GUIDE: Summer camps taking place in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs in 2019

Campers dive into STEM, arts and programming concepts through a variety of activities designed to activate their creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity. Themes include color and light, animation, robotics, food and more. Pre-K-fifth grade. July 8-26. $350-$385.

Campers dive into STEM, arts and programming concepts through a variety of activities designed to activate their creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity. Themes include color and light, animation, robotics, food and more. Pre-K-fifth grade. July 8-26. $350-$385.

As warmer weather approaches, it is time to start planning summer camps for the kids. Here is a noncomprehensive list of camps scheduled for 2019 in South Austin, Dripping Springs and the surrounding area.

This list is not comprehensive.


AESA Prep Academy Camp Amplify

Campers develop new skills, self- esteem, and lasting friendships through themed camp days. Themes include “Eager Entrepreneurs,” “World of Sports,” “Planet Upcycle” earth-friendly crafts, “Sticky Science” and more. Each week, campers earn a unique patch as a souvenir of their time at Camp Amplify. Kingergarten-eighth grade. June 3-Aug. 9. $400 per session.

AESA Prep Academy
13730 W. Hwy. 290, Austin

Austin Bat Cave writing retreat

Geared toward young authors, the overnight camp is dedicated to fiction, poetry and autobiographical storytelling. Costs include room and board and meals for four nights and five days. Sixth-ninth grades. July 15-19. $1,200.

St. Edward’s University
3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin

Badgerdog Creative Writing South Austin

Summer camp participants work with a professional writer to write original poetry and prose during the half-day two- and three-week camps. Other camps available throughout the Austin area. Third-12th grades. Sessions run June 10-Aug. 2. $375-475.

Parkside Community Montessori School
3207 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin

Camp Headwaters

Campers learn about art, natural science, geography, and cultures found in the different parts of the world. Ages 3-5. June 4-Aug. 3. $275 per week.

Headwaters School
6305 Manchaca Road, Austin

Coding with Kids

Coding with Kids offers a variety of STEM camps in game development, Minecraft, web development, robotics, programmable circuits and more. Campers receive personalized instruction from tech-savvy instructors. Ages 5-18. June 3-Aug. 2. $279-$549 per week.

A. Circle C Community Center
7817 La Crosse Ave., Austin

B. Oak Hill United Methodist Church
7815 Hwy. 290, Austin

Kids Quest summer camp

Each week, The Little Gym offers a new theme combining gymnastics, free play, games and crafts. Customers who buy four camp sessions in one week receive a fifth camp session free. Ages 3-10. May 27-Aug. 16. $35-$40 per session.

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

Little Stars camp

Led and coordinated by selected and trained high school students, this girls-only camp consists of hands-on activities in STEM fields.Third-fifth grades. June 10-13. $100.

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
2206 Prather Lane, Austin

Regents summer camps

Activities for campers include meeting new friends and developing academic, athletic and artistic skills at Regents’ 60 fine arts and athletics camps. Grades K-12. May 29-Aug. 16. $185-$400.

Regents School of Austin
3230 Travis Country Circle, Austin

Snapology Austin LEGO and robotics camps

Twelve weeklong camps feature themes including “Star Wars” and “Disney.” Camps include Lego robotics, scratch programming and engineering. Ages 4-14. May 28-Aug. 16. $80-$325 per week.

A. Circle C Community Center
7817 LaCrosse Ave., Austin

B. Snapology Austin Discovery Center
1910 Fortview Road, Austin

Spanish Immersion summer camp

Campers learn about different countries and cultures every week and fill out a passport of activities. Weekly themes enhance Spanish language skills and help children apply these skills to real-life scenarios. Field trips are hosted for children age 4 and older. Ages 2-10. May 28-Aug. 14. $180-$300.

Austin Eco Bilingual School
8707 Mountain Crest Drive, Austin

Summer Spark program

The full-day creative problem-solving camp is designed to shift a child’s mindset to embrace problem solving and the setbacks along the path to success. Each week, campers build with recycled materials, collaborate, discuss strategies, process setbacks and build confidence while finding solutions to presented problems. Ages 2-10. May 28-Aug. 14. $180-300.

Austin Eco Bilingual School
8707 Mountain Crest Drive, Austin

Thinkery summer camps

Campers dive into STEM, arts and programming concepts through a variety of activities designed to activate their creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity. Themes include color and light, animation, robotics, food and more. Pre-K-fifth grade. July 8-26. $350-$385.

Harmony School of Innovation
2124 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin


Art Garage summer camps

The Art Garage offers weeklong themed day camps, including “Pop Art,” “Unicorns,” “Galaxy Art,” “Rainbows” and “Dragons.” Activities range from drawing to sculpture and tie-dye to glass fusion. Ages 5-14. May 28-Aug. 16. $319 per week.

The Art Garage
11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin

Bee Cave Art Camp

In its 10th year, the camp focuses on creative ways to explore the world of art. Projects emphasize skill-building while sculpting, drawing, painting, printing and more. Ages 6-14. June 10-Aug. 9. $195-$420.

