Summer fun for kids

 Day camps

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, is June 4-Aug. 24. 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, is 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4-Aug. 10.  Information: 584-9622.

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 18-22 (for age 6-9), and June 25-29 (for ages 10-14). 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.

St. Mark’s Adventure Camps — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road, hosts children’s weekly camps 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, through July 20, 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.  Information, registration: 581-2186 or
June 4-8: Moving and Grooving.
June 11-15: Under The Big Top
June 18-22: Up Up and Away
June 25-29: Under The Sea
July 2-6: Stars and Strips (no camp July 4). $125.
July 9-13: Wild West
July 16-20: It’s A Jungle.

Camp Shamayim — The J Center for Early Learning, 4408 N. Stanton, hosts a children’s program 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 4-July 27. Campers will go swimming, play tennis and go on field trips and/or have visitors with special programming.
Cost: $150-$175. Information: 534-1234 or
  Themes change each week including Things That Fly” (airplanes, rockets, birds), Inventors & Inventions, Time travelers, Wild Science and more.
  The J Center for Early Learning is a nonprofit preschool, embracing families from all backgrounds, while teaching core Jewish values of community, tolerance, and respect.

Ibero Academy — The academy, based in the Upper Valley, hosts its “Live Changing Adventures” week-long camps for youth age 2-8 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 4-July 27. Extended care offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuition varies; starts at $23 per day. Information: 585-0840 or
  Activities include super sports, body & mind, artistic edge, challenge & adventure and exploring the world.

YWCA Summer Camps — YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region camps are Monday through Friday during the summer month, 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 available online at and can be brought to the nearest YWCA branch. Cost: $110 weekly (daily rates vary). ?Information, registration:
• Mary Ann Dodson, 4400 Boy Scout Lane, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4-Aug. 10. (Daily rate, $45). Information: 519-0005.
• Rogers, 1600 Brown, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 4-Aug. 24. No daily rates. Information: 519-0107.
• Shirley Leavell, 10712 Sam Snead, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4-Aug. 25. Daily rate, $35. Information: 519-0003.
• Sierra Vista, 1501 Bob Hope, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4-29. Daily rate, $35.  Information: 519-0003.
• Escobar, 115 N. Davis, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 4-Aug. 24. No daily rate. Information: 519-0105.
  Summer family fitness specials and swim lessons offered as well during the summer months.

Montessori Heroes — Mountain West Montessori, 403 Frontera, will host camps on weekdays for ages 18 months to third grade 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 11-July 20, with robotics, STEAM, camp songs, water day, rallies, zip lining and more. For weekly rates: 584-5728 or

Safety Town — The 51st annual Safety Town program for children about to start school has free weekly sessions 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays June 11-July 27 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 2-6. 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.

Fire Department Summer Youth Camp — El Paso Fire Department’ Summer Youth Camp for ages 13-17 runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 26-28, at the department’s Training Academy, 6800 Delta. Limited to 15 students. Deadline is June 15. Information: Officer Carlos Briano, 820-9712 or Online applications at

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday June 18-Aug. 10 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: 544-0393 or
  Registration available at any city recreation center.
 Morning camps are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; afternoon camps are 1 to 5 p.m. Teen Leader 8-week program for ages 13-16 available at all sites. Cost: $20 per teen.

Leadership Academy Youth Camps — El Paso Leadership Academy,1918 Texas, hosts its Youth Summer Camps Monday through Friday, June 18-29 and July 16-27, for youth entering grades 5 to 7. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Half-day camp: $100: full-day camp: $200 for two-week sessions. Register at
  Camps include Introduction to Chess, Chess Masters, Number Sense (mastering mental math), Storytelling through Film, Intro to Drama, Drama Production Camp, Fantastic Fine Arts (visual and performing arts), Car Modeling, Computer Coding, and Multimedia Production Camp.

