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HTX Virtual Kids Activities

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As a parent, I’ve been bombarded by ideas and resources for keeping my kids engaged while figuring out how to live at home during this COVID-19 pandemic.

This picture made by my daughter kindled an idea to create a comprehensive list of Houston area businesses and organizations offering virtual services under one platform. Our team at Camppedia have gathered and organized online classes, events, and camps currently available for kids. We are in this together!

If you know anyone who would like to be listed, please send us more ideas through our contact form. (we’ll keep updating this list and the calendar)

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STEM, Coding, Robotics, Academics

Challenge Island Houston-Katy

They offer virtual enrichment classes every week . You can choose from online enrichment classes, virtual field trips, online birthday parties and virtual scout S.T.E.A.M. events.

Contact Info: houston@challenge-island.com | 281-901-1034

Idea Lab Kids iCamp

iCamps will be conducted through Zoom video conferencing (Minecraft, 3D printing and omre). Students will need their own computer and internet access. Idea Lab also provides Facebook videos about different science subjects. Kids 3rd grade and higher can do this, younger kids will need parental support.

Contact Info: central-Houston@idealabkids.com | 832- 993-1213

SMART Core Labs (coding)

SMART Core Labs will be offering a FREE online session for our Coding and Video Game Development courses.
We provide a virtual classroom with live sessions with our trained instructors. Our program provides a learning path to mastery in AI and Machine learning. Get a hands on experience in the field of coding and robotics. Learn to code video games, apps, virtual reality and much more.

Contact info: houston@smartcorelabs.com | 832 736-5691

Codeverse

Kids can learn to code from anywhere with their highly-engaging, private virtual classes for ages 6-13years. Their motto is Change the world with code. The first virtual class is FREE. A Galleria location is opening in summer. More information on their website.

Code Ninja Memorial City

At Home coding, complete fun activities that put your kid’s ninja coding skills to the test and show off what they’ve learned. Learn by building video games that kids love. Encourage productive and creative screen time. Boost problem solving and critical thinking skills. Receive ongoing support and guidance from our Code Senseis® .

Contact Info: 832- 356-3773

Coder Kids

Virtual, interactive coding classes through ZOOM. Game design in SCRATCH and more, $15 for a 1 hour class.

Contact info: info@coderkids.com | (832) 640-9568

iDTech Virtual Coding Camps

iDTech offers virtual classes, camps and private lessons while schools are closed. They typically offer camps and workshops at Rice University and at the Woodlands Preparatory School. Now you can jump on their at home learning website now, with pricing designed to stretch your family’s budget.

Snapology (Lego Engineering)

Online programs for students 4-14. Adapted curriculum so that your child can make their screen time count with engaging and entertaining STEAM enrichment. All you need for most classes are loose LEGO® bricks.

Contact info: cypress@snapology.com | 832-777-7627

The Knight School – Chess Classes

Bringing zany, super-fun chess to students who may be stuck at home due to COVID-19! High energy weekly classes for ages 3 – 17, beginner to advanced.

Contact info: Coach Justin, cell: (713) 489-8830 | justin@theknightschool.com

Mad Science Houston

Virtual classes, fun science.

Contact info: Operations@madscienceofhouston.com | 713-663-7623

Above Grade Level Tutoring NW Houston

They offer online tutoring options via Skype, Zoom or Facetime. Their curriculum supports material that students are getting from school.

Contact Info: mfossen@abovegradelevel.com| 281-709-4707

The Houston Zoo

Zoo keepers share their animals and how they live in their ecosystem.  Facebook Live every day Mon-Fri, 11am

Best in Class Education Center

A new multifaceted support strategy that utilizes traditional educational methods and technology to enable our students to be tutored and receive homework help remotely. Same instruction, same curriculum in the comfort of your home: Personalized learning plan tailored to your student’s level | Instructional videos online to help your child learn new concepts | Homework support through online video meetings with instructors | Online chat feature to answer student questions in real time. (enter your zip code to find local centers offering distance learning)

Houston Humane Society – Virtual Companion Camp

Virtual Companion Camp answers the need for at-home, fun and engaging learning experiences during the time of social distancing. Our shows target ages 6-15, but are really for anyone who loves animals and wants to learn more. Tune in every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 PM Central Time on Facebook Live. Just search @HoustonHumane, no Facebook Account is necessary.

Contact Info: camp@houstonhumane.org | 281-910-5651


Languages, History, Culture

Language Kids World

Connecting children to culture through fun, authentic and meaningful language immersion programs.They are passionate about world languages and multiculturalism, and teaching them to children in fun, authentic and meaningful ways. They are providing free online Spanish classes, language learning videos, printable materials and much more!

Contact Info: info@languagekids.com| 281-565-1388

Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Offers Virtual Workshops & Events for middle and high school students several days a week. They also have recorded lessons – free 15-minute online writing experience for grade K-5 students.

Contact info: mail@witshouston.org | 713-523-3877

Houston Public Library

The Julia Ideson building is closed but HPL is virtual ! Miss Sara reads Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Many more read alouds like this, visit them on Facebook.


Arts and Crafts, Music, Cooking

Encore Academy of Music

Founded by long time Houston musicians and music school owners, Their goal is to develop a passion for music in students of all ages through personalized instruction. They provide private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drums and more, as well as group lessons and special classes on a variety of instruments and subjects. Ask them about their specialized early childhood lessons.

