Uh-oh. School’s almost out and you neglected to nail down a summer camp experience? (Join the club…) Fear not! We did some digging and there are plenty of amazing camps with spots still open. Sports camps, cooking camps, art camps, day camps, forest camps — even a camp at which 10 lucky girls create and perform a theater piece in a giant a camera obscura. (Um, what??!!??) So, no, you haven’t blown it. Yet. Book now before you do!
photo: Fastbreak Kids Facebook page
For Sports on the Upper West and Upper East, for All Ages
Got a little sport nut on your hands? Fastbreak has you covered with camps for little athletes from three to five (a day with sports, plus arts and crafts, games, short classroom activity, bounce house, etc.) , to specialty basketball camps for kids ages 6 to 15, to multi-sport camps (baseball, soccer, dodgeball, basketball, etc.) for kids ages five to 10. Play happens both indoors and out.
Kids ages 2 to 15, depending on camp
Weekly sessions, July 10 – 9/1 (ages 2 to 5); June 12 – Sept 1 (ages 5 – 15)
Weekly sessions, July 10 – Aug 18
Cost: $300/week (ages 2 – 5); $450-$550/week, ages 5- 15; three-day rates also available for all
photo: Jess Brey
For Forest School in Queens
The Queens Botanical Garden introduced its Forest Explorers preschool program this year, and kids can continue to get back to nature this summer. Open to potty-trained (or nearly so) kids ages two to six, the camp features a mix of storytelling, open-ended play, guided thematic exploration, sensory learning and more, all outside. The program nurtures self-confidence, determination, community.
Kids ages 2-6
July 11 – August 18, Tues.-Fri; choice of 2, 3, or 4 days a week
Cost: $210/day (Wednesdays full)
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photo: Allergic to Salad
For the Little Foodie
Allergic to Salad debuts its first Youth Culinary Experience this summer. Limited to nine kids per week, the camp will explore some of New York City’s best bakeries, restaurants and food factories for master classes and behind-the-scenes tours. Kids will dig, plant and harvest in urban and rooftop gardens, forage, visit farmer’s markets, investigate urban beekeeping, chickens and more. Plus, food-related museum exhibits and bringing it all back to cook up lessons in bread making, fermentation, cheese making, sushi rolling and more. Located across the street from Prospect Park, the camp will also include playtime outside for fresh air and fun.
photo: TADA! Youth Theater
For Jazz Hands for Days
For kids fond of putting on shows in the living room, TADA! will help them do it for real. Kids ages six to 14 can create and perform an original mini-musical in just five days. Campers write, rehearse and perform a musical creation based on an assigned theme under the direction of Professional Teaching Artists. (Themes range from “Let’s Go LEGO” and “Princesses and Pirates” for the youngest, to “My Country, My Shot”, “The Golden Ticket” and “Hello Broadway” for older kids. For tiny drama kings and queens ages four and five, a mini camp of creative musical play nurtures the inner musical theater star. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at three locations in Manhattan.
Ages four and up
Cost: $295 for mini camp for 4 & 5 year-olds; $495 for all other ages
photo: Asphalt Green
For Classic Day Camp on the Upper East Side or Battery Park City
Nope, you don’t have to leave the city for a classic day camp experience. Non-profit Asphalt Green has been doing camp in Manhattan for 29 years, and it offers a day camp experience for kids four-and-a-half-years-old and up. Days are filled with swimming, sports, arts and crafts, theater, yoga, circus arts, field trips, theme days, talent shows and more.
Kids ages 4 1/2 and up
Four, five, and six-week sessions, from June 29 – Aug. 18; flex packages available for non-consecutive weeks
Cost: varies by ages and duration; starting at $3935
To Get Crazy Creative, Inside or Out
The Children’s Museum of the Arts offers more than 50 camps in two locations: at the museum in downtown Manhattan or at the summer shangri-la of Governors Island. (Campers take the ferry over together.) A small sampling of subjects includes Fairy Tale Films, Toy Design, Claymation, Printmaking, Wearable Kinetic Sculpture, Textiles, Soft Sculpture and Film Animation. Camps are available for kids ranging from six to 15.
