Summer fun for kids

Day camps

St. Mark’s — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road, will host children’s weekly summer camps May 31-July 22. Before and after care may be offered for additional fee. Call for schedule. Information, registration: 581-2186 or

Trinity-First — Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa (at Yandell), will host its summer camps for children entering grades 1 through 6 June 13-July 15. Camps run Monday through Friday. Camps feature arts and crafts, rest and reading time, movies, active gym time and more. Campers should bring their own sack lunch. Information, registration: 533-2674 or
June 13-17: Sports Camp
June 20-24: Visual Arts Camp
July 5-8: Cooking Camp
July 11-15: Desert Camp.

YMCA - El Paso YMCA branches offer summer programs during the summer months for ages 6-12, at all three El Paso branches. Camps run Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Half-day camps are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Swim lessons and aquatics available. Financial assistance available. Information/costs: 584-9622, ext. 21 or

YWCA — YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region camps are Monday through Friday during the summer months. Girls and boys ages 5 to 12 can enjoy indoor and outdoor sports and recreation, including swimming, sports, crafts, games, dance and field trips. Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout Lane, also runs through August. Enrollment forms available online at and can be brought to the nearest YWCA branch. Information: 533-2311.

Ibero Academy — The academy, based in the Upper Valley, hosts its week-long camps, camps for youth age 10 and younger is Mondays through Fridays, June 6-July 29. Call for cost, hours. Extended care offered. Information: 585-0840 or

Kids-n-Critters — The Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, will host 5-day summer camps 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10 and June 13-17 for ages 6-10 and July 11-15 for ages 11-13. Register at the Humane Society. Cost: $95; includes t-shirt, goody bag, snacks and lunch. Information: 532-6971, ext. 107 or
  Participants learn about pet safety, how to be responsible pet owners, advocate for animals and see a variety of presenters from other organizations who work with animals including Therapy Dog’s International, Barker House Kennels, the Ark Exotic Animals, Tails-To-Go, El Paso Animal Services, Border Patrol K9 Unit and more.

Safety Town — The 50th annual Safety Town program for children about to start school has free weekly sessions 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays June 6-July 29 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. Information: 772-7479 or
  The program is open to children aged 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.

Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department summer camp runs Monday through Friday June 13-Aug. 5 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: 544-0753 or
  Registration available at all city recreation centers.
  Teen Mentor 8-week program
for ages 13-16 available at all sites. Cost: $20 per teen.
  Morning camps (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.):
• Carolina Recreation Center, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Don Haskins Center, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623
?• Douglass Elementary, 101 S. Eucalyptus, 544-0753
• Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Marty Robbins Recreation Center, 11600 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• Pat O’Rourke Center, 911 N. Virginia, 533-1611.
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.
  Afternoon camps (1 to 5 p.m.):
• Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E Seventh, 544-5436
• 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, 755-7566
• Rae Gilmore Recreation Center, 8501 Diana, 751-4945
• San Juan Recreation Center, 701 N. Glenwood, 779-2799
• Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722.

Montessori Heroes — Mountain West Montessori, 403 Frontera, will host camps on weekdays for age 5-11 June 20-July 29, with slackline, arts and crafts, camp songs, cooking and water slides. Weekly rates are $150-$185. Information: 584-5401 or

Summer Scholars — Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway Blvd. East suite A/B, hosts week-long camps for grades 3 through 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in June and July. Each week has a different theme. Cost: $125. Information: 1-888-835-3695 or


Young Rembrandts — The summer art camps run weekly throughout June and July, for ages 5-12. Cost: $185 per week. Information: 234-2248, or on Facebook at YRElPaso.
  African Safari Camp at Lujan Chavez Elementary, 2200 Sun Country, is June 6-10. Cost: $109 per week.
  Camps at Zoo Circus Party Hall, 0155 Sunland Drive, Building C are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $185 per week.
June 13-17: Comic and Movie Extravaganza, at Zoo Party Hall
June 20-24: Adventures in Space,
art and science, at Zoo Party Hall
June 27-July 1: A World Tour: Art and Culinary
July 11-15: Master Artists: all about art and art history (pastels)
July 18-22: Pirates and legends: Art and drama
July 25-29: African Safari: Drawing and ceramics
  EPCC: Valle Verde Camps, 919 Hunter are 9 a.m. to noon. Call for details, registration at 831-2790.
June 13-17: Pastel Drawing Workshop: Ocean Life
June 20-23: Summer Art: Monsters, Creatures and Creeps
July 18-25: African Safari
July 25-28: Pirate Workshop.

Traditional Craft Workshops — Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces, will host its Traditional Crafts of New Mexico Summer Workshop Series for youth age 7-12 June 7-July 28 featuring several mini-workshops on crafts found historically in the Las Cruces region. The workshops run 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size is limited. Registration deadline one week in advance of each workshop. Cost: $10 per workshop per person. Information: (575) 541-2154 or
June 7 and 9 and July 5 and 7: Piñatas
June 14 and 16 and July 12 and 14: Southwester Polymer Clay Jewelry
June 21 and 23 and July 19 and 21: Retablos
June 28 and 30 and July 26 and 28: Wood Burning Designs.

El Paso Museum of Art — The museum’s Summer classes for youth run June 21-Aug. 5 at the museum, One Arts Festival Plaza, for age 6-12. EPMA will offer ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, encaustics, photography, mask making, cartoon and comic book drawing, animation, and jewelry making. Morning and afternoon sessions offered. Cost: $75-$86, depending on camp ($60-$70 museum members). Information: 212-3062 or
  “Mini” camps are Tuesday through Thursday, June 14-16, with “Abstract Jewelry” for age 6-8, and Clay Creations and Mixed Media Collage for age 9-12.
  Full week camps:
June 21-24 with Abstract Jewelry and Discover Picasso for (ages 6-8), and Encaustic, Monster Softies and Picasso inspired Tableware for ages 9-12.
June 28-July 1: Cartoon Characters and Comics, Mosaic Magic for ages 6-8, Manga Drawing and Comics, Mosaic Magic and Picasso Inspired Tableware for ages 9-12.
Aug. 2-5: Abstract Jewelry, Printmaking Party and Retablos for ages 6-8 and Explore Photography and Picasso inspired Tableware for ages 9-12.

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

Dance and Cheer

Breakin’ Beats summer camps — Breakin Beats Dance Studio, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 370, hosts “princess” and dance camps for youth throughout the summer months. Registration is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through May 28. Information: 584-4755, or on Facebook.

Ballet Summer Intensive 2016 — Olga’s Russian Ballet School, 631 N. Resler, hosts its summer classes June 6-July 16. Information: 585-6362, 408-3405 or

EP Center of VPA Summer Camp — The dance studio at 6404 N. Mesa, Suite B4, hosts open enrollment 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, for summer classes June 13-July 29, including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Mexican Folklorico. Class times are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Full schedule, times and costs: 309-4636 or
• Folklorico Camp is June 13-17 and July 15-19.
• Intro into Folklorico is 3 to 4 p.m. for age 8-12 and 3 to 4 p.m. for age 5-7. Cost: $115.
• Ballet Camp is June 20-24 and July 18-22. Rhythm and Dance is 10 to 10:45 p.m. for age 3-4. Cost: $85.Princess Ballet for age 5-7 is 11 a.m. to noon. Monday through Friday. Cost: $120.
• Ballet Boot Camp is noon to 1 p.m. for age 8-12. Cost: $115.
• Modern dance camp is 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 6-12, June 20-24 and July 18-22. Cost: $115.
• Jazz Dance Camp — June 20-24 and July 18-22 for age 6-12 yrs. Cost: $115.
• Folklorico Intensive Summer Program is 9 to 11 a.m. July 5-9 for age 6 to 8; noon to 2 p.m. for age 9-12 and 2 to 5 p.m. age 13 to adult. Cost: $155.
• Director/Instructors Lecture (instructors only) is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: $65.
• Maestra Elva Jaqueza from Bellas Artes de La Universidad de Chihuahua will give a 5-day intensive course July 5-9, 2016. All classes will include proper skirt work, foot technique, stage presence and proper body poster/movement. Students will receive a copy of the music and literature from the states they will be learning.
  Visual arts:
• Paint and Craft Camp is June 27-July 1 and July 25-29 with guest artist from Chalk the Block, Sandy Heiring.
• Ages 5-7, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Animal hand prints, self-portrait, still life, piñatas, free paint. Cost: $125.
• Ages 8-12, 10:30 to noon. Self-portrait, still life, paper mache figurines, plate prints, masking paint. Cost: $125.
• Ages 13 to adult, noon to 2 p.m. Self-portrait, still life, paper mache figurines, plate prints, masking paint. Cost: $130.

El Paso Ballet Theatre School — El Paso Youth Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive sessions are in June and July at El Paso Conservatory of Dance, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with special performances on the final day. Information: Marta Katz, 760-6062 or
  Session I for Intermediate-Advanced students is June 12-24.
  Session II for Beginner-Advance students is July 5-16.

Music and theater

Music camps — El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa, hosts its summer workshops June 1-Sept. 3, in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Percussion and Jazz. Cost: $200 for 1 week workshop, 2-3 hours long. Information: 833-0263 or

Orchestra Camp — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 7th annual summer camp for ages 8-18 are Monday through Friday, June 20-24, at Jefferson High School, 4700 Alameda, 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 1). Financial assistance and scholarships available. Information: 525-8978 or

DJ Camp — Ballroom Marfa hosts its annual DJ/producing camp for Big Bend-area youth June 27-July 1 with professional DJ Bigface. Students will learn directly on DJ equipment and experiment with mixing songs and sampling music. Participation is free, but registration required through Marfa ISD. Information: (432) 729-3700, or on Facebook.


