2021 Summer Camp Guide Sponsored

Thanks to KidzToPros, the presenting sponsor for our guide for 2021 Summer Camps in Dallas. KidzToPros is home of the city’s very best education and enrichment camps for kids of all ages. With locations across the city (and entire country!), KidzToPros makes it convenient for kids to learn a variety of fun and valuable skills.

You’re probably looking forward to summertime, but you’re not looking forward to figuring out childcare! Don’t let the kids stare into their tablets all day long, and don’t pay the high prices of childcare without tons of camping fun. We’ve rounded up the cheapest and best summer camps in Dallas Fort Worth and the surrounding area so your kids can have the best summer on the cheap! Our comprehensive guide covers key information such as Summer Camp Type, Location, Dates, Timings and Cost and allows parents to do a quick comparison across all the summer camps in Dallas.

Editor’s Note: DFWOnBudget 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. 

For your convenience, we’ve divided the guide into 2 sections:

 

Top Pick For Summer Camps in Dallas – 2021

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 DFWOnBudget readers!

KidztoPros

KidzToPros logo

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!

Locations: 10 Dallas Fort Worth locations in NorthWest Dallas and North Dallas areas

Contact:

Phone: (877) 202-1554

Email

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Dates: 6/7/2021-8/6/2021

Cost: Varies

Get $100 off On-Campus Summer Camps with Code: DFW-100

 

Other 2021 Summer Camps in Dallas 

 

YMCA Camps

Type: Arts, Sports

Description: There are multiple YMCA locations in and around DFW offering summer fun for kids! These camps are for kids aged 3 – 16 years old with hands-on learning, splash activities, fun in the sun, leadership skills, arts and crafts, and much more. Camps run from June through August with prices varying widely. You can also apply for financial assistance!

Age: 3-16

Locations: Multiple locations around DFW – Day Camp Locations

Contact: Official Website

Dates: 6/1/2021 to 8/5/2021

Time: Varies by type of camp. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm for Day Camps

Cost: Varies by type of camp

 

Color Me Empowered Summer Art Camp

Type: Arts

Description: Multiple art areas such as Ceramics, Comic Book Creation, Printmaking, Ceramic Glazing and Animation. In-person summer camps start in June! As of right now, summer camps will be limited capacity, but hopefully, as more and more people are vaccinated, more in-person spots will open. However, the virtual option for summer camps will remain since many  may not be ready to venture out just yet.

Age: 5–18

Location: 2101 West Clarendon Drive, Dallas, Texas 75208

Contact: Phone: 214.434.1092 Email: [email protected]

Dates: Starting in June. Typically classes run Monday – Friday

Time: Varies by class. Typically 3 hour classes from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost: Varies but typically $125

 

Camp Youtube

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.

Age: Various

Location: Online

Dates: Always available

Time: Anytime

Cost: Free

 

Dallas Museum of Art Summer Camps

Type: Arts

Description: Summer Art Camps have something for every creative kid. Spend a week in the Museum exploring galleries, making new friends, working in the studio, and creating amazing art in weeklong camps. Grab your paintbrush and your test tubes as we mix art and science together through creative experiments in our studio-lab. Each day we’ll think like a scientist and create as artists to make out-of-this-world space paintings, beautiful bird collages, nature-inspired drawings, robot sculptures, and so much more. Results of our investigations will be phenomenal!

Dallas Museum of Art’s COVID-safety measures will remain in place. The Museum will continue to require visitors and staff to follow the protocols we have established that are recommended by the CDC, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and limiting capacity. This is one of the top summer camps in Dallas.

Age: 4-12

Location: 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact: Official Website

Dates: June 7 – August 6, Week long camps, Monday – Friday

Time: 9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m. Full day options available.

Cost: DMA Members $185 | Public $220

 

J’s Art Studio Summer Art Camps

Type: Arts

Description: J’s Art Studio offers exciting week long media camps designed as an introductory class to strengthen your artistic technique and skill. Monday through Friday. These classes are small, self-paced regular studio classes. All supplies are included (paints, canvases, clay, etc.). Multiple classes are offered including Kids Camps, Sewing, Art Skills, Teen Workshops and Teen & Adult Classes

Age: 5-19

Location: 17630 Davenport Road #102, Dallas, TX 75252

Contact: Loretta Zierhut Santos, [email protected]

(972) 931-1933

Dates: Jun 07 – Aug 13 2021

Time: Monday-Friday Various 2-3 hour slots between 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: Varies

 

ID TECH

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 including SMU, TCU, The University of Texas at Dallas, Stanford, and NYU.

