Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Austin Summer Fun Guide

Map out your summer fun like a pro with the 2018 Summer Fun Guide! There are over 40 events and activities for kids of all ages, guaranteeing a summer full of fun in Austin, Texas.
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General Anytime Fun

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
The Alamo Drafthouse's annual Summer Kids Camp is a film series of screenings, designed specifically for families, that is affordable and fun for all with a mix of new favorites and classic kid-friendly films. Enjoy classic and family favorite films all summer long for just $1, $3 or $5 with all proceeds benefiting local non-profits.
  
Austin Nature and Science Center
Located close to Zilker Park, ANSC offers hands-on exhibits for children of all ages, a sand pit where children can dig for dinosaurs, a planetarium and more.

Austin Public Library's Summer Reading Program
The Austin Public Library is your free ticket to a summer full of reading and loads of fun activities this June through August. You can also win prizes for reading! Pick up a reading log at the Library or print one at austinsummerreading.org. For every 20 minutes you read, color in a section. Color sections by number to display a hidden picture! Return your completed log to any of the Austin Public Library's 21 locations between July and August, 2018. Congratulations, you did it! You’ve earned a prize book. You can earn one prize book per summer. Be sure to check the Library's calendar for ongoing events all summer long.

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Austin Zoo
Full of shade-packed trees, the Austin Zoo is a sanctuary to animals that are rescued and, many times, rehabilitated. Set on 15-acres on the southwest edge of Austin, the zoo allows Austin families to get a close-up look at over 300 animals, representing more than 100 different species. Read more about the Austin Zoo here.  

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Explore the 12+ miles of greenbelt on a hike while getting some fresh air. A splash in some water in the process is a bonus to cool down in the heat of summer.

Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Some people are a bit intimidated by the 68-70 degree water, and you will observe shouts and squeals as swimmers take the plunge. But, whether you prefer to inch your way down the steps or to cannonball in, you will emerge from the water rejuvenated and a little more comfortable soaking in the 100 degree heat outside. Read up on some tips on visiting Barton Springs Pool here.  

Bat Watching
When was the last time you saw 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats bats emerge at dusk? One of our town's best arguments that we're still keeping it weird are the huge crowds which assemble in downtown Austin to watch these winged mammals head out to get their dinner.  

BookPeople
Austin's local Indie bookstore is a definite must-do on your summer to-do list! Air conditioning, books on multiple levels, a giant kids' space, and events, too! You can't go wrong with a visit to BookPeople.  

Bowling
Strike! There's nothing quite like the look on your little one's face when he or she finally knocks all the pins down after watching countless gutter balls roll down the lane. Bonus: in the summer, bowling is a great way to beat the heat!  

Cathedral of Junk
If “Keep Austin Weird” was a religion, the Cathedral of Junk would be its premier place of worship. It’s a multistory structure made out of all kinds of stuff, from concrete-filled tires to old CDs, street signs, glass bottles and toys. It reminds you of a post-apocalyptic urban setting in a video game or a movie, where survivors have created life anew using fragments of the old world. Extreme upcycling? Whatever the term, it’s gorgeous.    

CavingSometimes, to beat the extreme Texas heat in the summer, it takes going down hundreds of feet into the earth to cool down. In Central Texas, we have many options for exploring caves, most within a short drive of the Austin area.


Chaparral Ice
In Texas, we’ll do just about anything to escape the heat of summer. Why not have fun while you’re cooling down? At Chaparral Ice, there are always friendly and helpful staff and good music. If you feel like taking it a step further, they offer ice-skating classes for a wide range of ages.  

Deep Eddy Pool
When it comes to pools, there are few out there quite like Deep Eddy. Once a swimming hole on the Colorado River, Deep Eddy is a freshwater swimming pool, similar to Barton Springs. Each night, one of the two sides of the pool is drained and refilled with fresh well water, so you practically have a new pool to swim in every other day. Summertime fun includes watching movies in the pool! Check back here for the 2018 Splash Movie Nights schedule, soon to be announced.  

Dig in the Sand
Lakes, parks and more offer kids a chance to get a little dirty in a sand pit.... some may also have some hidden dinosaur bones, too!  

Dinosaur Park
Just outside of Austin in Cedar Creek, the Dinosaur Park is a must-see for any dino lover. This outdoor museum boasts life-size exhibits of dinosaurs on an easy to navigate trail, complete with a pre-printed scavenger hunt. There is a playground, picnic tables, a dino dig pit (small), and a gift store. Make it a day trip: read more about exploring Cedar Creek, Texas here.
  
Fishing
Summer is a great time of year to go fishing with the kids. Find a shady spot, pack an ice chest with some cold beverages and wait 'til the fish bite.  

Hat Creek Burger Company
Beer, burgers, milkshakes, salads.... and a playground! That's right, a visit to one of the 9 Austin-area locations of this local favorite will satisfy everyone in the family.  



Kayak or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake
Summer in Austin is all about finding creative ways to cool off. One way to do this is to take a canoe or kayak out on Lady Bird Lake. Yes, it can be a little dicey with younger kids and no, giving them their own paddle is not required. But, if you try it, it’s a great vantage point to check out turtles and resident waterfowl, and catch a nice breeze (of course, the earlier you go, the cooler it will be).

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Don't miss these beautiful grounds located in South Austin. Be sure to visit during the month of June on their special Nature Nights - it's FREE and possibly a little cooler than visiting during the day!  

Mayfield Park
Visit with the peacocks at Mayfield Park and Preserve, an urban oasis in the center of town. In addition to the feathered friends your children will make, they can explore the shaded trails and ponds. Tip: Combine activities by visiting Mount Bonnell and the Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria - they are all very close to Mayfield Park.

Mount Bonnel
Hiking up to the top of Mount Bonnell is definitely an activity best done in the early morning or late evening during the summer months. But the view at the top is well worth the sweat you'll work up to get there. Read more about what to expect and some tips for climbing with kids here. 

Playland Skate Center
Playland Skate center is open every day during the summer! Beat the heat and get some exercise in at Playland, in a fun, safe, friendly environment for the whole family! Discount Night every in Thursday for June and July starting at 7pm. Check out their website for daily schedule and other special events. Summer Hours start June 1st!