Centennial Museum summer camps — UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosts summer camps for kids in grades 4 through 8 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-July 29, at the museum’s Education Center. Registration; $45 per camp. Space is limited. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or
June 6-9: Cruisin’ the Cultures, grades 4-6: Make a map, drum dance patterns and songs, pottery, dream catchers, yarn paintings, and own drums. A visit to Keystone Heritage Park is planned.
June 20-24: CSI Forensics Lab, grades 5-8: Dust for fingerprints, decipher blood spatter, and calculate the height and weight of the perpetrator by footprints. Forensic photography and service dog presentations by the El Paso Medical Examiner’s office, as well as fingerprinting by UTEP and El Paso police departments. Campers will solve a crime using skills learned in the camp.
July 11-15: Diggin’ Dinosaurs, grades 4-6: Experience a simulated dig with an archaeologist, cast plaster models of footprints and make fossils. Learn about numerous dinosaur types and visit dinosaur tracks in west El Paso. Camp ends with a “Boxasaurus” building competition.
July 25-29: Rockin’ the Camp, grades 5-7: Learn about rock formations with UTEP Geology students, make volcanoes and use a seismograph to discover the geology of the Chihuahuan Desert, and learn about the rocks and minerals in the desert.
  Children should bring their own lunch and snacks will be provided. Friday is Pizza Day for each camp.

Zoo Camp — The week-long camps, exploring the worlds of Meerkats and Red River Hogs for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday June 6-Aug. 5, 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: $100 per week; $90 zoo members (includes t-shirt and snacks). Advance registration required. Information: 212-0245 or
  Meerkat camps are June 6-10, July 4-8, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5.
  Red River Hog camps are July 11-15, July 25-29 and Aug. 8-12.

Magoffin Kids’ Camps and classes — Magoffin Home State Historic Site hosts summer camps and classes for youth in June and July at the Magoffin Home Visitor Center at 1117 Magoffin, sponsored by the Casa Magoffin Compañeros. Reservations recommended; space is limited. Payment in cash or check only. All proceeds go to support the preservation of the Magoffin Home. Information: 533-5147 or
• “Saving History!’ Kids Camp — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, June 8-10, for ages 8-12. Reservation deadline is June 3. Cost: $10; bring a sack lunch.
• “Building with Dirt” kids adobe making class is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for age 8-12, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. for age 13-16 Wednesday, June 22. Learn about methods of adobe construction, make adobe bricks and build a small adobe building. Wear clothes that can get dirty; hat and sunscreen. Reservation by June 18. Cost: $8.
• Kids’ and Adults’ Tea Time class is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Enjoy an old-fashioned tea in the garden, learn about proper table manners, creating a menu, and setting the table, sharing tea and luscious goodies with classmates. Proper tea attire requested. Cost: $30 for one adult and one child, by June 19.
• Kids’ “How Does Your Garden Grow?” class for ages 8-12 is Saturday, July 9. Explore local gardening, planting, seasonal garden projects, crafts and cooking. Reservation by July 3. Cost: $10.
• Kids’ Teddy Bear Picnic for all ages is Friday, July 15. Bring a Teddy Bear companion, a blanket and a picnic lunch and learn about the history of the Teddy Bear on the green lawn of the Magoffin Home. Cost: $8 (by July 12), includes lemonade, cookies and games for all ages.

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 13 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, June 14-July 22. Off-site field trip Friday. Cost per youth: $70 ($55 museum members). Space is limited. Advance registration required on a first come, first serve basis. Camps fill quickly. Information, registration: 755-4332 or
• Archaeology Camp is June 14-17 and July 12-15. Children learn about ancient cultures and heritage through the interpretation of materials or artifacts. It focuses on the prehistory of the El Paso-Juárez region. Hands-on activities include conducting a survey, mock excavation, field trip to Hueco Tanks State Park and Atl-Atl throwing.
• Archery Camp is June 21-24 and June 28-July 1. The camp will educate campers on the history and skills of shooting a bow and arrow. Includes a safety lecture, bow and arrow exhibition, and archery skill training. Ends with a field trip to Hueco Tanks on (June 24) or Tigua Cultural Center (July 1).
• World Archaeology Camp is July 5-8 and July 19-22. The camp focuses on artistic and scientific experiments from different archaeological time periods from around the world. Both camp sessions will end with a field trip to El Paso Museum of Art.

