Summer is almost here and I am working hard to stay updated on all the shifting that is happening with day camps in Houston, as you’ll see with my CAMP PICKS below. As always in this COVID-19 world, BE SURE TO CHECK WEBSITES AND FACEBOOK PAGES 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.

I recently chatted with Amy Davis, a mom and reporter at Click2Houston - you can see that chat here and her Facebook Live chat about camps here. As you can see, we are all figuring this out as we go! If you want some additional support with that, be sure to check out this webinar, Happy Campers at Home: Navigating Summer with Children during COVID-19.” I learned about it from one of my favorite organizations, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

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.

There are a lot of soft openings of cultural organizations happening around the greater Houston area - so I’ll be letting you know about that in next week’s regular weekly blog. I will also send you my latest (ALMOST) DAILY DOSE OF ARTS PICKS round-up. Be sure to check your email for all of that information when it rolls in.

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.

Asia Society Texas Center

ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids
Asia Society Texas Center
PHONE: 713.496.9901
DATES: June 8-August 7
TIMES: 9am-3pm, with aftercare for live camps from 3:30-5pm
AGES: 6-14 years old (varies by camp)
COST: varies

In Asia Society's eighth year of ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids, students embark on hands-on programs delving into Asian traditions, arts, and culture. Five different sessions are offered: Filmmaking with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Digital; Adventures Along the Silk Road Digital; Manga POP and Manga Digital; On to the Tokyo Summer Games!; and Dances of China. Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, decisions about the format for the July and August camps will be made on a camp-by-camp basis and communicated to all registered families with three weeks' notice.

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.

Discover Gymnastics

Discover Gymnastics Summer Camp
Discover Gymnastics
PHONE: 713.680.0045
DATES: June 1-August 21
TIMES: 8am-3pm with early drop off from 7:30-8am for $5/day
AGES: 3-12 years old (must be potty trained)
COST: varies

Your kids will enjoy hours of fun gymnastics, activities, weekly themes, and crafts at the Discover Gymnastics Summer Camp. Please click here for Discover Gymnastics’ COVID-19 plan, and please note that there are some new regulations, all listed here. Guidelines include: all campers must have reservations (no walk-ups allowed); social distancing and all CDC protocols will be followed by campers and staff; camp groups will be smaller; all mats and surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis; and children will be asked to wash their hands in between rotations. Safety is their first priority so you can rest assured! Campers can come for a day, for a week, or all summer. Please note: kids will need to come to camp with a lunch, snack, and a change of clothes. Thank you.

Elite University

Elite University Summer Camps
Elite Music and Fine Arts
PHONE: 855.931.2586
DATES: June 8-August 21
TIMES: 7am-6pm
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: $325/week

Elite U Summer Camps have a variety of summer camp programs that will keep every child engaged, including athletics, performing arts, robotics, culinary arts, engineering, and visual arts. Kids are active, imaginative, creative, and curious! At Elite, kids are challenged to be all of those things while having fun. Join Elite today for an educational program that will inspire your child to make new friends while learning new things and having fun. The Elite University summer camp is proud to be Houston's quality summer camp for ten years.

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.

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