Museums in Austin Whether you're looking for art or science, history or all things presidential, Austin has a plethora of museums to choose from. Here's a great list of museums to visit in the Austin area. Make a hot summer day an art day by visiting a couple of art museums with the kids, then lay out paint and canvas at home so the kids can create their own masterpieces.  

Parks in Greater Austin
For parents, a great way to get out of the house is by exploring parks with our kids. That said, it can be easy to go to the same parks over and over again. Why not mix it up and try out a new park? We've visited a whole lot of parks in and around Austin, and we've laid out our favorites from north to south, east and west in a special parks series. If it's an extra steamy day, check out these favorite parks that offer lots of shade in the summer.  

Peter Pan Mini Golf
An Austin institution since 1948, this mini golf course has two 18-hole courses and is a popular spot during the summer months. Go early to avoid wait times and to avoid the heat of the day. Note that only cash and checks are accepted. You can bring a cooler, but no glass.

Rock Climbing
If your kids are climbing the walls, take them to one of Austin’s indoor rock climbing locations for a new twist on getting their energy out. Whether it’s rock climbing or bouldering (rock climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses), kids as young as toddlers can learn the art of climbing at both indoor and outdoor locations located throughout the Austin area.

Round Rock Express
Visit Dell Diamond for a few Round Rock Express games this summer. The Express have a varied promotional schedule, including nightly specials like $1 Hot Dogs on Monday games, ½ Price Tickets on Tuesday games, free tickets with canned food donations on Wednesday games, drink discounts on Thursdays, fireworks on Fridays, giveaways or post-game concerts on Saturday, and free kids inflatables pre-game and run the bases post-game on Sundays! Full promo schedule here.



Science Mill
Check out the new 30-foot-tall stainless steel robotic hand at the Science Mill! With a remote joystick mimicking the robot hand, kids can easily operate this exhibit to make each of the giant fingers move, much like their own. This exhibit is a powerful, interactive icon of creativity, engineering and design. Plus, explore the museum’s 50+ interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits and watch a 3D movie!



Splash Pads
Pools are great, but sometimes, splash pads are even better. Often adjacent to playgrounds, you can get a twofer by playing on the playground and then cooling off in the water. They are almost always free. If you have littles who are still learning to swim, a trip to the splash pad is a lot less stressful than a visit to the pool.

Springfree Trampoline
When kids have the wiggles and lots of energy, head to the Domain to visit the Austin Springfree Trampoline store. With several trampolines set up, your kids will have a blast jumping and testing out all of the cool accessories. Bonus: there's air conditioning!


 

Stroll South Congress Avenue
Exploring the stores and restaurants on South Congress Avenue is always a big hit, especially if you have some out of town visitors this summer. If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy your hunger. Have some extra cash to spend? No problem! There are plenty of cool, eclectic stores to shop at. It’s a mecca of hipsters and an area that’s quite enjoyable for everyone in the family. Be sure to head down to Congress Avenue on the first Thursday of each month (weather permitting) to enjoy vendors, local artisans, live music and more.

 

Texas State Capitol
Who says you can't combine fun and learning while on summer break? Not us! Take the kids to explore the Texas State Capitol - they'll learn all about Texas history, politics, and you can even grab a bite to eat in the basement cafeteria. Read more about taking a tour of the Capitol here.  


Topgolf
Topgolf is an entertainment venue in north Austin offering point-scoring golf with over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, with an on-site restaurant and bar. If your kids love golf, Topgolf Austin is once again hosting Summer Academy, a week-long half-day program for kids ranging from 6 - 12. Summer Academy is a fun way to stay physically active, mentally active and engaged with the community all while learning a great skill.



Zilker Botanical Gardens
When you think botanical gardens, you think plants and flowers, right? But the Zilker Botanical Garden is much more - ponds, dinosaurs, wildlife, butterfly habitats and more! Kids of all ages love this beautiful space.

Zilker Zephyr
No trip to Zilker Park or Barton Springs Pool is complete without a ride on the iconic Zilker Zephyr. Kids and adults take delight in this train ride across Zilker Park, offering great views of Austin as well.

Events


Blues on the Green
Austin's favorite summer tradition is back. 93.3 KGSR's Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and join us for Austin's largest FREE concert series. Read some tips on attending Blues on the Green here.  

When: May 23, June 13, July 18, August 8, 8 p.m.  
Where: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Cost: FREE

Together We Can Get Them Outside Celebration 
Celebrate the beauty of playing outside at this special event. Stop in at the Springfree Trampoline store in the Domain to pick up some seed planting kits from Burpee seeds, refreshments including GoGo Squeez, take part in some games, and free test jumps, of course! Cool off from the summer heat while celebrating the spirit of going outside to be active!

When: Saturday, June 2, Noon-4 p.m.  
Where: Springfree Trampoline, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza in the Domain  
Cost: FREE

A Spoonful of Sugar 
This summer, Austin Scottish Rite Theater and the Hideout Theatre present a delightful, family-friendly improv show: Spoonful of Sugar! The Sugar family is in trouble. Their parents are overworked, their children misbehaving and neglected. When they are finally forced to hire on a nanny, the children are pleasantly surprised to discover that their new nanny is magical. ready to infuse their lives with a little bit of whimsy, mystery, and fun! Join us as the Sugars’ new nanny takes us on a series of fantastical adventures, exploring the hidden, magical world behind the every day, which we bring to life with suggestions and help from the kids (and their parents) in our audience.
  
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 - July 1, 11 a.m.  
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St., Austin  
Cost: $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 ages 12 and under

Summer Kids Series
The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway with hands-on activities for kids of all ages as they learn more about the world of animals and the Austin Humane Society. Along the way they’ll find out what it means to care for a pet of their own and be inspired to help animals in need. 

When: Tuesdays, June 5 - August 14, multiple times and sessions  
Where: Austin Humane Society, 124 West Anderson Ln., Austin  
Cost: FREE  

Austin Symphony's Children's Day Art Park
The Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park offers FREE concerts for kids in June and July at a brand new location, the Austin Central Public Library. In addition to the music, there will be arts and crafts, an instrument zoo and more. 

