Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2014 (Updated)

Tax Day Freebies 2014Businesses are gearing up for Tax Day deals and freebies. It’s always a favorite list here at Houston on the Cheap! Here is what I’ve seen in Houston to ease the pain April 15:

Arby’s — Get a free Snack-sized Curly Fry at Arby’s nationwide April 15. You need to print a coupon, which will be available on Arby’s social media Monday, April 14: Arby’s Facebook or @Arby’s on Twitter.

Boston Market — The food retailer is offering the “Tax Day Deal Chicken Meal” April 15. The deal includes two half-chicken individual meals for $10.40, including two sides and cornbread. One meal is normally $7.99 each. Valid April 15 only. No coupon is required.

Entertainment Book — Get a 2014 Entertainment Book for just $10.40 + $2.49 shipping ($35 retail) April 15-17. Coupons expire 12/30/14.

Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie at Great American Cookies April 15, thanks to its “Income the Sweetness” promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed!

Hard Rock Café — Houstonians can earn a free dinner entree from Hard Rock Café’s new menu just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is the day after Tax Day, April 16, 5 pm – 7 pm. Houston’s Hard Rock Café is downtown at 501 Texas.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 14-18, 2014.  Just print out this coupon for this free deal. Due to high demand, massages may be limited to 10 minutes. Consider calling ahead to reserve your spot. Eleven locations in the Houston area are participating including Houston, Katy, League City, and Conroe. Check out the locations online.

Menchie’s — It’s not a Tax Day Deal, but it’s a freebie on April 15! Get a free 6oz. cup of Menchie’s frozen yogurt April 15, noon – 2 pm, thanks to the Houston Rockets win last night. This has been an amazing promotion all season, but it’s winding down! Valid at participating locations. One Houston-area location changed it to 4oz!

RA Sushi — Enjoy an extended happy hour for its Tax Day Tuesday from 3 pm  to close. Keep some money in your pocket with $3-$7 cocktails and 35 appetizers, tapas and sushi from $2.25 – $7.25.

Schlotzsky’s — On April 15 only, get a free small Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz. drink and chips. No coupon required.

Sonic —Sonic Drive-In is offering half-price Happy Hour all day April 15. Get your favorite soft drink, slush, or combination of flavors at 50% off!

The Green Run — Save 15% on race registration for The Green Run, a 10K held April 26 at CityCentre. Use code TAXDAYG6214 April 15 only. Adults: $45, kids $15 (before discount). Register online here.

Willie’s Icehouse — Get your tax deducted from your bill at Willie’s Icehouse April 14-16. Print this coupon to take advantage of this savings.

“Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” Discounts in Houston

Disney on Ice discountsA new Disney on Ice show hits Houston tomorrow, Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate, featuring Mickey and Minnie plus a Royal Ball with the princesses, Disney villains at Halloween, and a medley of holiday and birthday celebrations.

There are still a couple of ways to save:

1) Attend April 16 and get the Opening Night discount. Tickets are $14 on opening night plus a service fee of $8.66 per ticket for $22.66. No promo code needed. Go online to Ticketmaster here to get Opening Night discount.

2) ScoreBig is offering 10% – 25% off tickets to Disney on Ice in Houston. (The Friday at 7:30 pm show is 25% off). Performances include matinee and evening shows April 18-20. ScoreBig is similar to Priceline where you bid for your ticket price. Best of all, there are no additional ticket fees added per ticket. That saves a bundle. Purchase your discount Disney on Ice tickets here.

Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate will be at Reliant Park April 16-20. Parking is $10.

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Entertainment Book: $10.40 Tax Day Sale ($35 value)

Entertainment Book Tax Day SaleEntertainment Book is offering a Tax Day Sale April 15-17. Get a 2014 Entertainment Book for just $10.40 + $2.49 shipping ($35 retail). My family loves using the coupons for restaurants, movie tickets, airport parking, and bowling. Access mobile coupons through the Entertainment Mobile App. Coupons expire at the end of the year, December 30, 2014, so there is still plenty of time.

Order the Entertainment Book online here and select any city book you want. If you travel frequently to another city, it might make sense to buy a second book, too!

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Sam Houston Race Park Dollar Day, April 19

sam houston $1 dayDollar Day return to Sam Houston Race Park, Saturday, April 19! This is a great chance to bring the family to the race track for cheap family fun. Dollar Day at the Park features tons of stuff for $1: admission, hot dogs, sodas, draft beer (4:30 pm – 10 pm), and live racing programs. Don’t miss the free children’s petting zoo from 6 pm – 8 pm and free parking, to boot. It’s a great deal for everyone! General admission tickets are normally $7 each.

