Summer Camps Guide 2016

Whether your child is a math whiz, artist extraordinaire, aspiring filmmaker, rock climber or sports enthusiast, a summer camp is out there for him or her in the Central Austin area. More than 40 different organizations offering summer camps are featured in this year’s edition of the Summer Camp Guide.

Academic & General

Bake Austin Summer Camps
1706 E. 38th 1/2 St.
Ages: 8-15
Dates: June 20-Aug. 19
Cost: $275-$325
Children of all experience levels learn how to make cupcakes, candy, sugar paste sculptures and other baking skills.

Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures
O. Henry Middle School, 2610 W. 10th St.
Ages: 6-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 5
Cost: $295/week
This technology-focused camp teaches robotics, programming, stop-motion movie-making, game creation and various “Minecraft” modifications.

Bricks 4 Kidz Camps
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive; Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.; Norris Conference Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365
Ages: 5-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $139-$179
Campers use Lego bricks to build motorized models, play Lego games and create crafts.

Girls Empowerment Network, 4001 Speedway
512-808-4044, ext. 106
Ages: Fourth-eighth grade
Dates: June 20-24, July 11-15, 25-29
Cost: $300
Campers participate in interactive workshops during weeklong sessions that are designed to help girls feel more confident as they navigate girlhood.

Creative Action Summer Camps
Center for Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. B; First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 6800 Woodrow Ave.
512-442-8773, ext. 107
Ages: 5-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 5
Cost: $275-$495
Full-day camps encourage creativity, courageousness, critical thinking and confidence in a variety of activities, such as filmmaking, mural-making, writing, podcasting, creating comic books, gardening, cooking, dancing and singing.

Learning Fun 101: Robotics with LEGO Bricks
Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane; Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Ste. 101
Ages: 4-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $129-$420
Campers explore programming robotics and engineering with Lego educational kits.

Mad Science of Austin Camp
Bryker Woods Elementary School, 3309 Kerbey Lane; Summit Elementary School, 12207 Brigadoon Lane; St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive
Ages: 4-12
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $150-$325
Campers design and build a variety of hands-on science projects using an inquiry-based technique.

Patricia’s Table
1510 W. 35th St.
Ages: 3-14
Dates: May 23-Aug. 26
Cost: $275-$360
Games, challenges, crafts and gardening are incorporated into hands-on cooking camps combining culinary techniques, locally grown foods and fresh flavors.

Snapology Austin Camps
Casis Elementary School, 2710 Exposition Blvd.; Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.; Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive; West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd.
Ages: 4-14
Dates: May 31-Aug. 15
Cost: $135-$180
Campers use Lego bricks to learn math, science, technology, engineering, art and literacy concepts.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
1112 W. 31st St.
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 8-26
Cost: $100-$300
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School offers a multi-week camp program with focus areas such as athletics, fine arts, science, math and technology.

Seton Health Sciences Interactive Camp
Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge, 1400 N. I-35
512-324-9999, ext. 82273
Ages: sixth-12th grade
Dates: June 13-Aug. 4
Cost: $400 per week (Monday – Thursday)
Participants will engage in hands-on clinical simulation in Simulation Lab where medical and nursing professionals are trained.

Summer Spark
Zilker Elementary School, 1900 Bluebonnet Lane
Ages: first-sixth grade
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $300/week
Campers engage in creative problem-solving challenges such as physical experiments, purposeful tinkering and messy construction.

Summer Wonders
ACE Academy, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Ages: 4-12
Dates: June 20-July 1, July11-July 22, July 25-Aug. 5
Cost: $475-$775 (rates rise after April 1)
Creative, nontraditional classes are taught on a variety of subjects using hands-on teaching strategies that aim to inspire creative thinking.

The Number Lab
1201 W. 24th St.
Ages: second-eighth grade
Dates: June-August
Cost: $400-$500
One- and two-week math, science, and computer science courses focus on rigorous, grade-level content that campers will encounter in the fall.

Thinkery Summer Camps
Meredith Learning Lab, 1830 Simond Ave.
Ages: 0-12
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $190-$210 (half day), $325-$360 (full day)
Campers expand their problem-solving skills or perform mental and physical challenges to stimulate creativity in weeklong camps.

Arts & Performance

Austin Chamber Music Center Workshop
University of Texas at Austin, Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Ages: 7-18
Dates: July 7-23
Cost: $495-$900
Young musicians play within small ensembles during these workshops instructed by local professional musicians.

