Dear GISH PICKS reader –

I love to PICK organizations and events to recommend to you and I’m also crazy about finding day camps. My guide to summer camps, DAY CAMPS HOUSTON, is the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE in the city – I’ve been researching Houston day camps since 2003 and I love finding cool day camps for kids. I’m all about IGNITING LIVES (see why here) and kids exploring their interests during school vacations are a great way to do that.

So here’s my holiday gift to you: my curated list of WINTER CAMP PICKS. School will be out soon (YIKES! It’s true!) and I want you to be all ready. Let the kids go play while you work/shop/catch your breath. These camps are the best around and I’ve worked with all of them for years so I can wholeheartedly recommend them to you. Read below and you’ll see how unique each one is.

Please check them out, sign your kiddos up, and let the organization know I sent you. Also, please go to my website to grab the link for my GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS blog and share that with your friends. Not only will you help them find great camps for their kids but you’ll also help me since my business grows by word of mouth. Thanks so much for your support of my work and that of the great organizations that bring you these day camps.

Here’s to a great winter break!

P.S. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft doesn’t have a winter camp but they are hosting their monthly, first Saturday, super cool, always free drop-in craft activity for the whole family – Hands-On Houston – on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 11am-3pm at the Museum, located at 4848 Main Street. This month’s focus is “Paper Pods with Zoe Gross” and you’ll get to work with current resident artist Zoe Gross to explore paper sculptures by creating your own paper pods. Mark your calendars now!


Alliance Fencing Academy

Winter Fencing Camps
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: December 26-30 and January 2-5
TIMES: 10am-2pm and 10am-4pm (December); 9am-2pm (January)

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 in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Their Winter Fencing Camps are the best way to introduce your inspiring athlete to the world of “physical chess.” Fencing is an Olympic sport and Alliance Fencing Academy is home to 2 Olympians, whom the kids might catch a glimpse of during camp! Each day, adult fencers will teach campers the basics while in a safe and fun environment. All equipment is supplied. Camps are available in Houston and The Woodlands.

Artist Boat

Eco-Art Winter Camp
Artist Boat
PHONE: 409.770.0722
DATES: January 2-4
TIMES: 9am-4pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $85/single session; $160/two sessions; $235/three sessions

Artist Boat is a regional leader in eco-art to inspire people to conserve our Gulf Coast. Art meets science in the Artist Boat’s Eco-Art Camp sessions. Campers will experience true science and art enrichment while creating Eco-Art in an inspiring and nature-filled educational setting. Campers will use the scientific method to investigate processes in our ocean and each camper will create high quality art projects which illustrate all that they have learned throughout the camp. Themes for each day are “Shark Mania” (January 2); “Fish Frenzy” (January 3); and “Off the Deep End” (January 4). There will be special story time guests during lunch hour and campers must bring lunch and snacks.

City ArtWorks

Color of the Seasons!
City ArtWorks
PHONE: 713.681.1331
DATES: December 26-28 and January 2-4
TIMES: varies from 9am-5pm
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: varies

Kids can spend their winter break in the creative and comfy studio of City ArtWorks and have fun with art! Their flexible classes range from 2-hour sessions to a full day art class. Kids will get to explore painting, drawing, sculpting, watercolor, design, and more! Their fun multi-media classes also offer STEM concepts through new ways of thinking and stretching imaginations. Art and art history are also included as the backbone of all art-making. A full day includes mixed media, lunch and games (lunch not provided), painting and drawing, sculpture with dry clay and recycled objects, and one hour of free-form studio time.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Goosebumps & Mysteries Winter Camp
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: January 2-4
TIMES: 9am-3pm (full day); 9am-noon (half day)
AGES: 4-12 years old
COST: ranges from $105-$220 (members get a discount)

Have you ever wondered what a naturalist does? Kids will get to use the newly-updated Houston Arboretum’s 155-acre nature sanctuary as base camp to hone their naturalist skills. They’ll unravel nature’s mysteries while exploring creatures of the night, creepy crawlies, and the folklore that surrounds them. They’ll learn about bats, owls, and other mysterious creatures of the animal world. Live animal encounters, outdoor games, nature hikes, and lots of hands-on fun science activities are always a part of the Arboretum experience.

Ice at the Galleria

Holiday Skate Camps
Ice at the Galleria
PHONE: 713.621.1500
DATES: December 24, 26-28 and
January 2-4
TIMES: 8:30am-5:30pm (full day) or
8:30am-12:30pm and 1:15-5:30pm (half day)
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $75/day and $160/week

Kids at all skill levels will enjoy the Holiday Skate Camps at the Galleria. There are ice skating lessons and free skate time daily as well as activities such as scavenger hunts, karaoke, arts & crafts, music & movement, build your own cookie, bubble mania, and more. It’s the coolest camp in town! There are full day and half day options and kids can also attend for the week. A camp shirt is included and all day campers can get hot lunches from Chili’s for $6/day. Walk-ins are welcome.

Main Street Theater

Winter Break Drama Days and
Turbo Camps

Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: December 21, 26-28
and January 2-4
TIMES: 9am-3:30pm (extended care available)
AGES: 7-12 years old
COST: $70/day

There are two kinds of camps being offered this winter at Main Street Theater: “Turbo Camps” and “Drama Days.” In Turbo camps, kids will create a play in a day! Starting at 9am with their best brainstorming, students will create an original play (plus all their props and costumes) to share with their classmates before carpool. In the “Drama Days” camps, students will play fun theater games, explore improv, and learn to create characters while working on the building blocks to become expert storytellers. Parents can sign kids up for just one day – or every day.

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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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