18 Science Summer Camps for Houston Kids

In the long weeks of summer, encourage your children's invention, curious nature so they don't begin conducting experiments in your house. STEM, science and tech summer camps work both sides of your kid's brains, and there are lots of options around Houston

Below you'll find a plethora of camps around Houston that encourage children to think outside the box, foster a love of the sciences and keep boredom at bay, all while presenting educational information in an entertaining way. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

Note that camp openings and closures are changing frequently in the 2020 season; click through to the camp website for the most current information.

Mad Science Houston Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3-12
Experiments and science demonstrations are the name of the game at the summer camps offered by Mad Science Houston. Kids receive a "snack-tivity" that relates to the daily topic and two "take-homes" that allow the learning fun to continue even after the camp day has ended. Each camp lasts for a week and there are six different themes offered. Parents can choose from half or full day camps, and before and after care is available at many locations.

iKids, Inc. Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3-12
The summer camps offered by iKids, Inc. employ a nationally recognized program with a curriculum that is designed to teach kids about science and technology in an interactive way. The different programs offered combine activities, academics, recreational play and more, all related to the theme of the camp you choose.

Nature Discovery Center Summer Camp - Bellaire
Ages: 5-10
The week your child spends attending Nature Discovery Center's Summer Science Camp will be spent both indoors and outdoors conducting nature and science-based investigations and experiments, doing crafts, playing games, seeing live animal encounters and more. Camp topics change every two weeks and cover a variety of topics, such as Rainforests and Animals Around the World. The camps are offered June through August with an option for extended care at an additional fee. 

Photo courtesy of Nature Discovery Center

Club SciKidz Summer Camp - Sugar Land
Ages: 4-15
With 50 different summer day camp themes, there's something to spark the interest of every budding scientist at Club SciKidz. Kids will study everything from chemistry to engineering while doing projects and experiments that are as engaging as they are informative. Camps are offered throughout June and July and run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Before and after care is available for an additional fee. Half-day camps are available for ages 4 and 5.  

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Xplorations Summer Camp - Central Houston
Ages: 6-12
Each week-long Xplorations summer camp at Houston Museum of Natural Science offers children an active science experience where they will explore topics like coding, robotics, storm chasing and crime scene investigation (topics vary by age group). Camps are offered June through August and are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Before and after care is available for an additional fee. You can find the full schedule for camps here

Kids Robotic Academy Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3 and up
The camps offered at Kids Robotic Academy combine science, technology, engineering, and math to teach kids a variety of skills, such as problem-solving, both critical and creative thinking, and teamwork. There are several different types of camps offered that are targeted at specific age groups, each with its own learning objective and individual experience.  

Building Brains Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3-14
LEGO educational kits are used at Building Brains summer camps to help expand and increase math and science skills in kids, helping them learn in a unique and interactive way. Parents can choose from full-day camps, which are typically from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or half day camps, which usually go from 9 a.m.-noon. Camps are one week long and offered throughout June and July. 

Photo courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science

Camp Invention - Multiple Locations
Ages: K-6th Grade
The week-long summer camps hosted by Camp Invention are designed to spark the desire to invent in kids. Activities vary by age group but always focus on cultivating problem-solving skills through hands-on interaction. Teamwork, creativity, imagination, and innovation in science are the cornerstones of this program. 

Engineering for Kids Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 4-14 
In an effort to provide a real-world look at the engineering profession, Engineering for Kids summer camps introduce children to STEM education through problem-solving, engaging in actual engineering problems, building and construction and more. Kids are separated into age-based programs that cater to the learning strengths of that particular age group in an attempt to foster a love of engineering. 

Idea Lab Kids Summer Enrichment Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 5-12
STEM education and enrichment is the focus of the summer camps hosted by Idea Lab Kids, and the camps are dedicated to showing kids how STEM affects our every day lives. These camps employ a laid-back environment where kids are encouraged to participate on a level they feel comfortable, and kids can expect a mix of both indoor and outdoor activities. Camps run for one week at a time and are typically from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the option to extend care before or after for an additional fee. Half day camps are also available depending on the location. 

Space Center Houston Summer Day Camps - Clear Lake
Ages: 4-11
Space Center Houston offers day camps for kids during the summer holiday that combines STEM activities and space exploration to encourage and increase kids' interest in these areas. Campers engage in a variety of space and robotics activities and challenges throughout the day while also taking advantage of everything Space Center Houston has to offer. 

Photo courtesy of The National Inventors Hall of Fame

EcoCamp at Armand Bayou Nature Center - Pasadena
Ages: 4-13
Campers will explore the science of the great outdoors during half-day sessions held each week at Armand Bayou Nature Center. Choose from either a morning or afternoon session where kids will study wildlife, plants, and entire ecosystems up close. Weekly themes provide easy-to-follow lesson plans for learning that is supplemented by crafts, games, and nature exploration. 

iDTech Camps - Rice University
Ages: 7-17
Coding, app development, robotics, and video game design bring science and innovation to life for kids during iDTech summer camp sessions. This nationwide program is offered at the Rice University campus and offers week-long courses grouped by age and skill level. Whether your child is a beginner or is already an advanced techie, there is something engaging available for all abilities. 

Summer Discovery Camps - Central Houston
Ages: 5-13
Summer Discovery Camps at The Health Museum offers kids the chance to learn about health and science-related topics that draw their interest. Options for campers include lessons in veterinary science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. Games, crafts, videos, and presentations will keep kids learning during each of the week-long sessions. Camps are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with before and after care available at an additional cost. 

UHCL Summer Nature Camps - Clear Lake
Ages: 6- 14
The University of Houston at Clear Lake campus offers three week-long sessions for students who wish to learn about science in nature through hands-on activities. Sessions will include age-appropriate activities for each group including bird watching, nature walks, dip-netting, gardening, flower pressing, and wildlife observation. 

Pathway To The Stars Camp - San Jacinto College
Ages: 10-14
This FREE camp for kids in 5th-8th grades provides STEM activities to learn about astrology, biology, chemistry, electronics, programming, and more. Sponsored in partnership with NASA, this week-long day camp runs from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. is offered in June and July at all three San Jacinto College campuses. 

Snapology S.T.E.A.M. Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3-14
Combining learning and education with play, Snapology S.T.E.A.M. camps provide hands-on learning experiences for kids in the areas of science, mathematics, engineering, robotics, and more. Fun themes like LEGO and Minecraft keep kids engaged. Camp sessions are typically divided into two different learning objectives per day during the week-long camp that runs each day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Code Ninjas - Multiple Locations
Ages: 7-14
At Code Ninjas, kids can pick from multiple camp themes including app development, drone flying, building robotics, video game creation, website coding, and more. Camp sessions are available in half day and full day sessions depending on your child's age, interest, and location. 

Top image courtesy of The National Inventors Hall of Fame
This post originally published in 2017.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Fishers of Men Lutheran Church
2011 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Faith Lutheran Church
800 Brooks Street
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle St.
Bellaire, TX 77401

Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058

Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Pasadena, TX 77507

The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Dr
Houston, TX 77004

University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd
Houston, TX 77004

University of Houston at Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
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