Looking for a great camp for your child this summer? The Do512 Family Summer Camp Guide can help you discover the perfect fit for your kids. Whether they want nature adventures, art activities, the chance to build robots, try science experiments, or dance, sing and act on stage — there’s so many varied options to explore in the Austin area. Browse listings below to help you find the best summer camp experience for your family.
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Let their creativity shine! From music lessons to theatre, dance, art, filmmaking, claymation, improv and more, there’s definitely a great camp in the area where you kids can express their artistic side…
ZACH Theatre – Camps for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Your kids can fill their days with music, dancing, acting, storytelling and laughter at weekly sessions offered by ZACH’s top-notch education department from. You’ll find exciting themes such as Camp Jedi, Disney Revue, Triwizard Tournament, Dr. Seuss, The Sound of Music and so much more.
Creative Action – Winner of “Best Camp” in the Austin Chronicle’s 2017 “Best of Austin” poll, Creative Action offers a wide variety of engaging activities which empower campers to envision and create their own art — all while promoting social and emotional development. Kids can enjoy visual arts, theatre, singing, dancing, and more. Camp also focuses on Creative Action’s 4C principles: to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders. Read our feature story on Creative Action camps.
Shutter Bugs – At this half-day photography camp, kids will learn how to use the camera, and have fun with polaroids, portraits, photo hunts, still life, lighting and art. They’ll also have time for painting, stamping, building, and more art activities. Read our feature story on Shutter Bugs camps.
Esther’s Follies School of Comedy — Students practice the fundamentals of sketch comedy, stand up comedy and improv, sing, dance, and enjoy some classic tomfoolery in a week-long camp for ages 8-16 taught by the talented cast of Esther’s Follies. Camps conclude with a performance on the iconic Esther’s Follies stage. Read our feature story on Esther’s Follies camps.
Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp — This popular camp for ages 9-18 offers screenwriting, filmmaking and claymation workshops. The critically-acclaimed program promises to teach, inspire and help kids and young adults create their very own fabulous, funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking short films. Campers turn their stories into films with the help of a supportive crew of peers. On the last day of camp, all students receive a DVD copy of their films for their portfolios and to share with friends and family. Full day and half day programs are offered from June 4 – July 27 in Downtown Austin. Read our feature story on this film camp and get discount info.
kidsActing — The award-winning summer camps for children ages 4-18 revolve around producing a show for family and friends. Kids will have plenty of fun while also learning how to audition, memorize lines, block scenes, sing and learn music, dance, perform stage combat, become a character and work as a team. Single and multiple week camps are available and focused on shows such as Treasure Island, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Beauty & the Beast and more. Read our feature story on kidsActing Camps.
Groundwork Music Ukulele Camp — Kids ages 8-12 can embark on a lifetime of musical skills with the Groundwork Music Project. In this unique one-week, half-day summer program, kids learn ukulele, sing, and more. They’ll 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. Ukuleles available to borrow at class or for sale. Read our feature story on ukulele camp and for discount info.
Film Kids — Kids ages 10-13 can enjoy a hands-on, student-driven filmmaking program designed to encourage creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills. Campers pitch original story ideas and participate in every role of the filmmaking process over one-week sessions to see their ideas come to life! All equipment is provided and campers get digital copies of all their films. Read our feature story on Film Kids Summer Camp.
Camp Paramount & Camp Storywranglers — Summer Camp with the Paramount Theatre encourages young people to explore acting, singing, dancing, creative writing, production design, and performance. Best of all, every camper will be featured in a final show on the historic Paramount stage. New this summer, all 2018 summer camps will be hosted at convenient locations throughout Austin. Choose from Camp Paramount for grades 1-10 with a focus on musical theatre or Camp Storywranglers for grades 3-8 with a focus on sketch comedy. Read our feature story on Paramount Theatre’s summer camps.