When: Wednesday mornings, June 6 - July 25, doors open at 10 a.m. 
Where: Austin Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St., Austin
Cost: FREE

Bubblepalooza
Bubblepalooza, the Long Center's official start to summer returns on Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The kick off to their All Summer Long series of free community events, this annual celebration of open play on the Long Center’s front lawn is perfect for families of all ages, with live music, games, arts + crafts, trailer food, and of course—tons of bubbles!

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Dr., Austin  
Cost: FREE


Second Saturdays are for Families at Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria
The Contemporary Austin offers FREE hands-on art-making workshops each month, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Reservations are requested to participate in art-making workshops due to limited space; please reserve your spot at the links below beginning the 1st of each month.  

When: June 9, July 14, August 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin  
Cost: FREE

Too Many Stories  
Too Many Stories! is a Scottish Rite favorite, back by popular demand for weekday matinees in summer 2018. Kallie catches Sam and Bogus getting away with loot they’ve stolen from a department store. With the help of the kids in the Scottish Rite Theater audience, a smart little girl outwits and exhausts the bad guys through story, music, and improvisation. All ages.

When: Wednesday, June 13 - August 1  
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St., Austin
Cost: $6 for adults and children, under 2 free  

Fans From Fans Summer Fan Drive
The Summer Fan Drive provides new box and oscillating fans to seniors, adults with disabilities, and families with children in Central Texas. Take part in a day of fun with activities for kids, live music, a Pancake Pileup and more at this annual event.  

When: June 15, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  
Where: Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 West Riverside Dr., Austin  
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 or a new fan

Central Texas Juneteenth Celebration
Watch a parade that kicks off the Juneteenth festivities and then celebrate in the park afterwards with live music, food, activities and vendors.  

When: June 16, parade at 10 a.m. and event begins at noon  
Where: Chestnut House, 1183 Chestnut Ave., Austin  
Cost: FREE

Taste of North Austin
Calling all foodies! Restaurants from The Domain and North Austin are teaming up again for Taste of North Austin, the 11th annual all-day family food festival that features delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping. Complimentary children’s activities throughout the day will also include balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, crafts and more. Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Giftcard donation.

When: Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Where: The Domain, between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin 
Cost: Children's entertainment and music will be free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event. VIP experience will be offered for an additional $15.


Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Whole Foods Market. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Bring a blanket and get ready to see Moana on the outdoor screen. Food trucks will be onsite.

When: June 21, 9 p.m.
Where: Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd., Austin
Cost: FREE 
Movies in the Park (Wells Branch)
Wells Branch MUD presents Movies in the Park Summer Series at Katherine Fleischer Park. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a fun filled night with your family and neighbors. All movies will be rated PG with free admission.  

When: June 16, July 21, and August 18, 8 p.m. concession sales, movie at twilight  
Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhof Dr., Austin
Cost: FREE  

World Refugee Day
Commemorate the United Nations' World Refugee Day at the Bullock Museum with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music, and activities for families with kids of all ages. Master of Ceremonies, Greg Ciotti, is representing KOOP Radio's Community Council whose charter is to highlight individuals and organizations that are giving back in our community.

When: June 16, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin  
Cost: FREE

Pollyanna Theatre Company's If Wishes Were Fishes
In Hepp-Galvan’s hilarious new play, these friends (and our young audience) learn to be grateful for what you have, to always appreciate the wonderful people in your life, and to be wary of talking fish. Sarah, Johnny, and Felicia are best friends. They can’t wait to get together every day! They play the best games and always support and encourage each other. One day, when they’re playing, they find a magic fish tangled in a net. The magic fish says that if they free him, he’ll grant them three wishes–one wish each. And that is when the trouble starts. Best for ages 4-9 years old.  

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 - July 1, 2 p.m.  
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin  
Cost: $10.50 

Zilker Hillside Musical
Pack a picnic and come out to the Zilker Hillside Theatre to enjoy a live performance of All Shook Up! This summer, Zilker Theatre Productions journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up!  

When: Thursday - Sunday, July 6 - August 18, 8:15 p.m.  
Where: Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin  
Cost: FREE


Family Cooking Workshop
Cooking is an activity the entire family can enjoy together! When little chefs cook and help select their food, they not only learn healthy habits and expand their palates, but they also are exposed to scientific exploration as they combine different ingredients and see how temperature affects food. Bright horizon's very own Chef Darrell will be leading families in a cooking workshop where they will prepare an appetizer, main course, and dessert. All children who attend will receive a Bright Horizons apron. This workshop is geared towards children 2 – 6 years old. Spaces are limited! Please RSVP with your name and number of attendees.

When: Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am - noon
Where: Bright Horizons at Westlake, 4613-B Bee Cave Road, West Lake Hills
Cost: FREE

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Spring & Summer Camp Guide

American Academy of Robotics

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American Robotics Academy aims to excite, inspire and motivate children about the importance of robotics technology. Our hands-on classes offer an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering design, helping children understand “how things work.”

Held in a friendly, sports-like atmosphere, students work in age-appropriate teams and learn how to design, build and test remote-controlled miniature robots. We use simple, motorized machines – all made from LEGO® bricks! – to demonstrate mechanical movements and other effects. We also offer coding camps using the EV3 Mindstorm Programming (EMP), Robotics Programming for LEGO Mindstorm EV3. Students will learn how to program an EV3 Robot to move, turn, stop, control EV3 sensors (light, distance, touch), change Robot speed and direction, all of this while learning the basics of a real world programming language – RobotC. We supply the software, EV3 Robots, laptops and challenge boards. Students will be instructed with the following topics: Introduction to EV3 Hardware, Introduction to Programming, Movement – EV3 Forward/Backward/Turning. Encoders – Lego Motors, Control Structures (while, for, if, repeat, case), Variables and Functions, Sensing – Touch, Ultrasonic, Light Sensor/Line Tracking, Debugging.  

