May 23, 2017

Summer Camps & Activities Guide - 2017

Summer is a magical time of swimming, camping, arts & crafts, and making friends. But it can also be a time for your kids to drive you crazy. To help you entertain those stir-crazy kiddos, we've compiled a list of summer camps, classes, and other fun activities in Bastrop County (including Bastrop, Elgin, Smithville, and Cedar Creek, Texas) to keep your kids entertained this summer.

We'd like to thank the Bastrop Patriotic Festival and the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this summer's guide! This year, the Bastrop Patriotic Festival will be a 2-day event in Fisherman's Park with the Run, White & Blue 5K Glow Run & Kids 1K and the Run, White & Blue After Race Glow Street Dance on June 30th and the big fireworks display, along with tons of other fun activities, on July 1st!

Besides the amazing fireworks show, Bastrop's Patriotic Festival this year will include a petting zoo, sand volleyball, Water Wonderland with lots of fun water slides, Zumba, a Tae Kwon Do exhibition, washers tournament, dominos tournament, hot pepper eating contest, leg shaving contest, spitting contest, pie eating contest, hot dog eating contest, Bastrop Area Cruisers car show & parade, Austin Symphonic Band, and more!




1. Earth Native Wilderness School Overnight Camps

Give your child the ultimate adventure this summer with the Wilderness Skills overnight camp! Guided by expert outdoor instructors, your child will learn some awe-inspiring outdoor survival skills and gain a new way to connect to the natural world. Wilderness skills are a great way to help your child build confidence in the outdoors all while increasing their overall self-confidence.

The kids will learn to build their own shelters, to source materials from the landscape to aid in their quest for greater self-reliance, and how to use problem solving to create and use tools gathered from the landscape, all while increasing their connection to the world around them.

Earth Native Wilderness School also offers a variety of nature & survival classes for children and adults at their Bastrop campus, located at 137 Woodview Lane.

More info about Earth Native Wilderness School here.

2. Bastrop Police Department Junior Police Academy

The Bastrop Police Department is hosting a FREE Junior Police Academy summer camp in partnership with Bastrop ISD for ages 7-10 on July 10th-14th, 8:30am-4:00pm and for ages 11-14 on July 17th-21st, 8:30am-4:00pm.

More info about the Junior Police Academy here.

3. Bastrop YMCA Theme Camps

Bastrop YMCA Theme Camps will be held at the Bastrop Church of Christ, located at 287 FM 20 in Bastrop, for campers ages 5-12. Camp operates from June 5th-Aug. 18th, 7:30am - 6pm daily. Campers will enjoy organized games, arts and craft projects, exciting field trips, and swimming at the Bastrop State Park.

Camp Fees: $110/week for YMCA members & $135/week for nonmembers. The week of July 4th, camp fees are $89/week for YMCA members & $109 for nonmembers. Financial assistance is available. A non-refundable deposit of $15/week/child is required at the time of registration.
  • June 5-9: Time Traveler
  • June 12-16: Superheroes
  • June 19-23: Island in the Sun
  • June 26-30: Artrageous
  • July 3-7: Sharks n Minnows (includes swim lessons); no camp on July 4th
  • July 10-14: Sharks n Minnows (includes swim lessons)
  • July 17-21: Show Stoppers
  • July 24-28: Olympiad
  • July 31-Aug 4: Science Spectacular
  • Aug 7-11: Let it Grow
  • Aug 14-18: Call of the Wild

More info about YMCA Theme Camps here. Register for camps online here.

4. Boneshaker Summer Camp

Boneshaker Summer Camp is a summer surf camp at NLand Surf Park plus bike riding, fitness activities, Xtreme sports, yoga, and more! Prove you have what it takes to be a Waveshaker (camper) this summer by attending a 5-day camp at NLand Surf Park. For kids ages 8-14. There are three sessions: June 19-23, July 17-21, and August 14-18. Camps are from 9am until 4pm daily. Waveshaker spots are limited, with only 21 spots per week available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Waveshaker - $545, includes 2 snacks, lunch, Boneshaker/NLand t-shirt, unlimited sunscreen, and 1 five-day session: June 19-23, July 17-21, or August 14-18
  • Mighty Waveshaker - $595, includes everything in the Waveshaker Package plus transportation to and from the camp, breakfast, and a Boneshaker camp water bottle and cap
  • Serious Waveshaker - $1,635, includes all 3 sessions plus everything included in the Mighty Waveshaker Package

More info about Boneshaker Summer Camp here.

5. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County will be hosting summer camps for kids ages 6-18 at the clubhouse (behind Schulman Theater) June 5th-Aug 11th, 8:30am-5:30pm. Each week, there will be themed activities that highlight sports, crafts, and healthy life skills. Please bring a lunch for your child.

Camp fees: $20-$40/week, on a sliding scale, with a maximum of $105/family/week. To register, there is a $5 weekly deposit required, and you will need to fill out club membership and summer camp applications.

More info about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County Summer Camps here.

6. Buckaroo Day Camp

Buckaroo Day Camp is a fun summer camp for school aged children with cowboy style activities and games, as well as a snack and lunch. Join the fun June 19th-21st from 9:00am-12:30pm at the Colorado River Cowboy Church, located at 5122 Hwy 71 E in Smithville. Admission is FREE!

More info about Buckaroo Day Camp here.

7. Camp Sunflower

Camp Sunflower is an arts and science based camp for preschool and school aged children located at 13525 Klaus Lane in Elgin. Their permaculture inspired 10-acre homestead includes a straw bale house, vegetable garden, beehives, playscape, herb spiral, and a fruit orchard with free range chickens. The rest of the property is dedicated to preserving the land as a natural habitat, with hiking trails to observe and explore nature. Each day includes a take-home art project, science experimentation, sensory play, movement, and plenty of time in the sunshine.

  • Session I - June 5th-9th, 8:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-7; $150
  • Session II - June 12th-16th; 8:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-5 and 7-9; $150

More info about Camp Sunflower here.

