Parent Recommended Houston Summer Camps – Where to Send Your Kids to Camp!

Brooke

Updated 5/2017

It’s clear from BigKidSmallCity reader feedback… Houston parents want to know where to send their kids to camp!  They not only want to know what camps are available, but they want recommendations from other parents. Below is a working list of camps recommended by BigKidSmallCity readers and it will get updated frequently!

If you want to suggest a camp, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.  If you want to get BigKidSmallCity updates in your inbox, go HERE!

BigKidSmallCity is not responsible for bad camp experiences.  This page is a resource to help Houston parents.  Please work directly with the business to coordinate your camp and fix issues.  Thank you!

Listings below with “*” mean they were submitted by the school/camp rather than a Houston parent.  If you are a Houston parent and want to endorse the camp, tell me!

Museums/Zoo:
Houston Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston,Texas 77030)
Week long camps for kids ages 6-12 years old.  Registration opens in March.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Extended day care is also available before and after camp for an additional fee.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land (13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479)
Week long camps for kids ages 6-12 years old.  Registration opens in March.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 10 am -3 pm.  Extended day care is also available before and after camp for an additional fee.

The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004)
Week long camps for kids 5-13 years old.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm with extended day available.

Camp Zoofari (Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030)
Week long camps for kids ages 4-12 years old.  Registration opens in February.
All camps are Monday-Friday. Half-day camps for ages 4-5 are from 9:00am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 4:00pm. Full-day camps are from 9:00am – 4:00pm. No extended day offered.

Art/Theater:
City ArtWorks (Memorial Area,Wirt Rd & Westview, North of I-10)*

Full and part-day options availalbe for kids ages 3 through 12.  City ArtWorks focuses”Art for Life: giving children the ability to create, interpret, and explore through art.”

Every summer, City ArtWorks offers programs that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. They encourage creative problem solving, they help develop critical thinking skills, and they expose children to visual arts concepts and history. But most of all, City ArtWorks’ Imagination Classes are fun, and a great way for kids to connect with other young artists while developing skills they can use in all areas of their life!

Pressley Green Art Studio & Camp (3327 Parkwood)* (2017 Plans to be Announced)
4 Sessions of All-day Summer Camp. With four fun filled themes.
Camp for Ages 8 to 15.  9:00-4:00pm (before and after care available)

WITS Creative Writing Camp (Multiple Locations)
Kinder – 12th grade.  Two to Three Week Camps.  Very popular camp that opens registration the end of January, and usually fills quickly.

Main Street Theater (Multiple Houston Locations)
Ages 4 – 14 years old. One Day Turbo Camp and 1+ Week Camps available.  Half Day Classes for ages 4 and 5.  Full Day for older kids.
Some options for Extended-Day Care are available to all full-day students

Alley Play Makers (The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 4001 Stanford Street, Houston, TX 77006)
Camps and classes for grades K-12.  Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Extended care available.

ArtMix (3701 W. Alabama, Suite 250, Houston, Texas 77027)
Ages 3 – 11 years old.
Week long camps with several options between 8:15am and 5:00pm.

Young Artist Art Camp (The Woodlands & The Heights)
Unique art studio providing the perfect environment for nurturing non- competitive programs. Ages 3+

Glassell Junior School (Museum of Fine Arts, 5100 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006)
Ages 3 and older.

Drama Kids (Northwest Houston, Cypress, Spring)
Week long camps

CyFair Music and Art (Northwest Houston)
Drama Kids, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Art, Kindermusik, Baby Sign Language

Outdoors/Animals:
Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024)
Get outdoors with the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center this summer! The Arboretum’s Summer Camp is a great place for kids ages 5-12 to learn all about the natural world. Spend a week in the life of a Forest Ranger, have some Fun in the Sun, get to know Houston’s City Critters, become one of Nature’s Inventors, or learn about local endangered species in Going, Going, Gone?. All camps feature games, crafts, and daily nature hikes along the trails of this 155-acre nature sanctuary.

SPCA Critter Camp (900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024)
Camp from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Ages 8 – 12 years old.

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math/Academic:
Club SciKidz Houston (Sugar Land, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church & Faith Lutheran Church)*
Registration start February through the start of camp.

Day camps specialize in many different science themes for children ages 4-15. Themes which include experiments and projects in Video Game Creation, Robotics, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Space, Biology, Chemistry, LEGO Robotics and much more.

Camp day is divided into four major time slots which includes two extended sessions of science projects and experiments. The third session is an outdoor component which involves skill building and teamwork. The fourth major component is comprised of alternating science, craft, skill-building, and outdoor recreational activities. Club Scientific tries to strike a balance between academic, social, and recreational pursuits.

Mad Science (Westpark)*
Science themed camps.  Full day and half day camps with before and after care.