Austin Children’s Theater
616 Lavaca St.
Ages: 6-10
Dates: June 13-17, 20-24
Cost: $197.50
Campers engage in workshops with local artists while producing theatrical, artistic and musical works.

Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp
St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth St.
Ages: 9-18
Dates: June 6-July 22
Cost: $195-$390
Camps vary in skill level and focus, including screenwriting, claymation, directing and general filmmaking.

Austin School of Fashion Design
6001 Burnet Road
Ages: 8-12
Dates: May 30-Aug. 5
Cost: $180
Camps cater to various experience levels in sewing and fashion illustration.

Band Aid School of Music
2309 Thornton Road, Ste. E
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $235-$549
Aspiring musicians can choose from piano, drum, guitar, vocal and rock band classes.

Ballet Austin Summer Kids Camps
Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. Third St.
June 13-Aug. 19
Cost: $175–$280
Campers can dance, discover, imagine and play in a creative and playful environment. Several camps end with a presentation for parents.

Ballet Arts of Austin
2007 W. Anderson Lane
Ages: 3 and older (includes adults)
Dates: June 13-July 1, July 18-28
Cost: $125-$900
Campers train in classical ballet technique and artistry. Curriculum includes pointe, character, Pilates, repertoire and choreography.

Dance Discovery Summer Camps
2110 White Horse Trail, Ste. A
Ages: 3-11
Dates: June 14-Aug. 5
Cost: $140-$170
Musical theater, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and gymastics are performed at camps with themes such as “Frozen,” “Annie” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Dougherty Arts Camp
1110 Barton Springs Road
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 13-Aug. 5
Cost: $389-$446
Camps encourage young artists to discover their imagination through visual and performing arts.

Fantastic Magic Camp
7500 Woodrow Ave.
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 13-Aug. 19
Cost: $550 for two weeks
Campers are taught life skills and confidence through magic. Campers learn how to juggle and use puppets, among other tricks.

Film Kids Summer Camp
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 6800 Woodrow Ave.
Ages: fifth-seventh grade
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $280
Campers make several short films and longer, full-scale movies based on their own ideas.

Game Worlds Summer Camp
Austin Community College Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Ages: 10-18
Dates: June 13-Aug. 19
Cost: $500-$600
Campers learn skills to create their own video games as well as programming, design, audio engineering and art skills.

Griffin School Summer Camp
5001 Evans Ave.
Ages: sixth-ninth grade
Dates: June 6-July 22
Cost: $275
Campers can play in a rock band with other young musicians, produce a live radio show that will air throughout Austin or make art in various media.

Hideout Theatre Improv Summer Camps
617 Congress Ave.
Ages: 5-17
Dates: June 13-Aug. 12
Cost: $200-$300
Students learn the basics of improv, storytelling and stage acting through games, stories and scene performances.

kidsActing Camp
Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S. Lamar Blvd; Center Stage, 2826 Real St.; Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.; Go Dance Studios, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Bldg. 3, Ste. 530; Khabele School Studio, 804 Rio Grande St.; Magellan School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.; Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W. Hwy. 290
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 6-Aug. 26|
Cost: $235 (one week)-$1,295 (four weeks)
Multiple camps and locations specialize in musicals, acting or full-scale productions. Camps range from one to four weeks in length.

Move Your Tale—Improv for Youth
ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., ColdTowne Conservatory, 6929 Airport Blvd. Ste. 131
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $175-$295
Camps divided by age range and experience levels allow participants to write and perform improv sketches. Camps, each featuring a different theme, allow campers to improvise characters and stories in comedic performances.

Music Camp
Orpheus Academy of Music, 3918-C Far West Blvd.
Ages: 4-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $300
Campers learn percussion, violin, choir singing and guitar in small groups. Activities include building rhythm, pitch and reading music.

Paramount Academy for the Arts
The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Ages: first-12th grade
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $400-$600
Write, perform or do both in a number of performance-based camps. There are also stand-up comedy and songwriting camps, among other offerings.

Smudge Studios
500 W. 38th St.
Ages: 5-11
Dates: June 6-Sept. 2
Cost: $245-$490
Programs provide campers with a variety of artistic outlets such as sculpture and mixed media creation.

Summer @ Austin Public
Austin Public, 1143 N. Western Ave.
Ages: 9-18
Dates: June 13-Aug. 5
Cost: $295-$345
Campers learn about film and television techniques while also creating their own projects. There is an opportunity to work with local filmmakers; screen movies; and learn tips on writing and animation.

