2021 Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs summer camp guide: 37 options including virtual and in-person offerings

Snapology is hosting camps in person this summer. (Courtesy Snapology)
Snapology is hosting camps in person this summer. (Courtesy Snapology)

Snapology is hosting camps in person this summer. (Courtesy Snapology)

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The Art Garage is hosting camps in person this summer and developing virtual options as well. (Courtesy The Art Garage)
Parents looking for summer camps for their kids have a number of options to choose from in the Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs areas, including virtual options. Listings are accurate as of press time, but information is subject to change.

Academic


1. ATX Kids Club offers its annual mobile camp of educational field trips with an additional focus on health and fitness. Campers are supervised as they explore Austin via Capital Metro transportation services with weekly themes including nature, the arts, Texas and diversity. Financial assistance is available as are extended care options.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 27

Ages: 4-12

Cost: $375 per week


Mobile camp with drop-off and pickup locations around Austin

512-234-5437

www.atxkidsclub.org

2. Austin Eco Bilingual School Spanish immersion camps are 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.

In-person

Dates: May 28-Aug. 20

Ages: 2-8

Cost: $180-$320 per week

Austin Eco Bilingual School

8707 Mountain Crest Drive, Austin

512-299-5731

www.austinbilingualschool.com

3. Badgerdog Creative Writing workshops allow children to work with writers to explore, experiment, imagine and create new written works for publication. Camps are currently scheduled to be virtual, and access to Zoom and Google Drive is required. In-person summer camp workshops may be added at a later date.

Virtual

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

Ages: Grades 2-12

Cost: $125-$300

512-542-0076

www.austinlibrary.org

4. Mad Science and Crayola Imagine Arts Academy camps have multiple locations across the Austin area. Programs are designed to include exciting hands-on science and art activities for children as campers become junior scientists or artists and experience a variety of adventures.

In-person and virtual

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Ages: 5-12

Cost: Starts at $18 virtual and $58 in-person per day

Multiple locations

512-892-1143

www.austin.madscience.org, www.austin.imagineartsacademy.com

5. Neuron Garage offers weekly engineering camps that give children a chance to use recycled materials to build structures such as roller coasters for marbles and cardboard castles while being supervised and led virtually. Neuron Garage is looking at possible options for an in-person camp this summer as well, although representatives said those details are not yet available as of press time.

Virtual

Dates: June-August

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $150 per week

512-593-5393

www.neurongarage.com

6. Snapology Austin Lego and robotics camps offer programs in which campers use Lego building bricks to explore STEAM and literary concepts while also learning social skills.

In-person

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Ages: 4-12

Cost: $250-$395 per week

A. Circle C Community Center

7817 LaCrosse Ave., Austin

B. Snapology Austin Discovery Center

1910 Fortview Road, Austin

512-368-9090

www.snapology.com

7. St. Gabriel’s Catholic School will hold its annual summer camps offering sessions in a variety of areas with subjects and programs varying through the summer. Campers work in the school’s d.lab for Making, a collaborative space that promotes experiential learning with an emphasis on innovation, solution-seeking and collaboration.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 23

Ages: 3-14

Cost: $150-$300 per week

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School

2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin

512-600-6468

www.sgs-austin.org/summercamp

8. The University of Texas UTeach Outreach camps focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Campers master concepts and virtually explore campus, interact with industry professionals and see research labs.

Virtual

Dates: June 7-Aug. 6

Ages: 8-16

Cost: $550

512-471-4992

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

Arts & performance


9. Art + Academy offers programs where young artists can improve their drawing and painting skills. Classes aim to balance fun with expert instruction to improve a camper’s skills.

In-person

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Ages: 5-17

Cost: $136-$320 per week

Art + Academy

5424 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 110, Austin

512-701-1193

www.artclassesaustin.com

10. The Art Garage splits campers into programs based on age group, offering projects in artistic mediums and themes, from Hogwarts to galaxy week. Currently scheduled for in-person camps, plans are still being developed for a possible virtual option as well.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: 5-13

Cost: $329 per week

The Art Garage

11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin

512-852-9900

www.theartgarageaustin.com/art-camps

11. Austin Film Festival campers 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

512-478-4795

www.austinfilmfestival.com/yfp/summercamp

12. Austin School of Film 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.

Virtual

Dates: June-July

Ages: 8-16

Cost: $680, discounts for early registrants

512-236-8877

www.austinfilmschool.org/virtual-summer-camp-2021

13. Bake Austin’s Kids Culinary School offers hands-on baking activities that empower kids to learn life skills with weeklong virtual camps.

