Summer fun for kids

Day camps

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday through Aug. 5 for ages 6-12. Each two-week camp provides recreational activities such as sports, arts and crafts, field trips, dance classes and table games. Each recreation center offers its own activities. Camp sites include participating Parks and Recreation facilities and participating schools. Cost is $40 per week, per child ($50 non-resident); some scholarships available. Information: 544-0753 or
  Registration available at any city recreation center.
  Morning camps are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afternoon camps (1 to 5 p.m.
  Teen Mentor 8-week program for ages 13-16 available at all sites. Cost: $20 per teen.

Pre-School Mini Camps — El Paso Parks and Recreation offers day care and pre-school mini camps 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 31, at two locations for ages 3-5 (must be fully potty trained). Includes games, arts and crafts, singing and dancing activities. Cost: $165 per month. Locations:
• Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg. Information: 842-8754.
• Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem. Information: 822-8859.

Holocaust Museum summer camp — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, will host its annual summer program 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 17-21 for ages 8-12. This year’s camp, “Stand Up. Speak Out. – Everyone Can Be a Hero,” will focus on young people who used their words, their art, their music, and more to courageously protest injustice during the Holocaust while expressing their identity and individuality.
  Space is limited. Cost: $40-$50 (some scholarships available); includes snacks, supplies, camp t-shirt and pizza party on the last day. Information: Jamie Williams 351-0048, ext. 28, or Web:

Ibero Academy — The academy, based in the Upper Valley, hosts its “Passport Adventure” week-long camps for youth age 2-8 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through July 28. Extended care offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuition varies. Information: 585-0840 or
  Activities include super sports, body & mind, artistic edge, challenge & adventure and exploring the world.

Montessori Heroes — Mountain West Montessori, 403 Frontera, will host camps on weekdays for age 5-11 through July 28, with slackline, dances, artcrafts, zip-line, gaga-pit, water slides, theatre and plays, climbing rock wall, soccer tournament, minute to win contests, camp songs, table tennis, science and building projects. Weekly rates are $150-$185. Information: 584-5401 or

Safety Town — The 51st annual Safety Town program for children about to start school has free weekly sessions 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays through July 28 at Bassett Place. Registration forms available at the Bassett Place Customer Service Center. Scheduling is first-come, first-serve. Limited to 12 students per class. No classes July 3-7. Information: 772-7016 or
  The program is open to children ages 5 and 6 who are about to start school. The one-week class, sponsored by Bassett Place with the El Paso Police Department, teaches kids about traffic, fire, stray animals, strangers, drugs and other safety issues.

YMCA summer camps - El Paso YMCA branches offer summer programs through mid-August for grades K-5, at all three El Paso branches. Camps run Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost varies with each branch. Camps are $150 per week; ($95 members). Financial assistance available. Information/costs: 584-9622, ext. 21 or
  Camps often include swim time (where available), camp activities, field trips, weekly themes, and more.
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood. 590-9622.
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, 755-9622.
• Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa, 584-9622.

Camp Gan Israel — Chabad Education Center, 6526 Escondido, hosts two-week camps for Jewish youth age 2-12 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 7-18; with swimming, and other activities to learn about Judaism. Cost: $300 age 5-12; $240 age 2-4. Information: 204-6581.

Victory Warriors Drill and Afterschool Academy — Victory Warriors Academy, 9861 Dyer #12, hosts its summer camps a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 11 for age 6-11 at its new address at 9861 Dyer, #10-12, with USDA meals and snacks, cooking, arts and crafts, games, reading camp, friendship and more. Extended hours 2 to 5 p.m. Cost: $50 per week; $10 registration fee. Hourly rate: $5; Family rate: $170 per month. Registration: 751-6399.


Summer Art Camp — Art Avenue Gallery, 1618 Texas Street Suite E, hosts its summer Art Camp for youth through July 21, with classes on masters, portraiture, street art, print making, watercolor, pop art, abstract and recycled art. Classes are mornings 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoons 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $65; per class; $10 discount is attending all week. Military and multi-sibling discounts also offered. Information: 213-4318 or info@theartave.

