School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Brooklyn This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Brooklyn This Month

UPDATED August 2019: If you’re looking for a new after-school class, summer camp, preschool, or school for your child, attending open house sessions in Brooklyn are the best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staf...

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School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

UPDATED August 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, co...

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Summer Camps That Provide Transportation Services for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Provide Transportation Services for Campers in Brooklyn

When choosing a summer camp for your children, there are some non-negotiable or added bonus services day camps offer for families. One of those? Transportation to and from summer camp. The good news is there are a lot of summer camps in Brooklyn th...

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Summer Camps That Offer Extended Hours for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Offer Extended Hours for Campers in Brooklyn

A lot of parents rely on day camps to keep their kids busy and supervised during the summer months when school isn’t in session—especially if the family doesn’t have a dedicated babysitter available five days a week or if their child is too old for...

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Summer Camps That Offer Flexible Scheduling for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Offer Flexible Scheduling for Campers in Brooklyn

Have you ever found a summer camp you love for your kids, but the timing isn’t right with their other summer obligations and family vacations? That won’t be an issue any more with this handy list of summer day and specialty camps that have flexible...

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Summer Camps That Offer Half-Day Options for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Offer Half-Day Options for Campers in Brooklyn

In addition to flexible scheduling, you might be on the lookout for a summer camp that offers half-day options. Whether your child is enrolled in a specialty program that only has morning or afternoon sessions or you only need to keep your child bu...

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Summer Camps That Offer Swimming for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Offer Swimming for Campers in Brooklyn

In addition to being a fun activity during the hot summer months, learning to swim has another big benefit: Children also learn how to be safe when they’re in and near the water. If your child hasn’t yet mastered the skill of swimming safely, there...

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Summer Camps That Offer Day Trips for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Offer Day Trips for Campers in Brooklyn

For young adventurers, many camps in Brooklyn offer travel and day trip opportunities to locations such as sporting events, amusement parks, beaches, indoor play spaces, parks, bowling alleys, arcades, museums, planetariums, aquariums, and zoos in ...

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Summer Camps That Provide Lunch for Campers in Brooklyn

Summer Camps That Provide Lunch for Campers in Brooklyn

We all know getting out the door in the morning during the school year takes a lot of coordinating, with backpacks, briefcases, and after-school activity gear—and adding a brownbag lunch to the morning chaos is at the bottom of some of our lists. A...

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Why Some Summer Camps Now Offer Mindfulness Activities

Why Some Summer Camps Now Offer Mindfulness Activities

There is no doubt about it—today’s young people are stressed out. In fact, 1 in 20 children and teens have anxiety and/or depression, according to The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. And that anxiety isn’t left at home once a chil...

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6 Tips from the Experts to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Children

6 Tips from the Experts to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Children

One of the big advantages of raising a family in the New York metro area is the sheer volume of things to do and places to go. That’s true for camp, too: There are hundreds of nearby day and sleepaway camps available for your child to attend. It’s ...

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The Ultimate, Must-Read Camp Guide for Every Family

The Ultimate, Must-Read Camp Guide for Every Family

In an effort to help you plan your child’s best summer ever, we’re proud to present The Camp Planner—the best resource for parents who are figuring out their kids’ summer camp plans in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, R...

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What Camp Directors Wish Parents Knew About Summer Camp

What Camp Directors Wish Parents Knew About Summer Camp

If you're considering sending your child to camp this summer, there are things camp directors wish you, as parents, knew about summer camp. New York metro area summer camp directors and owners tell all and share what you need to know about summer c...

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A Month-by-Month Timeline to Plan Your Child's Best Summer at Camp

A Month-by-Month Timeline to Plan Your Child's Best Summer at Camp

Kids go to camp in the summer, but selecting a camp and getting your child excited for it are tasks that should be on your radar during the entire year. Spending a little time each month on prep work will pay off during the warm-weather months, whe...

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Is My Child Ready to Be a Counselor-in-Training at Summer Camp?

Is My Child Ready to Be a Counselor-in-Training at Summer Camp?

If you’re the parent of a teen who lives for anything related to camp, from the arts and crafts cabin to color wars to archery, now might be the time to talk to him about applying for a summer job as a counselor-in-training at a camp nearby. Turns ...

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New York City Parks Department Camp Lottery Opens Tomorrow

New York City Parks Department Camp Lottery Opens Tomorrow

With summer just a few short months away, it's time to start thinking about camp. New York City parents have a myriad of options from day camps, to sleep away camps, to specialty camps. But this low-cost option provided by the New York City Parks D...

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How Summer Camp Prepares Kids for College

How Summer Camp Prepares Kids for College

Sending children to summer camp does more than keep them entertained for the season. Summer camp teaches kids intangible life lessons, it makes them better students, but most of all, it prepares them for the transition to collegiate life. Here’s how.

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Download Our Free Mini Summer Camp Guides!

Download Our Free Mini Summer Camp Guides!

Though the winter doldrums are only beginning to end, it's already time to think about summer: summer camp that is! Now is the time to look for and choose a summer camp for your child, and we have all the information you need in our free, downloada...

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10 Things Learned at Camp that Benefit Kids in School

10 Things Learned at Camp that Benefit Kids in School

Sending your children to camp during the summer months does more than keep them busy. Camp—whether a day camp, sleepaway camp, or specialty camp—can teach kids new skills at camp, such as swimming, archery, photography, dance, and more. But camp ca...

