When you are a kid, summer is all about fun. School is out, and there is no homework! However, after a few days of just lounging around the house, everyone will be bored and will want something new and different to do. This is where you, as a parent, can score big points by sending your kids to any number of fun camps around the Austin area.

The Austin Parks & Recreation Department has a large number of summer programs for children five to 12 years of age and a few programs for teens. These programs run the gamut from outdoor adventures to cultural activities. The cost of the camps vary, and parents can apply for financial aid. The Austin Parks Summer Playgrounds Program is a free, supervised recreational program that takes place on different playgrounds. Children can be dropped off at any time during the program's hours. This camp runs from June 11 to August third, with no camp on July fourth.

Excused Absence Comedy hosts improv and comedy camps for kids ages five to 18, organized by ages. The camps run Monday to Friday and culminate in an optional performance the following Sunday. The cost is $175 for a half day and $295 for a full day.

Kids can participate in sports, field trips, and bible studies at High Hopes Sports and Afterschool Camp, a Christian camp for ages five to 12. Field trips and activities include laser tag, museums, movies, baseball, basketball, golf, and more. The cost is $220 for a week of four to five days, $145 for three days and $55 for a full day. There is a one-time registration fee of $50.

The American Academy of Robotics offers robotics camps at various locations around Austin. These exciting camps use LEGO Mindstorms to program robots in different themed classes that run either a half day or a full day. Prices are $325 for a full day and $175 for a half day. The camp serves children up to 8th grade.

The undisputed king of field trip camps, Camp on the Move, has field trips to places such as Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, and Splashtown, and other fun activities such as rock wall climbing, movies and zip lining. The cost is $365 and up depending on the camp week. The camp serves kids ages eight to 14.

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes is an overnight or day camp setting that is situated on 55 acres of fun activities such as a water slide, kayaking, swimming, archery, paintball, a sports complex, and more. Each week has a unique theme. The cost is $674 for members and $749 for non-members per week. Day camp prices are $198 per member and $230 per non-member. Mini overnight camp is for two nights and three days and costs $384 for members and $408 for non-members. There are discounts for multiple weeks, if you refer a friend, and for multiple campers.

These are just some of the exciting camps that you can find around Austin. Whether you have a budding comedian, a technology whiz, or a sports enthusiast in your home, these camps will provide the chance to hone their skills or learn new ones, all while making new friends.


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