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.

Save $75 on registration when you download their online brochure!

Locations: Multiple DFW locations (SMU, The University of Texas at Dallas, TCU)

Contact: [email protected], Website; Facebook

Dates: June-August

Cost: Varies

 

Dallas International School Summer Enrichment Camp

Type: Academics

Description: This language-focused school has two separate campuses to provide intensive fun and linguistics for kids aged 2 -17 years old! You can choose from language immersion camps; Build Your Own Toy, Mystery Solvers, animations, and much more. Camps will include outside play time and lunch {for full day campers only, snacks not provided}. Camps are full day or half day, with before-and-after school care available. Prices range from $150 – $300 per child. Sessions run from June 8 through July 17. For those looking for language immersion, this is one of the best camps in Dallas!

Ages: 3-17

Locations:

Contact: Official Website

Dates: June 14 – Aug 23, 2021

Time: Times for the On-Campus Program

Morning Camps: 9:00-12:00   (drop-off starts at 8:30am)

Afternoon Camps: 12:30-3:30 pm (drop-off starts at 12:15)

Before Camp Care: 7:30-9:00

After Camp Care/Activities: 3:30-6:00

After Camp Activities:  between 3:30 and 6:00 pm

Times for the Online Program

Morning Camps: 9:00-12:00   for all ages

Afternoon Camps: 5 years old and up:    1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: Varies

 

Club Scikidz

Type: Academics

Description: For kids in Pre-Kindergarten through 7th Grade, this STEM-focused camp offers camp classes on Engineering, Robotics, Mine craft Coding, Meteorology, Vet camps, and much more. Camps are full-day for one week each. Enroll in multiple sessions and save $10, enroll multiple siblings and save $5 for each additional campers! Camps are $295 each.

Locations: Highland Park, North Dallas, Preston Hollow, and more to come

Contact: Official Website

Dates: Multiple

Time: Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm

Half-Day Summer Camp 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: Full day week camps are $295.00 per week

Half-Day Summer Camp $245 per week

 

River Legacy Living Science Center

Type: Academics

Description: Summer Classes at the Living Science Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore our natural world. A variety of programs offer an interactive, engaging way to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment.

Enjoy hands-on exploration of the natural world for kids in preschool through 8th grade. Summer camp dates run from June 8 through July 24 and multiple options are already full! There are half day and full day options and you’ll want to bring your own lunch and drink. Camps are just $200 – $250!

Age: 3, 4 or 5/entering Kindergarten onwards

Locations: 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006, United States

Contact: Official Website

Dates: Jun 07 – July 16 2021

Time: Monday-Friday 9 am to 12 pm/ 9 am to 3 pm depending on age groups

Cost: $200- $250

UT Dallas Computer Programming Camps

Type: Academic

Description: Online coding camps for 2021 Summer. We will reassess the situation as we get close to the summer. If the situation drastically improves in the next few months & UT Dallas administration decides to allow in-person camps at the campus, we will add a set of in-person camps and provide an option for “registered” campers to transfer to in-person camps.

Morning camps will run 10am-1pm and afternoon camps will run 2-5pm. We have also expanded the # of weeks for the summer camps since every ISD seems to have bit different schedule. For example, summer break starts for Frisco ISD students very early (May 22), whereas Dallas ISD schools will likely start late, around September 2nd week. Also, we do get students all the way from East Coast to West Coast! So, we have decided to run 15 weeks of coding camps!!

Age: 2nd grade onwards

Location: 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Contact: Dr. Jey Veerasamy

Dates: May 24 – Sep 03 2021

Time: Multiple slots between 10:00am to 5:00pm including full day options

Cost: Advance registration fee is $250 for one-week full-day camp, $125 for one-week half-day camp ($75 for very young kids’ short camps). There is an automatic early bird discount of 20% until February 28 & early discount of 10% until April 30. Low income families get additional 30% discount

 

Sci-Tech Discovery Center STEM Camp

Type: Academic

Description: STEM Camps introduce kids to science and technology in the world around them. They can explore chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. It’s all fun and games until it gets messy… then it’s AWESOME! MAKER camps are ideal for kids who love to tinker, disassemble, invent and create. Campers can use hand tools to build with wood, learn to code, assemble circuitry, and engineer mechanical devices.

