Camp & Summer Guide

Animals

Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary

Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo, with over 350 animals across a hundred different species and is a forever home for our rescued animals. Check our website for "Daily Zookeeper Talks" schedule, a map of the zoo, and tips for planning your visit. You can purchase tickets online before you visit!

Zoo memberships and gift certificates are now available. We also offer birthday parties, camps and field trips.

Our outreach programs where we bring the zoo to you can be tailored to fit a variety of age groups and settings. From schools to retirement homes to company events to camps, our programs will both educate and entertain! Each outreach program includes meeting several of our ambassador animals up close and personal! To schedule an educational program visit or to get more information, please email our Education Manager at education@austinzoo.org.

All aboard! There is a train at the zoo that is appropriate for all ages. Train ride tickets must be purchased separately at the Train Depot in the zoo when visiting.

Check our website for special events like our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, a special Fall event "Boo at the Zoo", Saturday Camps, fundraisers and more!

Enjoy the Austin Zoo all year and support our animals and efforts by purchasing an annual membership. Annual pass holders receive unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase as well as a 10% discount at the Gift Shop, and your guests only pay $11.95 for admission (up to 8 guests) when accompanied by you!

The Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is accredited by ZAA, the Zoological Association of America.

Art

Cordovan Art School and Pottery Parlor

Don't forget to add CREATIVITY to your child's schedule! Enroll in an Art Class at one of 6 Cordovan Art School locations. Classes at Cordovan Art School will explore all media and are for kids, homeschoolers, teens, and adults at all skill levels! Join a class today to learn, make new friends, and grow as an artist or reserve your spot in a school break art camp!

Want to try a class out? Visit our website to sign up for one free trial class!

Our Cedar Park, NW Austin, & SW Austin locations offer walk-in paint your own pottery. Fun for the whole family!

Also be sure to check out our great party packages. We can help you celebrate birthdays and other occasions in a creative way! We have several packages to choose from or work with us to create a custom party or event that is tailored to you. It is also possible to reserve the entire studio for you special event or party.

Six locations in our area: Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, NW Austin, SW Austin, Lago Vista
We create artists! Come visit us.

Imagine Arts Academy

We combine daily art projects with real-world problem-solving activities for a one-of-a-kind experience. We also offer birthday parties, art camps & after school activities.

Music Boss

Music Boss is a music and art school that offers individual or group lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele and art for all ages.

Nili's Art Studio

Nili's Art Studio is offering 28 Art & STEAM Summer Camps featuring themes such as sculpture, ceramics, wood burning, spray painting, sewing-stitching-embroidery, cake decoration, mixed media, robotics, charcoal, fashion design, sketching, canvas, watercolor and more. These camps are designed to inspire, engage, and enhance artistic skills, fostering creativity and imagination among like-minded peers. We have specially designed 3 spacious classrooms equipped to host a variety of half-day and full-day camps, with extended care options for 3 distinct age groups. Join us at our tinker place for creative minds this summer, where we nurture artists, creative thinkers and future entrepreneurs.

In addition to our summer camps, we offer yearlong unique classes that explore traditional and a range of lesser-known art forms for, both, kids and adults, catering to both beginners and advanced practitioners. Our studio serves as a vibrant venue for paint parties, corporate events and fundraisers, each event crafted to unite the community through art, while supporting local causes and fostering individual creative growth.

The Art Garage

The Art Garage is a walk-in art studio offering over 250 items for paint-your-own-pottery, mosaics, glass fusion and more. We are the perfect place for art parties, camps, events, and expanding your artistic expression! Whether it's a corporate event, your child's birthday party, or attending a workshop about a technique you've always wanted to try, there is a creative outlet for you at The Art Garage! Art Camps also offered for ages 6-12.

Dance

Dancers Workshop

Start, Stay, and Grow with Dancers Workshop! We offer dance classes and camps for age 2 to adults plus summer camps and intensives. We also offer creative dance and combo classes for preschoolers, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, drill team prep, tap and more. Dancers Workshop is the home of Ovation Ballet Company & Creative Culture Dance Company. Visit our website to learn more and register for classes and camps.