The Hive
12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

Camp One World-Gulliver’s Travels

Campers audition on Mondays to determine roles, have a week full of fun activities and rehearsals, and perform on Saturdays in costume with lines, singing and dancing on the One World Theatre stage. Ages 5-15. June 10-15. $175-$225.

One World Theatre
7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin
512-330-9500, ext .130

D’Ette & Co. Dancers camps

The dance company offers a variety of camps for different age groups with themes from “Princesses” to “Hip-Hop,” as well as summer classes and a summer intensive program teaching dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Ages 3-18. June 12-July 31. $89-$225 per week.

D’Ette & Co. Dancers
12110 Manchaca Road, Ste. 200, Austin

Drum Camp for Beginners

Campers choose drumset or school-band percussion and learn music fundamentals, basic rock beats and how to play popular music or a snare drum solo. Each camp is a private, two-hour one-on-one training session. No experience is necessary. Age 9 and older. June 6-Aug. 26. $395 for five-day camp sessions, $110 for a single-day camp session.

Oak Hill Drum Studio
7003 Pinto Cove, Austin

kidsActing camp

Over 150 camps are offered at 16 Austin locations specializing in musicals, acting and creating productions. Camps range from one to multiple weeks. Ages 5-16. June 3-Aug. 16. $345.

A. Balance Dance Studio
4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

B. Oak Hill United Methodist Church
7815 W. Hwy. 290, Austin

C. Dripping Springs United
Methodist Church
28900 RR 12, Dripping Springs

Premiere Dance Center camps

Weeklong dance camps for campers ages 3-8 feature daily themes such as “Beach Day” or “Pajama Day.” Intensives are offered for experienced dancers looking for inspiration and a challenge. Each camp will include a variety of dance styles and classes. Ages 3-18. Sessions run June 26-Aug.9, with more expected to be announced in March. $175-$275 per week.

Premiere Dance Center
9217 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 140, Austin

Rock Camp USA

The music camp features intensive performance-oriented instruction given by professional musicians. Participants record a CD in a studio. Each camp is two weeks long and culminates with a live performance. Ages 8-19. Sessions run June 10- July 27. Pricing not yet available.

Austin School of Music
2428 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin

Squishy Banana Studios camp

Campers experience the full filmmaking experience, including writing a script, acting, special effects and film editing by creating music videos and action or thriller movies. Camps are held at various locations in South Austin. K-eighth grade. June 3-Aug. 2. $265, with aftercare available for $20 per day.

A. Clayton Elementary School
7525 La Crosse Ave., Austin

B. Shady Hollow Community Center
3303 Doe Run, Austin

C. Whole Life Learning Center
10801 Old San Antonio Road, Austin

Young Metalsmiths summer camps

Students increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces during weeklong camps taught by professional artists and educators. Campers will learn sawing, soldering, riveting, filing, etching, hammering and more and will create multiple pieces throughout the week. End of the week art shows will be held. Ages 10-15. June 24-Aug. 2. $395 per week.

Creative Side Jewelry Academy
321 W. Ben White Blvd., Ste. 204, Austin

Young Rembrandts drawing workshops

Half-day drawing, cartooning and pastels workshops feature themes including “Art History with the Masters,” “Cartooning Characters” and “Bits of Summer Fun.”  Ages 6-12. Sessions run June 3-Aug. 16. $145-$190.

A. Sycamore Springs Elementary School
14451 Sawyer Ranch Road.,  Austin

B. Clayton Elementary School
7525 La Crosse Ave., Austin

Youth Graphic Design summer camp

The two-week camps are hosted by The University of Texas at Austin School of Design and Creative Technologies. A two-week session will be taught by MJ Johns on game design and another taught by Jason Wilkins on graphic design. Ages 14-18. June 17-July 19. Prices start at $1,299.

The University of Texas at Austin Fine Arts Library
510 E. 23rd St., Austin

ZACH Theatre camps

Camps teach students skills in the performing arts with themes including “Dr. Seuss,” “Acting and Scene Study” and “Hairspray.” In “Topfer Revue: Mary Poppins” camp, students in sixth grade and above can perform on the Topfer Stage. Ages 3 1/2-12th grade. May 28-Aug. 15. $195-$350 per week.

ZACH Theatre
510 Toomey Road, Austin
512-476-0594, ext. 236


Austin Waldorf School summer programs

Summergarden and Camp Roadrunner offer a variety of summer activities including swimming, crafts, cooking, storytime and more. Camps are split into different age groups. Ages 4-12. June 10-Aug. 2. $300 per week.

Austin Waldorf School
8700 S. View Road, Austin

Camp Bethany

Nine weeklong summer camps aim to offer a safe place for youth to have fun and grow in their relationship with Christ. Certain weeks of camp feature “American Ninja Warrior,” “the Amazing Race,” Mad Science of Austin and Games2U programming. Extended care is available at no extra cost. K-ninth grade. June 3-Aug. 16. $125-$200 per week.