Kids ages six to 15
June 19- Sept 1
photo: Home Run Baseball Camp
For Co-ed Baseball in Prospect Park
And when we say co-ed, we mean campers and counselors. Home Run Baseball Camp is both about learning the game and perfecting technique and sports-personship. (Two popular adages at the camp are “Talent is What You Have, Effort is What You Give!” and “How hard did you work and how did you treat people?”) The camp, which is appropriate for all experience levels, sets up shop at Field 17 in Prospect Park’s Parade Grounds at the corner of Caton and Stanton. Bus service is available in Brooklyn.
Kids ages 4-12
Weekly sessions, June 19-Labor Day
Cost: $$380/week, full-day; $200/week, half-day
photo: via play:ground Facebook page
For an Anything-Goes Camp on Governors Island
The freewheeling, open-ended play camp in a “junkyard” that is play:ground is back for a second year. Kids ages five to 12 are invited to play, experiment, get messy, build, invent and collaborate outdoors using raw materials, water, and whatever else they can scrounge up. (Don’t worry, it’s all in a safe environment with adult supervision.)
Weekly session, June 26 – Sept. 1 (some sessions full)
photo: New York Hall of Science
For a Science/Sports Combo in Queens
The New York Hall of Science delivers a one-two punch of fun and learning this summer with its Science of Sports camps. Campers play and investigate the properties involved in play, designing miniature golf courses, deconstructing protective gear, exploring balance, muscle memory and gravity to the end of upping their game. Each camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate of completion and a free 6-month student membership.
Kids grades 1 & 2
Weekly sessions, July 17- 21 & July 24-28
Cost: $400; $375/members
photo: via Steve & Kate’s camp Facebook page
For Radical Flexibility & Tons of Choice in Williamsburg, Kips Bay or UES
We wrote about Steve & Kate’s camp when it debuted in NYC, and now you’ll find the camp that puts kids in the driver’s seat on the Upper East Side, in Williamsburg and in Kips Bay. Every day campers choose what they’d like to do, be it music, breadmaking, fashion, filmmaking, coding, sports, pie-throwing, etc. It’s flexible for you, too — buy a single day pass, a 20-pack (rates get cheaper the more you buy) or sign up for the whole summer. No need to let them know your kid is coming — just show up. (Good to know: the cost of any day passes you don’t use will be refunded.)
Kids Pre-k to seventh grade
June 19-Aug. 18
Cost: $110/day with discounts for multiple days
For a New Robotics Camp Downtown
Robofun debuts a brand new location this summer at 14th Street and Second Avenue and camp will be in session! (Camps are also available at its Upper West Side home.) Weekly sessions of half- or full-days will feature a mix of LEGO Robotic projects, outdoor fun, Scratch video game design and more. On Fridays, parents are invited into the lab to see the product of all the hard work and fun!
Kids entering kindergarten to 6th grade
Weekly sessions, June 19 – June 24
To Hang 10 in the Rockaways
Locals Surf Camp has it all figured out. A camp for both beginners and more advanced surfer kids (as young as five!), Locals provides surfboard, wetsuit, sunscreen, refreshments, sun shelter and non-surf outdoor fun as well. Student/teacher ratio is 3:1 for individual attention, and all instructors are CPR certified. Find them on Beach 69 in the Rockaways
Kids ages 5 and up
Weekly sessions, June 26 – Sept 1
photo: via Richmond County Day Camp Facebook page
For Classic Day Camp on Staten Island
Family owned and operated, Richmond County Day Camp provides a soup-to-nuts summer camp experience at Mt. Loretto in Tottenville. Expect sports, games, field trips galore, swimming, hiking, a gym and cafeteria with A/C, splash pad, areas for fencing, gymnastics, yoga and theme days for extra fun. Plus free transportation via bus.
Kids ages 4-12
2-weeks sessions, July 3 – Aug. 25
Cost: Starting at $1150/two weeks, with discounts for multiple weeks
photo: via Curious Jane Facebook page
To Create & Perform Inside a Giant Pinhole Camera
The folks at Curious Jane in Brooklyn have partnered with gallery and production agency Vanderbilt Republic for this unique camp experience. Girls will use a performance-space-sized camera obscura to project images through pinholes to their audience as a dynamic backdrop for their creative stories and performance. All girls will take part in the development of the story, but girls can choose to perform or work behind the scenes as part of the crew, based on their interest and comfort level. (You can see an example of the camera obscura here.) Limited to 10 girls, entering 4th through 6th grade.
Girls entering 4th through 6th grade
Week of July 17-21, with performance July 22
What’s the best camp experience your kid’s ever had? Tell us in the comments!