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The Ultimate Summer Camp Guide 2016

shutterstock_80850376_Girl in FloatyThe school year is a distant memory for most of our kids and now summer is staring us in the face… asking “what are we going to do today?”  We’re here to help inspire your search for summer camps of all shapes and sizes for kids of all ages and interests!  And our friends a Lubbock in the Loop have even put together a fun list for a quick getaway while the kids are occupied!  So browse through our camps, schedule some summertime fun for the kids, and then sneak away for a little grown-up R&R… hey, everyone deserves to be a happy camper over the summer!

Day trips & Stay-cations

Click here for Lubbock in the Loop top day trip picks for big kids!

For an even greater collection of camps, be sure to checkout our jam-packed, up-to-the-moment camp guide.  Over 300 summer camps are currently listed in our guide … and growing everyday!  It’s the only place you’ll find a complete list of area camps and all things kidful, in a searchable, sortable format by age, interest, timeframe and more!  Click here to Search

Whether you’ve already completed your plans for the summer or don’t even plan to think about it till after school is out, we’ve got you covered!  Here are a few suggestions and tips to help save you time.  Our first tip:  Many places are still offering discounts for registrations made before the end of the month… so it’s not too late!

Best-kept Camp Secrets on The Cheap.  And because they are…. better call now to ensure a spot!

Lubbock Parks & Recreation Day Camps.
Our local Community Centers offer some of the best camps in town… creative and fun for extremely reasonable prices!  And that includes a Tennis Camp at Burgess-Rushing and even a great camp at Safety City!  Many camps are almost full, so better call them quickly!  Here’s a handy link to the full Parks & Rec Activity Guide… it’s gi-normous!

Gardening Camps at The Arboretum.
The Summer Gardening Camp for Kids @ The Arboretum is a great opportunity for the kids to learn from Master Gardeners!  Also ask about their new Gardening Club for kids… lots of ways to get kiddos blooming!

The City Museums:  Silent Wings & Buddy Holly Center.
It’s easy to forget that these rich local landmarks also offer some of the most unique and memorable camps for kids…. for a song!

Texas Tech Museum Camps.
The Museum of Texas Tech offers camps with creative themes including Wizard Camp with a Harry Potter theme, and the Lubbock Lake Landmark has several camps … free!

Boys & Girls Clubs and the YWCA.
Don’t overlook these wonderful local resources. There are several Boys & Girls Club locations around town that keep the kids super-busy, and the YWCA offers fun daily camps too.  Reminder: Sun ‘n Fun is under renovation so if you typically use the Y for your summer childcare, better check with them fast to ensure a spot at one of the other locations!

Sports-based Camps

Fitness-based Childcare at local gyms.
These businesses are great options for an active choice for full-time childcare or part-time too!  Most of these also offer swimming lessons/camps.

Texas Tech Rec Center Youth Sports Camp.
Two full weeks full of fun, athletic activities designed for all skill levels, ages 7-14.  Three sessions to choose from.  Texas Tech Rec Center.

LCU Rec Center Youth Day Camp.
Weekly morning day camps from 8am – noon Monday-Friday.  For kids entering Kinder through 6th grades.  LCU Rec Center signups.

High School Youth Sports Camps.
From Football and Soccer clinics to Basketball and Golf, some of the best camps are provided by local High Schools and at a bargain price!  Check your neighborhood High School and register asap… most of these are early in June.

Texas Tech Sport Camps.
Texas Tech also offers top-tier sports camps that offer our kids a rare glimpse into the next level of performance and also the collegiant experience.  Tech provides a convenient Multi-Sport Youth Camp Website ( )  where you can find info and register for athletic camps that are open to area youth including Baseball, Football, Soccer, and Girls Golf.

The camps for Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country and Speed & Agility (Strength & Conditioning Camps for ages 7-18) can all be accessed through the Texas Tech Athletics page where you can register online.

