Summer fun for kids

Day camps
Art/crafts
Dance
Music
Nature/History
Reading
Math/Science
Sports
Theater
Movies
Misc camps and classes
Other So. New Mexico

Day camps

YWCA Camps — YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region camps are Monday through Friday during the summer, with STEM labs, literacy-focused activities, arts and crafts, field trips, health and fitness activities, dance and yoga and swimming Breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks served. Enrollment forms at ywcaelpaso.org. Cost: $110 weekly ($130 Mary Ann Dodson branch). Some camps offer daily rates. Information: 519-0000 or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Outdoor camp for aged 6-12 at Mary Ann Dodson, 4400 Boy Scout Lane, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 9. Information: 519-0005.
  Indoor camps offered for ages 4-12. Information: 519-0003.
• Sierra Vista camp at Sierra Vista School, 1501 Bob Hope is 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31-June 28.
• Shirley Leavell, 10712 Sam Snead, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31-Aug. 23.
  Summer family fitness specials and swim lessons also offered.

St. Mark’s Adventure Camps — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road, hosts children’s weekly camps for age 2-12 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 28-July 19, with a different theme each week. Before and after care, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. offered for additional fee. Camps are $155 per week ($125 for “Junior Explorers” or “USA” camps). Registration, information: stmarkschurch.tv/summer-camp.
May 28-31: Junior Explorers
June 3-7: Kids Discovery Factory
June 10-14: Super Sports
June 17-21: The Junior Chef
July 1-5: God Bless the USA
July 8-12: Wacky Science
July 15-19: Kids Got Talent.

YMCA camps - El Paso YMCA branches offer programs through mid-August for ages 4-12, at all three El Paso branches. Camps run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Cost varies with each branch. Camps are $150 per week; ($95 members). Financial assistance available. Information/costs: 584-9622, ext. 21 or elpasoymca.org.
  Camps often include swim time (where available), camp activities, field trips, weekly themes, and more.
Locations:
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood, is May 28-Aug. 26. Different theme each week. Information: 590-9622.
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth (call for schedule). Information: 755-9622.
• Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa (call for schedule). Information: 584-9622.

Montessori Heroes — Mountain West Montessori, 403 Frontera, will host camps on weekdays for ages 18 months to third grade in June and July with STEAM, camp songs, water day, rallies, zip lining and more. For weekly rates: 584-5728 or mwmontessori.com.

Boys & Girls Club Camp — Boys and Girls Club of El Paso hosts its summer program for ages 6-18 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 3-Aug. 9, with swimming, tennis, dance and modeling, art, hiking and culinary arts. Cost: $60; includes breakfast and lunch. Registration forms available at 801 S. Florence. Information: 532-7410 or bgcelpaso.org.

Camp Shamayim — The J Center for Early Learning, 4408 N. Stanton, hosts a children’s program 9 a.m. to noon for age 1-2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 3-11 June 3-July 26. Campers go on field trips and/or have visitors with special programming. Cost: $125 per week (age 1-2); $150 per week (age 3-11). Information: 534-1234. Registration: thejelpaso.curacubby.com/fst/campshamayim.
  The J Center is a nonprofit preschool, embracing families from all backgrounds, while teaching core Jewish values of community, tolerance, and respect.

CYS Summer Camps — Fort Bliss MWR offers several summer camp and class options for DoD ID cardholders and registered CYS youth. CYS registration at 568-4737. Information: bliss.armymwr.com.
  Youth Sports Plex summer sports camps run June 3-Aug. 2. Camp t-shirt provided. Information: 568-2617 or 568-1568.
• Athletic Performance Camps are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3-28 and July 8-31 for age 10-18. Cost: $75.
• Conditioning Camps are 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. June 3-28 and July 8-31 for age 10-18. Cost: $50.
• T-Ball Camp is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 3-7 for age 4-6. Cost: $35.
• UTEP Volleyball camps are 9 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 7-12) and 1 to 3:30 p.m. (for advance players 13-18) June 3-7. Cost: $35.
• Skilled Up Elite Camps are 9 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 7-12) and 1 to 3:30 p.m. (ages 13-18) June 10-14. Cost: $35.
• Playground All-Star Camp is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 10-14 for age 6-10. Cost: $35.
• Soccer Camp is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 10-14 and July 22-16 for age 5-18. Cost: $35.
• Smart Start Camp is 9 to 11 a.m. July 22-26 and Aug. 5-9 for age 4-7. Cost: $25.
• Fundamental Sports and Fitness Camp is 9 to 11 a.m. July 29-Aug. 2 for age 6-10. Cost: $25.
  SKIES Unlimited Camps, at SKIES Building 1, 3508 Ellerthorpe. Information: 568-5544.
  Fun with Piano is 9 to 11 a.m. June 17-19 and July 15-17 (age 9-11); June 24-26 and July 22-24 (for age 5-8) and July 29-31 (age 12-18). Cost: $60.
  Dance workshops are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost per camp: $45.
• Pretty in Pink (princess-themed camp) is June 10-13 for ages 5-8.
• The Stage is My Life (musical theatre camp) is June 24-27 for ages 8-15.
• Move ‘n Groove (jazz hip-hop and tap) is July 8-11 for age 5-8.
• Back to the Basics (traditional ballet and tap) is Aug. 5-8 or age 6-10.
• Fencing Workshops at Salle de Long, 3525 Pershing, are 9 to 11 a.m. June 10-14 and July 22-26 for age 6-18. Cost: $60.
  Replica Youth Center Camps are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. except as listed: 568-3523.
June 3-7: Top Chef Camp.
June 10-14: Summer Splash
June 17-21: “Amazing Race” Season VI camps are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations.
June 24-28: “The Apprentice Camp” Season V
July 1-5: Adventure Camp. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 8-12: “Survivor” Season X camp
July 15-19: Paintball/War Games Season 1. Limit of 32 camper.
July 22-26: “Battle Royale” Camp Season 4
July 29-Aug. 2: Bowling Camp
Aug. 5-9: Insane Games.

