2019 summer camp guide Dallas-Fort Worth

Thanks to the Dallas International School Summer Enrichment Camp, our presenting sponsor for the 2019 DFW On The Cheap Summer Camp Guide. Their Summer Enrichment Camp provides children with the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities in a safe and caring environment

You’re probably looking forward to summertime but you’re not looking forward to figuring out childcare. Don’t let the kids stare into their tablets all day long, and don’t pay the high prices of childcare without tons of camping fun. We’ve rounded up the cheapest and best summer camps in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding area so your kids can have the best summer on the cheap!

As always, we try to bring you as much up- to- date information as we can but always read the fine print and confirm details before enrollment. 

Read more below for our 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Summer Camp Guide to the Best Free, Cheap, and Discounted Camps:

Top Picks

Dallas International School Summer Enrichment Camp

dallas international school summer enrichment camp

Type: Educational, Arts & Music, Sports, More

Description: The DIS Summer Enrichment Camp is a 6-week program that gives kids the opportunity to take part in a huge range of activities in a safe and caring environment. Summer Enrichment Camps for kids are available in all types, including language camps, art & music camps, cooking camps, sports & games camps, and more. There’s something for everyone!

There are 1/2-day or full day options available for any combination of activities you choose for your child. Kids are placed in small groups of 10 to 15 students based on their age and skills level which allows for more individual attention and instruction. The average child/adult ratio is 6 to 1, ensuring campers benefit from a family-like atmosphere.

Students enrolled in a full-day enrichment program are automatically signed up for lunch in the cafeteria at no extra cost.

There are also extended day options that let working parents drop kids off as early as 7:30 am and pick them up as late as 6:00 pm. During those extended hours, the children have the option to either be in extended care area where they can play freely or sign up for different activities, including one-on-one piano lessons, origami workshop, or sports teams.

Register early to reserve a spot in the camp of your choice.

Locations: Lower School Campus: 6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230; Upper School Campus: 17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252

Contact: [email protected]Website

Dates: June 10 – July 19

Cost: $165-$300 (varies by camp)

Register now before space runs out!


iD Tech

id tech summer camp

Type: STEM, Educational

Description: iD Tech is the world’s top STEM summer camp program, with 400,000 alumni over 20 years, and 150 campus locations including SMU, TCU, The University of Texas at Dallas, Stanford, and NYU.

iD Tech’s summer camps give kids from 7-19 years old the opportunity to learn coding, video game design, Minecraft modding, 3D character design and printing, robot engineering, AI and machine learning, and so much more!

There are full-week, -all-day, and overnight summer camps available. Campers will learn important, in-demand skills that set them up for future success. Small class sizes (max of 10) ensure students benefit from personalized learning at their own particular pace.

Save $75 on registration when you download their online brochure!

Locations: Multiple DFW locations (SMU, The University of Texas at Dallas, TCU)

Contact: [email protected], Website; Facebook

Dates: June-August

Cost: Varies

Exclusive Discount: DFW On The Cheap readers can save $75 off registration by downloading iD Tech’s online brochure

Get $75 off!


Other Great Summer Camps in Dallas-Fort Worth

Trinity Valley School

Xplore Sumer Camps have options for everyone- single day, full week, half- day, and full-day. Camps are for kids in preschool through high school and sessions range in theme from sports to STEM, and even career readiness and SAT prep. Full day camps are from 9 am to 4 pm with before and after camp care available.

Club SciKidz

Camps for Pre-K through 7th Grade. $295. A variety of STEM-based, small group classes from Jr. Meteorologists to Crime Scene Investigations. Courses are held at various locations. Half-Day options are offered for Pre-K and Kindergarten classes {9 am- 1 pm, no after camp care, $245}. They also offer multi- session and multi- sibling discounts as well as before- and after- camp care. Monday- Friday, June 17- July 29, 9 am- 4 pm.

Summer Hoop Camp

The Mavericks have their own summer camp in Dallas! They also offer overnight options. Day camps are one week, from 9 am to 4 pm, running June through August for kids aged 7- 18. Tuition is $275 and kids must bring their own lunch.

NuMinds Enrichment

Camp Pursuit by NuMinds Enrichment is where the wonders never cease. These camps are for kids in grades 1st through 8th who have an interest in STEAM topics. There are multiple camps around the Dallas- Fort Worth area, starting as early as June 10. Camps are 9 am to 4 pm and start as low as $175. Before- and after- camp care is also available.

River Legacy Living Science Center

The programs here offer half- day options for younger campers and full- day options for older kids. Both options are week-long, starting at 9 am, ranging from $200- $275. Camps focus on outdoor activities and wilderness education. Children in preschool through 8th grade are welcome to register for these week long classes recurring from June 10 through July 26.