8. Camp Wilderness Ridge

Camp Wilderness Ridge is an independent, non-denominational Christian summer camp and retreat center located in the heart of the Lost Pines of Central Texas. Camp Wilderness Ridge offers overnight Woodsman Camps for boys ages 7-13 as well as overnight Ranger Challenge Camps for boys ages 13-17. View the promo video on YouTube here.

Woodsman Camps are specially designed to provide an outrageously active day in a safe and encouraging environment while connecting with God. Each day includes a variety of adventurous activities, vigorous games, and Bible stories/studies, all while exploring and enjoying the wilderness.

Ranger Challenge Camps are everything your son loves about Summer Camp and more! They challenge boys ages 13-17 to step up and learn to be REAL men. The name of the game is ADVENTURE, with 2 nights of primitive camping and a kayaking trip on the Brazos River. Special emphasis is on mastering outdoors skills and the Iron Cabin Challenge!

More info about Camp Wilderness Ridge summer camps here.

9. McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Nestled along the Colorado River and the Lost Pines, your child can discover the wonders of the outdoors in a safe, fun and educational day-camp setting. LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park has 1,100 acres of pine forests, box canyons and post oak meadows to explore. Campers explore new areas each week. They investigate ponds, meadows, forests and the Colorado River using binoculars, insect nets, dip nets and more. View the promo video on YouTube here.

Camp Tonkawa is for ages 5-6, costs $225 per week, and runs from 9am until 4pm daily. Tonkawa campers will have the opportunity to swim at Bastrop State Park, climb the rock wall, and participate in a camp-wide field day. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities related to weekly camp themes.

  • June 19-23: Who Eats Whom?
  • June 26-30: Hooked!
  • July 10-14: Life Among Giants
  • July 17-21: Surviving in the Wild
  • July 24-28: Photo Safari
  • July 31-August 4: Stem-tastic
  • August 7-11: X Marks the Spot
  • August 14-18: Texas Powwow

Camp Comanche is for ages 7-8, and Camp Caddo is for ages 9-12. Both camps are $225 per week and run from 9am until 4pm. Comanche and Caddo campers will have the opportunity to swim at Bastrop State Park, experience select high elements on the challenge course, and raft the Colorado River or Lake Bastrop. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities related to weekly camp themes.

  • June 19-23: Hungry Games
  • June 26-30: Cast Away
  • July 10-14: Life Among Giants
  • July 17-21: Lost in the Woods
  • July 24-28: Wild About Film
  • July 31-August 4: Physics Rule the World
  • August 7-11: X Marks the Spot
  • August 14-18: Texas Powwow

Teen Adventure Camps are for ages 13-15, cost $225 per week, and run from 9am until 4pm. Teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure while learning the skills of a naturalist and outdoor leader. In addition to the weekly theme activities, teen campers will experience the thrill of high elements on the challenge course, including an exciting zip line, take a river trip, and work within a group to plan and execute an outdoor adventure.

  • June 19-23: Aquatic Adventures
  • June 26-30: Survival Quest

More info about McKinney Roughs summer camps here.


10. Sherwood Forest Summer Camps

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the rare opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. All hands-on activities take place in a 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the medieval era. Curriculum includes archery, swordplay, theatre, magic, blacksmithing, leather falconry, pottery, herbal lore, costuming, soap making, candle making, knighthood, and more! View the promo video on YouTube here.

Camps lasts 6 days per session and cost $795/person. Campers have the option of sleeping in Sherwood Castle or in one of the Merry Folks' Pavilions. Youth summer camps are for ages 7-15, but there are also apprenticeships for ages 15-17, Counselor in Training (CIT) positions for ages 16-17, and grown up camps for ages 21 and up.

  • Session I - July 9-15
  • Session II - July 16-22
  • Session III - July 23-29

More info about Sherwood Forest Summer Camps here.

1. 3v3 Live Soccer Tour

The 3v3 Live Soccer Tour is a regional qualifying soccer tournament that will be held at the BYSO soccer fields, located at 1500 Emile Street in Bastrop, on June 10th from 9am-4pm. The top 4 teams in each division will qualify for the Regional Final of your choice. All teams will play a minimum of four games, and the top three teams in each division will receive custom medals for each player. All players will receive an official 3v3 Live Soccer Tour tournament t-shirt. Entry fee is $210/team for up to 6 players.

More info about 3v3 Live Soccer Tour here.

2. Bastrop YMCA Sports Clinic

The Bastrop YMCA is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County to host a week-long sports clinic June 19th-23rd, from 10:30-11:30am at Bob Bryant Park, located at 600 Charles Blvd. in Bastrop. Each day will be filled with basic skill development for that day's sport, and then an organized game will be played. The cost for the full week is $15/YMCA member, $25/non-member.
  • Monday, June 19th - Basketball
  • Tuesday, June 20th - Soccer
  • Wednesday, June 21st - Kickball
  • Thursday, June 22nd - Flag Football
  • Friday, June 23rd - Knocker Ball

More info about the Bastrop YMCA Sports Clinic here.

3. Bastrop YMCA Youth Track

This youth league is designed to teach the basics of correct running techniques to kids ages 6-14 in a team environment. Practices are on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm at Erhard field, and track meets are on Saturday mornings at 9am. League runs from June 8th-July 15th. Jerseys are provided by the YMCA. Depending on enrollment, track teams may run in inter-branch meets. League fees: $45/YMCA member, $85/non-member.

More info about the Bastrop YMCA Youth Track League here.