Georgetown Palace Theatre Education

Afterschool & Weekend Classes in Acting, Vocals, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Improv, Sketch Comedy, Stage Combat, Acting for the Camera, Musical Theatre & Audition Technique. Also offering school break camps with early drop off and late pick up options. Actors will experience a variety of enrichment classes led by performing arts professionals in addition to rehearsing exciting, age-appropriate shows. All sessions culminate in a public performance. Adaptive classes and camps also available.

Leap of Joy

Leap of Joy is all about moving to empower at-risk youth through dance and theater arts, because everyone deserves a chance to dance! Leap of Joy offers dance and theater arts after school and summer camp enrichment programs to children, ages 4 to 14, in under-served schools in Austin. We teach all styles of dance including modern, tap, ballet, creative movement, hip hop, performance and theater arts.

Synergy Dance Studio

Come join us for an enjoyable and creative dance experience. Synergy Dance Studio offers classes along with weekly preschool and school-age camps as well as dance intensives for the more experienced dancer. Come dance, sing, paint and party with us. Space is limited and camps will fill up so reserve your space today!

The Dance Gallery

"I believe that children who study the art of dance gain more than just coordination and grace. More importantly they learn positive life lessons. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to pass down the tradition and love for the art that was given to me to the next generation of dancers." -Christine Hayes, Owner/Artistic Director of The Dance Gallery. Offering year round classes & summer camps. Sign up early to get the classes/camps you want!

Gaming

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy is Austin’s favorite destination for gaming and the latest in comics, graphic novels, role playing games, CCG’s and more! We are family-friendly, offering very popular summer and school break camps and also game events for kids and for families. With more than three decades of experience, at Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy we are proud to continue to serve our community with a commitment to be the best place to relax and have some fun in the greater Austin area. We also host gaming camps in the summer!

General / Themed Day Camps

Ashley's Playhouse

Ashley's Playhouse is for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. They will love this magical drop-in childcare center, complete with a treehouse, cinema room, loving staff and extended hours. After school pick-up from Anderson Mill and Live Oak Elementary. Now offering a year round Preschool Program for ages 3 & 4. Stop by for a tour anytime! Open Monday - Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday 8am-10pm, Sunday 11am-7pm. Mention code AKD and get $10 off your registration fee.

Country Home Learning Center

What are you doing After School? Offering After School, Summer Camps, Educational Programs and more! Since 1982, Country Home Learning Center has earned a reputation in the Austin child care community for providing the very best in quality education. Our individual classes are age-divided, with exceptionally small class groups. We offer a fully accredited educational program in a first-class facility, where a warm and caring staff utilizes a professional curriculum and the very best in educational toys and equipment. Come by and see why we are the premier Austin preschool of choice!!

German International School of Texas at Austin

German International School of Texas at Austin offers a program for kids age 3 - 2nd grade. They provide high quality early learning experiences in both, German and English language instruction, to prepare your children to be successful. Children who arrive at Kindergarten prepared to learn perform better throughout school and complete more years of education. Applications are now available at www.germantexans.org. GTHS also offers German Language classes and has been teaching German to all ages since 1995.

Hope Children's Center

Hope Children's Center is a community-oriented, licensed childcare facility serving ages 18 months to 12 years. We offer high-quality, part-time preschool, after-school programs and summer camps in a warm and inclusive environment featuring music classes, STEAM lab, imaginative play space and chapel services. Our highly trained teachers offer developmentally appropriate curriculum giving growth opportunities for the whole child.

My Time Kids Academy

My Time Kids is a locally owned, licensed year-round preschool where self esteem, imagination, self-awareness and social bonds are nurtured . The curriculum at My Time Kids is designed to foster a child's innate desire to move, create, explore, pretend, and have FUN learning! We serve children ages 3 through 6 in our year round preschool program.