Dates: Weekly June 11 – August 3

Locations:  

Northwest Austin
Live Oaks Unitarian Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park
Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., Cedar Park
Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar, Austin  

Central Austin
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin
Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin
Austin Paragon Prep, 2001 W. Koenig Ln., Austin  

South Austin
First Baptist Church–Oak Hills, 6907 Convict Hill Rd., Austin  

Round Rock
Round Rock ISD Schools  

Cost: Full day (9–4) $325.00; Half day (9–noon) $175.00
  
Website: www.RoboticsAcademy.com

Contact: 512-844-2724  

Discount: 10% off with coupon code LM9

ATX Ballers Basketball Camp

ATX Ballers teaches players the most crucial skills of basketball. The program also includes fun matches, competitions, and awards. The coaches have several decades’ worth of playing and coaching experience, and our main focus is to provide players with fun and engaging basketball challenges. Ages 7-14 and 14-18.  

Dates:June 18-July 19  

Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland; St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St., Austin  

Cost: $110 per week; Discounts available  

Website: www.atxballers.com

The Austin Artery

The primary focus is on the process of making art rather than finished product. Research shows that providing children with open-ended activities promotes creativity. Ultimately, at this camp we focus on developing creativity, collaboration, patience with the process of bringing a vision to life, and a love for learning. Each child needs a firm foundation in the Elements & Principles of Art as well as basic technical skills. We will spend time each day on an activity that develops these skills so that our students can strengthen their artistic practice. Mindfulness is an important part of a creative practice. We begin each day with quiet reflective moments and journaling activities that promote self-knowledge and emotional well-being.

Dates: Weekly June 11 – August 13

Location: 4001 Adelphi Ln., Austin; 4001 Speedway in Hyde Park; 10801 Old San Antonio in S. Austin; 700 West Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park  

 Cost: $250  

Website: www.theaustinartery.com  

Contact: theaustinartery@gmail.com

Camp Fun Brain

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Camp Fun Brain is a reading enrichment camp taught by certified teachers. Campers start the morning with a great book and then delight in a day centered around the story. Afternoons are full of hands on projects with components that reinforce reading objectives. Leave the reading minutes (and fun!) to us and make 2018 your smoothest summer yet!  

Dates: Summer; differs by location; starting June 4 ending August 17  

Locations:  
Central Austin AHB Community School 4001 Speedway  
South Austin Whole Life Learning Center, 10801 Old San Antonio Rd.  
Cedar Park Good Shepherd Lutheran 700 W Whitestone Blvd

Cost: $250 for regular day 9 - 3 with extended day available from 7:30am - 6pm

Website: www.campfunbrain.com  

Contact: 512 619 0935 or joy@campfunbrain.com

Chaparral Ice - Camp Avalanche

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Camp Avalanche is our general day camp that is offered only during the summer. We offer 11 weeks of fun. Your child can spend their summer going on the most outrageous adventures across Austin. Our campers fill their days swimming, going to the park, going on field trips, doing arts and crafts, and of course ice skating. Field trip options include Typhoon Texas, Dart ‘Em Up, Zipline Adventures at Candlelight Ranch, Quest Wakeboard, Water Adventure Park and more. Our staff are amazing, and our campers return year after year as a testament to the quality programming we provide.  

Dates: Spring break and all summer long  

Cost: $295  

Location: Chaparral Ice, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 400, Austin, 78757  

Website: https://www.chaparralice.com/camps/  

Contact: Email avaught@chaparralice.com

The Contemporary Austin – Art School

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At The Contemporary Austin Art School, summer is filled with art camps for children ages 4 and up, including classes for teens. Our professional faculty will help budding artists of all interests and levels enhance their perceptual and technical skills while having fun among the beautiful, forested 14-acre Laguna Gloria site. Campers will marvel at young birds and other native species that call Laguna Gloria home and find inspiration from contemporary sculptures by artists from around the world.

With half-day morning and afternoon camps from drawing, painting and ceramics, to sculpture, Claymation and mosaics, many of our faculty take advantage of the nature and art at Laguna Gloria as subject matter and inspiration. We are especially proud to bring back Creativity Camp: New World Kids, an innovative two-week camp where children ages 4-5 playfully learn a new alphabet to expand their creativity and discover a new way of looking at the world.

Teen campers may find inspiration in classes exploring drawing and painting, printmaking and woodworking, wheel throwing and other ceramics, and photography and Photoshop techniques, to name just a few.  

Dates: Weekly camps held June 4 – August 17  

Location: The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin, 78703  

Cost: Varies per camp. Please visit our website for details  

Website: www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/artschool  

Contact: 512-323-6380

Country Home Learning Center

Country Home’s extremely popular Summer Camp program includes all of our regular activities, our Kids’ Choice Special Interest Clubs, regularly scheduled field trips to swimming, skating, bowling and movies, as well as special field trips to a wide variety of exciting local destinations. Our highly successful, reward-based Reading Program encourages academic exercises throughout the summer, while our wonderful facility affords us the opportunity to explore various themed rooms.  

Dates: Spring Break and Summer Camps available Monday–Friday  

Location: North & South Austin  

Cost: $205 per week, plus registration and activity fees  

Website: https://countryhomelearningcenter.com/  

Contact: North Austin (512) 331-1441; South Austin (512) 288-8220

Creative Action Summer Camps

Creative Action offers fun and engaging summer camps for ages 5–11! With a variety of themes to choose from, our camps are offered at three convenient locations in North Central, East, and South Austin. Our 1-week camps for 5- to 7-year-olds build creativity and confidence through artistic exploration and are designed to be active, inspiring and fun! Our 2-week academies for 8- to 11-year-olds are limited to just 15 students per session to foster the development of this specific age group. Campers work closely with professional artists and go deep to master new art skills.  

Dates: Summer Camps, June 4 – August 3  

Locations: Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St., Austin, 78702; Koenig Lane Christian Church, 908 Old Koenig Lane, Austin, 78756; Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin, 78745  

Cost: $295 for 1-week camps and $590 for 2-week camps  

Website: http://creativeaction.org  

Contact: 512-447-8773

Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps

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Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, offers week-long Summer Camps (ages 10–15). These camps provide a creative environment where kids have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camps are led by professional artists and educators. Under their guidance, students increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling, casting and much more. Students create multiple pieces throughout the week and are encouraged to develop their own design skills.

The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making and these ancient techniques to your budding artisan. The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side hosts an end of the week art show to be named and set up by the kids. Parents, family and friends will be invited to join us at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors and new friends, and view students' artwork on display.