4. BISD: Bastrop Athletic Summer Sports Camps

Camps for Boys:

  • Baseball Camp (3rd-6th) - June 26-29, 8-10am, BHS baseball field; $40
  • Baseball Camp (7th-9th) - June 26-29, 10am-12pm, BHS baseball field; $40
  • Basketball Camp (4th-8th) - June 12-15, 1-3pm, BHS main gym; $40
  • Basketball Camp (9th) - June 12-15, 3-5pm, BHS main gym; $40
  • Football Camp (3rd-6th) - July 17-20, 6:30-8:45pm, BHS Erhard field; $40, dinner provided
  • Football Camp (7th-9th) - July 31-Aug. 3, 6:30-9:00pm, BHS Erhard field; $25

Camps for Girls:

  • Lil' Bear Basketball (5th-8th) - June 19-22, 10am-12pm, BHS main gym; $40
  • Lady Bear Basketball (9th) - June 19-22, 8-10am, BHS main gym; $40
  • Softball Camp (5th-8th) - July 24-27, 8-10am, BHS softball field; $40
  • Softball Camp (9th) - July 24-27, 9-11am, BHS softball field; $40
  • Lil' Bear Volleyball (3rd-8th) - June 5-8, 5-8pm, BHS main gym; $40
  • Lady Bear Volleyball (9th) - June 5-8, 8-11am, BHS main gym; $40

Camps for Boys & Girls:

  • Cross Country Camp (5th-9th) - August 7-10, 8-10am, BHS track; $40
  • Golf Camp (5th-9th) - July 24-27, 8:30-10:30am, Pine Forest; $40
  • Soccer Camp (3rd-9th) - June 19-22, 6:30-8:30pm, BHS soccer field; $40
  • Speed & Agility Camp (3rd-6th) - June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, & July 10-13, 6-7pm, BHS Erhard field; $50 for the 4-week session
  • Strength & Conditioning (7th-12th) - June 12-July 27 (off July 3-6), 8-10am, BHS Sports Center; $50
  • Tennis Camp (3rd-8th) - July 31-August 3, 8-10am, BHS tennis courts; $40

More info about the BISD Bastrop Athletic Summer Sports Camps here.

5. BISD: Cedar Creek Athletic Summer Sports Camps

Camps for Boys:

  • Baseball (1st-9th) - June 26-28 (26th- Pitchers, 27th- Defense, 28th- Hitting), 10:30am-12:00pm, CCHS baseball field, $15/day or $40/all 3 days
  • Basketball (4th-6th) - June 12-15, 8:00-10:30am, CCHS large gym; $40
  • Basketball (7th-9th) - June 12-15, 7-9pm, CCHS large gym; $40
  • Eagle Football (2nd-8th) - July 31-August 3, 8-11am, CCHS athletic field; $40
  • Freshman Football (9th) - August 7-10, 8-11am, CCHS athletic field; $40

Camps for Girls:

  • Basketball (7th-9th) - June 19-22, 8-10am, CCHS large gym; $40
  • Softball (1st-9th) - June 12-13, 9am-12pm, CCHS softball field; $40
  • Volleyball (5th-7th) - July 17-20, 12-2pm, CCHS large gym; $40
  • Volleyball (8th-9th) - July 17-20, 2-5pm, CCHS large gym; $40

Camps for Boys & Girls:

  • Soccer (6th-9th) - June 19-21, 8:30-11:30am, CCHS soccer field; $30
  • Strength & Conditioning (7th-12th) - June 12-July 27 (off July 3-6), 8-10am, Cedar Creek High School, $50
  • Tennis (4th-8th) - August 7-10 (tournament vs. Bastrop on August 10), 8-10am, CCHS tennis courts; $40

More info about the BISD Cedar Creek Athletic Summer Sports Camps here.

6. BISD Beyond the Bell: Junior Tennis for Beginners

Beginners will learn the basic forehand and backhand grip, basic stances, and basic rules of the game while having fun. This camp will take place at the Bastrop High School tennis courts. The cost is $75/player.

  • Ages 4-9 - June 5th-9th, 8-9am
  • Ages 10-16 - June 5th-9th, 9-10am

More info about the BISD Junior Tennis for Beginners here.

7. Challenger Sports Soccer Camps

Challenger Sports offers a complete range of summer camps all providing quality instruction from coaches who care about your child! Challenger's many camp programs now boast an incredible team of coaches from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Brazil, USA, and Canada as well as their traditional team of Brits from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Wales. This diversity of experiences and cultures reflects the truly global nature of sport and this international team of coaches all have one thing in common — a genuine interest in helping with each player's development and providing memorable and positive experiences through sport.

  • Elgin YSA Tetra Brazil Camp - July 24-28, 5:30-8:30pm at Shenandoah Soccer Park and Greenbelt, located at 1490 North Avenue C in Elgin; ages 6-16; $147

More info about Challenger Sports summer soccer camps here.

8. ColoVista Junior Golf Camp

The ColoVista Junior Golf Camp will be held at ColoVista Golf Club, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop on June 12th-15th, 9-11am. The Junior Golf Camp is for boys and girls ages 7-12 and emphasizes "fundamentals" and enjoyment of the game with focus on proper etiquette and respect for others. The head instructor will be PGA Pro, Bobby Browne. The camp costs $125/golfer and includes instruction, a goodie bag, range balls, and a snack.

More info about ColoVista Golf Club here.

9. Elgin ISD Athletic Camps

The Elgin ISD Athletic Department is offering a variety of summer camps for students throughout the summer.

  • Summer Strength Camp - June 5-8, June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, and July 17-20, 8-10am, Elgin High School Field House, incoming 7th-12th grades (co-ed). FREE!
  • Soccer Camp - June 26-29, 9:00-10:30am, Elgin High School (grass practice fields), incoming 5th-9th grades, $25
  • Basketball Camp (Boys) - July 17-20, Elgin Middle School gym, $25
    • Incoming 3rd-6th grades, 1-3pm
    • Incoming 7th-9th, 3-5pm
  • Basketball Camp (Girls) - TBA
  • Baseball Camp - TBA
  • Softball Camp - June 5-8, Elgin High School softball field, $25
    • Incoming 3rd-6th grades, 8:15-9:45am
    • Incoming 7th-9th grades, 10:15-11:45am
  • Volleyball Camp - Elgin High School gym, $25
    • Incoming 3rd-6th grades, July 25-27, 9:30-11:30am
    • Incoming 7th-9th grades, July 24-27, 12:30-2:00pm
  • Football Camp - TBA

More info about Elgin ISD Athletic Camps here.

