Do you need great summer activities for kids in Manhattan, NYC? Use our guide to find kids classes, Manhattan summer camps, summer programs, activities near Manhattan, and family excursions close by. Find all of your summer activities for kids in Manhattan, from the Upper West Side, the East Village, Midtown Manhattan, SoHo, Chelsea, and more.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
300 NEW YORK
Pier 60/23rd & West Side Highway, New York
It’s time to pack up those tents, put away the bug spray, and step into some bowling shoes! Come venture into the great indoors we call 300 New York. With 49 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, comfy seating, ceiling-to-floor video screens–not to mention air conditioning–you’ll hardly miss the old campgrounds. For more information on our great camp packages, contact our sales office at 212-835-2695, or check us out at 300newyork.com.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York
Looking for something refreshingly different? Dip your toes into the delightful world of live amphibians at Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Take the plunge and learn about nature’s mightiest creatures at Whales: Giants of the Deep. Or cool your jets and leave the world behind at the Hayden Planetarium space show, Journey to the Stars. There’s something for everyone this summer at the American Museum of Natural History. Plan your trip today. Tickets at amnh.org; free for members.
FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS
One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers, to create a one-of-kind experience that's thrilling, educational and fun. Nestled at the base of a 150 million year-old rock formation, the Field Station is an oasis of natural wonder just nine minutes from New York City. Over 30 life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the 90-foot-long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists.
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York State’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest Show Cave in the Northeast. Enjoy comfortable guided tours of an underground cavern, a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus, and historical exhibits. Our all-new Howe High Adventure Park offers a Ropes Course, Air Jumper, 4-Tower, 40-ft.-high Zip Line, and 26-ft. Rock Climbing Wall. Then climb into our New H2OGO Ball and take a wet and wild ride 1,100 feet down the beautiful Caverns Estate hillside. For more information visit howecaverns.com or call 518-296-8900.
LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE & PIRATES COVE
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
Land of Make Believe is an amusement park and water park specifically designed for parents to participate with their children. Safe and wholesome, the state-of-the-art water park features a pirate theme, and an amusement park with unique rides, shows, and attractions. Land of Make Believe offers a full day of awesome fun for the whole family. Special treats: free parking, free picnicking, short lines, and great prices. Non-stop fun for the whole family. Don't miss the best of the best, just minutes away, Route 80, Exit 12. Open daily through Labor Day, 10am-6pm.
MONSTER JAM PATH OF DESTRUCTION
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Mayhem returns to MetLife Stadium on Saturday, June 15, at Monster Jam Path of Destruction. Celebrating a decade of destruction with Tom Meents and Max-D—one of the most decorated World Finals champions of all time—again attempting to land a double backflip, Monster Jam features more than 4,000 tons of dirt, 50 crush cars, and 16 of the world’s most popular trucks competing in intense racing and freestyle competition. Affordably priced for families, starting at $35 for adults, $15 for kids. Visit monsterjam.com orticketmaster.com for ticket sales information.
NEW YORK CRUISE LINE (KIDS CRUISE SERIES)
Pier 83, West 42nd Street & 12th Avenue,
Cruising on a ship is not just for adults. Circle Line 42 is offering a Kids Cruise series, 75-minute cruises to the Statue of Liberty with interactive tour guides, prizes, and kid-friendly food and drinks for purchase. On Saturday, June 8, kids can ride on a "Shake it Up"-themed cruise and dance like the popular Disney Channel hit. On Saturday, June 22, our cruise will feature Berenstain Bears and musical performances by Baze and His Silly Friends. Cruises sail 10-11:15am, boarding is at 9:30am. Birthday packages available.
POLE POSITION RACEWAY - INDOOR KARTING
99 Caven Point Road, Jersey City
Pole Position Raceway provides the most authentic, exhilarating family event you could dream of. Just three miles from Manhattan, our two-track, indoor facility allows you to zip around in karts that rev up to 45 mph (20 mph for kids' karts). All drivers must be at least 48 inches tall and kids under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a release. In addition to a day of indoor fun, we also host racing camps, and birthday parties. Invitations, food, drinks, cake, and more with private spaces and arcade.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
BALLET ACADEMY EAST
1651 Third Ave.,
Ballet Academy East’s Summerdance program immerses children ages 4-10 in exciting and creative activities centering on the arts. BAE’s teaching staff is highly gifted and experienced, and loves working with young children! Summerdance children participate in a huge variety of enriching and fun activities including ballet, tap, modern dance, musical theater, drama, and jazz.
