Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! It’s the month of May, my friends, and time to get real about summer day camps. I know you’re panicking – but doncha worry! I am here to help.

First of all, sit a moment and watch me chat about summer day camps with the fun folks at Houston Life. And take a moment to read what I’ve written about camps in Houstonia Magazine and Local Houston Magazine. I know all about Houston day camps and boy, do I LOVE to let people know about them! Stick with me and I’ll keep you informed. Pinky promise.

Now it’s time to check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS – at – 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!

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!


Abrakadoodle Art Camps

Doodlers and Mini-Doodlers
PHONE: 832.908.8016
DATES: June 4-August 10
TIMES: 9am-noon (3-5 year olds) and
9am-3pm (6-10 year olds).
Early and late care available for an additional fee.
AGES: 3-10 years old
COST: starts at $210/session

Abrakadoodle camps ignite imaginations by facilitating hands-on, active discovery and exploration of “process art” in which campers will explore art materials and the creative process of taking ideas from within and bringing them into existence. Their weekly-themed camps including: Under the Sea, Extreme STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), It’s a Jungle Out There, and Art Rocks. Kids will explore their creativity using a variety of art mediums and will end the week with an impressive portfolio of at least 10 unique masterpieces and many new friends!

A.D. Players

Academy Super Summer 2018
A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy
PHONE: 713.439.0181
DATES: June 4-August 19
TIMES: half day
AGES: 5 years old and up
COST: varies

Come join the fun at the A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy’s “Academy Super Summer 2018” camps! Nurturing the mind, body and spirit, these camps provide educational theatre opportunities for young artists ages 5-18. Combining creativity and ensemble practice, kids can choose from programs in performance, technique, dance/movement, and auditions for musical theatre productions. Academy Super Summer 2018 integrates a strong literary approach enabling students to explore selections ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Oz to heroes from Greek mythology. The Academy welcomes students of all skill and experience levels and offers “Arts for All Programming” for artists with learning differences.

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 Play Makers 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.

Alliance Fencing Academy

Summer Fencing Camps
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: June 4-August 24
TIMES: 9am-1pm
AGES: 6-14 years old
COST: $250/5 days session or $60/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.

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.

Artist Boat

Eco-Art Camp
Artist Boat
PHONE: 409.770.0722
DATES: June 11-August 17
TIMES: 9am-noon or 1-4pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $175/5-day session (3 hours per day)

Art meets science in Artist Boat's Eco-Art Camps. Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of Eco-Art. Each camper will create high quality art projects that will illustrate all they have learned throughout the camp. Session themes are offered in which campers will use the scientific method to investigate processes in our ocean. Advance registration is required (call 409.770.0722 or email for more information and to sign up) and spaces are limited to ensure small camp size and individual attention.

artmix studio

art journey around the world!
artmix studio
PHONE: 713.552.9028
DATES: May 24-August 31 (weekly and daily options available)
TIMES: vary (full day, half day, and early/late options available)
AGES: 3-15 years old
COST: varies

This summer, kids will travel the globe by learning about various places in the world and they will enjoy creative, skill building fun! Students will draw, paint, and sculpt, and make masterpieces inspired by the destination’s culture, landscape, artists and artisans. They will pour, build, draw, sculpt, paint – creating a vibrant collection of amazing masterpieces. Each day of the week, students will experiment, invent, and create with different aspects of all of the art elements: color, form, texture, line, and shapes. Please send your camper(s) in art–friendly clothes, ready to dive in to hours of hands–on, skill building, creative fun!

artmix has a beautiful new location in Rice Village at 2522 Times Boulevard!

