Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Giveaway: Launch Code After School Camp

This summer, introduce your kids to coding and computer science at one of Launch Code After School's summer camps! Launch’s classes are collaborative and creative with project-based curriculum that allows students to take ownership of their learning as they experiment with game development, drones, design and more. Concepts learned at Launch are immediately applicable and exciting.

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Types of courses offered for kids ages 7-14:
  • Coding & Programming
  • Robotics & Internet of Things
  • Mobile App Development
  • Game Development
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If you're unsure what camp to enroll your child in, see what the Best Tools and Languages for Kids Learning to Code are. Launch offers full and half day sessions in the mornings and afternoons. Mix and match one week camps to create the perfect summer schedule. Five locations are available throughout the Austin area. See all Launch Code After School summer camp offerings and locations here.


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Enter to win!

Launch Code After School is offering a giveaway for a half day summer camp, valued at $299. Complete the form below by 9 am CST on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The giveaway is valid for 2019 summer camps only. The prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 Camp Guide

Looking for a spring break or summer camp in the Austin area for you child? The 2019 Camp Guide features over twenty camps, from coding to dance, overnight options to jewelry making and rock climbing! 

Code Ninjas STEM Camps!

Transform your child's love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure. Code Ninjas Camps offer an immersive environment for kids ages 7–14 to explore and develop new skills, gain confidence, and have fun with friends. It's an unforgettable experience! Our Austin-Area locations, including Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Round Rock and South Austin, offer a variety of Spring Break and Summer Camps, including week-long, half-day and full-day options. There's a STEM Camp for every interest and every budget. 

As the largest kids coding school in the U.S., with over 340 locations opening nationwide, you can trust us to give the your ninja the best experience possible! Camp topics include App Builders’ Club, Drone Coding, Electrical Engineering with Snap Circuits, Game Builders’ Club, Hack Attack, Beginning JavaScript, Minecraft Create, Roblox Create, Robotics (Beginner and Advanced) and Website Building. Act now to save big with early-bird pricing. Topics, prices, and schedules vary based on location.

Visit www.codeninjas.com and find your your nearest center to learn more and register!  

Dates: Spring Break Camps: March 18 – 22; Summer Camps: May 27 – August 16 (Dates vary by location.)  

Locations: Cedar Park, 3621 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite 500, Cedar Park 78613 Pflugerville, 2100 Autumn Slate Dr., Suite # 100, Pflugerville 78660 Round Rock, 4500 E Palm Valley Blvd., Suite 104, Round Rock 78665 South Austin, 9911 Brodie Ln., Ste. 650, Austin 78748  

Cost: $59–$459; Prices vary by camp date, length and location  

Website:
Cedar Park: https://www.codeninjas.com/camps/tx-cedar-park
Pflugerville: https://www.codeninjas.com/camps/tx-pflugerville
Round Rock: https://www.codeninjas.com/camps/tx-round-rock-ryans-crossing South Austin: https://www.codeninjas.com/camps/tx-south-austin  

Contact:
Cedar Park: 512-910-5521 and cedarparktx@codeninjas.com
Pflugerville: 512-537-4948 and pflugervilletx@codeninjas.com
Round Rock: 512-710-7864 and roundrocktx@codeninjas.com
South Austin: 512-522-0707 and southaustintx@codeninjas.com  

Ages: 7–14 years  

Discount: Register now to save 15% with early-bird discounts!

The Coder School

The Coder School is Silicon Valley's #1 kids coding program brought to Austin, offering camps for ages 7–18 covering a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from Scratch and Python to robotics, AI, and web development. While we’ll do lots of on-computer learning, we’ll also take plenty of breaks, get some physical motion by heading outside (weather permitting), and even do some cool offline coding exercises! All our camps are held at our facility and leverage goodies from our year-round programs to create a uniquely collaborative environment where the kids work together, code together and have a rockin’ fun summer together!  

