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We know that for many Austin parents, the search for the perfect summer camp can be a daunting task. With such a variety of local camps available, at such a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here at Free Fun In Austin, we have teamed up with LiveMom.com to create our 2014 Summer Camp Discount Guide to help to ease the burden of tracking down fun and engaging camps, while saving a little money along the way.
The Acting Circle Summer Acting Camp
The Acting Circle of West Lake Hills, Austin, Texas, offers acting classes and camps for film, television, and theatre. These classes provide students with the skills they need to be great actors and great people to work with.
The Acting Circle is a positive and supportive environment where the student-actor can let go, be free, and live and breathe in the moment. We teach using techniques developed by Sanford Meisner, Wynn Handman, Constantin Stanislavski, and Uta Hagen.
We assign age-appropriate scenes and students work on character analysis, script analysis, characterization, and physicalization, presenting their memorized work in a showcase for family and friends. We work on and off camera. We videotape memorized, polished scenes for the students to take home. All levels of experience welcome!
Location: 3930 Bee Cave Road, Suite 2-i, West Lake Hills – Austin, TX 78746
Ages: 11-16 Years old
- June 9-13, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Showcase-Friday, June 13, 4:00 p.m.
- July 14-18, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Showcase-Friday, July 18, 4:00 p.m.
- August 4-8, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Showcase-Friday, August 8, 4:00 p.m.
All Things Kids
- All Things Kids in Georgetown: 703 S. Main Street
- All Things Kids at The Domain: 3220 Feathergrass Court, Austin
The Art Garage Summer Art Camps
With 30 different camps to choose from, you are sure to find something perfect for your budding artist. Younger kids can choose from fun themes like Frozen, Candyland and Under the Sea. In each of these camps, the campers will get to create 8-12 projects, including building with clay, painting pottery, tie-dying, canvas painting, drawing and crafts. Older elementary-aged kids can look forward to themes like Go Green, Austin Hipster Art and Fiesta. In these camps we focus a little more fine art and usually include an art history component. Middle School-aged kids can join classes titled Comics and Graphic Art, Sculpture and Glass Art, and Drawing and Painting. In these camps, kids will get to focus on particular art media and have a more in-depth experience. Our camps are taught by certified art teachers and degreed, professional artists, so we are serious about art education. It is Summer, so we are serious about having lots of fun, too!
Location: 11190 Circle Drive, Suites 202-4, Austin, TX 78736
Dates: 11 weeks, 3 different camps each week
Discount: 5 FREE hours of aftercare with camp registration. Just mention Free Fun in Austin at the time of registration!
Brazil 2014 World Cup Soccer Camp
hosted by Lonestar Soccer Club
Children will get a leg up with the professional soccer coaches at Lonestar Premier Soccer Camps.
The camps focus on developing a player’s individual technique and inspire a love of the game in a fun, safe and challenging environment. A typical day will include skill-targeted drills, practice games, speed and agility training, three-on-three scrimmages and a World Cup tournament.
Players are taught by experienced and nationally licensed staffers who have an average of 15 years of professional soccer coaching experience. The coaches are from Spain, Argentina, England, Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, the U.S. and Canada.
Typically, the student-teacher ratio is 12:1 or better. Half- and full-day camps are available to U5-U12 boys and girls of all skill levels at the eight Lonestar Soccer Club locations, from South Austin to Williamson County.
Every camper receives a free Nike camp T-shirt and Nike soccer ball.
Locations: There are eight Lonestar Soccer Club locations: SoccerPlex 1431, Soccer Zone Lakeline, Soccer Zone South, Town & Country, Milburn Park, Williamson County Regional Park.
Cost: Half-day camps are $175, and full-day camps are $275.
Dates: Summer camps start June 9 and run weekly through July 25.
Discount Offered: $25 off full day camp to first 30 sign-ups.
Bricks 4 Kidz – NW-ATX & Westlake
Fun and educational camps for LEGO® enthusiasts, ages 5 to 13. Themes include: Angry Birdies/ Bad Piglets, Super Hero Academy, LEGO® Robotics Ev3, Ninja vs. Chima, Stop-Action Movie Making, Mining & Crafting w/ Minecraft 1 & 2, Space/Star Wars Adventures, Remote Control Mania – just to name a few! Bricks 4 Kidz® camps are high-energy, fast-paced setting where kids discover, explore, create, and invent. Campers will have tons of fun and be exposed to science, math, architecture, and engineering fundamentals.
