IT’S FINALLY SUMMER! Yeehaw! I’ve got your back with my latest CAMP PICKS, below. It’s a mix of virtual and in person camps - I love the creativity that’s happening around that! 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. And be sure to check my other CAMP PICKS blasts here. I am always researching and finding new CAMP PICKS.

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’s a lot of change going on in our world right now. If you are interested in staying up-to-date on how Houston is coping with COVID-19, and the openings of our arts institutions, stay tuned. Starting next week, my weekly arts & culture blog will be focusing on my ARTS PICK Spotlight - an organization that is open and all of their activities. I’ll include a video to bring it to life and, as always, we’ll explore all the fun Houston has to offer.

If you’re interested in learning more about racial justice issues - I wrote a special edition of GISH PICKS this week that’s full of educational resources (books, podcasts, films, and MUCH more) as well as suggestions for parents. You can see it all here. Something I’m super excited about as a children’s art teacher is Crayola's of the World,” a pack containing 24 choices for skin color that was developed in consultation with a former chemist at MAC Cosmetics. How cool is that?!

Enjoy my CAMP PICKS, and here’s to a happy, healthy, virus-free summer!




Alliance Fencing Academy

Summer Fencing Camps
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: June 22-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.

Brave Little Company

Missing from the Museum
Brave Little Company
DATES: June 14-July 26 (weekly event)
TIMES: 5pm, with Facebook Live replays
AGES: 9-14 years old
COST: free

Missing from the Museum is a FREE online adventure series for kids ages 9 -14 and their families, with 20 possible variations determined by audience input. You can stream episodes directly from your smart phone, tablet, or computer on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Families can tune in once a week from June 14-July 26, and look for clues, puzzles, and challenges! The assignment is to race through time to rescue lost and stolen artworks by women around the world. Families can work together to save these artists from being erased forever.

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).

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.

Ensemble Theatre

Young Performers Program (YPP)
Ensemble Theatre
PHONE: 713.807.4309
DATES: June 15-August 7
TIMES: varies
AGES: 6-17 years old
COST: starts at $125

YPP is for young people who want to explore their creative and artistic talents. Since 1983, more than 3,000 Houston area youth, including some who are now professionals on Broadway, film, and television, and a variety of other successful career paths. The program combines the study of theatre, dance, music, arts education, technical skill, creative dramatics, and performance for a well-rounded educational experience. This year’s summer camp has been reformatted for robust digital learning.

Frame Dance Company

Frame Dance: Camp in a Box
Frame Dance
PHONE: 832.781.0808
DATES: July 6-10 and July 13-17
TIMES: 9am start, then go at your own pace
AGES: 3-10 years old
COST: $200 for one, $250 for family

Frame Dance Summer Camp, Camp in a Box, is a mystery box of activities and instruction designed to be fun, creative, active, and to include limited screen time. Each morning, campers will meet for one 40 minute live Zoom class in either dance, visual arts, or music. Each day, from their mystery boxes, children will open a new envelope filled with supplies for creative activities to be done at your own pace. At the end of the week, all campers will gather on Zoom for a “Show Off Lunch” to present their work from the week and share lunchtime together.

Holocaust Museum Houston

Summer Learning Experiences
Holocaust Museum Houston
PHONE: 713.527.1633
DATES: June 15-July 31 (various sessions)
TIMES: 10am-3pm, with a one-hour lunch break
AGES: varies (middle school and high school)
COST: starts at $100

Summer Learning Experiences at Holocaust Museum Houston is an online program that will provide a space for young change-makers to engage in the arts, experiential learning, social justice, community service, and advocacy during the summer months. Students will work with local artists and educators to learn, to create, and to inspire the community with their voices and their work.

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