Hello dear GISH PICKS reader! Spring has sprung which means summer is just around the corner. It’s time to trade out our sweaters for our swim suits and to find that sunscreen and bug spray. And…it’s time to figure out where to send our kids for day camp fun! My guide to summer camps is the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE guide in the city – I’ve been researching summer day camps since 2003 and love finding cool 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.

Check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE and start your camp search now. You can find camps by age group, area of town, subject matter, 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.

And because I love to make recommendations of summer camps and organizations that offer classes, here’s my list of ones I want you to check out. 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!


ABC School of Music

Summer Classes and Camps
ABC School of Music
Classes are ongoing
Times vary
All ages
Cost: fees vary for classes; camps are $350/each

Drums, violin, guitar, voice, piano, and music theory are all offered at ABC School of Music. It’s a family owned and operated business, and they strive to provide a relaxed environment where anyone - child, teen, adult, or senior citizen, can have fun learning and playing music. All of ABC's teachers are professional musicians who have a strong passion for teaching -- many of their teachers are experienced and successful in teaching music to children with Asperger’s syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. No matter what your situation, if you have any questions, or if your musical efforts have been discouraged in the past, contact ABC School of Music. They have the class and the instructor that is perfect for you or your child!

Alley Theatre Play Makers

Alley Theatre Play Makers
Alley Theatre
various dates
9am-3pm (extended care available)
6-14 years old
Houston: 1501 Taft Street (Carnegie HS)
Fort Bend: 3500 Quail Village Drive, Missouri City (Quail Valley Elementary School)
Cost: $575-655/2-week session

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 camp!

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. Your young creative masterminds will learn performance skills here that they will use their whole lives.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention Summer Camps
Camp Invention
June 13 -17 & July 11-15
Times Vary
5-12 years old
Cost: varies per location

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for 1st-6th graders. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available.

Discover Gymnastics

Summer Gymnastics Camp
Discover Gymnastics
Through August 19
8am-5pm; 8am-12:30pm; 12:30pm-5pm
3 years old and up
Cost: $60 to $350

These are great camps for busy kids! They offer four hours of gymnastics instruction daily, free time, games, team building, crafts, movie time and special entertainment every Friday. Kids can enjoy indoor fun in the heat of the summer!

The Health Museum Summer Discovery Camp

The Health Museum Summer Discovery Camp
The Health Museum
Through August 19
9am-3pm, extended care from 7:30-9am and 3-5pm is $50 total
5 to 13 years old
Cost: $269-$350/session

Kids can get up close and personal with hands-on science in the Health Museum this summer. Children ages 5-13 can explore the science of health and the human body in week-long summer camps that include a variety of activities such as dissections and behind-the-scenes tours. Younger campers can enjoy a Teddy Bear Clinic, 8-10 year olds have courses such as Camp DaVinci or Grossology, while the senior campers choose from topics such Nanotechnology 101, Camp Cardiac or Mini Medical School. Let your children be challenged this summer! They will have a blast! Additional Info: Lunches provided, vegetarian available.

Curious minds need look no further. Sign up your child for summer science fun at The Health Museum's Discovery Camps for children ages 5 to 13. Registration is open for 23 different weekly camps held weekdays June 6 through August 19 from 9am-3pm. Camps take place at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, in the Museum District. From DNA Discoveries to Forensic Scientist, there is something for everyone.

Discovery Camp costs range from $269 to $350 per session. Before and After Camp Care available for an additional fee. Reserve today at or call 713.521.1515.

Hunter Dance Center

Summer Dance Camps
Hunter Dance Center
Weeks of June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, and July 25
9:30am-noon and 8:45am-3pm
5-12 years old
747 N. Shepherd Drive
Cost: $155/one week and $795/three weeks

There are two types of camps at Hunter Dance Center -- Mini Dance Camps and Dance Theater Camps. In the Mini Dance Camps, Hunter Dance Center Faculty will lead creative journeys using dance, music, creative drama, arts and crafts. Each 1-week session will culminate in an informal performance for family and friends. Themes change each session so that students may participate in multiple camps. Limited to 20 dancers per session. In the Dance Theater Camps, Hunter Dance Center Faculty will use dance, music, and theater to lead this ensemble of young artists in creating an original dance-theater work. Morning technique classes in Ballet, Modern, Aerial, and Hip Hop prepare dancers for afternoons spent in theater games, choreography, and rehearsal. This 3-week long adventure includes two field trips and culminates in a final performance for family and friends. Limited to 24 dancers.

Westheimer Indoor Summer Tennis Camps

Westheimer Indoor Summer Tennis Camps
Westheimer Indoor Tennis and Fitness Club
Through August 19
Half day: 9am-noon or 1-4pm
Full Day: 9am-4pm, lunch included
5 to 18 years old
Cost: half day is $170/member and $215/non-member; full day is $310/member and $380 non-member

Our summer camps involve basic training and high performance tennis training for all ages and skill levels in a fun learning environment. At Westheimer Indoor, the tennis program is customized by age and skill level. All teaching pros are committed to improving your children's interest in the game through fun and motivational teaching techniques. They provide tournament and match play so that the campers will learn the fundamentals of good sportsmanship and good court etiquette. All campers receive a T-shirt and lunch is provided for the full day campers.

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1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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