Your ultimate 2018 guide to summer camps in Northwest Austin

The Northwest Austin area is home to a variety of summer camps for children of all ages and interests.
Parents can choose from academic, day, overnight and sports camps. This list is not comprehensive.


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

8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 124
Ages: 4-12
Dates: June 11-Aug. 10
Cost: $195-$295 per week

Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp
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.

Austin International School, 4001 Adelphi Lane
Ages: third-12th grades
Dates: June 18-29, July 9-20
Cost: $400 per session

Bluebonnet STEAM Day Camp
Activities are based in science, technology, engineering, art and math and also include field trips, coding, cooking, arts, sports and water play. Meals are included.

Bluebonnet School of Canyon Creek, 10321 Boulder Lane
Ages: kindergarten-fourth grade
Dates: May 28-Aug. 15
Cost: $239 per week

Coding With Kids
Formerly Bits, Bytes & Bots, the camp merged with Coding with Kids to offer a variety of STEM camps in game development, “Minecraft” modding, robotics and electronics. Discounts are available.

Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive
Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.
Ages: 5-18
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $279-$349 (half day), $479-$549
(full day) per week

Creative Brick Builders
Students complete a new building challenge each day and work individually and in teams or groups. Activities include instructional building with Lego kits, creative building with Lego bricks, games and take-home crafts.

Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive
Ages: 5-13
Dates: June 4-Aug. 10
Cost: $149-$179 (half-day) per week

Game Worlds Camp
Campers learn skills from professional game developers to create their own video games as well as programming, design, audio engineering and art skills.

Austin Community College Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Ages: 8-18
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $650 per week

Lego Robotics Camp
Students work in cooperative engineering teams to work through coding challenges using Lego Battlebots, Amazing Machines, Master Builders, Architecture, Story Builder, Drones and WeDo Robotics systems.

Bricks & Minifigs, 14010 N. US 183, Ste. 525
Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane
Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive
Ages: kindergarten-seventh grade
Dates: June 5-Aug. 18
Cost: $189 (half day), $420 (full day) per week

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

Multiple locations
Ages: 4-12
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $160-$325 per week

Moolah U
Campers work together to build a startup business and bring a product to market. Children will also learn how to make and value money and keep any money they make.

Casa Chapa, 9040 Research Blvd.
Mangia Pizza, 12001 Burnet Road
Ages: 7-16
Dates: June 12-Aug. 18
Cost: $340 per week plus cost of lunch

The Scholar Ship
Camps focus on GirlSTEM in June and the Game On program for boys and girls in July and August that includes “Minecraft” training and scratch coding. Each week also includes a session in the escape room for children.

6001 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 390
Ages: 7-14
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $250 per week

Summer Coding Program
Students attend live teacher-led online coding classes and learn to make websites using HTML/CSS as well as learn JavaScript and Python to create interactive sites, animations and games.

Ages: 10-17
Dates: June 11-28, June 9-26
Cost: $447 for three-week program

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.

IHOP, 11654 Research Blvd.
Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3
Cost: $340 per week plus daily venue lunch

Young Peoples Workshops camps
In full- and half-day weeklong sessions, campers learn art, Spanish, science and technology.

8014 Mesa Drive
Ages: 3-12
Dates: June 4-Aug. 15
Cost: $235-$285 per week

Arts + Music

Art + Academy
Young artists can improve their drawing and painting skills. Classes include a variety of themes, such as painting with acrylics, 3-D drawing, botanic art illustration and painting exotic animals.

8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 118
Ages: 5-17
Dates: June 4-Aug. 10
Cost: $149 (half days) per week + $29 supply fee

Art Amore
Camps focus on hands-on art or animation. Weekly excursions are also available to explore art and adventure throughout Austin.

6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 107
Ages: 4-16
Dates: June 25-Aug. 17
Cost: $250, $350 (camps), $350, $500 (excursions) per week

Austin Children’s Theater
The camp includes art projects and creative playmaking involving the story of Peter Pan. Children create an original play, create costumes, make the set and perform the play for family and friends.

Art Amore, 6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 107
Ages: 6-10
Dates: July 16-20
Cost: $300

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

11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 107
Ages: 3-9
Dates: June 25-Aug. 17
Cost: $195 per week

The Dirty Easel Fine Arts Camps
The camps combine art, theater and music as children explore their creativity through projects designed to stimulate and inspire their imagination. Children play, explore and learn at the indoor/outdoor camp.

