Hey mama and papa! How is your June going? This Sunday is Father’s Day – enjoy every minute. AND: if you’re stressing out about summer day camps for your kiddos, stress no more. Take a deep breath, grab your coffee and digital device, and let’s go! Just like I PICK events for GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS, I also PICK camps.

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!


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!

A.D. Players

Academy Super Summer 2018
A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy
PHONE: 713.439.0181
DATES: June 4-August 19
TIMES: half day
AGES: 5 years old and up
COST: varies

Come join the fun at the A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy’s “Academy Super Summer 2018” camps! Nurturing the mind, body and spirit, these camps provide educational theatre opportunities for young artists ages 5-18. Combining creativity and ensemble practice, kids can choose from programs in performance, technique, dance/movement, and auditions for musical theatre productions. Academy Super Summer 2018 integrates a strong literary approach enabling students to explore selections ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Oz to heroes from Greek mythology. The Academy welcomes students of all skill and experience levels and offers “Arts for All Programming” for artists with learning differences.

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.


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

Building Brains

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

Building Brains offers LEGO® preschool camps (3 to 5 year-olds) that use LEGO® 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 II (6 to 12 years) or Elementary III INTRO TO ROBOTICS (6 to 12 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. This is HANDS-ON LEARNING THAT SUPPORTS THE CLASSROOM CURRICULUM OF GRADES 1 TO 5. WE ARE NOT JUST BUILDING...WE ARE BUILDING BRAINS!

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!

MMS Summer Camp

MMS Summer Camp
Magic Moments Stable
PHONE: 832.499.2542
DATES: various dates between June 18 and August 11 for Peewee, Regular, and Advanced levels
TIMES: 8am-noon (Peewee) and
8:30am-4pm (Regular and Advanced)
AGES: 5-6 years old (Peewee) and
6-16 years old (Regular and Advanced)
COST: $450/session (Peewee) and
$625/session (Regular and Advanced)

Magic Moments Stable camps offer your child a week of total immersion in all things equine. For the first five days of each session, students will ride once (Peewee) or twice (Regular) per day, and they will participate in activities designed to help them learn about safety, horsemanship, stable management, and equine anatomy. They will also enjoy games and creative activities to help them be comfortable around horses. On the final day, students will demonstrate their new skills and present their project at a mini horse show held at the barn on the Saturday following the week-long session. Discounts are available for siblings and those campers signed up for multiple sessions.

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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