Give the kiddos something to do this season with summer camps offered around Houston, including virtual online sessions, small in-person settings and more for a wide range of interests throughout Summer 2020.
Your summer plans are no doubt looking different than they did months—or weeks—ago. With kids home since March, many are ready to dig into some stimulating, educational and physical activities to fill up mundane days.
We’ve compiled a list of options to suit your personal comfort level during the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our city and nation. You’ll find plenty of virtual offerings that help kids stay engaged during the summer months away from school, as well as smaller in-person groups.
Camp sessions are subject to change at any moment, so please be sure to contact the camp organizer for latest updates, safety protocols and more information.
Virtual Online Summer Camps in Houston
- The Knight School Online Private Chess Lessons | Anytime Online – Introduce the game of chess to kiddos with online lessons that last fifty minutes long. The first private lesson is free, and you can change the frequency of sessions or cancel at any time. Recommended for ages 4 to 14. Click here to complete the Private Lesson Questionnaire and for more information.
- Houston Zoo Camp Zoofari | Wednesdays in July 2020 | FREE – Animal lovers will get their fill with the online version of the ever-popular Camp Zoofari. Through the end of July, tune into My20 Houston on Wednesdays at 11:30am and explore the zoo with Camp Supervisor Nick to learn about the many kinds of animals at Houston Zoo. Check back every Wednesday for updated activities or check out past activities you may have missed on their website. Click here for more information.
- Space Center Houston Virtual Campout | Saturday, July 11 | Pay-What-You-Can – Grab your camping gear and head to the backyard because the night sky is calling you for a campout. Space Center Houston will be hosting a Virtual Campout on Saturday, July 11 from 6pm to 9pm, where you can spend the night stargazing with them in real time, use household items to create science experiments, listen to guest speakers and more from your own backyard. Donations are encouraged. Click here to register at least 24 hours in advance.
- Boy Scouts of America Virtual Day Camp | Through Friday, July 24 | FREE – Get ready for some virtual Cub Scout camp excitement. Designed for campers entering first through fifth grade next year, this virtual camp encourages Scouts to get up, get moving, and do physical activities again. Work through different program adventures all week and hop into Zoom live events held Tuesday through Thursday. Upcoming camps start on Monday, July 13 and Monday, July 20. Click here for more information.
- Rice University Creative Writing Camp | Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24 – Put pencil to paper and expand a child’s writing skills with an online course through Rice University. A collaboration between Writers in the Schools and School Literacy and Culture at Rice University, this camp helps older students gain more confidence in their writing, from storytelling to poetry. The next camp starts on Monday, July 20 and is offered to students entering 6th through 12th grade in the fall. Click here for more information.
- Galveston Bay Foundation’s Camp at Home | Through July 2020 – Explore the beauty of outdoors from the safety of your own home with this weekly program that highlights the Galveston Bay ecosystem and connects campers to their role in the environment. Each week brings a new session for $100 per camper, including a kit with materials for activities. Wonders of Wetlands is open to campers worldwide for $5 per child. Click here for more information.
- ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids with Asia Society Texas Center | Through Friday, August 7 – ExploreAsia’s students will participate in hands-on programs delving into Asian traditions, arts, and culture. New for 2020, all camps will be online, with five unique virtual camp sessions offered Monday to Friday. Campers can dance, write, cook, get creative, and more all week long. Camp options are suitable for ages 6 to 12, though ages 13 to 17 can participate in the Young Leaders Institute Program. Click here for more information.
- Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s Virtual Summer Camp | Through Friday, August 7 – Calling all nature lovers ages 4 to 12 to join in on summer fun with the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Learn from pre-recorded video lessons from Arboretum Naturalists, explore themes with hands-on crafts and experiments (materials can be shipped to you for $20), and enjoy other fun, family-friendly outdoor activities. The week-long online camp programs start at $125 for members, $150 for non-members, with kids grouped together by age. Click here for more information.
- Camp Aranzazu “The Good Times Never End” Camp | Through Friday, August 7 | FREE – A bayside summer camp near Corpus Christi, Camp Aranzazu is presenting new activities online every week through Friday, August 7. Specializing in children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses, Camp Aranzazu aims to help participants get moving, develop new skills and interests, learn cool new things and make the season a summer to remember. Check out their website and social media for the latest schedule of activities, challenges and more.
- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Virtual Craft Camp | Through Friday, August 14 – Join HCCC for week-long virtual craft camps that encourage creativity, experimentation and self-expression, while introducing kids ages 5 to 12 to a variety of craft materials and processes. Campers will receive a kit with weekly materials and can participate whenever is convenient each day. Experienced artists will guide campers through art-making activities, craft and hands-on projects. Delivery of kits within a 10-mile radius of HCCC is included with the cost of camp; kits can be mailed for an additional cost of $15. Registration is $130 per camper for members, $145 for non-members. Click here for more information.
- Houston Public Library Camp STREAM | Through August 2020 | FREE – The annual summer camp from HPL goes digital this year, with the same great experiences and knowledge camp-goers are familiar with, but from the comfort of home. With a daily streaming schedule of sessions that cover creative writing, LEGO robotics, video game design and 3D printing, you can join in on the fun all day long. After registering, participants will receive a sterilized STREAM kit with a week’s worth of activities. Multiple virtual camp sessions are available, with a full summer schedule lasting through August. Click here for more information.
In-Person Summer Camps in Houston
- MECA Sunburst Arts Summer Camp | Through July 2020 – The Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) Sunburst Arts summer camp provides children from kindergarten through ninth grade the opportunity for broad arts exposure. This intensive multi-week course teaches arts through hands-on creative activities, academic excursions and performances. The camp is held Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm (lunch is provided) at both MECA locations. Programs are offered on a sliding scale cost with proof of income, from $90 to $175 per week, in addition to a nonrefundable $30 registration fee. Early drop-off options available. Click here for more information.
- The Woodlands Children’s Museum Summer Workshops | Through Thursday, August 6 – Camp-goers have the chance to get creative with summer workshops that cover music, science, dancing, robotics and much more at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Register for individual classes from week to week, with several activities divided by age groups from 4 to 10 years old. Classes are limited to 12 campers and range in cost from $76 to $275 for non-members. Click here for more information.
- Houston Humane Society’s Companion Camp | Starting Monday July 20 through Friday, August 14 – This small-group summer camp (limited to 15 campers per week) offers hands-on play time with adoptable animals, humane education, games and crafts with the animals, an opportunity to observe live animal surgery in the Wellness Clinic, and much more. Virtual camp options are available on Houston Humane Society’s Facebook every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Companion Camp is appropriate for ages 7 to 13 and costs $300 per week. Click here for more information.
- Lone Star Flight Museum Summer Camp | Through Friday, August 14 – LSFM presents four-day, in-person summer camps that cover flight engineering, aircraft-inspired crafts, and flight simulators during varying weeks. Each weekly camp is designed for different age groups from 8 to 14 years old, and costs $150 for members and active military; $175 per camper for non-members. Click here to see a schedule of camps and more information.
- Pinot’s Palette Summer Camp in Katy | Through Friday, August 14 – The Little Brushes Summer Art camp on offer from Pinot’s Palette in Katy provides a fun-filled party atmosphere where budding artists can have a blast creating their own masterpieces. From painting to crafting and everything in between, Pinot’s Palette provides everything to bring out the inner artist in kiddos. Sessions are offered from 10am to 2pm daily, with different themes each week, and are limited to 16 kids per day. Registration is $50 per day or $200 per week. Click here for more information.
- Adrenaline Athletics Summer Camps in Katy | Through Friday, August 14 – Let the kiddos burn off some energy in at Adrenaline Atheltics, which is offering camps from 9am to noon for ages 3 to 12 (varying by camp) on select days in July and August. Kids can take part in a Princess Tea Party Camp, Nerf Camp, Cheernastics Camp, a Frozen camp with film-inspired art projects, and more. Classes are limited to 25 kids and are $25 per day. Click here for more information.
- Republic Gymnastics Summer Camps in Katy | Through Friday, August 14 – Tumble and dance your way through summer at Republic Gymnastics near Katy and Cypress. The gymnastics and dance center is offering week-long camps that include gaming, a spa party and water sports. Open to ages 3 and up (must be potty trained), ranging from $215 to $225 per week. Click here for more information.
- Aerial Acrobatics Summer Camps at The Artz Houston | Through Friday, August 28 – Fly through summer with aerial acrobatics camps that teach fabric, trapeze and lyra to ages 2.5 to 5 in the half-day Little Eagles Summer Camp, or more advanced levels of fabric, trapeze and lyra along with wall running, harness and much more at the full-day Aerial Circus Endeavor (ACE) Summer Camp (open to ages 5 to 15). Little Eagles camp sessions are $50, or $200 for the week (5 sessions); ACE camp sessions are $80, or $275 for the week (5 sessions). Click here for more information.
Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions
Businesses around Greater Houston and the State of Texas are opening up and individual social distancing practices vary from location to location. Masks are required to help reduce the spread of the virus and help protect our community.
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