HOUSTON SUMMER DAY CAMPS!

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Welcome to Houston’s best guide to getting your kids offline, The Summer Book® Online! I’m Sarah Gish, the owner of Gish Creative, and a mom that desperately needed help finding summer camps back in 2003. I’m also an infopreneur who loves research so I went out with my team and hunted down all the summer day camp information I could find, information that I compiled into this guide and that is carefully updated every year. We are very proud of our directory and know that you’ll love it! Since the camp world is changing all the time — as are the needs of parents — if you see a category we should add or if there is something that would make searching for camps easier for you, please let us know by emailing me (sarah@gishcreative.com).

The Summer Book® Online is here to help so you don’t stress out over summer planning anymore. Take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and let your fingers do the looking. Our extensive searchable database contains information on Houston summer day camps that has been gathered over a decade while researching entries for our unique proprietary book, The Summer Book®: A Guide to Houston Day Camps and Classes for Kids and Teens, which was first printed in 2003 and now is online here. We have organized these camps for you using several categories, and you can also see our complete list of camps here. Whether you’re looking for camps by subject, age range, price range, or more – we can help!

Two more things: if you need help finding year-round family fun, please check out GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, our free weekly e-newsletter/blog where we pick three cool events in the greater Houston area to highlight each week. It’s fast fun for free! And if you need a speaker to talk to your group about summertime fun or family frivolity or many other things – check out my list of services and topics here and feel free to contact me (sarah@gishcreative.com) for more information or to book a visit to your group in person. It is my goal to ignite people’s lives (check out www.igniteyourownlife.com, and you’ll see what I mean!) — and helping kids explore their passions through summer camps or helping families enjoy their time together — are great ways to do that.

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Featured camps

Alley Theatre

Camp Name: Summer Play Makers Camps

Areas of town: Central, South
Categories: Arts
Ages: 8 years old and up
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016
Cost: $501 to $750
Alley Playmakers promotes creativity and connects youth and families to the work of the Alley Theatre in a personal way. The goal is to encourage participation in theatre at all levels, enhance creative expression ... and to have lots of fun! So, if someone in your house is running around dressed up like a knight or princess, or hiding behind the planters in wait for the next alien landing, it may be time to sign your growing young actor up for the Alley Theatre’s Play Makers. We offer camps and classes for grades K-12 in Houston and Missouri City. All are in 2-week sessions.
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Alliance Fencing Academy

Camp Name: Beginner Epee Camp

Areas of town: North, West
Categories: Sports, Health and/or Fitness
Ages: 6-14 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | August 22, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Renowned instructor Andrey Geva and his highly trained coaching staff provide a fun and exciting setting for kids to learn the fascinating sport of competitive fencing. Basic concepts of footwork and blade work will be introduced. Equipment provided.
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AFA (formerly American Festival for the Arts)

Camp Name: AFA Summer Music Conservatory

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic
Ages: 9-18 years old
Weeks of: June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
For twenty years, the AFA Summer Music Conservatory has offered world-class intensive music-making experiences in a supportive environment for Houston’s young musicians. Students are instructed by our renowned faculty artists to make noteworthy progress – both individually and in ensembles – that impact their development as they continue to grow as musicians.
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Art Mix Creative Learning Center

Camp Name: Summer Camps

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic
Ages: 3-13 years old
Weeks of: May 30, 2016 | June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016 | August 22, 2016
Cost: varies
Artmix and artmixstudio welcome artists to join us as we learn about a new destination each week and make masterpieces inspired by artists from around the world. Students will build their creative skills and learn new techniques in drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media and collage.
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Building Brains Educational Programs

Camp Name: LEGO Education Camps

Areas of town: North, Central, West, East, South, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast
Categories: Educational and/or Academic
Ages: 3 to 12 years old
Weeks of: May 30, 2016 | June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016 | August 22, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
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 we 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.
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Discover Gymnastics

Camp Name: Summer FUN Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Sports, Health and/or Fitness
Ages: 3-17 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016
Cost: varies
At our Summer FUN Camp we do games, stretching, gymnastics, crafts, snacks and fun activities all day long. Come for half a day, a full day or all week all summer long. Gymnastics equipment includes bars, beam, rings, trampoline, foam pit, floor and tumbling activities just to name a few. Our all day program includes 4 Hours of Gymnastics Instruction daily, Free Time, Games, Crafts, Movie Time, plus Special Entertainment every Friday. There are many different budget options, listed on their website, but the range is $60-$350 for half-day, full-day, member and non-member.
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The Health Museum

Camp Name: Summer Discovery Camps

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Health and/or Fitness
Ages: 5-13 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016
Cost: $301 to $500
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.
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Houston Grand Opera

Camp Name: HGO Opera Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts
Ages: OE: 9-14; CO: 8-11; AO: 12-17
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
HGOco proudly presents diverse artistic programming for young audiences throughout the community. The journey to a lifetime of music and reading begins well before children start school. The Houston Grand Opera's program is designed to offer children the opportunity for musical storytelling appropriate with their phase of cognitive and creative development. HGOco's four summer camps offer an environment for children entering grades 3-12 to invent, perform, and develop their skills.
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Camp Invention