Kid’s Kitchen, 1514 Dandridge Drive, Cedar Park
Ages: 5-11
Dates: July 23-27, Aug. 6-10
Cost: $240 per week

Ek Creations Pottery Studio
Campers learn about slip-cast ceramics, hand-building, wheel-thrown clay and glazing.

13466 Gent Drive
Ages: 6 and older
Dates: June 18-22, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10
Cost: $195 per week

Fantastic Magic Camp
Campers are taught life skills and confidence through magic. Campers learn how to juggle and use puppets, among other tricks.

7500 Woodrow Ave.
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 4-Aug.17
Cost: $295 (one week), $590 (two weeks)

Joyce Willet School of Dance
Themed dance camps allow students to experience ballet, jazz, tumbling, acting and hip-hop as well as participate in dance games, crafts, dress-up and dance routines. The week culminates in a camp performance.

JWSD Research Dance Studio, 12687 Research Blvd.
Ages: 4-11
Dates: June 25-Aug. 15
Cost: $120 (3-day camp), $200 per week

kidsActing Studio
Musical and acting camps culminate in performances for friends and family and include costumes, props, lights, sounds and live accompaniment for musicals.

Dancers Workshop, 11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 107
Go Dance, 2525 W. Anderson Lane
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 4-Aug. 24
Cost: $235-$335 per week

School of Rock
Camps use rock ‘n’ roll to teach guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards in a band environment. Camps conclude with a live show.

2525 Anderson Lane, Ste. 138
Ages: 6-18
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $275 (half day), $550 (full day) per week

Young Rembrandts ATX
Workshops are available in drawing, cartooning and pastels to allow children to illustrate themed works involving STEAM subjects and anime and manga and colorful characters. The Cooking & Drawing camp is a full-day camp in partnership with Cook,Learn,Grow. and includes learning the basics of baking and cooking.

Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive
Ages: first-fifth grade
Dates: June 4-7, July 9-12, 23-26
Cost: $145-$285 per week

ZACH Theatre
The full-day theater camps teach children performance skills through engaging classes and professional teaching artists.

12129 N. RM 620, Ste. 310
Ages: 3 1/2-18
Dates: June 4-Aug. 16
Cost: $195-$315

Day camps

Anderson Mill Limited District
Day camps include a different theme each week and are held at the district’s community center, which has a pool, tennis courts, a volleyball court and a playground.

11500 El Salido Parkway
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 4-Aug. 10
Cost: $175 (resident), $190 (nonresident)
per week

Asian American Resource Center
Camp programs include coding and animation, mindfulness and creative expression, and Asian history and heritage for adopted children from Asia. Residents are able to apply for financial aid; non-residents may attend for an additional fee.

8401 Cameron Road
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 18-Aug. 3
Cost: $128-$330 per week

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

Various drop-off/pickup locations
Ages: 4-14
Dates: May 30-Aug. 17
Cost: $355 per week

Camp Fire
Each week features a nature or science theme with activities, such as swimming, hiking, games, experiments and crafts.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park, 1600 City Park Road
Ages: 6-12
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $350 per week plus $25 registration fee

Camp Jump
The theme-based camps include a variety of activities, such as gymnastics, interactive centers, yoga, arts and crafts, games, music and dance.

Jump Gymnastics, 2117 W. Anderson Lane
Ages: 3-10
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $220-$350 per week

Casa de Ninos Montessori
Activities include gymnastics, sewing, kid-friendly woodshop, outdoor adventure and water days.

13584 Pond Springs Road
Ages: 2-12
Dates: June, July, Aug
Cost: $165-$190 per week

Club Z
Activities include a variety of field trips, arts and crafts, sports, theater, indoor games, gymnastics and a movie lounge.

12741 N. US 183, Ste. 200
Ages: 5-12
Dates: May 31-Aug. 20
Cost: $147 per week plus $75 registration (additional costs for field trips)

Country Home Learning Center Summer Camp
Activities include team games, movies, creative arts, and weekly science and cooking projects as well as field trips.

13120 N. US 183
Ages: kindergarten-13
Dates: May 30-TBD
Cost: $205 per week

Hyde Park Baptist Church Quarries
Activities include day trips such as to Typhoon Texas, lake activities, go-karts, a rock wall and games.

11400 N. MoPac
Ages: kindergarten-sixth grade
Dates: May 29-Aug. 3
Cost: $180-$285 per week

Pickfair Youth Summer Camp
Camps have a different theme each week with activities such as arts and crafts, games, swimming, and field trips for rock climbing and bowling.

