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Parent Recommended Houston Summer Camps… Where To Send Your Kids To Camp! (2020 Edition)

It’s clear from all the questions I get… Houston parents not only want to know what camps are available, but they want recommendations from other parents.

Below is an updated list of camps recommended by Houston parents.  If you want to suggest a camp, tell us!

A lot has changed since this summer camp post was published. Some camps are on (but modified), some are virtual and some are cancelled.
See the updates here… and tell me if you have updates!

Free Camps:

Find the FREE summer programs HERE.  Swimming lessons, sports camps, VBS and more.

Museums/Zoo:

Houston Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston,Texas 77030) – Onsite and Virtual
Week long camps for kids ages 6-12 years old.  Registration opens in February/March.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Extended day care is also available before and after camp for an additional fee.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land (13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479) – Onsite and Virtual
Week long camps for kids ages 6-12 years old.  Registration opens in February/March.
Camps are held Monday-Friday, 10 am -3 pm.  Extended day care is also available before and after camp for an additional fee.

Camp Zoofari (Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030) – Cancelled
Week long camps for kids ages 4-14 years old.  Registration opens in February.
All camps are Monday-Friday. Extended day is available.

Art/Theater/Music:

Houston Grand OperaNow Virtual
Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco announces a new online virtual camp, Discover Opera. Youth ages 13-18 are invited to embark on a journey to learn songs appropriate for auditions, develop fluency in the International Phonetic Alphabet, download the experiences from opera’s biggest stars, practice stage combat and movement to fight off villains, and strengthen acting skills in an online expedition of vocal prowess.

WITS Creative Writing Camp (Multiple Locations) – Now Virtual
Kinder – 12th grade.  Very popular camp that opens registration the end of January, and usually fills quickly.

Main Street Theater (Multiple Houston Locations) – Virtual and Onsite Camps Happening
Students take charge of all aspects of performance while the teachers (who are arts and educational professionals) provide guidance and know-how support to students (ages 4 – 18). Students write and stage their original theater pieces, creating their own roles, lines, costumes, and props.

Playhouse 1960 (6814 Gant Rd, Houston, Texas, 77066) – Refunds will be issued if camp is cancelled
This “tale as old as time” is full of spectacular dance numbers as well as all of your favorite characters come to life! Come “Be Our Guest” this summer for a jam packed two week camp!

Glassell Junior School (Museum of Fine Arts, 5100 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006) – New dates for summer semester: June 22–August 14
Ages 3-18.

CyFair Music and Art (7103 Glen Chase Ct, Houston, TX 77095) – Onsite and Virtual
Drama Kids, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Art, Kindermusik, Baby Sign Language

AFA Summer Music Festival (Kinder HSPVA, 790 Austin Street, Houston, TX, 77002) – Revised Schedule
The Summer Music Festival offers programs for students in grades 3-12 in Orchestra & Chamber Music, Piano, Vocal, and Composition sessions that last from 1-5 weeks, including large and small ensembles, technique classes, master classes, studio classes, sectional rehearsals music theory, ear training, and other enrichment studies.

Stage Right Summer Camp (Spring Branch) – Onsite
Bringing BROADWAY and New York Professionals to Houston to teach Texas kids- ages 5-18! What is Immersive Theatre? It is a unique and modern theatrical experience that breaks the barrier between spectator and performer by keeping the audience in close quarters and performing in a site-specific venue. Taking theatre into the real world and placing it where the story would actually happen.

Outdoors/Animals:

Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401) – Onsite
Week-long camps with different themes. Camps are limited to 22 children each week, with 4 teen counselors assisting the Camp Instructor.

Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024) – First 5 weeks will be virtual. Onsite for the rest of the summer.
Get outdoors with the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center this summer! The Arboretum’s Summer Camp is a great place for kids ages 4-12 to learn all about the natural world.

SPCA Critter Camp (900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024) – All on-campus activities are temporarily suspended through June 30.
Camp from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Grades 3-8.

Blackwood Nature Camp (27144 Rock Island Road, Hempstead, Texas 77445)
A week-long overnight camp for ages 8-14 located in Hempstead, TX. Build a relationship with nature and safely explore the great outdoors.  Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including classes such as natural dyeing, cane-pole fishing, and cooking. They play forest games, hike, swim, and explore. They learn about wildlife in workshops hosted by local experts, and go on educational field trips to places like St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary and Huntsville State Park. At night, they stargaze, tell stories, and roast s’mores by the campfire.

