Sleepaway camp isn’t happening in New York, but several NYC day camps are open for Summer 2020, with lots of measures to accommodate CDC social distancing and safety recommendations. Some are outdoors in parks (parkour, gaming) others inside (art camp, cooking camp, coding and tech camp) and some are a mix (JCC’s day camp in Bay Ridge). Here’s where your kid can go to in-person summer camp. Space is limited, so get booking if camp is in your comfort zone.

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JCC Brooklyn

JCC Brooklyn will be operating day camps for kids ages one to four at its Clinton Hill, Windsor Terrace and North Williamsburg locations and for kids four to 15 at its Bay Ridge campus this summer.

At the JCC's 177-acre campus (Fort Hamilton Army Base) campers will be in groups of 10, maximum, with no mixing between groups. The camp will include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, such as arts & crafts, biking, skating, theater, martial arts, music, nature, STEM enrichment, non-contact sports, and even swimming. Activities will be 40 minutes to an hour in duration. 

Precautions include daily temperature checks, face masks for staffers, social distancing, hand sanitizing stations and more. Click here to read COVID-19 safety measures.

Transportation to the Bay Ridge campus is limited; buses will have one child per seat. Rates start at $775/per week with discounts for multiple weeks. You can see full rate information here. 


Kids in the Game

Kids in the Game is holding camps for kids ages four to 13 on the Upper East Side, in Riverdale, the East Village and Brooklyn's Park Slope, the last of which is pending due to registration levels. (The organization cancelled its camps on the Upper West Side and in Inwood, after not being able to find indoor spaces able to accommodate COVID-19 safety measures.) Camp is opening up later to allow for additional training. Numerous precautions will be in place for camp, including  smaller groups, PPE for staff, staggered pickup and drop-off, increased hand-washing, sanitizing surfaces and more. Read all of the safety measures here. It's classic summer camp, with lots of outdoor activities, themed days and special events. 

Camps run from the week of July 6 to August 21 in most locations , and runs a full day, with early drop-off at 8 a.m. and late pickup at 6 p.m. available. Cost is $625 per week, with a 15 percent discount for siblings. 


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Park Slope's Beansprouts summer camp is operating all summer, with smaller groups, staggered pickup and drop-off, increased screening and disinfecting and more. Read all safety measures here.  Beansprouts holds days camps for kids as young as two and as old as fifth graders. You can register for a couple of days a week, or several full weeks of the summer. (Note that for the Upper Camp for older kids, there are waiting lists for several weeks.) Pricing ranges widely; see website for more info. 

453 Sixth Ave. 
Park Slope

Super Soccer Stars

Super Soccer Stars is holding in-person camp at several locations around NYC all summer long, including Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. Choose from soccer camp or multi-sport camp for kids ages 5-10 or 5-7. Fees range from $375-$500 per week, for a three hour session. Camps adhere to current safety recommendations and social distancing measures. You can also book a private session with Super Soccer Stars. Click here to inquire.


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The Movement Creative

Let your kid burn off all of that energy doing parkour this summer. The Movement Creative is holding outdoor camps near three locations this summer: Columbus Circle (Upper West Side), Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (Tribeca) and Grand Army Plaza (Park Slope).  Camp runs from July 6 to August 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is for kids ages seven to 13. Safety precautions include temperature checks, staff COVID-19 testing, smaller groups and more. 

Cost is $900/week, although The Movement Creative does offer a sliding scale for those in need. 


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Camp Half Blood

The popular camp for questing adventurers battling demon is on, in several locations in NYC (and beyond). Camp has already started in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, where is goes til late August. Half Blood is also in Central Park (weeks of June 29 - July 31) and Inwood Hill Park (July 6 to August 14). Rates are $550 per week, except for Inwood Hill, which is $495 a week. (They're also in South Orange, NJ.)


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Camp Pixel

The tech-y fun spot Camp Pixel is offering in-person camp with small groups of five kids or less. Topics for kids ages seven to 13 run the gamut, including tons of Minecraft and Roblox coding camps, video game development, hacking, stop-motion filmmaking and others. Plus, some safe outdoor time as well. You can see the full offerings here.  The camp's COVID-19 safety measures are robust, with temperature checks, social distancing, staggered pickup and drop-off, EMTs on site, single use bathrooms and more. Read about the precautions here. 

Costs vary, starting at about $800 a week. 

256 West St. 

165 Pacific St. 
Cobble Hill 



Art spot PLAYDAY NYC is holding in-person summer camp for kids ages six and up with full safety precautions in place, including limited class size, temperature checks, face coverings and more. The space has been outfitted to maintain six feet between campers, tools will be sterilized, class size is limited, and pickup and drop-off will be staggered. Read all the safety measures here. Camp activities will include a wide variety of art projects (from illustration to sculpture to mosaics and beyond) all dedicated to a daily theme. Plus, outdoor fun in the large back yard.

Camp is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; early drop-off and late pickup in available for an extra fee, and you can book by the day or the week. Rate is $150/day or $650/week. 

5-37 51st. Ave.
Long Island City 

Great Apron Kitchen

Great Apron Kitchen (formerly Green Apron Kitchen) in Bensonhurst has a full slate of fun camps for kids ages six to 14 lined up for the summer. Themed weeks include Pasta Intensive, Baking Intensive, Parisian Cafe, Nailed It, Chopped and Food Science. Groups will be limited to 10 campers, with temperatures checks, individual cooking stations, staggered drop-off, as well as other precautions. 

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,  June 29 to September 4 and are $500 a week, or $110 for a single day. 

7122  Bay Pkwy. 

Brooklyn Game Lab

Brooklyn Game Lab is offering both in-person and virtual camps for Summer 2020. Outdoor camp is held in Prospect Park (where the camp has done programming previously; pickups take place at various entries to the park.) Groups will be nine campers or less, with no interaction between groups. Activities include Battle Lab, where kids brandish safe, foam weapons to create memorable characters, level up with powers and skills, and join in an active battle or embark on a creative quest. For campers more interested in the cerebral and social side of things, there' activities like social deduction games, improv and  human chess. 

Registration can include a "storm option", with which your child can retreat to an inside spot in the case of inclement weather ($50/day, with limited space). 

Camp is for kids ages six to 13 and runs the weeks of  6/29-8/31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost is $545/week with out storm option. For more on Brooklyn Game Lab's COVID-19 precautions, click here


—Mimi O’Connor


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