The 2021 Austin Summer Camps Guide is presented by KidzToPros, the area’s top camps for kids of all ages. KidzToPros makes it easy and fun for kids to develop critical skills and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship, in fun, creative, and safe environments. Led by top-tier professional instructors who are passionate about teaching and child development, KidzToPros summer camps help your child get the most out of their summer.
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 2021 Austin summer camp guide covers the very best discounted, cheap, and free camps for your children.
Editor’s Note: ATXOnBudget tries to bring you as much up-to-date information as we can. However, as always, please confirm the details and guidelines by contacting the summer camps directly before you enroll.
To make it easy to browse, we’ve organized the guide into a few sections:
Our top Pick is a program that offers the best value, is the most well run and consistently receives strong positive reviews. Our Top Pick is also offering a discount for ATXOnBudget readers!
Type: Arts, Sports, Academics
Description: KidzToPros Summer Camps provide a great opportunity for children to develop critical skills and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship, in fun, creative, and safe environments. Led by top-tier professional instructors who are passionate about teaching and child development, KidzToPros summer camps help your child get the most out of their summer.
One and two week-long camps allow kids to take some risks and try new things that they don’t have the opportunity to do at school or might not have otherwise chosen. Kids can participate in camps that encourage creativity and imagination, such as film making, digital art, anime, and creative crafts. They can choose to learn new physical activities, such as basketball or tennis. Or they can dive into STEM camps and learn problem-solving and critical thinking through coding, game design, virtual reality, 3D modeling and more!
Phone: (877) 202-1554
Hunters Chase Farms Inc.
Type: Outdoors, Recreational
Description: Hunters Chase Farm (HCF) Camps are designed around horses. Horseback riding daily, grooming , bathing and and many other horse related activities. We splash in the pool to cool off or relax under the big oak trees after horseback riding . Your child also might dabble in the arts and crafts during the week as well. Come join the fun at HCF this summer and make life long friends while you enjoy the outdoors and learning about all that goes along with horses.
Locations: 4909 Lone Man Mountain Rd. Wimberley, Texas 78676
Contact: Marylaura Doherty
Phone: 512-785-0120 (text first)
Email: [email protected]
Dates, Times and Cost:
Day camps- $395Boys & GirlsMonday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00June 7-11June 14-18July 5-9July 12-16Overnight camps: – $750Girls onlyJune 20-25July 18-23
YMCA Camp Cullen
Type: Outdoor, Recreational
Description: Nestled among the tall pines along the shores of Lake Livingston lies one of Texas’s premier resident camps. At YMCA Camp Cullen, campers, ages 7-17, take part in a wide range of choice-based activities, including water sports, horseback riding, a high-adventure course, nature exploration, arts/drama and much more. All of this is provided in a multi-layered protection plan with safety as the number one priority, while maintaining the magic of camp.
Examples include camper pods, increased safety procedures, rigorous cleaning protocols and counselors quarantining prior to camp. Outside of activity time, campers gather as a cabin group to play, learn and bond together while participating in fun activities like campfires, scavenger hunts and talent shows. In addition, sleepaway camps teach the character values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, all in a safe and supportive environment.
Money-back guarantee registration now open for one and two week sessions running June 7-August 8 (Sunday-Saturday).
Location: 460 Cullen Loop, Ste A, Trinity TX 75862
Cost: Weekly session $1,295, Specialty camps per session $1,495, Teen Adventure Camp: 1 Week – $1495, 2 Week – $2795, Teen Leadership Camp: $2795
Dates: June 6-August 7; weekly sessions Sunday-Saturday
Description: 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.
Locations: 11190 Circle Dr #202, Austin, TX 78736, United States
Dates: 7th through August 13th
Time: M—F, 10am – 2 pm
Description: 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.
Age: 6 – 16
Locations: 8108 Mesa Dr, Suite B-102, Austin, TX 78759
Contact: Official Website
Dates: Jun 01 – Aug 17 2021
Time: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat 12pm-6pm
Tue and Thu 12pm-7pm
Cost: $199/week +
Description: 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.
Age: 9 – 13
Locations: 1801 Salina St. Austin, TX 78702
Dates: Jun 07 – Jul 30 2021
Cost: $215/week +
Description: Ages 3.5 and up can 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.
