Houston Children's Summer Camps


Families have dozens of options to keep kids engaged during Houston's sweltering summer months. Many programs that offer classes during the school year have created summer camps. 

For children interested in athletics and creative movement, also see:
PARENTS' PICKS - GYMNASTICS
PARENTS' PICKS - BALLET CLASSES AND GROUP DANCE LESSONS

Families searching for artistic outlets can also check: 
PARENTS' PICKS - ART AND CRAFTS 
PARENTS' PICKS - CHILDREN'S THEATER CLASSES
 
PARENTS' PICKS - MUSEUMS

 

The following list is compiled from a ParentsPost Survey. They are recommendations made by other Houston area moms and dads. They represent a wide array of summer camps.
 

ALL AROUND THIS WORLD MUSIC CAMP

Vanover Music Academy, 2419 Sunset Boulevard, 713-807-8600, information@vanovermusic.com  

Weekly camps introduce children to singing, ear training, note reading and rhythm studies in a fun group setting. Kids will learn at least one song on the piano per week. Activities also include musical arts and crafts, spotlight on famous composers and playing simple percussion instruments from around the world. Music from All Around This World Curriculum will be featured daily. Each session focuses on a different region of the world including Latin America, Africa, South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Baltics, West Asia and the Middle East, Oceania and the Pacific Islands.      

 

EAT THIS! SUMMER CAMP with RECIPE FOR SUCCESS 

Recipe House, 4400 Yupon Street, 713-520-0443

Children ages 8-11 can experience week-long culinary adventures that may help them become more savvy food consumers. Campers learn how to maintain a summer garden, cook the fresh produce, and create healthy recipes.         

LANGUAGE KIDS

Six locations including West U, Katy, Bellaire & The Woodlands, 888-247-3311, info@language-kids.com  

Give your child the gift of another language with Language Kids' Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and French immersion camps. The play-based program uses music, interactive games and hands-on activities customized to help each child develop language skills and maximize summer fun. Language Kids also offers Parents & Tots classes for children 5 years old and under and their parents or adult caregiver. 
CLICK HERE for more information and to register for a FREE CLASS 
  

EXPLORE ASIA: CULTURE CAMP FOR KIDS 

Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, 713-496-9901

Kids can take a trip through Asia without leaving Houston. Each day, children ages 7-13 learn about different countries through music, dance, history, geography, even math. Countries covered include China, India, Japan and Korea. The program involves some of Houston's best artists and cultural professionals.

 

BEN BRAUN BASKETBALL CAMPS 

Rice University, 713-348-4075

Boys and girls ages 4-7 can sign up for Biddie Ball, a half-day camp covering fun, skills and drills. Boys and girls grades 2-12 are grouped in leagues by age and ability.   


SOCCER SHOTS SUMMER CAMP 

Various locations, 281-995-7208

For children ages 3-6, coaches teach a curriculum that combines soccer skills, fun and character development.  

 

AMERICAN ROBOTICS ACADEMY,  Various locations
281-599-7626, americanroboticsacademy@gmail.com 

Ready to kick 'bot? Children can sign up for morning sessions, afternoon classes or a full-day camp. Working in small teams, children build and test remote-controlled miniature robots while learning basic engineering and design concepts. The curriculum encourages imagination, creativity and problem solving as kids learn "how things work" through hands-on activities using LEGO Technic building blocks.

     

WEST UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3611 University Boulevard, 713-664-8111

Children from Kindergarten through 5th grade can attend weekly sessions. Activities include tennis, swimming gymnastics, bowling and art and crafts.

J CAMPS
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 713-551-7208
Day camp for children ages 2-14. Activities include indoor tennis, gymnastics, art, dance and theater. The ERJCC also offers camps on Cooking, Equestrian, Golf and Water Skiing.

 

SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITY PROGRAM

Rice University Recreation Center, 713-348-4058

Children ages 6-11 can try various sports including basketball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, fencing and baseball. 

