South Austin children can participate in these online camps this summer

South Austin-based Art + Academy will hold online camps this summer. (Courtesy  Art + Academy)
South Austin-based Art + Academy will hold online camps this summer. (Courtesy Art + Academy)

South Austin-based Art + Academy will hold online camps this summer. (Courtesy Art + Academy)

While summer camps in the state of Texas have been given permission to operate in a limited capacity and with safety guidelines in place for in-person activities, many area programs have shifted offerings online during the coronavirus pandemic.

The following Austin-area businesses are offering online or virtual programs this summer that South Austin children can participate in from home. This list is not comprehensive, and additional businesses are continuing to offer in-person camp options.

The Art Garage

A South Austin-based business, The Art Garage is holding June summer camps online for children ages 5-14. Camps have different themes each week, and art tools and supplies can be picked up the week prior to a camp session beginning.

Art + Academy

Weeklong camps have moved online and teach artists beginning at age 5 to draw and paint, with different weekly themes. Sessions begin June 1.

Austin Bat Cave

The writing camp, which usually takes place at St. Edward’s University, will be held virtually, with sessions and activities beginning June 5. Camps and activities vary by grade level throughout the summer.

City of Dripping Springs

The Dripping Springs Parks & Community Services Department is offering a virtual “Coyote Kids Nature Camp.” The program will deliver a packaged camp kit to campers that include nature-based activities that teach them about Texas wildlife. Children meet online to discuss the program and submit photos of their findings before reconvening at the end of the week online with peers. Sessions run June 1-July 31.

CG Victory

Camp Gladiator’s nonprofit camp wing, CG Victory, will be offering its Game Time online summer camp program for children in grades 3-8 in June. The online camp features once-a-day, 90-minute live-streamed programs that include high-energy games, activities and competitions.

Coding With Kids

The camp is moving online and offers various weeklong camps about game development, robotics, computer modding and more. Camps begin June 15.

kidsActing Studio

Virtual camp options from Kids Acting Studio include camps for film, musical, acting and more beginning in June.

Neuron Garage Online Build Camps

While in-person camps have been canceled this year, Neuron Garage is offering online building camps for children ages 7-12. Camps begin June 1, and registration includes boxes of building supplies shipped to the home that are used for guided projects. Games and other activities are also offered, and daily schedules can be found online.

Paramount Theatre

Paramount Education, which traditionally holds various camps at Austin ISD campuses each summer, will offer two different virtual summer camps this year. The performing arts camps run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, and participants learn to act, sing and perform. Camp Paramount sessions run June 12-26 and July 20-31 for children in grades 1-10. Camp Story Wranglers will be held July 6-17 for campers grades 3-10.

Squishy Banana Studios

Squishy Banana Studios is offering in person and online camps this summer, allowing campers to create their own movies. Online classes include creating short films and shooting movies on mobile device. Sessions on screenwriting and acting camps are also available. Sessions begin June 15.

Start-Up Kid’s Club

Start-Up Kid’s Club is offering online 3D printing and entrepreneurship camps, with sessions running from June 15-26, July 6-17 and July 27-Aug. 7. Camps will teach children about 3D printing and allow them to pitch their own business ideas. Scholarships or laptops for camp participation could be available for those who need them.

Texas State University

The college is offering its Central Texas Writing Project youth program online; it teaches children how to write in a variety of styles. Camps are offered for grades K-12 and sessions will be held beginning June 8.
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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