2020 Central Austin Summer Camp Guide: 61 options from academic camps to arts and sports

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Whether their kids are looking to spend some time outdoors, hone their athletic skills or study up over the break, parents searching for summer camps have a variety to choose from in the Central Austin area.

This list is not comprehensive. Cost is weekly unless otherwise noted.

Academic

1. Asian American Resource Center

Ages: 6-10


Dates: June 15-Aug. 7

Cost: $200 (residents), $215 (nonresidents)

8401 Cameron Road

512-974-1700

www.austintexas.gov/aarc

These weekly camps explore different themes while sharing a focus on mindfulness and creative expression through movement, sound, play and crafts of Asia.

2. ATX Kids Club

Ages: 4-15

Dates: May 26-Aug. 28

Cost: $325; financial assistance available

Mobile camp with drop-off and pickup locations around Austin

512-234-5437

www.atxkidsclub.org

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.

3. Austin Bat Cave

Ages: 11-15

Dates: July 13-17

Cost: $1,300; need-based scholarships available

St. Edward’s University

3001 Congress Ave.

361-793-1039

www.austinbatcave.org/programs/summer-camps

This weeklong, overnight writing retreat for young authors is dedicated to fiction, poetry and autobiographical storytelling. Campers will participate in daily creative writing workshops taught by local writers, guest speakers and educators while experiencing the lifestyle of a university campus.

4. Bake Austin

Ages: 8-16

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $350

1706 E. 38th 1/2 St.

512-997-8277

www.bakeaustin.com

Bake Austin offers hands-on camps that empower kids to enjoy cooking and baking.

5. Beeline Market

Ages: 3-14

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $300-$365

1510 W. 35th St.

www.beelinefoods.com

This commercial testing kitchen for kids hosts weeklong, half-day cooking camps. Enrollees will make two to three recipes each day from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.

6. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: call for pricing, scholarships available

Home Club at the Sheth Family Campus

6648 Ed Bluestein Blvd.

512-444-7199

www.bgcaustin.org/what-we-do/great-futures-camps

Camps are designed to keep kids learning, active and engaged throughout the summer break. Each week will explore different core areas, from competitive sports to fine arts to engineering.

7. The Code Galaxy

Ages: 5-14

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $79-$99

Headwaters School

807 Rio Grande St.

512-337-6624

www.thecodegalaxy.com

These day camps help children get started with coding or dive deep into a topic they love. Focuses include app design, game development and robotics.

8. Coding with Kids

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 8

Cost: $299-$479

Various locations

512-710-5747

www.codingwithkids.com

Coding with Kids offers a variety of camps focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Specific programs include Minecraft modding and game development.

9. Esteam Learning Lab

Ages: 5-14

Dates: June 1-5, Aug. 3-14

Cost: $400

Dell Jewish Community Campus

7300 Hart Lane

512-740-3024

https://esteamlearninglabs.com

Individual camp options include Lego activities across science, technology, engineering, technology, art and math; video production for aspiring YouTube creators; engineering and coding; and comic book creation and game design.

10. German Texas Heritage Society

Ages: 3-13

Dates: June 22-26, July 13-17, Aug. 3-7

Cost: $300

507 E. 10th St.

512-467-4569

www.germantexans.org

These total immersion German-language summer camps offer themed learning in the morning and activities such as arts and crafts, theater and games in the afternoon.

11. Girls Empowerment Network

Ages: 8-14

Dates: June 15-19, July 13-17

Cost: $330

First Baptist Church of Austin

901 Trinity St.

512-808-4044, ext. 104

www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org

During two weeklong sessions, girls learn about igniting the power in themselves and helping others find theirs, too, while making new friends, participating in workshops and working on an advocacy project.

12. Kirby Hall School

Ages: 3-14

Dates: May 25-29, June 8-19, and June 29-July 3

Cost: $250-$410

306 W. 29th St.

512-474-1770, ext. 0

www.kirbyhallschool.org

Options include an arts camp; a crafting and baking camp; an art portfolio prep camp; a science, technology, engineering, art and math camp; and a miniature horse camp featuring rescued animals.

13. Latinitas

Ages: 9-14

Dates: July 6-31

Cost: $200

Springdale General

1023 Springdale Road

512-900-0304

www.latinitasmagazine.org

Girls interested in media and technology learn about filmmaking, cultural arts, health and wellness, and technology—while making friends and meeting mentors.

14. Little Stars Camp

Ages: 8-11

Dates: June 8-11

Cost: $125

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

2206 Prather Lane

512-414-3340

www.annrichardsschool.org/campus-life/summer-programs

Campers experience leadership, team building and lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through fun activities led by current Ann Richards high school students.

15. Mad Science of Austin

a. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

1112 W. 31st St.

b. UT Elementary Charter School

2200 E. Sixth St.

c. JCC Austin

7300 Hart Lane

d. Magellan International School

7938 Great Northern Blvd.

Ages: 4-12

Dates: May 26-Aug. 14

Cost: $180-$325

512-892-1143

https://austin.madscience.org

Interactive, engaging programs help campers learn to love science and explore its different fields.

16. My Coding Place

3616 Far West Blvd., Ste. 109

Ages: 7-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $499

512-593-2729

www.mycodingplace.com

Campers learn the art of computer programming with programs covering 11 different STEM topics.

17. Neuron Garage

Ages: 5-12

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $390-$450

a. Magellan International School

7938 Great Northern Blvd.

b. Odyssey School

4407 Red River St.

c. Headwaters School

801 Rio Grande St.

d. San Juan Diego High School

2512 S. First St.

512-593-5393

www.neurongarage.com

Campers build with recycled materials to solve weekly engineering challenges, such as building a roller-coaster for a marble or fortifying cardboard castles against invasions.

18. Shalom Austin

Ages: 1-16

Dates: June 1-Aug. 20

Cost: $252-$1,350 (members), $352-$1,450 (non-members); with early and extended care options

7300 Hart Lane

512-735-8050

www.shalomaustin.org/jcamps

Subjects of the JCamps at Shalom Austin’s 40-acre campus in the Northwest Hills neighborhood vary from sports to creative arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

19. Snapology Austin

Ages: 4-12

Dates: May 26-Aug. 14

Cost: $250

a. Trinity Church of Austin

4001 Speedway

b. West Austin Youth Association

1314 Exposition Blvd.

c. Snapology Austin Discovery Center

1910 Fort View Road

512-368-9090

https://austin.snapology.com

In a fun and safe environment, campers learn math, science, technology, engineering, art and literacy concepts using Lego bricks and other building tools.

20. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-July 10

Cost: $225-$325 (half day), $425-$500 (full day)

1112 W. 31st St.

512-299-9708

www.sasaustin.org/summer

This multiweek camp program offers focus areas such as athletics, fine arts, science, math and technology.

21. Starbase Austin

Ages: 10-11

Dates: Inquire at your local school district

Cost: Free for eligible participants

Camp Mabry

2200 W. 35th St.

512-782-3470

www.tmd.texas.gov/starbase

Starbase is a Department of Defense program in partnership local school districts and education institutions that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Campers work with design software and 3D printers.

22. Summer Wonders

Ages: 3-14

Dates: June 8-July 31

Cost: $570-$1,050

ACE Academy

3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.

512-206-4070, ext. 1

www.summerwonders.org

This award-winning day camp is back for its 21st year, offering a variety of classes designed to stimulate bright and inquisitive young minds.

23. Thinkery

Ages: 4-12

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $270-$350 (members), $305-$385 (nonmembers)

a. Meredith Learning Lab

1830 Simond Ave.

b. Silicon Labs

400 W. Cesar Chavez St.

512-469-6200

www.thinkerycamps.com

Campers engage in playful, hands-on learning activities, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

24. UTeach Outreach

Ages: 8-16

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $550

Painter Hall, The University of Texas

103 W. 24th St.

512-471-4992

https://outreach.uteach.utexas.edu/camps

These 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.

