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Camps & Childcare

We operate with high standards of care and employ experienced staff who help foster youth development in safe and caring environments that include spring break camps, summer camps, preschools, and after school care. Our customer service staff are here to help, call (940) 349-7275.

  • All-Day Summer Camps, ages 3½-12

    Unless otherwise noted, campers need to bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks each day. Field trips fees are included. 

    Weekly Sessions
    7 a.m. drop-off, 6 p.m. pick-up
    S1, June 5-9
    S2, June 12-16
    S3, June 19-23
    S4, June 26-30
    S5, July 3-7
    S6, July 10-14
    S7, July 17-21
    S8, July 24-28
    S9, July 31-Aug 4
    S10, Aug 7-11

    Registration Details
    $120 per week; S5 is $105 due to the July 4 holiday.
    Camp fee includes field trips, themed activities, arts, crafts, and swimming. Nonresidents add $5 per session. 

    The first session must be paid in full upon registration. A $10 deposit is required for all other reserved sessions and will be applied to the fee. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable; credits or refunds are not provided for days missed. For sessions paid in full, a one-week notice must be given to receive credit toward another session.

    Snacks and Lunch
    Regardless of being registered for the free lunch program, kids must bring two snacks a drink each day. The free lunch program is available on non-field trip days, June 12-Aug 11.

    Little Campers, ages 3½-6 

    Licensed by the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services, kids will enjoy a safe, summer camp atmosphere. Themed activities include field trips, swimming, games, crafts, songs, inflatables, dance, story time, and karaoke. Kids must be potty trained. Parents Handbook

    Location, Themes, and Field Trips
    McMath Middle School
    S1    Calling All Campers; Playstreet Museum
    S2    Safari Madness; Frank Buck Zoo
    S3    Wet & Wild; FC Spray Ground & The Coop
    S4    Hawaiian Hullabaloo; Rainforest Cafe/Sea Life
    S5    Fairy Tale Fun; Chuck E Cheese/Movie
    S6    Going Green; Sci-Tech Discovery/LE Beard Park
    S7    Above & Beyond; Planetarium/Braum’s
    S8    Team Spirit; Main Event
    S9    Sunshine Fun Time; Cici’s/Safari Run
    S10  Paradise; Altitude Trampoline Park/Bonkers

    Camp Voyage, ages 5-12

    Registration Form
    Parents Handbook

    Location and Field Trips
    Denia Rec Center
    S1    Kayak Attack
    S2    Jump Start
    S3    Angler & Archers
    S4    Beach Break
    S5    EnviroKids
    S6    Sportastic
    S7    Water World
    S8    Fuzzy Friends
    S9    Legopalozza
    S10  Best of the Best

    Super Kids, ages 6-12

    Parents Handbook

    Location and Field Trips
    McMath Middle School
    S1    Silly Camp Celebration; Pinstack
    S2    Up, Up, & Away; Cosmic Jump/Allen Station Park
    S3    Aloha Summer!; Hawaiian Falls Roanoke
    S4    Xtreme Sports; Main Event
    S5    America the Beautiful; The Star/Bahama Bucks
    S6    Wild, Wild West; Urban Air Trampoline Park
    S7    Movie Madness; Chuck E. Cheese/Movie
    S8    The Mighty Jungle; Rain Forest Café/Safari Run
    S9    Super Hero Adventures; Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
    S10  Animal Planet; Cici’sPizza/Legoland/Going Bonkers

    Camp Exploration, ages 5-11
    Parents Handbook

    Location and Field Trips
    Denton Civic Center
    S1    Blast Off!; Amazing Jakes

    S2    Splash into Summer; Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
    S3    Summer Wonderland; Main Event
    S4    Game-a-Rama; Pinstack
    S5    Stars and Stripes; NRH20
    S6    Movie Mania; Studio Movie Grill/Nickelmania
    S7    Knight and Shining Summer; Medieval Times
    S8    Extreme Heights; Altitude Trampoline/Braum’s
    S9    FunFest; Dave & Busters
    S10  Tropical Paradise; Hawaiian Falls Roanoke 

