UPDTAED JUNE 2014: Searching for great summer activities for kids in Rockland County, NY? Use our guide to find kids classes, Rockland summer camps, summer programs, activities near Rockland County, and family excursions close by. Find all of your summer activities from Nyack to Suffern in Rockland County.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Located at Palisades Center, 1282 Palisades Center Drive, First Floor, West Nyack
Billy Beez’s 26,000-square-foot, indoor playground is filled with colorful murals, whimsical characters, and giant play structures, built around a maze of dizzyingly high and wildly twisting slides. There are dozens of activities inside the playground that encourage physical, mental, and social development through play. Camp groups will climb, crawl, and play sports with the companionship of other kids. Along the way, they'll learn how to play fairly, share, and make new friends. For more information, or to book your camp group, please email Patrick Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
310 Michael Drive, Syosset
Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball on our new dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. We also have private party rooms, a WiFi lounge, healthy-food vending machines and snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. And ask us about Toddler Time! School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities available.
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest show cave in the Northeast. Enjoy a comfortable, 90-minute guided tour, including an underground boat ride. Or get ready to say “Howe Fun” at Howe High Adventure Park, offering a four-tower, 40-foot high zip line, ropes course, air jumper, rock wall, and 1,100-foot wet-and-wild ride in the 12-foot H2OGO Ball! Experience the HC Mining Company for gem and fossil mining, geode cutting, and jewelry making. Motel, café, sweet shop, and shopping on property.
LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE & PIRATES COVE
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
Land of Make Believe is Celebrating its 60th Birthday with a new ride, “Pirate’s Escape,” and thanking its loyal patrons with a chance to win a new Ford Escape. (No purchase necessary.) LOMB’s secret is, it was specifically built for parents to participate with their children. This magical amusement park and a pirate-themed, state-of-the-art water park features short lines, free parking, low prices, and awesome family fun. Bring your own food and enjoy our beautiful picnic grove. A safe, wholesome family atmosphere is just minutes away. Visit us on Facebook.
NYACK FARMERS' MARKET
Main Street Parking Lot (next to River Space Theater), Nyack
The Nyack Farmers’ Market—one of the oldest and most successful in the tri-state area—celebrates its 17-year commitment to local produce and specialty foods by adding a Saturday Market to the weekly schedule. The Market is open Thursdays, 8am-2pm through Nov. 26, and Saturdays, 8am-1pm, June 7-Nov. 22 rain or shine. Run by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, Market days feature fresh, seasonal harvests from the area’s farms and food producers, baked and specialty goods, cooking demonstrations, fresh flowers, live music, face painting, and great family entertainment. EBT cards/food stamps are accepted.
PALISADES CLIMB ADVENTURE
4590 Palisades Center Drive, Level 4 of the Palisades Center, W. Nyack
Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world’s tallest indoor ropes challenge course, standing 85 feet tall, with five levels and 75 unique challenge elements to explore, climb, and conquer. More advanced athletes will find a challenge, while “just for fun” climbers will experience a sense of athletic accomplishment. New to the attraction is the Sky Tykes kids’ ropes course designed for ages 2-7 and 48" and under. Both courses are available for summer camp groups of 10 or more. Book your camp for an adventure today!
ROCKING HORSE RANCH RESORT
600 State Route 44/55, Highland
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is your family’s all-inclusive summer getaway! Located just 90 minutes from New York City, Rocking Horse Ranch is the summer adventure your family will never forget. Experience unlimited horseback riding, Big Splash Indoor Water Park, and our private lake featuring water skiing (instruction and equipment included), paddle boating, and Big Banana Boat Rides. Enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat meals including our famous summer family BBQ and nightly entertainment. Book now. Kids Stay Free offer for a limited time. Visit rockinghorseranch.com for more information.
YANKEE STADIUM TOURS
Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Come take a tour of Yankee Stadium, the home of the legendary New York Yankees, presented by MasterCard. Walk into the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, view artifacts from former Yankees legends. Visit what some consider the most exclusive area in professional sports—Monument Park. Make a curtain call in the Yankees Dugout, and head into the Yankees Clubhouse when available. Inquire about our Party City Birthday Bashes and Pre-Game Tours by calling the tours office.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 8, Orangeburg
Unleash the creative side of your child! Whether joining us for a day or the entire week, our programs run all summer long—up until the start of school. All programs are designed and run by a NY/NJ Certified art teacher and are certain to entertain as they educate in the fine arts. Relevant themes, party activities, games and more, our camp program has something for everyone. Purchase individual days or week long blocks. 9am-1pm. Open studio time is also available. We have programs available for all school-aged students.
