Summer fun for kids

Day camps

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, June 1-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.

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, June 5-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.

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday June 12-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 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.):
• Carolina Recreation Center, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Don Haskins Center, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623
• Douglass Elementary, 101 S. Eucalyptus, 544-0753
• Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Marty Robbins Recreation Center, 11600 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• O’Rourke Center, 911 N. Virginia, 212-0127.
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.
  Afternoon camps (1 to 5 p.m.):
• Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E Seventh, 544-5436
• Chihuahuita Recreation Center, 417 Charles, 533-6909
• Leona Ford Washington Center, 3400 Missouri, 562-7071
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount, 598-1155
• Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell, 755-7566
• San Juan Recreation Center, 701 N. Glenwood, 779-2799
• Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722.
  Teen Mentor 8-week program for ages 13-16 available at all sites. Cost: $20 per teen.

Kids-n-Critters — The Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, hosts 5-day summer camps 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday June 12-16 (for age 6-7); June 19-23 (for age 8-9); and June 26-30(for ages 10-13. Register at the Humane Society. Cost: $80; includes snacks and t-shirt. Information: 532-6971 or
  Participants learn about domestic and exotic animals, pet safety, how to be responsible pet owners, advocate for animals and more.

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 June 12-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.

Summer Scholars — Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway Blvd, hosts its interactive summer camps 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 12-30, for ages 8-14. Cost per camp; $125 ($175 for culinary camp) Registration: 201-0117 or
June 12-16: Tech It Out. Learn the ins and outs of 3D printers, 3D printing pens, robots, and drones.
June 19-23: Outdoor Survival. Learn about creating shelters, fire safety, and how to make paracord bracelets. Last day of camp is at Franklin Mountains State Park for hike and cookout.
June 26-30: Culinary Academy. Learn the science behind cooking, baking a more. Each cooking class followed by a Special Interest hobby class 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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.

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. This year’s camp will focus on kids using art, movement, writing and more to creatively express themselves, their views, and stories. Details to be announced. Space is limited. Information: Jamie Williams at 351-0048, ext. 28, or Web:

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.


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

‘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 June 6-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.

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
June 26-30: Royal Princesses Camp
June 19-23: Fashion Faces and Flowers Camp
July 3-7: Rock Out Camp.

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.

Dance and Cheer

British Ballet Academy — British Ballet Academy, 9417 Montana, hosts its Summer Ballet Intensive, June 6-July 27. Classes are 5 to 6:30 p.m. for pre-pointe; 6:30 to 8 p.m. for pointe. Cost: $85 per dancer. Information: 591-4472 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

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 June 12-16 and July 10-14. Cost: $120.
  Dance Camp for age 7 to 12 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 19-July 7. Cost: $300.

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, June 19-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.

Music and theater

UTEP Theatre — The UTEP Department of Theatre, Dance and Film will host summer camps June 5-23. Tuition: $245 per three-week camp. Both acting and dancing camps culminate in a live performance for family and friends. Limited financial assistance available. Information: Adriana Dominguez, 747-6213 or
  Beginning (age 7-12) and Advanced Acting Camps (age 13-18) camps are 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays. Acting Camps focus on the acting and rehearsal process. All students will learn the fundamentals of the performance process of theater. Beginning class attendees should have at least second grade reading/writing skills.
  Young Dancers (age 7-12) and Tiny Toes (age 4-6) Dance Camps are 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays, focusing on the appreciation, performance, and creation of dance. Young Dancers styles include ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz. Students will create their own choreography as well.

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. June 12-July 9 (performance July 7-9); and 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.
• Musical Theater Camp for age 8-15 is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 19-July 16 (performance are July 14-16). Taught by Sally Perez, who played The Witch in the EPCC production “Into the Woods.” All aspects of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, choreography, costumes and make-up. Younger kids may be considered; interview/audition required.
• 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. June 19-June 30 (performance June 30); 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.

Orchestra Camp — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 8th annual summer camp for ages 8-18 is Monday through Friday, June 26-30, at Jefferson High School, 4700 Alameda, open to any young musician with at least one year of experience on an orchestral instrument. Activities include orchestra rehearsals, games, a camp concert and more. Cost: $100 ($85 early bird by June 2). Financial assistance and scholarships available. Information: 525-8978 or


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, June 27-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.

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, June 27-Aug. 11. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). Information: 212-0320 or
June 27-July 1: The Science of History
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.

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.


