Parent Recommended Houston Summer Camps – Where to Send Your Kids to Camp! (2018 Edition)

It’s clear from all the questions I get… 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 an updated list of camps recommended by BigKidSmallCity readers and it will get updated frequently.  If you want to suggest a camp, tell us!

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!

Free Camps:

Find the FREE summer programs HERE.  Swimming lessons, sports camps, VBS and more.

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 February.
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 February.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 10 am -3 pm.  Extended day care is also available before and after camp for an additional fee.

Camp Zoofari (Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030)
Week long camps for kids ages 4-16 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 4 through 12.  City ArtWorks focuses”Art for Life: giving children the ability to create, interpret, and explore through art.”

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

Main Street Theater (Multiple Houston Locations)
Students take charge of all aspects of performance while the teachers (who are arts and educational professionals) provide guidance and know-how support to students (ages 4 – 18).

Students write and stage their original theater pieces, creating their own roles, lines, costumes, and props.

ArtMix (3701 W. Alabama, Suite 250, Houston, Texas 77027)
Ages 3 – 11 years old.
Week long camps with several options.

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

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

 

Outdoors/Animals:

Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401)
Week-long camps with themes ranging from The Nature of Engineering to Bugs & Blooms, campers work together and independently to solve problems, perform experiments, play games, create imaginative crafts, and more. Camps are limited to 20 children each week, with 4 teen counselors assisting the Camp Instructor.

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 4-12 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.

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

Blackwood Nature Camp (27144 Rock Island Road, Hempstead, Texas 77445)
A week-long overnight camp for ages 8-14 located in Hempstead, TX. Build a relationship with nature and safely explore the great outdoors.  Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including classes such as natural dyeing, cane-pole fishing, and cooking. They play forest games, hike, swim, and explore. They learn about wildlife in workshops hosted by local experts, and go on educational field trips to places like St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary and Huntsville State Park. At night, they stargaze, tell stories, and roast s’mores by the campfire…

 

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math/Academic:

ID Tech (University of Houston)*

At iD Tech, ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at University of Houston, Rice, The Village School, Stanford, NYU, and 150+ locations nationwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 iD Tech alumni. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future.

Camp Invention (Christ Community School The Woodlands)
A unique elementary summer enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children, June 18-22, 2018.  Register for $25 off using promo code: facebook25

Club SciKidz Houston (Sugar Land, Katy)*
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.

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.

 

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.

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

 

Dance/Gymnastics/Sports/All-Around Camps:

H-Town Elite Gymnastics (Heights)*
At H-Town Elite kids will spend the day utilizing the state of the art gymnastics equipment to work on strength, balance and coordination with certified USAG instructors.  They also incorporate games and arts and crafts to keep kids motivated and interested all day long!  Sign up for a half day, full day or all week!

MET Dance Girls Dance Camp (Downtown)*
Introduce your little dancer to the FUN of dance at a one-week DANCE CAMP! Excite and capture the imagination of your dancer through these one-week camps include a themed dance class, crafts, stories, glow dance party, selfie station, manners and etiquette and a desert decorating “tea” party everyday! Ages 3 and 4 from 9AM-12PM & Ages 5-7 from 12:30-3:30PM.

Adventure Kids Playcare (Memorial City)*
Kids can enjoy learning and laughter at our Pre-school and School-age day camps! Camp runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm each day with before and after care available.  Sign up for a week of camp to receive a special rate or ask about daily rates.

Handwriting & Yoga Camp (Solaris Pediatric Therapy)*
Ideal for kids that are entering kindergarten or first grade, but can also benefit older kids that really never got a grasp on handwriting.

Each day campers will be taken through sensory motor activities designed to develop fine motor and visual motor skills that are necessary for handwriting. The yoga helps kids to be more aware of their bodies, build strength, improve concentration and attention and learn relaxation skills to help with stressful situations.

With the demands of school getting greater at a younger and younger age, this camp can help provide kids the tools they need to feel calmer and more prepared in the classroom setting.

Texas Rock Gym (Memorial)
Kids are introduced to a wide variety of rock climbing skills including basic techniques, gear safety, commonly used knots and other climbing fundamentals. They also participate in daily organized workouts specially designed to help build a stronger, more flexible climber.

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.

Character Camp (Palacios, Texas)*
This Leadership Retreat is a week long away camp, hosted at the Port Palacios Summer Camp in Palacios, Texas this year. Tuition covers round trip transportation to camp from Houston, all activities, room and board. Early bird discounts available, accepting ages 6-18.

Character Camp’s Leadership Retreats instill leadership and character with the added bonus of robotics, aviation, physical fitness, music and math! Your kids will enjoy a week of camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and positive peer interactions while on a mini “vacation”.

 


Comments

  1. Great post! You left out Texas Rock Gym’s summer camp. http://www.texasrockgym.com/summer-camp/

  2. I would not recommend the Health Museum. The kids are kept in the same room all day & there are all sorts of administrative issues, e.g. no one checking ID at sign-out. Also, many parents might like to know that they don’t require immunization records.

  3. Handwriting and Yoga Summer Camp at Solaris Pediatric Therapy. It’s a unique, engaging camp that is simultaneously therapeutic and soooo beneficial to kids like my son – a smarty-pants who struggles with and is easily frustrated by handwriting (and by moms and teachers who try to correct him on the fly). They use the Handwriting Without Tears program, which I looked into purchasing for my son but found a little pricey. Bonus! By the end of camp we had a packet of HWT materials to use all year long.
    My kiddo’s handwriting needs work, which is why he will attend again this summer, but he no longer balks at writing-heavy assignments, and the time he spends on school work is about the work itself, not the difficulty of recording his ideas.
    And did I mention the yoga! He can’t wait to be in the studio with Ms Annette. “Yes! I love yoga!” was his response to my suggestion that we sign up again this summer. I am super excited for him, and super grateful that a camp like this exists. Thank you, Solaris.

  4. I’d recommend Character Camp. It’s a week long away camp hosted in Palacios, Tx this year – with focus on aviation, robotics, math, music, physical fitness. Tuition includes round trip transportation from Houston. It is held in a different location yearly, so kids that go multiple years have a different experience. July 15th -20th, Ages 6-18. http://www.charactercamp.net or https://www.facebook.com/CharacterCamp1986

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