Holocaust Museum summer camp — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, will host its summer program 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 9-13 for ages 8-12. This year’s camp focuses on young people who used their words, art, music and more to protest injustice during the Holocaust.
  Space is limited. Cost: $50 ($40 for each additional child registered in a family and for museum members) includes snacks and supplies, T-shirt and pizza party on the last day.
 Information: Jamie Williams, 351-0048, ext. 28, or Web:

Latinitas Summer Camp — Latinitas hosts its summer camp for girls entering grades 5th through 7th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, July 9-26, at El Paso Leadership Academy, 1918 Texas, with guest speakers, one field trip each week, snacks and t-shirts. Latinitas is a national organization that works to empower young girls through media and technology. Fee: $300, register at Information: 298-3900, or
  Camp is divided into a new theme each week: “Culture and Community,” “Arts and Media,” and “STEAM and Technology.” Campers do not need to be of Latin-American descent or speak Spanish to participate.


Branigan Cultural Center Camps — 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Camps are 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, for grades 3-5. Registration deadline one week in advance of each workshop. Cost: $40 per week. Information: (575) 541-2154 or
June 11-15: Stained Glass
June 25-29: Spanish Art
July 9-13: Watercolor
July 23-27: Pottery Through the Ages.

Young Rembrandts — Young Rembrandts hosts its week-long summer camps for ages 4-13 at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Cost: $193 per week; $20 discount before May 20 (use code earlysummer18 online); plus additional $10 discount for those returning students in the system. Information: 234-2248 or youngrembrandts.
June 11-15: Cooking and Baking
June 18-22: STEAMin UP Summer  
July 23-July 27: Pastel workshop: Colorful Critters
July 30-Aug. 3: Pastel Workshop: World Of Dinosaurs.

El Paso Museum of Art — The museum’s Summer Art Camps run Tuesdays through Fridays, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10, for ages 6-13. Morning sessions are 9:30 a.m. to noon; afternoon sessions are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuition: $75 ($60 members). Information: 212-0300 or
  Classes for age 6-9: Printmaking + Collage, Beginning Sculpture, Drawing + Painting, Superheroes, Create with Clay, Nature Prints, and Design + Accessorize.
  Classes for age 10-13: Digital Sculpture Design, Comic Books + Superheroes, Mixed Media Painting, Ceramics, Painting, Digital Photography 101, Drawing, Mixed Media Photo Collage, The Art of 3D Printing, and Printmaking.

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


Ballet Summer Intensive 2018 — Olga’s Russian Ballet School, 631 N. Resler, hosts its summer classes June 11-July 6. Classes are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 9-12 and 3 to 7 p.m. for age 13 and older with experience. Call for cost. Information: 408-3405 or
 Four-Day Summer Ballet for Kids classes are July 9-26. Ballet is 11 a.m. and yoga is 11 a.m. for ages 3-5 and 6-8.

Breakin’ Beats summer camps — Breakin Beats Dance Studio, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 370, hosts 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 11-5 and July 9-13. Cost: $120.
  Dance camps for ages 7-12 are 9 to noon Monday through Friday June 18-July 6. Cost: $300.

Summer Dance Camp - NMSU Dance Program’s summer camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 23-28, at NMSU’s Rentfrow Hall, 3146 Williams in Las Cruces, for ages 9-18. Campers learn hip-hop, jazz, modern, ballet, classical Spanish and salsa. Cost: $175; $200 after July 9 (includes classes, rehearsals and two complimentary show tickets). Information: (575) 646-4067 or
  Public performance of “A Hero’s Journey Through Dance,” a collaboration of the camp students, NMSU dancers, graduates and alumni is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28.


El Paso Conservatory of Music Summer Lessons — El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa, hosts its summer lessons during the summer months in Voice, music, reading, orchestration and various instruments. Cost: $400 for 8 weekly lessons. Information: 833-0263, or on Facebook.

Orchestra Camp — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 9th annual summer camp for ages 8-18 is Monday through Friday, June 18-22, 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 4). Financial assistance and scholarships available. Information, location: 525-8978 or


Zoo Camp — The week-long camps for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 4-Aug. 6, 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. Advance registration required. Information: 212-0245 or
  This year’s camps are on African Painted Dogs and Amur Leopards.

