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But doncha worry – I can help you because there are OVER 200 camps in THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. Check it out 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. 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. Want some ideas for saving money on camps? Click here to see my chat with Patricia Lopez of “Stretch Your Dollar” on ABC13.

There are so many amazing camps out there, from filmmaking to fashion to musical theatre. Since it can be overwhelming, I love to make recommendations of summer camps and organizations that offer classes. Below is my list of ones I want you to check out. Happy searching!

One last thing: 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!


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.

CSz Houston

ComedySportz Summer Camps
CSz Houston
June 13-August 8 (one week sessions)
1-4pm, 6pm showcase on Friday for friends and family
8-17 years old
Cost: $175/week

Their 2016 camp offers tweens (ages 8-12) & teens (ages 13-17) the chance to explore their imaginations coached by a ComedySportz pro! Participants will laugh, have fun, and learn some of the games played in CSz Houston’s improvisational performances. Campers will also focus on confidence, commitment, listening skills, working with others, acceptance, and creativity - skills they use every day! In the summer, classes run 1pm-4pm, Monday through Friday, with a 6pm showcase on Friday for friends and family. All classes and showcases will be held at the Queensbury Theatre, 12777 Queensbury Lane.

Fashion Boot Camp

Fashion Boot Camp 2016
Fashion Boot Camp
June 27-July 1
8 years old and up
Cost: $399/week

Kids will have a blast with this 5-day fashion-packed clinic exploring the design world! The goal of this camp is to equip young designers with basic life skills such as sewing and sustainability that will serve them for a lifetime. They will learn creative and documentation techniques to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and instill a state of well-being in participants by using the power of passion! This summer, they will design and apply a print to shoes, re-image a garment from the "POP-UPCYCLE SHOP", design a hat or fascinator, dabble in jewelry design, photography, skin care, Computer Aided Design including how to sell your designs online, concluding with a fashion show complete with professional hair and make-up...and all will be documented in their “Fashion Boot Camp” sketch books and portfolios! The designers will be able to invite family and friends to the Fashion Show on Friday of the camp while participating in the production of the event.

FAYcation Summer Program

FAYcation Summer Program
The Fay School
June 6-July 1
3-11 years old
Cost: $500/week

The FAYcation Summer Program offers children a variety of enriching opportunities in line with the mission and values of The Fay School. Children will learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, ethically, and artistically while developing self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning in a secure, nurturing and academically challenging environment. Enriching courses offered this summer include: Spanish Storytelling, Creative Writing, Imaginations at Work, Art, Sports and Fitness, All-Girl Basketball, Sewing, and Cooking.

Ft. Bend Theatre

Fort Bend Theatre
Summer Musical Theatre Camps
June 6-August 19
8:30-12:30 and 1-5pm
4-18 years old
Cost: $200

Did you know that Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre has a legacy of training actors who have gone on to become professional movie, commercial, and even Disney Stars? The gift of the arts will enrich your child for years to come and last a lifetime so sign them up for one of FBT's musical theatre camps. Each Musical Theatre Camp teaches acting, singing and dancing unless noted as a non-musical and culminates with a final performance for friends and family. These camps are always popular and fill up fast so sign up now! GET $50 OFF THE “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” CAMP (starting 6/7) by using “GISH PICKS” as the discount code.

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.

Houston Grand Opera

Opera Camp
Houston Grand Opera
June 6-13 (Opera Experience I);
June 13-17 (Create an Opera);
June 20-24 (Opera Experience II)
9am-3pm, after camp care is available
Rising 3rd-9th graders
Cost: $250 per week

HGOco proudly presents diverse programing for young audiences throughout the community and downtown at the Wortham Theater Center, including summer camps for kids. In Opera Experience I & II, campers perform Broadway-style repertoire while they develop healthy singing technique and hone music theory skills. In Create an Opera, campers collaborate to write, design, build and perform a one-of-a-kind musical masterpiece based on a children’s story. This camp is perfect for singers and non-singers alike.

Joy Kids Studio

Joy Kids Studio Movie-Making Camp!
Joy Kids Studio
Weeks of June 6, June 13, July 25, August 8
10am-2pm, early care at 9:30am
7 to 12 years old

This camp is all about kids making movies! Kids write, direct, film, and star in movies they make. They premiere their movies at the historical River Oaks Theatre, a special place for *any* filmmaker to screen their films! The camps build confidence, creativity, team-building, and speaking skills.

Language Kids World

Language Summer Camps
Language Kids World
June 6-August 19
9am-3pm with early care from 7-9am and late care from 3-6pm
3 years old and up
Cost: $195 per week

Give your child the gift of another language this summer with their week-long Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, English & Portuguese immersion summer camps! Taught by experienced native-speaking, college-educated educators, Language Kids World programs will guide your child in an exciting and rewarding language learning adventure that will last for a lifetime. The school features low teacher/student ratios and hands-on and interactive activities in the target language. The camps are offered at 12 locations throughout the greater Houston area.


Summer Camps and Music Classes
Week long camps:
June 6-August 5 (only Houston location)
Summer classes:
June 6-July 9 and July 18-August 20 (2 sessions)

Making music has never been so fun! Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability? Experience Music Together® and find out how important--and how fun--your role can be! The Prelude Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. The teachers at Prelude will help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so. This summer, the Houston classes will feature the violin, ukulele, and Orff Instruments. There are locations in Houston, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands.

Southwest Alternate Media Project

Lights! Camera! Action! Moviemaking Camp For Teens
Southwest Alternate Media Project
13-17 years old
Cost: $275

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Teen Moviemaking Camp is a week-long course designed to teach young filmmakers (ages 13-17) how to use a camera to tell a story. “Documentary Filmmaking” takes place from June 13-17 and “Narrative Filmmaking” takes place from July 25-29. Each student will get hands-on instruction in digital camera operation, lighting, sound and editing while working as a team in the production of a short film. They’ll also work with AFA students who are learning film scoring in their summer camp. The collaborative film will be screened for family and friends at the end of the camp.

Summer Play Camp

Summer Play Camp
Bellaire Family Counseling
June 20-24 and July 25-29
4-9 years old
Cost: $299/week

Looking for a fun, enriching experience for your child this summer? Summer Play Camp is the answer! At Play Camp, children will learn how to make friends and be a friend. Children will practice important skills that will benefit them in school and in life for years to come...skills like how to solve problems, talk things over, and work out differences. Children will practice sustaining attention, following directions, and delaying gratification. And, the best part is that they will do it all through PLAY!

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