Ibero Academy — The academy, based in the Upper Valley, hosts its “Imagination” week-long camps for youth June 3-28. Extended care offered. Tuition varies. Information: 585-0840 or iberoacademy.com.

Kids-n-Critters — The Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, hosts its summer camps 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 3-7 (for ages 6-8), June 17-21 (for ages 9-11), and July 8-12 (for ages 12-14). Registration: $80; online at hselpaso.org/events. Information: 532-6971 or scortez@hselpaso.org.
  Participants learn about domestic and exotic animals, pet safety, how to be responsible pet owners, advocate for animals and more.

Radford Summer Camp — Radford School, 2001 Radford Street, hosts the multi-discipline camp for boys and girls age 3-10 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 3-28. Camp includes fun activities, swimming, reading and math lessons and field trip. Call for details: 565-27370.

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday June 10-Aug. 2 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; some scholarships available. Information: 212-0393 or elpasotexas.gov/parks
  Registration available at any city recreation center.
  Morning camps (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.):
• Don Haskins Center, 7400 High Ridge, 212-0478
• Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood, 212-0560
• Marty Robbins Recreation Center, 11600 Vista Del Sol, 212-0426
• Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center, 563 N. Carolina, 212-0430
• O’Rourke Center, 911 N. Virginia, 212-0127
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 212-0474
• Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.
  Afternoon camps (1 to 5 p.m.):
• Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E Seventh, 212-0396
• 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, 212-0422
• San Juan Recreation Center, 701 N. Glenwood, 212-0485
• Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722.
  Teen Leaders 8-week program for ages 13-16 available at all sites, with arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and a free lunch Cost: $20 per teen.

Safety Town — The annual Safety Town program for children about to start school has free weekly sessions 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays June 10-July 27 at Bassett Place. Application must be in person at the mall management office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; proof of child’s age required (birth certificate). Scheduling is first-come, first-serve; space is limited. No classes July 1-5. Information: 772-7016 or ShopBassettPlace.com.
  The program is open to children ages 5 and 6 (as of June 10). The one-week class, sponsored by Bassett Place with the El Paso Police Department, includes safety topics, hands-on activities and presentations by guest speakers. Graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. each Friday.

Camp Kadima 2019 — The 32nd annual summer camp serving special needs individuals 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 17-July 5. Call for location: Tom, 449-6473.

Camp Lydia Mann — The El Paso Diabetes Association, 1220 Montana, hosts day camps June 24-28. The camp benefits children with diabetes or pre-diabetes ages 5 to 12. Information, registration: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org.

Girl Scout Summer Camp — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest hosts week-long overnight resident summer camps June 30-July 20 at Camp Mitre Peak, between Alpine and Fort Davis, Texas, for girls in grades 1-12. Cost: $465-$550. Multi-week sessions $500-$775 Registration: gsdsw.org/camp2019.

Farm & Ranch Summer Camps — The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, hosts camps and classes select Tuesdays through Thursdays in June and July. Camps are taught by museum staff and volunteers. Cost per camp is $40 ($35 members), unless listed otherwise. Campers should bring their own lunch. Information: (575) 522-4100. Register at friendsnmfarmandranchmuseum.com.
  Registration deadline is five days before camp begins.
• Art at the Museum for ages 13-17 is 9:30 a.m. to noon June 4-6. Basics of block printmaking. All supplies included.
• Can You Dig it for ages 11-14 is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11-13. Learn about locating sites, excavation and artifacts.
• Exploring Nature for ages 9-12 is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 18-20. Learn about local wildlife and plants.
• Living History for ages 7-11 is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25-27. Grind corn, dip candles, spin wool, and more, while discovering New Mexico history.
• Wonders of Wool for ages 7-11 is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9-11. Prepare wool from the Museum’s sheep and learn to spin, dye, and weave. Registration: $35; $30 members.:
• Little Farmers Story Time for ages 5-8 is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 23-25. Registration: $30; $25 members.

 

Art/crafts

CreArte Summer Camp — The summer art camps with instructor Teresa Fernandez are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in June and July at 7815 Helen of Troy, Ste. A, for ages 4-8. Classes cover drawing, painting, mask making, sculpture, jewelry making and more. Cost: $120 per week. Information: 613-7817.

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 creativekidsart.org.

Las Cruces Museum of Art Summer programs 411 N. Main, Las Cruces. Information, cost: (575) 541-2137 Full schedule at museums.las-cruces.org.
  Classes for kids and teens run 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday though Friday, June 3-July 26. New classes start every week.
  Classes for adults run June 5–July 27, and include Printmaking, Classic Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Fiber Art & Mixed Media, and Ceramics 1 and 2.

Branigan Cultural Center Camps — 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Camps are 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. selected Mondays through Fridays in June and July Registration deadline one week in advance of each workshop. Cost: $25 per week. Preregistration required: Kyle Dickson, (575) 541-2219 or museums.las-cruces.org.
June 10-14: Food, Culture and Origin for grades 1-2.
June 17-21: Ready, Set, Glow! for grades 3-5.
July 15-19: Holidays of the World Camp for grades 1-2.
July 22-26: Spanish Art Camp for grades 3-5.

Camp Creativity — Michael’s hosts crafts for kids 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 10-July 26, with a different craft featuring Disney kids each day. Cost: $3 per 30-minute session. Early reservations encouraged. Open to ages 3 and up. Locations: 811 Sunland Park Drive and 1313 George Dieter, Suite C. Information: michaels.com/camp-creativity.

El Paso Museum of Art — Summer Art Camps offer morning sessions 9:30 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuition: $75 ($60 members). Information: 212-0300 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
  Classes for age 6-9:
June 18-21: Art and Nature (mornings) and Mixed Media Collage (afternoons)
July 16-19: Drawing and Painting (afternoon), and Beginning Clay Sculpture (morning)
July 30-Aug. 2: Create with Clay (morning).
  Classes for age 10-13:
June 18-21: Printmaking (morning)
July 16-19: Painting (afternoon), and Drawing (morning)
July 30-Aug. 2: Ceramics (afternoon), and Zines, Comic Books and Superheros (morning).

