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Summer Activities, Programs, Classes, and Fun for Kids on Long Island

Summer Activities, Programs, Classes, and Fun for Kids on Long Island

Keep the boredom at bay this summer at one of these fun Long Island locations.


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UPDATED October 2019: Looking for a summer camp for your child on Long Island? What about a program to complement your kid's summer experience? Or maybe you just need to find something to do nearby because the weather is being less than cooperative, keeping your kids cooped up inside all day. We're here to help with a list of local summer camps, summer programs, day trips, and family fun venues right here in Nassau and Suffolk counties. From indoor play spaces, arcades, bounce places, aquariums, theaters, and summer fairs and festivals, to art classes, music schools, theater programs, foreign language classes, day camps, specialty camps, STEAM programs, ballet studios, and academic enrichment, you're sure to find just the right summer program to keep your kids busy and having fun while school's out! These programs are across Long Island, including locations in Melville, Amityville, Medford, Syosset, Rockville Center, Glen Cove, Great Neck, New Hyde Park, Oyster Bay, Roslyn Heights, Greenlawn, Hempstead, Mineola, Hicksville, and Port Jefferson Station, as well as programs and fun in Manhattan, Queens, and nearby Westchester County.

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Summer Activities & Excursions

BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
800-628-7070

At Bethpage, we care about what you care about. Like building a strong financial foundation for your child this summer. Our youth and young adult savings accounts offer no annual fees, a low minimum opening deposit (only $5), and a competitive interest rate. Open an account today.

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM
431 E. Main St., Riverhead
631-208-9200 xH2O (426) or 631-208-9200 x125

Featuring one of the largest all-living coral reef displays, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, African penguins, touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits including indoor gardens of the Butterflies, Bugs, and Birds habitat! Try an aquatic adventure like the Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, or the Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal).

LONG ISLAND DUCKS
3 Court House Drive, Central Islip
631-940-DUCK (3825)

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and provide affordable family fun and entertainment. Have your kids come out on Sundays to run the bases or join us for a Fireworks Spectacular. The Ducks play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.

NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
516-334-0800
Email [email protected]

Join us for the Children's Theatre Summer Series at NYCB Theatre at Westbury! Performances include Pinkalicious: The Musical on July 16, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure on July 30, and Winnie-The-Pooh: A Musical on August 20. All shows are at 11am. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com and Theatre at Westbury Box Office.

SPLISH SPLASH
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
631-727-3600

Splish Splash is one of the best places to visit in Long Island with kids and is voted one of the Best Water Parks in America by the Travel Channel! With 96 exciting acres of family fun, everywhere you turn you will discover another one of a kind water attraction.

Summer Programs & Classes

ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND SUMMER ART ADVENTURE
Paumanok Elementary School, 1 Seaman Neck Road, Dix Hills
Summer Pre-College Portfolio Development
107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
631-462-5400
artleagueli.org
[email protected]


Summer Art Adventure offers kids and teens ages 5-18, fun and creative activities in a variety of visual arts mediums led by certified art professionals. Find inspiration by creating art using specific artists' unique styles. Special guests and events add to the exciting atmosphere. Flexible schedules and themed sessions available.

AS YOU WISH PARTIES
59 Merrick Ave, Merrick
516-590-7878
Email [email protected]

As You Wish Parties offers a variety of different themed classes that range from a Fabulous Rock Star Spa Karaoke or Doll Spa, to Slime Making, or Painting and Crafting. All As You Wish mini-camp classes run from 10am-1pm and each include different themed activities, lunch, and snack.

BACH TO ROCK MUSIC SCHOOL
1015 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516-441-5526
Email [email protected]

Whether a budding rock star or aspiring classical musician, BACH TO ROCK (B2R) is the place to get the best music education-while having fun! B2R offers classes and programs for all ages, levels, and instruments in a state-of-the-art facility. B2R offers camps, private lessons, group classes, birthday parties, and adaptive programs.