Centennial Museum Camp Discovery — UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosts its kids summer camps 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 6-27 for kids entering grades 4 to 8.
   Registration: $75 per camp ($80 late registration); $350 for all six camps. Costs cover all camp supplies, daily snacks and a Friday Pizza Party.  Children should bring their own lunch. Space is limited to first 25 per camp. Before/after care is $10 per hour per student. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or

Magoffin Kids’ Camps and classes — Magoffin Home State Historic Site hosts Kids Camps 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. selected Wednesdays through Fridays during the summer months. Reservations recommended; space is limited. All proceeds support the preservation of the Magoffin Home. Dress is suitable clothing for hands-on activities or getting dirty. Cost: $60 (includes snack and beverages; participants should bring a sack lunch each day). Information: 533-5147 or
June 13-15: “Getting Crafty” (ages 11-14). Attendees will learn the history of crafting, as well as the science and math behind it all.
July 11-13: Life in 19th Century El Paso (ages 6-8). Attendees will play the parts of the early settlers of El Paso and create their own version of the city.
July 18-20: “Victorian Science” (ages 8-10).  Explore steam engines, photography, vaccines, sound recording and more! Kids will learn scientific method and use it to conduct experiments that were done in the Victorian Era.
Aug. 15-17: “Saving History” Kids Camp. Attendees will learn history is all around them and the importance of saving it for future generations.
  Summer kids’ classes for age 6-10 are 9 a.m. to noon on the following Fridays:
June 8, July 6 and Aug. 3: Kids Adobe Class: Building with Dirt. Using materials and techniques that made the Magoffin Home, kids will learn how homes were constructed in El Paso before the railroad delivered brick and lumber. Cost: $10.
June 22 and Aug. 10: “Etiquette Class: Tea Party!” Kids learn the history of entertaining in El Paso in the 1880s, as well as the manners expected at such social functions. The three-course tea will include dairy and wheat items. Cost: $25.

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 19-22 and July 24-27, with hands-on activities to explore the science, methods, tools and artifacts of archaeologists. Cost: $70 ($55 museum members). Space is limited. Advance registration required on a first come, first serve basis. Camps fill quickly. Information: 755-4332 or


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading — Kids can earn a free book in the Summer reading program through Sept. 3, 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

‘Reading & Rescues Rock!’ — 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 9, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, with a pet adoption events, reading club registration, performance by Brandon B. Johnson, karaoke, tunnels and tents, face painting and more. Registration forms available at any public library or at Information: 212-3261.
  The club runs through summer months at all public library facilities. See website for other summer kids programs.

‘Libraries Rock’ 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 11-29, 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 $15 processing fee. Information, schedule: 831-8840. Online registration available through June 13 at
  Summer Reading Club certificate event is 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 29.


Professor Egghead Summer Camps —Professor Egghead Science Academy, 5360 N. Mesa, host the week-long summer camps for ages 4 to 10 during the summer months. with cool science, hands on experiments, and demonstrations. Call for schedule. Full day and half day camps offered. Information: 307-0388. Register at

‘Rocketeer Academy’ summer camps — The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s week-long science camps run June 4-July 27 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: $150-$280, depending on program. No camps week of July 4. Some scholarships available. Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589 or on Facebook at NMSpaceMuseum. Registration forms available online at
  New this year is “Rocket Science Investigators.” Developed in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research (CASSMAR), this program will engage kids in learning how aerospace engineers learn from failure so they can design better rockets and spacecraft.
  Other camp sessions will cover astronomy, aviation, and robotics for students entering grades K-9. Sessions for grades 4 and above include a field trip and museum sleepover. Lunch provided for all programs.

Insights Summer Camps — Insights hosts hands-on experimental STEAM summer camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at UTEP in July and August. Cost: $100 per week; campers should bring their own lunch. RSVP: Information, 534-0000 or
July 23-27: “Time Warp” at UTEP’s Geological Science Building, ages 11-14 (grades 6-8). Travel on a virtual time machine with STEAM activities that go back to the age of the dinosaurs and to the future of space travel.
July 30-Aug. 3: “Superhero Math and Science at UTEP’s Aerospace Education Lab, for ages 11-14 (grades 6-8). Join a super-squad and fly into the world of superheroes, their stories and costumes, and campers’ own super powers. Throughout the camp, kids will invent their own superhero, design their costume, and even calculate how much damage a superhero can cause when fighting a villain.
Aug. 6-10: “Zootopia,” at UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens, for ages 9-11 (grades 4 and 5). Jump into the world of animals and zoos through a variety of STEAM lessons and activities.


