There's no denying that this summer will be unlike any we or our kids have experienced. With remote schooling wrapping up and many sleepaway and day camps canceled or on hold, you may be wondering how you'll keep your kids engaged, entertained and educated over the next few months. Fortunately, a bevy of some of our most beloved local providers will be offering a variety of both online/virtual and in-person (keeping social distancing at top of mind) camps and other programming this summer. From history to theater to coding to crafting and more, there's sure to be a program that will appeal to kids of all ages. Please support these incredible local providers, who are eager to share their thoughtfully curated programming with your kids and keep them happy and engaged through the dog days of summer and beyond. I'll be updating the guide on a continuous basis in the days and weeks to come, so if you know of anyone who would like to be included, please do send them my way.
Kids in the Game Summer Camp
Our seasoned Kids in the Game staff are providing a safe, exciting, action-packed summer, and we want you to be there! Our summer camp includes fun and multidimensional programming for campers like our themed days, outdoor adventure, creative and performing arts, and of course sports! We are implementing new policies and procedures such as daily health screenings, group cohorting, enhanced cleaning techniques and more to ensure a safe and fun camp. We're confident this is our most important summer yet - to stay safe, to get active, and to be together.
For boys and girls entering Pre-K4 through 8th grade, we're running camps on the Upper East Side, the East Village and Park Slope! Save $25 per week of camp when you use the code MACKIDS20 at the time of registration!
Megan Smith: Director
PLAYDAY reopens Monday June 29, 2020 with a new Summer In-Person Day Camp youth program for children 6+. Class sizes will be limited to 12 children – each getting their own workstation (6’ apart), sterilized tools, and materials – with only one group of participants each day, age 6 and older.
The Summer 2020 program is a full day 9:00AM – 5:00PM program allowing parents to register for a full week, or on a day to day basis. Early drop off at 8:00AM and Happy Hour pick up at 6:00PM is available. New daily projects will draw from PLAYDAY’s wide range of thoughtful, engaging, and fun activities, each taught by trained art professionals. Learn more at www.playday.com.
Treebath’s entirely outdoor summer Mini-Camps are now OPEN in NYC so kids can finally get some fresh air! Small classes of 5 kids with one teacher take place entirely outside so kids can enjoy some fresh air while maintaining social distancing. During each class session, children enjoy play and activities that enhance the development of mindfulness, sensory perception, focus, fine and gross motor skills, and social wellbeing. See the COVID precautions we are taking to keep our kids and teachers safe.
Weekly Sessions M-F / AM and PM sessions vary by location / ages 3 1/2 -9 / Cost $300 per week / Locations: Battery Park City, Central Park, Jersey City. More locations coming soon.
Asphalt Green Virtual Camp
Asphalt Green Virtual Camp brings the community, connection, exploration, and physical activity components of day camp to the comfort of your home. The schedule features a variety of active, creative, and game-based programs that keep campers engaged, learning, and having fun every day. The community comes together for a virtual huddle every morning and afternoon, encouraging campers to make real social connections.
Camp takes place Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm with a free optional lunch bunch from 12:30pm-1pm for rising 1st through rising 6th graders.
Atlantic Acting School
Is your child brimming with imagination and craving a creative outlet? We're here to help! Atlantic Acting School is offering new REMOTE SUMMER CAMPS for young aspiring performers aged 4-18. Mix and match any of our July & August Mini Camps to curate the perfect schedule for your summer days! Young actors will create their own work, build their confidence, laugh, dance and making lifelong friendships along the way! June 15 – August 14. Click here to learn more today!
Ballet Academy East Online Summerdance Camp
BAE ONLINE SUMMERDANCE CAMP brings all the joy and creativity of our program into your home! Designed to foster imagination and inspire a love of the arts, the curriculum includes dance, art, drama, cooking, and much more. BAE ONLINE SUMMER CLASSES will keep your children active, learning, and excited about dance!
Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Ages 6-12 / July 6th-August 27th
Brooklyn Robot Foundry is launching an all-virtual program, Summer Circuits! Children will be sent all of the materials so they can build a new robot each day! They will also be doing crafts, playing games, learning new skills and taking lots of movement breaks. Children will be in small groups of 6 or less, guaranteeing tons of interaction and guidance throughout the day (eliminating the need for parent assistance!).
