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Your Guide to the Best Summer Camps for 2018

Looking for some summer camps for the kids?

Summer will be here before you know it. We all know that kids get easily bored and it’s best to keep them busy. We have put together a great guide with some awesome choices with all different types of camps.  We have a camp to suit every kiddo! Whether you’re looking for half day, full day or something in between.

Here are some options and some great offers too! Book in soon and enjoy your summer knowing your kids are having fun.

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Academic & Computer Ideas for Summer Camps 


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Do you need help with electronics taking over your kid’s summer?

This summer BRAINopolis has a NEW solution for “potato kids”.

If your child has any of these symptoms he/she may qualify as a “potato kid”:

Can play electronic games for hours at a time

Prefers online communication rather than face to face

Rather use electronics than go out and play

Has tried to sleep with electronics at night

Tries to sneak the phone to the dinner table

Bursts out in non-stop laughter just thinking about a funny video

If any of these symptoms worry you, let your kids join BRAINopolis where they can:

Invent and create artifacts and robots

Code computer games

Learn to use DJ software and controllers

Learn electricity and mechanics

Play with other kids to solve challenges

This summer join a BRAINopolis camp and let your kid’s summer revamp.

Locations in Plano, Frisco, Allen, Richardson, Murphy, Wylie, Irving, McKinney, Dallas, and Coppell.

OFFER for Plano Moms: Mention Plano Moms when you sign up to the Tom Muehlenbeck Rec Center BRAINopolis camps and receive a free BRAINopolis book – “The Grand Band” on embracing diversity and inclusion

Call: 469-371-6193    Follow them on Facebook for updated news! 

 Primrose Schools Summer Adventure Club

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Get ready for a world of discovery in the Primrose Schools Summer Adventure Club for school-age students. New adventurers and old friends power up imaginations with fun experiences and exciting activities like building robots, creating digital art, taking on engineering challenges and playing sports.

Weekly field trips to entertaining and educational venues, such as the Dallas Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, and the Crayola Experience. All meals and snacks are included in tuition cost, and include breakfast, lunch, and a morning and afternoon snack made fresh in our kitchen by Chef Maria. In addition to the weekly field trips, Gym Station will visit weekly for Splash Day!

Contact us to find out more and sign up for the best summer yet!

To contact us, call 972-964-6826 or email You can also find us on Facebook,

Offer: Special offer for Plano Moms: Complimentary Registration for Summer Adventure Club campers ($150 value!)

Explore Horizons

Have a fearless summer of learning to get your child ahead of their peers and on track for their new grade!

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Explore Horizons know that you and your child have a busy school year, and look forward to a well-deserved rest during the summer vacation, but be careful not to take your foot off the gas with learning.

Studies have shown that by the end of the summer vacation students perform at least 2 months behind their end of semester scores. It has been found that just 2-3 hours of subject-focused learning per week, during the summer vacation, is all it takes to prevent summer learning loss.

Explore Horizons want to be your partner in making the summer a time for growth and improvement, rather than regression. The goal is to build confidence, motivation, and academic skills to help your child to become a fearless learner, for success in their new grade. Their unique environment, flexible scheduling, and summer workshops make Explore a great place to be during the summer and beyond!

Their formula is simple: Inspiring Tutors + Engaging Curriculum = Fearless Learners.

Summer Learning for children in pre-k to 8th grade of all abilities:

Whether your child is in elementary, middle school, or preparing for high school, Explore Horizons are there to provide your child with enrichment and tutoring that really makes a difference to their academic ability. Their tailored approach allows them to support children whether they’re gifted & talented, finding school challenging, or in need of a confidence boost.

  • Flexible, simple scheduling to fit around camps and vacations
  • Member-only skill-based workshops focused on preparing your student for the next grade level
  • A fun, relaxed environment to provide a welcome break from school
  • Personalized resources to support your child’s academic progress
  • Summer student assessments to guide your new semester learning strategy
  • At-home practice options to support if you are out of town or cannot attend
  • All the wonderful benefits of the regular Explore service
  • Option to upgrade to the ‘Back to School Booster’ package if you want to attend more frequently during the summer
  • Packages tailored to your child’s grade: Elementary Success – pre-k to 2nd, Prep for Middle School – 3rd to 5th, Prep for High School – 6th to 8th

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At Maze Kids they pride themselves at offering top-notch programs that leave your children A-MAZED!