    King’s Kids Camp, ages 5-12
    Registration Form
    Parents Handbook

    Location and Field Trips
    MLK Jr. Rec Center
    S1    All About the Zoo; Dallas Zoo
    S2    Exploration; Perot Museum
    S3    Fear Factor; Ripley's Believe it or Not

    S4    Water Wars; Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
    S5    Fun & Fitness; Main Event
    S6    Time Travelers; Dallas Museum of Art
    S7    Holleywood Week; Movie/Bahama Bucks
    S8    Space Invaders; Dallas Planetarium
    S9    Wilderness 101; Fort Worth Zoo
    S10  Finale of Fun; Sandy Lake Amusement Park

  • Summer Teen Camps and Adventures, Ages 12-16
    Each camp begins with an introduction to the activity and progresses in difficulty during the week. Taught by ACA assessed and Red Cross Lifeguard certified staff. 

    Each week includes field trips to practice at multiple locations. No experience is needed, just a desire to be outside and have fun. All adventures will start and finish at Denia Rec Center. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and wear appropriate outdoor clothing including closed-toe shoes. 

    All supplies are provided; experience is not required. With the purchase of a rec pass teens can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and picked up as late as closing. No direct supervision until scheduled time of activities, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for the dates below.

    For adventure specific questions, call (940) 349-7784.

    Kayaking and Rock Climbing
    June 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $105; register here

    Kayaking and Archery
    July 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $105; register here

    Archery and Rock Climbing
    Au. 7-11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  
    $105; register here

    Each day begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. at Denton Civic Center. For camp specific questions, call (940) 349-8731.

    Registration Details
    Parent Manual
    $130 per session; $110 for the week of July 4.
    Fees include all activities and field trips. There must be a minimum of 20 campers per week.

    The first session must be paid in full upon registration. The $10 deposit (applied to fee) is required for all reserved sessions. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable; credits or refunds are not provided for days missed. For sessions paid in full, a one-week notice must be given to receive credit toward another session.

    Teens need to bring a sack lunch, a snack, and drinks each day.

    Weekly Sessions, Themes, and Field Trips

    June 5-9; Ripping into Summer
    Flight Deck, Skateland, Free Play Arcade, Hawaiian Falls, TC, Amazing Jake’s, Bounce U, Sandy Lake Amusement Park

    June 12-16; Summerpalooza
    Bahama Beach, Top Golf, Burgers Lake, Dave & Busters, WhirlyBall, Jack Carter Poo

    June 19-23; Adventure Awaits
    Sci-Tech Discovery Ctr, 6th Floor Museum, Rockwood Go-karts, Frisco Roughriders Game, Hard Rock Café, Go Ape

    June 26-30; Colossal Conquest
    Cosmic Jump, Medieval Times, Hawaiian Falls-Roanoke, Main Event, Waterworks, Round 1

    July 3-7; Rockin & Rolling
    Pinstack, Itz Family Fun Center, Obstacle Warrior Kids, Speedzone, Cici’s Pizza, Video Game Museum

    July 10-14; Fun Frenzy
    Cosmic Jump, Mountasia, NRH20, Route 377 Go-Karts, Dr. Pepper Center, Dyno Rock

    July 17-21; Mayhem & More
    The Star in Frisco, Rainforest Aquatic Ctr, Nickelmania, Studio Movie Grill, Old Red Museum, The Zone, Goin Bonkers, Wetzone, Urban Air Trampoline Park

    July 24-28; Crazy Craze
    Alley Cats, Group Dynamix, Skatium, Hawaiian Falls-Mansfield, Jump Mania, Movies 8, Nickelrama, Fort Worth Zoo, Spaghetti Warehouse

    July 31-Aug. 4; Summer Spectacular
    Hawaiian Falls- Garland, DFW Paintball, Legoland, Rainforest Café,  Laserworld, Paint My Pottery, Bobby V’s, Skatetown

    Aug. 7-11; Splash and Dash
    Celebration Station, Ross Perot Museum, Strikz, Laserquest, Double Dave’s Pizza, Tornado Terry’s, Hawaiian Falls-TC

  • Summer Specialty Camps, 4-17
    Half-Day Camp, ages 3-5
    Denton Civic Center
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon
    $75 per week; campers must be potty trained.

    June 12-16;​ Little Rookies Sports & Fitness
    June 19-23; Little Scientists
    June 26-30; Superhero Adventures
    July 10-14; Knight and Princess Camp
    July 17-21; Under the Big Top

    Young Rembrandts Art
    North Lakes Rec Center, ages 6+
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; $84 per camp

    June 21-23; Apps and Video Game Art
    July 19-21; World of Dinosaurs Pastel Drawing

    Performing Arts Camp,  ages 5-10
    Denia Rec Center, $50 per week
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon
    Kids will be divided into age groups; 5-7 and 8-10.

    June 5-9: register here
    July 24-28: register here

    Texas Agri Life Mini-Camps, ages 6-11
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon; $65 per week
    Global Spheres, 7801 south I-35 E, Corinth, TX.

    June 26-30; Junior Master Naturalist
    July 17-21; Junior Master Gardner

    Aquatic Explorer Camp, ages 7-14
    Denton NAT and Water Works Park
    Monday-Friday, 1-4pm. $85 per week

    June 5-9, Underwater Adventure
    June 12-16, What Goes Up
    June 19-23, Sail Away
    June 26-30, Polo Mania
    July 10-14, Adventures of the Seven Seas
    July 17-21, Sports: Just Add Water
    July 24-28, Make A Splash
    July 31-Aug 4, The Amazing Race

    BRICKS4KIDZ, ages 5-13
    Denia Rec Center; $179 per week
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon​

    June 19-23; Bat League: Heroes and Villains
    July 10-14; Cars: Remote Control Mania
    BRICKS4KIDZ, ages 5-13
    Denia Rec Center; $179 per week
    Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m.

    June 19-23; A Pirate’s Tale
    July 10-14; Minion Madness
  • Summer STEM, LEGO, Computer, and Engineering Camps
    Camp Invention, ages 6-11
    Denia Rec Center
    June 19-23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    July 17-21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Engineering for Kids, ages 6-12

    MLK Jr. Rec Center; ​Laptops and software will be provided. 

    Medieval Times with Minecraft
    June 26-29, 9 a.m -noon
    July 17-20, 1-4 p.m. 

    3D Printing: Super Hero Creations
    July 10-13, 9 a.m-noon

    Get Wired with Makey Makey Invention Kit Camp
    July 17-20, 1-4 p.m.

    3D Printing: Minecraft Creations
    June 19-22, 9 a.m-noon

    Electronic Game Design, ages 6-12
    July 10-13, 9 a.m-noon 

    LEGO® Robotics Rescue Robots, ages 10-14
    June 26-29, 1-4 p.m.

    WeDO​ Robotics Rescue Robots, ages 5-9
    June 26-29, 1-4 p.m.
    Fastforward Kids, ages 4-7 & 8-12

    Denton Civic Center

    Wheels, Wings, and Motorized Things
    Ages 4-7
    July 31-Aug. 4, 9-11 a.m.
    Ages 8-12
    July 31-Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Ultimate Survival, ages 7-12
    July 31-Aug, 4, 2-4 p.m.
    Youth Tech Camp, ages 10-17
    MLK Jr. Rec Center
    Laptops and software will be provided. Ten class participant minimum. 

    Computer Animation
    June 5-8, 9 a.m.-noon 

    Video Game Design
    June 5-8, 1-4 p.m.
    July 3-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (no class July 4)

    The Gaming Academy
    July 3-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    3D Game Design
    July 6-7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    iGame Creator
    July 24-27, 10 a.m.-noon

    Movie Makers
    July 24-27, 1-4 p.m.

    July 31-Aug. 3,  10 a.m.-noon

    Web Studio
    July 31-Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.
    BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO®, ages 5-13
    Denia Rec Center

    Bat League: Heroes and Villains
    June 19-23; 9 a.m.-noon

    Cars: Remote Control Mania
    July 10-14, ; 9 a.m.-noon
    BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO®, ages 5-13
    Denia Rec Center

    A Pirate’s Tale
    June 19-23, 1-3 p.m.