We will have convenient summer camp locations in – West Lake, Steiner Ranch, Four Points, River Place, and Anderson Mill/ Jollyville. Our camps are going on every week this summer. We offer half-day camps: (9-12pm) and (1-4pm). Register for both & stay for lunch! Some locations offer before/after camp care for an extra fee. Please visit our website, click on “VIEW CLASSES” and choose your favorite camps today!
Location: Westlake, Four Points, Steiner, Westwood High School, River Place,
Cost: $130- $175
Ages: 5-13 Years old
Dates: June 9 – August 15
Discount: $25 Coupon Code # 53112F5055C56
Austin day campactivities include: athletics, arts and crafts, team building, field trips, science, special guests and much more (led by an all-adult team of dynamic, positive role models! Our Discover program has a 1 to 8 counselor to camper ratio and our Explore program has a 1 to 10 counselor to camper ratio)
• Discoverers: Ages 3-5 (only offered at Lake Travis & Westlake)
• Explorers: Grades 1-7 (offered at all locations)
• Camp Lake Travis (located at the International School of Texas)
• Camp Rough Life (located at Rough Hollow, Highland Village)
• Camp Steiner (located at Steiner, Towne Square Community Center)
• Camp Westlake (located at EANES Elementary)
Day/Time: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (A Pre Camp and Post Camp are also available for an additional cost from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
KinderDance of North Austin
KinderDance of North Austin’s Programs encourage children to have fun and gain a love for learning by associating it with something that comes naturally — movement, music, dance, and fitness! Kinderdance offers age appropriate dance and creative movement programs for ages 2-10 at The Rattan Creek Community Center located at 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin, TX 78729, the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX. Our dance, gymnastics, and toddler classes are also offered in the convenience of childcare centers, Montessori schools, and preschools, providing busy parents the convenience of giving their child the gift of extracurricular arts during the school day! Registration is now open for our summer camps and classes! Our summer camps offer various themes. Check out our website or give us a call for more information!
- Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin, TX 78729
- Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX 78
- Various childcare centers and Montessori schools in Austin, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and Georgetown. (Classes only)
Discount: $25 off through May 31st. Please call or email us and mention freefuninaustin.com to process the discount.
The Little Gym’s Super Kids’ Quest Summer Camp
Super Kids’ Quest Summer Camp is an entirely new, adventure-filled 3-hour camp offered by The Little Gym for children ages 3-8yrs. Each camp theme is based on fun, exciting missions or “Quests” that the kids are challenged to complete each day! Each day of camp involves a fun, creative storyline that will incorporate opportunities for the kids to exercise their muscles, their imaginations and their cooperation skills – working together to complete each Quest! Different themes and quests will cleverly incorporate all of our Learning Dimensions! (Get Moving, Brain Boost & Citizen Kid) Our Kids’ Quest Summer Camps follow a totally new camp format. So if your kiddo’s have been to The Little Gym Camps in the past, they will be in for a totally new and exciting experience!
Some of our Super themes will be:
- The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party
- The Secret Clue to the Baby Animal Zoo
- The Race to Outer Space!
- Green Beard’s Pirate Ship!
- Hawaiian Hide & Seek!
- The Search for Rainbow Castle
- The Neat Ninja League
- Gerty, the Good Mannered Gorilla
- The Super Grown-Ups
- The Five Wonders of Foxhole Forest
- The Treasures of Magical Mountain
Locations: The Little Gym of Austin at Lakeline and The Little Gym of Round Rock
- 1 day camp – $30 for members, $35 for non-members
- 5 day camp pass – $130 for members, $160 for non-members
- 10 day camp pass- $250 for members, $300 for non-members
Dates: All Summer Long, June 9th – August 22nd
- Lakeline: Monday and Fridays: 9am to 12pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 1pm to 4pm
- Round Rock: Monday and Wednesday 9am to 12pm, Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm
Website & Contact Info:
- The Little Gym of Austin Lakeline, 512-918-9876, www.tlgaustinlakeline.com
- The Little Gym of Round Rock, 512-687-4141, www.tlgroundrock.com
Discount: 10% off camp purchase.