Tarrytown Dance — Weekly half-day camps are designed for young dancers, ages 3-6. Each fun-filled week will explore a different theme in a safe, creative space for dancers to do arts and crafts, dress up, play games as well as learn and perform choreography in a show for parents at the end of each camp. These camps are a great introduction for future success in dance and fine arts. No previous dance experience required. Read our feature story on Tarrytown Dance Preschool Camps.
ARTtv Summer Film Camp — Kids ages 8-15 have the opportunity to explore filmmaking through a multi-disciplinary lens. Four camp sessions, held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., are available from June 4 – July 20, and each session highlights a different focus — from animation to comedy & improv, and more. Daily activities allow campers to create films and original art over the course of a week. Campers have the chance to showcase their work to family and friends at a screening on the last day of each session.
Mudcat Puppet Camp — Learn puppetry skills at this exciting day camp led by puppeteer Kevin Long who has been building and performing with puppets for 20 years. Campers ages 6 & up will work with disciplines including sculpture, music, math, design, painting, woodworking, problem solving, acting, public speaking and more. Choose from 5 weeks of hand puppet making for ages 6 & up or two sessions of giant puppet-making for ages 10 & up. Read our feature story on Mudcat Puppet Camps.
The Hideout Theatre Improv Camps — Kids and teens ages 5-18 can learn the basics of improv, storytelling and stagecraft. Each day they will perform scenes, make crafts, create stories and generally have a blast! On the final day of camp, they get to show off their amazing new skills in a performance for friends and family. Week-long camps are held June, July and August. Read our feature story on The Hideout Theatre’s Improv Camps.
Earth Native Wilderness School Summer Camps — Choose from Earth Native’s selection of unique outdoor nature camps that get kids outside exploring, connecting, and learning old-school style. Earth Native taps into innate child’s passions to inspire learning and outdoor play that leads to adventure and deep long term connections to the outdoors. Choose from 3 themed day camps at McKinney Falls State Park for ages 3.5 – 12 or experience one of the overnight camps in Bastrop for ages 9-12. Read our feature story on Earth Native Wildnerness School camps.
Camp Fire’s Camp Balcones — Austin’s premier urban nature and science day camp sparks curiosity and inspires learning in kids ages 6 – 12 years old at Emma Long Park. Each week features a STEM-based nature or science theme in addition to swimming, hiking, games, archery, creative expression, and other fun-filled activities. Children explore nature, identify plants and animals, and have fun with unstructured play in a safe environment with new friends and camp instructors. Read our feature story on Camp Balcones.
Camp Champions — Kids can have a blast at this residential summer camp on the beautiful waters of Lake LBJ in Marble Falls, Texas. Kids can enjoy over 40 exciting adventures and activities such a sailing, kayaking, zip-lining, horseback riding, archery, art, music, dance, and so much more — all in a tech-free environment and led by caring, trained counselors. Camps are open to children finishing Kindergarten through 12th grade and can choose from 1, 2 or 3-week sessions. Read our feature story on Camp Champions.
Camp 512 — Kids get to explore Austin through adventure and fun at this week-long day camp for grades K – 8. Campers get to learn about Austin’s rich history, cultural diversity, and plethora of natural wonders with exciting field trips every day! Camps are held June 11 – July 27 with a variety of themes such as Secret Agents of Austin, Mad About Music, Animal Science and more. Read our feature story on Camp 512.
Build rockets, robots and video games. Learn the basics of programming, engineering. Tinker and create. Learn about ocean exploration, space, chemistry, and more…
Thinkery – Perfect for Pre-K–5th grade campers, Thinkery Camps spark curiosity and inspire creative learning through hands-on fun and discovery. Kids can build a robot circus or explore the creative side of coding. Or choose from a variety of other innovative camp themes to challenge and inspire kids. Read about this year’s five new camp locations.
From basketball to cheerleading, bmx biking, surfing, martial arts, parkour, indoor rock climbing, gymnastics and much more — there are plenty of camps to keep the kids active all summer long.
