When Spring Break rolls around, you might be among the myriad Houston families searching for ways to keep themselves entertained. Many museums, educational centers and gyms in the Houston area are opening their doors to school-aged children and providing a week's worth of supervised fun and learning in a safe environment. Here are some of the best spring break day camps in the Houston area.
Several YMCA locations throughout Houston offer special day camps when school is out of session, including during holidays and spring break.
The YMCA's day camps feature a variety of fun activities to keep kids active, including swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, roller skating and more. Registration starts at about $150 per child but varies by membership levels. Financial aid is available to eligible families.
Spring break day camp locations vary. Check out the YMCA's website for a listing of locations and day camp registration options.
Kids ages 5 to 12 can come to the Houston Arboretum during spring break to hone their outdoor skills by learning about orienteering, knot-tying, or wildlife biology, as well as participate in camp crafts, leadership exercises, team-building challenges and much more. Full day and half-day registration options are available. Fees start at $145 for members for a half day and $275 for full days.
At the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, spring break day campers can choose a specialty track to follow or choose to take a combination of two or more tracks, including gymnastics, tennis, dance and sports.
Indoor swimming opportunities are also provided, as well as arts and crafts, special projects and a variety of activities. Hours for the camp are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campers attending camp and classes at the Art Mix Creative Learning Center get to create art using a wide range of media, including paints, clays, pencils and collage methods.
The center offers a variety of ways to enjoy the camp experience ranging from full day to just a single hour. As a result, prices vary widely, but registration fees range from $15 for an hour to $140 for the full day. The center is also located in Houston's Upper Kirby/Greenway neighborhood, near Westheimer and Wesleyan, making it a convenient en-route stop for families living on the west side of Houston who commute downtown for work.
During this 3-day spring break art camp, kids get a fun twist on the classic Mad Potter experience by decorating a variety of items (not just pottery), such as canvas bags and clocks. In the past camps have been held at all three locations throughout Houston, but be sure to call ahead to the location near you to confirm.
Spring Break at the Nature Discovery Center in Houston is all about — well — nature. Kids ages 5 to 10 learn about a wide variety of interesting creatures, plants, habitats, and ecosystems as they go on hikes, traverse obstacle courses, and participate in a ton of hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. Camps typically go from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge.