2021 GUIDE: 13 summer camps to consider sending your children to this summer in the Lake Houston area

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a canoeing event March 13 at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Pictured are campers canoeing at the park's 2016 summer camp. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)
Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a canoeing event March 13 at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Pictured are campers canoeing at the park's 2016 summer camp. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a canoeing event March 13 at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Pictured are campers canoeing at the park's 2016 summer camp. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

Parents looking for camps for their kids have a number of options to choose from in the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood area, including virtual options for families looking to socially distance during the pandemic. This list is not comprehensive.

SUMMER CAMPS

Camp Olympia
has one- to three-week sessions for ages 6-16 that feature sports, kayaking, sailing, swimming, dance, arts and crafts, drama, horseback riding, mini-golf, yoga and other activities. (Art, Night, Sports)

Dates: May 30-Aug. 7

Cost: $1,925-$4,750


723 Olympia Drive, Trinity

936-594-2541

www.campolympia.com

Creativity Shell offers a five-day camp for ages 5-17 to sew, craft and cook. Class themes include Gnome Sweet Gnome, interior design, Harry Potter recipes, costumes and fashion. (Art, Day)

Dates: June 1-Aug. 6

Cost: $200-$250 per week

1580 Kingwood Drive, Ste. A, Kingwood

832-943-9767

www.creativityshell.org

Imagine Early Education and Childcare Atascocita offers three camp options for ages 5-13 that campers can choose from weekly. The traditional camp features themed activities, such as arts and crafts and educational games. Specialty camps focus on specific themes, such as cooking, science or fitness. The facility also offers services for pre-kindergarteners. (Academics, Art, Day, Nature, Sports)

Dates: May 31-Aug. 13

Cost: $150-$250

6002 Atascocita Road, Humble

281-623-5965

www.imaginechild.com/atascocita

Kids in Action offers camps for Humble and New Caney ISDs students ages 3-11. Preschoolers can play, craft, do obstacle courses and dress up. Other ages attend field trips, swim and play games. (Day)

Dates: June 1-Aug. 5

Cost: $207-$239 per week

3838 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood

281-358-9446

www.kidsinaction.net

Krafty Shack offers camps on weekdays for age 5 and older. Campers of all abilities can choose from ceramics, slime, embroidery, jewelry making and decorating. (Art, Day)

Dates: May 31-Aug. 6

Cost: $20 per day

2614 Chestnut Ridge Drive, Kingwood

281-359-7775

www.kraftyshack.com

Mercer Morning Club is held on Wednesdays in June and July. Ages 6-11 can explore science and nature by learning about habitats, mammals, reptiles, birds and insects as well as hiking and crafting. Limited space is available. (Day, Nature)

Dates: June 23 and 30, July 14 and 21

Cost: free

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble

713-274-4160

www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

Pinspiration offers ages 5-12 the chance to do up to three crafts, listen to stories and do exercises. Themes include Pirates and Mermaids, Under the Sea and pets. (Academics, Art, Day)

Dates: May 31-Aug. 6

Cost: $45 per day; $210 per week

1310 Northpark Drive, Ste. 800, Kingwood

832-480-2526

www.pinspiration.com/kingwood

School of Rock, a Kingwood music facility, offers five-day camps, including a beginners Rock 101 camp, a songwriting camp and more advanced camps for fans of Green Day and The Beatles. Campers ages 7-17 of any skill level can learn to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. (Art, Day)

Dates: June 7-11, June 21-25,

June 28-July 2, July 16-19, July 19-23

Cost: $495 per week

1580 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood

281-358-7625

https://locations.schoolofrock.com/kingwood/music-camps

Summer Nature Camp is a four-day camp at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center for ages 5-12. At Amazing Arthropods, campers are split into three age groups in which they can hike, play outdoor games and do crafts. Harris County residents receive priority registration May 3. (Day, Nature)

Dates: June-August

Cost: free

20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble

281-446-8588

www.hcp4.net/parks/jjp

Summer Science Safari is a science-oriented camp that takes fifth- through eighth-graders on field trips to rock climb, scuba dive and zip-line. Masks and temperature checks are required. All adult leaders must be vaccinated, and students must test negative for COVID-19 before camp. (Academics, Day, Night)

Dates: June 7-11, June 21-25, July 12-16

Cost: $699

3603 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

832-305-8572

www.summersciencesafari.com

YMCA Camp Cullen offers campers ages 5-17 activities such as water sports, horseback riding, nature exploration, science, arts and drama. Teen leadership camps are also offered. (Art, Night, Sports)

Dates: June 6-Aug. 7

Cost: $1,295-$2,795

460 Cullen Loop, Ste. A, Trinity

936-594-2274

www.ymcacampcullen.org

YMCA Outdoor Adventure Day Camp provides a place for campers ages 5-15 to do numerous activities, including sports, swimming, art, hiking, archery and fort building. The Lake Houston Family YMCA hosts five-day camp sessions in which all staff are required to wear face coverings. (Art, Day, Sports)

Dates: June 1-Aug. 13

Cost: $175-$215 per week

2420 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

281-360-2500

www.ymcahouston.org/lake-houston-family-ymca

VIRTUAL CAMPS

Language Kids World offers virtual camps in Kingwood for ages 4-11. Campers can register for the general Spanish program or create their own program and choose from Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, English or American Sign Language. (Academics)

Dates: June 1-Aug. 27

Cost: $75 per week

281-565-1388

www.languagekids.com
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.

By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.