10. Smithville ISD Tiger Athletic Camps

The Smithville ISD Athletic Department is offering a variety of summer camps for students throughout the summer. All camps will be held at the Smithville High School gym, located at 285 Hwy 95 in Smithville (unless otherwise noted). Registration form here.

  • Football Camp - June 5th-8th, 8-11am, 1st-6th grades
  • Basketball Camp - June 5th-8th, 12:30-3:30pm, 1st-9th grades
  • Baseball Camp - June 12th-15th, 9-11am, 1st-9th grades
  • Tennis Camp - June 12th-15th; held at Smithville Junior High
    • Pre K-3rd grades, 6-7pm; $55
    • 4th-7th grades, 7:15-8:45pm; $70
  • Volleyball Camp - June 12th-15th, 8-11am, 1st-6th grades
  • Speed & Agility Camp - June 19th-22nd, 6:30-8:00pm, 1st-9th grades
  • Advanced Volleyball Camp - July 24th-27th, 4-7pm, 7th-9th grades
  • Advanced Football Camp - July 31st-August 3rd, 6-8pm, 7th-9th grades; held at Smithville Junior High

More info about Smithville ISD Tiger Athletic Camps here.

11. Smithville Parks & Recreation Sports Camps

The Smithville PARD offers several sports camps and leagues for kids over the summer. Register online here.
  • Huston-Tillotson Soccer Camp - July 24-26
    • Ages 4-6, 8:30-9:30am; $50
    • Ages 7-9, 9:30-11:30am; $60
    • Ages 10-12, 9:30am-12:30pm; $70
  • St. Edward's Basketball Camp - June 12-14
    • Ages 4-6, 8:30-9:30am; $50
    • Ages 7-9, 9:30-11:30am; $60
    • Ages 10-12, 9:30am-12:30pm; $70
  • St. Edward's Cheer Camp - July 5-7
    • Ages 4 through incoming 2nd grade, 8:30-9:30am; $50
    • Incoming 3rd-5th grades, 9:30-11:30am; $60
    • Incoming 6th-8th grades, 1-4pm; $70
  • St. Edward's Golf Camp - June 12-14
    • Ages 6-8, 1:00-2:30pm; $50
    • Ages 9-12, 2:30-4:00pm; $60
    • Ages 13+, 4-6pm; $70
  • St. Edward's Soccer Camp - June 7-9
    • Ages 4-6, 8:30-9:30am; $50
    • Ages 7-9, 9:30-11:30am; $60
    • Ages 10-12, 9:30am-12:30pm; $70
  • St. Edward's Volleyball Camp - June 7-9
    • Incoming 4th-7th grades, 1-4pm; $70
    • Incoming 8th-12th grades, 9am-12pm; $70

More info about Smithville PARD sports camps and leagues here.


1. BISD Beyond the Bell: Ninja Camp & Karate Classes

Over the summer, BISD Beyond the Bell is offering a Ninja Camp as well as Karate classes. In the Karate classes, students will learn self confidence, self-esteem, and self-defense. Quarterly tournaments are required for belt advancements, and there are additional fees for tournaments and belt tests. A black uniform is required for class and may be purchased for $40 from the instructor at the first class.
  • Karate for Kids and Adults - June 8th-Aug. 10th, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm (ages 5-12) and 7:30-9:00pm (ages 13 & up); Mina Elementary School, cafeteria; $60/person for 10-week session
In the Ninja Camp, children will learn about different aspects of the Martial Arts, such as weapons, Judo, sparring, board breaking, throwing stars, and more.
  • Ninja Camp - July 17th-21st, 9am-12pm; ages 5-13; Mina Elementary School, east gym; $120
More info about BISD Beyond the Bell here.

2. Bastrop Unified Tae Kwon Do

Bastrop Unified Tae Kwon Do is located at 102 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop and offers classes for ages 5 and up. Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art which translated literally means "the way of the hand and the foot (self-defense)." It is much more than the image of martial arts physical aspect. It is designed as a nonviolent art and system of complete body exercise as well as being a way of life. It includes physical techniques, mental disciplines, and a deep philosophy. A beginner's class is taught on Monday through Thursday from 5:45-6:45pm. There are a variety of pricing plans.

More info about Bastrop Unified Tae Kwon Do here.

3. Cedar Creek Kung Fu

Cedar Creek Kung Fu, located at 341 W Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek, offers kid's classes (ages 5-8 and 9 -12) that encourage safety, fun, and learning for all students in a way that allows them to channel their abundance of energy. The classes for ages 5-8 are offered Monday through Friday at 4:30pm, and the classes for ages 9-12 are offered Monday through Friday at 5:30pm.

More info about Cedar Creek Kung Fu here.

4.  Insight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

At Insight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, located at 201 Hunters Crossing Blvd., Ste. 1 in Bastrop, kids will learn valuable lessons like how to believe in yourself, the importance of respecting others, the importance of avoiding conflict when possible, and how to deal with conflict in the most effective and least damaging ways possible. Participants will develop their balance, coordination, teamwork, and martial arts skills through fun drills, arts & crafts, games, and teaching. Their  kids classes take place 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30-6:30pm. They also have a home-school class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm, and private lessons available upon request for an additional fee.
More info about Insight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here.


1. D'Ette & Co Dancers

D'Ette & Co Dancers, located at 75 Loop 150 E, Ste. E in Bastrop, provides weekly dance instruction to boys and girls ages 3-18. They offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and more. Additionally, they have fun summer camps for kids ages 3-7 that include a full hour dance class of ballet, tap & tumbling, creative movement, craft time & snack time.

