16. Summer Wonders

This half-day camp offers classes in STEM, art, science, global community, economics, drama, culinary creations, literature, film, athletics, music, math and more.

In-person and virtual options

Ages: grades kindergarten-8

Dates: June 7-18, June 21-July 2, July 12-23

Cost: $200-$250 per week

ACE Academy

3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin



17. Thinkery

Parents can choose among three different STEAM-themed camps for their kids. Campers learn about arts and science in a creative, safe and challenging environment.


Ages: pre-K-5

Dates: May 31-week of Aug. 9

Cost: $330-$350 members, $365-$385 nonmembers

Meredith Learning Lab

1830 Simond Ave., Austin



18. The University of Texas Computer Science Summer Academies

UT’s Computer Science Department offers five summer academies for youth interested in a hands-on computer science experience. Two camps are at no cost to selected applicants, and three are tuition-based.


Ages: 14-18

Cost: free for application-based, $799 for tuition-based


19. The University of Texas School of Design and Creative Technologies

UT hosts virtual design camps taught by university faculty members online, with lessons including web game design, graphic and branding design, product sketching, and 3-D prototyping and animation.


Dates: June 7-July 2

Ages: grades 9-12

Cost: $549


20. UTeach Outreach

These University of Texas camps focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students master concepts, explore campus, interact with industry professionals, tour research labs, and visit on-campus museums and recreational facilities.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 6

Ages: 8-16

Cost: $550



Arts and performance camps

21. Austin Film Festival

Young creatives take classes and workshops in screenwriting, filmmaking, editing and video game writing. Campers make their own short films and animations with the support of AFF’s venue, equipment and instruction. Camps are available in person or via Zoom.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 9-18

Dates: June 7-July 30

Cost: $125-$410

First Baptist Church

901 Trinity St., Austin



22. Austin School of Film

Austin School of Film’s summer camps offer hands-on learning experiences in film, animation and creative media. This year, campers receive a box of tools and supplies at their homes to participate in activities and receive free trials for relevant software.


Ages: 8-16

Dates: June-July

Cost: $680, discounts for early registrants



23. Balance Dance Studios

Campers can enroll in half-day preschool camps—with themes such as superheroes, dinosaurs and princesses—or full-day camps for older dancers with a focus on acrobatic dance training.


Dates: June 7-July 23

Ages: 3-10

Cost: $225-$375 per week

4554 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. 300, Austin



24. Camp Half-Blood Austin

The immersive role-play camp is set in the universe of “The Percy Jackson & the Olympians” and “The Heroes of Olympus” book series. Campers travel through unique storylines as their own demigod hero.


Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 7-July 30

Cost: $497



25. Dance Discovery

Dance Discovery hosts weekly themed camps, with in-person options including Rainbow Unicorn, Pop Star Princess, Frozen and Descendants Hip-Hop themes. Campers learn about ballet, jazz, hip-hop and set design. Camps end with a show for parents.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 3-8

Dates: June 7-July 30

Cost: $245, $225 early registration

7729 Burnet Road, Austin



26. Fantastic Magic Camp

This camp teaches magic, juggling and puppetry through an inclusive day camp environment. Each day ends with a show from a professional magician, juggler or clown.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 5-12

June 7 - Aug. 20 - In person

$650 (two weeks)

7500 Woodrow Ave.



27. Griffin School

Griffin School’s half-day, weeklong camps will include remote and in-person options this year. Virtual camps will include creative stitching and coding options, and in-person camps will offer experiences in art, music performance, theater, film and visual storytelling.

In-person and virtual

Ages: grades rising 6th through rising 9th

Dates: June 7-25

Cost: $275 per week in person, $175 virtual

5001 Evans Ave., Austin



28. kidsActing Studio

This year, kidsActing is offering single and multiple-week camps. Each camp ends with performances for friends and family. The camp plans to have 16 total locations this summer, but details of others in Austin are still being organized.


Ages: 4-18

Dates: May 31-Aug. 13

Cost: $265-$365 per week

Multiple locations

A. Center Stage Theatre

2826 Real St., Austin

B. Downtown-Headwaters

807 Rio Grande, Austin

C. Northcross-Go Dance

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin

D. Northwest Austin-Magellan

7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin



29. School of Rock Austin

Youth musicians of all skill levels are invited to a week of music lessons and workshops to sharpen skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Songwriting and band musicianship are among the topics covered.

In-person and virtual

Ages: 6-18

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Cost: $440 online, $275-$550 in person

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 138



30. Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Children learn from teaching artists to creatively engage with Umlauf Sculpture garden through “STEAM-style” learning. Campers create interactive nature and art projects.


Ages: grades kindergarten-5

Dates: June 7-July 23

Cost: $200 half-day, $380 full-day

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Azie Morton Road, Austin



31. The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film Media

Professors, media professionals and advanced graduate students teach kids about filmmaking, video game design, animation and more. Campers learn to create content with other creative kids.


