THIS IS IT. Summer is upon us! But don’t fret, I can help you out with my comprehensive guide to over 200 camps listed in THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, which you can purchase from these fine retailers: Barnes & Noble; Blue Willow Bookshop; Brazos Bookstore; British Isles; Cactus Music; Children's Museum of Houston; Christ Church Cathedral Bookstore; Fundamentally Toys; Kaboom Books in the Heights; The Motherhood Center; River Oaks Bookstore; and Second Baptist Church. You can also purchase the book online directly from me which will get it to you in approximately 2 days from order date.

Do you need a speaker to come to your group and talk about ideas for summertime fun? Call me at 713.482.7065 or email me ( and let’s talk. I’m ready to share the joys of summer! And if you are a summer camp director and need help marketing your camps or summer programs, contact me and I can help out.

And now -- check out these summer camps endorsed by GISH PICKS…


Hope Stone
Houston SPCA
Raising the Bar
Vault Houston
Filmmaking Camps

French Alliance

Children's French Language Camp
French Alliance
June 4-21 and July 9-26
4-15 year olds
$350/three-week session

The French Alliance’s children’s program immerses children ages 4-15 in the French language, allowing them to learn in a natural way, through visual, kinetic and auditive experiences. The Alliance is a nonprofit founded in 1923 to promote French language and culture and French/American friendships.

Hope Stone, Inc.

Kid’s Play Summer Kamp
Hope Stone, Inc.
July 9-13, July 16-20
6-12 years old

Let your child be a part of the magic and power of art this summer for a weeklong arts camp held at Hope Center Studio in the Montrose area of Houston. Our talented and skilled Kid’s Play master teachers will guide your young artists in dance, theater and music. No prior arts experience or classes are required. The weeklong intensive, meeting Monday through Friday from 12-3 pm, immerses your child in an arts education filled with creativity, fun and empowerment. The camp meets for two separate weeks, according to age group. Register early as space is limited.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Summer Art Camp
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
June 4-August 10
5-12 years old
$100/members; $125/non-members

This summer, the Arboretum will be offering Summer Art Camp in conjunction with City ArtWorks! Join us Monday-Friday as a way to extend the camp day or as a fantastic standalone art experience for your child! Themes vary by week and include 'Nature in Motion,' 'Underwater World,' and 'The Art of Clay.'

Houston SPCA

Houston SPCA Critter Camp
Houston SPCA
713-869-7722 x143
June 4-August 10
6-14 years old

Calling all kids who love animals! Spend a week with your favorite critters! All campers will get to play with our sweet shelter dogs and cats each day!

Raising the Bar

Summer 2012 Classes in the Galleria Area
Raising the Bar
June 18-August 16 (weekly sessions)
9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
9-14 years old

Raising the Bar now has over 125 classes to offer kids, both "academic" and "just for fun". Our summer lineup includes CSI Houston, Vet Tech, Jr., Greek Mythology, Photography, Math/Science/Writing classes, Yoga, Hip Hop Dance, Duct Tape Creations, Photoshop and Keyboard Classes, Organization/Study Skills, and MORE!

Vault Houston

Aerial Summer Camp
Vault Houston
July 23-27 (Magical Monkeys, ages 6-9 years old)
July 30-August 3 (Sugar Gliders, ages 10-13 years old)
9am-noon (both camps)
6-13 years old

Do you have children who have a passion for circus? Do they have the will to fly through the air, but lack the aerial skill to land with finesse? Then they’ll love our circus fun in the air and on the ground! It’s great for exercise and coordination too!

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)

Summer Filmmaking Camps

Some organizations in town are offering special filmmaking camps. Here is their contact information and the dates; enjoy! (Please note, the Aurora Picture Show also offers these each summer, but they are already sold out.)

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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065

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