Choose your own camp adventure: Find the one that’s right for you

By Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com

Kids, what do you want to do this summer? It might seem like it’s months away, but now is the time to ask that question and figure out your summer camp schedule.

Today, we offer a choose-your-own-adventure guide to summer camp with just some of the offerings that might fit your kids’ personalities. Find more possibilities at campguide.austin360.com.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Hilary Stokes, 8, draws SpongeBob on her portfolio during art camp at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016
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IS YOUR CHILD A MINI PICASSO?

Check out these art camps.

 

Austin Art Garage

Ages: 4-16

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with extra care available at 9 a.m. and until 6 p.m., one-week camps, June 4-17

Where: 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202

Cost: $269 a week

Information/registration: theartgarageaustin.com

 


 

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Ages: Kindergarteners through fifth-graders

When: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., or full-day camps, June 11-July 27

Where: 605 Robert E. Lee Road

Cost: $185 a week

Information: umlaufsculpture.org

 


 

Dougherty Art Center

Ages: 5-12

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in two-week sessions, June 11-Aug. 3. Before camp and after camp care available.

Where: Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Cost: $432 for two weeks, $50 additional for before camp and $50 for after camp hours

Information: austintexas.gov/dougherty

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI ISAAC NEWTON?

Check out these science camps.

 

Austin Science & Nature Center

Ages: 4-11 (half-day for ages 4-5; full-day for ages 5-11)

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for full-day in one- or two-week sessions, June 11-Aug. 17. Extended care available beginning at 7:15 a.m. and until 6 p.m.

Where: 2389 Stratford Drive

Cost: $200 standard price for one week, $150 for half-day camp, $250 for a camp with campouts

Information: austintexas.gov/ansc

 


 

Thinkery

Ages: 4-12

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for part-day pre-kindergarten-kindergarten sessions. Extended care beginning at 8 a.m. and going until 5:30 p.m. for $50, but not available at National Instruments. One-week sessions June 4-Aug. 17.

Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.; National Instruments, 11500 N. MoPac Blvd.; Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd.; International School of Texas, 4402 Hudson Bend Road; Emergent Academy, 1044 Liberty Park Drive.

Cost: $365 a week for first-graders through fifth-graders, $385 a week pre-kindergarten and kindergarten full-day, $80 off for part-day.

Information: thinkeryaustin.org

 


 

Mad Science

Ages: 4-12

When: 9 a.m. to noon, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; early drop-off at 8 and late pickup until 6 available, June 4-Aug. 17.

Where: Various locations throughout Central Texas

Costs: $160-$385 a week

Information: austin.madscience.org

 


 

GirlStart

Ages: Fourth through eighth grades

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weeklong camps, June 4-July 27

Where: 1400 W. Anderson Lane

Cost: $350 a week

Information: girlstart.org

Austin Zoo

Ages: 5-13

When:9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekly June 11-Aug. 17

Where: 10808 Rawhide Trail

Cost: $275

Information: austinzoo.org

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI MIA HAMM OR JORDAN SPIETH?

Check out these sports camps.

 

University of Texas Athletic Camps

Ages: First grade through high school

When: Various dates and times depending on sports, with some day camps as well as overnight camps

Where: University of Texas facilities

Cost: $300-$1,000-plus a week

Information: texassports.com

 


 

Crenshaw Athletic Club

Ages: 5 1/2 to 10

When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in three-week sessions; dates to be determined, but tentatively starting June 4, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6 (two weeks).

Where: 5000 Fairview Drive

Cost: $720-$750 for each three-week session

Information: crenshaws.com

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI GARY CLARK JR.?

Check out these music camps.

 

Mother Falcon Music Lab

Ages: 11-18

When: July 9-14, July 16-21

Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1112 W. 31st St.

Cost: $425 a week

Information: mfml.org

 


 

School of Rock

Ages: 6-18

When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekly June 4-Aug. 17

Where: 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 138

Cost: $550 a week

Information: locations.schoolofrock.com/austin

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI ROBERT RODRIGUEZ?

Check out this film camp.

 

Austin Film Festival

Ages: 9-18

When: Various time blocks 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 11-July 27

Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth St.

Cost: $195-$390 a week

Information: austinfilmfestival.com

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY?

Check out these acting camps.

 

Kids Acting

Ages: 4-18

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5-Aug. 25

Where: Various locations

Cost: Beginning at $335 for one-week sessions

Information: kidsactingstudio.com

 


 

Camp Paramount/Story Wranglers

Ages: Grade 1-10

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with care available at 8 a.m. and until 5 p.m., June 4-Aug. 10. Two-week camps with performance at the Paramount Theatre on the last day; Story Wrangles also write their script.

Where: Baldwin Elementary School, Murchison Middle School, Trinity Episcopal School and Maplewood Elementary School

Cost: $650 for two weeks

Information: austintheatre.org/camps

 


 

Zach Theatre

Ages: 3 1/2 through high school

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available, weeklong camps, June 4-Aug. 16

Where: 1510 Toomey Road and 12129 RM 620 N.

Cost: $255-$350 a week

Information: zachtheatre.org/Education

 


 

Fantastic Magic Camp

Ages: 5-12

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional extended stay from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., two-week camps, June 4-Aug. 17

Where: 7500 Woodrow Ave.

Cost: $590 for two weeks

Information: magiccamp.com

 


IS YOUR CHILD THE NEXT OPRAH WINFREY?