Pickfair Community Center, 10904 Pickfair Drive
Ages: 5-11
Dates: June 12-Aug. 18
Cost: $94 (residents), $132 (nonresidents)
per week

Spicewood Country School
and Camp
Activities include swim lessons, sports, games, horseback riding, music and an overnight campout.

6102 Spicewood Springs Road
Ages: 3 1/2-10 1/2
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $645-$780 for two-week session

Triumphant Love Lutheran Church’s Camp Hope
The religious camp focuses on a different lesson each week.

9508 Great Hills Trail
Ages: 4-12
Dates: July 9-30
Cost: $125 per week, $100 per sibling

Wet & Wild Adventure Camp
Activities in the field trip-based day camp include visits to water and amusement parks, daily swimming, tubing, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.

Balcones District Park, 12017 Amherst Drive (drop-off/pickup location)
Ages: 6-15
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $360 (before May 1), $390 (May 1 or after) per week

YMCA of Austin
Multiple camp programs include swimming, games, crafts and field trips to places such as Enchanted Rock. The Adventure camp includes field trips for rock climbing, hiking, swimming and more.

Multiple locations
Ages: 4-14
Dates: May 29-Aug. 22
Cost: $145-$215 (members), $175-$250
(nonmembers) per week


Aim and Focus Karate
The high-energy camp is centered on martial arts with other field trips and activities to improve focus, discipline and self-esteem.

8516 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 100
Ages: 5-12
Dates: May 30-Aug. 15
Cost: $175 (existing students), $200
(new students) per week

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp
The basketball camp for boys and girls includes game competition, intensive drills and lectures.

Multiple locations
Ages: 7-16
Dates: June 12-Aug. 10
Cost: $230 (before May 31), $250 (after May 31) per week

British Soccer Camps
A team of British soccer coaches trains children to develop success on the field, inspire confidence and build self-esteem.

Multiple locations
Ages: 3-16
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $120-$160 per week

Chaparral Ice Center
Summer Camp
Campers take twice-daily ice-skating lessons or take part in a general sports camp with an emphasis on skating, outdoor recreation and swimming.

2525 W. Anderson Lane
Ages: 5-14
Dates: June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $295 per week

Club Pup Summer Camp
Campers train their own dogs or a rescue dog to learn agility, tricks and manners through games.

Hearts & Paws, 13291 Pond Springs Road
Ages: 7-14+
Dates: June 4-Aug. 3
Cost: $325 (half day), $425 (full day) per week

Golf In Schools
Children receive training in golf swing fundamentals, rules and etiquette, and teamwork. Camps are open to new and experienced players.

The Golf School, 13530 US 183
Ages: 5-11
Dates: June 3-Aug. 20
Cost: $200 (morning only), $425 (full day)
per week

Lonestar Elite Technical Clinics
Camps are geared toward higher-skill soccer players and include programs such as Junior Academy, Club/Select and Division One with a focus on the positions of striker, midfielder and goalkeeper.

Town & Country Optimist Club, 9100 Meadowheath Drive
Ages: 5-18
Dates: June 18-22, Aug. 13-17
Cost: $268 per four-day camp

MVP Baseball Camp
Activities include hitting, throwing, fielding, base running, conditioning and teamwork.

Town & Country Optimist Club, 9100 Meadowheath Drive
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 18-21
Cost: $170 per week

One Soccer Camp
Day camps are tailored for goalies or field players and offered for children of various ages and skill levels to improve technical and tactical soccer skills.

Town & Country Optimist Club, 9100 Meadowheath Drive
Ages: 3-18
Dates: June 11-15
Cost: $219-$319

One World Karate
Camps are geared for children with special needs and incorporate martial arts to improve skills.

9029 Research Blvd., Ste. 100
Ages: 4-18
Dates: June 11-Aug. 10
Cost: $135 per week

Switch Willo Stables
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.

4829 Switch Willo Road
Ages: 6-13
Dates: May 28-Aug. 17
Cost: $375 per week

Tiger Rock Martial Arts
The business offers daily and weekly martial arts camps and field trips.

12233 N. RM 620, Ste. 109
Ages: 4-12
Dates: May 29-Aug. 17
Cost: $99-$239 per week

Tri-Star Equestrian
Riders learn the basics of horseback riding, improve their skills and assist in the care of horses. The camp teaches both English- and Western-style riding.

Tri-Star Farm, 6648 Spicewood Springs Road
Ages: 7-14
Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
Cost: $350-$400 per week

By Amy Denney
Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and then senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition and covering transportation. She is now managing editor for the nine publications in the Central Texas area.


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