School is out and summer is here, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end. The Houston area is teeming with incredible summer camps for kids of all ages that encourage them to continue learning all while having a blast. The prevalence of week-long mini-camps makes it easy to mix and match in order to create the perfect summer experience for your young one. We’ve selected some of our favorites to help out with your summer scheduling.
Language & Culture
Tour-A-Culture provides a unique opportunity for children to get in touch with a culture that may or may not be their own. Some of the places explored include Morocco, Russia, Vietnam, and Lebanon. Sessions are ongoing now through August 18th at several locations across town. Prices and age groups vary by location, and discounts are available for signing up for multiple weeks or if more than one child (siblings) are enrolled.
English, Spanish, French, or Mandarin Immersion at Language Kids WORLD is an excellent way to get your child going on a second language. Learning centers throughout the Greater Houston Area host themed sessions that run weekly through August and start at just over $200 per week.
The Hunter Dance Center offers Storybook Dance Theater Camps—week-long dance and dance theater camps for a variety of ages. Dance theater camps are catered to children ages 5-8 and include informal performances of classics like Where the Wild Things Are and Peter Pan. Dance classes are geared toward children nine and up, and registration is currently open for an Aerial Camp at the end of June and July. Dance theater camps begin at $200, but they also have ODP Pre-professional Summer Intensive sessions for older more advanced students.
Sound Foundation Academy summer camp teaches kids how to count and read music. It will also give them an opportunity to dance, sing, try a few instruments, and play games. Camps will be in Katy, Rosenberg, and Needville with a four-day session available at each location during June or July. Sessions are $85.
City ArtWorks summer camps are perfect for the budding creator or the more seasoned youth artists. The “ArtSmart” and “Imagination” classes are best suited for ages 4-5 and 6-12 respectively, however, more experienced artists can opt to enroll in “Studio Time”. Week-long camps include five 2-hour sessions ranging from $105-160 per week. Sessions can be combined, and the program does offer multi-session and sibling discounts.
The University of Houston sponsors a variety of summer camp programs. We’ve selected some of our favorites, but you can also find a full listing here.
● For ages 6-12, the Blaffer Art Museum Summer Camp is offering two sessions this month running June 19-29 from 9:30 am to noon. This camp is designed to teach children about contemporary art and engage students in creating art spaces. Each four-day session is only $90.
● Statoil Summer STEM Camps are for students that will be entering grades 5-8. Topics include Robotics, Crime Scene Investigators, Cougar Inventors, Numbers Ninja, and C++. One week sessions are $350 and overall savings can be made when you register for multiple weeks.
● The University of Houston also offers a wide variety of sports camps including baseball, golf, volleyball, girls’ soccer, swimming, and basketball. Some “Cub” sessions start as low as $30 per session while camps geared toward older ages start at $65 for some programs.
Lone Star College Discovery Kids provides access to hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) classes for kids age 6-17. Week-long camps run through July 13th, with the exception of the July 4th week. Sessions begin as low as $97 per and cover topics like Rocket Science, Digital Photography, Dessert Design, and ACT/SAP prep. Camps available at most campuses.
We hope you and your family have a blast this summer! Let us know in the comments which camps end up being favorites.