 

HOUSTON ZOO'S CAMP ZOOFARI

Children ages 4-12 can attend week-long camps. Half-day sessions are available for children 4-5 years old. Campers learn about the animals, nature and wildlife conservation. The hands-on activities include feeding the giraffes, brushing the goats and petting snakes and lizards. Artistic kids can sign up for Wildlife Photography or Wild Art, a camp devoted to sculpting, drawing and sketching animals and nature.  

 

MAIN STREET THEATER

2540 Times Boulevard, 713-524-6706

This year's theme is "Imagination Rollercoaster: The Ride of a Lifetime." Kids are split into age groups. The members of each group collaborate to create original theater and dance pieces. They invent the characters, write the story, design costumes and set, and perform what they've created on the final day.

 

ARTLAB 

Independence Art Studios, 419 Janisch Road, 646-269-4132

Mitch Pengra and Thedra Cullar-Ledford, both nationally recognized art teachers, created this camp for children 8 through 13. Their focus is individual expression through customized experiences for each camper. 

 

GIRLS ROCK CAMP 

Rice Student Center, Rice University, 713-518-7365

Girls ages 8 through 18 form bands and create their own songs at this one-week day camp focused on musical instruction and self-empowerment.

   

MATT SWANSON'S SCHOOL OF GOLF

Two locations:

Wildcat Golf Club, 713-413-4484

Swanson Golf Center, 281-440-1308

Junior Camps designed to make golf fun for kids age 6 through 16. Golf fundamentals including swings, putts, rules and etiquette are covered.

 

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA'S OPERA CAMP

Students entering Grades 3-12 are invited to attend. The Opera Experience allows participants to develop a better understanding of healthy singing by performing songs from a Broadway-style repertoire. Create an Opera allows students to do everything from start to finish: creating the words, music, costumes, set and the final performance.

 



CAMP NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham Forest Club, 325 Kickerrillo Drive, 281-497-0550

Activities include swimming, tennis and basketball for kids ages 5 through 11.

 

HOUSTON AUDUBON NATURE CAMPS

Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center, 3997 River Drive, 713-640-2407

For campers ages 5 through 12, weekly educational themes include birds, nature art, Texas landscape and habitats.

 

HOUSTON ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER

4501 Woodway Drive, 713-681-8433

Naturalist teachers guide the weeklong programs for children ages 5 through 12. Campers have indoor and outdoor adventures at the 155-acre nature sanctuary. Each week focuses on different educational topics that include bugs, mammals, and water.    

 

MAD SCIENCE OF HOUSTON

Various locations, 713-663-7623

Week-long programs are designed to challenge the imagination of campers through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Children 3 to 5 years old can sign up for preschool camps. Kids 6 years old through 12 can select from educational themes including robots, outer space and chemistry mystery.     

 

IMAGINATIONS AT WORK

5311 Kirby Drive, 281-250-0733

Children are encouraged to share stories and experiences, and act out plays, poetry and songs. Activities improve campers' literacy and narrative skills. Kids are grouped into two age groups: 3-5 and 5-8.  A Creative Minds Writing Camp is available for the older group.

 

HOUSTON SPCA CRITTER CAMP

900 Portway Drive, 713-869-7722

Week-long camps are offered for young animal lovers who have just completed 2nd grade to 8th grade. Children learn about characteristics and care of dogs and cats. They visit shelter animals and farm animals daily. Older children learn about careers involving animals, as well as endangered species. 

 

KIDVENTURE

Various locations, 713-960-8989

2014 Summer Day Camp themes and activities change weekly to keep children ages 3 though 15 engaged. Kidventure also offers Overnight Camps.

 

POWER CAMP

Bellaire United Methodist Church, 713-666-2167

Activities include swimming, puppets, sports, music and worship. Children must be around 3 years old up to around 11 years old.



        
 





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