Little Beakers has locations in Cypress, Katy, and The Woodlands.

Academic Camps

Little Beakers

Built with small scientists in mind, Little Beakers is a 5,000-square-foot lab facility where experimentation is the name of the game and kiddos are decked out with their own lab coat, safety glasses, and clipboard. With locations in Cypress, Katy, and The Woodlands, children can walk in for an hour alongside parents or spend the whole day with peers to devise their own hypothesis, test it out through an experiment, and take home the evidence. Workshop themes range from STEM, robotics, dissections, marine biology, and more. From $185. Various locations throughout Texas 

Language Kids World

In 2012, Swedish researchers found that the brain’s hippocampus (the area that consolidates short-term memory into long-term) grew when learning another language. If you want to grow your youngster’s brain or help them connect with a new culture that doesn’t require hopping on a plane, Language Kids World offers language-immersion camps, both in-person and virtually, for French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. From $265. Various neighborhoods throughout Houston 

Building Brains

Nothing screams Space City louder than an engineering camp for children—and would Houston really be Houston without one? At Building Brains, campers are introduced to the basics of engineering and are tasked with building their very-own motorized machines from Legos. Children are taught critical-thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills through their creations. From $190. Various neighborhoods throughout Houston

Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre brings the magical world of the arts to life.

Specialty Camps

Theatre Under The Stars

For kids aged 4 to 18, Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre brings the magical world of the arts to life, allowing students to opt in to one-week or two-week sessions from June to August. TUTS’ programming with partner arts education org The River also provides virtual classes on drawing, dancing, acting, and singing throughout the summer. From $250. 800 Bagby St., Ste 200

School of Rock

Jack Black isn’t the star instructor at this educational outpost, but parents can expect their little ones to come out rockin’ and rollin’ even harder than the musician himself after four days here. Located in many suburbs outside of Houston, School of Rock instructs music aficionados of all skill levels who play either the bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals. Themes include The Beatles, ’90s rock, classic rock, and the blues—just to name a few. From $225. Various locations throughout Texas

Well Done Cooking Classes

Take a night off from making dinner, and let the kids become the chefs at this top-notch cooking camp. The four-hour-long, five-day course preps junior chefs who are starting out in the kitchen or those who want to sharpen their skills. Lessons range from the foundations of baking to eating around the world. Classes are available June through August. From $295. 2811 Airline Dr., Ste. 5

Rice University

Budding authors can let their imagination run wild at Rice University’s K–12 creative writing summer camp, held virtually this summer and organized in combination with Writers in the Schools. Here students will learn directly from the word wizards themselves, including award-winning and nationally acclaimed writers, performers, and poets; and try their hand at poetry and drama. From $495. 6100 Main St. 

Sports Camps

Ice at the Galleria

Did you know the Galleria’s in-house skating rink offers camps all year long? If your twinkle toes dreams of becoming the next Michelle Kwan (or, more realistically, Elsa on ice), this camp is for them! In addition to on-ice skating lessons, campers receive classes off the rink in ballet, dance, and strength and conditioning; plus skate rentals, a special camp T-shirt, and lunch. From $395. 5015 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 1260

JC Sports

There are sports and then there’s JC Sports where there’s every type of activity imaginable for your energetic adolescent to burn off some steam. Kids can partake in the basics—baseball, basketball, soccer, and football—and alternative options, too. Think Nerf wars, water balloon fights, dodgeball, and glow-in-the-dark soccer. Your little athlete will no longer know what the word “bored” means. From $305. 18610 Page Forest Dr., Ste. 100, Humble

USA Ninja Challenge Katy

Available year-round as a ninja warrior training program, USA Ninja Challenge Katy welcomes boys and girls 4 to 17 years old during its week-long summer session available from June 14 to August 13. Here, youngsters learn what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior by rock climbing, swinging on monkey bars, and climbing a rendition of the NBC show’s warped wall. From $225. 22564 Franz Rd., Katy 

Kids can try ziplining, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing at Kidventure’s Safari Overnight Camp six-day retreat.

Image: Kidventure

Sleep-Away Camps

YMCA Camp Cullen

The whole gang is invited to partake in YMCA Camp Cullen’s Escape to the Woods. The weekend getaway, situated along Lake Livingston in the Piney Woods, mirrors an all-inclusive experience with a private cabin for the entire family, room service meals, and an activity agenda that’s fully in your control and delivered to your cabin door. Choose from arts and crafts, science kits, lawn games, scavenger hunts, fishing, and even horseback riding. From $1,295. 460 Cullen Loop, Ste. A, Trinity

Camp Champions

Parents, rejoice: There are no cell phones at this tech-free, outdoors-based camp. Nestled along the waters of Lake LBJ, Camp Champions encourages kids ages 5 to 17 to enjoy the great outdoors. That means taking advantage of the gorgeous lakefront surrounding them by water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and sailing during the one- to three-week kids-only term. From $1,960. 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls 

Kidventure

Kidventure’s Safari Overnight Camp six-day retreat in Mo-Ranch aims to take kids’ (ages 8 to 12) personal growth and leadership skills to new heights. Campers can try ziplining, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing, and will spend time cooling down in the refreshing banks of the North Fork section of the Guadalupe River. Did we mention transportation from Houston is included? From $1,375. Hunt, TX

Texas A&M University at Galveston

At Texas A&M’s Sea Camp, Galveston waters become campers’ classroom. During the week-long residential camp, children will experience a hands-on (and feet-in) approach to the world of marine biology, by learning and discovering marine mammals, sea turtles, oceanography, coastal ecology, and more. From $960. 200 Seawolf Pkwy, Galveston