History Camp — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, offers summer camps June 21-July 1 for ages 5-12, activities, ranging from music, arts and crafts, to other hands-on activities. Morning and afternoon sessions offered. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). Information: 212-3163 or
  A free Summer Camp Open House is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, with a scavenger hunt, crafts and refreshments. Parents will get to meet instructors, learn about the programs, see the classroom space, and sign up for camp.
June 21-24:
  “My Story in History” is 9 a.m. to noon; and Crafts of the Past is 1 to 4 p.m. for age 5-8.
  “Baseball in El Paso” is 9 a.m. to noon; and Playing Games is 1 to 4 p.m. for age 9-12.
June 28-July 1:
  “What makes a community” is 9 a.m. to noon; and “Walking in El Paso’s Footsteps” is 1 to 4 p.m. for age 5-8.
  “San Jacinto Plaza: Then and Now” is 9 a.m. to noon; and “Geology of El Paso” is 1 to 4 p.m. for age 9-12.


Reading Club — The El Paso Public Library’s free Summer Reading Club, “On Your Make, Get Set, Read,” for grades K through 6, teens and adults runs through the summer months at all public library facilities. Registration forms available at any public library or online at Information: Laurel Indalecio, 543-5433. Register online at
  Approved formats include books, e-books, audiobooks, picture books (for kids) and graphic novels.
  Participating youth are encouraged to read a selected number of books or hours depending on their reading level. At the end of the summer, each reader who meets or exceeds these goals will receive a certificate of completion. Some branches offer other reading incentives such as prizes, goodie bags and toys for those completing the program.
  Adult incentives also available while supplies last.

Barnes & Noble — Kids can earn a free book in the Summer reading program runs through Sept. 6, 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.
  In celebration of the program’s 20th anniversary, the program will kick off with a special opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at most locations, with activities inspired by Chris Grabenstein’s “Mr. Lemoncello” series, and the introduction of the Summer Reading Triathlon.
  Closing ceremony is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
  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 on-line at

EPCC library — 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 13-24, 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 $10 processing fee. Free breakfast and lunch available for participants at the college’s Portable 10. Information, schedule: 831-8840. Online registration available through June 13 at

Library Kids — The El Paso Public Library hosts a series of programs for kids at all library branches in June and July. Information: 351-4435. For complete schedule, visit the Kids Zone at


Mathnasium — Programs are planned at both the West and East locations Mathnasium for the summer months:
Mathnasium of West El Paso, 7250 N Mesa, Suite B, offers Power Math summer math programs for students entering grades 2-12, in subjects such as Times Tables, Fraction Concepts and Skills, Geometry and Algebra besides PSAT/SAT and ACT Prep. Open Mondays through Fridays 2 to 7 p.m.; summer schedule begins May 31. Discounts offered on multi-student families. Information: 587-6284, or
• Mathnasium of East El Paso, 1355 George Dieter, Suite 106, hosts its summer programs 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, May 30-Aug. 27, for grades pre-K through 12. Pre-K through 1st cover basic numerical fluency, units of measurement, and shapes. Students in grades 2 through 12 receive a custom learning plan to help close gaps in math and prepare for upcoming curriculum in the fall. Ten-session, 16-session packages, and month-to-month unlimited visits offered. Open year round for tutoring, homework help, and test prep, as well as for individualized instruction and drop-in attendance for grades 2 through 12. Information: 590-6284 or

Insights — Insights Science Center, 521 Tays Street (former Alamo Elementary), hosts summer camps in June and July. Early bird discounts for those signing up before May 31. Information: or 534-0000 (allow three business days for response). Facebook at InsightsElPasoScience Center.
June 27-30: Robotics Camp. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grade 4-6 and 1 to 5 p.m. for grades 7-12. Join experts from the STEM Foundation for a camp full of engineering, coding, and testing MBot creations (provided for campers). Students explore elements of robot design and put their creations to the test using various sensors in different challenges. On the final day, students compete against each other in a final robotics tournament. Cost: $75; includes lunch for morning camp and snack for afternoon camp.
July 11-15: App Maker. 9 a.m. to noon for grades 3-6. Learn about coding and web application design. Campers pick up valuable 21st Century skills and put them into action by designing their own virtual experiences challenges and games. Cost: $65.
July 11-15: Drone Takeoff! 1 to 4 p.m. for grades 3-6. Campers will be able to describe, design and launch drones (provided for camper). Cost: $65.

Computer Science/Tech – CreaTech Code, 550 S. Mesa Hills, Suite E4 hosts week-long camps for children ages 6 and older from 8 a.m. to noon. Campers learn how to code and program computers in one of five different sessions, teaching children to understand programming logic and write code to design their own projects. CreaTech provides a computer during class for each child to create his or her own work. Early sign up recommended. Information, dates: 304-4966, or
  Sessions include Minecraft Mods using Java (kids 10 and older), Minecraft Mods with Block programming Level 1 (kids 6 and older), Minecraft Mods with Block programming Level 2 (kids 6 and older),Minecraft Mods using Python, and Robotics (create, design, build, and program one’s own robot).


