Spring Break in Austin is just around the corner, and I’ll bet many of you are still hoping to find something a little different for your kids that week. The good news is that you need look no farther than the Alt Ed Austin community to find fun, unique, even life-changing camps for the week of March 12–16. Here are three.
(UPDATED 3/1/2012: Now there are four!)
Austin Tinkering School: Working Big!
A spring break art camp inspired by the book Working Big, by John Lidstone. One full week of exploring art in a big way: Big materials, Big spaces, Big movement, and Big ideas!
Kids served: ages 3–8
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm
Eco Friends Austin: Desert Wildlife
Eco Friends’ journey will begin on the Rio Grande, learning about the Chihuahuan Desert, and continue on to the Sahara, Gobi, and Patagonian deserts. Unique desert wildlife will be highlighted, and campers will compare cool coastal, subtropical, and cold winter deserts. The week will culminate with a diorama project depicting the desert of each child's choice.
Kids served: K–3rd grade
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Cost: $50 per day, or $200 for all 5 days
At Green Gate Farms’ weeklong camp, children learn firsthand where their food comes from. Activities include planting and harvesting, taking care of animals, presentations from area experts, cooking classes, swap blanket, soccer and air hockey, and free time to relax and enjoy the farm.
Kids served: ages 6–14
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–3:30pm
(pre/after care available for $10/hour)
Cost: $325; $25 discount for farm CSA members
Urban Explorer Camp
Watch your child gain an independence and confidence you didn’t think possible. Campers choose their destinations, map their routes, and then go to town—literally—every single day, using public transportation.
Kids served: ages 10–16
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Cost: $60 per day, or $300 for all 5 days
Coming soon: Summer camps, Alt•Ed Austin style!