Gear up: Your guide to summer camps in and around Northwest Austin

Camp Doublecreek (Courtesy Camp Doublecreek)
Camp Doublecreek (Courtesy Camp Doublecreek)

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Thinkery (Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Art Academy (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Asian American Resource Center (Courtesy Asian American Resource Center)
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Austin Ninjas (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Club Pup Kids and Dogs Camp (Courtesy Club Pup Kids and Dogs Camp)
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Tri-Star Farm (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Whether their children are looking to spend some quality time outdoors, express themselves through art, hone their athletic skills or study up over the break, parents searching for summer camps have a variety to choose from in and around the Northwest Austin area. This list is not comprehensive.



Academics


Abacus Brain Gym

Ages: 4-12

Dates: June 15-Aug. 14

Cost: $195-$295 per week


8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 124

512-775-0454

www.abacusbraingym.com

Children are introduced to mental math training and high-speed thinking through using an abacus that helps build mental calculation skills.

Badgerdog Creative Writing

Summer Camp

Ages: rising third-12th grades

Dates: June 15-July 3, July 6-17

Cost: $385-$485 per session

Austin International School, 4001 Adelphi Lane

512-542-0076

www.austinlibrary.org

Workshops allow children to work with writers to explore, experiment, imagine and create new written works for publication. Campers practice brainstorming, drafting, editing and revision.

Bluebonnet STEAM Day Camp

Ages: kindergarten-fourth grade

Dates: May 26-Aug. 19

Cost: $249 per week

Bluebonnet School of Canyon Creek, 10321 Boulder Lane

512-219-5100

www.bluebonnetschool.com

Activities cover science, technology, engineering, art and math, or STEAM, and also include field trips, coding, cooking, arts, sports, dinosaurs and water play.

CodeWizardsHQ Online Summer Coding Program

Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 8-25, July 6-23, Aug. 3-20

Cost: $447 per session

512-957-9105

www.codewizardshq.com/summer-program

Students can log in from home to attend live teacher-led online coding classes and learn Scratch, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript and Java.

Coding With Kids

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $279-$559 per week

Deer Park Middle School, 8849 Anderson Mill Road

Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.

www.codingwithkids.com

The camp offers a variety of options focused on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, including game development, Minecraft modding, web development, robotics and electronics.

Game Worlds Camp

Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 1- Aug. 14

Cost: $550-$650 per week

Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road

512-609-0052

www.gameworldscamp.com

Campers learn from game developers and build their own video games. Developers help students bring their vision to life by teaching campers programming, design, business, audio and art.

Lego Robotics Camp

Ages: 5-17

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $235-$385 per week

Multiple locations

512-740-3024

www.learningfun101.com

Camps are based on STEAM themes and a include a strategic board game lab.

Mad Science & Imagine Arts Academy of Austin & San Antonio

Ages: 4-12

Dates: May 26-Aug. 14

Cost: $180-$325 per week

Multiple locations

512-892-1143

www.austin.madscience.org

Science-themed camps include hands-on educational activities using all five senses to spark imagination and curiosity.

Minecraft and Coding Summer Camps

Ages: 8-13

Dates: May 25-Aug. 19

Cost: $250 per week

6001 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 390

512-333-4684

www.thescholarship.rocks

Campers make creations using Minecraft Master Builders. They also learn the basics of coding and how to create their own video games.

Moolah U

Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $380 per week

Casa Chapala, 9040 Research Blvd.

Mangia Pizza, 12001 Burnet Road

512-443-8851

www.moolahu.com

Campers work together to build a startup business and bring a product to market. Campers also learn how to make and value money and keep any profits.

Neuron Garage

Ages: kindergarten-fifth grade

Dates: June 1-Aug. 15

Cost: $390-$450 per week

NYOS, 12301 N. Lamar Blvd.

Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.

Shalom Austin JCC, 7300 Hart Lane

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.

Thinkery

Ages: pre-K-fifth grade

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $300-$385 per week

National Instruments, 11500 N. MoPac

Harmony School of Science, 11800 Stonehollow Drive

512-469-6200

www.thinkeryaustin.org

Campers enjoy hands-on explorations based in STEAM, such as robotics, food science and programming.

WhizBizKids

Ages: 8-16

Dates: July 8-12, July 29-Aug. 2

Cost: $380 per week

8600 Balcones Country Club Drive

512-699-2720

http://whizbizkids.com/camp

The interactive camp helps children and teens start a business, learn about money and gain skills in leadership. Campers can build confidence and keep their profits.