Locations: 202 South Lamar Austin TX 78704
Contact: Official Website
Dates: 03/22/2021 — 05/10/2021
Cost: $200 +
Type: STEM, Arts
Description: Camp Youtube brings the fun of summer camp to families at home. The camps cover multiple areas including STEM, Arts, Sports, and Adventure themed camps to learn new skills, stay active, and explore the world together. This is a great option for families that want to stay at home and learn fun, new things. There are Campfire Talks to encourage families to have discussions on key topics such as race, discrimination. Kids can take virtual field trips around the globe using virtual reality. Families can also download #CampYouTube bingo boards and cross off camp activities they complete.
Dates: Always available
Type: STEM, Educational
Description: iD Tech is the world’s top STEM summer camp program, with 400,000 alumni over 20 years, and 150 campus locations.
iD Tech’s summer camps give kids from 7-19 years old the opportunity to learn coding, video game design, Minecraft modding, 3D character design and printing, robot engineering, AI and machine learning, and so much more!
There are full-week, all-day, and overnight summer camps available. Campers will learn important, in-demand skills that set them up for future success. Small class sizes (max of 10) ensure students benefit from personalized learning at their own particular pace.
Locations: Virtual. Physical locations yet to be confirmed.
Description: Girlstart Summer Camps are week-long STEM programs for girls entering the 4th-8th grades in 2021-2022. 4th-5th and 6th-8th grade camps run simultaneously during the summer and are held in separate activity spaces for in-person camps. These programs achieve consistent positive outcomes by combining formal and informal educational strategies with challenging and relevant STEM curriculum. Girlstart Summer Camps provide individualized experiences that develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increase participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers. Recently recognized by Change the Equation as one of four exemplary STEM education programs in America, Girlstart’s Summer Camp programs have consistently received national recognition. Girlstart Summer Camp allows girls to explore STEM in a fun, informal environment, and equips girls with STEM skills they will use for life. Girlstart cultivates a culture where risk is rewarded, curiosity is encouraged, and creativity is expected. As a result, Girlstart girls are connected, brave, and resilient. Girlstart makes girls more successful, and inspires them to take on the world’s greatest challenges. If you have questions, please reach out to us by emailing [email protected] Thank you for being part of the Girlstart family! Age: 6 – 9
Locations: 1400 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757
Contact: Tamara Hudgins
Dates: June 07- Jul 30 2021
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Description: Code Galaxy’s online coding classes are the best way for kids from elementary to high school to learn computer skills that will set them up for success for the rest of their lives. But did you know that we also offer a variety of virtual camps throughout the year? From Scratch + Minecraft to Python Programming and Web Development, our coding camps for kids are the perfect way to spend time off school. All Code Galaxy Camps are 100% online and taught live by the same, experienced teachers who teach our world-class curriculum, so your students still get the same quality of instruction whether it’s school season or not.
Age: 7 – 14
Locations: 3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy D-130, Austin, TX 78746
Contact: Code Galaxy Admissions
Dates: June 07- Aug 06 2021
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Description: A University decision has not been made as of today, for allowing Summer 2021 Camps. EARDC will assume that this will change as we get closer to summer 2021. At this point, the EARDC is proposing to provide 10 weeks of 1-day and 3-day summer programs with reduced group sizes. Some of the activities will include paddle boarding, kayaking, glass bottom boat tours, water quality lab, and aquatic ecology labs. Registrations for these programs will open in late March/early April. Please check our website as further details will be updated when available. Please keep in mind that if the University does not approve the opening of camps or if the COVID-19 situation worsens during that time. EARDC will cancel all camps.
Locations: 248 Freeman Bldg., 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666
Contact: Dr. Benjamin Schwartz
Time: Monday – Friday 8 to 5
Description: All kids deserve a great summer and YMCA Day Camps are the perfect summer destination! YMCA camps offer children a safe, exciting and memorable day camp experience. Kids have the opportunity to build self-confidence, independence and creativity, and parents have peace of mind knowing your kids are in a safe and enriching place. At YMCA day camps, kids make friends while learning the values of diversity and cooperation. Financial assistance is available.