‘I Painted That!’ Camps — I Painted That! East, 1810 Trawood, hosts weekly camps through August, at various locations. Costs: $35 per two-hour camp; discount for full week. Call for schedule and locations: 760-6541.

Young Rembrandts — Young Rembrandts will partner with D’Ansa Jazz Stage for three weeklong themed art and dance camps for ages 5-12. Registration at D’Ansa Jazz Stage, 6910 N Mesa. Cost: $429 two weeks; $595 three weeks. Information: 234-2248, 585-1811,, or
  Rock Out Camp is July 3-7.

El Paso Museum of Art — The museum’s summer classes and camps run through August at the museum, One Arts Festival Plaza, for youth, teens and adults. Morning and afternoon 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; afternoon sessions are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuition varies. or
  Summer camps run Tuesdays through Fridays, in July 11-Aug. 4 for ages 10-13. Morning sessions are 9:30 a.m. to noon; afternoon sessions are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $75 ($60 members), unless otherwise listed:
  July 11-14:
• Cartoons, mornings (ages 6-9).
• Painting with Wax, mornings(ages 10-13).
• Flip Book Animation, afternoons(ages 10-13).
• Printmaking, afternoons (ages 6-9).
  July 18-21:
• Cel Animation, mornings(ages 10-13).
• Mosaics, afternoons (ages 10-13).
• Ceramics, mornings (ages 6-9); offered July 18-21 and July 25-28. Tuition: $86 ($75 members)
• Mask Making, afternoons (ages 6-9).
  July 25-28:
• Jewelry, mornings (ages 10-13).
• Photography, afternoons(ages 10-13).
• Drawing, afternoons (ages 6-9).
  Aug. 1-4:
• Ceramics, mornings (ages 10-13). Tickets: $86 ($75 members).
• Drawing and Painting, afternoons (ages 10-13).
• Jewelry, mornings (ages 6-9).
• Photography, afternoons (ages 6-9).
  Adult and Teen Summer Classes (for ages 15 and up):
• Ceramics: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 13-Aug. 17; or Saturday mornings, July 15-Aug. 19. Tuition: $75 ($60 members).
  Eight-session class offered Saturday mornings July 15-Sept. 2. Tuition: $95 ($75 members).
• Drawing and Painting. Tuition: $59 ($47 members).
• Jewelry. Tuition: $59 ($47 members); plus approximate $25 supply fee.

The Art Avenue Art Camps — Art Avenue Gallery, 1618 Texas, Suite E, hosts its 2nd annual Summer Art Camp through July 21, with classes scheduled masters, portraiture, street art, print making, watercolor, pop art, abstract and recycled art. Classes are mornings 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoons 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $65; per class; $10 discount is attending all week. Military and multi-sibling discounts offered. Information: 213-4318, RSVP at
  Guest artists will be on hand throughout the summer to guide students through comprehensive lessons including an educational component.

‘Cultures of the World’ camps — Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces, will host its Traditional Crafts of New Mexico Summer Workshop Series for youth in grades 1 through 5 through July 28 focusing on a different part of the world each week. The workshops run 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (Tuesday and Thursday June 6-8). Class size is limited. Registration deadline one week in advance of each workshop. Cost: $10 per workshop per person. Information: (575) 541-2154 or
  Campers explore cultures across the globe, highlighting history, art, and music through projects, games, and activities.

Creative Kids — Creative Kids offers a variety of summer art classes at the Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco Street in Union Plaza. Advance registration required, space is limited. Information: 533-9575 or

Dance and Cheer

El Paso Ballet Theatre School — The Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive Session II for Beginner-Advance students is July 1-15 at El Paso Conservatory of Dance, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H. Cost: $750 age 12 and older; $650 age 8-12. Information: Marta Katz, 760-6062 or

‘All I Do Is Win’ Camp — Texas Bandits All Star Cheer, 1045 Humble Place, hosts a cheer and dance camp 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, for ages 4-18. Participants learn cheer, stunt kills, dances, work jumps, tumbling and more. Cost: $25 ($20 members). Information: 543-1117 or

Ballet Summer Intensive 2017 — Olga’s Russian Ballet School, 631 N. Resler, hosts its summer classes July 10-28. Classes are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 9-12 and 3 to 7 p.m. for age 13 and older. Call for details. Information: 408-3405 or
  The four-day Ballet Summer Camps are Mondays through Thursdays, through July 7. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for age 3-5, and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for age 6-8, with ballet, crafts, ballet videos and yoga for kids. Snacks provided. Call for cost.

