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Summer Activities and Camps for Kids

It’s warming up outside! That means that summer is on the way and school is almost out. What will your children be doing to pass the time? What better time for kids to learn a new hobby or sport?

I never knew how many day camps there were until I started looking into something for my 5 year old. While not all of the camps have released their schedules yet, I have made a list of some that sound interesting. Maybe one will be a good fit for you and your child(ren) so that you don’t hear the words, “I’m sooooo bored!”.

Summer-activities-and-camps-2014For the animal/nature lovers:

Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville
Dinosaur Safari is going on from March 15 – July 6th
Animal Play Days will be May 18th and July 5th
Kids Appreciation Day is August 3, 2014

The National Butterfly Center’s Critter Camp, Mission
Open to children ages 7-12 from July 7 -August 1st, four one week sessions

Call 956-583-5400 for more information

Quinta Mazatlan Discovery Camp, McAllen Call the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation Administration for more information.

Horseback Riding Camp, Edinburg Ages 3 – 16

For the Artists & Budding Musicians:

Art Connection, McAllen Ages 6 & up

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Summer Art Camp Ages 5 – 15  Six sessions available from June 16th – July 25th

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Summer Music Camp, Ages 6-15 Three sessions to choose from June 16th – July 25th

Valley Sip ‘n’ Paint, Mission, Ages 6 & up. Four camps, each with two time sessions to choose from.

Mozarts Academy, June 16 – 26 &  July 14 – 24, Piano, guitar, violin, art and voice

Valley Keyboards, Summer Piano Camps, Ages 4 – 17, One Week Camps, June & July

For the Dancers & Gymnists:

Dance Expressions, Brownsville, Ages 2 & up, 956-544-0003, July 7th – July 24th

School Smart Kids Summer Camp, June 23rd – July 30th, Ages 1 – 9,, Gymnastics, Brain Dance, Nutrition, Psychomotricity, Memory Techniques, Logic & Concentration Games

Dancentre of Edinburg, Ages 3 & up, Full-day and Half-day programs, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Folklorico, Tumbling and Hip Hop

Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance, 956-423-6488, Ages 3 and up, Six different camps to choose from.

Deborah Case Dance Academy,, June 2-6. Registration ends May 21st.

Melba’s Dance School,, Ages 3 & up, Three sessions to choose from, June 9th – August 8th

Church Day Camps:

St. Mark United Methodist Church, McAllen,

St. Paul Lutheran Academy, Harlingen,

Camps with Various Activities:

Harlingen Parks & Recreation,, 956-216-5951

McAllen Parks & Recreation,, 956-681-3333

Boys & Girls Club of McAllen,

The City of Edinburg, Boys & Girls Club & Parks & Recreation,,

Fun & Educational Places to Visit:

IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Science)

Children’s Museum of Brownsville,

South Texas Historical Museum,


This is just a small portion of what I have found! I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. There are many many more out there, I will keep you updated.

What kind of camps are your kids interested in? Have a great week!







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