167 W. 81st St. (Amsterdam & Columbus), New York
Summer Journey around the World at Book Nook offers children a unique and fun international experience! During the 6-week camp, each week the children will be introduced to a new country through books, art, music, food, languages, and much more. Summer Camp Classes: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, from July 8-Aug 16. Please visit our website for more information.
CHEF TONI'S COOKING ADVENTURES
150 W. 92nd St., Suite 1-E, New York
Around the globe and back again, Chef Toni's flexible, culinary camp program focuses daily on a different region of the world, from Mexico to Africa to Russia, and beyond. Students participate in a healthy cooking lesson, enjoy cultural activities, arts and crafts, fun outings, guest chefs, and events. Camp includes healthy snacks, cooking lesson, apron, chef hat, camp T-shirt, take-home recipes, and lots of fun! July 1-Sept. 6, (ages 6-11 years). Full- or half-day enrollment.
CHELSEA PIERS SUMMER SPORTS CAMP
23rd Street & Hudson River Park,
At Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp, campers ages 3-17 choose from 15 different sports camps. Camps include Preschool Gymnastics, Preschool Ice Skating, Sports Academy (soccer, basketball, volleyball, batting, and more), Junior Gymnastics, Junior Ice Skating, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Ice Hockey, Golf, Performance Golf, Elite Soccer, Acceleration Hockey, Basketball, Bowling, and Urban Adventure for Teens (kayaking, rock climbing, and sailing). Camp runs June 17-Aug. 30. Campers may register for 1-11 weeks. Transportation and after-care are available for an additional fee. For more information, call or visit the website.
CITY AND COUNTRY SCHOOL
146 W. 13th St.,
City and Country School is a premier and unique progressive school in NYC. The mastering of academic, social, physical, and ethical disciplines is embedded in experiential learning. Students graduate from C&C as original, creative thinkers who embrace inquiry and experimentation, and have the ability to problem solve in any situation. C&C graduates develop an authentic sense of confidence and an unmistakable respect for others. Students are accepted to a wide range of high schools, and most attend their schools of choice.
1556 Third Ave. (at 87th Street), Suite 603, New York
Collina Italiana Mini Summer Camp offers children the opportunity to learn or improve their knowledge of the beautiful Italian language, and make new friends in a fun, safe, and creative environment. Different weekly themes, arts and crafts, music, puppetry, outdoor games, and much more, will make your children’s summer a unique experience! Visit our website for schedule and tuition. Enter Code BAPJUNE13 in order to get 10% off.
DOWNTOWN DAY CAMPS
120 Warren St., New York
Downtown Day Camps offer K-8th grade programs as well as sleepaway options. Our beautiful Downtown Community Center and two adjacent facilities in TriBeCa boast a 75-foot pool for swim lessons, art rooms, dance/karate studios, and more. Activities include swimming, field sports, visual arts, tennis, karate, movement, music and drumming, song shows, field trips, and more. Day Camp sessions run from June 28-Aug. 16. Belleayre Sleepaway: 1- or 2-week options: Aug. 12-Aug. 23. Registration is filling up. Contact us for availability.
17 E. 89th St., Suite 1D, New York
EBL Coaching offers three-week intensive academic summer programs for students in pre-K to 12th grade. Our Skills for Success program uses multi-sensory techniques to teach reading, writing, reading comprehension, and math skills to students in pre-K to fifth grade. Sessions meet Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm. Our Strategies for Study Success program teaches middle and high school students independent study skills strategies in test taking, note taking, organization, reading comprehension, and writing. Sessions meet Monday-Friday from 1-4pm. Specialized programs for students with ADHD and learning disabilities are also available.
EMERGE & SEE
164 W. 25th St., Suite 7R, New York
Emerge & See welcomes children and young adults (4-21) to break the barriers of classification by offering services that ALL students can benefit from. After-school programs, tutoring, and weekend social groups offer a sense of community and learning that promote confidence, creativity, and engagement. Fun, character building, brain-body connections, sensory supports, and life skills are just a few areas that E&S prioritize. Want to learn more? Check out emergeandsee.net or call 212-256-0846.