Breakin’ Beats summer camps — Breakin Beats Dance Studio, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 370, hosts “princess” and dance camps for youth in June and July. Information: 584-4755, or on Facebook.
  Princess camps for ages 3 to 6 are 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday July 10-14. Cost: $120.

Princess Dance Camp — For the Love of Dance, 7930 N. Mesa, Suite B9, hosts summer camp for children ages 3-9 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 10-14 and July 24-28, focusing on a differed princess each day and what makes her a role model for young ladies. Camps include welcome, storytime, warm up, dance, snack, and making a costume accessory to take home each day. Tuition: $125 per five-day camp; space is limited to 10 per camp; early registration strongly encouraged. Information: 276-6522 or
  Themes include Snow White (Monday), Little Mermaid (Tuesday), Cinderella (Wednesday), Pocahontas (Thursday) and Moana (Friday, includes tea party).


History Camp — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, offers four-day summer camps for ages 7-12 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 11. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). Information: 212-0320 or
July 11-14: History Mysteries
July 18-21: Missions, Trails and Conquests
July 25-28: History Mysteries II
Aug. 1-4: Stories, Crafts, and Culture on the Border
Aug. 8-11: Shutterbug.

Archaeology Day Camp — El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54), offers four-day interactive youth summer camps for ages 7 to 12 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, through Aug. 1. Each camp includes a field trip to Hueco Tanks on Friday (parents must arrange for transportation for field trip). Cost per youth: $70 ($55 museum members). Space is limited. Advance registration required on a first come, first serve basis. Camps fill quickly. Information, registration: 755-4332.

Zoo Camp — The week-long camps, exploring the worlds of Reptiles and Birds for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday July 3-Aug. 11, at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Campers will learn about conservation and experience live education animals, behind the scenes tours, crafts, games and more. Cost: $100 per week; $90 zoo members (includes t-shirt and snacks). Advance registration required. Information: 212-0245 or
  Bird camps are July 3-7, July 17-21, and July 31-Aug. 4.
  Reptile camps are July 10-14, July 24-28, and Aug. 7-11.

Centennial Museum summer camps — UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosts Mad Scientist: Experiments All Week” Tuesday through Friday, July 11-14, as its final 2017 summer camp for kids in grades 4-6. The camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum’s Education Center. Registration; $50 per camp; $55 after deadline. Space is limited to first 20 who sign up. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or
  Children should bring their own lunch and snacks will be provided. Friday is Pizza Day.


Library Kids — The El Paso Public Library hosts a series of programs for kids at all library branches through July. Information: 351-4435. For complete schedule, visit the Kids Zone at

Barnes & Noble — Kids can earn a free book in the Summer reading program runs through Sept. 5, at area Barnes & Nobles. Kids entering grades 1-6 can earn a free book by reading books and completing a journal about the books they’ve read. Books read during the summer do not need to be purchased from Barnes & Noble, but forms must be completed to earn free book; limit one per participating child. Forms available in both English and Spanish at


Mathnasium Summer Math Program — Programs are planned for grades 2 through seniors 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 25 at both the West (7250 N. Mesa Ste B) and East (1355 George Dieter Dr. Ste 106) locations, to help students prepare for the coming year. Individualized learning plans are designed to help students address gaps in order to catch up, keep up, or get ahead. Monthly memberships; available as well as 10- and 16-session packages during summer break. Information: 590-6284 or

Professor Egghead Summer Camps —Professor Egghead Science Academy, 5360 N. Mesa, host the week-long summer camps for ages 4 to 10 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 4, with cool science, hands on experiments, and demonstrations. Call for schedule. Full day camps are $295; half day (9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., are $195. Information: 307-0388. Register online at
  Camps include Inventors, Engineering with LEGO, Astronauts, Detectives and more.