Camp Options

  • 1st-2nd graders STEM camp
  • 3rd-4th graders STEM camp
  • 5th-8th graders MAKER camp

Locations: 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco TX 75034

Contact: Sloane Pielli

Dates:

Time: 8am – 5pm

Cost: Sci-Tech Members $275/week (STEM Day Camps)

Non-Members $325/week

Sci-Tech Members $285/week (MAKER Day Camps)

Non-Members $335/week

 

Mansfield Parks & Recreation Summer Camps

Type: Sports

Description: Whether you are looking for camps you know and love, or trying something new, we have lots of options available this year. There are sports camps, art camps, science camps, Lego-themed camps, horseback riding, film camps, and our traditional Camp Mansfield! Camp rates, dates, and times vary but all camps are typically under $300 per session.

Locations: 1164 Matlock Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063, United States

Contact: Official Website

Dates: Various sessions between June 22 to August 13

Time: Multiple times

Cost: $195.00 R/$ 205 NR (Half Day)

$310 R/$ 320 NR (Full Day)

 

Grapevine Parks & Recreation

Type: Sports

Description: Spend the summer on the shores of Lake Grapevine with 50 camp options including archery, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and more. Some camps involve indoor activities like tech skills, coding, and game development. Sign up for a full week for $150 – $250. Plus, you can save with discounts for multiple siblings and weeks! Camps are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with before and after care available. Kids will need to bring their own lunch, drink, and snacks. One of the cheapest summer camps in Dallas area!

Ages: Varies

Locations: 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine TX 76051, United States

Contact: Official Website

Dates: May 31- August 13 2021

Time: Varies by camp, various slots between 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: Varies by camp, typically $130-$180 per week

 

XPLORE at TVS

Type: Sports

Description: Trinity Valley School offers summer camps and classes to everyone! You don’t need to be a student there to take advantage of their awesome programs. Camps are divided by age and interest for kids as young as Pre-Kindergarten up to 12th grade. Program activities include baking, Mini Med School, Advanced Robotics, Baseball, Legos, board games, and much more. They have one-day, full week, full-day, and half-day options with before-and-after camp care available. Bring your own lunch. Prices vary widely but all camp options are below $300! COVID-19 Policy

As we face the reality that COVID-19 will continue to be a community concern throughout summer 2021, we ask all families to carefully consider both risks and options for summer participation as they relate to your financial commitment. If you have registered for camps and later have concerns about COVID-19, we encourage families to go ahead and make a cancellation request following the advance-notice timeline mentioned below in our General Policy. Should Xplore Summer at TVS have to cancel any camp for summer 2021 due to COVID-19 prior to the start of the program, we will provide a full refund. Fees are non-refundable for any singular, in-progress Xplore camps and classes that are discontinued due to COVID-19 exposure.

Ages: 3-18

Locations: 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine, TX 76051, United States

Contact: Official Website

Dates: June-July 2021

Time: Varies

Cost: Half-day programs range from $160-$200.

Full-day programs range from $275-$415

 

Breakthrough Basketball

Type: Sports

Description: We’re excited to provide this 5 day youth camp in Dallas, Texas that focuses on giving your little baller the essential drills and instruction to build a foundation on how to play the game of basketball. Learn the necessary warm up, dribbling, passing, footwork, finishing moves & foundational shooting drills all while having FUN. Ball is not life. We’ll also talk to the kids about gratitude, attitude, kindness, success, etc. We’re pleased to announce that we have arranged for Tasheba Butler to come to Dallas, Texas to run a 3-day skill development camp. This is a youth and middle school camp for players looking to develop better scoring moves and better ball handling and playmaking ability.

You improve your scoring, ball handling, shooting, passing, athleticism, footwork, decision-making, and 1 on 1 moves to take your game to the next level. Develop high-level scoring moves that will keep defenders off-balance and give yourself the advantage no matter where you are on the floor.