Ages: 8-adul

Dates: June-August (Dates TBD)

Cost: varies



32 . ZACH Theatre

The ZACH Theatre will run reduced-capacity, socially distant weekly camps with no more than eight children and two adults in the room at a time. The local theater has offered these performing arts camps for children for more than 30 years.


Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 7-Aug. 18

Cost: $275-$320

ZACH Theatre

A. 1510 Toomey Road, Austin

B. 14010 US 183, Ste. 540, Austi


Sports & recreation camps

33. ATX Ballers Camps

Split into basketball and soccer camps, coaches provide lessons that develop fundamentals and prepare athletes for games. The camps offer full and half-day rates, and run Monday through Thursday.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: grades pre K-12

Cost: $120-$250 per day

Austin Achieve Public School

7424 E. Hwy. 290, Austin.



34. Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp

The basketball camp for boys and girls includes competition and intensive drills. Basketball shooting skills are developed through instruction that includes repetition, self-discipline, team concepts and fun.


Ages: 7-16

Dates: June 14-Aug. 5

Cost: $240 prior to June 1

WAYA-West Austin Youth Association

1314 Exposition Blvd., Austin



35. Extend-A-Care YMCA

Extend-A-Care and the YMCA of Austin partner to offer a variety of day camps to learn new skills and concepts in a creative environment, including sports, STEAM skills and outdoor activities. A camp for preschoolers is also available.

Ages: infant-13

Dates: June 1-Aug. 6

Cost: $215 per week and up, with financial assistance available


Various locations



36. Jump Gymnastics

Camp Jump offers weekly theme-based programs featuring gymnastics, art exploration, dramatic play, yoga, music and dance. Half, full and extended-day options are available.


Ages: 3-10

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Cost: $265-$470, 10% sibling discount

2117 W. Anderson Lane, Austin



37. Rock-About Climbing Adventures

These climbing camps encourage safety and fun for young climbers. Each week, campers climb at the Austin Greenbelt, Reimer’s Ranch and Enchanted Rock.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: 9-18

Cost: $399 per week

3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin



38. Waterloo Swimming’s Summer Safety and Summer Sharks and Mermaids Camp

Waterloo is offering two camps this summer, with one geared toward novice-level swimmers who want to learn more about water safety awareness and develop stronger swim skills. Waterloo’s Sharks and Mermaids Camp is for more experienced swimmers and strengthens skills through guided swims, games and crafts. Each camp offers 30-minute lessons taught by trained Waterloo instructors.


Ages: grades 1-6

Dates: June 7-July 29

Cost: $160 per week

A. Waterloo Swimming Northwest,

12332 N. RM 620, Austin

B. Waterloo Swimming Central,

3200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin



39. Wet & Wild Adventure Camp

Wet & Wild Camp provides field trips, taking children on daily trips to swim at local pools, lakes, rivers or water parks. Campers are dropped off by parents each day at 7:30 a.m., and pick up is at 5:30 p.m. from various locations across Austin.


Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: 6-15

Cost: $400-$480 per week

Drop-off and pick up available at various locations



Writing & language camps

40. Austin Eco Bilingual School’s Spanish Immersion Camp

This year’s Austin Eco Bilingual School Spanish Immersion Camp is based on an adventure book about travels across the world. At the camp, students are fully immersed in the Spanish language and are exposed to new phrases and vocabulary through cooking, art, dancing and music. The camp is split into 11 one-week sessions. Part time and full time camps are offered.


Dates: May 28-Aug.20

Ages: 2-8

Cost: $180-$320 per week

A. North Austin Campus

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 601, Austin


B. Austin Eco Bilingual School

8707 Mountain Crest Drive, Austin



41. Badgerdog Creative Writing

Workshops allow children to work with writers to explore, experiment, imagine and create new written works for publication. In-person summer camp workshops may be added later in the spring based on campuses’ ability to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines. Access to Zoom and GoogleDrive is required for the virtual camps.


Ages: Grades 2-12

June 7-25; June 28-July 2; July 5-9; July 12-30; Aug. 2-6

Cost: $125-$300



42. Camp ¡Vámonos!

Campers spend summer days “like their grandparents did,” playing, exploring, engaging in arts and crafts, and more. The camp features a zipline, slackline, treehouse and climbing dome.


Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13 (no camp the weeks of June 29 and July 6)

Cost: $200 per week

6919 Reese Lane, Austin



43. Mariposas Kids Spanish Immersion Camp

This year’s campers will celebrate the country of Costa Rica while learning Spanish through interactive cultural activities, art, music, cooking, dance and outdoor games. Dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions.


Ages: 3-8

Dates: June 7-17, July 5-16, Aug. 2-13

Cost: TBD

Upbring School of Arts and Sciences

3501 Red River St., Austin



44. Not Your Kid’s Spanish Camp

The Language House offers Spanish camps for adults, from beginners to intermediate learners. Conversational and fun Spanish-language classes are accompanied by informal happy hours and a Spanish cooking class.


Dates: 2-week sessions held throughout June and July, exact dates TBD

Ages: 21 and up

Cost: $325

4411 Avenue B, Austin


By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.