Bay Area 2020 Camp Guide: Learn about the summer camps around Clear Lake, League City, Galveston

Wild Marvels, summer camp, Moody Gardens
(Courtesy Moody Gardens)

(Courtesy Moody Gardens)

Whether their kids are looking to spend some time outdoors, hone their athletic skills or study up over the break, parents searching for summer camps have a variety to choose from in the Bay Area. This list is not comprehensive.



ACADEMIC


1) Code Ninjas

Dates: May 25-Aug. 14

Cost: $100-$450 per week

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

281-339-7482


8325 Broadway St., Ste. 224, Pearland

832-777-3662

www.codeninjas.com

Code Ninjas’ camps teach children ages 7-14 a variety of skills related to science, technology, engineering and math, including building robots, programming drones, game development, coding, creating in “Minecraft” and more.

2) CompuCamp

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

Those ages 10-17 who want to learn more about the hardware and software that make programs and applications function will find interest in these camps. Activities include exploring augmented reality, computer building, programming languages, game design, animation and more.

3) EngineeringCamp

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

The camp for ages 7-14 features engaging and rewarding challenges related to several engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedicial, chemical, civil and environmental engineering. Students will learn engineering with hands-on investigations and activities.

4) Explorer Camps

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: TBD

Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston

281-283-4755

www.spacecenter.org

Children ages 4-11 spend four to five days exploring science, technology, engineering and math and completing engaging activities that develop and encourage STEM skills and interest.

5) Hawk STEAM Academy

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: TBD

University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston

281-283-3529

www.uhcl.edu

Campers ages 11-14 will become engineers and work in research and development teams to explore physics, the laws of motion and more with interactive activities, such as using drones and rockets.

6) Kamp Kaboom!

Dates: July 20-23

Cost: TBD

University Baptist Church,

16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston

281-488-8517

www.ubc.org

At Kamp Kaboom, children ages 4-11 will become scientists for a week and learn by doing real experiments.

7) Kids U

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $119-$159 per week

University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston

281-283-3529

www.uhcl.edu

This summer program features various academies for ages 5-17 with specific themes, such as digital photography, science, technology, literacy and more.

8) Language Kids World

Dates: June 1-12, July 6-17

Cost: $229-$317 per week

Pump It Up of Webster,

310 Genesis Blvd., Webster

281-565-1388

www.languagekids.com

Those ages 3-10 who wish to learn Spanish can spend several hours a day for a week learning about the language and Hispanic culture. Campers will learn a second language through music, play, arts and crafts, and other activities while also learning about different Latin American regions, animals, customs and more.

9) LanguageCamp

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus,

4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

Children ages 6-10 who want to learn Spanish, French or Chinese can do so at LanguageCamp. The earlier children start to learn a new language, the more likely they are to retain it and speak without an accent.

10) ScienceCamp

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

The camp includes science concepts presented with experiments, interactive projects and science-based games for children ages 6-12. This camp appeals to students who think outside the box.

11) SummerAcademy

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

Students ages 8-14 who want to brush up on skills can attend SummerAcademy for intensive SAT training and to get a jump on the coming academic year. The camp features small classes for maximum gain.

12) Wild Marvels

Dates: June 15-19, July 13-17, Aug. 3-7

Cost: $200-$250 per week

Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd.,Galveston

409-683-4325

www.moodygardens.com

Children ages 5-14 interested in the zoological field can attend this camp as a wildlife engineer to learn about the nitty gritty jobs necessary to take care of animals. Campers will learn about ecosystems, complete labs and help take care of giant river otters.

ARTS


13) Bay Area Arts Conservatory

Dates: June 1-21, June 22-July 19, July 20-Aug. 9

Cost: $599 for three-week camp,

$699 for four-week class

400 Hobbs Road, Ste. 202, League City

281-938-1444

www.baactx.com

The three- to four-week camps are junior Broadway musical theater productions, where the students ages 6-18 audition, rehearse and then perform the show.

14) Bay Area Youth Singers

Dates: July 13-17

Cost: $150-$195 per week

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Drive, Nassau Bay

832-425-2329

www.bayareayouthsingers.org

This weeklong camp for ages 13-17 provides a musical theater experience complete with a Friday performance. Campers will take singing and beginning instrumental music classes.

15) Purple Box Theater

Dates: June 8-19, July 13-31

Cost: $225 per week

1309 W. Parkwood, Friendswood

818-642-4665

www.thepurpleboxtheater.com

Campers ages 6-16 will learn to sing, dance and perform at weekly camps with various themes based on movies and musicals such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Frozen,” “Moana,” “High School Musical” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

16) Summer Dance Camp

Dates: June 8-12, 22-26, July 20-31

Cost: $180-$200

Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance, 410 E. Edgewood Ave., Friendswood

281-482-0600

www.amyblakedance.com

At this weekly camp, students ages 3-12 will dance, choreograph and rehearse for a show that will be put on at the end of the week. Dancers will learn ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and theater makeup.

17) WritingCamp

Dates: June 1-July 31

Cost: $269-$495 per two weeks

University of Houston - Main Campus, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston

713-743-2255

www.compucamp2020.com

Young writers ages 7-18 can find and develop their writing voices at WritingCamp, where students will learn creative, high school and performance writing. The workshops are offered in conjunction with the organization Writers in the Schools.