We have three camps this summer: The Torch, The Torch II and Metal Casting. Take one or all three!  

Dates: June 11–15, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; June 25–29, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; July 16–July 20, M–F, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  

Location: Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White, #204, Austin, 78704

Cost: $385 all materials included

Website: http://creativeside.org/classes/youth  

Contact: 512-799-0731  

Discount: Sign up for ALL THREE Summer Camps and receive 5% off total tuition. Use promo code SUMMERCAMP at checkout.

Fantastic Magic Camp

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Fantastic Magic Camp – Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids ages 5–12 in Austin since 1993. All our camp sessions are held 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with optional Magic Camp Rehearsal Time 3 p.m.–6 p.m. for an additional fee.  

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Kids discover their unique inner Magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people who recognize and embrace their uniqueness. A shy girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never dreamt they could do, like making cards appear out of thin air or balancing on stilts. Or as one parent said: “We love Magic Camp – it turns my kids' minds on. They come home problem solving and practicing. It's been a staple of our summer program for multiple years and we expect the kids to attend next year, too.”

Fantastic Magic Camp was given the 2017 “Best Day Camp Award” and the 2016 Best Camp Award for “Favorite Small Local Camp” in Austin. It was also voted “Most Uniquely Austin Business” by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Last year, all our summer sessions were sold out ” so register today! Advertisement 

Dates: Spring Break, March 12–16, (one week); Summer Session 1, June 4–15, (two weeks); Summer Session 2, June 18–29, (two weeks); Summer Session 3, July 2–6, (one week); Summer Session 4, July 9–20, (two weeks); Summer Session 5, July 23 – August 3, (two weeks); Summer Session 6, August 6–17, (two weeks)  

Location: Central Austin, 7500 Woodrow Ave., Austin, 78757

Cost: $295 for our one-week camps, $590 for two-week camps

Website: www.magiccamp.com  

Contact: 512-988-3045  

Discount: 10% off first camp registration and $60 off additional multiple sessions and/or sibling registrations for two week sessions, ($30 for one week sessions). Use discount code: LiveMom18. Expires: 08/17/2018

Girls Empowerment Network

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Empowerment Network's summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in entering grades 3–8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during two week-long sessions that are designed to ignite the power in girls and teach them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. In part 1, "Own My Power," girls will be owning their power, exploring stress management, identity, self-compassion and body positivity. In part 2, "Use My Power," girls will explore confident communication, advocacy, healthy friendships and values. Girls who join campGEN will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self!  

Dates: June 18–22 and July 16–20

Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin  

Cost: $330  

Website: www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org  

Contact: claudiaa@girlsempowermentnetwork.org

Groundwork Music Project Ukulele Summer Camp

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Kids aged 8-12 embark on a lifetime of musical skills with the Groundwork Music Project. Join us for a unique summer program at which kids learn ukulele, singing and more! Learn to strum, pick and play a variety of melodies. The session ends with campers joining the Groundwork Music Orchestra at a special concert event. Cost includes book and CD. Ukuleles available during class or for purchase.  

Dates: June 25–29 from 9 a.m.–noon  

Location: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Ln., Austin, 78757

Cost: Early bird (before April 30) is $275; $325 after May 1st (with scholarships and sliding scale available)  

Website: www.groundworkmusic.org  

Contact: neal@groundworkmusic.org or 512-669-2028

Hello World - Coding Program

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Hello World is composed of software engineers from companies like Amazon, Apple and IBM who have joined forces to create a fun, rigorous, project-based learning environment for 2nd- through 12th-grade students centered on mastering programming concepts in cutting-edge technology fields.  

This summer’s courses include: • Geophysics & Drone Programming: Fly real drones using JavaScript code. • iOS App Development with Swift: Program and publish iOS apps in the Apple app store. • Game Engineering: Code games using C# and GML programming languages – includes AR/VR for older students. • Amazon Alexa & Natural Language Processing: Program Alexa extensions using Python code, such as making Alexa respond to your voice with cat noises.

Sessions take place at innovative tech hubs in downtown Austin, including Capital Factory, Galvanize and Hack Reactor. The full 45-hour experience is divided between direct instruction, team work and group challenges, structured independent work, creativity time, community and culture building, and career readiness. This program is intended for students with an interest in design, creative problem solving and computer science. We are open to all levels and will differentiate based on previous exposure to engineering concepts. We strongly encourage girls to join the program! See pictures from our photo gallery: http://www.helloworldstudio.org/photo-gallery/  

Dates: June 4–9; June 25–30; July 9–14; July 23–28  

Location: Innovative Tech Hubs in Austin – Capital Factory, Galvanize, Hack Reactor Cost: $799–$899; scholarships available  

Website: helloworldstudio.org  

Contact: molly@helloworldstudio.org  

Discount: 10% off; use discount: CODERSUMMER10

Jump! Gymnastics

JumpLogo Imagine a world where superheroes are real. Where pirates are friendly and every little girl is a princess. Imagine life in the farthest reaches of space or becoming a rock star. Imagine a place where children can keep it weird.  

Camp Jump! offers 1-week half-, full- and extended-day opportunities for children to explore their imaginations through theme-based curriculum featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music, dance and now field trips. Voted Austin Family Magazine's "Most Fun Camp" in 2011, ​2014 and 2015. ​​Come find out why!

Dates: Camps are held Monday–Friday, June 4 – August 17

Locations: North Central: 2117 West Anderson Ln., Austin South Central: 2919 Manchaca Rd., #205, Austin  

Cost: Half-day, $220/week (9 a.m.–1 p.m.); Full-day, $270/week (9 a.m.–3 p.m.); Extended-day, $350/week (9 a.m.–6 p.m.); Early drop-off, $50/week (8 a.m.)  

Website: http://www.jump-austin.com/camps-all-year.html  

Contact: 512-593-6226; info@jumpgymnastics.com  

Discount: Sign up before March 30, 2018 and 10% off one camp per child.