Las Cruces Youth Volleyball League —  Registration for City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department summer volleyball League for various divisions for grades 3 to 8 is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Meersheidt. Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Fee: $45 per player; includes team shirt. Returning team cost is $35 per player; does not include jersey.
 All participants will be issued a Parks & Recreation Activity ID card; and permission card for minors. Space is limited. Information: Meerscheidt Recreation Center, (575) 541-2563 or
  Grade divisions for 4 and 5, and 6 to 8 play is Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-28. Third grade will be in a clinic format consisting of lessons and instructional play Wednesdays, June 6-27.

Westsidestars Volleyball — El Paso Stars volleyball hosts two-week co-ed summer camps 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, June 4-Aug. 10, at All Stars Haven 4585 Ripley, Building #4. Cost: $20 per day. Information: 585-1080 or

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: 747-6065 or Registration:
• One Day Skills Camp for high school juniors and seniors are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9 and July 28, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Cost: $26.50.
  Volleyball (all camps at Memorial Gym):
• Lil Miners Camps for those entering grades 3-6 are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, and July 19-21. Cost: $90.
• Camps for grades 6-12 are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, and July 19-21. Cost: $145.
• Team Camp for grades 9-12 is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 18-20. Cost: $53 per camper.
• Youth camps for grades K-7 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, and July 30-Aug. 2, at the Don Haskins Center hosted by UTEP Men’s Basketball. Cost: $250.
• Skills camps are hosted by UTEP Women’s Basketball Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, at Don Haskins Arena/Foster Stevens Basketball Complex. Grades K-5 Skills Camp is 8 a.m. to noon, Grades 6-8 is 1 to 5 p.m.; and Grades 9-12 is 7 to 9 p.m. Cost per camp: $100 ($50 for grades 9-12 camp).
• High School Varsity Girls’ Team Camp is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1, Don Haskins Arena/Foster Stevens Basketball Complex. Cost: $250.
• Summer Soccer Challenge camps are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 11-14 and July 16-19, at University Field. Cost: $130-$145.
• The 30th annual Cheer Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 26-29, at the Don Haskins Center. Cost through June 18: $85 day camp; $180 overnight camp; Late registration is $100 day camp June 19-25; no late registration for overnight camp.

Fencing Summer Camps — Salle De Long Fencing School’s annual summer camps are 8 a.m. to noon June 11-16 and July 16-20 for ages 6 to 18 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. Cost: $150 for five days for returning campers; $180 for five days for new campers. Information: Margaret De Long, 346-4338,, or on Facebook.

Martial Arts Summer Camps — Hayashi’s Martial Arts Academy, 4780 Doniphan, will host its 2018 summer camps for ages 6 and older 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, June 11-14 and June 25-28, with kickboxing, judo, ju jitsu, freeform combat, MMA, Japanese sword fighting, Philipino stick fighting and water war. Martial arts equipment supplied. Cost: $100 per week ($200 for both). Information: 760-6999,, or on Facebook at Hayashi’s Dojo.

NMSU Sports Camp — NMSU Rec-Sports Camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 hosts several sessions week-long sessions June 11-Aug. 3. Registration: $ $140 per week-long session; pre-and post-camp extended hours offered 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for additional cost. Information: (575) 646-2885, or on Facebook at NMSU Rec Sports.

Painted Dunes Summer Junior Golf Camps — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts junior golf camps for kids ages 5-17 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 11-Aug. 16, 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

Chris Jans Basketball Camp — Summer camps for grades 4-8 are offered 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, at the NMSU Pan American Center and annex. This is first year for camps led by Jans. Cost: $245. Information: Cecilia Russell-Nava, (575) 646-2482 or
• Youth Camp (grades 1-3) is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 11-14. Cost: $132.
• Elite Camp (boys 14 and older) is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Cost: $53.