    Minion Madness
    July 10-14, 1-3 p.m.Minion Madness
  • Summer Sports Camps
    Tennis Camps
    Click here for a complete list of dates and times. Multiple-sized junior racquets are available for use. Kids need to bring a snack and drink each day and wear sunscreen. Kids will receive a tennis prize.

    Quickstart I, ages 4-5
    Players will use smaller nets and graduated racquets to develop basic strokes. Special equipment and targets are used to create a fun learning environment.

    Quickstart II, ages 6-9
    Players will learn the basics of tennis, including strokes, grips, and footwork combining fun and fundamentals by using a “skill of the day” format. 

    Championship Camp, ages 10+
    Beginners will learn the basics of tennis, and intermediate players will begin playing and keeping score. Racquets are available for use.

    Adv. Camps, Jr. High/High School
    Jr. High level is for jr. high players, or younger players with extensive tournament experience. High School level is for grades 9-12. 
    Click here for a complete list of dates and times.

    Kayaking-Intro to Paddling, ages 8+
    Denton NAT/Water Works Park
    In this course, participants will learn safety skills,basic boat orientation, and stroke technique. Fun for the whole family, participants will use kayaks to practice basic river maneuvers in a controlled environment. Kayaks, personal floatation devices, and paddles are provided.

    Kayaking-Roll, ages 12+
    Denton NAT/Water Works Park
    In this course, participants will expand their knowledge of paddling through the addition of rolling a kayak. Skills presented will include wet exits, hip snaps, bracing, and paddle rolling.

    Dolphins Swim Camp, ages 6+
    Civic Center Pool
    This camp focuses on similar activities found on a traditional swim team. Kids will participate in wacky relay races, stroke clinics, learn and play water polo, and more. Kids must be able to swim one full length of the pool unassisted.
    Click here for a complete list of dates and times.

    Skateboard Camp, ages 6+
    Denton Skate Park
    Learn the basics of skateboarding, or take skills to the next level. Instruction is adapted to each skaters ability. A skateboard and helmet are required. Camp will not meet if any inclement weather occurs and Friday will serve as a make-up day. The fee includes a T-shirt.

    Jr. Golf Academy Camp, ages 7-15
    North Lakes Driving Range
    Taught by experienced PGA Golf Pros, this golf camp teaches fundamentals and techniques necessary for any golfer. Brush up on skills and learn some new ones. The fee includes snacks, drinks, and a T-shirt. 

    Sports Camp, ages 5-14
    Locations vary, see below.
    These camps are great for both the beginner looking to gain a basic understanding of the sport and the veteran wanting to improve. Camp will not meet if any inclement weather occurs and Friday will serve as a make-up day.

    Soccer Camp, ages 5-8
    Denia Soccer Field

    Volleyball Camp, ages 7-12
    North Lakes Rec Center
    Lacrosse Camp, ages 5-14
    Denia Soccer Field
  • Free Summer Camp

    Camp locations and FREE enrollment allocations
    Families are limited to a maximum of two full priced summer camp scholarships. 

    Super Kids, ages 6-12 @ McMath, 23
    Camp Exploration, ages 5-11 @ Denton Civic Center, 15
    Kings Kids, ages 5-12 @ MLK Jr. Rec Center, 5
    Camp Voyage, ages 5-12 @ Denia Rec Center, 5
    Little Campers, ages 3½-6 @ Denton Civic Center, 4
    Teen Camp, ages 11-15 @ Denton Civic Center, 4

    Summary of Qualifications for Enrollment; No Exceptions
    To qualify, your household must fall under one the following income levels. Click here to view income levels. 

