Houston Has Plenty for Your Child to Do This Summer

Houston Has Plenty for Your Child to Do This Summer
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By Latoya White

As Houston students say farewell to another school year, many parents are seeking ways to keep their children active during the summer break.

With a variety of options to choose from, the Houston area is making it easier for parents to provide a fun and safe summer for their child.

From summer day camps to swimming lessons, the local YMCA has a long list of activities to keep the minds and bodies of children motivated.

The YMCA’s annual summer program offers weekly sessions to children ages 5-15 that begin June 2 through August 8. The program consists of field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons.

Although there is a fee for registration and camp cost, families that meet income requirements can learn how they can receive financial assistance by visiting their local YMCA.

Many local churches are also planning ways to ensure a positive summer experience for children within the Houston communities.

Windsor Village United Methodist Church will be hosting special events during June 2 to August 16.

While most of the weekly events at Windsor will require a fee, there will also be free events held.

Events that participants will be required to pay for are the children’s summer camp for ages 4-10, swimming lessons, etiquette and dance, and cheer and tumbling.

Other events that will be free at Windsor are; vacation bible, which will be held July 21 through 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., the summer great books read-a-thon and scripture memory for grades third to fifth on June 1, 8, 11, 18, 22, 25, and the children and youth back-to-school celebration August 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The City of Houston’s park and recreation department is currently taking applicants for its summer enrichment program that will start in June through August.

The summer enrichment program is offered at community centers across the city for ages 6-13, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children will engage in sports games, arts and crafts, water fun, field trips and other recreational activities.

The cost for the program is $30 a week per child or $300 for the entire summer session. For more information call 832-395-7292, 832-395-7294, 832-395-7296. For fee schedules, go to http://cohapp.cityofhouston.gov/FIN_FeeSchedule/default.aspx .

For those looking to have family fun in the sun, the Miller Outdoor Theater located in Hermann Park has a wide variety of entertainment that will appeal to all ages.

The showcase of professional talent at the Miller Outdoor Theater is free to the public, and will consist of jazz, ethnic music and dance, musical theater, and the showing of classical films.

For a list of dates and time that events will be held go to http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/.

To find out more ways on how you can make your child’s summer experience memorable visit Houston’s online resource for kids and family at www.kidsoutandabout.com.

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