It’s holiday time, yippee! I know this holiday will be unlike any other, but I hope that you will be able to find joy nonetheless. We are all in this pandemic together, and we will end it together. Please stay safe as you venture out and about!

School (whatever form it’s been in) will be taking a break soon, so it’s time to make your plan. If you want to get a break and send your kids to day camps, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU. Below are some wonderful organizations with terrific offerings for your kiddos that I hope you will check out. They are offering a mix of virtual and in person programs - all of them are interesting. Please note that ALL in person programs are following strict safety guidelines.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a mama of two sons and an info-preneur who LOVES to share what I know about family fun, day camps, and Houston arts...something I’ve been doing since 2003! You can see more about me here. As an augment to my GISH PICKS weekly blog about the best in Houston arts and culture, many years ago I created CAMP PICKS so that I could PICK the best in day camps for kids during school holidays (spring break, summer, Thanksgiving, winter).

Also below are two of my most recent Facebook Live videos. I’m now doing WEEKLY chats: on Monday mornings at 10am, I’m doing a “Monday Meditation Chat” and on Wednesday nights at 9pm, I’m doing a “Wednesday Night Live” round-up of arts & culture (I also tell a joke and share one of my “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily”!). Both are short-and-sweet and you can tune in here.

One last thing - if you got this from a friend or are seeing it online and aren’t a GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS subscriber, please go to and sign up. Be sure to choose the KIDS list so you’ll get all my family PICKS. And, as your kids grow up, feel free to update your subscription (in the footer of each email) so that you only get ADULT PICKS. I’d love to have you along for the arts & culture ride!

“Monday Meditation Chat”
(easy calming tips)
November 30, 2020

“Wednesday Night Live”
(arts & culture chat)
December 2, 2020




Aerial, Circus, and Dance Classes
PHONE: 281.972.9147
DATES: through December 19
TIMES: vary
AGES: 2 to 18 years old
COST: $310/14 classes; $99/4 classes; $30/1 class

Your child can head to the circus with The ARTZ! Kids with no experience can learn the world of circus artz in classes such as Fabric and Trapeze to Contortion and Dance - and much more! They’ll gain strength, flexibility, confidence, and body awareness - while having a great time doing it! Best of all - they’ll be happy and tired at the end. They can join the circus and you can still tuck them into bed at night!

Discover Gymnastics

Winter Camps
Discover Gymnastics
PHONE: 713.680.0045
DATES: December 18-January 1 (no camp December 24, 25, and January 1)
TIMES: full day/8am-5pm; half day/8am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-5pm(early drop off at 7:30am for $5)
AGES: potty-trained 3 year olds and up
COST: varies

Kids will enjoy days full of fun, themed adventures, special entertainment, and hours of gymnastics instruction in the Discover Gymnastics’ large sports training facility (perfect for active bodies and COVID-safe practices!). Please send your child with lunch, snacks, and a change of clothes (just in case!). Advanced reservations are required and stringent disinfecting and safe distances are practiced to ensure the health of everyone.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum Winter Camp
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: December 28-31
TIMES: Live virtual instruction at 10am daily
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: $100 Arboretum Member / $120 Nonmember (per session)

Ever wonder what animals do when the weather turns cold? Investigate the adaptations and strategies animals use to survive till spring. Together we will discover the challenges animals face during migration and learn how our year-round residents survive Houston’s wintry weather. Throughout the week you will meet some of our Animal Ambassadors, go for scavenger hunts, perform winter experiments and, of course, drink some hot cocoa!

Main Street Theater

Holiday Mini-Camps
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: December 21-23 & 28-30
TIMES: 9am-3:30pm
AGES: 6-12 years old
COST: $180/child

Main Street Theater is offering fun-and-theatrical Holiday Mini-Camps over the winter holidays. Students will create an original play, help produce their own costumes and props, and play theater games to sharpen their skills in voice, body, imagination. There are no final performances for Mini-Camps, instead students will use the last part of the camp day to perform what they have created for each other. All camps are following CDC protocols; for information about their COVID policies, please click here.

For more about my personal, family, and business enrichment company, Gish Creative, and the services we offer, please click here.
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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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