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Dallas summer camp options

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Summer day camps in the Dallas area can fill up fast. By planning early for your child's summer vacation, you can ensure there are plenty of engaging options. Before all the best camps are full, check out some of these local day camps for a range of activities for all ages.

The Dallas Arboretum, Trinity River Audubon Center, Texas Discovery Gardens and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area offer summer camps for kids interested in nature and the outdoors.

For kids interested in performing arts, Junior Players, Oil and Cotton, and the Dallas Ballet Center offer summer day camps for theater, drama or opera, and dance, respectively.

For visual arts, Oil and Cotton, J's Art Studio, Robert Garden School of Art and the Craft Guild of Dallas offer camps for young artists in painting, sculpting, drawing, mixed media and collage.

And for kids who love animals, apply in person at Operation Kindness for Kamp Kindness, a great introduction to pet care with arts and crafts and a visit from a service animal.

Art Camps
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Art Camps

Art camps offer enrichment activities for toddlers to teens. Since many schools have had to cut back on the arts due to budget cuts, art camps can help round out your child's curriculum needs. Try here, here, here and here for camps in and around Dallas.

Drama, dance and music camps
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Drama, dance and music camps

For children who seem in constant need of a stage, or an audience, performance camps give them the chance to express themselves while learning more about the performing arts. Click for drama, drama and opera, and dance camps in or near Dallas.

Nature and outdoor camps
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Nature and outdoor camps

With children spending more time indoors and/or in front of a screen than ever before, outdoor camps help reconnect children with the natural world and can often foster an interest in science. Click here, here, here and here to find out more.

Traditional Camps
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Traditional Camps

Traditional day and overnight camps teach children respect for nature and skills for working with their peers. A traditional day camp can be a good introduction to camping for young, elementary aged children.