Summer is almost here, which means sun, fun, and—if you have children—the need to find entertaining and educational activities to fill those long, school-free days. To help out, we’ve put together a list of upcoming opportunities in or near the District, along with contact information for each organization.
BakerRipley’s Leaders Day Camp
BakerRipley offers day camp programs at six locations for Little Leaders (ages 3-13), and Young Leaders (ages 14-18) from June 3-August 17.
Little Leaders will participate in weekly field trips, STEM and team-building activities, while Young Leaders will learn about money management, visiting colleges, career options, leadership training, and more. For more information, call 281-768-1639 or visit the website.
Houston Public Library is offering Camp STREAM around the city, including the District’s neighborhood Mancuso Library, from July 23-July 27, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This free, fun-filled summer program for kids and teens of all ages includes activities each day of the week related to Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. These activities vary by age, but include exercises related to Renewable Energy, Creative Writing, LEGO Robotics, Financial Literacy, Experimental Designs, Computer & Circuit Programming, Video Game Design, and 3D Printing. Registration for Camp STREAM is now open. Click here to register.
For parents looking for a great activity all summer long, registration for the Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) begins May 15, 2018. The theme for this year’s program, which runs from June 1 – August 1, 2018, is “Summer Block Party.” The free program helps students earn reading and activity badges, in addition to prizes. For registration details visit the website or call 832-393-1313.
For athletic fun and a chance to play sports and relieve youthful energy, the Houston Texans YMCA offers summer programs for kids of all ages. Y Summer Camp provides youth ages 5-15 (specific ages vary by location) with supervised activities designed to teach core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills. According to the YMCA, “Campers have fun while making new friends, building self-confidence, appreciating teamwork and growing in self- reliance. The campers are placed into their respective age groups and taken through activities that are geared
for their developmental level.” For more information on summer camps, visit the website or call 713-748-5405. Swim lessons can also help get the kids ready for the pool or beach on the hottest summer days.
Summer Jobs for Teens
Summer is the perfect time for teens to put in some work and earn a little extra cash. In addition to the spending money, it looks great on a college application and teaches important lessons about work ethic, customer service, and being a part of the community.
One option for teens: Hire Houston Youth, in partnership with the McDonald’s Owners/Operators Association of Greater Houston, hosts various hiring events open to all youth ages 16 and up. These events are open to the public and do not require applicants to pre-register or be pre-screened. Many of these events include employers who can hire on the spot.
Looking for more summer activities in the city? This comprehensive list of 2018 Houston summer camps may be helpful.