Dates: Spring break and summer dates available

Location: 3616 Far West Blvd. #109, Austin 78731  

Cost: $499 with early bird discount available

Website: http://austin.thecoderschool.com

Contact: 512-593-2729  

Ages: 7–18 years, varies by camp

Country Home Learning Center

Our extremely popular Summer Camp Program includes our incredible facility, 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. Each area encompasses unique opportunities and equipment for challenging “hands-on” learning and fun exploration. Our children spend fun-filled days on the move participating in activities that stimulate their creativity and spur their imagination!  

Dates: Camps are weekly, Mon–Fri, beginning May 24, 2019

Locations: South Austin: 6900 Escarpment Blvd., Austin 78749; North Austin: 13120 U.S. Hwy. 183 N, Austin 78750  

Cost: $214 per week, plus registration and activity/field trip fees  

Website: https://countryhomelearningcenter.com/  

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

Ages: 5 (must have completed kindergarten) –13 years of age. We also offer our regular program for children 6 weeks to 5 years.

Creative Action Summer Camps

Winner of “Best Camp” in the Austin Chronicle’s 2017 “Best of Austin” poll, Creative Action offers fun and engaging arts-based camps for ages 5–11. Led by experienced staff, our camps are offered at three convenient locations in Austin. For ages 5–7: With a variety of themes to choose from, our one-week camps build creativity and confidence. These camps are designed to be active, inspiring and fun! For ages 8–11: Our two-week academies are small in size to foster the development of this specific age group. Campers work closely with professional artists and go deep to master new art skills.  

Dates: June 3 – August 2  

Locations: North Location: Koenig Lane Christian Church, 908 Old Koenig Ln., Austin 78756; East Location: Creative Action, 1023 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 3, Austin 78721; South Location: Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin 78745

Cost: $295 for one-week camps and $590 for two-week camps  

Website: http://creativeaction.org  

Contact: 512-447-8773 or email enrollment@creativeaction.org

Ages: 5–7 and 8–11 years

Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps


Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, offers Spring Break Camp and week-long Summer Camps. These camps provides a safe and creative environment where kids and teens have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camps are led by professional artist and educator Lindsay Sanchez. Under her guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They will learn sawing, soldering, filing, hammering, drilling and much more. Students will create multiple jewelry pieces throughout the week and be encouraged to develop their own design skills.

Creative Side will host an end of the week art show where parents and family will be invited to join at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors and new friends, and view their child's artwork on display.  

Dates: Spring Break Camp: Making Connections, Mon–Wed, March 18–20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Summer Camps: The Torch, Mon–Fri, June 24–28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Copper Etching, Mon–Fri, July 15–19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Metal Casting, Mon–Fri, July 29 – August 2, 10 am. – 2 p.m.  

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

Cost: $245–$395 (payment plans available)  

Website: www.creativeside.org  

Contact: 512-799-0731 or info@creativeside.org  

Ages: 10–15 years old

Crux Crushers Camp

Get ready for the most exciting weeks at Crux Climbing Center! Crux Crushers Camps will provide youth with a safe environment to explore their skills in rock climbing while making new friends and building confidence. On top of it all, campers will participate in yoga, crafts and fun games!

Dates: Ages 6–9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 10–14, June 24–28, July 15–19, August 5–9; Ages 9–12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 17–21, July 8–12, July 22–26, August 12–16

Location: Crux Climbing Center in South Austin at 121 Pickle Rd., Ste. 100, Austin 78704  

Cost: Ages 6–9, $225 (members) and $275 (non-members); ages 9–12 $300 (members) and $350 (non-members) because of the extra hours.

