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. Read our feature story about ZACH Summer Camps.

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. 

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 in Downtown Austin. Read all about it and get a discount code for enrollment!

Paramount Summer Camps — Named the winner of the 2018 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll for Best Summer Camp, this program invites kids and teens to dive into the world of theatre and explore acting, singing, dancing, creative writing, production design, and performance. Choose from 12 exciting weeks of summer camps for students entering 1st grade all the way through high school. The sessions are held in convenient locations all around Austin, all with a final performance that takes place with fanfare at the downtown, historic Paramount Theatre. Read our feature story on Paramount 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.

The Austin Artery — School-aged children get to nurture their creative energy at Austin Artery’s weekly camps that focus on creative process, tapping into each child’s love of learning, critical thinking skills, and collaboration. Students get to paint, sculpt, illustrate and write at these fun day camps. With locations North, South, Central and Cedar Park, kids all across Austin can enjoy Austin Artery’s programs with themes such as claymation, fiber arts, origami, pop art, and more. Read on for much more info about the Austin Artery’s Camps.

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 on for more details about Film Kids Summer Camps.

Globetrotter Kids — Enroll the kids in a camp that teaches them about other countries with fun lessons about culture, history, language, all while enjoying art projects and games, snacks and special guests. Choose from a week of camp for ages 6-11 that explores Peru & Spain or a week focusing on Morocco & France, both held in Central Austin in June. Each week also ends with an art exhibition and reception! Read on for more details about Globetrotter Kids Summer Camps.

Enjoy the great outdoors with some nature-focused adventure camps! Go kakaying, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, bird-watching, crafting and more…

Earth Native Wildnerness School Camps — Get your kids out into NATURE this summer with Earth Native Wilderness School! Your kids will explore secret spots, track animals, play nature games, splash around in onion creek, and learn cool outdoor and wilderness survival skills! Choose from 3 themed day camps at McKinney Falls State Park — and now Walnut Creek Metro 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 Balcones — Camp Fire’s summer day camp is held at Emma Long Metro Park where kids get the full summer experience: swimming, hiking, making friends, and enjoying nature. Each week features a different science theme, art projects and build outdoor skills, such as kayaking, native plants and wildlife, and archery. Camp Balcones is a great place for any kid who wants to explore the outdoors. Read about camp themes, drop-off locations and more in our feature story about Camp Balcones.

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 10 – August 2 with a variety of themes such as ATX Foodies, Wet and Wild, Brushes and Beats, and more. Read our feature story on Camp 512.

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 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 park land featuring 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. Read our feature story on Camp Twin Lakes.

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 on about all of the 2019 camp themes and this year’s four locations.

IDEA Lab Kids STEAM Camps —  With a brand new campus opening in North Austin for Summer 2019 (8620 Burnet Rd) the Idea Lab is a tremendous youth enrichment option dedicated to providing the best STEM Summer Camp Experience in town. Operating out of several well established schools and facilities, they are continuing to grow every year. At Idea Lab, they take a hands-on approach to learning. Instructors teach through experience and the difference is evident in the way students excel at the academic level. Camps are truly unique, and different weekly themes lead to a unique experience every day! Ages: 5-7 and 8-12 years. Click here read much more and learn about all the camp themes and locations.

Neuron Garage — In this award-winning camp program, kids ages 5-12 can discover their potential and build foundational skills for a vibrant and expansive future through open-ended, hands-on building projects. Campers repurpose everyday materials to solve fun, weekly construction challenges. Thoughtfully trained staff empower kids to find solutions in a fun, collaborative atmosphere at 5 Austin-area locations. Read about all of this summer’s exciting challenges in our feature story about Neuron Garage camps.

Launch Code After School — Students learn basic to advanced coding and technology skills, giving them 21st-century tools for creative expression. The curriculum allows students to take ownership of their learning as they experiment with game development, drones, robotics, design and more. Launch offers full and half-day sessions in the mornings and afternoons. Mix and match one-week camps to create the perfect summer schedule with convenient locations throughout the Austin area. Read our feature story on Launch Camps.

Mad Science of Austin — Mad Science Summer Camps allow children ages 4-12 to uncover the secrets of spies, step into the shoes of an engineer, blast off rockets like an astronaut, rewire robots and so much more.  Mad Science offers 11 different summer camps to choose from at location all over Austin! Each week-long day camp, includes a combination of in-class discovery, outdoor games, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. Read our feature story on Mad Science Camps.

iD Tech — Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, and more! Sign up for weeklong, day or overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. With just 5-10 students per instructor, students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace.

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.

Crux Crushers Kids Climbing 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! Get all the details in our featured story about Crux Camps…

All-Star Sports Camp — Kids ages 5-12 have the opportunity to learn teamwork and sportsmanship through a variety of fun team-based games & activities. Under the guidance of trained coaching staff, your child will be able to develop their athletic skills, discover new interests, and make lots of friends during their time at camp! All abilities welcome! Choose from South and North Austin locations. Read all about the activities included in All-Star Sports Camp in our feature story.

Quest ATX Water Sports Camp — At this unique camp, kids and teens ages 7-17 will learn to wakeboard and experience loads of other water fun in a SAFE, fun, supportive environment from experienced and professional staff. No equipment or experience is necessary. Kids can enjoy a variety of water activities including the beginner and intermediate/advanced cables, rope swing/blob, kayaks, paddle boards and a new water park opening this summer. Transportation is also available from North & South Austin. Read our feature story on Quest ATX Summer Camp.

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. 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.

Bright Horizons® Camp Explorations — Children ages 3 – 12 years will enjoy action-packed days, experiment with science and technology, engage in the creative arts, discover nature, and explore the world. With experienced teachers, a curriculum based on each child’s interests, engaging projects and activities, special visitors, and more, summer will be fun and educational at the same time. 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.

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 one or two-week session of Fantastic Magic Camp, teaching life skills and confidence through magic in Austin since 1993, 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 and engage in fun hands-on activities. Read our feature story on Magic Camp.

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp — Kids can learn sword fighting, archery, blacksmithing, chainmaille making, leatherworking, theatre, woodworking, and more at this medieval-themed overnight summer camp. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life (away from modern entertainment devices) and get to sleep in the in Sherwood Castle or one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions. Read our feature story on Sherwood Forest Camp.

Want to see your camp featured in this Summer Camp Guide? Contact sharon@do512.com.