Free and Cheap Summer Camps Around Houston

It's hard to believe it, but it is already time to start making summer plans for your little ones, and one thing every kid looks forward to in the summer is going to camp! Summer camp is a chance for kids to have fun while learning new skills and making memories with new friends. From overnight campsoutdoor campsscience campsdance camps, arts camps, and music and theater camps, Houston has so many different types of summer camps, including the following camps that won't break the budget.

To find a summer camp that your little one and your wallet will love, check out this list of inexpensive or cheaper camps that we've rounded up, all of which cost around $100 - $150. Also, keep in mind that many camps offer early bird (get on it now!), multi-week, and sibling discounts, as well as discounts for members, and some even offer scholarships. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

Camp Hope at Messiah Lutheran Church - Cypress
Ages: 5-12
This three-week day camp is an adult-mentored, student-led ministry where campers are cared for in small groups by high school students with support from junior high students. Campers are led to become God's Agents of Hope through group worship, bible stories, and creative activities and games. Each week is independent of the others, children can attend one, two, or all three weeks. This is a full day camp with before camp care and after camp care is available for additional fees.

Blaffer Art Museum Summer Arts Workshops - University of Houston
Ages: 6-12
Children can attend one or both sessions of unique art-making classes with individual and group projects in two and three dimensions using batik, collage, photography, watercolor, clay, and more and museum tours that teach children about contemporary art.

Lone Star College Discovery College - Kingwood
Ages: 6-17
Lone Star College offers a variety of camp options for kids including sports, dessert design, duct tape art, junior veterinarian, elementary or advanced robotics, watercolor painting, adventures in art, rocket design, and game design camps.

BakerRipley Youth Summer Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 3-13
Little Leaders camp offers fun-filled days of arts and crafts, STEM activities, arts and crafts, reading, play sports, field trips, and guest speakers. Each week has a theme and all meals are provided. The Young Leaders program is for youth ages 14-18 and gives teens the opportunity to have a productive summer learning about money management, visiting colleges, exploring career options, and participating in leadership training. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.

Destiny Sports Camp at StoneBridge Church - The Woodlands
Ages: 6-12
A four-day sports camp led by highly trained local professional coaches or collegiate athletes, Camp Destiny is geared toward teaching the fundamentals of the sports and benefits all skill levels. Children can choose from baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The week culminates in a Family Awards Party with fun activities for kids of all ages, food, live music, and an awards presentation.

3Hues Art Camp - Northwest Houston
Ages: 5-16
3Hues offers morning art camps throughout the summer. Each week has a different theme and children will have the opportunity to explore various arts and crafts in a fun and upbeat environment. All supplies are provided. Pricing specials are offered for campers who sign up before May 21 and sibling and multi-week discounts are available. 

Quillian Center Summer Camp - Westchase District
Ages: 5-14
The Quillian Center summer camp is slightly above the budget for this particular list for the full day option, but the full day camp lasts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes free breakfast and free lunch. Half day options are also available. Camp Quillian has many amenities, such as a gymnasium, two swimming pools, indoor climbing wall, games rooms, athletic fields, and a new playgound for campers to enjoy each day. 

MECA Sunburst Summer Arts Program - Fourth Ward
Ages: 5 and up
This is an intensive seven-week course that provides children with broad arts exposure through hands-on creative activities, field trips, and performances, which culminates with a public performance. Early drop off and late pick up are available for additional costs.

University Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - Clear Lake
Ages: 5-11
This FREE camp for children offers fun activities for kids including arts and crafts, STEAM learning, group games, and sing-a-longs. Ministry leaders and church volunteers lead campers grouped by age through activities to help encourage learning about God's goodness through Bible stories. 

Houston Public Library Camp STREAM - Multiple Locations
Ages: 5-19
Campers will engage in activities such as video game design, LEGO robotics, and 3D printing during this FREE camp offered at several Houston Public Library branches. In addition to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, this unique camp also focuses on the "R" component -- reading! This week-long camp rotates from branch to branch during different weeks throughout the summer. 

Triumph Sports Camps - Multiple Locations
Ages: 5-12
Triumph Sports hosts a variety of camps throughout the greater Houston area each summer. Campers can choose from sports like volleyball, basketball, tennis, and dodge ball to learn and play throughout the course of 4 and 5-day camps. Many of these camps are held in either the morning or afternoon only and some run immediately following Vacation Bible School camps at local churches. 

City of Houston Summer Enrichment Camp - Multiple Locations
Ages: 6-13
The City of Houston hosts 10 week-long camps throughout the summer at 49 different local community centers. Kids will participate in sporting activities, swimming, nature exploration, recycling projects, arts and crafts, computer literacy, and more. Parents are required to attend an orientation prior to the beginning of camp. 

Photo courtesy of Camp Quillian

This post originally published in 2017.

Camp Hope at messiah Lutheran Church
11522 Telge Road
Cypress, TX 77429

Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston
4188 Elgin Street Room 120
Houston , TX 77204

LSC- Kingwood
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339

Stonebridge Church
One Stonebridge Church Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77382

Camp Quillian
10570 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX

1900 Kane Street Houston
Houston, TX 77007

University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr.
Houston, TX 77059