ZACH Theatre Summer Classes and Camps
1510 Toomey Road
512-476-0594, ext. 236
Ages: 3 1/2-12th grade
Dates: June 6-Aug. 18
Cost: $195-$310
Zach Theatre hosts specialized classes in acting, musical theater and Broadway productions for various skill levels and age ranges.
Themes for the acting- and musical-theater-focused camps include Dr. Suess, scene study, “Hairspray” and “Mary Poppins.”


Austin Sailboat Rentals Summer Camp
Lake Austin Walsh Boat Landing, 1600 Scenic Drive
Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $375
Geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels, camps feature a certified sailing instructor who teaches campers how to sail or improve their sailing skills.

Camp Fire Summer Camps
1605 E. 38th 1/2 St.
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 13-Aug. 19
Cost: $275
Campers swim, hike, perform experiments, make crafts and go on weekly local field trips in nature- and science-themed camps.

Chaparral Ice Center Summer Camp
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 400
512-252-8500, ext. 160
Ages: 6-14
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $265
Campers take daily ice-skating lessons or take part in a general sports camp with emphases on skating and swimming.

Climbing Camps
Ages: 10 and older
Dates: June 6-Aug. 5
Cost: $399
Five-day camps entail rock climbing at various area locations, including the Austin Greenbelt, Reimer’s Ranch and Enchanted Rock.

Extend-A-Care for Kids
Barton Hills Elementary School, 2108 Barton Hills Drive; Metz Elementary School, 84 Robert T. Martinez Jr. St.
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Ages: 3-12
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $175
Weeklong sessions include sports, cooking, games, puzzles, literacy activities, and arts and crafts.

Golf in Schools Summer Camp
Butler Park Pitch N’ Putt, 201 Lee Barton Drive; West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd.
Ages: 4 1/2-12
Dates: June 6-Aug. 12
Cost: $140-$200
Campers learn the skills, rules and etiquette of golf from a skilled trainer through a curriculum intended to make the training fun.

Nunchaku and Monkey Kung Fu
Traditional Martial Arts Academy, 4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 400
Ages: 6-12
Dates: June 13-17, July 18-22
Cost: $200-$230
Learn monkey kung fu and how to use nunchaku, with all participants receiving a pair of foam nunchaku. No previous experience is necessary.

Progress School Camps
2200 Justin Lane
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 13-24
Cost: $200
Building, gardening, art and science are among the activities in which campers participate. Campers are given the chance make their own choices as to how they spend their time, including options for free play, reading and games.

Wet & Wild Adventure Camp
2008 Enfield Road
Ages: 6-15
Dates: June 6- Aug. 19
Cost: $350
Each week of the field trip camp offers a daily stop to a different water park, amusement park or swimming hole, allowing campers to choose the locations that most appeal to them.

Writing & Language

Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp
The Griffin School, 5001 Evans Ave.; The Khabele School, 801 Rio Grande St.; The Girls’ School of Austin, 2007 McCall Road
Ages: third-12th grade
Dates: June 6-July 1, July 11-29
Cost: $450
Campers write prose and poetry in this three-week creative writing workshop organized by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.

Camp Vámonos
6919 Reese Lane
Ages: 5-11
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $175-$185
Campers play, explore, build, cook, bake, and make arts and crafts while being spoken to in Spanish and English.

‘Vamos a un Viaje al Safari’ Spanish Immersion Camp
Austin Eco Bilingual School North Austin Campus, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 601
Ages: 2-11
Dates: June 6-Aug. 19
Cost: $180-$300
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.

Magellan International School Camps
7130 Chimney Corners,
7938 Great Northern Blvd.
Ages: 3 years-eighth grade
Dates: June 20-July 2
Cost: $400-$450
Each week campers experience a new nation, its culture and cuisine through Spanish-language immersion.

Mariposas Spanish School for Kids Camps
Hyde Park Montessori, 4108 Avenue H
Ages: 2 1/2-8
Dates: June 6-17
Cost: $445
Campers take part in Cuba-themed camps learning Spanish through outdoor games, story time, cultural activities, cooking, music, dance and art.

Young Peoples Workshops Camps
8014 Mesa Drive
Ages: 3-12
Dates: June 1-Aug. 21
Cost: $221-245
In full- and half-day weeklong sessions, campers learn art, math, language, science and technology.

This list is not comprehensive. If your camp was not included, email to be added to our online list.



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