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Hello dear GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS reader!

Well hey there - it’s just about Spring Break time and I’ve got some great CAMP PICKS for you below. And if you’re already planning for summer - woo hoo! YOU ARE ORGANIZED. I’ve got some great summer CAMP PICKS too. 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 pages here and here! 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.

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

SPRING BREAK CAMPS:

SUMMER CAMPS:

 

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!

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!

Main Street Theater


Main Street Theater
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: March 16-20
TIMES: 9am-3:30pm (full day); 9am-noon or 1-4pm (half day)
AGES: 7-12 years old
COST: varies

These super fun, action-packed Spring Break camps will fit even the tightest holiday schedules! 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 carpool. There is an emphasis on creativity and collaboration each day and children will get to enjoy hands-on opportunities that teach them about theater. Sign up for as many or as few days as you like.

Alliance Fencing Academy


Summer Fencing Camps
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: June 5-August 7
TIMES: 9am-1pm
AGES: 5-14 years old
COST: $325/week or $75/daily

The fencing camps offered by Alliance Fencing Academy are an incredible opportunity for your child to have tremendous amounts of fun while learning skills that will last them a lifetime. Renowned instructor Andrey Geva and his highly trained coaching staff provide a fun and exciting setting for kids to learn the fascinating sport of competitive fencing. Their relaxed and comfortable setting ensures your child will grow and mature through peer interaction and validation. Camps take place in Houston and The Woodlands.

Aurora Picture Show


Aurora Summer Filmmaking Camps
Aurora Picture Show
PHONE: 713.868.2101
DATES: June 22-26; July 20-24; July 27-31*
TIMES: 9am-3pm
AGES: 12-15 years old
COST: $350/week ($295 for APS members)

In each of these week-long, hands-on camps, instructors screen a variety of films from Aurora's media library, teach the basics of traditional and experimental moviemaking, encourage creative thinking, and facilitate collaboration. Participants are guided through developing, shooting, and editing digital short films, and provided with links to their projects for downloading and sharing afterwards. All summer camp films are shown at a special premiere screening at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Saturday, August 8 at 10:30am. *July 27-31 is an Advanced Camp for enthusiastic participants who have previously attended at least one Aurora camp.

Camp Lantern Creek


Summer Camp 2020
Camp Lantern Creek
PHONE: 936.597.8225
DATES: Session 1: June 14-June 26; Session 2: June 28-July 10; Session 3: July 12-July 19
AGES: 7-17 years old
COST: $2,475/Sessions 1 & 2 (2 weeks) and $1,450/session 3 (1 week)

Tucked away on 100 acres in the Piney Woods of Montgomery, Texas, Camp Lantern Creek is a unique girls overnight camp created so girls can find their voices, try new things, take risks, be cheered on, push boundaries, and so much more. Some of their camp activities include one-of-a-kind Rosie Riveters, where girls learn to change a tire, build a fire, use a drill and so much more; Singers, Spot Light and Stage Crew, Steppers, their Studio 1 Art studio, doll-making and knitting classes, plus canoeing, archery, swimming, ropes course, and more! Sign up for camp here (hurry, it fills up fast). Your daughter -- and her friends -- will love it!

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


Summer Craft Camp
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
PHONE: 713.529.4848
DATES: weeks of June 8, June 15, July 13, July 20, August 3
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $275/week ($235 for HCCC members)

Craft Camp is designed to encourage creativity, experimentation, and self-expression, while introducing kids to a variety of craft materials and processes. Campers will practice critical thinking skills through conversations with teaching artists and learn how to look at and talk about works of art. Through individual and group projects in the galleries and Craft Garden, kids will work with materials such as clay, fiber, and metal.  Campers will begin the week by making their own sketchbooks and exploring the resident artists’ studios.  Each day includes time in the galleries, an hour lunch break, and hands-on studio projects, including clay self-portraits, natural fabric dyeing, and polymer clay miniatures. The week culminates in a mini-exhibition opening, where friends and family can view the kids’ completed works of art! (photo credit: Katy Anderson)

Main Street Theater


Main Street Theater
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: June 8-August 21
TIMES: 9am-3:30pm (full day); 9am-noon or 1-4pm (half day)
AGES: 4-18 years old
COST: varies

Their summer camp for ages 4-18 takes place at 4 locations around Houston: Rice Village (Main Street Theater), Museum District (Italian Cultural Center), Bellaire (Bellaire Parks & Rec), and Midtown (MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston).  Students collaborate to create an original play and dance piece, taking charge of all aspects of performance while professional teaching artists provide guidance and know-how. One- and two-week sessions for ages 4–14 are available for their general camps (before & after care is available for their general camp sessions in Rice Village and at the MATCH).  They also offer one day "Turbo Camps" (ages 6 - 11) at different times during the summer: sign up for as many or as few days as you wish!  And there is a Summer Shakespeare for older students (through age 18): a 3-week course culminates in a full production open to the public.

St. Francis Episcopal School


Summer on the Point
St. Francis Episcopal School
PHONE: 713.458.6467
DATES: June 1-26 and July 6-August 7
TIMES: full day & half day options plus extended care
AGES: 3 years to 10th grade
COST: $150-375/week

Summer on the Point” offers camps for preschool through high school, in areas of academics, arts, technology, STEAM, sports, and traditional day camps. For more than 25 years, this program has offered students in the greater Houston area a curriculum that allows for real-world investigations in both everyday knowledge and new concepts.  From Primary School students who are connecting existing knowledge to new ideas in the world around them, to teens making discoveries in science and technology, students find that learning comes to life when they push their own boundaries. Register now - spots fill up fast!


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