Thanks to Magik Theatre, our presenting sponsor for the 2019 San Antonio Summer Camp Guide. Their Camp Showbiz is San Antonio’s premiere theatre arts summer camp, giving campers the opportunity to collaborate and create their own unique shows. Learn more in our guide below!
All around the San Antonio area you’ll find some of the best summer camps for kids of all ages. This year’s Summer Camp Guide for San Antonio kids features a wide variety of camps sure to engage and excite kids, from preschoolers to teens, no matter their interests. From STEM to soccer and arts to archaeology, from overnight and away camps to day camps, and from cooking to music, language to animals and more, the stellar camps featured in our guide provide something for everyone.
This year’s summer camps vary in duration, with some lasting a week or more, while others offer half- and full-day sessions. Some camps are overnight, while others are day camps.
Here’s what’s really great — some camps even offer exclusive discounts to our readers! And there are many other cheap and free San Antonio summer camps that are definitely worth a look.
We’ve put together the 2019 San Antonio Summer Camp Guide to make it easy for parents to find the very best discounted, cheap, and even free options to ensure your children make some great memories this summer.
To make things as easy as possible, we’ve divided this guide into a couple categories:
The Magik Theatre’s Camp Showbiz
Type: Theater, Arts
Description: Be the star of your own story with The Magik Theatre! More than 14,000 young people ages 3 to 17 have taken part in Camp Showbiz, San Antonio’s premiere theatre arts summer program. At Camp Showbiz, no two sessions are alike! With guidance from our professional teaching artists, our campers take charge of their experience by learning how to collaborate together to create one-of-a-kind shows. Over the course of a session, campers will have fun growing their imaginations by developing original plays and films, sharpening acting and improvisational skills, and rehearsing show-stopping musical numbers.
Studies show that creativity is essential to a child’s development and the skills gained through engaging in the creative process are applicable to all careers and lifestyles. Our process-based approach to theatre brings out each child’s unique talents and shows them they are capable of great things!
Each camp session runs two weeks with the exception of the ages 3.5-5 iStation camp (one week) and the Great Performances camp (four weeks). Each session culminates in a Friday 3:00 p.m. showcase for family and friends.
Locations: The Magik Theatre (420 S Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205) and the Magik Performing Arts Center (5359 Casa Bella, San Antonio, TX 78249)
Dates: June 10 – August 23, 2019
Cost: Varies – get full pricing details here
Exclusive Discount: Get the lowest rates by registering before May 1.
Type: STEM, Educational
Description: iD Tech is the world’s #1 STEM summer camp, with 400,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 campus locations including Trinity, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Stanford, and NYU.
At iD Tech’s summer camps, kids ages 7-19 learn how to code, make video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft , model and print 3D characters, engineer robots, create with Roblox, work with AI and machine learning, and a whole lot more!
Full-week, day and overnight summer camps are available. Kids will learn in-demand skills that prepare them for the future. Only 5-10 students per instructor (max of 10) so students benefit from personalized learning at their own pace.
Exclusive Discount: Our readers can save $75 off registration by downloading iD Tech’s digital brochure
YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Type: Outdoors, Sports, Specialty
Description: From traditional camp and specialty experiences to one of a kind adventures, the Y invites kids to discover new talents, new interests, and new friends within a safe and nurturing environment. We guarantee that campers will have the BEST SUMMER EVER through creative play, field trips, sports, and more. There are day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, specialty camps, camps for kids with special needs, and more!
The Y’s doors are open to all, regardless of age, ability, faith, gender or income – there is an experience waiting for everyone.
Location: Multiple locations
Contact: (210) 924-2277, Website
Cost: Varies, Financial assistance available for those in need
Dates: June 3 – August 16
Mo-Ranch Summer Camp
Type: Christian, Outdoors
Description: Our camp is a premier co-ed residential Christian summer camp that’s located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in the historic town of Hunt along the beautiful Guadalupe River. For over forty years, Mo-Ranch’s 500 acres of wide-open spaces have allowed campers a safe space to disconnect from phones and technology, and make real connections with new friends, their counselors, and God.
Through our unique camp programming, we create a Christian living community where campers disconnect from the distractions of everyday life and can have the opportunity to connect with new friends and counselors who are Christian role models, all while growing in their faith. Campers will be challenged to think creatively, intellectually, communicatively and collaboratively, and leave Mo-Ranch Summer Camp changed for the better, forever.
Location: 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, Texas 78024
Dates: June 2 – July 20 (one and two-week sessions)
Sherwood Forest Faire
Type: Outdoors, Medieval
Description: Step back in time to get a taste of the medieval life at Sherwood Forest Summer Camp! Located on a 23-acre medieval village, this one-of-a-kind summer camp transports campers back to the world of knights, ladies, and a much simpler lifestyle.
Kids will learn how to make tools and will learn valuable skills that were essential for living and surviving in the medieval era. No modern electronics or entertainment devices will be used.
Campers have a couple of options for lodging — Sherwood Castle (indoors, climate controlled) or the Merry Folks Pavilions (large, military-grade tents that are insulated and climate-controlled).
Each camping session is 6 nights each, and a typical day includes attending classes, enjoying healthy meals, and evening entertainment. Campers end the day with a shower and a story before bed.
There are Youth Camps (ages 7-16) and Family Camps (ages 5+, each family must have one adult and one youth or teen) available.
All in all, there’s no other camp like it!
