Discount Houston Summer Camp Guide 2015

Houston Summer Camp 2015 Kids in Houston have about two months 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 2015 Discount Summer Camp Guide in Houston shares seven organizations offering an exclusive 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
  • Camp Scholarship

CAMP DISCOUNTS

Summer Discovery Camp at The Health Museum

Health Museum Discovery CampPack this summer with scientific fun and be a part of week-long camps that are filled with hands-on experiments, organ dissections, and more! From learning healthy eating habits to forensic science, there is educational fun for everyone! Lunch is included and extended camp days are available for working parents.

Location: The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Cost: $350/week

Dates: June 1 – August 21

Contact: www.thehealthmuseum.org/camps

Discount Offered: $25 off each camp; Cannot be combined with other offers. Mention Houston on the Cheap for the discount.

health musuem child dissecting

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Heights Plant Farm Summer Camp

Heights Plant FarmFrom flowers to fashion and crystals to critters, Heights Plant Farm Summer Camps are a unique camp experience. Each week is a new theme, including Gardening, Science (Geology & Aerospace), Art/Photography, Art Car Design, Yoga/Creative Movement/Cheer/Dance, Vintage Fashion, Animal Care and Renaissance Faire. Sign up for just one week or as many weeks as desired! Campers create art and crafts, make extraordinary discoveries, interact with and observe exotic animals, enrich motor and social skills, take home awesome mementos and much more! Each themed week will include visits from professionals in their area of study.

Before and After Care are offered for additional cost. Parents can view campers at any time with the designated video link.

Location: 2521 N. Durham Drive @ W. 26th St. in the Heights

Cost: $300/week; $75 registration

Dates: June 15 – August 14

Contact: (713) 868-7990; www.heightsplantfarm.com

Discount Offered: 50% off registration ($37.50 off); Call to register for the discount or get a special discount code to register online.

Heights Plant Terrarium Party Pic

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Idea Lab Summer Camp

Idea Lab Summer CampKids ages 4-14 can enjoy a variety of science and art-based fun at Idea Lab’s week-long summer camps in topics such as Minecraft, robotics, science, art, engineering, and Chef Academy. Classes are divided by ages 6-9 and 10-14 and are Monday – Friday.

Locations: Memorial, Heights, Energy Corridor, Sugar Land/Missouri City, Bellaire

Cost: half-day camp $155-$175; full-day camp $195-$225

Dates: June 15 – August 21

Contact: (713) 463-5062; www.IdeaLabKids.com

Discount Offered: Free registration and free t-shirt. Use code HOU01 for this discount.

Idea Lab summer camp

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Camp Quillian

Camp QuillianCamp Quillian is the only American Camp Association accredited day camp in the city of Houston, and is the preferred summer camp of the Westchase District. Camp Quillian is designed for campers age 5-14. Campers at Camp Quillian will play sports, organized games, climb the rock wall, enjoy special events, swim in Quillian’s two swimming pools, see exciting guest speakers, and take part in many different specialty camps.

Specialty camps include swim lessons, cooking, lacrosse, basketball, water polo, flag football, pre-k sports, tennis, golf, rock climbing, soccer, drama, art, dance, and much more. Camp Quillian has some of the finest facilities in the area including the famous Noah’s Ark pool, a competition swimming pool with diving boards and slides, gymnasium, game room, indoor climbing wall, a new playground, and more! Teen campers ages 13 and 14 will take part in a camp designed just for them with field trips and service projects, as well as normal camp activities.

Quillian Center is the sports and recreation ministry of First Methodist Houston and has been providing summer camp opportunities for more than 30 years.

Location: 10570 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77042

Cost: $195 for each session 1-10

Dates: June 1 – August 21

Contact: (713) 781-9195; www.quilliancenter.org

Discount: $25 discount off a single week of camp

Camp Quillian

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Splash Kids Art

Splash KidsSplash Kids offers art camps throughout the summer that are challenging, but fun, for kids. Our weekly art camps focus on a number of mediums from painting, drawing, and sculpture. From Anime Classes to Paper Mache Piñatas, we make our classes fun but educational. Camps are for kids ages 5 to 12.  We even have a camp in drama too!

Location: 8951 Ruthby, Houston, TX 77061 #3

Cost: $110/morning (9:30 – noon); $75/afternoon (3 pm – 5 pm)

Dates: June 9-12, June 16-19, July 7-10, July 14-17, Drama Session too: June 23-25

Contact: 713-882-9878; houstonart.webs.com

Discount: $25 off for single one-week art camp

Splash Kids

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Bayou Bend Summer History Camp: Only 10 Spots Left (as of May 15)

Bayou Bend summer campAt 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. 10 spots still left for June 15–19.

Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial, Houston, TX 77007

Cost: $350/week

Date: June 15-19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact:  (713) 639-7759; www.mfah.org/historycamp

Discount Offered: $25 off camp 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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City ArtWorks Imagination Camp

City ArtWorks offers summer camp programs that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. We encourage creative problem solving, help develop critical thinking skills, and expose children to visual arts concepts and history. But most of all, City ArtWorks’ Summer Art Camp is 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!

Location: 1330-R Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055

Cost: $130 – $290 per week. Half and full day options are available.

Dates: June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21

Contact: (713) 681-1331, www.cityartworks.org

Discount offered:  $25 discount for one week of camp for Houston on the Cheap readers.  Please use code CHEAP13ART30 when registering to receive the Houston on the Cheap Summer Camp discount.  City ArtWorks also offers an automatic $25 discount for enrollments for multiple weeks of camp or multiple siblings attending.

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Copperfield Summer Camps 2015

Copperfield Racquet & Health Club offers a sports camp directed by John Kudrick and a kids club camp directed by Marilyn Kudrick. Camp Care is open 6:30 am – 6:30 pm. Camp activities are 9 am – 2 pm.

