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, THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS & TEENS 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 this 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!


Alliance Fencing Academy

Beginner Fencing Camp
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: December 18 - 22 and January 2 - 5
TIMES: 9am - 1pm (December); 9am - 2pm (January)
AGES: 6 - 14 years old
COST: $250/sesson

Winter Beginning 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, we will teach your fencer the basics while in a safe and fun environment. All equipment is supplied.

Artist Boat

Eco-Art Winter Camp
Artist Boat
PHONE: 409.770.0722
DATES: December 29 and January 2 - 5
TIMES: 9am - 4pm (one day camp) and 9am - noon or 1 - 4pm (four day camp)
AGES: 5 - 12 years old
COST: $85/one day camp; $200/session; or $175/two sessions

Art meets science in the Artist Boat 2017 Eco-Art winter camp program sessions! Artist Boat campers will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of Eco-Art in an inspiring and nature-filled educational setting. Campers will use the scientific method to investigate processes in our ocean. Each camp will culminate in creating works of art that illustrate the knowledge that campers have acquired about our oceans.

Discover Gymnastics

Gymnastics Winter Camps
Discover Gymnastics
PHONE: 713.680.0045
DATES: December 22 & 26 - 29; January 2 - 5
TIMES: 8am - 5pm; 8am - 12:30pm; 12:30pm - 5pm
AGES: 3 years old (potty trained) and up
COST: $65/half day; $90/full day; package discounts available

These are great camps for busy kids! They offer several hours of gymnastics instruction daily, free time, games, team building, crafts, movie time, and special entertainment throughout the camp. Kids can enjoy indoor fun while staying out of the elements. We promise they’ll come home tired and happy.

The Health Museum

Winter Discovery Camps
The Health Museum
PHONE: 713.521.1515
DATES: December 26 - 29; January 2 - 5
TIMES: 9am - 3pm, extended care available
AGES: 5 - 13 years old
COST: varies

Spark your child’s curiosity at these winter break camps that are designed to give kids the opportunity to have intelligent fun, make friends, and make the most out of their holiday break! Kids will get up close and personal with hands-on science in The Health Museum while they explore the science of health and the human body in in a variety of activities and special behind-the-scenes tours.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Winter Camp: Nature Rangers
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: January 2 - 5
TIMES: 9am - 3pm (full day); 9am - noon (half day)
AGES: 4 - 12 years old
COST: $135 member/$180 non-member (half day 4 year olds); $125 member/$165 non-member (half day 5 - 12 year olds); $225 member/$285 non-member (full day 5 - 12 year olds)

Have you ever wondered what a naturalist does? Kids will get to use our 155-acre nature sanctuary as base camp to hone their naturalist skills. They’ll discover the secrets of the forest while learning how to track animals that make their home at the Arboretum. The campers will listen to birds talk, make tools for scientific investigation, and help the Houston Arboretum with a conservation project! Live animal encounters, outdoor games, nature hikes, and lots of hands-on fun science activities are always a part of the Arboretum experience.

Main Street Theater

Winter Camps
Main Street Theater
PHONE: 713.524.7998
DATES: varies
TIMES: 9am - 3:30pm
AGES: 6 - 11 years old
COST: $65/day

There are two kinds of camps being offered this winter: “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 new “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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