Website: www.cruxcc.com/crux-crushers-camp  

Contact: 512-931-3911 ext. 2  

Ages: 6–12 years

Fantastic Magic Camp

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Every day at Fantastic Magic Camp is filled with fun, adventure and discoveries. We open every weekday at 8 a.m. for the arrival of campers, and the program starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Each day includes classes in magic, juggling, puppetry, and other variety arts, as well as a live magic show by some of Austin's best professional magicians. Our day ends at 4 p.m., and pick up time is 4–4:30 p.m., but for those who wish to stay longer, we offer an optional “Rehearsal Time,” running from 4–6 p.m., where campers can practice what they have learned that day with assistance and supervision from our counselors and staff.

Some words from parents of previous campers:

"This is the only camp that I've seen where my child embraced the creative process as well as social activities with confidence."

"Weeks after the camp my 6-year-old is still trying to impress us with magic tricks. He is now using his imagination to come up with new tricks. This camp gave him a sense of control he had not previously tapped into."

“Every year we return to Magic Camp. It's our first pick for camps and the kids always look forward to their sessions. Positive experience all around!Advertisement 

Dates: Spring Break Camp, for campers 5–12 years old: March 18–22 Summer Camp, for campers 7–12 years old: Session 1: May 27–31 (one week); Session 2: June 3–14 (two weeks); Session 3: June 17–28 (two weeks); Session:4: July 1–12 (two weeks); Session 5: July 15–26 (two weeks); Session 6: July 29 – August 9 (two weeks); Session 7: August 12–16 One-week camps: Magic Camp Jr., for campers 6 years old and under: Jr. Session 1: June 3–7; Jr. Session 2: June 10–14; Jr. Session 3: June 17–21  

Location: 7500 Woodrow Ave., Austin 78757

Cost: $325 for our one-week camps, $650 for two-week camps  

Website: www.magiccamp.com

Contact: 512-988-3045 or peter@magiccamp.com  

Ages: varies by camp, 5–12 years  

Discount: Multiple sibling discounts and multiple session discounts to all sessions are automatically applied if if available! (Only one discount per registration.)

Girls Empowerment Network - campGEN

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Girls 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 17–21; July 15–19

Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin 78701  

Cost: $330  

Website: www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org  

Contact: claudiaa@girlsempowermentnetwork.org  

Ages: Entering 3rd – 8th grades

Idea Lab Kids

With a brand new campus opening in North Austin for summer 2019 (8620 Burnet Rd.), the Idea Lab is a tremendous youth enrichment option for STEM Summer Camps. In addition, we operate out of several well-established schools and facilities, and we are continuing to grow with every year. At Idea Lab, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning. Our instructors teach through experience, and the difference is evident in the way our students excel at the academic level. Our camps are truly unique, and our weekly themes lead to a unique experience daily!  

Dates: Full Summer Program (weekly camps)  

Location: 8626 Burnet Rd., Austin 78757 (opening summer 2019)

Cost: $275 per week (Extended care options available from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)  

Website: https://austin.idealabkids.com/

 Contact: 512-710-5694  

Ages: 5–7 and 8–12 years

Jump! Gymnastics Camp

Imagine traveling the globe with a circus troupe, meeting friendly pirates, dining with princesses and princes, studying the great works of the Renaissance, and of course, trekking your way through the thick leaves of a tropical rain forest. Grab your passport and join Jeremiah Frog as he embarks on another adventure. Camp Jump! offers one-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 and dance. Voted Austin Family Magazine’s Most Fun Camp four times. Come find out why!  

Dates: Spring Break, March 18–22; Summer Camps run weekly May 28 – August 16  

Locations: 2117 West Anderson Ln., Austin 78757, and 6800 Westgate Blvd., Austin 78745  

Cost: Half-day, $230/week (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.); full-day, $280/week (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.); add extended day, $100/week (3–6 p.m.); add early drop-off, $50/week (8 a.m.)  