LCU Sport Camps.
Our kids are so fortunate to have several Universities who share their resources and skills to train our kids!  Lubbock Christina University also offers high-caliber sport youth camps and a convenient multi-sport youth camp website for easy signups ( ).

Music & Performing Arts Camps

Moonlight Arts Academy.   A new program that offers a series of summer camps for kids of all ages.  Each camp offers a combination of fine arts classes (that the kids can choose!) of singing, dancing, acting and visual arts.
Hub Performing Arts School.  Camps focus on performing arts with an emphasis on musical production… and fun!
Ballet Lubbock.  Offers a Dance Discoveries Summer Workshop for ages 3 – 9. It’s a great way for young ones to explore dance just for fun, or to help determine whether to enroll in the year-round Ballet Lubbock School.
School of Rock – Lubbock.  Several Boot Camp classes are offered for all musical interests.
Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp.  For orchestra, band, jazz, drum major, and twirling, First week of July.

Arts & Crafts Camps

Art & Company Kids.
The Mud Room.
Clay Cafe.
Painting with a Twist.  They’ve added weekly kid-friendly (no vino!) classes especially for summer.
Art Factory Summer Camp at the Garden & Arts Center.

STEM Camps

Texas Tech IDEAL.  The Texas Tech Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (IDEAL) offers some of the most exciting camps, many overnight where the kids stay in the Tech dorms!  Some may be filled so check with them asap.  Camps include: Generation TECH, Science is a Girl Thing, Run on the Wind Engineering Camp, Shake Hands With Your Future, and Sports Media!

The Science Spectrum.  Great hands-on camps for kids of all ages!  (plus checkout their snazzy new website!)

Texas Tech Chess Camp.  Our kids have a chance to learn from some of the rockstars of the chess world!

Movie Camps

Well, that might be stretching it a bit… but it wouldn’t be summer without our favorite movie matinees and specials!

Alamo Kids Camps:  Family movies at 10am EVERY day (including weekends!) throughout the summer.  This year they are also introducing a “choose-your-own-ticket price” program ranging from $1 to $3 per person – you choose the amount. It allows parents to not only purchase seats online, in advance with reserved seating – yay! – but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the South Plains Food Bank!

Premiere Cinema at the Mall Summer Kids Fest.  $1 movies at 10am and at 11am every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5/31 through 8/3.

Cinemark Tinseltown on 82nd Summer Movie Clubhouse.  $1 movies (or only 50 cents if you purchase the series!) at 9:300am every Wednesday and Thursday from 6/1 – 8/4.

Overnight Camps

If you are looking for some overnight camp experiences for the kids, but not too far from home, most of the Texas Tech camps offer “resident” camps in the dorms (major points on the cool meter for these!).  But the best deals around town for overnight options can be found with the Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts.  Typically for summer camps your child does not need to be a current scout to attend camp and they are very reasonable!  Other places include faith-based camps such as Ceta Canyon in Happy, Texas.  Check with your church for some additional ideas.  Many offer summer camps for individuals rather than just groups.

Did we miss your favorite?  Share it with us here or add it to our listings!  Looking for more?  Check our up-to-the-minute Camp Guide.  Happy Summer!

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 Originally published 5/19/2015.  Updated for 2016.


Standardized Test Prep and the Benefit of a Summer Prep Course

by Calli Christenson
Founder and Lead Consultant
CLC College Prep Services

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045_CollegePrepCalli Christenson with CLC College Prep Services offers great advice for our readers in her latest post.  “Why consider test prep help for my teen over the summer?”  It’s a question that many parents struggle with and Calli helps answer here.  Calli and her team at CLC assist high school students across the country, and internationally, with the ever-changing college prep process… and they are based right here in Lubbock!  We are excited to share helpful education and college prep tips from Calli throughout the year at

In the increasingly competitive higher education admissions climate, standardized test scores provide a straightforward means for schools to evaluate potential applicants. While class rank, GPA and extracurriculars are important, test scores play a significant role in the admission review process and provide an even “playing field” for colleges to evaluate applicants who come from various types of high schools with varying opportunities and grading systems.

