Did you bolt awake last night and realize you forgot to book summer camp? Relax! We asked around and lots of amazing camps still have room. Maker camps, sports camps, art camps, science camps, theater camps, anything goes on Governors Island camps. Even a camp at which 8 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 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, June 11 – Aug. 31
Cost: $495/week,three-day rates also available
Online: fastbreakkids.com

photo: Hunter Manning

For Theater Camps Inspired by Fairy Tales, Hamilton, Moana, and More!
Budding thespians of all levels (ages 3-5, 4-6, and 7-11) get to flex their imaginative muscles and learn sophisticated theater technique too in Child’s Play drama camps. Whether waving wands or belting out showtunes, campers are supported by a team of nurturing professional acting teachers.  Weekly themes in Brooklyn and Manhattan locations feature superheroes, mythology, and fairy tales as well as sessions inspired by Hamilton, Harry Potter, The Lion King and Moana. Small groups, spacious, bright studios and live musicians make things extra special.  Plus: every week culminates in a final performance.  Register online at childsplayny.com or at Avenues the World School and Berkeley Carroll School, where camps are also offered.

Week long camps run July 30th – August 30th.
Camp hours: Ages 3-5 and 4-6 run 9a-12p, Ages 7-11 runs 12:30p-4:00p
Camp costs: $350-$450
Multiple locations: Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope
Online: childsplayny.com


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. This summer will also offer longer days, new locations (FiDi and DUMBO) and advanced training for the serious ones.At this camp, kids ages six to 12 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 “Out of con-TROL” and “Dramatic Dinosaurs” for the youngest, to “#fearless”, “Bright Lights, Big City” and “YAAAAAAS!” 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. Mini camps run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; full day is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ages four and up, locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Cost: $450 for mini camp for 4 & 5 year-olds; $825 for all other ages
Online: tadatheater.com

photo: Mischievous Goddess

To Connect with the Power of Her Inner Goddess

Girls ages five to seven have tap into their inner goddess at this summer camp. Campers experience the power of affirmations, learn about historic goddesses from around the world, tap into inner peace through meditation, explore  nature and environmentalism, learn about different cultures with diverse storytelling, and more.

Ages 5-7
Cost: $1640/two week sessions
Jill Lindsey
Fort Greene
Online: mischievousgoddess.com

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 30 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 $4050
Online: asphaltgreen.org

photo: CMA

To Get Crazy Creative, Inside or Out
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 Environmental Art, Stories on Film, Photography, Landscape Painting, Claymation, and more. Camps are available for kids ranging from five to 15.

Kids ages five to 15
June 18 – Sept 7
Cost: $595/week
Online: cmany.org

photo: via Home Run Baseball Camp Facebook page 

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 18-August 31
Cost: $400/week, full-day; $225/week, half-day; 50% sibling discount, third sibling, free
Parade Grounds, Prospect Park, Field #7 at Caton and Stratford Aves.
Online: homerunbaseballcamp.com

photo: via play:ground Facebook page

For an Anything-Goes Camp on Governors Island
It’s got a new name — The Yard — but the freewheeling, open-ended play camp in a “junkyard” formerly known as  play:ground is back for a third year. Kids entering first through sixth grade in Fall of 2018 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.) This year, a special girls week will be held, (July 23-27) open to all campers who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming— but space is limited, so hop to it!

Weekly session, July 16 to Aug. 27; 8: 30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $625/week, with multiple week discount if purchased all at once
Governors Island
Drop off at Battery Maritime Building, next to Staten Island Ferry Terminal, 10 South Street
Online: play-ground.nyc

photo: New York Hall of Science 

To Design, Make, Play and Innovate in Queens
Each age group gets its own topic and week at the New York Hall of Science this summer. Sense-ational Science (July 16 – 20, 9 am – 3 pm) gives kindergarten students the chance to explore how the five senses work together to tell us about the world around us. Airplay (July 23 – 27, 9 am – 3 pm) finds students in grades 1 – 2 experimenting with the properties of air and air pressure in various hands-on activities. They’ll explore how certain animals and plants have adapted to moving in the air. Ecology Engineers (July 30 – August 3, 9 am – 3 pm) has third and fourth graders learning about the different types of ecosystems found on the planet, and in the park nearby! And from August 6 – 10, fifth and sixth graders will learn the science behind their favorite films in Special FX, exploring makeup, sound effect, and digital video. Plus, each camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate of completion and a free 6-month student membership.

