Camp Guide 2020: Explore camp options in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area

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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 Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area. This list is not comprehensive.


Bayou Bend Summer History Camp

Dates: June 22–26, July 13–17, July 20–24 (for campers entering fifth grade). June 15–19 (for campers entering sixth grade).

Cost: $350-$375

6003 Memorial Drive, Houston


Campers explore the Bayou Bend’s collection of American objects and learn from art and history experts. Activities include forging metal, molding candles, writing with quill pens and playing colonial-era games.


Dates: throughout June, July and August; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Cost: $499 per week

5085 Westheimer Road, Ste. 3570, Houston


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

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7. Half days are 9 a.m. to noon; full days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with after camp hours optional.

Cost: $155-$285 (members); $210-$365 (nonmembers)

4501 Woodway Drive, Houston


A series of weeklong camps helps children age 4 to 12 learn more about nature through interactive indoor and outdoor activities at the 155-acre site. Topics include “Spiders & Arachnids,” “The Wonders of Water,” and “Creative by Nature.”

Language Kids

Dates: June 1 to Aug. 17. Regular camps meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but early immersion options are available at some locations starting at 7 a.m. and extended immersion until 6 p.m.

Cost: $239 per week (regular hours), $34 (early immersion) and $44 (extended hours)

Heights: Brazilian Arts Foundation, 316 Pecore St., Houston (Spanish only)


Weeklong classes provide young students an educational language immersion experience at several area locations.


Art Studio on the Boulevard-Mad Hatter Art Camp

Dates: June 1-12, June 15-26, July 6-17

Cost: $600 per session; $550 for additional siblings

1703 Heights Blvd., Houston


The Mad Hatter Art Camp hosts three two-week sessions focusing on different cultural traditions each session. Campers will experiment with various mediums while learning about ancient art, African American art or Asian American art. 6 Glassell School of Art Junior School

Dates: June 1-Aug. 7

Cost: $165-$300

5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston


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

Recipe for Success

Dates: June 15-19 (Marco Polo), June 22-26 (Eat This!), July 6-10 (Superfoods); each camp meets daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $395

4400 Yupon St., Houston


The Summer Camps for Young Foodies program offers three weeklong camps for children age 8-12 introducing them to cooking, farming and gardening at RecipeHouse in the Museum District. Themes include Marco Polo, exploring cuisines of Europe and Asia; Eat This!, focusing on food product development; and Super Foods, about growing and consuming nutrient-rich foods.

Summer High School Studio Art Intensive

Dates: June 1-26

Cost: Varies

Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd., Houston


An in-depth studio art camp for selected teens age 14-17 prepares aspiring artists to hone their craft. Students practice a variety of mediums and receive instruction from established artists and guest speakers.

Summer Shakespeare Intensive at 4th Wall Theatre

Dates: audition by March 28; June 21-July 26

Cost: $1750 per student (10 full scholarships available for students with financial need)

1824 Spring Street Studio 101, Houston


4th Wall’s inaugural Summer Shakespeare Intensive will offer 20 Houston high school actors the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform with Juilliard Drama students. This 5-week training program will culminate in 8 public performances of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in 4th Wall’s professional studio space.



Dates: June 1-Aug. 21; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Cost: $230-$275 per week

1824 Spring St., Ste. 124, Houston


The Aerial Circus Endeavor Summer Camp is a full-day experience for children to learn fabric, trapeze, lyra, wall running, harness and other aerial movement techniques. Open to ages 5-15. Other weekly classes are also available.

Institute of Contemporary Dance

Dates: June 8-July 31

Cost: $250-$650 per week depending on camp and schedule options

1302 Houston Ave., Ste. 300, Houston


This studio offers four camps and workshops. Imagine is a weeklong camp for age 3-7 with movement classes, crafts and other activities. The Houston Contemporary Dance Company Intensive, age 10-18, is a week of training with the opportunity to meet professional dancers. The Houston Contemporary Choreographic Workshop, teens 14 and older, is a two-week camp developing more advanced skills. Finally, Focus is a series of weeklong workshops for students age 8-18, with a dance style each week.

Music Preparatory School at St. Thomas University

Dates: June 22-July 24; 8 a.m. to noon

Cost: $100-$175.

3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston


The university offers weeklong camps for piano, guitar, percussion, choir and other music skills for children in second through 12th grade.


Discover Gymnastics

Dates: June 1-Aug. 21; 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m. (half day); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (full day)

Cost: $280/week (members, half day); $430/week (members, full day); higher rates for nonmembers; daily rates and extended hours available

747 N. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 400, Houston


The gym offers half and full-day camps with weekly themes, activities and entertainment for children.

Soccer Box

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7. Morning camps are 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon is 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $175 (before April 1)

727 N. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 700


Children learn introductory to advanced ball handling and other soccer skills across four training areas during morning or afternoon half-day camps. Weekly camps are divided into two co-ed sessions for age groups 5-8 and 9-12, with boys and girls camps for ages 13-16.



Dates: June 1 to July 31; camps meet daily 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with extended hours optional; dates may vary by location.

Cost: $240-$250 per week.

Camp Travis: 3311 Beauchamp St., Houston

Camp St. Theresa: 6500 Durford St., Houston


This day camp program offers three levels—“Discovers” for age 3-5, “Explorers” for children entering first through fifth grade, and “Leads” for children entering six through ninth grade. All camps are structured to allow creativity, physical activity, exploration and reflection. Some camps also include field trips and community service.

St. Luke’s All Day Camps

Dates: June 8-Aug. 7. Camp is held daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with early drop off at 7 a.m. and after care until 6 p.m.

Cost: $235-$285, plus a $100 registration fee; early drop off $25; after care $25


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church holds a camp for children entering first through sixth grade with arts and crafts, swimming, science, cooking/nutrition and other activities. A middle school camp for children entering seventh and eighth grade offers daily field trips and a community service project.


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