Remote and virtual camp options this summer in and around Northwest Austin

Check out these virtual camp options available for kids in and around Northwest Austin. (Community Impact Staff)
Check out these virtual camp options available for kids in and around Northwest Austin. (Community Impact Staff)

Check out these virtual camp options available for kids in and around Northwest Austin. (Community Impact Staff)

At Abacus Brain Gym, children are introduced to mental math training and high-speed thinking through using an abacus that helps build mental calculation skills. The camp is offering its training online for now, though in-person camps may be offered at a later date.

Ages: 4-13 years old

Dates: June 7-Aug. 20

Cost: $175 (per week) or $455 (three months)••8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 124, Austin

512-775-0454 |

Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp 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.

Ages: rising 3rd-12th grades

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

Cost: $125-$300

512-542-0076 |

The Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp basketball camp for boys and girls includes competition and intensive drills. Skills are developed through instruction that includes repetition, self-discipline, team concepts and fun.

Ages: 7-16

Dates: June 14-Aug. 5

Cost: $240

Multiple locations

512-799-8891 |

Mad Science & Crayola Imagine Arts Academy programs are designed with exciting hands-on science and art activities for children. Campers will become a junior scientist or artist and experience a variety of adventures.

Ages: 5-12

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: $18 (virtual per day), $58 (in-person per day)

Multiple locations

512-892-1143 | |

Parinama Academy campers have the opportunity to learn chess, public speaking skills, creative writing, spelling bee prep, Bollywood dance and geography bee prep, among other topics.

Ages: 5-14

Dates: June 1-Aug. 17

Cost: $179 (half day), $249 (full day)

3109 Kenai Drive, Unit 103, Cedar Park

512-586-7824 |

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

Ages: 6-18

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

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

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 138

512-670-2360 |
By Greg Perliski

Editor, Lake Travis/Westlake & Northwest Austin

Greg joined Community Impact as an editor in November 2020. In the communities he covers, Greg reports on local government, transportation, real estate development and business. He has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. Greg earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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