Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! Isn’t the weather lovely?! Indeed, spring has sprung -- which means summer is just around the corner. As we wrap up another school year, it’s time to figure out where to send the kids for day camp fun! Check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS – at – and start your camp search now. It’s the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE guide in the city – I’ve been researching summer day camps since 2003 and I love finding cool camps for kids. I’m all about IGNITING LIVES (see why here) and exploring interests during the summer at camps are a great way for kids to do that.

There are over 200 camps to choose from so there’s at least one camp that’s perfect for every child! They can explore fencing, Mandarin Chinese, horseback riding, pottery, cooking, inventing, and much more! You can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, 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.

And because I love to make recommendations of summer camps and organizations that offer classes, below is my curated list of camps that I want you to be sure you check out. I’ll be sending these CAMP PICKS out for the next few months so keep an eye out for them and happy searching! And 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!


Alley Play Makers

Alley Play Makers
Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5441
DATES: June 4-August 3
TIMES: 9am-3pm (early and late care available)
AGES: 5-13 years old
COST: $575/2-week camp

Alley Playmakers promotes creativity and connects youth and families to the work of the Alley Theatre in a personal way. The goal is to encourage participation in theatre at all levels, enhance creative expression... and to have lots of fun! So, if someone in your house is running around dressed up like a knight or princess, or hiding behind the planters in wait for the next alien landing, it may be time to sign your growing young actor up for the Alley Theatre’s Play Makers. They offer camps and classes for grades K-8 in Houston and Fort Bend. All are in 2-week sessions.

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.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention
National Inventors Hall of Fame
PHONE: 800.968.4332
DATES: vary based upon location
(over 30 in the greater Houston area!)
TIMES: vary based upon location
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: varies based upon location

Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year's all-new Camp Invention program, “Fast Forward!” A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows students entering kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork – all while having FUN! Activities include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around – National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees – to inspire young innovators. Use promo code ThinkBig15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

Xplorations Summer Camps

Xplorations Summer Camps
Houston Museum of Natural Science
PHONE: 713.639.4652
DATES: June 4-August 17
TIMES: 10am-3pm (early and late care available)
AGES: 6-12 years old
COST: starts at $240, HMNS member discounts available

A summer of education and adventure awaits your child at HMNS! Their "Xplorations Summer Camps" will be held at the main Houston Museum of Natural Science location and at HMNS Sugar Land. Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6–12 years old and are held Monday–Friday from 10am–3pm. For an additional weekly fee, care is available before camp begins each day, from 8–10am, and after camp ends, from 3–5:30pm. The camps offer more sensational science than ever before! New topics for 2018: Advanced Food Science for ages 10-12, Camp Half Blood for ages 8-9 and 10-12, and Maker Lab Alpha for ages 10-12.

Main Street Theater

MST Summer Camp 2018:
Performing Arts Playground

Main Street Theater
PHONE: 832.452.7970
DATES: June 4-August 24
TIMES: varies
AGES: 4-18 years old
COST: starts at $275; Turbo (one day) camps are $70/each

Main Street Theater offers a performing arts playground where children (ages 4-18) are brought together and use their imaginations to create an original play and dance piece. Students take charge of all aspects of performance while the teachers (who are arts and educational professionals) provide guidance and know-how support to the young creative team. Full day and half day sessions vary per location and extended care is available at some locations. There are $70 one day "Turbo Camps" the weeks of July 2 (no camp 7/4) and August 20 for kids 6-11 years old at the Chelsea Market location.

Recreational Fencing Summer Camps

Recreational Fencing Summer Camps
Salle Mauro Fencing Academy
PHONE: 832.778.8745
DATES: June 4-August 10
TIMES: 9am-noon
AGES: 6 years old and up
COST: $195/week

These Recreational Fencing Summer Camps for beginners are unique, athletic, and fun all summer long! Their indoor program features World Class instructors and are for kids 6 years old and up who are interested in the exciting world of swordplay. Fencing is a fast-paced athletic activity that uniquely blends the mind and the body – it’s a perfect summer sport for kids! The cost is $195 per session; completing a camp session automatically qualifies you to receive 50% off their club membership. There is a 10% family discount for siblings.

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

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