This intensive camp teaches you the pillars to becoming a complete offensive player who can score at will against even the tightest defenses. Whether you’re looking to dominate the competition or simply make the team, this camp will take your game to the next level before next season starts. This specialized 3-day camp will give you the drills and instruction you need to become a top-flight shooter who stands out from the competition. Go into season ready to increase your shooting percentage and range with better mechanics and more confidence in your shot. These are the secrets perfected by the world’s greatest shooters, and now they’re yours as part of the 3-day intensive Shooting & Offensive Skills Camp.

Age: Grade K to Grade 12

Locations: Dallas, Duncanville, Fort Worth, Addison, Lake Dallas, & Tyler

Contact: Dustin Pierson

Dates: April 11 – Aug 5 2021

Time: Monday-Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: $165 – $236

 

Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps | Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Type: Sports

Description: Enjoy an incredible week of tennis this summer at the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at SMU in the heart of Dallas. Our first summer of camp was an incredible success with more than 300 kids being hosted on campus and 2021 promises to be even better. The camp will offer young players a chance to train at one of the premier tennis facilities in the world under the direction of SMU coaches Grant Chen (Head Men’s Coach) and Jeff Nevolo (Head Women’s Coach). The SMU camp is the perfect preparation for young players who are looking to get more involved with playing tennis. Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work, and game/match play, all in a fun and competitive environment. Campers are broken up into small instructional groups with a tailored program for the needs of each level of player. If you are into tennis, this is one of the most well-regarded summer camps in Dallas and surrounding areas.

Age: 7-18

Locations: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75205

Contact: David Schilling

Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 16 2021

Time: Full Day Option: 9am – 4pm

Half Day Option: 9am – Noon daily

Cost: Full Day Option – $675

Half Day $475

Boys High School Camp $120

 

The Episcopal School Of Dallas

Type: Arts, Sports, Academics

Description: This local private school offers K-12 options focusing on art, sports, academics, adventure, and more! Check out Survival Skills, Summer Reading, Techie Skills, Culinary classes, Pottery, Photography, Sports, Summer Credit, and other great options. Each camp is one week long for at least three days, running from May through August with various hours. Pricing ranges from $130 to $400+ with extended day options for an extra fee.

Ages: Multiple options – 3 years through Grade 12

Location: ESD’s campus which is at the intersection of Midway and Merrell Road, just south of Royal Lane: 4100 Merrell Rd, Dallas, TX 75229, United States

Contact:

Mike Schneider
Director of Summer Programs
[email protected]
214-353-5854

Dates: Weekly camps between Jun 1 – Aug 6 2021

Time: Multiple slots running from 9 am to 6 pm depending on the choice of the camp

Cost: Varies

 

Charis Hills Christian Summer Camp

Type: Multi-discipline

Description: Choose from many fun and rewarding activities while you’re here. We celebrate and enjoy being together through crazy theme nights such as Top Secret Agent, Crazy Circus, Camouflage, and Rodeo and Talent Show nights. We have silly skits and laugh our heads off doing fun stuff. We work hard on cooperation and don’t spend much time on competition. And, we give you the opportunity to experience the great outdoors along with the comfort of nice facilities. What a wonderful way to spend your summer!

Age: 7 – 14

Locations: 498 Faulkner Road, Sunset, TX 76270

Contact: Rand & Colleen Southard

Dates: Multiple 6 day sessions between Jun 13 – Jul 31 2021

Time: Not applicable (Boarding camps)

Cost: $1,500 includes full room and board

 

Girls Scouts of North Texas Camp Bette Perot

Type: Multi-discipline

Description: We’re excited to welcome Girl Scouts back to camp this summer! After the year we’ve had, girls need to be outdoors, together, with new friends, facing new adventures. Camp will look different this year, and there are many ways to camp the Girl Scout Way! Multiple options for camps including Resident, STEM Day, Out of the Box and Day/Twilight

Locations: Camp Bette Perot (Palestine), Camp Gambill (Paris), Camp Rocky Point, (Denison) and The STEM Center of Excellence (Dallas)

Contact: Lisa Kuhn

Dates: Multiple 5 day long sessions between Jun 14 – Aug 06 2021

Time: Varies by camp

Cost: Varies by camp, starts at $59