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

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.

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

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, through 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.
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 through 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.

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.
• Shirley Leavell, 10712 Sam Snead, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 23.
  Summer family fitness specials and swim lessons also offered.

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 through Aug. 2. Camp t-shirt provided. Information: 568-2617 or 568-1568.
• Athletic Performance Camp is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8-31 for age 10-18. Cost: $75.
• Conditioning Camps is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 8-31 for age 10-18. Cost: $50.
• Soccer Camp is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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. July 15-17 (age 9-11); 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.
• 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. 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.
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.

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 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.

Fire Department Camp — El Paso Fire Department’s Summer Youth Camp for ages 13-17 runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 17-19, at the department’s Training Academy, 6800 Delta. Limited to 20 students. Register at youth.elpasofire.org. Application should be returned by June 15 to Training Academy at Ascarate Park, 6800 Delta. Information: Enrique Aquilar, 212-5631.
  Participants learn about the El Paso Fire Department, search and rescue operations, team-building skills, and become advocates for safety.

Holocaust Museum summer camp — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, will host “Be Incredible! Summer Camp” 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 22-26 for ages 8-12, with games and activities, art and music, and more. Kids discover everyone can make a difference and be a hero. Space is limited. Cost: $50 ($40 for each additional child registered in a family and for museum members) includes camp t-shirt, snacks, supplies and a pizza party. Some scholarships available. Registration: Cynthia Serafin, 351-0048, cynthia@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org, or elpasoholocaustmuseum.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 through July 27. 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). Extended hours offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost per week: $125 (age 1-2); $150 (age 3-11). Information: 534-1234. Registration: thejelpaso.org.
  Each week the children will “visit” a different country and explore its art, music, history, sports, food, and of course fun and games. Every Friday the youngest children have a splash day complete with water slides and games while older students (4 and up) go off campus for a morning of tennis lessons and swimming.

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 through 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.

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday through 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. 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.

Adventure Zone Summer Camp — Adventure Zone, 251 E. Redd, hosts summer camps for age 5 to 13 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 9, with daily activities (lunch and snack provided). Cost: $30 per day; $125 per week. Information: 585-9663.
  Also during the summer are “Superhero Sundays,” featuring different superheroes each week:
June 30: Deadpool and Spider-Man
July 7: Captain America and Black Panther
July 14: Joker and Harley Quinn
July 21: Superman and Wonder Woman
July 28: Good vs. Evil Spider-Man
Aug. 4: Star Wars Jedi Training.

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. through 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.

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.
• 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 through 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, through July 26. New classes start every week.
  Classes for adults run through July 27, and include Printmaking, Classic Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Fiber Art & Mixed Media, and Ceramics 1 and 2.

Rubin Center Summer Camp — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts hosts programming for families inspired by the 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition. No preregistration needed for yoga and meditation classes. Space is limited for Family Workshops; registration at 747-6151. Information: rubin.utep.edu.
  Family workshops are 10 a.m. to noon.
• Wednesday, July 10: “Keeping Secrets”
inspired by Jessica Rodriguez’s “Compartmental Conversations.”
• Wednesday, July 31: “Tracing Your Story” inspired by Iriana Soto’s “La Vie D’une Dame”
  Art + Meditation for Kids is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 19 and Aug. 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.
July 15-19: Holidays of the World Camp for grades 1-2.
July 22-26: Spanish Art Camp for grades 3-5.

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:
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).

Camp Creativity — Michael’s hosts crafts for kids 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through 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.

Dance

EP Center of VPA Summer Camp — El Paso Center of Visual & Performing Arts, 125 Thunderbird, Suite C, hosts summer camps through July 22. Information, cost: 309-4636 or epcvpa.com.
• 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.
• Beginning Folklorico for age 5-7 is 5 to 5;30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 16-19.
• Dance and art camp Session 2 for age 5-9 is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15-19.

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 July 8-12. A “Royal Ball” performance ends each camp. Cost: $120.

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, 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, July 8-19. Tuition: $400.
• Music of the Renaissance (age 16+): 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 8-19. Tuition: $240.
• History of Film Music (age 16+): 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 8-19. Tuition: $240.
• Intro to Music Business (age 17+): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Tuition: $80.
• Composition for Percussion and Drums (age 16+): 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-26. 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.
  Instrumental Camps for ages 6-8 or 9-11 are 10 a.m. to noon 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.

 

Nature/History

Zoo Camp — The week-long camps for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, through 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).

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.
  Bridging the Gap Building Challenge is 10 a.m. to noon July 9-12 for grades 6-8. Registration: $50.
  Explorers Space Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15-19 for grades 1-2, and July 22-16 for grades 3-5. Registration: $70.
  Free weeklong “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 Camp (age 6-8) is July 16-19. Level 2 Camps (age 8-12) are July 9-12 and July 26.

Museum of History Summer Camps — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, offers four-day summer camps 8 a.m. to noon for age 8-18, Tuesdays through Fridays through July 26. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). Preregistration: 867-6261, CepedaDX@elpasotexas.gov or history.elpasotexas.gov.
July 9-12: Building a mini museum
July 16-19: Fashion Flashback
July 23-26: Filmmaking.

 

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. Forms available in both English and Spanish at stores or at barnesandnoble.com/summerreading.

