2024 Summer Camps for Kids in Houston

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Discover exciting adventures for kids of all ages with our top picks for summer camps in Houston for 2024.

As summer approaches, it’s time to plan how your kiddos will make the most of the season.

Summer camps offer fantastic opportunities, but act fast—enrollment is filling up quickly.

From theater and the arts to creative writing and outer space, there are camps to spark every child’s interests.

2024 Summer Camps for Kids in Houston

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Camp Pawsome at Houston Humane Society

Grades 2 to 8
Four-Day Camps are $260; Week-long Camps are $325
Camps available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 9, 2024

Animal lovers will adore these multi-day camps that offer hands-on time with adoptable animals, education about animal welfare, games and craft activities, and even the chance to observe a live animal surgery at the clinic.

The weekly camp sessions cover different themes, including a unique blend of artistic exploration and animal encounters, how to advocate for the rights and welfare of animals, and an introduction to the world of veterinary medicine.

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Humphreys School Summer Camp at Theatre Under the Stars

Ages 4 to 12
Camps are $295 and up
Camps available from Monday, June 10 to Friday, August 2, 2024

Immerse the kiddos in a first-rate theater camp with TUTS’ annual summer courses in Broadway musical theatre, Disney-themed dance numbers and a full summer production for teens.

In week-long morning and afternoon camps for ages 4-7 and 8-12, students will be guided to help them build confidence and learn foundational techniques of singing, dancing and acting—culminating in a showcase performance at the end of the week.

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Glassell Junior School at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Ages 4 to 18
Courses start at $170 for nonmembers
Classes available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 9, 2024

Across two sessions this summer, MFAH is offering classes and workshops that help kiddos explore artistic worlds in disciplines like ceramics, acrylic painting, digital art, sculpture and more.

Each of the classes are intended to tap into individual creativity and experimentation, along with plenty of take-home masterpieces.

Courses are typically two to three hours long, and are held in short week, full week, and two-week segments.

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Explorer Camps at Space Center Houston

Ages 4 to 11
One-Day Camps at $74.95; Multi-Day Camps are $239.95 and up
Camps available from Tuesday, May 28 to Saturday, August 24, 2024

All summer long, NASA’s Space Center Houston offers a bona fide space camp experience across four different age groups.

In four- and five-day camps (plus one-day camps in August), kids explore engineering and robotics through STEM activities, problem-solving, and a hearty sense of adventure.

Camps also offer an array of opportunities to learn about our solar system, NASA’s mission to Mars, the challenges astronauts face in harsh environments, and the ingenuity that makes space exploration possible.

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Creative Writing Camps at Rice University

Kindergarten to 12th Grade
Camps are $495 (virtual) and $525 (in-person)
Camps available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, July 19, 2024

Held at multiple locations, including Rice University, these week-long camp sessions offer primary school kids the chance to dive into creative writing, explore their feelings and thoughts, channel themselves through poetry, and even try playwriting.

Additional courses for grades 6 through 12 include focuses on fantasy and magical worlds, writing from nature, exploring art through writing, science fiction, and more.

Virtual classes are also held from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 28.

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Courtesy of Elite University Summer Camp

Elite University Summer Camps in Midtown & West University

Ages 5 to 13
Enrollment varies; starting at $285
Camps available from Monday, June 10 to Friday, August 23, 2024

Held at First Lutheran Church in Midtown, and at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic School in West University, these kids camps encompass a wide array of week-long classes and workshops available to many different interests.

Camps focus on one of three areas: athleticism, STEM, and fine arts through week-long courses in topics like horseback riding, outback camping, veterinary science, architecture, culinary arts and mixed media art, among several other options.

In addition to the camps offered in West University, Midtown also offers focuses like archery, karate, camp water sports, and more.

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Coder Kids Summer Camps at Multiple Locations

Kindergarten to 8th Grade
Enrollment varies; starting at $165 (virtual) and $150 (in-person)
Camps available from Monday, June 3 to Thursday, August 8, 2024

Held at multiple locations across Houston and virtually, Coder Kids camps offer week-long crash courses in programming foundations with hands-on applications in video gaming, YouTube, digital animation, apps and more.

Young campers will build coding basics and explore storytelling and animation through various programs, while older students will learn how to create mods in Minecraft, use software like Blender for 3D art, and understand filmmaking for platforms like YouTube.

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Urban Chef Summer Cooking Camps

Ages 5 to 17
Five-day camps are $500
Camps available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 9, 2024

Set your kiddos upon the kitchen with week-long courses that offer the fundamentals of cooking, baking and techniques needed to master grub from around the world.

These Monday-to-Friday camps teach three-person teams how to use ingredients and cooking methods to develop flavors or craft their own recipes through international cuisine.

Classes are four hours long and held at the UrbanChef campus on Weslayan Street in the Greenway area.

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School of Rock Summer Camps

Ages 5 to 18
Enrollment varies; starts at $325
Camps available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 16, 2024

Across multiple locations from Pearland to the Woodlands and everywhere in between, School of Rock offers week-long music camps this summer that get kiddos with varying experience to explore their instruments through games and activities.

Those with a little more experience are also taught how to dip into songwriting, perform songs from pop superstars like Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons, and learn what it takes to be a professional musician.

Musicians of all skill levels are welcome for these workshops in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals.

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USA Ninja Challenge in Katy

Ages 5 to 13
Camps are $250
Camps available from Monday, June 10 to Friday, August 2, 2024

Inspired by the global competition show, these week-long camps equip kids with all the skills they’ll need to conquer a gym-wide obstacle course and smash the button at the end of the week.

Throughout the week, kids will tackle obstacles like the warped wall, ropes, cargo nets, and the hanging ladder, while also participating in games and challenges.

Camps are held from 8:30am to noon daily.

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Justin Jerkins
A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.


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