During Summer 2018, they are offering six sessions of programming for all incoming K-7th graders at Strikz Entertainment Center at 8789 Lebanon Road Frisco, TX 75034! The inclusive programs feature everything from exploring the outdoors, athletics, artistic expressions and STEM all tailored to ignite your child’s curiosity and is the make-up of an awesome day! In addition, to their already engaging program pathways,  they’ve added new programming and will be featuring music classes, beauty courses, more STEM activities, game creation, dance, and youtuber training to mention a few. With a 99% satisfaction ranking from their parents,  they are sure you’ll love what we have to offer!


They offer these amazing programs from 7:00 am-6:30 pm, with affordable rates, no registration fees, no before and after care fees, and provide lunch and snacks at no additional charge.


Below are the weeks that they are offering summer our program. During July 30-August 15
no indoor school-based camps will be held in Frisco ISD, these are the most popular dates.


Week 1: June 4-8, 2018

Week 2: June 11-15, 2018

Week 3: June 18-22, 2018

Week 4: July 30-Aug 3, 2018 – No Camps Held in Any FISD Schools

Week 5: Aug 6-10. 2018 – No Camps Held in Any FISD Schools 

Week 6: Aug 13-15, 2018 – No Camps Held in Any FISD Schools 


Program Pathways: Each event will feature activities in all the following categories and children will get to decide which interest them most.


Everything Sports– For your highly competitive child who love to have fun through sports. They will be engaged in multiple sport technical clinics and games throughout the day, including basketball, soccer, football and more!


Making Moves through Arts– All about moving around through dance, gymnastics and arts. Students will be learning new moves and practices old ones through with Zumba, yoga, dance and more!


Storming through STEM-For kids like to experiment with STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Using real-life examples, they’ll be immersed in a variety of science projects, coding games, 3D designing, technology and electrical engineering.


Lego Star– This path is for kids who can’t get enough of adventure and building. Kids will build and learn about engineering while building structures using LEGOs.

Contact Maze Kids at Phone: 469-656-9087, E-mail:

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The Arts Ideas for Summer Camps 

North Texas Performing Arts

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Plano Children’s Theatre Summer Camps offer morning, afternoon and full-day programs full of performing instruction, creative experiences, and characters you know and love. With summer learning opportunities for newborns to age 18, there’s a spot for everyone to learn from our professional directors, actors, and singers who have worked everywhere from Broadway to L.A.



  • Art and Drama  Ages 5-9
Grouped by age, students actively participate in visual and performing arts. Every student will perform on Friday to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Each week’s theme will involve a variety of visual art projects that could include painting, pottery, mixed media, cartooning, sculpture, drawing, collage, and printing. Performing arts activities include story dramatization, improvisation, theatre games, poetry, movement, singing, puppetry & pantomime.
Held Monday-Friday each week June 4 – August 10.
Morning sessions – 9 AM-12 PM – $195
Afternoon sessions – 1 PM-5 PM – $205


  • Production Camps  Ages 7-13
These camps focus on theatre games and activities as well rehearsing a one-act play. Acting, choreography, costuming, set building and more! Each student will have a part in a Friday performance for family and friends.
Held Monday-Friday each week June 4 – August 10.
Morning sessions – 9 AM-12 PM – $195
Afternoon sessions – 1 PM-5 PM – $205
Full day sessions – 9 AM05 PM – $350

  • Kindermusik – $60/month
We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development.
Newborn – 2 Years Old   – Thursdays 10:00-10:45 AM
3-5 Years Old – Thursdays 11:00-11:45 AM
3-5 Years Old – Saturdays 10:00-10:45 AM

  • Preschool Drama – $60/month
Students will hear a story read to them and bring it to life on stage. Students will learn the basics of drama through reading, activities, and acting.
3-5 Years Old – Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 AM