TCU Summer Camps

TCU offers a variety of summer camps in DFW starting at just $199. These camps are half-day and full-day, one week sessions beginning in June and lasting through August, depending on the camp. Course focuses can range from learning Java Script for older kids to learning about balloons for 1st & 2nd graders.

Adventure Kids Playcare

This awesome indoor playground offers eleven full weeks of programming over the summer. For kids in pre-school through 12 years old, camp themes include Culinary Chemistry to Spy Kids. They’re open daily from 8 am to 10 pm, camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. There are full-day and half-day options. Prices are per day and vary by location.

YMCA Camps

The YMCA offers summer camps in Dallas-Fort Worth at a large variety of their campuses. Campers can be as young as age 5 or as old as 15 and sessions can run for one week from 7 am to 6 pm. Camps are both indoor and outdoor, Prices vary according to age of the child and YMCA campus but some week- long camps are as little as $114.

SPARK! Creativity Summer Camps

This adventurous camp offers week- long sessions starting at $250. Before- and after- camp care is available, as well as drop- in rates. Camps start June 10 and end August 2. Themes include exploring the 80s, simple engineering, fort- making, and more. Camps are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

T Bar M Camps

This Christian- centered, outdoor camp offers day- sessions, overnight sessions, family sessions, and more. Day camps are for kids who have finished Kindergarten through 4th grade and run 9 am to 5 pm. Campers will engage in ropes courses, team building activities, and more. Day camps start at $310 and run from June 10 through August 9.

Episcopal School of Dallas

This K-12 school offers a huge range of summer camps, focusing on topics ranging from sports to STEM, fine arts to academics. Campers can be as young as 3 years old. Camps vary- some are full day, half- day, full week, or just a few days, and can be as little as $130.

Art Rocks! at Irving Arts Center

These camps are the best camps for performing and visual artists. Campers can be as young as 4 years old up to 16 years old. Classes are cheaper for the younger kids, starting at just $75 for a half- day, full week class. Camps run weekly starting June through August and vary depending on the week.

Elite University

Camp Uptown is located at The Church of the Incarnation and only offers full- day camps. Camp sessions are focused on sports, STEM, or culinary and visual arts. Camp hours run from 7 am to 6 pm and range from $250- $350 per camper. Depending on the camp theme, campers can be as young as 4 and as old as 12. These one- week camps begin July 8 and only one of each type of camp session is offered each week.

RBR Muzik & Arts

For musicians, dancers, and actors, this camp is one of the best. Each camp is one week long, Monday through Friday for 3 hours per day. There are multiple sessions each day. Camps include ballet, musical theater 101, and more. Campers will perform a showcase for their families at the end of the week! Register before May 1 and enjoy $35 off per camper, per class, per week! That’s just $115 per class.

Grapevine Parks & Recreation

For kids aged 5- 12 years old, this camp located on the shores of Grapevine is chock- full of fun, outdoor activities like archery, fishing, inflatables, swimming, flag football, and more. Sibling discounts and multi-week session discounts are available. The first week for one child is $250, second week is $225, and third week is $200. The second and third child each get an additional $25 discount per session. Early and late pick- up are available for an additional charge. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30- 4:30 pm. Campers must bring their own sack lunch and drink.

Adventure Team Kids

This summer camp located at Lake Grapevine has 12 weeks of programming for just $201- $300 per session. Camps are for kids aged 4- 13, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Daily rates are also available. Activities and features include team sports, water sports, arts and crafts, geocaching, nature walks, and much more.

Mansfield Parks & Recreation

The summer camp program here has many options for kids as young as 6 years old. There are options for artists, scientists, makers, sports, horseback riding, and more. Camps are half-day and full-day, starting at just $83 and run all summer long.

SPCA of Texas

The SPCA offers a Critter Camp for two separate weeks. June 10th- 14th and June 17- 21st, camps run 9 am to 3 pm. This program is for kids aged 8- 11 years old. Each week-long camp is $295 and includes games, crafts, team building, cuddling with animals, making treats for shelter dogs, reading to dogs and cats, and much more.

Kids RoboTech Club

This STEM-focused summer camp in DFW is for kids aged 3- 12 years old. They offer weekly camps at multiple locations across Dallas-Fort Worth focusing on video game design, virtual reality, and more. Camps are half- day or full- day, starting at just $99.

Dallas Parks & Recreation

Dallas Parks & Recreation offers a number of summer programs and summer day camps at over 40 rec centers across the city. Many of these programs are super cheap to attend, and they also have scholarship opportunities available to provide those in need with free registration.


Kamp Kaleidoscope® is a summer camp for teens (15-19) who have epilepsy. The one-week overnight camp runs from June 30 – July 6 at Collin County YMCA in Anna, Texas. The camp is totally free thanks to The Epilepsy Foundation Texas. Kamp Kaleidoscope® is a real summer camp experience where campers have the chance to make new friends, engage in different social situations, and do a range of fun activities from group sports to swimming. You can submit your application online here. You have to apply by June 23.


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