    All households must provide the following documents:

    • A birth certificate with original seal for each child
    • If legal guardian, legal documentation showing guardianship
    • A 2016 completed single or joint tax return with supportive documents (i.e. W-2 or other proof of income) and child must be listed as a dependent on tax return
    • Proof of residency in City of Denton (electric bill and driver’s license must match)
    • Four (4) most recent check stubs for each person in household for all jobs 
    • If received, proof of the following types of income from any household member:child support, adoption subsidy, alimony, SSI, Social Security, Veteran’sAdministration benefits, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, and any other retirement or disability benefits
    • If one the of the parents is residing in another country, current proof of residency of country, 4 current pay stubs, and 2016 tax return if country of residency requires.    

    Two-parent households, including parents not living in same household, must both meet at least one of the following documented requirements:
    • Currently working at least 30-40 hours per week                  
    • Proof of attending an educational program (i.e. paid tuition receipt & class schedule) and registered as a full time student for the entire summer. 

    Single-parent households must meet at least one of the following documented requirements:
    • Currently working at least 30-40 hours per week
    • Proof of attending an educational program (i.e. paid tuition receipt & class schedule) and registered as a full time student for the entire summer. 

    Single-parent households must provide the following documents if pertains to your current situation:
    • A birth certificate for the child with original seal that lists you as the only parent
    • Documentation that you are divorced or separated and you must have documented proof from the attorney general’s office that you are not receiving child support
    • A death certificate if other parent is deceased
    • If parent is currently incarcerated, documented proof of the dates of incarceration
  • Licensed Preschools

    Full-time and Part-time Preschools
    Our peschools are designed to nurture the whole child and provide support needed for social, emotional and intellectual growth. Students will learn, laugh, and grow in a safe and fun environment. Teachers use the Mother Goose Time curriculum to promote numbers, letters, colors, and shapes through music, arts and crafts, physical education, stories, and field trips.

    The preschools are licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and a Child Care Management Services (CCMS) vendor. Students must be potty trained, and bring their own lunch, snacks, and drinks each day.

    Full Time Preschools, ages 3-5
    Tuition is $400 per month, and admission requires an $85 deposit and a $25 annual supply fee. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per preschool. 

    Denia Preschool
    1001 Parvin St., (940) 349-8285

    MLK Preschool
    1300 Wilson St., (940) 349-8575
    MLK Preschool Handbook (PDF)

    North Lakes Part-Time Preschool, ages 3-5

    At North Lakes Part-Time Preschool, students will learn skills that prepare them for a school environment, such as directions, counting, recognizing numbers, the alphabet, sharing, and arts and crafts. 

    Admission requires a deposit equal to one month's tuition and an annual $25 supply fee. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class. North Lakes Preschool is located in the North Lakes Annex at 1117 Riney Rd. For more information and to enroll, call (940) 349-8287.

    Ages 3-4
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    $125 per month

    Ages 4-5
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    $175 per month
  • After School Child Care

    City of Denton Parks and Rec offers affordable after school care with extended hours. Each day of school, students are picked up from school and transported to one of our recreation centers for an array of activities and tutorial time. All drivers are City employees and have completed a training course in defensive driving.

    We offer a variety of activities including intramural leagues, arts and crafts, field trips, rock climbing, "Brainy Bowl," bounce houses, skating, and more. Students also have homework or tutorial time and snack time.

    Transportation is provided to the following recreation centers from the schools listed below. Students must be picked up by 6:30 p.m. from the corresponding center.

    • Denia Rec Center: Borman, Hawk, Houston, LA Nelson, McNair, Ryan
    • MLK Jr. Rec Center: Cross Oaks, Hodge, Lee, Pecan Creek, Providence, Rivera, Stephens
    • North Lakes Rec Center: Evers, Ginnings, Rayzor, Wilson

    For more information, call (940) 349-8731.

  • Kids' Day Off and DISD In-Service Child Care
    Next Date: June 2

    We provide fun, supervised activities and field trips on school holidays and in-service days for kids in grades K-6. Kids must bring snacks and a lunch.

    Register at least two days prior to each holiday or in-service day. Call (940) 349-PARK to determine space availability and field trips. Drop off and pick up is 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Denton Civic Center.

    Cost is $30 per child per day.

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