  • Preschool Art – $60/month
Students will hear a story read to them and bring it to life in art projects. Students will learn the basics of visual art through painting, drawing, and crafting.
3-5 Years Old – Tuesdays 10:00-10:45 AM

  • Preschool Dance $60/month
Students will explore and engage in the art of dance. Students learn the basics of dance through movement, activities, and exercises.
3-5 Years Old  – Fridays 10:00-10:45 AM

Studio 3 Dance


Weekly Dance Classes for 8 weeks – June 5 – July 26

OR 3-weeks Sessions: Session I:  June 5 – 21    Session II:  July 10 – 26


  • Fairytale Mini Camps Ages 3 – 8 $35 per class
  • S3D’s Summer Dance Express  Ages 4 1/2 – 8 – $80
  • Pom, Cheer & Tumble Ages 4 – 8 $25 per class
  • S3D Dance Intensive Ages 6+ $220.00
  • REMIX Out of This World Ages 6+ $175
  • BOHO Desert Bash Ages 6+ $175
  • “12 Dancing Princesses” Ballet Workshop Ages 4+ $175 – $275
  • Marquee Mix Up  Ages 6+ $175
  • OK-LA Dance Workshop  Ages 6 + – 2 levels $80

Call: (972) 964-3838

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Music Institute of North Texas

“Make Music Learning Fun and Rewarding”

Our Summer Camps are “Exceptional Music Education with a Fun Twist”

All of our camps are taught by our university-trained faculties on staff.  All teachers at least have a bachelor degree, many of Master’s or Doctorate in their specific instrument that they are teaching!

On Fridays, the students will prepare a short presentation of what they have learned to their families!  In the past, parents are impressed with what their children have learned in just 5 short days!!!

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Offer for Plano Moms****Mention Plano MOMs to receive free Camp Registration*****


Available Sessions in June, July, and August

  • Music Camps for ages 4 through high school
  • Musical Discoveries (Instrument Sampler), day camp, introduction to several instruments, note reading and rhythm.
  • Intro to Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Violin!  Perfect one-week session to try the instrument out and meet our excellent team of faculties!
  • Voice Camp, Movie Music, Broadway, and Pop Music Camps! (All levels)
  • Intermediate level students (Music reading ability required)
  • Star Wars for Piano
  • Pop Music for Piano
  • Pop Music for Guitar
  • Private Lessons (you can schedule the lessons whenever you like!)  Piano, Guitar, Drums/Percussion, Voice, Violin, Viola, and cello!


Non-Music Camps:

Chess Camp—Beginner and Intermediate Level (This camp can be paired with Music Discovery to make a full day camp, from 9:30-3pm), On Friday, they will have a chess tournament!


Writing Camp—

Let’s Write! (3rd grader through 5th grader)  Summer Campers will sharpen Writing skills using grammar to compose complete sentences and focused paragraphs.  They will also learn to present their writing in front of the class.  This camp is geared towards younger writers looking to get a jump on Starr and ISEE


Write Like a Boss! (Middle Schoolers) Summer Campers will take a deep dive into the world of literary themes, thesis statements, and evidence required for middle school writing.  This camp will help prepare tween writers for STARR and ISEE writing exams.

Call: (972) 668-6600  Follow them on Facebook for updated news! 

Adventure Summer Camps

Lone Star Circus

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A Chance for Kids to Runaway with the Circus for a Week!


Kids, here’s your chance to run away with the circus for a week.  Discover the thrill of becoming a circus star! And, it is a great way to make new friends!  They inspire campers to discover their unique sense of creative expression by providing opportunities to reach new potentials and expand skills.  LONE STAR CIRCUS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children at any level of physical development and skill the excitement of circus arts including aerial silks, aerial ring, trapeze, juggling, contortion, rolla bolla, tightrope, clowning, and balancing.

Be sure to watch your young circus stars perform in their very own circus performance! Showtime for ½ day camp sessions is at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of camp. For students in the full-day session, their showtime is at 3:00 p.m. 


