UPDATED FEBRUARY 2015: Check out Manhattan day camps, and specialty camps for New York City summer fun! Whether your child is interested in theater, sports, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, or other specialty camps, or if you're looking for tutoring and academic summer programs, you'll find what you're looking for in our comprehensive camp guide for Manhattan. Our guide features day camps, specialty camps, sleepaway camps, and outings for campers and families in Manhattan and the surrounding area.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., New York
Blue Man Group’s critically acclaimed off-Broadway show has been called “visually stunning,” “wildly inventive,” and “hysterically funny.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group’s show is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for campers of all ages, languages, and cultures. This unique theatrical experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else, which is guaranteed to be an outing that your camp group will never forget.
TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
199 Chambers St., New York
Tribeca PAC’s Family Series offers great programs for the entire family. These performances offer parents and kids of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of theatrical events including plays, musicals, puppetry, concerts, and dance, and are great for birthday parties! In addition to presenting and producing, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center has an active rental service that brings exciting and unusual events to the Tribeca scene. The beautiful facilities are professionally equipped, and can accommodate a wide range of performing arts, as well as educational seminars.
SERVICES FOR CAMPERS
1026 Sixth Ave., Suite 502, New York
46 Miller St. Fairfield, CT
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394 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn
At 129 years, Trail Blazers’ flagship program, the “Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp,” is the second oldest American Camping Association-accredited program, and the first to provide environmental education! Campers ages 7-17 unplug from the city and experience the unique thrill of our 1,000 forested acres in Sussex County, NJ. No smartphones here! Campers live in rustic canvas shelters, swim and fish in Lake Mashipacong, and complete a multi-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail or on the Delaware River. Visit us at our open house on May 14 or June 6.
THE AILEY SCHOOL
The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St.,
The Ailey School’s Junior Division offers classes for children beginning at age 3. The First Steps and Bounding Boys programs offer an enjoyable introduction to dance, bringing the joy of music and creative movement to young children. The Pre-Professional program for ages 7-17 encompasses a broad curriculum of dance classes including Horton, Limón, Graham-based modern, ballet, tap, West African, and Spanish dance. Classes are taught by skilled dance instructors with extensive experience working with children.
167 W. 81st St. (at Amsterdam Avenue), New York
Join us for Book Nook’s Staycation: Learning about Where We Live! NYC is one of the most incredible places in the world, and we are lucky enough to call it our home. This summer, Book Nook will explore the streets, bridges, landmarks, and attractions that make NYC a cultural and creative epicenter. Each week will focus on a specific aspect that makes this remarkable city so unique. Some locations and landmarks we will be learning about are Central Park, MoMA, Broadway, Ellis Island, New York’s bridges, Rockefeller Center, and much more.
Held at Camp Claire, Lyme
Camp Clio, a seriously fun place for adopted children ages 9-12, offers its fourth summer of “old-fashioned” camp fun. Campers share a cabin with other adopted boys and girls and teenage counselors – all of whom were adopted – who serve as role models. Each week a picnic lunch adoption discussion is led by Spence-Chapin social workers providing a relaxed atmosphere to explore adoption feelings and experiences in a fun, safe, and non-judgmental environment. Campers may attend one, two, or three sessions – sleepaway or all-day. Scholarships available.
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd streets), New York
Explore architecture and design this summer at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village. Our weeklong Summer@theCenter camps give third through 12th graders an opportunity to create their own architectural designs and models. Each week focuses on a different topic in architecture, combining hands-on art and building projects with trips to notable buildings, parks, and architectural sites. Activities include drawing, 3D model-making, interior design, city planning, computer graphics, engineering, "green" design projects, and an intensive two-week Architectural Design Studio for high school students. Programs run June 22–Aug. 28, 2015. Information and registration at cfafoundation.org/summer.
CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
West 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC
Chelsea Piers is a 28-acre sports village offering the city’s best sports programming for children ages 12 months to 17 years. Easily accessible by bus, subway, or car, Chelsea Piers features a wide variety of year-round programming, including after-school classes, Saturday camps, school break camps, and an extensive summer camp. In addition to specialty sports classes in gymnastics, basketball, soccer, rock climbing, golf, ice skating, hockey, and more, the Field House is also home to the CP Kids Early Learning Center and Preschool. For more information, call or visit the website.