A strong test score allows students to stand out and can significantly impact the admission review process.

Furthermore, many colleges offer merit based financial aid that can considerably subsidize the cost of tuition and fees. Standardized test scores are one of the most common metrics used to differentiate between tiers of financial aid.

A strong test score will help students to be competitive for scholarships, both from colleges and outside organizations.

Junior students who score among the top of their peers on the PSAT have a chance to be designated as National Merit Scholars, which can often result in deep financial aid awards, including full tuition scholarships at many schools.

So, the pressing question is:

How does my child achieve a great score?

Very few students walk into a PSAT, SAT or ACT and receive a top score without some preparation leading up to the exam. The level of difficulty these exams present result in even the brightest students needing to prepare. We’ve found that the keys to scoring well on standardized exams come down to Knowledge, Strategy and Practice.


Your student’s hard work in school lays the foundation for success on the SAT/ACT, but even students who perform well in the classroom will benefit from subject-matter review and content remediation, if necessary. Filling in the knowledge gaps and reviewing the fundamental concepts is an integral part of maximizing one’s potential on a standardized test. Practicing the large variety of question types for each test is essential, and understanding the content that is present on each exam will give students an upper-hand.


Test-taking strategies help students apply their content knowledge to the unique format of the standardized exams. Timed, multiple choice tests pose challenges that students may be unfamiliar with, despite having a lot of success in their high school classes. Test-taking strategies can help students pace themselves appropriately, avoid getting trapped by distractors (wrong answer choices), and make decisions about when and how to guess or skip a question to maximize the probability of choosing a correct answer. Students must be familiar with testing strategies in order to achieve their best score.


Sound content knowledge and a repertoire of strategies are excellent starting points, but practice is essential in order for students to become familiar with the test questions and format. Familiarity leads to confidence and a reduction in test anxiety, which ultimately leads to better testing performance. Independent practice can be beneficial, especially for highly motivated and disciplined students but, often, guided practice in which students receive review, feedback, and support from an expert tutor is the most beneficial. Practice with an expert tutor will help students overcome the unique challenges the tests pose for different learning styles.

Even with good intentions it can be hard to maintain the discipline to study consistently on your own.

There are many great resources for practice available online; however, consistent and focused practice is necessary to take full advantage of those offerings. Tutors who are personally invested in motivating and meeting the unique needs of each student will help produce strong results. A collaborative, interactive classroom is a great environment for filling in knowledge gaps, in comparison to trying to “figure it out” on your own. The summer provides a great opportunity for focused test preparation without the demands of school and homework, and gives students the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to prepare for tests in June or early fall.

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Calli Christenson is an Independent Educational Consultant and founder of CLC College Prep Services.  Prior to college consulting, she worked in undergraduate admissions, most recently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruiting at Vanguard University of Southern California.  Calli is a Professional Member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) and holds a Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) and a 2011 graduate of the IECA Summer Training Institute at Swarthmore College.

Questions for Calli?  Just comment below or she can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @clccollegeprep and on Facebook at clccollegeprep

Family Bucket List - 2015 Summer Fun in the Hub!

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It’s our 2015 Summer Fun Family Bucket List!

All fun, all local, many free, and ALL what summer is all about!
Click each activity for details

  * Cool it a Summer Movie Matinee         * Go to an Amusement Park

 * Explore some Kids Eat Free deals         * Take in a Summer Concert 

 * Sign up for a Summer Camp         * Visit a Farmers’ Market 

 * Enjoy a Vacation Bible School event         * Take a Day Trip 

 * Visit a New Playground        * Explore a Museum

 * Play in the Water        * See Fireworks

For tons more Lubbock-area boredom-buster ideas throughout the summer, visit

updated 4/17/2015

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