GUIDE: Learn about Bay Area summer camps

Whether campers are interested in furthering their studies, expanding their creativity, playing sports or going for outdoor adventures, the Bay Area has numerous options for all ages. (Community Impact staff)
Whether campers are interested in furthering their studies, expanding their creativity, playing sports or going for outdoor adventures, the Bay Area has numerous options for all ages. (Community Impact staff)

Whether campers are interested in furthering their studies, expanding their creativity, playing sports or going for outdoor adventures, the Bay Area has numerous options for all ages. (Community Impact staff)

Whether campers are interested in furthering their studies, expanding their creativity, playing sports or going for outdoor adventures, the Bay Area has numerous options for all ages. This list is not comprehensive.

Key: A+: Academics, ART: Arts, DAY: Day, NIGHT: Overnight, SP: Sports

Clear Lake

Space Center U is Space Center Houston’s multiday educational experience, taking science, technology, engineering and math learning to a new level for intermediate- and high school-age students through immersive and rigorous challenges. Activities include rocket launches, habitat design and heat shield testing as well as exploring all that Space Center Houston has to offer. Registration opens March 31. Camps are for ages 11-18.

A+ DAY


Dates: May 29-31, June 21-23 or weekly May 31-Aug. 27

Cost: $375-$675 per session

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston

281-283-4755

www.spacecenter.org/camps

Explorer Camps at Space Center Houston give campers ages 6-11 the chance to spend four or five days exploring science, technology, engineering and math, completing engaging activities that develop and encourage STEM skills and interest. Camps take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will open March 31.

A+ DAY

Dates: June 1-Aug. 6

Cost: $229-$350 per session

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston

281-283-4755

www.spacecenter.org/camps

Bay Area Youth Singers offers a morning session camp in which students ages 6-14 will sing and partake in beginning instrumental music instruction on keyboard, ukelele, percussion instruments, violin, hand bells and chimes. A concert takes place at the end of the week. Registration will open April 1.

ART DAY

Dates: July 12-16

Cost: $170

Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd., Houston

832-425-2329

www.bayareayouthsingers.org/music-camp

Bay Area Youth Singers also offers an option for young thespians ages 6-14 to sing, dance and act during an afternoon session camp, culminating in a performance at the end of the week. Registration opens April 1.

A+ ART DAY NIGHT SP

Dates: July 12-16

Cost: $170

Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd., Houston

832-425-2329

www.bayareayouthsingers.org/music-camp

Galveston

Moody Gardens invites young wildlife engineers to explore their zoological interests at the Wild Marvels day camps. Young learners can attend to learn about the nitty-gritty jobs necessary to take care of animals. Campers will explore Moody Gardens attractions, participate in design challenges, conduct experiments and create art inspired by nature. Camps are for ages 5-14.

A+ DAY

Dates: June 14-18, July 12-16, Aug. 2-6

Cost: $200-$250 per week

1 Hope Blvd., Galveston

409-683-4211

www.moodygardens.com/plan_event/education/pyramidcamps

Sea Star Base Galveston campers will get to experience arts and crafts, sailing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, oceanography, marine biology and sports, including the new addition of archery, this summer. Day camps are for ages 10-12, and campers ages 8-17 can participate in overnight camps.

DAY NIGHT

Dates: weekly starting May 30

Cost: $250 a week for day camp, $500 a week for overnight camp

7509 Broadway St., Galveston

409-572-2560

www.ssbgalveston.org/camps

League City

Bay Area Arts Conservatory campers audition, rehearse and then perform one of three shows depending on the session: “School House Rock,” “Peter Pan” or “Singin’ in the Rain.” The schedule is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with early drop-off and late pickup available. Camps are for ages 6-18.

ART DAY

Dates: June 7-18, June 28-July 16, July 19-Aug. 6

Cost: $425-$649

400 Hobbs Road, Ste. 202, League City

281-938-1444

www.baactx.com/summer-program

Code Ninja’s weeklong camps throughout the summer cover a variety of topics related to science, technology, math and engineering. Whether campers are interested in 3D printing, vlogging, coding or building a website, they can gain new knowledge from the “code senseis” to expand on their STEM skills and make new friends. Camps are for ages 6-15.

A+ DAY

Dates: weekly half- and full-day camps from June 7-Aug. 6

Cost: $199-$350 per week

3725 E. League City Parkway, Ste. 140, League City

281-339-7482

www.codeninjas.com/tx-league-city/camps

YMCA Youth Wonder Day Camp and Teen Camp places special emphasis on youth choice, achievement and a sense of belonging. Activities may include sports and outdoor games, creative and performing arts, archery, engineering and nature exploration. Camps are for ages 5-15.

DAY

Dates: weekly June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: starts at $155

1700 W. League City Parkway, League City

281-338-9622

www.ymcahouston.org/summer-camp

Webster

Absolute Volleyball Academy offers volleyball camps for all skill levels. Camps are curated to allow players the opportunity to improve their volleyball knowledge and abilities through skills training in a competitive practice atmosphere.

DAY SP

Dates: weekly June 1-Aug. 12

Cost: $120-$225

380 Green Wing St., Webster

901-734-0159

www.avatexas.com/summercamps

Sport Divers will have a scuba camp this year where students ages 10 and up will receive their scuba certification. The camp includes academics and information, a lunch break, and scuba-diving practice in both pools and open water. Students must provide their own mask, fins and snorkel. Those interested can email info@sportdivers.com for more information.

DAY SP

Dates: TBA

Cost: $550 per week

20814 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 60, Webster

281-338-1611

www.sportdivers.com

Other locations

Bailey Oaks Farms is offering horseback riding camps for children ages 6-12. Campers will ride, groom, tack and care for their horses at the business’s 40-acre facility.

DAY SP

Dates: May 31-July 9

Cost: $415-$515

7220 CR 128, Alvin

281-756-7254

www.baileyoaksfarms.com

Bricks and MiniFigs will host Lego-building summer camps. The themes of the camps will be Jedi Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Pokemon Engineering. Camps will be geared toward children ages 5-7 from 9 a.m.-noon and ages 7-12 from 1-4 p.m. Camps will run for five days with children either in the afternoon or morning session.

A+ DAY

Dates: June 7-11 and July 19-23

Cost: $150

11200 Broadway St., Ste. 710, Pearland

281-741-0279

www.bricksandminifigs.com/pearland-tx

Summer Dance Camp at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance allow young dancers to take classes in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance as well as doing crafts and specialty classes, such as dance history and theater makeup. Dancers rehearse during the week for a show, which is presented to the parents on the last day of class. Camps are for ages 3-5 or 6-12.

DAY SP

Dates: June 7-11, June 21-25, July 12-16, July 26-30

Cost: $180-$200

410 E. Edgewood Drive, Friendswood

281-482-0600

www.amyblakedance.com/parties-camps/dance-camp

Summer Academy short camps offer courses grouped according to grade levels with small classes for maximum gain. Elementary and junior high students choose from a wide range of math and communications courses designed for fun as well as improvement. Courses are for students ages 8-16.

A+ DAY

Dates: weekly June 7-July 16

Cost: $259-$395

Location varies by class

713-231-8032

www.compucamp2021.com

Virtual camps

Language Kids World camps give children interested in learning Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, German, English and American Sign Language the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, games, art projects, music and more via Zoom. The virtual-only classes are for ages 3-5 and 5-11, as well as some intermediate classes for students ages 5-12 based on proficiency.

A+ DAY

Dates: weekly June 1-Aug. 27

Cost: $35-$75 per week

281-565-1388

www.languagekids.com/virtual-classes-and-camps
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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