Very Important Kids Camp

Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center

The summertime Very Important Kids (VIK) Camp focuses on visual arts, performing arts, and reading for children age 6-12 (child must have completed kindergarten). Camp takes place Monday-Friday and includes a lunch provided by the City of Corpus Christi. The camp runs in two 2-week-long sessions. Students can attend one or both. At the end of each session, students put on a special exhibition and performance that parents and friends are invited to attend. A cookie and punch reception will be held for our young artists and performers and their families.

Art Session 1

June 5-16, 2017, 9 am-12 pm. In this jam-packed session of arts camp, we’ll experiment with vibrant pigments in the form of watercolor, tempera and acrylic to paint portraits and create action paintings. We’ll also bring the world of Minecraft™ to life as we explore, problem-solve and craft amazing and unique characters using textured square shapes, handmade paper blocks and mosaic masterpieces! In the drama part of the day, we’ll learn all about reader’s theater and perform the poetry of Shel Silverstein. The whole family will be invited to see this performance as well as an exhibition of work created during camp. A cookie-and-punch reception will be held for our young artists and their families.

Art Session 2

June 19-30, 2017, 9 am-12 pm. Calling all superheroes! Join us for a super-energized, super-packed camp where we’ll develop our super powers, design super costumes and create secret identities. We’ll find inspiration for our superhero scenes by creating our own comic books. Please come ready to save the world! Family and friends will be invited to the art exhibition, performance and cookie & punch reception on the last day of camp.

Reading Sessions 1 & 2

June 5-16; June 19-30, 12:30-3:30 pm. The summer reading camps are designed to help children who are reluctant and struggling readers improve literacy skills and become more confident students. However, the camp offers an opportunity to enrich reading skills for those who do not require intervention. Each child is helped to read books of their choosing and encouraged to develop a love of learning. The children receive personal attention in a "failure-free" setting. Skills that help children become better and more confident readers are emphasized throughout the day’s activities. Undergraduate students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi serve as teachers for the camp. Camp participants work in small groups, where they experience writing, pleasure reading, phonics, encoding and decoding, reading comprehension and other reading strategies that accommodate various learning styles. In addition, TAMUCC Liberal Art Students will be teaching dance one day a week in the afternoons. 

Additional details

  • During camp, children are grouped according to their ages, 6-7 and 8-12 years old.
  • Children should come dressed appropriately for art and drama classes. Comfortable clothing is recommended.


  • Registration costs $40 per session, plus $20 for additional siblings. A limited number of scholarships may be available.
  • To register your child, please contact the Garcia Center at 361-825-3600.
  • The camp is organized by the Art Museum of South Texas. Visit their camp page for more details.