Arts


Art + Academy

Ages: 5-17

Dates: June 1-Aug. 10

Cost: $245 per week

8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 118

512-701-8070

www.artplusacademy.com

Young artists can improve their drawing and painting skills. Classes aim to balance fun with expert instruction to improve campers’ skills.

Art Amore

Ages: 4-12

Dates: June 8-Aug. 14

Cost: $350-$550 per session

Art Amore, 6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 107

512-983-7022

www.artamoreaustin.com

Art Amore offers camps and excursions for children to develop their skills in sketching, painting and watercolor through structured direction.

Cordovan Art School

Ages: 5-16

Dates: May 26-Aug. 19

Cost: $229-$369 per week (supply fee additional)

8108 Mesa Drive, Ste. B-102

512-300-1200

www.cordovanartschool.com

Campers learn from artist-educators and create art in various mediums, such as clay, painting, sculpture and drama.

Dancers Workshop

Ages: 3-9

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7

Cost: $240-$350 per week

11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 107

512-349-7197

www.dancersworkshopaustin.com

Camps offer daily classes for students with or without experience in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, creative movement and musical theater. Camps end in a weekly performance for family and friends.

Joyce Willet School of Dance

Ages: 4-11

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $250 per week

12687 Research Blvd.

512-633-6213

www.jwsd.net

Themed dance camps allow students to experience dance, tumbling, musical theater and hip-hop as well as participate in dance games, crafts, dress-up and dance routines.

KidsActing Studio

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21

Cost: $355 per week

Dancers Workshop,

11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 107

512-836-5437

www.kidsactingstudio.com

Musical and acting camps culminate in performances for friends and family and include costumes, props, lights and live music.

Young Rembrandts ATX

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $150-$350

Grisham Middle School, 10805 School House Lane

Pearson Ranch Middle School, 8901 Pearson Ranch Road

512-795-4753

www.youngrembrandts.com/austinwest

Workshops focus on drawing, cartooning and pastels with themes such as Forest Fantasy and Cooking & Baking.

ZACH Theatre

Ages: 3 1/2 to 12th grade

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $185-$320 per week

ZACH Theatre North, 12129 N. RM 620, Ste. 310

512-476-0594, ext. 236

www.zachtheatre.org/education

Campers build confidence, creativity and collaborative skills through the performing arts camp.



Day camps


Anderson Mill Limited District

Ages: 5-15

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $180-$265 per week

11500 El Salido Parkway

512-709-0953

www.amld.org

Day camps include weekly themes such as Harry Potter, discovery and Sports Extravaganza. The adventure camp includes outings around Austin for children ages 11-15 years.

Asian American Resource Center

Ages: 6-10

Dates: June 15-Aug. 7

Cost: $200 for city of Austin resident; $215 for nonresident per week

8401 Cameron Road

512-974-1700

www.austintexas.gov/aarc

Eight separate one-week camps help to practice mindfulness and explore creativity through crafts, movements and sounds of Asia.

Boys and Girls Club Youth Summer Camp

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $150 per week

Pickfair Community Center, 10904 Pickfair Drive

512-955-0128

www.bgcaustin.org

Boys and Girls Club Camps have a different theme each week with activities such as arts and crafts, games, swimming, and field trips for rock climbing and bowling.

Camp Doublecreek

Ages: 4-14

Dates: May 26-Aug. 7

Cost: $315-$395 per week

Various drop-off/pickup locations

512-255-3661

www.campdoublecreek.com

The activity-based day camp includes swimming, a variety of sports, arts and crafts, horseback riding, dancing, a ropes challenge course, paintball and laser tag.

Country Home Learning Center Summer Camp

Ages: kindergarten-13 years

Dates: May 22-Aug. 15

Cost: starts at $225 per week

13120 N. US 183

512-331-1441

www.countryhomelearningcenter.com

Activities include team games, creative arts, and weekly science and cooking projects as well as four field trips per week.

Hyde Park Baptist Church Quarries Camps

Ages: kindergarten-sixth grade

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $65 per day, $285 per week

11400 N. MoPac

512-241-0233

https://quarriesrec.org

Camp days include trips to Typhoon Texas, Jumpstreet and Main Event as well as on-campus activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and field games.

