Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! IT'S SUMMER!!! But don't stress...I'm here to help.

First of all, sit a moment and check out these news stories on summer day camps: in Houston Life, in Houstonia Magazine, in Local Houston Magazine, and on NewsFix. Next, 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!


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.

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.

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.

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!

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