Whew! Is it already spring break time?! If you’re like me, you are panicking a bit about what to do with the kiddos. If you’re not going on a fab vacay, don’t worry – kids can have plenty of fun at the awesome camps that I recommend, listed below. Check ‘em out and sign ‘em up. I also included information about organizations offering spring break activities. Spring break in Houston is NEXT WEEK, Y’ALL (March 11-15), so get ready!!! I’ve also included some summer camp suggestions for you – making it easy to plan ahead.

And...get a jump on all of your summer camp planning by checking out DAY CAMPS HOUSTON, the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE database in the city! I’ve been researching summer day camps since 2003 and love finding cool camps for kids. I’m all about IGNITING LIVES and exploring interests through summer camps are a great way to do that. Searching for camps is super easy: you can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, and much more! And, of course, you can search from anywhere – the carpool line, at work (shhh!), and while at the beach. It’s my online guide to getting your kids offline.

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


City Artworks (spring break)


Asia Society Texas Center

Spring Break: Journey Through Japan
Asia Society Texas Center
PHONE: 713.496.9901
DATES: March 11-15
TIMES: noon-3pm

AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: free

Celebrate Spring Break by learning about Japan and its beautiful spring season! Each day during the week, the Asia Society Texas Center is welcoming spring with different come-and-go, kid-friendly activities. Kids will learn about the different sakura (Japanese cherry blossoms), create spring-inspired origami, and enjoy daily screenings of fun Japanese anime movies, plus take advantage of FREE admission to their exhibition “New Cartographies” in its final week.

Bayou Bend Collection and Garden

Spring Break at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
PHONE: 713.639.7759
DATES: March 11-15
TIMES: 10am-4pm
AGES: family friendly
COST: varies

Enjoy a wide range of child-friendly activities in the gardens, mansion, and Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center during Spring Break at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Pick up your itinerary when you arrive! It’s filled with activities that illuminate the blooming flowers and budding trees in the gardens, as well as the art and artifacts in the historic mansion. Click here for the daily schedule of events.

City ArtWorks

Spring Break Art Classes
City ArtWorks
PHONE: 713.681.1331
DATES: March 11-15
TIMES: 10am-5pm (choose 2 hour classes or all day)
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: varies

Kids can spend their spring break with City ArtWorks and have fun with art! They have classes appropriate for kids pre-kindergarten and kindergarten as well as kids ages 6-12 years old. Their flexible classes range from 2 hour sessions to a full day art class. Children may stay through lunch hour if they bring their own lunch -- this is a studio/lunch time where they are not taught, but overseen by an instructor. Various art supplies are available for use, or students may read or watch a video during lunch time. During the classes, kids will get to experience painting, drawing, sculpting, watercolor, design and more!

Contemporary Art Museum of Houston

Spring Break Bonus Open Studio
Contemporary Art Museum of Houston
PHONE: 713.284.8250
DATES: March 12-14
TIMES: 2-4pm
AGES: all ages
COST: free

CAMH’s Open Studio sessions feature drop-in, hands-on activities that draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. During these sessions participants will have an opportunity to explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making their own artworks in response. Kids will get to experiment with new materials, explore fresh ideas, and make new friends.

The Council on Recovery

Kids Camp at the Council
The Council on Recovery
PHONE: 713.942.4100
DATES: March 14-16
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.

The Glassell Junior/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Summer Art Classes at the Glassell Junior School
The Glassell Junior School/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
PHONE: 713.639.7700
DATES: classes start June 3
AGES: 4-18 years old
COST: varies

Start planning for summer at the Glassell School of Art! The Junior School offers classes and workshops for ages 4 to 18. Choose from drawing, painting, digital art, fashion, cartooning, and more. Week-long courses and an extended-day program are available. Registration for new students begins March 14. Classes start June 3. Click here for more information and here for the 2019 course catalog.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HCCC Spring Break
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
PHONE: 713.529.4848
DATES: March 11-15
TIMES: 10am-5pm (drop-in with adults; closed Wednesday, 3/13, noon-5pm)
AGES: all
COST: free

During Spring Break week, join the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for hands-on making and other activities that encourage families to explore craft together. Although it’s normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, HCCC will be open all week for this special event, with the exception of Wednesday afternoon, March 13, when the Center will be closed for a private event. Hands-on activities will include paper marbling, polymer clay tiny food, paper weaving, tiny furniture with cardboard, and beading. Families can also spend time looking, talking, and sketching art in the galleries with experienced docents, and exploring the open studios of HCCC’s current resident artists.

Solaris Pediatric Therapy

Handwriting & Yoga Camp
Solaris Pediatric Therapy
PHONE: 832.727.3771
DATES: June 3-7, June 10-14
TIMES: 8:45am–12pm
AGES: 5-10 years old
COST: $400/week (discounts for siblings and booking 2 weeks)

This is a fun and unique camp that develops a strong foundation for good handwriting skills and skills beneficial for learning. Each day incorporates sensory motor activities that work on the proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile and visual systems, as well as activities to improve fine motor and visual motor skills. Solaris uses The Handwriting Without Tears workbooks. The daily yoga practice helps to improve body awareness, attention, self-regulatory abilities, and special relaxation techniques (important for reducing stress and anxiety.)

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