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.



In order to be placed on the wait list, please complete our online form by clicking here. No wait list requests will be accepted over the phone, in person, or via email. You MUST be the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) you are placing on the wait list. Please note that Rice Faculty and Staff will be given priority.

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.


2015 Sessions Offered

Session 1
June 1 - 12
Session 2
June 15 - 26
Session 3
July 6 - 17
Session 4
July 20 - 31
We do not operate this program the week of July 4.


Faculty/Staff $450
Alumni $480
Community $510
Late Activity Program (4:00-6:00 p.m.) $180

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 Click here to view and/or download the 2015 S.Y.A.P. Parent's Guide.

*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.