Very Important Kids Camp

2019 dates TBA

The summertime Very Important Kids (VIK) Camp focuses on visual arts, performing arts, reading, and robotics.


  • VIK camp is for children age 5-12. Camp takes place Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30 pm at the Garcia Center, 2021 Agnes St.
  • Breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Camp costs $400 for the entire month. Once one camper registers, we offer a half price discount for additional sibling registrations. 
  • We offer a limited number of scholarships for students in need. Contact 361-825-3600.



Art Session

Week 1:Explore the whimsical world of comic book and cartoon art. Taking inspiration from classic and popular culture, we’ll draw several well-known cartoon, anime, superhero and video game characters while focusing on exaggeration, action techniques, coloring and more!  In drama, we’ll bring our characters to life through fun skits and scenes.

Week: The world of Minecraft™ comes to life as we explore, problem-solve and craft amazing and unique characters using textured square shapes and paper blocks. We’ll also create some exciting Pokémon art as we illustrate and sculpt our favorite characters. In the drama part of the day, we’ll use our one-of-a-kind creations to inspire our wild and wacky skits!Ages 5-12)

Week 3: We’re jumping into the world of memes – art camp style in this first week! We’ll bring both classic and current works of art to life by creating our own “captions” to describe the scene. Then we’ll create our own narrative paintings and do the same! We’ll even act our memes using improvisation techniques.   

Week 4: Explore the hidden worlds of mythical creatures, fairytale characters and fantastical monsters through a variety of visual art media and performing art activities. Big Foot, dragons, fairies and unicorns? Do they really exist or are they just in our imaginations?

Reading Session

The summer reading camps are designed to help children improve literacy skills and become more confident students. The camp offers an opportunity to enrich reading skills for students, whether or not they are struggling at reading. 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.

STEM Session

June 4-15, 3-5:30 pm

(Ages 9-18)

Learn programming concepts through fun, hands-on activities that involve manipulation of robots.

Mural Session

June 18-29, 3-5:30 pm

(Ages 9-18)

Learn from a real mural artist the process of researching, designing, and installing large public art murals.

Supervised Play

June 4-29, 3-5:30 pm

(Ages 5-12)

This session allows children to engage in fun activities and active play. Garcia Center instructors will oversee activities including outdoor play, games, and family-friendly movies.

Additional details

  • Children should come dressed appropriately for art and drama classes. Comfortable clothing is recommended.


  • Registration for all-day camp costs $100 per week. We also offer a standalone afternoon mural session for $20/week. A limited number of scholarships may be available.
  • Additional siblings can register for half price.
  • To register your child, please contact the Garcia Center at 361-825-3600.
  • The camp is presented by the Art Museum of South Texas, the Garcia Center, the TAMU-CC College of Science and Engineering, and the TAMU-CC College of Education and Human Development. Thanks to all of our partners for the collaboration.