Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! Yep: SUMMER HAS ARRIVED, MY FRIENDS. But doncha worry – I’m here to help! Check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS – with over 200 camps to choose from, there’s at least one camp that’s perfect for every child! You can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, dates, cost, 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!


Alliance Fencing Camp for Beginners

Fencing Camp for Beginners
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: June 26-30; July 24-August 4
TIMES: 9am-1pm
AGES: 6-14 years old
COST: $250/week

Alliance beginner fencing camps are designed to give your young fencer the skills to last a lifetime in the sport. Alliance is the home to some World Class instructors that teach fencers on a local, National, International and Olympic level. Come join us for a camp this Summer to release your child's inner Zorro!!

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.

Artist Boat Eco-Art Summer Camps

Eco-Art Summer Camps
Artist Boat
PHONE: 409-770-0722
DATES: through August 11
TIMES: 9am-noon (kindergarten-2nd grade);
1pm-4pm (3rd grade-6th grade)
AGES: 5-12 years old
COST: $195/each session or $175/two sessions

Art meets science in the Artist Boat 2017 Eco-Art Summer Camp program sessions! Artist Boat Eco-Art Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of Eco-Art to beautify yards and homes. Three session themes are offered in which 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 ocean. Advance registration is required and space limited.

Building Brains

Summer Camps at Building Brains
Building Brains
DATES: May 30-August 11 (no camps July 4)
TIMES: vary, based on location
AGES: 3-12 years old
COST: starts at $200

The Lego Camp Preschool camps are for 3 to 5 year olds and they use LEGO Duplo educational kits to build math and science skills. Building Brains – Lego Camp Elementary I (6 to 8 years) or II (9 to 14 years) camps allow kids to learn to build simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then motorize these machines using LEGO kits and curriculum while building math and science skills. Class also includes challenges where kids will compete against one another to build the best design. Students will understand why a machine works and will learn how to manipulate a machine to go faster or slower. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination, and confidence will increase in this fun-filled camp atmosphere.

Art Camp Adventures!

Art Camp Adventures!
Gerry and Greta's Art Camp Adventures
PHONE: 713.817.0177
DATES: June 12-August 11 (no camp week of July 3)
TIMES: 9am-3pm (early and late care available for an extra fee in The Zone)
AGES: rising 1st-5th graders
COST: $325/week

At Gerry and Greta’s Art Camp Adventures, every child is an artist! They’ll have lots of fun creating awesome art projects and taking a daily afternoon break in The Zone's huge Inflatable Bounce House Room. There’s a free Pizza Party on Fridays and unique art themes each week. Campers will create exciting projects as they use a variety of art materials, try new artistic styles, and learn about different artists. Small classes ensure lots of one on one time with veteran art instructors and camp directors Gerry Melot and Greta Bernitz, enabling every young artist, from beginner to advanced, to grow, learn and blossom.

Summer Theatre Camp

Summer Theatre Camp at The Grand
The Grand 1894 Opera House
PHONE: 800.821.1894 or 409.765.1894
DATES: July 24-28
TIMES: 12:30-5:30pm with an evening performance for the public on Friday, July 28
AGES: 7-16 years old
COST: $245

If you love to perform for family and friends – this is the camp for you! Led by actors/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre as well as The Grand’s camp staff, camp will consist of daily rehearsals and direction on acting, singing and technical theatre, as well as theatre crafts and performance instruction. Summer Theatre Camp is a week-long residency program presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre and The Grand and will culminate in a full performance of PETER AND WENDY on Friday, July 28 at 6pm on The Grand’s stage.

Joy Kids Studio Movie Making Camp

Joy Kids Studio Movie Making Camp!
Joy Kids Studio
PHONE: 713.458.8553
DATES: June 5-August 4
TIMES: 10am-2pm
AGES: 7-12 years old
COST: $385/week

Kids make movies at the Joy Kids Studio Movie Making Camps! Campers write, direct, film and star in movies they make. They walk the Red Carpet at the historical River Oaks Theater and watch their movies on the big screen with family and friends. We have a green screen room, high tech equipment, and a costume room. Our program helps to build confidence, creativity and speaking skills. It is a fun filled educational week!

Lost Forest Summer Tennis Camp

Summer Tennis Camp
Lost Forest Tennis Club
PHONE: 832.582.6878
DATES: through August 18
(no camp the week of July 3)
TIMES: 9am-4pm (lunch included);
9am-noon or 1-4pm
AGES: 5 years old and up
COST: varies based on member/non-member,
one day drop-ins are available

The Lost Forest Tennis Academy provides all campers a fun yet structured environment in which kids can develop and improve their tennis skills. Kids will learn age-appropriate skills for both recreational and tournament tennis. This is a good camp for kids wanting to maintain their tennis skills when out of school and for kids who are curious about tennis. There is both INDOOR and OUTDOOR tennis available so kids will not have to endure the Houston heat!

Psynergy Psychological Associates

Creative Resilience Workshop
Psynergy Psychological Associates
PHONE: 713.724.7050
DATES: June 19-30 (2 weeks)
TIMES: 9am-12pm
AGES: 4-11 years old
COST: $650

This two-week workshop centers around children’s natural love of storytelling, which is the foundation for self-discovery, self-confidence, and self-regulation. In developmentally appropriate workshops for ages 4 to 11 year-olds, psychotherapists Victoria Jones and Dr. Catherine Boswell have created a workshop to help children succeed in a world that favors perfectionism and competition. The tools for insight and growth will be storytelling, creative movement, acting, mindfulness meditation, play, drawing, painting, singing, games, puzzling, and bookmaking. The workshops are from 9am-noon Monday through Friday; early and late care are available for an additional fee. Simultaneous 90-minute Parent Workshops are also available on Wednesdays, 9-10:30am, for an additional fee. Siblings get a 10% discount.

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