Dance

EP Center of VPA Summer Camp — El Paso Center of Visual & Performing Arts, 125 Thunderbird, Suite C, hosts summer camps June 3-July 22. Information, cost: 309-4636 or epcvpa.com.
• Guitar for beginning and intermediate players age 8-12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-7.
• Ballet and Tap Combo class for age 5-8 is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 3-24.
• Beginning Folklorico for age 5-7 is 5 to 5;30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 16-19.
• Dance and art camps for age 5-9 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17-21 (Session 1) and July 15-19 (Session 2).
• Tap Camp for age 6-8 is 6:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, July 1-22.
• Tiny Tots Princess Camp for age 2-4 is 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays, July 1-22.
• Ballet I Princes Camp for age 5-7 is 6 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, July 1-22.

Project in Motion ‘Circus Camp’ — The Las Cruces-based aerial dance performance company hosts the evening program Monday through Friday, June 3-7, Camp is 7 to 8 p.m. for ages 8-15, and 8 to 9 p.m. for adults. Each class will feature a warm up, strength and stretch and a different circus skill. Classes include Climbing, cyr wheel, hooping, juggling, diabolo, unicycle, swinging and more. Cost: $40. Registration: (575) 208-4413, or projectinmotion.com.

Breakin’ Beats summer camps — Breakin’ Beats Dance Studio, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 370, hosts camps for youth in June and July. Information: 584-4755, breakinbeatsdancestudio.com or on Facebook.
  Princess Camps for ages 3 to 6 are 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday June 10-14, and July 8-12. A “Royal Ball” performance ends each camp. Cost: $120.
  Dance Camp for age 7-10 and 11-14 is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 17-July 5. Course covers jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, acro, yoga and musical theatre. Snacks provided. Cost: $300.

El Paso Ballet Theatre School — The Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive Sessions for Beginner-Advance students are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11-23 and July 2-14 at 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H. Cost per two-week session is $650; scholarships available for boys and young men. Information: 760-6062. Registration in person, by mail to the studio, or at elpasoballettheatre.com.

Ballet Summer Courses 2019 — Olga’s Russian Ballet School, 5411 N. Mesa, Suite 31 (PepperTree Square), hosts Summer Ballet sessions 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 8-11 and 3:30 to 6 p.m. for ages 12-21 Monday through Friday, July 8-19 and July 22-Aug. 12. Call for cost. Information: 408-3405 or balletelpaso.com.

Fairy Princess Dance Camp — For the Love of Dance, 7930 N. Mesa, Suite B9, hosts camp for ages 3-9 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 22-26, focusing on a different princess each day and what makes her a role model for young ladies. Camps include welcome, storytime, warm up, dance, snack, ballet, creative movement and musicality, and making a costume accessory to take home each day. Tuition: $150 per five-day camp ($50 nonrefundable deposit to reserve space); space is limited to 12 per camp; early registration strongly encouraged. Information: 276-6522 or 4lovedance.com.
  Themes include Snow White (Monday), Little Mermaid (Tuesday), Cinderella (Wednesday), Pocahontas (Thursday) and Frozen (Friday, includes tea party).

 

Music

El Paso Music Learning Center — The music center specializing in private music instruction at 6593 N. Mesa, hosts it “Summer of Music” classes. Students can choose three private lessons a week in drums, guitar, piano or voice. Information: 842-8808, or info@elpasomusiclearningcorner.com.

El Paso Conservatory of Music — El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa, hosts summer lessons in voice, music, reading, orchestration and various instruments. Tuition varies; $20 registration fee. Information: 833-0263, elpasoconservatory.org or on Facebook.
• Collegiate Music Theory Preparation (age 15+): 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-14 and July 8-19. Tuition: $400.
• Music of the Renaissance (age 16+): 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 3-14 or July 8-19. Tuition: $240.
• History of Film Music (age 16+): 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 3-14 or July 8-19. Tuition: $240.
• Intro to Music Business (age 17+): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8 or July 20. Tuition: $80.
• Music Appreciation/History (age 16+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 17-21. Tuition: $150.
• Rhythm Theory (age 12+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 24-28. Tuition: $150.
• Composition for Percussion and Drums (age 16+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-26. Tuition: $150.
• Voice Performance (age 12+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays June 7-July 27. Tuition: $150.
• Intro to Percussion: 12:30 to 2 p.m. for age 6-11 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. for age 12+ Monday through Friday, June 17-21. Tuition: $180.
• All-State String Camp for age 12+ is 10 to 11:30 a.m. (violin or cello) and noon to 1:30 p.m. (viola) Monday through Friday, June 24-28. Tuition: $150.
• Drum Set High School All-Region/All-State Jazz (age 16+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-12. Tuition: $150.
• Saxophone Prep for Middle and High School All-Region Classical (age 12+): 5 to 6 p.m. for middle school and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for high school, Monday through Friday, July 29-Aug. 2. Tuition: $100.
  Early Childhood Music programs are 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 2-4 and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. ages 4-6 June 5-July 31. Four-week minimum required. Cost: $80 per four-week session, plus $20 per every extra week.
  Instrumental Camps for ages 6-8 or 9-11 are 10 a.m. to noon June 3-28 or July 8-Aug. 2. Classes offered in piano, cello, violin/viola, voice, saxophone and drums. Cost per week: $20.
  Private lessons offered for ages 4 and older.

Orchestra Camp — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 10th annual summer camp for ages 8-18 is Monday through Friday, June 17-21, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. At least one year of experience required on an orchestral instrument. Activities include orchestra rehearsals, games, a camp concert and more. Cost: $100 ($85 early bird by June 3). Final registration deadline is June 10. Financial assistance and scholarships available. Information, location: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

 

Nature/History

Magoffin Kids’ Camps and classes — Magoffin Home State Historic Site hosts Kids Camps 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except as listed) on selected days during the summer. Reservations recommended; space is limited. Bring a sack lunch; snacks provided. Cost: $20 per class. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.
• “Building El Paso: A Simulation!” Wednesday, June 5, and Friday, June 28 for age 8-14. Build the city from scratch through a board game they design and change.
• Party Like It’s 1899: Thursday, June 6 and 27 for age 8-12. Prepare the food and drink, set and decorate the table, and plan the entertainment just like the Magoffin Family.
• Getting Crafty: Wednesday, June 12 for ages 6-12. Learn how people passed their time and created useful and beautiful objects.
• Focus on Fine Arts: Friday, June 14 for age 6-12.
• Fun with Corn: Wednesday, June 19 for ages 8-14. Find out all of the ways corn was used in the 19th Century.
• Games!: Thursday, June 20, for age 5-10. Learn how kids’ games changed when kids lived in the Magoffin Home beginning in 1877.
• Corn Husk Dolls: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, for ages 8-14.
  Adobe “Building With Dirt” classes for ages 6 and older are 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates: June 7, June 13, June 21, June 26 and June 29. Cost: $10.