Website: www.JumpGymnastics.com  

Contact: 512-593-6226, north@jump-austin.com, south@jump-austin.com  

Ages: 3–10 years (must be potty trained)

Kidventure Summer Camp


Welcome to Kidventure Camp 2019 and the opportunity to part of a unique summer camp tradition. We’ve taken the very best of 24 years of Kidventure Summer Camps and are throwing a summer-long bash you’re invited to be a part of. Come celebrate a summer filled with old favorites, new friendships, and the opportunity to be a part of something very special. Kidventure provides summer day camp programs at four outstanding locations around the Austin area for kids ages 3–12, including Westlake, Lakeway, Sweetwater and Steiner Ranch!  

Dates: June 3 – August 9  

Locations: Camp Westlake, Camp Steiner, Camp Rough Life, Camp Sweetwater and our Famous Overnight Camps  

Cost: $265  

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

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

Ages: 3–18 years  

Discount: $100 on any overnight summer camp with code "love camp" at checkout.

Launch Code After School

At Launch Code After School, we make coding fun for kids ages 7–14. Our students learn basic to advanced coding and technology skills, giving them 21st century tools for creative expression. Our in-person classes and camps provide a collaborative and inclusive environment to launch your child ahead with the skills and habits of mind needed in the age of technology. Courses offered include: Coding & Programming, Robotics & Internet of Things, Mobile App Development, Game Development, Graphic & Web Design.

Dates: Multiple dates/weeks starting in June; AM and PM camps available
Locations:
  • West Lake Hills: 3801 North Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. D, Ste. #130, Austin 78701
  • Round Rock: Upward Bound Montessori School, 101 Fannin Ave., Round Rock 78664
  • Downtown: Headwaters School, 807 Rio Grande St., Austin 78701
  • Pflugerville: Concordia High School, 1500 Royston Ln., Round Rock 78664
  • St. Andrews Episcopal School (Central) 1112 West 31st St, Austin 78705
Cost: Starts at $299; payment plans available

Contact: (512) 337-6624

Ages: 7–14 years

Moolah U

Go from Idea to Market Research to PROFITABILITY! In just one week, campers work together as a team to build a real start up business and bring a product to market. They learn how to make and appreciate money by starting their own business in a fun, kid-driven, interactive environment. And they get to keep all the money they make! It's a mini-MBA for kids.  

Dates: All summer long, from June 3 – August 12  

Locations: All over Austin (Casa Chapala, St. Edward's, Sunset Valley, Capital Factory)  

Cost: $345–$370  

Website: https://moolahu.com/austin/camps/  

Contact: info@moolahu.com  

Ages: Youth 8–14 years; camps for teens in high school are also available.

Neuron Garage


When your children can think creatively, work collaboratively and respond resiliently, they can do anything. At the Neuron Garage, kids discover their potential through open-ended, hands-on building projects. Our campers repurpose everyday materials to solve fun, weekly construction challenges. Our carefully selected, thoughtfully trained staff empower them to find solutions in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Join in the building fun this summer at the Neuron Garage, and build foundational skills for a vibrant and expansive future!

We offer weekly camps for campers ages 5–12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the option to extend the day until 6 p.m. Campers are divided into groups based on age and activities are tailored appropriately. Some campers come for just one week, while others experience the benefits of our program all summer long. We have locations in South Austin, Hyde Park, North Shoal Creek, Cedar Park and Round Rock.

Neuron Garage (formerly Summer Spark) was founded by Kaylie Reed, a Montessori teacher, and Sam Reed, a serial entrepreneur. The husband-and-wife team has created a safe, supportive environment for hands-on learning, enhanced with best-practices Kaylie gleaned from studying neuroscience and education at Dartmouth and over a decade in the classroom.  

Dates: June 3 – August 9; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours until 6 p.m.  

Locations: South Austin (S. First & Oltorf), Hyde Park (45th & Red River), North Shoal Creek (Mopac & W. Anderson Ln.), Cedar Park (Anderson Mill Rd. & 620), Round Rock (Round Rock Ave. & N. Mays St.)  