FASHION CAMP NYC
At the College for the Business of Fashion 12 E. 53rd St, New York
Come to Fashion Camp NYC for an intensive, 5-day, hands-on camp experience, taught by the experts, designers, and retailers you read about in your favorite glossy, and aspire to work with one day. Fashion Camp NYC explores the “business” of fashion, teaching teens, ages 12-18, how to turn their passions into lucrative professions. Our educators include fashion executives, designers, product developers, stylists, bloggers, and editors, touching on every aspect of this creative and colorful industry. All that’s missing is you! Visit our website for details!
FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase,
Weekly sessions for ages 4-16, June-August. Campers can choose from 16 specialty day camp programs: tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, multi-sports, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, circus arts, magic, softball, diving, academic, and little stars (ages 3½–5). Our staff is a highly trained team of professionals, and limited enrollment ensures they get to know each camper’s individual needs. Supervised swimming included; instructional swim for Little Stars. Lunch option; transportation available from Westchester; door-to-door transportation from Manhattan also available.
HMS - HAMPTONS MUSIC SESSIONS
18 James Lane (St. Luke's Church), East Hampton
Hamptons Music Sessions is a K-12 summer day camp that provides an unforgettable musical experience! Bringing together an all-star cast of teachers, HMS fosters an enriching, fun environment where students forge beautiful friendships through music. Students take private lessons with internationally acclaimed instructors, as well as Music Theory, History, Yoga/Movement, Chamber Ensemble, Improv, World Listening, and Performance Etiquette. They also get performance opportunities at HMS and through community service. Visit hamptonsmusic.org for more information.
THE JACK & JILL SCHOOL
209 East 16th St.,
The Jack and Jill Summer Playgroup is designed as a “first school” experience for children ages 20-30 months. Groups meet two or three times weekly for 1½- hour sessions at 61 Gramercy Park. A parent or caregiver participates with the child. An experienced early childhood teacher supervises the group and creates a stimulating program. Children are encouraged to explore new and unfamiliar activities and to begin to share and cooperate with others. Our goal is to allow children to explore developmental, social, and emotional issues while involving themselves in a rich cognitive curriculum.
244 E. 84th St.,
25 Hubbels Drive, Mt. Kisco
At Jodi's Gym, kids run, jump, and tumble their way to fitness! Now in their 31st year, Jodi’s Gym camp for 3-7-year-olds is three hours filled with gymnastics, music, art, story time, games, and snack time. You won't find a more attentive, caring, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic staff anywhere. Their brightly colored and spacious facility is a child's dream come true. Jodi’s Gym offers the most flexible scheduling around. You choose the weeks and days! Campers have the option of extending their camp day by joining the one hour lunch bunch.
JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Ave. of the Americas, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Floors, New York
The Joffrey Ballet School has summer dance camp programs for ages 3-6 and 7-9, and ballet intensives for children 10-13 and 13-22. Dance camps are weeklong workshops with themes such as "Peter and the Wolf," "Wild Things," and "Fairies, Knights, and Dragons," which encourage creativity through dance, arts, crafts, music, and food. An in-studio performance culminates each workshop. Workshop hours: 8:45-11:45am. Summer ballet intensives (ages 10-22) include classes in ballet technique, character and folk dancing, jazz, Pilates, and pointe (for older students).
KARMA KIDS YOGA
104 W. 14th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Avenues), 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 very 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 storytime yoga, prenatal yoga, prenatal Pilates, special events, birthday parties and more! Come Play Yoga!
THE KID'S KORNER PRESCHOOL
247 W. 24th St., New York
Summer camp at Chelsea's best-kept secret, Kid's Korner Preschool, is a NAEYC-accredited preschool/nursery school. Kids will enjoy arts, crafts, 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.
KIDS AT ART CHILDREN'S ART STUDIO & GALLERY
1412 Second Ave. (bet. 73rd & 74th Streets), New York
This summer, Kids at Art will feature half a day of art (drawing, painting and sculpture) (9am-12pm), and half a day of Musical Theater mini-camp (12:30-3pm) offered by the professionals from Tada! Youth Theater, who will work with children to create an original musical performance with a final sharing for parents and friends on the last day. This is the perfect program for active children ages 4½+ who want the best of both creative worlds. Registration for each program is also available separately through Kids at Art. (June 10-Aug. 23).
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
Upper West Side (bet 74th & 75th Streets)
2121 Broadway (2nd Fl.), NYC
Upper East Side (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
207 E. 94th St., NYC
28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick NJ
Since 1977, The Little Gym has been promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of children. Their “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” includes Parent/Child classes (ages 4 months-3 years), Preschool/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 camp for children ages 3-9 years, with flexible scheduling to work around your summer plans. Their unique theme-based curriculum takes children on weekly adventures. Half-day and full-day sessions available.
MICHAEL HOWARD STUDIOS YOUNG ACTORS' CONSERVATORY 2013
152 W. 25th St., 10th Floor (bet. 6th and 7th Avenues), New York
Our Young Actors' Conservatory is a two-week intensive in early August for students interested in pursuing a career in acting. Courses are taught by our Master Teachers in Acting for Film & Television, Audition Technique, Movement, Scene Study, Shakespeare, and Voice. This is the perfect opportunity for driven young actors to receive in-depth training in all forms of theater.
MODEL MOVES BOOT CAMP
Model Moves Boot Camp is an empowering one-day workshop for aspiring models and actors taught by former Ford/Elite model Shawn Ehlers. Learn to walk and move with the confidence, grace, and presence of a supermodel—both on the runway and in front of the camera. Model Moves Boot Camp helps you to bring out the best in your personality, enabling you to project a powerful image to the world. Best of all, you'll get great photos to launch your career in the modeling and acting industries.
MY SPOT 4 KIDS
Upper West Side
167 W. 81st St.
551 Fort Washington Ave.
My Spot 4 Kids Speech Language Pathology and Enrichment Center is now accepting applications for our fun, exciting, and interactive summer programs that target social and literacy skills. We are also thrilled to introduce our KINDERCORE Enrichment Program – Conquering the Common Core. With all the recent changes to the curriculum, children have difficulty transitioning from play to academics. Our year-round KINDERCORE Enrichment Program is led by highly skilled Speech Language Pathologists, and was created to ease the transition for youngsters and prepare them for the next level.
NEW YORK CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER
390 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York
New York Chinese Cultural Center hosts a seven-week Chinese-culture-specific program for children ages 3½ to 10, including daily language, basic dance, Kung Fu, and arts and crafts classes. Open rolling registration with weekly basic fee of $300. Early drop off and late pick-up services are available with additional fees. July 8-Aug. 23. Call 212-334-3764 or visit chinesedance.org.
NYU SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS
At The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
A seven-week, evidence-based, therapeutic day program exclusively for children ages 7-11 with ADHD and behavior disorders. The focus of program is to build self-esteem and help children develop attentional, organizational, and friendship skills. Clinical psychologists and qualified teachers supervise undergraduate and graduate-level counselors. There is one staff member to every 1 to 2 children. The program is directed by Dr. Karen Fleiss, a nationally renowned clinical psychologist, and expert in the treatment of children with ADHD. Enrollment is limited.
ON BROADWAY - PERFORMING ARTS TRAINING PROGRAM
Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive @ 120th Street, New York
New York’s new sensational summer camp for students ages 6-18, founded by Rema Webb (“The Lion King,” “The Book of Mormon”). We teach students the principles of the performing arts in a conservatory type setting. All classes led by theater or design professionals. July 15-Aug. 2. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Dance-Act-Sing-Create. Have fun!
132 W. 112th St., New York
Situated two blocks from Central Park in a 6,000-square-foot space in Upper Manhattan, Peartree Preschool is a play-based, eco-preschool whose mission is teaching children the wonders of the world. With a flexible schedule and dedicated outdoor area, this progressive preschool provides families with a child-centered approach to early learning, a collaborative family atmosphere, and a safe, inspiring environment that encourages exploration and creativity. The school can serve up to 75 children ages 2-5 years. Check out Peartree at peartreenyc.com, and call about Summer Eduventures.
ROCK CAMP IN BRIDGEHAMPTON
At Bridgehampton High School Campus,
At Rock Camp Hamptons we bring the most talented musicians and educators to inspire young musicians, ages 6-18, who are either new to music or wish to master their instrument. Students learn a wide range of rock 'n roll styles, take lessons, read and write music, improvise, compose, learn music technology software, and create film scores. Our teachers are faculty from the finest schools, such as Berklee College of Music and Westminster Choir College. At the end of camp week, students perform a live rock show for the public.
RUTGERS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
236 W. 73rd St. (at Broadway), New York
Join RCP this summer for enrichment, friendship and fun! Ready, Set, Go!, for preschoolers ages 3-5 years, features weekly themes and special activities to nurture creativity. Other classes include: Mommy & Me and On My Own playgroups (featuring water play, just for the summer), art, dance, music, movement, creative storytelling, musical theater, and Mandarin. Great programs at great prices, including sibling and multi-class discounts. Ask about the afternoon session of Ready, Set, Go!, starting September 2013. Click the Community Programs button on the website for information. Open House June 17, 1pm. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
130 E. 80th St., New York
SciTech Kids sparks a child’s innate curiosity about science through rich, hands-on, captivating experiences. Designed for children ages 4-12, SciTech Kids summer camp inspires kids to think like scientists and inventors. Children learn scientific concepts by “doing science” that is connected to everyday life. Mornings are spent in Central Park, while afternoons include fun-filled science and non-science activities. Whether launching rockets, building solar ovens, or understanding how the human body works, kids have a blast at SciTech Kids. Enroll for one week or more in June, July, or August.
SUMMER PROGRAM AT MORNINGSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
251 W. 100 St, New York
Our Summer Program promises a fun-filled summer for children ages 2½-5½. Enjoy our sun-filled, air-conditioned classrooms, spacious rooftop playground, arts & crafts, science, and movement. Group trips are also offered for our older campers. For ages 3½-5, we also provide an instructional swim program offered by “Swim Jim” (there is an additional fee for this program as noted on the application). Our staff is made up of experienced teachers and young adults who return year after year to work with our children. Visit our web site.
TADA! YOUTH THEATER
15 W. 28th St at Broadway, New York
When school is out...TADA! Youth Theater is in! School-Break Week-Long Camps and Week-Long Summer Camps are on sale now. Explore the world of acting, singing, and dancing that focuses on the core elements of Musical Theater. Two professional teaching artists direct scenes and musical numbers from original TADA! musicals and Broadway/Off-Broadway shows, plus play theater games, do comedic improv, and master cool dance moves. Also check out our Afternoon Adventures program, available for all summer camps. Visit our website or call for more information: tadatheater.com.
THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SETTLEMENT
235 E. 11th St. (at 2nd Avenue), New York
Third Street Music School welcomes children and adults for Individual and Partner Lessons this summer. Third Street’s experienced teachers provide one-on-one or two-person lessons to musicians of all skill levels and instruments. Individual and Partner Lessons – part of Third Street’s pathway to enthusiasm and excellence – provide an opportunity for concentrated and personal attention. Lessons are offered in either four- or six-week options, and run from June 24 through Aug. 2. Tuition assistance is available.
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
24-50 FDR Drive (25th Street & Waterside Plaza), New York
173-53 Croydon Road, Jamaica Estates
June 24-July 26. UNIS Summer Camp provides an array of activities for students, ages 4-14, in a friendly and supportive environment that fosters friendship, develops sportsmanship, and nurtures the spirit. Division 1 (ages4-7) offers a structured program including chess, tennis, swimming, theatre games, music and songs, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports. Division 2 (ages 8-14) offers mini-musical, photography, film making, dances, drumming, guitar, world music, robotics, animation, chess, arts and crafts, swimming, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, yoga, and cooking. For information, call 212-584-3084.
WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
126 W. 17th St., New York
57 W. Rocks Road
Norwalk, CT 06851
The Summer Enrichment program at Winston Preparatory School provides parents with the unique opportunity to create an academic program specifically designed for the needs of their children. Students in grades 4-12 may attend six classes daily from 9am-1:30pm, June 28-July 26. From 2-3:30pm, students may enroll in one-on-one classes, engage in after-school activities, or participate in both. Students may also enroll in one-on-one sessions from Aug. 5-23. Scholarships are available. For further information, brochures, or applications, please call or email.