The 2020 Austin Summer Camps Guide is presented by iD Tech, the area’s top STEM education camps for kids of all ages. iD Tech makes it easy and fun for kids to learn essential tech skills.
Austin and the surrounding area offer some of the country’s top summer camps for all kids. Whether you’re looking to put your kids in STEM camps to classic outdoor fun summer camps with zip lines, canoeing, archery, and other traditional activities, there are summer camps in Austin to fit every interest.
Here’s the best part — not all Austin summer camps are expensive charging thousands per week. Many offer discounts, and there are some always cheap and even free summer camps in Austin worth a look.
Our 2020 Austin summer camp guide covers the very best discounted, cheap, and free camps for your children.
To make it easy to browse, we’ve organized the guide into a few sections:
- Camp Discounts and Offers for ATX On Budget Readers
- Cheap Austin Summer Camps (around $300 or less weekly day camps)
- Free Summer Camps in Austin
Type: STEM, Educational
Description: iD Tech is offers a host of summer STEM education camps for kids and teens with topics that include coding, game development, robotics, and more. The camps take place at St. Edward’s University and University of Texas in Austin.
At iD Tech, your kids will go far beyond the boundaries of school and learn valuable new skills, all while having fun and making new friends who share their interests.
Students will learn coding, video game design with Fortnite-inspired levels, robotics, video production, digital music production, 3D model designs, and more, developing important skills needed to compete at top tech companies like Google, Apple, EA, and Disney.
Weeklong, day and overnight summer camp options available. Only 5-10 students per instructor (maximum 10) ensures your kid will get the focus he or she deserves. Instructors include experts from Disney, Volvo, Bethesda, Airbnb, and more.
Pine Cove Christian Camp
Type: Christian, Outdoors, Recreational
Description: Pine Cove is a fun Christ-centered camp with locations across Texas, including locations convenient to those in Austin. Since 1967, Pine Cove serves 40,000+ campers every summer, creating an environment that’s gospel-centered, others-focused, and tons of fun!
Every week of the summer is loaded with Bible studies, exciting water activities, ropes courses, and so many more fun activities your kids are sure to love. From 2nd grade to high school seniors, they have the perfect camp for your child.
At Pine Cove, your kid will experience the most exciting and most impactful week of their summer! Fun activities, awesome theme nights, outdoor adventures, and meaningful relationships, Pine Cove has everything you want in a camp!
Pine Cove offers overnight weeklong camps as well as day camps to suit your needs.
Right now, first time campers can get $250 off with promo code AUSTIN250! Plus, Week 1 is already discounted an extra $400 off and Week 2 is discounted $200 off the standard rate.
Locations: Multiple locations throughout Texas
Dates: May – August (weekly)
YMCA Camp Cullen
Type: Outdoor, Recreational
Description: Located on 530 acres of tall pines along the shores of Lake Livingston, you’ll find one of the best overnight camps in Texas — YMCA Camp Cullen. Camp Cullen offers campers ages 7 to 17 experiences they’ll cherish for a lifetime in a first-class setting with beautiful accommodations and great dining options.
Campers have the chance to take part in a wide range of activities and adventures, like horseback riding, water sports, a high adventure course and zip line, nature exploration, arts, geology, pottery, and so much more. There are dozens of activities to choose from and specialty tracks that allow kids and teens to choose the activities they want to do.
But there’s so much more to Camp Cullen than just having a fun time. This camp instills the key character values of the YMCA — caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith — in a safe, nurturing environment.
Camp Cullen isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of summer camp. It’s designed to accommodate kids who have different personalities, interests, and backgrounds. All are welcomed with open arms.
The diverse staff is expertly trained, so you can enjoy peace of mind that your kids will be safe and supported the whole time they’re away at camp. In fact, a number of the camp’s counselors grew up attending Camp Cullen themselves.
Experience More. Achieve More. YMCA Camp Cullen.
Locations: 460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, TX 75862
Cost: Weekly rates of $895 for YMCA members, $995 for nonmembers (discounts available for multiple sessions, siblings, and referrals). Financial aid available.
The Art Garage Summer Camps
The Art Garage offers day camps and weeklong summer camps where kids can complete an array of art projects, like ceramics, painting, crafts, tie-dye, jewelry, and more. It’s a great chance for kids to unleash their creativity in a positive, supportive environment while also making new friends. Most camps are $329/week. Click here for more info.
Cordovan Art Camps
Cordovan Art School offers a range of art camps for kids 6-8, 8-12, and 12-16 years old. Students of all skill levels are welcome, and their professional instructors will help your child reach his or her creative potential. Camps start as low as $199/week (plus a small supply fee) and go up from there. You can learn more here.
The Foundry Summer Camps
There are multiple summer camps at both the Fry Rd or Jones Rd campuses of The Foundry. Camps typically range from Vacation Bible School to Sports Camps to Fine Arts Camps, and they have camps for most ages. Camp dates and locations for 2020 will soon be found on their website and in the past have started at $85.
Austin Film Festival Summer Camps
These summer camps put kids into the world of filmmaking, covering topics like screenwriting, directing, claymation, and more. It’s a great program that inspires kids and young adults to create their own short films with the help of professional instructors. All campers receive a DVD copy of their film on the final day of camp. Prices start at $215/week. Click here to learn more.
Creative Action Summer Camps
Creative Action’s award-winning summer camps allow kids ages 5-11 to explore visual art with professional instructors in a safe and supportive environment. Campers can imagine and create their own films, perform on stage, and more at 3 convenient locations in North Central, East, and South Austin. Numerous themes to choose from. Prices start at $300/week. Click here to learn more.
Zach Theatre Summer Camps
Ages 3.5 and up can take enjoy dancing, acting, music, storytelling, and more at these weekly summer camps at two Austin-area locations. Kids are divided up by age. Camps run from June through August. Prices start at $200 a week with some scholarship opportunities available. Click here for more info.
YMCA of Austin Summer Camps
The YMCA of Austin has day camps that help kids build self-confidence, independence, and creativity in a safe, nurturing space. There are sports camps, adventure camps, outdoor camps, and more available. Prices start at $164 a week and up. Some discounts are available, like the sibling discount. Click here to learn more.
Scottish Rite Theater Summer Camps
These week-long summer camps explore various performance topics and culminate with a showcase performance on the final day on the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater stage. There are acting, musical theater, puppetry, dance, stage combat, and Shakespeare camps available. Camps available in multiple age groups. Cost is $275/ week. Click here to learn more.
Austin Parks & Recreation Department Summer Camps
The Austin Parks & Rec Department has a wide range of summer camp programs available for kids 5-12 years old. There’s everything from outdoor adventure to strategic games to cultural activities to choose from, and all camps are exciting, safe, and welcoming. Many of these camps are very affordable and offer discounts for Austin residents. Click here for more info.
Austin Parks & Recreation Summer Playgrounds Program
This free drop-in program lets kids enjoy fun, supervised, outdoor activities that include arts and crafts, games, sports, team building lessons, and more. These events take place at numerous parks across the Austin area. On-site registration is required on the first day of attendance. Click here to learn more.
Apple stores host free events for kids all throughout the summer, teaching them everything from design to coding to music and more. Click here to learn more.
Austin Sunshine Camps
These residential summer camps for kids teach life skills, trust, teamwork, self-confidence, and more with activities that include canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, and more. There are camps at Zilker Park and at Lake Travis. Both camps are free for students who qualify for the Texas Public School’s free and reduced lunch program. Click here for more info.
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