  • Trolls Camp - June 12th-15th, 9:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-7; $175
  • Princess Camp - June 19th-22nd, 9:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-7; $175
  • Moana Camp - July 17th-20th, 9:30am-12:30pm; ages 3-7; $175

More info about D'Ette & Co Dancers here or call (512) 321-1314.

2. Bastrop YMCA Kids Dance Fit

Y Kids Dance Fit is a dance fitness class designed just for kids ages 4-11. This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin' to the beat. It's all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it's okay to just be yourself and dance like no one's watching! The class meets every Thursday from 4:15-5:00pm at the Kerr Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop. Registration is NOT required. Class is FREE to YMCA members and $5/class for non-members.

More info about Bastrop YMCA Kids Dance Fit here.

3. Future HoneyBear Cub Clinic

The Bastrop High School HoneyBears Drill Team is hosting a Future HoneyBear Cub Clinic for kids ages 3 (must be potty-trained) through high school on June 5th-8th from 9am-4pm at Bastrop High School. Cost is $160/child ($150/additional sibling) and includes a t-shirt, pizza lunch on Thursday, dance instruction, arts & crafts, games, and a performance on June 8th at 5:30pm. Kids must bring their own lunch Monday through Wednesday. Walk-ins will be accepted, but there will be a $10 late registration fee.

More info about the Future HoneyBear Cub Clinic and registration form here.

4. Liberty Dance Center

Liberty Dance Center, located at 623 Hwy 71 W, #102 in Bastrop, provides dance instruction to boys and girls ages 2-12, including ballet, tap, jazz, and more. They've also got some fun summer camps!

  • Princess Camp -  July 10th-13th, 9am-12pm; ages 4-7
  • Teen Intensive - July 31st-August 3rd, 11am-2pm, ages 10+

More info about Liberty Dance Center summer camps and registration here.

5. Smithville High School Mini-Cheer Camp

The Smithville High School Cheerleaders are hosting a mini cheer camp for students entering Pre K through 6th grade on June 5th-9th at Smithville High School. Pre K through 2nd grade will meet from 8:00-9:45am, and 3rd-6th graders will meet from 10:00-11:45am. Photos will be taken on June 2nd in the High School cafeteria from 4-7pm. There will be a public performance for family and friends on Thursday, June 9th at 9am for PreK-2nd and 10:45am for 3rd-6th grades.

The cost of this camp is $35/camper by June 3rd, and $45/camper after the deadline. Camp includes camp t-shirt, snack and drink each day, certificate of participation, and the opportunity to cheer with the Varsity Cheerleaders during the Tigers' first home game on Friday, September 8th.

More about the SHS Mini-Cheer Camp here.

6. Smithville Tumblers

Smithville Tumblers summer camps are youth tumbling camps taught at the Smithville Rec Center, located at 106 Royston Street in Smithville, by Coach James VanHoose, a Gymnastics Association of Texas certified coach with over 10 years experience. They include 2 hours of tumbling and 2 hours of fun & games. Register online here.

  • Camp 1 - May 30th-June 2nd, 8am-12pm; boys & girls ages 5 & up; $55
  • Camp 2 - June 5th-9th, 8am-12pm; boys & girls ages 5 & up; $60
  • Camp 3 - June 12th-16th, 8am-12pm; boys & girls ages 5 & up; $60
  • Camp 4 - June 19th-23rd, 8am-12pm; boys & girls ages 5 & up; $60

More info about Smithville PARD here.

7. Smooth Moves Dance

Smooth Moves Dance Performing Arts Studio is located at 113 Main Street in the heart of downtown Smithville, Texas. They offer dance instruction to students of all ages and skill levels in a variety of classes including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, adult barre, and more. Over the summer, they will also have some camps.

More info about Smooth Moves Dance here.

8. St. Edward's Cheer Camp

St. Edward's will be hosting a Cheer Camp at the Smithville Rec Center, located at 106 Royston Street in Smithville, July 5th-7th. Register online here.

  • Ages 4 through incoming 2nd grade, 8:30-9:30am; $50
  • Incoming 3rd-5th grades, 9:30-11:30am; $60
  • Incoming 6th-8th grades, 1-4pm; $70

More info about Smithville PARD summer activities here.

9. Tactical Spirit Cheer

Tactical Spirit is a cheerleading and tumbling facility located at 1289 Hwy 71 E between Bastrop and Smithville. They offer All-Star cheer teams, prep teams, and recreational classes for ages 3 and up. Monthly tuition for recreational classes is $50/child. They also offer open gym, single class rates, and private lessons. Plus, the first class is FREE! 

More info about Tactical Spirit Cheer here.

10. Tuck N Tumble

Tuck N Tumble, located at 204 FM 696 in Elgin, offers recreational power tumbling classes and cheer classes, as well as fielding a National team. The recreational classes are all about having fun while learning new trampoline skills and fundamentals of tumbling such as somersaults, cartwheels, round offs, backbends, walkovers, and back handsprings. Classes are $65/month for 1 hour/week or $85/month for 2 hours/week. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm and Tuesdays from 6-7pm.

TNT also offers a New Skills Clinic on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm for $20/athlete and Open Gym nights on the first Friday of every month from 6-8pm for $15/athlete, ages 3 and up.

More info about Tuck N Tumble here.


1. CRE-8 Art Summer Program

The Lost Pines Art Center is hosting the CRE-8 Art Summer Program for kids ages 5-17, which will includes classes throughout the summer, June 8th-July 27th, and a student art show & reception on August 4th.

  • Big Kidz Class - Ages 5-8; Thursdays, June 8th-July 27th, 10am-12pm; $20/child per class; limit 12 students per class; taught by Vicki Wofford
  • Tweens, Session I - Ages 9-12; Thursdays, June 8th-29th, 1-3pm; $95/child per 4-week session; taught by Mark Bray
  • Tweens, Session II - Ages 9-12; Thursdays, July 6th-27th, 1-3pm; $95/child per 4-week session; taught by Mark Bray
  • Teen Program, Session I - Ages 13-17; Thursdays, June 8th-29th, 3:30-5:30pm; $95/child per 4-week session; taught by Mark Bray
  • Teen Program, Session II - Ages 13-17; Thursdays, July 6th-27th, 3:30-5:30pm; $95/child per 4-week session; taught by Mark Bray

More info about the Lost Pines Art Center's CRE-8 Art Summer Program here.


