Greetings, GISH PICKS reader! Are you still looking for summer camps? 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…


ABC School of Music

Summer Classes
ABC School of Music
Classes are ongoing for all ages
Hours are 10am-9pm daily
Class prices vary

Kids who want to rock are very happy at ABC School of Music because they have happily turned many into skilled young shredders who are now the envy of all their friends. They'll learn today's rock while also expanding their musical horizons far beyond.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention
Through August 3
6-12 years old
$215/week (discounts available)

Camp Invention is a nationally-acclaimed weeklong summer adventure for students entering grades one through six. Certified teachers lead hands-on scenarios that reinforce and supplement school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Children work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotate through four modules each day that disguise learning as fun. Camp Invention modules include I Can Invent: Balloon Burst™, where students design balloon bursting machines, while learning the importance of gears, motors, springs, and magnets. The Action and Adventure Games™ module, a participant favorite, combines physical activity and creativity during fun, energetic games. Other modules vary by location – see program details and dates at Upcoming sessions include Bellaire, Sugar Land, Missouri City, The Woodlands and Kingwood.

French Alliance

Children's French Language Camp
French Alliance
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 12-3pm, 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 Peace Camp

Houston Peace Camp
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
First session: July 23rd - 27th (location: Cameron Retreat Center – 2405 Holcombe Boulevard)
Second session: August 6th - 10th (location: Houston Mennonite Church - 1231 Wirt Road)
5-12 years old
$135; full and partial scholarships are available

This is the 13th year of “Peace Camp” and we are expanding from holding camp at the beautiful Cameron Retreat Center on the grounds of the Dominican Properties at Holcombe near Almeda to also holding camp at the Houston Mennonite Church on Wirt Road. This year’s theme will be “Courage” and we’ll have yoga, drumming, puppets, cooperative games, and special guests as part of the program. Peace Camp is not religious and welcomes all children. There will be a family potluck to kick off Peace Camp on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30pm at the Cameron Retreat Center.

Houston SPCA

Houston SPCA Critter Camp
Houston SPCA
713-869-7722 x143
Through 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!

Wild Winks at the Houston Zoo

Wild Winks at the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo
Through August 10
6pm-9am (overnight camp)
7 years old and up

Spend the night at the Zoo for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience. Overnights include interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, and a continental breakfast. If you select the Dino or 4-D Wild Wink, your overnight will include either a visit to Dinosaurs! presented by Orkin, or their 4-D experience.

Tank's Summer Camps

Tank’s Summer Camps
Tank’s Paintball Park, Inc.
July 11, 12, 13; July 25, 26, 27; August 8, 9, 10;
August 15, 16, 17

This will be our second summer to offer camps for paintball players that want to have fun adding skills to the ones they have now. The camp leaders are players in the area that have been playing on a competitive level in the sport, and the camp will offer basics all the way to playing in your first event whether it be beginner to national level competition. The camp will also teach you how to clean and maintain your equipment and be ready for play, as well as what to do on the field if you have an issue. TANK'S camp offers a safe environment for the campers along with fun and the camp fee includes 1 case of paint, lunch, t-shirt, and drinks. We will have gifts for all the campers as well.

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!

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Houston, Texas 77057
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