Live horse racing begins at 6 pm with gates opening at 4:30 pm. Sam Houston Race Park is located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West of Beltway 8.

6 Free Things to Do in Houston April 14-18

We Love Houston sign words 600pThere’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 6 options for free and cheap fun this week (April 14-18) before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Tuesday (4/15) — Get ready for Monster Truck fun at Discovery Green’s Toddler Tuesday. The free weekly event begins at 10:30 am, but arrive as early as 9:30 am for photo opp with the Monster Truck. Toddlers over 30 inches can ride in a real monster truck at the park! Kids also will build their own monster truck out of cardboard boxes. Bring your own box in case they run out! Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (4/16) — It’s Family Rewind night with a $2 movie (almost free!) at Studio Movie Grill. This month’s feature is Goonies (PG-13) staring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. Watch at both Houston locations: Copperfield and CityCentre.

Wednesday (4/16) — Enjoy a free kayak class at Discovery Green, thanks to Buffalo City Adventures. The Wednesday session is for adults 18+. Kids can attend on weekends. No registration required — just show up and have fun. This free class meets every Wednesday April through October.

Thursday (4/17) — Attend a free opening reception at University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, 5 pm – 7 pm. The gallery will be featuring work in a variety of media by Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating seniors. As the sponsor, Saint Arnold will be providing free craft beer! Free parking also is available in the Visitor Lot or Lot D.

Thursday (4/17) — Catch a free documentary for iFest’s Inaugural Film Festival honoring Australia. This week’s feature is Breaking Boundaries, a documentary about the Houston Ballet featuring Australian native Stanton Welch, artistic director for the Houston Ballet. Seating is first-come, first-served. Located at Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave.

Thursday (4/17) — Unwind with a free outdoor Spring concert Thursdays at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This week features a young Latin group, Jalea, from 6 pm – 8 pm. Located at Heritage Square at LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap: Brian Greene, President/CEO, Houston Food Bank

Welcome to Discovering Houston on the Cheap, a weekly series highlighting ideas for cheap dates, cheap meals, Houston’s best-kept secret and more — all from the perspective of local chefs, media personalities, athletes, and folks in local business.

Brian Greene, President/CEO, Houston Food Bank
{Brian Greene has served in Houston Food Bank’s top spot since 2005. He helped the organization achieve its unprecedented growth that led to its new space four times larger than the old one.}

Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank1) Favorite spot for a cheap meal — Mission Burrito

Mission Burrito has fresh, healthy food that the whole family loves. Plus they have a rewards card!

2) Favorite spot for a cheap date — West Alabama Ice House

West Alabama Ice House is outside and always has an eclectic mix of friendly people. Plus it’s dog friendly! {note: open since 1928!}

3) Houston’s best-kept secret

The Hall of Paleontology at Houston Museum of Natural Science. We never tire of it and learn something new on every trip. Our annual membership pays for itself many times over.

4) Best place to save money in Houston — University of Houston Downtown

University of Houston Downtown is a bargain and does a great job accommodating working students.

5) Favorite Houston festival or annual event

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo! We encourage our friends and family who live elsewhere to visit us during this time every year. It’s unlike anything else around.

6) My perfect day in Houston would be…

Spending time as a family exploring the nature preserve in Memorial Park, roaming around the Children’s Museum of Houston and finding new books at Barnes & Noble on W. Gray.

Test Driving a 2014 Toyota Venza to Paris

Toyota gave me an opportunity to drive one of their vehicles for a week.
This is my experience — in my own words.

Just to put things in perspective, my personal vehicle is a 9-year old SUV with 140,000 miles. Gas mileage is atrocious at about 15.5 in the city. Fortunately I work from home! So obviously I was excited when Toyota gave me a chance to drive a brand-new vehicle and blog about it.

toyota waco mural

For the past week, I’ve driven a 2014 Toyota Venza that arrived with just 150 miles — brand new! I loved the new car smell, the car-like drive, double sunroof, and especially heated front seats. I certainly didn’t expect to use those in April, but I did!

The sticker price on my Venza was $38,000, so it was certainly loaded — with a V-6 engine, Navigation Package, leather, and more. Base price starts at close to $28,000 for a 4-cylinder engine. With seating for 5, the Venza works well for an average-sized family or those couples who want more space to haul their equipment or hobbies.

We decided to hit the road over the weekend for a quick trip to Paris (Texas, of course!). My inlaws were moving out of their hometown, so it was bittersweet. As we drove north towards the Red River Valley, we discovered plenty of power outlets (always important on our road trips), 10 cup holders, and satellite radio, which was perfect as we drove in and out of towns. My daughter also appreciated the rear air vents, which many smaller SUVs do not have.

toyota inside

Toyota Venza

toyota venza collage

The Venza has plenty of cargo space in the back for luggage, groceries, or equipment. It also features some neat extras such as the Blind Spot Mirrors, Navigation System that comes standard, and dual control temperature options for the front-seat passengers. It was 46 degrees in Paris, so I definitely used the heated front seats. And got spoiled too quickly!

Few fun memories of the adventure:

Paris TX trip

Since it was probably my last time to Paris, I took photos of some of the landmarks I enjoy in town.

Paris Welcome sign

 Paris banner

downtown Paris square

And my absolute favorite — only in Texas!

Paris TX Eiffel Tower

Houston SPCA: $10 Dog Adoptions April 11-13

Houston SPCA is kicking off $10 dog adoptions this weekend, April 11-13. Prices are usually $95 – $195. Limit two per family. Animals in the Spot Peabody room are excluded. My adorable dog, Ginger, (left) is a shelter dog!

The adoption fee includes everything you need (vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, complimentary wellness exam, microchip, heartworm testing, and deworm) — a $400 value. Go online here to search for your new forever friend!

The Houston SPCA is located at 900 Portway Drive. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.

photo courtesy Robyn Arouty Photography

Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 11-13

free weekend fun in HoustonThe weekend is almost here with lots of free fun. Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston April 11-13:

FRIDAY

Catch a drive-in — The Katy campus of Houston Community College is hosting a free drive-in movie family night Friday. The free fun begins at 6 pm with inflatables, magician and more. The NutJob is the movie of the night beginning at 8 pm.

SATURDAY

Celebrate the earthEarth Day Houston returns Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, to Discovery Green. Learn from 50 Houston nonprofit green agencies, enjoy interactive environmental awareness activities, learn the benefits of healthy living, and entertain the kids with activities throughout the festival. New this year is live local music all day! Visit the Saint Arnold’s beer garden, food trucks, and Eco-Artists Village. Located at Discovery Green downtown, 1500 McKinney.

Chill with yoga — Don’t miss the free Blissful Warrior Yoga every Saturday, 9 am, at Discovery Green. This yoga class brings together elements of tai chi, kung fu, balance techniques and energy building poses. Located at 1500 McKinney on the Grace Event Lawn behind The Grove Restaurant. No pre-registration required.

Engage with the Scouts — It’s a big year at Scout Fair celebrating 100 years of service. This free annual event features 75 experts representing merit badges, outdoor cooking samples, weather balloon launch, welding demonstration, live entertainment, and more.  Some of the 100th birthday festivities include a birthday cake at 2 pm plus a special flavor by Blue Bell dubbed Scout Crunch. The event is April 12, 10 am – 3 pm, at Reliant. Free admission with $10 parking.

Japan Festival, HoustonCelebrate Japanese heritage — The Japan Festival returns this weekend, April 12-13, at Hermann Park.  The schedule features live entertainment including Japanese classic dance and drums, Japanese opera, fashion show, children’s activities, Cosplay contest, food, and more. Hours are 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Parking is limited in Hermann Park so consider garages in Texas Medical Center and along the METRORail route. Photo: vmiramontes

Go on an egg hunt — Kids have several options to enjoy hunting Easter eggs this weekend — from free egg hunts at 7 Acre Wood, Sugar Land’s EGGstravaganza, and Missouri City’s Eggpalooza including crafts and family fun. Get all the Easter Egg Hunt options in my earlier post this week, Houston Easter Egg Hunts 2014. There are two Bass Pro locations: Katy Mill Mall and Baybrook Mall.

Relax with jazz — Head outdoors for Music in the Park Saturday at Willow Waterhole Music Fest. The free event features 10 hours of live music in a relaxing setting.

Dye some eggs — This month’s Second Saturday Settler series features Natural Dye Eggs from 1 pm – 3 pm just in time for Easter. Bring hard-boiled or blown-out eggs to learn how to dye eggs with natural materials.Experience early settler life at the homestead. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick Drive.

Enjoy Easter fun — Easter activities kick off this weekend at Bass Pro Shops from April 12-20. Don’t miss free photos with the Easter Bunny 11 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, crafts, and an egg hunt at 2 pm April 12-13 and April 19-20.