Creativity Camp — Leanne von Mittenwald, Lusa Cuellar and Tanya von Mittenwald host the multi-discipline summer camp is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 17-28, at 773 Camino Real, for grades 1 to 5. Week 1 is a collaborative storybook project with illustrations & performances; Week 2 is an hourly schedule with art, science experiments, drama, crafts, cooking and more. Cost: $390 per week; $90 an hour per week for individual activities. Information, full activity list: (575) 589-2029 or
  The camp is hosted by two St. Clement’s teachers, one retired speech & drama teacher, and one currently teaching art teachers, and an Orange County-based chef and owner of


El Paso Stars and Rockin' Jump Summer Camps — Stars Haven Volleyball Academy and new basketball camps team up with Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park for summer camps Mondays though Fridays, through Aug. 18. Volleyball or basketball camps are 7 a.m. to noon, followed by time at Rockin’ Jump (lunch provided). Cost: $175 per week or $300 bi-weekly. Information: 585-1080 or

Painted Dunes Summer Junior Golf Camps — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts summer Junior golf camps for kids ages 5-17 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, through Aug. 14, for all skill levels. Instruction based on swing mechanics, short game, practice skills, etiquette and rules. Cost: $75 per week (includes snacks). Class size limited. Information: 821-2122 or

Elite camps — Elite Youth Sports West, 6910 N. Mesa, Suite H, host several three-day summer camps for youth age 5 and older 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 4. Half day camps also offered 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Weekly cost: $85 three full days; $75 half days. Daily cost: $25 full day; $20 half day. Extended hours are $5 per day. Information: 581-3476 or elpasoelitewest.
July 5-7: Tumbling
July 19-21: Cheer
Aug. 2-4: Dance.

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its four-day summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays though Thursdays through Aug. 3, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta, and other courses. Space is limited to 40 students. Cost: $50 per week. Information:
  Additional locations:
July 5-7 and July 31-Aug. 3: Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. (No camp July 4; July 5-7 cost is $40).
July 17-20: Butterfield Trail Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods.
  Summer Session 2 Saturday classes are July 15-Aug. 5 at Ascarate Park. Cost: $50 per session. Registration at
• Wee Ones Classes are 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 3-5.
• “All In” class for those who are not able to participate (ages 6-18) are 10:30 a.m. to noon.

UTEP Sports - UTEP offers a variety of summer sports camps. All camp prices subject to increase after pre-registration dates. Team and returning camper and early bird discounts available for some camps. Information, registration: 747-5142 or
  Cheer Camp (contact is Bianca Marquez, 29th annual UTEP Summer Cheer Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5-8. Cost: $100.
  Volleyball (contact Holly Watts.
• Miner Position Camps for grades 7-12 are 2 to 5 p.m. July 11-12 in Memorial Gym. Cost: $127.20-$159.
• Miners Beach Volleyball Camps are 7 to 9:30 a.m. or 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 12-15, for grades 8 to college at the Student Recreation Center. Cost; $116.60.
• Lil’ Miners Indoor Volleyball Camp is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for grades 3-6; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for grades 6-12, July 13-15 in Memorial Gym. Cost: $90.10 (grades 3-6); $106 (grades 6-12).
  Soccer (contact Heather Clark,
• Advanced Camp for age 7-18 is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 17-20, at University Field. Cost: $130-$145.
• Soccer & Splash Camp is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 17-20 for age 5-12. Cost: $130-$145.

