Discount Houston Summer Camp Guide 2016

Summer Camp Guide 2016

Kids in Houston have about two months left of school. 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 2016 Discount Summer Camp Guide in Houston shares nine 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

3Hues Summer Art Camp

3 hues logoDuring our fun weekly themed sessions, such as “It’s a Slumber Party!,” “Legend Has It…,” and “Comics & Pop Art,” our friendly experienced 3Hues staff members will guide campers through creating and exploring various arts and crafts. This is for ages 5 -14. Campers will paint on canvases, make crafts, paint ceramics, build, play games, make friends, and more. We aim to provide our campers with the most positive engaging artistic education experience yet. Ask about our public and private painting parties for kids and adults!

Location: 3Hues, 17702 W. Little York Rd., Ste. 300, Houston, TX 77084 (Katy/Cy-Fair area)

Cost: $135/week (sessions are 9:30 am – 12:30 am or 1 pm – 4 pm depending on the week); $95/week for Kid Club members

Dates: June 6 – August 5

Contact: (281) 224-1205;

Discount Offered: $30 off first week, $45 off second week. Enter code CHEAP for the initial discount.

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Club SciKidz Houston

Club Sci Kidz logoClub SciKidz Houston (CSKH) is Sugar Land’s premiere summer day camp. With  more than 30 weeklong offerings from June 13-July 29, CSKH can provide your child with loads of engagement, fun, and hands-on science (S), technology (T), engineering (E), art (A), and mathematics (M) opportunities.

CSKH offers a variety of subjects for ages 4 – 15. Summer 2016 classes include instruction about coding in Minecraft, rocketry, paleontology, chemistry, veterinary science, anatomy/physiology, animation, movie special effects and more! Club SciKidz Houston has two components: camps for ages 4-11 and 12-15 year olds.  The camps for ages 12-15 are titled Tech Scientific and emphasize application of such 21st Century Skills as collaboration, technology integration, communication, presentation, and problem solving. The camps for ages 4-11 offer similar introductory skill building opportunities.

Club SciKidz Houston is the first Houston location, joining the family of CSK franchisees in Atlanta, Dallas, Maryland, and Virginia. Club SciKidz Houston curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Along with summer camps, CSKH offers in-school field trips and semester long after-school programs. Wanting more information about Club SciKidz Houston? Email [email protected] or visit the website:

Location: Sugar Land — Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, 2011 Austin Pkwy & Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Brooks St.

Cost: $285 (9 am – 4 pm) Monday through Friday. Pre-camp is available for an additional $25 (8 am – 9 am) and post camp is an additional $35 (4 pm – 5:30 pm)

Dates: June 13-July 29

Contact: [email protected];

Discount Offered: Save $35 with discount code CLUBHOC3516

summer camp Club Sci Kidz


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

Cost: $195 for each session 1-12

DatesMay 31 – August 19

Contact: (713) 781-9195;

Discount: $25 discount off a single week of camp. Call and mention Houston on the Cheap for this discount.

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Crossing Borders Spanish Summer Camp

crossing borders logoOur camps are FUN and ACADEMIC! We accept children 2.5 years old-12 years old. Our instructors are native speakers of Spanish who provide dynamic, interactive classes in an atmosphere of total immersion. Your child will learn the language and culture through theme-based crafts, activities, music, and games.  You will be amazed at your child’s progress in a short amount of time.

Location: 2040 Louetta Rd., Suite I, Spring

Cost: $425 (minimum purchase: 2 week program). $180 each additional week. We provide before and after care options at no additional cost.

Dates: June 6 – August 19, 9 am – 3 pm

Contact: (281) 288-9480;

Discount: $25 off


Houston Sudbury Summer Day Camp

Houston Sudbury School logoPlay. Learn. Grow… Giving Houston parents a bold new choice in education, Houston Sudbury School is a non-profit private school that offers children aged 5-18 the rich benefits of self-directed learning in a mixed-age environment. Our students are fully empowered to spend their days as they choose and have an equal voice and vote in all matters involved in running their school, journeying to independence in a safe environment that balances freedom with responsibility.

Join us for our HSS Summer Program. Participants will experience the Sudbury model of education first hand. Current students are excited to extend their school year for a bit longer, while introducing others to the best kept secret. Freedom with responsibility. Campers will have the opportunity to live Sudbury without interfering with their traditional school schedule. Warning: They may never want to leave!

Locations: 220 E. 34th, 77018 (610/Yale)

Cost: $150/wk.

Dates: June 6 – July 1

Contact: (832) 696-0626;

Discount Offered: $25 special discount on 2nd week (mention HOTC at registration); $100 discount for all four sessions. Sibling discount available.