Relish the arts– The 15th annual Midtown Visions Cultural Arts Tour this Saturday is a great way to learn and enjoy all that Midtown has to offer. Discover some of Houston’s most creative and visual performing arts from noon to 5 pm through its art studios, galleries, and collectives. Items will be on display and available for purchase. The Wave will be providing a free shuttle between the sites. Check out the tour map online.

Enjoy outdoor fun — It’s another weekend of free family fun thanks to Second Saturday at The Depot. The monthly event in Tomball features themed activities and games, concessions, music and Hop on the giant inflatable screen. Event from 6 pm – 9 pm with the movie beginning at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm.

Enjoy a movie under the moon –There are several options for free outdoor movies Saturday: 1) IKEA Houston Screen on the Green presents Wall-E Saturday at 8:30 pm at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 2) Sugar Land Town Square presents Ratatouille from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Love outdoor musicMusic Night on the Strand returns Saturday, 6 pm, with the Fab 5, a Beatles tribute band. The free performance is held at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.

SUNDAY

Cooking with kids — Thanks to the Houston Food Bank, kids will enjoy a free seasonal cooking class at Sunday’s Urban Harvest Farmers Market. Children will shop for ingredients at the farmers market and do a hands-on demo and tasting. Recipes will be provided for participants. Sessions are 12:30 pm – 1 pm and 1:30 pm – 2 pm. The market is open 11 am – 3 pm at 3000 Richmond.

Celebrate the lake — It’s all things water at Towne Lake Lake-A-Palooza Sunday noon – 5 pm. The free water event includes waterskiing demonstrations, boat tours, fishing tournament, and kayak and paddleboard lessons. A highlight is the Heart of Texas Dock Dogs competition. Town Lake is located in Northwest Houston off Barker Cypress and 290.

Celebrate Japanese heritage — The Japan Festival returns this weekend, April 12-13, at Hermann Park.  The schedule features live entertainment including Japanese classic dance and drums, Japanese opera, fashion show, children’s activities, Cosplay contest, food, and more. Hours are 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Parking is limited in Hermann Park so consider garages in Texas Medical Center and along the METRORail route

Listen to music — Each weekend this spring, The Woodlands Township is sponsoring Concert in the Park Sundays from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This week’s music features Vocal Trash with the weekly theme of Bike Bash. Ride your bike to stay in theme! Don’t miss special bike parking and party for those who ride. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Houston Summer Camps: $100 or Less, Discounts, Free & More

Summer Camp Guide 2014

Kids in Houston have about 8 weeks left of the school year. But don’t despair, parents! There are lots of options around Houston thanks to community groups, churches, art studios, museums, and sports organizations — sometimes even on the cheap!

This 2014 Discount Summer Camp Guide in Houston presents several organizations offering a discount to readers of Houston on the Cheap. I’ve also compiled other inexpensive options to keep your kids engaged and you less stressed. Here is an outline:

  • Camp Discounts
  • $100 or Less Weekly Day Camps
  • Free
  • Scholarships Opportunities

CAMP DISCOUNTS

Asia Society Texas Summer CampExploreAsia: Culture Camps for Kids

Want your child to learn more about the cultures of the world’s most populous continent? Then join us at Asia Society Texas Center for an enriching and virtual journey, complete with themed art activities, architectural projects, presentations from experts on Asia, language learning, performances by some of the city’s leading dance and music professionals, outdoor Asian-themed physical activities/games, and an excursion to an Asian cultural site in the Houston area. Recommended for ages 7-13.

Location: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Boulevard

Cost: $225 (one camp), $425 (both camps)

Dates: June 9 – 13 (camp 1), July 7 – 11 (camp 2)

Contact: 713-496-9915, AsiaSociety.org/Texas

Discount offered: $175 one camp, $325 both camps (early-bird pricing through April 28). Plus 20% discount for Asia Society members, 15% discount for multiple children

Asia Society Texas summer camp

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Bayou Bend Summer History Camp: A Kid’s Life in Colonial America

Bayou Bend summer campTravel back in time to colonial America! Bayou Bend’s collection of early Americana serves as the jumping off point for exploring how children lived nearly 250 years ago. Become a blacksmith, mold candles, write with quill pens, wear 18th-century clothes, and play colonial games. Activities take place at the 14-acre historic River Oaks estate and in the nearby education center. Designed for children entering or exiting 5th grade during the summer they attend (age 9 – 11). The week culminates in a special presentation for family and friends on Friday afternoon.

Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street, Houston

Cost: $350 for one five-day camp, 9 am – 5 pm

Dates: Choose from four sessions in 2014: June 16–20, June 23–27, July 7–11, July 14–18 (no camp the week of June 30–July 4)

Contact: 713.639.7750 and mfah.org/historycamp

Discount Offered: $25 discount with mention of this Houston on the Cheap listing on the application form (Visit mfah.org/historycamp to download the application form.)

Bayou Bend summer camp photo

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HFAC Actors Academy Performing Arts Camps

HFAC logoThis summer the Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) Actors Academy is offering 29 different one- and two-week performing arts camps for ages 5-11 and 12-19. HFAC camps feature acting, singing and dance instruction as well as performance opportunities in musicals, dramas, and comedies.

For ages 5-11: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids, Disney’s Aladdin Kids, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. as well as the comedy Rascals Under the Big Top.

For ages 12-19:  The teen two-week performance camps are Xanadu Broadway Jr, Zombeo and Juliet, and Legally Blonde Jr. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be a three-week camp.

Location: Houston Family Arts Center, 10760 Grant Road

Cost: 1-week camps $195, 2-week camps $495

Dates: June 9 – August 22, 2014

Contact: 281-685-6374, www.houstonfac.com. Call 281-685-2623 to register.

Discount Offered: $25 off for a single one-week or two-week camp

Houston Family Arts Center

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Summer Dance Camps at The Houston Dance Lab

Houston Dance LabDance at the Houston Dance Lab this summer! Its 4th annual Summer Dance Camp for children ages 6-12 is great for dancers of all skill levels. It’s perfect for children that are new to dance or those who just want to dance all day long! New: an open-class schedule, Sizzling Saturdays for kids, juniors, adults and teens. Classes include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Body Conditioning, Yoga, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Dancing with the Houston Dance Lab will fill your child’s summer break with fun, laughter, fitness, and new friends.

Location: 5535 Richmond Ave

Cost: $175 per week or $400

Dates: July 14-August 1, Monday-Friday (8 am-3 pm) with extended day for $50 from 3pm-5pm

Contact: 713-320-5121, www.houstondancelab.com

Discount: $25 registration fee waived

Houston Dance Lab
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Young Artist Art Studio: One of a Kind Art Camp

Young Artist Art StudioFrom Monet Gardens to Louise Nelvelson found objects, bring your imagination to an art camp that can discover many areas of your creativity from painting to clay. Different themes to choose from each week. Camp hours are 9 am to noon for 5-8 year olds and 1 pm – 4 pm for age 9 and up.

Location: 1024 Studewood (The Heights), 8000 McBeth Way, Ste 130 (The Woodlands)

Cost: $150-$215

Dates: June 2 – August 11

Contact: 713-234-6383 (The Heights), 281-645-6580 (The Woodlands)  www.youngartistartstudio.com

Discount: $25 off any camp (can be used for one camp only)

Young Artist Art Studio

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Bricks 4 Kidz

Making it move is the name of the game at all our exciting 2014 camps! Each  day, campers will use LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more in motion. We use Jr. Robotic program as part of our curriculum this summer. We make LEGO® Super Hero short films too!!!

Locations:

  • The Oaks Adventist Christian School, 11735 Grant Road, Cypress
  • St. Christopher’s Episcopal Day School, 1656 Blalock Road
  • Clay Road Baptist School, 9151 Clay Road

Cost: $165 per weekly session (Morning: 9am – 12pm or Afternoon 1 pm – 4 pm); $295 Full Day Camp (9am – 4pm) + onsite extended child care for morning and afternoon.

Dates: June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8

Contact: (832) 868-2826, www.bricks4kidz.com/texas-houston-memorial/

Discount: $25 discount for one session or $40 discount for Full Day Camp with mention of this Houston on the Cheap listing during online registration

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Houston SPCA Critter Camp

Calling all kids who love animals and all future veterinarians! Have fun with animal education, crafts, guest speakers, and best of all, interact with our shelter animals! Check out all three new camp sessions available this summer: A Voice for the Voiceless Camp, Operation Rescue Camp, and VetCAMP. For kids entering 3rd through 10th grade.

Location: 7007 Katy Rd.

Cost: Minimum $235, cost varies per session

Dates: June 2 – August 15, 2014

Contact: (713) 869-7722 ext. 143,www.HoustonSPCA.org

Discount: Early bird special – 10% off all camps in April.