1556 Third Ave. (at 87th Street), Suite 603, New York
Collina Italiana Mini Summer Camp 2013
This summer, Collina Italiana immerses your family in the wonders of the Italian culture and language without leaving the city. Located on the Upper East Side and running from June 8-July 17 and Aug. 10-Sept. 4, the program is designed for kids who want to absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy, learn and practice Italian, and meet new friends. The program includes Giochiamo in Italiano, where campers learn Italian through play, music, theater, and games; Arte Insieme, which encourages campers to be creative; and Le Uscite, which involves taking campers to museums to discover Italian art.
545 Sixth Ave., New York
Kids will be introduced to the history of gelato and classic desserts. They will learn the craftsmanship of making and decorating the desserts, while also learning how to run a bakery with a hands-on lesson. Kids will be asked at the beginning of camp to think of a creation they want to make to present at the end of camp. There will also be a group competition of who makes the best gelato recipe, which will be tasted by external people, who will have to vote for the best recipe. At the end of the camp, there will be awards and a prize.
CREATEABILITIES OT, PLLC
303 Fifth Ave., Suite #1807, New York
Camp Createabilities is a unique opportunity for your child with special needs to work on individual goals of strength, endurance, motor organization, socialization, and fine motor and functional skills in a warm, caring, structured environment. Camp enrollment is limited to six participants, with individualized attention from counselors. The camp day begins with fitness/yoga, followed by a trip to the playground and water sprinklers. After lunch/story time, children build core strength and motor skills in the sensory gym and work on sports skills. The day ends with multi-media crafts/cooking activities.
Envision Office of Admissions, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington
703-584-9513 and 877-587-9659
Envision helps students try their future in an exciting range of careers. Through unforgettable experiences, they become doctors, lawyers, video game designers, entrepreneurs, and more. For more than 30 years Envision has helped more than 500,000 kids discover their passion, successfully complete middle school, high school, and college, and make informed career choices.
EVOLUTION ENRICHMENT PRESCHOOL
38 Delancey St., 2nd Floor (enter from Forsyth Street), New York
Krav Maga Boot Camp. The goal for this program is to build confident, capable, and healthy kids. Our method combines military training, self-defense, and team building exercises that create an amazing and unique summer program for kids. We inspire and motivate kids to become stronger, more agile, and flexible all while learning practical and real world self-defense. This program comes from the military and is very fast-paced, action-packed, and highly fun! Inquiries and registration at email@example.com, or call 212-375-9500.
EVOLVED EDUCATION COMPANY
Summer + Vacation = Summer Slide. Don’t let your kids lose their edge this summer! The Evolved Education Company’s learning specialists are developing exciting summer programs to reinforce critical academic skills and enable your child to thrive year round. Our Kick Start Program enhances your child’s planning, prioritization, and organizational skills. Coding and Technology helps kids learn the basics of computer coding, graphic design, and video editing using industry-standard technology including Microsoft Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Audition. Core Skills Maintenance offers personalized lesson plans in all K-12 subjects.
FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase,
Weekly day sessions for ages 4-16, June through August. Campers can choose and combine weeks from 16 individualized specialty programs including tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, circus arts, magic, softball, diving, rising stars, and academic. Our staff is a highly trained team of professionals, and limited enrollment ensures the staff gets to know each camper’s individual needs. Supervised swimming included. Lunch option, door-to-door transportation for Westchester County and Manhattan residents also available.
27 Barrow St., New York
Be part of a 100-year Village legacy. Since 1902 Greenwich House has provided quality affordable educational programming for children ages six months to 14 years, that encourages creativity and builds self-esteem. Greenwich House Summer Arts Camp is a full-service camp with a creative focus. Campers are exposed to a variety of artistic mediums including architecture, photography, ceramics, painting, needlework, and 3D design and animation, complete with the use of a 3D printer. Music intensive and early childhood enrichment summer programs also available.
INTERSCHOOL IMMERSION PROGRAM
260 W. 78th St., Room 706, New York
The Interschool Language Immersion Program is a unique opportunity for middle school students to spend the beginning of the summer vacation having fun, while learning and improving their communication skills in Spanish, French, or Mandarin. Taught and led by experienced faculty from the Interschool schools, the program offers two week-long _language immersion sessions in New York City.
KARMA KIDS YOGA
25 W. 23rd St., 3rd floor, New York
At Karma Kids Yoga studio, children are encouraged to explore and discover their minds and bodies in a fun-filled way! This creative approach can be helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach focus, relaxation, and self-control. Karma Kids Yoga offers baby yoga, toddler yoga, kids’ yoga, teen yoga, family yoga, glow-in-the-dark yoga, circus yoga, free story time yoga, prenatal yoga, prenatal Pilates, special events, birthday parties, teacher training, and more! Come play yoga!
KUMON MATH AND READING CENTERS - MIDTOWN WEST
747 10th Ave., New York
During the summer recess, engagement in activities that nurture the mind is important for all children. Through focus on daily study, the Kumon Program can help your child continuously develop and enhance his or her math and reading abilities. Kumon students advance at their own pace, with the ultimate goal of studying above grade level. As a Kumon student, your child will be equipped and empowered with the confidence and skills to start the new school year on the right foot.
LUCY MOSES SCHOOL AT KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER
129 W. 67th St., New York
Our Summer Musical Theater Workshop runs June 29-July 30, 2015. NYC offers many summer activities for kids, but where else can they perform original musicals written just for them on the stage of a major concert hall? Kids participate in all aspects of producing a show in this five-week workshop, which culminates in a full-scale production in Merkin Concert Hall. Campers work together with small groups of children their own age. In the morning they take class, and during the afternoon each group works with its director to create its own musical play. For ages 6-15.
NYU SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS
At The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
The only seven-week, evidence-based, therapeutic day program in the New York area exclusively for children ages 7-11 with ADHD and behavior disorders. The focus of the program is to build self-esteem and help children develop attention, organizational, and friendship skills. Clinical psychologists and qualified teachers supervise undergraduate and graduate-level counselors. There is a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 staff-to-child ratio. The program is directed by Karen Fleiss, Psy.D., a nationally renowned clinical psychologist and expert in the treatment of children with ADHD. Enrollment is limited.
2672 Broadway (at 102nd Street), New York
Send your child to RoboFun this summer! Your junior engineer will design, build, code, and animate their own LEGO® robots (grades K-6), video games (grades 1-6), and stop motion animation films (grades 4-6). Children work in groups of 10–14 students, with 2 teachers. Our trained staff love children and work hard to make sure each of our campers has an exceptional time learning, making and building their own projects. Camps run in different locations throughout the city. Half day and full day options are available. Register at robofun.org.
THE SCHOOL AT STEPS
2121 Broadway at 74th Street, 4th Floor, New York
The School at Steps offers variety of programs for ages 2-18, options for the youngest of dancers, classes for beginners, and intensives for the most dedicated dancers. The Young Dancers Summer Program introduces children, ages 2-5, to a magical summer of movement and music. Classes are held in the mornings and are designed as an introduction to creative movement exercises that promote imagination, body coordination, and rhythmic awareness.
130 E. 80th St., New York
Summer is a great time for kids to explore nature and STEM. At SciTech Kids, we spark a child’s innate curiosity and creativity through rich, hands-on, captivating experiences that show how STEM relates to everyday life. Our science camp is geared for kids ages 4-13. Mornings are spent in Central Park – your child’s laboratory – where they gain a full, sensory experience studying our urban ecosystem. Afternoons are filled with a range of STEM activities including 3D printing, robotics, coding, game design, Minecraft Mod, and more. Learn about our ten one-week sessions at sci-techkids.com.
SMALL WORLD CONNECT ENRICHMENT CENTER
888 Lexington Ave., New York
Small World Connect is your neighborhood enrichment center specializing in communication and exchanging ideas for children newborn to age 9. It’s our mission to share our world through languages, culture, and music! Our Enrichment Center is home to two award-winning programs, The Language Workshop for Children for classes in French, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian, and Kids' MusicRound for parent-and-child music classes. Each LWFC and KMR class offers exciting, developmentally appropriate activities to immerse children in learning. We encourage children to explore through movement, singing, playing, and interacting.
259 Tenth Ave., New York
Avenues: The World School is excited to offer our signature immersion programs for a total of eight fun-filled weeks of language learning in both Spanish and Chinese. Open to rising pre-K through sixth grade students. Cycle 1: June 15–26; Cycle 2: June 29– July 10 ; Cycle 3: July 13-24; Cycle 4: July 27–Aug. 7. Fee: $1,900 per cycle. Price includes snacks and lunch. The full-day language immersion camps blend Avenues’ teaching style with the fun of summer, and will accommodate all levels of knowledge and experience in the target languages.
Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Lower East Side, and Union Square,
TEKintellect Inc. is New York’s premier Lego® Robotics company, featuring Lego® Technic, WeDo, and Mindstorm in after-school programs, summer camps, and birthday parties for students in pre-K through eighth grade. TEKintellect is expanding into Stamford, Connecticut, and is also addressing students with special education requirements. TEKintellect offers hands-on Core Curriculum standards-aligned STEM lessons, which precede the mechanized models construction stage. Software to operate the robots is also taught. TEKintellect summer camps also include scientific experiments with professional microscopes taught by The BioBase organization. Students experience fun filled learning.
92ND STREET Y
1395 Lexington Ave., New York
Everything they want…everything you need. Day camp for ages 5-14 in a beautiful country setting just 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. Outdoor adventures, environmental explorations, challenge course, zip line, arts, film, cooking, martial arts, swimming, and much more, all taught by seasoned professionals, artists, musicians, and entertainers! Check out specialized camps in arts, science, filmmaking, fashion, and sports. Camps for children with special needs are also available. Young campers, ages 3-5, attend in Manhattan at 92Y. Sleepaway camp and more are also offered. Convenient pick-ups from a variety of Manhattan locations. New in 2015: Picking campers up in Brooklyn!
ALL MY CHILDREN DAYCARE
112 Ridge St., New York
All My Children Daycare offers a summer camp program featuring swimming in an Olympic-sized pool, arts and crafts, sports, field trips, parties, educational activities, and more! Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Door-to-door transportation is offered for your family’s convenience. Please call 212-419-5416 to schedule your personal tour today, get a first-hand view of our facilities, and meet our staff. We know you’ll love our exciting summer experience! We look forward to meeting you and your children.
ASPHALT GREEN SUMMER DAY CAMP
Upper East Side and Battery Park City, New York
For more than two decades, Asphalt Green Summer Day Camp has formed millions of memories for campers, while meeting those unique, age-appropriate, physical, mental, behavioral, and social milestones parents want. Our camp is offered at two state-of-the-art Manhattan campuses for kids ages 4-13. Campers experience fun, active-filled days, which include swimming, a variety of sports, arts, weekly field trips, special events, and more! Air-conditioned bus service is available from designated stops throughout the city.Join us from June 29 – Aug. 21 because it will be the best summer of your life!
THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF NEW YORK
20 Waterside Plaza,
The British International School of NY summer camp is committed to offering your 3-8-year-old a stimulating environment while encouraging cultural, social, and physical growth. Conveniently located on the East River in Manhattan, campers participate in an array of activities including private swim instruction every day, outdoor games, arts and crafts, creative science experiments, and more! For families seeking a fun, safe, and enriching summer program, we are the one for you. Sign up now by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEER MOUNTAIN DAY CAMP
63 Call Hollow Road, Pomona
With 25 acres, a lake, six pools, seven tennis courts, a 7,000-square-foot dining hall, a 1,000-square-foot performing arts center, courts, fields, and cabins for sports and fine arts, Deer Mountain offers a setting both well-appointed and beautifully transformative. Smart, authentic leadership and experienced staff create an environment where kids ages 3-15 feel comfortable to be who they are. Expert instructors create engaging, high-quality programs so kids develop real skills. Parents choose Deer Mountain because of our experience; kids love us because of theirs.
291 Central Park West, New York
Dwight Summer Camp
The Dwight School Athletic Center
2116 First Ave.
We offer fun, diverse, and action-packed activities for children ages 4-12 to “ignite the spark of genius in every camper.” Campers enjoy well-rounded experiences in sports, visual and performing arts, and technology; or can focus on basketball, tennis, musical theater, game design, or robotics in our Spark Camps. With daily swim instruction, trips, theme days, and color wars, the fun never ends! Choose from one- to eight-week sessions. Headquartered on the Upper East Side, we provide chaperoned bus transportation above 59th Street, as well as add-on and extended day options.
ESF SUMMER CAMPS AT RIVERDALE COUNTRY SCHOOL
5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx
Summer camp experiences since 1982! ESF offers five exciting camps at Riverdale Country Day School: Day Camp for ages 4-8, Sports Camp for ages 6-14, Senior Camp for ages 9-15, Specialty Major Camps for ages 7-14, and Tennis Camp for ages 6-15. ESF is an award-winning, family-owned and -operated camp. More than 60 activities, daily swim, sports, and exciting programs for boys and girls. Two- through eight-week options. Extended day available. Optional bus transportation from New York City and Westchester County.
HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT
301 Henry St., New York
301 Henry St.
Camp Henry, operated by Henry Street Settlement, offers a wide range of educational and recreational enrichment activities for children ages 5-13 in a safe and nurturing environment. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, dance, sports, swimming, and trips to museums, amusement parks, bowling lanes, and more. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. Full season is July 6-Aug. 14. Half sessions (July 6-31 and Aug. 3-14) are available. The camp day is from 8:30am-5:30pm. Financial aid is available, plus sibling and early-bird discounts.
244 E. 84th St.,
25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco
At Jodi's Gym, kids run, jump, and tumble their way to fitness! Now in our 33rd year, Jodi’s Gym camp for 3- to 6-year-olds is three hours filled with gymnastics, music, art, story time, games, and snack time. Our staff is safety certified and goes through an extensive Jodi’s Gym training program. Our newly renovated, clean, spacious, state-of-the-art facility is a child's dream come true. Jodi’s Gym offers the most flexible scheduling around. You choose the weeks and days!
THE KID'S KORNER PRESCHOOL
247 W. 24th St.,
Summer camp at Chelsea's best-kept secret! Kid's Korner Preschool is a NAEYC-accredited preschool and nursery school. Kids will enjoy arts, crafts, soccer, yoga, cooking, mad science, water fun, and much more! A backyard brings the country to the city, "paved" with fake grass so that children can take off their shoes, lie down, and look at the clouds. The calm, quiet space is decorated with birds, butterflies, and sunflowers.
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets)
Upper West Side, Manhattan
207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
28 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick, NJ
Since 1977, The Little Gym has been promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of children. Its “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” includes parent and child classes (ages 4 months to 3 years), preschool and kindergarten classes (ages 3-6 years), and grade school gymnastics (non-competitive only!) for beginner, intermediate, or advanced gymnasts. The Little Gym also offers its world-renowned “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” camp for children ages 3-9 years, with flexible scheduling to work around your summer plans. Its unique theme-based curriculum takes children on weekly adventures. Half-day and full-day sessions available.
MORNINGSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
251 W. 100th St., New York
Summer of Science! Summer at Morningside promises a fun-filled experience for children ages 2 1/2-5. This six-week program has three sessions that run from June 16-24. We offer three programs for children: Peewee Program on Tuesdays-Thursdays; Classic Program on Mondays-Fridays; and Full Day Program on Mondays-Fridays. It takes place in Morningside’s sun-filled, air-conditioned classrooms. Staff is made up of experienced teachers and young adults. Special activities include yoga for kids, music, arts and crafts, soccer, a learn-to-swim program, trips, and sprinklers on our spacious rooftop playground.
NEW AMSTERDAM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
1 Avenue B (at Houston Street), NY
The New Amsterdam School offers summer sessions for children ages 3-6, featuring a healthy, holistic atmosphere, and activities influenced by the Waldorf approach to education. Children spend time outdoors in the wonder of nature right in the city’s East Village. Nine week-long sessions run from June 16-Aug. 14, Monday through Friday 8:45am-1pm. All of the most up to date information, including a summer camp option for children ages 7-11, may be found online at newamsterdamschool.org/programs, by calling 212-982-1400, or by emailing email@example.com.
OASIS SUMMER DAY CAMPS IN MANHATTAN
Oasis in Central Park
Luke Mohatt, camp director
Stacie Soto, camp director
With two locations, Central Park (Upper West Side) and Downtown Manhattan, Oasis offers campers ages 3-11 the summer of a lifetime in New York City! Oasis features a variety of activities such as athletics, fine and performing arts, nature exploration, Red Cross Swim instruction, and more. Oasis in Central Park is housed at the Mandell School. Oasis Downtown works in partnership with KIDS CREATIVE for arts activities. Both offer Early Start, which is developmentally appropriate for pre-K campers. For more details on any of our programs at either location, visit us at oasischildren.com today.
SACRED HEART SUMMER PROGRAMS
406 E. 91st St., New York
Sacred Heart is excited to launch summer programs for girls and boys, utilizing our state-of-the-art Athletics and Wellness Center! Join us for our June programs: Swim & S.T.E.A.M, for girls and boys, ages 5-8, where participants combine wellness activities and S.T.E.A.M concepts, and our Soccer & Basketball Sports Program, for girls, ages 8-14, where participants work on sports-specific skills with expert instructors. Our Summer Kids Club in July, for girls and boys, ages 5-9, will engage in sports and a variety of recreation activities, including excursions every Friday! All programs include swimming and pool time in our beautiful, six-lane, 25-yard pool.
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
24-50 FDR Drive (East 25th Street and Waterside Plaza), New York
Our camp provides recreational, academic, and enrichment activities in an environment that fosters friendship, sportsmanship, and is nurturing in spirit. Division I Early Childhood camp offers many recreational and sports activities. Our Division 2 camp includes a sports camp with soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and swimming, and a RockStar camp in partnership with Star Education, selected as a “Model Program” by the White House and partner in STEM education. Pre-5th graders to pre-8th graders can participate in i2 Camp, a national network of STEM programs, offering a broad range fun, hands-on courses. Register for i2 at i2camp.org/location/unis/.
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