GUIDE: 13 local camps to consider this summer in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas

Camps at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in River Oaks include arts and crafts, music, drama and dance, swimming, games, and field trips. (Courtesy St. Luke’s Methodist Church)

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. To have a camp added for consideration, please email [email protected]

1. Art Studio on the Boulevard

The Mad Hatter Arts Camp offers three two-week sessions. The 25th anniversary theme will be “Celebrate!” with projects and games from celebrations around the world. Campers will work with watercolors acrylic painting, clay sculpture, textures, fiber arts and oil pastels while learning about art history cultures, drama, science, and music.

Ages: 5-11

Dates: June 20-July 1, July 11-22, July 25-Aug. 5

Cost: $750 per child per two-week session

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


2. 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. Camps take place in both the Heights and Memorial areas.

Ages: 3-16

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5

Cost: $295-$345 per week

2. St. Theresa Catholic School, 6500 Durford St., Houston

3. SPSJT Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St., Houston


3. 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 additional cost.

Ages: 3-10

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

Cost: varies

Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd., Houston


4. The Little Gym

The day camp at The Little Gym offers physical activity, games, and arts and crafts with two tracks: one for ages 3-8 focused on weekly themes and another for ages 6-12 focused on beginner, intermediate or advanced gymnastics skills. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Ages: 3-12

Dates: May 29-Aug. 20

Cost: $38+ per session

The Little Gym of Houston Heights, 1501 W. 18th St., Houston


5. CompuCamp

The University of Houston-Downtown partners with local institutions to offer camps in computer programming, engineering, creative writing and foreign languages ​​for ages 6-17. A Summer Academy is also offered for the camp’s first four weeks, including ACT/SAT test prep, financial literacy and career discovery opportunities.

Ages: 6-17

Dates: June 6-July 15

Cost: varies by camp

University of Houston-Downtown, 315 N. Main St., Houston


6. Elite University

Elite University summer camps provide a variety of fun and educational camps at multiple Houston locations. Camps include horseback riding, aerospace engineering, fencing, rock wall climbing, medical science and field trips, among other offerings.

Ages: pre-K-12 years old

Dates: June 2-Aug. 19

Cost: $275-$375 per week

Trinity Episcopal Church, 1050 Holman St., Houston

7. Camp AOS

Annunciation Orthodox School’s Camp AOS provides an enrichment program for students that offers elements of traditional summer camps. Both day camps and specialty camps are designed to keep children sharp when they return to school while also providing opportunities to develop friendships with fellow campers.

Ages: 3-grade 8

Dates: June 6-July 29 (closed June 27-July 8)

Cost: $175-$700

Annunciation Orthodox School, 3600 Yoakum Blvd., Houston


8. River Oaks Dance

Themed dance camps include dance classes, games and craft. This summer’s themes include Story Book Mini Ballet, Island Adventure Dance, Royal Academy Princess, Camp Encanto, Ballet in Paris and Ballet Classics. A full description of each camp can be found on the River Oaks Dance website along with dates.

Ages: 3-12

Dates: June 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23; Aug. 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18

Cost: Call for prices

River Oaks Dance, 3641 Westheimer Road, Ste. C, Houston


9. Sur La Table

The specialty kitchenware retailer hosts weeklong summer camps for children and teenagers with experienced chefs teaching hands-on cooking techniques and recipes. Classes are two hours a day and limited to eight students each.

Ages: 7-17

Dates: June 6-Aug. 19

Cost: $249 per week

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


10. St. Luke’s All Day Camps

st. Luke’s United Methodist Church holds a camp for children entering first through sixth grades and for children in seventh and eighth grade with arts and crafts, music, drama and dance, swimming and taekwondo as well as games, field trips and other activities. This summer there are 10 one-week sessions.

Ages: grades 1-8

Dates: June 14-Aug. 20

Cost: $260 per session (grades 1-6), $300 per session (grades 7-8), plus $100 registration fee

st. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston



11. Aerial Circus Endeavor

The summer camp hosted by The Artz is a full-day experience for children to learn fabric, trapeze, lyra, wall running, harness and other aerial movement techniques. Other weekly classes are also available as well as half-day options. Camps can be paid for by the week or by the day.

Ages: 3-15

Dates: May 31-Aug. 19

Cost: $300-$350 per week (full-day and half day)

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


12. Institute of Contemporary Dance

Separate camps are offered for children in the 3-7 and 8-12 age brackets. The camp for younger children includes daily movement, crafts, music and snack time. The camp for older children includes ballet, jazz and modern dance portions and is capped off with an interactive performance.

Ages: 3-12

Dates: June 27-July 1, July 18-22, July 25-29 (interactive arts and dance camp); June 13-16, July 11-14 (children’s movement and arts camp)

Cost: $350 (interactive arts and dance camp), $50-$350 (children’s movement and arts camp)

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


13. 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.

Ages: 3-16

Dates: June 6-Aug. 5

Cost: $295-$345 per week

2. St. Theresa Catholic School, 6500 Durford St., Houston



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