2. Mad Science Camps

Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. They use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy learning. Campers create, build, and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects the world around us. Children have so much fun that they forget they're learning!

In the "Grossology" camp, kids will take a trip to Cell City and the Organ Trail, where they'll learn about cells and the parts of the human body and meet "Tall Paul" the torso. They'll team up with fellow campers to solve the “Great Cookie Caper” crime and have fun in the Mad Science laboratory with Chemical Counting and Radical Reactions, including turning a lemon into a battery and making their own invisible ink.

  • Grossology -  July 31-Aug 4, 1:30-4:30pm at Mina Elementary School, Room 706; ages 6-12; $182; register here.

Mad Science "Spy Academy" will help campers sharpen their special operative skills as they learn about the secret world of espionage. Kids will discover how to find clues through listening, fingerprints, handwriting, and shoeprints and will learn to use spy gear like metal detectors, spy ears, and motion sensors to hone their sleuthing skills, along with studying forensics, how to pick a lock, and how to create their own security system.

  • Spy Academy - July 10-14, 9am-12pm at Mina Elementary School, room 706; ages 6-12; $182; register here.

More info about Mad Science camps here. View the full BISD Beyond the Bell summer catalog here.

3. Bastrop YMCA Art Camps

The Bastrop YMCA is offering 3-day Art Camps this summer for kids ages 5-12, organized by age level: 5-8 and 9-12. Students will create art pieces around a central themeAncient Artists, Claude Monet and Johnny Bulunbulun, Edgar Degas, and Vincent Van Goghusing various media, including paint, pencils, clay, and more! All art camps will be held at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop, and cost $20/child for members and $40/child for non-members.
More info about Bastrop YMCA Art Camps here.

4. Bastrop YMCA Science Explorers

The Bastrop YMCA will be hosting two 2-day sessions of Science Explorers this summer for kids ages 6-12. The Science Explorers sessions will be held from 2-3pm at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop, and cost $10/child for members and $20/child for non-members.
  • Science Explorers: Hot and Cold - June 27th & 29th, 2-3pm. Come and experience the worlds of Hot & Cold as these two elements are used to perform multiple interactive science experiments.
  • Science Explorers: Food - July 25th & 27th, 2-3pm. What kind of science experiments can you create with food in the pantry?
More info about Bastrop YMCA Science Explorers here.

5. Camp Invention

Camp Invention is a fun, inspiring camp for incoming 1st through 6th graders that teaches children to explore science, technology, and their own innate creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit. Camp Invention provides quality programming in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through creative, hands-on activities. View the promo video on YouTube here.

Camp Invention modules for summer 2017 include: Duct Tape Billionaire™, Mission: Space Makers™, Have A Blast™, and Operation Keep Out™.

  • June 26-29: Neidig Elementary School; 8am-4pm; incoming 1st-6th graders; $50 (Elgin ISD students ONLY); flyer here; register here.
  • June 26-30: Mina Elementary School; 9:00am-3:30pm; incoming K-6th graders; $235/student; register here.

More info about Camp Invention here.

6. Chalk It Up!

Chalk It Up! is a children's sidewalk art contest hosted by the City of Elgin. This year, the contest will be held on July 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm in Veterans Memorial Park. Chalk is provided and awards will be given.

More info about Chalk It Up! here.


7. St. Edward's Fine Arts Camp

St. Edward's will be hosting a Fine Arts Camp at the Smithville Rec Center, located at 106 Royston Street in Smithville, June 19th-22nd. Register online here.

  • Ages 4-6; 8:30-9:30am; $50
  • Ages 7-9; 9:30-11:30am; $60
  • Ages 10-12; 9:30am-12:30pm; $70

More info about Smithville PARD summer activities here.

1. Bastrop State Park Pool

The Bastrop State Park Pool is open for the summer season May 30st through August 27th. The pool is open to the public 1-6pm Monday through Thursday and 1-8pm Friday through Sunday. There are also special Spring, Fall, and holiday hours. Admission is free for Bastrop YMCA members, $5/adult, $3/adult with a park pass, and $3/child. The pool hosts birthday parties from 11am-1pm daily, when the pool is closed to the public. For more info about birthday parties and facility rentals, click here.

More info about the Bastrop State Park Pool here.

2. Bastrop YMCA Swim League

The Bastrop YMCA Swim League is a skill building program that focuses on the development of swimming techniques for ages 6-17. Their trained coaches work to improve swimmers' skill level and endurance and work to promote a healthy lifestyle. Individual teams are organized by ability & age and are designed to help team members improve and refine the four competitive strokes, sets, starts and finishes. Ages 6-14 will participate in a meet. Participants from Bastrop Swim League ages 15-17 will exhibit their leadership skills by helping with coaching duties at this meet.

New participants must register for and pass a tryout before registering for swim league. Former swim league members do not need to try out. There will be tryouts on May 30th from 6-7pm and June 1st from 6-7pm at Bastrop State Park Pool. Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool in 90 seconds or less and must be able to tread water for 60 seconds. Payment due at tryout for those who pass requirements. Swim league practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6-7pm and 6:30-7:30pm.

More info about the Bastrop YMCA Swim League here.

3. Bastrop YMCA Swim Lessons

The Bastrop YMCA is offering swim lessons for all ages again this summer at the Bastrop State Park Pool. To find out which class is right for your child, click here. They will also be offering private swim lessons. Swim lessons are open to Bastrop YMCA members as well as non-members.

More info about the Bastrop YMCA swim lessons here.

