Search for the best summer activities for kids in Queens, NY. Our guide helps you choose from Queens kids classes, Queens summer camps, summer programs, activities near Queens, NY, and family excursions in the Queens and New York City area. NYMetroParents has your summer activities in Astoria, Flushing, Jamaica, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, and the rest of Queens, NY.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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.
LONG ISLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
11 Davis Ave., Garden City
Create lasting summer memories with camp visits to Long Island Children’s Museum. Bring your campers to LICM for hands-on discovery and exciting exploration. Choose the visit that suits your age group, interest and schedule. Make a day of it: Add a matinee performance in the LICM Theater or add additional museum play time. Visits offered Monday-Friday: morning (10-11:30am) or afternoon session (12-1:30pm). Call 526-224-5869 to book your camp visit and see our site at licm.org.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
ABC FANTASY LAND PRESCHOOL
66-20 Laurel Hill Blvd., Woodside
ABC is the start of the alphabet and of education. Our newly renovated facility with 10 large rooms, indoor gym, and a spacious outdoor fenced-in playground provides a friendly preschool for children ages 2-6 years. The curriculum includes literacy, reading, arithmetic, computers, science, social studies, and gymnastics. Our student-to-teacher ratio allows our qualified staff to focus on each child. Hot meals daily: breakfast, lunch, and snack. Transportation available. We accept childcare assistance programs like ACS and HRA. The summer camp offers creative, recreational activities, sprinklers, and on-site trips, including pony rides and animal shows.
AMERICAN DANCE & DRAMA
188-22 Union Turnpike, Flushing
72-24 61st St, Glendale
Welcome to the American Dance & Drama Studio, the original neighborhood school that was established more than 40 years ago at the same location. We offer quality teaching and an extremely professional staff, while maintaining a fun and exciting environment. Come visit our new, multi-level, hi-tech studios—the largest in Queens! We're sure you'll be impressed. We offer classes from ages 2 through adults in all types of dance, as well as gymnastics, drama, Zumba, belly dance, and singing. Please call us about our flexible full- and half-day summer camp and our summer classes.
BETH SHOLOM DAY CAMP
401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Beth Sholom Day Camp, serving the Nassau/Queens area for over 40 years, provides children ages 3-15 the opportunity to reach their goals in a warm and friendly environment with a caring and experienced staff. We are located on 30 acres with three heated swimming pools and many fields. Some of our activities include swimming, music, dance, arts and crafts, young israelites, martial arts, and all outdoor sports. We serve Glatt Kosher lunches and snacks, and we are nut free. Beth Sholom Day Camp offers door to door transportation in air-conditioned vehicles. Please check out our website at bethsholomdaycamp.com.
444 Lakeville Road, Suite 103, Lake Success
There are no simple solutions when it comes to ADD, ADHD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, learning disabilities, or processing disorders. Complex issues require comprehensive integrative solutions and that is exactly what we provide at Brain Abilities. A simple phone call is all it takes to find out exactly how we have helped hundreds of children and families. Call 516-208-9360 today to see how we can help your family and visit brainabilities.com for more information.
150-50 14th Road, Whitestone
Join our summer mini camp for children of all ages. Our creative program and highly qualified staff lead your child through a summer of fun, friends, and fitness. Our state-of-the-art facility is also available for birthday parties. Call for more information.
CLUB Z! TUTORING
Club Z!'s private, in-home tutoring service is one of the most affordable tutoring programs available. Our tutors are highly educated and certified in all subjects including math, science, reading, writing, SAT test prep, and ACT test prep. They work great for all students including those with ADHD and other learning disabilities. We match a tutor to create goals for student's academic performance. Our tutors work closely with the student, their teachers, and their curriculum to make sure the goals are met. Call us at 516-248-4300 or email at email@example.com
THE CRAYON BOX PRESCHOOL
44-10 192nd St., Flushing
Where learning and fun are rolled into one! We give children a foundation of education they can take with them throughout their student years. Our summer program is no exception. The children will have access to outdoor activities daily, with water activities three days a week. We offer flexibility and a wide range of options to assist our families with their busy schedules. Emphasis is placed on both socialization and academic excellence, all in a calming and loving setting. Our beautiful facility offers an outdoor playground and a full-sized gym.
