Camp Guide 2020: Explore summer camp options around Bellaire, Meyerland and West University

Courtesy RicOrnel Productions/Main Street Theater
Courtesy RicOrnel Productions/Main Street Theater

Courtesy RicOrnel Productions/Main Street Theater

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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 Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area. This list is not comprehensive.

ACADEMIC


Codeverse

Dates: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout June, July and August

Cost: $499 weekly

5085 Westheimer Road, Ste. 3570, Houston

832-862-8878


www.codeverse.com

Classes immerse children in a fully interactive coding studio that teaches kids how to code using KidScript, a proprietary programming language, to build mobile games, projects and apps, as well as program dozens of objects.

Crossing Borders Rice Village

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14 for English (ESL), Spanish, Mandarin, and French camps for ages 4-6; June 22-July 31 for Spanish camp for ages 7-10; June 22-July 31 for English (ESL) camp for ages 7-12.

Cost: Call for pricing.

2353 Rice Blvd., Houston

281-465-0899

www.crossingborderspreschool.com

Camps catered to children with all levels of fluency in English (ESL), Spanish, Mandarin, and French will make language immersion fun and interesting, as well as age-appropriate and specific.

IDEA Lab Kids

Dates: June 1-Aug. 28

Cost: $175 to $275 (full day); $175 to $195 (half day)

5410 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire

832-993-1213

www.idealabkids.com

Classes will be held all summer in subjects including science, engineering, arts, 3D printing and drones, cooking, robotics, coding and programming, and mathematics.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Dates: June 1-Aug. 14. Camps meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $200-$620 (members); $240-$760 (nonmembers)

6001 Fannin St., Houston

713-639-4652

www.hmns.org/education/summer-camp

Camps allow children the chance to experience education and adventure amidst a backdrop of dinosaur fossils and chemistry in action with hands-on learning and distinguished teachers. Registration begins March 23 for the general public.

Language Kids

Dates: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, June 1 to Aug. 17. Early immersion is available at some locations at 7 a.m. and extended immersion until 6 p.m.

Cost: $239 weekly (regular hours), $34 (early immersion) and $44 (extended hours).

Houston Museum of Natural Science (Spanish) 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and English)

4900 Jackwood St., Houston

Bellaire Rec Center (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese)

7008 Fifth St., Bellaire

St. Thomas More Parish School (Spanish, French & Mandarin Chinese)

5927 Wigton Drive, Houston

281-565-1388

www.languagekids.com

Classes provide young students a language immersion experience at several area locations.

University of Houston-Downtown

Dates: June 1-July 10

Cost: $269-$695 per week, with extended hours available in some locations for $75.

St. Thomas More Parish School: 5927 Wigton Drive, Houston

MD Anderson Cancer Center: 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston

(Summer Academy only)

713-221-8032. www.compucamp2020.com

UH-Downtown partners with local institutions to offer camps in computer programming, engineering, creative writing and foreign languages. A two-week Summer Academy is also offered, including ACT/SAT test prep, financial literacy, and career discovery opportunities. Classes may vary by location. Ages 6-16.

ARTS & THEATER


Glassell School of Art Junior School

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $165-$300

5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston

713-639-7700.

www.mfah.org/visit/glassell-junior-school

One- and two-week sessions offer campers the opportunity to choose from various art forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, fashion drawing, architecture, digital art and animation.

Main Street Theater

Dates: June 1-Aug. 17

Cost: $70 (Turbo Camp)-$490 (two-week, full day camp)

MST Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St., Houston

Museum District, 1101 Millford St., Houston

Bellaire Parks & Recreation Center, 7008 Fifth St., Bellaire

713-524-7998

www.mainstreettheater.com

Main Street Theater hosts six camps this summer, offering one day “Turbo Camps,” as well as full- and half-day, one week and two-week sessions at differing skill and age levels, with many camps culminating in a stage performance. Camps may vary by location.

Monart School of Art

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for morning classes; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for afternoon classes; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for full-day classes; aftercare offered from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $210 to $420 per week, depending on camp. Individual day prices vary. $100 per week for aftercare.

Monart School of Art

4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. F, Houston

713-218-0000

www.houstonmonart.com

Camps will focus on a variety of mediums, all using the Monart Method to teach individuals to draw using the five basic Elements of Shape. Students are guided as to how they might combine them through different mediums so their art represents what they see.

DAY CAMPS


Camp J

Dates: June 1 to Aug. 17; camps meet

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with extended care available before and after.

Costs: $360-$780 per camp; $35-$90 for extended hours options.

5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston

713-729-3200

www.erjcchouston.org

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center holds day camps for ages 3 to 15 with a wide variety of age-appropriate activities and topics, including arts, sports, writing, technology, science and academics. Most camps are weeklong, but some are 2-4 weeks in length.

Camp Paseo (Bellaire)

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7; camps meet 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. daily, with before and after hour dropoff available

Cost: $150 (residents) or $165 (nonresidents) per week

7008 Fifth St., Bellaire

713-662-8280

https://camppaseo.weebly.com

Bellaire’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts weekly day camps with a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and other activities for children age 5 to 12. Some activities will take place in the Bellaire Family Aquatic Center, city parks and the city library.

Elite University

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Cost: $250-$300 per week, with meal plans extra

6221 Main St., Houston

713-454-7989

www.elitesummercamps.com

Elite University organizes multiple medicine, science, technology and arts camps out of Palmer Memorial Episcopal in the Texas Medical Center. Archery, gymnastics and horseback riding camps and other topics are also available.

Pine Cove

Dates: Aug. 3-7; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost: $290 for the week.

Crosspoint Church - Bellaire

4601 Bellaire Blvd

832-203-4300

www.pinecove.com/city/crosspoint

Mobile extension of the Christian camp will bring bungee trampolines, water slides, counselors, skits, Bible studies, and more for First through sixth graders.

MUSIC & DANCE


Vivaldi Music Academy

Dates: June 8-19; 9-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $500.

5305 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire

832-404-2299

www.vivaldimusicacademy.com

The music school will host a two-week musical theater camp called “Shine!” at its Bellaire location, culminating with a final showcase at the University of St. Thomas. The camp is open to children age 8 and older; no musical experience is required.

SPORTS


Houston Gymnastics Academy

Dates: June 1-Aug. 15. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (half day); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full day); 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (all day). Early drop-off available.

Cost: $200-$375 per week based on length and membership status.

5804 S. Rice Ave., Houston

713-668-6001

www.houstongymnastics.com

The Summer Blast Camp offers half day, full day and all-day sessions for children age 3-12. Campers stay active throughout the day with stretching, learning new skills and having fun with trampolines and obstacle courses.

Salle Mauro

Dates: June 1-Aug. 28; camps meet 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $250 per week.

4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. EE, Houston

832-778-8745

www.sallemauro.com

The fencing school holds weeklong summer sessions to provide children age 6 and older an introduction to the fundamentals of the sport.

The Hitting Academy

Dates: July 13-Aug. 20; camps are held 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday.

Cost: $265 weekly ($295 for nonmembers).

8429 Stella Link Road, Houston

713-425-8144

www.thehittingacademyhouston.com

This baseball camp is designed for all skill levels, with skill-building exercises on hitting, throwing and fielding from coaches.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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