CAMP W - WHERE FRIENDSHIPS ARE MADE
121 Wolf Hill Road, Melville
631-692-6222
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Camp W "Where Friendships Are Made" located in Melville, is a day camp for ages 4-15. Campers enjoy baseball, basketball, soccer, Gaga, game room, camp lounge, easel painting, swimming, robotics, dance, cooking, go karts, and day trips. Small group sizes. Campers choose their afternoon activities, transportation, early and late care.

COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
516-692-6768
Email [email protected]

Young explorers, grades pre-K through 12th, spend summer surrounded by nature. Encourage their love of nature with hands-on activities, nature crafts, live animals, and outdoor adventure nature camps. Expeditions to nearby salt marsh, ponds, and woodlands. One-, to four-day camps available. Summer fun at a great price! Prepare to get wet and muddy!

DESTINATION SCIENCE - THE FUN SCIENCE DAY CAMP FOR CURIOUS KIDS 5 TO 11!
multiple locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties,
888-909-2822
Email [email protected]

Destination Science Kids experience “Aha!” moments of understanding, creativity, and curiosity while engineering, building, experimenting, and playing with astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2019 programs: Robot Challengers and Reaction Racers, Young Innovators Science, Rocket Space Science, and Physics Coaster and Science Magic.

EXTREME STEAM SCIENCE KIDS
450 Deer Park Road ,
631-499-8580
Email [email protected]

Located in Dix Hills on 15 acres, for grades first-fifth geared to develop skills and curiosity in science. The curriculum is centered around STEAM in our state-of-the-art Science Center. Core focus: Robotics, Engineering, Programing, Science, Mathematics, Coding, and Arts. Transportation, before- and after-care, and lunch available.

EYE LEVEL NASSAU
Eye Level Williston Park
61 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park
516-747-7700


Don't let your child suffer from Summer Brain Drain! Three months free of school can have a detrimental impact on education. Eye Level offers academic programs that students need to enter the coming school year prepared to take on any challenge! Call us now to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

FASHION DESIGN LAB (THE)
235 N. Robbins Lane, Syosset
516-778-7240
55 Lumber Road, Roslyn


Email [email protected]

The Fashion Design Lab provides fashion design classes and camps just for kids! Your child will learn how to design clothing and accessories, sew on a machine and by hand, and for the finale, star in a live fashion show, showcasing their unique creations.

FIRST CLASS TUTORING
81 Lenox Road , West Babylon
631-560-2882
Email [email protected]

The First Class Tutoring Summer Tutoring program includes SAT prep and Regents Review. Parents may sign children up for group sessions or one-on-one tutoring. We provide multiple practice tests to identify areas of weakness. The program runs from July 1-Aug. 23. Scheduling and time slots are very flexible.

FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS -- NASSAU
The College at Old Westbury 223 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
516-876-3490
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale

St. Joseph’s College
155 West Roe Blvd.
Patchogue


Future Stars Summer Camps offer weekly Sports, STEAM, and Specialty camp programs at three locations (The College at Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, and St. Joseph's College Patchogue). Programs are offered to children entering kindergarten-ninth grade. A balanced camp day ensures the perfect blend of instruction and fun.

GATEWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (THE)
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
631-286-1133, 631-286-0555, x5000

The Gateway School of Performing Arts is Long Island's home for high quality theater arts education-both Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman began their careers here. More than 300 students each year receive professional level training that builds technique while working towards a production with professional teachers in a fun social environment!

GCH DESIGNS GENEVIEVE C. HASEMANN, SEAMSTRESS
516-983-0427
Email [email protected]

GCH Designs is now offering children's sewing lessons. We specialize in teaching children and teens the skills and art of sewing. We are available for after-school classes and summer camp. We offer flexible hours, expert and experienced instructors. Limited seats available. Let's get sewing now!

GRADY SUMMER YOUTH CAMP
1399 Jerusalem Ave. , Merrick
516-401-4100
Email [email protected]

Camp for ages 5-18 offers a variety of programs including woodworking, fashion design, pottery, creative arts, culinary arts, bowling, adventure education, sports, and STEAM science. We create an environment for creativity, growth, indoor and outdoor learning fun. Travel includes a variety field trips. Transportation, extended hours, and lunch available.

