20 summer camps for children

Academic camps

small cups

Designed for little scientists, small cups is a 5,000 square foot lab where experimentation is the name of the game and kids are decked out in their own lab coat, safety goggles, and paperweight. With locations in Cypress, Katy and The Woodlands, kids can walk for an hour alongside their parents or spend the whole day with peers to devise their own hypothesis, test it through an experiment and take the evidence home . Workshop themes range from STEM to robotics, dissections, marine biology, and more. Starting at $195. Various locations across Texas

Language Children World

In 2012, Swedish researchers found that the brain’s hippocampus (the area that consolidates short-term memory into long-term memory) expands when learning another language. If you want to develop your child’s brain or help them connect to a new culture that doesn’t require jumping on a plane, Language Children World offers language immersion camps, in person and virtually, for French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and American Sign Language. Starting at $265. Various Houston neighborhoods

building brains

Nothing screams Space City louder than a kid’s engineering camp — and Houston really to be Houston without one? To building brains, campers are introduced to the basics of engineering and are tasked with building their own motorized machines from Legos. Children learn critical thinking, analysis and problem solving through their creations. Starting at $200. Various Houston neighborhoods.

Superheroes with STEM education

Held at Rice University, this week-long camp for ages 6-8 will teach the science behind superhero movies such as flight, night vision, and time travel. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a robotic sidekick and a superhero book. Starting at $599. 6100 Main Street

Specialty Camps

Theater under The stars

For children from 4 to 18 years old, Theater under the stars (TUTS) The Humphrey School of Musical Theater brings the magical world of the arts to life, allowing students to enroll in one or two week sessions from June to August. TUTS’ programming with arts education partner organization The River also offers virtual lessons in drawing, dance, acting and singing throughout the summer. Starting at $250. 800 Bagby Street, Suite 200

school of rock

Jack Black isn’t the star instructor at this educational outpost, but parents can expect their little ones to come out even stronger than the musician himself after four days here. Located in many suburbs outside of Houston, school of rock teaches music enthusiasts of all levels who play bass, drums, guitar, keyboards or vocals. Themes include the Beatles, 90s rock, classic rock, and blues, to name a few. Starting at $275. Various locations across Texas

Well Done Cooking Classes

Take a night off to cook dinner and let the kids be the chefs of this top notch cooking camp. The four-hour, five-day course prepares junior chefs new to the kitchen or those looking to hone their skills. Lessons range from the basics of baking to cuisines from around the world. Classes are available from June to August. Starting at $296. 2811 Airline Drive, Ste. 5

rice university

Aspiring writers can let their imaginations run wild at Rice University’s K-12 Creative Writing Summer Camp, hosted virtually and in-person this summer and hosted in conjunction with Writers in the Schools. Here, students will learn directly from the word wizards themselves, including award-winning and nationally acclaimed writers, performers, and poets; and try his hand at poetry and theatre. Starting at $495. 6100 Main Street

Storytelling Dance Theater Camps

Kids can take the stage this summer at the Storybook Dance Theater where they’ll take part in a variety of dance, music and theater performances. Each camp session features a different theme ranging from musicals like The greatest showman to Disney classics like Mulane. Starting at $300. 747 N. Shepherd, Suite 100

Claire dance school

For over 24 years, Claire’s School of Dance has been a premier program for children to develop their dance styles in creative and fun ways. This summer, campers will dance and learn styles such as jazz, modern and hip-hop. The camp instructors are experienced and professional performers. Starting at $250. 1245 Heights Blvd.

Glassell High School | Houston Museum of Fine Arts

For ages 4 to 18, Glassell Junior School offers summer classes and workshops for students interested in developing an appreciation for art. Two-hour, three-hour and two-week courses are offered. Tuition fees cover supplies and materials, unless otherwise specified in the course description. Classes explore a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, architecture, and fashion textiles. Starting at $165. 5101, boul. montrose

Bailey Oak Farms

Starting May 30, Bailey Oak Farms will host its 2022 Summer Riding Camp for ages 6-12. No riding experience is necessary, and campers will learn how to groom, tack and care for their animals in addition to riding around the 40-acre farm. The camp operates in weekly sessions and participants can sign up for multiple weeks of training. Register by March 31 to receive a $50 early bird discount. Starting at $450. Alvin, TX

Sports camps

Ice cream at the Galleria

Did you know that the Galleria ice rink offers camps all year round? If your sparkly toes dream of becoming the next Michelle Kwan (or, more realistically, Elsa on ice), this camp is for them! In addition to ice skating lessons, campers receive off-ice lessons in ballet, dance, strength and conditioning; as well as skate rental, a special t-shirt for camp and lunch. Starting at $395. 5015 Westheimer Road, Ste. 1260. Information for the 2022 summer camp has not yet been announced.

JC Sports

There is sport and then there is JC Sports where there are every type of activity imaginable for your energetic teenager to let off steam. Kids can participate in the basics – baseball, basketball, soccer and football – as well as alternative options. Think Nerf Wars, water balloon fights, dodgeball, and glow-in-the-dark football. Your little athlete will no longer know what the word “bored” means. Half-day camps start at $200. Starting at $305. 18610 PageForest Drive, Ste. 100, Humble

USA Ninja Challenge Katy

Available year round as a ninja warrior training program, USA Ninja Challenge Katy welcomes boys and girls from 4 to 17 years old during its one-week summer session available from June 14 to August 13. Here, young people learn what it takes to be a American ninja warrior while rock climbing, swinging on monkey bars and scaling a rendition of the NBC show’s twisted wall. Starting at $225. 22564 Franz Road, Katy

Fencing Camp – Elite Summer Camp

At Elite University’s Bayou City Fencing, campers will learn the basics of fencing footwork as well as the history of the sport. Campers will put their skills to the test on the last day of camp where they will participate in a mini-competition. Starting at $375. Various Houston neighborhoods.

overnight camps

YMCA Camp Cullen

The whole gang is invited to participate YMCA Camp Cullen Escape to the woods. The weekend getaway, located along Lake Livingston in the Piney Woods, reflects an all-inclusive experience with a private cabin for the whole family, in-room dining and an activity program entirely under your control and delivered to your cabin door. Choose from arts and crafts, science kits, lawn games, scavenger hunts, fishing, and even horseback riding. Starting at $1,295. 460 Cullen Loop, Ste. A, Trinity

Camp champions

Parents, rejoice: there are no cell phones in this tech-free outdoor camp. Nestled on the waters edge of Lake LBJ, Camp champions encourages kids ages 5-17 to enjoy the great outdoors. That means taking advantage of the beautiful lakefront around them for waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and sailing during the kids-only term of one to three weeks. Starting at $2,025. 775 Camp Road, Marble Falls


Kidventure Safari Overnight Camp The six-day retreat at Mo-Ranch aims to get kids (ages 8-12) to take their personal development and leadership skills to new heights. Campers can try ziplining, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing, and will spend time cooling off on the refreshing banks of the North Fork section of the Guadalupe River. Did we mention transportation from Houston is included? Starting at $1,450. Hunting, TX

Texas A&M University in Galveston

To Texas A&M Marine Camp, the waters of Galveston become a classroom for campers. During the week-long residential camp, children will discover the world of marine biology, learning and discovering marine mammals, sea turtles, oceanography, coastal ecology, and more. Starting at $960. 200 Seawolf Pkwy, Galveston

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