Zoo Camp — The week-long camps for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 3-Aug. 2, 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: $110 per week; $95 zoo members; $100 military non-members. Advance registration required. Information: 212-0245 or elpasozoosociety.org.
  This year’s camp looks at Tamandua (anteaters) or Tamarin (monkeys).

Archaeology Camp — El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso offers four-day camps for ages 7 to 12 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, June 4-28, with introduction to archaeology, excavation and field surveying, crafts, trail tour, archery and atl-atl throwing. Cost: $70 ($55 members). Advance registration required; form available at archaeology.elpasotexas.gov. Information: 212-3273 or BarrazaIM@elpasotexas.gov.
  Optional field trip to Hueco Tanks State Park on Saturdays (not included with camp cost).

Museum of Nature & Science camps — Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosts camps for youth June and July. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Dinosaur Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday June 10-14 for grades 1-2, and June 17-21 for grades 3-5. Registration: $70.
  Explorers Space Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15-19 for grades 1-2, and July 22-26 for grades 3-5. Registration: $70.
  Bridging the Gap Building Challenge is 10 a.m. to noon July 9-12 for grades 6-8. Registration: $50.
  Free week-long “GSK Science of Me” camps are 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays for ages 6-8, and 3 to 4 p.m., to learn about how science of the body. Registration required. Level 1 Camps (age 6-8) are June 11-14, June 25-28 and July 16-19. Level 2 Camps (age 8-12) are June 18-21, July 9-12 and July 26.

 

Reading

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading — Kids entering grades 1-6 can earn a free book by reading books and completing a journal about the books they’ve read through Sept. 5 at area Barnes & Nobles. Books do not need to be purchased from Barnes & Noble, but forms must be completed to earn free book; limit one per child.
  Summer reading programs for teens and adults also planned.
  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 barnesandnoble.com/summerreading.

Fort Bliss Summer Reading Program — The Fort Bliss Mickelsen Community Library’s Summer Reading Program is open to DOD ID cardholders only. The Kickoff Party is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, with program registration, prizes and refreshments, while they last. Participation is free, but registration must be completed at the library. Information: 568-6156 or blissmwr.com/library.
  The library is at Building 2E Sheridan Road, West Fort Bliss Basement level underneath the NCO Academy.

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

Summer Reading Club — The El Paso Public Library’s free Reading Club for grades K through 6, teens and adults club runs through summer months at all public library facilities. Registration forms available at any public library or at elpasolibrary.org. Information: 212-3261.

‘A Universe of Stories’ Summer Program — 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 10-28, with programs on sports and fitness, fine arts and more, as well as the summer reading club. Most programs are free; some may include nominal processing fee. Information, schedule: 831-8840. Online registration available through June 10 at epcc.edu/library/nw.

 

Math/Science

Mathnasium Summer Math Program — Programs are planned for grades 2 through seniors throughout the summer 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. Monthly memberships available as well as 10- and 16-session packages during summer break. Information: 587-6284 or mathnasium.com.

NMSU Summer Science and Math Camps — All camps listed run Mondays through Fridays. Registration on surveymonkey.com.
• LEGO WeDo Robotics camp is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (for students who completed 5th or 6th grade)and Mindstorm Robotics camp (7th and 8th grade) is 1 to 4 p.m. June 3-7.
• Math Camp for (completed grades 5-7) is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10-14. Space is limited.
• STEM Explorers camp, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10-14.
• Drones for Beginners camp, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10-14.
• Drones for Advanced Flyers camp is 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 17-June 21; open to 2018 drone camp students.
• CSI: Summer Camp is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. June 24-28.
• Drone Engineering camp is 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 8-12. Cost: $100.
• Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students camp is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15-19. Camp is free; request registration form from sps@elt.nmsu.edu.
  Computer camps:
• Young Women in Computing (YWiC) for girls in high school is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3-14. Registration: bit.ly/2019YWiCHS.
• Computer Science Adventures is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17-28 for high school students. Registration: bit.ly/2019CSADV.
• YWiC camp for middle school girls is July 8-July 19. Registration (includes lunch, materials and supplies, and swag bags): bit.ly/2019YWiCMS.

‘Rocketeer Academy’ summer camps — The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s week-long science camps run June 3-Aug. 2 for kids in grades K-9. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Cost per week: $160-$290, depending on program; available on first come, first serve basis. No camps week of July 4. Some scholarships available; discounts for multiple kids or camps. Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589 or on Facebook at NMSpaceMuseum. Registration forms available at nmspacemuseum.org.
  This year’s camp sessions include Moon Base, Space ‘Bots, Solar System Voyagers, Robotics, Wheels Up, Apollo+50, and Rocket Science Investigators.

MIND Explorers Summer Camp — The “Math In New Directions” Explorers camp for students in grades 8-11 interested in information technology and mathematics is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-26, at El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount. Team-building games and hands-on activities, and visits from professionals from math and related fields. Camp is free; breakfast, lunch and supplies included. Information: 831-6475.

 

Sports

Elite camps — Elite Youth Sports West, 6910 N. Mesa, Suite H, host three-day summer camps for ages 5 and older from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 27-Aug. 9. Cost: $99 per week ($124 with extended care). Information: 581-3476 or elpasoelitewest.
May 27-31: Beach Bash
June 3-7: Mystery Week
June 10-14: Disney Week
June 17-21: Wizards of Elite
June 24-28: Aloha
July 1-5: Party in the USA
July 8-12: Through the Looking Glass
July 15-19: Barnyard Palooza
July 22-26: All-Star
July 29-Aug.2: Superheroes vs. Villains
Aug. 5-9: Wipeout.