Cost: $390/week  

Website: www.NeuronGarage.com  

Contact: Sam.Reed@NeuronGarage.com  

Ages: 5–12 years

Orpheus Academy of Music Summer Camp


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!  

Music Through Movement (ages 4 and up): 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 collaboration to grow musically and socially!  
World Music (ages 4 and up): 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 (ages 6 and up): 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!  
Intro to Piano (ages 6–9): 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 Guitar (ages 6–9): 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!  
Piano Orchestra (ages 8–18): Be a 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 (ages 8–18): 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 (ages 8–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn through creating our own music! Explore your full potential as a creative musician by working with outstanding composers and jazz improvisors. Bring your compositions to share or let us help you get started with something new!  
Movie Music Ensembles (ages 7–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn some of the most memorable and moving music ever written from your favorite films! Make music with your friends and build vital musicianship skills in this popular camp. Great for students looking for their first experience in chamber music!  Sign up early to help choose the movie themes!  
Composing for Short Film (ages 7–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn how to bring the drama on screen to life through creating your own music! Students will choose from several short films to inspire their musical expression while outstanding composers from the Austin community guide them to create memorable melodies and harmonies!  
Choir and Instruments (ages 6 and up): Learn vocal techniques, breathing, movement, and rhythm in this unique choral experience that will include music from famous composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky! Students will also have the opportunity to play instruments along with the choir, and all students will learn the fundamentals of choral singing!  

Dates: Movie Music Ensemble: (June 3–7, 9 a.m. – noon OR June 10–14, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Piano Orchestra: (June 10–12, 9 a.m. – noon); Guitar Orchestra: (June 10–14, 9 a.m. – noon); Composing for Short Film: (June 3–7, 12:30–3:30 p.m. OR July 8–12, 9 a.m. – noon); World Music: (June 17–21, 9 a.m. – noon OR July 15–19, 9 a.m. – noon); Broadway Musical: (June 24–28, 9 a.m. – noon OR July 22–26, 9 a.m. – noon); Music Through Movement: (June 17–21, 12:30–3:30 p.m. OR August 5–9, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Composition and Improvisation: (July 8–12, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Choir and Instruments: (July 22–26, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Intro to Guitar: (July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m. – noon OR August 5–9, 9 a.m. – noon); Intro to Piano: (July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m. – noon OR August 5–9, 9 a.m. – noon)  

Location: Orpheus Academy of Music, 3918-C Far West Blvd., Austin 78731  

Cost: $336 (+$25 registration fee)  

Website: www.orpheusacademy.com  

Contact: 512-231-8999  

Ages: 4–18 years, see above

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: $175 and up  

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

Contact: camps@rrexpress.com  

Ages: 6–14 years  

Discount: 5% off via code (5LiveMom2019)

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp

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.  

Sherwood Forest Family Summer Camp 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: Grownup camp, June 21–23; Family Camp, July 2–6; Youth Camp, Session I, July 7–13, Session II, July 14–20, Session III, July 21–27 

Location: Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade 78650  

Cost: $895  

Website: http://www.SherwoodForestSummerCamp.com  

Contact: director@sherwoodforestfaire.com

Ages: 7–16 years old  

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, where children can develop the skills and confidence to get in the game of basketball , soccer , baseball , volleyball , football , hockey , tennis , and golf ! Our highly trained coaches play one a day and break down skills into kid-sized bites of fun that promote the fundamentals and encourage teamwork . Older ages work towards playing real game scrimmages! Spring Break and Summer Camps!  

Dates: Spring Break and Summer Camps (May-August)  

Location: All of Austin, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Round Rock, North/South/Central Austin  

Cost: $150-$250  

Website: www.sportball.us  

Contact: 512-407-8814 or austin_info@sportball.us 

Ages: 3-10 years

Synergy Dance Camp

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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.  

