The Ultimate Summer Camp Guide 2024

The Upper East Side's Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp 2024

By Adina Kayton February 11, 2024

Summer camps are a great time for kids to try new things, nurture unique interests, meet new friends, stretch their creativity, and have tons of summer fun! You're guaranteed to find something on this list of Upper East Side summer camps that your kid will be excited about! 

Want to see your camp featured in the 2024 Macaroni Kid NYC Upper East Side Summer Camp Guide? Email us today!

Featured Camp: Camp Settoga

Camp Settoga, Camp Settoga engages children through experiences that help build, support, and reinforce a positive personal identity, strong peer relationships, quality skill development in athletics and the arts, and a powerful sense of community responsibility, all while enabling campers and their parents to forge pathways into a meaningful Jewish life.

Camp Settoga is located on 21 picturesque acres in the foothills of Harriman State Park. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, adventure course, zipline, basketball and tennis courts, soccer, baseball, gymnastics, mini-golf, and more, there is something for every camper to love! Camp Settoga truly is the city's premier Jewish day camp for kids ages 4–12. 

Transportation for campers from Manhattan to Settoga is easy, with bus pick-up and drop-off points conveniently located in most Manhattan neighborhoods.  

Contact the camp office today at 646.505.4430, or email Director of Camps Genna Singer at to learn more and to register.

Italian Summer Mini Camp at Collina Italiana

Learn and practice the Italian language with new friends everyday. Collina Italiana’s mini camp is a fun and immersive experience for kids of all language competency levels. Children (ages 3-10) learn about all things Italian through games, music, dance, and many other educational activities in a fun and engrossing atmosphere. Italian camp will be offered in-person only. Kids will be placed in groups according to their age and level. Classes for bilingual kids are taught using Italian school textbooks and workbooks.

The Italian Camp program includes:
Giochiamo in Italiano: Learn Italian through games, music and dances.
Vocabolario: Learn vocabulary with books, cards and educational
Arte Insieme: Unlock your creativity – make art while speaking Italian.
Cinema Italiano: Study Italian through animated movies, videos and
Reading and Writing: Kids 5 years and up as well as bilingual kids will
learn and practice reading and writing.
Grammatica: Grammar classes for kids 6 years and up plus bilingual
La scuola italiana: Learn history, geography and science for bilingual
kids — all in Italian!
Outdoor activities: Daily outdoor activities in the nearby playground
and Central Park (both 3-4 blocks away).
Kids will bring a snack, lunch, water bottle, hat, sunscreen.
Monday – Friday (9-12pm or 9-3pm)

Camper Ages

3 - 10 years old

Camp Dates and Hours

Registration is by week and very flexible

Camp sessions are June 10 - August 23rd

WEEK 1: June 10th – June 14th
WEEK 2: June 17th – June 21st
WEEK 3: June 24th – June 28th
NO CAMP July 1st – July 5th
WEEK 4: July 8th – July 12th
WEEK 5: July 15th – July 19th
WEEK 6: July 22nd – July 26th
WEEK 7: July 29th – August 2nd
WEEK 8: August 5th – August 9th
WEEK 9: August 12th – August 16th
WEEK 10: August 19th – August 23rd

Camp Tuition 

Tuition ranges from $140 - $810. Please refer to the camp registration form to explore the different camp options.

Contact Info

1556 Third Avenue, Suite 602-603
New York, NY 10128
Phone: 212.427.7770

Learn more or register today for 2-day, 3-day or 4-day Summer Camp at Collina Italiana!

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

We are a hands-on STEAM camp for kids from 6-12 years old. Each week will have a different theme ranging from Time Travel Bots, Robo Farm, Renaissance Robots and Party, Party Bobotty. There’s something for everyone. Every day students will build a project with teachers that guide them through it step-by-step. They will be able to take their project home every day. We also have outdoor play time every day, weather permitting. Students end the day with a craft related to the project in the morning and choice time where they can continue building or play chess or some other activity.

Camper Ages

Ages 6-12

Camp Dates and Hours

We offer 9 weeks of camp from 7/1/24-8/30/24. We will not operate on 7/4 & 7/5 but will be M-F for the remaining time. The drop off time is 9 am. Pick up time is 3 PM with an optional extended day. There are no minimums. Book what and when you need!

Contact Info

Marymont Manhattan College

221 East 71st Street
Phone:(917) 408-3492

Learn more or register today!

Camp at The Art Farm in NYC

We offer a  half-day and full-day summer camp program for 2 year olds and 3 year-olds in a warm, nurturing environment. We help to make sure that separation is gentle and easy for both children and caregivers. Campers will have live animal science lessons and up-close encounters with our animals daily in their classroom and in our indoor petting zoo. Activities include creating art masterpieces, cooking with our chef in the kitchen, and playing instruments and singing in music class.

Every day, our campers will get fresh air outside at the Asphalt Green Playground which is just half a block away from our facility. Our Three's also play in the sprinklers weather permitting All half-day and full-day campers should bring a nut-free lunch or buy one through our lunch program.

Our full-day campers will finish their afternoon with rest time and an additional snack before pick up. Our Two’s will have some more playtime in the classroom before pick up and our Three’s will continue their afternoon with more art, early literacy,  math, and science activities. The groups will be divided into two separate age groups.

