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It’s not just kids who might be tempted to say “I’m bored” during the long, hot weeks of summer. If you’re looking for new things to do, check out Camp Austin360. It’s not a place, but an invitation to you to recapture the spirit of summer camp fun.

In a city that wears the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” with pride, fun can be found in some unusual places. Staff writer Nancy Flores has rounded up five activities you may not have even known you could try.

Become a juggler. The Texas Juggling Society meets from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Thursday behind All Saint’s Episcopal Church. Meetings are free and open to jugglers, unicyclists and circus art folks. Beginners and spectators are welcome, too. Throughout the year members participate in events such as Austin Jugglefest and Eeyore’s Birthday Party. facebook.com/TexasJugglingSociety

Join the adult coloring book craze. At Recycled Reads on Burnet Road, a coloring club called Colorsome: Adult Coloring Group gets together every month. Meetups alternate between the last Sunday of the month and the second to last Sunday of the month. The next gathering will be at 2 p.m. July 24. recycledreads.org

Spice up your summer parties with a different kind of DJ.Amelia “Foxtrot” Raley isn’t a typical Austin DJ. She has no laptop, speakers or need for an electrical outlet. Instead, Raley lugs two 1900s-era phonographs and a crate of vintage records to her gigs and literally cranks out the nostalgic tunes of yesteryear. Learn more about the Austin Phonograph Company she owns by visiting austinphonographcompany.com.

Flex your DIY muscles. Learn how to become an urban beekeeper, make your own lip balm or build your own terrarium at workshops hosted by Craft (4704 E. Cesar Chavez St.), a creative hub for all things DIY. Check out the workshop schedule online at craft-austin.com.

Visit a creative reuse center. Think Hobby Lobby-meets-thrift shop-meets community center. Austin Creative Reuse, a nonprofit retail center that collects, sells and distributes reusable materials, opened its retail space earlier this year. You can find everything from vintage album covers to brand new art supplies that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill. ACR (6406 N. Interstate ­35, Suite 1801) is closed for summer vacation through Aug. 2 but then will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Check out hours online at austincreativereuse.org.

Check out more ideas for summer fun at specials.mystatesman.com/camp-austin360.

Coming next week in Austin360: Musical luminaries Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs have teamed up for an album and tour; learn more about the collaboration ahead of their Long Center show.

We want to hear about your summer adventures. Use #CampAustin360 on social media to share what you do, and we’ll do the same. We’ll have more ideas throughout the summer, and we’ll share your stories and photos.