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 $195. Various locations throughout Texas
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
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 $200. Various neighborhoods throughout Houston.
Held at Rice University, this week-long camp geared towards ages 6-8 will teach the science behind superhero movies such as flying, night vision, and time travel. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create a robotic sidekick and a superhero book. From $599. 6100 Main St.
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
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 $275. Various locations throughout Texas
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 $296. 2811 Airline Dr., Ste. 5
Budding authors can let their imagination run wild at Rice University’s K–12 creative writing summer camp, held virtually and in-person 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.
Kids can take the stage this summer at Storybook Dance Theater where they’ll take part in various dance, music, and drama performances. Each camp session features a different theme ranging from musicals like The Greatest Showman to Disney classics like Mulan. From $300. 747 N. Shepherd, Suite 100
For over 24 years, Claire School of Dance has been a leading program for children to develop their dance styles in a creative and fun way. This summer, campers will dance and learn styles such as jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Camp instructors are experienced and professional artists. From $250. 1245 Heights Blvd.
For ages 4-18, the Glassell Junior School offers summer classes and workshops for students interested in developing an appreciation for art. Two-hour, three-hour, and two-week-long classes are offered. Tuition covers supplies and materials unless noted in the course description. Courses explore a variety of art mediums including painting, architecture, and fashion textiles. From $165. 5101 Montrose Blvd.
Beginning May 30, Bailey Oak Farms will host its 2022 summer horseback riding camp for ages 6-12. No riding experience is necessary, and campers will learn how to groom, tack, and care for their animals in addition to riding around the farm’s 40 acres. The camp operates in weekly sessions and attendees can sign up for multiple weeks of training. Register by March 31 to receive a $50 early bird discount. From $450. Alvin, Texas
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. Information for the summer 2022 camp has yet to be announced.
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. Half-day camps start at $200. From $305. 18610 Page Forest Dr., Ste. 100, Humble
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
At Elite University’s Bayou City Fencing, campers will learn the basics of fencing footwork along with background history on the sport. Campers will put their skills to the test on the last day of camp where they’ll compete in a mini competition. From $375. Various neighborhoods throughout Houston.
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
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 $2,025. 775 Camp Rd., Marble Falls
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 $1,450. Hunt, TX
At Texas A&M’s Sea Camp, Galveston waters become a 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