Dates:
Preschool Camps (ages 3–5) Elsa and Friends: May 28–30 (Tue–Fri) Moana: June 24–28 Paw Patrol: July 15–19 Mary Poppins: July 29 – August 2
Day Camps (ages 4.5–10) Greatest Showman: June 3–7 Pop Star Party: June 17–21 Mary Poppins: July 8–12 Kids Bop: July 15–29 JoJo Siwa: July 22–26 Aladdin: July 29 – August 2
Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (ages 8–14) Triple Threat: Beg/Int, June 10–14 (ages 8–14) All Level Boot Camp/Technique: June 10–14 (ages 11–18) Jazz/ Hip Hop Intensive: Beg/Int August 5–9 (ages 8–14)
Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (ages 8–18) All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: June 10-14 (ages 11–18) Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Int/Adv, June 24-28 (ages 10–18) Ballet/Modern Intensive: Beg, Int and Adv, July 15-19 (ages 8–18) Drill Team Intensive: Int/Adv, July 29- August 2 Level (ages 11–18)
Extended hours available upon request.

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

Cost: $200–$460  

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

Contact: 512-327-4130  

Ages: 3–18, varies by camp

TexARTS Theatre & Academy Summer Camps

Half-day, full-day, mini camps & intensives in Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Visual Arts, Dance and more! Weekly sessions and every week has a different theme ! Looking for more? Star in our Summer Musical Production of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. June 3–16 at TexARTS in Lakeway—the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts!  

Dates: Spring Break: March 18–22; Summer Camps: Weekly June 3 – August 16  
Location: TexARTS, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Ste. 160, Austin 78734  

Cost: $115 per week, $900 for summer production  

Website: www.tex-arts.org

Contact: 512-852-9079 x104  

Ages: Mini Camps (ages 2–4); Musical Theatre/Visual Arts/Acting Camps (ages 5–14); Summer Musical & Intensives (ages 7–18)

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes

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Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE popular camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of parkland featuring two lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and three 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. The Overnight Campers will enjoy three nutritious meals a day, cabins with restrooms, shower and A/C plus a fantastic covered porch. Overnight camp sessions begin on Sunday afternoon and end on Saturday morning. Multiple weeks? Use our weekend stayovers! Campers can disconnect from the virtual world and connect with friends while exploring the nature trails, doing new activities, and pushing their limits all while under the safe and supportive care of our trained counselors.  

Dates: Spring Break Day Camp, March 18–22 (7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.); Summer Day Camp, Mon–Fri, May 28 – August 14 (7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.); Summer Overnight Camp, June 9 – July 27 (Sun–Sat); Summer Mini Overnight Camp, June 5–7, June 30 – July 2, July 5–6 (Day Camp completes the week); Summer Family Camp Weekend August 9–11  

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

Cost: Day Camp, $198–$230; Overnight Camp, $674–$749; Mini Overnight Camp, $384–$408  

Website: http://camptwinlakes.ymcagwc.org  

Contact: camptwinlakes@ymcagwc.org or 512-250-9622 option 6  

Ages: Day Camp ages 5–15 / Overnight Camp ages 7–16 / Mini Overnight Camp ages 6–13  

Discount: Save $25 on Overnight Camp: Use code FAIRO  

To list your spring break or summer camp in the 2019 Camp Guide, please contact Catherine@LiveMom.com.

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.
Many thanks to Springfree Trampoline for sponsoring the 2018 Summer Fun Guide. Springfree Trampoline is the world’s safest, highest quality and longest lasting trampoline that is supported by a 10-year warranty to create exceptional value for getting kids outside and active while giving parents peace of mind. The innovative and patented safety design features no springs, a flexible safety enclosure, a SoftEdge™ Mat that eliminates hard edges on the jumping surface, and a hidden frame, making it the only trampoline on the market that helps eliminate significant risks associated with trampoline injuries. Springfree is the only trampoline proven safe and recommended by two independent bodies, including CHOICE® in Australia and Consumer NZ.

 

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 to Westlake@brighthorizons.com 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.