Camp Name: Camp Invention

Areas of town: North, Central, West, East, South, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Nature and/or Science, Technology and/or Robotics
Ages: 6-12 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 08, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Camp Invention is weeklong summer adventure taught by certified teachers. Lessons explore innovations in science, technology and engineering. Student teams work to seek solutions to real-world problems with inspiration from video clips of inventors from the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The 2016 Epic program includes: 1) Brainstorming product ideas and building original prototypes using components found in everyday devices; 2) Designing an eco-theme park by analyzing the factors of ecological diversity, required machinery and the physics behind innovative eco-adventures; 3) Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat; 4) Discovering the science behind coding, demolition, electronic sound, giant squids and slime.
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Italian Cultural & Community Center

Camp Name: Italian Language Summer Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Cooking, Foreign Languages and Cultures
Ages: 5-11 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Give your child the chance to experience Italy without leaving Houston! Students will be immersed into the richness and beauty of the Italian language, culture, traditions and culinary arts and attend not only daily “scoperte” or “discoveries” but also a plethora of diverse cultural activities. Each day will present a set of linguistic goals for students along with cultural activities from throughout Italy!
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Main Street Theater

Camp Name: Performing Arts Camp: Summer Super Heroes!

Areas of town: Central, West
Categories: Arts
Ages: 4-18 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Main Street Theater offers a performing arts playground where children (ages 4-18) are brought together and use their imaginations to create an original play and dance piece. Students take charge of all aspects of performance while the teachers (who are arts and educational professionals) provide guidance and know-how support to the young creative team. In addition, one day "Turbo Camps" are open at the end of the summer (ages 6 - 11).
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Memorial Park Golf Course

Camp Name: Summer Junior Golf Program

Areas of town: West
Categories: Sports
Ages: 7-15 years old
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Cost: $151 to $300
The Memorial Park Golf Course Junior Golf Program is designed for kids ages 6-16 who are just beginning to learn the game of golf. These 3-day classes (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) are held each week in June and July and the same format repeats each week. Memorial Junior Golf was established in 1997 to continue a long-standing tradition of providing a place where kids feel welcome to learn the game of golf.
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Nature Discovery Center

Camp Name: Summer Science Camp

Areas of town: Southwest
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Nature and/or Science
Ages: 5-10 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Break out of the "what to do" routine this summer Send the kids with a lunch, we'll do the rest! Your children will be engaged and entertained by our science and nature themed camps. Hands-on activities, nature walks, games, art projects, new friends, and more fill a day away from school. Topics include: Lights ... Sounds .... Science!; Texas Nature Explorers; Water, Water, Everywhere!; Messy Chemistry; Creature Feature: Sargasso Sea Life; and Birds of a Feather.
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St. Francis Episcopal Day School

Camp Name: Summer on the Point

Areas of town: West
Categories: Arts, Sports, Educational and/or Academic, Nature and/or Science, Spiritual and/or Religious
Ages: 3 years old and up
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016
Cost: varies
At Summer on the Point, kids will learn about magic time machines, robotics, photography, musical theatre improv, chess, video design, and fencing. Students are invited to engage in academic, sport, arts, science and fun theme based camps that will challenge their imaginations and invite them to discover more about the world around them.
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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Camp Name: Activity Center Summer Camps

Areas of town: West, Southwest
Categories: Arts, Sports, Educational and/or Academic, Health and/or Fitness, Nature and/or Science, Reading and/or Writing, Technology and/or Robotics
Ages: 5-10 year olds
Weeks of:
Cost: $151 to $300
Our camps focus on strengthening the physical and emotional well-being of children in a fun atmosphere. St. Martin's offers Kids Yoga, Camp Einstein Engineering and Science Camp, Creative Movement, Tippi Toes Princess Camp, Soccer Shots, Woodworking, Piano, Teen Yoga Club, Ninja Camp, Mad Science, LEGO I Engineering Camp, Gymnastics, Mad Science Water Works, Texas Boys and Girls Basketball Camp, Mad Science Crazy Chemworks, Mad Science NASA, and Building Brains LEGO II Engineering Camp.
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University of St. Thomas Houston

Camp Name: UST Summer Music Camps

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts
Ages: 3 years old and up
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Cost: varies
The University of St. Thomas offers music day camps for piano, guitar and strings. These top-ranked music programs allow students to participate in daily classes, ensemble and student performances and concerts. Camps are led by professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops and private settings. All camps take place on the University’s campus.
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Yorkshire Academy

Camp Name: Yorkshire Summer Program

Areas of town: West
Categories: Arts, Sports, Educational and/or Academic, Nature and/or Science, Foreign Languages and Cultures, Reading and/or Writing, Technology and/or Robotics
Ages: 18 months-10 years old
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
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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Bayou Bend (Museum of Fine Arts/MFAH)