Mad Science of Austin
- Central: Bryker Woods Elementary, 3309 Kerbey Lane
- Central: Saint Paul Lutheran, 3407 Red River
- North Central: Four Seasons Community School, 3909 Adelphi Lane
- North Central: Toybrary, 7817 Anderson Lane
- Northwest: Hope Presbyterian, 11512 Olson Drive
- Northwest: Austin Children’s Academy, 12310 RR 620
- Round Rock: Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Road
- Round Rock: GattiLand, 1112 N. IH-35
- Southwest: Mad Science Office, 6120 Hwy 290 West
- Southwest: Lake Pointe Clubhouse, 11700 Sonoma Drive
- West: Bella Mar Community Center, 12401 Bella Mar Trail
- West: Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane
Discount: $10.00 off second camp, $20.00 off third camp; No Registration Fee
School of Rock Summer Camps
Our Camps are a condensed version of our performance program: we use Rock ‘n Roll to teach guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and keys, culminating in a live show at an Austin venue!
Beginner Camp is perfect for students who are new to their instrument, and for younger rockers. They receive individual and small-group instruction and have daily rehearsals leading up to a rockin’ performance at the school at the end of the day Friday.
Performance Camp is a two-week intensive rock ‘n roll boot camp. Students receive individual and small-group instruction and have daily rehearsals leading up to a rockin’ performance at an Austin venue on the final Saturday.
Location: 2525 W Anderson Lane, Ste 138, Austin, TX 78757
- June 9-13 Beginner Camp I (Beginners), Live Performance on June 13
- June 16-20 Metal Camp (Intermediate/Advanced), Live Performance on June 20
- July 7-11 Beginner Camp II (Beginners), Live Performance on July 11
- July 21-Aug 1 Led Zeppelin Camp (Intermediate/Advanced), Live Performance on Aug 2
- Aug 11-22 Performance Camp (Intermediate/Advanced),Live Performance on Aug 23
Camp Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: One-week camps are $550, and two-week camps are $1100. Please bring a lunch, or sign a waiver to allow your child to leave the school with a group for lunch.
Snapology of Austin
Snapology provides a fun environment for children to learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and literacy concepts using LEGO® bricks and other similar building tools. In our camps, your child is guided by instructors through an interactive lesson followed by model building and in some cases, computer work. Since the children typically work in teams, they are also building their social skills as they make new friends. Our programs are designed to inspire creativity and promote teamwork and inclusiveness. We offer stop motion animation, robotics, engineering and fun themed camps that will challenge and entertain your LEGO® lover. You don’t have to be a Master Builder; all levels and experience are welcome.
Dates: Camps run weekly beginning on June 9
Discount: Enter “LivemomEDO” for free early drop off or “LivemomLPU” for free late pick up. $25 value. May be be combined with our sibling discount and full day registration discount.
Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Camps
Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Camps are located on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and offer Spring and Summer Sailing Camps for kids 6-15. ASR camps are fun and have a certified US Sailing instructor and certified lifeguard onsite. Along with boatloads of fun activities during each weekly session, ASR teaches kids how to sail the right way, become better sailors, or even get their sailing certifications. ASR’s sailing camps are all inclusive, which means a light breakfast, full buffet lunch, snacks, and drinks are included in the cost. Early drop-off and late pick-up is also available.
Location: 20 N IH-35 (Exit 233), Austin, Texas — located on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, directly behind the Holiday Inn on the Lake
Cost: $350 weekly
Dates: 12 Weekly Sessions in the Summer of 2014 (June 2 – 6; June 9 – 13; June 16 – 20; June 23 – 27; June 30 – July 4; July 7 – 11; July 14 – 18; July 21 – 25; July 28 – August 1; August 4 – 8: August 11 – 15; and August 18 – 22)
Phone: 512-431-1894 or 512-815-0980
Discount: $25 off when you mention this Discount Guide
The Biscuit Brothers Fine Arts Farm Summer Camp
If you’re a fan of the two time Emmy Award winning television show “The Biscuit Brothers” then you’re going to love this! The Biscuit Brothers Fine Arts Farm is now open, offering full and half day Summer Camps for grades K-5. Come explore the magic of Music, Theater, Art and Dance. There will be 60’s week, Movie Magic week, even Pirate week! And much more. Sign up for one or all! Early drop off and late pick up also available. Now it’s your turn to… “Go Make Music”… and Theater, Art, Dance and much more!
Location: 6036 W US Hwy 290 Austin TX 78735
Cost: $250 per week
Dates: 11 Weekly Sessions in the Summer of 2014 (June 9 – 13; June 16 – 20; June 23 – 27; June 30 – July 3; July 7 – 11; July 14 – 18; July 21 – 25; July 28 – August 1; August 4 – 8: August 11 – 15; and August 18 – 22)
Discount: Ask Dusty to tell Tiny “howdy” and receive a 10% discount (either when you register in person or on the first day of camp)
Creative Side Jewelry Academy
Creative Metal Works (Half-Day) + Outside the Jewelry Box (Full-Day)
Get your teens in the studio this summer making wearable art, developing important metalsmithing skills and having lots of fun with the timeless craft of jewelry making. Immerse them in a fully equipped jewelry studio, learning hands-on alongside professional silversmiths.