Location: 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade, TX 78650 (35 miles east of Austin)
Contact: 512-222-8570, Website
Summer at Saint Mary’s Hall
Type: Educational, Sports, Enrichment
Description: Summer at Saint Mary’s Hall has it all with 10 weeks of academics, arts, athletics, and enrichment camps for children ages 3-18. We offer students a safe, fun, educational, and enriching experience as we encourage campers to explore new friendships, tackle new obstacles, and discover individual talents and creative abilities. You don’t want to miss this San Antonio summer camp!
Location : 9401 Starcrest Dr, San Antonio, TX 78217
Dates: May 28 – July 29
Cost: $150 and up
Exclusive Discount: No registration fee with code SATTD at checkout
Code4Bots RobotCoder Camp
Description: At Code4Bots, kids learn critical tech skills that prepare them for the world of tomorrow. These engaging, exciting, and educational STEM Camps allow hands-on learning with Jimu™ Robots and LEGO® Robots. Your child will actually learn how to program robots using different coding platforms, like C++ and Blockly!
When kids learn science and technology from a young age, they’ll be better equipped to succeed in life. At Code4Bots, your child will learn about recent robotics inventions in a fun and engaging way so they can transform ideas into useful products and services.
Code4Bots Camps foster an environment where teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity thrive.
Locations: 1056 E. Borgfeld Dr. Suite 1, San Antonio, TX 78260
Dates: June – August
Cost: Half-Day Camps: $145/week, $35/day; Full-Day Camps: $295/week, $70/day
NVC Summer Camps and Workshops
NVC Community Education is a great place to learn! Their K-12 programs are committed to the development of STEM-based learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as, arts and environmental education. They take pride in offering these high-quality programs that help students reach their full potential. Click here for more info.
Location: Northwest Vista College 3535 N. Ellison Drive | Pecan Hall Room 101 | San Antonio, TX | 78251
Youth Code Jam
Play with code, games, web design, interactive artwork, network security and more as you learn the basics of computational thinking, computer programming, digital citizenship and cyber security. Come discover, think, tinker, invent and create with us. All camps are ability-based with a high teacher to student ratio for optimal learning and engagement. It’s the fun way to learn to code from San Antonio’s largest youth coding nonprofit. More at youthcodejam.org.
Location: Artpace, Confluence Park
The Cibolo Nature Center Camps
The Cibolo Nature Center’s summer camps nurture an awareness and appreciation of the outdoor world and give opportunities and learning experiences for all children. With camp options available for Pre-K through age 12, these sessions foster teamwork and mutual respect for others through nature play and hands-on activities. Click here to learn more.
Cost: $75-$180, register by June 1 for lowest rates
Location: Cibolo Nature Center & Farm 140 City Park Road | Boerne, TX | 78006
Summer at The Academy
With more than 250 classes offered by more than 60 of the area’s top teachers, coaches and artisans, you’ll find a wide variety of one-of-a-kind academic, sports, cultural and just fun classes. The weekly programs for boys & girls 4 and up run from June 4 to July 27 with morning and afternoon classes plus extended daycare. Fees vary. Click here to learn more.
Location: San Antonio Academy 117 E French Place | San Antonio, TX | 78212
World Wide Soccer Nike Summer Camps
A professional soccer coaching company providing young players with the opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of qualified soccer trainers. World Wide Soccer promotes positive sport and exercise experiences, and this year, they’ve partnered with Nike Soccer Camps to deliver the best experience yet. Each camp is challenging, educational and enjoyable. Click here for more info.
Dates: June – August
Location: Multiple locations around town
San Antonio Botanical Garden Summer Camps
Explore the San Antonio Botanical Garden this summer with STEAM-based camps that offer hands-on activities, nature-inspired arts & crafts, ecology, and botany. The Garden inspires everyone from budding scientists to artists and chefs to explore and appreciate nature. Click here for more info on 2019 summer camps.
Cost: $135 and up
Dates: June – July
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston Place | San Antonio, Texas | 78209
iD Tech Summer Camps
iD Tech teaches kids valuable tech skills that set them up for success in the future. From coding to game development to robotics, kids get hands-on experience in exciting technical fields while having fun and making new friends. Day and overnight camps available. Click here to learn more.
Dates: June – August
Locations: The University of Texas San Antonio; Trinity University
Around the World with Archaeology
During this week-long summer camp, children take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities while learning how archaeologists work and getting introduced to different cultures. Campers will explore sites from Asia to Europe to Africa to Texas all at the UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research on UTSA’s 1604 campus. Click here to learn more.
Cost: $265 (discounts available for UTSA employees as well as for sibling registrations)
Location: UTSA Center for Archaeological Research One UTSA Circle | San Antonio, TX | 78249
The DoSeum Summer Camps
The DoSeum is the perfect place for kids to spend the summer. At camp, kids will explore exciting new STEM and art concepts, learning to innovate, create, and solve problems—all while having fun! They’re also introducing Master Camps this year that are highly specific and encourage continued learning over the summer. These camps are always very popular, so you’ll want to register ASAP. Click here to learn more.
Cost: $210-$770; scholarships are available
Dates: June – August
Location: The DoSeum 2800 Broadway St. | San Antonio, TX | 78209
Kids between the ages of 8 and 14 with epilepsy can attend Camp Neuron this summer absolutely free. The Epilepsy Foundation Texas sponsors this opportunity for children with epilepsy to provide them with a fun and exciting residential camping experience. It’s a great place for children to make new friends, to build self-confidence, and to just have a fun time! You can learn more and register at this link.
Date: June 30 – July 6
Location: Texas Lions Camp, Kerrville, TX
Know of any other great summer camps in San Antonio? Tell us your favorites by commenting below.