Very Important Kids Camp

June 3-28, 2019

**Our regular camp slots are full, so we have removed the regular registration link. You can still apply for a need-based scholarship spot with this form (pdf). Apply by April 26.**

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, thanks to a grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. Contact 361-825-3600.



Art Session

Week 1: We’ll 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!

Week: We’re walking on the wild side as we take a cue from local sculptor Kent Ullberg. We’ll create 2-D and 3-D versions of our favorite land and sea creatures. We’ll also use our improvisation skills to create our own version of Animal Planet!

Week 3: Join us as we bring the pages of our favorite books to life! We’ll examine some of our favorite literary characters such as Harry Potter, the Cat in the Hat, Harold and his Purple Crayon, Fancy Nancy and so many more as we use watercolor and acrylic to paint imaginative portraits and narrative scenes. In drama we’ll see what happens when all these characters come together.

Week 4: It’s all about the ‘80s. We’ll create puff paint portraits, personalized buttons and more as we explore the art and music of this unforgettable decade!

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

(Ages 9-12)

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


Supervised Play

(Ages 5-8)

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. 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.