GREAT STRIDES LONG ISLAND
41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island
631-786-9708


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Great Strides offers equestrian activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Our equine friends can help us face all of life's challenges with strength and confidence. Offering summer programs, a four-day introduction to horses in June, July, and August. Private lessons are available for English and Western students.

HOFSTRA SUMMER CAMPS
101 Oak St., Uniondale
516-463-CAMP (2267)
Email [email protected]

Hofstra Summer Camps offer children, ages 5-17, more than 70 programs from theater to sports, gaming, art, music, STEM and STEAM, academics, culinary, dance, YouTube Studio, Adventure Education, and Super Hero Academy. At our camp, kids will explore their interests, learn valuable social skills, and have fun while gaining confidence.

HUNTINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS
310 New York Ave. (across from Book Revue) , Huntington Village
631-271-4626
Email [email protected]

Join us for our Summer Spectacular-programming for all ages including adults certain to inspire the artist within us all! Summer camps for ages 3 and older that explore all of the performing arts and specialty programs; Ballet Boot Camp and private music lessons in strings, piano, and voice.

KIDS COUNTRY DAY CAMP
37 Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mount Sinai
631-331-5351

Children ages 3-12 take part in more than 50 fun exciting activities including field and court sports, arts and crafts, dance, karate, talent show, giant water slide, sprinkler park, pedal karts, foam parties, carnival, animal shows, and challenge course. Camp program runs eight weeks. Various combinations of weeks and days available.

KNOX SCHOOL SUMMER ADVENTURES
541 Long Beach Road, St. James
631-686-1640
Email [email protected]

Located in St. James on the shores of Stony Brook Harbor, our picturesque waterfront campus is 40 rolling acres. Kids in pre-K through 10th grade can get away from the stress of the school year and enjoy fun in the great outdoors! Knox offers flexible scheduling to maximize campers' experience.

LIU POST CENTER FOR GIFTED YOUTH
LIU Post, Brookville
516-299-2160
Email [email protected]

The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the recognition of society's special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth offers extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area, and university-level facilities.

LONG ISLAND EXPLORIUM
101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson
631-331-3277

Summer camp 2019 will stretch the boundaries of fun, catapulting STEAM learning skyward! Let the Explorium be your journey of exploration, discovery, invention, and innovation this summer. Intriguing challenges to solve. Creative people to meet. You choose one-five weeks of fun learning.

LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (LIHSA)
239 Cold Spring Road, Syosset
516-463-5373
Email [email protected]

The Long Island High School for the Arts, with Hofstra Continuing Education, offers students in grades sixth-12th the opportunity to advance their skills in full-day programs in music, visual arts, theater, and film. Programs take place in state-of-the-art facilities. All courses take place at the LIHSA campus in Syosset.

MAIN ST. BOARD GAME CAFE - UNPLUG YOUR GAME
307 Main St. , Huntington
631-729-0060
Email [email protected]

In these two-hour drop-off sessions, kids will learn a wide variety of strategic board games with our expert staff while having a blast with friends in a screen-free, fun, caring, and individualized environment. Playing board games develops social and critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime.

MATHNASIUM LEARNING CENTERS
Five Towns
414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst
516-569-1500
Great Neck
11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck
516-482-MATH (6284)
Lynbrook
381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
516-881-7997
New Hyde Park
810 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
516-616-MATH (6284)
Roslyn
217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights
516-484-MATH (6284)


Avoid the Summer Slide! Summer is a great time to catch up on math and get ahead! In our homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening math skills. Instead of the dreaded summer slide, students develop knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running when school resumes.

MID ISLAND AERO CAMP
101 Herring Drive (MacArthur Airport), Ronkonkoma
631-588-5400

Students grades sixth-12th have an opportunity to pilot an airplane. Cadets have classroom instruction, a simulator flight, aircraft flights, and airport tours. We have added an additional camp from July 22-26, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Aero Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7pm, allowing students the opportunity to talk aviation.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF LONG ISLAND
90 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7052
Email [email protected]

Music Institute of Long Island was Voted No. 1 Best Music School on the North Shore. Programs include violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Instructions in Traditional, Suzuki, and ABRSM methods for ages 3-99, beginner-advanced. MILI offers: Chamber Music, Theory, Sight Reading, NYSSMA, and college preparation.