We also offer Summer Day Camp ages 3 years (potty trained) through incoming 1st grade that includes themed weeks, in-house field trips and specials guests.

Families love My Time Kids Academy, visit our website to hear what everyone is saying about us or schedule a tour to see for yourself. Now 2 locations - Bee Cave and Spicewood next to Bee Creek.

Primrose Schools

At Primrose, you'll discover a childhood education approach unlike any other. Our proprietary, accredited curriculum assures that children are nurtured emotionally, physically and intellectually. Primrose teachers help your child feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that leads to a lifelong love of learning. Infants - private Kindergarten & After School with 17 locations in the greater Austin area. Primrose Schools also offer a Summer Adventure Club where children try a variety of hands-on activities—like sports, robotics and arts—that help build skills around literacy, creative problem solving, STEAM and more.

Snapdragon Preschool

Snapdragon Preschool is a play-based learning experience for ages 2-5 that offers small class sizes and child-led STEAM learning. Snapdragon is one of the only preschools in town providing extracurricular activities at no extra cost. Basketball, football, soccer, yoga, and martial arts are all available with a strong foundation of gymnastics using real equipment and highly trained instructors to hone lifelong physical skills like balance and coordination. Now offering three locations - north Austin, south Austin and the Domain.

Stepping Stone School

Stepping Stone School is a comprehensive early care and education program that profoundly nurtures children and prepares them for lifelong success. Locally owned and nationally accredited, the school includes 16 campuses in the Austin metro area. We teach a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum that incorporates elements such as touch screens, chess, dance, and dual language immersion to develop the whole child. We are committed to uncompromising standards of excellence and partnership with families to help children learn and grow. Tour our campus today! We also offer school break and summer camps!

The Children's Center of Austin

Welcome to The Children's Center of Austin, providing the finest quality childcare and education for infants through pre-kindergarten, as well as after-school care for kindergarten through 5th grade and summer camp for ages 6-10. The Children's Center of Austin is a safe, clean and nurturing setting with a theme-based educational curriculum designed to promote learning and exploration in a warm and fun environment. Both of our locations feature controlled access, separate classrooms, shaded playgrounds, and fun activity areas for art, swimming and extracurricular activities.

The Magic Dragon Preschool

The Magic Dragon Preschool offers a year round preschool with high quality education, high academic standards and character building in a caring, bilingual and creative learning environment. They also offer after school care. A 4 Star Texas Rising Star Provider. They have a lovely 3 acre campus with gardens and a playground. Also offering a multicultural summer camp that includes cooking, language, tai chi, caligraphy, brush painting, etiquette, customs and oragami. Schedule a visit and see first-hand all that makes their preschool and camps so special!

Thinkery

Thinkery is leading the future of play-based STEAM learning by inspiring and equipping ALL children to be confident, creative thinkers. As a non-profit and children’s museum serving hundreds of thousands of families each year, Thinkery brings joy to learning so children can cultivate a lifelong love of learning and thrive. Now enrolling for summer camp!

WorkCastle

WorkCastle is a one-of-a-kind local business that recently opened in Austin offering exceptional drop-in childcare & co-working under 1 roof for children 18 months and up. Explore modern workspace and our safe and beautiful hourly childcare. We offer a variety of academic classes from art, music, theater to languages and robotics. No additional fees, you pay only for the time spent.

Gymnastics

Jump! Gymnastics

Jump! Gymnastics is Austin's most fun way to learn gymnastics and more! Join our amazing instructors for Preschool, After School, School Break Camps, Birthday Parties and Gymnastics. Jump! is a fully licensed child care facility led by a masters level teacher and our gymnastics coaches are certified and trained under the USA Gymnastics Training Program. Three locations in Austin area, north Austin, south Austin and the Domain!

National Elite Gymnastics

National Elite Gymnastics offers both quality recreational and competitive team gymnastics programs along with summer classes and camps. All recreational classes at NEG focus on safety, fun, and gymnastics. Children enjoy coming to N.E.G. for their weekly scheduled class day and time. Children are grouped by age and ability and we perform evaluations of all students every 4 months to determine growth and skill development. If you are interested in an individual evaluation please call our office to schedule an appointment!