Age: Infant – 13
Locations: Southwest Branch, 6219 Oakclaire Dr, Austin, TX 78735, United States
Contact: Official Website
Dates: Mon to Fri Jun 7th – Aug 6th 2021
Time: 7:15 am – 6:30 pm
Cost: Theme & Sports: $215 weekly
Camp Moody: $285 weekly
Description: 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. Austin Sunshine Camps has provided free fun-filled overnight summer camp programs for the children of the greater Austin area (Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties) since 1928. All summer camp programs are provided free of charge for all campers who meet the free or reduced school meals income eligibility guidelines or campers who are in foster care. Campers will be put into their cabins and will meet with their counselor and cabin-mates VIRTUALLY twice a month to get to know their new friends, build community, and get excited to get TOGETHER for summer camp! Virtual cabin meetings will be made based around counselor and camper schedules. In the summer, campers gather together for five days and four nights of exciting, in-person outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, swimming, science, nature, cooking, arts & crafts, ropes course, and team building activities. Transportation to camp is available on the first day only. However, transportation is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, campers are provided three meals and two snacks a day. Our Zilker Park camp is located inside Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool; in summer 2021, it will serve campers 11-14 years of age in June and campers 8-10 years of age in July. More about Zilker Lodge here. 15 year olds can sign up for either month; they will serve on our ASC Work Crew. More info on Work Crew here.
Age: 8 – 15
Locations: 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin, TX 78746, United States
Contact: Official Website
Dates: Jun 14 to Aug 13 2021
Description: We promote teamwork and sportsmanship through healthy competition via active sports games. Teaching children basic skills allows kids the chance to discover new talents and push themselves to refine their natural abilities.
Locations: 2 locations in Austin
- 9501 Manchaca Rd, Austin TX 78748920
- Old Mill Rd. Cedar Park Texas 78613
Contact: Multiple contacts depending on location. Refer to website.
Dates: Jun 04 – Aug 20 2021
Cost: Full Day $79 – $299
Half Day $49 – $199
Description: Champ Campers rotate through six exciting, theme-based stations throughout the day, including: gymnastics, arts & crafts, tumbling, fun & games, and MORE! *Parkour specialty groups available for campers ages 6+ and Crew Camp available for campers ages 11+.
Age: 3 – 10
Locations: 2805 Bee Cave Rd., Suite 405, Austin, TX 78746
Contact: Amy Cunningham
Dates: Mon to Fri Jun 01 – Aug 13 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Description: What makes our All Day Camp such a bargain is that EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED. Extended hours, swimming instruction, gymnastics lessons and field trips are part of the package. Crenshaws All Day is a fast-paced, fun and exciting summer camp program. Activities will include gymnastics (tumbling, trampoline, beam, bars, rings), inside/outside games, recreational swimming, arts and crafts and a variety of great field trips. This camp is geared toward children (5 – 10 years) because the day is full and the activities tend to be more physical. The program meets from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. Children bring their own lunch but are provided morning and afternoon snacks. Our staff is experienced and caring. We strive to provide children with the most in summer fun. The camp is divided into two- 3 week terms and two- 2 week terms. With very limited enrollment, the camp generally fills within a few days after registration starts. Registration for all day camp will be mail-in only starting March 5th. On March 8th we will start accepting on-line, walk-in, or fax-in applications but anytime before March 8th please read the Registration procedures for more information on how our mail-in registration works.
Age: 5 – 10
Locations: 5000 Fairview Dr., Austin, Texas 78731
Contact: Candace Elsass
Dates: Jun 07 – Aug 13 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Description: We’re doing something different this year: We will have Junior Camp (ages 6-9) only for 3 weeks this summer: Weeks 3, 7 and 9 (June 21-25, July 19-23 and Aug 2-6). See Junior Schedule. All three pick-up locations (North, Central and South) will be available these 3 weeks only. We will have North pick-up (along with South and Central) for 3 weeks this summer, Weeks 3, 7 and 9 (June 21-25, July 19-23 and Aug 2-6). Campers may pick either Junior Camp or Adventure camp these three weeks.
