It’s April, ya’ll, so time to get your summer ORGANIZED. I know it’s hard, I know you’re busy, I know you just want to catch up on sleep. But: it’s April.

Don't worry! I can help you. Check out my guide, 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 (see why here) 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 searching – may you find much fun for you and your kids!


Alley Theatre

Alley Play Makers
Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5441
DATES: 2-week sessions starting June 3, June 17, July 8, July 22

AGES: 9am-3pm; extended care is 8-9am and 3-5pm
COST: $575/2-week session

During each Alley Play Makers 2-week session, 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. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons and each Alley Play Makers session ends with an Open Workshop, which allows a glimpse into the camp classroom. There are now 3 locations: downtown Houston, Fort Bend, and Spring.

Alliance Fencing Academy

Summer Fencing Camps
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: June 3-August 13
TIMES: 9am-1pm and 10am-4pm
AGES: 6-14 years old
COST: $300/5-day session or $85/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.

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

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate, and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10/19). EARLY/LATE CARE AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Summer Camp 2019
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: June 3-August 9
TIMES: 9am-noon and 9am-3pm; extended care is 3-5:30pm
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: varies based upon location

Register your kids for these fun-filled week-long camps that explore the natural world through active, hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at this 155-acre nature sanctuary. Please note that some camps are sold out but if you’d like to get on the waiting list, register as usual and your name will be added. Topics for 2019 include: “Stayin’ Alive,” in which kids learn about a snake with a snorkel, a blood-squirting lizard, an acting bird, and a roly-poly mammal; “Arboretum Underground,” in which kids will learn about fungi, insects, and anything that burrows, sleeps, or lives underground; and “Wetlands, Wet & Wild,” an action-packed camp exploring the wild world of wetlands with hands-on learning, fun games, and creative crafts.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Summer Craft Camps 2019
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
PHONE: 713.529.4848 x112
DATES: weeks of June 10, 24; July 8, 22; August 5
TIMES: 9am-2pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $235/week for members; $275/week for non-members

This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents five, week-long craft camps for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. 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.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Summer Camps at HMNS
Houston Museum of Natural Science
PHONE: 713.639.4625
DATES: weeks of June 3, June 10, June 24, July 1 (3-day camp week), July 15, July 22, August 5, August 12
TIMES: 10am-3pm, with extended care from 8-10am and 3-5:30pm
AGES: 6-12 years old
COST: varies

A summer of education and adventure awaits your child at HMNS. The perfect camp choice for your future scientist, Summer Camps at HMNS feature hands-on activities against the backdrop of a world-class museum to inspire fun, active learning. These week-long science camps for kids ages 6–12 are taught by world-class teachers, so your kid will experience real science in action. HMNS members get to take advantage of summer camp discounts, and there’s never been a better time to become a member! Use promo code SG19 to save up to $50 OFF a museum membership, which you can purchase here. This special discount goes extinct August 31st so don’t wait!

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.)

University of St. Thomas

Music Preparatory School Summer Camps
University of St. Thomas
PHONE: 713.525.3559
DATES: weeks of June 10 and 17 and July 8, 15, 22, 29
TIMES: 9am-noon (and 1-4pm for Axiom Summer Music Academy)
AGES: 5-18 years old
COST: varies

Every summer, the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School offers children's music day camps for K-12 -- the ages vary depending on each camp. Kids can learn piano, guitar, percussion, math and music, choir, and organ -- as well as strings in the Axiom Summer Music Academy which includes lessons from members of the Axiom String Quartet. These top-ranked music programs allow students to participate in daily classes, ensemble and student performances, and concerts. Camps are led by professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, and private settings. All camps take place on the University’s campus.

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