Snapdragon Preschool

Snapdragon Preschool is a play-based learning experience for ages 2-5 that offers small class sizes and child-led STEAM learning. Snapdragon is one of the only preschools in town providing extracurricular activities at no extra cost. Basketball, football, soccer, yoga, and martial arts are all available with a strong foundation of gymnastics using real equipment and highly trained instructors to hone lifelong physical skills like balance and coordination. Now offering three locations - north Austin, south Austin and the Domain.

Language

Austin Spanish Academy

The best proven methodology for Spanish Language acquisition through immersion! Our program's goal is to empower students to use the Spanish language with confidence. Using our proven language immersion program, our classes create an environment where students learn the Spanish language the same way native Spanish speakers do from an early age. We offer year round classes for kids through adults along with fun themed camps.

Bilingual Minds Learning Center

Bilingual Minds Learning Center is the first Portuguese-English preschool in the Austin area. Inspired by the educational philosophy "Reggio Emilia Approach," Bilingual Minds offers and inclusive child-centered curriculum that promotes development in social, emotional, cognitive and language areas. Summer bilingual day camps also offered!

Casa de Ninos Bilingual Montessori School

Casa de Ninos Bilingual Montessori School offers Bilingual Montessori Education in NW Austin! The staff is mostly bilingual Spanish and English and Spanish is an integral part of the curriculum. Teachers introduce Spanish through songs, games, instructions, greetings and special lessons. Programs available for kids ages 3 mos to 6 yrs for full or half days year round plus afterschool care and summer camp for ages 6-12.

German International School of Texas at Austin

German International School of Texas at Austin offers a program for kids age 3 - 2nd grade. They provide high quality early learning experiences in both, German and English language instruction, to prepare your children to be successful. Children who arrive at Kindergarten prepared to learn perform better throughout school and complete more years of education. Applications are now available at www.germantexans.org. GTHS also offers German Language classes and has been teaching German to all ages since 1995.

INIC Preschool

INIC is a full-curriculum Spanish immersion preschool serving children 0-5 years old, with locations in Round Rock and south Austin. Also offering a super fun summer camp for ages 0-7 in Round Rock & Austin (7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily.)

Joy Park Montessori Education

Joy Park Montessori Education Children's House is a Chinese Immersion bilingual Montessori preschool, serving children aged 18 months - 6 years. Authentic Montessori education and structural language learning; highly qualified teachers and joyful bilingual children. Year-round programs and summer camps.

The Magic Dragon Preschool

The Magic Dragon Preschool offers a year round preschool with high quality education, high academic standards and character building in a caring, bilingual and creative learning environment. They also offer after school care. A 4 Star Texas Rising Star Provider. They have a lovely 3 acre campus with gardens and a playground. Also offering a multicultural summer camp that includes cooking, language, tai chi, caligraphy, brush painting, etiquette, customs and oragami. Schedule a visit and see first-hand all that makes their preschool and camps so special!

Martial Arts

Journey Martial Arts

Providing martial arts classes that improve health, we strongly focus on a safe environment to promote building life-skills that can be used in all facets of life. No one sits on the "bench." Our programs have helped students of all ages to create life change, gain confidence and build character.

Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu Austin

At Six Blades students can learn safety, health, empowerment, and fitness through the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Our school is led by Hall-Of-Fame and 7x World Champion Xande Ribeiro. Our training philosophy evolves around the values and morals that are part of the Six Blades code: Family, Respect, Honor, Loyalty, Attitude, and Discipline.