CHAMPION DAY CAMP
175 W. Clarkstown Road, New City
Champion Birthday Parties at Champion Day Camp
Champion campers spend their summers experiencing the excitement and adventure that each day produces. Our facility contains pools, sports fields, arts buildings, ropes courses, and so much more. The camp program is designed with the intent of campers gaining skills in an engaging environment while having a blast with their camp friends. Our staff is trained to go the extra mile to ensure that each camper is having a great day, each and every day. Lunch, towel service and snacks are all included in the day. Door-to-door transportation is available.
CLARKSTOWN THEATRE COMPANY
8 Second St., Lower Level, New City
Clarkstown Theatre Company began in our community to create and develop artists as actors and performers. We are a year-round organization offering acting classes, music theater workshops, and intimate original showpieces. Join us where the craft of theatre is experienced in a warm and positive environment with professional instructors. In addition to our after-school classes, we are offering a summer camp this year that will include a FULL PRODUCTION with your child included in every aspect of the show. Please call for details—limited space available.
69 Lake Road, Congers
This summer, Danceworks will offer a fun dance-fitness program for kids ages 3-17, which will improve their dance techniques while they have fun. For ages 3-7: Baby Ballet, Baby Yoga & TEA PARTY. This fun-oriented dance program offers creative movement to incorporate the basics of yoga stretch into a classy tea party consisting of juice and cookies. For ages 8-12: Beginner Ballet, Kids ZUMBA® (cardio), and Theater Dance (jazz, ballroom, and hip-hop). For ages 10-17: Ballet, Theater Dance, and Pilates. Call for details.
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Robots and rockets have landed in Bergen and Rockland Counties! Destination Science kids (ages 5-11) enjoy those “Aha!” moments! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning is more important than ever before—in fact, it’s a national movement. Start your child’s journey this summer by heading toward Destination Science! 2014 Topics: Astronaut Training...Moon Mission 2014, Robot Mania & Mysterious Techno Detectives, Rocking Gizmos & Rolling Gadgets, Curious Creatures, and The Grossology Zone.
GAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP
315 N. Main St., New City
We offer children ages 3-11 a rich and wonderful summer experience. Swimming, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, karate, computers, and Jewish-themed programs are just a few of the many fun-filled activities campers will enjoy. Our extensive indoor/outdoor location provides plenty of air-conditioned space, as well as an outdoor heated swimming pool onsite. We provide a non-judgmental environment; our children come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences including children from public and private schools in Rockland. Extremely affordable rates for our 4-, 6- and 8-week programs. Lunch and transportation options available.
GLAZE ART STUDIO
34 Orangeburg Plaza, Orangeburg
Glaze offers summer art camp for children in first through eighth grades. Sessions include wearable arts, tie-dye, beach and science weeks, paper crafts, and more. Camps run Monday-Thursday, from 9am-12pm for first through fourth grades, and from 1-4pm for fifth through eighth grades. Sessions start July 7. The fee is $195 per child, with discounts for siblings and enrollment in multiple weeks. For more information, visit us online.
125 Paris Ave., Northvale
Minutes from Rockland/NJ border
The best-tasting summer cooking and baking camp in town! Book weekly, half- or full-day sessions for a summer filled with healthy, organic food and fun. Learn various baking and cooking techniques, prepare delicious snacks and meals in a fun, safe place. Activities include international, pajama, and picnic days; field trips; barbecues; games; and more. Prepare meals, cake pops, cup cakes, sculptured cakes, hand painted chocolates, and homemade frosting. Everything is included. Grandma’s Kitchen is a peanut and tree-nut allergy-free facility with more than 18 years experience. Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, Parve, and vegan also available.
HELEN HAYES YOUTH THEATER
142 Main St., Nyack
Celebrating our 16th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17. Our two-week summer camps culminate in full-staged productions on a professional stage. Sessions are available for ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13-18. We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. Rehearsals take place in Nyack, NY, and performances take place at the historic Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, NY. For more information, call us or visit our website.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
23 Jefferson Ave.
75 N. Maple Ave.
Huntington Learning Center offers four summer programs to help your child prepare for the next school year. Each program is individualized to your child’s ability and skill level based on an initial academic evaluation, and consists of 50 hours of instruction which your child can spread throughout the summer, or complete in more concentrated bursts allowing for participation in sports, camps, and family vacations. Help your child build skills, motivation, and confidence with a Huntington Summer Program.
JCC ROCKLAND'S WEEKLY SPECIALTY CAMPS
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
JCC Rockland’s All Star Sports Camp and NEW Camp Discover are weekly sign-ups, and include recreational swim, lunch, and snack. Both have highly skilled and qualified staff in each specialty area. All Star Sports Camp for youth entering grades 1-7, in partnership with RBI Sports (Valley Cottage), offers a variety of sports and games daily, covering everything from basic rules, skills, and drills to game-play and scrimmage. Camp Discover for youth entering grades K-3 will amaze and fascinate with weekly themes: magic, science, cooking, arts, theater, games, animals, and photography.
