Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! Summer is on my mind – and hopefully on yours, as it creeps closer and closer. This means it’s time to figure out where to send our kids for day camp fun! Check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE – my summer day camp guide that’s at an easy-to-remember website: There are over 200 camps to choose from so there’s at least one camp that’s perfect for every child! You can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, and much more! It’s so easy, you’ll love it. Best of all, you can search from anywhere – the carpool line, at work (shhh!), and while at the beach.

My guide to summer camps is the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE guide 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 exploring interests during the summer at camps are a great way to do that.

Naturally, I love to PICK camps, just like I love to PICK cultural activities! Below is my curated list of some camps I want you to be sure you check out. I’ll be sending these out from time to time on Fridays so be sure to open your emails.

Happy searching! And if you have any questions or would like a speaker to come and talk to your group about summertime family fun, please contact me. I’d love to help!


Into the Wild Summer Camps

Alley Play Makers

Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5424
DATES: Houston - the weeks of June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24 (2-week sessions); Klein - the week of June 5; Fort Bend - the week of June 12
TIMES: half day for camps; full day for “Summer All-Star Camp”
AGES: K-8th grade (Houston) and K-5th grade (Fort Bend/Klein)
COST: $575/2-week camp

Is someone in your home running around dressed up like a knight or princess? Or how about performing drum solos on your pots and pans? Is their imagination overflowing with characters and stories? It may be time to sign up your growing young actor for the Alley Theatre’s Play Makers camps! There are spring break and summer options – both in Houston and Fort Bend/Klein.

Play Makers participants join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre skills in improvisation, dance and movement, visual story-telling, and character development. Young creative masterminds will learn performance skills here that they will use their whole lives.

Art of Sound Music School

Music Lessons
Art of Sound Music School
PHONE: 832.452.7970
DATES: ongoing
TIMES: you choose!
AGES: all
COST: $150/month for weekly half-hour lessons and $250/month for weekly hour lessons

Professional musician Tim Browning is offering lessons in your home through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention
National Inventors Hall of Fame
PHONE 800.968.4332
DATES: vary based upon location (over 15 in the greater Houston area!)
TIMES: varies based upon location
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: varies based upon location

This summer, launch your child’s imagination at Camp Invention! All-new modules mean all-new fun as children invent, build, question, and discover. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s 21st century skills. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.

Crossing Borders Camps

Summer Art Sessions
City ArtWorks
PHONE: 713.681.1331
DATES: June 5-August 11, no camp July 3-7
TIMES: times vary (full day and half day classes are available)
AGES: 4-15 years old
COST: $160/2-hour session (can be combined many ways)

City ArtWorks offers two summer options, based on age: “ArtSmart” classes are 4-5 year olds and “Imagination” classes are for 5-15 year olds. Their classes focus on "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' 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!

Crossing Borders Camps

Summer Camp 2017
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
PHONE: 713.681.8433
DATES: June 5-August 11
TIMES: 9am-noon; 9am-3pm; after care from 3-5pm
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: half day - $145/member and $190/non-member; full day - $275/member and $340/non-member; after care - $60/member and $75/non-member. The week of July 4th will be prorated.

Send your kids to the Houston Arboretum for a summer of outdoor fun! They’ll learn about the Arboretum's forests in “Forest Ranges,” play outside during “Fun in the Sun,” get to know Houston's local wildlife in “City Critters,” see how nature inspires inventions in “Nature's Inventors,” or find out all about Houston's endangered species in “Going, Going, Gone?”. They can't wait to see your kids at the Arboretum this summer!

Crossing Borders Camps

Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French & English Immersion Summer Camps
Language Kids World
PHONE: 281.565.1388
DATES: June 5-August 25
TIMES: 9am-3pm, early and late care available
AGES: 3-11 years old
COST: starts at $219

Give your child the gift of another language with these Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, and English language immersion summer camps. The Language Kids World summer camps are play-based and innovative, and provided in a fun and nurturing environment that fosters friendship and curiosity for other cultures! Their hands-on and interactive programs are taught by native-speaker language educators with extensive training and experience in language teaching methodologies. The camps are week-long, with early and extended immersion provided at some locations, for kids 3-11 years old. There are multiple locations: Houston, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Kingwood, Spring/The Woodlands, Spring Branch, Katy, Pearland. Call them today and start your child on the path to become bilingual!

Summer ASAP!

Summer ASAP!
Westbury Christian School
PHONE: 713.551.8100 ext. 2013
DATES: May 22-August 4
TIMES: 9am-4pm (early care 7-9am and
late care 4-6pm)
AGES: 3-12 years old
COST: $200/week

Students enrolled in Westbury Christian School’s new Summer ASAP! camp experience will have fun making friends and growing in confidence and skills through participation in hands-on activities aligned around four enrichment tracks – STEM, Sports, Arts and Storytelling – designed by real classroom teachers. They will also take part in a summer-long Vacation Bible School-style program, make weekly visits to a swimming pool and take several field trips to popular Houston attractions. (NOTE: pre-school students will enjoy on-campus water play and presentations from touring performance groups instead of leaving campus.)

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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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