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its five-day summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays June 18-Aug. 3, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta, and other courses. Financial aid, military discounts, and sibling discounts offered. STEM Links Camp is Aug. 6-10; details to be announced. Cost: $100 per child per week. Information:
  Wee Ones sessions for ages 3 1/2 to 5 are 9 to 10 a.m. are June 2-30 and July 14-Aug. 11. Space is limited. Cost: $50.
  “All In” Class Sessions for those who can’t participate during the week are June 2-30 and July 14-Aug. 11 for all ages. Fee: $50.

Black Range Horsemanship Camp — The camp is July 8-21 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: $900; $100 reservation deposit required. Discounts offered for returning campers and families with two or more campers. Half sessions are July 8-14 or July 15-21. Cost: $500. Information: (575) 743-1602, (575)740-1778 or on Facebook.

Summer Horse Camp — Rancho Escondido Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. (RETREAT) hosts its 2nd annual summer horse camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16-20, in Santa Teresa for ages 6 to 16.  The camp includes horse-related crafts and activities, horseback r ding and horse education. No Horse experience necessary. Day Camp is limited to 20 people (possible second session planned later in the summer). Cost: $250 (includes lunch). Information: 443-5927 or
  The non-profit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Facility’s summer camp is open to riders of all abilities, including those with special needs.

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


ACT Summer Camps — A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley offers summer camps 9 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays May 29-June 30 at Wesley Center, 2425 Jordan in Las Cruces, with optional workshops on improv, make-up and more noon to 1:30 p.m. The camp will end with performances of “The Stinky Cheese Man” June 29-30, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main.
Registration information: (575) 1413, or
  Summer Musical Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 5-Aug. 4, to learn dance and stage movement, acting, and vocal music. Performances are July 28-29. Call for details.

UTEP Theatre Summer Camps — Registration now open for UTEP Department of Theatre, Dance and Film summer camps in June and July. Information: 747-5146 or
• Acting Camp is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 4-22, with beginning camp for ages 7-12, and Advanced camp for ages 13-1818. Cost: $250.
• Technical Theatre Camp is June 25-July 1 for ages 14-17. Cost: $125.
• Dance Camp is July 9-20 for ages 3-11. Cost: $190.

NMSU Children’s Theater Workshops — The NMSU Department of Theatre Arts will host its 2018 summer workshop June 10-15 in NMSU’s Center for the Arts, for ages 13-17, to learn a variety of performance skills during including stage voice, monologue and scene study, character development, stage movement, improvisation and stage combat. The students will audition for a presentation on the final day of the camp, which is open and free for the public. Cost: $45 per student. Information: Wil Kilroy at

Kids-N-Co. — Theater summer camps are offered at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tuition discounts for student enrolling for more than one camp and/or if siblings also attend. All camps conclude with public performances or film screenings. Costume Design & Sewing also held throughout the summer.
  Tuition: $300 per camp; $200 Kindergarten Camps. Discounts available for people attending multiple camps, or for families with siblings attending camp. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook.
  Register by phone or in person 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at First Presbyterian Church.
• Production Camps for age 8-15 are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 11-July 6 (performance July 6-8), and July 9-Aug. 3 (performances Aug. 3-4). 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 18-July 13 (performances are July 13-15). Ages 12-15 taught by Anthony Michael Stokes; ages 8-11 taught by Rachel Robins. All aspects of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, choreography, costumes and make-up. Younger kids may be considered; interview/audition required.
• Kinder Camps for age 5-7 are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 18-29, July 9-20 and July 23-Aug. 3. Productions on last day of each camp. Kids learn how to feel comfortable on stage by learning theater games to gain an understanding of improvisation.

