Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! I know it’s hard to believe, but SPRING BREAK is around the corner (March 12-16 in HISD). Camps are already filling up so it’s time to plan if you’re in town this year. Naturally, I love to PICK camps, just like I love to PICK cultural activities for the GISH PICKS blog! Below is my curated list of some camps I want you to be sure you check out, as well as other ways to fill your time with fun. I’ll be sending special camp blasts from time to time on Fridays so be sure to open all the emails from me since each one is packed full of useful info and tips. Your spring break with my PICKS will be a BLAST!

If you’re already planning out summer – first of all, congratulations to you! You are much more organized than me. Secondly, be sure to start your search with THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS & TEENS – my summer day camp guide that’s at an easy-to-remember website:! There are over 200 camps to choose from so there’s at least one camp that’s perfect for every child. You can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, dates, cost, and much more! It’s so easy, you’ll love it. Best of all, you can search from anywhere – the carpool line, at work (shhh!), and while at the beach. My guide to summer camps is the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE guide in the city and it’s a FREE service for all. I’ve been researching Houston day camps since 2003 and I love finding cool day camps for kids. I’m all about IGNITING LIVES (see why here) and exploring interests during the summer at camps are a great way to do that.

Happy almost Spring Break! If you have any questions or would like a speaker to come and talk to your group about summertime family fun, please contact me. I’d love to help!



Houston Grand Opera at Discovery Green
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Artist Boat

Eco-Art Camp
Artist Boat
PHONE: 409.770.0722
DATES: March 12-16
TIMES: 9am-noon or 1-4pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $175/5-day session (3 hours per day)

Art meets science in Artist Boat's Eco-Art Camps. Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of Eco-Art. Each camper will create high quality art projects that will illustrate all they have learned throughout the camp. Session themes are offered in which campers will use the scientific method to investigate processes in our ocean. Advance registration is required (call 409.770.0722 or email for more information and to sign up) and spaces are limited to ensure small camp size and individual attention.

Art of Sound Music School

Music Lessons
Art of Sound Music School
PHONE: 832.452.7970
DATES: ongoing
TIMES: your choice!
AGES: all ages
COST: $150/monthly tuition for weekly half hour lessons; $250/month for weekly hour lessons

Music teacher Tim Browning offers at home lessons through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults.

Discover Gymnastics

Spring Break Gymnastics Camps
Discover Gymnastics
PHONE: 713.680.0045
DATES: March 12-16
TIMES: full day (8am-5pm) and
half day (8am-12:30pm or 12:30-5pm)
AGES: 3 years old (potty trained!) and up
COST: starts at $65 for half day

Discover Gymnastics spring break camps are INDOOR fun that includes games, stretching, gymnastics, crafts, snacks and fun activities all day long. Kids can join in for a half or full day or all week. The gymnastics equipment includes bars, beam, rings, trampoline, foam pit, floor, tumbling activities – plus plenty of space to run around in! The full day program includes 4 hours of gymnastics instruction daily, free time, games, crafts, and movie time. There are many different budget options, listed on their website.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Spring Break Camp: Mammals - Friend or Fur?
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: March 12-16
TIMES: 9am-noon or 9am-3pm
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: 4 year-olds half day: $165/member and $200/non-member; 5-12 year olds half day: $155/member and $200/non-member; 5-12 year olds full day: $285/member and $365/non-member

What do mice, whales and humans have in common? We are all mammals! Come and learn more about this diverse and fascinating group of creatures and get to know some of the special mammals that live right here in Texas. We’ll discover the wonders of fur, test our acute mammal sense of smell and see just what the mammals have that allowed them to survive the great extinction that ended the age of dinosaurs. Please note that there is a new entrance, off the Loop 610 east feeder road.

Main Street Theater

Spring Break Turbo Camps
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 832.452.7970
DATES: March 12-16
TIMES: 9am-3:30pm
AGES: 6-11 years old
COST: $65/day

In Turbo camps, kids will create a play in a day! You can sign your children up for just one day – or every day. Starting at 9am with their best brainstorming, students will create an original play (plus all their props and costumes) to share with their classmates before the day is over. It’s a super fun way to introduce kids to the fundamentals of theatre while giving them first-hand experience creating a show.

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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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