Aurora Picture Show

Aurora Summer Filmmaking Camps
Aurora Picture Show
PHONE: 713.868.2101
DATES: 7-11 year olds - the weeks of June 18, June 25, July 16; 12-15 year olds - the weeks of July 9, July 23, July 30
TIMES: 9am-3pm
AGES: 7-15 years old
COST: $350/week or $295/week for Aurora members

Aurora Picture Show's popular filmmaking camps provide kids with opportunities to see, learn, create, and collaborate! In each of these week-long, hands-on camps, their instructors screen a variety of films, teach the basics of moviemaking techniques, encourage creative thinking, and facilitate collaboration. Participants are guided through developing, shooting, and editing digital short films, and are provided with links to their projects for downloading and sharing. The completed summer camp films will be shown at a special premiere screening at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on August 11.

Crossing Borders

Language Summer Camps
Crossing Borders International Camps
PHONE: 281.405.0899
DATES: June 4-August 11
TIMES: vary
AGES: 4-16 years old
COST: varies

In today’s world, the ability to speak a second, third, or even fourth language is a tremendous advantage. Give your child that advantage—opening the doors to a lifetime of opportunities—by enrolling him or her in one or more of Crossing Borders’ language classes and programs. Crossing Borders provides a great opportunity for kids to get ahead in school, discover a new language and culture, and make new friends. Kids will participate in interactive games and role playing so they can speak their new language in real situations. Campers are grouped by age and fluency level so they can learn and practice among their peers. Their Houston camps feature Spanish, English (ESL), French, Mandarin, and Arabic while the Pearland camps feature ESL and Spanish. Languages offered vary by week.

Girls, Inc. Houston

Camp Smart
Girls, Inc. Houston
PHONE: 713.802.2260
DATES: June 11-22
TIMES: 9am-4pm (early and late care available)
AGES: 7-12 years old
COST: varies; scholarships are available for all

This is an exciting new camp from Girls, Inc. Houston! Girls ages 7–12 years old are invited to experience this one-of-a-kind, interactive day camp at the Health Museum from June 11–22. Girls can do just one week but it's preferred they do both. Scholarships are available (no one is turned away!) and there is early and late care for an additional fee. All activities are designed to help girls grow up to be strong, smart, and bold! <Strong (healthy)> Girls will recognize and celebrate their strengths and abilities through physical activity, such as yoga, Krav Maga, and Zumba. <Smart (educated)> Girls will engage in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) while learning about medicine, science and the human body. <Bold (independent)> Girls will explore careers with women leaders and professionals doing interesting work in various fields, and will build their economic and entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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.

Language Kids World

Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French & English Immersion Summer Camps
Language Kids World
PHONE: 281.565.1388
DATES: June 4-August 24
TIMES: 9am-3pm, early and late care available
AGES: 3-11 years old
COST: starts at $219

Give your child the gift of another language with these Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, and English language immersion summer camps. The Language Kids World summer camps are play-based and innovative, and provided in a fun and nurturing environment that fosters friendship and curiosity for other cultures! Their hands-on and interactive programs are taught by native-speaker language educators with extensive training and experience in language teaching methodologies. The camps are week-long, with early and extended immersion provided at some locations, for kids 3–11 years old. There are multiple locations: Houston, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Kingwood, Spring/The Woodlands, Spring Branch, Katy, Pearland. Call them today and start your child on the path to become bilingual!

Michael DeVoll Counseling Services, LLC

This Side of the Rainbow Summer Camp
Michael DeVoll Counseling Services, LLC
PHONE: 832.221.9298
DATES: July 16-21 (6 days)
TIMES: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday is 9am-1pm and is for campers and their families
AGES: high school
COST: $595 (scholarships are available and no teen is turned away)

This week-long day camp for LGBTQI teens will include a wide range of activities, including both indoor and outdoor experiences. There will be a focus on creative activities that will call for self-examination, plus thought-provoking activities that promote a sense of self-esteem and resilience. The camp is $595 (breakfast and lunch included) but NOONE is turned away due to lack of funds! Some of the activities may include: •Photography, ceramics, or other visual arts •A film, followed by a discussion of the topics raised in the film •Kayaking, rock climbing, or other outdoor team building activities •A panel discussion featuring college–age LGBTQI individuals •Goal–setting and planning for the future.

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 is 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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