The best creative summer camps in Austin for kids
Cordoba Art School and Pottery Fair
Is your child an artist in the making? With six different locations and the option of half or full day camps, this art school has current openings for children ages 5-16. In-person classes focus on themes such as street art, Pokémon, manga, and Star Wars, while virtual classes are also available for families more comfortable staying at home. Locations vary.
Cooking, lego robotics, veterinary science, climbing: this camp has it all. Steiner Ranch Elite University offers sessions for a variety of different interests to children aged 4 to 12. Architecture for Kids !, for example, gives participants the opportunity to design their own plans, use architectural design software, and use the site’s 3D printer to bring their plans to life. 5600 ranch road
TexARTS is aimed at children born for the stage. Offering camps for children ages 5 to 17 with goals ranging from theater and ballet to Broadway, the local nonprofit has a place for every young artist. Also included in their summer program: one-hour “mini camps” for children aged 2 to 4. 2300 Lohman’s Spur Street.
Here, kids are invited to bring their favorite musicals and movies to life, from Disney hits such as Frozen and Moana to classics like Harry potter and Mary poppins. Choose between the disciplines (musical theater or theater) and the time slots (morning or day). Sessions are available all summer. 1510 Toomey Road; 14010 US 183, Ste. 540
The Garage des Arts
With over 20 different creative themes to choose from, the family business Art garage offers kids the chance to practice skills such as origami, tie-dyeing, sculpting and more in a fun environment. Sessions are held daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout each camp week. 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202
Fantastic magic camp
Drawing from the thrilling world of magic tricks and other acts, this camp allows children ages 6 to 12 to learn an array of awesome skills, from puppetry and juggling to balloon twisting and unicycle. Each day consists of four different classes, lunch and a special performance by a professional variety artist. 13609 N Highway 35.
Austin Film Festival
Speaking to the younger generation of filmmakers, AFF encourages attendees to use their smartphones for everything from filmmaking to plasticine. Classes are available for children aged 9 to 12 and will be open until the end of July. Learn at home? Virtual camps are also available. 106 E 14th 1/2 St.
At Austin’s Favorite Science Museum, all week summer camps for Kindergarten to Grade 5 children, will teach creativity through three STEAM-focused themes: tinkering with color and light, engineering with sound, and Make It or Break It (which focuses on deconstruction and the making). 1830 Simond Avenue