Westsidestars Volleyball — El Paso Stars volleyball hosts two-week co-ed summer camps 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, May 28-Aug. 9, at All Stars Haven 4585 Ripley, Building #4. Cost: $20 per day; $180 two weeks; $320 four weeks; $600 eight weeks. Information: 585-1080. Registration: elpasostars.org/camps-clinics.

Ascarate Park Aquatics Center — El Paso County Parks & Recreation offers swim lessons at Ascarate Park Aquatics Center during the summer months. Register in the Park Administration office, 6900 Delta, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee: $40 for 8 lessons (2 lessons per week). Parents or authorized guardians required to stay during the lessons. Information: 771-2380 or epcountyparks.com/swimlessons/.

One-Mile Summer Challenge Series — Las Cruces Running Club offers a free summer running challenge for youth in grades 8 and younger. Youth run 1-mile races every other Saturday at Las Cruces area parks, and collect tickets to win prizes at the end of the challenge. Races begin at 9 a.m. with free registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com or on Facebook at lcrcsummeryouth.
Race locations:
June 1: La Llorona Park
June 15: Veterans Park
June 29: Salopek/Stull Park
July 13: Frenger Park
July 27: Apodaca Park
Aug. 3: Back 2 School Run at Sagecrest Park.

Parks and Recreation ‘Learn to Swim’ — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for its summer “Learn to Swim” sessions at all city aquatic facilities for various age groups. Information: 544-3556. Fee: $44 ($56 non resident); some scholarships available. Registration available at any City Pool or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/programs.

UTEP 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: 747-6065 or minercamps@utep.edu. Registration: utepathletics.com/summercamps.
  Football Camps are 8 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:
June 1: Football Kids Camp at Glory Field. Cost: $37.10.
June 8: One Day High School Camp for high school at Sun Bowl Stadium. Cost: $42.40.
July 27: Elite High School Camp at Glory Field. Cost: $42.40.
  Golddigger Dance Camp for girls and boys grades 1-12 is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 11-14, in Memorial Gym. Cost: $63.60.
  Final public performance is 11 a.m. Friday, June 14. Admission is free.
  The 31st annual Cheer Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 18-21. Cost: $85 day; $185 overnight through June 10.bCost for day camp goes up to $100 June 11-14; no late registration for overnight camp. Information: bmarquez@utep.edu.
  Basketball camps for boy are 9 a.m. to noon Monday though Thursday, June 24-27 and Aug. 5-8, or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 1-3, in Don Haskins Center. Cost: $225 ($195 July 1-3).
  Basketball camps for girls are Monday through Thursday, June 24-27 at Foster Stevens Basketball Complex. Times are 9 a.m. to noon (K-5), 1 to 4 p.m. (grade 6-8) and 7 to 9 p.m. (grade 9-12). Cost: $100.
  Volleyball camps are at Memorial Gym:
• Setter-Libero Instructional Camp runs 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 6-7. Cost: $250.
• Serving Camps are 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, July 9 or July 16. Cost: $50.
• All-Skills Camps are Tuesday through Thursday, July 9-11 and Friday through Sunday, July 19-21. Cost: $290-$370.
• Advanced Camps are Tuesday through Thursdays, July 16-18, and Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27. Cost: $320-$395.
• Position Camp is Monday through Wednesday, July 22-24. Cost: $310-$385.
• Lil’ Miners Camp for age 5-10 is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1-4. Cost: $50.
  UTEP Team Tournament is noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12. Cost: $50 per camper; or $500 per team ($600 after May 1).
  Soccer camps are at University Soccer Field:
• Miners Soccer Camp is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, June 16-19; or 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Saturday, June 19-22 for ages 6-18. Cost: $153.70.
• One Day College ID camps for grades 9 and above are 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28. Cost: $90 for one day; $170 for both days.

Chris Jans Basketball Camp — Camps for kids entering grades 4-8 are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 3-6, at the NMSU Pan American Center and annex. Cost: $245. Information: (575) 646-1646 or jcowens@nmsu.edu. Registration: camps.jumpforward.com/chrisjansbasketball.
• Youth Camp (grades 1-3) is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 10-13. Cost: $130.
• Elite Camp (boys 14 and older, including Junior College) is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Cost: $45.

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursday, June 3-Aug. 8, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta, and other courses. Financial aid, military discounts, and sibling discounts offered. Cost: $75 per child per week. Information: 252-6511 or thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org.
  Additional summer classes offered Saturdays, June 1-29 and July 6-Aug. 3:
  Wee Ones sessions for ages 3 1/2 to 5 are 9 to 10 a.m. Space is limited. Cost: $50.
  “All In” class sessions for those who can’t participate during the week are 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Fee: $60.
  Purcell Special Needs Kids Classes are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $30.

Gymnastics Elite Summer Camps — Gymnastics Elite, 12115 Rojas, Suite 900, hosts camps for ages 3-11 Mondays through Fridays June 3-July 26. Full day camps are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. half day camps are 8 to 11 and noon to 3 p.m. Pre-registration required; no walk-ins. Cost per week: $25-$99 full day, $20-$85 half day, depending on how many times a week camper participates. Full day students should bring sack lunch. Information: 590-9056 or Gymnastics-elite.com.

Locomotive FC Soccer Camps — El Paso Locomotive FC Youth Soccer hosts summer soccer camp programs mornings (8:30 to 11:30 a.m.) or evenings (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) at various locations and dates in June through August. First camp opens June 3-6.
  Evening camps are held around the city and at the Locomotive Training Facility. Morning camps on both sides of town and three-day camps that culminate with campers attending a Locomotive FC match.
  Cost ranges from $85-$175 depending on camp and includes soccer instruction, small-sided and full-sided games, a Locomotive FC Soccer Camp T-Shirt and a ticket to a Locomotive FC home game. Registration and schedule:eplocomotivefc.com/camps.

