1. IDEA Lab Kids STEAM-powered weeklong camps provide participants with science, engineering, arts, robotics, 3D printing, coding, programming and movie production skills. All camps utilize curriculum that enables campers to learn through inquisitive hands-on activities in math, science and critical thinking.
Dates: June 5-end of August
Cost: Half- or full-day camps range from $200-$400
IDEA Lab Kids, 5410 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. A, Bellaire
2. Main Street Theater Several camp options are offered this summer at Main Street Theater, including in-person one- and two-week sessions at differing skill and age levels. Students can create an original play, help produce their own costumes and props, and sharpen their skills in voice, body and imagination. Camps vary by location but include Rice Village, Bellaire and Midtown options.
Ages: age 4-high school
Dates: June 12-Aug. 18, no class July 4
Main Street Theater Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston
3. Summer Science Camp Campers delve into science and nature-related topics through themed day camps designed with hands-on investigations, active games and inventive crafts, among other activities.
Dates: June 5-Aug. 18
Cost: $295-$375 per week
Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire
4. Camp Funtasy Space City Fencing School in Bellaire holds weeklong summer sessions. All camps include activities related to fitness, fencing, indoor soccer, brain games, dodge ball and chess, among others. Indoor Kids camps feature world-class instructors in swordplay. Campers can sign up for full day or half-day camps.
Ages: 5 and older
Dates: June 5-Aug. 18
Cost: $450 full day weekly, $250 half-day weekly
Space City Fencing, 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. EE, Houston
5. Crossing Borders Two bilingual summer camps teach children a second language with fun and hands-on activities. Languages offered include Spanish, English, Mandarin and French.
Dates: spring break camp March 13-17, summer camp June 5-Aug. 11 (no camp July 4)
Cost: Call for pricing
Crossing Borders International Preschool, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston
6. Houston Museum of Natural Science The weeklong in-person day camps offer a variety of science-based topics with hands-on learning with distinguished teachers, exhibit hall visits, and activities to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. Virtual camp takes place on Zoom and involves an hour of educational engagement every day for one week, live interaction with a museum educator and moderator, and self-guided learning opportunities. The camp is supplemented with supplies that can be picked up at the museum or delivered by mail.
Dates: May 30-Aug. 11 (in-person), June 5-July 28 (virtual)
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
7. J Camp The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center provides a Jewish Summer Camp that supports campers' social-emotional growth as they form friendships, gain independence, build confidence and find joy in each day through a Jewish lens. Programs are offered for children in preschool through 8th grade with options such as art, dance, music, gymnastics, sports, tennis, theater, culinary and STEAM, among others. A separate camp is available for counselors in training for rising 10th graders.
Ages: pre-K-grade 8
Dates: June 5-Aug. 18
Cost: $245-$1,875 depending on camp duration and membership status
ART, DAY, SP
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston
8. Kids Robotic Academy This robotics and STEM-focused weekly camp has four skill levels teaching the concepts and skills in building simple to complex robots, with weekly sessions offering age-appropriate instruction.
Dates: spring camp March 13-17, summer camp May 29-Aug. 18
Cost: $450 per week for half-day camps; full-day camps are $599
Kids Robotic Academy, 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. KK, Houston
9. Westbury Christian School Summer camps have tracks in STEM, sports and fine arts. Campers have daily Bible class, track activities and field trips to conclude each track. On Fridays, campers play in splash zones with giant foam bubbles and inflatables.
Ages: age 3-grade 4
Dates: May 30-July 28
Cost: $750 for three-week tracks
Westbury Christian School, 10420 Hillcroft St., Houston
10. YMCA Discovery Camp The YMCA day camp experience offers games, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, and other activities over the course of a week. All participants must have a $25 YMCA Impact Membership before registering for the camp.
Dates: June 5-Aug. 11
Cost: $180 per week
A+, ART, DAY, SP
Weekley Family YMCA 7101 Stella Link Blvd., Houston
11. Zoofari Camp Zoofari is an immersive weekly experience with activities tailored to camper’s age. Campers explore the Houston Zoo, visit staff-only areas and make new animal friends while learning about wildlife and how to protect them in the wild.
Dates: June 5-Aug. 4
Cost: starts at $375 per week; children ages 10-12 $500-$1,000 per week
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
West University Place
12. Building Brains The weekly summer camp hosted by the city of West University Place uses Lego and K’nex STEM education kits to build math and science skills. Students will build simple machines and build fine motor skills, problem solving and confidence utilizing an engineering curriculum. Campers are encouraged to bring a snack and drink.
Dates: May 30-Aug. 4 (ages 3-5), June 5-Aug. 18 (ages 6-12)
Scout House, 6108 Edloe St., Houston