UTEP Sports - UTEP offers the following 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: 747-5142 or
• UTEP Men's Boys and Girls Camp for ages 7-17 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-30. Cost: $200
• UTEP Men’s Offensive Skills Camp for boys and girls is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for age 7-17 July 25-28. Cost: $200.
• UTEP Women’s Basketball Team camp for girls is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 18-19. Cost: $350 per team.
• UTEP Women’s Mini Miner’s Basketball Camp for boys and girls grade K-6 is 10 a.m. to noon June 22-23 at Don Haskins Center. Cost: $120.
• UTEP Women’s Basketball Team Camp is 1 to 4 p.m. June 22-23 at Don Haskins Center. Cost: $120.
  Cheer and Dance:
• Golddigger Dance Camp for age 5-18 is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20-22. Cost: $95.
• UTEP Cheer Camp (squads of 3 or more age 5 and older) is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 5-8. Cost: $100.
• Mid Miners Camps for ages 3-7 are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7-9 in Memorial Gym.
  Track and Field:
• Speed & Agility Camp is 6 to 0 p.m. for age 11-17 June 17-18. Cost: $75.
• One Day Skills Camp for high school juniors and seniors is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Cost: $35.
• Football Camp for Children age 5-13 is 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. June 4. Cost: $25.
  Miners Soccer Academy:
• Advanced Camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-14, July 11-12, and July 18-21 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Cost: $145.
• UTEP Miners’ Soccer and Splash camp is June 13-14, July 11-12 and July 18-21 for age 5-12. Cost: $145.

First Tee — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its summer programs at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Space is limited on most classes. Tournament is 8:30 a.m. to noon every Friday. Information: Online registration at
• Wee Ones Class is 9 to 10 a.m. (beginners) and 10 to 11 a.m., for ages 4-6, Saturdays, June 11-July 9. Cost: $65.
• All in Class is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 11-July 9. Cost: $65.
• PLAY-er Class is 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 15-July 8. Beginner level is 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $85.
• Par, Birdie, Eagle is 8:30 to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16-July 7. Cost: $100.

Elite camps — Elite Youth Sports West, 6910 N. Mesa, Suite H, host several five-day summer camps for youth 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 19. Half day camps also offered 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Weekly cost: $99 full day; $85 half day. Daily cost: $25 full day; $20 half day. Extended hours are $3 per day. Information: 581-3476 or elpasoelitewest.
  Camp themes:
June 13-17: Aloha! (Waterslide Friday)
June 27-July 1: It’s A Zoo In Here! (Petting Zoo Friday)
July 11-15: Princess & Superhero! (Character Friday)
July 25-29: Elite In Wonderland! (Tea Party Friday with Circus Performers)
Aug. 8-12: Ready For Rio! (Olympic Event Friday)
Aug. 15-19: Under the Sea (Waterslide Friday).

Westsidestars Volleyball — El Paso Stars volleyball hosts two-week co-ed summer camps June 13-Aug. 19, at 4585 Ripley, Building #4, for beginners or more skilled players to improve their skills throughout the summer. Half day camps are 8 a.m. to noon; full day are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $300 full day (two weeks); $250 half day. Option for pay for one day, one week, or two weeks. Information: 585-1080 or

Abilities — Abilities Youth Fitness, 7815 Helen of Troy hosts is summer camps June 27-Aug. 12, to keep kids active during the summer. Camps include cheerleading, gymnastics, tumbling, kids fit, dance and martial arts. Cost per five-day camp: $50 full day; $35 half day. Information: 584-8411.

Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim — The 2016 summer swim lessons begin in June at all indoor swimming pools. Summer sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Weekend sessions also offered. Cost: $38 per 8-class session, first come first served basis. Space is limited. Information: Amy Wheeler, 541-4594 or online at
  June sessions are sessions are June 6-16 and June 20-30. Weekend session is Saturday and Sunday, June 11-July 3.
Registration is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26.
  July session are July 5-14 and July 18-28. Weekend session is Saturday and Sunday, July 9-31. Registration is 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
  August sessions are Aug. 1-11, with Monday and Wednesday sessions Aug. 8-31; Tuesday and Thursday sessions Aug. 9-Sept. 1, and weekend sessions are Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-Sept. 4. Registration is 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28.


