Just because school is out does not mean that your kids have to let their minds gel until August. Several educational programs just for kids are easy to find in the Houston area, and it’s not too late to sign up for these. By mixing fun with learning, these programs are designed to spark interest in children to continue their learning long after the summer is over. If you want to give your kids something to do that will also stimulate their minds, take a look at these great educational programs around town.
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
(281) 244-2100

For those with children between the ages of 4 and 14, check out the space-focused summer programs at Space Center Houston. Sign up early because these programs quickly fill up, but more dates may be added in the future. To find dates and camp program topics, check out Space Center Houston’s summer day camps page. You may be able to choose a single day program or a week-long camp for your child. Each day, kids learn about space and science while having fun making new friends and enjoying the Space Center. The cost of the camp ranges from $55 per day to $350 for some weeklong summer programs, but these costs include materials, a camp shirt, snack and lunch for each day of day camp attended.

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Houston Museum Of Natural Science Sugar Land
13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(713) 639-4625

You may already be familiar with the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s main campus in the museum district, but did you also know that there is a second branch just to the southwest of town in Sugar Land. Like the main campus, the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land also has educational summer camps available. For one week, your 6 to 12-year-old child can enjoy Xplorations science-based day camps with topics that include paleontology, chemistry, biology, physics and more. Each camp day lasts for six hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes a lunch hour featuring an educational video. For more information about this educational experience or to enroll your child, contact the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land’s box office or visit the website.

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The Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 533-6500

Kids who love animals will be clamoring to go to Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo. This camp for those between 4 and 12 who want to get close to the creatures featured at the zoo. Half-day and full-day camp are available for younger campers, and the oldest group (10 to 12-year-olds) has an overnight stay at the zoo. Each camp lasts for a week and focuses on a particular topic about animals or the environment. For more information or to sign up your child, check out the Zoofari’s webpage. If a particular camp date is sold out, check back later because cancellations may occur, which could allow you to get your child into camp for the week you want.

University Of Houston – Downtown
1 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 221-8032

For kids who are really looking for an academic edge, the University of Houston’s summer camp programs are ideal. Some of the course offerings allow students to get high school credit, learn about computers, discover more about science and delve into other educational topics. While some of these courses may be held at the University of Houston Downtown, others are held at satellite locations around town. Check the course brochure for more information about when and where courses are held. These courses are designed to be for those who want to accelerate their learning and discover more in an environment with other like-minded high achievers.

Language Kids World
19901 S.W. Freeway
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 565-1388

Imagine helping your child to learn a foreign language over the summer. Language Kids World summer camps immerse your child completely in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, French and Arabic to help them naturally learn to speak and understand the language. Locations are based on what language is being learned and the time of the summer you wish to enroll your child. The schedule depends on the location, but there are classes for those in pre-K and up through middle school. If you would like to sign up your child, check out the Language Kids World’s summer camps webpage for more information.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.