The 2016 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps In & Around Austin




It’s hard to believe it, but the evidence (aka SUNSHINE!) is clear…summer camp registrations are already opening up for Summer 2016! We have compiled a list of several types of fun local summer camps for your kiddos…including adventure and nature camps, sports and dance camps as well as learning and leadership camps. We hope you will find a great camp for your little ones to enjoy this summer and hope that it gives you a bit of a well-deserved mid-summer break!

Let us know if you’re a camp director and would like to be featured below. Our sponsored camps (featured below) supported the production of this 2016 guide and we are very thankful!

Know of a camp that’s missing and want to see it included below? Leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

t bar mT Bar M Camps

Type: Adventure & Sports

At T Bar M, the love of God meets the love of games. Kids are invited to play their hearts out, families are invited to connect, and adults are invited to relax and recharge, all in a Christian camp experience with new discoveries at every turn. We believe that if we train each heart, the body will follow. So come play with purpose at Day Camp, Sports Camp, Camp Travis, Family Camp or bring your group for a weekend retreat.

TBarM Austin Summer Camps

Earth Native Wilderness School

Earth Native Wilderness School

Type: Adventure

An outdoor education school offering fun programs for youth ages 3-17 to connect with the natural world. We teach skills to be safe, confident and resourceful in the outdoors that translate into greater empowerment in every day life. Some of these skills include fire and shelter building, knife safety and carving, and local natural history, plants and animals . Our mentor-ship encourages curiosity, adventure, friendship and team building. We foster environmental & community stewardship and respect for the ways of our ancestors through storytelling & the creation of our own stories from direct experience in nature. Summer camp registration is now open with opportunities for both day camps and overnight camps. Visit our website for details and registration:

OrpheusAcademy Orpheus Academy

Type: Music

Music camps at Orpheus Academy of Music provide a deep and wonderful experience for children of all ages and abilities. Camps at Orpheus are fun, taught by experienced, degreed music teachers and filled with exciting age-appropriate activities. Sign up today for the musical experience of a lifetime!

Camps are one week, Monday – Friday, and half day. Dates for each camp vary from June 6th to August 15th.


Fantastic Magic Camp

Fantastic Magic Camp

Type: Learning

Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids aged 5 through 12 in Austin, Texas, since 1993. Now featuring year round activities including Spring Camp (March 14-18), and Summer Camps (June 6 – August 19). One week sessions are $275 and two week sessions are $550. Opening time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with optional Magic Camp Rehearsal Time from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Rehearsal Time is $60 for a the one week sessions and $120 for the two week sessions. Registration info HERE.



Type: Learning/Leadership

Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in grades 4-8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during week-long sessions that are designed to help girls feel more confident as they navigate girlhood. Girls will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self! Camps being offered this summer are June 20-24- Calm, Cool & Creative, July 11-15- Strong, Bold & Assertive and July 25-29- Relate, Motivate & Celebrate.  All camps are $300 each and take place from 9-4pm with aftercare available. campGEN will be taking place at 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751. Learn more at




Type: Adventure

In the 22nd season of Kidventure Day Camp, we’re boldly taking the summer by storm, conquering the mundane, and defeating the ordinary. Our camp theme, called Summer Quest 2016, is our own Comic Book come to life and starts on June 6th ending on August 12th.

Each week provides our superheroes with a new and unique adventure. Never before has a Kidventure camp been designed for this much fun and more focused on bringing out the best character in each camper. Heroes aren’t born, they’re made…at Kidventure. We have locations in Round Rock, Westlake, Steiner Ranch, and Rough Hollow in Lakeway.
General registration for Kidventure‘s Summer Quest 2016 Day Camp begins at 9 AM on February 10. At that time, you and your hero will have the power to select their Summer Quest adventures. To register, please visit Kidventure, or simply call us at 512.263.8992.

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Mad Science Camps

Type: Learning

Designed with exciting, fun and hands-on science activities. Your child will become a junior scientist for the week, having the opportunity to experience a variety of science adventures and design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects. 9 different camp themes are available including robots, rockets, spy academy, camp eureka and more!  Mad Science has camp locations all over town.  Prices range from $150 – $325 per week – Register now: Pay Later!  Call 512-892-1143 for more details or visit:


The Scholar Ship

Type: Learning

Every week of camp at The Scholar Ship will focus on a new area of science, working towards mastery of the subject by week’s end.  Our hands-on camps cost $225, are Monday through Friday from 1-5pm, and include snacks, drinks, and take-home kits.  For more details, contact us at 512-382-7543 or [email protected].





