Winter & Holiday Camps for Houston Kids

Whether you're a working parent or a busy stay-at-home mom and are looking for activities for the kids during winter break, there are tons of options across the city. We've rounded up some fun enrichment camps for kids of all ages with focuses ranging from sports to science.

Camp Zoofari - The Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive

Ages: 4-12
Dates: Dec. 26-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $60-$90
Camp is divided into age groups and kids get to tour the zoo's exhibits, feed the giraffes, ride the carousel and meet some of the animals up close. 

Houston SPCA Critter Camp - Memorial
900 Portway Drive

Ages: Second-eighth graders
Dates: Dec. 19-23, 26-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $85 per session
For the animal-loving kids out there, Critter Camp teaches campers about how animals communicate, the ins-and-outs of a veterinarian's office, and how best take care of furry family members.

Mad Science of Houston - Bellaire
6300 Westpark Drive, Ste. 500

Ages: 3-12
Dates: Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (school-age), 9 a.m.-noon (pre-school)
Cost: $300 (school-age), $175 (pre-school)
Mad Science offers various camps for kids this winter - Secret Agent Lab and How Does it Work? for school-age children and Water Works and Sprouting Scientists for pre-schoolers. Before and after care services are available. 

Alliance Fencing Academy - The Woodlands & West Houston
1212A Cedar Post Lane, Houston
27326 Robinson Road, Ste. 1110, Conroe

Ages: 6-14
Dates: Dec. 19-23
Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $60 (daily), $245 (five days)
Campers learn beginner's fencing techniques in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Competitive camps are also available for experienced fencers.

Photo courtesy of Sam Houston Equestrian Center

Sam Houston Equestrian Center - Pearland
13551 Lew Briggs Road

Ages: 7-17
Dates: Dec. 19-23, 26-30, Jan. 2-3
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (full day), 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (half day)
Cost: $135 (daily for a full day), $65 (daily for a half day)
Campers learn hands-on horse care, equipment care, and riding skills based on their current abilities.

K2 Academy of Kids Sports - Cypress
15255 N. Eldridge Parkway

Ages: 5-13
Dates: Dec. 19-22, 27-29, Jan. 2-3
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $205 (five days, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), $169 (five days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.); options available for less days
K2 presents Santa's Workshop for school-age kids at its facility that features a 10,000-square-foot gym and 7,000-square-foot playground. 

YMCA - All locations
Ages: 5-15
Hours: Varies per location, but typical hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
To sign a child up for a holiday camp, parents must be registered program or facility members. Learn how to join here. Activities include arts and crafts, physical fitness, and field trips.

Houston Dynamo - South Houston
Various locations

Ages: 5-12
Dates: Dec. 12-15 (co-ed ages 5-8), Dec. 19-22 (girls ages 5-12)
Hours: Vary
Cost: $150-$300
Kids can participate in several winter camps offered by the Houston Dynamos, from goalkeeper camp to co-ed casual play camps. Prices and locations vary depending on the camp.

Houston Gymnastics Academy - Bellaire
5804 South Rice Avenue

Ages: 3-12
Dates: Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (half day), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full day), 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (all day)
Cost: $40-$375 (per day and per week options available)
Houston Gymnastics offers multiple camps for toddlers up to pre-teens, and camps are packed with physical activities from obstacle courses to games. Campers ages 3-4 need to be fully potty trained.

Photo courtesy the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center - West Houston
4501 Woodway Drive

Ages: 5-12
Dates: Dec. 27-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-noon (half day), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full day)
Cost: $120-$280
The arboretum's Winter Wonders camps are full of animal encounters, learning about regional plants, playing outdoor games, and nature hikes around the 155-acre property.

Kidventure - Various locations
Ages: 3-12
Dates: Dec. 19-23
Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 a day
Kidventure is an outdoor adventure camp with four Houston-area locations, including Missouri City and West and southwest facilities. Campers can participate in one day of camp (each day has a specific theme) or come for a full week of fun - like snowing on 30,000 pounds of "snow."

The Health Museum - Museum District
1515 Hermann Drive

Ages: 5-13
Dates: Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-30
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (before and after care is available)
Cost: $150-$350
Campers spend the week playing games, working on arts and crafts, solving puzzles, and learning about health and science. Camps are divided by age group and range in focus from robotics to "mini medical school."

Top photo courtesy of the Houston SPCA

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