School is out, and summer is here. That means your kids will more than likely start crying "I'm bored" within a matter of days. Thankfully, Houston is a thriving city filled with family-friendly productions, summer camps, and events fun for the whole family. Here are six bulletproof options to keep the kids stimulated all summer long.
A summer of free Miller Outdoor Theatre shows
Two birds, one stone: Miller Outdoor Theatre gets kids out of the house and watching something other than Netflix. To kick off the summer, the exciting and dance-filled “Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance” will take the stage Thursday, June 1. The METdance production takes shape as an hour of dance numbers showing the range of musical, fashion, and dance trends from the 1920s to today. The best part? All shows, which run throughout the summer, are free to attend.
Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive. 832-487-7102. milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Movie-based theater camps at A.D. Players
If you're looking to reinforce your "you can be anything you want if you put your mind to it" advice, look no further. A.D. Players summer camps teach children basic acting skills using popular movies as points of reference. Each camp is structured around characters from films like Monsters, Inc., Happy Feet, and Tarzan to engage children and get them excited about the arts. Is your child a star? Visit their website for exact dates, age ranges and times for each camp.
From $175. 5420 Westheimer Rd. 713-526-2721. adplayers.org.
Theatre Under the Stars camp for a chance to do the real thing
One of the most well-respected and beloved theaters in Houston has a summer camp for children starting as young as 4 years old. “Sing! Dance! Act!” offers a weeklong camp for beginners and children of all skill levels to sing, dance, act and use their imaginations to create a musical presentation all their own. Children will be able to display their creation for family and friends and experience the excitement of a taking part in a real stage production.
From $140. 800 Bagby, Suite 200. 713-558-2600. tuts.com.
Alley Theatre camps to learn how to improvise
Alley Play Makers has two focuses for grades K-5 and Advanced Play Makers grades 6-8. This exciting program gives children the ability to practice their techniques and skills to build confidence to take the stage with ease. The program focuses on teaching methods like improvisation, dance and character development—useful skills on and off the stage.
$575, scholarships available. 713-315-5424. alleytheatre.org.
Houston Symphony concerts to hear the true greatest hits
For the sorcerer’s out there, the Houston Symphony has a once-in-a-lifetime concert where they will be performing every song from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If magic isn't their thing, free ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights are also back at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Come experience the delightful music from some of the most celebrated composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.
Cost varies per performance, some free. 713-224-4240. houstonsymphony.org.
City Art Works for the handy kids of Houston
What parent doesn't need another lopsided bowl? Children who like working with there hands to sculpt, draw, or paint will love the variety of summer art courses offered by City Art Works. For children ages 4-12, these classes offer valuable life skills like creative problem solving and critical thinking that they will use right into the new school year.
From $105. 713-681-1331. cityartworks.org.