Summer Spark

Type: Learning

Summer Spark offers weekly hands-on, problem-solving camps from June 6th through August 12th for rising 1st – 6th graders at Zilker Elementary School in south central Austin. Each week at Summer Spark features a different challenge which provides the opportunity to boost the 3Cs – creative problem solving, collaboration, and confidence. Whether designing a roller-coaster for a marble or building a car from recycled materials, campers apply creativity as they innovate, collaborate with peers in search of solutions, and gain confidence as they learn from set-backs.

rose&graceRose & Grace Mini Farm

Type: Nature

Located just off Bullick Hollow, Rose & Grace Mini Farm is nestled on 6 lil acres in Austin. We host Birthday Parties, Camps, pony rides, & Farm Visits throughout the year. Come on out and bottle feed and snuggle furry farm babies in our mini petting zoo.

Rose & Grace Mini Farm has ponies, chickens, baby goats, and more!

blue-frog Blue Frog School of Music

Get ready for Broadway! Blue Frog School of Music summer camps 2016 NOW ENROLLING!

We will sing, dance, act, and build scenery, costumes and props as we bring scenes from a musical to life! Join us for a summer of FUN!



Adventure & Nature Camps

Austin Waldorf School: Camp Roadrunner

Camp Balcones Springs

Camp Fire Adventure Camp

Camp on the Move

Camp Summit

Earth Native Wilderness School

Epic Adventures

Hawaiian Falls Camp


T Bar M Camps

Wet & Wild Adventure Camp 

Sports & Dance Camps

Austin Boxing Babes GIRLS Summer Camp

Dancer’s Workshop

Kula Yoga

T Bar M Camps

Texas Power Athletics

The Little Gym

The Little Yoga House

YMCA Austin

Learning & Leadership Camps

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Fantastic Magic Camp


Mad Science Camps

Musicians Woodshed

Patricia’s Table


School of Rock Summer Camp

Spilled Milk Social Club

Sticky Fingers Cooking Camp

Summer Spark

The Art Garage

The Scholar Ship


Young Peoples Workshops Camps

What camps are your kids’ favorites? Let us know!


  1. Hi. I teach children’s private art classes near downtown. We offer summer camps, weekly classes, holiday workshops, art bday parties, and ladies art nights. I teach a very process based curriculum, focusing on STEAM. All of our summer camps are full and wait listed, but I would be honored to be included next time. I also have a new art blog that covers some of what we do. Thanks, Amber- Wee Warhols

  2. Hello! I would be honored if you could list our FRENCH CAMPS in your Summer Camp guide this year! Please let me know how to do that. In the meantime, here is the camp info:

    At Live In French, we offer young people age 6-16 highly popular and effective French Immersion and Cooking Camps on a beautiful 7-acre South Austin ranch with farm animals.
    Through Live in French Camps, all participants get to live the language while acquiring the tools and confidence they need to continue to explore the language.
    [email protected]

    Advanced speakers are completely immersed in the language, while Beginners are taught the basics by a team of experienced native speakers (3 counselors to 10 campers this year!) through popular French songs, guided activities, and traditional games carefully selected to foster fluency.
    Depending on the camp, participants will also enjoy interactive cooking classes, French inspired breakfast and lunch, child yoga, knitting lessons, theater skits, reading, French games, exciting crafts, outdoors activities, zipline, and our animals:chickens, alpacas, and sheep!
    All get to immediately put their new vocabulary and expressions in real context, making French relevant, practical, and fun!

    Each camp is limited to 10 students for a personalized attention and increased learning so early registration is recommended as the camps fill up quickly.

  3. Please note that the Esther’s Follies School of Comedy is in its third year and registration is ope! We are a camp dedicated to learning the art of tomfoolery: comedy writing, improv, stand up and magic!

  4. Hi! You mentioned letting you know if you are a camp director and would like to be featured, let me know how to have a camp added! I am a director for Girls Soccer Camps at St. Edward’s University this summer!

    Also, TBarM Camps are amazing! Glad they are on here!


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