Yes, spring break is coming up fast! (Public schools are closed March 29 to April 2.) If you’re staying close to home and are looking for a way to keep the kids busy, there’s a camp for every kind of interest. (And many, thankfully, are outside!) Read on for our top picks for spring break camps in NYC for kids!
YMCA camps have everything that makes life easier for a parent: they're everywhere, they're affordable, and they keep kids busy for most of the day. Spring break camps include lots of unplugged time doing sports, arts and crafts and STEAM activities. Campers receive their very own set of materials and equipment. Ages vary by location (5 to 12, 8 to 10, etc.) and camps run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $400/members; $440/non-members
Super Soccer Stars
Super Soccer Stars is another option with spring break camps happening throughout the city, often outdoors. Camps are three hours, and are available for kids 3 to 12. Counselors work with socially-distanced groups of 4 to 8 kids to build skills and create a fun, team-oriented atmosphere.
Cost: $330-$415, varies by location
The Long Island City spot for all-things-art has added a Brooklyn location in Cobble Hill. Flexibility is the name of the game here, with bookings by the hour, day and week available. Activities include, but are not limited to panting and drawing, textile art, mosaics, origami. See a full list of them here. Masks and social distancing is required, and the LIC location has a large outdoor space.
Cost: $25/hour; $200/day, $800/week
5-37 51st Ave.
269 Baltic St.
The Chelsea Piers Field House is masked up and full of activity. Choose from gymnastics, multi-sport, ninja parkour and soccer camps. Camps are for kids ages 5 to 13, and operate March 22-26 or March 29- April 2. Hours are 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $150/day, or $654/five days
The skate school is offering three-day camps for kids over spring break. On a nice day, they grab the boards and head to Prospect Park or a nearby park for an outdoor "sesh" and lunch, followed by an indoor sesh at SKATEYOGI's indoor space, which is equipped with H13 HEPA air filtering systems. Camps are for kids ages 7 to 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 29-31.
Cost: $485/three days
140 Empire Blvd.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
NORY: Robots and Science
A camp for curious and creative kids who like solving problems, NORY's spring break camp will have kids programming a robot and building circuits and structures. With locations on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Tribeca, Long Island City and downtown, NORY also operates camps from March 22-26, and March 29-April 2, to accommodate dates of different school's breaks.
Cost: $150/day or $700/week
Kids in the Game
Kids in the Game offers spring break camps on the Upper East Side, the Bronx and in the East Village. The East Village camp welcomes kids in pre-K to eighth grade, the other two serve kids in kindergarten to 8th grade. Early drop off at 8 a.m. is included in the price and some camps can be extended to 5 p.m. (from 2:45) for an extra $20. Days are packed with activities like sports, fitness games, Zumba and performing arts.
Cost: $100/day, $475/week
Riverdale Neighborhood House
5521 Mosholu Ave.
Modern Martial Arts Studio
220 East 86th St.
Upper East Side
Nord Anglia International School
44 E 2nd St.
Treasure Trunk Theatre
Treasure Trunk Theatre still has a few spots left in its outdoor Lion King camp in Brooklyn! Little ones ages 3-6 will explore all their favorite jungle animals through song, dance, arts and crafts and lots of imaginary play. The camps take place in Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens and at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6.
Cost: $80/class or $375/week
The Fashion Class
This spring break sewing camp for kids ages 6-12 combines the best parts of fashion and design. Limited to up to 6 campers, this "boutique" camp teaches students how to sew, design and style their own garments over five individual camp days. Projects and lessons change each day, with days running from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Each day breaks down into three classes with experienced instructors who work in the fashion industry. March 29-April 2.
21 W. 39th St.
The Movement Creative Parkour
Kids will sleep well after a day (or week!) of jumping all around Central Park. The Movement Creative meets up at Columbus Circle and sets out across the hills, rocks, benches and whatever else in the landscape. Camps are for kids ages 7 to 13 and take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 29 to April 2.
Cost: $180/session, with sliding scale
Staten Island Zoo Spring Zoofari
The Staten Island Zoo hosts Spring Zoofari for kids ages pre-K to third grade. Campers will explore different classes of animals, and every day will have a lesson, craft or art activity, animal presentation and more. Each child receives a Zoo T-shirt and water bottle as well. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from March 29- April 2.
Cost: $265/members; $200 non-members
705 Clove Rd.
This DUMBO art studio is offering arts camp for kids ages 5 to 8, and 9 to 16. Camps are available for half or full days and have kids exploring all kinds of art-making techniques including painting, sculpture, drawing and more. Camps run Mar. 24, 29-31, and April 1,2 & 7.
Cost: $85/half day; $150/full day