Theatre Youth Camp — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, hosts a summer camp June 13-29, with immersive instruction in acting, stage work and more. Camp hours are 4-6:30 p.m., with a final performance at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Cost is $50 by June 1, $75 June 1-12, $100 walk-up. Information: 532-1317 or


Movie Clubhouse — Cinemark El Paso, 7440 Remcon Circle and Cinemark 20 & XD, 11885 Gateway West, host the annual summerlong movie series for kids through Aug. 23. 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.
  Cinemark West movies are Tuesdays through Thursdays, Cinemark 20 and XD movie schedule varies. Schedule:
June 4-7: Boss Baby
June 11-14: Smurfs: The Lost Village
June 18-21: LEGO Ninjago Movie
June 25-28: Storks
July 2-5: The Nut Job 2
July 9-12: My Little Pony: The Movie
July 16-19: Ferdinand
July 23-26: Paddington 2
July 30-Aug. 2: Captain Underpants.
Aug. 6-9: Emoji Movie (20 and XD location only.


City Spray Parks — City of El Paso’s Spray Parks are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Information: 212-0397. For park rules: 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.

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. Information: 747-5142 or

Summer Youth Employment Programs —Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in conjunction with the City and County of El Paso, and other partners offers the Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn and the Texas Internship Challenge. The programs provide first-time job experience.
  Hire El Paso subsidizes all of a paid work experience for 100 youth ages 16-24, for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks. The Summer Earn & Learn Program subsidizes paid work for 85 youth with disabilities ages 14-22 for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks. Information, eligibility and list of participating businesses: Romie Ruiz, 887-2221 or
  For information on the Texas Internship Challenge, go to

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp — Al250 E. Montecillo. Inexpensive films for kids age 3-12 and their parents run noon Monday through Thursdays June through August. Ticket prices are $1, $3 or $5, with this summer’s ticket sales benefiting Boys & Girls Club of El Paso. All shows start at noon Mondays through Thursdays. Age policy may vary. Summer Family Fun Card program offered, where kids can collect sticker for select movies, and win rewards. Information: 845-7469 or on Facebook at Alamo Drafthouse El Paso. Tickets available at
June movies
June 4-7: Neverending Story
June 11-14: Lego Movie
June 18-21: Trolls
June 25-28: How To Train Your Dragon.

Friends & Family Night Vacation Bible School — Ascension Lutheran Church, 6520 Loma de Cristo (West Side), hosts its Vacation Bible School 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-8, with this year’s theme “Shipwrecked.”  Information: or 833-1009.

Summer Chocolate Camp at Chocolat' — Four-day camps are offered during the summer for kids 6-16 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, June 4-July 30, 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.

YWCA Summer Food Service Program — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region will participate in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 4 and running through the summer months. Meals provided to eligible children free of charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all sites, unless listed otherwise. Information:
June 4-Aug. 10: Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout Lane. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
June 4-July 29: YWCA Sierra Vista After School Program, 1501 Bob Hope. Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and snack 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
June 4-Aug. 24: Mabee Child Development Center, 10712 Sam Snead; YWCA Escobar Early Learning Center, 115 N. Davis; and Rogers Early Learning Center; 1600 Brown.

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 6. Classes begin June 9. Tuition varies, depending on class. Children’s classes have age requirements. Information: 831-2089 or

P3 Kidz on Campus One-Day Camps — UTEP’s Office of Professional and Public Programs (P3) offers weekend camps 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, June 9-Aug. 11, and cover a wide range of subjects and interests for entering ages 6-12.  Cost per camp: $65. Information: 747-5142; registration at
  Weekly half and full-day Summer Youth Camps for kids entering kindergarten through 12th grades are also offered. Extended day care and supervised lunch services available for an additional fee. All camps are held on the UTEP campus.

UTEP ‘The Talk of Texas’ Debate camp — UTEP Forensics Program hosts a summer Speech and Debate Camp for Middle and High School Students is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25-29, on the UTEP campus, with five groups taught by experienced educators and former speech champions. All camp proceeds go to the Witherspoon Forensics Gift Fund for scholarships and more. Early enrollment encouraged. Cost: $100. Information, registration:
  Groups include Speech and Debate, Public Speaking and Oral Interpretation for Spanish speaking High School Students, Lincoln-Douglas Debate G and Student Congress.