25. UT School of Design and Creative Technologies

Ages: 14-18

Dates: June 1-5 and 8-26, July 6-10

Cost: $649-$1,499

a. Art Building

2301 San Jacinto Blvd.

b. Fine Arts Building

2301 Trinity St.

512-471-1655

www.designcreativetech.utexas.edu/sdctxed

These camps are designed and taught by faculty at The University of Texas and offer high school students a chance to learn about game design, graphic design and animation.

Arts

26. Austin Film Festival

Ages: 9-18

Dates: June 8-July 31

Cost: $250 (half day), $410 (full day)

First Baptist Church

901 Trinity St.

512-478-4795

www.austinfilmfestival.com/yfp/

summercamp

Young filmmakers are surrounded by like-minded collaborators and guided by professional instructors as they engage in screenwriting, filmmaking and claymation classes.

27. Austin Film Society

Ages: 9-17

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7

Cost: $355

Austin Public

1143 Northwestern Ave.

512-478-8600

www.austinfilm.org/classes/summer-camp

Campers work with local filmmakers and experience the magic of filmmaking at the Austin Film Society’s facility at Austin Public.

28. Austin School of Fashion

Ages: 8-12

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $420 (half day), $599 (full day); sibling discounts available

6001 Burnet Road

920-345-6652

www.austinschooloffashiondesign.com

Campers will learn the basic principles of fashion illustration and sewing before finishing projects, such as making their own wallets, aprons and jumpsuits.

29. Austin School of Film

Ages: 7-17

Dates: June-July

Cost: $685; scholarships, payment plans and discounts available2200 Tillery St., Ste. A

512-236-8877

www.austinfilmschool.org/summer-camps

These award-winning camps lay the foundation for students to learn, connect and create within film, animation and creative technology. Campers will develop and complete two to four projects over the course of two weeks.

30. Balance Dance Studios

Ages: 3-10

Dates: June 8-July 31

Cost: $225 (half day), $350 (full day)

4554 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. 300

512-215-8727

www.balancedancestudios.com

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.

31. Creative Action

Ages: 5-11

Dates: July 1-July 31

Cost: $300; financial aid is available

a. Koenig Lane Christian Church

908 Old Koenig Lane

b. Creative Action

1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 3

512-442-8773, ext. 107

www.creativeaction.org

Creative Action offers fun, engaging and arts-based summer camps led by experienced staff. Campers envision and create their own films, perform on stage and explore visual art in a safe, supportive learning environment.

32. Dance Discovery

Ages: 3-13

Dates: July 13-24, Aug. 10-14

Cost: $245; discounts available

7729 Burnet Road

512-419-7611

www.austin-dance.org

These weekly camps include themes such as storytime ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, and set and prop design. Each camp wraps up with a final show.

33. Fantastic Magic Camp

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 10-18

Cost: $325

Journey Imperfect Faith Community

7500 Woodrow Ave.

512-988-3045

www.magiccamp.com

This camp teaches life skills and confidence through magic, juggling and puppets.

34. Film Kids

Ages: 10-13

Dates: June 1-12, 22-26, July 13-24

Cost: $360

Rosedale Baptist Church

4400 Maybelle Ave.

512-567-0778

www.filmkids.org

Campers explore their creativity with a week of hands-on filmmaking, during which they will pitch ideas and participate in every aspect of making their idea come to life.

35. Game Worlds

Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $550-$650

Austin Community College

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

512-609-0052

www.gameworldscamp.com

Taught by real-life game developers, this camp gives students the chance to build confidence as coders, artists, storytellers and musicians as they bring their dream game to life.

36. Griffin School

Ages: 11-15

Dates: June 8-26

Cost: $275

5001 Evans Ave.

512-454-5797

www.griffinschool.org

Weekly camps are led by Griffin School instructors and local artists. Focus areas include art, coding, comics, sewing and fashion, music performance and music production.