Idea Lab Rock Your Grey Matter Summer Missions

Idea Lab Summer CampIdea Lab provides camps ranging from Cooking School, Robotics, 3D Design and Printing, Art, Engineering and Science.  Classes are divided by ages 4 – 5, 6-9 and 10-14 and run Monday – Friday.

At Idea Lab – Rock Your Grey Matter Summer Missions, children learn through inquisitive, hands-on activities utilizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics to enhance critical-thinking skills and their imaginations!

What makes Idea Lab camps the best? Each weekly camp is carefully constructed to provide the ultimate critical-thinking environment while providing a great time.  From figuring out mechanics of spaceship engineering using recycled materials, to creating scrumptious desserts in our culinary camp series, our campers are provided the necessary tools to question, learn and invent “out-of-the-box” solutions through Arts, Sciences, Technology, Creativity and Natural Play.

Locations: Memorial, Heights, Energy Corridor, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Bellaire, New Territory, West University

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

Dates: May 30 – August 22

Contact: (832) 987-1445;

Discount Offered: Free registration and free t-shirt. Use code HOU16 for this discount.

Idea Lab summer camp


Pop Shop Houston Craft Camp & TXRX Labs Tech Camp

Pop Shop HoustonJoin Pop Shop America and TXRX Labs Hackerspace for the best summer yet! If you’ve got a budding artist, a young maker, a crafty kid, or someone that’s fascinated with tech projects bring them to Craft and Tech Summer Camp. These summer day camps are co-hosted by Pop Shop America and TXRX Labs Hackerspace to jet propel students to the next level of creativity!
Some of the things that kids will get to do at Craft Camp & Tech Summer Camp include: learning about the tools and equipment at TXRX Labs, learning and using CAD, making 3D Models with laser cutters, learning about how to build an Etsy Shop, how to sell handmade goods, making photo transfer prints, making modern designed goods, learning how to program arduinos, and tons more.

Location: TXRX Labs Makerspace, 205 Roberts near Downtown Houston and Dynamo Stadium

Cost: $489 for Full 1 Week Camps, $225 for Half-day Camps in Printmaking or Sewing

Dates: Half-day Camps — June 13-24 (morning and afternoon programs); Full-day Camps — June 27-July 15

Contact: Brittany Bly of Pop Shop America (713) 659-9491 or [email protected];

Sign up online here

Discount Offered: $25 off Full-day Camps or $10 Off Half-day Camps using coupon code funsummer at checkout

Pop Shop Houston



Alley Theatre Play Makers Summer Camp

Is someone in your home running around dressed up like a knight or princess? Is their imagination overflowing with characters and stories? It may be time to sign up your growing young actor for the Alley Theatre’s Play Makers camp! Play Makers participants join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre skills in improvisation, dance and movement, visual story-telling, and character development.


Houston Summer Location: Carnegie Vanguard High School – 1501 Taft Street, Houston
Fort Bend Summer location (Session A only): Quail Valley Elementary School – 3500 Quail Village Dr., Missouri City

Cost: Two-week session — $575 – $655, based on extended care options

Dates: Houston (2 week sessions from June 6 – August 5); Fort Bend (2 week session June 6 – June 17)

Contact: (713) 315-5424;

Discount offered: 20% discount on base camp price. Enter promo code CHEAPPM when registering on


City ArtWorks Imagination Camp

At City ArtWorks, we focus on “Art for Life:  giving children the ability to create, interpret, and explore through art.”  Every summer, City ArtWorks offers programs that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. We encourage creative problem solving, we help develop critical thinking skills, and we expose children to visual arts concepts and history. But most of all, City ArtWorks’ Imagination Classes are 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

Cost: $155 – $455 per week, half and full day options are available

Dates: June 6 – August 12

Contact: (713) 681-1331,

Discount offered: $25 off with the promo code 2016SUMSES



Bellaire Parks & Recreation Department
Fast Forward Kids camps are for children ages 4 – 12 for one week. Choose from a range of topics: LEGOs, Camp Barbie, Fashion Designer, Survival Tactics, Hot Wheels World of Discovery, and more. Get more info here.

Cost: $100
Date: June 27 – July 1 (9:30 am – 11:30 am, 10 am – 12 pm, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2 pm 4 pm)
Location: Bellaire Recreation Center, 7008 5th Street, Bellaire. Sign up in person.

Blaffer Summer Art Workshops
Blaffer Art Museum’s Summer Art Workshops offer kids ages 6-12 a variety of fun, creative projects in a variety of mediums. These sessions include projects such as batik, collage, photography, watercolor, clay, and more. As a bonus, kids can take advantage of museum tours focusing on contemporary art.  Get more info here.