UTEP Theatre — The UTEP Department of Theatre, Dance and Film will host summer camps June 6-24. Tuition: $245 per three-week camp. Both acting and dancing camps culminate in a live performance for family and friends. Limited financial assistance available. Information: Adriana Dominguez, 747-6213 or
  Beginning (age 7-12) and Advanced Acting Camps (age 13-18) camps 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays. Acting Camps focus on the acting and rehearsal process. All students will learn the fundamentals of the performance process of theater. Beginning class attendees should have at least second grade reading/writing skills.
  Young Dancers (age 7-12) and Tiny Toes (age 4-6) Dance Camps are 1 to 4 p.m. for age 7-12 and focus on the appreciation, performance, and creation of dance. Young dancers will take a series of daily classes in various dance styles including ballet, contemporary, social dance, and jazz. Students will create their own choreography as well.

Kids-N-Co. — The theater summer camps are offered at their new summer home at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tuition discounts for student enrolling for more than one camp and/or if siblings also attend. Costume Design & Sewing also held throughout the summer.
Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook.
• Production Camp is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
targeted for ages 8-14. Public performances presented on the final weekend of each camp. Taught by Austin Savage, Artistic Director for Border Theater and a UTEP graduate. Cost: $300 per camp.
  Production Camp 1 is June 13-July 10 with July 8-10 performances.
  Production Camp 2 is July 18-Aug. 14 with Aug. 12-14 performances.
• Musical Theater Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 5-31, with performances July 29-31. Camp is geared towards 8-14, but younger kids may be considered.
Taught by Anthony Michael Stokes, a graduate of UTEP in Music Theatre and Dance Performance. Now based out of New York City, he is a UTEP Dinner Theatre veteran. Call for cost.
• Kinder Camp is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for kids ages 5-7. An original show is performed at the end of the session. Taught by UTEP students Mia Carreon and Rachel Robins, both former youth participants in Kids-N-Co.
  Kinder Camp 1 is June 13-June 25, and Kinder Camp 2 is Aug. 1-Aug 13.


Movie Clubhouse — Cinemark El Paso, 7440 Remcon Circle, Cinemark 20 & XD, 11885 Gateway West, and Cinemark East Montana, 12704 Montana, host the annual summerlong movie series for kids May 31-Aug. 10. 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. Full movie listing:
  Cinemark West movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Cinemark East movies are Mondays; Cinemark 20 and XD movies are Wednesdays.

Alamo Drafthouse — Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, hosts inexpensive film films all summer, for kids age 3-12 and their parents. Ticket prices are $1 to $3, with all ticket sales benefiting local nonprofits. All shows start at 10 a.m. Age policy may vary. Information: 845-7469 or on Facebook at Alamo Drafthouse El Paso. Tickets available online at
June 3-9: The Iron Giant
June 10-16: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
June 17-23: Curious George
June 24-30: The Boxtrolls
July 1-7: The Dark Crystal
July 8-14: Horton Hears a Who
July 15-21: Babe
July 22-28: The Neverending Story
July 29-Aug. 4: Shaun the Sheep
Aug. 5-11: The Lego Movie
Aug. 12-18: The Karate Kid.

Summer Movies — Premiere Cinemas 8 in Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West, will host “Wacky Wednesday” kids’ movies at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10. during the summer months. Tickets are free, on a first come first serve basis. Information: 771-7900 or pccmovies.con.
June 8: Monsters vs. Aliens
June 15: Night at the Museum
June 22: Alvin and the Chipmonks
June 29: Madagascar 3
July 6: How to Train Your Dragon
July 13: Rio
July 20: Horton Hears a Who
July 27: Home
Aug. 3: Rio 2
Aug. 10: The Peanuts Movie.

Plaza Classic Film Camp — Plaza Classic Film Festival hosts its 2nd annual film-making summer camp for aspiring young filmmakers 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Aspiring filmmakers age 9 to 15 will take advantage of the library’s auditorium, theater and Makerspace lab, which features editing stations, 3D printer and a sound booth. Experienced teachers and professionals will guide camp participants to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films. Cost: $300 through July 17; $325 July 18-25. Tuition includes materials, lunch and snacks. Limited number of scholarships are available to El Paso and Juárez residents; application deadline is July 10. Information: 533-4020. Online registration at
  Finished movies will be seen at the 2016 Plaza Classic Film Festival Aug. 4-14.


P3 Kidz on Campus 2016 Summer 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
  Camps include “Leadership Institute,” “CSI & Forensic Science Institute,” “Nurse for a Day Camp,” “Entrepreneurship Institute,” UTEP Miners’ Athletics Camps and more.

‘Borderplex Certified’ Summer Internships — Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to employment, education and economic development, has 200 sponsorships for public and private summer internships for “Borderplex Certified” people ages of 16-24.
  Interested employers can complete an Employer Internship Sponsorship form online or directly hiring a youth at this year’s Reverse Job Fair Wednesday, June 8, to meet youth who are ready to work.
  Employers and youth seeking interns and internship opportunities may visit borderplexjobs.