Kids grades K through 6th grade
July 16 – Aug. 6
Cost: $400; $375/members
Online: nysci.org

photo: via Steve & Kate’s camp Facebook page 

For Radical Flexibility & Tons of Choice at Four Manhattan Locations
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, Upper West Side, Lower Manhattan, and 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 25 – Aug. 24
Cost: $130/day with discounts for multiple days
Online: steveandkatescamp.com


photo: Miho Suzuki/Koko NYC Facebook page

For Soap Box Derby Fun and “Destroy and Construct” Maker Camps
The South Slope Soap Box Derby is now stuff of legend (deservedly so), and there are still spots left for the summer camp, during which kids make their own cars. (Kids can choose to do the derby or not.)

Additionally, the folks behind the soap box fun are offering Destroy and Construct camp, during which kids head out into the neighborhood to find/scavenge their materials for the day. The treasures are taken back to a workshop stocked with tools and other materials, where kids design and build their own inventions and artwork inspired by their local environment and daily camp experiences. It’s small group, self-directed play-based learning in the form of summer camp! Financial aid is available for all camps.

AGES 7-14, with separate weeks for 7-12, and 10-14
$450/week, 9am-2pm (extended day available)
Location:Historic lot next to church at
239 17th St.
South Slope
Online: kokonyc.org

Kids ages 5 -7
Weeks of June 25; Aug. 13, and Aug. 20, 9 .a.m – 2 p.m.
234 Butler St.
Online: kokonyc.org

photo: Fiaf/Alexandre Ayer

For A Tres Français Summer
The French Institute Alliance Français offers camps for toddlers to teens. Camps this year will explore the theme tour de France, with kids “traveling” through France exploring its mountains, countryside, and waterfronts. Lead by native French speakers, these immersive camps are for kids new to the language or already speaking it. (Can’t make it to midtown? Smith Street Workshop in Brooklyn  is offering French immersion camp for kids ages 2 – 6 from June 25- 8/3.)

Kids Pre-k to seventh grade
June 18-Aug. 10
Cost: $410/week for half-day of camp; $785/week for full day of camp
22 E. 60th St.
Upper East Side
Online: fiaf.org/summer

photo: via Locals Facebook page

To Hang 10 in the Rockaways
Locals Surf Camp is a camp for both beginners and more advanced surfer kids (as young as four!), and in addition to helping kids hang 10, they include team building, environmental learning and beach clean-up, and even “Wacky Water Wednesdays.” 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 25-Aug. 27
Cost: $450/week
Online: localssurfschool.com

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 2 – Aug. 24
Cost: Starting at $1150/two weeks, with discounts for multiple weeks
Online: rcdaycamp.com

photo: Curious Jane  

To Create & Perform Inside a Giant Pinhole Camera
Curious Jane, the totally rad mag and camps for girls have camps in seven locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan for girls ages five to 12. Themes include spy science, spa science, DIY dollhouse, creative creatures, Wired 101 and Make it Wear it.

An extra special offering retuning this year is Camera Obscura Theater Week, for girls entering 4th through 6th grade. Girls will use Vanderbilt Republic’s 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 8 girls.

Girls entering 4th through 6th grade
Week of July 23-27, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with early drop-off and extended day available
Cost: $750
Online: curiousjanecamp.com

What’s the best camp experience your kid’s ever had? Tell us in the comments!

—Mimi O’Connor