NORTHWELL HEALTH ICE CENTER
200 Merrick Ave., East Meadow
516-441-0070

Keep the kids cool at Northwell Health Ice Center this summer. The goal is to provide a fun and positive experience that will create a lifelong love of skating. We offer Young Beginner classes for kids ages 2-5, and group lesson programs for ages 6 through adult.

NOT JUST ART
183 South St., Oyster Bay
516-922-8300
Email [email protected]

Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together, art, and science programs. Inclusive hands-on activities emphasize learning process over product and performance. Staffed with experienced teachers, classes are developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully designed to nurture children and their families at each age and stage!

OASIS DAY CAMPS NASSAU
Oasis Camps
Oasis at LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale
646-519-5066
[email protected]
Oasis on the Sound
David Zimmerman, camp director
Port Washington Senior Center
80 Manorhaven Blvd., Manorhaven
718-596-4900
[email protected]
Oasis at Tully Park
Jason Miradoli, camp director
Michael J. Tully Park
1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park
718-596-4900
[email protected]
oasischildren.com


Email [email protected]

Oasis Day Camp prides itself on age-appropriate programming for ages 3-15. Early Start (ages 3-5) is a nurturing camp environment. Lower (first-second grade) offers sports, arts, swim, enrichment, and nature. Upper (third-sixth grades) is bigger and better for older campers. Teen Travel (seventh-ninth grades) offers unique trips, overnights, friendships.

OLD WESTBURY SUMMER CAMP
25 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
516-626-9268

Old Westbury Summer Camp is located on 14, beautiful wooded acres. Children develop friendships in a safe and fun environment and embrace our family atmosphere, returning each year. OWSC offers something for every child and family-exciting activities and workshops, multiple discounts, flexible scheduling, bus transportation, and Red Cross-certified swim instruction daily.

PATCHOGUE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
71 E. Main St., Patchogue
631-207-1313

Patchogue Theatre's Kids Summer Film Series screens family favorite films on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Films are presented in both English and Spanish! To celebrate, our first film, Finding Nemo, is free for everyone and includes a pre-screening party in the lobby one hour before show time with snacks and activities.

PICASSO KIDZ, CREATIVE ART STUDIO FOR CHILDREN
72 Broadway, Greenlawn
631-261-5500
Email [email protected]

Picasso Kidz offers one-week thematic art camps for children of all ages. Our camps are taught by NYS-certified art teachers and are engaging, educational, unique, and fun! Each camp follows an artistic theme for the week. 2018 Themes include Drawing Camp, Exploring Famous Artists, Beach Art, Book-Making Camp, Animal Creations, Recycled Art Camp, Castle Constructions, Dollhouse Camp, and Jewelry-Making. Picasso Kidz camps are taught in a caring and nurturing environment that fosters children's own unique creativity. We offer sibling and multi-camp discounts.

POSEY SCHOOL
57 Main St., Northport
631-757-2700
Email [email protected]

Exciting Children's Summer Art Camp Around The World at Posey School of Dance. Children ages 3-9 will actively engage in dance, art, and acting classes daily from 9am-12pm. Weekly themes include: Fun in France, Walk like an Egyptian, Party in India, Australian Outback, and English Royal Week! $200 per week.

READING/WRITING LEARNING CLINIC AT THE JOAN AND ARNOLD SALTZMAN COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER OF HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (THE)
131 Hofstra University, Hempstead
516-463-5805

Located at Hofstra University, the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center is dedicated to providing literacy support to children and youth in a safe and supportive environment. The Clinic is committed to valuing students' linguistic and cultural lives.

SOCCER SHOTS WEST
171 Eileen Way , Syosset
516-558-2266
Email [email protected]

Enroll now for an epic summer with Soccer shots for children age 2-8. At Soccer Shots, every player gets to play. Our weekly games and classes are designed to be exciting, fun, and safe. We meet once a week, same time, same location. Weekday and weekend classes. Many locations available.

SOLUNA STUDIO
659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge
631-761-6602
Email [email protected]

SoLuna Studio is now enrolling for our Summer Camp production of Frozen JR! Camp begins July 8 for ages 5-10 (five-week program) and for ages 11 and older (six-week program). Evening and weekend classes are also available. Located in Hauppauge, SoLuna Studio offers classes and productions all year long!

SPARTAN RACES
Email [email protected]

Globally, Spartan Kids is on a mission to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. We provide recreational and competitive world class level obstacle racing at various distances and difficulties for children ages 4-14 to build self-confidence while enjoying a thrilling outdoor activity.

SPIN DJ ACADEMY
631-608-8858
202 Merrick Road, 2nd floor, Rockville Centre
16 Broadway, Amityville


Spin DJ Camp is an interactive DJ education camp teaching campers everything they need to be the life of the party in a social and creative setting! Our two-week camp program includes DJ and Music Production classes using the hottest gear, a fun and social group environment, and special guest DJs to inspire. At the end of each session students will create a live performance, recorded DJ set, and live video!

SPORTIME SUMMER CAMPS - NASSAU AND SUFFOLK
Several locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Manhattan, and Westchester ,
888-698-3664
Email [email protected]

SPORTIME's Summer Camps offer children ages 3-16 a great combination of sports instruction and games, swimming, arts and crafts, and exciting special events. Camp activities include age- and level-appropriate tennis, soccer, softball, basketball, flag football, and floor hockey. Campers learn fundamental skills, participate in competitive drills, and learn game strategies.

ST. PATRICK YOUTH COMMUNITY
St. Patrick Church 280 E Main St., , Smithtown
631-360-0185
Email [email protected]

Camp St. Patrick offers Summer Sports Camps! Our Basketball Camp engages children in skills, drills, games, and scrimmages. Great prep for school try outs or CYO! One-week Cheerleading Camp to strengthen new and old cheerleading skills. We offer Dek Hockey and LAX clinics during the summer as well.

STUDIO E ART CLASSES
565 Route 25A, Miller Place
631-744-4001

Studio E offers art enrichment camps to three age groups: children (ages 5-8), tweens (ages 9-12), and teens (ages 13-17). Topics include pottery, hand-building, painting, drawing, sketching, collage, and illustration. Studio E Art Camps provide small group instruction. Camps meet Tuesdays-Fridays for half-days. Pay per week!

TJE DANCE FORCE
556 North Country Road, St. James
631-584-6888
310 Main St.
Holbrook
631-585-6900


Email [email protected]

Experience the finest, most talented, creative, award-winning staff that will motivate your child to do the best they can! Girls and boys age 4 and older are welcome. Camp is Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm. We will offer games, dance, and crafts. You choose one-five weeks of summer camp.

VILLAGE EAST GIFTED SUMMER PROGRAM
Village East Gifted of Huntington, 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
631-549-2313
Village East Gifted of Roslyn, 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights


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The Summer STEAM Program 2019 offers three-, four-, and five-day workshops combining science, technology, math, engineering, gemology, oceanography, architecture, and business with artistic expression. Workshops are offered, for grades kindergarten-sixth, during the day and after camp in both Nassau and Suffolk counties between June 25-Aug. 28, 2019.

WOWMOMS WORLD LONG ISLAND
328 E. Jericho Turnpike , Mineola
516-741-6667

Join us for our first separation camp at WowMoms World! This mini camp is meant to help familiarize children with being away from their caregivers in a relaxed and clean environment. Perfect for ages 1-5, and each day will include unique themes and activities!

YMCA OF LONG ISLAND
855-2YMCALI (962254)
Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue


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At the YMCA, everyone has the opportunity to surpass their potential. With swim lessons, youth sports, theater and dance classes, and programs for families, the possibilities are endless. Summer Program Session runs June 23 through Aug. 31, 2019. Registration starts June 9. Register at ymcali.org.

YMCA SUMMER CAMPS
Email [email protected]

The YMCA of Greater New York is one of the largest providers of camp programs in the city, with 70 day camp sites across five boroughs, a sleepaway camp upstate, and more than a century of experience giving kids the best summer ever! Where there's a Y, there's a way.


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