Children’s College — El Paso Community College presents its summer classes and camps children and teens at the various EPCC campuses. Walk-in registration available at any EPCC campus through June 8. Classes begin June 10. Tuition varies, depending on class. Children’s classes have age requirements. Information: 831-2089 or

Etiquette Course — Joann Wardy School of Etiquette and Enrichment host a program on personal development, etiquette, leadership and self-esteem for teenage girls age 13 to 17 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9-30, Instruction includes grooming,
poise and posture, etiquette for today, table setting and dining skills for success, wardrobe coordination and organization, skin care and make-up, and hair care and styling. Pre-registration required; gift certificates available. Cost: $995. Information: 355-0992, or
  These programs include role-playing exercises and a workbook for each student to keep as a reference guide. The program is designed to guide, support, encourage and develop self-confidence in teenagers.

Camp New Amigos — The 7th Annual Summer Autism Camp is for children with autism is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13-17, on the NMSU campus. The camp serves children and teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Recreation activities at camp include: swimming, canoes, arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, social games, music and climbing wall activities. Information: 203-1311 or

Gene Roddenberry Planetarium — Named after the El Paso native who created “Star Trek,” the El Paso Independent School District Planetarium, 6531 Boeing (District Administration Building), will be open to the public for its annual summer series Mondays through Thursdays. Intended for school-age children and their families and individuals only; no non-family group with children under age 6 admitted. All children must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian at all times. Admission is free; but seating is limited. Tickets available only on a first come, first-serve basis 30 minutes prior to the show. No advance tickets given away; dates and times subject to change. Information/schedule: 779-4400 or
June 13-16: “Perfect Little Planet.” Learn about all the planets in the solar system. Showtimes are 1 and 3 p.m.
June 20-23: “Starry Tales.” An adventure through time and space to understand Greek mythology and the stars. Showtimes are 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Candlelighters Camp volunteers — Candlelighters of West Texas/Southern New Mexico seeks volunteer counselors for its 2016 week-long summer camps for kids, with activities such as ropes course, horseback riding, archery, hiking, camp-outs and more. Camps are held at Camp Tall Pines in Weed, N.M., near Cloudcroft. No experience needed. Information: 544-2222 or
  Camp dates are July 5-11 for Camp Bravo and June 25-July 1 for Camp Courageous.

EPISD Summer Camps – El Paso Independent School District hosts summer enrichment camps for grades 1-8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13-July 29 in core academic areas from fine arts to physical education, at several area campuses. No programs July 3-4. Information/schedule:

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Las Cruces Swim Lessons — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer summer swim lessons in the months of June and July at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Sessions are Monday through Thursday, June 13-23 and July 11-21. All Learn to Swim and Pre-school Lessons are $45, Parent Child and Adult Swim Lessons are $60. June registration is 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through May 29, and July registration is June-July 10. Class space is limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Information/schedule: (575) 541-2771.

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

Weed & Seed — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, Weed & Seed Summer Program, Mondays through Fridays, June 1-Aug. 5, 906 N. Tornillo. The program is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grades 1-5, and noon to 4 p.m. grades 6 -12. Youth participate in daily challenges, various recreational games, arts and crafts projects, physical fitness, and community service activities. Families & Youth Inc. will provide breakfast and lunch each day during the program. Information: (575) 528-4257.

Carlsbad Academy — Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, 418 W. Fox, in Carlsbad, N.M. hosts its 2015 art workshops for youth and adults June 6-Aug. 27. Mondays through Fridays. Information/registration: (575) 887-0276 or

Nature Camp — Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosts summer camps and workshops for youth June 6-July 20. Early registration encouraged; space is limited. Information: (575) 522-3120. Online registration at:
June 6-10: Science as Art Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grades 1-2. Cost: $75.
June 13-17: Chihuahuan Desert Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grades 3-5. Cost: $100.
June 27-July 1: Plastics Unwrapped Camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 6-8. Cost: $125.
July 12-13: Our Changing Climate Workshop is 1 to 3 p.m. for grades 6-8. Cost: $20.
July 19-20: Brain Games Workshop is 1 to 3 p.m. for grades 6-8. Cost: $20.

Specialty Camps — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department registration for Summer Specialty Camps runs through June 30, or until filled, at Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell; Las Cruces Regional Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley; and Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. All camps hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50 per participant. No telephone registration accepted; space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information: (575) 541-2455.
Soccer Camp is June 6-10 for ages 6-12.
Get Real-Get Fit Challenge is June 13-17 for ages 9-15.
Geocache Camp is June 20-24 for ages 9-15
Tumbling/Cheer Camp is July 11-15     or ages 5-12
Volleyball Camp is July 11-15 for ages 10-14.
Basketball Camp is Aug. 1-5 for ages 6-12.

