Ok, moms and dads and caregivers! It’s July, it’s hot, we made it through the 4th of July fun, and we are still only half-way there. This is good and bad! It’s good if you are having fun and the kids are too and you’ve got your camp plans all lined up. However, it’s bad if you are stressing and the kids are bugging you and you need summer camp help. BUT, never fear: I am here! I’ve got a HUGE guide to summer day camps at called THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS AND TEENS. My directory of Houston summer camps is the LARGEST and MOST ACCURATE in Houston so stick with me and you’ll know all.

And now you are getting this handy dandy super awesome full-of-info SUMMER CAMP GUIDE so there’s really no excuse not to give your kids tonza day camp fun! Many of you have told me you are worried camps are sold out – the ones listed below aren’t and they want to see YOUR KIDS!

Here’s to a happy July and to a stress-free summer!


AD Players Theatre Arts Academy Summer All Star Camp

AD Players Theatre Arts Academy Summer All Star Camp
AD Players
Through August 7
Times Vary
5-18 years old
Cost: $175-$350

AD Players' year-round Theater Arts Academy (TAA) offers a program designed so that students can always be exposed to new components of life in the theater. Their Summer All-Star Camp is open to actors from ages 5 to 18. There is a performance at the end of the session; however, TAA focuses on training students, rather than rehearsing them. AD Players offers a warm and welcoming experience to all students, because they believe in fostering self-esteem as well as theatrical talent!

Alley Theatre Play Makers

Alley Theatre Play Makers
Alley Theatre
Through August 5
9am-3pm (extended care available)
5-14 years old
Cost: $575/2-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.

Note: some sessions are sold out, so check this page for updates. The registration deadline for Session C is Sunday, July 10 at 3pm and for Session D is Sunday, July 24 at 3pm. For teen camps, please check here.


art journey around the world!
artmix creative learning center
Through September 2 (daily and weekly options)
Times vary
3-15 years old
Cost: Prices vary

Join artmix creative learning center for their 11th annual, "art journey around the world!" Students will build their skills and enjoy creative fun as they make masterpieces inspired by a new destination each week in camp! They’ll learn new drawing, painting, sculpting, collage and mixed media techniques each week and at the conclusion of each week, students will have a varied portfolio of beautiful masterpieces. Both weekly and daily summer camp options and program prices are available.

Building Brains

LEGO® Education Camps
Building Brains
Through August 26
Camps are full day and half day
4 years old and up
Cost: varies

The Lego Camp Preschool camps are for 3 to 5 year olds and they use LEGO Duplo educational kits to BUILD math and science skills. Students will BUILD simple machines that really work, using gears, levers and pulleys, while BUILDING fine motor skills and confidence. Class themes include “Pirates That Can Build Anything”, “Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “It’s a Bug’s Life”. Building Brains – Lego Camp Elementary I (6 to 8 years) or II (9 to 14 years) camps allow kids to learn to BUILD simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then MOTORIZE these machines using LEGO kits and curriculum while BUILDING math and science skills. Class also includes challenges where students will compete against one another to build the best design. Students will understand why a machine works and will learn how to manipulate a machine to go faster or slower. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination and confidence will increase in this fun-filled camp atmosphere.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention Summer Camps
Camp Invention
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
Through 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.

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!

Michael DeVoll Counseling Services

This Side of the Rainbow
Michael DeVoll Counseling Services
July 25-28
14-18 year olds (high school students)
Cost: $375/full camp + $12 lunch/day

This four-day “camp” for LGBTQI teens will include a wide range of activities, including both indoor and outdoor experiences. There will be a focus on creative activities that will call for self-examination, plus thought-provoking activities that promote a sense of self-esteem and resilience. Some of the activities will include: photography and ceramics; a film, followed by a discussion of the topics raised in the film; kayaking and outdoor team building activities; a panel discussion featuring college-age LGBTQI individuals; and goal setting/planning for the future. Sliding scale and scholarships will be available. A free family assessment is included in the cost of the camp.

Ft. Bend Theatre

Fort Bend Theatre
Summer Musical Theatre Camps
Through 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!

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 Peace Camp

Houston Peace Camp
Houston Peace and Justice Center
Weeks of July 18, 25; and August 1
9am-3:30pm (extended care available upon request)
5-12 years old
Cost: $175/child per session

The goal of Peace Camp is to provide an alternative day camp experience which fosters an understanding of peace, justice and environmental awareness. The program features yoga, drumming, puppets and cooperative games.

Houston Sword Sports

Summer Sword Play
Houston Sword Sports
Weeks of July 18, August 1, August 8
9am-3pm and 1-4pm
6-17 years old
Cost: $195-$295

Summer Sword Play offers a fun introduction to a sport that develops the student's mind and body. Fencing is a fast-paced, dynamic sport that trains agility, quickness, decision-making, and self-discipline. Instructors teach students to grow these skills through games and exercises that will help your child find his or her path to success. More camps are currently being formed. Check out their website for updates on new camp dates and locations, or subscribe to the HSS Newsletter for more information as it becomes available. Houston Sword Sports will supply all needed equipment. All you need to supply is a willing child or three!

Joy Kids Studio

Joy Kids Studio Movie-Making Camp!
Joy Kids Studio
Weeks of 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
Through 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.


Prelude Music
Summer Camps and Music Classes
Week long camps:
Through August 5 (only Houston location)
Summer classes:
July 18-August 20

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
July 25-29
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. “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
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!

Yorkshire Academy Summer Program

Yorkshire Academy Summer Program
Yorkshire Academy
Through July 29
9am-3pm; 9am-noon; noon-3pm
24 months to 12 years old
Cost: $200 and up

Yorkshire Academy's Summer Program offers a wide array of weekly camp options for 24 months–6th grade. Offerings include: Academics, over 50 enrichment camps, and theme based camps (for the little ones) with flexibility for half day, full day, or full time care. Some choices include: engineering, yoga, robotics, golf, Building Brains, art, KidFit, violin, Spanish, chess, volleyball, and so much more. Great choice for families with various ages – we have engaging options for everybody.

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