Silver City Summer Reading Program — Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College, hosts summer reading activities June 6-July 21, with at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, featuring Jamie O’Hara The Magic Guy. End-of-summer party planned for July 28. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Closed May 27-29 for Memorial Day. Registration for summer programs continues through the end of May. Information: (575) 538-3672, or

Reading Club — The El Paso Public Library’s free Summer Reading Club for grades K through 6, teens and adults kicks off 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, with free activities, games and performers, including DJ Sharkey, Obstacle Course, Mechanical Bull Riding, Odd Lab Circus Boot Camp, Tunnels and Tents, games with Cub Scout Pack 727 and face painting. Participants can register for the summer reading club and get their club. Elvis Tribute artist Bud Sanders performs at 2 p.m. Registration forms available at any public library or at Information: 212-3261.
  The club runs through summer months at all public library facilities.

EPCC library — The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library at EPCC’s Northwest Campus, 6701 S. Desert Boulevard, host its summer family programs Mondays through Fridays, June 12-23, with programs on sports and fitness, dance and music, technology, art and languages, as well as the summer reading club. Most programs are free; some may include $10 processing fee. Free breakfast and lunch available for participants at the college’s Portable 10. Information, schedule: 831-8840. Online registration available through June 13 at
  Summer Reading Club certificate event is 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 23.

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.
  Free reading club forms may be picked up at Barnes & Noble during the summer months:
• West Side: 705 Sunland Park. Information: 581-5353.
• Fountains at Farah: 8889 Gateway West, Suite 120. Information: 594-3024.
• Las Cruces: 700 S. Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: (575) 522-4499.
  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, June 5-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

‘Rocketeer Academy’ Summer Camps — Registration is open for New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s 2017 week-long science camps June 5 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.”

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 June 26-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


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

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, June 7-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.
June 7-9: Ninja Clinic
June 21-23: Gymnastics
July 5-7: Tumbling
July 19-21: Cheer
Aug. 2-4: Dance.

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, June 12-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

Fencing Summer Camps — Salle De Long Fencing School’s annual summer camps are offered June and 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.
June 12-26: 8 a.m. to noon for ages 6-10; 1 to 5 p.m. for ages 11 and older.
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.

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, June 12-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

Volleyball Camp — Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae, hosts a volleyball camp 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 12-14, and July 10-12; and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 20-22. Beginner through advanced levels offered for age groups 3-6; 7-9; and older. Information: Coach Aaron Bajek,

Trail Blazer Football — The free camp for ages 8-13 is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 15-16, at the SISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle. Information, registration: Patrick Melton, 937-2800 or

First Tee — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts programs at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Summer session classes are Saturdays June 17-July 8 (Session I) and July 15-Aug. 5 (Session 2). 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.

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its four-day summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays though Thursdays June 19-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 Saturday classes are June 17-July 8 (Session I) and July 15-Aug. 5 (Session 2), all 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.

Aztec Baseball Camp — El Dorado High School, 12401 Edgemere, hosts a baseball camp for ages 7-14 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, June 20-21, to cover both offensive and defensive skills. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost per player: $40 ($30 siblings; $25 per player for groups of 6 or more). Information: Victor Rodriguez, 241-5229 or

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.

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

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


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 May 30-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.
May 30-31: Sing (Aug. 9 at Cinemark 20 and East)
June 6-7: Secret Life of Pets
June 13-14: LEGO Batman Movie
June 20-21: Trolls
June 27-28: Shrek the Third
July 4-5: Goosebumps
July 11-12: Iron Giant
July 18-19: Hotel Transylvania
July 25-26: Megamind
Aug. 1-2: Angry Birds Movie

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp — Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, hosts inexpensive films for kids age 3-12 and their parents in June 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

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.

City Spray Parks — City of El Paso’s Spray Parks are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Dinner food box program offered 4 to 6 p.m. through Aug. 25 at all parks for youth 17 and younger. Information: 544-3556. For park rules: Locations:
• Grandview Spray Park, 3100 Jefferson
• Pavo Real Spray Park, 9301 Alameda
• Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge
• Marty Robbins Park, 11600 Vista del Sol
• Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 River Bend
• Salvador Rivas Jr. Park, 12480 Pebble Hills
• Hidden Valley Spray Park, 200 Coconut Tree.

Children’s College — El Paso Community College presents its summer classes and camps children and teens age 5-17 at the various EPCC campuses. Walk-in registration available at any EPCC campus through June 7. Classes begin June 10. Tuition varies, depending on class. Children’s classes have age requirements. Information: 831-2089 or

Camp Creativity — Michael’s hosts its annual summer crafts for kids 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 12-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:
  Themes include Classic Characters, Ocean Adventure, Outdoor Fun, Winter Wonderland, Princesses and Friends, Safari Creatures and All About Me.

Summer Chocolate Camp at Chocolat' — Four-day camps are offered during the summer for kids 5-16 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays starting June 12 at Chocolat, 5860 N. Mesa, Suite 132 in the Shoppes on Mesa. Learn to make chocolate, create molds, dip & decorate strawberries and learn some of the business aspects of running a small chocolate factory and more. Participants take home projects every day. Cost: $125 per week; space is limited. Information: 581-7290 or on Facebook at Chocolat’-El Paso.