There’s many unique hands-on opportunities — try cooking classes, build with LEGOs, learn a new language, try gardening, or keep up with math, reading and school studies over the summer months at an educational camp…
Austin Waldorf School – Give your children, ages 6-12, the gift of a classic hill country summer this year at Camp Roadrunner. The 19 acre campus in southwest Austin provides campers with trees to climb, trails to explore, an art studio, gymnasium, and performing arts center. Earth friendly crafts, field trips, science experiments, and time in nature help children make the most of their summer vacation. Read our feature story on Austin Waldorf School camps.
YMCA Camp Twin Lakes – Featuring a wide variety of both water and land activities, Camp Twin Lakes has something to excite everyone with both day camp and overnight camp options. Kids can enjoy exciting camp themes such as basketball, gymnastics, swimming, fishing, cooking, jewelry-making, robotics and much more at this 55-acre campground in Cedar Park. Read our feature story on YMCA Camp Twin Lakes.
JCamps – For toddlers to tenth graders, JCamps promotes self-confidence, individuality, creativity, strong character and a sense of connection to the community. Activities include Archery, Arts & Crafts, Dance, GaGa, Gymnastics, Israeli Culture, Lego Robotics, Music, Nature, Overnights, Performing Arts, STEAM, Shabbat, Sports, Swimming & Swim Lessons. Held on their 40-acre campground in Northwest Austin. Not Jewish? No problem. JCamps are open to all! Read our feature story on JCamps.
Extend-A-Care for Kids’ Summer Day Camp – Located at a variety of elementary schools, this day camp focuses on the whole child experience and provides an environment to allow children to have positive social experiences with activities for social emotional learning, physical activity, creativity, voice and choice and other enrichment activities. This year’s theme “Around the World in 50 Days” will allow campers to embark on a multicultural fantasy voyage around the world, participate in a various clubs, field trips, project-based learning, LEGO challenges, and in EAC’s unique MakerSpace zone with STEM challenges. Read our feature story about Extend-A-Care for Kids’ Summer Camps.
Bright Horizons® Summer Camp — Summer programs at Bright Horizons are offered for children ages 3 – 12 years old. The fun curriculum incorporates surrounding communities and special visitors. With the use of technology integrated throughout the programs, children can explore nature, experiment with science, and engage in the creative arts, all while learning about the world around them. Convenient locations in Austin, Round Rock, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, and more. Camps offered at a flexible schedule — available weekly or for the whole summer. Read our feature story about Bright Horizons’ camps.
Camp Fun Brain — Camp Fun Brain is where reading and STEAM collide for a great summer camp experience full of learning activities for ages 5-10. At CFB, the primary focus is reading because it gives kids a leg up in anything they want to accomplish, enjoy, or become in life. Through creative play, the staff at Camp Fun Brain weaves literacy into STEAM based activities. Choose from North, South and Central locations with different themes for each week of camp. Read our feature story about Camp Fun Brain.
In Austin, we embrace the “weird”, non-traditional, fun aspects of life. Of course, there’s camps that keep to the classic Austin vibe. Try beekeeping, learn magic tricks, be a farmer for a week, camp overnight in a Renaissance castle, or even let the kids take your dog to camp with them…
Fantastic Magic Camp – Add a little magic to your children’s summer plans! You can enroll them in a two-week session of day camp at Fantastic Magic Camp where they’ll learn tricks, juggling, jokes, puppetry and more. Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy this special time where they’ll make new friends, learn new skills and build confidence as they engage in fun hands-on activities. Read our feature story on Magic Camp.
Summer Spark — Voted the Best Overall Camp of 2017 by Nurture My Child,Summer Spark day camps for ages 5-12 are designed to shift your child’s mindset to embrace problem solving and failure. Children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. Through these experiences, kids have the opportunity to develop confidence, collaborate authentically with peers, and work through success and failure. 10 different week-long programs are offered at both downtown and South Austin locations. Read our feature story on Summer Spark camps.
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