Check out these leadership skill-building camps.

 

Camp GEN from Girls Empowerment Network

Ages: Third through eighth grades

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18-22 or July 16-20

Where: 901 Trinity St.

Cost: $330 a week

Information: girlsempowermentnetwork.org

 


 

Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Ages: Kindergarten through high school

When: Various one-week day camps, one-week overnight camps and one-day STEM camps, June 4-Aug. 23

Where: Zilker Cabin in Zilker Park; Camp Texlake in Pace Bend Park; Camp Kachina in Belton; and Kodosky Service Center, 12012 Park Thirty-Five Circle

Cost: $195-$395 for a one-week camp

Informationgsctx.org

 


 

Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council

Ages: First grade through high school

When/Where: Cub Scout (elementary school-age) day camps at various times and locations throughout Central Texas in June; TechLab STEAM Day Camp for boys and girls at Anderson High School in June and July; Boy Scout Camp at Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop, weekly June 10-July 28.

Cost: $65-$320

Information: Cub Scout Day Camp (cubsummercamp.org), TechLab (techlab.camp), Boy Scout Summer Camp (lpsr.org)

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT?

Check out these building and engineering camps.

 

Summer Spark

Ages: Kindergartners through sixth grade

When: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with extended hours to 6 p.m. available, one-week camps, June 4-Aug. 10.

Where: Various locations

Cost: $350

Information: summerspark.com

 


 

Snapology Austin Lego/robotics camps

Ages: 4-14

When: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or stay for both sessions. Extended hours at some locations, various dates, May 29-Aug. 13.

Where: Austin Christian Fellowship, 6401 River Place Blvd.; Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Blvd.; Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive; Snapology Austin Discovery Center, 1910 Fort View Road; West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd.

Cost: $140-$175

Information: austin.snapology.com

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI MICHAEL DELL?

Check out these computer camps.

 

Coding with Kids

Ages: 5-17

When: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 4-Aug. 10

Where: Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Lakeway and Westlake locations

Cost: $279-$329 for half-day; $489-$549 for full-day

Information: codingwithkids.com

 


 

Digital Media Academy

Ages: 6-17

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weeklong camps and two-week camps, June 4-July 20.

Where: University of Texas

Cost: $645-$1,750, plus extra for overnight

Information: digitalmediaacademy.org

 


IS YOUR CHILD A MINI MARTHA STEWART?

Check out these cooking or farming camps.

 

Greengate Farms

Ages: 5-15

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weeklong camps in June, with care available before and after

Where: 8310 Canoga Ave.

Cost: $400

Information: greengatefarms.net

Bake Austin

Ages: 6-16

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 3 to 7 p.m. weeklong camps, June 4-Aug. 17

Where: 81706 East 38 1/2 St.

Cost: $325 a week

Information: bakeaustin.com

 


IS YOUR CHILD A MINI BEAR GRYLLS?

Check out this adventure camp.

 

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Ages: 5-15

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekly June 11-Aug. 10

Where: 1884 Texas 71, Cedar Creek; shuttle available from Lake Austin Boulevard

Cost: $225

Information: lcra.org

 


 

IS YOUR CHILD A MINI SHAUN WHITE?

Check out these thrill-seeking camps.

 

Rock About Climbing Adventures

Ages: 9 and older

When: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with a longer day on Fridays, one-week camps, June 4-Aug. 3

Where: Austin Greenbelt, 755 S. Capitol of Texas Highway

Cost: $399

Information: rock-about.com

 


 

Iron Horse Country Ranch Motorcycle Ranch

Ages: 8-15

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekly day camps, June 11-Aug. 24, and overnight camps

Where: Shuttle pickup from downtown, Georgetown, Cedar Park and Steiner Ranch to camp 18 miles north of Austin

Cost: $740 day camp, $1,380 overnight camp

Information: ironhorsecountry.com

 


 

Sky Candy

(aerial dancing and circus camps)

Ages: 6-13

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3

Where: 507 Calles St.

Cost: $400 a week

Information: skycandyaustin.com

 


 

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING MORE WELL-ROUNDED?

Here are some camps that give kids a typical summer camp experience with crafts, games, swimming and more.

 

Camp Double Creek

Ages: 4-14

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. one-week camps, May 30-Aug. 17

Where: 800 Double Creek Drive, Round Rock; 13 bus pickup spots around Austin

Cost: $355 a week

Information: campdoublecreek.com

 


 

Extend-a-Care For Kids

Ages: Elementary

When: 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. one-week camps, June 4-Aug. 10

Where: Various elementary schools throughout Austin and Hays County

Cost: $190

Information: eackids.org

 


 

YMCA Summer Day Camp

Ages: 4-14

When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29-Aug. 22

Where: Various locations including schools and YMCA centers

Cost: $178-$240

Informationaustinymca.org

 


 

KidVenture

Ages: 3-12 for day camps; 8-18 for overnight camps

When: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 a.m., with extra care available at 7 a.m. and until 6 p.m., weeklong day camps, June 4-Aug. 10

Where: Barton Creek Elementary; Club at Sweetwater; Community Center at Rough Hollow; overnight camps in Hunt, Rocksprings and Lower Pecos River

Cost: $255 for day camps

Information: kidventure.com

 


 

Contact Nicole Villalpando at 512-912-5900.