During the summer break, children can spend days boating, painting or being pirates
Boating, surfing, fishing, pirating, cooking, art, nature, science — there’s a camp for everyone on the upper Texas coast.
CLAY CUP STUDIOS
Ingenuity and inspiration mix like colors on a palette at Clay Cup Studios art camps.
Campers created a magazine at a spring camp, but this summer will be full of ceramic rhinos and mosaic tiles, owner Amy Owens said. She describes the art camps as messy and fun.
“I try to keep it different,” Owens said. “I like to use as many art mediums as possible.”
Three-day camps at Clay Cup Studios this summer include Animal Planet, animal-themed mixed media, June 19-21; Tile Me About It, making mosaic tables, July 10-12; and Under the Sea, mermaid- and shark-themed art, Aug. 7-9.
Clay Cup also is offering one-day camps, including Pamper Yourself, making perfume, soaps and lip balms, July 6; Desserts, yummy treat-themed art, July 20; and Emojis, Aug. 3.
Mud Club is a two-part camp. The first day is for building and the second for painting.
Clay Cup Studios, 409 22nd St., Galveston; 409.762.2529; www.claycupstudios.com
THE KITCHEN CHICK
The Kitchen Chick offers camps that teach basic cooking concepts while feeding another creative outlet.
Young chefs learn different cooking techniques, kitchen fundamentals and healthy eating, owner Alicia Cahill said. Students also get copies of recipes to take home to recreate dishes.
The four-day long cooking camps include Big Bold Baking, starting June 4; Favorite State Fair Foods, starting June 11; Global Passport, starting June 18; Road Trip Through America, starting July 2; Sweet and Savory Science, starting July 9; and Brunch Favorites, starting July 16.
The Kitchen Chick also will add individual day classes for children and teenagers throughout the year, Cahill said.
The Kitchen Chick, 2402 Market St., Galveston; 409.497.2999; www.thekitchenchick.com
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT GALVESTON
Sea Camp and Sea Campus programs offer hands-on marine adventures at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The 2018 day camps had filled by the end of March, and the waiting lists are long.
Sessions include Sharks, Stingrays and Crabs; Marine Mammals; Marine Biology Boot Camp and Coastal Explorers.
Texas A&M at Galveston, 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston; 409.740.4525; www.tamug.edu/seacamp
FISHING GALVESTON TEXAS CHARTERS
Children can learn to fish at Fishing Galveston Texas Charters day camps throughout the summer at seven different docks in Galveston County.
The camps teach knot-tying, hook-baiting, line-casting, battling a fish on a rod and reel, throwing a cast net and catching live bait. Campers get two hours of hands-on teaching at the dock, then they board boats to catch redfish, speckled trout, flounder and many other saltwater species.
Fishing Galveston Texas Charters, 409.739.8526; fishinggalvestontx.com/services/2017-galveston-summer-fishing-camp-for-kids/
OHANA SURF CAMP
Children ages 6 to 17 can learn to surf at an Ohana Surf Camp.
Instructors meet campers at the 28th and 29th street jetties on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston or can arrange for weekend camps on Hershey Beach, also in Galveston.
Instructors are Open Water Safety certified, and Galveston Beach Patrol Lifeguards monitor the beach.
Campers can pay an extra fee to keep surfboards after the camp ends.
Ohana Surf Camp, 2814 Ave. R½, Galveston; 409.763.2700
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
Space Center Houston day camps encourage curiosity about space exploration. Children can participate in robotics challenges and other space-themed interactive experiences.
Teenagers can attend the weeklong Space Center University and learn about astronaut training techniques and real-world NASA experiences. Students discover robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats.
Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston; 281.283.4755; spacecenter.org/day-camps
PIRATES! LEGENDS OF GULF COAST
Pirate Camp offers role-playing, arts and crafts and games. Each camper gets a hat and a foam sword to use in learning sword-fighting skills.
PIRATES! Legends of Gulf Coast, 2313 Harborside Drive, Galveston; 409.762.6677; www.piratesgulfcoast.com/pirate-camp
LIVEABOARD BAYSMART CAMP
Teenagers can live aboard a vessel during Baysmart Camp at Sea Star Base Galveston. Beginners explore the life of a mariner and learn seamanship, navigation and piloting. Baysmart Camp will have five sessions: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 23-27 and Aug. 6-10.
Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston; 409.572.2560; www.ssbgalveston.org/liveaboard-baysmart-camp
ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON
The Environmental Institute of Houston, part of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, offers four-day camps for children. Discovering Nature Camp, June 4-7, is for first- and second-grade students. Citizen Science Camp, June 11-14, is for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Hunger Games Camp, June 18-22, is for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Birding Camp, June 25-27, is for ages 7-13.
The Environmental Institute of Houston, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston; 281.283.3950; www.uhcl.edu/environmental-institute/education/summer-camps