As the weather heats up and the school year winds down, parents everywhere endure a common tradition: the struggle to keep kids occupied during the summer.
Don’t let your child’s summer go to waste. From movie nights to canoeing, archery, and fishing, Precinct 4 offers a variety of summer camp activities from unique locations throughout the precinct. Check out some of our top activities below.
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Summer Day Camps
Spend the summer learning about nature during three action-packed day camps at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Choose from among Nature Exploration Camp: Water Wise, Mini Discovery Camp: My Senses and Nature, and Jr. Ranger Camp. Campers should bring lunch and a refillable water bottle. Bring proof of age to the first day of camp. Registration is required at www.hcp4.net/kmp. Please only register if you can attend all days of camp.
• Nature Exploration Camp: Water Wise
Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Are you water wise? Canoe, fish, and learn the basics of water testing, ecology, and nature journaling. This camp includes a field trip. Transportation is provided by Harris County or parents may drive their own children.
• Mini Discovery Camp: My Senses and Nature
Monday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Use your senses to explore water, air, land, and other elements of nature. Ages 5 and 6.
• Jr. Ranger Camp: Nature Rangers
Become a park ranger for a week during Jr. Ranger Camp on Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about nature journaling, park wildlife, and more! Ages 7 to 9.
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center Summer Nature Camp
Children ages 5 to 12 can take a step back in history and discover the local tribal culture of the Akokisa Indians at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center’s Summer Nature Camp 2019.
Participants will enjoy educational demonstrations, nature walks, crafts, games, and friendly team competitions during this free, four-day camp.
In-person registration begins Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m. Online registration begins Monday, May 6, and is ongoing until full. A parent or legal guardian must present the child’s birth certificate during registration. Harris County residents receive priority. For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/Jones. For camp dates and times, click here.
Garden Explorers at Mercer Botanic Gardens
Mercer’s Garden Explorers summer camps include opportunities for children ages 6 to 11 to learn about seeds, bees, birds, and exotic plants around the world. A donation of $30 is requested to cover the cost of materials. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register or to receive additional information, contact Mercer Botanic Gardens at 713-274-4160 or mercerbotanicgardensathcp4.net. For a list of dates and camp themes, read more below.
• Garden Explorers: Butterflies and Bees. Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the gardens and observe the pollinators that flap, fly, and flitter among the flowers during this lively, three-day summer camp. With guidance from Mercer Botanic Gardens Education Director Jennifer Garrison, children will scout for butterflies and the flowers they are attracted to, explore the importance of honeybees, participate in nature-themed games and activities, and much more. This camp is designed for children ages 6 to 8.
• Garden Explorers: World Travelers. Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Become an international plant hunter during this three-day summer camp adventure! Explore plants native to such locations as Australia, Africa, Pacific Islands, and North America — specifically Texas. Each day will include plant-themed activities, crafts, and games led by Mercer Botanic Gardens Education Director Jennifer Garrison. This camp is designed for children ages 9 to 11.
• Garden Explorers: A-B-Seeds. Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Discover the life cycle of nature through seeds during this fun-filled, three-day summer camp. With guidance from Mercer Botanic Gardens Education Director Jennifer Garrison, children will explore common edible and inedible seeds, experience how seeds are dispersed in the environment, create seed-themed crafts, and more! This camp is designed for children ages 6 to 8.
• Garden Explorers: Birds of a Feather. Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join summer camp for three days of feathered-friend fun! With guidance from Mercer Botanic Gardens Education Director Jennifer Garrison, children will discover what makes birds unique and learn to identify birds by physical characteristics and bird calls. Participants will go on a bird hike, investigate owl pellets, build bird feeders using pantry items, and more! This camp is designed for children ages 9 to 11.
Fun4Kids Summer Program
Enjoy summer fun at Mangum-Howell Center! From Star Wars-themed physics lessons to ice cream parties, mad scientists, and pirates, Mangum-Howell Center offers free children’s activities every Thursday at 1 p.m. from June 13 through July 25.
Click here for a list of activities. Registration is required for all programs beginning Wednesday, May 1, at 8 a.m. A parent or adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Light refreshments are served at each program. Please arrive 20 minutes before each program’s start time. Call 281-591-7830 to register. For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/community/communitycenters/events.
Summer Reading Program Kickoff: A Universe of Stories
Ignite your summer of reading and blast off into the universe of stories at the Harris County Precinct 4 and Harris County Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball! Play giant lawn games, create out-of-this-world crafts, join special guests for storytime, and more!
Trails As Parks Summer Passport Series
Harris County Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks program kicks off a free summer passport series Saturday, May 4, at Burroughs and Spring Creek parks. Canoeing and fishing begin at 9 a.m. at Burroughs Park, and archery and hiking begin at 1 p.m. at Spring Creek Park.
Anyone who completes at least six different TAP activities from Saturday, May 4, through Wednesday, July 31, will be invited to a family movie night, which includes lawn games, popcorn, s’mores, and a movie.
TAP programs take place at parks throughout Precinct 4 and include fishing, canoeing, archery, bird watching, stargazing, science days, hiking, aquatic walks, and more. Passport cards will be available at every program throughout the summer. For more information or to register, visit www.hcp4.net/tap.
Summer Movie Nights
It’s a summer of movies in Precinct 4! Check out a new family-friendly selection every month from June through August. Movies begin at dusk. Early arrival is recommended to get a good location for your blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided.
June – 101 Dalmatians
Monday, June 3, at Lindsay/Lyons Park
Tuesday, June 18, at Bane Park
Wednesday, June 19, at Matzke Park
Thursday, June 20, at Burroughs Park
Friday, June 21, at Collins Park
July – Frozen
Friday, July 12, at Doss Park
Tuesday, July 16, at Bane Park
Wednesday, July 17, at Matzke Park
Thursday, July 18, at Burroughs Park
Friday, July 19, at Collins Park
August – Lilo & Stitch
Monday, August 5, at Pundt Park
Tuesday, August 13 at Bane Park
Wednesday, August 14, at Matzke Park
Thursday, August 15, at Burroughs Park
Friday, August 16, at Collins Park