Spicewood Country School and Camp

Ages: 3 1/2-10 1/2

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $850 per two-week session

6102 Spicewood Springs Road

512-346-2992

www.spicewoodcountry.com

Activities include swim lessons, sports, games, horseback riding, music and art.

Triumphant Love Lutheran Church’s Camp Hope

Ages: 4-12

Dates: July 13-17, July 20-24

Cost: $170, siblings are $150

9508 Great Hills Trail

512-346-5683

www.tllc.org

The religious camp focuses on a different lesson each week.

YMCA of Austin

Ages: 4-14

Dates: May 26-Aug. 7

Cost: $164-$275 per week

Multiple locations

512-236-9622

www.austinymca.org

Camp options include swimming, games, crafts and field trips for rock climbing, hiking and swimming.



Sports


Astro Kids

Ages: 2-18

Dates: May 27-Aug. 13

Cost: $119-$285 per week

13450 Research Blvd., Ste. 106

512-661-2134

www.akgyms.com

Kids practice gymnastics, ninja skills, martial arts, dance and yoga.

Austin Ninjas

Ages: 5-12

Dates: May 26-Aug. 19

Cost: $180-$300 per week

6001 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 430

512-514-0555

www.austinninjas.com

Campers have training sessions on the various ninja obstacle courses, play group games and create their own obstacle course designs.

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp

Ages: 7-16

Dates: June 8-Aug. 6

Cost: $235-$260 per week

Multiple locations

512-799-8891

www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com

The basketball camp for boys and girls includes competition and intensive drills.

Challenger International Soccer Camp

Ages: 3-12

Dates: June 15-July 24

Cost: $120-$160 per week

Pillow Elementary School, 3025 Crosscreek Drive

512-416-7705

www.challengersports.com

A team of international soccer coaches trains campers to develop success on the field, inspire confidence and build self-esteem.

Club Pup Summer Camp

Ages: 6-16

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $425 per week

Hearts & Paws, 13291 Pond Springs Road

512-249-7255

www.heartsandpaws.com

Campers train their own dogs or borrow a dog to learn about dog behavior, breeds, agility, tricks, grooming and manners through games.

Golf In Schools

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 1-Aug. 17

Cost: $185 (morning only), $350 (full day) per week, 10% off and sibling discounts

The Golf School, 12129 N. RM 620, Ste. 330

512-767-5566

www.golfinschoolsusa.com

Children receive training in golf fundamentals, rules and teamwork. Camps are open to new and experienced players.

Lonestar Elite Technical Clinics

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 8-12, July 20-24

Cost: $275-$325

Town & Country Optimist Club, 13455 Briarwick Drive

512-336-5425

www.lonestar-sc.com

Camps are geared toward higher-skill soccer players and include programs with a focus on certain positions.

One World Karate

Ages: 4-18

Dates: June 10-Aug. 9

Cost: $135 per week

9029 Research Blvd., Ste. 100

512-791-9327

www.1worldkarate.com

Camps are geared for children with special needs and incorporate martial arts.

Shot Doctor Scoring Basketball Camp

Ages: kindergarten-8th grade

Dates: June 1-3

Cost: $135

Grisham Middle School, 10805 Schoolhouse Lane

512-791-9464

www.magicbasketballclub.com

Campers can improve their shooting and learn new scoring techniques by training with professional coaches.

Switch Willo Stables

Ages: 6-13

Dates: May 27-Aug. 16

Cost: $410 per week

4829 Switch Willo Road

512-920-0554

www.switchwillostable.com

Children learn the basics of horseback riding, including grooming, tacking, and bathing horses and ponies. Each week ends with a horse show for parents and awards for campers.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Ages: 5-12

Dates: May 25-Aug. 21

Cost: $99-$249 per week

12233 N. RM 620, Ste. 109

512-918-8025

www.northaustinmaf.com

The business offers daily and weekly martial arts camps and field trips.

Tri-Star Equestrian

Ages: 5-14

Dates: May 25-July 31

Cost: $300-$400 per session

Tri-Star Farm, 6648 Spicewood Springs Road

512-775-7978

www.tristarfarm.com

Riders learn the basics of horseback riding, improve their skills, and assist in bathing and caring for horses. The camp also teaches riders how to lead a horse with a cart or wagon.

This list is not comprehensive.



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