4. Fisherman's Park Splash Pad

There is a fun splash pad located in Fisherman's Park at 400 Farm Street in Bastrop. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the splash pad, although it's particularly designed for younger children. The Fisherman's Park Splash Pad is open daily from 9am-7pm, and admission is FREE!

More info about the Fisherman's Park Splash Pad here.

5. Morris Memorial Pool

The Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park is located at 802 N Ave C in Elgin. The pool opens for the season on May 27th for Memorial Weekend and is closed June 1st. On June 2nd, the regular summer season hours begin, through August 12th. It is then open weekends through Labor Day. The pool is open to the public 7 days a week from 11:30am until 5:45pm. 

Admission is $2/person and children ages 5 and under get in free. Swim passes are also available for $65 each. Plus, every Friday from 6:30-8:30pm, families swim for FREE! Programs at the pool include water aerobics, daycare swim, and swim lessons. The pool also hosts birthday parties.

More info about the Morris Memorial Pool here.

6. The Pool at ColoVista

Located in Bastrop's upscale ColoVista neighborhood, The Pool at ColoVista is a recently renovated 3-tiered infinity pool with a hot tub, a waterfall, and a spectacular view. It sits atop a hillside next to the gorgeous Mansion at ColoVista, overlooking the Colorado River. Access to "the pool with a view" is by membership only or as a guest of the Cottages at ColoVista, but pool memberships are open to everyone, not just residents.

Pool hours are Tuesday through Sunday 9am-8pm and is closed on Mondays. Pool memberships range from $150-$500/season, depending on age, resident status, and individual or household memberships. Guest passes and party rentals are also available.
More info about The Pool at ColoVista here.

7. Smithville Splash Pad

The Smithville Splash Pad is located in Smithville's Veterans Memorial Park at 311 NW 2nd Street in Smithville. The splash pad represents the reason people join the armed forces—the children who play in its waters represent the freedom they serve to protect and the future of this great nation. A button activates the splash pad, and children can push it as they play. The Smithville Splash Pad is open daily during park hours (8am until dusk), and admission is FREE!

More info about the Smithville Splash Pad here.


1. The Dinosaur Park

The Dinosaur Park, located at 893 Union Chapel Road in Cedar Creek, is a fun and educational outdoor museum, where everyone can learn about the majestic animals that ruled our earth for over 150 million years. It features realistic life-size dinosaur exhibits that show skin and color variations to give a better understanding as to how they looked when they were alive. These statues range in size from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 55-foot long Spinosaurus. As you walk through a tree-lined nature trail, the dinosaurs sit back from the trail, situated among plants, trees and rocks, making it easy to imagine real dinosaurs in a natural environment.

Besides the dinosaur trail and exhibits, other activities include I-spy-a-saurus, a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area, photo ops, and a wonderful Dinosaur Store stocked with a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan!

During the summer season (June 2nd through August 22nd), the Dinosaur Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm and closed on Mondays. Admission is $9/adult, $8/child, and kids under 2 get in free. Your Dinosaur Park wristband also gets you discounts at Benny's BBQ, the Sugar Shack, and Simply Sweet. Season passes are $25/person, and pass holders receive a 10% discount from all gift purchases in the gift shop. You may also contact the Dinosaur Park about birthday parties and field trips!

More info about the Dinosaur Park here.


2. Johnson's Bakery Kid's Decorating Classes

Johnson's Bakery offers kid's decorating classes every Saturday at 3pm at the bakery, located at 715 Old Austin Highway, Ste. 300 in Bastrop. Each class is around 45 minutes to 1 hour long and costs only $15/child, which includes the decorating class and going home with the goodies they decorated in a bakery box. There are gluten and dairy free cupcakes for anyone who has food allergies. The classes change weekly, so be sure to check out the schedule here, or visit Johnson's on Facebook here. There is limited space in each class, so pre-registration required. Call (512) 412-6221 or stop by the bakery to get signed up. Plus, Johnson's also offers kid's decorating birthday parties!

More info about Johnson's Bakery Kid's Decorating Classes here.

3. Bastrop County 4-H

Bastrop County 4-H is a youth development program for kids and teens ages 5-18 to participate in various projects, including food science, animals, shooting sports, healthy living, robotics, fashion, photography, and more! Learn more and become a member here. This summer, Bastrop 4-H is offering some 1-day summer camps for kids. You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend the camps.

More info about Bastrop County 4-H summer camps here.

4. Bastrop Public Library

The Bastrop Public Library, located at 1100 Church Street in Bastrop, kicks off its Summer Reading Program on June 3rd, and they've got lots of fun activities and events for kids this summer, including story time, arts & crafts, Lego Club, movies, games, and more.

More info about the Bastrop Public Library Summer Reading Program here.

5. Bastrop Skating Palace

The Bastrop Skating Palace, located on Hwy 95 in Bastrop, is Bastrop County's only roller skating rink. Check their website for current hours of operation, but typically, during the summer, they are open from 1-9pm Sunday through Thursday and 1-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Please note that it is a cash-only business. They also host birthday parties!

More info about Bastrop Skating Palace here.

6. Bastrop YMCA Junior Chef & Nutrition Class

The Bastrop YMCA is offering a Junior Chef class for kids ages 6-12 in June. A local chef will lead this program about the importance of proper nutrition and will show kids how to make a nutritious snack. Children who participate will get to make a healthy, tasty treat they can eat! Junior Chef will be held at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop, and costs $5/child for members and $10/child for non-members.
  • Junior Chef - June 14th, 4:30-5:20pm, ages 6-12, Kerr Center

The Bastrop YMCA will also be hosting a nutrition class called "You Want Me to Eat What?" for kids ages 12-16. Chef McMasters will be assisting teens as they prepare a healthy meal together. Participants will learn valuable cooking techniques and fun new ways to prepare delicious, healthy meals. "You Want Me to Eat What?" classes will be held at the Bastrop Church of Christ, located at 287 FM 20 in Bastrop, and cost $7.50/teen for members and $15/teen for non-members.

