UPDATED: 19 local camps to consider this summer in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University areas

The Houston Zoo hosts Camp Zoofari starting June 6. (Courtesy Houston Zoo)
The Houston Zoo hosts Camp Zoofari starting June 6. (Courtesy Houston Zoo)

The Houston Zoo hosts Camp Zoofari starting June 6. (Courtesy Houston Zoo)

Parents looking for camps for their children have a number of options to choose from in the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area.

This list is not comprehensive. To have a camp added for consideration, please email [email protected]

Bellaire


1. IDEA Lab Kids

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

Ages: 5-12

Dates: June 13-Aug. 19


Cost: $205-$405

IDEA Lab Kids, 5410 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire

832-993-1213. www.idealabkids.com

2. Pine Cove

The mobile extension of the Christian camp will bring bungee trampolines, water slides, counselors, skits and Bible studies to Bellaire.

Ages: grades 1-6

Dates: July 25-29

Cost: $330

Crosspoint Church—Bellaire, 4601 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire

877-474-6326. www.pinecove.com/city/crosspoint

3. Vivaldi Music Academy

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. No musical experience is required.

Ages: 8 and up

Dates: June 8-19

Cost: $500

Vivaldi Music Academy, 5305 Bissonnet St., Bellaire

832-404-2299. www.vivaldimusicacademy.com

Meyerland/Westbury area


4. CompuCamp

The University of Houston-Downtown partners with local institutions to offer camps in computer programming, engineering, creative writing and foreign languages. A Summer Academy is also offered in the first four weeks of the camp, including ACT/SAT test prep, financial literacy and career discovery opportunities. Classes may vary by location.

Ages: 6-17

Dates: June 6-July 15

Cost: varies by camp

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

713-221-8032. www.compucamp2021.com

5. J Camp

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center holds multiple camp options for children with a variety of age-appropriate activities and topics, including tennis, gymnastics, theater, and arts and crafts.

Ages: 3-10th grade

Dates: June 13-Aug. 12

Cost: $50-$1,500 depending on camp duration

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston

713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org

6. Language Kids

Classes provide young students a language immersion experience in person at several Houston locations or in a virtual format. Early immersion and extended-hour options are available for an additional cost.

Ages: 3-10

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5 (virtual camp), June 6-Aug. 19 (in person)

Cost: varies by age level and class option

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood St., Houston

281-565-1388. www.languagekids.com

Museum district


7. Camp Zoofari

Camp Zoofari is an immersive experience for children, who get the chance to explore the zoo, meet animals, visit staff-only areas and make new friends while learning about wildlife and how to protect them in the wild.

Ages: 6-14

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5

Cost: $330-$500

Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston

713-533-6739. www.houstonzoo.org/camp

8. CompuCamp

The University of Houston-Downtown partners with local institutions to offer camps in computer programming, engineering, creative writing and foreign languages. A Summer Academy is also offered in the first four weeks of the camp, including ACT/SAT test prep, financial literacy and career discovery opportunities. Classes may vary by location.

Ages: 6-17

Dates: June 6-July 15

Cost: varies by camp

MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston

713-221-8032. www.compucamp2021.com

9. Houston Museum of Natural Science

The museum offers both virtual and in-person camps. The weeklong in-person day camps provide a variety of science-based topics with hands-on learning and activities. The virtual camp involves an hour of educational engagement every day for one week, live interaction with an educator and self-guided learning opportunities supplemented with topic-specific supplies picked up at the museum.

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June 6-Aug. 9 (in person), June 6-Aug. 5 (virtual)

Cost: $65-$550

Houston Museum of Natural Science, 6001 Fannin St., Houston

713-639-4629. www.hmns.org/education/summer-camp

10. Kidventure

Kidventure has been open to Houston families since 1994. Each camp is designed to be a distinct experience based on four cornerstones of creativity, physical activity, exploration and reflection. An overnight camp also takes place in the Texas Hill Country.

Ages: 3-16

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5

Cost: $295-$345 per week

Camp Emanu El: 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston

713-960-8989. www.kidventure.com

West University/University area


11. Crossing Borders

Camps catered to children with all levels of fluency in English, Spanish, Mandarin and French are designed to make language immersion fun and interesting as well as age appropriate.

Ages: 4-10

Dates: TBA; specific schedules vary by topic/age group

Cost: call for pricing

Crossing Borders International Preschool, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston

281-771-3356. www.crossingborderspreschool.com

12. Dyslexia School of Houston

The school's Summer Literacy Camp provides reading, writing, spelling and grammar lessons. Sessions follow a 6:1 student to teacher ratio for a more attentive learning environment.

Ages: kindergarten

Dates: June 6-July 1

Cost: $2500 / 4 weeks

Dyslexia School of Houston, 3642 University Blvd., Houston

832-767-0915. www.dyslexiahouston.org

13. Elite University

Elite University provides a variety of educational camps that include horseback riding, aerospace engineering, fencing, rock wall climbing, medical science and field trips.

Ages: pre-K-12

Dates: June 2-Aug. 19

Cost: $275-$375 per week

St. Vincent DePaul Catholic School, 6802 Buffalo Speedway, Houston

713-454-7989. www.elitesummercamps.com

14. Kidventure

Kidventure has been open to Houston families since 1994. Each camp is designed to be a distinct experience based on four cornerstones of creativity, physical activity, exploration and reflection. An overnight camp also takes place in the Texas Hill Country.

Ages: 3-16

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5

Cost: $295-$345 per week

Camp West U: 4210 Bellaire Blvd., Houston

713-960-8989. www.kidventure.com

15. Kids Robotic Academy

This robotics- and STEM-focused camp has four skill levels teaching the skills in building simple to complex robots. Weekly sessions offer age-appropriate instruction.

Ages: 3-9

Dates: May 31-Aug. 19

Cost: $350-$450 per week

Kids Robotic Academy, 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. KK, Houston

713-454-7004. www.kidsroboticacademy.com

16. Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater hosts several camp options this summer, including a weeklong virtual camp and in-person one-day camps as well as full- and half-day and one-week and two-week sessions at differing skill and age levels. Some camps culminate in a stage performance livestreamed for family audiences. Camp options vary by location.

Ages: 6-14

Dates: June 13-Aug. 19

Cost: $70-$500 per camp

Main Street Theater Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston

713-524-7998. www.mainstreettheater.com

17. Monart School of Art

Camps will offer art instruction around a variety of media. Themes draw inspiration from pop culture, such as “Fantastic Beasts,” “Doctor Strange” and “Star Wars,” among other creative icons. After-hours care is available for an additional fee.

Ages: 3-18

Dates: May 30-Aug. 26

Cost: $210-$420 per week

Monart School of Art, 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. F, Houston

713-218-0000. www.houstonmonart.com

18. Space City Fencing Academy

The fencing school holds weeklong sessions to provide an introduction to fencing fundamentals, training exercises and games. Classes for more advanced skill levels are also offered.

Ages: 6 and up

Dates: June 6-Aug. 19

Cost: $250 per week

Space City Fencing Academy, 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. EE, Houston

832-778-8745. www.spacecityfencing.com

19. YMCA Youth Discovery

The camp experience offers games, sports, swimming, arts and crafts and educational activities. All participants must have a $25 YMCA Impact Membership before registering.

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 13-Aug. 12

Cost: $175 per week

Weekley Family YMCA, 7101 Stella Link Road, Houston

713-664-9622. www.ymcahouston.or