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FREE

Destiny Sports Camp
StoneBridge Church is offering a free 3-day sports camp for kids in 1st through 6th grade. This sports-specific camp is led by local coaches or collegiate athletes. Kids can choose from one of many sports.The camp concludes with a Family Awards Celebration June 26 with live music, kid activities and the awards. Go online here for more info. Registration begins May 1.

Date: June 24-June 26, 8:45 to noon
Location: One StoneBridge Church Drive, The Woodlands

 

WEEKLY DAY CAMPS at $100 OR LESS

Bellaire Parks & Recreation Department
These one-week specialty camps are for kids ages 4 and up. Choose from a range of topics: LEGOs, Barbies, Fashion Designer, Kickstart Kindergarten, and more. Get more info here.
Cost: $100, time depends on class (9 am – 11 am, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2 pm 4 pm)

Camp Hope Day Camp
This summer day camp at Messiah Lutheran Church features bible stories, crafts, science, worship, games and songs. Get more info here.

Cost: $85 (first child), $80 (additional)
Dates: July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road

Covenant Lutheran Day Camp
The Lutherhill counselors from La Grange, Texas, will be onsite at Covenant for a week to provide kids with an exciting Day Camp where they focus on being a child of God. High-energy fun activities as well as reflective time will round out the experience for kids. Head online here for more info.

Cost: $60 (first child), $35 (additional), $15 for pre-K
Dates: July 7-11, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for K-5; 9 am – noon for pre-K (ages 3 and up)
Location: Covenant Lutheran Church, 3785 Barker Cypress Rd.

Legends Sports Complex
Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands offers a number of summer camp options. But its All-Sports Camp is the one priced at $99/week for half-day sessions. Kids will play a variety of traditional sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and capture the flag. The camp focuses more on play and fun rather than teaching skills and fundamentals. Kids also will participate in fun activities that change week to week. For boys and girls ages 5-13.  Get more info here.

Its Summer Camp Open House is Sunday, April 13, 1 pm – 4 pm. There are many other camps ranging from $115 – $170.

Cost: $99/wk (early bird rate through April 15)
Dates: June 2 – August 22, 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm (Monday – Friday)

Lone Star College Discovery Kids
One of Houston’s local community college offers an amazing program for kids over the summer. Priced at $89/week for half-day sessions, kids can take classes ranging from cooking to robotics, babysitting skills, art, math, sports and more. The five campus locations offer their own programming. Find the campus course flyers here.

Locations: LCS-CyFair, LCS-Montgomery, LCS-Kingwood, LCS-University Park, LCS-Tomball
Cost: $89/wk, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm (Monday – Thursday)
Contact: www.lonestar.edu/DiscoveryCollege

Mark Kistler’s Summer Art Camp
Emmy-award winning artist Mark Kistler leads a one-week 3D art camp for kids in several locations around Houston. He has written nine book teaching kids how to draw. Mark explores a different theme each day from under sea adventures to medieval castles, to lunar moon modules and drooling dinosaurs. Sign up for a one-hour, 5-day art camp — or two or three sessions and stay half the day!

Cost: $99/session Monday – Friday, Session times are divided by age group all day.
Dates: June 9-13 (Jerry’s Artarama on Willowchase), July 7-11 (Kingwood Christian Church), July 14-18 (Northwoods Catholic School in Spring), August 11-15 (Karate Masters in Spring)

Summer Arts Camp
The Summer Arts Camp is for kids entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Kids will explore music, art, dance and drama in a Christian environment. Held July 15-18, 2014. A special Arts Showcase & Performance will be held July 18, 6 pm. Get more info here.

Location: First Fulshear United Methodist Church
Cost: $50, 9 am – noon

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Camp Invention
Camp Invention is a week-long adventure in creativity that challenges kids to explore connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation. It’s geared to kids entering 1st through 6th grades. This summer, participants will build original prototypes, create personalized motor-powered vehicles and more.

Locations: Various schools and churches throughout Houston. Enter your zip code online to find the nearest location.

Cost: $220 to $250,depending on location, then discounts are taken off the price.   $15 spring discount off through May 16, 2 siblings get $25 off each, 3 or more siblings get $50 off, employees of hosting school district get $30 off

Dates: June 9 through Aug 4

Contact: (800) 968-4332, www.campinvention.org

Scholarship opportunity: Most locations have one full scholarship, plus 4 or 5 $100 discounts. Look at www.campinvention.org to find which camp location is best and then call 800-968-4332 to ask about scholarships.

If your organization would like to offer a discount to your summer camp, contact Vicki Powers for more info: houstononthecheap@gmail.com.