Spring break is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: five whole days with your kiddos at home. If you haven’t figured out what to do with them for the week, we’ve rounded up some fun and educational camps and activities for kids of all ages (even the kid at heart).
Where: Space Center Houston
When: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Mar 9–13
Cost: From $289.95
Space Center Houston is hosting week-long robotics camps this spring break for kids of all ages. In Beginner Bots, kids ages 4–5 can learn how to design, build, and program robots while using problem-solving and coding skills. Meanwhile, in Robotics and Beyond, kids ages 10–11 can learn how to use robotics and implement coding to find solutions for space exploration-themed problems. In addition to the robotics, campers will tour exhibits like Independence Plaza and get to go behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. Lunch and before/after-camp care are available for additional charges.
Where: Southwest Indoor Soccer or Houston Sports Park
When: 9–11 a.m., 9–noon, or 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Mar 9–12, 16–19
Cost: from $135
Is your kid the next Lionel Messi? Or do they just like kicking around a ball in the backyard? Either way, Houston Dynamo and Dash camps are for anyone who loves soccer. Your child will score as experienced staff coach campers, divided into groups based on age and ability, to success. Each camp program also includes giveaways such as a Houston Dynamo training ball and a free ticket to a Houston Dynamo or Dash game.
Where: Health Museum
When: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Mar 16–20
Cost: $305 for members, $335 for nonmembers
Calling all animal-lovers: The Health Museum is training up all of Houston’s future veterinarians in this weeklong camp. Kids can learn about veterinary science firsthand, as well other topics such as anatomy and first aid. At the Mini Vet camp, kids ages 5–7 will learn about animal bones and how to use a microscope. They will also get to dissect owl pellets. Older campers at the Junior Vet camp (ages 8–10) will learn how to measure and classify bones and compare frog and human muscles. Before/after camp care is available for the whole week for an additional charge, but daily rates are not offered.
Where: Alley Theatre Houston
When: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Mar 16–20
Ages: Kindergarten–fifth grade
Cost: From $325
The goal of this camp is for kids to break out of their shells, get up on the stage, and flaunt it. Campers will learn basic theater skills, such as how to make bold choices, spatial awareness, how to tell a story with your voice, and how to work in an ensemble. Additionally, kids get to play games, make crafts, and improv throughout the day. The camps are separated by age groups, K–first, second–third, and fourth–fifth, and there are options for extended care before and after camp.
Where: Asia Society of Texas
When: noon–2 p.m. Mar 16—20
You and your kids can explore a different aspect of Asian culture each day (activities begin at noon). On Monday, make Japanese onigiri and Vietnamese spring rolls then have a picnic on the lawn. Gather your friends to try and catch a dragon’s tail on Tuesday. Also play games like the Chinese yoyo and the Korean yunnori. On Wednesday, fold origami lotus flowers and cherry blossoms. Try your hand at making and flying kites from all over Asia, including Afghanistan and Japan, on Thursday. Finally, on Friday learn about the differences between the Rangoli and Mandalas art styles from the Indian subcontinent. Throughout the week, Asia Society will host free screenings three Japanese movies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, I Wish, and Okko’s Inn, outside on their lawn.
Where: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
When: 9 a.m–3 p.m. Mar 16–20
Cost: $285 for members, $365 for nonmembers
It’s spring break after all, so let your kids spend it in the great outdoors at the Arboretum. Campers will learn about the environment and how to protect ecosystems. There will be experiments, games, and more. The kids will even be able to plan and implement their own conservation projects at the arboretum. Different classes will be taught by age (5–6, 7–8, and 9–12).
Where: Discovery Green
When: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Mar 16–20
If you’re not sure what to do with your little ones this spring break, then head down to Discovery Green. All week the park will be offering different family-friendly activities such as Touch a Truck Tuesday, Young Writers Workshops, and Mad Science shows. Afterward, take them to the park roller rink for $5 a person.
Where: Main Street Theater–Rice Village
When: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mar 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20
Cost: $70 per day
In this super-fast, one-day camp, kids will write their very own play, create all their props and costumes, and then perform it for all of the other campers. You can sign up for as many days as you’d like. If that’s not enough play in your child's day, go see The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Mar 8, 16, 17, 18, 21) or Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Mar 10, 11, 15) as well.
Where: Children’s Museum of Houston
When: 10 a.m.–6. p.m. Mar 7–22
Cost: $12 per person; $11 for seniors
While they aren’t offering a day camp option, Children’s Museum Houston is pulling out all the stops each day of spring break. Jump into the sky on bungee trampolines, explore the Glow Maze, roll around in human hamster balls, and more. You can even take part in a Pi(e) fight on Mar 14, a.k.a Pi Day.