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Think ahead to summer camp this Columbus Day when kids are out of school

Nicole Villalpando

Many kids have Monday off for Columbus Day or parent-teacher conferences. Think of Monday and other school holidays as a dry-run for future summer camps. Many places that offer summer camps also have one-day camps on these days. Also check with your regular after-school care to see if they will be offering a full-day camp on Monday, how to register and what the activities will be.


Here are some of the ones we found. If you have another camp you’d like listed, let us know,

Austin Science and Nature Center. Wilderness Wise School Holiday Camp. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Ages 5-8. $50 per child.

Zach Theatre. Activities around the theme Dragons, Wizards and Fairies. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For grades kindergarten-second. $80.

Austin Sports Center. Various sports-themed camps for ages kindergarten-ninth grade at both locations. $49-$95 depending on camp length.

Snapology. Build Lego and robotics at morning and afternoon workshops. $40-$45. Circle C Community Center and West Austin Youth Association.

Other activities on Monday

If you’re able to be home with the kids, many museums like the Thinkery that are typically closed on Mondays are open on this day. Check out these activities:

Sweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ?Marble Falls.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Farm Fun. Explore a corn maze, hay bale maze and a crazy maze, plus go on a hay ride, visit animals and get a mini pumpkin to decorate. Big pumpkins to purchase. $7.  10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

Thinkery.  The museum is open, but there will not be Baby Bloomers. The museum does have two special workshops: Monster Masterpieces. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds. Monday. $20.  Whisks and Wizards. Make Halloween-themed food. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.