NMSU Sports Camp — NMSU Rec-Sports Camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 hosts several week-long sessions June 3-Aug. 2. No camps July 1-5. Registration: $ $140 per session. Registration in the NMSU Activity Center, Room 101. Cost: $165 per week; includes lunch. Pre-and post camp extended hours offered 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at extra cost. Information: (575) 646-2885 or recsports.nmsu.edu/summer-sports-camps/.

Painted Dunes Summer Golf Camps — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts junior golf camps for kids ages 5 to 17 are 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 3-Aug. 8, for all skill levels. Instruction focused on fundamentals of golfing including driving, chipping, putting and on course play. Cost: $75 per week (includes snacks). Class size limited. Information: 821-2122 or painteddunes.com.

Screaming Eagles Martial Arts Summer Camp — Screaming Eagles Martial Arts, 645 Wallenberg, A-11, hosts camp June 3-Aug. 9 for ages 3 to 17. Learn a variety of skills ranging from extreme kicks and hapkido techniques to the ancient art of the Samurai Sword, to movie stunt tumbling and more depending on the camp. Half day camps are 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m.; full day camps are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 3 and 4 must already be students in the academy. Cost information: 820-0739 or screamingeaglesmartialarts.weebly.com.

Fencing Summer Camps — Salle De Long Fencing School, 3525 Pershing, hosts its annual summer camps 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14 and July 22-26 for all ages. Camps divided into age and skill groups, and cover various levels of the Olympic sport of fencing from fundamentals to more challenging level. Cost: $150 for five days; $50 for one day. Information: 346-4338, salledelong@gmail.com, salledelong.com or on Facebook.

Martial Arts Summer Camps — Hayashi’s Martial Arts Academy, 211 Teramar Way, hosts camps for age 6 and older 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 10-14 and June 17-21. The arts covered are Judo (Japanese wrestling), Karate (the way of the empty hand), Kendo (way of the sword), kickboxing, and Kali (Filipino stick fighting). No previous experience necessary. Cost: $225. Information: 760-6999, hayashismartialarts.com.

Say No to Bullying Summer Camp — Total Defense, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Ste F, offers week-long camps for ages 5-13. Camps are Monday through Friday, June 10-14, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Activities include Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu basics, bounce house, games, Nerf battles, movies, music, and more. Cost per camp: $160. Information: 841-9149 or td-ep.com.

County Sportspark — Summer season t-ball, baseball, and Softball at El Paso County Sportspark, 1780 N. Zaragoza starts June 17, with teams playing 10 games before the single elimination playoffs. Registration done by team coaches; individuals without a team may call the Sportspark to be added to the eligible players list. Cost: $50 per player. Information: 857-7676 or epcountyparks.com/Sportspark
  Required documents include birth certificate. All teams need at least one representative and nine players to register. Games are 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Black Range Horsemanship Camp — The camp is June 29-July 6 in Winston, N.M., in the Cuchillo Mountains. The camp, led by Greg Evans and now in its 28th 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: $500; $100 reservation deposit required. Discounts offered for returning campers and families with two or more campers. Cost: $500. Information: (575) 743-1602, (575)740-1778 or on Facebook.

Verizon Innovative Learning Program — The program for middle school boys is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, July 8-July 25 on the NMSU campus. This program is designed to put technology into students’ hands and give them experience solving real world problems. Parent orientation is Saturday, July 6. Registration: nacce.com/vil19regformboys.
  Applicants should identify as minority male students from middle schools with an average of more than 70 percent free and reduced lunch. This program will continue in the 2019-2020 school year, with workshops at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus one Saturday per month.

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. Information: Chris Hertel, (575) 639-3887 or chertel@nmsu.edu. Registration: registrationelite.com/nmsuvolleyball.
July 12-14: Advanced Skills Camp for grades 4-6. Cost: $150.
July 22-14: Elite Skills Camp for grades 9-12. $150-$350.
July 26-28: Team Tournament. Cost $500 per team (up to 12 players).

Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim — The 2018 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 on first come first served basis. Space is limited. Call for schedule, cost. Information: 212-0092 or online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.

 

Theater

ACT Summer Camps — A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley offers summer camps beginning Monday through Friday May 28-June 29 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs in Las Cruces, with optional workshops on improv, make-up and more. Production classes are 9 to 11:30 a.m. with theatre workshops noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $175. Registration: (575) 644-9561 or roditikos1@aol.com. Information: achildrenstheatre.org.
  The camp will end with live performances of “The Reluctant Dragon” at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28-29 (venue to be announced). Tickets: $6 in advance from ACT; $8 at the door.

Kids-N-Co. Summer Camps — Kids-N-Co. offers its 31st season of the city’s longest-running theater summer camps at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. All camps conclude with public performances or film screenings. Tuition: $300 per camp; $200 Kindergarten Camps. Discounts for multiple camps, or for multiple siblings in camp. Registration at 274-8797 or on Facebook
  Costume Design & Sewing also held throughout the summer.
  Production Camps led by Vanessa Keyser are separated into ages 8-11 and 12-15. Each group will delve into acting, tech, costumes, and make-up.
• Production Camp 1 is 12:30-4:30 p.m. June 10-July 7, with performances July 5-7.
• Production Camp 2 is 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 8-Aug. 4, with performances Aug. 2-4.
  Musical Theater Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 17-July 14, with performances July 12-14, with Beginning (ages 8-11) and Advanced (ages 12-15) groups. Beginning camp will focus on acting through singing, vocal work and choreography through Disney music. Advanced camp is a workshop focused on acting in a musical setting. Teens taught by Anthony Michael Stokes, and Kids taught by Emily James & Raul Hernandez.
  Kinder Camps teach ages 5-7 to feel comfortable on stage, working on a short play performed at the end of the session.
• Kinder Camp 1 taught by Vanessa Payan is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 17-28, with a performance June 28.
• Kinder Camp 2 taught by Raul Chavez is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 15-26, with performance July 26.
 

