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!
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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!
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.
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!
Dates for 2016: June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5, August 8-12
Pressley Green Art Studio & Camp (3327 Parkwood)*
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)
Created for a Purpose (Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church)*
Sewing, cooking, sculpting, paper arts, painting and small groups make this a wonderful camp for girls.
Craft & Tech Summer Camp with Pop Shop America & TXRX Labs (Near Downtown)
Join Pop Shop America and TXRX Labs Hackerspace for the best summer yet! If you’ve got a budding artist, a young maker, a crafty kid take them to Craft and Tech Summer Camp. The camps are each 1 week in length, for ages 9-12 years old and 12-15 years old.
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.
Summer Theatre Camp with Stagecoach Acting Academy at Cast Theatrical Company (1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471)
Camps and classes for ages 6-14. June 29th through the end of July.
Wildfish Theater (1703D1 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, Texas 77056)
Ages 4 and older.
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.
McCheek’s Academy (619 West 9th Street, Houston, TX 77007 )
Ceramics and arts camps.
Ages 3-11. (Parents stay with the 3-5 year olds.)
Mad Hatter Arts Camp (Love for Learning, 1703 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008)
2 week “arts immersion program encompassing visual, musical, dance and theatre arts within a larger context of science and culture”. 9:00am – 2:00pm.
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
Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024)
Week long camps with hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures and hikes.
Ages 5 – 12 years old. 9:00am – 3:00pm or 9:00am to 12:00pm.
SPCA Critter Camp (900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024)
Camp from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Ages 8 – 12 years old.
Club SciKidz Houston (Sugar Land, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church & Faith Lutheran Church)*
Registration start February through the start of camp. $25 Discount Code: CLUBBIG2516
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.
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: “Be a chef”, “A week in Paris”, “Discover the stars with the Little Prince.”, “Mystery at the Château de Versailles”, “Dive into the Calypso’s adventures”, “Welcome to the clown Zavabien’s circus !”
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
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.
Houston Oaks Kids Summer Camp (Houston Oaks)
Week long camps, June to August. Ages 4-11.
Summer Youth Activity Program (Rice)
Four sessions in June and July, for kids aged 6 to 11.
Gymnast Factory (2520 Albans Road, Houston, TX 77005)
1 day and week long camps available for kids ages 4 and older.
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!
J Camps at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC (5601 S. Braeswood, 77096)
Traditional and specialty camps. J Camps blend fun and skill development with an enriching Judaic experience with flexible enrollment options and experienced staff. Specialty camps include circus, equestrian, cooking, mad science, video game creator, photography, robotics, gymnastics and tennis. Ages 2-13 years old. 7:00-6:00pm. 3 Summer Sessions.
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 free or cheap summer camps, go HERE!
**Be sure to also look for Vacation Bible Schools where you live. They are usually free or under $50/week for half days, for kids around 3 and older. There are often extended day options and younger kids can often come with volunteers. Google: “Vacation Bible School Houston” (or replace Houston with “Heights”, “West U”, “Coles Crossing”, etc). **
For more summer camp resources, check out Gish Pick’s Summer Book.