I hope this email finds you well and not too stir crazy with the kiddos still at home. This is a great time to start dreaming about summer! Below are my CAMP PICKS - normalize life by talking to your kids about what they’d like to do a few months from now. And please continue safety protocols and stay-at-home measures so we can kick this virus! Enjoy the outdoors with your family, pull out those board games or cards and have some fun, or get creative with at home scavenger hunts (see my video for Young Audiences about that here!). It’s not easy but we WILL get through this time.

Thankfully there are a lot of organizations that are doing fun things for families. I shared the list below with you before but I’ve added a few new ones because the list just keeps growing. Click on links for more info and enjoy, explore, create!

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.

My heart is with each one of you as you navigate life right now. But there are brighter days ahead. Here’s to a happy, healthy, virus-free summer!



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 Invention

Camp Invention®
National Inventors Hall of Fame
PHONE: 800.968.4332
DATES: multiple locations and dates available
TIMES: vary by location
AGES: Rising grades K-6
COST: $235 and up

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex, and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas. Visit or call 800.968.4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

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)

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Summer Camps at HMNS
Houston Museum of Natural Science
PHONE: 713.639.4625
DATES: June 1 through August 14
TIMES: 10am-3pm
AGES: 6-12 years old
COST: $250 and up

This isn’t your average summer camp! Against the backdrop of real dinosaur fossils, chemistry in action, and a world class institution, kids can experience a summer of education and adventure. Geared for kids ages 6–12, Summer Camps at HMNS use fun, hands-on learning, and distinguished teachers to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will your child discover?! The week-long day camps at HMNS and HMNS at Sugar Land run from June 1 to August 14 and cover a wide range of topics from physics and coding to paleontology and forensic science.

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!

Yorkshire Academy

Yorkshire Academy Summer Program
Yorkshire Academy
PHONE: 281.531.6088
DATES: June 1 through July 17
TIMES: vary
AGES: 24 months through 6th grade
COST: varies by camp choice

Yorkshire Academy is your one stop summer camp shopping for ages 24 months through students going into 6th grade. You name it, they’ve got it - Fencing, Line Dancing, Chess, Pottery, Cricket, Nature, Coding, Theatre, Drones, and dozens more, as well as Academics and theme-based camps for your ‘littles’ like Disney Days or Jurassic Journey to name a few. It’s the program that kids and parents love because you can mix academics and enrichment in the same week.  In addition to so many choices of high quality camps, Yorkshire Academy has been around for 36 years, so you be confident your child will be in a nurturing and established environment. Half day/full day/full time care is available.

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