Summer Youth Activity Program 

The aim of the Rice University Summer Youth Activity Program is to introduce children (aged 6 to 11) to a variety of sport and recreational activities in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Our staff of instructors and counselors consists of students from Rice and other area universities, as well as professionals trained in education and recreation. It is our goal to provide each participant with age appropriate instruction and an exciting and memorable experience. Participants will spend his/her summer having fun, meeting new friends and being physically active. A summer with SYAP will leave your child with a sense of physical, social and emotional accomplishment, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns
Please email and include your child's name, age, your name and your contact information. Or you may call our main office at 713-348-4058.

Online Account button

For S.Y.A.P. 2016, we have a new registration site run by ACTIVE. If you have ever used ACTIVE to register for any other event (e.g. 5k runs) and created an account with them in the process, you will be required to use that account to register for S.Y.A.P. If you are anything like us, it is possible that you have done this and forgotten either your username or password (or both). To save time (thus increasing your chances of getting your child into our wildly popular program), click on the link above and reset your username/password. You may also create an ACTIVE account at this time if you do not have one. PLEASE NOTE: this process is for participant account creation only, and does not guarantee space for your child(ren) in the program.   


2016 Sessions Offered

Session 1
June 6-17
Session 2
June 20 - July 1
Session 3
July 11-22
Session 4
July 25 - August 5
We do not operate this program the week of July 4.

Pricing per session

Rice Faculty/Staff/Students $475
Rice Alumni $505
Community $535
Late care = $200  

Click here to access your online account!


Facility Location

All sessions will be held on the Rice University campus at the Recreation Center. The Recreation Center is located inside gate entrance #20 (Kent Street) off Rice Blvd. (The Recreation Center is the first large building on the right.) Need a campus map? An online version is available.

Parent's Guide

icon_pdf Please click here for the 2016 Parent's Guide
(includes general expectations, drop-off and pick-up information, what to bring, etc.)

*Please note: The Summer Youth Activity Program is not  “nut free”. We sell products in our Concession Booth that contain nuts, and we do not prevent families from sending children to campus with lunches/snacks that might have nuts in them. However, we will provide reasonable accommodations to protect the well-being of a child who has nut-related allergies. If your child has a nut allergy, please contact us to discuss the degree of severity prior to enrolling him/her in our program.