Bethany Lutheran Church
3701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin

Camp on the Move

Campers travel throughout Austin and San Antonio, visiting locations such as Schlitterbahn, Typhoon Texas, K1 Speed, Fiesta Texas, Splashway Waterpark, Ripleys Believe It or Not and more. Ages 8-14. Sessions begin June 3. $365-$390 per week.

Pickup and drop-off at H-E-B parking lot at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin

Camp Wildflower

Children become conservationists, botanists, citizen scientists and ecologists as they explore native plants and the environment. Activities include hikes, arts and crafts, nature games, science labs, outdoor explorations and learning sessions. K-fifth grade. June 3-July 26. $250-$300 per week.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

The Lower Colorado River Authority offers an outdoor camp for kids ages 5-12 and a teen adventure camp for ages 13-15. Day camps revolve around different outdoor themes and activities. Austin shuttle available for $75 per week. Ages 5-15. Sessions run June 17-Aug. 16. $225 per week.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park
1884 W. Hwy. 71, Cedar Creek

Saber summer camp

A variety of camps will be available all summer with both morning and afternoon options for children of all ages. Specialty camps include basketball; volleyball; chess; science, technology, engineering, art and math; Just Imagine Theater; and more. Ages 3-14. Sessions run May 29-Aug. 9. $190-$435 per week.

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School
2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin

Wet & Wild Camp

A day camp with daily field trips and swimming, campers  will  visit waterparks, amusement parks, local pools and swimming holes, arcades, bounce houses, lakes, rivers and creeks. Ages 6-15. May 28-Aug. 16. Prices start at $370.

Patton Elementary School, 6001 Westcreek Drive, Austin


All-Star Sports Camp

Campers develop athletic skills by learning and playing various sports. Teamwork and sportsmanship are promoted through competition. Ages 5-12. Sessions run May 27-Aug. 16. $189-289 per week.

SoccerZone South Austin
9501 Manchaca Road, Austin

ATX Ballers Basketball Camps

ATX Ballers Basketball Camps provide skills-intensive lessons that serve to develop fundamental basketball skills for all levels of experience and to help prepare players for greater in-game success. Ages 2-12. June-August. $100-$120 per session.

Austin Oaks Church gymnasium, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin

Camp JUMP!

The camp will be based in a new South Austin location for 2019. The theme-based camp includes a variety of activities, such as gymnastics, interactive centers, yoga, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Ages  3-10. June 4-Aug. 17. $220-$350 per week.

Location TBD

Challenger Sports international soccer camp Dripping Springs

The weeklong sessions offer half-day soccer camps that cover a wide variety of coaching styles, practices and influences that will help them develop a well-rounded skill set as a soccer player. Ages 3-16. June 17-July 19. $97-$150.

Sports Park
370 Sports Park Road, Dripping Springs

Challenger Sports international soccer camp South Austin

The International Camp curriculum provides young players with a wide variety of coaching styles, practices and influences that will help them develop a well-rounded skill set as a soccer player. Full- and half-day camps are available in weeklong sessions. Ages 6-16. Sessions run May 27-Aug. 9. $189-$289

SoccerZone South Austin
9501 Manchaca Road, Austin

Coach Collier Basketball Camp

Bowie High School head basketball coach Celester Collier and his son teach fundamentals to help athletes improve their basketball skills and better understand the nuances of the game. First-eighth grades. June 17-Aug. 9. $189-$289 per week.

SoccerZone South Austin
9501 Manchaca Road, Austin.

Jeff Ables and Ty Branyon’s Football Camp

Bowie High School’s head football coach and offensive coordinator introduce campers to the rules of 7 on 7 and have daily scrimmages.  Daily lessons on leadership and character development to help young men be successful on and off the field are also given. Third-sixth grades. June 3-28. $189-$289 per week.

SoccerZone South Austin
9501 Manchaca Road, Austin.

Junior Triathlon Training camps

Coaches will teach fundamental and advanced skills required for each triathlon discipline while developing fitness, character, a love for the sport and healthy habits. Ages 7-16. June 3-Aug. 18. $100 per week in the summer, or $160 a month with year-round junior triathlon training.

Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy, 5513 Southwest Parkway, Austin

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts summer camps

Several 20-hour camps will keep children active and engaged and teach discipline and respect in a safe and supportive environment. Participants will make new friendships and develop physical fitness and life skills, such as self-confidence, self-discipline, focus and concentration. Ages 7-12. June 10-Aug. 9. $195-$225.

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill
6001 W. William Cannon Drive,
Ste. 307, Austin

Red Arena Horse Camp

This inclusive horse camp for kids of all ability levels is limited to eight riders per week. Paperwork and screening is required prior to acceptance into camp. The camp is adding advanced and beginner rider camps this year. Ages 5-12. June 3-July 22. $600 per week.

1601 Bell Springs Road,
Dripping Springs

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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