DAY


18) Camp by the Creek

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $265-$397.50 per two weeks

Hometown Heroes Park, 2105 Dickinson Ave., League City

281-554-1180

www.leaguecity.com/parks

This day camp for ages 6-12 provides group games and activities, arts and crafts, field trips, swimming and sports.

19) Camp Clear Lake

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $135-$165 per week

Clear Lake City Rec Center, 16511 Dianna Lane, Houston

281-488-0360

www.clcca.org

Daily activities include swimming, outdoor play, arts and crafts, sports, movies and games. Each week, campers ages 6-12 will take field trips. Weekly camp themes include sports, game shows, creativity and more.

20) EcoCamp

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7

Cost: $145-$310 per week

Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena

713-274-2668

www.abnc.org/ecocamps

At Armand Bayou Nature Center’s EcoCamp, students ages 4-13 will learn about nature through a variety of events and activities themed weekly. Campers will investigate vertebrates, learn about trees and their ecosystem, study moths and butterflies and more.

21) Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy Summer Camp 2020

Dates: TBD

Cost: TBD

1092 W. League City Parkway, League City

281-338-1177

170 W. Bay Area Blvd., League City

281-332-6611

450 Constellation Blvd., League City

281-535-8555

151 W. Texas Ave., Webster

281-557-0062

www.kidsrkids.com/programs/summer-camp

These weekly camps have a focus on fun and cover a gamut of activities and weekly themes, including escape rooms, stop-motion animation, entrepreneurship, road trips, art, games and more.

22) Sea Campus Kids

Dates: June 1-July 30

Cost: $110-$200 per week

Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston

409-740-4525

www.tamug.edu/seacamp

Campers ages 4-11 will take workshops where they will learn about various topics related to the sea, including invertebrates, marine animals, fishing and more.

23) Sea Star Base Day Camp

Dates: May 31-Aug 7

Cost: $200-$250 per week

Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway St., Galveston

409-572-2560

www.ssbgalveston.org

Campers ages 8-17 will experience a variety of adventures, including sailing, paddle sports, kayaking, scuba diving, oceanography and more.

24) St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School Camps

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7

Cost: $150-$250 per week

18300 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay

281-333-1340

www.stesnb.org/explore-our-school/summer-camp

Campers ages 3-12 can attend camps that teach everything from STEAM skills using Lego and “Harry Potter” to chess to soccer skills. Camp Invention is a full-day camp that promotes character building and problem solving.

25) Webster Way Summer Camp

Dates: June 8-July 31

Cost: $75-$220 per week

Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania Ave., Webster

281-316-4137

www.cityofwebster.com

Campers ages 6-12 will spend their days doing arts and crafts, at computer labs, cooking, playing games and sports, skating, swimming, taking field trips, hearing educational speakers and more.

26) YMCA Day Camp

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $160 per week

1700 W. League City Parkway, League City

281-338-9622

14650 Hwy. 3, Webster

281-486-9622

www.ymcahouston.org

Once a week, students ages 5-11 will go on field trips to local destinations, such as Main Event or the Museum of Natural Science. They spend a lot of time swimming and doing activities indoors and outdoors.

OVERNIGHT


27) Aquatic Adventure Camp

Dates: May 31-Aug. 7

Cost: $400-$500 per week

Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway St., Galveston

409-572-2560

www.ssbgalveston.org

Campers ages 10-17 will experience a variety of adventures, including sailing, paddle sports, kayaking, scuba diving, oceanography and more.

28) Sea Camp

Dates: May 31-Aug. 1

Cost: $940-$995 per week

Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston

409-740-4525

www.tamug.edu/seacamp

Campers ages 10-18 will have access to research vessels, oceanographic equipment and personal staff to help them learn about the ocean through hands-on experience. Camp themes include studying coral and crabs, learning about coastal ecology, fishing, ocean conservation and more.

SPORTS


29) Above the Bar

Dates: June 3-28, July 8-Aug. 16

Cost: $225 per week, $50 per day

431 Columbia Memorial Parkway, Kemah

832-932-1466

1318 Hwy. 3, League City

281-672-7198

www.abovethebargym.com

Weekly camps for ages 5-12 include gymnastics, tumbling, inflatables, games, skating and more with three field trips per week.

30) Bailey Oaks Farms Horse Riding Camp

Dates: June 1-26, July 6-17

Cost: $400-$575 per week

Bailey Oaks Farm, 7220 County Road 128, Alvin

281-756-7254

www.baileyoaksfarms.com/camps

Campers ages 6-12 ride every day and also learn how to groom, tack, and care for their horses. In addition to riding, campers will participate in a variety of horse-related activities and games on the over 40-acre facility.

31) Bushi Ban

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14

Cost: $169-$189 per week

2465 Bay Area Blvd., Houston

281-218-8989

103 Davis Road, Ste. V, League City

832-632-1342

www.bushiban.com

The Bushi Ban Summer Camp Program is a high-energy fitness and self-defense program for children ages 4-13. Children will learn multidisciplinary techniques that cover several types of martial arts including karate, jiujitsu and kickboxing.

32) Sports Divers of Houston

Dates: June 8-12, 22-26; July 6-10, 27-31; Aug. 17-21

Cost: $550 per week

20814 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 60, Webster

281-338-1611

www.sportdivers.com

The weekly camp for ages 10-17 is designed as an educational experience leading to scuba certification. The skills discussed in class are practiced in a pool.
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