Virtual

Dates: June 7-Aug.6

Ages: 8-16

Cost: $250 per week

512-996-8277

www.bakeaustin.com

14. Balance Dance Studios offers 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.

In-person

Dates: June 7-July 23

Ages: 3-10

Cost: $225-$375 per week

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

512-215-8727

www.balancedancestudios.com

15. Cordovan Art School campers learn from artist-educators and create works of art in various mediums, such as clay, painting, drawing, sculpture, anime and drama.

In-person

Dates: May 26-Aug. 19

Ages: 5-16

Cost: $107-$449 per week (supply fee additional)

9217 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 140, Austin

512-531-9353

www.cordovanartschool.com

16. kidsActing Studio this year 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 across the area, and details of others in South Austin are still being organized.

In-person

Dates: May 31-Aug. 13

Ages: 4-18

Cost: $265-$365 per week

A. Dripping Springs United Methodist Church

28600 RR 12, Dripping Springs

B. Balance Dance Studios

4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

512-836-5437

www.kidsactingstudio.com

17. Oak Hill Drum Studio will again be offering its Beginners Drum Boot Camp this year. Campers receive one-on-one lessons and learn to play on the drumset for two hours each day during weeklong camps, while mini camps are twice a week. Camps are held each week from June-August at the drum studio, and a virtual camp option is also available.

In-person and virtual

Dates: June-August

Ages: 9 and up

Cost: $395 for week, $125 for mini camps

Oak Hill Drum Studio

7003 Pinto Cove, Austin

512-964-6778

www.austindrumlessons.com

18. One World Theatre campers spend a week auditioning, rehearsing and ultimately performing in a full-scale production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Official dates have not been announced yet.

In-person

Dates offered: TBD

Ages: 5-15

Cost: $240

One World Theatre

7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin

512-330-9500, ext.130

www.oneworldtheatre.org/outreach/summer-camps

19. Premiere Dance Center offers week-long camps with daily dance themes and lessons on a variety of dance styles. Dance intensives are also offered to more experienced dancers.

In-person

Dates: June 14-Aug. 6

Ages: 3-18

Cost: $200-$325 per week

Premiere Dance Center

13834 Sawyer Ranch Road, Dripping Springs

512-301-7475

www.premieredancecentertx.com

20. The Sated Sheep will offer it’s Let’s Go Crafting camp this year, teaching knitting and crochet, while campers learn to make pom poms and tassels. Students are given supplies for crafts, and classes are limited to eight campers each.

In-person

Dates: June 7-11, July 12-16, Aug. 2-6

Ages: 8 and up

Cost: $135

The Sated Sheep

100 Commons Road, Ste. 5, Dripping Springs

512-829-4607

www.satedsheep.com

21. Squishy Banana Studios campers learn about filmmaking—including writing scripts, acting, filming and editing— and create their own short films and movies during weeklong sessions.

In-person

Dates: June 14- Aug. 9

Grades: kindergarten-6th grade

Cost: $295-$395 per week

11530 Menchaca Road, Austin

512-256-4662

www.squishybananastudios.com/summer-camp.html

22. At 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.

In-person

Ages: kindergarten-5th grade

Dates: June 7-July 23

Cost: $200 (half day), $380 (full day)

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Azie Morton Road

512-445-5582

www.umlaufsculpture.org/summercamp

23. 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.

Virtual

Ages: 8-adult

Dates: June-August (Dates TBA)

Cost: Varies

The University of Texas Jesse H. Jones Communication Center

2504 Whitis Ave., Bldgs. A and B

512-471-6617

http://rtf.utexas.edu/camps

24. ZACH Theatre will run reduced-capacity, socially distant weekly camps. The local theatre has offered these performing arts camps for children for more than 30 years.

In-person

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 7-Aug. 18

Cost: $275-$320 per week

ZACH Theatre

A. 1510 Toomey Road, Austin

B. 14010 US 183, Ste. 540, Austin

512-476-0594, ext. 265

www.zachtheatre.org/education

TECHNOLOGY


25. Code Wizards HQ hosts virtual camps that are split into three-week sessions. Campers are taught by teachers to code using live online communications and tools.