37. Hideout Theatre Improv

Ages: 5-17

Dates: June-August

Cost: $330

617 Congress Ave.

512-443-3688

www.hideouttheatre.com/

improv-for-kids/summercamp

Campers play games and have fun while learning how to jump on stage and create something awesome from nothing.

38. kidsActing Studio

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 28

Cost: $255 (half day), $355 (full day)

Various locations

512-836-5437

www.kidsactingstudio.com

Campers choose their own adventure, from singing and dancing to acting. Options include weekly camps and full-scale musical and play productions across ten themes.

39. Move Your Tale—Improv for Youth

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-26, July 6-10, 20-31, Aug. 3-7Cost: $185 (half day), $295 (full day); with extended care options

ColdTowne Theater

4803 Airport Blvd.

512-809-0017

www.moveyourtale.com

These comedy camps are open to children of all levels and are taught by experienced local performers.

40. Orpheus Academy of Music

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 3

Cost: $371

3918-C Far West Blvd.

512-231-8999

www.orpheusacademy.com

These camps provide an enriching experience for children of all ages and abilities, from the complete beginner to the advanced student. Camps include an end-of-the-week performance and are led by experienced teachers.

41. Paramount Theatre

Ages: 6-16

Dates: June 1-19, July 13-Aug. 7

Cost: $750

a. Ridgetop Elementary School

5005 Caswell Ave.

b. Maplewood Elementary School

3808 Maplewood Ave.

c. Magellan International School

7938 Great Northern Blvd.

512-692-0526

www.austintheatre.org/camps

These award-winning camps encourage children and young adults to explore acting, singing, dancing, creative writing, production design and performance. Each camp features a final show at the Paramount or Stateside theatre.

42. School of Rock Austin

Ages: 6-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $275-$550

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 138

512-670-2360

www.austin.schoolofrock.com

These one-week camps are designed to teach rock band-related skills to musicians of all experience levels. Each camp culminates with a live rock show.

43. Sew Much More

Ages: 9-14

Dates: June 15-19, July 20-24, Aug. 3-7

Cost: $279

3010 W. Anderson Lane

512-452-3166

www.sewaustin.com

These camps offer an introduction to hand sewing, sewing machines and cutting out patterns. Each month offers two projects.

44. Smudge Studios Art Camp

Ages: 4-11

Dates: June 1-Aug. 10

Cost: $325

500 W. 38th St.

512-777-1742

www.smudgestudiosaustin.com

Campers explore several mediums through a variety of projects and finish each day with water playtime.

45. Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 8-26, July 6-24

Cost: $185 (half day), $370 (full day); discount for museum members

605 Azie Morton Road

512-445-5582, ext. 101

www.umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp

This camp offers kids an opportunity to explore the intersection of art and nature, with a focus on green and eco art. Campers will leave with a greater appreciation for art as activism and art in the environment.

46. UT Radio-Television-Film Media

Ages: 6-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $375-$1,150

The University of Texas Jesse H. Jones Communication Center

2504 Whitis Ave., Bldgs. A and B

512-471-6617

http://rtf.utexas.edu/camps

The UT department of radio, television and film offers summer media production programs that focus on filmmaking, screenwriting, animation, garageband and video game production.

47. Young Rembrandts

Ages: 6-12

Dates: July 27-31, Aug. 3-7

Cost: $135-$400

a. JCC Austin

7300 Hart Lane

b. Magellan International School

7938 Great Northern Blvd.

512-795-4753

www.youngrembrandts.com/austinwest

Young Rembrandts offers two week-long camps, one a workshop on medieval-themed drawing and the other an Olympic-themed cartooning class.

48. ZACH Theatre

Ages: 3-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 12

Cost: $200-$350

1510 Toomey Road

512-476-0594, ext. 265

www.zachtheatre.org/education

Camps are available for a variety of age groups. Themes include acting out familiar stories, Broadway shows and workshops.