98-11 Queens Blvd., Rego Park/Forest Hills
Do something fun and exciting this summer by thinking out of the box! Have you ever tried a dance class? Why not come for a short summer session, when classes are so affordable! One hour per week for five weeks is only $75 (that's only $15/hour!) The DanceSource summer classes will run from Fri. July 5-Thurs. August 8, and we have classes every day of the week. Ask about discounts for two or three family members. Come to The DanceSource if you're an experienced dancer or have never danced before. We hope to see you soon!
FASTRACKIDS SUMMER CAMP
98-00 62nd Drive, Rego Park - Park City
This summer, enroll your child in a fun and exciting adventure that he or she will use for life. FasTracKids is offering an eight-week fun, interactive learning program for children ages 3-10. This fast-paced, fun, and fully interactive learning adventure will captivate and entertain as it delivers truly meaningful lessons. FasTracKids program will include arts and crafts, science experiments, yoga, Virtual World Journey Tour, and other exciting activities. Seats are limited so call FasTracKids now to reserve a seat for your child. We are now open in Rego Park: 98-00 62nd Drive.
FOREST HILLS KIDS CORNER (TM)
Belle Arti Center for the Arts, L.L.C.
108-10 72nd Ave., Forest Hills
All Star Studios
108-21 72nd Ave., Forest Hills
The best in the field: Belle Arti Center for the Arts, L.L.C. and All Star Studios. Belle Arti offers lessons in piano, violin, cello, guitar, voice, woodwinds, music theory, and Musical Aurora®, a unique music program for children ages 2-5. All Star Studios offer classes in theater, tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and acrobatics! Ages 3 and older.
FOREST PARK DAY CAMP AND PRESCHOOL
102-35 63rd Road, Forest Hills
Forest Park Day Camp is for children ages 2-6 years. The camp offers a wide variety of age-appropriate activities, ranging from swimming in our in-ground pool, supervised playing in our playground, creative arts and crafts, and trips. The camp setting is in an air-conditioned facility with breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily. Parents find our camp just right for their youngsters.
GATEWAY SPORTS CLUB
Program offered at James Madison HS - Brooklyn, John Jay HS - Brooklyn and Block Institute - Brooklyn, Douglaston ICC, Flushing Aquatic Center, Hillcrest Jewish Center - Flushing, John Adams HS - South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill HS, Bayside HS, PS 224 - Bayside, Chaminade High School - Mineola
Gateway Sport, Inc. is a program that strives for excellence in academics and sports. Started with only seventeen students, the program has grown to over two thousand, and has been providing quality instruction for over 10 years. Our sports school prides itself on exceptional athletic programs that teach students how to swim (USS swim team, private lessons, baby & me, water aerobics, water polo, and lifeguard training), play basketball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball. Our goal is to add other non-traditional sports programming like martial arts, yoga, triathlon training, aquatic therapy, and scuba diving.
HAPPY DAYS DAY CAMP
P.O. Box 640236, Oakland Gardens
At Happy Days Camp our mission is to create a fun, exploratory, and safe environment for your children. Our No. 1 priority is your children’s safety. We employ well-trained personnel and staff who work with the children to develop interests and talents to their optimal potential. We follow a socially responsive practice. Children build relationships, laugh and smile, and have fun-filled days. Here, we stay true to our name, committed to providing everlasting, memorable ‘Happy Days’ all summer.
Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp
183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing
The camp “where everybody knows your name” offers: preschool/nursery/kindergarten, ages 4-5; junior, ages 6-7; senior, ages 8-10; tween, ages 11-13, and a CIT program. The age-appropriate programs include Red Cross swim instruction, arts and crafts, video games, outdoor play and exercise, sports, tennis, field trips, Jewish culture program, organized games and activities, and weekly cookout, and teen lounge and late night trips for upper campers. Fee includes transportation, hot kosher lunch and afternoon snack, trip admission fees, T-shirt, and a group picture. Partial season program available.
JEI LEARNING CENTER
200-13 32nd Ave., Bayside
Since 1977, JEI Learning Centers’ enrichment programs have helped children achieve academic success around the world. JEI has a scientific diagnostic system for children in grades pre-K-9. It pinpoints the missing links in learning and prescribes an individual study program based on specific needs. We also offer multi-day preschool alternative and summer camp programs. Our Lil’ Genius classes focus on creativity, collaboration, and communication in an interactive learning environment using touch-screen technology found in leading public and private schools. Please call us about our flexible weekly summer program and our early registration discounts.
JUST WEE TWO
Bayside, Manhasset, Plainview, plus Brooklyn and Connecticut,
This specially developed program, for children 8 months–3 1/2 years and their parents, provides an environment that enables grownups to share the joy of a child’s early learning. Classes limited to 10 children. Toddlers enjoy arts and crafts, creative movement, stories, and play time. Children develop a sense of confidence and increase their communication and social skills. We offer an enrichment class with an emphasis on reading readiness, six-week summer mini-camp, and partial separation and separation classes for 2 ½- to 3 ½-year-olds.
194-11A Northern Blvd., Bayside
Summer does not mean learning should be put on hold! Kent Prep offers summer enrichment classes from July 1-Aug. 29 to help students from pre-kindergarten and up set forth confidently in the upcoming semester. With developmentally appropriate curriculum led by top instructors in their given fields, Kent students receive the instruction and attention needed to excel. Please call 718-423-5757 to speak to a counselor for information.
LANA'S GYMNASTICS CLUB
71-25 Main St., Flushing
Lana's Gymnastics is the ultimate in gymnastic schools, offering the finest instruction all year round. Skilled instructors have gymnastic safety certificates. The 8,000-square-foot facility has new Olympic-quality equipment. Students can join as a beginner, or all the way up to advanced levels. Lana's has just introduced the long-awaited Mommy and Me program for children ages 2-4 during morning and evenings. Lana's also offers summer camp with swimming throughout the week, trips, meals provided twice a day, and included transportation.
MAGIC CARPET SUMMER DAY CAMP
Ages 4-14 are invited aboard the Magic Carpet to experience exciting weekly trips, frequent swim days, sun, fun, and adventure. Trips include Luna Park, Adventureland, Long Island's Laser Bounce, the New York Hall of Science, Movieworld, and so much more! All-inclusive rates include transportation, lunch, swimming daily, T-shirt, tote bag, and admission to all of our fun-filled trips. Call today for more information. Two- to eight-week sessions available.
MOMMY, MUSIC, & ME, INC.®
Offering Music Together® classes in Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, Glendale, Howard Beach, Little Neck, and Whitestone, Queens
Since 2003 we have provided the gold standard Music Together® music and movement program for grown-ups and the children they love. Thousands of families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have experienced our classes with highly trained and registered Music Together® teachers. Families value the positive effects on speech articulation, small and large gross motor skills, pre-linguistic skills, rhythm, tone, and socialization. Schedule your free trial class before summer. Visit mommymusicandme.com for information on our 10th anniversary free concerts at Crocheron Park, Flushing Meadow Park, and Ally Pond Park.
NEW YORK CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER
390 Broadway, 2nd Fl., 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.
NINA'S TUTORING CENTER
8702 Grand Ave., Elmhurst
We tutor kids in grades K-12. For the past six years, we have provided quality education, which helps kids excel in school. Our excellent, highly dedicated, and experienced tutors are very competent. We provide students with a foundation of education they can use throughout their life. We specialize in homework help, and offer critical thinking and writing classes. We help improve skills in math, ELA, science, and social studies. We also have an intensive preparation program for ELA, math and science citywide and statewide exams. We are highly recommended by various educators.
NUBREED MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY
150-43 14th Ave., Whitestone
Nubreed Martial Arts Academy founders Sifu Luigi Orlando Cuellar and Sifu Alex Chan have collaborated with child behavior specialist, Robyn J.A. Silverman, Ph.D., to create the most educational and exciting age-specific children’s programs. Besides focusing on a child’s academic achievement and physical and character building skills, the program also includes bully busting and child abduction training. Call us to find out about our special summer activities. Nubreed Martial Arts is an award-winning academy and has been delivering martial arts excellence in Queens for 15 years.
OASIS DAY CAMP
at Queensborough Community College, Bayside
This summer, Oasis in Bayside offers a day camp experience tailored to your child’s interests with our Camper Academies. For wide-ranging skill development, campers will participate in Chinese language and culture, science exploration, engineering, and fine and performing arts. During academy time, your child will develop their skills in specific content areas. When campers are not in academies, they will participate in our traditional day camp programming, which includes sports, team building activities, visual and performing arts, nature exploration, and recreational swimming. Oasis Day Camp is for boys and girls ages 4-15.
PEE WEE FOLKS
12-45 Clintonville St., Whitestone
Camp Pee Wee offers an exciting experience for campers ages 2-4 years. Camp Pee Wee allows you to customize a schedule to meet your summer needs. Kidz Camp is our camp for older children ages 5-10. We offer a variety of activities to make their summer days memorable. We will be running trips two days a week to many of our favorite summer places, such as Fun Zone, Medieval Times, Adventureland, and many summer hot spots!
Performing Arts Conservatory of New York
35-57 89th St., Jackson Heights
Performing Arts Conservatory of New York offers international summer music, art, dance, and language programs from July 1-Aug. 31. The intensive program is designed for advanced students preparing to audition for high school (La Guardia, Frank Sinatra, etc.). Our music program includes private and group lessons for piano, violin, viola, cello, woodwinds, brass, guitar, vocal, and drums. Enrolled students take free lessons in music theory, composition, musical theater, and chorus. Dance includes Modern, Flamenco, and Ballet. Languages include Spanish and French. We offer Music and Movement, and Art and Dance class for toddlers.
POWER BRAIN TRAINING CENTER
43-01 Bell Blvd., 2nd Floor, Bayside
567 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset
The new camp everyone's talking about! At our "Fun and Focus Summer Camp" children ages 4-14 spend seven weeks tapping into the infinite potential of their brain. Our interactive and engaging camp empowers students to improve social relationships, confidence, physical health, creativity, concentration, and academic success. Campers participate in a variety of physical, emotional, and cognitive activities including: yoga, visualization, team problem-solving, tai chi, left/right hemisphere integration, brain wave vibration, HSP dance, brain screen study sessions, and more. Help your child create health, happiness, and peace using their Power Brain!
PROGRESSIVE MARTIAL ARTS
175-25 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows
Progressive Martial Arts offers a yearlong age-specific program for kids ages 3 and older. Classes are offered throughout the year and special events such as workshops, camps, and summer activities are offered through the summer months for PMA Youth Students. Call 718-461-0700 today to be part of this award-winning youth program that offers benefits such as increased confidence, practical self-defense, increased focus, self-discipline, and respect. Give your child the strong start in life they deserve!
QUANTUM LEAP KIDS LEARNING CENTER, INC.
108-10 72nd Ave., 3rd Floor, Forest Hills
Quantum Leap Kids’ Learning Center is proud to introduce its Summer Broadcast Journalism Workshop for students entering grades 3-8. This class will be taught by a former local television news anchor/reporter. Students will learn the fundamental principles of news reporting with a hands-on approach, including writing and interviewing for news. Students will also get the opportunity to meet and speak with various on-air professionals. Quantum Leap also offers English Language Arts (ELA) Workshops for grades Pre-K-7. Please call 718-344-3716 or visit our website quantumleapkidslearning.com for details.
QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN
43-50 Main St., Flushing
HSBC Children's Garden is a hands-on program for children ages 5-12 that teaches about plants, gardens, and nature while kids have fun playing in a beautiful environment. It's the first "green" children's program in Queens, and offers the opportunity to practice different sustainable gardening techniques like composting, mulching, and learning about recycling. Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and environmental stewardship.
ROBOMINDTECH STEM LEARNING CENTER
185-10A Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows
RoboMindTech is a science and technology learning center that integrates the motivational effects of robotics and LEGO® play into a unique, hands-on curriculum for kids ages 4-14, designed to inspire young minds. Channel your child’s creative energy into creative science and robotics activities that teach important concepts in an active immersion environment. We offer weekly summer camps; come build your own amusement park or take the robotic Mars rover exploration challenge. Look for our after-school, vacation workshops, school field trips, and birthday parties. Join RoboMindTech’s Robotics team, Home of 2012 First LEGO® League Champion.