STREAM Program (Houston Public Library)
Free week-long summer program that allows students the opportunity to participate in activities relating to each aspect of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) each day of the week. K through 12.

HSS Summer Program (220 E 34th St, Houston, TX 77018)*
Campers will experience the Sudbury model of education first hand. Students spend their days free to pursue their interests, participate in Judicial Committee, plan outings, and enjoy all the benefits of freedom+responsibility in a mixed-age community. The HSS Summer Program is open to all Houston area children. Ages 5 – 17yo. Camp hours 8a-3:30p. Extended hours available. Full program registration discount. Sibling discount.

Study Dorm – Academic Summer Camp (Stafford/Sugar Land)*
Study Dorm’s Academic Summer Camp helps students get ahead in the upcoming school year or simply master concepts they might have missed during the previous school year. They provide math, reading, writing, STAAR and SAT prep classes for students in grade 1 thru 12. They are affordable and parents can choose from 11 sessions.

Language/Culture Immersion:
Language Kids (Houston, Sugar Land, West University, Bellaire, Kingwood, Spring, Humble, Cypress)
Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and English immersion summer camps. Interactive and fun. Experienced native-speaker teachers. A different thematic unit each week, register for one or several weeks. Locations include the Houston Museum of Natural Science (Museum district & Sugar Land), Pump It Up and Houston Baptist University (Spanish camps for middle and high school students).

Age groups 3-5, 6-11, 12-17, 9:00am to 3:00pm, Before and after camp care provided at some locations.

French immersion summer camp with EFGH, Education Française Greater Houston (The Village School, 13077 Westella Drive, Houston, 77077)*
Full day camp from 9:00am until 4:00pm, for kids ages 5 through 10, native French speakers and non French speakers. A new theme every week.

Every summer, Efgh offers a program which is 100% immersion in the French language and culture. The camp combines fun, adventure and Learning. We offer a great variety of activities : craft, drama, outdoors games, sports, songs, music and stories to awaken the children’s imagination and creativity. And we also offer a French session every day because children have a natural inclination to learn another language.

Conmigo Spanish Immersion (Houston Heights)
Two weeks, 9:00-2:00pm, Ages 4-9 years old

Chinese in Action (Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr, Houston, TX 77036)
Mandarin Immersion, 9:00-3:00pm, with extended day options.

SUMMUS IPS (8045 FM 1960 E. Atascocita, TX 77346)*
Foreign language immersion.  Fitness, sports, STEM, art, music, drama, water.
2 years to 5th grade.

Tour-A-Culture (Various Locations)*
Educates and teaches children about the people and places near and far, while fostering a sense of community within each child.
K-5th Grade, Monday to Friday 9 am to 3pm, Week long sessions, June through August

Sports/All-Around Camps:
The Little Gym (Pearland)*
Ages 3-12 are invited to our seriously fun half and full day camps. Enroll by the day, by the week, or purchase a flex pass for savings! Click here to check out the schedule, then call (713) 340-0042 to sign up!

Bayou City Summer Club (Museum District)
All summer long, 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Themes change each week and include trips to the local museums.

Kidventure (12 Houston Locations)
Running camps at multiple locations in Houston, Austin and Dallas for 19 years.  Registration opens in February.  Ages 3 – 15 years old.

Summer Youth Activity Program (Rice)
Four sessions in June and July, for kids aged 6 to 11.

YMCA (Multiple Locations)
Many different camps are offered and many different YMCA locations.  Check the website for details.
Also, know that not all camps or locations are equal.  Parents have recommended the MD Anderson location.  I’ve had good and bad experiences at Stella Link, depending on the camp councilors.  Investigate and report back!

Victory Camp (Living Stone Church, 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 77511)
Christian camp in operation since 1992. activities include: quad-zipline, swimming, rock walls, double waterslide, bumperboats, paddleboats, gym sports, field sports, and go-karts.

Camp Cho-yeh (2200 S Washington Ave, Livingston, TX 77351)
Christian Camp with activities like archery, paintball, horseback, riflery, blobbing, wakeboarding, tomahawk throwing and more.  Ages 6 – 16 years old.  Sleep-over camp.

Pine Cove (Columbus & Tyler, Texas)
Christian Camp with day camps, overnight camps and even camps for the entire family!

Camp Lantern Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Girls camp for ages 7 to 17.  Learn to change a tire, sing a song, laugh a lot, love nature, swim, make waves, win gracefully, lose gracefully, tell story, act, paint, make a mess, write a story, right the world, push boundaries, make friends forever, make your art and find your voice.

 

 

For more summer camp resources, check out Gish Pick’s Summer Book.


