Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! It's July (how can that be already?!) and there are still MANY camps that offer programs and have openings. So, 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

Into the Wild Summer Camps
A.D. Players
PHONE: 713.439.0181
DATES: Through August 7
TIMES: half day for camps; full day for “Summer All-Star Camp”
AGES: 5-18 years old
COST: varies

The A.D. Players’ Theatre Arts Academy presents camps for all ages, all interests. Topics include “Madagascar”, “Monsters, Inc.”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, and “The Jungle Book.” TAA is a branch of the AD Players Theater Company and offers training for artists of all ages with a primary focus on ages 5-18. They specialize in developing individual artistry and the student as a whole while training students and providing them with tools which can be utilized in theater and life experiences.

Alliance Fencing Camp for Beginners

Fencing Camp for Beginners
Alliance Fencing Academy
PHONE: 713.410.6655
DATES: 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: Through August 11
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.

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: Through 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!

Crossing Borders Camps

Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French & English Immersion Summer Camps
Language Kids World
PHONE: 281.565.1388
DATES: Through 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 on the Point 2017

Summer on the Point 2017
St. Francis Episcopal School
PHONE: 713.458.6467
DATES: July 10-August 4
TIMES: times vary and there is extended care starting at 7:30am and ending at 5:30pm
AGES: 3-15 years old
COST: starts at $200/session

For more than 20 years, St. Francis has offered its "Summer on the Point" day camp program to keep young minds and bodies active and engaged during the long summer months. From fairy fun and 3-D gaming to sports skills and wacky word play, this year's "Summer on the Point" invites kids to Imagine the Possibilities – and to discover a summer of wonder and fun!

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.)

Yorkshire Academy

Summer Program
Yorkshire Academy
PHONE: 281.531.6088
DATES: Tthrough July 28
TIMES: full day and half day
AGES: 24 months-12 years old
COST: starts at $145/session

Yorkshire Academy’s Summer Program is open to all Houstonians and offers a wide array of weekly camp options for 24 months–6th grade. Offerings include: academics, over 50 enrichment camps, and theme-based camps with flexibility for half day, full day, or full time care. Some choices include: engineering, yoga, robotics, golf, writing, Building Brains, art, Junior Athletes, chess, rugby, theatre, volleyball, and so much more. This is a great choice for families with various ages.

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