El Paso Public Library — The library hosts a series of programs for kids at all branches through the summer months. Information: 351-4435. For complete schedule, visit the Kids Catalog at elpasolibrary.org.
  The library’s free Reading Club for grades K through 6, teens and adults club runs through summer months. Registration forms available at any public library or at elpasolibrary.org. Information: 212-3261.

 

Math/Science

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 through 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 1 to 4 p.m. July 8-12, and July 15-19. Cost per week: $110.
• Mining Engineer sessions for grades 3-5 are 9 a.m. to noon 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 July 22-26. Cost: $175 per week.
• Challenge session for grades 9-11 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22-26. Cost: $175 per week.

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.
• 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.
• YWiC computer camp for middle school girls is July 8-July 19. Registration (includes lunch, materials and supplies, and swag bags): bit.ly/2019YWiCMS.

Camp Invention — National Inventors Hall of Fame hosts the camp for students entering graces K-6 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-26, at Lundy Elementary School, 6201 High Ridge. Learn about robots, high-tech farms, superhero gadgets and more in its new program, “Supercharged.” Cost: $230. Sign up at invent.org/camp or through 1-800-968-4332. Information: 230-5075.

EPCC Math in New Directions Explorer Camp — El Paso Community College hosts the free camp for students in grades 8 to 11 interested in information technology and mathematics, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-26, at the EPCC Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount. Team-building games and other activities, and visits from professionals from math and related fields. Breakfast, lunch and supplies included. Information: Margie Nelson Rodríguez, 831-6475.

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.

‘Rocketeer Academy’ summer camps — The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s weeklong science camps run through 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.

 

Sports

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.

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 29: Salopek/Stull Park
July 13: Frenger Park
July 27: Apodaca Park
Aug. 3: Back 2 School Run at Sagecrest Park.

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/.

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, through Aug. 9. Cost: $99 per week ($124 with extended care). Information: 581-3476 or elpasoelitewest.
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.

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursday, through 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, 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.

Locomotive FC Soccer Camps — El Paso Locomotive FC Youth Soccer hosts camp programs mornings (8:30 to 11:30 a.m.) or evenings (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) at various locations and dates through August.
  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.

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.

Screaming Eagles Martial Arts Summer Camp — Screaming Eagles Martial Arts, 645 Wallenberg, A-11, hosts camp through 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.

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:
• Elite High School Camp is July 27 at Glory Field. Cost: $42.40.
  Basketball camps for boys are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 1-3 or 9 a.m. to noon Monday though Thursday, Aug. 5-8, in Don Haskins Center. Cost: $225 ($195 July 1-3).
  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:
• 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.

Westsidestars Volleyball — El Paso Stars volleyball hosts two-week co-ed summer camps 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, through 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.

Say No to Bullying Summer Camp — Total Defense, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Ste F, offers weeklong camps for ages 5-13. Camps are Monday through Friday, 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.

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).

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, 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.

Gymnastics Elite Summer Camps — Gymnastics Elite, 12115 Rojas, Suite 900, hosts camps for ages 3-11 Mondays through Fridays through 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.

NMSU Sports Camp — NMSU Rec-Sports Camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 hosts several week-long sessions through 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, through 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.

Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim — The 2019 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

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 2 is 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 8-Aug. 4, with performances Aug. 2-4.
  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 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 through 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.
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.
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

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 at any EPCC campus. 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.

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.

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. Camp size is limited. Information: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.

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.

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 through 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.
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.

Westside Community Church VBS — The church, 201 E. Sunset, hosts its “In the Wild” Vacation Bible School 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, July 8-11. The school includes Bible stories, games, prizes, snacks, singing and a water splash party on the last day for the whole family. Information: 481-7211 or 877-8000. Register at westsidecommunity.org.

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. 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.

Sun Metro Summer Ride Program — Sun Metro and nonprofit organizations provide youth with free transportation through Aug. 31, as part of the Kids on the Go! Summer Youth Transportation program. Sun Metro will provide information to interested children and offer transportation to attend their favorite summer program. Complete list of participating agencies in the “Programs and Annual Events” section at SunMetro.net. Information: 212-3333 or on Facebook at sunmetro.
  Youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years enrolled in summer programs from non-profit agencies participating in the initiative are eligible for the free passes. Children under the age of 12 receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion over the age 12 to ride with the child free of charge. Children under the age of five always ride for free.


Other So. New Mexico

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.

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.
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.

Branigan Library Summer reading programs — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces hosts its summer programs for youth, teens and adults through July. 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.”
  Library Space Lab for ages 8-12 is 3 p.m. Fridays through 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.
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.”

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:
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.
• 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 9, 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

Town of Mesilla Camps — Mesilla, N.M. hosts summer camps for age 6-12 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays, through 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.

Las Cruces Swim Lessons — City of Las Cruces Parks & Rec Department offers swim lessons for various levels Monday through Thursday, July 22-Aug. 1, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview. Cost: $45 for 8 lessons; Mommy and Me classes also offered.
  Registration runs 9 to 11 a.m. June 29-July 6, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Class space is limited: (575) 541-2782.
  Certificates for those who have already successfully completed a swim level are required, or participants must take a swim evaluation. Swim evaluations are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1-5. No swim evaluations will be given during registration times.