Kids in Houston have about 6 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
- Scholarships Opportunities
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
Bayou Bend Summer History Camp: A Kid’s Life in Colonial America
Travel 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.)
HFAC Actors Academy Performing Arts Camps
This 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.
Discount Offered: $25 off for a single one-week or two-week camp
Summer Dance Camps at The Houston Dance Lab
Dance 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
Young Artist Art Studio: One of a Kind Art Camp
From 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)
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)
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!!!
- 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
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)
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! Get more info here!
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)
Planet WOW Summer Camp (Crafty Scraps & STEMology Mobile Summer Camp)
Kids ages 6-10 will have lots of options for fun at this one-week camp. Create personalized keepsakes (arts & crafts), design like an engineer (STEM challenges), and engage in hands-on lab activities (Jr. Scientist) + time to bounce, climb and slide! Get info and register here.
Location: Planet WOW, 10601 S. Sam Houston Parkway West
Cost: $100, Monday – Friday
Date: June 16-20, 8 am – 4 pm
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.