Dates: July 6 - August 27th, 9a-12p & 1-4p / Ages: 6-12 years old / Cost: $250
Campers will learn the basics of cake decorating. Weekly half-day themed sessions are $139. Campers join interactively with our Camp Sweetologist in our Google Meet. Our Cake Camp Kits will be shipped to all Campers. (PLEASE CONSIDER SHIPPING DATES AND TIMES WHEN BOOKING) Baked goods and buttercream are baked from scratch, made with Kosher ingredients in a peanut and nut free facility and can be frozen until the day of camp. No previous decorating experience is required.
Make screen time interactive, educational, and inspiring this summer! Connected Camps offers safe and moderated online spaces and programs. Sign up for one of the hundreds of Connected Camps (from Animation to Zoology) or join one of the free Minecraft servers to build, create, and hang out with friends while expanding your expertise. More information at: www.ConnectedCamps.com.
Math and Magic Workshop
Ages 9 and up
Mind reading or abracadabra, it all ties back to simple algebra! Join us as we explore the magical world of mathematics in a series of 7 fun-filled online workshops. We will explore the hidden connection between math and magic so you can mesmerize friends and family with some amazing mathematical card and number tricks. Make this a Mathemagical summer for your family!
Every Monday from July 27th – September 7th |10:30am – 11:30am EST | $40 per session per family
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum's Virtual History Week
Ages 7-12 / July 6-10, 9:30am-2pm
Each day your child will explore an aspect of 19th-century life. We will provide a box of supplies, via mail or curbside pick-up, lead remote art, craft, science and cooking workshop demonstrations, and allow off-screen time to complete the projects. Virtual tours of the Museum and virtual field trips will be incorporated plus scavenger hunts and 19th-century games. The program is designed for ages 7-12, and the fee is $100 per household.
New York City Chess Inc.
(866) 321-Chess (2437)
Camps for as little as $12 per hour, and less! It's all safe, fun, and online. Chess is one of those unique activities that lends itself perfectly to online play. In many ways, it's even better online! We now have more players from around the world, and our players have a greater attention span and improved focus. Everything is 100% interactive, and the fun and effectiveness of these sessions has exceeded any expectations we may have had. C'mon New York! Don't let your kids miss out on this incredible opportunity!
Snapology weekly LEGO based programs include plenty of activity breaks to make sure your child stays active and engaged. Programs are designed so that the only use of the screen or device is to simply instruct the students. The core of our programs are always focused on building, creating, designing and problem solving. While the student will have the screen on, their focus will be on the LEGO bricks and other materials they have in front of them, just as if they were in person with us! Shhhh...Don't tell them it's educational!
Successful Students NYC Virtual Book Clubs
Successful Students will be offering Virtual Book Clubs for students entering 2nd grade - 12th grade. The students will be grouped by age and the clubs will be led by one of our experienced and certified teachers. The clubs will be 3-7 students and the goal is to provide an outlet for the kids to interact, stay engaged, and hopefully have some FUN. The clubs will run for 6 weeks, beginning the week of July 13th. Virtual Book Clubs are $300 per student and the books are included.
Summer Social by The Indy Lab
Our mission at the Summer Social Camp powered by The Indy Lab is to bring kids together, particularly now with social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Each day will involve four 45-minute segments of specialty programming, including Summer Social’s introduction of the social theme of the day followed by art, yoga/meditation and music that integrate that theme into their segments. Partners include The Art Studio of NY, Spark, and Mr. Ray Music! All vendors will have worked with The Indy Lab’s directors in advance to create a curriculum that fosters social skill building through teamwork. Kids ages 5-8 will build their social and emotional communication skills naturally through fun, summery activities that encourage sharing of opinions, thoughts and questions to amplify their minds, hearts and connections.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Summer Social Programming by The Indy Lab
1:45pm-2:30pm The Art Studio
2:30pm-3:15pm Yoga and Meditation by Spark
3:15-4:00pm: Music by Ray Andersen