What a week Houston has experienced. Such a range of emotions — from the huge devastation experienced by thousands to the amazing support by Houstonians and those around the country to help their neighbor.

Many school districts will not open until September 11 as a result of damage from Hurricane Harvey. But many parents need to return to work, if they were lucky not to be affected by the storm. Here are a handful of options available this week, September 5-8. Spaces are limited, so I’m sure they will fill up quickly. Links provided in each organization’s name.


YMCA — 10 YMCA locations in the Houston area are offering day camp from 7 am – 6 pm.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Houston — 11 locations are open throughout Houston at no charge. Times and dates vary by location.

Hurricane Harvey Houston Day Camp  — Extended days! This camp is offered September 5-7, 8 am – 5 pm. This is in partnership with Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and URJ Greene Family Camp at Congregation Emanu El Houston (1500 Sunset Blvd.).

Biron Gymnastics — September 4 – 8, 7 am – 3 pm. $40/child + $10/sibling discount. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] with questions. Located at 12163 Katy Freeway.

Pasadena Day Camp — Free child care September 4-7 for K – 7th grade, thanks to volunteer certified teachers. Hours are 8 am – 3 pm. Located at Golden Acres Baptist Church, 2812 Pansy St.

Alief Day Camp — Free child care September 5-8 for K – 5th grade, thanks to volunteer certified teachers. Hours are 8 am – 2 pm. Located at American Medical Institute, 6902 Cook Rd. {10 spots still available of 20 spots, as of Monday night.}

TUTS Musical Theatre Day Camp — Day camp for kids age 4 – 14, September 5-8, 9 am – 3 pm. Morning care beginning at 8 am is available at no charge, as well as after care, 3 pm – 5 pm.

City ArtWorks — Children affected by Harvey and not in school can attend art classes September 6-9, 10 am – noon. Free and reduced classes are available. Located at 1330 Wirt Rd.

Main Street Theatre Hurricane Camps — Due to overwhelming response, they are not accepting new registrations. Check back because they might open up more spots. Camps are offered half-day or full-day September 5-8.

Cypress Academy of Gymnastics — Parents Day Out + extended care before and after is available September 5-8. Limited spots still available. Two locations: 11707 Huffmeister and 16710 House & Hahl (Cypress).

Mad Science Houston — Back to School Camp is available September 5-8 at 6300 Westpark.

Above the Bar Gymnastics Academy — Day camp is available September 4-8. Pay by the week or attend daily only Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Located in League City at 431 Colombia Memorial Parkway.

Memorial Athletic Club — Kids Camp is available September 4-8, 10 am – 4 pm, for kids ages 7-12. Price is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for members each day. Although they limit to 20 kids, there are many spots on some days. Located at 14690 Memorial.

Bay Area Racquet Club — Options for half day and full day camp for kids September 5-8, 9 am – 4 pm. Located at 17901 Kings Park Lane.

Studio Nia Moves — Kids Camp for ages 4-11 September 5-8, 1 pm – 5 pm. Free for those affected by the flood. Or $20/day per family. Proceeds benefit Harvey victims. Located at 508 Pecore.

Friday Nite Live! Bellaire — The folks at Friday Nite Live! Bellaire are hosting free child care September 5-7, 10 am – 2 pm for kids grade 1-6. Kids should bring a sack lunch, space is limited (around 150 kids per day). Donations will be taken to cover for staff. There will be inflatables, music, games, crafts, games and organized sports.

The Tailored Teacher LLC — Parents Day Out is available September 4-8 from 8 am – 4 pm. This is available for kids birth to age 12, though infants under 1 are first-come, first-serve. The site is a little glitchy. First select the date, the time and choose “co-founders” in the All-Staff drop-down box. $15 for first child, $5 each for additional children. Located in Spring at 326 Noble Street.

Special Events & Activities

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — The Museum is opening its doors for the first time Tuesday, September 5, with free admission for all September 5-7. Located at 1001 Bissonnet. Rienzi and Bayou Bend remain closed.

Blue Willow Bookshop — This West Houston book retailer is happy to open its doors and give families a place to relax and explore. They offer a daily story time at 11 am as well as encourage kids to come play its board games out on display. Located at 14532 Memorial Dr.

Free Houston Zoo — The Houston Zoo returns to offering Free Tuesday Afternoon Tuesday, September 5, since we’re out of summer months. A ticket is required to enter for free, which you can get online in advance here. Hours are 12 pm – 7 pm, with last admission at 6 pm.

Levy Park — Kids can play in the park, on the children’s playground, craft using materials from the art cart, or enjoy a family game day courtesy of the games cart. The park also boasts magazine and book racks for browsing, two dog parks, and putt-putt, ping pong, and cornhole for you to enjoy.  Programming has returned for adults including yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, piano concert, POUND, 1st Thursday photography workshop and more. Located at 3801 Eastside.

Discovery Green — The downtown park is open again with regular programming beginning September 6.

Undies for Everyone — Follow the Undies for Everyone Facebook page to watch for volunteer opportunities each day. Helpers are needed when it receives its huge shipments! It has received such an amazing response, which is wonderful! Sorting is a great thing young kids can do, too. Location is 1700 Bissonnet.

Houston Food Bank — Watch for the many opportunities at Houston Food Bank. Most are already full this week, but it will need help for weeks and months to come.

Free Thursday Museums — Six Houston museums will be open free Thursday, September 7, as always. Another 10 museums are always free.