Kidventure Day and Overnight Camps

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Welcome to Kidventure. Our mission is to help build the lives of kids, provide them with opportunities to grow strong, and demonstrate that they can make a real difference in the world. For 24 years, we have chosen to do so through the power of camp. Whether you’re playing sports at our summer day camp, zip-lining at our overnight camp, or problem-solving at our after school program, everything we do is purposeful. Alongside the most dedicated and passionate team of counselors, your child will not only enjoy the time of his or her life, but be learning the kind of lessons that will serve them well the rest of their lives.

Dates: June 4 – August 10  

Locations: Camp Westlake (West Austin), Camp Rough Life (Lakeway), Camp Sweetwater (71 West), Safari Overnight Camp (Hunt, TX), Echo Overnight Camp (Rocksprings, TX), APEX (Pecos River Expedition)  

Cost: Day Camp, $255; Overnight Camp, $1,295–$1,795  

Website: https://kidventure.com/austin-summer-camp/  

Contact: 512-263-8992 or email austin@kidventure.com  

Discount: $100 discount on Overnight Camp 2018


Launch After School

At Launch After School, we make coding fun for kids ages 4-14. Our students learn basic to advanced computer and programming skills, giving them 21st-century tools for creative expression.  Our in-person instructional program provides a collaborative and inclusive environment to launch your child ahead with the skills and habits of mind needed in the age of technology.

We’re based in our hometown of Austin, TX. Through our hybrid learning model, we’re able to combine the best parts of online and in-person learning while avoiding the pitfalls of each. Your kid can expect self-paced skills development that enhances problem-solving skills all while working in a collaborative team setting.

Our Summer Camp is a great opportunity for kids to deep dive into learning computer and programming skills. Each camp is an immersive 2-week class that’s offered in the morning or afternoon.
Dates: June 11-22,, July 9-20, July 30 - August 10  

Location: 3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy Bldg 3 Ste #130, Austin, TX, 78746  

Cost: $750 - $1500  

Phone Number: (512) 842-7966  

Website: https://launchafterschool.com/camp/

Orpheus Academy of Music

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 Join us for musical summer fun at Orpheus Academy of Music! Our camps provide an enriching experience for children of all ages and abilities. With experienced, degreed teachers, new activities every 30 minutes and a variety of camp choices, you'll have the most rewarding adventure of the whole summer!  

Piano Orchestra: For the first time at Orpheus, be part of this one-of-a-kind ensemble experience made entirely of electric pianos! Classes in improv, group rehearsals and mini private lessons make up this unique camp.  

Guitar Orchestra: Experience the joy of playing guitar surrounded by other passionate guitarists. Fast-moving classes every half hour keep you engaged and learning to maximize your fun!  

Composition & Improvisation: Learn through creating our own music! Explore your full potential as a creative musician by working with outstanding composers and jazz improvisers. Bring your compositions to share or let us help you get started with something new!

Chamber Music: Make music with your friends and learn vital musicianship skills in this popular camp. Great for students looking for their first experience in chamber music!  

World Music Camp: Learn the songs, instruments and customs of different countries! Learn vocal techniques, rhythm, listening skills, pitch and harmony by making and listening to music from different cultures!  

Broadway Musicals Camp: Learn to sing, dance and act using the best scenes from American Broadway. Practice auditioning techniques, perform in small groups, and show off everything you learned at the end of week performance!  

Choir Camp: Learn vocal techniques, breathing, movement and rhythm in this unique choral experience! Make music together and express yourself with choral favorites and songs from around the world.  

Intro to Piano: Spark your passion for piano by discovering basic techniques and learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! For students who think they might be interested in piano lessons, this camp will help you decide!  

Intro to Violin: Spark your passion for violin by learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! Violins for will be provided during the camp so students can try out the instrument without any upfront investment. For students who think they might be interested in violin lessons, this camp will help you decide!  

Intro to Guitar: Spark your passion for guitar by learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! Guitars will be provided during the camp so students can try out the instrument without any upfront investment. For students who think they might be interested in guitar lessons, this camp will help you decide!  

Music From the Inside Out: Develop your inner artist in this camp that utilizes teaching techniques from music conservatories around the world! Engage with music through improvised movement, singing and group interaction to grow musically and socially!  

Dates: World Music: June 18–22 OR July 16–20 from 9 a.m.–noon; Piano Orchestra: June 11–15, 9 a.m.–noon; Guitar Orchestra: June 11–15, 9 a.m.–noon; Composition & Improvisation: June 4–8 OR July 9–13, 1–4 p.m.; Chamber Music: June 4–8 OR July 9–13 9 a.m.–noon; Choir Camp: June 25–29 OR July 23–27 1–4 p.m.; Intro to Piano: July 30 – August 3, 9 a.m.–noon; Intro to Violin: August 6–10, 9 a.m.–noon; Music From the Inside Out: June 18–22, 1–4 p.m.; Intro to Guitar: July 30 – August 3 OR August 6–10, 9 a.m.–noon; Broadway Musicals: June 25–29 OR July 23–27 from 9 a.m.–noon  

Location: 3918-C Far West Blvd., Austin  

Cost: $320 Website: www.orpheusacademy.com  

Contact: 512-231-8999


Round Rock Express Baseball Camps

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The Round Rock Express baseball camps offer big league quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game of baseball and softball. Express baseball and softball camps range in ages and offer opportunities for all skill levels. We pride ourselves on providing high-level baseball and softball instruction from knowledgeable and experienced coaches. Express camps aim to develop the complete ballplayer by not only focusing on the physical skill sets, but leadership and mental skills as well.  

Dates: Various camps available all summer long  

Location: Dell Diamond in Round Rock  

Cost: $99 and up  

Website: www.roundrockexpress.com  

Contact: camps@rrexpress.com

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp

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How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what a child can learn without the distractions of the modern world.

Campers may choose to sleep in Sherwood Castle (yes, it’s a real castle) or in one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions (with nightly bedtime stories). We offer a healthy, kid-friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Our catering is performed by Brou HaHa, who has a solid history of serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies and a simpler way of life, while learning skills essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices will be available.

New in 2018: Sherwood Forest Family Summer Camp! This is a chance for your family to spend some quality time together, in the midst of the beautiful Nottingham Village. You’ll be exposed to numerous skills and trades of the Medieval era, which means you will be making things with your hands – and that doesn’t mean drawing a picture on your screen with your finger!  

