Frequently Asked Questions
Who may attend Fantastic Magic Camp?
The Magic Camp is designed for children ages 6 through 12, although we consider making exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Campers are grouped by age and experience.
Can my child be in the same group as a particular friend?
Groups are formed based upon age and experience.
Campers have ample opportunity to spend time with friends before camp, during morning assembly, during snack breaks, during lunch, during bonus class and after camp. We find it best to separate siblings regardless of age, to give each child an opportunity to grow individually. If you prefer otherwise, please talk to us prior to camp.
What is the ratio of campers to caregivers?
We advertise a 5 to 1 ratio, but our CITs and teachers often reduce that ratio to as low as 3 to 1. To learn more about our counselor training program, see Youth Leader Training Academy page.
What about lunch?
Please pack a sack lunch and a snack that requires no refrigeration or heating.
Do you provide any outdoor activities, or is everything indoors?
When the weather is allows, we do partake in outdoor activities. In the hottest days of summer, all of our teaching is done in air-conditioned comfort inside, to guard against problems caused by the summer heat in Texas. Campers engage in physical activity during organized indoor games, daily juggling classes and other skills workshops.
Can my child come to more than one session?
Absolutely, and you even get a discount for doing so! A camper coming to our camp for the first time takes our well-established beginner curriculum, and after that they take a constantly changing series of courses designed to enhance those basic skills. There will always be some review, of course, but each session offers new curriculum and new challenges.
If my child returns for another session, will she repeat the same curriculum?
All beginning campers take approximately the same curriculum, which has been tested and refined over nearly twenty years. Returning campers, however, build on those basic skills with constantly-changing curriculum packages. There will be some duplication, such as reviewing important basic skills, but there will also be many new classes and activities. (Some kids take every session we offer!) We design exciting new curriculum packages every summer.
Can my child bring a friend who is visiting to camp for just one day?
Family members can visit the camp unannounced at any time, but the curriculum is only available to campers who have signed up for a complete session. You may make inquiries about single day tuitions, which we can often accommodate on a case nay case basis. Attendants for children with disabilities who need them, by the way, may come for free.
My child has special needs; can you accommodate them?
Almost certainly! Fantastic Magic Camp is a mainstream day camp in Austin…it is not targeted to any particular group of children.
If a child with special needs has an attendant to assist him or her with daily activities at school or camp, the attendant is of course welcome at to accompany the child to Fantastic Magic Camp. Medically necessary attendants enjoy all the benefits of Fantastic Magic Camp (including supplies) tuition-free.
Although our staff has limited training for kids with disabilities, we have had some wonderful successes with children who have ADD, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome, Down syndrome, or conditions on the Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as those who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind or vision impaired, have mobility challenges. We recognize that we cannot meet the needs of every child, but we are eager to try!
If your child has a particular need, please let us know in advance. We appreciate the opportunity to consult with you and your child’s support team and health care providers. Whenever possible, we will include best practices for addressing your child’s needs in our staff training.
What are the Performer's Academy and Monster Performer's Academy?
These programs feature a strong emphasis on performance and theater and culminate with a “big” performance at the end of the session. These programs are only offered during three of our summer sessions. For more information, please visit our Performers Academy Page.
Is any financial assistance available?
Yes, Fantastic Magic Camp maintains a Scholarship Fund to help defray tuition for campers who might otherwise not be able to attend. For more information and to apply, please see the Scholarships page.
What is your Tax ID/EIN for childcare reimbursement?
The EIN is 27-4230018. We established “Magic Camp USA, LLC” and the dba “Fantastic Magic Camp” in 2011.
Do you have discounts?
In addition to scholarship opportunities, we do offer discounts from time to time, including multiple session or sibling discounts. Unless otherwise noted (e.g., "bundles") discounts cannot be stacked. The system will always calculate the discount that will give you the greatest discount, but will not allow you to use multiple discount offers on the same order.
What is your cancellation policy?
To cancel a registration, there is a $100 fee per camper per week registered. However, that amount can be applied to a future registration.