Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! I hope you are enjoying these final days of May as we creep closer to summer. If you're panicking about finding good day camps in Houston, 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!

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.

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.


Aerial Circus Endeavor Summer Camp
The Artistic Realm of Talentz (The ARTZ)
PHONE: 281.972.9147
DATES: June 4-August 17 (weekly sessions)
TIMES: 8am-5pm (extended hours available for an additional fee)
AGES: 5-15 years old
COST: $175/week; $150/week if registered for two or more weeks

When you fly, be Cre8tive with it™! Join the ARTZ all summer long for their weekly sessions that lead up to a great show at the end of the summer. You can choose from some or all of their 11 jam-packed sessions featuring a variety of activities from June 4-August 17. The sessions are full day and the cost starts at $175/week (discounted to $150/week if registering for two or more weeks). Kids will learn Fabric, Trapeze, Lyra, Wall Running, Harness, and much more. Camp hours are 8am-5pm and extended hours are available for an additional fee. Contact them for more details at 281.972.9147 or by email at

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.

The Bridges Academy of Fine Arts

Jerry Eckles Music Theater Camp - "Honk! Jr."
The Bridges Academy of Fine Arts
PHONE: 713.402.5110
DATES: June 18-29 (one 2-week session)
TIMES: 9am-5pm
AGES: Grades 2-12
COST: $275/session

The Bridges Academy of Fine Arts at St. Luke's is enrolling now for the annual Jerry Eckles Music Theater Camp, where they will present a one-hour "Junior" version of the hit musical “Honk!” This delightful and award-winning adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's ''The Ugly Duckling'' is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special. There will be plenty of roles, lots of great chorus numbers, and a fun opportunity for your child to develop/expand their skills regardless of prior experience. All camp activities will take place in the Rotunda Theater located within the secure campus at St. Luke's United Methodist Church at 3471 Westheimer Road.

Building Brains

LEGO® Educational Summer Camps
Building Brains
DATES: through August 24
TIMES: 9am-3pm and 9am-noon
AGES: 4 years old and up
COST: varies

The LEGO® preschool camps are for 3 to 5 year-olds and they use LEGO® Duplo educational kits to build math and science skills as well as simple machines that use gears, levers, and pulleys. Class themes include “Pirates That Can Build Anything”, “Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “It’s a Bug’s Life.” The LEGO® camps for older kids – Elementary I (6 to 8 years) or Elementary II (9 to 14 years) – allow kids to learn to build simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then motorize these machines using LEGO® kits and curriculum while building math and science skills. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination, and confidence will increase in these fun-filled camps.

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!

Main Street Theater

MST Summer Camp 2018:
Performing Arts Playground

Main Street Theater
PHONE: 832.452.7970
DATES: June 4-August 24
TIMES: vary
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.

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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