Whether you want your kids to enjoy the outdoors and make the most out of the summer days in Austin, or you prefer a cool place to hang out with the family, this list will provide you with an option you are looking for.
Austin during summer is filled with summer camp options and fun family-friendly places for cool activities, so make sure you read this list until the very end and start planning your summer 2022 in Austin!

Where: Austin Pond Locations
Dates: June 4 & 5. 9 AM- 5 PM

There’s no better activity to enjoy the outdoors than visiting the spectacular ponds and gardens throughout the greater Austin area! 

You will get to see some of the classics and the new ponds of the city in this charitable tour sponsored by The Austin Ponds Society.

Where: 400 N. Liberty Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130

When it comes to summer fun, we can’t leave out an amazing water park, and that is the case for Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort.

It’s located in New Braunfels between San Antonio and Austin and it features the most exciting collection of water slides in Texas! This is a must when it comes to water parks!

Where: The Scholar Ship
Dates:May 30- June 3. 8.30 AM- 5 PM

If your kid likes to build and create stuff, this fun summer camp is a great option! 

They will be making the most popular products among kids including playdough, lip scrub, lip balm, body scrubs, bath bombs, soap, tie-dye, and more!

Where: Austin Nature & Science Center
Dates:June 6- August 12

The Austin Nature & Science Center is a great spot that combines nature, fun, and education!

There are tons of Summer Camp options with different themes for different age groups.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Dates:June 9, 9 AM- 10 AM

This amazing outdoor event for the whole family will be guided by birders from Travis Audubon and horticulturists from the Wildflower Center who will help identify birds and the native plants they rely on for food and shelter.

Where: The Scholar Ship
Dates:June 6 -10 & June 27 – July 1, 8.30 AM- 5.30 PM

Kids ages 6-12 who are Harry Potter fans will have a blast during this camp!

Campers will be assigned to houses, make their own magic wands, make potions, floating candles, winged keys, soap, and much other fun, magical things!

Where: 10815 FM1625, Austin, Texas, USA
Dates:WATER PARK HOURS: May: Open Memorial Day (12 PM – 8 PM) | Friday – Sunday (12 PM – 8 PM) | June – August: Monday – Friday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Saturday (10 AM – 8 PM) | Sunday (12 PM- 8 PM) | September: Open Labor Day (12 PM – 8 PM) | Friday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Saturday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Sunday (12 PM – 8 PM ) | WAKE PARK HOURS: April: Saturday – Sunday (12 PM– 8 PM) | May: Open Memorial Day (12 PM – 8 PM) | Friday – Sunday (12 PM – 8 PM) | June – August: Monday – Friday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Saturday (10 AM – 8 PM) | Sunday (12 PM – 8 PM) | September: Open Labor Day (12 PM – 8 PM) | Friday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Saturday (12 PM – 8 PM) | Sunday (12 PM – 8 PM)

Combine summer with water and fun and you get Quest ATX!

Besides the great water park with obstacle courses, a 2-tower swing, and slides, Quest ATX is a world-class wakeboarding facility to try out a new skill!

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Dates:Mondays – Fridays, June 6 – July 29, 2022. 9 AM – 3 PM

Summer Camps at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center are filled with nature-based learning experiences for kids in K-5th grade who are interested in STEAM ( science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.)

Where: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739, USA
Dates:Open daily: 9 AM – 5 PM | Member Mornings: 8 – 9 AM | Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving Day – CLOSED | Dec. 24 – 25 – CLOSED | Dec. 31 – Jan 1 – CLOSED

f you don’t feel like enrolling your kid in a summer camp, The Austin Lady Bird Wildflower Center is still a great place to visit during summer!

Walk among 284 acres of beautiful gardens, an arboretum, natural areas, and wildlands in this beautiful outdoor space

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:June 6-10: Ages 4-8 from 9 AM-12 PM | Ages 9+ from 1-4 PM

During Cake Wars, kids will learn the fundamentals of cake decorating and then move on to more advanced techniques!

By the end of this camp, kids will learn to stack and crumb coat a classic birthday cake and move on to other favorites like chocolate fudge cake with ganache and red velvet cupcakes.

Where: 400 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Have an exciting day at this cool amusement park where you will find rides for the whole family!

From extreme rides to children’s rides and family rides, there are options for everyone!

Where: Thinkery
Dates:June 6- August 5. Hours vary by camp and age.

The Thinkery Camps are a very popular option and perhaps a family favorite when it comes to summer in Austin.

Both parents and kids love these camps in which kids can have a great time in a safe, creative, and challenging environment.

Where: 5211 Main Street, Sheridan, Texas 77475, USA
Dates:Monday-Saturday 10 AM-6 PM | Sunday 12 PM-6 PM

Just a short drive from Austin, Splashway welcomes families to a perfect summer destination! You will find attractions for all ages and tastes!

Where: Austin Zoo
Dates:June 6- August 12, 9:30 AM- 4 PM Monday through Friday.