The other weeks during the summer will be Adventure Camp only, with two pick-up choices: South and Central. Wet & Wild is a unique adventure camp for a few lucky children, ages 6 to 15. We are ready to begin our 26th summer as a field-trip camp, where the activities change daily. At W&W, we relish the natural environment and endeavor to connect children with nature. We utilize the wealth of opportunities we have here in Central Texas, exploring many unique and exciting locations. W&W campers will get a memorable, magic-filled summer of their dreams: splashing in rivers and creeks, jumping into swimming holes, tubing down crystal clear rivers, playing games under the trees, bowling, skating, tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding and rope-swinging. We will also have fun the modern way: video games, go-carts, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, 5 different water parks and 4 amusement parks, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Our days of adventure will be combined with time to relax and build important friendships. Join us for a fun-filled summer, making memories to last a lifetime. $100 of the fee for each week of camp must be paid with your registration to hold your space. The balance is due one week before camp starts. The camp fee covers all field trip fees and an afternoon snack.
Age: 6 – 9
Locations: 5000 Fairview Dr., Austin, Texas 78731
Contact: Candace Elsass
Dates: June 21-25, July 19-23 and Aug 2-6 2021
Cost: Each week costs $480. Early bird rate: $450
Description: Pine Cove is a gospel-centered Christian camp with locations in Texas. Founded in 1967, Pine Cove serves more than 40,000 campers each summer and strives to be Christ-centered, others-focused, and seriously fun! Every week of the summer is jam-packed with Bible studies, insane water activities, ropes courses, and much, much more. From 2nd grade to high school seniors, they have the camp you (and your kids) are looking for. Simply put, Pine Cove offers the most exciting and most impactful week of your kids’ summer! From fun activities and cool theme nights to meaningful relationships and outdoor adventures, Pine Cove has it all, and it’s truly a camp like no other. Pine Cove offers plenty of options to choose from, including overnight weeklong camps and day camps. Right now, first time campers can get $250 off with promo code HOUSTON250! Plus, Week 1 is already discounted an additional $400 and Week 2 is discounted $200.
Locations: Multiple locations near Houston and throughout Texas
Contact: [email protected], PineCove.com
Dates: May 30-Jun 5 2021 (Wk 1)
Time: Monday to Friday 9am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Cost: $1149; Payment Plan Deposit + $475 per Month
Description: 2021: Weekly schedules will be a mix of our themes, based on availability of places that are safe, open and taking small group visits. We will not offer weekly themes this year, but hope to bring them back in 2022. Each week will include adventures that cover these all of subject areas:
Nature/Environment, Art, Diversity, Texas, Career. Campers will travel with a field trip leader via CapMetro to their scheduled destination, explore, enjoy a picnic lunch, explore some more, and then return back to their drop off/pick up location. The schedule of activities are planned in advance but subject to change due to weather. There is a great deal of walking, with a focus on fitness and healthy eating during our camp.
Age: 4 – 12
Locations: 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste D-109, #371 Austin, TX
Contact: Tammy Miller
Dates: Jun 07 – Aug 20 2021
Time: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT (7:30 pm – 3:30 am IST)
Description: Camp Twin Lakes — where the everyday grind is wiped away and your sense of adventure and fun is renewed! Our campers forge friendships, strengthen confidence, sharpen character and create lasting memories on Camp Twin Lakes’ beautiful 55 acres nestled right in the heart of Cedar Park. Featuring a wide variety of both water and land activities, YMCA Camp Twin Lakes has something to excite everyone – whether it’s kids, families, church groups, executives or the truly young-at-heart. Camp is a place where you can be yourself, try new things, and be a part of something great! Your kids will have an amazing experience this summer, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment.
Locations: 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Contact: Rachel Wacker
Dates: June 1st – August 13, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $215 – $330
Description: Dive into summer with Camp Trinity. These half-day camps are held in either the morning or afternoon and each runs for five days, Monday through Friday. If your child is feeling extra adventurous, you can even sign up for a morning camp and an afternoon camp for five full days of fun! We offer camps for rising K-8th grade and all are co-ed.
Locations: 3901 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX 78746
Contact: Rory Hearse
Dates: June 7-11, June 14-18, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM