UPDATED MARCH 2015: Need the best Fairfield County day camps and specialty camps? Whether your child is interested in dance, theater, martial arts, gymnastics, art, sports, or other specialty summer camps, or if you're looking for kids' academic summer classes and tutoring programs, you'll find what you're looking for in our comprehensive camp and summer program guide for Fairfield County, CT. Scroll down for a list of day camps, sleepaway camps, specialty camps, and camper outings in Greenwich, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and all over Fairfield County, CT.
SERVICES FOR CAMPERS
HAIR FAIRIES(TM) CT
46 Miller St., Fairfield
Hair Fairies™ is the only full-service clinical salon nationwide dedicated to screening for and removing head lice safely, effectively, and in a kid-friendly environment. Our combination of highly trained Hair Fairies™ technicians and patented combs, non-toxic shampoos and rinses (available for in-home use), leads to the fast and safe removal of nits and lice. In business since 1999, we have rid thousands of children and families from these persistent parasites. Hair Fairies™ screens camps for head lice to help start the summer right! Visit hairfairies.com.
CAMP HALF MOON FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
PO Box 188, Great Barrington
Camp Half Moon is celebrating 93 amazing summers of camp adventures in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Located on Lake Buel, Half Moon offers more than 45 activity programs tailored to meet the interests of our campers. Our beautiful lakefront campus also includes a heated pool, skate park, challenge course with zip line, playing fields, and studios, all set among the beautiful towering pines. On land and water, we offer a safe, secure environment where kids thrive, learning new skills, making new friends, and developing confidence.
CAMP JEANNE D'ARC
An authentic summer camp located in the Adirondack Mountains on beautiful Chateaugay Lake, JDA offers girls, ages 7-16, from all over the world the chance to have a fun summer filled with friends, swimming, sailing, horseback riding, archery, riflery, hiking, camping out, surprises, and lots more! Take a tour of our camp at campjeannedarc.com. Camp Lafayette is Camp Jeanne d'Arc's brother camp for boys ages 8-14. Traditional camp activities such as archery and waterskiing with tent camping at Lafayette Beach.
AUDUBON GREENWICH NATURE DAY CAMPS
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich
Want your child to have memorable camp adventures in the great outdoors? Audubon Greenwich’s 285-acre sanctuary is the place to explore, play, and learn about nature through games, hikes, crafts, and other hands-on activities. One-week day camp sessions for youth entering kindergarten-ninth grades from June 29-Aug. 14; 9:30am-3:30pm. Small groups and skilled staff. Registration info is on the website. Also, for family fun on weekends all year long, check our Nature Program calendar online.
CAMP SETON DAY CAMP FOR BOYS
363 Riversville Road, Greenwich
For more than 50 years, Camp Seton has been offering boys a summer of adventure and fun. Program offerings include court sports, field sports, BB guns, archery, boating, fishing, climbing, handicrafts, hiking, swimming, nature, outdoor exploration, and scout skills. For boys completing first through seventh grades. Seven one-week sessions from June 27-Aug. 14, Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-3pm. Camp tours Monday-Saturday, by appointment. Contact Heather Lowthert, camp director at 203-869-8424 x105 or visit greenwichscouting.org.
CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
Chelsea Piers summer sports camps provide world-class facilities, expert instruction, and the most exciting sports curriculum available—all under one roof! Campers can choose soccer, swimming, sports academy, ice hockey, ice-skating, synchronized skating, squash, tennis, gymnastics, lacrosse and basketball. Half-day camps for preschoolers and elite training camps for competitive athletes are also available. Camps run June 15-Aug. 28. Sign up by April 30 to receive the Early Bird discounted pricing.
1017 Post Road E., Westport
Join us in our exciting STEM-focused summer camp. Students explore different activities. Robotics, Mindstorms NXT, science projects, program and play with robotic ball, or create your own games or animation movies. Hands-on learning and fun. Dream up and design your own ideas. Build your robots with technic pieces and command them. For ages 4-14. Six-week session from June 22-July 31.
CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford
Box Office: 203-461-6358
Curtain Call is the nonprofit theatrical production company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Summer is a time for kids, to “act out”…and what better way than in Curtain Call’s SUMMERSTOCK WORKSHOP PROGRAMS, full-day curriculums for ages 6-16, and our SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE for ages 10-21. Our professional facilities and experienced faculty provide the perfect environment for kids to “act out” this summer!
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport
Discover sweet science in Candy Lab! Have creepy, crawly fun in Bug U! Build and design in Maker Lab! Hands-on learning fun for kindergarteners to ninth-graders, June-August. Weekly programs include A Pirate's Life, Maker Blocks, Spa Science, Dinos, Mad Scientist Lab. Sixth-ninth grades enjoy Roller Coaster Science, Ocean Academy, and 3-D Design. Full- and half-days. Can’t wait for summer? Kids Weekend Workshops start March 7! Call for information. Scout badge programs, custom learning labs and demos for home-schoolers, daily planetarium shows, plus themed-birthday parties, overnights, and museum rentals. Open seven days a week, July-September.
FLASH POINTE DANCE
1657 Post Road, Fairfield
Our camps are designed to give dancers a taste of several dance styles. Each week, each session is a new experience with changes in themes and choreography. We have added a boys-only camp, which focuses on break dance, hip-hop, street jazz, tap, and core strength. For intermediate to advanced dancers, we offer our pre-professional classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Pre-professional classes are paid for with class cards. They can be used as needed, and continue to develop your skills when you are in town.
FLEUR DE LIS ACADEMY
1 Danbury Road, (in the John's Best Pizza Plaza), 2nd Floor, Wilton
Dance, manners, yoga, and parties—specially developed for children, tweens, and young adults to enjoy seriously fun classes and events while improving self-esteem. This nurturing lower school and pre-professional upper school with ENCORE Youth Dance Company offers superior training to encourage grace, poise, and self-discipline for children as young as 18 months. Confidence, social graces, and dining etiquette are polished in our comprehensive manners school. Sweet Soirées produces whimsical and trés chic complete parties and special events that create unforgettable memories. Professional instructors and a new state-of-the-art facility await you!
FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK (FASNY)
Campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck,
Nursery to Grade 1: Scarsdale Campus, 85 Palmer Ave, Scarsdale
Lower School: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
Upper School: Mamaroneck Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck
The French-American School of New York is offering a five-week French Immersion Camp from June 22-July 24 for children in nursery through fifth grade. Campers have the chance to learn or reinforce their French through a variety of age-appropriate activities, including drama, cooking, art, crafts, music and dance, and a weekly field trip or workshop. Transportation to and from Manhattan is provided. For more information and to register, visit fasny.org/camps.
GREENWICH RACQUET CLUB
1 River Road, Cos Cob
The Greenwich Racquet Club offers children ages 5-14 both a tennis only camp, and a tennis sports camp. The tennis sports camp is primarily tennis, but also includes indoor soccer and basketball. Students are placed according to age and skill set, using the correct court size, balls, and racquets. Fun drills and games are implemented to develop proper technique, footwork, and ball control. This popular camp program runs in weekly sessions, Monday-Friday, June 22-Aug. 28.
ID PROGRAMMING ACADEMY HELD AT YALE
Held at Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity, WCSU, Princeton, Stanford, and more than 100 prestigious universities nationwide,
This two-week, pre-college summer academy offers teens ages 13-18 an immersive, hands-on experience in coding, app development, programming, modding with Minecraft, electrical engineering, and robotics. Teens tour a studio, create a cutting-edge portfolio, and meet other teens that share similar interests. Held at Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity, WCSU, Princeton, Stanford, and more than 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. Choose from iD Tech Camps (weeklong, ages 7-17); iD Game Design & Development Academy; and Alexa Café (all girls, ages 10-15) are held at select campuses nationwide. Visit idprogrammingacademy.com or call 888-709-8324.
ID TECH ACADEMIES FOR TEENS
Held at NYU, Vassar, Princeton, Stanford, and select prestigious universities nationwide,
iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design & Development Academy are two-week, pre-college academies where students gain hands-on experience in coding, app development, programming, modding with Minecraft, and robotics. Ages 13-18 tour a studio, create a portfolio, and meet teens with similar interests. These immersive academies give students a competitive advantage in college and future STEM careers. Also in New York and throughout the country: iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17), Alexa Café (all-girls, ages 10-15), and iD Tech Mini (ages 6-9). idtech.com. 888-709-8324.