Black Range Horsemanship Camp
— The camp is July 9-22 in Winston, N.M., in the Cuchillo Mountains. The camp, led by Greg Evans and now in its 22nd year, is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 16 of all riding skill levels. Activities include horseback riding, arts and crafts, Indian lore, sports and games, rifle shooting, skeet shooting for older campers, archery, a cattle drive and branding (range conditions permitting), drama, skits and dancing, and field trips to Elephant Butte Lake, Gila National Forest Hike, Turn of the Century Silver Mine, and Ghost Towns. Campers may also bring their own horses if desired.
  Parents are invited on final day for a dinner and campfire. Cost: $900, reservation deposit required. Discounts offered for returning campers and families with two or more campers. Half sessions are July 9-15 or July 16-22. Cost: $500. Information: (575) 743-1602, (575)740-1778 or

Cave Climbing Camps — Cave Climbing Co., 113 Executive Center, hosts camps for kids age 7 and older 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, July 10-14; July 24-28 and Aug. 7-11, to learn the basics of rock climbing, and take part on other challenges and activities. Class sizes limited. Information: 502-0885 or
  Cost: $99 per week; sibling discount offered. Partial week costs are $69 for Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and $49 for Tuesday and Thursday.

Volleyball Camp — Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae, hosts a volleyball camp 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 10-12. Beginner through advanced levels offered for age groups 3-6; 7-9; and older. Information: Coach Aaron Bajek,

First Tee — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts programs at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Summer session classes are Saturdays July 15-Aug. 5. Cost: $50 per session. Information: Registration at
• Wee Ones Classes are 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 3-5.
• “All In” class for those who are not able to participate (ages 6-18) are 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Fencing Summer Camps — Salle De Long Fencing School’s annual summer camps are offered through July for ages 6 and older at its fencing center, 1105 E. Yandell (at Octavia). Camps cover various levels of the Olympic sport of fencing from fundamentals to more challenging level. Call for cost. Information: Margaret De Long, 346-4338,, or on Facebook.
July 17-21: 8 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 10.
July 24-28: 8 a.m. to noon for ages 11 and older.

Soccer Camp - Nolan Richardson Middle School, 11350 Loma Franklin hosts soccer camp for boys and girls age 10-13 Friday through Sunday, July 21-23. Each participant receives a custom ball to use during camp. Cost: $30. Information: Eddie Guillen, 633-4437 or

Next Level Athletic Camp — Kilo Lift Barbell & Sports Club, 4316 Rosa, hosts the athletic camps for high school athletes 10 a.m. to noon Mondays though Thursdays, through Aug. 11, focusing on agility, explosion training, and proper weight lifting technique. Cost: $50 per week. Information: 307-4860 or

Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim — The 2017 summer swim lessons during the summer months at all indoor swimming pools. Summer sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Weekend sessions also offered. Cost: $38 per 8-class session, first come first served basis. Space is limited. Call for schedule. Information: 544-3556 or online at


Kids-N-Co. — Theater summer camps are offered at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tuition discounts for student enrolling for more than one camp and/or if siblings also attend. All camps conclude with public performances or film screenings. Costume Design & Sewing also held throughout the summer.
  Tuition: $300 per camp; $200 Kindergarten Camps. Discounts available for people attending multiple camps, or for families with siblings attending camp. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook.
  Register by phone or in person 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at First Presbyterian Church.
• Production Camps for age 8-15 are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 17-Aug. 13 (performances Aug. 11-13). Taught by Vanessa Keyser, camp teaches students all aspects of theater including acting, building, costume design, sewing and make-up.
• Film Camp for age 12-16 is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 17-Aug. 13(Films showcased Aug. 13). Led by local filmmakers Skyler Carreon and Brandon Abeyta who film a mini-series that students can participate in. Camp begins with learning from classic films. Lessons on conceiving ideas, writing, filming, and editing.
• Kinder Camps for age 5-7 are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 17-July 28 (performance July 28); and July 31-Aug. 11 (performance Aug. 11). Kids learn how to feel comfortable on stage by learning theater games to gain an understanding of improvisation.


Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp — Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, hosts inexpensive films for kids age 3-12 and their parents in through August. Ticket prices are $1, $3 or $5, with all ticket sales benefiting Make-A-Wish of North Texas (El Paso Chapter). All shows start at 10 a.m. Age policy may vary. Information: 845-7469 or on Facebook at Alamo Drafthouse El Paso. Schedule to be announced. Tickets available at

Movie Clubhouse — Cinemark El Paso, 7440 Remcon Circle, Cinemark 20 & XD, 11885 Gateway West, and Cinemark East Montana, 12704 Montana, host the annual summerlong movie series for kids through Aug. 9. The “Clubhouse” presents recent G and PG favorites. All shows begin at 10 a.m. Admission: $1 at the door (for adults or children) or $5 for 10 movies in advance. Full movie listing:
  Cinemark West movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Cinemark East and Cinemark 20 and XD movies are Wednesdays.
July 4-5: Goosebumps
July 11-12: Iron Giant
July 18-19: Hotel Transylvania
July 25-26: Megamind
Aug. 1-2: Angry Birds Movie
Aug. 9 Sing; at Cinemark 20 and East.

Plaza Classic Film Camp — Plaza Classic Film Festival hosts its 3rd annual film-making summer camp for aspiring young filmmakers 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 7-11, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Aspiring filmmakers age 9 to 16 will take advantage of the library’s auditorium, theater and Makerspace lab, which features editing stations, 3D printer and a sound booth. Experienced teachers and professionals will guide camp participants to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films. Cost: $300 through July 16; $325 July 17-23. Tuition includes materials, lunch and snacks. Information: 533-4020. Online registration at
  Finished movies will be seen at the 2017 Plaza Classic Film Festival Aug. 3-13.
  This year offer concurrent two-week camps: one for animation; the other for live action filmmaking.


P3 Kidz on Campus 2017 Summer Camps — Professional and Public Programs (P3) at UTEP offers weekly half and full-day Summer Youth Camps for kids entering kindergarten through 12 grades. Extended day care and supervised lunch services available for an additional fee. All camps are held on the UTEP campus. Information: 747-5142 or
  Camps include “Junior Excellent Engineering Camp,” “CSI & Forensic Science Institute,” “Leadership Institute,” "Public Speaking: Debate Strategies Institute," “Nurse for a Day Camp,” "Nature's Science for Kids," "Cheer Fundamentals," Intro to Ceramics," Beginnings to Broadway Youth Acting Camp," “Entrepreneurship Institute,” and more.

Candlelighters Camp volunteers — Candlelighters of West Texas/Southern New Mexico seeks volunteer counselors for its 2017 week-long summer camps for kids, with activities such as ropes course, horseback riding, archery, hiking, camp-outs and more. Camps are held near Cloudcroft, N.M. No experience needed. Information: 544-2222 or
  Camp dates are July 5-11 for Camp Bravo and June 25-July 1 for Camp Courageous.

Camp Arrowhead — The 3-day camp invites kids, ages 6-12, to learn about how the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, July 18-20. Learn about how the memorial protects history, nature, culture, and recreation through games, arts and crafts, and other activities. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 ext. 129 or

Camp Creativity — Michael’s hosts its annual summer crafts for kids 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through July 28, with a different craft featuring Disney kids each day. Cost: $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Early reservations encouraged; space is limited Open to ages 3 and up. Locations: 811 Sunland Park Drive and 1313 George Dieter, Suite C. Information:

Southern New Mexico

¡Explora! Camp — Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosts “Build It, Launch It,” camp hosted by ¡Explora! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17-21. Make objects fly and design a trebuchet or catapult. Cost: $100. Registration required through ¡Explora!, or (505) 224-8341.Information: (575) 522-3120.
  The museum’s summer camps also continue through July. Registration required at the museum:
June 27-30: Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park Water Research, for grades 6-8. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $50.
July 11-14: Young Engineers, for grades 3-5. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $50
July 25-28: Marine Biology for grades 1-2. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $80.

Las Cruces Swim Lessons — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers swim lessons Monday through Thursday, July 10-20, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview. All Learn to Swim and Pre-school Lessons are $45, Parent Child and Adult Swim Lessons are $60.
  July registration runs through July 1, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Class space is limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Information, schedule: (575) 541-2771.

