Thanks to iD Tech, our presenting sponsor for the 2020 DFW On Budget Summer Camp Guide.iD Tech is the world’s top STEM summer camp program.

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!

As always, we try to bring you as much up- to- date information as we can but always read the fine print and confirm details before enrollment. 

Read more below for our 2020 Dallas-Fort Worth Summer Camp Guide to the Best Free, Cheap, and Discounted Camps:

Top Pick

iD Tech

id tech summer camp

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

Exclusive Discount: DFW On Budget readers can save $75 off registration by downloading iD Tech’s online brochure

Get $75 off!


Other Great Summer Camps in Dallas-Fort Worth


Dallas International School Summer Enrichment Camp

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.

iD Tech

This program offers virtual camps, in person camps, and online private lessons. Their in person summer camp in DFW is held at the University of Texas at Dallas and includes options from gaming, robotics, game development, and more. You can choose from full-week, all day, and overnight options for kids age 7 – 19 years old from June through August. Prices vary but if you enroll by March 22, you can save an additional $150! Just use the code FLEX20!

Mansfield Parks & Recreation

Mansfield takes it up a notch with fun, affordable options for kids of all kinds. Enjoy sports, horseback riding, art and film, science and Legos, dance, swimming, and much more. Camp rates, dates, and times vary but all camps are under $300 per session.

Grapevine Parks & Recreation

Spend the summer on the shores of Lake Grapevine with camps 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.

Xplore at TVS

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!

RBR Muzik & Arts

Bring your artists, your musicians, your dancers, and actors to this Fine Arts camp at RBR. Camps are week long for three weeks in June and one week in August. Each session will require a $35 registration fee, classes are $450 for a full-day and $225 for a half-day. Register by April 1st and save $35.

The Episcopal School of Dallas

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.

Club SciKidz

For kids in Pre-Kindergarten through 7th Grade, this STEM-focused camp offers camp classes on Engineering, Robotics, Minecraft 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.

Summer Hoops Camp

The Dallas Mavericks is hosting their annual Summer Hoops Camp for little ballers. Camps are held at local high schools, colleges, and community and athletics centers starting June 1. These camps are for kids aged 7 -18 years old from 9 am to 4 pm. Register before 3/23/2020 and you can save $45! Camps are regularly priced at $275 and include some of the best professional coaching around!

Camp Pursuit

This organization provides STEM-focused learning with no shortage of fun! Fuel your children’s curiosity for storytelling, science projects, Engineering, stop-motion movies, and much more. Camps are for kids in grades 1-8 and last from 9 am to 4 pm for one full week. Register now and save $25. Plus, you can apply for a scholarship!

The Iriving Arts Center

For almost 30 years, this local arts mecca is hosting mini camps for itty bitties, plus camps for the arts, theatre, and more for older kids. For campers aged 4-5 years old, spend mornings Monday through Friday creating a special presentation for their family at the end of the week. Mini camps are just $75! For kids aged 6 and up, make cave art, papyrus, mosaics, and more in full day classes. Camps for kids aged 6 and up are $225 per week.

River Legacy Living Science Center

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!

TCU Summer Camps

Texas Christian University runs their summer camp programs from June through August for youths entering 1st through 8th grade. Each camp is half-day, however, you can combine two sessions for full day fun! Camp offerings include Lego Fun, Photography workshops, creative writing, forensics, and much more. They also offer extended day coverage for just $35 per child. Their summer camp program is still being finalized, check back for pricing.

YMCA Camps

There are multiple YMCA locations in and around DFW offering summer fun for kids! These camps are for kids aged 3 – 12 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!

Adventure Team Kids

This outdoor camp in Colleyville has it all! For kids aged 4 – 13 years old, play individual sports, make arts and crafts, go on nature walks, learn Geocaching, archery, and much more. Camps are $225 per camper, per week. Enjoy drop-in rates of just $50! Campers will bring their own lunch Monday and Tuesday with take-out at just $6 per day for the rest of the week.

SPARK! Creativity Summer Camp

These interactive summer camps are for kids in second grade and older for nine weeks from June through July. Learn the basics of sewing, LED’s, metalworks, map making, and more. It’s creativity with a STEM focus! Each week has a different theme and activities. They also offer drop-in day camps for just $75 per day! Register before March 1 and you get a full week for $299. After March 1st, week-long camps are $325 per child with before and after camp care.


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