Dates: Grown up camp, June 21–24; Family Camp, July 3–7; Youth Camp, July 8–28 (three week-long sessions)  

Location: Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade 

Cost: $795

Website: http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/summer-camp/youth-camp/  

Contact: teach@sherwoodforestfaire.com  

Discount: $25 discount for each of the following: *Paying tuition in full and completing all preliminary paperwork by March 31; each sibling after the first, if attending together; each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks; each new camper a prior attendee traps … err, gathers into the fold. Discounts are cumulative, so you can qualify for more than one of the above discounts. More details available on our website.

Sportball

Camps are so much fun with Sportball! Join us for a day or for the whole week. Sportball is designed to teach children the skills and confidence to get in the game of basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, football, hockey, tennis, and golf! Our coaches play a new sport each week or day at camp and break down skills into kid-sized bites of fun that promote the fundamentals and encourage teamwork. Older children also work towards scrimmage play.

Dates: March 12–16 (Spring Break), May 21 – August 31 (Summer Camps)  

Locations: WAYA, Hyde Park, Steiner Ranch, Clay Madsen Rec Center, Riverbend Center, more coming!  

Cost: $180–$360  

Website: www.sportball.us  

Contact: austin_info@sportball.us

Discount: 10% off. Must call to apply discount.

Summer at TexARTS!

Join TexARTS this Summer for a full schedule of camps offered to all ages! Light up the stage and enroll in the Youth Summer Musical of Shrek, Jr - a production based camp culminating to 5 live performances on our main stage (All Ages, June 11-24)! Also offering week-to-week Performing Arts Camps featuring a different theme each week including popular titles like “Best of Hamilton”, “Best of Moana” or “The Wizarding World of Potter”, just to name a few (Ages 7-12)! Other camps include Fantastical Sculpting, Minecraft, Pupeteering the Henson Way, Improv Comedy Camp, Ballet & Dance Intensives and much more!  

Dates: All Summer: June 4 - August 17  

Location: TexARTS, 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite 160, Austin, 78734  

Cost: $115-$900  

Website: www.tex-arts.org  

Contact: 512.852.9079 x104 or admin@tex-arts.org

Summer Spark
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Summer Spark day camps are designed to shift your child's mindset to embrace problem solving and failure through weekly hands-on challenges.

At Summer Spark, your children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure in school, a fundamental component of a strong foundation is missing in the lives of many children today.

There just isn’t time anymore for children to experiment, to tinker, to fail, to try again. Summer Spark creates this time. We present children with engaging problems, but no set solutions. We guide them in working with peers and seeking inspiration from what they see around them. We offer them encouragement and stimulate their imaginations with questions instead of answers. We provide simple materials and recycled trash so that the focus is on what they are able to create with their own hands.

Through these experiences, children have the opportunity to develop confidence, collaborate authentically with peers, and work through success and failure. We offer 10 different week-long programs designed specifically for elementary-age children.

Dates: Weekly camps available from June 4 – August 10  

Location: Downtown & South Austin  

Cost: $350  

Website: www.summerspark.com  

Contact: kaylie@summerspark.com  

Discount: Flexible Registration and Free Cancellation through May

Synergy Dance Studio - Summer Dance Camps

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Synergy Dance Studio offers preschool and school-age camps as well as dance intensives for the more experienced dancer. Themed summer dance camps are limited in size and are grouped by age and ability. An Austin dance studio that offers summer camps to ages 3 and up, Synergy Dance Studio strives to provide children with solid technical training as well as an enjoyable and creative dance experience.

We offer all levels of training, beginning through pre-professional. Our focus is promoting self-discipline, self-respect and most importantly self-confidence. Space is limited and camps will fill up, so reserve your space today.
Preschool Camps (age 3-5) Moana Preschool: May 29-June 1 (Tues-Fri) Elsa and Friends: June 25-29 My Little Pony: July 16-20 Leap: July 30 – August 3
Day Camps (age 4.5-10) Leap: June 4-8 Greatest Showman: June 18-22 Kids Bop: June 25-29 Moana: July 16-20 Pop Star Party: July 30-August 3

Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (age 8-14) All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: May 29-June 1 (age 11-18) Making the Video: June 11-15 (age 9-12) Triple Threat: Beg/Int July 23-27 (age 8-14) Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Beg/Int August 6-10 (age 8-14)
Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (age 8-18) All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: May 29-June 1(age 11-18) Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Int/Adv June 11-15 (age 10-18) Ballet/Modern Intensive: Beg, Int and Adv June 25-29 (age 8-18) Drill Team Intensive: Int/Adv July 30-3 Level (11-18)
Extended hours available upon request.

Dates: May 29– August 17  

Location: 3425 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. C1, Austin, 78746  

Cost: $200–$460  

Website: http://www.synergydancestudio.com/classes/summer-dance-camp  

Contact: 512-327-413

Topgolf Summer Academy

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Topgolf Austin is once again hosting Summer Academy! This is a week-long half-day program for kids ranging from 6 - 12. Choose from 11 different weeks and let our academy be tailored to your summer! Topgolf Summer Academy is a fun way to stay physically fit, mentally active and engaged with the community all while learning a great skill.

Dates: June 4 - August 13, 9 a.m. - noon  
Location: Topgolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing Austin, Tx. 78758
Cost: $199 per week, lunch included  
Website: https://kids-summer-academy18-topgolf-austin.eventbrite.com

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes

Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of park land, it features 2 lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and 3 indoor lodges. Our themed camps have the power to change the course of a summer and help kids develop in positive ways. We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment filled with new activities every day — all in the great outdoors.  

Dates: March 12–16 (Spring Break); June 6 – July 28 (Summer Overnight Camps), May 30 – August 15 (Summer Day Camps)

Location: 204 E. Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park, 78613

Cost: Day Camp, $188–$284; Overnight, $375–$749  

Website: camptwinlakes.ymcagwc.org  

Contact: 512-250-9622 option 6 To list your spring break or summer camp in the 2018 Camp Guide, please contact Catherine@LiveMom.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Adventure for All Ages at iFly

As one of the more unique activities on our Summer Fun Checklist, a trip to iFLY – Austin’s one and only indoor skydiving experience – is sure to be memorable. Located less than 20 minutes from downtown Austin, this adventurer’s dream makes an easy outing for all ages in your family. Just getting your very own flight suit is a kid-pleaser, to say nothing of soaring (with some serious speed) some 20-feet off the ground!