Contact Info: lessons@encoreacademyonline.com | 832-604-6750

Bach to Rock

Currently offering many of its popular music lessons, classes and programs in a live, e-learning format. Lessons are available to all students who have access to a device capable of video communication and an instrument with which to practice at their place of residence. Get all of the same features and benefits of B2R, including our curriculum, access to the MyB2R student tracking portal and the wealth of knowledge and experience our instructors have to offer.

Contact info: memorial@bachtorock.com | 877-227-8558

Draw and Paint with Mishta

Mishta Smalley is a trained artist  and offers virtual kids painting classes. She offers weekday sessions for 90min. Pick a theme from baby yoda, butterflies, cherry blossoms or a red dragon.  Pre-drawn canvases are available and supplies for pick up in Cypress from 11am to 1pm. 

Contact her on Facebook.

Main Course Cooking School

Free virtual class for kids every Thursday. From crepes to donuts, join them and have fun cooking ! Visit them on Facebook for more details .

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Join HCCC on Facebook and Instagram every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 1:00 PM, for fun art-making activities you can do at home (Mondays and Fridays) and exclusive exhibition content (Wednesdays), artist studio tours, and more.

HITS Theatre

Offering live, online Dancing Tots classes to introduce little stars (and their grown-ups) to the wonderful world of dance! In this live, interactive workshop, dancers will work on age-appropriate gross motor skills, coordination, and dance basics.

Contact Info: info@hitstheatre.org | 713-861-7408

PMT Productions – Theater classes

The Spring Online Series will include a performance-based course (called YAS! Online Camp) and mini courses that focus on developing specific theater-related skills.

Contact Info: info@pitchmethis.com | 832-516-9167

Nutrition Education from Texas A&M AgriLife

Learn how to improve your and your family’s health, save money at the
store and discover basic nutrition tips. Texas A&M AgriLife educators have the resources to conduct EFNEP nutrition education classes at a distance. Taught one-on-one or in small groups, for both adults and youth.


Physically Active, PE, Creative Movement

Motion Dance Center

LIVE Private Group Classes for you or your kids ( Ages 3+)  Give them a call to schedule a spot. Cardio, Yoga, Stretching, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap & so much more!

Contact Info: karen@ballroomdanceco.com | 956-312-7388

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Westchase

The instructors train body, mind and spirit through the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Their instruction is a vehicle for individual development and the strengthening of the family spirit, going beyond the ‘winning-losing’ or ‘contest’ philosophy.

Contact Info: info@gbwestchase.com | 713-903-9118

Moving-Body

Amanda Barrett Hayes, a Movement Director, Teacher and Facilitator focuses on teaching, directing and nurturing creative arts activities, dance and actor movement for young people as well as adults. Her creative moves class is currently running Facebook classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am!

Contact Info: amanda@moving-body.com | 832-712-7339

Kinetic Vibez

Come and join Kinetic Vibez for their Youth Hip-Hop & Mindfulness Livestream! Students will participate in fun, creative, and mindful activities that will get the kid’s mind and body moving. Check out the streaming schedule on Facebook and go to their website for more information about accessing the live stream.

Contact Info: info@kineticvibez.com | 832-559-2311

Mad About Hoops

Free online mini-classes on Facebook Live. Mondays and Fridays 11 a.m. Central. Also offering private lessons and interactive classes.

Contact Info: HTX.madabouthoops@gmail.com | 832-233-1531

Bay Area Arts Conservatory

Bringing the classroom content to you virtually! Committed to provide the same quality performing arts education as in our facility: acting, ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, and Voice.

YMCA of Greater Houston

Looking for ways to keep the kids active while at home? The Virtual YMCA page has new ideas and challenges every day! Featuring twelve 5-minute challenges each day, these fun activities are sure to cure boredom and get the kids moving!


Multi-activity and Specialty Providers

Upbrainery

A Houston based online learning platform transforming education, has partnered with Texas based restaurant chain Whataburger to provide inventive original curriculum via an online learning program to grades K-12 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Registration is FREE for a limited time. Use Code Whataburger500 to receive the free offer. Click on their website to join their online community and get in on the fun and creativity of learning online. It is for all students K – 10th grade.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Scouts BSA

The Houston area Sam Houston Area Council website has posted online events that scouts can make use of to continue scouting at home. There are some great ideas to use at home to keep your Scout’s skills sharp! Share with friends about these great options for at-home fun and learning for Scouting families and non-Scouting families alike. Visit

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts live by the motto “be prepared” and that includes when the unexpected happens. While all members continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and their local health officials and cease in-person meetings, the Houston area Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council website deliver the opportunity for Girl Scouting to continue at home.  

Solaris Pediatric Therapy

Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and yoga therapy with a focus on helping children develop the skills they need to handle day-to-day activities and be comfortable in normal, social environments.
Therapy services are provided via telehealth while the Stay Home-Work Safe order is in place.

Contact Info: solaris@solarispediatrictherapy.com | 832-727-3771

The Children’s Museum

The museum hosts a Daily Virtual Learning broadcast: check out their Facebook page for details and live-streams, such as virtual workshops in art, coding, and more. These run every day (M-F) between about 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Example: O Wow Moment of the Day – Apr 1 through Apr 30, 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m)
The museum also has a large collection of videos on home activities and educational topics. See them on the museum website here.

Lone Star College – Tomball Community Library

While the library is closed, the librarians are creating amazing virtual programs for all their customers! Weekly programs for kids, teens and adults on their Facebook page. The Tomball branch has a detailed virtual programming calendar on their Facebook page.

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

Offers a variety of virtual activities for families and adults (wellness classes, family engagement, children’s movement and more.

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