Summer camps at the Austin Zoo are perfect for kids to have a fun time in the outdoors and be surrounded by these amazing animals!

There are many themes and dates available, divided by age group!

Where: 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736, USA
Dates: Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)
Open Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM – 5 PM | Open Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 9:30 AM – 6 PM

You can’t let summer go without visiting this amazing zoo!

From exotic species to Texas native animals, you’ll make some new friends at the Austin Zoo, a big family-friendly attraction in Texas!

Where: The Scholar Ship
Dates:8:30 AM- 5.30 PM: June 13-17 – Magnificent Libraries | June 20 -24 – Moon Colony | July 4 -8 – Hogwarts | July 11 -15 – Toy Story | July 18 – 22 – My Happy Farm | July 25 – 29 – Underwater Base | August 1 – 5 – Mushroom Mansions | August 8 – 12 – Amazing Maze | August 15-16 – Minecraft

The Scholar Ship is offering these fun and amazing gaming camps with different themes!

Kids in grades 1st- 6th who are serious about Minecraft will find these camps a blast!

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:June 13-17: Ages 4-8 from 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ from 1-4 PM

During this week-long summer camp, kids will recreate recipes from classic and new kids’ movies, including the trenette al pesto from Luca, Remy’s ratatouille, Beauty and the Beast’s “grey stuff”, and much more!

Where: The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country
Dates:9 AM- 1 PM : June 20-24th, July 11-15th, July 25-29th

These fun and educational camps are focused on STEAM themes with games, exploration, and discovery while encouraging values such as teamwork and trust, problem-solving, stewardship, and outdoor recreation with nature connection.

Where: 14529 Pocohontas Trail, Leander, TX 78641, USA

Explore a private island getaway and a revolutionary water park.

You will be surrounded by the beautiful Lake Travis and Austin Hill Country Views! A great way to spend a summer day.

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:June 20-24 : Ages 4.5-8: 9-12 PM | Ages 9+: 1-4 PM

This summer camp combines science experiments and food!

During this camp, kids make edible slime, chocolate swamp biomes, jiggly aliens, planet cookies, and much more!

Where: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Hours:The garden is open to the public 7 days a week, year-round. The garden is closed for major holidays and Austin City Limits Fest.9 AM – 6 PM Daily. Final entry 30 minutes prior to closing.

Enjoy summer days with a nice walk admiring the beautiful themed gardens that are interconnected with pathways for all ages and abilities.

There’s also a dinosaur habitat recreation to explore!

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:July 5-8 : Ages 4-8 from 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ from 1-4 PM

Nothing like celebrating a holiday every day!

That’s what kids will do each day of this camp. Campers will celebrate Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day, with sweet and savory recipes from each to celebrate!

Texas State Capitol

Where: 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Dates:Monday- Friday 7 AM- 6 PM

If you want a more low-key plan, visit the Texas Capitol located in the heart of Austin and enjoy a nice summer picnic while kids run around and play!

Enjoy lunch under the shade of a tree, or with the view of one of the best architectural gems in Austin.

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:August 1-5: Ages 4-8 | 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ | 1-4 PM

To conclude the amazing Foodie Kids’ Camps, kids will get to do their favorite recipes from every camp!

They will try sweet and savory recipes from French and Italian, TV trends, food science, and more!

Zilker Park

Where: 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin
Hours:Daily, 5 AM- 10 PM

Zilker Park has plenty of green space to choose from for your perfect summer-day picnic!

You will get to enjoy city views, as well as 351 acres of land for running, biking, enjoying gardens, trails, and so much more!

Where: 16107 FM2769, Volente, Texas, USA
Dates:WATERPARK Open Saturdays Thru October 10th – 11-7 PM | RESTAURANT Thursdays 4-8 PM | Fridays 12-10 PM | Saturdays 10-10 PM | Sundays 10-7 PM

There are many activities to choose from at Volente Beach: you can enjoy the waterpark, eat at the amazing family-friendly restaurant Beachside Billy’s, or stay for the whole weekend in one of the bungalows and enjoy all the activities!

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:July 18-22: Ages 4-8 | 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ | 1-4 PM | August 8-12: Cake Wars Crazy

Kids will have a fun time learning the fundamentals of cake decorating and advanced techniques!

On the last day, each camper will design and execute their own finale cakes and have a pizza party!

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:July 11-15 Ages 4-8 from 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ from 1-4 PM

This summer camp will be all about the different famous restaurants and how they create menus.

Kids will make recipes from all of these places to practice their skills. Then on the last day, each class will turn themselves into their own restaurant and execute their signature dishes!

Where: Foodie Kids
Dates:July 25-29: Ages 4-8 | 9 AM-12 | Ages 9+ | 1-4 PM

During this week of camp, kids will get to jump into all their favorite cooking shows including Nailed It!, Great British Baking Show, Be Our Chef, Tiny Kitchen, and Kids Baking Championship’s “Dessert Imposters”.