Las Cruces Museum of Art — Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main, hosts its 4-day classes for youth and adults during the summer months. New classes begin each week. Space is limited; early registration encouraged. Information/cost: (575) 541-2137 or On-line registration at
  Youth classes are 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. June 7-Aug. 5, and include ceramics, comic book and story art, puppets, mixed media, nature drawing, painting, sculpture and more. Cost: $60 per class.
  Adult classes are June 9-Aug. 4 and include ceramics, oil painting, collage, landscapes, figure drawing and more. Cost: $60 per class ($110 for ceramics).

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 online at
June 10-12: King’s Kids Camp (grades 2-5)
June 13-17: Ritmo Camp (grade 7 to 12)
June 19-24: Youth Backpacking Adventure (age 13-18)
June 27-July 1: Horse Camp (age 13-18) and Junior Horse Camp (age 9-12)
July 4-8: Sacramento Family Camp
July 10-15: Music on the Mountain (grade 7-12)
July 11-15: Promise Seekers Camp (grade 4-6)
July 22-24: Family Horse Camp Weekend
Aug. 1-5: Camp Sunshine (mentally challenged age 16 and older)
Aug. 4-7: Young Adult Summer Camp.

DAAC — Doña Ana Arts Council’s hosts its summer art camps and programs in June and July Information: (575) 523-6403 or
Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is June 27-July 2 for students entering grades 1-12, with this year’s show, “The Jungle Book.” Open auditions are at the Rio Grande Theatre, with performances the following Friday and Saturday for the public.
Opera Storytellers of Las Cruces is July 11-22, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera. The program is designed for students entering grades 3-8. Students use elements of opera, libretto writing, music composition and theatrical staging to compose and present their own musical drama.
• The annual Career Art Path two-week immersion program in the visual arts for students entering the grades 5-8 is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13-24, at Alma d’Arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court in Las Cruces. Fee: $100 per student for the 2 week camp. Space is limited.
  The program includes hands on workshops in many fields of art such as painting, sculpture and print making with guest speakers from art professionals, as well as field trips. Program culminates with an art show featuring the students’ art work.

Living Desert Zoo — Living Desert Zoo Gardens State Park in Carlsbad, N.M. will host its Summer camp, “Conservation and Ecology” 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 11-15 for and July 18-22 for ages 8-12. Camp features music, crafts, special activities, guest speakers and more. Advance registration required; begins in June. Call for cost. Information: (575) 887-5516.
  To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad; follow signs to the park.

Farm & Ranch — The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, hosts its summer camps and classes for kids and teens age 5 and older through Aug. 6. Classes are Tuesday through Thursday, unless listed otherwise. Camps are taught by museum staff and volunteers. Advance registration is required as camps fill up quickly, including $5 deposit. Participants should bring a sack lunch daily. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
• Tiny Tales is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 7-9, for ages 4-6. Cost: $30 ($25 members). Registration deadline is June 2.
• Exploring the Wild Outdoors is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 14-16 for ages 8-12. Cost: $35 ($30 members). Registration deadline is June 9.
• You Can Art Too is 9 a.m. to noon June 21-23, for ages 8-13. Cost: $40 ($55 members). Registration deadline is June 16.
• Ropin’ and Wranglin’ is 10 a.m. to noon June 28-30 for ages 5-8. Cost: $35 ($30 members). Registration deadline is June 23.
• Wild and Wooly Wonders is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 5-7 for ages 8-12. Cost: $40 ($35 members). Registration deadline is June 30.
• Animal Critters is 10 a.m. to noon July 12-14 for ages 5-8. Cost: $30 ($25 members). Registration deadline is July 7.
• Preserving Life Through Photography is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19-21 for ages 8-13. Cost: $35 ($30 members). Registration deadline is July 14.
• Outdoor Cooking is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 26-28 for ages 8-12. Cost: $40 ($35 members). Registration deadline is July 21.

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 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. During the visits, the free summer meals program will be available to children up to age 18. No registration needed. Information: (575) 541-2455 or
June 7-9: Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid.
June 14: Sunset Hills Park, 3333 Lunaridge
June 15-16: Metro Park, 7125 Metro Park
June 21-23: Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada
June 28: Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite
June 29-30: Pioneer Park, 500 W. Las Cruces
July 5: Veteran’s Memorial Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway
July 6-7: Sagecrest Park, 489 N. Roadrunner Parkway
July 19: Vista de la Montañas, 5700 Porter
July 20-21: East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter
Aug. 2: Gomez Park, 2125 S. Espina
Aug. 3-4: Valley View Park, 716 S. Espina
Aug. 9: Country Club Estates Park, 2800 Spitz
Aug. 10-11: Jason Giron Park, 355 Three Crosses.