Virtual

Dates: June 7-Aug. 19

Ages: grades 3-12

Cost: $149 per week

512-957-9105

www.codewizardshq.com/summer

26. Coding with Kids offers various camps with one-to-three hour sessions per day with subjects including game development, robotics and electronics, computer modding and Minecraft building. Camps are currently scheduled to be held virtually this summer.

Virtual

Dates: June-August

Ages: 5 and up

Cost: $129-$219 per week

512-415-4120

www.codingwithkids.com

27. The University of Texas Computer Science Summer Academies hosted by 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.

Virtual

Ages: 14-18

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

www.cs.utexas.edu/outreach/academies

28. The University of Texas Design Camps, held virtually this summer, are taught by university faculty members online, with lessons including web game design, graphic and branding design, product sketching, and 3-D prototyping and animation.

Virtual

Dates: June 7-July 2

Ages: grades 9-12

Cost: $549

https://designcreativetech.utexas.edu/extended-education/sdct-summer-institutes

Sports & outdoor activities


29. All-Star Sports Camp athletes learn teamwork and sportsmanship from a staff of coaches while participating in various games, sports and athletic activities. The camp offers full and half-day rates.

In-person

Dates: June 4-Aug. 20

Ages: 5-12

Cost: $199-$299 per week

SoccerZone South Austin

9501 Menchaca Road, Austin

512-280-2244

www.allstarsportscamp.org

30. ATX Ballers camp athletes focus on either basketball of soccer. Coaches provide lessons to campers that develop fundamentals and prepare athletes for games. The camps offer full and half-day rates, and run Monday through Thursday.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: grades pre-K-12

Cost: $120-$250 per day

Austin Oaks Church gymnasium

4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin

512-230-8965

www.atxballers.com

31. Better Than Yesterday and Home Court Austin organize a youth basketball camp that teaches basketball and life skills to campers.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 11

Ages: 5-12

Cost: $175

Home Court Training Center

12701 Lowden Lane, Bldg. 401, Austin

512-284-8149

www.homecourtatx.com

32. Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp Inc. campers play basketball and learn how to correctly shoot a basket while practicing team concepts.

In-person

Dates: June 28-July 1

Ages: 7-16

Cost: $240 per week

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy

3000 Barton Creek Blvd., Austin

512-799-8891

www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com

33. Jump Gymnastics’ Camp Jump program offers theme-based camps including a variety of activities, such as gymnastics, interactive centers, yoga, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Extended aftercare and early drop-off are also available for an additional cost.

In-person

Dates: June 7- Aug. 13

Ages: 3-10

Cost: $265-$470 per week

6800 West Gate Blvd., Ste. 111, Austin

512-593-6226

www.jumpgymnastics.com

34. The Little Gym in South Austin’s camp program includes hours a day participating in “quests” built around a weekly theme. Activities include gymnastics, games, and arts and crafts. Specific dates for programs and details are still being determined.

In-person

Dates: June-August

Ages: 3-8

Cost: $30-$35 per half day

The Little Gym

2716 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. E-150, Austin

512-899-3456

www.tlgaustin.com

35. RED Arena offers its annual Horse Camp again this year. An inclusive summer camp for children with disabilities, campers of all experience levels are invited to participate in trail rides, games and crafts while learning about horse care and teamwork. A health screening is required in order to attend. Camps are held each week in June through August.

In-person

Dates: June-August

Ages: 5-15

Cost: $600 per week

1601 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs

512-807-6505

www.redarena.org

36. Rock About Climbing Adventures hosts climbing camps that encourage safety and fun for young climbers. Each week, campers climb at the Austin Greenbelt, Reimer’s Ranch and Enchanted Rock.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: 9-18

Cost: $399 per week

3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin

512-415-0804

www.rock-about.com/kids-camps

37. 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 parent pickup is at 5:30 p.m. from various locations across Austin, including near the corner of MoPac and West Hwy. 290.

In-person

Dates: June 7-Aug. 13

Ages: 6-15

Cost: $400-$480 per week

Drop-off and pickup available at the corner of MoPac and West Hwy. 290 in South Austin

512-771-3188

www.wetwildcamp.com
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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