LONE STAR CIRCUS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP is for children ages six to 15.  Limited to only 20 campers per session. For more information or reservations, please visit

WHERE: Inwood Soccer Center, 14801 Inwood Rd. Addison, TX 75001 (near the Galleria)


  • June 18- 22 – 1/2 day camp (9am-Noon), $225
  • July 9-13 – Full day (9am-4pm), $290 ALL-NEW!
  • July 16-20 – 1/2 day camp (9am-Noon), $225

WHO: Lone Star Circus is the performing arm of Lone Star Circus Arts Center, a Dallas-based non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote circus arts through training, performance and community outreach.  Its Founder is Fanny Kerwich, an 8th generation circus artist of French descent, who started teaching circus arts several years ago at Dallas International School, and in her own studio, The Expressionists. Lone Star Circus Arts Center was incorporated in 2006. Its circus school, Lone Star Circus School, organizes recreational and professional training in circus arts for children and adults.  They also provide circus-themed entertainment for fundraisers and corporate and civic events.  

Call: 214.206.1449     Follow them on Facebook for updated news! 

Camp Champions

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Camp Champions is a traditional, residential summer camp situated on Lake LBJ, an hour outside of Austin, TX. They offer 1, 2, & 3-week sessions and have over 40 different activities. While they are mission focused to make sure the campers have a blast, they also enable them to practice 21st-century skills that are not necessarily practiced in a classroom setting.
Offer for Plano Moms: $300 discount for all first-time campers that sign up for our “Double 4” session!

Multi Summer Camps

Plano Parks and Rec

The long, lazy days of summer means lots of fun for kids. But they also represent a perfect opportunity for exploring new activities, learning new sports, developing friendships, and growing. If you’re looking for an affordable, nurturing program for your kids over the summer, you’ve come to the right place.

The Plano Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of summer programs for children 5-12 years old, and some facilities provide preschool and teen programs. Whether you’re looking for an active play, outdoor adventure, strategic games or cultural activities, the Plano Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camps have something for everyone!

Their goal is to provide children with exciting experiences through structured recreation in a safe and welcoming environment. Emphasizing active participation and play, trained staff will guide your child through a variety of group activities, such as sports, swimming, hiking, geocaching, painting, performance, dance and more.

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Day Camps:

Camp Cimarron (6-12 yrs)

Location: Bob Woodruff Park-South, 3840 E. Park Blvd., Plano

This camp offers a wide range of outdoor recreation activities for kids 6-12 years old. Learn about Plano’s natural environment through hikes and other educational activities, such as fishing, crafts, games, swimming and lots more. Transportation options to and from Carpenter Park Recreation Center is also available.

Camp Connections (6-11 yrs)

Locations: Carpenter Park and Liberty recreation centers

Camp Connections is the perfect place to play in Plano for the summer and create lifelong memories. Located at Liberty and Carpenter Park recreation centers, these camps offer a different theme each week and are divided by appropriate age groups. Weekly email newsletters are also sent out to help keep parents informed. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts and engaging outdoor activities.

Adapted Recreation:

Designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities from 12 months to over 60 years of age, our Adapted Recreation camps are led by certified special education teachers, certified paraprofessionals and trained volunteers. Most camps take place at Liberty Recreation Center (2601 Glencliff Dr., Plano)

Other camps include:

Other camps include:

  • Arcade video game design (6-12 yrs) NEW!
  • iGame Creators (6-10 yrs)
  • 3D Game Design (10-17 yrs)
  • Computer Animation (10-17 yrs)
  • Movie Makers (10-17 yrs)
  • Robotics Battle Bots (10-17 yrs)
  • Video Game Design (10-17 yrs)
  • Web Design (10-17 yrs)
  • The Gaming Academy (10-17 yrs)
  • Fashion Diva (6-12 yrs)
  • Designing Dolls (6-12 yrs)
  • Adventures in Art Camp (5-13 yrs)
  • Aerobats Gymnastics and Tumbling classes
  • Sports Camp (10-16 yrs)
  • Teen Outreach and Adventure (14-16 yrs)


Summer Camps for 2018

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Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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