Movies

Movie Clubhouse — El Paso Cinemark locations host a movie series of recent G and PG favorites for kids May 29-Aug. 15. Admission: $1 at the door (for adults or children) or $5 for 10 movies in advance. Lineup varies on location. Schedules: cinemark.com/smc.
  Cinemark East, 12704 Montana, and Cinemark Movie Bistro in Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland, are 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  Cinemark 20 & XD, 118 Gateway West, are 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  Cinemark West, 7440 Remcon Circle, are 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  Movies featured this summer: Peter Rabbit, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, How to Train Your Dragon, Smallfoot, Kung Fu Panda, The Lego Movie, Spongebob Squarepants Out of Water, Sherlock Gnomes, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Despicable Me 3.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp — Al250 E. Montecillo. Low-cost screenings for kids age 3-12 and their parents run noon, most Monday through Thursdays through Aug. 15. The cinema’s normal No Talking/No Texting rules apply at all screenings. Tickets are $1, $3 or $5. Ticket sales benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Information: 845-7469 or on Facebook at Alamo Drafthouse El Paso. Tickets at drafthouse.com/el-paso.
May 27-30: Trolls
June 3-6: Shrek
June 10-13: The Lorax
June 17-20: Paddington 2
June 24-27: Madagascar
July 1-4: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
July 8-11: Kung Fu Panda
July 15-18: The Neverending Story
July 22-25: The Great Muppet Caper
July 29-Aug. 1: Casper
Aug. 5-8: The Lego Movie
Aug. 12-15: Teen Titans Go to the Movies.

Summer Kids Festival — The Grand Theatre at Freedom Crossing on Fort Bliss hosts kid’s movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July 31. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Cost: $4, plus tax for movie, drink and popcorn. Information: 615-0621 or thegrandtheatre.com.
May 28-29: Hotel Transylvania 3
June 4-5: The Lego Movie
June 11-12: Small Foot
June 18-19: Despicable Me
June 25-26: The Grinch
July 9-10: Trolls
July 16-17: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
July 23-24: Minions
July 30-31: The Secret Life of Pets.

 

Misc. Camps , Classes and More

‘Savoir Faire’ teen program — Joann Wardy School of Etiquette and Enrichment and El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy hosts a teen program on dining and dancing skills June 8-9. Preregistration required with (50 percent nonrefundable deposit). Cost: $350; includes four course tutorial luncheon and dance lessons. Registration: 355-0992 or 585-0090.
  The Dining Program is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place.
  The Dancing Program is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy, 7220 N. Mesa.

City Spray Parks — City of El Paso’s Spray Parks are now open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through out the summer and early fall. Information, park rules: elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
Locations:
• Grandview Spray Park, 3100 Jefferson
• Pavo Real Spray Park, 9301 Alameda (enhanced spray park with one for human and one for dogs).
• Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge
• Sue Young Park, 9730 Diana.
• 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.

Summer Chocolate Camp at Chocolat' — Four-day camps are offered during the summer for kids 5-15 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursday throughout the summer months 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. July camps sold out for 2019. Information: 581-7290 or on Facebook at Chocolat’-El Paso.

Summer Youth Employment Programs —Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in conjunction with Medical Center of the Americas, Goodman Financial and YISD’s Career and Technical Education program offer the Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and the Texas Internship Challenge. Youth must meet eligibility requirements, found at borderplexjobs.com/hireelpasoyouth. Information: 887-2600 or StreetTeam@borderplexjobs.com.
• Hire El Paso Youth Work Program subsidizes 100 percent of a paid work experience for 100 youth ages 16-24, for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks.
• Summer Earn & Learn Program subsidizes 100 percent of the paid work experience for 85 youth with disabilities ages 16-22, for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

Camp Chalice — Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, hosts camp for ages 5-10 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-7 to explore morals and life values through creative arts, water fun, meditation, storytelling, cooperative games and more. Cost: $125 per child through May 22; $150 after. Extended care for additional fee. Scholarships available. Information: Susan Freudenthal at susan@uuchurchlc.org. Registration:uuchurchlc.org.

Engineering Camp — UTEP College of Engineering will host its week-long Excellence in Technology, Engineering, and Science (ExciTES) Summer Institute for students in grades 6-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays June 24-July 19 (excluding week of July 4) on the UTEP campus. Cost: $175 per week. Information: 747-8822 or engineering.utep.edu/plaza/excites.
• Robotics sessions for grades 3-5 are 9 a.m. to noon June 10-14, and 1 to 4 p.m. June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 15-19. Cost per week: $110.
• Mining Engineer sessions for grades 3-5 are 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 15-19. Cost per week: $110.
• Sol y Aqua Coding for Girls grades 6-8 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays June 10-14, June 17-21, and July 22-26. Cost: $175 per week.
• Challenge session for grades 9-11 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3-7, June 17-21, and July 22-26. Cost: $175 per week.

P3 Kidz on Campus 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 beginning June 3. Camp size is limited. Information: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.

The Learning Games Lab — Learning Games Lab will host four sessions during summer on the NMSU campus. Sessions for middle school students are 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 3-7, June 8-12 and July 15-19 and for high school students 1 to 4 p.m. July 29-Aug 2. Games Lab consultants will participate in game design and multimedia activities, play games in development and give developers feedback to improve design. Participants should sign up for a session that corresponds to the grade they will be entering in fall 2019. Registration: mediaproductions.nmsu.edu/usertesting--summerpro.html.

Children’s College — El Paso Community College presents its summer classes and camps children and teens age 5-17 at the various EPCC campuses. Classes begin June 8. Walk-in registration at any EPCC campus; deadline is June 5 for June 8 classes. Tuition and age requirements vary. Information: 831-2851 or epcc.edu/Academics/ContinuingEducation.
  New classes include video game tech themed camps like Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style
Video Game, Robolox Makers, and Minecraft Movie-Making, as well as Drone Commanders.
  Other classes offered in Academic Enrichment like math, Spanish, robotics, coding and CSI; dance, music, Young Rembrandts visual arts, sports, martial arts, ESL classes, cooking and more.