Cost: $80 ($60 for UH employees, students and Blaffer members)
Date: June 20-30 (9:30 am – noon)
Location: University of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum, Fine Arts Building, 4188 Elgin, Rm 120

Camp Hope Day Camp
This summer day camp at Messiah Lutheran Church features bible stories, crafts, science, worship, games and songs. This is for children age 5 through 6th grade (grade just completed). Get more info here.

Cost: $85 (first child), $80 (additional); Before care is available for $20 extra/week (7:30 am – 9:30 am) and After Care is available for $20 extra/week (3:30 pm – 6 pm).
Dates: July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29; 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 Lutheran Church 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: June 27-July 1, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for Kindergarten – 5th grade
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 $125/week ($100/wk at Open House) 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 17, 1 pm – 4 pm. There are many other camps ranging from $150 – $200/week. Pay in full at Open House and get the lowest price all year!

Cost: $125/wk ($100/wk if you register at Open House April 17)
Dates: June 6 – August 26, 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 six 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
Dates: June 13-July 14
Locations: LCS-CyFair, LCS-Montgomery, LCS-Kingwood, LCS-University Park, LCS-Tomball, LSC-Creekside Center

Neighborhood Centers

This Houston non-profit offers two summer programs: Young Leaders and Little Leaders.

Young Leaders (high schoolers) visit colleges, learn money management and leadership training skills, explore careers, and go on fun and educational fieldtrips. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided. Neighborhood Centers accepts NCI.

Cost: $35 membership + $25 program registration fee
Dates: June 6 – August 12, 9 am – 6 pm
Contact: (281) 768-1639, Neighborhood Centers online
Locations of Neighborhood Centers: Baker-Ripley, Leonel Castillo, Cleveland-Ripley, Harbach-Ripley, Ripley House

Little Leaders (elementary and middle schoolers) visit colleges, go on fun and educational field trips, participate in arts and crafts, practice their reading skills, hear from guest speakers and learn STEM skills. Each week has a different theme: animals, the outdoors, Christmas, athletics, outer space and more. They also partner with the Children’s Museum, Chinese Community Center and Wesley Community Center for STEM activities at the Children’s Museum. New this year is a partnership with Aerospace Academy at San Jacinto College where Little Leaders will get to play with and create robots and rockets. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Neighborhood Centers accepts NCI.

Cost: $300/month for June and July; $150 for 2 weeks in August
Dates: June 6 – August 12, 7 am – 6 pm
Contact: (281) 768-1639, Neighborhood Centers online
Locations of Neighborhood Centers: Baker-Ripley, Cleveland-Ripley, Harbach-Ripley, Ripley House

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, 4-day art camp — or more sessions and stay half the day! Get more info here!

Cost: $99 for 4 days, one-hour session. Session times are divided by age group.
Dates: June 7-10 (Spring), June 13-16 (Texas Art Supply: Montrose), June 28-July 1 (Sugar Land), July 5-8 (Texas Art Supply: Friendswood), July 18-22 (The Woodlands/Spring)

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 11-15) at Fry Rd. campus
  • WOW! Jr. Science Camp (July 18-22) at Jones Rd. campus
  • Tiny Dino’s Camp (July 25-29) at Jones Rd. campus

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Summer Skills Camp at The Foundry
Kids who have completed K-6th grade can learn basketball and cheer skills at The Foundry and practice them. Each player will receive a t-shirt.

Cost: $100
Dates: July 25-29, 9 am – noon or 1 pm – 4 pm depending on age
Location: 8350 Jones Road


Destiny Sports Camp
StoneBridge Church is offering a free 3-day sports camp for kids entering 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2016. 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, huge water slides, kid activities and the awards. Go online here for more info. Registration begins April 17 at noon.

Date: June 7-9, 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.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is May 15.

Date: June 12-18
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.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 4.

Date: July 3-9
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.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 4.

Date: July 3-9
Location: YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp, Anna, TX

If your organization would like to offer a discount and be included in this summer camp guide, contact Vicki Powers for more info: [email protected]

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  1. Cheryl A says

    Do you know of any basketball camps for teen boys? He’s 15 y.o. now and will be 16 y.o. in July. Thank you!

  2. Gracie Quinonez says

    Hi, will you be publishing something like this again? I run a summer program at Neighborhood Centers and we have several centers around Houston and would love to be featured on your site. Thanks!

    • Vicki Powers says

      You need to call and mention Houston on the Cheap. I will add that!


    • says

      I just found this: Houston Parks and Recreation offers a summer enrichment program at 49 community centers in the Houston area. The hours are Monday through Friday, from 8am until 6pm, at the cost of $30 a week. Also you can do a search on for Houston area camps–hopefully you can find the right fit for your budget. I have four boys so I know how the summer camp costs add up!