It is cold and rainy outside, and the last day of school is still months away, but the time to sign up for the best summer camps in Houston is right now!
These are the camps your children will want to return to year after year. Spaces are filling up quickly, so open the calendar app and grab your spots before they are gone.
Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo
These are some of the most popular day camps in all of Houston.
Camps are for children ages 4-16, so preschoolers all the way to high school kids can get up close and personal with these amazing animals.
Moms, do you want to go to camp too? Camp Zoofari for Adults has one-day classes on primates, sea lions, reptiles, and amphibians, so you can go to camp at the same time your kids do.
Registration is already open for members, and opens to the public on February 26.
One week camps run June 4 through August 17.
WITS Creative Writing Camp
This collaboration between Writers In The Schools and Rice University is in its 28th year. A renowned creative writing program for kids, these camps are offered at many locations all across the Houston area, so check for the one closest to you. In addition to fun, interactive storytelling and creative learning, older students have the option of choosing digital or poetry slam camps.
Registration is open now.
Two-week camps run June through August for students in K-12th grade.
City of West University Place Summer Camps
From Art and Fashion Design to Rockstars, Minecraft, The Great Outdoors, Extreme STEAM, and 3D Printing, the choices offered by the West U Parks and Recreation Department seem endless. Check their website for offerings, dates, and locations, but do not delay!
Registration for residents and non-residents alike is open now.
One-week camps offered June through August for kids Ages 3-12.
Mad Hatter Arts Camp
For over 20 years Ms. Naomi and her creative team at Art Studio on The Boulevard have been exploring art around the world through multiple mediums. Sorted into 8 different age/grade appropriate groups, campers experience traditional and dimensional art, drama, creative movement, music, and culture. Two-week sessions end with a special performance and showcase of the children’s work. Your children will not want to miss a single summer.
Registration is open now for children 5 to 11 years old.
Three separate 2-week sessions from June 4 through July 20.
One of the largest and longest-running programs, Kidventure has been a standard-bearer for summer camps in Texas for 24 years. Fun and engaging age-directed curriculums are offered at 16 different locations around the city.
The four cornerstones of Kidventure camps are creativity, physical activity, exploration, and reflection. These cornerstones are expressed through Art and Science, Athletics, Games, Dance, Yoga, and Camp Games.
Registration opens February 7 at 9 am.
Day camps for ages 3-9th grade. Overnight camps for ages 8-18
Camps run continuously June through July.
Xplorations Summer Camp at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
This one is not to be missed–a favorite in our family every year.
Offered in two locations (Sugarland and the Museum District) children can enjoy camps such as Space Pilot, Archeology, Kitchen Creations, Spy Camp, Robots, and Dino Claws. The complete list is too long to mention, but the online catalog is available now for viewing.
Registration for members opens February 15, and opens to the public March 19.
Camps are for children ages 6 through 12, with before and after care available.
Week-long sessions run June 4 through August 17.
Save $$ on camp by becoming an HMNS member.
This is not a paid advertisement for any program mentioned or not mentioned. I am just a mom trying to figure out summer like so many of you.
If you know of a terrific camp we failed to mention, please list it in the comments with registration dates and information.
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