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It’s summer, ya’ll! Yes indeedy – the heat is here, the kids are here, school is over. You might be stressing out but doncha worry. I’ve got lots of camp info for you: check out my guideDAY CAMPS HOUSTON, the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE database in the city with over *200* camps! I’ve been researching summer day camps since 2003 and love finding cool ones for kids. And check out this blast – I’ve featured a round-up of some of the best camps in Houston.

I’m all about IGNITING LIVES (see why here) and exploring interests through summer camps are a great way to do that. Searching for camps on DAY CAMPS HOUSTON is super easy: you can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, dates available, and much more! And, of course, you can search from anywhere – the carpool line, at work (shhh!), and while at the beach. It’s my online guide to getting your kids offline.

Happy searching – may you find much fun for you and your kids!

P.S. I recently spoke to Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston about summer day camps – check out our chat here. It’s always so fun with her!

QUICK LINKS:

 

14 Pews Film Academy


Documentary Filmmaking Summer Workshop
14 Pews Film Academy
PHONE: 281.888.9677
DATES: June 3-7

TIMES: 9am-1pm
COST: $325

14 Pews Film Academy makes films on Houston artists while teaching the art of filmmaking.  This summer they will be teaching a Documentary Filmmaking Workshop to teens – whose documentaries will then have their World Premiere at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2019!  This summer they are highlighting Houston artist Terrell James. The instructor is 14 Pews Executive Director Cressandra Thibodeaux -- a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, and storyteller. Cressandra is passionate about helping other filmmakers, especially teens, develop their skills. The founder of several small film festivals, she balances her time as a teacher with her creative work on documentary films and running 14 Pews.

Alley Theatre


Alley Play Makers
Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5441
DATES: 2-week sessions starting June 3, June 17, July 8, July 22

TIMES: 9am-3pm; extended care is 8-9am and 3-5pm
COST: $575/2-week session

During each Alley Play Makers 2-week session, campers join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. The young actors will learn the basics of theatre skills, including: what it means to work as an ensemble; how to create and live in a character; how to make and stick to bold choices; spatial awareness and creative movement; how to tell a story with the voice and the body; and how to create a beginning, middle, and end of a story. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons and each Alley Play Makers session ends with an Open Workshop, which allows a glimpse into the camp classroom. There are now 3 locations: downtown Houston, Fort Bend, and Spring.

Asia Society Texas Center


ExploreAsia and Young Leaders Institute/YLI
Asia Society Texas Center
PHONE: 713.496.9901
DATES: weeks of June 10 & 17, July 8 & 19, August 5 (ExploreAsia); weeks of June 24, July 15 & 22 (YLI)
TIMES: 9am-3pm & aftercare 3-5:30pm (ExploreAsia)

AGES: 6-12 years old (ExploreAsia) and high schoolers (YLI)
COST: varies (ExploreAsia); $50/week (YLI)

Summer 2019 at Asia Society Texas Centerwill feature five weeks of ExploreAsia summer camps and three weeks of the Young Leaders Institute for high school students (specific dates listed above). In the ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids, students embark on hands-on programs delving into Asian traditions, art, and culture. Topics for this year include “Manga Pop!” and “Amazing Asian Eats.” YLI is a week-long program designed to prepare high school students for leadership in a globally interconnected society. This summer's topics are U.S.–China Relations, the Middle East, and Energy and Security. Applications are due May 17; it is free to apply.

Camp Invention


Camp Invention®
National Inventors Hall of Fame
PHONE: 800.968.4332
DATES: vary based upon location (over 30 in the greater Houston area!)
TIMES: vary based upon location
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: varies based upon location

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate, and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program. Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10/19). EARLY/LATE CARE AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION.

City ArtWorks


Summer Art Camp
City ArtWorks
PHONE: 713.681.1331
DATES: weeks of June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5
TIMES: 9am-4:45pm (choose 2-hour classes or all day)
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: varies

City ArtWorks Summer Art Camp offers 9 one-week long sessions of age-appropriate art classes held at the City ArtWorks studio. Each week there is a new curriculum designed to keep young artists motivated! Classes may include sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media, or other visual art mediums. Most classes are available in 2-hour blocks throughout the day and you can add lunch or an extra class as desired.

The Glassell Junior/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Summer Art Classes at the Glassell Junior School
The Glassell Junior School/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
PHONE: 713.639.7700
DATES: classes start June 3
AGES: 4-18 years old
COST: varies

Start planning for summer at the Glassell School of Art! The Junior School offers classes and workshops for ages 4 to 18. Choose from drawing, painting, digital art, fashion, cartooning, and more. Week-long courses and an extended-day program are available. Registration for new students began March 14. Classes start June 3. Click here for more information and here for the 2019 course catalog.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center


Summer Camp 2019
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: June 3-August 9
TIMES: 9am-noon and 9am-3pm; extended care is 3-5:30pm
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: varies based upon location

Register your kids for these fun-filled week-long camps that explore the natural world through active, hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at this 155-acre nature sanctuary. Please note that some camps are sold out but if you’d like to get on the waiting list, register as usual and your name will be added. Topics for 2019 include: “Stayin’ Alive,” in which kids learn about a snake with a snorkel, a blood-squirting lizard, an acting bird, and a roly-poly mammal; “Arboretum Underground,” in which kids will learn about fungi, insects, and anything that burrows, sleeps, or lives underground; and “Wetlands, Wet & Wild,” an action-packed camp exploring the wild world of wetlands with hands-on learning, fun games, and creative crafts.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


Summer Craft Camps 2019
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
PHONE: 713.529.4848 x112
DATES: weeks of June 10, 24; July 8, 22; August 5
TIMES: 9am-2pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $235/week for members; $275/week for non-members

This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents five, week-long craft camps for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. 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.