SENSATIONAL KIDS SUMMER DAY CAMP
Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates
Sensational Kids offers an exciting, fun-filled day for children ages 3-14. Campers join us for 2-8 weeks (weeks do not need to be consecutive). Our experienced staff will be a memorable part of each child’s summer. Children will have a fantastic time doing arts and crafts, enjoying sports, games, swimming, and going on spectacular trips. Camp hours are 7am-6pm; program hours are 9am-4pm. Camp is non-sectarian. Payment plans are available.
SOCCER FRIENDS USA, INC.
Locations in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park,
347-756-2988; 347-756-2568 (Para Espanol)
Our objective is to create a basis for a lifelong enjoyment of sports. Our popular summer program is as flexible as it is fun, so you can enjoy your summer plans and enjoy our classes! We offer class passes for as few as three classes, all the way up to our unlimited pass. Just check what time the appropriate class is (Monday-Saturday) and come play. We offer classes for ages 2 and older.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND SWALLOWING DISORDERS SERVICE OF NASSAU
3375 Park Ave., Suite 4010, Wantagh
444 Lakeville Road, Suite 104, Lake Success
500 N. Broadway, Suite 141, Jericho
Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Speech Pathology and Swallowing Disorders Service of Nassau. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive or receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding groups for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions are also offered. There are four other affiliated offices across Long Island.
STAR TUTORING CENTER
Star Tutoring Center provides individual (in-home, at the center, or any other place of choice) and group academic support in all subjects for all grades. The extra focus and special attention given by our tutors make a difference to successful learning. Tutoring is available in all areas: reading, math, science, standardized test prep, Regents prep, and much more. We have special discount packages for the summer for all students including those with learning disabilities. Contact for a 20% discount before June 30. Call 646-717-0600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER AT KEW-FOREST
119-17 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills
From July 1- Aug. 16, kids entering grades pre-K-6 enjoy a full-day program (9am- 4:30pm) featuring morning academics and afternoon recreation, or a half-day of either. Daily swimming and lunch are also offered. We offer a Counselor-in-Training program for seventh and eighth graders. Call 718-268-4667 x108 or email email@example.com for information.
THE CAGE-BASEBALL, INC.
62-40 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village
The Cage is a family-owned baseball, softball, soccer, and fitness training facility serving the NYC area for more than seven years. In addition to hitting and pitching tunnels, we offer private instruction by pro and college players, as well as group clinics from October to March. Birthday party packages are available. We are starting an after-school program to help children stay active this September. Please contact us anytime for more information.
THE LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR GIFTED YOUTH
C.W. Post Campus, Brookville
The Center for Gifted Youth is a four-week, campus-based, non-residential summer program emphasizing hands-on academic activities. Opportunities are provided for individual and group work and productive learning experiences with special emphasis on higher order thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving, and leadership development. A supervised recreational program is offered at the end of each day. Students may participate in outdoor athletic activities, such as soccer and kickball, or take part in club-type activities, such as chess and group discussions.
167-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows
Exciting things are happening at Tiny Footsteps! We schedule frequent school trips and special events. Our hands-on curriculum is theme based allowing for student growth and creativity. Students are prepared academically and socially for the big step into elementary school. All of our educators are certified with extensive experience. Nutritious kosher meals are prepared on site four times daily. Various schedules and transportation are available for busy parents. Call 718-969-5500 for information about our future open house events!
VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
S.O.A.R. ahead this summer at Vincent Smith School’s Social Opportunities and Remediation Program. S.O.A.R. is a student directed program that provides children in grades 4-8 the opportunity to remediate, maintain, or enrich their skill sets in the areas of reading, writing, math, and social cognition. Each area is explored for approximately 45 minutes daily from 9am-12pm. Students polish their reading, writing, and math skills and at the same time social cognition skills are learned using hand on activities and creative role-play. For information call 516-365-4900.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY CAMP OF QUEENS
Since 1972, our family-run camp has provided safe, fun summers for thousands of Queens youngsters ages 4-15. YPDCQ is accredited by the ACA, the New York Camp Directors Association, and is supervised by licensed teachers and administrators. YPDCQ provides a dynamic, diversified, and professionally supervised program enabling children to see, try and experience many activities. Activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, natural science, academics, educational and recreational field trips as well as many other special events. Door-to-door transportation is available at no additional charge. 2- to 8-week sessions are available. Ask about special discounts.