Parents looking for camps for their children have a number of options to choose from in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas. This list is not comprehensive.






The Mad Hatter Arts Camp hosted by Art Studio on the Boulevard offers three two-week sessions, and this year it is offering a four-day mini camp at the end of their summer sessions. With each session offering different themes, such as “Influencers in History,” campers work on projects and games from celebrations around the world using artistic skills such as watercolors, acrylic painting, clay sculpture, textures, fiber arts and oil pastels. Campers also learn about art history, cultures, traditions, drama, science and music.

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 5-July 21 (three separate sessions), July 24-28 (mini camp)

Cost: $750 (per child per two-week session)


Art Studio on the Boulevard, 1703 Heights Blvd., Houston


2. The Aerial Circus Endeavor Summer Camp hosted by The ARTZ is a full-day experience, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., teaching children fabric, trapeze, lyra, tumbling and other aerial movement techniques.

Ages: 3-15

Dates: May 30-Aug. 25 (except for the week of July 4)

Cost: $375 per week (full- and half-day rates also available)


The ARTZ, 1824 Spring St., Ste. 124, Houston


3. The University of Houston-Downtown partners with local institutions on CompuCamp, which offers computer camps in programming, Minecraft modding and 3D modeling. UHD also offers a STEM-based medical camp, science camp and writing camp. A summer academy is also offered in weeks 1-4, including test prep, financial literacy, math and communications courses, and career discovery opportunities.

Ages: 6-17

Dates: June 5-July 14

Cost: varies by camp


University of Houston-Downtown, 1 Main St., Houston


4. Elite University Summer Camps provide a variety of educational camps at multiple Houston locations. Camps include: culinary arts, medical science, aerospace engineering, horseback riding and archery, among others.

Ages: pre-K-12

Dates: June 5-Aug. 18

Cost: $285-$415


Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman St., Houston

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


5. The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers weeklong in-person day camps that 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.

Ages: 6-12

Dates: May 30-Aug. 11 (in-person), June 5-July 28 (virtual)

Cost: $90-$770


Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston


6. Hosted by the Houston Zoo, Camp Zoofari is an immersive weekly experience with activities tailored to the 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.

Ages: 6-12

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


7. Separate camps by the Institute of Contemporary Dance are offered for children in the different age groups. The camp for younger children includes daily movement, crafts, music and snack time. The camps for older children include half- and full-day intensives in ballet, jazz and modern dance, among other classes.

Ages: 3-18

Dates: June 12-Aug. 3 (children’s movement camp); June 27-July 1, July 18-22, July 25-29 (interactive arts and dance camp), June 26-July 28 (children’s intensives)

Cost: $240 (children’s movement camp), $350 (children’s half-day intensives, after deposit), $600 (children’s full-day intensives, per week, after deposit)


Institute of Contemporary Dance, 1302 Houston Ave., Ste. 300, Houston


8. Kidventure has been opened to Houston families since 1994. This summer camp is designed to foster fun, create lasting memories and help build the social, emotional and physical lives of the children who attend.

Ages: 3 (and potty trained)-grade 9

Dates: June 5-Aug. 18

Cost: $320-$350 per week


Camp St. Rose: 3600 Brinkman St., Houston

Camp St. Theresa: 6500 Durford St., Houston

Camp West U: 4210 Bellaire Blvd., Houston

Camp Emanu El: 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston

Camp Lodge 88: 1435 Beall St., Houston


9. Language Kids offers classes for children in groups of ages 3-5 and ages 6-11. The camp provides young students a language immersion experience in Mandarin, Spanish, French, English as a second language, and American Sign Language. The camp also has virtual learning in July.

Ages: 3-11

Dates: June 5-Aug. 18 (in-person), July 3-28 (virtual)

Cost: varies, $275 for a regular day, $320 for extended-care (goes until 5:30 p.m.)


Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd., Houston

Bering Drive Church, 1910 Bering Drive, Houston

St. Anne Catholic School, 2120 Westheimer Road, Houston


10. The specialty kitchenware retailer Sur La Table hosts summer camps Monday through Friday from its River Oaks space for children and teenagers. There are three different themed camps for each age group. Classes are two hours a day and limited to eight students each.

Ages: 7-17

Dates: June 5-Aug. 11

Cost: $299 per week


Sur La Table, 1996 W. Gray St., Houston