Peter Piper Kids Days — Peter Piper Pizza’s El Paso locations hosts the recreational summer program for kids age 3-12 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 11-July 30 different themed activities each week. Individual and group packages available; see any location’s manager for details. Information: 541-8211 or peterpiperpizza.com.
June 11: Ahoy Mateys
June 18: Be A Superhero
June 25: Happy Birthday to YOU!
July 2: Stars and Stripes,
July 9: Crazy Hats
July 16: Neighborhood Friends
July 23: Let's Play Ball
July 30: End of Summer Fiesta.

Other So. New Mexico

Sacramento Summer Camps — Sacramento Methodist Assembly, 30 miles southeast of Cloudcroft, N.M., offers camps for children and teens. Early registration encouraged. Information, cost: 1-800-667-3414. Registration at sacramentoassembly.org.
June 3-7: Elementary Horse Camp grades 4-5. Cost: $400.
June 7-9: Young Elementary Camp for grades 2-4. Cost: $114.
June 17-21: SYC (Sacramento Youth Camp) for grades 7 and older. Cost: $314.
June 24-28: Youth Horse Camp grades 7- graduate. Cost: $400. Grades 7 and older. Cost: $314.
July 1-5: Family Camp for kids and parents: Cost: $232-$315 based on lodging.
July 7-12: Music in the Mountain Camp for grades 7 and older. Cost: $460.
July 8-12: Older Elementary Camp for grades 4-6. Cost; $310.
July 22-26: Girls Elementary Horse Camp grades 4-5. Cost: $400.
July 29-Aug. 2: Camp Sunshine for ages 16 and older with mental challenges. Cost: $300.
July 31-Aug. 4: Advanced Horse Camp for grades 7 and older. Cost: $400.

Inn of the Mountain Gods ‘Just for Kids’ — The resort in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its 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 innofthemountaingods.com.

Living Desert Zoo — Living Desert Zoo Gardens State Park in Carlsbad, N.M. will host its Summer camp “Birds of the Chihuahuan Desert” for ages 7-12 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 8-12 and July 15-19, with songs, crafts, zoo exploration, activities, guest speakers and more. Registration begins June 1: $45 ($35 zoo members). Advance registration required; begins in June 1. Information: (575) 887-5516 or nmparks.com.
  To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad; follow signs to the park.

Camp Innoventure — The week-long summer camp focused on inspiring middle school students to create, market and sell their own products, is planned at several communities throughout New Mexico. Camps are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday. Registration: $40; but may vary depending on location. Schedule and registration: arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/camp-innoventure.
  Campers in grades 6-8 spend the first five days learning about starting a business and creating their products, then sell what they’ve made at a local farmers or crafts market in their community. The students receive $25 in seed money for supplies and get to keep any profits they make from their business venture.
Locations:
June 3-8: Silver City
June 10-15: Deming
July 8-13: Sunland Park
July 15-20: Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

DAAC Youth Programs — Doña Ana Arts Council hosts art camps and programs in June and July in Las Cruces. Some scholarships available. Information: (575) 523-6403 or DAArts.org.
Opera Storytellers of Las Cruces for grades 3 to 12 is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 3-14, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera. The participants will present a show at the end of camp. Tuition: $300; students should bring a sack lunch daily; snacks provided. Some scholarships available.
• The annual Career Art Path two-week immersion program in the visual arts for students entering grades 5 to 8 is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 17-28, at Zia Middle School, 1300 W. University, in Las Cruces.
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. Fee: $100.
• Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) theatre camp for grades 1 through 12 is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 8-13 at Las Cruces High School, with this year’s show, “Gulliver’s Travels.” Open auditions are 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, with performance at the end of the week. Rehearsals are daily until the performance. Tuition: $60; $20 for additional children in the same family.
  Final public performances are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, as Las Cruces High. Tickets: $7 ($3 age 12 and younger) at the door

‘SUMMER@TBML’ — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, hosts several programs for teens age 13-18, during the summer. Programs are in the library’s second floor MakerSpace, unless otherwise listed.
Information: (575) 528-4000 or
library.las-cruces.org.
  Movie Making events are 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays beginning June 3. Learn different areas of movie making, such as writing scripts, shooting scenes, digital editing, and special effects.
  Game Night is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, to play the latest video games or old school board games.
  Teen Yoga is 2 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month in June and July in the second floor Roadrunner Room.
  Sound Sessions are 1 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July. Learn to read and write music and play acoustic and electric guitars (available for check-out).

Town of Mesilla Camps — Mesilla, N.M. hosts summer camps for age 6-12 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays, June 3-July 19 at the Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago. Cost: $25 per child; applications available at Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla or at mesillanm.gov. Information: (575) 524-3262 or irene@mesillanm.gov.

Branigan Library Summer reading programs — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces hosts its summer programs for youth, teens and adults beginning June 3. Library summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Registration at the reference desk inside the library; all programs are free. Information: (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org.
  The theme for this year for Children’s program is “A Universe of Stories,” with a kick-off event at 3 p.m. Monday, June 3, in the Roadrunner Room, featuring a performance by musician Jordan Wax.
  Library Space Lab for ages 8-12 is 3 p.m. Fridays June 7-July 26 in the Children’s Craft Room. Every week focuses on a different program on science and technology. No program July 5.
  The adult “Planetary Possibilities” summer challenge runs through July 31. Special free programs are 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the Roadrunner Room.
June 5: “The History of Spaceport America.”
June 12: “Researching a Universe of Family Stories.”
June 19: “Dark Skies, Astronomy, and Your National Parks.”
June 26: “Recent Discoveries in Astronomy” from NMSU.
July 3: “Human Space Flight.”
July 10: “Discovering a Universe of Family DNA.”
July 17: Space Mural Museum’s “What the Museum Offers to the Public.”
July 24: “Viewing the Milky Way from the New Mexico Sky.”
July 31: “The View from Outer Space.”

Summer Skills Camp — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department new pilot program at Multi-Sports & Skills Camp, for ages 9 to 13, is 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 24-28, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Cost: $40;includes t-shirt and light snacks. Information: (575) 541-2563 or Athletics@las-cruces.org.
  Registration is online at las-cruces.org/178/Parks-Recreation or at city recreation offices.