TGR Exotics Wildlife Park (22115 Sherrod Land, Spring, TX 77389
Camps include a tour of the animals, snack, activity, craft and
game. Topics may include Animal Costumes, Animal Defenses, Animal Senses, Animals in Motion, Animal Diets, Predator/Prey, Birds of a Feather and Bugs.

STEM/Academic/Language:

STREAM Program (Houston Public Library) – NOW Virtual
Free week-long summer program that allows students the opportunity to participate in activities relating to each aspect of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) each day of the week. K through 12.

Rainard School STEAM Camp (11059 Timberline Rd, Houston, TX 77043) – Cancelled
Update: Due to the current pandemic, and school campus closures through the end of the 19-20 school year, Rainard School for Gifted Students has determined it is in the best interest of our community to cancel Summer Incitement scheduled for the week of June 8th – June 12th, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. Rainard will issue a (full) refund check for those who have already paid. If you have any questions, please email accoutning@rainard.org or call 713-647-7246.

University of Houston Summer Camps (Multiple Locations) – Some Cancelled, Some Virtual
Many camps are offered, including Architecture for high school students, EXPLORE Summer Business Camps, Blaffer Art Museum Summer Workshops, “Classical Minds” Guitar institute, Cougar Band Camps, Cougar Junior Scholars Camp, Equinor STEM Camp, Chiyoda Young Innovators’ Academy (STEM), Fiction and nonfiction/journalism for high school students (Creative Writing Program/Wonderworks), Filmmaking for high school students, G.R.A.D.E. (Girls Reaching and Demonstrating Excellence), ITECH-STEM Summer Technology Camp for grades 3-6, Jazz Institute, Pharmacy Summer Camp, Speech Therapy Summer Sessions: Cougar Communication Groups, UH Cougar Cub Summer Camps, University of Houston Clear Lake Summer Camps, University of Houston Downtown Summer Camps.

Language Kids (Multiple locaitons) – Cancelled or Virtual
Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and English immersion summer camps.

Virtual Tech CampsVirtual
Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect, home-based option for students ages 7-19 seeking the collaborative spirit of our on-campus programs. Structured, weeklong sessions with 2 hours of live instruction per day + 2 hours of self-paced project development. Curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, AI, Unreal Engine, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. 5 students max per instructor, blending personalized learning and team interaction. Save $100 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect.

EEEK! Science Summer Camp (Katy, Simonton) – Onsite Camp
Science based activities centered around various themes for the day.

Dance/Gymnastics/Sports:

The Artz (Heights) – Reduced Size Camps
Join us for our Aerial Circus Endeavor Summer Program. Keep your little people, ages 5-15, active with our multi-week camp as they fly high and gain confidence. Normal hours are from 8 am – 5 pm. Extended hours are available for an additional charge.

Vitacca Vocational School for Dance (Montrose & The Woodlands) – Onsite
Frozen Children’s Dance/Ballet Camp, July 13-17, is an exciting week of dance filled with a fun approach to ballet technique, which includes ballet class, choreography, and crafts focusing on an age appropriate children’s classical ballet. Through the music and plenty of dancing, dancers will have a fun-filled week exploring a favorite classical ballet. The week will conclude with a short, in-studio demo/performance.

Rise Camp (Spring Branch) – Onsite
Rise offers a one-of-a-kind weeklong camp that features gymnastics, dance, music, and ninja: 4 different camps combined into 1! Each day campers cycle through these 4 disciplines, keeping them engaged and active for the whole week. Day camps are available to children from ages 5-12 and run from 9am-3pm; optional before- and after-care is available from 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm. Rise is located in Spring Branch at the Beltway and Hammerly. Call 713-715-7473 or go HERE for more information on summer camp!

Hunter Dance Center (Heights)
Storybook Dance Theater Camps and camps for older kids. Ages 5-12.

Handwriting & Yoga Camp (Solaris Pediatric Therapy) – Cancelled
Ideal for kids that are entering kindergarten or first grade, but can also benefit older kids that really never got a grasp on handwriting.

JC Sports Houston and JC Sports The Woodlands (Humble & The Woodlands) – Onside and Virtual
Five full days packed with activities including Soccer, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Glow in the Dark Soccer and Nerf Wars, EPIC Water Balloon Fights, Dodge Ball, Science FUN and more. Ages 4 to 13.

