I hope this email finds you well and settling into this unique pandemic holiday. It’ll be different this year, but I plan to focus on the many ways I am grateful. This is my last blog about WINTER DAY CAMPS, so make your plan and sign ‘em up. That way you AND your kiddos can enjoy this winter. I’ve picked four special camps and highly recommend them all.

Speaking of holidays, I’ll be doing a short-and-sweet holiday round-up blog next week, so be sure to check that out. I’ll be talking about my virtual and in person PICKS on Great Day Houston next Tuesday, December 15, so tune in if you can. There are a couple of holiday events I want to tell you about right now that are COVID-safe and organized with the City of Houston. Hannukah started yesterday, and this Sunday, December 13, there will be a virtual lighting of the Menorah at Houston City Hall this Sunday, December 13 at 5pm. Click here for all the details and the Zoom link. And the city recently presented the annual “Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular” -- the City Hall tree lighting event – as a local hometown variety show that celebrates the holidays in Houston. A one-hour version of the original, live show will be aired on ABC13 on Friday, December 18 from 7-8pm.

I’m excited to share with you a 12 year old video, below! Yes indeed...I was on Great Day Houston in 2008 talking about meaningful holidays, and I was so happy to see that its message still resonates with me today, even in this pandemic year. I told host Deborah Duncan about “affluenza,” a state in which we are grabby and materialistic, and my ways to combat that “disease.” Those ways still hold true with me today! My 20 year-old actor son always gives me a monologue performance. And my 25 year-old computer whiz son always gives me some kind of coupon for a service (last year was a back massage!). Deborah and I talked about the holidays being about the time and not the toys, and the difference between wants and needs. I said this season is about MAGIC, JOY, EXCITEMENT, and SPIRITUALITY. I thanked myself-back-then for reminding me today of that. By the way, Deborah and I look *exactly* the same!

In case you’re reading this and 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).

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!

Sarah Gish on Great Day Houston (2008)
“Meaningful Holidays”




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.

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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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