JCC ROCKLAND'S TRADITIONAL CAMP OPTIONS
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
Camps J-Land, Yomi, and Yomi Sr.
JCC Rockland’s Camps J-Land, Yomi, and Yomi Sr. offer campers 18 months-entering 6th grade a traditional day camp experience, including daily instructional and recreational swim, arts and crafts, ropes course, sports, ceramics, cooking, nature, weekly Shabbat, special events, and much more. Each program is designed to meet the needs, skills, and learning objectives for the appropriate age group. JCC Rockland’s camps promote self-exploration and growth while creating summer memories to last a lifetime.
450 S. Main St. (Route 304), New City
The Lead Academy Summer Program prepares students for challenges ahead. Our dedicated and experienced teachers help elementary, middle, and high school students with closing achievement gaps, accelerated math preparation, and language arts preparation. We prepare students for the SAT, NYS ELA and Mathematics tests, Regents exams, critical reading and writing, math, and problem solving. Our summer camp runs from July-August, in the Common Core Curriculum subjects: experimental science, math skills and logical thinking, and developing reading and writing skills. Our Power SAT Prep Course runs all year long.
MASTER JUNG & YU TRADITIONAL TAEKWONDO
70 N. Main St., New City
Blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional Taekwondo, Master Jung & Master Yu's school offers unique martial arts training. Our goal is to help children build self-confidence, respect, good listening skills, and coordination, all in a fun-filled environment. Classes are open 7 days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists and are available on weekends. We will offer a variety of summer classes – please call for more details.
THE NATURE PLACE DAY CAMP
285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
The Nature Place is a non-competitive, nature-oriented day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres in Chestnut Ridge, NY. We truly love what we've been doing for over 25 years: providing campers with a safe summer in which they can be themselves, have fun, be challenged, connect with others and the earth, develop new skills, and be supported throughout. At The Nature Place campers discover hands-on, pressure-free programming, and an exceptionally well-trained staff. They do not find competitive sports, awards, TV or video games. Instead, campers go outside, explore, create, and play.
NEW CITY JEWISH CENTER NURSERY & RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City
New City Jewish Center Early Childhood Camp Program
The NCJC Early Childhood Center is one of the few NYS-accredited nursery schools in Rockland County, instilling a love of learning and Jewish life from the earliest stages of your child’s education. Programs include everything from Mommy and Me to Pre-K, guiding your children through the developmental stages of early childhood. We incorporate special programs such as yoga, music, sports, and Hebrew into our curriculum. Camp NCJC includes special thematic programming, as well as extensive outdoor and water play. Open to 2- and 3-year-olds, the program runs 9am-12pm Monday-Thursday, from June 30-Aug. 7.
PALISADES COUNTRY DAY CAMP
248 Herbert Ave, Closter
Palisades Country Day Camp exists exclusively for the young child, 2-7 years of age. Our aim is to nurture and develop each child’s potential during a stimulating and fun-filled summer. We have created a relaxed environment where campers feel comfortable. Our small group size and excellent camper to counselor ratio assures the fostering of each camper’s emotional, social, and physical needs. After a summer at PCDC, campers will feel a sense of accomplishment, importance, and independence, which in turn, builds strong self-esteem.
ROBIN HILL CAMP
70 Wesley Chapel Road, Suffern
A leader in pre-school and summer camp programs for more than 28 years, Robin Hill offers the best all-around camp for children ages 2-7. We offer the activities of a large camp in a smaller, nurturing environment. Our swim program produces confident swimmers. Arts and crafts, yoga, dancing, and aerobics are just some of our fantastic programs. We also provide sports, including a fantastic zip line and climbing wall. There are special theme-day Fridays, and more. Give your child a unique summer experience at Robin Hill.
ROCA SUMMER CAMP/ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack
The camp experience at RoCA turns summer “sun” days into creative “fun” days for children ages 5-12. RoCA’s 10 wooded acres, fully equipped, air-conditioned art studios, and large, sparkling swimming pool are the site of our programs. Campers, under the supervision of adult instructors and caring counselors, learn in a hands-on, non-competitive environment, where confidence, creativity, and group cooperation are encouraged. Three or four days per week available. Four-, six-, or eight-week sessions are offered. July 1-Aug. 22. Discounts available.