Houston Museum of Natural Science


Summer Camps at HMNS
Houston Museum of Natural Science
PHONE: 713.639.4625
DATES: weeks of June 3, June 10, June 24, July 1 (3-day camp week), July 15, July 22, August 5, August 12
TIMES: 10am-3pm, with extended care from 8-10am and 3-5:30pm
AGES: 6-12 years old
COST: varies

A summer of education and adventure awaits your child at HMNS. The perfect camp choice for your future scientist, Summer Camps at HMNS feature hands-on activities against the backdrop of a world-class museum to inspire fun, active learning. These week-long science camps for kids ages 6–12 are taught by world-class teachers, so your kid will experience real science in action. HMNS members get to take advantage of summer camp discounts, and there’s never been a better time to become a member! Use promo code SG19 to save up to $50 OFF a museum membership, which you can purchase here. This special discount goes extinct August 31st so don’t wait!

Main Street Theater


Main Street Theater Summer Camp
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: June 3-August 23
TIMES: 9am-noon (4 & 5), 9am-3:30pm (6 and up), extended care available for full-day students at Rice Village and MATCH
AGES: 4-18 years old
COST: varies per session and location

The Main Street Theater Summer Camp is a performing arts playground where imaginations are sparked as students collaborate 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 students.  One day "Turbo Camps" are offered at the end of the summer for 6-11 year olds and a special “Summer Shakespeare” program is offered in June for 12-18 year olds (this year’s adaptation is “Henry VI Part 1: Games of Crowns, Roses, and Thrones”).

Solaris Pediatric Therapy


Handwriting & Yoga Camp
Solaris Pediatric Therapy
PHONE: 832.727.3771
DATES: June 3-7, June 10-14
TIMES: 8:45am–12pm
AGES: 5-10 years old
COST: $400/week (discounts for siblings and booking 2 weeks)

This is a fun and unique camp that develops a strong foundation for good handwriting skills and skills beneficial for learning. Each day incorporates sensory motor activities that work on the proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile and visual systems, as well as activities to improve fine motor and visual motor skills. Solaris uses The Handwriting Without Tears workbooks. The daily yoga practice helps to improve body awareness, attention, self-regulatory abilities, and special relaxation techniques (important for reducing stress and anxiety.)

St. Francis Episcopal School


Summer on the Point
St. Francis Episcopal School
PHONE: 713.458.6467
DATES: June 3-August 2; no camp the week of July 1
TIMES: 9am-noon and 9am-3pm; extended care starts at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm
AGES: 3-15 years old
COST: varies

For more than 20 years, St. Francis has offered its “Summer on the Point” day camp program to keep young minds and bodies active and engaged during the long summer months. This past summer, they were proud to introduce several exciting new camps, as well as host the happy return of many student favorites. From fairy fun and 3-D gaming to sports skills and wacky word play, “Summer on the Point” invites children to FIND YOUR ADVENTURE -- and discover a summer of wonder and fun! The camps are full day and half day and extended care is available. Register now – spots fill up fast!

University of St. Thomas


Music Preparatory School Summer Camps
University of St. Thomas
PHONE: 713.525.3559
DATES: weeks of June 10 and 17 and July 8, 15, 22, 29
TIMES: 9am-noon (and 1-4pm for Axiom Summer Music Academy)
AGES: 5-18 years old
COST: varies

Every summer, the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School offers children's music day camps for K-12 -- the ages vary depending on each camp. Kids can learn piano, guitar, percussion, math and music, choir, and organ -- as well as strings in the Axiom Summer Music Academy which includes lessons from members of the Axiom String Quartet. These top-ranked music programs allow students to participate in daily classes, ensemble and student performances, and concerts. Camps are led by professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, and private settings. All camps take place on the University’s campus.

Yorkshire Academy


Summer Program
Yorkshire Academy
PHONE: 281.531.6088
DATES: June 3-July 19
TIMES: full day and half day
AGES: 24 months-12 years old
COST: starts at $145/session

Yorkshire Academy’s Summer Program offers a wide array of weekly camp options for 24 months–6th grade. Offerings include: academics, over 50 enrichment camps, and theme-based camps with flexibility for half day, full day, or full time care. Some choices include: engineering, yoga, robotics, golf, writing, coding, art, Junior Athletes, chess, cricket, theatre, volleyball, and so much more. This is a great choice for families with various ages because there are engaging options for everybody.


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