The Sports Camp is for children 8 to 13 years old.  It will require children to be outdoors (weather permitting) and will emphasize playing sports with concentration on fun, teamwork and sportsmanship!

The Kid’s Club Camp is for school age children K-5th grade. Campers will have a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Swimming daily except Mondays for field trips. Space is limited.

Location: Copperfield Racquet & Health Club, 15700 Longenbaugh Drive, Houston, TX, 77095

Cost: $160/week

Dates: June 8- August 21

Contact: 281-463-2582, www.Copperfieldclub.com

Discount offered:  Waive registration fee (save $25)

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FREE

Destiny Sports Camp
StoneBridge Church is offering a free 3-day sports camp for kids entering 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2015. 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 with live music, kid activities and the awards. Go online here for more info. Registration begins April 12 at noon.

Date: June 9-11, 8:45 to noon
Location: One StoneBridge Church Drive, The Woodlands

Camp Spike ‘N’ Wave®
Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens (ages 8-14) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of children with epilepsy.

At Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® campers build self-esteem, create life-long friendships, participate in team building, and learn more about living with epilepsy.

Visit this website to download an application or contact the EFTX Camp and Recreation Team at [email protected] or 713-789-6295 to have one sent to you. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is May 15th.

Date: June 14-20
Location: Camp For All, Burton, TX

Camp Neuron
Camp Neuron offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens (ages 8-14) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of children with epilepsy.

At Camp Neuron campers build self-esteem, create life-long friendships, participate in team building, and learn more about living with epilepsy.

Visit this website to download an application or contact the EFTX Camp and Recreation Team at [email protected] or 713-789-6295 to have one sent to you. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 5th.

Date: July 5-11
Location: Texas Lions Camp, Kerville, TX

Kamp Kaleidoscope®
Kamp Kaleidoscope® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for teens (ages 15-19) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of teens with epilepsy.

At Kamp Kaleidoscope® campers participate in activities promoting independence, self-confidence, competency, and social interaction.

Visit this website to download an application or contact the EFTX Camp and Recreation Team at [email protected] or 713-789-6295 to have one sent to you. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 5th.

Date: July 5-11
Location: YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp, Kerville, TX

 

WEEKLY DAY CAMPS at $100 OR LESS

Bellaire Parks & Recreation Department
One-week Fast Forward Kids camps are for children ages 4 – 12. Choose from a range of topics: LEGOs, Barbies, Fashion Designer, Kickstart Kindergarten, and more.

Cost: $100, time depends on class (9 am – 11 am, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2 pm 4 pm)
Location: Bellaire Recreation Center, 7008 5th Street, Bellaire. Sign up in person.

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); Before and after care available for $40 extra/week (7:30 am – 6 pm)
Dates: June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road, Cypress

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)
Dates: July 6-10, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for K-5
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. For boys and girls ages 5-13.  Get more info here.

Its Summer Camp Open House is Sunday, April 12, 1 pm – 4 pm. There are many other camps ranging from $115 – $170. Pay in full at Open House and get the lowest price all year!

Cost: $99/wk (early bird rate through April 15)
Dates: June 1 – August 21, 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm (Monday – Friday)
Location: 602 Pruitt, The Woodlands

Lone Star College Discovery Kids
Lone Star, a local community college, offers an amazing program for kids over the summer — for ages 6-14. Priced at $97/week for half-day sessions, kids can take classes ranging from cooking to robotics, digital photography, art, math, sports and more. The five campus locations offer their own programming. Find the campus course flyers here.

Cost: $97/wk Monday – Thursday; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm
Contact: www.lonestar.edu/DiscoveryCollege
Locations: LCS-CyFair, LCS-Montgomery, LCS-Kingwood, LCS-University Park, LCS-Tomball

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 books 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, 3-day to 5-day art camp — or two or three sessions and stay half the day! Get more info here!

Cost: $79 for 3 days to $99 for 5 days. Session times are divided by age group all day.
Dates: June 8-12 morning (Jerry’s Artarama on Willowchase), July 6-10 (Sugar Land), July 13-17 (The Woodlands/Spring), August 10-14 afternoon (Woodlands Art League)

Summer Arts Camp
The Summer Arts Camp at First United Methodist Church is for kids entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Kids will explore music, art, dance and drama in a Christian environment. Held July 14-17. The Showcase night will be July 17 at 6 pm. Get more info here.

Location: First Fulshear United Methodist Church, 8201 Harris St at 2nd St
Cost: $50, 9 am – noon (register by May 27); $65 for registration May 28 – July 1

Preschool Camps at The Foundry
Three summer camps are open to preschoolers at one of The Foundry’s two locations, 9 am to noon, $85.

  • Preschool Art Camp (July 6-10) at Fry Road campus
  • Preschool Science Camp (July 20-24) at Jones Road campus
  • Preschool Camp Frozen (August 3-7) at Jones Road campus

Upward Basketball Summer Skills Camp at The Foundry
Kids who have completed K-5th grade can learn basketball skills at The Foundry and practice them in scrimmages. Each player will receive a basketball, t-shirt, water bottle and daily snack.

Cost: $100
Dates: August 3-7, 9 am – noon or 1 pm – 4 pm depending on age
Location: 8350 Jones Road

 

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 a free-style racing cart, explore inventions and come up with their own ideas to change the world,

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 12, 2 siblings get $25 off each, 3 or more siblings get $50 off, employees of hosting school district get $30 off

Dates: June 8 through Aug 10

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

Scholarship opportunity: Most locations have one full scholarship, plus 3-5 $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: [email protected]

 

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Comments

  1. Steve says

    Hey, these are great! Thanks for sharing. My kids are going to have a lot to choose from.