ID TECH CAMPS
Held at Adelphi, Pace, Columbia, Princeton & 60+ universities in 26 states ,
Alexa Café held at Berkeley Carroll School. At this unique all-girls program, ages 10-15 develop a passion for technology, design, and innovation—all while collaborating in a chic environment that emphasizes entrepreneurship, leadership, brand identity, and philanthropy. Whether designing a sleek webpage, producing a film, coding creatively, or developing wearable electronics with lights and sensors, technology shouldn’t be intimidating or uninspired. Also in New York and throughout the country: iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17), Teen Academies (ages 13-18), and iD Tech Mini (ages 6-9). alexacafe.com. 888-709-8324.
Make movies instead of watching them! IncrediFlix is bringing the Hollywood experience to you, as filmmakers will go through the whole movie making process. They'll brainstorm, storyboard, and work together in all camps. In animation camps, campers create characters, backgrounds, film, and record voice-overs. In live action camps, students work as a film crew, act, and learn filmmaking techniques. Using hands-on activities, kids learn, are creative, and expand imaginations while IncrediFlix makes it fun! Movies will be passed on to every student for memories that last a lifetime!
MARY ANN HALL'S MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
Locations in Fairfield, CT and NYC,
Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children offers three exciting summer programs: Camp Get Enough Music™ for ages 4½-8½ meets four days a week during July and August, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Children will explore, create, and record a different style of music each week. Mystical, Magical, Musical Adventures™ for ages 10 weeks to 10 years meets once or twice a week in June, July, and August. Summer Music Theater Camp featuring "The Sound of Music" in Westport for ages 7-14 meets four days a week in July with a fully-staged, costumed-performance finale!
MUSIC TOGETHER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
76 Walbin Court, Fairfield
Interested in making music with your young child this summer? Nurture your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by registering for Music Together classes! Music Together is an innovative, thoroughly researched approach to music and movement, committed to helping families and caregivers discover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Young children's musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting, free of direct instruction and fun for both children and adults.
NEW CANAAN NATURE CENTER SUMMER CAMP (AGES 3-7) & ADVENTURE CAMP (AGES 8-14)
144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
New Canaan Nature Center Summer Camp (ages 3-7) & Adventure Camp (ages 8-14)
The only place to take summer in is...outside! Our action-packed Summer Camp (ages 3-7) emphasizes fun, hands-on experiences that give your child an opportunity to simply "be a kid" while exploring nature's marvels and making friends. Adventure Camp (ages 8-15) offers older campers engaging and unique outdoor activities, paddling and hiking, team challenges and experiments, plus campfire dinners, off-site field visits, and overnight camping excursions. Weekly camp-wide themes inspire adventure at age-appropriate levels amidst our 40 acres of ponds, fields, forest, and beyond. Camp runs June 1-Aug. 14. Visit our website for information and registration materials.
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF CONNECTICUT, LLC
18 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull
Looking for a place for dance, voice, acting, musical theater, theater production, and music lessons all under one roof, and a professional and degreed-faculty with the desire to inspire and educate? Then come for FREE trial classes at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut. This 13,000-square-foot arts center has its own black box theater, costume shop, five dance studios, four music and voice studios, and kitchen and homework areas. Wi-Fi and lobby space for parents. PACC’s mission is to nurture and develop each student’s talents—we want originals not carbon copies! Summer programs have just been announced. Call 1-203-372-ARTS (2787) or visit pacofct.com.
85 Mill Plain Road , Fairfield
The Sportsplex at Fairfield is conveniently located in downtown Fairfield. Our campus has 28 venues on 6 acres. We offer a one-of-a-kind camp that allows kids to try a variety of activities in our state-of-the-art facility. Full-day, half-day, early- and extended-fun options available. Lunch included for full-day campers. Campers can experience instruction at rock-climbing, tumbling, parkour, ice-skating, field sports, taekwondo, self-defense, art, fitness, and so much more! Come try them all or just experience one.
STAMFORD TWIN RINKS
1063 Hope St., Stamford
Looking for hot summer camps that are really cool? Stamford Twin Rinks has numerous skating and hockey camp choices from mid-June through Labor Day. Hockey camps are structured and implemented by former NHL and college players. Skills development camps, from goal scoring to power skating, are fun and challenging for all ages and abilities. Skating camps integrate learning to ice-skate and skills development with off-ice fun from magicians and clowns, ballet, fitness, and more. Register now; camps fill up fast. Call 203-968-9000 x13 or visit stamfordtwinrinks.com
TALENT EDUCATION SUZUKI SCHOOL (TESS)
112 Main Street, Norwalk
For students ages 5 to 10 studying in the Suzuki Method, we have a summer camp from June 23-27. Our drop-off camp allows students to go deeper in their musical studies while having fun with peers. Experience the joy of musical collaboration and build lifelong friendships. Call to inquire about individual lessons and to learn about our programs for newborns and older.
WHIMSIES DOLLHOUSE SHOP
39 Lewis St., Greenwich
Whimsies' Workshop is a great learning and challenging experience for anyone ages 10-110. Learn to assemble, paint, shingle, electrify, wallpaper, and install lighting, flooring, and trim in a six-room, back-open, beautiful Whimsies' heirloom-quality dollhouse. Click on "Registration Form" to register online at whimsiesdollhouse/registration_form or call for more details! 203-629-8024.
CAMP GAN ISRAEL OF WESTPORT, WESTON, WILTON
79 Newtown Turnpike, Westport
Camp Gan Israel of Westport caters to campers ages 2-12: Mini Gan for preschoolers, Big Gan for ages 5-10, and Pioneer for ages 10-12. We specialize in athletics, theater arts, and creative programming. Our campers experience life-long memories, created by dedicated staff, memorable activities, trips, and workshops. Swimming is top priority, with instruction four times a week by Red-Cross certified swimming coaches and staff. Electives and clubs include skateboarding, hip-hop, wacky science, archery, tennis, art, chess, hoopla, culinary club, robotics, and theater. Call for a brochure or to meet our director!
Redding (Georgetown) campus
20 Portland Ave.
11 Burr Road
Join us this summer as we transform our play areas for summer fun! We have shade tents, grass carpeting, new sensory tables, painting walls, and soft-surface play areas. We’ll enjoy arts and crafts, water play, a bouncy castle, and fun games. In our Thrilling Threes and Fantastic Fours & Fives, activities and crafts will center around weekly themes including sea exploration, cooking, art, and animals. Run by our veteran Landmark teaching staff, Camp Landmark hours are 9am-2pm daily; you choose the best three-, four- or five-day schedule for your preschooler.
CAMPS PEQUOT & SHERWOOD
253 Bushy Hill Road,
Located in coastal Connecticut on 700 wooded acres surrounding a mile-long private lake, Incarnation Camp is the country’s oldest coed camp. Since 1886, we have provided a fun-filled, traditional camp with hands-on learning and group living in the great outdoors. Our camps include Pequot for boys, Sherwood for girls, and Pioneer Village for teens. Our camps are amazing places to spend your summers—there is nothing quite like the bonds you build with camp friends as you experience the adventures of summertime together. Campers participate in well-rounded and adventurous programs.
ESF SUMMER CAMPS AT GREENWICH ACADEMY
200 N. Maple Ave., Greenwich
Award-winning camps since 1982. Five unique camps: Mini Camp (age 3): a fun-filled first camp; Day Camp (ages 4-8): art, swimming, sports, music and drama, Innovation Lab, science, martial arts, fencing, theme days, and special events; Sports Camp (ages 6-14): instruction and league games in soccer, basketball, baseball, street hockey, lacrosse, team handball, flag football, golf, and swimming; Senior Camp (ages 9-15): art, swimming, sports, martial arts, fencing, “True Life Adventures,” drama, outdoor adventure, cooking, and digital photography; and Tennis Camp (ages 6-15): instruction designed with each camper’s age and ability in mind!
HOLIDAY HILL DAY CAMP
43 Candee Road, Prospect
Holiday Hill is a paradise of country surroundings with more than 200 acres of meadows, woodlands, and lake area. It is also noted for resort-like facilities that are not at all typical of the average day camp. Our trained, certified staff members teach fun and varied activities. The small camper-to-counselor ratio encourages the development of diverse skills by working in small, intimate groups and encouraging each camper. Learning to take risks is an important part of growth and development. Holiday Hill provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to take that extra step toward making them more confident.
969 Lake Ave., Greenwich
“Whitby Summer Camp is distinguished by its program variety, and the quality and experience of our instructors who work with children year round,” says Kurt Putnam, Whitby’s director of athletics and co-curricular programs. Customize your child’s camp experience this summer. Select from soccer, multi-level chess, Lego Mindstorms, 3-D -rinting, tennis, animation, and other activities that are led by local sport and academic experts. Morning, afternoon, and full-day options available for children through age 11. To register or to learn more about the instructors and activities, please visit whitbyschool.org/summer2015.
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