Whew! Is it already almost spring break time?! Perhaps you are panicking a bit about what to do with the kiddos (I see you, I hear you!). If you’re not going on a fab vacay, don’t worry - kids can have plenty of fun at the awesome camps and fun events that I recommend below. Check ‘em out and sign ‘em up. Spring break in Houston is March 16-20, so get ready!!! Stay tuned via GISH PICKS for all my CAMP PICKS, coming at you each holiday season (be sure you’re on my GISH PICKS KIDS email list here and you can also follow all my CAMP PICKS on my Facebook page)! I’ve been researching Houston area DAY CAMPS since 2003 and love finding cool-n-unique ones. I’m all about IGNITING LIVES (see why here) and exploring interests through day camps are a great way to do that.

Speaking of exploring, be sure to check out the special Spring Mother/Daughter Weekend at Camp Lantern Creek next weekend (March 6-8). All the deets are below.

Happy spring - may you find much fun for you and your kids!



Alley Theatre

Alley Play Makers
Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5441
DATES: March 16-20
TIMES: 9am-3pm; extended care available for a fee

AGES: 5-18 years old
COST: $325-$375

Campers join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. The young actors will learn the basics of theatre skills, including what it means to work as an ensemble; how to create and live in a character; how to make and stick to bold choices; spatial awareness and creative movement; how to tell a story with the voice and the body; and how to create a beginning, middle, and end of a story. Each Alley Play Makers session ends with an Open Workshop, which allows parents to glimpse into the camp classroom and gives students the opportunity to show off their new skills. This is not only a chance for young actors to flourish in front of an audience, it’s also an opportunity to include the family in an Alley Play Makers celebration of learning. The dates for Lil’ Play Makers, for 2-4 year olds, will be announced soon!

Asia Society Texas Center

Spring Break: Spring into Asia
Asia Society Texas Center
PHONE: 713.496.9901
DATES: March 16-20

TIMES: noon-2pm
AGES: any with adult caregiver
COST: free

Explore Asian springtime foods, games, and more with your family at the Asia Society Texas Center, where each day is dedicated to different cultural, kid-friendly activities. Enjoy picnic food by learning how to make onigiri and spring rolls. Create vivid Rangoli designs with colored sand, play the dragon tail game with friends, fold beautiful lotus flowers, and enjoy the spring breeze as you fly a kite. There is also a kid-friendly “Outdoor Japanese Movie Nights” event that week, with films showing at 7:30pm each night: “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” on Monday, March 16; “I Wish” on Wednesday, March 18; and “Okko's Inn” on Friday, March 20. While you’re at any of the family events, take advantage of FREE admission to their exhibitions!

Camp Lantern Creek

Spring Mother/Daughter Weekend
Camp Lantern Creek
PHONE: 936.597.8225
DATES: March 6-8 (overnight)
AGES: 7-17 year olds and their mothers
COST: $500 - mother/daughter pair; $250 - each additional daughter

Join the fun at Camp Lantern Creek for their special Spring Mother/Daughter Weekend on March 6-8. You’ll get to enjoy this unique overnight camp located in the Texas Piney Woods that was created so that girls can find their voices, try new things, take risks, be cheered on, push boundaries, and so much more. This weekend is designed for you to experience the magic of camp with your daughter! Enjoy a Friday night campfire full of s'mores and singing. On Saturday, experience several CLC activities including arts and crafts, mother daughter bonding games and activities, a talent show, canoeing, and archery. End the weekend on a high note with a Sunday pajama breakfast. Register here to secure your spot. You’ll have plenty of outdoors fun right before Spring Break!

The Council on Recovery

Kids Camp at the Council
The Council on Recovery
PHONE: 713.942.4100
DATES: March 19-21
TIMES: varies
AGES: 7-12 years old
COST: varies

Kids Camp at The Council provides education and support for girls and boys ages 7-12 to help them stay healthy and safe when their parent has alcoholism or other drug addiction. Children from homes where there’s addiction face conflict, unpredictable behavior, and broken promises. Rather than feel safe and protected at home, kids incorrectly believe they are the cause of the problems. The Kids Camp at The Council has helped hundreds of kids and families cope with the difficulties and challenges of addiction. No family is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

Hines Center for Spirituality

Kinetic Vibez: Spring Break Camp
Hines Center for Spirituality
PHONE: 713.590.3302
DATES: March 16-19
TIMES: 9am-3pm
AGES: 8-17 year olds
COST: $40/day

Kinetic Vibez is an artistic wellness movement that focuses on introducing a holistically creative lifestyle to youth, ages 8 to 17. By fusing yoga, meditation, and hip-hop, students can overcome stress, depression, and bullying. Kinetic Vibez gives students the opportunity to express themselves through hip-hop music production, poetry, and art. Students will be able to connect with other youth who share the same creative interests, building a social network of young creative individuals. In order to encourage families coming together, purchasing additional tickets will result in a discount!


Spring Break Art Camp
PHONE: 713.590.0100
DATES: March 16-20
TIMES: 3-4:30pm
AGES: 8-18 year olds
COST: $90, unless receiving free/reduced lunch in SBISD

Newspring has merged with City ArtWorks, and their new faith-based mission is delivering visual arts and life-skills mentoring programs that inspire students and their families to achieve a better life. The Spring Break Art Camp session will be in the afternoons during Spring Break and it’s free for students who received free/reduced lunch in SBISD.

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