Camp Name: Bayou Bend History Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic, Nature and/or Science, Foreign Languages and Cultures
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Weeks of: June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016
Cost: $301 to $500
At Bayou Bend Summer History Camp, kids can become blacksmiths, make candles, play colonial games, write with quill pens, wear 18th-century clothes, and more! Early Americana provides the perfect inspiration for exploring how children lived 250 years ago. Designed for students entering or exiting 5th grade during the summer they attend, this one-week program at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens culminates in a special presentation for family and friends. Registration is open now, but space is limited, so sign up early!
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Glassell Junior School (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

Camp Name: Summer Art Classes for Kids

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic
Ages:
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
The Glassell Junior School is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Junior School is for young people ages 3–18, devoted to nurturing creativity and dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts and an awareness of the world. Classes are designed to accommodate children of all skill levels and interests. Courses range from drawing and painting, to video and animation, to ceramics and fashion design.
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Aurora Picture Show

Camp Name: Filmmaking Boot Camps

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic
Ages:
Weeks of: June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016
Cost: $301 to $500
Working collaboratively on digital video projects,local professional filmmakers expose students in our filmmaking boot camps not only to introductory filmmaking techniques students but also to examples of experimental, documentary and short narrative videos. Our production classes teach campers the crucial roles of story structures and writing, direction, camera operation, sound and editing. At the end of the Boot Camp students will receive a DVD of their own finished films, which are screened for family and friends.
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Summer Play Camp

Camp Name: Summer Play Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Special Needs
Ages:
Weeks of: June 20, 2016 | July 25, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
Summer Play Camp is for kids who could use some summer practice with social skills. 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 such as 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 do it all through PLAY!
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City ArtWorks

Camp Name: Imagination Camp

Areas of town: West
Categories: Arts
Ages:
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
At City ArtWorks, we focus on "Art for Life: giving children the ability to create, interpret, and explore through art." Every summer, City ArtWorks offers programs that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. We encourage creative problem solving, we help develop critical thinking skills, and we expose children to visual arts concepts and history. But most of all, City ArtWorks’ Imagination Classes are fun, and a great way for kids to connect with other young artists while developing skills they can use in all areas of their life!
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A.D. Players

Camp Name: Theater Arts Academy - Summer All-Star Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts
Ages:
Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016
Cost: TBD
A. D. 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. Summer All-Star Camp is open to actors from ages 9 to 18. There is a performance at the end of the session; however, TAA focuses on training students, rather than rehearsing them. A.D. Players offers a warm and welcoming experience to all students, because they believe in fostering self-esteem as well as theatrical talent!
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Westheimer Indoor Tennis and Fitness Club

Camp Name: Indoor Summer Tennis Camp

Areas of town: Southwest
Categories: Sports
Ages:
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Cost: $151 to $300
Our summer camps offer basic training and high performance tennis training for all ages & skill levels in a fun learning environment. At Westheimer Indoor the tennis program is customized by age and skill level. All Teaching Pro's are committed to improving your children's interest in the game through fun and motivational teaching techniques. We provide tournament and match play so that these young players 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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Hunter Dance Center

Camp Name: Summer Dance & Theatre Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Educational and/or Academic, Health and/or Fitness
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Weeks of: June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | July 25, 2016
Cost: varies
There are two summer camps offered - the Mini Dance Camps, which are week-long, half day camps for 5-8 years are offered June 13 through July 29. In these 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 so sign up early! Their Dance Theater Camp is a 3 week-long, full day camp for 8-12 year olds from July 11-29. 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. All camp activities will be supervised and taught by their wonderfully creative, fabulously fun professional instructors.
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Italian Cultural & Community Center

Camp Name: Italian Soccer Summer Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Sports
Ages:
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Cost: $151 to $300
Fun, Happiness and Learning, but also Teamwork, Respect and Ownership. These are just few of the many values of Soccer, the favorite sport of Italians! If your child is a Soccer lover, don’t miss this great opportunity! Learn European – Italian techniques with 2 coaches, one who has professional experience in Italy and Houston, and the other who coaches a local high school team
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Language Kids World

Camp Name: Houston Immersion Summer Camps

Areas of town: North, Central, West, South, Northwest, Southwest
Categories: Educational and/or Academic, Foreign Languages and Cultures
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Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016 | July 04, 2016 | July 11, 2016 | July 18, 2016 | July 25, 2016 | August 01, 2016 | August 08, 2016 | August 15, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
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, their 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.
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Houston Sword Sports

Camp Name: Summer Sword Play

Areas of town: Southwest
Categories: Sports, Health and/or Fitness
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Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | August 08, 2016
Cost: $151 to $300
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!
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The Fay School

Camp Name: FAYcation Summer Camp

Areas of town: Central
Categories: Arts, Sports, Cooking, Foreign Languages and Cultures, Reading and/or Writing
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Weeks of: June 06, 2016 | June 13, 2016 | June 20, 2016 | June 27, 2016
Cost: $301 to $500
The FAYcation Summer Program will continue the school’s mission into the summer and will offer enrichment based programs taught by our own faculty to showcase their interests, talents, and field of expertise. The FAYcation Summer Program offers participants 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. We are offering courses taught by our faculty including: Cooking, Spanish Storytelling, Creative Writing, Motor & Music, Sewing, Art,Young Literacy, and Sports.
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