Candlelighters Camp volunteers — Candlelighters of West Texas/Southern New Mexico seeks volunteer counselors for its 2018 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 June 26-July 2 for Camp Bravo (siblings of a brother or sister with cancer) and July 7-13 for Camp Courageous (cancer patients). Information: 544-2222 or

UTEP STEM Camps — Students ages 14-21 with mental or physical disabilities are encouraged to learn about careers in the STEM fields during two free week-long summer camps 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the weeks of July 9 and Aug. 6 on the UTEP campus. Up to 25 students may enroll in each camp that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Information: Neelam Agarwal, 747-7462 or
  Hands-on activities teach introductory concepts in computational engineering, and technology such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Guest speakers and opportunities to tour several of UTEP’s science and engineering lab also offered. Lunch and snacks provided.

Southern New Mexico

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 8-10: King’s Kids Camp for grades 2-4. Cost: $155.
June 11-15: Junior Horse Camp for girls grades 4-6. Cost: #85.
June 18-22: Sacramento Youth Camp for grades 7-12. Cost: $290.
July 2-6: Family Camp for kids and parents: Cost: $223-$303 based on lodging.
July 8-13: Music on the Mountain, for grade 7-12. Cost: $445.
July 9-13: Promise Seekers Camp for grades 4-6. Cost: $290.
July 23-27: Youth Horse Camp for grades 7-12. Cost: $385.
July 30-Aug. 3: Camp Sunshine for ages 16 and older with disabilities. Cost: $285.

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

Summer Teen Connection Program — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Summer Teen Connection Program runs noon to 7 p.m. weekdays June 4-Aug. 3, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell, open to teens entering grades 6–12. Participation is free with lunch and dinner daily; field trips may have associated fees. Information: (575)528-4253 or  
  Program registration will be accepted in person only through May 25 at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center and the following locations:
• A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo.
• Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley.
• Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley.
• Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley.

Museum of Nature & Science camps — Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosts camps for youths 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 4-July 20. Registration due by 4 p.m. on the Saturday prior to each session. Information: (575) 532-3120.
June 4-8: “Master of the Catwalk” exploring engineering concepts for grades 6-8. Cost: $90.
June 11-15: “Crash Test Cars” car making and safety for grades 3-5. Cost: $70.
June 18-22: “Mad Science Lab” creative chemistry and physics for grades 1-2. Cost: $60.
July 9-13: “Paper Roller Coasters” design and physics of roller coaster for grades 3-5. Cost: $70.
July 16-20: “Put A Spark in It” exploring electrical engineering for grades 1-2. Cost: $60.
  Free week-long “GSK Science of Space” camps are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for grades 2 and 3, and 3 to 4 p.m. for grades 4-6 Tuesdays through Fridays June 5-Aug. 10, with activities exploring the sun, moon, rocketry and astronauts. Registration due by 4 p.m. on the Saturday before each session. Registration: (575) 532-3372.

Project in Motion ‘Circus Camp’ — The Las Cruces-based aerial dance performance company host the camp 7 to 8 p.m. for age 8-15. Adult camps are 8 to 9 p.m. for adults Monday through Friday, June 4-8. Each class will feature a warm up, strength and stretch and a different circus skill. Classes include Climbing, cyr wheel, rings, diabolo, unicycle, and other “circusy” things. Registration per week: $40. Information: (575) 208-4413, or

Specialty Camps — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department registration for Summer Specialty Camps is at Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell; Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley, or online at Online registration at Registration runs until camps are filled. Camps are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday June 4-Aug. 3. Cost: $50 per participant. No telephone registration accepted; space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Information: (575) 541-2455 or (575) 541-2563.
  All camps focus on designated sports and specialties, emphasizing specific fundamentals including skill orientation, technique, teamwork and fun.
June 4-8: Volleyball Camp (ages 10-14)
June 18-22: Soccer Camp (ages 6-14)
June 25-29: Gymnastic Camp (ages 3-14)
July 9-13: Get Real-Get Fit Camp (ages 8-14)
July 30-Aug. 3: Basketball Camp (ages 6-14).

