Life is constantly shifting in this COVID-19 time, and technology is making it easier. There are plenty of summer camps still happening live, but many are now offering digital options. BE SURE TO CHECK WEBSITES FOR THE LATEST UPDATES! And please rest assured that all of the camps I PICK are following safety protocols so you and your family don’t have to worry. And thankfully there are a lot of organizations that are doing fun things for families. Click on the links for more info and enjoy, explore, create!

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Here’s to a happy, healthy, virus-free summer!



A.D. Players

“Fun Under the Big Top” Summer Camp 2020
A.D. Players
PHONE: 713.439-0181 x112
DATES: starting June 8
TIMES: vary
AGES: 3-18 years old
COST: varies

Combining creativity and ensemble, the Academy offers camps in performance, technique, dance/movement, and auditions for productions. “Fun Under the Big Top” integrates a strong literary approach for theatre, enabling students to explore selections ranging from picture books to Curious George to Shakespeare. Some performance camps will highlight scenes from “The Greatest Showman,” while others will bring circus animals to life, such as the creatures from Disney’s classic musicals. The Academy welcomes students of all skill and experience levels and offers Arts for All Programming for artists with learning  differences. The goal at the Academy is to present a safe and nurturing summer camp environment which empowers young artists through excellent and inclusive theatrical experiences that embrace the uniqueness of every individual!

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 Connect

Camp Invention Connect™
National Inventors Hall of Fame
DATES: multiple locations and dates available
TIMES: vary by location
AGES: Rising grades K-6
COST: $175

Imaginations soar with their new at-home program, Camp Invention Connect™! Children in grades K-6 receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get them outside and active as they explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning - it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow participants. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).

Cypress Trails Ranch

Summer Day Camp
Cypress Trails Ranch
PHONE: 281.446.7232
DATES: ongoing through September 4
TIMES: 9am-6pm
AGES: 8 years old and up
COST: $110/1 day; $500/5 days; $850/10 days; $1,600/20 days

Day Campers spend their time experiencing the challenges and responsibilities of loving, riding, and taking care of horses. Whether the Day Camper comes to Camp as a novice or experienced rider, they will leave with more confidence and new equestrian skills. Cypress Trails Ranch offers riding programs suited for various ages and abilities. The property is conveniently located on a large, semi-wooded piece of land close to Houston and riding is done along beautiful, wooded, shady, and secluded natural trails along Cypress Creek.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Virtual Craft Camp 2020
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
PHONE: 713.529.4848
DATES: June 8 through August 14
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: starts at $130

This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is going digital! Join HCCC for week-long virtual craft camps for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Virtual Craft Camp is designed to encourage creativity, experimentation, and self-expression, while introducing kids to a variety of craft materials and processes. Camp options include an in-depth exploration of fiber art or clay, or a tour of various craft processes in their mixed-media camp.

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 Summer Camp 2020
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.

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