Music

Armstrong Community Music School

Armstrong Community Music School offers exciting opportunities to learn the joys of music for all ages, from early childhood to adult. ACMS is a licensed Music Together® center, offering both Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo. Additionally, we offer the Music for Little Mozarts group piano class for ages 4-6, and private instruction starting at age 5 for select instruments. As a nonprofit organization, it is our core mission to provide excellence in music instruction with a commitment to providing extensive community service

Heartsong Music

Heartsong Music teaches Music Together, the internationally recognized music and movement program for children from birth through age 7 and the adults who love them. Our mission is to provide the highest quality early childhood music education program for the entire family. We seek to create a community of music-makers by providing excellent teachers, materials, and classroom resources in a developmentally appropriate, engaging, and fun participatory environment that supports and nurtures music development in young children. We offer Music Together Mixed-Age classes (birth to 5), Intergenerational classes (birth to 5), Babies classes (birth to 8 months) and Big Kids classes (5 to 7 year olds). Signup for a free demo class!

Music Boss

Music Boss is a music and art school that offers individual or group lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele and art for all ages.

Retail

The Monogram Lady

Visit our store on Far West Blvd for an excellent selection of high quality gifts. We have kids & toddler clothing, backpacks, napmats, baby items, graduation gifts, candles, towel wraps, luggage, bags of all types, jewelry, wedding gifts, and more...we have something for everyone! And of course, we offer monogramming. Can't make it by the store? Visit our website to shop online. An Austin shoppers' favorite since 1981!

STEAM/STEM

Idea Lab Kids

Austin area parents and kids have an IDEA Lab Kids S.T.E.A.M Campus to help build critical-thinking skills and Build Better Brains. Your local IDEA Lab S.T.E.A.M. Campus provides FUN and engaging Birthday Party Experiences, Innovative Camps, Preschool S.T.E.A.M Enrichment Classes, Afterschool Programs and more. Online options also available. Reach out to Adam Gockley at austin@idealabkids.com to find out more or visit the website at austin.idealabkids.com. NEW Northwest Austin location opening in March!

Mad Science

Mad Science camps, after school programs, parties, and events are designed for exciting, fun, hands-on STEM activities. Your child will become a junior scientist with the opportunity to experience a variety of science adventures. Our instructors are people who are specially trained in our programming, have experience working with children, and have had criminal background checks. Our programs provide all of the supplies your child will need. Check our website or call for details!

Nili's Art Studio

Nili's Art Studio is offering 28 Art & STEAM Summer Camps featuring themes such as sculpture, ceramics, wood burning, spray painting, sewing-stitching-embroidery, cake decoration, mixed media, robotics, charcoal, fashion design, sketching, canvas, watercolor and more. These camps are designed to inspire, engage, and enhance artistic skills, fostering creativity and imagination among like-minded peers. We have specially designed 3 spacious classrooms equipped to host a variety of half-day and full-day camps, with extended care options for 3 distinct age groups. Join us at our tinker place for creative minds this summer, where we nurture artists, creative thinkers and future entrepreneurs.

In addition to our summer camps, we offer yearlong unique classes that explore traditional and a range of lesser-known art forms for, both, kids and adults, catering to both beginners and advanced practitioners. Our studio serves as a vibrant venue for paint parties, corporate events and fundraisers, each event crafted to unite the community through art, while supporting local causes and fostering individual creative growth.

Stepping Stone School

Stepping Stone School is a comprehensive early care and education program that profoundly nurtures children and prepares them for lifelong success. Locally owned and nationally accredited, the school includes 16 campuses in the Austin metro area. We teach a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum that incorporates elements such as touch screens, chess, dance, and dual language immersion to develop the whole child. We are committed to uncompromising standards of excellence and partnership with families to help children learn and grow. Tour our campus today! We also offer school break and summer camps!

Thinkery

Thinkery is leading the future of play-based STEAM learning by inspiring and equipping ALL children to be confident, creative thinkers. As a non-profit and children’s museum serving hundreds of thousands of families each year, Thinkery brings joy to learning so children can cultivate a lifelong love of learning and thrive. Now enrolling for summer camp!

Special Needs

Camp Agape Grief Support

Camp Agape is an innovative camp program designed specifically for children and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Our service is available to children between 7 and 12 years of age who are grieving and need support. Camp Agape offers all the fun of a typical summer camp, along with group-therapy activities to assist children with their bereavement process. These activities incorporate the use of art, music, games and play therapies, with the theme of offering true hope for their future. For 2022 Camp is June 26th - 30th.