East Side and West Side Locations for Summer 2024
Hamsters | 3 Year Olds -  Half Day or Full Day Option LEARN MORE
Froggies | 4 Year Olds or Entering Pre-Kindergarten  LEARN MORE
Parrots & Doves | 5 Year Olds or Entering Kindergarten LEARN MORE
Geckos & Dragons |  6 - 7 Year Olds or Entering 1st - 2nd Grade LEARN MORE
Chinchillas |  8 -11 Year Olds or Entering 3rd Grade - 6th Grade LEARN MORE

Contact Info:

The Art Farm
431 East 91 Street
New York, NY 10128

Camp at Claire's Creative Adventures 

For over 22 years, CCA has been an institution of fine arts education on the Upper East Side. Join our creative art camps, filled with multicultural, modern & contemporary artists - each day offers 3 inspirational art projects! Age-appropriate campers can also expect Friday field trips to The Met!

Prevent the summer slide! Our summer program keeps children stimulated (off of screens!), in routine, making friends, learning new skills and building confidence all summer long. See our website for more camp dates (Spring Break, Passover, Eid, and more!)
Daily or weekly registration available: curriculum does not repeat & siblings are welcome!
Diverse materials are our forte: Paint, clay, wood, metal, fabric, found objects, paint, collage, wire, stop film animation and more! Everything to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity.
Courtyards are used for sketching, splatter painting and other outdoor art (weather permitting). Students enjoy daily easel painting, group murals, free-choice art stations, storytelling and more inspiring art processes to tantalize and engage every age and skill level. Older artists may enjoy a day of plein air painting in Central Park!
Nous parlons Français.
Children become master of their worlds through:
Drawing, Painting, Clay, Wood, Plaster, Metal, Wire, Dioramas, 3D Sculpture, Building and Science Experiments!
World Arts & Famous Artists (historical and contemporary)
French & Spanish practice (numbers, colors & phrases)
Even lunch is art!  AM campers enjoy a picnic-style lunch while identifying lines, shapes and colors in their foods (a precursor to drawing realism) while practicing the sharing of individual ideas, art-related concepts, artists’ stories & even learning basic French

Camper Ages

2-15 year olds

Camp Dates and Hours

Camp sessions are June 6 - August 30th

3 Hour AM Camps:

Ages 2.9 - 9 Years

Mondays - Fridays 10 AM - 1 PM

Thursday June 6th - Friday August 30th

Daily or Weekly

Kids bring a packed lunch (no nuts please!) and a beverage - CCA supplies the rest! Enjoy 3 projects, collaborative art, storytime (during lunch), and bring home impressive art.

2.5 Hour June Midday Camps:

Ages 2.9 - 7 Years

Mondays - Thursdays 12 PM - 2:30 PM

Thursday June 6th - Thursday June 27th

These special June camps run as an extension to the All Souls School June program - anyone can join! Eat a picnic lunch as 12 PM and enjoy 2-3 projects into the afternoon. For a full week of camp, a 3 Hour Friday camp can be purchased separately (10 AM - 1 PM).

2 Hour PM Camps:

Ages 7 - 15 Years

Mondays - Fridays 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Thursday June 6th - Friday August 30th

Daily or Weekly

Older campers enjoy 2-3 projects per day (depending on difficulty), art history & vocabulary, learn and perfect advanced techniques, unlock artistic potential and take advantage of the Upper East Side’s artistic jewels and landscapes.

Drop-off & Pick-up at the All Souls Courtyard: 1157 Lexington Ave (&80th St)

(on field trip days, drop-off and pick-up will happen outside the Educational entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Ann H.
As a former teacher I recognise a gem when I see one. Yesterday, you made the field trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art magical for the five-year olds. With your enthusiasm and guidance, your students are on a path to a lifelong appreciation of art. Thank you!

Michelle T
My daughter loves Ms. Claire’s classes. The classes are fun and full of the creativity. Each child got personal attention in the class and at the museum visits. The kid’s works are unique and arty. Plus, All the kids are learning FRENCH from the art classes. What an amazing way to explore!
P. K (4-year-old twins’ mom)
My Daughter enjoyed your class so much and my son has become so intrigued about art and additionally scientific experiments! You truly know how to interact with children and I’m so glad my kids got to experience your art class. Thanks again!

Contact Info 

Phone: 646-755-7733
Address: 1157 Lexington Avenue Between 79/80 Streets Manhattan
New York, NY 10075

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NYC Summer Day Camp Program

The NYC Parks Summer Day Camp program is an exciting chance for children ages 6 to 13 to have a fun-filled summer! Campers engage in sports, fitness, and outdoor adventures while taking part in many of New York City’s rich cultural and educational opportunities.

Activities include arts and crafts, field games, sports clinics, computer classes, STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), cultural and educational trips, and nature exploration with the Urban Park Rangers. Specific activities, dates, and trip destinations will depend upon the camp location. Currently, swimming is not a guaranteed activity for NYC Parks Summer Camp.

Camper Ages

6 - 13 years old

Camp Dates and Hours

Camp sessions are July 6 - August 18th


  • Regular Day Camp Cost (9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday): $500 per child for seven weeks
  • Extended Day Camp Cost (8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday): $575 per child for seven weeks