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20 Lessons From Camp We Use Every Day

20 Lessons From Camp We Use Every Day

The most important lessons learned at camp may be the ones you can’t see.

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Kids Share Why Camp is Great

Kids Share Why Camp is Great

Kids share why they love summer camp.

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Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Is your child looking for his first summer job? Has she aged out of camp, but doesn't want to give it up? Here's why young adults should consider being a camp counselor.

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The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

Discover why kids love listening to their camp counselors—and why it’s important for parents to take a step back.

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The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

Friendships that form in just a few weeks at summer camp, can last a lifetime.

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Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Your child exclaims she doesn't want to go back to camp, now what? We spoke to experts about how you can get to the bottom of your child's feelings, and how to encourage her to give camp another chance.

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STEM Camps in the NYC Area

STEM Camps in the NYC Area

Find a STEM camp for your child in our guide to math, science, and tech camps for kids in the NYC area, including programs in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT.

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Project Playdate Launches a Different Kind of Summer Camp for NYC Kids

Project Playdate Launches a Different Kind of Summer Camp for NYC Kids

Project Playdate's new SummerPlay program for kids ages 3-10 organizes group playdates to art, culture, education, and fitness venues in NYC during the gap days between school and camp in June and August.

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Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Are your kids ready for overnight camp? More importantly, are you? The moms behind Mabel's Labels offer some great questions to ask camp directors to put your fears to rest.

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How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

Looking for the right summer camp for your child? Here’s some helpful tips and advice from Mabel's Labels, a company founded by four moms. See below for their suggestions for great things to consider when choosing a summer camp for your child!

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Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

The benefits of summer camp, and how sending kids to summer camp help them form new interests, gain new experiences, and learn new skills.

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How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

The benefits of sending your kids to summer camp are numerous, from preparing them for college to helping them form friendships outside your influence. Here are four ways camp helps kids form a connection to nature.

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Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Did you send your kids to summer camp? You may be able to write off the expense on your taxes. Find out if your child's summer camp qualifies for Child and Dependent Care Credit.

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The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

Even though you can find after-school activities for any interest your child may have, summer camp is still an important experience for your child, from making new friends to getting prepared for college.

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Sibling Storylines: Simplifying Summer Camp Plans for Several Campers

Juggling summer camp schedules for several kids can be tough, but if you plan ahead, it is possible to help each child enjoy camp and without having a crazy schedule.

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3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

Who doesn't love s'mores? This classic campfire dessert may be delicious, but it can turn into a sticky mess, leaving kids covered in marshmallow and chocolate. Try these three less-mess versions that have all the flavor of the traditional treat.

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10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

Planning a camping trip? There are some things you should know about cooking food on a campfire. Check out these 10 expert tips for cooking safely and efficiently on an outdoor fire and you'll be making drool-worthy eggs al fresco in no time.

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Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp

What do you do when your child says she doesn't like her camp and refuses to go back? A parent shares tips to solve the case of What's Wrong at Camp to make your child's summer at camp enjoyable.

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10 Things Camp Counselors Wish Parents Didn't Do

Local camp owners and directors share advice and tips for camp parents—10 things they wish parents didn't do when sending children to camp. Plus, counselors share five things they want parents to know.

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Camp Countdown: Watch and Learn

Parents make the most of summer camp by having kids teach family members what they learned at camp during weekly family activities.

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Camp Countdown: Camp Pride PJs

If your children are missing their camp friends, why not let them host a summer camp slumber party? Customize these flannel pajama bottoms from Appliké Couture and let your child show camp pride!

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Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal

Summer camp may be over, but that doesn't mean your child has to stop communicating with their camp friends. We have five pen pal tips to help your child write letters and stay in touch with their summer camp friends.

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Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups

While the kids are at camp having their summer fun, why don’t you indulge in your own nostalgic treat and create a grown-up version of the best summer snack, the s'more? Sarah Warren, creator of S'more Bakery in Brooklyn, shows us how.

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Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

A geocaching adventure is like a modern day treasure hunt, and you can do it with the whole family.

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How Camp Helps Kids Gain Confidence and Independence

Summer camp, and especially sleepaway camp, helps kids develop confidence and independence, and their experiences at camp help them break through their comfort zones, build lasting friendships, and find who they truly are.

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Brooklyn Summer Day Camp Offers Toddler Program

Long-running summer day camp, Park Explorers Day Camp, will offer a toddler program starting this summer. The early explorers program introduces children to the summer camp environment at a speed set for 3-year-olds.

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These Are Not Your Traditional Summer Camps

Do your kids love summer camp but want to attend a less traditional sleepaway camp this year? Check out these four camps that we've profiled, which focus on activities like fashion, technology, photography, and making video games.

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Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience

An ex-camper reflects on how camp has changed over the years, from activities to food to communications, and what hasn't changed.

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Oasis Day Camp Expands into Brooklyn Bridge Park

Oasis Day Camp added Brooklyn Bridge Park to its list of summer camp locations for the summer of 2013. Outdoor events will take place in the park, while rainy day and indoor activities will be held at St. Francis College.

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One Big Family Heads to Sleepaway Camp in Catskills Mountains

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskill Mountains. They discovered new activities and interests. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn thought about their experience.

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The Highlights of Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn liked about the experience, and one thing she'd change.

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