Inspire Rock Climbing Camp (Cypress, Spring)
These camps are developed to help the climber with technique, problem solving, planning and execution.

Rice Owls Sports Camps (Rice University) – Cancelled OR Offsite
Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, STEM-letics camps offered throughout the summer.
Update: Rice is CLOSED but some sport coaches will hold camp offsite. (For example, soccer camp will be held at McGovern Park.)

Quillan Recreation Center (Westchase) – Onsite
Camp Quillian is an American Camp Association accredited day camp that caters to children between the ages of 5-12, as well as Teen Camp for kids ages 13-14.

Cooking/Baking:

Rao’s Bake Camp (Spring and Beaumont)
Rao’s Bakery & Coffee Café has designed a fun learning experience to help your children explore the fun and thrills of baking. Kids will learn how to read recipes, follow directions, let their creativity blossom, and enjoy snacks and games!

Urban Chef (3651 Weslayan St, Houston, 77046) – Virtual and Onsite
A week full of cooking, baking, learning, and competition. Kids will learn all about ingredients, cooking methods, developing flavor and making recipes their own. Two classes offered, one for Elementary Age (entering grades 1 through 5) and one for Middle and High Schoolers.

Main Course Cooking School (18750 Interstate 45 N. Spring, TX 77373)
This is a cooking and dining experience. You will enjoy the fruits of your labor and eat the meal / dishes you make.

Sur la table (Multiple Locations)
Five days of fun making their favorite foods. Kids (ages 7-11) and teens (12-17) will put on an apron and learn to cook delicious recipes from scratch.

All-Around/Christian/Sleep Away:

Kidventure (Multiple Locations) – Operating Modified Camps
Running camps at multiple locations in Houston, Austin and Dallas for 19 years.  Registration opens in February.  Ages 3 – 15 years old.

Summer Youth Activity Program (Rice) – Cancelled
Four sessions in June and July, for kids aged 6 to 11. 

Houston First Baptist Daycation and Dunamai (Houston’s First The Loop Campus) – Onsite Camp
Houston First Baptist Daycation for 5th grade and under and Dunamai for 6th grade.

Camp West (Westbury Christian School)
Students ages 3-10 enrolled in Westbury Christian School’s 10-week Summer ASAP! camp will have fun making friends and participating in hands-on Sports, STEM, Social Studies and Fine Arts activities designed by real classroom teachers.

Cougar Full Day Summer Camp (Northland Christan School)
Daily prayer, singing, activities, games, crafts, sports and field trips. Extended days are available. Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Victory Camp (Living Stone Church, 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 77511) – Onsite
Christian camp in operation since 1992. activities include: quad-zipline, swimming, rock walls, double waterslide, bumperboats, paddleboats, gym sports, field sports, and go-karts.

Camp Cho-yeh (Livingston) – Cancelled
Christian Camp with activities like archery, paintball, horseback, riflery, blobbing, wakeboarding, tomahawk throwing and more.  Ages 6 – 16 years old.  Sleep-over camp.

Pine Cove (Columbus & Tyler, Texas) – Onsite Overnight Camping
Christian Camp with day camps, overnight camps and even camps for the entire family!

Camp Lantern Creek (Montgomery, Texas) – Cancelled
Girls camp for ages 7 to 17.  Learn to change a tire, sing a song, laugh a lot, love nature, swim, make waves, win gracefully, lose gracefully, tell story, act, paint, make a mess, write a story, right the world, push boundaries, make friends forever, make your art and find your voice.

Camp Eagle (Rocksprings)
Sleep away camp for grades 1st – 7th. It’s where kids gather for unbridled fun and real outdoor adventures. No phones. No devices. No wifi in these woods.

Camp Deer Run (Winnsboro) – Modified Camp Dates
A Christian summer camp in East Texas that exists to provide a camping experience where God is seen, His love is felt, and lives are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

Texas A&M Sea Camp (Galveston) – Onsite
Sea Camp is a week-long residential adventure exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments for campers ages 10-18. As a Sea Camper, you will have access to research vessels, oceanographic equipment, laboratory facilities, and a professional staff enabling you to learn about the ocean through hands-on experiences.

Texas A&M Sports Camps (College Station) – Cancelled through July. August Camps Still Planned.
Aggie camps offer a wide range of instruction for both boys and girls, ages 8-18.

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