Comments

  1. Michael W Brombacher says:

    Don't forget about http://www.BayouCitySummerClub.com — they are located in the Museum district and each week there is a field trip to a different museum! 8am – 6pm Mon-Fri from June to August … Bayou City Summer Club

  2. Alianza Eco International School will be hosting an open house! Come and join us this Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Children will learn through experiences and integration We use story time, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, drama, puppets, free time in centers, gymnastics, and recess to help children develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, order, sequence, confidence and concentration. Come and Meet the Owner and Director! Free Prizes and Free Snacks

  3. SUMMUS IPS in Atascocita, TX will offer a unique summer camp program. Our camp themes include fitness, sports, young architects and engineers(STEM), art, music, drama, and water wonderland. All themes will be instructed by our foreign language teachers. Our summer camp is for children 2 years old up to 5th grade.
    At SUMMUS IPS, a world of languages awaits you!
    For more information go to http://www.summusinternationalschool.com or our facebook.

  4. Summer camp for 18 mo – 6 years at The Innovative School
    http://www.theinnovativeschool.com
    281-558-7323

  5. Lora Perales says:

    Indoor tennis camp at Westheimer Indoor Tennis and Fitness Club. They offer 1/2 day and full day sessions for ages 5-16. Kids learn to play tennis and get fit in a fun environment. All levels of play are welcome. Lunch and a T-shirt are included.
    http://www.westheimerindoor.net/summer-camp-2015

  6. The Nature Discovery Center is offering 5 different summer camp themes for 2015. Each camp is offered twice in case one week works better for you than the other. 5 Continents in 5 Days; Vertebrate Life; Wild West in Texas; Fizz, Bubble, Pop!; and Insects: Our Six Legged Friends are all being offered this summer. Join NDC Staff Eric, Laura, Mica, and Jenni for adventure and exploration, themed games and crafts, live animal encounters, creative chemistry, and more! Camp runs from 9:30 to 3:30, but after care is available until 5:30pm.

  7. Summer Camp for Kids & Teen ages 6-17 at http://www.BotShopRocks.com TECH IT OUT Robotics is a high tech summer robotics camp offered in the Pearland area where kids and teens learn to build, program and compete with robot of their own design in small teams. While having fun youth are engaged in teamwork, as well as computer programming, problem solving using math, robot engineering, design concepts, and critical thinking.

  8. If you are a parent on the West side… and you kid loves animals, consider the CAP Kids & Kritters summer camps at the CAP Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center located on I-10 and Barker-Cypress. Camps start at $195 for a half-day weekly camp for kids enrolled in 3rd through 6th grades. Kids get the chance to interact and learn about domestic pets of all types.

  9. I couldn't see info on their website to indicate what ages they cover

  10. Hi, will you be publishing something like this again? I run a summer program at Neighborhood Centers and we have several centers around Houston and would love to be featured on your site. Thanks!

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Lary –

      This list still gets viewed every day. If you have updates for it, send me an email.

      Thanks,
      Jill

  11. There is also a great collection of Houston area summer camp info on http://www.iquriouskids.com and you can search by age, location, and category–definitely handy with summer coming up!

  12. Camp Invention is another really cool option if you want to give your kids a chance to create something that might change the world, you never know right? –http://campinvention.org/
    Check out that one and some other interesting options in this blog post https://blog.iquriouskids.com/2016/05/04/houston-summer-camp-activities-2016/

  13. Study Dorm has an excellent Math Summer Camp.

    http://www.mystudydorm.com/summer-camp-houston

  14. FREE Math Camp for Female High School Students!
    Location: University of Houston main campus
    When: July 18-29, 2016
    Cost: free
    Contact: gorb@math.uh.edu
    Website: http://www.math.uh.edu/~gorb/outreach.html
    Description: FREE two-week summer camp for female high school students of 10-12 grades with a fairly high aptitude in math

  15. I have an 8 year old who I would like to do art camp this summer.

  16. Yemi Adebiyi, I am sorry but this summer 2016 our camp is only for 2 to 5 years old. For older kids, we have enrichment classes in Spanish from 2:30-4:00 two times per week. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Gracias

  17. Hi,
    We will be having a Summer Dance Camp for children at DanceSport Club in June-July 2017. We will teach a little bit of Ballet, Modern, Ballroom and Latin. Give me a call at 281-933-2623 if interested or need more info.

  18. Hi,
    i have a boy an 5 years old , i need a summer camp in Julay 2017

  19. We will be having a summer camp fro students entering 1st-3rd grade in the heights. There will be thematic lessons including art, reading, writing, cooking, and outdoor activities.
    http://www.heightspreschool.com/summer-camp/
    7138805437

  20. We’ve had our kids at The Goddard School in Spring for summer and highly recommend it!
    http://www.goddardschool.com/houston/spring-fm-2920-tx/summer

  21. I second Study Dorm’s Math Summer Camp. Its the best academic camp I have found in the Houston area. My 5th grader went there last year and math was a breeze for her. Highly recommended. Its a hidden gem in Houston. Call them at 281-818-4760

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