Best in Education camps — Best in Education Center, 11345 Montwood, will host various camps for youth, Monday though Thursday, June 19-22. Half-day math and reading camps also offered. Information: 400-5429.
  Robotics Camp is 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Cost: $69; $59 before May 31.
  Full Day Bundle Camp is 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with Young Rembrandts art, math, English and robotic introduction. Cost: $213 by May 31.

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. Camp dates are July 5-11 for Camp Bravo and June 25-July 1 for Camp Courageous. Information: 544-2222 or

UTEP Speech and Debate Program Summer Day Camp — UTEP Speech and Debate Program hosts its low-cost, non profit camp for high school age students 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 26-30 on the UTEP Campus. Camp made possible by the John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund. Classes in Public Speaking, Student Congress, Lincoln Douglas Debate and Oral Interpretation of Literature. Cost: $75. Information:

Southern New Mexico

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 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 is June 24-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.
  Level “Completion Certificates” are required or participant must take a swim evaluation. Swim evaluations will be available at the Regional Aquatic Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; through May 12, and June 19-23. No swim evaluations will be given during registration time.

Farm & Ranch Summer Camps — The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, hosts its summer camps and classes for kids June 6-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.
June 6-8: Little Farmers Storytime (age 4-6), 9:30 to 11 a.m. Participants visit a part of the museum followed by a craft that connects to the theme of the story. Adults welcome to attend with their children. Cost: $25 ($20 members).
June 13-15: Happy Scribbles (age 7-9), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Draw, paint and craft works of art. Classes will be held both indoors and outdoors. Cost: $35 ($30 members).
June 13-15: Express Yourself (age 10-12), 1 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will use their creativity to draw or paint their masterpiece. Classes will be held indoors and outdoors. Cost: $40 ($35 members).
June 20-22: Broncos, Ropes & Spurs (age 5-8), 10 a.m. to noon. Make cowboy attire (hat, vest, cuffs), design a bandana, ride a pony, and learn how to rope cattle. Cost: $35 ($30 members).
June 27-29: Greenhouse Extravaganza(age 9-12), 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about different plants, create their own greenhouse, and learn about the importance of water here in the desert. Cost: $35 ($30 members)2.
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).

Nature Camp — Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosts summer camps and workshops for youth in June. Registration required; space is limited. Information: (575) 522-3120. Online registration at:
• “Galactic Forces: Magnetics” for first and second grades is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 6-9, looking at the ways we use magnets to power our homes, cars, and how objects become magnets. Cost: $80.
• “Levers, Pulleys, and Gears...oh my!’ for grades 3-5 is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday June 20-23, to investigate these inventions’ uses, the history of their invention, and how they have changed over time. Cost: $90.
  The year, the museum also welcomes Super Camps by Albuquerque’s ¡Explora! for ages 9-12. Each camp is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost per camp: $100. Registration required through ¡Explora! only at or (505) 224-8341.
June 12-16: “Wind Up and Go.” Develop mechanical engineering skills and build, test and modify cars, and power them with rubber-bands.
July 17-21: “Build It, Launch It.” Make objects fly and design a own trebuchet or catapult.

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
June 9-11: King’s Kids’ Camp (grades 2-4)
June 12-16: Jr. Horse Camp (age 8-12
June 19-23: Ritmo Camp (grades 7-12)
June 26-30: Jr. Girls’ Horse Camp (age 8-12)
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).

DAAC Youth Programs — Doña Ana Arts Council hosts summer art camps and programs in June in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
• The annual Career Art Path two-week immersion program in the visual arts for students entering grades 5-8 is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 12-23, at Alma d’Arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court in Las Cruces.
Includes hands-on experience in ceramics, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, print making and more. The students take field trips to local galleries, museums and businesses for exploration of the many career avenues available in the arts. The program culminates with an art show featuring the students’ art work. Fee: $100 per student for the 2-week camp. Space is limited.
Opera Storytellers of Las Cruces is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 19-23, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera. The program is designed for students entering grades 3-8. Students use elements of opera, libretto writing, music composition and theatrical staging to compose and present their own musical drama. The participants will present a production based on “Hero’s Journey” at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, for family, friends and the public. Tuition: $150; students should bring a sack lunch daily; snacks provided.
Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is June 26-30 for students entering grades 1-12, with this year’s show, “Aladdin.” Open auditions are 10 a.m. Monday, June 26, at the Rio Grande Theatre, with performance 7 p.m. Friday, June 30.
Rehearsals are daily until the performance. Those auditioning should arrive at 9:45 a.m. and plan to stay full two hours. Tuition: $60; partial scholarships available.

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.