Town of Mesilla Summer Camps — Mesilla, N.M. hosts summer camps for age 6-12 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays, June 4-July 20 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 Information: (575) 524-3262 or

Farm & Ranch Summer Camps — The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, hosts its summer camps and classes for kids June 5-July 26. Classes are Tuesday through Thursday. Registration begins May 7. Camps are taught by museum staff and volunteers. Pre-registration required for all camps; camps fill quickly. Cost per camp is Cost: $40 ($35 members), unless listed otherwise. Non-refundable $5 deposit required. Campers should bring their own lunch. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
  Registration deadline is 5 days before camp begins.
June 5-7: Farm Animal Friends is 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5-8. Learn all about beef cows, dairy cows, sheep, and ponies. Cost: $30 ($25 members).
June 12-14: “Gardening Fun” is 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5-8.
June 19-21: Green Thumb Greenhouse is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-12 to learn about plants, soils and gardening.
June 26-28: “Can You Dig It? 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. Excavate a dig site looking for artifacts and explore the ways in which archeologists learn about ancient people.
July 17-19: “Learning about Nature” is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. Learn about the wildlife and plants around the Museum. Cost: $35 ($30 members).
July 24-26: Wool Creations is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. Learn the history of the Navajo Churro Sheep and find out the steps in processing wool.

DAAC Youth Programs — Doña Ana Arts Council hosts art camps and programs in June and July 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 11-22, at Alma d’Arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court 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.
Opera Storytellers of Las Cruces for grades 3-12 is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 18-29, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera. The participants will present a production based on “Hero’s Journey.” Tuition: $300; students should bring a sack lunch daily; snacks provided.
Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) theatre camp for all grades is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 9-13 at Oñate High School Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande, with this year’s show, “Peter and Wendy.” Open auditions are 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, with performance 7 p.m. Friday, July 13. Rehearsals are daily until the performance. Tuition: $60; partial scholarships available.

Las Cruces Museum of Art — Las Cruces Museum of Art, 411 N. Main, hosts several classes and programs during the summer months. Space is limited; early registration encouraged by the Saturday before each class. Information, cost: (575) 541-2137 Full schedule at
  Kids and Teens five-day classes are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays June 11-Aug. 3. Classes include Art Sampler, Comic Book Illustration, Ceramics, Exploring on Canvas, Fantastic Beasts and How to Draw Them, reclaimed art, modern art, printmaking, wearable art from trash, clay and sculpture, drawing and painting and mixed media. Cost per week; $50 kids; $60 teens; registration due Saturday before the class.
  Adult art classes for age 18 and older are weekly June 12-Aug. 4, with classes in drawing, ceramics, printmaking, painting, glass fusing and open studio. Cost: $70-$110 depending on class.
  Family Painting workshop is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. Cost: $15.
  An open house for the program is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, during the monthly First Friday Ramble

Summer Recreation Mobile Unit — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will visit community parks with its Summer Recreation Mobile Unit providing activities and games for the entire family 4 to p.m. Wednesdays in June and July. Events are free; no registration is needed. Information: (575) 541-2550 or
June 13: Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid
June 20: Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada
June 27: Mesilla Park (Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center), 304 W. Bell
July 11: Pioneer Woman’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces
July 18: Metro Verde Splash Pad Park, 7125 Metro Park Drive.
July 25: Jason Giron Park, 355 Three Crosses.

Fort Selden Kids Summer Programs — Fort Selden, 1280 Fort Selden road in Radium Springs, N.M. (off I-25 at exit 19) hosts several kids programs sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Programs are 9 a.m. to noon on selected Fridays. Cost per program: $5 (cash or check only). Registration required one week prior to program. Snacks provided. Information: (575) 202-1638
June 22: Building with Dirt (ages 8-12).
June 29: Soap Making (age 8-12)
July 13: Bats of the Chihuahua Desert (ages 6-10)
July 27: Games & Toys of the Past (ages 6-10).

Aggie Volleyball Camps — NMSU will host summer volleyball camps at NMSU’s Activity Center, taught by five-time NCAA Coach of the Year Michael Jordan. Open to males and females ages 11 and older. Information: (575) 621-6956 or (575) 639-0995. Registration t
July 13-15: Team Tournament. Cost $500 per team (up to 12 players).
July 20-22: Advanced Skills Camp for grades 4-6. Cost: $150.
July 27-29: Elite Skills Camp for grades 9-12. $150-$300.