Dates: Week 1: June 16-20, Week 2: July 7-11, Week 3: July 28- Aug 1
Phone & Email: 512-799-0731 or [email protected].
Discount: Call today for a $25 discount when you mention this listing.
Fantastic Magic Camp
Fantastic Magic Camp has been teaching life skills and confidence to kids aged 5-12 through magic, juggling and puppets since 1993. We are a mainstream day camp that understands that every child has special needs. In addition to the learning experience, campers will watch professional shows most every day. We also offer extra rehearsal time after 3.00 PM if needed. Fantastic Magic Camp was voted “Best Summer Camp” multiple years in the Austin Chronicle and was also voted “Most Uniquely Austin Business” by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Location: Inside Highland Mall at 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
Cost: $550 for our two week camps and $275 for our one week camp.
• June 9 – 20 (two week camp)
• June 23 – July 4 (two week camp)
• July 7 – July 18 (two week camp)
• July 21 – August 1 (two week camp)
• August 4 – August 15 (two week camp)
• August 18 – August 22 (one week camp)
Discount: 10% off first camp registration and 15% off additional multiple sessions and/or sibling registrations. Use discount code: LiveMom14. Expires: 08/22/2014
Future All-Stars Sports Camp
Future All-Stars is a leader in sports, health, and fitness for children ages 2 and up! Our local, non-competitive, sports fitness camps offer your child a FUN, SAFE, AND AGE-APPROPRIATE introduction to the worlds most popular sports!
Our lessons teach and incorporate physical activity as well as life skills such as TEAMWORK, COOPERATION, & LEADERSHIP. Not only will FAS improve your child’s agility, balance, and attitude, but it will foster a life-long love of sports and fitness.
In each camp session, our experienced and passionate instructors guide your child through basic drills, skills, and games…while keeping the focus on having FUN! Research shows that children who are exposed to a healthy lifestyle at an early age are more likely to adapt that as adults.
As long time members of the Austin community, we believe that it is important that ALL CHILDREN have a positive initial experience with sports, fitness, and organized play. TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!
Location: Faith Lutheran Church (inside the Activity Center) 6600 Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757
Cost: $50 per participant, per session
Dates & Times: Last Saturdays of each month from 9:30 – 11:30
May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 30.
Phone Number: (512) 939-6859
Discount: $15 off for all Camp Dates
Fun, Farming & Food Summer Camp
hosted by the French Legation Museum
Fun, Farming & Food Summer Camp is designed for kid’s ages 8-13. The camp will feature Austin’s food culture and history with hands-on activities, field trips and guest speakers. Field trips include Boggy Creek Farms, the Carver History Museum and the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. Campers will also be treated to visits from Little Herds (edible insects!), the Fresh Chefs Society and more. The camp runs from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm and campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.
Location: French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702
Dates: June 23rd- 27th and July 14th- 18th
Phone Number: 512-472-8180
Discount: $25 dollars off for a total of $225
Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Summer Camp
Ages 6-12, beginner through advanced students are welcome to attend. Please keep in mind that summer camp is a high physical activity camp. Please make sure your child is prepared for this type of physical activity for four hours a day, five days per week.
Location: 6001 West William Cannon Drive, Ste 307, Austin, TX 78749
Cost: If you register and pay in full by April 1st: $175 per camp, After April 1st: $199 per camp.
Dates: June 23rd – June 27th, July 7th – July 11th, July 21st – July 25th, August 4th – August 8th
Times: All camps are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
Phone & Email: 512-899-8710, [email protected]
Discount: $25 off with mention of this ad.
Give your kid a RICHER camp experience! Kids have a natural interest in money and business. At Moolah U, we feed that curiosity by giving them hands-on experience in creating their own business. Through that experience, they learn how money works and how to use their money wisely. In Moolah U Summer Camp, kids get real life, real money experience — and they get to keep the profit from their business! Kids leave our program saying it was one of the best experiences that they have had. This will give them tools to create a life of financial independence and responsibility.
