School's almost out...Looking for winter camps in the Austin area?

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It’s that time of year again when many of us are looking for winter camps. In an effort to make your life easier, I have compiled a partial list of camps offering winter sessions below. In my experience, winter camps tend to be more expensive than summer camps, are harder to find for little ones, and often do not cover the full school break. I have tried to include camps in different areas in or near Austin, with a variety of price points, and a few options for littles.

Please note, the following is provided for informational purposes only; the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes, and no guarantees are made.

North

Camp name: Camp Doublecreek Winter Camp Session

Area:  Round Rock (camp transportation is available from multiple locations around Austin)

Available dates: Tues.-Fri., Dec. 26-29 

Camper ages: 4-14

Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm

Cost: $235 for the four-day camp (includes horseback riding lessons)

Website: www.campdoublecreek.com

*Received the Austin Family Magazine 2017 Readers' Poll Favorites Award for “Overall Fun” in camps category

 

Camp name: Fantastic Magic Camp

Area: Woodrow Ave

Available dates: Wed., Dec. 20th-Fri., Dec.22nd and Tues., Dec. 26th-Fri., Dec. 29th (seven days total)

Camper ages: 5-12 (campers are grouped by age and experience)

Hours: 9am-3pm (early drop off and late pick up options available for an additional fee)

Cost: $395 for the seven-day camp

Website: www.magiccamp.com

*Received the 2017 Nurture my Child Best of Camp Award for “Fantastic Magic Camp” and “Best Small Local Camp”

 

Camp name: Fun 2 Learn Code

Area: Round Rock

Available dates: Dec. 20, 21, and 22 and Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 (you can select the dates you want)

Camper ages: 7-16 

Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm (early drop-off and late pick up is available for an additional fee)

Cost: $65/day for younger group (7-12); $75/day for older group (10-16)

Website: http://fun2learncode.com/camps/

 

Camp name: kidsActing - Triple Threat: Trolls

Area: Balcones location @ Dancer's Workshop on Research Blvd.

Available dates: Dec. 26-29

Camper ages: 5-11

Hours: Tues.-Fri., 8:30am-5:00pm

Cost: $285 for the four-day camp

Website: https://www.kidsactingstudio.com/winter-break-camp

*kidsActing received the Austin Family Magazine 2017 Readers' Poll Favorites Award, the Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Hall of Fame, and the Nurture my Child 2017 Best Camp Award

 

Camp name: YMCA of Greater Williamson County 

Area: Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Hutto

Details: Holiday Camp at Round Rock (K-9th grade; Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5; 7am-6:30pm; daily rate is $35 for Full Members and $45 for Basic Members)

Holiday Camp at YMCA Camp Twin Lakes - Cedar Park  (K-9th grade; Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5; 7am-6:30pm; daily rate is $40 for Full Members and $50 for Basic Members)

Holiday Camp at Hutto (K-5th grade; Dec. 26-29 and Jan 2-5; Half days only: 8am-12pm or 1-5pm; daily rate is $35 for Full Members and $45 for Basic Members)

Website: https://ymcagwc.org/programs/youth-teen-camps-programs/holiday-camp/

 

Central 

Camp name: Zach Theatre Winter Break Camps

Area: Toomey Road; near downtown Austin

Act the Story: Winter Wonderland | Kindergarten to Grade 2

Session 1: December 20-22, $250

Session 2: December 27-29, $250

Acting Camp: Comedy | Grades 3 – 5

Session 1: December 20-22, $250 

Session 2: December 27-29, $250

Hours: For all sessions and age groups: 9:00am-4:00pm (for an additional fee, early care and after care is available) 

Website: http://zachtheatre.org/education/performing-arts-school/break-camps/

*My children have participated in their summer camps in the past and have enjoyed them

 

South

Camp name: Kidventure Winter Camp

Area: SW Austin; Bee Cave Road (Eanes Elementary School) and Lakeway

Available dates: Jan. 2-5 (you can select the dates you want)

Camper ages: Camp Westlake at Eanes Elementary - Discover (Ages 3-5 Yrs.) and Explore (K-12 Yrs.); and Camp Rough Life at Rough Hollow Lakeway (K-12 Yrs.)

Hours: 9am-3:30pm (pre- and post-camp options available for an additional fee)

Cost: $75/day, except Jan. 4th, which is $95 due to a special field trip

Website: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/KidventureCamp#/selectSessions/2200404

*My children have participated in their summer camps for years at the Eanes Elem. location and have always enjoyed it

 

Camp name: Life Ki-do Martial Arts Winter Camp

Area: SW Austin; Bee Cave Road near Westbank Dr. 

Available dates: Wed, Thurs & Fri, December 27-29 

Camper ages: K-2nd grade

Hours: 10am to Noon 

Cost: $100  

Website: https://lifekido.com/winter-break-camp/

*My daughter has taken an after school class weekly at Life Ki-do for the past year. We love their teachers and approach. Voted Best After School Activity by Austin Chronicle and Favorite Sports Education 2017 by Kids Out and About.

 

Camp name: Synergy Dance Studio Winter Dance Camp

Area: SW Austin; Bee Cave Road near Walsh Tarlton

Available dates: Tues., Jan. 2-Fri., Jan. 5

Camper ages: Boys and girls, 4-10

Hours: 10am-3pm

Cost: $60 for one day or $200 for all four days

Website: https://www.iclassprov2.com/parentportal/synergydancestudio/camps?camptype=5

*My daughter participated in a summer dance session here a few years ago and had a good time

 

East

Camp name: kidsActing - Glee! Show Choir

Area: Center Stage Theatre, Real Street near Alexander Ave. (Near UT/Mueller)

Available dates: Dec. 26-29

Camper ages: 6-13

Hours: Tues.-Fri., 8:30am-5:00pm

Cost: $285 for the four-day winter break camp

Website: https://www.kidsactingstudio.com/winter-break-camp

*kidsActing received the Austin Family Magazine 2017 Readers' Poll Favorites Award, the Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Hall of Fame, and the Nurture my Child 2017 Best Camp Award

 

Drop-in Care

Name: Kid Spa

Areas: North location - Avery Ranch/Parmer Lane and South location - Circle C/Slaughter Lane

Available dates: Open every day of the week, except Sundays (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day)

Ages: 18 months to 12 years old

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. (7:30am-10:00pm); Fridays (7:30am-12:30am); Saturdays (9:00am-12:30am)

Cost: $9.00/hour (reduced rate special offered when purchasing blocks of hours). Rate is per child, but time may be shared within a family. There is a one-time registration fee of $30 per family. Registration required for first time visit.     

Website: http://www.kidspaaustin.com/home

*2013-2017 Austin Family Magazine Readers' Poll Favorite Award for Best Drop-in Center and voted Best Drop-in Center in the 2011 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll

 

Best to you and yours and enjoy the winter holidays!

Esha/Enriched Family