More info about Bastrop YMCA youth programs here.

7. BISD Beyond the Bell

BISD Beyond the Bell has lots of fun classes & camps this summer! They've even got some classes for ages 16 & up, including Business, Finance, & Professional Development, CPR & First Aid, Computers & Technology, and more.

More info about BISD Beyond the Bell courses here.

8. Bear Camp Summer Musical Theatre

The BHS Bear Stage Theatre Company is hosting a "Bear Camp" Summer Musical Theatre for kids grades K-6th on June 12th-16th from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1614 Chambers Street in Bastrop. The musical they'll be working on is "The Jungle Book," and there will be a performance on Friday, June 16th at 7pm (campers need to be there at 5pm). Cost is $125/camper, and lunch and snacks will be provided.

More info about Bear Camp Summer Musical Theatre here.

9. Capital of Texas Zoo

The Capital of Texas Zoo, located at 376A Jenkins Road in Cedar Creek, is home to over 500 rare and beautiful wild animals including zebras, peacocks, kangaroos, monkeys, lemurs, bears, exotic birds, lions, goats, donkeys, pigs, deer, bats, anteaters, prairie dogs, a hippopotamus, a white tiger, a camel, and so many more! The Zoo's twin missions include Wildlife Education and Conservation of Endangered Species.

The Capital of Texas Zoo is open 9am-5pm daily, including holidays. Admission costs $9.99/adult (ages 12 & up), $7.49/child (ages 2-11), and children under 2 get in free. Annual memberships can be purchased for $69/year for a family membership and $39/year for an individual membership. The Zoo also hosts birthday parties and field trips.

More info about the Capital of Texas Zoo here.

10. City of Bastrop Parks & Recreation

The City of Bastrop Parks & Recreation is hosting a variety of summer activities including movies in the park, Summer Play Days, and more! Movies in the Park will begin at 5pm with Ms. Poppy the Clown and concessions, and the movie will begin at dusk Admission to Movies in the Park is FREE!

  • Movies in the Park: Secret Life of Pets - June 10th, 5-10pm, Fisherman's Park
  • Movies in the Park: The Wizard of Oz - June 17th, 5-10pm, Fisherman's Park
  • Movies in the Park: Sky High - July 8th, 5-10pm, Bob Bryant Park
  • Summer Play Days - July 10th-14th, 8am-4pm, Fisherman's Park LCRA Conference Room
  • Movies in the Park: Moana - August 12th, 5-10pm, Fisherman's Park
  • Movies in the Park: Little Giants - September 9th, 5-10pm, Bob Bryant Park

More info about City of Bastrop Parks & Recreation events here. View their calendar of events here.

11. City of Elgin

The City of Elgin is hosting a variety of summer activities including movies in the park, the annual Elgin Beach Party, Dollar Dog Day, and more!

More info about City of Elgin events here.

12. Elgin Public Library

The Elgin Public Library, located at 404 N. Main Street in Elgin, kicks off its Summer Reading Program on June 6th, and they've got lots of fun activities and events for kids this summer, including story time, arts & crafts, Legos, movies, and more.

More about the Elgin Public Library Summer Reading Program here.

13. Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

Besides blockbuster movies, bowling, billiards, and a fun arcade, Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 has a Family Film Festival on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer! Tickets are only $.50, and all proceeds will be donated to the local Boys and Girls Club.

More info about Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 here.

14. Smithville Public Library

The Smithville Public Library, located at 507 Main Street in Smithville, has lots of fun activities and events for kids this summer, including story time, singers, ventriloquists, zoologists, and more. Plus, there fun teen nights and Spanish classes, too!

More about the Smithville Public Library Children's Summer Reading Program here and the Teen Summer Reading Program here.

15. Texas Reptile Zoo

The Texas Reptile Zoo is located on FM 20 in Bastrop  and is an exhibit, education, and behavioral research facility where patrons can view and learn about varied species of reptiles from around the world. The Zoo currently consists of a Serpentarium with snakes, sailfins, geckos, and tree monitors, two Herpetariums with rock iguanas, monitors, Uromastyx, snakes, and other lizards, and an outdoor exhibit with a turtle pond, tortoises, crocodilians, and more. Plus, depending on the season and weather, the Zoo has feeding shows, too!

The Texas Reptile Zoo has various hours depending on the season, so check their website here for their current hours of operation. Admission costs $12.50/adult (ages 13 & up), $8.50/child (ages 3-12), and children 2 and under get in free. There are also Annual Memberships, Family Packs, and Military discounts available. Additionally, the Zoo hosts birthday parties and field trips.

More info about the Texas Reptile Zoo here.

Some Final Tips...

Other fun things to do this summer in Bastrop County include mountain biking at Rocky Hill Ranch, playing disc golf in Smithville's Riverbend Park, playing golf at ColoVista Golf Course, Pine Forest Golf Club, or Wolfdancer Golf Club at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa, visiting Bastrop State Park, Buescher State Park, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Lake Bastrop North Shore Park, or Lake Bastrop South Shore Park, and canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or stand-up paddle boarding with Rising Phoenix Adventures or Bastrop River Company. You can check out our list of the Best 5 Hiking Trails in Bastrop County here, and for a list of area parks, click here for Bastrop, here for Elgin, and here for Smithville.

For even more summer fun, check out our Bastrop County Vacation Bible School Guide!

Plus, you can get an Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio Pogo Pass for only $39.98 when you use discount code 365Bastrop. The Austin Pogo Pass includes free admission to Hawaiian Falls, the Austin Spurs, Austin's Park n Pizza, the Austin Aquarium, Wonder World, Urban Air Trampoline Park, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Dr. Pepper Museum, iPlay Austin, and MORE!!! Learn more about the Pogo Pass here.
We'll be updating the guide throughout the summer. If you have something to add to the guide or see any errors, please contact us at Thanks, and have a happy summer!!!

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