ROCKLAND COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND OTHER DRUG DEPENDENCE (RCADD)
25 Smith St., Suite 101, Nanuet
Research shows that approximately 68 percent of youth ages 14-21 reported having gambled in the last year, while 11 percent admitted to gambling twice a week or more. And did you know that less than half of parents ever discuss gambling with their children? Gambling IS a monster you should talk to your kids about. The earlier a child starts, the more likely they are to have a problem. RCADD will be offering free parent sessions throughout the summer and fall to help you start the discussion and help your children. Call for information.
SMARTY PANTS LEARNING CENTER
Located at Nanuet Hebrew Center, 411 S. Little Tor Road, New City
Smarty Pants Early Learning Program located at the Nanuet Hebrew Center is an early nursery program for ages 2½-5. We encourage a fun, nurturing learning environment with an emphasis on Jewish traditions. With our certified teachers, your child will enjoy actively learning, while developing as a whole child. We are offering a FREE Mommy & Me Shabbat class Friday mornings from 10-11am (ages 6 months-5 years) throughout the summer. Call to RSVP and for more details.
SUMMER JUNIOR FARMERS AT CROPSEY COMMUNITY FARM
220 S. Little Tor Road, New City
Junior farmers experience the fun of farm life and learn all about growing food. From crafts and games to preparing just-harvested snacks, we’ll connect your kids to their community, the sun, and the soil. Each morning starts with an activity with the farm team in the field, followed by nature-based activities with special guests, including Robin Johnson from Garden Arts for Kids. All activities take place at Cropsey Community Farm, the first farm project of Rockland Farm Alliance. For incoming grades K-5. August 4-15, 9am-12pm. Opt to stay for lunch until 1pm. Sign up for one week or two. Sibling discount available.
THE SUMMER SPOT DAY CAMP
34 Kings Highway, Congers
“Rockland County's Best Kept Secret" is entering our 15th season. Our “summer home” is the beautiful 22-acre campus of Rockland Country Day School in Congers. We offer a high-quality, affordable day camp experience for children ages 5-14. Max McClintock, our 'hands on' director, says, "our smaller camp environment has an 'old-fashioned' childhood feel to it, which provides campers with more individual attention.” Open House on June 7. Please call or email for more information.
SUMMER STAGE AT CAMP ADVENTURE
54 Parkway Drive, Blauvelt
A two-week summer program for your children to explore all their talents. Singing and writing, directing, acting, make-up and costume making, props and stage hands—whatever their interests—your little theater buffs will help in every aspect of our summer production. They can opt in or out of any workshop. We will never force them to participate, but we do want to foster any talents and interest they may have in the theater. So, if your child would like a taste of putting together a grand production in just two weeks, give us a call.
TENDER LOVING CARE DAYCARE
40 Park Ave., Suffern
We are a family-oriented facility for ages infant through 12 years, offering programs and flexibility to fit your needs, including FREE UPK. We offer a before- and after-school program with Ramapo Central bus transportation, and open most school holidays, and vacations. Hours: 7am-6:30pm. Located near the Suffern train station and free parking, we offer small class sizes, and a fenced-in playground. Our goal is to provide a warm, healthy environment that will be your child's home away from home. We also offer a summer camp program with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly options.
THRUST FENCING ACADEMY
Nyack and Suffern Locations,
Thrust Fencing Academy Day Camp
100 Route 59, Suffern
Learn the Olympic sport of fencing this summer from three-time Olympian Mika’il Sankofa. The day camp is open to students ages 6-11, and teaches the sport of fencing using fun games, basic drills, and bouts—Touché! Two one-week sessions being held in Suffern, NY: July 21-25, and Aug. 18-22. Our program is designed to build a child’s self-confidence, focus, courtesy, patience, and coordination. All equipment provided. The five-day program (9am-3pm) culminates with a competition and award ceremony. Daily activities include fencing, gourmet lunch, and game time, viewing of fencing competition videos, and more.
TUMBLE - BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, serving Rockland County for over 25 years, offers programs for boys and girls, ages 10 months-12 years. Summer classes begin June 28. Our pre-school program offers exciting weekly lessons and theme weeks. We are the only gym in Rockland County licensed to teach the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics after-school program for children entering Kindergarten through sixth grade. Our warm and well-trained staff will teach your children the skills that give them the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve success in the future. Register early! Classes close out quickly.
TWINKLING STARS DAYCARE
24 Dover Road, Congers
We are your children’s home away from home, where they can learn and grow. We offer coverage year-round, providing reliable childcare for infants through school-age children from 7am-6pm daily and most holidays. Our large outdoor play area offers lots of fun summer activities. Affordable rates for both full- and part-time options. Before- and after- school care available. Healthy meals and snacks included. Discounts offered for veterans and police officers. We are CPR- and First Aid-certified to ensure a safe and loving environment for your children.