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!


Into the Wild Summer Camps

Alley Play Makers

Alley Theatre
PHONE: 713.315.5424
DATES: Two-week sessions: June 19, July 10, and July 24 (Houston)
TIMES: half day for camps; full day for “Summer All-Star Camp”
AGES: K-8th grade (Houston)
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; the Fort Bend/Klein camps are finished for the summer.

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.

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!!


Summer Camp 2017
PHONE: 713.552.9028
DATES: Through September 1
TIMES: weekly and by-the-day program options (full days, half days, lunch workshops, afternoon camp and classes)
AGES: summer camps and classes for children 3-15 years old
COST: various

artmix summer camp will continue through September 1st! Students will make art inspired by a rich collection of artists from a new destination each week and they will build upon their skills and learn new techniques in drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media, and collage. At the conclusion of the week, students will have a beautiful collection of personal masterpieces! All of artmix's year-round classes and camp programs are for artists of all abilities, including special needs – everyone is welcome!

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.

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.

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.

Summer ASAP!

Summer ASAP!
Westbury Christian School
PHONE: 713.551.8100 ext. 2013
DATES: Through 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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