Tier 3 Montessori

Children's Therapy Center - Small groups and individual services within a Montessori prepared environment. Family collaboration, community inclusion going out, Montessori elementary program: full-time or part-time, special education, compassionate, trauma-informed ABA, social skills groups, great for homeschool families!

Sports

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp is a 4-day shooting intense basketball camp mirrored after all the camps Brandy Perryman attended and enjoyed the most as a kid. He has taken those camps with his combined playing experience at UT and created an upbeat, positive experience for Austin area youth. All camps include 32 hours of instruction, which is approximately the same amount of time as a month of practice in middle school or a full season of a youth league. This year they are offering 18 summer camp sessions that begin on June 3rd!

Lonestar Soccer Club

Lonestar Soccer Club is a 501c3 non-profit full-service youth soccer organization for ages 4 to 19. While offering several programs for all soccer levels, the club prides themselves on also providing an opportunity for kids to enjoy an active lifestyle while developing soccer techniques, a competitive, winning mindset and teaching key life lessons. Learn more by calling 512-336-KICK (5425).

MPOWR Basketball Culture

MPOWR Basketball Culture offers youth basketball programs, teaching youth to master the sport through regular classes and camps. MPOWR connects the community to a valuable resource. Our athletes are ambassadors of the game.

Sportball

Sportball offers year round programs that encourage kids to stay active with noncompetitive sports instruction for children 16 months to 12 years old. Kids are introduced to 8 popular sports: soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf & football. School break camps, summer camps and birthday parties also available.

Swim Lessons

Nitro Swim

Others "do" lessons, we TEACH Swimming! Two locations: Bee Cave and Cedar Park. Beautiful INDOOR, heated, crystal clear pools. Convenient class times to choose from. Friendly, Professional Teachers who get RESULTS! Once and Twice a Week options available, more if you'd like! Home of the SIX TIME Defending Texas Age Group Swimming Champions! For the more advanced swimmer, we have the best rec team and competitive team options ANYWHERE coached by our Professional USA Swimming Coaches! Start Today!

Theatre / Performing Arts

Georgetown Palace Theatre Education

Afterschool & Weekend Classes in Acting, Vocals, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Improv, Sketch Comedy, Stage Combat, Acting for the Camera, Musical Theatre & Audition Technique. Also offering school break camps with early drop off and late pick up options. Actors will experience a variety of enrichment classes led by performing arts professionals in addition to rehearsing exciting, age-appropriate shows. All sessions culminate in a public performance. Adaptive classes and camps also available.

Shine On Performing Arts

At SOPA AUSTIN, we offer performing arts camps for students ages 3-19. Our camps welcome those of all experience levels and ALL ABILITIES! Half day musical theater camps for littles ages 3-7, full day camps for ages 7-14 and amazing teen camps! Be sure to check out details on our website about Total Teen Takeover! Our camps and classes offer an array of skills, such as, art, costuming, technical theater, dancing, acting, singing, film and much more! Campers have the opportunity to learn and use the skills it takes to do all aspects of putting on a show. Whether on or off the stage, we believe everyone has a place to shine in the arts. Our purpose is to help you find your sparkle ~ we love to see you shine!

kidsActing Studio

Austin’s favorite and longest-running theater camp for kids is ready to see you take the stage this summer. Join themes from Matilda to The Addams Family (a play!), Encanto to Spider-Verse, Sing 2, Descendants 3, Star Wars, and more... they've got it all. Show Choir camps will perform everyone's favorite pop star's songs in the Swiftly Taylor camp and you can make your own scenes in the Acting for TV and Film camp.

With camps in 18 locations they are just around the corner from home or work!

Looking for a more intensive theatre experience? Newsies JR will be the summer musical production in July/August! This is a 4 week long musical camp running July 10-August 4, with performances August 4-6.