Looking good in the iFly gear and ready to FLY!
Prior to entering the ginormous wind tunnel that fuels your fun, you’ll watch a short video and receive lessons from your instructor. Then it’s off to suit up – complete with helmet, goggles and the occasionally needed hair tie. And in case you’re wondering about the young ones in your group, iFLY boasts that anyone aged 3 to 103 can fly – and they can back up that brag. We witnessed firsthand a 3-year-old-baby-bean of a girl take to the indoor skies after watching her older siblings – and she went higher than anyone else!



Be sure to keep in mind that iFly doesn’t have to be just a once in a lifetime, blue-moon experience. In addition to private parties and corporate events, they offer up STEM education field trips and repeat-flyer packages for those of you who catch the bug to catch more air. So grab a group or just your sweetie
and get up there.

Where: 13265 North US 183, Suite A, Austin (next to Phil's Ice House, Amy's Ice Cream and Baked by Amy's)
Contact: (512) 774-4359 or www.iflyworld.com
When: Monday-Thursday: 10am – 9pm; Friday: 10am-11pm; Saturday: 9am – 11pm; Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Cost: Package options start at $69.95 for 2 flights. All packages include gear and instruction from certified trainers.

Our Advice: Check out their package options and go with a group – you can divide up the flights and share the cost, saving some cash for a stop next door at Amy’s Ice Cream. Also be sure to wear lace-up tennis shoes (though they supply community pairs if needed) and really comfy clothing – maybe workout
gear even.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to School Bash at Catch Air

Summer is winding down! Celebrate the final days of Summer 2017 at Catch Air's Back to School Bash, happening on Friday, August 18, 2017.


Admission is only $5 all day long and kids get a free ice pop with each paid admission!

Can't make it for the Bash? Bring school supplies buy either Catch Air location for the month of August and get $2 off admission! Bring 3 small new school supply items or 1 large school supply item per every $2 off admission. Example of 3 small items: 1pack of pencils, 1 pack of crayons, 1 notebook. Example of 1 large item: 1 lunch box or 1 back pack, 1 three pack of Kleenex or 1 (large) pack of construction paper.

What: Back to School Bash at Catch Air Austin and Round Rock 
When: Friday, August 18, 2017 from 10am-8pm
Cost: $5 admission all day (can not be combined with any other offer).
More Information: Round Rock location- https://www.facebook.com/events/141877709736495/
Austin location- https://www.facebook.com/events/106924290021427

Austin Summer Musical: The Jungle Book

The Austin Summer Musical for Children's 2017 performance of The Jungle Book is coming to the BOyd Vance Theater August 12-27, 2017. The non-profit organization provides live musical theatre productions for the children of Central Texas as a way of fostering community, building interest and enriching the lives of children through music and theatre.

The fully costumed and choreographed production is presented FREE of charge. It is written, planned and performed by a board of community volunteers who share their free time to ensure that the children of Austin and Central Texas will be treated to a quality show.  There are 17 free public performances, produced for children ages 2-12. 

The Jungle Book

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

While the show is free, you do still need to have a ticket for entry to the theatre. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the show with online tickets available for select performances.

When: Saturday and Sundays, August 12-27, 2017
Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: Boyd Vance Theater, inside Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin

Tip: Arrive early to make sure you get a place in line to get tickets! Lines can be long and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Only six tickets allowed per family. Tickets are released 30 minutes before show time.

More Information: http://www.summermusical.com/

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where to Channel Your Inner Pinball Wizard



Minecraft may be king of video games for Generation Z, but that doesn’t mean your kids won’t love crushing you at Pac-Man. Luckily for us Gen X and Millennial parents, the arcade (old-school AND nuveau) is alive and well in Austin, and a great place to head on a rainy or super-hot afternoon.

Pinballz Arcade 
For a true 1980s arcade experience, you can’t really beat Pinballz. Put your dollars in the token machine, and spend a few hours reliving your middle school days playing Tron, Pac-Man, Skee-ball, Dig Dug, or one of literally hundreds of other video games or pinball machines. Your kids will love playing the games as well as trading in tickets for useless but fun prizes at the end of the afternoon.

Blazer Tag Adventure Center
In addition to laser tag shoot-out fun, Blazer Tag has an arcade with more than 50 games ranging from Pac-man to Guitar Hero.

Austins Park and Pizza
Load up your FunCard and hit the games up in this large arcade located in between Pflugerville and Round Rock. There's also bowling, Go-Karts, batting cages and more should the kids need a break from too many rounds of Asteroids.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Located in east Austin, this City of Austin-owned family/youth/event center has arcade games, bowling, skating and a food court. Note: Open Wednesday through Saturday only.

Ski Shores Waterfront Café
In addition to lake views, a playground, good food and craft beer, Ski Shores serves up a small but solid game room that includes Galaga, foosball and air hockey.


Spare Time Texas
Part bowling alley, part laser tag, and part arcade, this fun center in Pflugerville has a little something for everyone. A bit on the smaller side, the arcade features new games as well as old-school classics with cards that keep track of points that can be redeemed for prizes.

Main Event
If you’re looking for the superstore of kidtainment, Main Event is probably it. In addition to spending time in an arcade, you can bowl, rock climb, play laser tag, eat pizza, mini golf and engage in lots of other activities. Makes me tired just thinking about it.



High Five
High Five is a scaled-down version of Main Event with laser tag, video games, bowling and food. As a bonus, it’s still new enough that it feels squeaky clean and sparkly.


Gattitown
A perennial favorite for kids, Gattitown is that ace in the hole you can pull out on a day when tempers are short and no one can agree on what to do.

About the author: Jill Coody Smits is the author of Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas. A freelance writer of many things, she lives south of the river with her husband, daughter and two four-footed sons. After nearly 20 years in Austin, she is still in love with this little big town.