Sacramento Summer Camps — Sacramento Methodist Assembly, 30 miles southeast of Cloudcroft, N.M., offers summer camps for children and teens. Early registration encouraged; space is limited. Information, cost: 1-800-667-3414. Registration forms available at
July 3-7: Family Camp (all ages)
July 9-14: Music on the Mountain (grades 7-12)
July 10-14: Promise Seekers’ Camp (grades 4-6)
July 17-21: Sr. Horse Camp (age 13-18)
July 21-23: Family Horse Camp (all ages)
July 31-Aug. 4: Camp Sunshine (intellectually disabled adults 16 and older).

‘Rocketeer Academy’ Summer Camps — New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s 2017 week-long science camps run through July for kids in grades K-9. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday (lunch included); and 9 a.m. to noon Friday (with rocket launches, graduation and refreshments). Cost per week: $135 ($235 for Wheels Up!) Some scholarships available. Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589 or on Facebook at NMSpaceMuseum. Registration forms available online at
  A new Comet cadet level has been added for cadets entering kindergarten through 1st grade. The Comet program is a half day camp that includes lunch.
• Comet (K-1) and Mercury (entering 2-3 grade) levels have two camps to choose from: “Rex Rocket’s Asteroid Roundup” or “Aviation Camp.”
• Gemini program (entering 4-6 grade) choose from “Target: Earth!” and “Wheels Up!.“
• Apollo (entering 7-9 grade) includes “Wheels Up!” and “Bots & More.”

Living Desert Zoo — Living Desert Zoo Gardens State Park in Carlsbad, N.M. will host its Summer camp, “Native Americans of the Chihuahuan Desert” 8:15 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 10-14 for and July 17-21 for ages 7-12. Camp features music, crafts, special activities, guest speakers and more. Advance registration required; begins in June; cost to be announced. Information: (575) 887-5516.
  To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad; follow signs to the park.

Farm & Ranch Summer Camps — The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, hosts its summer camps and classes for kids through July 27. Classes are Tuesday through Thursday; no classes week of July 4. Camps are taught by museum staff and volunteers. Pre-registration required for all camps; camps fill quickly. Non-refundable $5 deposit required. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
  Registration deadline is 5 days before camp begins.
July 11-13: Can You Dig It?(age 8-12), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. E. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Excavate a dig site looking for artifacts and explore the ways in which archeologists learn about ancient people. Cost: $40 ($35 members) (bring a lunch daily).
July 18-20: Nature Gone Wild, (ages 8-12), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore bees, lizards, birds, and more. Participants will go on hikes while learning about different wildlife and plants found in the area. Cost: $35 ($30 members) (bring a lunch daily).
July 25-27: Animal Planet, (ages 5-8), 10 a.m. to noon. Each day participants meet and learn how to care for different animals. Animal guests include a chinchilla, bunny, ducks, chickens, turtles and more. Cost: $30 ($25 members) (bring a lunch daily).

Aggie Volleyball Camps — NMSU will host summer volleyball camps at NMSU’s Activity Center, taught by five-time NCAA Coach of the Year Michael Jordan. Open to males and females ages 11 and older. Information: (575) 639-7714 or
July 14-16: Team Tournament. Cost $500 per team (up to 12 players).
July 21-23: Advanced Skills Camp for grades 4-6. Cost: $150.
July 28-30: Elite Skills Camp for grades 9-12.

Inn of the Mountain Gods ‘Just for Kids’ — The resort in Mescalero, N.M. hosts summertime activity program for children of guests ages 5-12 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturdays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, with arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, field trips, games and more. Cost: $25 per child (includes lunch). Information, registration: (575) 464-7089 or

Las Cruces Museum of Art — Las Cruces Museum of Art, 411 N. Main, hosts its 4-day classes for youth and adults through July 29. Space is limited; early registration encouraged by the Saturday before each class. Information, cost: (575) 541-2137 Full schedule at
  Classes include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, comic book illustration and more for all levels of artists.