Sports & recreation

49. ATX Ballers

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June-August

Cost: $100-$230

Austin Achieve Public School

7424 E. Hwy. 290

512-230-8965

www.atxballers.com

This series of basketball camps provides skills-intensive lessons that help campers of all experience levels develop fundamental skills and help prepare them for greater in-game success.

50. Chaparral Ice Center

Ages: 4-13

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $150-$315

2525 W. Anderson Lane

512-252-8500

www.chaparralice.com

The coolest camps in town teach children to ice skate amid off-ice activities, which include conditioning exercises, arts and crafts, and field trips.

51. Extend-A-Care YMCA

Ages: 4-14

Dates: May 26-Aug. 7

Cost: $205-$275, plus $30 registration fee and $15 deposit; financial assistance available

Various locations

512-472-9402

www.austinymca.org

Extend-A-Care and the local YMCA have partnered to offer a variety of full-day camps with weekly field trips and pool visits. The weekly themed curriculum focuses on skills and character development.

52. Golf in Schools

Ages: 5-12

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $185 (half day), $350 (full day); discounts available

a. Butler Park Pitch N’ Putt

201 Lee Barton Drive

b. West Austin Youth Association

1314 Exposition Blvd.

512-767-5566

www.golfinschools.com/camps

These camps offer children in-depth training in golf swing fundamentals, rules and etiquette. The program provides all the equipment.

53. Jump Gymnastics

Ages: 3-10

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21

Cost: $245 (half day), $295 (full day); early drop-off option

2117 W. Anderson Lane

512-593-6226

www.jumpgymnastics.com

Camp Jump offers weekly theme-based programs featuring gymnastics, art exploration, dramatic play, yoga, music and dance.

54. Rock-About Climbing Adventures

Ages: 9-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 3

Cost: $399

3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

512-415-0804

www.rock-about.com/kids-camps

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

55. Traditional Martial Arts Academy

Ages: 8-13

Dates: June 8-12, Aug. 3-7

Cost: $275-$299

4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 400

512-535-4404

www.traditionalmartialartsacademy.com

Campers will learn martial arts fundamentals—including nunchucks and Brazilian jiujitsu—in a safe environment with experienced teachers.

56. Wet & Wild Adventure Camp

Ages: 9-15

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $420

Drop-off: West Enfield Park

2008 Enfield Road

Pickup: Austin High School

1715 Cesar Chavez St.

512-771-3188

www.wetwildcamp.com

This camp offers a different field trip each day—to water parks, amusement parks, swimming holes and other sites.

Writing & language

57. Austin Eco Bilingual School

Ages: 2-9

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: $180-$230

North Austin Campus

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 601

512-299-5732

www.austinbilingualschool.com

This year’s camp theme is Circus Around the World and provides campers with an opportunity to learn in a fun and exciting environment where they will be immersed in the Spanish language.

58. Badgerdog Creative Writing

Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $385-$485

Various locations 1112 W. 31st St.

512-542-0076

www.austinlibrary.org

Campers work closely with a professional writer and have the opportunity to see their work published or performed at these writing workshops organized by the Austin Public Library Foundation.

59. Camp Vámanos

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 1-26, July 13-Aug. 14

Cost: $185 (returning families),

$195 (new families)

6919 Reese Lane

512-770-7789

www.campvamonos.com

Campers engage in free play, healthy activities and daily outings while being spoken to in Spanish and English.

60. Mariposas Spanish School for Kids

Ages: 2-8

Dates: June 1-12, Aug. 3-14

Cost: $285-$385

Upbring School of Arts and Sciences

3407 Red River St.

512-653-7369

https://mariposasspanish.com/summer/

Campers learn Spanish through interactive cultural activities, art, music and traditional games.

61. Young Peoples Workshop

Ages: 3-10

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $310

YPW Spanish Immersion School

8014 Mesa Drive

512-401-3174

www.ypwkids.com

At weeklong half- or full-day camps, kids engage in intelligent fun and can pursue their interests, whether they be art, adventuring, science or learning Spanish.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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