Summer camp isn’t what it used to be.
Now your child can bone up on their studies while they vacation or just explore various skills and hobbies away from home.
Camp Casa, Casa Manana Theatre’s annual two-week summer camp in Fort Worth, TX, offers daily instruction onstage. Students participate in a musical at the local Bass Performance Hall at the end of the camp. The program is for kids ages four and up. The address is 3101 W. Lancaster Avenue and the phone number is 817-332-2272.
The upscale Central Market offers kids cooking camps in Fort Worth and Dallas. The Fort Worth address is 4651 W. Freeway at the corner of I-30 and Hulen in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center. The contact phone number is 817-989-4700.
Creative Arts Theatre & School (CATS) offers a two-week comprehensive STARS camp for gifted and talented kids in Arlington, TX. It is limited to children entering grades seven through 12. Classes are held in the morning with rehearsals in the afternoons. A performance is held on the final weekend. An application, deposit, one page letter, and teacher recommendation is required and preference is given to out of town students. All forms are available at creativearts.org. The address is 1100 W. Randol Mill Road. For more information, call 817-861-CATS.
For the outdoors type, try the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road. The center is an environment full of forests, prairies, and wetlands. Mini day camps are offered during the summer for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. For information, call 817-237-1111.
Adventure lovers can take part in GPX Skate Park’s camps in Grand Prairie, TX, about 30 minutes from Fort Worth. Located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, they may be reached at 972-237-4370. GPX is a $1.2 million outdoor skate park that includes an intermediate/advance course, world class vert ramp, and an in-line hockey rink. The camps run the gamut from biking to boarding to in-line skate clinics. All participants are required to sign a waiver before skating. If under 18, parents must be present to sign waiver and if they are not present a signature must be notarized. Safety gear is important.
Kids who like crafts will enjoy Jo-Ann Superstore’s camps in Fort Worth, Dallas, and some surrounding areas. The chain store sells crafts supplies and teaches adults and kids how to develop their creativity and specific crafting skills through its “Jo-Ann Creative University” program. Camps are offered for children ages six to 14 featuring a variety of craft activities. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The Fort Worth address is 1400 Green Oaks Road in Ridgmar Town Square. For more details, call 817-570-7058.
For the performing child, check out Kids Who Care Musical Theatre camps in Fort Worth. Located at 1300 Gendy Street, they may be reached by calling 817-737-KIDS. Kids Who Care is a dynamic musical theatre that strives to produce confident and creative kids through performance and education. Musical theatre camps are held every summer on the campus of TCU and the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Active kids will revel in The Little Gym camps in Arlington, Fort Worth, Dallas, and some surrounding facilities. Summer camps offer parents a break while the children have a blast. The curriculum includes physical fitness, play, arts and crafts, and special events. The Arlington address is 640 Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard and the phone is 817-465-9296. In Fort Worth the camp is located at 6080 S. Hulen Street (817- 346-9655).
Do you have a child who loves to climb? Then they would probably love The Summit Rock Climbing Gym summer camps in Grapevine, about 30 minutes from Fort Worth. The gym is a comfortable place and even eight, energetic, sugar-filled 12-year-olds can’t damage it, according to staff. The address is 1040 Mustang Drive behind Tinseltown Theater and the contact phone number is 817-421-3888.
Artistic kids will spread their creative wings at Van Grow Studio of the Arts’ camps in Fort Worth (3434 W. 7th Street). Located in the cultural district in an old white house with large trees in front, the facility offers fine arts instruction for ages two through adult. Parking is in the back. Creative camps take place during the summer such as Dollhouse Camp, Junk Art, and Animation Camp. For all the details, call 817-348-0505.