Location: 12 Locations throughout Greater Austin
- Toybrary (NW Austin)
- Brick Oven (Arboretum)
- Cups & Cones (Steiner Ranch)
- Johnny Carino’s (North on 620 and South in Sunset Valley)
- Mandola’s (in Bee Cave and on Wm. Cannon)
- TX Land and Cattle (Lakeline location)
- Abel’s (North on Parmer and South On the Lake)
- Book People
- Santa Rita Cantina (Circle C)
- Z Tejas Grill (Downtown)
- Gatti-Town (South Park Meadows)
Ages: 8-15 Years old
Dates: Every week beginning June 9 through August 22, 2014
Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (early and after care available)
Phone: 512-443- 8851
Discount: $25 off; enter code FNF2014 at checkout
Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy lots of arts and crafts, food and science projects. Each week includes a different theme. Parents can choose between full-time hours: 8am to 5:30pm or part-time: 8am-Noon OR 1-5pm.
Location: 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd #200, Round Rock, TX 78665
Cost: Part Time: $160/per week Full Time: $335/per week
- Week 1 (Go Texas) June 2nd – 6th
- Week 2 (Princess/Superheroes) June 9th – 13th
- Week 3 (Musical Instrument) June 16th – 20th
- Week 4 (Pottery) June 23rd – 27th
- Week 5 (Peace out) June 30th – July 4th
- Week 6 (Pirates) July 7th – 11th
- Week 7 (Mad Scientist) July 14th-18th
- Week 8 (It’s all about Food) July 21st – 25th
- Week 9 (Under the Sea) July 28th – August 1st
- Week 10 (Going Green) August 4th – 8th
Phone Number: 512-828-0000
Discount: Register Before May 15th and receive 25% off. (Not valid for any group-on purchases.)
SoccerPlex All Sport Camp
Full day and half day camps are available for kids ages 5-13 years old. Kids will learn about and play a variety of sports including – soccer, flag football, basketball, and dodge ball. Full day camp will run from 9am – 3pm, or half day camp will run from 1pm – 4pm.
Locations: SoccerPlex at Cedar Park – 1220 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park, TX
Cost: $ 225 for full day and $150 for 1/2 day
Dates: June 9 – 13th and July 28 – Aug 1st
Phone Number: 512-259-1704
Discount: Mention this ad and receive a $20 discount per camp.
ACC’s Youth Leadership Institute
Young men and women are invited to build leadership skills, self-esteem, and character through activities and discussions that focus on education and opportunity.
Ages: For students in grades 8-12
Dates: July 14-18, 9 a.m. – noon
Location: ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd.
Austin Sunshine Camp
The camp program serves economically disadvantaged youth and offers activities such as swimming in Lake Travis, fishing, canoeing, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, and high ropes course with a variety of elements including a climbing wall and zip line.
Ages: 8-13 year olds
Dates: Weekly sessions offered June 9 – August 18
Location: Lake Travis
Clean Creek Camp
In partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful, at Clean Creek Camp, parents join their kids, for a week of fun exploring water in Austin’s creeks or Edwards Aquifer.
Ages: 9-13 year olds with parents
Dates: June 16 – 19, June 30 – July 2, July 7 – 8, July 14 – 16)
Location: Sites varies with each session
Summer Playground Program
The Summer Playgrounds Program is a free drop-in program that allows children to participate in supervised activities throughout the day at many Austin parks.
Ages: 6-12 years old
Dates: June 16 – August 8
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Fridays 10am-5pm, All sites will be closed Friday, July 4, 2014
Financial Aid at Austin Parks & Rec Summer Camps
While the camps at area recreation centers are NOT free, they do offer financial aid for those eligible.
More info: http://www.austintexas.gov/news/austin-parks-and-recreation-department-financial-aid-youth-programs
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Camp
CHANGE THE WORLD BY BEING YOURSELF!
Smart Girls Camp is all about figuring out what makes you – YOU! Through intensive, multimedia art projects, you can discover new talents, increase your skills or challenge yourself with a new experience.
During this two week program you’ll:
- find a new talent in film, theatre and/or art.
- meet other Smart Girls from around the city.
- earn how being different is the best!
- get real instruction from professional teaching artists.
- go on field trips to find your inspiration.
- have fun! (Yes, that is important!)
Whether you are interested in entertainment, politics, sports or any subject, you can find a medium to express your thoughts and opinions.
Dates: June 16 – 27
Hours: Day Camp – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Ages 14 – 18
Scholarships Available for 15 Girls
Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship.
Do you have a camp that you would like to list in the 2014 Summer Camp Discount Guide on both LiveMom.com and FreeFuninAustin.com? It’s not too late to offer a discount to thousands of readers in the greater Austin area. Email: [email protected] or call 512-587-3177 for more information.